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Raspberry Pi camera module coming to UK on May 14

By: Trace Hagan | More News: | Posted: May 14, 2013 4:31 am

Raspberry Pi's long-awaited camera module will be coming to the UK come May 14. While the price is still unknown, the small, yet still capable, camera module will be available from CPC/Farnell come May 14. CPC/Farnell has already invited users who signed up for info on the module on the Raspberry Pi forums to preorder the device tomorrow.

 

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If the device can be ordered tomorrow, it's likely we will also know the final price. Current estimations put the price at $25, so we'll see if that holds true. The camera is capable of taking pictures 2592x1944 in resolution, 1080p video at 30 FPS, 720p video at 60FPS and VGA at 60 or 90 FPS. One of the modules has made it into the wild and you can see the video it took embedded below.

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Motorola X phone pops up at the FCC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2013 3:34 am

Motorola's X phone is shrouded in so much secrecy that most thought it was going to be the new high-end handset that everyone wants, but it looks like it won't be according to other sources. Now the secret phone has appeared at the FCC under the model number "XT1058".

 

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The details associated with the phone list it as "designed & assembled in the USA" and features NFC, LTE 4G and works with AT&T's network. Rumors have pegged the phone to feature a 4.7-inch screen, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, and more. I hope we see the phone unveiled and it becomes to Google what the iPhone is to Apple.

 

Once this happens, then it truly is game on in the smartphone world.

Google won't be showing off Nexus Q at Google I/O

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2013 2:41 am

Something Google won't be showing off at Google I/O this week is their Nexus Q device. The Mountain View-based giant unveiled the streaming device last year, but it was bagged for its $299 price and limited capabilities.

 

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Google ended up delaying the Nexus Q so that they could have more time to "work on making it even better". One would think a year going past is enough time, but it looks like Google might need a little more time in the oven for their Nexus Q.

Charity auction for coffee with Tim Cook currently at $605,000

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 14, 2013 2:03 am

Who would have thought a charity auction for coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook would be worth so much. After all, the purchaser is only guaranteed 30 minutes, though it could end up being as long as 60. In fact, coffee with Tim Cook appears set to pass the previous charity auction record set by the auctioning off of a 2013 Lamborghini Aventador.

 

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CharityBuzz CEO Coppy Holzman:

Charitybuzz is blown away by the incredible support we've seen for the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights through our coffee with Tim Cook online auction. With 140 experiences on the auction block closing this Tuesday to benefit the RFK Center, including exclusive access to Robert DeNiro, Alec Baldwin, Peyton Manning and more, we expect to raise well over one million dollars for human rights.

 

Doing some quick math, that works out to over $10,000 per minute, if Tim Cook is able to stay for the full 60 minutes. You would have to have some deep pockets in order to afford this and it's not exactly clear what you would do with the time. Look for a job? Pick his brain? If you have the money, you'll need to bid at least $610,000 by 4:08p.m. tomorrow.

TweakTown Web Poll Results - Your next smartphone

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2013 1:36 am

Our latest poll had almost 7,000 people who answered, "What's your next smartphone?"

 

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From the outset we knew this poll could have gone any way, or maybe that should read that we didn't really know who would come out winner at the end of the day. Taking the most votes was Samsung with its Galaxy S4 smartphone, with a total of 36% of the votes. In second place was a bit of surprise with HTC's One and third place went to Apple with its forthcoming iPhone 5S, if it indeed ends up getting that name at launch.

 

BlackBerry struggled taking just 5% of the votes for its Z10 and Q10 smartphones. Finally 26% said they are interested in other devices, such as some from Sony.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know... "What new stuff are you most excited to see at Computex Taipei 2013?" Let us know! Go here to vote!

Microsoft updates SkyDrive with photo timeline and upload performance increases

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: May 14, 2013 1:05 am

Microsoft has updated its cloud storage offering with new features. SkyDrive now has a photo timeline that functions much like Faceboook's Timeline function in that pictures are organized by time. This makes it much easier to find that picture you know you took last month.

 

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SkyDrive now allows quick locating of pictures. Users can quickly navigate to a specific month and see all the pictures that were taken during that time period. SkyDrive will also allow users to view all photos in a filmstrip presentation. The filmstrip can also be turned into a slideshow for public display.

 

Microsoft also notes that performance feedback was taken into consideration. Over the past few months, Microsoft has reworked the server code and SkyDrive desktop app. The result, according to Microsoft, is pictures that upload 2-3x faster than before. Not bad!

RumorTT: More possible specifications leak out for the Galaxy S4 Mini

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2013 12:07 am

We've been hearing that Samsung plans to release several variants of the popular Galaxy S4. One of the main variants that keeps popping up is the Galaxy S4 Mini, a smaller version of the S4 that is easier on the pockets and wallet. According to documents from Samsung and Korea Investment & Securities, the S4 Mini will be released in the next few weeks.

 

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According to the documents, the S4 Mini will feature a 1.6GHz dual-core Exynos 5210 coupled with 1GB of RAM for 3G devices and 2GB of RAM for LTE devices. It will feature 32GB of internal storage, Android 4.0, and a 4.3-inch qHD(540x960) Super AMOLED screen. The camera is said to be an 8MP sensor and battery capacity is pegged at 2,100mAh.

 

For now, this remains a rumor as nothing official has been confirmed. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt. However, the details look to be about right for the S4 Mini.

Facebook updates iOS app with new sharing and saving options

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 13, 2013 11:33 pm

Facebook has updated its iOS app with new sharing and saving options in the photo viewer. Most likely looking to drive more sharing of photos, and thus engagement, the new version of the app makes it much easier to share pictures on a user's Timeline, save the picture to a user's Camera Roll, or set the picture as a profile picture.

 

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  • Photo viewer button lets you save, share or make profile picture
  • Improved places editing when checking in on iPhone
  • Events load faster on iPhone

 

The previous iOS app only allowed users to like, comment, or tag a picture. Facebook's continued push for a mobile-first approach has been resulting in increasingly better apps that have most of the features present on the desktop. This means users should soon no longer need to use the website.

Amazon debuts Cloud Player desktop app, Mac version in the works

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: May 13, 2013 11:03 pm

Amazon has debuted a new piece of desktop software dedicated to music. The new Cloud Player is part of Amazon's mission to bring its music service "everywhere" and is extremely focused on the music. Cloud Player already existed as a web app, but lacked some of the features that come with a dedicated desktop app.

 

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For instance, the desktop software is capable of storing music offline, something the web app simply couldn't do. The Cloud Player app is also capable of scanning for stored music that hasn't been added to a user's locker. A Mac version is currently in the works and Amazon advises that Mac users "stay tuned."

 

The software can be downloaded from Amazon's website.

ReportTT: AT&T to discontinue selling HTC First

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 10:30 pm

It would appear that sales of the HTC First have been so bad that AT&T has decided to discontinue selling the device. According to BGR's "trusted source," AT&T has sold fewer than 15,000 devices up to the time the price was cut to $0.99. That is an abysmal sales figure for a smartphone.

 

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According to their source, the HTC First will stop being sold and unsold units will be returned to HTC. HTC declined to comment while AT&T said, "As mentioned previously, we do pricing promotions all the time and have made no decisions on future plans." Whether or not that means the First is canceled isn't clear.

 

It's not clear when the device will be pulled. HTC has a set amount of display time contracted with AT&T, so it will likely be pulled shortly after that time is up. We'll be sure to let you know if or when it is pulled.

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