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Apple becomes the second-largest mobile phone maker in the US by overtaking LG

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:28 am

Considering how popular the iPhone is, it has taken Apple a very long time to get here - but, it has now happened. For both smartphone and non-smartphone, Apple has overtaken LG to become to the second-largest US mobile phone maker.




The latest data comes from comScore, and shows that Samsung still have a huge dominance in the country with 26.3% of the market, Apple enjoying 17.8% and LG sliding to 17.6%. Motorola is still hanging in there with 11% and HTC is scraping by with 6%. Year-on-year, Samsung are up 0.7%, Apple are up 1.5% and the rest are all down with LG, Motorola and HTC down 0.8%, 0.2% and 0.4$, respectively.


It was only in April that Apple took over Motorola's position at number three on the list - and have taken another 6 months to claw up to number two. The fight is on - and you can now see why Apple is so persistent in suing their biggest competitor, Samsung.

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ReportTT: US and European antitrust officials to meet in Europe next week

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 3, 2012 7:33 am

Google's in a bit of hot water as both the European Union and the United States have probes into the company over allegations that Google used it's large search market share to promote its products to the detriment of others. This has traditionally been a big no-no and has gotten other companies in trouble before.




Reports are saying that the FTC, the US body responsible for investigating anti-trust issues, and Google are currently involved in settlement talks. Reportedly, CEO Larry Page and FTC officials met earlier this week in Washington, D.C. It's been confirmed that Jon Leibowitz, chairmen of the FTC, will be in Europe next week for several matters.


They declined to confirm the existence of a meeting between the two groups. Sources familiar with the matter say that Mr. Leibowitx and Joaquin Almunia, EU competition chief, are to meet next week regarding their probes. Google spokesman Adam Kovacevich said, "We continue to work cooperatively with the Federal Trade Commission and European Commission and are happy to answer any questions they may have."

Mitsubishi to discontinue their last line of rear-projection TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 3, 2012 6:33 am

The Verge has reported after seeing a memo that CEPro got their mits on, that Mitsubishi is to discontinue their line of rear-projections TVs. This is a huge move for Mitsubishi, as they went all-in with RPTVs last year.




Last year, Mitsubishi stopped the production of LCD televisions and pushed forward with rear-projection sets - even after all of the other major players around them had left their RPTV technology in favor of LCD.


Sony left the market in 2007, and Samsung released their last RPTV in 2008. There will be those saddened by this news, but have you seen just how thin some of the Full HD TVs are now? RIP RPTV.

Dad creates video-capable quadrocopter to watch his son walk to the bus stop, redefines the meaning of hovering parent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 3, 2012 5:25 am

If there's anything us parents want to do, it's keep our kids as safe as humanly possible - well, one dad has taken this step in a technologically driven direction for a change.


Paul Wallich would normally walk his son to the bus stop near their house - a 400m journey each and everyday. He did this to make sure his son safely got onto the bus and was on his way to school. 400m isn't a huge distance, but it can be an annoyance during the winter, or when he was super busy.




Wallich decided there had to be a way around this, and to watch his son get escorted to school from the comfort of his warm home. Wallich built a quadrocopter that sports a camera that streams a live feed directly to his PC. This process wasn't too hard, as quadrocopter kits are available at most hobby and electronics specialty shops.


A live video feed of his son walking to the bus stop wasn't a huge feat, either, as Wallich just attached a smartphone to the hovering bodyguard, and used a video chatting application to stream video to his PC. This was the end of the easy part of this journey, the hard part was getting the now video-equipped quadrocopter to track his son's movements during his walk to the bus stop.

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ODROID-U is a Raspberry Pi-like device, except it sports a quad-core Exynos processor and starts at $69

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 3, 2012 4:31 am

If you thought that the Raspberry Pi models found in the cheap Model A and Model B offerings were great - well, things are about to get a whole lot Moore's Law-sy with Hardkernel's latest offering.




The product in question is the ODROID-U, which costs just $69 but sports a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 CPU, you know - the same thing that powers Samsung's Galaxy S III and Note II smartphones. On top of its quad-core processor, it has 1GB of RAM, a quad-core Mali 400 graphics chip, micro-HDMI out, USB ports, a headphone jack and Ethernet connectivity.


One thing the ODROID-U doesn't have is on-board flash memory, Hardkernel have left this out and provided a microSD card slot instead. For an additional $20, you can get yourself double the ram at 2GB, and get the chip clocked up to a nice (and hopefully not toasty) 1.7GHz on the ODROID-U2 model.

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Space geeks take note: NASA to unveil Curiosity findings tomorrow, 12/3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 3, 2012 3:32 am

Curiosity is awesome from many different standpoints. It's one hell of a robot, a feat of engineering, and a great way to increase our knowledge about Mars and space in general. Rumors of a massive discovery, according to NASA and Curiosity's Twitter account, have been a bit overblown, but never-the-less, NASA will be presenting its findings so far tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00 a.m. PT.




The press conference will be held during the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, which takes place in San Francisco. NASA has been trying to dial-in expectations and has said that there won't be any unbelievable findings presented tomorrow. "Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect," officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory wrote. "The news conference will be an update about first use of the rover's full array of analytical instruments to investigate a drift of sandy soil."


The rumors of a massive discovery started making their rounds two weeks ago when an NPR story used a quote from John Grotzinger, mission chief scientist, that said the SAM tool had found data "for the history books." If an earth-shattering discovery is presented tomorrow, you'll be able to read about it here.

Twitter Global Weekly Giveaway - Intel 335 Series 240GB SSD!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 2, 2012 4:59 pm

In our first Twitter weekly giveaway we have teamed up with Intel to giveaway a stunning new and impressive solid state drive. We're talking about the 335 Series 240GB SSD. One lucky winner will get to take home this shiny new boxed SSD.




The drive on offer has a solid capacity of 240GB with its new low power consuming 20nm MLC flash, and fast performance with Intel claiming up to 500MB/s read speeds. It's a retail unit that includes a desktop installation kit.




Step 1 - Follow @TweakTown on Twitter. Your follow and tweet will be verified.


Step 2 - Tweet or RT the following: Follow @TweakTown and RT to win a speedy new Intel 335 Series 240GB SSD. Details: #TTSSDgiveaway


Step 3 - Sit back, relax, and hope that you're our winner!

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Sony patents new controller, sports two move peripherals into a single controller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2012 2:29 pm

This might be nothing, this might end up as never seeing the light of day - but it's interesting nonetheless. Sony have applied for a new patent, which looks to be an interesting new form of controller for the company.




The new controller combines the usual dual analogue stick we've all come to know and love, with two of their motion-based move peripherals. It appears the controller can be separated into two pieces, which if used in the right way - could end up being a very cool twist on the now stale controller market (if your name isn't Nintendo).


The controller can be separated when needed, for a specific game or a specific part within a game, and then clicked back together when needed. The patent calls this a "hybrid separable motion controller".

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3D printing finds a new customer... in the adult sex toy business

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 2, 2012 1:34 pm

Normally this is reserved for the "only in Japan" type of posts - but here we are. I could pretty much just leave it as a title and blank news piece, but let's continue. Tom Nardone of MakerLove wants to be one of the first in to use 3D printing for the adult sex toys business.




Yes - 3D printers and adult sex toys - all in the same sentence. Nardone is an engineer who moved into the sex toy business, and doesn't want to make any generic sex toys - for this salesman, his 3D printed sex toys are a mix of art and science, with a dash of technology and pleasure.


The porn business has been a huge mover in technology in the years gone by, with VCRs, DVDs and now the Internet all being molded and guided by the needs, and requirements of the porn industry. 3D printing is just another factor of this - and where there's money to be made, there will always be someone there to make it.

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John McAfee gets apprehended by the police

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Dec 2, 2012 11:43 am

After a while on the run, the founder of anti-virus company McAfee has been caught by the police. John McAfee was wanted by police over the murder of his neighbor, and has finally been found after weeks in hiding.




McAfee set up a website,, and has had updates of his progress since the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Faull, on November 11. The McAfee founder has also tapped Twitter to promote his posts, too. His site used a title "Breaking: John Captured" on December 1, stating "we have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico". Then teasing "more information as it is received".


McAfee actually wrote entries to the blog, where he has said he disguised himself as a beggar, a street trader and a drunken German tourist - all an elaborate plan so he could watch police as they searched his home in Belize. He also states that at one stage, he was hiding out on his compound on the island of Ambergris Caye.

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