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Google wants you to go to hard to reach places, wants you to take their 'Trekker' camera backpack on an adventure

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 9:21 am

Google continue to impress, where they're offering applications to individuals who want to help out with their Google Maps coverage: "If you're a tourism board, non-profit, university, research organization, or other third party who can gain access and help collect imagery of hard to reach places, you can apply to borrow the Trekker and help map the world."

 

 

The Trekker sounds like a great idea, especially for those who love to travel and have special places around the world that are hard to access, so that they can personally share them with the world. The Trekker is quite the backpack, which weighs in at a back-breaking 42 pounds. Google have mapped it out in detail:

 

The Trekker is operated by an Android device and consists of 15 lenses angled in a different direction so the images can be stitched together into 360-degree panoramic views. As the operator walks, photos are taken roughly every 2.5 seconds. Our first collection using this camera technology was taken along the rough, rocky terrain of Arizona's Grand Canyon.

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Nokia purchases Siemens' share of joint venture in Nokia Siemens Networks for $2.2 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 8:21 am

Bloomberg are reporting that Nokia have just confirmed they're taken full control over the joint-venture they had in Nokia Siemens Network, buying out their partner Siemens for $2.2 billion.

 

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Nokia Siemens Networks was unprofitable, with both Nokia and Siemens attempting, but failing to sell it to private investors last year. They cut 17,000 jobs (nearly 1/4 of their entire staff) and have seen earnings jump slightly. Nokia Siemens Networks posted a profit of $1.2 billion during Q1 2013, which was a nice 117% increase year-over-year.

Steam Greenlight sees eight new games join its ranks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 7:28 am

Valve have announced their next batch of games that have been approved through Steam Greenlight, as well as three software titles. The titles were selected with the usual criteria as past games.

 

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Votes were included, where games were counted for their press reviews, awards, crowd-funding success and performance on other platforms. The eight games are:

 

  • Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller
  • Day One : Garry's Incident
  • Guncraft
  • Homesick
  • In Verbis Virtus
  • Super Motherload
  • Vector
  • Verdun

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SimCity DLC takes to the skies, offers a few balloons that will cost you $9

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 6:24 am

Just when you thought DLC couldn't get any worse, EA and Maxis have unveiled some new downloadable content for SimCity. It'll cost you $9, and I think at least two or three people in the world will buy it.

 

 

The new SimCity DLC includes "Airships", which add two items: a hot air balloon park and an airship mass transit option - all yours for $9. The video above will show you just what you get, so prepare your wallets!

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Microsoft sees 17 million downloads of their SmartGlass Xbox app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 5:27 am

Microsoft's SmartGlass Xbox companion app has been downloaded over 17 million times since its release last year over four platforms: Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS and Android.

 

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17 million downloads is quite a lot, but considering there are close to 50 million Xbox Live subscribers, Microsoft haven't even seen a 50% penetration rate for their companion app. Not all Xbox users would want to use it, so it's not that stressful for Microsoft. 17 million downloads is better than 1-2 million downloads after all.

Microsoft loses the SkyDrive trademark to BSkyB in Europe

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 4:30 am

Jumping over to the UK for this piece, where Microsoft have lost a trademark case over their branding for cloud storage service SkyDrive. The ruling, which covers both the UK and EU, stated that Microsoft infringed on British Sky Broadcasting's trademark of the Sky brand with SkyDrive.

 

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The ruling saw that it is possible for consumers to confuse the two brands, somehow. Sky, from BSkyB, offers their satellite broadcasting service, mobile apps and streaming to customers, and previously a cloud storage product but it fell under the name of Sky Store & Share. Microsoft have of course thrown in a counterclaim to invalidate four Sky trademarks "on the grounds of descriptiveness for cloud storage services."

Oculus Rift sees support for Surgeon Simulator, become your own McDreamy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 3:27 am

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Oculus' VR headset, Rift, is probably my most anticipated product of the year and I really think it could change everything when it's released.

 

 

Surgeon Simulator has a new build, which is compatible with Oculus Rift. It gives players control over the hand and arm only, with the field of view directly in the Rift headset, so you have a perfect point of view. This gives you the look (with VR) and feel (hand and arm) of a real surgeon. Bossa Studios announced both Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra support for Surgeon Simulator earlier this month.

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Nintendo lose their case to gain control of WiiU.com

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 2:34 am

You would have thought Nintendo owned WiiU.com, but they don't, as it's owned by a cybersquatter. Nintendo submitted a complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization, but have been denied.

 

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WiiU.com was registered quite some time ago, on January 13, 2004 to be precise. No reason has been given by WIPO, with WiiU.com currently a placeholder page that redirects its visitors to a bunch of links, some of which are related to the WiiU, some to other sites.

iPhone 5 makes up 75% of all 4G web traffic in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 30, 2013 2:29 pm

Just how popular is the iPhone 5 for 4G LTE web browsing? Does the word 'dominating' come to mind? Because it should, according to Comscore's latest study of US marketshare, with ad network Chitika reporting that when looking at just the "4G"-capable part of the market, the iPhone 5 completely dominates it.

 

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When concentrating on just 4G-capable smartphones released after July 2012, the iPhone 5 by itself takes up 75% of US 4G web traffic. When mixing in all still-active 4G/LTE smartphones, it still takes a huge chunk: 40%. Considering the iPhone 5 is the only 4G-capable iPhone on the market, this is a huge win for Apple.

Photos of the lower-cost iPhone's plastic rear shell arrive online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 30, 2013 1:32 pm

The iPhone is big enough that even a small nugget of news like this is worth posting, but Nowwhereelse.fr have a bunch of photos that are reportedly of the plastic rear shell of the lower-cost iPhone that we're expecting later this year.

 

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We should expect a lower-cost iPhone this year to combat against the slew of other smartphones that are competing against Apple at better prices, like the $299 Nexus 4. You can see from the picture above, that we could expect three colors: yellow, a pinkish red, and green. They look bright, and I'm going to go out on a limb and say this could appeal to the younger generation, who have less money but still want an iPhone.

 

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