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As Android 4.2.2 rolls out, users discover it blocks Nexus 4 LTE tweak

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 7:34 am

I'm still waiting for Android 4.2.2 to roll out over-the-air to my Nexus 4, but in the meantime, other users around the world are getting their slightly tweaked Android OS baked into their devices.

 

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Well, a few surprises with this release, where there's a tweak to the quick settings that popped up in Android 4.2, which used to act by tapping Wi-Fi or Bluetooth taking you directly to the relative setting screen. Now? You can switch them on and off with a long press, a slight change, but something nice to see.

 

When downloading apps with Android 4.2.2, there's a new progress indicator that tells you the remaining time on your download. Also included, is users reporting much faster image loading within the Gallery application. If you were using the workaround to give your Nexus 4 LTE, that's gone, folks.

Iceland government thinking about banning online porn

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 5:36 am

The government of Iceland is talking about introducing an Internet filter which would stop Icelandic citizens from downloading or viewing pornography on the Internet. The talk of the filter has transpired through fears of the damages porn can do to children and women.

 

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Iceland's Interior Minister, Ogmundur Jonasson, is currently drafting legislation to stop the access of online porn images and videos through many ways - computers, consoles and smart devices. He says:

 

We have to be able to discuss a ban on violent pornography, which we all agree has a very harmful effects on young people and can have a clear link to incidences of violent crime.

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Your next house could be 3D-printed, would take just three weeks to build

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 4:39 am

3D printers are the new everything right now, where we've heard about moon bases being 3D-printed, buildings being 3D-printed and even stem cells - what next? Houses. Yes, houses.

 

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A London-based design firm, Softkill, has just talked about their entry into the rat race that is 3D-printed houses, with a structure they claim would take just three weeks to build. From the picture above, it looks like a million spiders have crawled in and just spun a house out of their webs, but this is all part of what Softkill call their ProtoHouse, and will reach the prototype stage by the middle of the year.

 

During an interview with Dezeen, Softkill's Gilles Retsin didn't like the idea of their rival project by Universe Architecture, where he said:

 

We actually don't even consider that a 3D-printed building, because he is 3D printing formwork and then pouring concrete into the form. So it's not that the actual building is 3D printed.

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Google flaw gives your personal details to app developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 3:19 am

We all know Google scrapes countless amounts of data from anyone who uses their services, which, let's face it, is everyone - but, it looks like it goes much deeper than that.

 

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From what Sydney-based app developer Dan Nolan, has found, each time you purchase an app from the Google Play Store your personal details are sent to that developer. This includes your name, address and e-mail address. Nolan spoke with news.com.au, saying that he wasn't comfortable being the receiver of this information, and that there is no reason that a developer needs to have this - very powerful - information given to them without their consent.

 

Nolan took to his blog, saying:

 

Let me make this crystal clear, every App purchase you make on Google Play gives the developer your name, suburb and email address with no indication that this information is actually being transferred. With the information I have available to me through the checkout portal I could track down and harass users who left negative reviews or refunded the app purchase.

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Australian carrier Telstra says Motorola X Phone will be 'game changer'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 2:31 am

While the details on Google and Motorola's X Phone are still few and far between, Australian wireless carrier Telstra seems to think that it will be a "game changer." An anonymous Motorola source said, "Google has been working on this device for a long time. It has software features and capabilities that are not available on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Apple iPhone. The software is really powerful and it pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past."

 

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Hugh Bradlow, CTO for Telstra, reportedly told senior staff that the X Phone will be a "real breakthrough, a game changer that will put pressure on Samsung and Apple."

 

The device will likely launch Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie and could possibly be unveiled at Google I/O in May. Other than a rumored 5-inch display, there really isn't much else known about the device, though it has been confirmed by a posting on LinkedIn. We certainly can't wait to see it and we imagine you can't either. What is one feature you'd like to see in the device?

Gabe Newell says they aren't canceling any projects despite reported layoffs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 2:02 am

The web has been ablaze today with rumors and reports of Valve conducting layoffs, though the company has not confirmed or denied that layoffs occurred today. However, Gabe Newell has sent a statement to Engadget that says Valve is not canceling any projects or changing any priorities.

 

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We don't usually talk about personnel matters for a number of reasons. There seems to be an unusual amount of speculation about some recent changes here, so I thought I'd take the unusual step of addressing them. No, we aren't canceling any projects. No, we aren't changing any priorities or projects we've been discussing. No, this isn't about Steam or Linux or hardware or [insert game name here]. We're not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn't working here.

 

It's interesting that Valve wouldn't deny the rumors and reports of layoffs if there haven't been any. However, just because they haven't denied it, it doesn't mean that there have been layoffs. We'll be sure to let you know as soon as we find out more concrete information.

Retina 13" MacBook Pro gets price slashed by $200, 15" gets spec bump

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 1:31 am

Apple's flagship Retina MacBook Pro line of computers are getting a little bit more value for the money. The 15-inch version of the Retina MacBook Pro is receiving a 0.1GHz speed boost on its quad-core processor and is remaining at the same price of $2,199 for the intro version.

 

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The 13-inch version is now $200 cheaper than before and will set you back $1,499 for the base model which includes 128GB of sold-state storage. If you need 256GB, it'll set you back that $1,699.

 

It's not immediately apparent what has sparked Apple to cut the price of the 13-inch model and boost the specifications of the 15-inch model. Perhaps it's the slumping Mac sales or perhaps its the stock price that has been getting hammered lately. Either way, you can't say no to more value for your dollar.

LinkedIn CEO in good mood, gives iPad mini to every employee

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 1:02 am

Both LinkedIn employees and Apple are probably pretty happy with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner right now. The CEO has rewarded employees for a great 2012 by providing them each with their own iPad mini. This means that Weiner spent over $1.2 million on 3,500 iPad minis. Ouch. We hope he worked out a discount!

 

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The good deed was first tweeted about by Darain Faraz: "We wanted to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of all of our employees in 2012. During today's biweekly All Hands meeting, we surprised our employees with iPad Minis as a small gesture of the company's gratitude for their contributions."

 

It's these small things that keep employees happy and working hard for a company. LinkedIn pulled in a record Q4 with earnings topping $303 million.

NVIDIA Q4 2013 results come in at $1.1 billion in revenue, $174 million profit

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:32 am

NVIDIA has reported their fourth quarter 2013 earnings and they are up year-over-year. While the earnings are up year-over-year, they've dropped slightly from the records set last quarter. NVIDIA saw a total of $1.1 billion in revenue, which is down from last quarter's $1.2 billion and up from 2012's $950 million.

 

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Profit came in at $179 million, down from $209 million last quarter. For the entire year, NVIDIA's GPU business brought in a total of $3.2 billion, not too bad when you consider that this year hasn't been too great to PC sales. NVIDIA notes that its Tegra business continues to grow:

 

"This year we did the best work in our company's history," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. "We achieved record revenues, margins and cash, despite significant market headwinds."

 

 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty details, the full PR is available on NVIDIA's website.

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HP to use Android on upcoming Tegra 4-powered tablet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:02 am

HP is reportedly working on a Tegra 4-powered tablet and has been since before Thanksgiving according to sources familiar with the subject. ReadWriteWeb is reporting that HP could announce this tablet very soon and that it would be one of the first Tegra 4 devices on the market.

 

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More notably is it will be the first time HP embraces the Android operating system. With their recent introduction of a Chromebook, HP appears to be getting friendlier with Google. The sources state that HP are also toying with the idea of releasing an Android-powered smartphone, though CEO Meg Whitman says they aren't releasing a phone this year.

 

The report states that HP is holding private meetings at Mobile World Congress and it's thought that they will demonstrate the tablet to select people. The announcement isn't expected to come any time before the show later this month.

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