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LG launch 'Quick Voice' on their phones in Korea, competition for S Voice and Siri

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 20, 2012 4:35 am

LG have released 'Quick Voice' for their Android phones in Korea, as competition against Apple's voice assistant, Siri, and Samsung's S Voice. Quick Voice will arrive in various Optimus family handsets such as the Vu and LTE II.

 

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Quick Voice brings natural voice recognition to commonly used functions such as searching, setting up appointments or looking at videos on YouTube. For Korean users, you can even take a look at dates on the lunar calendar, it's that clued-up.

 

There's no word yet whether Quick Voice will jump the pond and arrive in any other country, but I don't see why LG would do such a thing as stop a new feature from jumping to other countries, and phones.

RumorTT: Samsung to release GALAXY Note II in October, could sport bigger screen, Jelly Bean

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 20, 2012 3:19 am

Rumors coming from Korea are that Samsung will release a successor to the 5.3-inch GALAXY Note smartphone, you know, the tablet that wants to be a phone, and the phone that wants to be a tablet. We should expect Samsung to release it as the GALAXY Note II.

 

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Some interesting news is that it would have the guts of the GALAXY S III, so we should expect Samsung's quad-core Exynos 4 Quad processor to be working its magic in the Note II. On top of this, it might sway from the 5.3-inch screen size of the already-big GALAXY Note, and increase its size, I'm guessing 5.5- to 5.6-inch. The Note II is also said to feature an unbreakable plane (UBP) display, which is a precursor to the flexible display.

 

One of the best bits of the GALAXY Note II is that it would arrive with Jelly Bean out of the box, yes! Rumored release date is October, and it should fall right around the time of Apple's iPhone 5 launch. Things are heating up once again in the smart device world and we hope to have a Note II on release for a review!

HP taking orders for Trinity-powered Sleekbook

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 19, 2012 11:37 pm

A device that is not quite an Ultrabook is now on sale. Yes, we're talking about HP's Sleekbook line which is basically an Ultrabook sans the Intel processor. The latest Sleekbook offering from HP comes touting a new AMD Trinity APU and HP is now taking orders for the device on their website.

 

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Surprisingly, HP is not offering any sort of configuration options for the new Envy Sleekbook 6. It comes sporting a dual-core AMD A6-4455M APU, integrated Radeon HD 7500G graphics, 4GB of DDR3 system memory, and a 500GB 5,400-RPM mechanical hard drive. All of that fits inside a machine that is less than 5 pounds and 0.78" thick.

 

Connections available include dual USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The system can purportedly run for up to nine hours on its 60 watt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery. If you want a bit more power of customization options, however, you should spend the extra $100 and go to the Intel-based model which can be configured with a discrete GPU and 32GB SSD.

NVIDIA issues response to Torvalds' harsh words

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 19, 2012 10:32 pm

NVIDIA has issued a statement regarding Linus Torvalds harsh words. A little recap: Linus Torvalds said during a conference that NVIDIA is the worst company ever and then said "NVIDIA: F*** you!" He said this because he was a little upset with the Linux support and willingness to work with the open source community.

 

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NVIDIA's PR machine has been at work crafting a statement to respond to his comments and finally issued a statement last night. The short version is that they are committed to Linux support using their own proprietary driver that is common among platforms. This allows for same-day Linux support of GPUs.

 

They also highlight their work with Tegra in the Linux community. Below is the NVIDIA response:

 

Supporting Linux is important to NVIDIA, and we understand that there are people who are as passionate about Linux as an open source platform as we are passionate about delivering an awesome GPU experience.

 

Recently, there have been some questions raised about our lack of support for our Optimus notebook technology. When we launched our Optimus notebook technology, it was with support for Windows 7 only. The open source community rallied to work around this with support from the Bumblebee Open Source Project http://bumblebee-project.org/. And as a result, we've recently made Installer and readme changes in our R295 drivers that were designed to make interaction with Bumblebee easier.

 

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Facebook adds subscriptions for app developers, moves away from Credits are main currency

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 19, 2012 9:35 pm

Facebook is adding subscription billing which should allow app developers to make even more money from their most loyal users. Starting next month, app developers will be able to create special plans or content that is available with a monthly fee. The lowest monthly fee that can be offered by a developer is a mere $1.

 

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Kixeye is a perfect example of how developers can take advantage of the new system. Kixeye is planning on having a $9.95 per month subscription plan that will give subscribers access to exclusive in-game items. They are focusing on a smaller subset of players that are more inclined to pay which should yield an interesting revenue stream.

 

In other news, Facebook is backing away from Facebook Credits as the main currency. Just a few years ago, Facebook was pushing Credits so that Facebook and online shopping would become linked in people's minds. This, unfortunately, prevented developers from using their in-game currency for purchases.

 

"Most games on Facebook have implemented their own virtual currencies, reducing the need for a platform-wide virtual currency," the company said in a blog post. Facebook has said that they will convert any user's remaining credits into the currency of whatever game the user would like.

Google now offering support to developers during office hours with "Developers Live"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 19, 2012 8:31 pm

Google seems pretty committed to strengthening its developer ecosystem around Android. So much so that they are now offering live support during office hours with a new program called "Developers Live." The new program allows developers to talk directly to Googlers who are the ones creating the APIs the developer is currently working with.

 

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Louis Gray from the Developer Relations team:

 

We think connecting you with Google's experts and your fellow developers can inspire incredible app creation. So today, we're introducing Google Developers Live, a destination for developers around the world that will feature live, interactive broadcasts ranging from developer-focused game shows to Office Hours where you can connect with the engineers who created and work on your favorite Google product.

 

Google Developers Live allows us to bring you the excitement of Google I/O year-round, beginning today with the release of starter-level sessions on everything from Android to YouTube, to help prepare you for the more advanced content that will be presented next week. And, if you have any questions after watching these tutorials, we've set up Office Hours with each of our presenters on Google Developers Live so you can ask them directly.

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IBM builds supercopmputer that uses water cooling to cool the system and heat surrounding buildings

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Jun 19, 2012 7:33 pm

Liquid cooling has been becoming more and more mainstream, thanks in part to closed-system water cooling units. IBM didn't want supercomputers left out so they designed a water cooling system for Europe's most powerful supercomputer. However, things become just a bit tougher when you start dealing with 18,000 processors compared to one or two.

 

 

The supercomputer sports 18,000 Xeon processors along with 324TB of memory. Both the processors and the memory are liquid cooled in this new system. The genius behind this system is that it cuts down on cooling costs for the supercomputer as well as cutting down on heating costs for the surrounding buildings.

 

It does this by heating the water to 45*C and then by pumping it through an exchanger which provides heat for the surrounding buildings. This water cooling system can, according to IBM, result in a 40% reduction of power usage which is good for up to 1 million euros. This is just the start of liquid cooling for IBM as they want to put the coolant pathways directly into the chip.

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Google gets upset over YouTube to MP3 converter, threatens legal action

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 19, 2012 5:32 pm

Google doesn't appear to be happy with a website that is converting YouTube videos into MP3s and allowing visitors to convert YouTube videos into MP3 files for download. It turns out that they are so unhappy with the website, which pulls in 1.3m visitors a day, that they have sent a letter threatening legal action.

 

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Apparently, this service that the site is providing is against YouTube's Terms of Service and, as such, YouTube has blocked the websites servers from accessing YouTube. Google has only provided the site with 7 days to comply with Google's request or they could face possible legal action for break the Terms of Service.

 

"We would estimate that there are roughly 200 million people across the world that make use of services like ours and Google doesn't just ignore all those people, they are about to criminalize them. With the way they are interpreting and creating their ToS every one of those 200 million users is threatened to be sued by Google," the converter spokesman said.

 

It's pretty clear why YouTube can't have people going around ripping MP3s of pop songs posted on YouTube. If they were, record labels would no longer want to put music videos on the site and Google/YouTube would miss out on a large amount of hits and money. But, if Google wants to end all YouTube to MP3 converters, they have a large task in front of them.

RumorTT: 7-inch Google tablet is expected to launch next week

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 19, 2012 5:00 pm

It's a tablet kind of week it would seem. First, we had Microsoft's announcement of ARM- and Intel-based tablets at yesterday's mystery event, and now sources are reporting that Google's tablet will be announced next week. I've put this as a rumor because the sources reporting this sometimes get it wrong.

 

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The tablet is expected to launch at Google I/O and will be a bargin tablet, unlike Microsoft's release yesterday. The tablet is expected to come with a $199 price tag and be based on lower-end components. Quoting "sources from upstream component makers," DigiTimes is saying that the budget tablet won;t have cellular or a rear camera.

 

It will, however, feature a front-facing camera that will be used for video conferencing. It's expected by DigiTimes that the device will be ready to ship in July as it is already in production. The tablet is produced in partnership with ASUS. It may not be able to do what Microsoft's tablet can do, but it certainly would help to have a $199 ICS tablet. I would even probably pick one up.

HTC admits Wi-Fi hardware problem with One X

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 19, 2012 2:11 pm

HTC is suffering a bit of a problem that is similar to Apple's notorious 'Antennagate' scandal. That is, the design of the phone is physically not perfect and users are finding poor performance and are having to squeeze the phone to restore proper functioning. let's just hope HTC doesn't tell users to just hold the phone differently.

 

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It sounds as thought it is a loose hardware connection, so this means no quick fix for HTC through software. HTC as done the proper thing, as opposed to Apple, and come out an dadmitted that there is a problem on some One X international versions. The problem does not affect the US One X or One XL. HTC:

 

After investigating isolated reports of WiFi connectivity issues in the HTC One X, we have identified a fix that strengthens the area of the phone around the WiFi antennae connection points. While many customers have not experienced any problems with signal strength, we have taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future

 

Thankfully HTC has handled this much differently than Apple did. Had they done what Apple had done, there would be a lot more fallout than there will be by them admitting responsibility. Users who experience the issues described above are encouraged to contact HTC's customer support or return the device to the place of purchase.

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