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Google brings Google Now widget to Android home and lock screens

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 10:31 pm

Google's highly acclaimed Google Now app has just gotten a widget that is compatible with both your home screen and lock screen. Along with the new widget, Google has updated the searching abilities of the app and it can now find movie tickets through Fandango, houses for sale through Zillow, and "support for US college sports."

 

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In other words, you'll now be able to do even more from the app. With March Madness coming up, Google has added support for college sports so that it can be a one-stop shop for all of your searching needs. The updated app is available in the Google Play Store and can be updated through the Google Play App.

RumorTT: iPhone 5S to be built in March, launch in June

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 10:05 pm

More rumors have come out of the Apple camp with Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek saying that the iPhone 5S will go into production starting in March. According to his supply chain sources, they are slowing down production on the iPhone 5 in order to ready themselves to start producing the iPhone 5S.

 

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His research note indicates that Apple is planning to launch the iPhone 5S during their Worldwide Developers Conference in June, though it could be delayed until July. He says this likely won't happen due to the fact that there are "few changes for the iPhone 5S vs. the iPhone 5."

Last '7 Wonders of Crysis 3' video released, watch 'End of Days' now

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:33 pm

Crysis 3 fans can now catch the latest and final episode of "The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3" web series. The game launch is just around the corner and this is an excellent way to prep for the launch and keep your excitement building. Check out the video below:

 

 

What do you think of it? Are you excited for the game to release on PS3, Xbox 360, and computer on February 19? Let us know in the comments.

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Apple has officially lost 'iPhone' trademark in Brazil

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:02 pm

Apple is no longer allowed to use the "iPhone" trademark exclusively in Brazil after the Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) has ruled that IGB Electronics SA own the rights to the name. The INPI ruled in favor of IGB Electronics as the company has owned the rights to the name since the very early 2000's.

 

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Apple is still allowed to sell devices under the iPhone trademark, though this could open them up to a lawsuit by the trademark's owner. IGB Electronics could attempt to gain exclusive rights to the name through a lawsuit or could deal with Apple to let Apple pay them royalties in exchange for exclusive use.

RumorTT: New details about the Galaxy S IV surface online

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:31 pm

Contrary to previous rumors, Digital Daily is now saying that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will retain the traditional home button and navigation keys. Along with this rumor, they said that the S-Pen stylus will not be a feature included in the S IV and will instead remain a feature exclusive to the Note line of devices.

 

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For Samsung to keep the S-Pen as an exclusive feature on the Note line of devices actually makes a lot of sense. While it's a cool feature, it really is one of the major selling points of the Note line. If it no longer is exclusive to that line, users might shift away to the new S IV.

 

We'll know which rumor is true if the device is announced during a rumored press conference on March 15.

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New research has the potential to boost GPS accuracy by an astounding 90%

By: Charles Gantt | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:01 pm

A team of Spanish researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have developed new technology that is capable of increasing GPS enabled devices accuracy by as much as 90 percent. The new system could be installed in car and smartphone GPS circuits for very little cost, too.

 

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The team's findings were posted on the UC3M website, which explains that the team has been able to improve GPS precision by combining readings from several different sensors. The advance in precision is achieved by combining GPS signal with accelerometers and gyroscopes to better reduce the margin of error in location awareness.

 

This new technology has the potential to reduce the margin of error from 50 meters in urban areas to as little as two meters. Rural accuracy would also improve from about 15 meters to around two meters as well.

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Jawbone MyTalk user accounts hacked - email, passwords and names stolen

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 5:49 pm

Owners of Jawbone headsets, and Jambox owners, who use the MyTALK service, could have had their passwords leaked in a recent "security compromise", says the company. A limited number of accounts were affected during a recent hack into the company's systems.

 

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Jawbone said that it took action to halt the attack, but the intrusion lasted several hours. It appears that only names, email addresses, and passwords were stolen from user accounts to the MyTALK service. Jawbone is advising all users change their passwords on the service, as well as any sites that you might use the same password on.

 

Affected users have had their accounts reset, and should have received an email alerting them to the intrusion, along with instructions on how to change your password. No word was released on who might have hacked into the system, and no one is claiming the breech at this time.

Pulse adds new "highlights" feature to popular news reader app

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 4:45 pm

Pulse News Reader is one of my favorite apps, one that I use it almost exclusively for my news aggregation. One feature I always found lacking was the ability to see what my friends have shared using the service. Now, it appears, that my wishes have come true with Pulse announcing a new feature today.

 

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The development team behind the popular news reader has just announced that it has added a new "Pulse Highlights" feature that will allow users to see content that has been aggregated by their content their friends have liked and shared on both the pulse app and Facebook.

 

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"We've always been good at providing you with really good things to read. But now we are also getting into discovery. With Highlights, discovery is about people: close friends and family sharing content that's interesting and relevant for you", said Pulse co-founder Akshay Kothari.

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer says Microsoft search deal not delivering as expected

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 3:50 pm

In a recent interview with Reuters, Yahoo chief exec Marissa Mayer said that the company's partnership with Microsoft's Bing search engine is not producing the market share that was expected.

 

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In 2010 Yahoo and Vole signed a 10 year contract in an effort to steal some search engine market share from search giant Google. From the looks of things, what actually happened was Microsoft and Yahoo actually ended up just trading that market space with each other.

 

In December 2012, Yahoo owned about 12% share, with Microsoft having just over 16%. Two years ago before the deal took place the numbers were flipped around almost exactly with Microsoft having 12% and Yahoo owning 16%. While Meyer is not happy with the numbers, it does not mean that she wants out of the partnership, she just would like to see improvements made.

ASUS releases RT-N12HP Wireless-N300 router sporting massive 9dBi antennas

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Networking | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 2:53 pm

Life has a funny way of presenting answers to problems. Just last night I was discussing high-gain wireless routers with my colleagues here at TweakTown, and when I check my inbox this morning, I find a release on this beauty from ASUS.

 

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The RT-N12HP Wireless-N300 is the latest offering in home wireless networking from ASUS, and sports two massive, detachable 9dBi antennas. The monstrous rabbit ears are said to give consumers 300% more Wi-Fi range if your devices have equally robust network adapters.

 

The device also brings some interesting admin features to the table such as the ability to control up to four distinct networks, primary and guest networks with separate options, and even dynamic bandwidth allocation. I was unable to locate any pricing at this time, and also came up empty on retail availability dates.

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