Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,060 Reviews & Articles | 50,472 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 2064

Apple will manufacture its US-built Mac computers in Texas, says CEO Tim Cook

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2013 3:38 pm

On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance in front of Congress to defend the company's recent tax dodging accusations, but not all of the conversation was about taxes. Cook told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that Apple will be manufacturing it's US made Mac in Texas.

 

apple_will_manufacture_it_s_us_built_mac_in_texas_says_ceo_tim_cook_1

 

"We're investing $100 million to build a Mac product line here in the U.S. The product will be assembled in Texas, include components made in Illinois and Florida, and rely on equipment produced in Kentucky and Michigan."

 

While this is good news, not all is as shiny as it appears. Apple will not be building any in-house manufacturing facilities, but will rely on existing manufacturers who have existing plants in the area. While nothing is official, as AllThingsD pointed out, China based Foxconn does own and operate several manufacturing facilities in Texas.

LeakedTT: LG Optimus F3 gets 4G speeds in low-end smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 22, 2013 3:13 pm

A new LG Optimus smartphone was spotted by PhoneArena this morning. The Optimus F3 is the little brother to the Optimus F7 and F5 we saw launched in February at the Mobile World Congress, and although it is aimed at the low-end market, it packs some cool features.

 

leakedtt_lg_optimus_f3_gets_4g_speeds_in_low_end_handset_1

 

The leak comes courtesy of a photo posted by our favorite Twitterer @evleaks, who is correct about 95 percent of the time. The photo shows that the device will be running Jelly Bean and will feature 4G connectivity, something we usually do not see in cheaper phones.

 

The phone is also said to feature a 4-inch WVGA display that is at least 720p in resolution, and will sport a massive 2,460mAh battery for super long uptime. It does not look like the F3 will hit the US, but sources are pointing it to an Australian release in the next few weeks.

Amazon looking to take on Apple for coolest campus ever, plans rainforest bio-dome in downtown Seattle

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 22, 2013 2:46 pm

Apple may be practicing "forward looking" with its spaceship like campus in Cupertino, but Amazon is looking to take things in a very different approach to a green headquarters. Yesterday while everyone was focused on Redmond, a proposal was being reviewed by Seattle's Design Review Board.

 

amazon_looking_to_take_on_apple_for_coolest_campus_ever_plans_rainforest_bio_dome_in_downtown_seattle_1

 

Amazon has tweaked plans for its new headquarters that will be built-in the inner city of Seattle. The proposed three block campus is codenamed Rufus 2.0, and will feature a huge tri-sphere bio-dome like greenhouse environment. I have included the PDF file of the proposal at Source #3 below.

 

amazon_looking_to_take_on_apple_for_coolest_campus_ever_plans_rainforest_bio_dome_in_downtown_seattle_2

 

Amazon says that the "plant-rich environment has many positive qualities that are not often found in a typical office setting." Featuring five levels, the bio-dome feature work spaces, dining, meeting and lounge spaces, and even a pair of shops serving the general public. A wealth of trees and plants are also present to keep things nice and "Amazon" like.

Continue reading 'Amazon looking to take on Apple for coolest campus ever, plans rainforest bio-dome in downtown Seattle' (full post)

Unity game engine is now free for iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10 developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 22, 2013 10:27 am

If you're a game developer, it looks like your work just got a whole lot better, as the Unity game rendering engine is now free for iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10. Unity CEO, David Helgason, announced the changes to their terms today during the Unite Nordic trade conference.

 

unity_game_engine_is_now_free_for_ios_android_and_blackberry_10_developers_02

 

These licensing fees for the Unity engine in their basic form previously cost $800, and are now absolutely free to developers. Helgason has said that the change to the pricing structure is to help build momentum for indie game developers and studios. The same free deal will eventually arrive on Windows Phone 8, too.

Google Now voice search arrives on Chrome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 22, 2013 9:32 am

I'm a huge advocate of Google Now and use it on the daily, but the great Google Now style voice search has just reached the latest Chrome stable build for the desktop - version 27.0.1453.93 to be exact.

 

google_now_voice_search_arrives_on_chrome_01

 

It's not perfect yet, but it is working as a basic voice search and response service right now. If you want to try it out, make sure that your Chrome build is the latest updated version, if not - click the Help button. From there, give it a few seconds to check your version, and let it restart. When you're back in Chrome, check out http://www.Google.com and then click the microphone you'll see in the search box.

 

Chrome will ask you for some permission to listen to your voice, and from there you can blast Google for answers.

HTC's Chief Product Officer has left the company according to reports

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2013 8:33 am

HTC have been in trouble for a while now, but The Verge has learned that the company's Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, has left the company. Kodera reportedly left last week, and up until his departure he was responsible for HTC's overall product strategy.

 

htc_s_chief_product_officer_has_left_the_company_according_to_reports_05

 

Considering HTC just launched their very important One smartphone, this is some very had timing. Kodera isn't the only HTC employee to jump ship, with HTC's Vice President of Global Communications, Jason Gordon, leaving too. Not only that, but Rebecca Rowland who was the Global Retail Marketing Manager, Director of Digital Marketing John Starkweather and Product Strategy Manager Eric Lin.

 

Also remember what HTC's co-founder and CEO, Peter Chou, said last year? Chou said that if the One isn't a huge success, he would step down as CEO. Are we getting closer to the point where HTC will go into the fetal position and cry? It seems like the time that Chou will step down is getting closer with each passing day, and sale of the Galaxy S4.

The latest Man of Steel 'Fate of Your Planet' trailer is filled with beautiful action

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 22, 2013 7:32 am

We've had a handful of trailers to Zack Snyder's reboot of Superman, Man of Steel, but this new 'Fate of Your Planet' trailer is filled to the brim with action. Check it out below, and then we'll go through what we can see in the trailer.

 

 

The beginning starts of with Zod's message to Earth, then the fun really begins. We get a better look at Laurence Fishburne's Perry White, Amy Adams' Lois Lane, Michael Shannon's General Zod, and of course, UK born Henry Cavill's Superman. The trailer has General Zod threatening Earth for harboring Kal-El, where he states that "the fate of your planet rests in your hands" unless they give Kal-El up.

 

the_latest_man_of_steel_trailer_is_filled_with_beautiful_action_01

 

the_latest_man_of_steel_trailer_is_filled_with_beautiful_action_02

 

Zod says that Kal-El has 24 hours to surrender, "or watch this world suffer the consequences". Things ramp up a bit, and we have a death stare from Zod, a huge punch to Zod by Superman, Faora threatening someone (Superman, or the military), Superman receiving a huge smackdown by some robot or person in a suit, a fighter jet crashing into buildings in Metropolis, Superman being dragged into countless skulls, Lois going into some form of a suit, more of Superman flying, Zod hitting Superman with a steel girder (girly scream from me), Superman screaming, some utterly awesome heat vision being shot from Superman's eyes, and bam - the El symbol, end.

 

the_latest_man_of_steel_fate_of_your_planet_trailer_is_filled_with_beautiful_action_03

 

the_latest_man_of_steel_trailer_is_filled_with_beautiful_action_04

 

Man of Steel launches on June 14 in the US.

Touchscreen-based laptop sales surge by 52% in Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 22, 2013 6:30 am

According to a new report from DisplayBank, who is a division of market research firm IHS, around 10% of all Windows 8-based notebooks sold in Q1 2013 have a touchscreen. Their report claims that 46 million notebooks shipped in the three-month period, with 4.57 million of those being touchscreen-capable notebooks.

 

touchscreen_based_laptop_sales_surge_by_52_in_the_last_three_months_05

 

This means that compared to the previous quarter, touchscreen-based notebook sales have surged 51.8%. While sales of notebooks are strong, how many of those 4.57 million consumers actually put their hand forward and touch their screen for day-to-day use?

Spotify now publishes top 50 charts as free-to-play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 22, 2013 5:32 am

Spotify have started publishing a top 50 list of the most streamed and most shares music through their streaming service. The top 50 lists are being made available as widgets for website owners, who can embed them on their websites.

 

spotify_now_publishes_top_50_charts_as_free_to_play_04

 

Best of all, music lovers can listen to the top 50 tracks for free, without having to sign in or even register for Spotify. Why are Spotify doing this? Well, it would be a great way to get users to notice the service, take a look around, enjoy it and then sign up for their premium subscription. Right now, the music streaming service features over 24 million active users, but only 6 million of those are paid subscribers.

 

The top 50 charts should update automatically every Monday at around noon EST, with charts from previous weeks continuing to be made available for review, but it's not clear if users will be able to stream from them.

Intel appoints Mike Bell to lead their newly-opened emergent technology and product trend group

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2013 4:35 am

Intel have just appointed Mike Bell in charge of their new emergent technology and product trend group, which will include ultra-mobile devices. This new division, according to Intel will be "tasked with turning cool technology and business model innovations into products that shape and lead markets".

 

intel_appoints_mike_bell_to_lead_their_newly_opened_emergent_technology_and_product_trend_group_03

 

Before Bell took on the lead of the new group, he previously let the chipmaker's mobile chip business. Before joining Intel, Bell spent 16 years with Apple, where he actually had a hand in the early work on the iPhone. This new move is part of Intel's internal reorganization by fresh CEO Brian Krzanich.

loading