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Ubuntu Phone OS coming to developers this month, should see phone sales early winter 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 7:59 pm

When we first heard about Ubuntu's plan to develop a mobile OS, we were stoked to say the least. The reported launch date of Q1 2014 did disappoint us though, but now we are hearing word of an official launch in October of this year.

 

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Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, one of the leading contributors and primary backer of the Linux based open source Ubuntu operating system, has said that developers will have early access to the new mobile OS later this month with the first official public release happening sometime in October.

 

Shuttleworth thinks that the Ubuntu mobile OS will allow corporate mobile phone customers to better integrate with their existing Linux based servers, and will allow streaming capabilities not yet seen in iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows based mobile operating systems. It would also allow users to simply plug their phone into their desk monitor and boot straight into Ubuntu, making the user's entire workstation portable.

Forget to charge your phone? Just use your morning cup of coffee to give it a boost

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 7:29 pm

We have all done it before; you get to work and realize that you forgot to charge your phone the night before. Now you can forget plugging in that USB cable for a battery boost, because the Epiphany One Puck will charge your phone by recycling the heat in your beverage into electricity.

 

 

The technology behind the Epiphany One Puck is quite simple actually. A Peltier is used to convert the heat into electric energy by thermo-electric-cooling. Basically as one side of the Peltier gets hot, the other side cools down and electrons are shed, generating electricity.

 

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We have seen this technology before and in fact it is used in custom PC cooling setups all the time. Cooler Master even built an entire CPU cooler based on a TEC. The company behind the Epiphany One Puck is about to wrap up their quite successful Kickstarter, so if you want one you better hurry quick to get in on the savings.

Wikipad attempts to make a comeback after GameStop deal goes silent

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 7:12 pm

You might remember the Wikipad, the 10-inch gaming tablet that was supposed to be the next big thing from game retailer GameStop. Sadly that deal fell through about three months ago. Now the Wikipad is making a comeback and it could be a competitor with other gaming tablets from companies like Razer.

 

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The new device is the result of a major failure in the first design. The failures were so big that the company actually had to re-tool their manufacturing process. Something so embarrassing that Wikipad president Fraser Townley would not discuss it in a recent interview.

 

The new device will shed its 10-inch screen in favor of a 1280 x 800 7-inch IPS device with a Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.1. Reports were unclear if the device would still include the gaming pad docking station, but the company did say that a 10-inch device may once again see the light of day if the 7-inch device proves successful.

RumorTT: Microsoft Office could be coming to a Linux OS near you next year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 4:57 pm

Companies and individuals alike have been hoping to see an official Microsoft Office port to Linux for years now, and it looks like those wishes may be coming true sooner rather than later.

 

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Whispers of Office on Linux were floating around the FOSSDEM conference last weekend like little birds flying in the wind. An unnamed individual from Brussels is reported to have talked to several companies present at the open source software conference. Nothing official has come from Microsoft yet, but this information suggests that company officials are considering the pros and cons of porting the productivity suite to the free OS.

 

This move would make perfect sense for the Redmond based company, though. Reeling in Linux users to the company's new Office 360 subscription service would most definitely bring in more revenue and it wouldn't really have much competition as the open source alternatives are not that great when compared to applications like Excel and more advanced Word users.

RumorTT: New Xbox to include Siri-like voice recognition

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 4:10 pm

The Verge is reporting that the new Microsoft Xbox, code-named Durango, will include speech recognition software. They attributed it to something similar to Apple's Siri.

 

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The new software is said to support wake-on voice, natural language controls as well as speech to text functionality. Users will be able to walk into the room and say a command like "Xbox on", and the console will boot up.

 

Users will be able to pause video content and resume it with voice commands as well as being able to search and purchase games through the marketplace using nothing more than speech. It is also rumored that Redmond is investigating functionality that would allow a Kinect sensor to detect when an individual enters a room, and it would suggest appropriate content after the user queries the Xbox.

Sprint sees record iPhone sales, yet still losing billions in revenue due to subscriber loss

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 3:22 pm

Sprint saw record iPhone sales during the 4th quarter of 2012, yet still lost billions in revenue thanks to a steady bleed off of subscribers. The numbers were released today in Sprint's annual financial report.

 

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The company reported that it sold a total of 6.6 million iPhones during 2012, with 2.2 million being sold in the 4th quarter alone. Despite the record number of sales, the company still posted a $1.5 billion loss, with operating revenue of $35.3 billion. The good news is that the total revenue is up by almost 5% over 2011.

 

When compared to its rivals, Sprint's sales are way off the mark, but they are improving. Verizon sold 6.2 million iPhones in Q4 2012, while ATT sold 8.6 million. I personally attribute Sprint's dwindling user base to its lack of a quick LTE roll out nationwide, which is something Verizon is dominating in.

OUYA will get annual hardware updates similar to smartphone update cycles

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 2:01 pm

Gaming consoles tend to not update often, with some units seeing update cycles reach the once a decade mark. OUYA is seeking to break that trend, and has announced that there will be a new OUYA released every year.

 

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At the DICE Annual Summit, OUYA CEO and Founder Julie Uhrman, announced that the company would be following an upgrade cycle similar to what smartphone manufacturers do. This means we will get a new OUYA console released every year. "There will be a new OUYA every year. There will be an OUYA 2 and an OUYA 3," Uhrman said in an interview with Engadget.

 

Upgrading the OUYA will be fairly easy for the company since the device is built around Android, and reference designs, hardware examples, and new devices are built every year anyway - unlike console companies who build propitiatory hardware and software that takes years of R&D.

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Apple looking to hire 10 new engineers for their failing Maps app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:34 pm

We all know how Apple's Maps app is pretty much a failure right now, when compared to Google's superior navigation app, but it looks like Apple is at least trying to improve the app by hiring new engineers.

 

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AppleInsider are reporting that they noticed some job postings where the Cupertino-based company are looking for some engineers to work with their Maps team. Out of the ten jobs, nine of the engineers "will handle various programming duties, while one will be assigned to tackle navigation." In the job posting, Apple say that their Maps application is the "best mapping program on any mobile platform" - really, Apple?

BlackBerry has a very successful time in Canada with their Z10 launch, sets new sales records

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 11:34 am

BlackBerry are in a make it or break it time right now, but early indications is that their Z10 smartphone is doing quite well, at least in Canada and the UK. President and CEO of BlackBerry, Thorsten Heins said that they've enjoyed their best first day of sales of a new BlackBerry smartphone in Canada.

 

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No numbers were provided, but he did say it was more than 50% better than any previous BlackBerry launch in the country. BlackBerry loyalty is huge in Canada, but this is still impressive. Heins also said that sales of the new smartphone in the UK are close to three times better than previous best first week of sales records, too.

 

We should see some more numbers in the coming weeks, with sales in the US being the biggest part of it all.

OCZ giving away copies of Far Cry 3 with Vector SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:34 am

It's not like you needed any persuasion to buy OCZ'z awesome Vector SSD, but this might just tip you over into buying one. The SSD maker are offering a free copy of Far Cry 3 with 256GB and 512GB models of the Vector SSD.

 

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You can only secure yourself two copies of Far Cry 3, if you were to buy two Vector SSDs, and the offer expires on July 14, 2013. The offer is available to North America, South Ameria, EMEA and Asia region customers only.

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