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Some BlackBerry 10 developers leave, form their own design firm

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 10, 2013 7:37 am

A handful of BlackBerry 10 developers have left the company, driving themselves forward and opening up their own design firm called Topp. These developers joined BlackBerry when their previous employer, The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) was acquired back in 2010.

 

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The Topp crew said they became the key personnel responsible for designing and developing BB10 during their few years at BlackBerry. Back at TAT, each member was a design and technology lead in their department, where collectively, they have worked on projects for some of the biggest companies in the world, which include: Samsung, Google, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Disney, and PayPal.

 

What are Topp doing now? Well, they're based in Sweden, with their website stating that they are a digital design studio who works on new products and breathes life into innovative ideas using design, prototyping and technology. Topp specializes in mobile, automotive, consumer electronics, home appliances and retail experiences.

ABI Research says the Moto X dominates the competition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2013 6:34 am

I have yet to get my grubby mits on the Moto X, but it looks like ABI Research has given it the once over and come out with nothing but good things to say about the first smartphone released by Motorola after its acquisition by Google.

 

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The research outfit tore the Moto X apart and doing a complete top to bottom analysis of it, where they think that the Moto X is one of the best smartphones on the market right now. ABI Research loved the form factor, the "much underrated" display and also the always-on voice commands and notifications systems are great achievements in power management, and "are a few of the attributes that set the Moto X a step above the rest."

 

When the Moto X stands against the iPhone 5S, the former uses around 2.5 times less battery power to do the same tasks, and has 20% more pixels on its display to boot. ABI Research says the Moto X with all its great qualities, far outweighs providing a new phone that has a new casing, new colors or a fingerprint scanner.

Oculus VR to host virtual reality conference next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 10, 2013 5:31 am

You can expect more Oculus Rift content in the coming weeks, now that two TweakTown staff have the virtual reality headsets, but next month the VR outfit will be hosting a virtual reality conference to talk about all things VR.

 

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The event will be housed in the Microsoft Nerd Center in Cambridge, Mass., with entrance being free. But, they will be accepting donations to the Boston Children's Hospital, which is a nice touch. Oculus COO, Laird Malamed will provide a day-long symposium of debates and demonstrations of virtual reality and game development.

 

Scheduled sessions at the Future of Virtual Reality with Oculus VR will include technical Q&As, developer and employment workshops, as well as glorious hands- or eyes-on time with the Oculus Rift headset.

GTA V update pushed out, will fix 'game progress loss' in GTA Online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2013 4:31 am

Grand Theft Auto V is breaking all sorts of records, but it's also breaking gamers' hearts by being problematic in GTA Online unfortunately. But it looks like those days could be behind Rockstar, with the latest patch hopefully fixing GTA Online's various issues.

 

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A new update is being pushed out to GTA V that will address issues related to "game progress loss in GTA Online" and other various technical issues. The update is available for the PS3 version right now, with a title update being pushed onto the Xbox 360 version of the game tomorrow "at the latest" according to Rockstar.

 

The update should fix the issues we reported on a few days ago now, but Rockstar says with the exception of "some specific instances where players purchase a vehicle and the save does not occur due to a cloud save failure." A separate patch will be pushed out to fix those issues. The patch hitting GTA V will fix the following issues:

 

  • Fixes multiple issues causing character deletion or other loss of progress
  • Fixes issues causing infinite loading, infinite sky cams, and missing interface options between jobs
  • Fixes an issue causing the "replay" option to be locked out on certain jobs
  • Fixes an issue where a player would become stuck in the mod garage when respraying a Sanchez motor bike
  • Fixes an issue where the Player became stuck inside Los Santos Customs during Online tutorial flow.
  • Fixes an issue causing the loss of guns and ammo
  • Fixes issues causing GTA races ending early because of players spawning too far ahead
  • Fixes issues in Last Team Standing where sessions would not progress past the lobby
  • Fixes issues with network errors when joining Last Team Standing using Quick Job
  • Added clarifications around when a player is using a temporary character in GTA Online during Rockstar Cloud server outages
  • Adjusts the monetary penalty for being killed in a One on One match

Google Slides now feature editable themes and defaults to widescreen

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 10, 2013 2:30 am

Today Google announced that it has updated its Slides service with two new features that help improve the presentation experience. For those who are not familiar with Google Slides, the service is part of Google Drive and is the company's answer to a free PowerPoint-like tool for building presentations.

 

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The update adds new editable master slides which allow the user to change the overall theme of their presentation by selecting "Edit Master from the slide menu. This lets you do things such as setting all of your first level bullets to bold, or change the font of your header. The program now defaults to widescreen now as well which makes building a presentation on a widescreen monitor much easier.

Music video giant Vevo makes its way to Samsung Smart TVs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 10, 2013 2:00 am

In case you just do not have enough Miley Cyrus in your life, Vevo has made it quite easy to check out her new music videos righ from your Samsung Smart TV. The music video hosting service announced today that it's app is now featured on Samsung Smart TVs and gives users access to over 75,000 music videos.

 

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Vevo says that they have designed the new app specifically with the television in mind, and that the app was coded by "expert human programmers." Thank god for that, because I was afraid that the app may have been coded by novice alien programmers from another world. Anyway, back on track! The app has searching and streaming functionality similar to Pandora, and allows users to select a genre that fits their mood, and Vevo will play a unique set of music videos. Users can also search for specific songs as well.

Foursquare for iOS gets refreshed look and real-time recommendations

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 10, 2013 1:30 am

Today Foursquare released an update to its app for iOS that introduces a completely new UI design. The new design was first released on Android back in August, and has finally began rolling out to iPhone users. Unfortunately, in the beginning only a few thousand users will receive the update while Foursquare works out any bugs that may pop up.

 

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The update features a new recommendation system that that runs continuously in the background, and monitors a user's location to recommend establishments nearby. The system will also recommend popular food and beverage choices once the user checks into the location. These recommendations are made based on previous user's comments and advertising partners.

Continue reading 'Foursquare for iOS gets refreshed look and real-time recommendations' (full post)

Nokia is said to be prepping the "Batman" Windows Phone for launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2013 1:00 am

While the world is focuses on Nokia's pending launch of the low-cost Lumia 525, the company is quietly preparing a second larger screened Lumia phone. Serial leakster @evleaks posted a little tidbit of information today that says the company is prepping the Lumia 1320 smartphone under the codename "Batman."

 

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Reports say that the Batman will be Nokia's flagship "budget phone" and will feature a screen as large as 4.7-inches for the device. No word has been released on the processor of choice yet, but we would expect something from Qualcomm in the dual-core range. Batman is said to feature a front-facing VGA camera, but nothing is known about the rear imaging sensor. Nokia will most likely include their new camera app too.

Lian Li shows off a new stunning double-wide brushed aluminum PC case

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 10, 2013 12:31 am

We first saw Lian Li's new brushed aluminum PC-D600 double-wide PC chassis earlier this year at Computex 2013. The PC-D600 is truly a behemoth of a PC case and for people like me with expansive watercooling systems, you need all the extra space you can get. Today Lian Li officially launched the PC-D600 in the US.

 

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Constructed of 2mm thick aluminum panels, the PC-D600 boast two separate compartments with expansive mounting points for cooling fans and extreme radiators. The first compartment is the size of a regular full-tower PC case and is accented by a large side panel window. This provides the perfect canvas to display an extreme gaming setup while being able to hide the wires in the second compartment which is hidden from view.

 

Lian Li has provided room for a 240mm radiator to be placed over the motherboard even with a push/pull fan setup while the right side of the case boast enough room to fit a 420mm radiator without any modifications. Those who like to cut metal will find even more room for large radiators on this side of the case. For those who need extra room, the entire set of three HDD cages in the right side compartment are removable to allow room for extensive setups.

Continue reading 'Lian Li shows off a new stunning double-wide brushed aluminum PC case' (full post)

Yahoo has just released an update for its Flickr for iOS app

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 11:29 pm

As part of Marissa Mayer's company-wide overhaul at Yahoo, many services offered by the company have been getting a refreshed look over the past few months. Today Flickr for iOS jumped into the hotseat and became the newest Yahoo property to get a facelift.

 

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The image sharing and storage app now has the ability to automatically upload images taken with an iPhone to the users Flickr account. This feature can be set to auto upload when on Wi-Fi only for those who have limited data plans. The update also brings forth a new auto straightening feature that is sure to please the masses.

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