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The scent of a brand new Apple MacBook Pro, in sprayable form

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 1:56 am

When posting news, I have to select a category, but what would this fall under? The closest would be Fashion meets Tech, but it was a hard choice! This news is not a joke, or a troll. Melbourne-based artists Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer and Simon McGlinn have teamed up with Air Aroma for a new unique fragrance.

 

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The new product is said to smell like a brand new Apple product, specifically a MacBook Pro, just as its been opened for the first time. Yes. I'm being serious.

 

To replicate the smell a brand new unopened Apple was sent to our fragrance lab in France. From there, professional perfume makers used the scents they observed unboxing the new Apple computer to source fragrance samples. On completion the laptop was sent back to Australia, travelling nearly 50,000kms and returned to our clients together with scent of an Apple Macbook Pro.

 

The new fragrance will be used at the artists' art show in Melbourne, where it will be diffused throughout the exhibit with an Air Aroma Aroslim diffuser. The bad news? The scent doesn't look to be going into mass production, so the legions of Apple worshippers can't get their hands, and noses, on this gear.

'Tumblr' will soon overtake 'blog' on Google searches if trends continue

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:27 pm

The infamous term 'blog' has a new competitor. Similarly to how 'facial tissues' became 'Kleenex' or 'copies' became 'Xeroxes', 'blog' is set to become known as 'Tumblr' if the current trends, available here, continue. Usually the names of companies become synonymous with what they do only after they have achieved a majority usage.

 

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This achievement would confirm that Tumblr really has established itself as the most popular blogging platform on the web. Currently, the term 'blog' is ahead of 'Tumblr' but XKCD blogger Randall Munroe believes that 'Tumblr' will see more Google searches by October 12 this year. If you want traffic to your blog, your best bet is to publish it on Tumblr.

 

As for Tumblr itself, it is looking to capitalize on its explosion of popularity. Tumblr has reiterated its commitment to keep ads off of the site, instead moving towards other forms of revenue generation. David Karp calls the $1 post highlighting "one of [Tumblr's] most successful revenue-generating features."

Twitter proposes new patent pledge, use patents for defense only

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:36 pm

Today, Twitter announced something akin to a treaty. The pledge gives employees more control over the inventions that they create and, more importantly, promises the patents will only be used for defensive purposes and not to prevent other companies from innovating. This new pledge comes on the heels of the quarterly "Hack Week," in which employees work on projects that are outside their regular day-to-day work.

 

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"One of the great things about Twitter is working with so many talented folks who dream up and build incredible products day in and day out. Like many companies, we apply for patents on a bunch of these inventions," Adam Messinger, vice president of engineering, wrote in a blog post. "However, we also think a lot about how those patents may be used in the future; we sometimes worry that they may be used to impede the innovation of others. For that reason, we are publishing a draft of the Innovator's Patent Agreement, which we informally call the 'IPA.'"

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Apple being sued in a class action lawsuit over in-app purchases

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:25 pm

A group of disgruntled parents have filed a lawsuit claiming that Apple is unfairly profiting from in-app purchases of digital content of free games that specifically target children. The group is claiming that it is far to easy for children using the devices to charge up enormous bills without any sort of authorization from their respective parents.

 

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The way Apple's purchasing system allows credit card information to be saved and accessed with just a password for future purchases makes it so that kids don't have to ask parents for permission. Federal Judge Edward Davila agreed with the group of parents and has granted a hearing for the class action suit on the grounds that enough examples had been provided for the lawsuit to proceed.

 

The court filing accuses Apple of "inducing" children to make in-app purchases. "These games are highly addictive, designed deliberately to be so, and tend to compel children playing them to purchase large quantities of game currency, amounting to as much as $100 per purchase or more," the suit read, according to the Telegraph.

 

Apple has asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed on the grounds of its recent updates that change the purchasing system. The updates allow an option to enter an additional password to purchase apps and other items from the store. Additionally, there is an option to turn off the feature completely.

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Microsoft to offer free Xbox Live media apps for five days

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 17, 2012 8:11 pm

In an undeniable attempt to gain more paying Xbox Live Gold customers, Microsoft will be offering it for free for five days. Commencing on Thursday, April 19, and running until Monday, April 23, users will gain access to Xbox Media Apps. Online multiplayer gaming will still be reserved for paying players only.

 

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Additionally, partners such as Hulu Plus and Netflix will be opening the doors and offering free access at the same time. This should allow both services to compliment each other and both should gain subscribers during this event. There are a few limitations of the free access to these apps. For example, the free Netflix trial is only available to those who haven't yet used a free month's trial.

 

Depending on where the customer lives, they will get a varying amount of free apps during the trial. In the US, the free apps will include CinemaNow, Crackle, Dailymotion, EPIX, ESPN, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, iHeartRadio, Last.fm, MSN, Netflix, Syfy, TMZ, Today, UFC, Verizon, VEVO, Vudu, Xfinity TV, and YouTube. I'm already a subscriber, so I wonder if I can get the Hulu Plus trial for free for a month.

Gmail users experience outage this morning, everything should be fixed now

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 17, 2012 7:02 pm

Many users of the popular Google service Gmail were reporting the service as unavailable this morning. The extent and cause of the outage are not known at the moment. Twitter was abuzz with reports from many users who are unable to access the service. The outage was not a complete outage as some people were still able to access the service.

 

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Other services appeared to be down in conjunction with Gmail. If Gmail was down for you, it is likely that Docs and Google+ were unavailable for you as well. Google acknowledged the problem with a post Google's Apps status dashboard: "We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Mail. We will provide more information shortly."

 

At 10:40am PT Google Tweeted that, "#Gmail should be back for some of you already, and will be back for everyone soon. Thanks for your patience."

 

At 10:42am PT A Google spokesperson said, "We're aware that some users are experiencing an error when accessing their Gmail. We are working on a resolution and apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience."

 

At 11:00am PT Google's Apps status dashboard said, "The problem with Google Mail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better."

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RumorTT: Microsoft involved in upcoming touch-enabled Ultrabook designs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 17, 2012 6:22 pm

Microsoft has stepped up involvement in the design of upcoming touch-enabled Ultrabooks to ensure that the user experience with Windows 8 is top-notch. Currently, most laptop screen hinges allow the screen to move about when touched. This shaking is annoying and makes the screen harder to read. This problem plagues large-screen notebooks.

 

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The reports surrounding Microsoft's involvement in designing Ultrabooks didn't specifically state what the company was asking manufacturers to do. It would be a pretty good guess that they are trying to beef up the hinges so that they hold the screen better and avoid the shaking that occurs with current models.

 

Both Intel and Microsoft are pushing for touch-enabled Ultrabooks as they feel that this is the way of the future. 30 percent of Ultrabooks available for purchase this holiday season are expected to be of the touch-enabled variety. These could be the classic clamshell type notebook, or one of the new sliding designs shown off at IDF Beijing.

Asus comes up with GPS fix for Transformer Prime, not the most elegant solution

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 17, 2012 5:32 pm

Users of the Asus Transformer Prime tablet have been plagued with issues since the release of the device last December. Most of the issues have been resolved through updates and patches, but one problem remained. It turns out that the aluminium shell does a great job of blocking the high-frequency radio waves of devices such as GPS.

 

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Finally Asus has come up with a solution. Last week, the company announced that a solution to the problem was on its way. Today, you are now able to register for your free GPS dongle which should fix the GPS problems experienced by users. The registration site is available here and will require you to log in and register your device if you haven't done so already.

 

You must request your dongle before July 31, 2012 as that is when the offer expires. The fix is hardly elegant and looks like a growth attached to the bottom of your device. However, it is free, so there is little room to complain. Additionally, it connects using the proprietary connector on the tablet which means you cannot use the keyboard dock at the same time as the dongle.

Google in hot water over privacy, may face fines for bypassing Safari settings

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2012 4:28 pm

'Google' and 'privacy' probably should never be used in the same sentence, unless of course you are accusing Google of breaking a privacy agreement. Well, the FTC has done that, and will be deciding in the next 30 days whether or not to fine the Web giant for bypassing a Safari setting and placing cookies anyway.

 

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Google, before ceasing the practice, had been using a special code to get around Safari's privacy settings so that they could track users on computers and mobile devices. The FTC is looking into whether this violates a 2011 settlement agreement between the FTC and Google over privacy concerns with the launch of Google Buzz. The fines in this case could be up to $16,000 per day.

 

Google continues to defend itself and a spokesperson stated that the company's behavior was "[providing] features that signed-in Google users had enabled." "However, the Safari browser contained functionality that then enabled other Google advertising cookies to be set on the browser," Google spokesperson Chris Gaither told CNET. "We will of course cooperate with any officials who have questions."

 

This is not the first time that Google has been in hot water over privacy concerns. The most recent, prior to this one, was the combining of the privacy policies across Google's services. The new policy allowed Google to combine user data from all of the services.

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Google rolls out a new design for its campus bike

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2012 3:21 pm

Everyone likes working for Google because of the atmosphere around the campus. One of the neat things at the Google Campus in Mountain View, California is the bikes that are scattered around to facilitate easier moving between campus buildings. Last fall, it became time to replace the bikes and the company knew exactly where to go.

 

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The company turned to its engineers by launching a competition among employees to redesign the 2-year-old fleet of bikes that currently existed. "We've got an entrepreneurial and innovative culture," said Brendon Harrington, Google's transportation operations manager. "We said, 'You tell us what you think is a cool design.'"

 

There was only 4 design criteria that had to be met by the design. First, it had to be easy to produce. Second, it needed to be affordable. Third, it had to be comfortable and secure. Fourth, the bike had to be Googley, using novel components, structure, and appearance. In response, Google received about 36 entries.

 

Entries ranged from a BMX-style bike to a modern take on the old Penny-farthing high-wheel bike. Google ended up going with something conservative: a beach cruiser with coaster brakes and hand brakes. It also sports a basket and bell and fenders to keep the spray off of riders' backs during wet weather. It also has a cover over the chain to protect clothing from grease.

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