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Google to unveil Street View for iOS web app tomorrow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 8:26 am

Google are set to announce an addition to their Street View for iOS web app for Google Maps. The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg reported the news during his comparison of Apple's Mapps app, versus Google's app on their Android OS.




Mossberg tested the two apps against each other on their respective mobile operating systems, and even had access to the new tech as Google sent him sample links, where he said they "worked well", where he was able to pan around environments with his finger.


Google's timing is great, as consumers are simply not happy with Apple's lacklustre Maps app. This stop-gap measure of a web app might help them for now, but it would be nice to have a native app you can download from the App Store, but I really doubt we'll see Apple allow this, ever.

AT&T are the first US telco to announce the LG Optimus G in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 7:33 am

LG's Optimus G may be looking like a powerhouse of a smartphone, but until now, no US carrier had stepped forward offering the smartphone. LG's Optimus G is LTE-capable, will include 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage.




At launch, Optimus G will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and filling out the G's specs, we find a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch IPS-based 1280x768-pixel display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with zero shutter lag, NFC capabilities, and a 2,100mAh battery.


LG have baked in some other goodies, such as "Live Shot", which will let you capture a video and photo simultaneously - something great if you have kids, for example. LG have also included some battery saving options which they call "Eco Mode", which will disable two of the phone's four cores when it isn't using them. On top of this, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 processor includes Asysnchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing which will allow each core to power up and down independently, which will both increase performance when you need it most, as well as save battery life.

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Apple's Passbook gets some support, McDonald's, Airbnb and Eventbrite jump on-board

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 6:34 am

Apple's Passbook app is gaining more and more support, where just recently we saw huge brands like Major League Baseball, Ticketmaster and Walgreens all jump on the iOS 6 app. But, Passbook has just received some other high-profile brand support.




McDonald's, Airbnb and Eventbrite have all jumped on-board. The Passbook-enabled McDonald's app can be used to order and purchase food directly from your iPhone, but is only available in France at the moment unfortunately. Airbnb and Eventbrite are useful additions to the ever-growing support of Passbook.


Eventbrite have issued out over 50 million tickets, racking up over $1 billion in sales, with Airbnb booking more than 10 million guests as well as seeing a 26% rise in mobile traffic. Both of these companies deal with mobile transactions more than McDonalds, but the more support Passbook gets, the better the app will become.

Galaxy S III sales grow, seem to be unfazed by Apple and the patent trial

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 5:31 am

While Apple couldn't even get close to analysts' estimates on first-week iPhone 5 sales of 8-10 million, falling short and only reaching 5 million, Samsung's Galaxy S III is doing very, very well. Analytics firm Localytics says that demand for the S III hasn't slowed down, even during the $1 billion loss of the patent trial to Apple, and the release of the iPhone 5.




The analytics firm tracks what kind of smartphones access thousands of mobile apps using their mobile analytics platform, where they say that they've seen a 9% average increase of new Galaxy S III devices since the first week of August. New Galaxy S III sales grew by 16% during the week of Apple's victory in the patent trial, and grew another 15% during the week the Cupertino-based company announced their iPhone 5.


Localytics also thinks that Apple did Samsung a favor by suing them since "the deluge of post-litigation press coverage both drove general attention to Samsung and suggested that Samsung devices were similar enough to iPhones to be an option for many consumers."

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Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski leaves Epic, is taking a "much needed break"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 4:27 am

Quite the surprise today, with news that Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski has decided to leave game developer, Epic Games. Epic Games are the development team behind huge titles such as the Unreal series, and Gears of War series of games.




Bleszinski has been with Epic for over 20 years, and had influence on some of those most memorable games of our time such as Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal, Gears of War, and more. Tim Sweeney, Epic's founder, CEO and technical director, had the following to say:


In 20 wonderful years with Epic, Cliff Bleszinski has grown into a true design luminary, and his contributions to the 'Unreal' and 'Gears' series have helped shape the game industry into what it is today. Cliff leaves Epic with our gratitude for his many contributions, and our wishes for continued success in the next chapter of his life!

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Microsoft Surface references turn up on the company's EU-based websites

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 4:27 am

For those of you based in the European Union, you should be glad to hear that Microsoft should be selling their Surface RT tablet later this year. The company has referenced the Surface on their Italian, French, German and UK websites.




Microsoft's Surface RT tablet is set to go on sale with the launch of Windows 8 on October 26, but we still don't have any pricing or other important information on the iPad competitor just yet. We're closer than we've ever been to a true MS tablet, but it still feels so far away.


There's no confirmation that Microsoft listing Surface tablets on some of their EU-based websites translates into the Surface RT tablet hitting those countries on launch - but MS should be coming out with more details on the new tablet soon, hopefully.

NASA's Curiosity rover checks in on Mars through Foursquare, feels lonely

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 3:31 am

I feel really weird typing Mars, NASA, social networks and check-in all in the same sentence, but here we are. NASA have announced that their Curiosity rover had "checked in" on Mars through Foursquare.




This has given NASA the bragging rights of checking in from an entirely different planet, and will use the location-based social network to share updates and pictures whilst roving around on Mars. Now all the space agency has to do is become the Mayor of Mars, and they'll be one step closer toward being a true, space hipster.


In space, no one can hear you check-in, or can they?

Modbook Pro gets priced at $3,500 - welcome to a touch-friendly MBP experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 2:31 am

A touchscreen-based MacBook Pro is here, modded and ready to be pre-ordered. Modbook announced the preorders for their Modbook Pro, hitting a huge price of $3,500. What makes the Modbook Pro so special? Well, it's a touchscreen 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, with a stylus pen to boot.




It's also fully customizable, where you can option it to come with either OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mountain Lion with Windows 7 on Boot Camp, or just Windows 7. It's a wonderful thing to have all of that choice. Hardware-wise, you can configure the Modbook Pro with a 2.5GHz Core i5 processor, or upgrade it right up to a 2.9GHz-clocked Core i7 chip. Memory can be ramped right up to 16GB and storage can kick it up to a 480GB SSD drive.


Modbook Pro brings the best of both words, infusing the hardware of Apple's 13.3-inch MBP, with a Wacom Penabled pen tablet digitizer, all on an etched paper-emulating ForceGlass screen. If you want to order one of these bad boys, you'll need a $500 deposit with each order. The Modbook Pro's come with a 12-month warranty.

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Mark Zuckerberg to announce 'historic milestone' for Facebook tomorrow - one billion active users?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 1:11 am

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to announce something that is being dubbed as a "historic milestone" during an interview with Matt Lauer on the TODAY show, tomorrow. Zuckerberg's interview will be the first television interview post-IPO, and with the historic milestone being thrown around, most people are wondering what the Facebook founder could announce.




We know that Facebook could smash through 1 billion users, but are they all active? This could be the announcement, and the social network probably burst through 1 billion users a while ago, but daily active users is a completely different number - this could be the 'historic milestone' - one billion active users. No other site can claim this, and no other site is even close. Competing social network, Twitter, has 555 million users for example.


Digital marketing agency, iCrossing, examined Facebook's usage and based on the site's growth rate, the firm estimated that Facebook would hit one billion users sometime in August this year. Facebook have also had quite an amazing last six months, growing from 800 million users, to close to one billion. In the past three years, we've seen the social networking site go from 300 million users, to close to (if not more than) a billion now. Insane.

RumorTT: Xbox Music streaming service to arrive Oct 26 alongside Windows 8

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:44 pm

Xbox Music was announced at E3 this year. The service is billed as Microsoft's "definitive music service" and rumors now place the launch date as October 26, coinciding with the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft Surface, and Microsoft's pop-up holiday stores. It seems as though Microsoft will have a busy October.




Xbox Music is a natural evolution of the Zune streaming service that Microsoft had previously tried. Now with Spotify, Pandora, and others being so successful in this market, Microsoft has decided to give it another try. The service will span Windows 8, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 8, something the other services don't currently do.


The spanning appears to go so far as to allow playlists to be shared across the drive, as hinted to by the "Save to Playlist" option that is visible in the leaked pictures online. Pricing seems reasonable and there is a rumor that there will be a free, ad-supported version for the cheap people among us, something I would appreciate very much.

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