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Mobile App of the Day: SwiftKey X for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 12:23 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is SwiftKey X for Android.

 

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Android typing has never been this easy.

 

SwiftKey X Keyboard makes typing much easier on your phone, replacing your touchscreen keyboard with one powered by smarter natural language technology.

 

SwiftKey X understands how words work together, giving much more accurate corrections and predictions than other keyboards. Very sloppy typing will magically make sense, and SwiftKey X also powerfully predicts the word you may want next.

 

SwiftKey X learns as you use it to make typing easier and even more accurate over time, and you can also personalize it using your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or blog posts.

 

This app is among Android's best selling apps for a reason -- it genuinely transforms your keyboard, making typing a breeze and saving you hassle every day.

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LG's Tegra 3-powered phone specs leak, smashed through benchmarks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 11:23 am

Mobile World Congress is but a fortnight away, and we're already seeing leaks about LG's new flagship smartphone. It is not a slouch in the performance department, sporting NVIDIA's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip (SoC), as well as a nice 4.7-inch 1280x720-pixel screen.

 

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Filling out the specs, we should expect the aforementioned NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC with LG pegging speeds at 1.5GHz for single-core, and 1.4GHz when on 2-4 cores, as well as the SMP core for low-power tasks, a 2000mAh battery, 16GB internal memory backed up by a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel front-shooter, 1.3-megapixel rear-shooter, all splashed together with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

Let's talk benchmarks, MoDaCo has some leaks and wowee do they look impressive. When pegged against Samsung's flagship Galaxy Nexus, it simply kicks its arse. Easily. This would be thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra 3, but just check out those benchmarks. This should definitely be one of the phones to look out for when MWC rolls around at the end of February!

Sony and Ericsson now split, Ericsson keeps the cars, Sony takes the house and renames it Sony Mobile Communications

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 10:17 am

Sony and Ericsson's split is now finalized, with Sony taking over Ericsson's 50-percent stake in the former joint venture. This move has reportedly cost $1.37 billion to complete and with it now being fully Sony-owned, Sony have renamed Sony Ericsson to "Sony Mobile Communications".

 

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The agreement was completed today, and has Sony absorbing the broad IP cross-licensing agreement, among others, which now makes Sony Ericsson a "wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony". Not that this news is exciting, but it'll be interesting to see where Sony takes their Sony Mobile Communications to, from here.

 

Will they try to compete much harder against Apple, Samsung, and others? Will they choose to continue with their Android-based products, or will they diversify and move onto Windows Phone 7 in the future, or Windows 8 devices? Time will tell, I guess.

RumorTT: Apple TV refresh, 1080p iTunes Store, coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 9:26 am

We reported nearly a week ago now that the iPad 3 would launch in the first week of March, but there are some more details leaking out now, that we could expect much, much more from Apple. It seems that the new iPad 3 will sport the high-res 2048x1536 Retina Display, which exceeds the 1080p resolution that high-def content comes in.

 

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Right now, Apple's iTunes Store has a limit of 720p for their video content, and 720p is also the maximum resolution that the current-generation Apple TV supports. Apple have reportedly been asking movie studios to start submitting 1080p content to the iTunes Store, and with the new iPad 3 sporting a higher-than-1080p display, we could finally see a move into years-old technology from Apple.

 

This means we could, or could not see, 1080p content on the iTunes Store, as well as a 1080p-capable Apple TV. Whatever it is, you can bet your bottom dollar that 1080p from Apple will be pushed as the Second Coming of Jesus Christ himself, and that they'll make the normal users feel like they simply can't get 1080p anywhere else. I'll just be happy that Apple are finally entering into the 1080p era.

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Apple awarded patent for the design of the MacBook Air, this could spell trouble for Ultrabook makers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 8:19 am

Sigh. Apple have been quite active on the patent front this week, and were just now awarded another 19 patents, one of those for the design of the MacBook Air. Apple could, in theory, use this patent on the MBA to try and block manufacturers marketing their Ultrabook, or ultra-thin/light notebooks in the US.

 

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The patent in question, No. D654,072, refers to an "ornamental design for an electronic device" and actually lists Steve Jobs as one of its creators. The term "MacBook Air" isn't used, but there are drawings of a laptop, where you can clearly see it's a MBA. The patent was awarded on Valentines's Day, and could see Apple use it for evil.

 

If Apple decide to use the patent as a weapon of mass destruction, they could stop most manufacturers from pushing their Ultrabook, or thin/light/portable notebooks. This could mean serious trouble for the entire consumer PC industry. Intel have a considerable amount of time, money and effort poured into Ultrabooks, and having to duke it out in court with Apple would spell more than one headache for most companies.

 

If I were Samsung, I'd be changing my design, now.

Apple are at it once again, now want to sue the already bankrupt Kodak

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 7:24 am

A picture truly is worth a thousand words, and that picture is Apple being patent trolls. Not only have the Cupertino-based company gone after Samsung multiple times, and even recently against their Galaxy Nexus, but they've gone after several other companies and now the bankrupt company Kodak.

 

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Kodak only filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy a few weeks ago now, but now Apple are seeking approval to sue Kodak in a New York court based on an alleged patent infringement. Kodak are now awaiting a decision from a bankruptcy judge who might give Apple permission to file a patent complain over technologies used in printers, digital cameras and digital picture frames.

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CBS could end up producing new shows for Netflix

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 6:26 am

In a surprising turn of events, CBS may end up producing shows for Netflix. Right now, CBS make 20 or so of their shows at their own production facilities, mainly for themselves. But in the company's earnings call today, CEO Les Moonves said they might end up producing something for Netflix.

 

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They are the only words used to describe the news, with nothing else to dab on as flavor. Moonves did not offer any other details, and won't do until they've signed a deal. Netflix offer even less, by saying "Anyone and everyone who produces content is looking to do deals with Netflix", said Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey.

 

Considering that Netflix launched a show called "Lillyhammer" last week, which is their first original series, and later this year will debut a show from mastermind director David Fincher, and the incredibly talented Kevin Spacey called "House of Cards", we could be in for a change in TV as we know it. 20th Century Fox is also developing a new run of the hilariously-awesome "Arrested Development" for Netflix.

 

Netflix have also reportedly struck a deal with Lionsgate where they'll produce a new series from the creators of "Weeds" called "Orange is the New Black".

 

Just give me some new Arrested Development and have Will Arnett deliver the eps to me in a $3500 suit and I'll be happy.

Far Cry 3 trailer is mature, game arrives in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 5:22 am

The Far Cry 3 trailer is below for your viewing pleasure, and the game is shaping up to look good. The trailer below is pre-rendered CG, so there's no in-game graphics or gameplay shown, but what is shown definitely looks cool.

 

 

The storyline, from the trailer at least, does not look too bad at all. It looks as though you and two friends are on an island together, enjoying yourselves, having fun, drinking, what not. You get captured, one of your mates gets killed, and you escape, barely. There's a bit of running-through-the-jungle Lost style, as well as gratuitous amounts of swearing, which seem really forced.

 

The game is due in September, so the wait is not long now. It will hit multiple platforms, but at the moment it's unknown of the PC will get anything extra. If previous games and ports are anything to go by, I doubt the once PC-exclusive Far Cry will receive a better-than-usual PC port. Wake me up when the graphics get as good as the pre-rendered stuff in that trailer. Oh yeah.

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Leaked images of BlackBerry 10 OS, looks swish

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 4:28 am

Leaked images have floated onto the surface of the waves of the Internet in the past 24 or so hours of Research in Motion's next-generation BlackBerry 10 Operating System, and boy do they look nice. BlackBerry 10 OS will sport home screen "widgets" which will allow you to call up apps and mini-apps, video chat capability, improvements to the e-mail clients design, just to name a few.

 

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CrackBerry.com are behind the images, where they've reported they received a 14-page presentation featuring BlackBerry 10-powered BlackBerry's from "a tipster". Of course, we have to question whether these images are indeed legit, but they do seem to be. BB 10 OS is shaping up to look quite swish, and it seems RIM have worked hard at this latest OS.

 

RIM aren't just dressing to impress, either, it seems they are baking in some useful features such as a clock icon that continues to show the time of the day, but also what time the alarm will go off. It is the detail in the little things that make it stand out. Another feature showed off in a screenshot is RIM's Universal Inbox, which is thanks to The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) which RIM acquired back in 2010.

Razer second wave of Blade gaming laptops sells out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 4:07 am

When Razer first unveiled the "world's first true gaming laptop", they had people in a flurry of excitement. It then arrived, and promptly sold out of its first wave of stock, and only just a few days ago got their second wave of stock, which they again, promptly sold out of.

 

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Razer are telling people through their Facebook page that they expect more stock to arrive on February 29th, and those who are signed up for the notification e-mail, will receive one as soon as stock is back at the Razer HQ. Razer are still one-upping the competition by continuing to offer the Razer Orochi Blade Edition to those who purchase the Blade gaming laptop.

 

If you want to check out some initial impressions of the Razer Blade by our own amazing Cameron Wilmot, check that out here. Whilst it doesn't do much for me, the laptop is popular on its own merit, in the form of selling out, twice.

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