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Samsung tennis celebrity uses Twitter to support the Galaxy S4, tweets from an iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2013 5:32 am

Samsung are a sponsor of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament that starts this weekend with Spanish tennis superstar David Ferrer tweeting to his 350,000+ followers of his pleasure of using the new Samsung Galaxy S4, except he sent it from his iPhone.

 

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Ferrer tweeted the above tweet, which when translated to English says that he is very happy with his #GalaxyS4 and that he was "configuring S Health on my new #GalaxyS4 to help with training @SamsungMobile". Ferrer was obviously not aware that his tweet would say "via Twitter for iPhone" and I'm sure Samsung won't be happy with this negative publicity now.

 

I'm sure he was probably taking a run using the new S Health app with his good friend Alicia Keys.

Over 20,000 people apply for a one-way trip to Mars on the Mars One project

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 1, 2013 4:33 am

It was just a week ago that applications opened up for Mars One, a manned one-way mission to Mars. Mars One is on the search for two men and two women from different nationalities on a one-way mission to the red planet in 2023.

 

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After just a week, there have been over 20,000 applications with 600 applications coming in from China alone. Requirements for candidates are as follows: If you show resilience, adaptability, and curiosity, you might qualify. Scientific and astronaut's skills, however, are not required. In the last twelve months, 10,000 people from 100 different countries have expressed interest in the one-way ticket to Mars, with many applications coughing up the application fee submitting and sharing their one-minute videos which you can watch on the Mars One website.

Yahoo now offers double the maternity leave for new mothers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 1, 2013 3:31 am

Two months ago, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned employees' abilities to work from home, while she built a nursery in her office for her child. Well, she has pulled a 180-degree turn and not offered double the maternity leave for new parents.

 

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Yahoo are doubling the amount of paid maternity leave new mothers can take, from 8 to 16 weeks leave. New fathers will even receive eight weeks of paid leave. Yahoo said in a statement:

 

Over the last several months, we've introduced new benefits like free food to make Yahoos' days easier, new smartphones to encourage innovation, and updated computers to speed productivity. Recently, we rolled out some new and improved benefits to support the happiness and well-being of Yahoos and their families.

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BlackBerry CEO says that tablets will be dead in five years time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2013 2:35 am

Yesterday we reported that BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins expected to sell tens of millions of BlackBerry Q10 units, but now there's some more juice to this story. The BlackBerry CEO has said that in five years "I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore".

 

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Another point from Heins' talk with Bloomberg, is that he said: "In five years, I see BlackBerry [being] the absolute leader in mobile computing - that's what we're aiming for. I want to gain as much market share as I can, but not by being a copycat".

 

I kind of agree with Heins, but not to the extent that they'll be dead. I think we'll see a move toward wearable computing, with something like Google Glass exploding in the consumer space. I barely use a tablet now, and rely solely on my smartphone, but as soon as Glass drops, I'll shift to that immediately.

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Google updates Chrome OS to better support public kiosks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 1, 2013 1:33 am

Google has updated Chrome OS with a new Managed Public Sessions feature so that Chromebooks can more easily be set up as public kiosks. The new feature allows users to surf the web without requiring any sort of login, all the while providing Administrators the tools they need via a web-based management console.

 

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Google points to examples of where this could be useful. For instance, a retail store could set up a kiosk so customers could order out-of-stock merchandise. They could also be used in the business center of a hotel. The uses are really quite endless.

 

Administrators can easily customize any Chrome device to be a public session device using the web-based management console. The features that you'll find in the console include the ability to set the default sites and apps a user sees at login, custom brand the homepage, block sites and apps that shouldn't be accessed, configure device inputs and outputs, and set timed log-out sessions. For security reasons, public session data is cleared on logout so the next user starts fresh.

Digg's replacement for Google Reader to enter beta in June, survey finds 40% of respondents willing to pay

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 1, 2013 1:03 am

Today, Digg disclosed the results of a survey it ran last week. The survey contained questions trying to gauge user interest in various features that Digg might implement in a replacement for Google Reader. The survey also asked if a respondent would be willing to pay for the service.

 

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As you can see above, 40 percent of respondents said they would be willing to pay for a Google Reader replacement. This then makes me ask, why doesn't Google charge and continue their own reader? As seen in the graph below, many users use E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to share links. Digg plans to include "seemless sharing" to all of the services seen below.

 

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Free products on the Internet don't have a great track record. They tend to disappear, leaving users in a lurch. We need to build a product that people can rely on and trust will always be there for them. We're not totally sure how pricing will work, but we know that we'd like our users to be our customers, not our product. So when we asked survey participants whether or not they would be willing to pay, we were pleased to see that a majority said yes.

 

From the quote above, you can see that it appears Digg is leaning towards a paid product, but this causes them to lose out on 60 percent of those who responded to the survey. We should know more as we approach the beta in June.

Facebook offering Windows Phone users access to beta app, looking for feedback to make it better

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 1, 2013 12:27 am

Facebook is looking for volunteers to use its new beta app and recommend changes to make it better. The announcement was made via the Windows.com blog and calls upon "all tinkerers" who "love Facebook and enjoy playing around with pre-release software."

 

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The app is available through the Windows Phone Store, though it won't show up in normal search results. You'll need to use this direct link to the app to be able to download and use it. They note that those who don't like app crashes should steer clear of this app as it is a beta product.

 

As you'll see, the app is undergoing a major redesign and now includes several much-requested features, including new support for high-res photos, post sharing, and Facebook Timeline. Once you've put the beta app through its paces, we hope you'll pass along bug reports, feature requests, and other feedback by going to Settings>About in the app. You can also post a Store review. Your comments and suggestions will inform future releases.

Google Search updated with further app integration for Fandango and others

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 1, 2013 12:07 am

Google refuses to settle with good enough and has instituted a fairly major change to its search today. Google has announced that app activities will be brought to Google Search, meaning searches for an app or site will bring with it popular in-app content, provided the app is integrated with Google+ Sign-In.

 

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The service will be rolling out over the next few weeks to desktop searches. For now, it will not be coming to mobile search. The app integration will be initially limited to Deezer, Fandango, Flixster, Slacker Radio, Songza, SoundCloud and TuneIn, though more apps will be added over time.

 

Google provides the following example: "Searching for Fandango, for example, will show the top movies among Google users. And when you click on a movie, you'll go directly to its page on Fandango."

Apple and Samsung to battle it out again in November over damages

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 11:32 pm

Late last August, a jury awarded Apple with damages amounting to just over $1 billion, saying that Samsung infringed upon Apple's patents. Just this March, Judge Lucy Koh struck $450 million from those damages saying that the jury didn't fully understand the patent issues.

 

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A new court date has been set for November 12, at which time Samsung and Apple will go at it again to argue damages. All of the evidence for this trial will be limited to that which was shown in the original court battle. Samsung could end up having to pay less, but they could also end up being on the hook for more, though it shouldn't go above the original $1 billion awarded.

 

A further court battle will occur in March 2014 over additional patent infringement claims. Why can't we just be friends?

RumorTT: Instagram and others will launch on Windows Phone 8 alongside Nokia Lumia 928

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 11:04 pm

WMPowerUser received an anonymous tip that Instagram would finally be making the jump to Windows Phone 8 alongside the Nokia Lumia 928 launch. The report says that Microsoft is planning to release INstagram, Temple Run 2, and Jetpack Joyride to Windows Phone devices when the Lumia 928 is launched.

 

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We expect the Lumia 928 to make its appearance sometime next month, so hopefully these apps will also materialize. These three apps would mark significant improvements to the app ecosystem over on Windows Phone, though Windows Phone is still lacking many popular apps that are on iOS and Android.

 

As with all rumors, it's best to take this with a grain of salt until an official announcement is made.

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