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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.

AT&T opens $100 phone trade-in program

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 10:32 pm

AT&T has announced a new program in which you can receive a credit for trading in one of your old smartphones when you upgrade. The program officially starts tomorrow, May 1 and AT&T says that this is a limited time promotion, so you might want to take advantage of it early on.

 

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Beginning May 1, consumers who trade in their current smartphone to AT&T* will be eligible to receive at least $100 off the purchase of a new smartphone, including the new Samsung Galaxy S 4, BlackBerry Z10 or 32 GB HTC One. These devices are normally $199.99 with a qualifying two-year agreement** but, with this limited time promotion, they will be available for $99.99.

 

This promotion applies to any smartphone AT&T sells, and gives customers access to the latest devices at a fraction of the cost or, in the case of smartphones priced under $99.99**, for free. To take advantage of this offer, customers are encouraged to visit any AT&T company-owned retail store or participating authorized dealer with their previous smartphone that is no more than three years old and in good, working condition. In stores, upon trading in their old phone, customers will receive the $100 credit on-the-spot and can use it immediately. ***

 

Some trade-in phones may have a value higher than $100. In this case, customers will receive the credit at the higher value.

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Waze needs beta testers before releasing an app for Windows Phone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 10:01 pm

Social traffic and mapping app Waze is looking for beta testers ahead of its launch on the Windows Phone platform. For those who don't know what Waze is, let me explain. Waze is a social traffic app that allows users all over the country and world to report accidents, police, and hazards so others can avoid them.

 

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Waze is one of the major apps that is available on Android and iOS and by working on a version for Windows Phone, it signals some belief in the Windows Phone platform. In order to apply for the program, you'll need to head over to waze.centercode.com. Note that applying does not guarantee a spot in the beta.

 

In order for Windows Phone to be successful, it needs to have some of these killer apps that are available on the competing platform. Waze is certainly one of them, but there are plenty more that Microsoft needs to bring over.

Google posts Glass How-To video, gets me all excited again for Glass

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 9:25 pm

Google has posted up a short How-To introduction for Glass. The video, which only has a runtime of just over a minute, shows how to control Glass with the touchpad. It also gives a brief introduction to the UI, which are called cards. Take a look at the video for yourself:

 

 

It would definitely appear that more Google Glass How-To videos will be coming soon. These videos are definitely a great way to get the general public interested in the rather expensive headset. I know this got me extremely excited for Glass.

 

The video does stay away from situations that could result in some embarrassment, such as giving voice commands to Glass. I'll be really interested to see more of these videos. What did you think of it?

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NASA extends ISS crew transportation contract with Russians, says domestic flights not likely until 2017

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 9:06 pm

In a disappointing announcement, NASA has said they have renewed a contract with Russia. The contract with Russia is for Rocosmos to transport US crews to the International Space Station and has been used since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011. The extended contract will cost NASA $424 million.

 

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NASA believes they will be able to send up US crews in US ships sometime in 2017, as long as they get the funding proposed in Obama's 2014 budget.

 

NASA is committed to launching U.S. astronauts aboard domestic spacecraft as soon as possible. Full funding of the administration's Fiscal Year 2014 budget request is critical to making these domestic capabilities possible by 2017.

 

It's rather sad that the United States has to rely on our allies to send up our astronauts to space. Many good inventions have come out of the NASA space program and it's a shame to see funding cut.

Wii U said to be hacked to allow games to run from USB drives

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 8:33 pm

Nintendo has suffered from piracy for a while now, with devices being built to allow pirated games to be played on the Nintendo DS and a device to allow games to be played on the Wii through the USB port. The creators of the Wiikey have announced they have successfully built a new device to allow games to be played on the Wii U through the USB port.

 

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The new device is known as the WiikeÜ and appears to be a method to allow piracy. The creators claim the device works on devices from any region without the need to solder any chips inside the device. The Wii U, which is already have issues selling, partly due to a lack of games, might be further hampered by this new device.

Rockstar releases 3 new GTA V trailers, each one details a main character

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 8:05 pm

Rockstar Games, as promised, has posted up three new trailers for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V. Each of the three trailers detail one of the main characters for the upcoming game, allowing you to get some insight into what you can expect. First up is Michael:

 

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Analyst believes Apple will launch iPhone 6 with larger display in June 2014

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 7:31 pm

Analysts seem to love projecting what a company will do, with Apple being a particularly popular subject of speculation. Today sees Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies, predicting, or rather proclaiming, that Apple will launch a larger iPhone device sometime next year, specifically June, 2014.

 

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Tim Cook has consistently shut down rumors that Apple was planning a device with a larger screen, saying that Apple would not build a larger iPhone until the current trade-offs no longer existed. That hasn't stopped people and analysts alike from predicting that we will see a larger iPhone this year or next.

 

Of course, Apple does engage it a bit of misdirection. Apple could very well be planning a larger iPhone. At the same time, analysts aren't perfect and Misek could easily be wrong. For now, take this with a bit of skepticism.

RumorTT: Nokia wants to bring Pelican Imaging tech to smartphones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 6:30 pm

This morning we are hearing rumors that Nokia is planning on investing in Pelican Imaging, the firm behind the shoot now, focus later Lytro-style cameras.

 

 

The technology uses an array of small 'plenoptic' cameras in a single module to take images with multiple focal points and thus allows the photographer to adjust the images focus point at a later time. This frees up the user to focus more on what is around them and less time worrying about getting the perfect point of focus at the time of shooting.

 

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Nokia is probably the number one leading innovator in smartphone camera technology, and has brought to market other revolutionary camera tech to the smartphone scene in the past. Most recently the firm managed to cram a 41 megapixel camera into its PureView 808 smartphone, and is rumored to be working on stuffing a similar camera into its next-generation Lumia smartphone.

New Wii U Virtual Console titles are on their way

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 5:33 pm

This morning Nintendo announced several new title additions to its Virtual Console for the Wii U. Included in the announcement are titles like Megaman, Xevious, Balloon Fight, Super Ghouls 'n Ghost, Super Mario Brothers, Street Fighter II and The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past.

 

 

The announcement came via the above video, which was posted on YouTube. While no release date has been announced for the new games, the ever growing list of Virtual Console games is seriously making me consider buying a Wii U.

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