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Apple rolls out OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 update

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 3:24 am

Today Apple released an update to its current OS X Mavericks operating system. The update brings OS X up to version 10.9.1 and is rather small in comparison to previous OS X updates. The update only takes care of bugs and software issues and does not install any new features either.

 

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The biggest fix has been applied to the mail app, which fixes integration with Gmail, and stabilizes everything for a more reliable experience. A bug that prevented Voice Over from reading out sentences that featured an Emoji has been fixed as well. For the full list of fixes and to download the update yourself, head over to the source link below.

Spotify finally makes its way to LG Smart TVs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 1:46 am

LG Smart TV's are finally getting access to the most popular music streaming service on the web. LG announced today that Spotify will be making its way to LG Smart TVs later this month.

 

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To gain access to the streaming app, you will have to meet a few requirements though which include a Spotify Premium subscription, and your LG Smart TV must be a 2013 or higher model. Unfortunately 2012 models will not have access to the app, and at the moment their appears to be no plans for free access to the service on LG TVs.

Yahoo Weather for iOS gets updated for iPad

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 12:16 am

Its been almost a year since Yahoo first introduced its Weather app for Apple's iPhone. Today the company has announced that the app has been officially optimized for iPad as well.

 

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The Weather app has been huge amongst iPhone users, mostly for the fact that it integrates Flickr to display stunning background images on its local weather forecast. Yahoo says that now the app has been optimized for use on all iPad models and everything has been designed to dynamically scale up to the proper resolution. The release for iPad comes a few months after Yahoo refreshed the Weather app for Android.

$7.85 million Las Vegas mansion is up for sale, accepts Bitcoins

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 11:16 pm

There are some multimillionaires out there thanks to the digital currency, Bitcoin, but now you can purchase a $7.85 million Las Vegas home with Bitcoins. A casino owner who is now a commercial developer, is selling the Vegas home, accepting Bitcoins as payment.

 

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Jack Sommer said he thought of the idea to sell his $7.85 million mansion from his two sons, who make and trade Bitcoins. Sommer said: "The advantage is that we're expanding our market and adding some notoriety." The house itself sounds gorgeous, as it features marble from China, Iceland and Brazil, a full basement, staff quarters with Jacuzzis, and a secret garden. It also has 39 air-conditioning zones fed from a 120-ton cooling tower.

 

Back in January, Bitcoins were trading at $10, now they're trading at around $870. Transferring $7.85 million in Bitcoins, and then a flash crash happening a few days later, plummeting the real-world value of Bitcoins would hurt, a lot.

Amazon says all its 2014 original series will be filmed in 4K

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 11:15 pm

Amazon announced this morning that it will be shooting all of its 2014 original series in 4K resolution in preparation for the coming shift to 4K. With more 4K TVs being sold every day, and the PC market adopting 4K rather quickly, this is a smart move on Amazon's part.

 

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Amazon says that the Pilot episodes for its fine new original series have already been filmed in 1080p, but future episodes for the full series will be filmed at 4k. This means that both Netflix and Amazon are on the 4K bandwagon, and the ball now lies in Hulu's court. With these online streaming services adopting 4K, it leaves us wondering how long it will be until the cable companies start offering 4K subscription packages or 4K movies on demand.

RumorTT: Samsung's Galaxy S5 Premium to feature metal chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 9:25 pm

With Mobile World Congress 2014 under two months away, the rumor mill is working hard at churning out new unconfirmed specs on the most anticipated smartphones of 2014. Today a new rumor has surfaced about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5.

 

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The latest rumors include reports of Samsung developing both a plastic and metal framed version of its next-generation flagship, and that they will be sold side by side with the metal version being branded as the premium model. Other reports are suggesting that the phone will feature a Quad-HD 2560x1440 display, 16-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, and a 4,000mAh battery.

 

While the high-resolution screen and metal framed chassis are expected, many analyst suggest that 4GB of RAM and a 2.5GHz processor will be needed to handle the 2560x1440 screen. Android 4.4 will most definitely be on board and an upgrade to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie will come before years end.

Sony begins releasing Android 4.3 updates to Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 7:45 pm

Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra owners will be happy to hear that the company is finally beginning to roll out Android 4.3 to their devices. This is good news because Sony previously said that its high-end devices would not be getting Android 4.4 until after they receive Android 4.3 updates.

 

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Today Sony has began pushing out OTA updates to Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra and the process should populate to all of the aforementioned devices before the weeks end. Sony recommends users have a Wi-Fi connection and the device be plugged into its charger before attempting the update.

Gigastone unveils a new On-The-Go USB drive for mobile devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 6:14 pm

This morning Gigastone announced the launch of a new USB On-The-Go drive designed for use with both standard and mobile USB capable devices. On-the-Go drives are growing ever more popular recently with the introduction of Android devices that can utilize their USB port for external storage.

 

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The all new Gigastone On-The-Go drive features a capacity of up to 32GB and allows content from mobile devices, PCs, and Macs to be quickly transferred between each other. The device also functions as an easy to use external storage solution for Android Devices.

 

"People today face a dilemma of having material stored on their PC or laptop and needing it on their smartphone or tablet," said Sherry Chapman, senior director of marketing at Gigastone. "Our new dual-drive, bi-directional On-The-Go USB/MicroUSB connector is the perfect way for 'on-the-go' individuals to save, backup, or transfer files. And the process is as easy as 1-2-3."

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RumorTT: Apple to launch iWatch in October of 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 4:30 pm

Rumors about a Smartwatch from Apple have been circling for months now, and today information was released from a Chinese technology site that says we could finally see the iWatch next October when the iPhone 6 releases. At the moment the hold-up is said to be that Apple has yet to decide on what size screen the iWatch should have.

 

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The report also states that the iWatch will feature a 100mAh battery, which is 1/20 the power of a standard rechargeable AA battery. In comparison, Samsung's Galaxy Gear features a 315mAh battery and has been heavily criticized over its short battery life. Today's report seems to somewhat confirm a report last month from Digitimes who said the iWatch would be released in Q4 of 2014.

No, Apple has not installed Bitcoin mining software into its devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 3:00 pm

Rumors about secret hidden software in tech devices are as old as tech itself, and since the beginning of personal computing people have been devising clever ways to trick others into formatting their machines. Unfortunately, a new rumor has popped up that has tricked Mac owners into doing just that.

 

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A new infographic is spreading like wildfire around the internet that claims that Apple has been installing Bitcoin mining software into their Mac devices since 2009. The infographic informs users that they can unlock this feature by opening up the terminal and entering the command "sudo rm -rf/*" Unfortunately, this command does not unlock any hidden programs, apps, or features, but actually tells the users Mac to format itself, which causes a loss of all data, and a bricked device.

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