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Google improve SMS delivery within their Google Voice app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 2:30 am

Google have updated their Google Voice app with just a single change, where they've "improved the reliability of SMS delivery". Google Voice has, up until now at least, hasn't been perfect when sending and receiving text in low or slow signal areas.

 

 

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This new update should help push through that, so the future of Google Voice is now looking up. The latest Google Voice app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

3DMark ran on the Ouya console, bested by existing smartphones

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 12:57 am

Ouya developer James Coote ran the new 3DMark for Android benchmark on his Ouya game console, the video of which you can see embedded below. Interestingly enough, the Ouya is easily bested by current generation smartphones and even some previous generation smartphones.

 

 

In fact, the Ouya console is ranked 73 among all Android devices in Futuremark's database for the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark. This doesn't exactly make me believe the Ouya will play host to graphically exciting games. The Samsung Galaxy S4 manages over double the score of the Ouya console.

 

This weak performance is likely the best the Ouya designers could manage while still staying within a $99 sticker price.

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Google study says mobile web is getting faster

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 12:07 am

According to a Google study, the mobile internet pipes are getting faster. Google used their Site Speed reports from Google Analytics and opted-in web publishers to get an idea of the speed of websites around the world. Google has again aggregated that data into the following graph:

 

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As you can see, on the desktop side of things, not much has improved from 2012 to 2013. Speeds are just slightly better, but not by enough to really have much significance. On the mobile side of things, however, the mean time to load has decreased by about two seconds. The median time has decreased by about one.

 

Google credits most of these speed increases to LTE/4G roll outs as well as increased processing power in mobile devices. Read the full Google report.

Dell XPS 18 put up for pre-order, starts at $900 and ships in May

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 11:33 pm

Dell has put their 18-inch all-in-one portable tablet PC up for pre-order. Starting at $899.99, the XPS 18 comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse, though those won't be needed as the XPS 18 comes with a full HD touchscreen. Upgrades can be had for $999 or $1349, if you want solid-state storage.

 

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18-inch for a tablet is a bit big to be lugging around, but it is nice that the system can be moved and used around the house. The system will start to ship in May and will compete with Sony's VAIO Tap 20 and Lenovo's Horizon Table PC.

 

The base $900 model will come with an Intel Pentium processor and a 320GB HDD. The $1000 upgraded model will come with a Core i3 processor and the $1350 model comes with a Core i5 model and solid-state storage. You can place your pre-order and learn more on Dell's website.

Trader who made unauthorized $1bn purchase of Apple stock pleads guilty to fraud charges

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 11:03 pm

You might not remember when a former Rochdale Securities trader was arrested last December or why he was arrested, but today he plead guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy after making an unauthorized purchase of $1 billion in Apple stock that led to the demise of Rochdale Securities.

 

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David Miller's lawyer:

What happened here was out of character for a kind and generous family man who has lived an otherwise law-abiding and good life. He deeply regrets what he has done and the harm it has caused to other people, including the former principals and employees at Rochdale.

 

David Miller ordered 1.625 million shares of Apple stock, telling Rochdale that the trade was for a customer. That customer had, in fact, only ordered just 1,625 shares of Apple stock. After the stock fell in price, Rochdale lost about $5.3 million.

 

The SEC has filed a civil fraud lawsuit against Miller. It's not clear what the SEC hopes to gain from the civil lawsuit.

Spotify launching in new markets, now available in Hong Kong, Mexico, Malaysia, and more

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 10:31 pm

Spotify continues to expand its availability to other countries. Although an official announcement has yet to be made, Spotify is either doing a soft launch or slipped up as the list of countries now includes previously unavailable countries, including Mexico, Malaysia, and Singapore.

 

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Other newly added countries include Iceland, Hong Kong, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Reports have said that users are already able to access Spotify in Malaysia and Singapore. Spotify's service is pretty awesome. Unlimited free streaming with ads, or $5 per month to remove ads.

LeakedTT: Say hello to the Corsair Obsidian 350D mATX case

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 10:02 pm

Pictures of a purported new Corsair case have shown up ahead of the Obsidian 900D launch taking place this week. Reported to be the Obsidian 350D, this small case goes against Corsair's push for larger and larger cases. The 350D is designed for micro-ATX motherboards and smaller.

 

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The case measures 450mm x 210mm x 440mm, which is 17.7in x 8.3in x 17.3in for those who use Imperial measurements, which is still a bit on the large side. The case does look good. However, there has been no word on when the 350D would launch or for what price. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the design!

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Amazon opens store designed for customers aged 50+

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 9:31 pm

Amazon has opened a specialty store for consumers over the age of 50. Amazon is calling the new store the "50+ Active and Healthy Living Store." The new store features hundreds of thousands of items that are important for older consumers, some of which are too embarrassing to purchase in stores.

 

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The new store, browsable here, looks to capitalize on the growing market of older consumers. The AARP expects that 45 percent of the US population will be aged 50 and older by 2015. Amazon wants to make sure they have a specialized place to shop.

 

After all, a large portion of the 50+ category have Amazon accounts and enjoy shopping online.

Psy's Gentleman video hits 67 million views in two days

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 9:04 pm

Psy's new single, Gentleman, has seen its YouTube video watched a record 67 million times in just two days, beating out the records of Justin Bieber and Gangnam Style. Bieber previously held the record for most YouTube views in a day, which was bested by Gentleman with 22 million views in 16 hours.

 

 

Those are impressive figures. Gangnam Style took 60 days to hit 350 million views. An interesting note pointed out by VentureBeat is that, proportionally, Gentleman isn't nearly as well received as Gangnam Style. Gangnam Style has around 10 likes for every one dislike. Gentleman, on the other hand, has only six likes for every dislike.

 

What do you think of Psy's new single Gentleman?

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Sony launches 2Gbps Internet service in Tokyo, laughs in Google's face

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 8:33 pm

Sony has launched the world's fastest home Internet service in Tokyo, Japan. The new fiber-based service is capable of 2Gbps download and 1Gbps upload, besting that of Google Fiber. Not only is Sony's new Internet faster, it's also cheaper, coming in at just $51 per month.

 

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The new service is called "Nuro" and is available to homes, apartments, and small businesses in Tokyo and six surrounding prefectures for $51 per month, with a two-year contract, and a $535.49 installation fee, which is currently being waved for people who apply online. The price includes the rental of an optical network unit.

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