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LeakedTT: Huawei P6 could be world's thinnest smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 3:29 pm

Rumors and claims of the world's thinnest cell phone have been around since cell phones were invented, and while some of those claims have turned out to be true, there is always another "World's Thinnest" right around the corner.




This morning we are hearing reports that Huawei has just sent a phone for approval through China's version of the FCC. While that is nothing special or unique on a normal day, leaked details on this handset say that it is the world's thinnest smartphone. The Huawei P6-UO6 measures just a mere 6.18mm thick.




The P6-UO6 is said to feature a 4.7-inch screen, with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. Rumors say that it will ship with Android Jelly Bean and will take photos at a mediocre 5 megapixels. Whether or not this leak is true, we wonder how much smaller can smartphones get? At 6.5mm thick (thin?), there is not a whole lot of room left.

UK gets Skype on, US has to wait a few more weeks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 2:45 pm

Beginning today Skype will be available via in the UK, enabling users to make and receive calls via their inboxes. US users should not get very excited just yet though as the service will not become available stateside for a few more weeks.




Microsoft has planned on merging the two services since it acquired Skype back in 2011. A browser plugin must first be installed before you can use the service, which will merge both your and Skype accounts.


Additionally, users will also be able to import all of their Skype contacts into Outlook.

CERN restores world's first website in honor of 20 Year Anniversary

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 2:08 pm

Twenty years ago today, the internet as we know it was born when CERN released the technology that made the World Wide Web work. It has been a long battle, but for the most part, the internet has remained open and free as its creators intended.




To commemorate 20 years of free and open information sharing, CERN has recreated the first website ever published. This is an effort to preserve the humble beginnings on which the modern and future internet was founded. CERN is also working to refurbish the original servers used as well to further preserve the history what could be the greatest invention ever.


Check out CERNS recreation of the first website here. Cool!

USB-IF to revise SuperSpeed USB 3.0 specifications, more speed coming

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 1:49 pm

With Intel increasing the speed of its Thunderbolt interconnect to 20Gbps, and unveiling the new Falcon Ridge controller that will hit production by the end of the year, it didn't take long for the USB-IF to respond.




At the latest Intel Developers Forum that took place in Beijing recently, the USB-IF announced that development is underway to double the throughput of SuperSpeed USB from 5Gbps to 10Gbps. The speed enhancement will come with new cables, but retain backwards compatibility with existing connectors.


The USB-IF also unveiled the latest power delivery specification, providing a single cable for data and power delivery for devices up to 100 watts.


"The USB-IF recognizes consumer demand for a simplified single-cable solution to power and simultaneously transfer data to their laptops, tablets and smartphones," said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF president and COO. "With the new SuperSpeed USB enhancement to increase performance up to 10 Gbps data rate, coupled with the USB Power Delivery specification capable of delivering up to 100 watts of power to USB-enabled devices, consumers will soon be able to have one USB cable to support all their needs."

Nokia counting on their new $20 phone to give them an "edge" over rivals in emerging markets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 11:30 am

Nokia wants to out-cheap the already cheap phones arriving in emerging markets, with Bloomberg reporting the Finnish phone maker is "counting on a bare-bones handset that sells for just $20 to give it an edge" over its rivals in emerging markets.




The company's Nokia 105 phone includes features such as "preloaded games, a color screen, a radio, a speaking clock and a flashlight". The Nokia 105 has already reached shelves in India and Indonesia, with the company planning for a European launch in the hear future. Nokia were forced to play their hand after having their sales taken away in emerging markets from Samsung, Huawei and ZTE.

Google Chromebooks to become an actual threat this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 10:38 am

Google are looking to dig their heels into yet another market, according to a new report from DigiTimes, both Acer and ASUS are optimistic about the long-term prospects of Google's Chromebooks, and are now working on low-priced systems that will arrive in the second half of the year.




Acer will be aiming at students with a new 11.6-inch model to be released in July, as well as Chrome OS-powered systems to be expected from ASUS, HP, Samsung and Lenovo later in the year. We actually reported on vendors wanting to push Android-based products onto the market, so this might be it. Hold onto your seats folks, we're going to be experiencing a bumpy next couple of years for Windows.

New Pacific Rim trailer has never made 288 feet high robots fighting aliens look so good

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 9:34 am

The latest footage of the epic science fiction movie directed by Guillermo del Toro is here, with Pacific Rim never looking better. If you don't know what Pacific Rim is yet, you might want to watch the trailer below. If you do know what it is, you probably haven't read any of this and clicked the trailer anyway.



Thoughts? That trailer should have most people convinced, I tried throwing money at my screen but nothing happened. Instead of the shakey cam Micheal Bay movies we received with Transformers, and as much as I loved them as fun summer movies, this looks like we're actually going to see 288 feet high robots kicking some alien ass.

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BlackBerry Q10 to sell "several tens of millions of units"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 8:26 am

BlackBerry chief executive officer, Thorsten Heins, spoke with Bloomberg about their BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, saying that it is expected to sell "several tens of millions of units".




The BlackBerry CEO added: "We have very, very good first signs already after the launch in the UK. This is going into the installed base of more than 70 million BlackBerry users so we have quite some expectations". We also have Jefferies Group analyst, Peter Misek, saying that UK stores Selfridged and Carphone Warehouse selling out of the BlackBerry Q10 quickly, but couldn't back this up with any sales numbers. He has said: "Z10 sales in Canada, the US and UK remain steady with no inventory or return issues".


The BlackBerry CEO finished off by saying that the Q10 will "create a certain attraction towards BlackBerry 10, and then whatever comes up, we will entertain any valuable discussion for the company" in regards to licensing the BlackBerry 10 OS, adding: "We are still observing and watching that space and that's what we will continue to do".

Twitter for Glass gets spotted, Google Glass owners should get their hashtags ready

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 7:35 am

With Glass set to be the best big thing, it would make sense that the second biggest social network in the world begin testing their application for the wearable eyewear from Google.




Google have been using the hashtag "#throughglass" on their Google+ posts using their Glass hardware, and earlier in the week we had Twilio developer Jon Gottfried hacking his own Twitter Glass application using Google's Glass API. He also used that same hashtag for tweets sent through his app, GlassTweet.


The developer also noticed some other tweets showing up with the #throughglass hashtag, but these tweets had an official "Twitter for Glass" label on them. If you're a developer, you can't just slap "Twitter" on any tweet, as the social network restricts the creation of apps with "Twitter" in the name. So this might actually be the real deal.

RumorTT: Sony to release quad-core 5-inch smartphone with 20-megapixel camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 6:31 am

Sony are working on something with the codename of "Honami", which is said to be part of the company's "One Sony" branding initiative, which will see all of Sony's top technology to a single, superphone.




Chinese site, ePrice, have said that this new superphone from Sony would feature a 5-inch 1080p display, with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and a huge 20-megapixel rear-facing camera with a Cybershot CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss lens. We should also expect 2GB of RAM, a non-removable battery, as well as it being dust- and water-proof.


We should expect Sony to unveil this monster at the IFA trade show in September. If it's anything like their impressive Xperia Z, we should begin to get excited.