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Google Talk is down for majority of users

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 1:42 pm

Google is having issues with it's Google Talk service. For about three hours now, Google Talk has been down. At this point, Google is investigating the matter and has promised an update about 10 minutes from now. Google hasn't provided a time frame for the service to return and they haven't provided a reason for the outage.

 

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The status of Google Talk can be checked on Google's website. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more about the outage, its causes, and when the service comes back. Until then, you're going to have to find another way to chat with your friends.

RumorTT: Facebook are working with HTC on a mobile phone, would see a 2013 release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 10:30 am

A reporter over at Bloomberg has said that social networking juggernaut, Facebook, are working with mobile phone manufacturer HTC on a device that would be released mid next year. Rumors of a Facebook phone have been around for quite some time now, but this report re-affirms this rumor, with the same specifics, that something is coming.

 

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It was rumored in late-2011 that "Buffy" was being worked on, and was a HTC-made, Facebook phone. We also heard that Facebook were hiring Apple engineers who worked on the iPhone and iPad, but we know what rumors are like.

 

TNW reached out for a comment to Facebook, with a spokesperson saying:

 

Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. We're working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world.

RumorTT: Microsoft's cheapest Surface tablet could cost $1,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 9:27 am

Swedish website Webhallen.com is reporting the prices for all four upcoming Microsoft Surface tablets, which covers both the RT and Pro editions. A screengrab from WPCentral shows the pricing:

 

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This means we're looking at around $1,000 for an ARM-based Windows RT device in its 32GB flavor. Considering the 32GB Wi-Fi-only iPad is around $100 cheaper than the above Surface tablet, Microsoft could have some issues here.

 

I will still be grabbing a Surface personally, but this price is going to turn many, many people away. Apple's iPad has its foot firmly placed into the market, and its hard to sell anything but an iDevice to most people these days. Microsoft will need to make a loss on each Surface tablet if it even wants to begin competing in the market.

 

But then again, the Surface isn't out, and this is a RumorTT post. Things could change over the coming months.

Qualcomm jumps in for a ride with Renault, will trial wireless electric car charging

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:34 am

Qualcomm have found a new partnership with French carmaker Renault, where the two companies will begin field trial of its revolutionary wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology.

 

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If the trial is successful, it could eventually lead to a wider adopton of all-electric vehicles, as well as other potential uses in many different markets. Drawbacks in the way of widespread charging stations have really stopped this type of technology from impacting our day-to-day lives, or making it into vehicles in bigger numbers, but it looks like WEVC could change all of this.

 

Qualcomm's technology uses a concept involving inductive power transfer from tow coils tuned to create a magnetic field to "move" the power from one location to another. In order for the vehicle to be wirelessly charged, it requires a charging mat that gets embedded in the ground, and a receiver to be installed on the underside of the vehicle.

Continue reading 'Qualcomm jumps in for a ride with Renault, will trial wireless electric car charging' (full post)

RumorTT: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to hit Samsung Galaxy S III, as well as the S II

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 7:31 am

We knew that Samsung's quad-core smartphone, the Galaxy S III would receive some love from Google in the way of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but its predecessor, the Galaxy S II had not been on a confirmed list to receive JB.

 

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But, according to Sammobile.com, Samsung are prepped to announce the upgrade for both Galaxy smartphones sometime in August or September. Apparently, initial testing on the S II has been fine, with a strong chance that the South Korean company could release the Android 4.1 update, as long as it passes testing.

 

The site also suggests that the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 would also receive Jelly Bean updates. Samsung haven't officially confirmed any of this, so this gets stamped with a "RumorTT" stamp for now.

Valve boss Gabe Newell says Windows 8 is a "catastrophe", and is driving Valve to embrace Linux

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:33 am

During videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle, Valve boss Gabe Newell branded Windows 8 as "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space". He added that in the fallout from Windows 8 "we'll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people."

 

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Newell adds that one of the last remaining things keeping people from trying Linux was the lack of games, but with the company bringing both Steam, and Left 4 Dead 2 to the platform, it could be the start of a new direction for the PC. Newell describes it as "a hedging strategy" and if his predictions of Windows 8 are correct, he says "it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality".

 

But, you've got to remember, Valve makes money from every sale on their digital distribution platform, Steam. Windows 8 sports a built-in Windows Store, which would challenge Valve's revenue source, maybe not in a direct way, but it will still be competition. But, Microsoft's Windows Store is more closed, and controlled, compared to Valve's Steam platform.

Continue reading 'Valve boss Gabe Newell says Windows 8 is a "catastrophe", and is driving Valve to embrace Linux' (full post)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 gets unboxed, sports 2GB RAM, HSPA+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:25 am

Samsung first showed off their 10.1-inch Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, and since its unveiling the slate, Samsung have baked in a few changes before release.

 

 

Since MWC, the Note 10.1 has received some of the same treatment the flagship Galaxy S III smartphone was treated to, this includes a similar color scheme of white and silver. It also includes the same Exynos 4 Quad processor, giving us a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU rocking along inside, as well as 2GB of RAM and support for HSPA+ 3G internet.

 

The Brave Post have managed to get their grubby little paws on one, and revealed the above details. Not only that, but they suggest that the inclusion of 3G internet access extends the Note 10.1's phone functionality, where it can act as a speaker phone and message access point. Samsung are still prepped to announce something on August 15, but this could well be their Galaxy Note II.

Continue reading 'Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 gets unboxed, sports 2GB RAM, HSPA+' (full post)

AOL enjoys $531 million revenue for Q2, has been its lowest revenue decline in 7 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 5:31 am

AOL reported their Q2 earnings report, seeing revenues of $531 million. This makes it AOL's lowest total revenue decline in seven years, with a 2-percent year-on-year decrease.

 

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AOL's legacy income, such as mobile carrier revenues and subscriptions continued to fall, but it was offset by growth in international display advertising and third-party network revenues. Operating income was boosted by the $96 million AOL made from licensing patents to Microsoft.

 

But, AOL have insisted that its EIBDA grew regardless of this deal with Microsoft, saying that "excluding those items, the remaining Q2 2012 Adjusted OIBDA of $94.6 million reflects an increase of $18 million year-over-year." AOL chairman and CEO, Tim Armstrong said:

 

Today's results represent a significant milestone for AOL as we returned to Adjusted OIBDA growth for the first time in four years. The strong results and consumer performance we announced today are clear signs our strategic and operating efforts are translating into significant financial progress.

Continue reading 'AOL enjoys $531 million revenue for Q2, has been its lowest revenue decline in 7 years' (full post)

Nexus 7 usage is rising, sales figures are still being ninja's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 4:30 am

Google and ASUS' new $199 tablet is enjoying some nice pure, raw, technology lust, with the tablet being pulled from sale as it was selling out faster than the companies had expected, but official sales figures are still not here.

 

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Chitika have collected some data, and in its early stages it looks like the Nexus 7 is doing very well indeed. Chitika's data includes the number of impressions per 100 Apple iPad impressions, with the Nexus 7 sitting at just 0.3.

 

But, considering it went on sale just a couple of weeks ago, it has already edged out HP's Touchpad, and Sony's Tablet S. Close to it we have the Motorola XOOM with 0.89, Amazon's Kindle Fire with 0.90, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab (which exact model, or the entire range, I don't know) at 2.69.

 

At this rate, it could overtake the already established Fire and XOOM within the coming months, without breaking a sweat.

TMS show off new 2.5GB/s, 900GB PCI Express SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 2:33 am

Where's Vin Diesel? Because the fast, and the furious just arrived in the form of a new SSD from Texas Memory Systems (TMS). The company has announced the world's fastest PCI Express-connected, flash-powered solid-state drive, the RamSan-70.

 

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TMS' RamSan-70 uses 685GB of single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash parts, which only 450GB of usable. The rest is given to overprovisioning and RAID parity storage for reliability and performance purposes, as well as sporting a pretty decent PowerPC CPU.

 

TMS also claim that the RamSan-70 can reach an astounding 2,500MB/sec sustained read, with anywhere between 300K-1,200K read input/output operations per second (IOPS). This is all backed up with a write latency of 30 microseconds,with bandwidth being sustained through a PCI Express 2.0 x8 slot. Isn't that the hottest few lines of text you've ever heard regarding storage? I think so.

 

TMS also claims that the the RamSan-70 is the fastest flash-based SSD around, considering rivals OCZ with their RevoDrive 3 maxing out at just 1GB/sec read and 130k write IOPS. Comparing that to TMS' solution, it now feels slow.

 

But, the RamSan-70 is aimed mainly at the professional market, considering there's no cost yet, it could cost you an organ. But, can it run Crysis?

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