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ReportTT: Apple ditches Samsung for upcoming A7 processors

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 9:03 pm

We've had several different reports since October of last year that Apple is planning on using TSMC for production of its next processor, thought to be the A7 line of processors. Apple has plenty of reason to avoid using Samsung for its microprocessor producing needs. Probably the main reason, Samsung is one of Apple's chief rivals.




The reports continue to stack up. This time it comes courtesy of the Korea Times who spoke with an executive as one of Samsung's local partners in Korea. According to the executive, Apple is "sharing confidential data" about its A7 processors with TSMC. They add that TSMC has started "ordering its contractors to supply equipment to produce Apple's next processors using a finer 20-nanometer level processing technology."


Of course, this doesn't mean that TSMC is the final choice. It does, however, appear to be a top contender. We'll let you know as soon as we have something concrete.

ReportTT: Next-gen Xbox will take over TV, interact with cable box

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 8:32 pm

The Verge is reporting that the next generation Xbox from Microsoft will take over your TV and feature deep set-top box integration. They say that the Xbox 720 will be able to interact with a user's cable box and TV much like Google TV.




The report states that the Xbox 720 will accept an HDMI connection from the cable box so that it can pass the signal through with an extra UI imposed on top. The Xbox 720 will also make use of Kinect to detect viewers watching and be able to pause video content if a viewer looks away much like the Galaxy S3's eye-tracking technology.


We still don't know much about the Xbox 720, but an event is expected in May at which Microsoft will detail the next-gen console.

ReportTT: Microsoft Office not coming to iOS or Android until fall 2014

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 8:02 pm

According to a leaked roadmap acquired by ZDNet, Office for iOS and Android won't be coming until fall 2014. The roadmap details various different Office products, including "Gemini wave 1.0" that will launch the Metro-style of core Office products. They will be designed with touch in mind and run on Windows 8 and Windows RT. These will be coming by October 2013.




Gemini 1.5 will come in April 2014 and consist of an update to Mac Office, updates for Office for Windows Phone, and support for LSX hardware. Finally, fall 2014 is listed as the time period for when Office for iOS and Android will be released. Previous rumors had suggested iOS and Android versions would be released in early- to mid-2013.

First Samsung Galaxy S4 commercials posted to YouTube, shy away from Apple bashing, promote features

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 7:31 pm

Samsung has posted up the first advertisements for its upcoming Galaxy S4 device. In the videos, embedded below, Samsung stays away from bashing Apple and Apple followers. Instead, Samsung does what most companies should: focus on the new features present in the device.



The first video, seen above, shows off Samsung's new S Translator.

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Good guy Oculus Rift does it right, receives high repairability score in iFixit teardown

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 6:30 pm

iFixit seems to tear apart every piece of new technology that is released these days and we love them for that. This time the Oculus Rift goes under the knife screwdriver to show us what makes it tick.




The team at iFixit were able to get their hands on a developer's edition of the virtual reality headset and made it clear that this is merely a prototype model and the actual production unit may change. The tear down reviled an Innolux HJ070IA-02D 7-inch LCD that has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, with 640 x 800 per eye.


The LCD is controlled by a Himax HX8851 controller. The head tracking is accomplished by a STMicroelectronics 32F103C8 ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller with 72MHz CPU, Invensense MPU-6000 six-axis (gyro + accelerometer) motion tracking controller and an A983 2206, which is believed to be a three-axis magnetometer.


iFixit awarded the Oculus Rift a repairability score of high, which is rare these days.

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LeakedTT: Images of supposed next-gen iPad bezel surface, lends credence to rumors of a major redesign

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 5:35 pm

Two images surfaced this morning on French blog of what is said to be the front bezel of Apple's next-generation iPad. While the design looks similar to existing iPad's, small differences can be spotted.




The image depicts a much thinner bezel than what is featured on the existing iPad and more closely resembles an iPad Mini's bezel. This could confirm rumors that the new iPad will be going on a diet and slimming down, while still keeping the same 9.7-inch display.




In the image the glass and bezel also appear to be flat, which debunks rumors of a curved screen that have been floating around.

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The Pirate Bay moves to .GL domain name, ahead of Swedish seizeure of .se domain

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 4:48 pm

It seems that at least once a month for the past several years, the Pirate Bay has had to make moves to evade action taken against it in order to keep the ship afloat. This time the popular torrent tracking site has had to switch up its top level domain.




The change comes in the wake of Swedish authorities announcing that they will seize the current domain, This is not the first time similar actions have been taken, with the site previously being located on the .org TLD back in 2011.


This move not only creates a dilemma for Swedish authorities, but it completely messes up all of the pending DMCA take down notices that have been filed with Google recently. Since the domain name has changed, every request that has not been executed will have to be resubmitted to Google.


Those who have internet service through an ISP that blocks The Pirate Bay, could see service temporary restored until existing block lists are updated.

SimCity coming to Mac June 11th, if you bought the Windows version you get access to the Mac version

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 4:14 pm

Despite its rough start, SimCity is now running smoothly and it appears that server issues are a thing of the past. This morning EA and Maxis announced that the popular city building simulator will be making its way to Mac on June 11th.




Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA's Maxis Label, said in the announcement:


"SimCity is coming to Mac on June 11 and one purchase will give you both the Mac and PC versions. You only need to buy SimCity once to play together across the same servers, regardless of which version you're playing. We didn't want to make any compromises when it came to the Mac so we created a native version that is optimized for the hardware and OSX."


That means that players who previously purchased the game for Windows will get a free Mac download as well. EA says that you will use the same Origin account to log in on both the PC and Mac leading to seamless management of your cities, regardless of which system you are playing on.


Since its release more than 1.3 million copies of the game have been sold.

Foxconn sees sales drop 19% in wake of declining iPhone demand

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 3:46 pm

Reuters is reporting that Hon Hai Precision Technology otherwise known as Foxconn to us westerners, saw a 19% drop in sales during the first quarter of 2013. Analysts are attributing the vanishing sales to a decline in demand for the Apple iPhone.




Foxconn sales dipped to $26.96 billion in the first quarter, which is down from nearly $33 billion in Q4 of 2012, and $33.3 billion in the same quarter the previous year. KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo says that this decline is not surprising as first quarter reports always look worse than Q4 reports that have holiday sales included.


Kuo went on to say that the real telling figure is that Foxconn's year to year revenue is in the decline and that "shows that Hon Hai's revenue depends too much on Apple, and iPhone orders corrected more than expected." Apple shareholders do not appear to seem to be very concerned with this news as their stock remained flat after the Foxconn report was released.

Maker builds surveillance package to film entire postal shipment process

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 3:09 pm

Maker Ruben van der Vleuten has just published a very cool video showing a recent experiment he conducted on the process of a package being shipped from point A to point B. I am still unsure of the legality of this type of thing here in the US, so beware if you attempt this yourself.



Ruben did not document the electronics very well, but from what I can tell, he used an Arduino to build an intervalometer, that would trigger the camera to take a photo at regular intervals. If the package stopped moving for a period of time, the Arduino would only trigger the camera for three seconds every minute to prevent an excess of dark / duplicate frames.




Finally, Ruben very cleverly hid it all inside a very inconspicuous brown box. He tackled the task of hiding the camera by drilling a hole smaller than the size of a pea into the side and masked it by writing his name in black permanent marker around it. This camouflaged the dark hole leading to the camera lens. As an avid Maker myself, I tip my hat to Ruben for a simple, yet awesome project.