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iOS 7 adoption has hit 74% according to App Store usage numbers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 9:33 am

Apple has updated its developer website for the iOS App Store, which shows some great adoption rates for iOS 7. Apple's latest mobile OS is on 74% of devices, which is a 10% increase over October's numbers.

 

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22% of active App Store users are running iOS 6, which means that if we combined the numbers, we're looking at 96% of iOS users being on the latest two operating systems from Apple. This is something that Apple excels in - iOS adoption rates. Compared to Android, where there are still 25.8% of its users on versions of Google's mobile OS older than Android 4.x.

Samsung launches a vessel that is 12x the size of the Titanic

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 9:27 am

You probably thought I was smoking something exotic when I wrote that title, but no - this isn't bait - Samsung has just launched the Prelude, the world's largest floating vessel. Samsung, a company known for its Galaxy devices and various electronic devices, will use its Prelude for offshore gas extraction.

 

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The Prelude is truly massive in scale, where it is 12x the size of the already-gigantic Titanic, nearly as big as the Taipei 101 - which is a massive building in its own right. The Prelude is 488m long, and is the first platform on Earth that can liquefy natural gas on-board, and then pipe it directly into liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships for delivery into neighboring countries. It will be stationed just north of Australia, where it will be parked for 25 years.

 

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Liquefying natural gas isn't easy, but the Prelude can do this - and shrinks it up 600x, which requires an incredible amount of energy to get the gas to -260F, which makes it nice and compact for easy transportation. Samsung has reportedly spend $12 billion to create the Prelude, and was built for Shell, by Samsung Heavy Industries, a Samsung affiliate. Samsung Heavy Industries has an annual revenue of around $13 billion, so this is quite the investment.

 

The Prelude can withstand hurricanes that are up to Category 5, which goes to show the engineering efforts Samsung put into this behemoth.

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RumorTT: Spotify to launch free music service for mobile

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 8:33 am

It looks like Spotify could be unleashing a free mobile version of its streaming music service, something that The Wall Street Journal is reporting. The free version would be an ad-supported app, focusing around playing personalized radio.

 

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Users would be allowed to play a certain amount of songs on demand, which isn't bad considering it would be pushed out as a free app. At the moment, Spotify's on-demand mobile service is only available to paying consumers through its Premium service, with the free service limited to PCs. The Journal is reporting that the music streaming outfit has inked deals with Sony, Universal, and Warner for the free service.

 

The issues weighing in on the deal were the rates that the company would pay the label, as well as the level of on-demand control that users would have. We should hear more details on the service at the Spotify event being held in New York City next week.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer is out, looks action packed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 7:30 am

The full trailer to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is here, the sequel to the reboot of Spider-Man from Sony starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. The sequel takes on a few enemies, which you can see below.

 

 

We have Harry Osborne featured in the sequel, which is played by Dane DeHaan, and then we have Jamie Foxx who plays Max Dillon, or Electro. There's a lot happening in this trailer, and at times it could feel like too much - but if there wasn't enough action, people will complain too. I won't make judgement until I see it, but it does look good.

 

Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Jetpack is a Steam Machine that attaches itself to your TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 6:42 am

British start-up, PiixL, is showing off its beautiful Jetpack PC, which is a Steam Machine. What makes it stand out from the crowd, is that it has a unique form factor.

 

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It slides behind your TV, so that you'll never see it, making your TV into a Steam TV - awesome, right? We have a thin PC, with an overclocked Intel Core i7 processor, and a decent NVIDIA video card. Because the Jetpack is customizable, we should see some great specifications baked into the Jetpack. The Jetpack will attach to TVs of varying sizes - from 32-inch TVs to 70-inch beasts.

 

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The Jetpack will start at $1000, which is expensive when compared to iBuyPower's Steam Machine, but this thing should have far better specifications, as well as its interesting form factor. We should see the Jetpack take flight in early 2014, and you can bet your bottom dollar we'll be checking it out when it's released.

Bitcoins can now be used to buy Ouya consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 5:37 am

If you want to support independent games, and didn't want to use that pesky fiat-based, central bank currency - well, this is music to your anti-mainstream ears!

 

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Bitcoins can now be used to purchase Ouya consoles, which is great because it means you don't need to use a credit card. Unfortunately, if you want to purchase games on the Ouya console, you'll still need your credit card - which I don't get. If you're going to support Bitcoin, do it all the way, or not at all. Ouya does state that PayPal support is coming soon.

China Mobile denies iPhone deal with Apple, no deal reached, yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 4:32 am

Yesterday we reported that Apple had inked a deal with China Mobile for the iPhone, but now China Mobile itself has denied the report. This is strange, especially given that it was The Wall Street Journal's sources who were talking about the deal.

 

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China Mobile spokeswoman, Rainie Lei said: "Talks between China Mobile and Apple on cooperation are still going on and we currently do not have anything to announce." I'm sure we'll hear something in the coming days, but for now there is no deal reached between the two giants.

HP adds Leap Motion to more of its devices in time for the holidays

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 4:25 am

Leap Motion is a very cool technology, but it has yet to take off like many industry insiders had predicted it would. I feel that this is due to a few factors including the fact that it is hard to just pick up and use. One needs to learn how to use gestures to control their PC.

 

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Today HP announced that it will be expanding Leap Motion integration into 11 of its All-in-One and Desktop PC lines. This list includes HP's Envy Recline, Phoenix and TouchSmart series, and its Pavilion TouchSmart line will come packed with the Leap Motion keyboard. HP has pre-installed the Leap Motion software on all devices bundled with the technology, and includes a few free app demos.

LeakedTT: Acer's Iconia W4 with Intel Bay Trail inside spotted

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 3:32 am

Acer has stated that it plans on extending its line of Windows-based tablets and today we got an early glimpse of things to come when a page popped up on Acer's website that detailed a new Iconia tablet from the company. The Iconia W4 8-inch tablet appeared briefly and was spotted by VR-Zone before Acer took the page down.

 

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The tablet is said to feature a 1280x800 IPS display, while an Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail processor handles computing duties. The processor is a quad-core unit clocked at 1.33GHz. 2GB of RAM is on hand and the model listed featured 32GB of RAM. 802.11 b,g,n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 handle wireless connectivity on the new tablet. The MSRP that was listed on the leaked page was set at $329.99 which pits it directly against the non-retina iPad Mini.

Some lucky shoppers can pick up a Dell Venue 8 Pro on Monday for $99

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 2:29 am

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday have past, Microsoft is continuing its deals by releasing a new set of sales every day for 12 days. Kicking things off on Monday by offering up Dell's Venue 8 Pro for just $99. This lands you a 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet for a fraction of what it normally retails for.

 

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Unfortunately, Microsoft is only letting 20 sell for $99 at each of its 51 Microsoft stores nation wide. That means that only 1020 of the tables are up for grabs at the $99 price. After the first 20 are sold, the price raises to $199 for the next 10, and then $299 for the rest of the day. So if you want to get your hands on one at a $200 discount, you might want to get in line now.

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