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LeakedTT: HTC One Mini pops up in the wild again, this time with 100% more specs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 4:37 am

A new leak has appeared today in the dam that HTC has built around their upcoming variations to the One smartphone. This new leak comes from website AndroidNext and centers around the HTC One Mini. It says that the device will be equipped with a 4.3-inch 720p display, a 1.4GHz dual-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon processor, and 1GB of RAM.




The One Mini will also sport a 4.1-megapixel sensor that uses HTC's proprietary Ultrapixel technology as well as a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera that should do an excellent job at capturing the obligatory duck-faced selfie. The report goes on to say that the One Mini will be running a Sense 5 skinned version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.


It appears that the device will feature the same all metal unibody design and front facing BoomSound audio system developed by Beats Audio. The device is said to measure in at just under half an inch smaller than its larger brother, the HTC One. Rumors suggest that the One Mini will be released in August exclusively on AT&T.

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RetroTT: Nintendo's Famicom turns the big three-zero today

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 12:07 am

Say what you want about some of the early gaming consoles but tread carefully when talking about Nintendo's Famicom. The Family Computer by Nintendo was the predecessor to Nintendo's NES system. While the company ceased to manufacturer the NES system in 1995, Nintendo continued to manufacture the Famicom well into the new millennium until production ceased in 2003.




The Famicom, which turned 30 years old today, was truly ahead of its time with its sleek red and tan exterior as well as its conveniently placed controller pockets. This 8-bit system was a monster at its time and still has an active following of developers who continue to create new games for the aging system. So today, we salute you Famicom. As someone who will soon enter their third decade of existence as well, I raise my glass to you and wish you another 30 years of sprite-based pixilated fun.

Sprint adds a trifecta of new tri-band LTE devices from Netgear and Novatel

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 11:32 pm

This morning, Sprint launched three new LTE devices that will function on both Sprint's LTE spectrum as well as the 800 MHz frequency band that Sprint once reserved for its Nextel devices. The spectrum will supplement the company's LTE coverage at the higher frequencies, but this will not take place until Sprint has had the chance to refarm the spectrum. The 800 MHz spectrum will provide better coverage inside homes and businesses because its radio waves penetrate walls better than the higher 1900 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands.




Two of the new devices come from Netgear. The first is being called the Netgear Zing and is a mobile hotspot that retails for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Up next from Netgear is the U341 USB Dongle which will retail for $19.99 after the same $50 mail-in rebate. The Zing features a 2.4-inch LCD touchscreen and will last for up to 10 hours of of use on a single charge and can share a connection with up to 10 devices over Wi-Fi.


Finally, customers can also choose the new MiFi 500 from Novatel Wireless, which is priced at $49.99 after the same $50 mail-in rebate from Sprint. You'll be required by Sprint to agree to a two-year contract and a service plan, which starts at $34.99 a month for 3 GB of data per month. Customers are also offered a 3G/4G data plan which includes 6 GB of bandwidth for $49.99 or 12 GB of bandwidth for $79.99 per month. Each of the three new devices will launch in stores and online later this week on July 19.

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LeakedTT: New video surfaces of BlackBerry's upcoming A10

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 11:02 pm

On Friday, we saw the first images of BlackBerry's A10 leak to the public. Today, the leaks are starting to flow a little more. YouTube user Vivix phu kien published a short video of the A10 on Friday that shows him cycling through the menus, the unlock screen, and what appears to be some settings.



There were no close-ups and the entire video was shot from what appears to be arm's length away from the device. While we learned nothing new, we do now know that there are working A10's in the wild and this video could spark actual leaks where we see more of the phone's hardware and features. If you did not catch my article on Friday, the A10 is a five-inch 720p display smartphone that runs BlackBerry 10. Sources say that this new BB10 phone will launch sometime this fall, but nothing is confirmed at the moment.

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HBO files DMCA takedown for VLC Media Player with Google

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 10:34 pm

Earlier today, the website TorrentFreak noticed that Google had been served with a DMCA takedown notice from HBO that ordered them to remove a torrent link for the popular media player VLC. The link was neatly tucked inside a list with hundreds of links to torrent urls for HBO's popular Game of Thrones series.




It is likely that HBO never even reviewed the list which was generated by an automatic search bot that scans the web for torrents that may infringe on copyright holders' rights. There are literally more of these notices filed every month than there are of downloads of the actual torrents. During the last month alone, Google received 14,855,269 URLs which it was forced to remove from its search results under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


The URL in question points to the torrent site Torrent Portal, but as you can see in the screen captured image above, it does not point to any copyrighted material as VLC media player is actually an open source project. While this is most likely a mistake, it raises a massive red flag and makes us wonder what other links were removed from Google search results because of an automated process that generates the so-called "bad URLs".

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Aviary photo editing app makes its way on to Windows Phone 8, offers all paid content for free for limited time

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 10:01 pm

Originally a plug-in for Flickr, Aviary took flight as a powerful image editor for smartphones when it graduated to a standalone application last year. Today, the company announced that it has given the app a complete makeover in preparation for its port to Windows 8. Download the popular Aviary App and add filters and stickers to your photos until your eyes hurt.




To celebrate the Windows Phone 8 release of Aviary, the company is giving away extra in-app DLC packs that include filters and stickers that normally cost Android and iOS users $2 each. These freebies will only last for a limited time and once the event is over, they will revert to the $2 price tag. You can head over to the Windows Phone Store and download your copy of Aviary today by visiting the Source #2 link below.

RumorTT: Microsoft testing its own "translucent aluminum" smartwatch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 9:32 pm

Today is shaping up to be smartwatch rumor day with this morning's report that the Apple iWatch has been delayed by at least a year. Now, a new rumor that Microsoft is testing a "translucent aluminum" smartwatch has cropped up. The report comes from The Verge and states that the company is now prototyping a smartwatch device under the supervision of the Surface team.




Apparently, the company was previously testing variations of a smartwatch design which was built by the Xbox accessories team. The report says that the new device features a Surface Connector and a 1.5-inch display. Tech site AnandTech said that Microsoft is working on a number of removable wristbands based around the Windows 8 color schemes of blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey.


The Verge says that Microsoft is testing prototypes with a modified version of Windows 8 that is focused on integrating the device with other Windows-powered devices. This could lead to your watch sinking up to your Surface tablet, Windows Phone 8 devices, and Windows 8 laptops and PCs. This plan is very similar to what Apple wishes to do with their iWatch and what Samsung has planned for its GALAXY smatwatch.

Elon Musk to publish Hyperloop Transport designs by August 12

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 9:05 pm

Over the last year so, Space X founder Elon Musk has been carefully dropping hints about a transportation project that could change the future of the world. Of course I'm talking about the Hyperloop Transport System that would take passengers on an underground rail ride that would transfer them from Los Angeles to New York City in just 45 minutes.




Today, Musk posted a tweet to his Twitter account that said he intends to publish the alpha designs for the Hyperloop Transport System by August 12. His tweet went on to ask that, once published, everyone supply him with critical feedback. For those who are out of the loop, the Hyperloop System will be comprised of vacuum-sealed tubes underground which will allow a magnetically levitated train to be hurled at high speeds without any wind resistance.


Initial reports suggest that the vehicle would be able to travel at 4,000 mph and since it's underground, it would be crash proof. Theoretically, there can be tunnels that break away from a main trunk tunnel and visit every major city in America. This could effectively mean that someone who resides in the low-cost areas such as Augusta, GA could work in an area with higher wages such as New York City. This would drastically change the economic landscape for America. Until August 12, we're left to speculate as to what really can happen.

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Intel's "black box" TV service will be called OnCue

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 8:33 pm

We've been reporting on a rumored TV service from Intel for a couple months now, and today we finally found out what the service will be named. GigaOM has reported this morning that Intel's TV streaming service will be called OnCue, with the report being based on trademark filings around the globe and the hiring of an ad agency to prepare the official launch of the brand.




GigaOM also said that Intel plans to launch the TV service before the end of the year and that Intel plans to compete with traditional cable TV and satellite services by offering a live TV feed as well as a catch-up service that will allow users to watch missed shows a la carte. The service will also reportedly feature an on-demand service that will allow users to watch the latest new releases without having to rent them from services such as Netflix, Amazon, or RedBox. There's no word yet on what channels will be featured upon launch, but we're sure the offering will be substantial.

Angry Birds Star Wars II did not arrive today, set to launch on September 19 instead

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 7:31 pm

On Friday, I wrote an article that speculated that Angry Birds Star Wars II would launch today based on an image released by the developer Rovio. Unfortunately, I speculated wrong on the release date, but did hit the nail on the head about a sequel to Angry Birds Star Wars. This morning, Rovio released a short video teasing of the upcoming game.



As seen in the video above and link provided below, Angry Birds Star Wars II will launch in about two months on September 19. Additionally, we learned that Hasbro will be launching new "Telepods" which are physical controllers for the game. These are seen in the video and the company says they will be available wherever toys are sold.

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