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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 Nowhereelse.fr 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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The change comes in the wake of Swedish authorities announcing that they will seize the current domain, thepiratebay.se. 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

OopsTT: Japanese city, Yokohama, mistakenly reports North Korean missile launch on Twitter account

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:44 pm

Early this morning the city of Yokohama, Japan "accidentally" tweeted that North Korea had launched a missile. The report came by way of their official Twitter account @yokohama_sagai, which has roughly 40,000 followers.

 

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The tweet read North Korea has launched a missile, and was deleted just 20 minutes later. Yokohama officials said that "We had the Tweet ready and waiting, but for an unknown reason it was dispatched erroneously."

 

This mistake comes just two days after a Taiwan news source mistakenly reported the death of the Queen of England, reported the death of former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher and used images of Queen Elizabeth.

Giada's N70E-DR motherboard is perfect for the NAS builder in your life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 11:21 am

If you've been looking to build yourself a NAS (network attached storage) system, then you might want to stop by Giada's new motherboard, the Giada N70E-DR. The motherboard packs an integrated Celeron C1007U processor, which chews on just 17W of power.

 

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The motherboard can handle native RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 with data security protection and some high-performance Intel 82583V gigabit ethernet ports for some great networking speed and reliability. Also included are some smart hardware monitoring and management capabilities, which allows customers to keep a check on the health of their system.

 

There are six SATA ports, with two of them being of the SATA 3.0 standard. Two USB 3.0 ports are featured on the Giada N70E-DR for some speedy external connectivity. There's one DDR3 DIMM slot, and a PCI-Express x16 port for some speedy graphics if that's what you want your NAS to be capable of.

Samsung Display HQ searched by South Korean police over stolen LG OLED technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 10:28 am

It looks like the problems between LG and Samsung and OLED technology isn't being handled with poise and rationality, with Bloomberg reporting that the Seoul Metropolitan Police investigators have entered the Samsung Display HQ in Asan, looking for evidence of LG partners leaking secrets in their OLED technology.

 

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A Samsung spokesperson has denied any involvement, with an LG spokesperson saying that the police made the allegation themselves. Samsung and LG will continue this battle, with it hopefully ending on a nice note.

Batman: Arkham Origins announced with Rocksteady Studios not involved, are Warner Bros pulling an Activision?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 9:33 am

Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel, Arkham City, have been some of the most memorable, and most successful games of this generation. These games were developed by Rocksteady Studios - but there has now been a third game in the series announced today, Batman: Arkham Origins.

 

 

Batman: Arkham Origins will be released for the PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 - with no mention of next-generation consoles. It is being put together by WB Games Montreal, and has the game world of Origins set years before the events of the previous Arkham games. Players take control of a younger Batman, who meets many of the series' iconic characters for the very first time.

 

From my perspective, it looks like Warner Bros. are pulling an Activision here, with their Call of Duty series. Back in its hey day (I guess it's still there, isn't it?) it was being pushed between Infinity Ward and Treyarch - the former releasing the best COD titles, the latter selling the lesser quality titles. It made lots of money for Activision, but the entire series has been run into the ground (again, in my opinion).

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Foursquare goes version 6.0 on the iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 8:33 am

Foursquare have given their iOS app an update, pushing it up to version 6.0. The latest release sees the Explore part of the check-in app stretch its legs, where it now has the Explore search box on top of the navigation bar - completely replacing the Foursquare logo.

 

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There's an updated auto-complete engine that helps provide users results faster than previous versions, and the friends list is no longer a list of friends, but is a very hefty chunk of recommendations mixed with trending places, and people that you know that are nearby. Less-used features of Foursquare that resided in the "Me" tab are now in a drawer that slides out from the app's left side.

 

Foursquare 6.0 for iPhone also cuts down the functionality of the main screen, giving the cut parts to providing space for trending places and recommendations instead. When you open Foursquare 6.0 on the iPhone, it will respond to the date, time and location in a very different way. If you were to visit a particular restaurant, Foursquare will tell you where people usually go after visiting that restaurant, such as a local bar.

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