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RumorTT: Windows 8.1-style overhaul coming to Windows Phone in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 11:54 am

You can expect a Windows Phone 8 refresh in the near future, but for those of you thinking it would arrive this year with iOS 7 lurking around the corner and Android 4.3 (or 5.0), but you'd be wrong.

 

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Microsoft are planning a Windows 8.1-style revamp for Windows Phone, according to The Verge. This wouldn't arriev until next year and would reportedly include "a notification center, improved multitasking, and changes to built-in apps" as well as "a rotation lock option."

 

There was meant to be smaller updates to arrive, but Microsoft have reportedly decided to roll them all into one big super update.

Man sees porn on Safari, sues Apple and requests they put all Apple products in 'safe mode' by default to protect people under 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 6:01 am

Chris Sevier, with the help of his attorney, has filed a lawsuit against Apple in the US District Court in Nashville, TN last month. Sevier is angry that Apple sell products that allow men to view porn. Yes. This isn't a joke. This is his introduction:

 

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The Plaintiff loves Apple. The Plaintiff believes in Apple, as a company and knows that it has good intent. Since its inception, Apple has always been a pro-family company, Apple has always been an entity that is concerned with the welfare of our Nation's children, while furthering pro-American values. There is no reason for Apple, a private company to overly support pornography online, explicit sexual content which has led to the proliferation of arousal addiction, sex trafficking, prostitution, and countless numbers of destroyed lives. The Plaintiff respectfully demand that Apple sell all of its devices on "safe mode," with software preset to filter out pornographic content. If the purchaser of Apple's products is over 18, Apple should allow the buyer to take additional step to acquire a password from Apple in order to remove the filter to access Constitutionally protected indecent content. If the buyer is under 18, Apple should not provide the password.

 

I know, you can't believe what you're reading right now and don't worry, I'm sure you're not alone. Sevier is seeking damages and injunctive relief against Apple, all because they sell devices that are capable of viewing porn. Sevier would like to see a porn-filtering "safe mode" made default on all devices and products sold by Apple. His complaint notes that "If Apple agrees to sell its devices 'on safe mode' before trial, the Plaintiff will terminate this litigation."

PS4 architect wants to see a return to an era of originality in gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 3:31 am

We're getting closer with each day to the release of the PlayStation 4, but now we have PS4 architect Mark Cerny weighing in. While speaking with Edge, the architect behind the PS4 said:

 

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I feel like the magical time was the early years of the PlayStation because there was such a variety of products coming out. There wasn't this sort of consistent overarching pattern that you might have seen in the last few years in the PlayStation 3 generation, and I really think we're heading back to that time. I think that's a very good thing.

 

When Cerny was speaking at the Develop conference last week, he took a step back to the days of the 1990s, where he said: "There was no rulebook, teams were small, projects were cheap, you could make a game for just a couple of hundred thousand dollars," he said. "Some of these games that were made by these tiny teams with these tiny budgets went on to be phenomenally successful."

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X-47B makes its first landing on an aircraft carrier, the aircraft just took a giant leap for unmannedkind

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 2:27 am

The Northrop Grumman-built X-47B is an unmanned drone, and it has completed its first successful landing on an aircraft carrier at sea. We reported on the X-47B being the first unmanned drone to take off from an aircraft carrier, but landing unmanned? Remarkable.

 

 

Considering aircraft carriers are constantly moving with the ocean waves, even an experienced pilot would have trouble landing on one. It's not an easy thing to do, but unmanned, run purely on technology, algorithms and equipment? That's quite an achievement. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) is designed to fly mostly on its own, without much hands-on time from shipboard operators.

 

The precision landing was just that: precise. It is a huge step for multiple reasons, as this has been a procedure set in motion after quite a few years, and nearly a billion US dollars. On Wednesday, the X-47B made a 35-minute flight from the Navail Air Station at Patuxent River, Md., to the aircraft carrier, where it hooked onto the 3 wire with its tailhook and came to a perfect stop from a speed of approximately 145 knots in less than 350 feet.

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The Moto X gets unveiled, will be an always-listening smartphone powered by Google Now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 1:40 am

We've been waiting to see anything official on the Moto X phone, the first phone from Motorola that would be unique after their acquisition by Google. Well, according to a leaked video from Canadian wireless carrier, Rogers, we now know what the phone is capable of.

 

 

It will be an always-listening device, that responds to your voice requests without pressing any physical, or on-screen buttons. The video, above, shows a user speaking to the phone in order to receive weather information from Google Now by simply starting off with "Ok Google Now." This simple command will have the phone prepared to listen, waiting for your next voice command.

 

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Talking to the Moto X isn't just for fun, as it learns your voice. This is how it will become more of a day-to-day feature versus something like Siri where you only do it at first, then not as much afterwards. Also, "information quietly appears on the screen," which is a nice feature for notifications, with the ad saying "instead of a blinking light that doesn't actually tell you anything." Another nice little touch, that might end up becoming a very nice feature.

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RumorTT: Shortage in Retina display panels means no refreshed iPad mini this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 12:18 pm

It looks like we shouldn't expect a second-generation iPad mini this year, with Apple forced to delay the Retina-based iPad mini due to a shortage on Retina display panels according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News.

 

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Apple were planning to launch the device sometime in Q4 2013, which would've been perfect for the holiday shopping season, but it looks like those plans are squashed. It is being reported that the Cupertino-based giant were set to launch both a Retina and non-Retina second-generation iPad mini later this year, but we won't see this until early 2014 now.

 

This could all change, as it usually does, which is why we've used our RumorTT stamp of [kind of] approval.

The founder of Bose, the high-end audio company, has died at 83

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 11:26 am

The founder of Bose Corp., Amar Bose, died on Friday, aged 83. Bose had been a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveil his death.

 

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Bose's discoveries lead to new designs for speakers and other audio components that led him toward his path of being a billionaire. Bose's first contracts were actually quite large, with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - you know, NASA - for improvements on audio communications.

 

It wasn't long after this contract that Bose entered the commercial audio market and have seen huge success since.

Hulu won't be sold and will instead invest $750 million to 'propel future growth'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 10:23 am

Last minute bids to purchase Hulu were to be locked in on July 5, but it looks like 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company will maintain ownership of the video streaming service.

 

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Hulu were considering a sale, receiving last minute bids from multiple different companies, but the owners are now looking to invest heavily into Hulu. That investment is looking to total $750 million, which is an effort to "propel future growth." Hulu have a lot riding on this, as they push out content to over 400 partners and over 30 million monthly visitors.

 

Even with over four million premium 'Hulu Plus' subscribers, they're still struggling against Netflix and Amazon. This new investment could be a seed that could grow into an even better company, which would be great for everyone involved, especially consumers.

Netflix reportedly in talks for Arrested Development's fifth season

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 9:24 am

As a huge fan of Arrested Development, this is music to my ears (while I work at the Banana Stand). Bloomberg are reporting that Netflix and the production company behind Arrested Development, Imagine Entertainment, are negotiating for a fifth season of the cult TV show.

 

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Reed Hastings, Netflix's CEO, said earlier in the year that it's not surprising that the company would bring the show back for a fifth season. Netflix have had great success by developing a new, unique and most of all, refreshing model for TV distribution. This is where they offer the entire season up front so that users can watch it at their own pace, or sit down and watch it in one setting.

 

Netflix's most popular show, something I finished watching last week and positively loved, House of Cards, was a huge hit for the company earning back their $100 million investment in just a few weeks time.

WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8 gets updated, includes in-app dialing and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 8:25 am

If you're running a smartphone with Windows Phone 8 and use WhatsApp, you might want to make sure it's updated as there's a new version available for WP8 users.

 

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The latest version now promises to fix the notification issues, as well as adding support for Windows Phone background agents as well as in-app dialing. There are over 100 million WhatsApp users, but not many of them are using it on Windows Phone 8 right now. This new update just might help that number increase a little.

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