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Apple patent pitch hints at 3D imaging on iPhone, iPad

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 4:26 pm

Another Apple patent has turned up and this one is just as cool as the last, if not cooler. Once again, though, I must caution you that just because Apple filed for a patent, it doesn't mean that this technology will ever see the light of day. Now that that's out of the way, let's move on to the goods.




The patent that was found recently deals with a technology for taking a 3D picture using the cameras found in iOS devices. 3D has become the norm for almost every device it seems, so it's surprising that it has taken Apple this long to come up with something like this. According to the patent, the technology would utilize "depth-detection sensors" to create stereo disparity maps in creating 3D imagery.


The new cameras are also supposed to include facial recognition and facial gesturing. Awesome. This camera should be able to take such awesome 3D photos that they can only be appreciated on Apple's Retina display. It is also saying that 3D pictures could be taken using ONE of more cameras which differs from today's technology which requires two for perspective differences. It will be cool to see if or when this technology shows up.

RumorTT: Google Drive coming with 5GB of free storage

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 3:30 pm

Some more details regarding the rumored soon to be launching Google Drive platform. As with all rumors, until it is officially announced, take all of this with a grain of sand. I do, however, feel that this is a pretty solid rumor. A screenshot, pictured below, has been leaked and it details a few interesting things.




First, the screenshot indicates that the service should be launching with 5GB of free storage. This rivals the 2GB provided by other services such as Dropbox because they often give more storage for referrals and other social activities. Google's tagline is: "All your files - everywhere." Google says "Put files in Google Drive and you can access them on your desktop, mobile phone or tablet, and"


It is said that the Android App will allow you to edit your documents right in the App. Google warns that this may increase your data usage:


Editing documents in the Google Drive Android app requires ongoing syncs to update your documents, which can increase your bandwidth usage. Keep this in mind if you have a limited data plan with your mobile provider.


Hopefully this service will launch in April as detailed by the last rumor posted claimed. It's unclear whether Drive will replace Docs since they seem to have the same functionality, or if they will coexist peacefully.

Clarion releases the Mirage, an Android-powered car stereo with a 6.5" touch screen

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 2:05 pm

Clarion has something pretty cool in the works. If you're an Android fanatic and can't get enough of it with just your smartphone and tablet, you can now get it on your car radio. Clarion has the dubbed the Mirage a "smart car stereo" and it comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen. Ironically, it also comes with Facebook and Angry Birds already installed.




Just what we need--to be encouraging Facebook and AB while driving. Ultimately, the Mirage is an AVN-style double-DIN player with an SD slot, USB port, and Bluetooth. Curiously, they seem to have forgotten a CD drive. Even though this stereo runs Android, it should be able to accept plugging your iPhone or iPod into it via USB to play music.


It also has built-in GPS, radio, and the awesome ability to display photos as a slideshow. Once again, why they have a distracting feature like that is beyond me. As for right now, this product is being marketed directly to manufacturers, so you can't pick it up for personal use quite yet. Hopefully, we will soon see something like this as a default in-dash system.

Friday Morning Roundup for March 30, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 1:23 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 30th, 2012.





Super Talent RAIDDrive upStream 220GB PCIe SSD EXCLUSIVE - The SSD Review

Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SATA III 2.5" SSD - TestFreaks


CPU, Motherboards & RAM:


G.Skill Ripjaws X F3 2133C9Q-32GXH - Overclockers Club

VisionTek Ultimate 16GB DDR3-1866 - PureOverclock




Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB - eTeknix

AMD HD7870 2GB GDDR5 - Vortez

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Download of the Day: Thunderbird 11.0.1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 11:30 am

Our Download of the Day is Thunderbird 11.0.1.




Thunderbird 11.0.1 is now out and includes two fixes, and still sports an unresolved issue. The two fixes include an issue that causes Thunderbird to hang when handling IMAP mail, and the second fix is an issue that may cause filters that move mail to specific folders to erronously changed. An unresolved issue is where if you're unable to view content for your RSS feeds in the Wide View Layout, you may need to disable the Lightning Calendar add-on if you have it installed, or switch to Classic View and restart Thunderbird.


You can read more on Thunderbird 11.0.1 and download it here.

Mobile App of the Day: Wonders of the Universe for the iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 10:30 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is Wonders of the Universe for the iPad.




Take a mind-blowing 3D tour of the Universe with Professor Brian Cox as your guide. The official Wonders app by arrangement with the BBC.


★ Promotional Launch Price ★


Journey up from the smallest particles, past the moons and planets of the Solar System, out through the Oort Cloud to the Milky Way, past our Local Stars and out to distant galaxies before arriving, finally, at the edge of the known Universe. On the way you will encounter the likes of seething Red Giants, beautiful Nebulae, pulsing Neutron stars and confront a daunting vision of a Black Hole sucking down a hapless star, all rendered in spectacular 3D.


Professor Brian Cox provides mind-expanding insight in over 200 interactive articles pinned to the stars, planets, galaxies and other wonders modelled in extraordinary 3D, written in his accessible style and accompanied by two and a half hours of video from the BBC TV series Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. The app also includes hundreds of infographics and images of space objects supplied by astronomy experts, NASA and other space researchers.

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SimCity V will require the Internet in order to launch, always-on Internet connection fears have been confirmed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 9:31 am

Rather depressing news about SimCity V has found its way out of the cracks of the Internet, and EA. EA issued a clarification to Gamespy, where they have confirmed that whilst you'll require an Internet connection to launch SimCity, you won't get booted from the game if your connection drops.




This is kind of a let down, as it just simply means you require the Internet to play. Yes, you won't get kicked if your connection drops, but what if you want to have a quick 30-minute bash when you're on the train, or a plane? What if you're on holiday and want to crank out some city-building goodness but don't have an Internet connection?


It's a shame that EA have gone down this route, but maybe with enough talk about it, they'll change their ways? We can only hope, but I'm personally not happy with requiring an Internet connection to play a game like SimCity. I didn't in the 90s and I shouldn't now.

Google Maps for Android hits version 6.5, sports new ICS-based touches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 8:27 am

Google have just pushed out Google Maps for Android 6.5, and with it, brings a few new features for Ice Cream Sandwich-powered devices, as well as some stats which should raise eyebrows on some people.




Google Maps for Android has guided people through more than 50 billion kilometers of turn-by-turn directions, which is the equivalent to 130,000 trips to the moon, 334 trips to the sun, 10 trips to Neptune, or 0.005 light years. Absolutely mind-blowing when its put that way, really.


Google Maps 6.5 for Android sports a redesigned Navigation home screen for Android 4.0+, which makes it easier to enter a new destination or select from recent and favorite locations by swiping left or right (as seen in the picture above). If your smartphone sports a high pixel density screen, such as the GALAXY Nexus, GALAXY S II, Droid Razr, and others, you'll now be greeted with higher resolution map tiles that take better advantage of the pixels-per-inch on your screen.

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RumorTT: Texas Instruments start work on new iPhone parts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 7:29 am

We all know the new iPhone is coming (I'm going with the 'new iPhone' name, that's what the new iPad is called), and now we have a source from Texas Instruments who has told iPhone maintenance outlet RepairLabs, that TI have begun work on producing the power management chip for the new iPhone. Senior staffers in the company were referring to Apple's project as the iPhone 5, but this could just be a place holder name, or something that would differentiate the handset from the iPhone 4S.




Apple has used Texas Instruments for power management chips in iOS-based devices before, so this is no surprise. RepairLabs interpreted the production of these chips as a sign that a new release was a "few months" away, since this is the same sort of time frame from previous TI production runs.


On top of the TI leak, there has been a Chinese contact who has supposed new iPad parts has been told that the new iPhone is being slated for a September release. This person has said that the screen would be bigger, but there weren't any concrete details on whether it would be the leaked 4.6-inch screen that popped up as news recently.

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