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Microsoft adds support for Google Chat to and

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 9:04 am

Microsoft has gone and added Gchat support to and Users who are logged into their Microsoft account on or will gain the ability to chat with their Google contacts over the next few days. This comes at an interesting time as Google is rumored to be launching its unified Babel chat platform at Google I/O, which kicks off tomorrow.




It's rather interesting to see Microsoft build in support for a competitor's product, especially such a fierce competitor as Google. However, they say that they heard customers wanted support for Google Talk. Currently, video and voice isn't supported. Microsoft's Dharmesh Mehta says, "If it turns out a lot of people want the voice and video with Google, that's certainly something we'll go talk to them about."


It's nice to see a company working with a competitor to make their own product better for the consumer. Microsoft is still working on increasing its public image, and this is probably part of that push.

Nokia 'very interested' in tablets, according to executive

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2013 8:03 am

Earlier today, Nokia launched the Lumia 925, one of two successors to the Lumia 920. During the event, Nokia's executive vice president of smart devices said that Nokia is interested in tablets. "We're very interested in tablets and that's an area we're looking at," Jo Hawlow said.




However, Nokia wouldn't divulge any additional information. "I don't have any product news I can share." We've been hearing rumors for several months that Nokia is working on a tablet. It looks as though those rumors could end up being true. We would expect the tablet to run a version of Windows, given Nokia's allegiance to Microsoft.

US Navy's X-47B marks the first unmanned plane to take off from an aircraft carrier

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 15, 2013 7:06 am

No longer do Navy drones have to be land-based. The United States Navy has officially tested the X-47B on an aircraft carrier and it is the first unmanned aircraft to be launched from an aircraft carrier. Even cooler, the X-47B was launched from the aircraft carrier using the steam-powered catapult.



To be fair, the system was piloted by a person located on the aircraft carrier. After taking off, the drone was piloted to a runway on land for landing. With this first test successfully completed, the X-47B will now have its automatic navigation and landing tested.

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Microsoft pushes out update for both lines of Surface tablets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2013 5:11 am

Microsoft has issued patches for both of its existing Surface tablet lines as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday. The patches aim to boost wireless performance, enable PXE boot, and various other stability concerns. The updates continue Microsoft's current trend of releasing monthly updates for the Surface tablets.




The Surface Pro is receiving the following updates and fixes:


  • UEFI firmware update enables the PXE boot feature. This feature is only available when using the Surface Pro Ethernet Adapter due to the UEFI integration needed to implement PXE boot.
  • Trackpad Settings driver for Surface Type Cover to enable interaction with the Trackpad Settings app for Japanese customers.
  • Continued improvement in Wi-Fi connectivity and stability.


The Surface RT is receiving the following updates and fixes:


  • UEFI firmware update that enhances Surface RT speaker volume and improves system stability.
  • Driver pack that improves performance and works with the updated UEFI firmware to enhance Surface RT speaker volume.
  • Trackpad Settings driver for Surface Type Cover to enable interaction with the Trackpad Settings app for Japanese customers.

ReportTT: Google to announce music-streaming service at this year's I/O event

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 15, 2013 4:31 am

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Google will unveil a music-streaming service at this year's Google I/O. The event, which kicks off tomorrow, will reportedly focus on services instead of hardware, which would tie in nicely with a new music-streaming service.




Google already offers a music product, but it requires users upload their own music to stream or buy new songs. This new service would be more like Spotify's offering. According to people familiar with the matter, Google has already signed deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group. These deals will allow unlimited streaming of certain libraries for a fee.


It's not clear what the fee would be, though it would have to be competitive with current offerings. This means we could expect the fee to be less than $10 for unlimited streaming on any device.


If Google unveils a music-streaming service at Google I/O, you'll be able to read about it here at TweakTown.

Apple sued over iPhone 4 power button, lawsuit claims power button was defective

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 15, 2013 3:31 am

Apple has been sued over allegations that the power flex cable in the iPhone 4 was defective. According to the lawsuit, Apple decided not to disclose this defect in order to sell more units. Debra Hilton has filed a class action lawsuit in San Jose, California on behalf of iPhone 4 purchasers. The lawsuit demands over $5 million from Apple.




As evidence for the lawsuit, Hilton cites posts on Apple's own forums, in which users have complained about the power button. Hilton also provides a YouTube video explaining how to repair the button and comments made by a self-described iPhone repairman that assert the power button is a common issue on the iPhone 4.


Apple has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

Aereo continues its rollout, coming to Atlanta on June 17

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 15, 2013 1:33 am

Aereo, the over-the-air streaming service, continues to march forward with its roll out, despite legal challenges by CBS and FOX. So far Aereo has won the legal challenges, but that doesn't make them easy--or cheap. It doesn't seem to be stopping Aereo, however, as they have announced they will be rolling out in Atlanta on June 17.




Aereo originally launched in New York City, where it was challenged by CBS and FOX over its legality. Recently, Aereo expanded to Boston, after filing a complaint with the court to stop future CBS legal challenges. The new Atlanta service will provide a total of 27 over-the-air channels to 55 counties in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.


Aereo is aiming to enter a total of 22 markets by the end of this year. It remains to be seen if the legal challenges will slow the roll out down.

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Say hello to Nokia's new Lumia 925, a thinned down, aluminum clad Windows Phone 8 device

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2013 12:33 am

Nokia made the Lumia 925 official today at an event in London. The Lumia 925 is an updated Lumia 920 and is one of Nokia's first devices to feature an aluminum shell. This is a marked improvement in durability and tangible feel. Aluminum makes the device feel so much more like a premium device.




The screen is a 4.5-inch AMOLED display capable of a 1,280x768 resolution. It's covered in Gorilla Glass 2 to protect from scratches. The camera is 8.7MP, as rumors suggested it would be, and is of the OIS variety. While the Lumia 925 doesn't come with a Xenon flash, it does feature software enhancements ssuch as Smart Cam, Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus.


The CPU is a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 clocked at 1.5GHz. This is the same CPU that was used in the older Lumia 920. It's coupled with 1GB of RAM and a 2,000mAh battery, both of which remain the same as the Lumia 920. The new device is thinner than the older Lumia 920, but lacks the wireless charging capabilities of the older device.


Available in white, grey, and black, the device will be heading to parts of Europe and China for around 469 euros. It will eventually come to the United States, though a specific time frame has not been provided.

Cydia Substrate and WinterBoard now available on Google Play Store

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 15, 2013 12:03 am

Jay Freeman, or Saurik around the jailbreak scene, has brought the Cydia Substrate and WinterBoard to the Google Play Store. While still in their infancy, these apps perform much of the same functions as they do on their iOS counterparts. Soon enough, Google Play will likely fill up with Android themes.




As you would expect, these new apps require your Android device to be rooted, but most Android users who would be interested in these apps have already done that. For now, the Cydia Substrate doesn't do too much, but it should indicate that iOS jailbreak features will eventually make their way over to Android.

US VP Joe Biden says there is 'no legal reason' that violent media can't be taxed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 14, 2013 11:31 pm

According to United States Vice President Joe Biden, there is no reason that the United States government couldn't tax violent media. This means that we could soon see a violent media tax aimed at encouraging the reduction of violent media consumption. The tax would likely aim to function much like taxes on cigarettes and alcohol: to reduce consumption without making it illegal.




In regards to Reverend Franklin Graham's idea of taxing violent media, Biden is quoted as telling Politico that there's "no restriction on the ability to do that; there's no legal reason why they couldn't." Funds raised by the tax would be used to help victims of gun-related violence.


It's not clear whether this would pass Congress or how much the tax would be. We will, of course, let you know of impending votes and other issues if this idea starts to gain traction.

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