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Android KitKat installed on 1.1-percent of devices a month later

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 10:48 pm

Android 4.4 aka "KitKat" has officially been released to the public for about a month now and a new report says that KitKat has made its way onto 1.1-percent of all Android devices. This may not sound like much, but when you consider that at the moment, Android 4.4 only supports a handful of devices at the moment.

 

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The numbers come straight from Google's Android Dashboard, a tool that tracks the installation of Android on devices that access the Google Play Store. The Android market is still dominated by Jelly Bean installs, and most likely will be until deep into 2014 when we see more devices being opened up to KitKat.

Apple patents yet another method for unlocking your iPhone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 9:17 pm

If unlocking your iPhone via your fingerprint was not easy enough, Apple has been granted a patent on yet another unlocking method. The new method would all you to unlock your phone by simply looking at it. This time Apple wants not only your fingerprint to be saved on the device, but for your face to be digitized and saved as well.

 

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Apple says that in addition to simply unlocking the device, this facial recognition could be used to launch or open up specific apps on the device. Android has had this functionality for a while now, and so has Apple. About two years ago, Apple was awarded a similar patent that used different control methods for facial recognition. With the companies recent purchase of PrimeSense, they could take this patent very far.

WhatsApp for iOS updated, includes many long awaited features

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 7:35 pm

WhatsApp is arguably the most popular messing apps on the planet with more than 350 million active monthly users, and today iOS users are beginning to receive an updated version of the service. This morning, WhatsApp released an updated version of its app for iOS that includes new features and performance tweaks.

 

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The first thing users will notice is that the app now has a entirely new look, and the UI has been improved for better efficiency and appearance. The app now also features new "Broadcast to List" functionality that lets users send messages to specific contact list, which means you can now mass message co-workers, friends, family and more. New notification sounds, larger image thumbnails, and image cropping functionality have been added with the update. Head over to the source link below to download the new version of WhatsApp for iOS.

Nokia wins patent fight, sees HTC One Mini banned from the UK

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 6:07 pm

Nokia has just won a major battle in the so-called "Patent War", with a UK judge ruling that the HTC One Mini infringes on some of Nokia's patents. As a result of the ruling, the HTC One Mini has been banned from sale in the UK, and all sales must halt by December 6th, or HTC will face major fines.

 

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Additionally, the company could see its flagship, the HTC One, banned from sale in the UK as well, which could cripple the already troubled manufacturer. The judge presiding over the matter did acknowledge that this would cause considerable damage to HTC and has postponed ruling on the one until HTC has had time to appeal. HTC says that it has agreed to cease all imports of its devices, until the appeal hearing has concluded.

 

The patent violations are based on certain chip sets used in the HTC One and One mini, and HTC says that it is working with chip suppliers to look into alternative chip solutions that could allow the devices back on the market. "HTC is pleased by the decision of the High Court of England and Wales to stay an injunction against certain chipsets, including those in our flagship HTC One, pending the outcome of our appeal against the validity and infringement of Nokia's EP 0 998 024 patent." the company said in a statement.

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ROCCAT begins shipping its Kone Pure Color mouse in Phantom White

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 4:39 pm

ROCCAT's Kone series of gaming mice are some of the best on the market today, and its Kone Pure Color line allows for optimum gaming performance while breaking the black gaming mouse mold. This week, ROCCAT announced the release of the new Phantom White Kone Pure Color to the line of colorful peripherals.

 

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Much like the other Kone Pure mice, the Phantom White version of the Kone Pure Color features a high-end 8,200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor and high quality Omron switches. The mouse includes exclusive ROCCAT Technology such as Easy-Shift[+], Easy-Aim and ROCCAT Talk that ensures you have an edge over the competition that will land you in the top spot at the end of the match.

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who with an awesome Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 9:22 am

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of BBC's sci-fi classic Doctor Who along with this week's release of the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor on Blu-ray, we have one huge Doctor Who prize pack up for grabs, thanks to our friends at Village Roadshow Home Entertainment.

 

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One lucky winner will take home a mammoth collection of Who goodness, including the complete seasons 1-7 of the reboot series, along with the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor on Blu-ray 3D and 2D. That's a total of 28 Blu-ray discs, with a retail price of over $500 AUD!

 

To go into the running, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the Doctor's nemesis and creator of the Daleks

 

Send your answers, along with your shipping address to ben@tweaktown.com before the competition closes on Friday the 6th of December. Please note that the Blu-ray discs are in PAL format, and can only be watched in PAL (Australia and Europe) regions.

 

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The Day of the Doctor, along with seasons one to four are available on 3D Blu-ray from Australian retailers starting Wednesday the 4th of December.

Nintendo's 3DS gets YouTube App but not 3D video support

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 4:00 am

Nintendo 3DS users have been asking for a YouTube app since its release and today, YouTube has officially arrived on the handheld gaming console. At the moment, the app is only available in North America, and Europe and it is unclear when Nintendo will expand to other regions.

 

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The app allows YouTube Videos to play on the 3DS' top screen while the lower screen shows related content. Playback is controlled via button on the device including the L and R shoulder buttons. Unfortunately Nintendo chose not to include any support for 3D video playback, which limits the content available on YouTube by some but not significantly enough to matter. It was an interesting choice though as the 3DS is know for its 3D capabilities.

OCZ announces Chapter 11 bankruptcy asset acquisition by Toshiba

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 3:11 am

In what is certainly one of the last pages in the OCZ saga, the company announced this afternoon that it has signed an asset purchase agreement with Toshiba Corporation to acquire substantially all of OCZ's assets in a chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding for $35 million.

 

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The acquisition will land Toshiba access to OCZ's proprietary controller, firmware, and softeare and well as the engineering teams responsible for these technologies. OCZ will continue to operate and server existing and future customers during a transition phase, and Toshiba will provide the company with the capital to operate during this period. The sale is expected to finalize within the next 60-days.

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Microsoft's Xbox One Black Friday battle in the console war

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 2:30 am

The so-called "Console Wars" formed earlier this year when Microsoft and Sony began a dance to see who could one up the others new features on its next-gen console, and it appears that Microsoft may have won a major battle. A newly released report from InfoScout is suggesting that Microsoft took home the majority of console sales during Black Friday.

 

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The retail analytic firm gathered data from about 83,000 shopping receipts, and the figures state that the $499 Xbox One topped sales at both Walmart and Target. In fact Microsoft garnered both the top and second spots with the Xbox One capping 31-percent of the Black Friday market share. The Xbox 360 managed to hold onto 30-percent which means Microsoft held 61-percent of console sales on Friday.

 

The report lost Sony as holding a mere 30-percent of sales with the PS3 and PS4 capping 15-percent each. Nintendo managed to grab a measly 7-percent with the Wii U accounting for 6-percent while the Wii walked away with barely 1-percent. What does this mean for the PS4? Since it has been released for a several weeks now, I think that many of its big sales numbers are over, and Microsoft led sales due to the close proximity of its Xbox One launch, combined with massive discounts on Xbox 360 units.

Motorola's Moto G arrives on Amazon for pre-order, shipping Dec 4th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 1:02 am

Up until now, the only way to get your hands on one of Motorola's low-cost Moto G Android-based smartphones was to order it from the official Motorola website, but today the company announced that customers could purchase it through Amazon.com. Pre-orders for the Moto have been available on Amazon since early morning and the company says that orders will begin shipping on December 4th.

 

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The Motorola Moto G features a 4.5-inch 720p screen and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor that has been clocked at 1.2GHz. 1GB of RAM is on hand to keep things moving nice and smooth, while a 5-megapixel rear camera handles imaging duties. Unfortunately LTE support is missing, and only 3G radios are installed. The phones pricing points make up for this though, with an 8GB model retailing for $179 off contract, and 16GB for $199 with no contract.

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