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RumorTT: Samsung to release Galaxy S4 mini in early-June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 7:27 am

If you thought Samsung didn't have enough smartphones on the market, prepare for some new ones. Dutch site TechTastic are reporting that they've found a couple of new models on the South Korean company's website, claiming to be the Galaxy S3 mini refresh - the GT-I9190.




The Galaxy S3 mini goes by the GT-I8190 moniker, so we should expect this one to be the Galaxy S4 mini. There will be two devices, the GT-I9190 and the I9195, with the latter being the S4 mini duos. We should expect the Galaxy S4 mini to feature a 4.3-inch 960x540 display, quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The S3 mini only featured a 800x480 display, dual-core processor and 5-megapixel camera.


We should expect the mini duos to feature a less powerful processor, most likely a dual-core chip, and would be aimed at markets where dual-SIM functionality is used.

NASA's Kepler telescope finds three 'super-Earth-size' exoplanets that could house life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 6:29 am

NASA has used their Kepler telescope to discover three "super-Earth-size" exoplanets that are close enough to their star to possibly have water on them. Two of the planets, Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, orbit a K2 dwarf estimated to be around 7 billion years old.




This star measures in at around two-thirds the size of our sun, and is orbited by a total of five planets, three of which are too close to be habitable for life to form. Kepler-69c, the biggest of the three new planets discovered, is estimated to be around 70% larger than Earth, and takes 242 days to circle its star. This isn't the biggest news NASA has had, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Google Q1 2013 numbers are strong, revenues are up 31% from last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 5:36 am

While Apple's share price continues to tumble - I'm sure there's a better word for that... nosedive? - Google Q1 2013 earnings are in, and what a report they have to share with the world. A break down of the numbers is below:



  • $13.97 billion in revenue for the quarter, up 31-percent year-over-year
  • $3.48 billion in operating income, up slightly y-o-y but down as a percentage of revenue
  • Google-owned sites represented $8.64 billion of those revenues
  • Google Network (partner sites) represented $3.26 billion of revenue
  • Motorola posted $1.02 billion in revenues, 7-percent of Google's total
  • Motorola ended with an operating loss of $271 million for Q1


The total revenue for the quarter being $13.97 billion, sees a huge 31% increase year-over-year. Motorola are still posting a loss, but I think we'll see the last of those in the coming months, and by this time next year we should see Motorola hopefully making all of Google's hardware.

Facebook Messenger VoiP calls expands to the US, Australia and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 4:33 am

If you were after some totally free VoiP calls between your friends on Facebook, then you may want to pay attention to Facebook Messenger. The latest app update include the ability of free VoiP-based calls between your Facebook friends.




In the beginning of last month, Canadian users were greeted with the VoiP call goodness, but now it has extended outside of Canadaland, and into the US and other countries. If you want to see if you have this feature, all you have to do is tap into a current chat, tap the 'i' button in the top right corner and if you're in one of the countries the new feature has rolled out into, you'll see a "Free Call" button at the bottom.


I've just tested it on my Nexus 4 here in Australia, and can confirm it's working for Australians.

CISPA gets passed by the House, will allow businesses to share customers' personal information

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 3:28 am

While America still reels over the Boston Marathon bombings and the fertilizer plant explosion near Waco in Texas, the House of Representatives have passed the cybersecurity bill CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act).




CISPA was passed by a 288-127 vote, receiving support from 92 democrats. From here, it will move to the Senate, then to President Obama's desk. CISPA, if you're not already familiar, will allow private businesses to share customers' personal information with any government entity, giving the government, and entities like the NSA, some serious power.


The way laws like this get passed, is by people who throw their hands in the air claiming that not letting something like CISPA pass, is because there are threats to "US economic security". Because, you know, there aren't any other issues with the US' economy right now. Mike Rogers, co-author of CISPA and the intelligence committee chairman, argued that cyberattacks and espionage, mostly from China, where an umber of high profile attacks have originated from, are a number one threat to US economic security.


On the House floor, Rogers said:


We have a constitutional obligation to defend this nation. This is the answer to empower cyber information sharing to protect this nation, to allow those companies to protect themselves and move on to economic prosperity. If you want to take a shot across China's bow, this is the answer.

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iPhone sales up just 8% this quarter, can the next iPhone help Apple?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 2:32 am

According to an analyst with the ISI Group, Apple have sold around 38 million iPhone's in the last quarter, representing an 8% increase over the same quarter of last year. Brian Marshall, an analyst with ISI Group, said he's sticking with his estimate of 38 million iPhone's for Q1 2013.




Other analysts, such as Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets and Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, have their bets on lower numbers, with 35 million and 35.5 million, respectively. These two analysts' estimates would have Apple seeing an increase of just 0% or 1% versus each quarter, Q1 2013 and Q1 2012. Most analysts are looking ahead, waiting for Apple's next move, which is rumored to be the iPhone 5S.


Personally, I don't think this can save them unless it is a big departure from what we know and love about the iPhone, and in particular, iOS. I hope we see a new premium iPhone (6) with iOS 7, with widgets and a much better UI, oh, and much cheaper than we have now. A 128GB offering would be nice too, maybe even 256GB. Apple could shake the market up again, and they need to considering Samsung are really pushing forward with so many devices being announced and released lately in all shapes and sizes catering to all markets, all over the world.

Rovio brings on Jami Laes as Executive VP of Games

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 1:31 am

Rovio has brought on a new person to oversee the development of new games. Jami Laes is Rovio's new executive vice president of games and will oversee the Finnish gaming studio's new game development. Laes is no newcomer to the world of games as he has previously worked at EA and Digital Chocolate.




Rovio needs to expand beyond its hit series, Angry Birds, in order to continue as a gaming studio. Laes will play an important roll as the gaming studio works to develop other hit games. After all, there's only so long Angry Birds can be tweaked before people get bored of the game and move to something new.


Thinking back, this was a natural next step in my career. I have always been a huge fan of Angry Birds, and it has been great to see the phenomenal success that Rovio has already achieved. Even so, we've only seen a fraction of what can be achieved with great brands like Angry Birds and Bad Piggies, and I wanted to be a part of building that story.

Estimates place Nexus 10 sales lower than Microsoft Surface

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 12:32 am

Estimated sales numbers for the Nexus 10 aren't very positive. In fact, the estimates place sales of the Nexus 10 below that of the Microsoft Surface, which is widely regarded as a flop product. So, just how bad is it? Estimates suggest that Google has only sold somewhere between 680,000 and one million Nexus 10's.




Neither Samsung or Google provided data regarding tablet sales, but some interesting extrapolations by Ben Evans resulted in those numbers. Since the Nexus 10 features a relatively uncommon screen resolution, Evans was able to use Google's development data for screen sizes. Only 0.1 percent of devices hitting the Play Store featured the resolution present on the Nexus 10.


An estimate of 680 million Android users at the end of March was used, though this could be slightly off base. Even still, sales numbers of the Nexus 10 aren't good, especially when compared to Apple's. Apple managed to sell 36.9 million iPads in the second half of 2012 and 10 million iPad minis in Q4 alone.

Psy's new video 'Gentleman' hits 100M views in 3 days, tying previous record set by Russian Meteor

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 11:34 pm

Showing that he isn't just a one-hit-wonder, Psy's Gentleman has rocketed up 100 million views in just three days, tying a record previously set by the Russian Meteor in February of this year. Meanwhile, Gangnam Style has shot past 1.5 billion views, an impressive feat as well.




VisibleMeasures has created the graph seen above that compares various videos and the time it took them to reach 100 million views. In comparison, Gentleman has moved at a much faster rate than Gangnam Style, likely due to Psy having gained a large audience from Gangnam Style.


If you're curious about several other metrics regarding Gentleman, check out source #1 below.

OpenSignal finally releases app for iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 10:33 pm

OpenSignal, the central repository for crowdsourced cellular reception maps, has finally released an app for iPhones. Up until now, OpenSignal has been relying on only Android users to collect data about signal strength, cellular towers, and speed data.




OpenSignal has used this collected Android data to extrapolate how signal would perform on iPhones. Now they will be able to rely on data collected via iPhones. To download the new app or learn more about it, head over to OpenSignal's webpage for the new iPhone app.


The app features some useful functions. If you're having reception issues, the app can point you in a direction that should help boost your signal. It can also locate free Wi-Fi if you need to borrow a faster connection. The app will also collect anonymous signal data to help build the map available at OpenSignal's website.

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