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Nexus 4 appears in white, still no news of a release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 4:35 pm

The Nexus 4 has been out long enough that we should have new colors by now, and finally, there's a white-colored Nexus 4 spotted in the wild. Google+ user Ervin Sue posted some photos of the white-backed Nexus 4 which he says he purchased from "a local buy and sell site".

 

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The back features a beautiful white Crystal Reflective Process back and white sides, with a nice black trim around the display. There's no news on whether this will reach retail or the Google Play Store, but let's hope we hear more during the week at Google I/O.

Check out the trailer to Arrested Development's fourth season

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 13, 2013 3:35 pm

As a very long time fan of Arrested Development, the fourth season is nearly here thanks to our friends over at Netflix. The trailer hit the Internet earlier today, and has been enjoying its fair share of bandwidth being pushed over to it.

 

 

What do you think? I can't wait to see the gang back together, it makes me want to go back and watch all of the previous seasons. Let us know what you're looking forward to in the fourth season of Arrested Development, will you be tuning in?

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Sony Xperia ZR to feature 4.6-inch display, quad-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 2:33 pm

Sony are going to expand their Xperia line in the near future with the Xperia ZR, which is set to step in the footsteps of the Xperia Z. While the Xperia Z has a 5-inch screen, the Xperia ZR will arrive slightly shrunken down at 4.6 inches.

 

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We should see the same water-resistant goodness backed up with dust resistance, as well as the same quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm. Sony have said that the Xperia ZR can be left underwater for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 4 feet. This is where the dedicated camera button comes in handy, where an owner of the Xperia ZR can press the button while their phone is underwater - if this is something they choose to do.

 

The Sony Xperia ZR will arrive in four colors: black, white, pink and mint. It'll be available later this quarter, with pricing to be announced soon.

Google's unified messaging system to reportedly be unveiled at Google I/O

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 13, 2013 10:31 am

Google I/O is just days away and there's reports that Google are to unveil their unified messaging system at the event. Google will reportedly use the name Hangouts, retiring the name Babel we've been hearing about lately.

 

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The use of the name Hangouts is a move Google are using to keep their users within their ecosystem of services. A source of TechRadar that reportedly works at Google, provided screenshots of the new Hangouts in action, which also sees the incorporation of the GChat instant messaging service. The images show off options to archive Hangouts, block users, and revert to a previous version of the chat services.

Facebook knows about Home problems, will fix them in future releases of the app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 13, 2013 9:29 am

Facebook Home is making the rounds, unfortunately not to my Nexus 4 yet, but being downloaded more than one million downloads is something to talk about. The problem is, though, that there is a massive amount of negative feedback and reviews on Facebook Home.

 

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Technology Review have reported that the social network are aware of these issues, and their first attempt at creating their own Android overlay has been met with problems, but they've promised to get them fixed in future releases of Facebook Home. Facebook have also said that they are adding "a launcher that makes it easier to see your non-Facebook apps and doesn't reorganize them", "a way to create folders of apps within the launcher" and "a dock at the bottom of the screen that gives you quick access to your most important apps".

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini appears, features the same type of design as the S4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 8:28 am

It feels like every other day I'm writing a piece on yet another Samsung smartphone, with the week beginning with news of a Galaxy S4 mini. The S4 mini has been snapped on camera in China, and looks like a smaller Galaxy S4, obviously.

 

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The Galaxy S4 mini appears to include the same design as the full-sized S4, with it looking smooth and rounded, with the carbon fiber pattern on the back panel. It is around 8mm thick, which is in the ballpark of the S4's thickness. It is definitely shorter, and narrower than its bigger brother.

 

We should expect the S4 mini to include a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, with the resolution bumped down to 960x540. Internally, there should be a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a decent rear-facing camera.

US Navy successfully flies drone for two days using a liquid hydrogen tank

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Drones | Posted: May 13, 2013 7:35 am

The US Office of Naval Research has successfully flown a drone for two entire days using a tank filled with liquid hydrogen. The previous experiment used a hydrogen fuel cell as its power source, flying for a then record time of 26 hours.

 

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The new test used a cryogenic storage tank filled with liquid hydrogen, flying for 48 hours, breaking the previous record by nearly an entire day. We should expect this technology to continue to impress, just give it a few more years.

Google's VP9 video codec is nearly complete, YouTube will use the next-generation compression technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 13, 2013 6:34 am

Come June 17, Google are looking to finish their VP9 video codec. From there, the Mountain View-based company will use their next-generation compression technology in both Chrome and YouTube. Matt Frost, senior business product manager for the WebM Project, said in a blog post:

 

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Last week, we hosted over 100 guests at a summit meeting for VP9, the WebM Project's next-generation open video codec. We were particularly happy to welcome our friends from YouTube, who spoke about their plans to support VP9 once support lands in Chrome.

 

What is the WebM project? It is Google's project for freeing Web video from royalty constraints, with the WebM technology combining VP8 with the Vorbis audio codec. VP9 transmits video much more efficiently than the VP8 codec, and will be a huge milestone for Google and potential Web-video allies like Mozilla who hope to see royalty-free video compression technology spread across the Internet.

Windows Phone Store reaches 145,000 apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 13, 2013 5:31 am

Just how well is Microsoft going with the Windows Phone Store? Well, they've reached over 145,000 apps, which is up from the 120,000 apps that we heard about in October.

 

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But, this number shows that the momentum has slowed down for the Windows Phone Store, considering it doubled in size over the first half of 2012. Are developers leaving the platform? Or are they just simply not as interested in Windows Phone as they are with iOS and Android? There are those that argue that Microsoft are concentrating on quality apps versus just boat loads of apps, with iOS reaching over 800,000 apps now.

Samsung to deploy 5G network by 2020, will be capable of 1.25GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 13, 2013 4:32 am

I'm not even enjoying 4G yet, and all I keep hearing is talk of a 5G network being deployed within the next decade. Samsung are behind the new talks, with an under-development wireless network to be capable of giving users the speed to stream data faster than ever dreamed before, even from current wired networks.

 

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You might want to sit down to hear this, but Samsung's 5G network will be capable of 10 gigabits per second, giving users download speeds of around 1.25GB/sec. Considering 4G LTE provides around 75 megabits per second, or around 9.375MB/sec, it is a gigantic leap that can't be frowned upon. We're talking about downloading a Blu-ray movie in under one minute over your mobile Internet connection.

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