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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.

 

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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.

Yahoo launches iPhone weather app, iPad mail app as part of company's recovery

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 9:32 pm

Yahoo has launched two iOS apps today as CEO Marissa Mayer continues to try to turn the floundering Yahoo around. Mayer is attempting to use the well-received Weather app as a springboard to other apps. She hopes that it will create a "halo effect" in that users will love it enough that they will be willing to try other Yahoo-made apps.

 

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As you can see, the app features a slick interface that goes above and beyond the stock Weather app that is also powered by Yahoo data. Yahoo also released an updated Mail app for the iPad so users will have a native experience. This means much better use of screen real estate and features.

 

The updated Mail app and new Weather app are both available from the App Store.

Canonical announces Ubuntu 13.04 will be available with GNOME interface

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 8:56 pm

Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 13.04 will be available with a GNOME interface, pleasing many users who found that the Unity interface didn't work well on older hardware. Other users, such as myself, found the Unity interface to be terribly designed and not easy to work.

 

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This will be the first version of Ubuntu to feature GNOME as an interface since version 11.04. The version of Ubuntu, known as Ubuntu GNOME, has been around as an independent project since last year. Just because Canonical is offering up GNOME as an interface choice doesn't mean that Unity is gone.

 

Canonical still has high hopes for a unified Ubuntu across all devices, as its show with Ubuntu Mobile and Ubuntu Tablet.

RumorTT: Could this be the plastic rear-shell of a low-cost iPhone?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 8:33 pm

Earlier today, Tactus leaked a supposed image of the plastic rear-shell of an upcoming low-cost iPhone. Of course, as with all Apple rumors, this should be taken with a grain of salt. However, it does appear as though this rear-shell could be the real deal. See for yourself:

 

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It appears to take styling elements from the original iPod. A flat back with curved corners and elongated volume buttons set this device apart from the iPhone 5. Rumor has it that this device will feature an Apple A5 processor, 3.5-inch screen, and 5MP camera, much the same as previous iPhones.

 

We still don't know whether or not Apple would want to undercut the profit margins of their flagship iPhone, but it might be what they need to expand market share further.

ReportTT: Apple stops placing orders to Mac components

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 8:01 pm

Reports continue to pour in that seem to show Apple is faltering. The latest report is from the hit-and-miss DigiTimes who say that Apple have stopped placing orders for Mac components amid worse-than-expected PC sales. PC sales declines have hurt all PC manufacturers and Apple appears to be hit as well.

 

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The report cites sources in the "upstream supply chain." These suppliers are worried that shipments might not resume until late May. They say that at the end of 2012, Apple placed aggressive orders, either missing the impact their iPad is having on the PC market or expecting not to be hit by the PC decline.

 

We will know more about how Apple performed this quarter when they release their financial results on Tuesday.

Sprint continues expansion of 4G LTE network, announces LTE in 21 new markets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 7:31 pm

Sprint is a bit behind the other major US carriers in terms of LTE availability because they originally went with WiMax as their 4G technology. Not wanting to be left behind, Sprint has been pushing out LTE as quickly as possible. We previously announced that Sprint was ready to bring LTE to 21 new markets and now they have officially announced its availability.

 

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Joining the ranks of LTE-enabled markets are the following:

 

  • Albemarle, N.C.
  • Bloomington, Ind.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Contra Costa County, Calif.
  • Denison, Texas
  • Greeneville, Tenn.
  • Joplin, Mo.
  • Kerrville, Texas
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • Lincolnton, N.C.
  • Los Angeles
  • Mankato/North Mankato, Minn.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Newport News, Va.
  • Palm Bay, Fla.
  • Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  • Rochelle, Ill.
  • Salisbury, N.C.
  • Shelby, N.C.
  • Tullahoma, Tenn.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

These new additions bring Sprint's total LTE market count up to 88, still far behind the other carriers. Sprint has said that there will be more than 170 markets getting LTE in the coming months as they play catch up. Some cities, such as San Francisco, already have LTE, though they haven't been officially announced.

Google integrates Google+ commenting system into Blogger

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 6:30 pm

Blogs across the web have slowly been integrating Facebook's commenting system into their blogs. The practice has become so popular that popular Content Management Systems like Drupal, WordPress and Joomla all have modules that quickly let bloggers replace stock commenting modules with Facebook's system. Even TweakTown uses Facebook's commenting system.

 

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Seeing the success that Facebook has had with this, today Google has announced that it has begun allowing Blogger users the ability to integrate Google+ Comments into their blogs. Unlike Facebook comments, this new integration will allow users to set deep permission restrictions on who can see comments.

 

Users will be able to set permissions to individuals, circles or the general public. Blogger will also display discussions on Google+ that pertain to a user's specific post. Meaning that if a public discussion about your post pops up on Google+, those comments can also appear on your blog post.

Lian Li debuts two new aluminum Mini-ITX cases, the PC-Q27 and PC-Q28

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 5:26 pm

This morning Lian Li announced the addition of two new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis, the PC-Q27 and PC-Q28. Both chassis utilize the company's new rail mounting design that allows the Mini-ITC platform to be able to utilize traditional full size components.

 

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The PC-Q27 is designed with the office PC, HTPC or small form factor gaming rig in mind. With a footprint of just 7.8" x 11.8" x 9.4", the PC-Q27 can hold up to three 3.5" hard drives, a 5.25" optical drive and a 2.5" SSD. No fan mounting locations are present as the case was designed with passive cooling in mind.

 

The PC-Q28 is an update of the popular PC-Q18 chassis and is ideal for a small form factor gaming PC, LAN box or file server. With the capability to house a 290mm long video card, seven hard drives, and with a foot print of just 8.9" x 12.0" x 13.5", this brushed aluminum case would fit almost anywhere, and house plenty.

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LG set to begin selling curved screen OLED televisions later this year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 4:24 pm

Curved screens were all the rage at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and LG was noticeably one of the biggest purveyors of curved screen technology at this year's show. Now those curved screens will be making way into your living-rooms by the end of the year, according to recent reports.

 

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In an interview with Trusted Reviews, LG Vice President Thomas Lee said that "curved TVs are coming in the second half of this year." The Verge also confirmed this with a spokesman for LG who said that curved screen TVs will begin shipping "sometime later this year."

 

Curved screen televisions are said to offer a more immersive and panoramic experience over traditional flat panel displays. They are touted as having a wider range of viewing angles and we've seen reports of less eye strain, when viewed at a close distance.

New Lumia to be launched later this quarter, says Nokia CEO - mostly likely Lumia 928

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 3:31 pm

During an earnings call with investors, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop let the proverbial cat out of the bag on when we will see the next Lumia device launched. During the call, Elop said "later this quarter a new Lumia device is anticipated to have hero status with a leading US carrier."

 

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Elop never openly called the device by name, but we are almost positive that it will be the rumored Lumia 928, which will be available through Verizon via a partnership with Microsoft. Two more devices were also alluded to as well, although nothing was mentioned by name.

 

One is expected to be an aluminum frame Lumia, which is most likely designed to compete with HTC's One and Apple's iPhone 5. The other device is rumored to be an EOS Windows phone that will be a rehashed version of the company's Pureview 808, which features a super high-resolution camera.

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