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Google adds reset feature to Chromium project, will reset browser to defaults, disable extensions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: May 28, 2013 1:06 am

Mark down another feature discovery for Chromium evangelist François Beaufort. He is credited with discovering a new feature to help clean up your browser after malware strikes. The new feature will allow users to reset the default search engine, homepage, cookies, and other details to the original Google settings.

 

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In the new UI panel, users can individually select from five different categories what they would like to reset. Since this is currently in Chromium, we can expect the exact details of the feature to change. However, it is a nice addition as more and more malware target browsers.

 

There is no way to know when Google will add this into the main Chrome build, but we'd be fairly confident that it is coming. Some are guessing that it will show up after Chrome 30.

Google expands biking navigation to six European countries

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 28, 2013 12:02 am

Google has expanded the reach of its Maps product by adding biking navigation to six additional European countries. Biking instructions are very similar to Google's normal directions, though they take into account busy roads, bike paths, and other factors to make your outing safer and more enjoyable.

 

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Today's update adds Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. The new maps have been generated with the help of partner groups in some countries and the cyclists themselves in other countries. Google notes that the cyclists themselves are the ones who know the best routes and Google encourages cyclists to add, update, and change biking directions.

 

For more information, you can head over to Google's Europe Blog announcement post.

ReportTT: EU investigating Apple over anti-competitive practices with the iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 27, 2013 11:02 pm

Apple is reportedly being investigated by the European Union over anti-competitive practices in relation to its iPhone range of devices. According to the Financial Times, The European Commission has sent out a nine-page questionnaire to various telecommunications firms in Europe and has begun the preliminary proceedings of the investigation.

 

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The telecommunications companies must return the questionnaire by June 17. Their answers will be used to decide whether a full investigation is warranted. If the companies admit that Apple was favored over rivals, Apple could face significant fines.

 

Apple could also be in trouble if they disable features of the product within the EU area because this breaches EU law. Such issues include blocking access to 4G networks in Europe.

 

Apple maintains that it has done nothing wrong.

Samsung spends $25 million to create a US display patent firm

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 27, 2013 10:30 pm

Samsung has spent invested $25 million to start a US-based display patent firm. The firm was quietly launched in March in Washington D.C. and will help Samsung protect its patents in the United States. According to the Korea Times, the new firm is known as Intellectual Keystone Technology (IKT).

 

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The company will allow Samsung to better protect its intellectual property, something we've seen Apple doing in the Apple v Samsung lawsuit. Samsung's screens are seen on a wide variety of devices, so its important that Samsung not lose its patents or have them infringed upon as it would be a major hit to the business.

 

A Samsung Display spokesperson said, "Samsung recently established IKT. Patents are a good source of innovation and we also need to protect our intellectual property by strengthening our patent-related business."

 

Should we expect to see an uptick in patent litigation? It's certainly possible, though for right now it appears Samsung is just working on amassing patents.

Sony sends Golden PSOne and VIP invite for E3 to Minecraft creator

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 27, 2013 9:30 pm

Sony appears to be trying to woo indie developers, or at least one indie developer in particular. Sony has sent Markus Persson, the creator of Minecraft, a VIP invitation to the company's E3 press conference along with a golden PSone. Sony also included a free copy of Dungeon Master 2.

 

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Persson tweeted, "Sony also once sent me an original copy of Dungeon Master 2 they had lying around for some reason. They sure know how to bribe nerds. ;D" We're fairly confident that Sony took notice of Persson's complaints about the Xbox and Microsoft locking down the once-open Windows platform.

 

It's somewhat likely that Sony has some big indie developer news planned for their E3 press conference. Having the Minecraft creator there to see the news and hopefully tweet about it could be huge for Sony. Whatever Sony's plan is, we'll be at TweakTown to cover all the PlayStation 4 news you could possibly want.

Sony employee responds 'we hear you' to users complaining about rumored PS4 DRM

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 27, 2013 9:00 pm

A Sony employee has responded to rumors that the PlayStation 4 might implement some sort of DRM to prevent used games from being played by saying that the company hears the users. "Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly. Please know that we hear you," said Sony Computer Entertainment America's Nick Accordino.

 

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Players want Sony to avoid a similar DRM scheme to that rumored to be implemented by Microsoft and the new Xbox One which requires gamers or retailers to pay an activation fee to play a used game. Sony has remained quite quiet about used games. "We are just now announcing the basic vision and strategy of PS4 and will have more information to share regarding used games later this year. But PlayStation has a long history of keeping its gamers happy and we won't make decisions that damage our relationship with them."

 

It sounds unlikely that PlayStation 4 would implement a DRM to prevent used games. In fact, both systems are confirmed to support used games, but the details are still unknown. We'll likely learn more from both Microsoft and Sony at E3 in just a few weeks. TweakTown will be there covering the event and you can expect to see lots of Xbox and PlayStation news.

ReportTT: Google facing new antitrust probe over display ads

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 27, 2013 8:37 pm

The problem with being one of the biggest companies in the world is you can't catch a break. Just after an antitrust investigation into Google was completed, reports of a new investigation over different allegations have emerged. Google is reportedly being investigated by the FTC over allegations of using its online display-advertising market to curb competition.

 

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The inquiry is just beginning and may not expand into a full-fledged investigation. Center to the probe is whether Google is using its large adverting network to push companies to use other services the company offers. This can prove illegal under antitrust laws if not done properly.

 

A large portion of Google's advertising tools and network came from the acquisition of DoubleClick in 2007. At the time, the FTC said, "We will closely watch these markets and, should Google engage in unlawful tying or other anticompetitive conduct, the commission intends to act quickly." It looks like the commission now feels the company is being anticompetitive.

 

TweakTown will follow this and keep our readers up on the latest.

Check out 'Scrolls' trailer, a new game by the creator of Minecraft

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 27, 2013 7:32 pm

Minecraft has turned into a cultural phenomena. A rather simple game with basic graphics has taken the world by storm and now the creator of Minecraft is looking to follow that success up with a new game called Scrolls. The game has received an official trailer and inital release date. First, the trailer:

 

 

The initial beta will kick off on June 3, offering players early access to the game, much like Mojang did with Minecraft. The game is quite a bit different than Minecraft. Minecraft is a open-world game, while scrolls is quite a bit like Magic: The Gathering in that it is a digital collectible card game.

 

We will definitely be following Scrolls to see how it does just how addictive it is. Now that you've watched the trailer, we want to know what you think about the game. Is it something that you would play? Let us know!

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Samsung to hold "Premiere" launch event in London on June 20th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 27, 2013 6:30 pm

Samsung has been on a roll lately with new product launches and this coming June 20th should be no exception. The company will hold a launch event at London's Earls Court 2 in which we can expect to see "several" Galaxy and ATIV devices unveiled.

 

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The Galaxy brand of products needs no introduction, but many of our readers may not have heard of the ATIV brand, which is Samsung's Windows Phone line of smartphones and tablets. While not much info is available on what we might see added to the ATIV line, we most likely will see the Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy Active and a new Galaxy Tablet unveiled at the event.

 

This event comes at the end of what is shaping up to be a very busy month in the tech industry. With Computex 2013 taking place between June 4th and 8th, E3 happening on June 11th until June 13, and Apple's WWDC taking place on June 10th till 14th, the tech media world is going to be in a frenzy with all of the news stories being released.

 

As always, TweakTown will be on top of everything, with journalists on the ground at Computex and E3, as well as live blogs taking place for these events. So, keep your browsers open to TweakTown for up to the minute coverage of everything happening in June.

Nokia official hints at Lytro-style camera technology in upcoming Lumia camera

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 27, 2013 5:35 pm

In the past I have reported on rumors of a multiple lens Lytro-style camera being featured on future Nokia Lumia phones and now it is looking like those rumors have been confirmed. Nokia Vice President for Smartphones, Jo Harlo, hinted at how the technology could improve smartphone cameras.

 

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"If you look at where imaging is going, computational imaging is an area of exploration," said Harlow in an interview with BGR. "Being able to capture even more data - data you cannot even see with the human eye that you can only see by going back to the picture and being able to do things with them."

 

 

With recent investments in Pelican Imaging, it most certainly looks like we will see a Nokia Lumia in the future with shoot now, focus later technology. When that technology will arrive is anyone's guess at this point, and it is still left up in the air if anyone wants the hassle of having to process snapshots taken with your smartphone, instead of instantly uploading it to their favorite social network there and then.

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