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Google announces Gladstone, Missouri will be getting Google Fiber

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 14, 2013 7:31 am

Google seems serious about its Google Fiber endeavor as it has been announcing upcoming cities left and right. The latest city to join Google's growing list of cities that will be getting Google Fiber is Gladstone, Missouri. Gladstone is just north of Kansas City, as you can see on the map provided by Google:

 

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Like the other cities currently pending for Google Fiber, Google needs to plan, engineer, and build the infrastructure. Not even a timeline or projected date has been provided to residents, but this should allow them to rest easy knowing that they will soon be getting super-fast and reasonably priced Internet access.

Google hides Easter egg in image search, play Atari's Breakout with pictures of Breakout

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 14, 2013 6:34 am

Google is well-known for hiding Easter eggs in its search engine. For instance, typing "do a barrel" into the all-knowing Google search bar will result in the whole web page doing a barrel roll. The latest Easter egg to be discovered celebrates Atari's classic game, Breakout.

 

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To initialize the latest Easter egg, simply do a Google Image Search for "Atari Breakout." This will cause the game to start. Simply control the platform with your mouse to bounce the ball and destroy the pictures of, you guessed it, Breakout. Successfully beating that level will result in more levels generating with random pictures.

Google Search deals with 500 million previously unseen search queries each day

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 14, 2013 5:33 am

Bloomberg TV recently interviewed John Wiley and found some incredible statistics. Wiley, the lead designer for Google Search, says that each and every day, Google sees an average of 500 million search queries that it has never seen before. These queries make up roughly 15 percent of the daily search volume.

 

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To keep up with ever-changing queries and websites, Google crawls 20 billion web sites per day, an impressive feat. To help combat these unseen queries, Google is working on its Knowledge Graph product. Wiley says that Knowledge Graph has an incredible 530 million entries and 18 billion facts about connections between the entries.

Raspberry Pi camera module coming to UK on May 14

By: Trace Hagan | More News: | Posted: May 14, 2013 4:31 am

Raspberry Pi's long-awaited camera module will be coming to the UK come May 14. While the price is still unknown, the small, yet still capable, camera module will be available from CPC/Farnell come May 14. CPC/Farnell has already invited users who signed up for info on the module on the Raspberry Pi forums to preorder the device tomorrow.

 

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If the device can be ordered tomorrow, it's likely we will also know the final price. Current estimations put the price at $25, so we'll see if that holds true. The camera is capable of taking pictures 2592x1944 in resolution, 1080p video at 30 FPS, 720p video at 60FPS and VGA at 60 or 90 FPS. One of the modules has made it into the wild and you can see the video it took embedded below.

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Motorola X phone pops up at the FCC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2013 3:34 am

Motorola's X phone is shrouded in so much secrecy that most thought it was going to be the new high-end handset that everyone wants, but it looks like it won't be according to other sources. Now the secret phone has appeared at the FCC under the model number "XT1058".

 

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The details associated with the phone list it as "designed & assembled in the USA" and features NFC, LTE 4G and works with AT&T's network. Rumors have pegged the phone to feature a 4.7-inch screen, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, and more. I hope we see the phone unveiled and it becomes to Google what the iPhone is to Apple.

 

Once this happens, then it truly is game on in the smartphone world.

Google won't be showing off Nexus Q at Google I/O

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2013 2:41 am

Something Google won't be showing off at Google I/O this week is their Nexus Q device. The Mountain View-based giant unveiled the streaming device last year, but it was bagged for its $299 price and limited capabilities.

 

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Google ended up delaying the Nexus Q so that they could have more time to "work on making it even better". One would think a year going past is enough time, but it looks like Google might need a little more time in the oven for their Nexus Q.

Charity auction for coffee with Tim Cook currently at $605,000

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 14, 2013 2:03 am

Who would have thought a charity auction for coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook would be worth so much. After all, the purchaser is only guaranteed 30 minutes, though it could end up being as long as 60. In fact, coffee with Tim Cook appears set to pass the previous charity auction record set by the auctioning off of a 2013 Lamborghini Aventador.

 

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CharityBuzz CEO Coppy Holzman:

Charitybuzz is blown away by the incredible support we've seen for the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights through our coffee with Tim Cook online auction. With 140 experiences on the auction block closing this Tuesday to benefit the RFK Center, including exclusive access to Robert DeNiro, Alec Baldwin, Peyton Manning and more, we expect to raise well over one million dollars for human rights.

 

Doing some quick math, that works out to over $10,000 per minute, if Tim Cook is able to stay for the full 60 minutes. You would have to have some deep pockets in order to afford this and it's not exactly clear what you would do with the time. Look for a job? Pick his brain? If you have the money, you'll need to bid at least $610,000 by 4:08p.m. tomorrow.

TweakTown Web Poll Results - Your next smartphone

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2013 1:36 am

Our latest poll had almost 7,000 people who answered, "What's your next smartphone?"

 

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From the outset we knew this poll could have gone any way, or maybe that should read that we didn't really know who would come out winner at the end of the day. Taking the most votes was Samsung with its Galaxy S4 smartphone, with a total of 36% of the votes. In second place was a bit of surprise with HTC's One and third place went to Apple with its forthcoming iPhone 5S, if it indeed ends up getting that name at launch.

 

BlackBerry struggled taking just 5% of the votes for its Z10 and Q10 smartphones. Finally 26% said they are interested in other devices, such as some from Sony.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know... "What new stuff are you most excited to see at Computex Taipei 2013?" Let us know! Go here to vote!

Microsoft updates SkyDrive with photo timeline and upload performance increases

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: May 14, 2013 1:05 am

Microsoft has updated its cloud storage offering with new features. SkyDrive now has a photo timeline that functions much like Faceboook's Timeline function in that pictures are organized by time. This makes it much easier to find that picture you know you took last month.

 

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SkyDrive now allows quick locating of pictures. Users can quickly navigate to a specific month and see all the pictures that were taken during that time period. SkyDrive will also allow users to view all photos in a filmstrip presentation. The filmstrip can also be turned into a slideshow for public display.

 

Microsoft also notes that performance feedback was taken into consideration. Over the past few months, Microsoft has reworked the server code and SkyDrive desktop app. The result, according to Microsoft, is pictures that upload 2-3x faster than before. Not bad!

RumorTT: More possible specifications leak out for the Galaxy S4 Mini

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2013 12:07 am

We've been hearing that Samsung plans to release several variants of the popular Galaxy S4. One of the main variants that keeps popping up is the Galaxy S4 Mini, a smaller version of the S4 that is easier on the pockets and wallet. According to documents from Samsung and Korea Investment & Securities, the S4 Mini will be released in the next few weeks.

 

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According to the documents, the S4 Mini will feature a 1.6GHz dual-core Exynos 5210 coupled with 1GB of RAM for 3G devices and 2GB of RAM for LTE devices. It will feature 32GB of internal storage, Android 4.0, and a 4.3-inch qHD(540x960) Super AMOLED screen. The camera is said to be an 8MP sensor and battery capacity is pegged at 2,100mAh.

 

For now, this remains a rumor as nothing official has been confirmed. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt. However, the details look to be about right for the S4 Mini.

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