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AT&T to support HD Voice technology later this year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 12:37 am

AT&T has said that it will support the iPhone 5's HD Voice technology sometime later this year. The technology will roll out along with AT&T's switching over to routing voice over LTE. "HD Voice is part of our voice over LTE strategy," AT&T senior VP Kris Rinne said.

 

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T-Mobile, on the other hand, will support the iPhone 5's HD Voice technology right from the start. When the device launches, T-Mobile users will be able to experience the higher quality audio that some have called a noticeable improvement. Sprint is also considering implementing HD Voice technology.

Apple's Q2 2013 financial results call to take place April 23

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 12:01 am

Apple has announced that its Q2 2013 financial results call will take place on April 23. On that day, Apple's second quarter results will be detailed and investors will be scrutinizing the company's performance. Will Apple's stock price increase or decrease after the announcement? Let us know in the comments.

 

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The call will take place at 2PM Pacific and 5PM Eastern and will be available via the Internet.

Ivy Bridge GPU driver update brings up to 10% performance boost, OpenCL 1.2 support

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 11:32 pm

Users on the Intel HD4000 GPU boat are about to get more performance. While at GDC, Intel announced a new version of their driver that will bring with it an up to 10 percent improvement in graphics performance. Also included in the new driver is support for OpenCL 1.2.

 

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The new driver is said to have been built for Haswell processors, though the driver will also be compatible with Ivy Bridge. Different sources are reporting that it will be compatible with HD2500, though others are reporting that it won't be. The new driver will be released as early as this week.

 

Users can download the latest drivers from Intel's website.

AT&T to start HTC One pre-sales April 4, leaked data suggest Sprint pricing for HTC One

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 11:02 pm

T-Mobile has already announced that the HTC one will be coming to its network for $50 down and monthly payments. AT&T will reportedly opening pre-sales on April 4 online and April 5 in stores. The device will set customers back $249.99 for the 32GB version in either black or silver.

 

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The 64GB AT&T exclusive will be available at a later date and will come in at $299.99. Of course, both devices come with a two-year contract at the listed prices. Meanwhile, a leaked RadioShack ad suggests that Sprint will have the HTC One available for $199.99 and that it will come with a $50 Google Play credit. This could be a RadioShack-only price and Sprint could use the same pricing as AT&T. The Google Play credit is likely a RadioShack-only promotion.

Windows 8 usage still below that of Windows Vista, XP and 7 continue to be leaders

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 10:32 pm

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system continues to be somewhat of a flop. Usage data from Net Applications show Windows 8 usage is still behind that of Microsoft's last flop, Windows Vista. Windows XP and Windows 7 continue to be top contenders, even though XP was initially released over 11 years ago.

 

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Windows 8 is used on 3.17 percent of computers, up from 2.67 percent in February. Vista, on the other hand, is found on 4.99 percent of systems. Windows XP is still found on 38.73 percent of systems and Windows 7 is the largest used operating system, found on 44.73 percent of systems.

 

Mac OS X 10.6-10.8 combined is found on below 7 percent of systems. Windows 8 uptake is likely to increase and is predicted to eclipse that of Vista within the year.

YouTube co-founder debuts MixBit, allows collaborative content creation

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 10:04 pm

One of YouTube's three co-founders has debuted a new video sharing site. MixBit, introduced today on the heels of YouTube's "closing announcement", will allow the sharing of videos, much like YouTube, as well as the ability for content creators to collaborate and work together on projects.

 

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Since @YouTube is ending, we're launching a new video site... Welcome to http://MixBit.com ! @MixBitApp This time it's not a contest!

 

MixBit.com isn't available just yet, though they note that "the future of video is launching soon!" The site was first teased during an interview at SXSW during which he said MixBit would provide "flexibility for people to work together and create content."

 

Details of the new site are still a bit scarce, but they will surely be forthcoming in the coming weeks.

Amazon updates Cloud Drive with file syncing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 9:32 pm

Amazon has updated their Cloud Drive service to support file syncing, a step that is desperately needed for the service to become a viable alternative to SkyDrive and Dropbox. Cloud Drive originally launched in May of last year without file syncing capabilities, meaning that files had to be manually placed in the Cloud Drive and updated after editing.

 

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Today's update brings with it the ability for files and folders to sync across all of your linked Cloud Drive devices. Amazon is still offering 5GB of free storage for users, so now may be as good as time as any to switch. You can learn more and download Cloud Drive from Amazon's website.

Say hello to NVIDIA's new mobile GPU line, 5 new mobile chips announced

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 9:02 pm

NVIDIA has debuted five new mobile GPUs for the mainstream and performance segments of the market. Ranging from the new GT 720M all the way to the new 750M, these GPUs all support NVIDIA's "GPU Boost 2.0" technology. GPU Boost dynamically changes the clockspeed of the GPU to save power when possible.

 

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The new GT 720M and 735M compose the mainstream segment and the GT 740M, 745M, and 750M are destined for the performance user. While your current system may be a generation behind, it's highly unlikely that your older 680M will be eclipsed by the new 750M.

 

NVIDIA says that the new line of GPUs will be supported by all major notebook manufacturer in the coming months.

Users have no right to resell purchases iTunes songs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 8:31 pm

A judge has ruled that users do not have the right or ability to resell songs purchased through iTunes as one might do with used CDs or DVDs. This is one of the on-going arguments that relate to digital media and ownership. Much like software, it would appear that users are granted a license, rather than an owned copy, to use a song.

 

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This ruling comes about from a lawsuit between ReDigi and Universal Music Group's Capitol Records. Universal sued the start-up saying that the company was violating the former's copyrights by enabling users to resell purchased iTunes music.

 

U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan's ruling says that (paraphrased) without explicit permission from a copyright holder, you are not allowed to resell a digital media file. The full decision is available US' Archive site.

More details surface on HTC's Facebook phone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 8:01 pm

AndroidPolice managed to get their hands on a system dump from the HTC Myst Facebook Phone. Most of the features are as you would expect, through there are some surprises packed inside. It makes use of a special Facebook app that isn't currently available anywhere else.

 

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The system appears to be a mid-range HTC device that features a dual-core MSM8960 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 720p 4.3-inch screen and a 5MP rear-facing camera. All of this hardware is powered by Android 4.1.2, through it appears it could be a heavily modified version of Android with deep Facebook integration.

 

The special build of the Facebook app bears a new package name as well as a host of new permissions. All of these new settings seem to be ones mainly used by home screen apps. HTC's own home screen app, "Rosie", isn't even installed on the device meaning Facebook's new app will likely take care of home screen functions.

 

There are also some hints that this version of Facebook might be released on the Google Play Store meaning that any Android device could replace their home screen with the Facebook version.

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