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iFixit teardown the Google Nexus 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 3:28 am

Google's $199 Nexus 7 tablet is barely even available and the team at iFixit have torn one apart and looked around inside the tablet. Nexus 7 is just a millimeter thicker than Apple's iPad, but that 1mm can make a huge difference when it comes to repairability according to iFixit, who gave the Nexus 7 a score of 7 out of 10.

 

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To compare this against other popular tablets, Apple's iPad scores a repairability score of two out of 10, Amazon's Kindle Fire scores an eight, and Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet takes home a six out of ten. iFixit said in their report:

 

That's the difference between being able to open a device and service all of its internals, and not. That's the negligible difference between extending the life of your device through repair, as opposed to tossing it in a landfill. And most of all, nobody will complain about that one millimeter difference in day-to-day use, but the user-serviceability it brings will make all the difference when the device breaks.

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Google Nexus 7 tablet to retail in New Zealand for NZD$439, only two weeks away

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 3:12 am

Android Mobile New Zealand donned their detective cap and reported that New Zealand will be getting the Nexus 7 tablet from Google, even though Google themselves haven't confirmed that NZ would be getting the 7-inch slate.

 

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The 16GB version of the Nexus 7 will be made available from mid-July, with the 8GB model being an exclusive to the Google Play Store. The biggest news I find from this is the $439 NZD price, considering Google launched it for $199 in the U.S.

 

But, with high import costs, a local purchase might make more sense, so would the local warranty. If you're based in NZ, this should be great news for you.

Samsung fails to lift ban on the sale of GALAXY Tab 10.1's in the U.S.

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 2:29 am

Samsung had endured a ban of sales to their GALAXY Tab 10.1 thanks to Apple and their ongoing patent war with the Korean company, but Samsung requested to lift the ban on the tablet, but were rejected by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.

 

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There is a planned patent trial this month, but the rejection of Samsung's request to lift the sales ban is yet another bang against Apple's victorious patent trolling drum. Samsung have said in a statement:

 

Samsung is disappointed with the court's decision that denied our motion to stay. We believe today's ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States.

 

The next time the two tablet-making companies head into court is later this month, on July 30. The news from that court room should be quite interesting, and we'll report on that when it happens.

NVIDIA releases GeForce 304.79 beta, features TXAA, SLI profiles and bug fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 1:25 am

NVIDIA have been pumping out some regular drivers, which is a nice change of pace for the company and today we have the release of the GeForce 304.79 beta drivers. These new drivers have a special inclusion in the form of the March-announced TXAA. TXAA is said to smooth more aliased edges than MSAA, all while significantly reducing temporal aliasing.

 

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But, what titles support TXAA? Funcom MMORPG, The Secret World, does, which launched today in North American and Europe. NVIDIA has promised a future in-depth look at TXAA in The Secret World, but for now, they've offered a launch-day interview with Funcom's CTO and lead designer instead. TXAA is only supported by the GEFORCE GTX 600-series of GPUs, if you didn't know.

 

As with all the other driver releases, the new GeForce 304.79 beta brings with it new, or updated SLI profiles for The Secret World, End of Nations, Nexuiz, Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Tornado Force and Tribes: Ascend. There are various bug fixes, such as fixing the compatibility issues that plagued the GTX 400 and GTX 500 series of GPUs in Civilization V, flickering or missing mouse cursor with hardware cursor enabled, PCs to reboot instead of shutting down, and a black screen after driver installation.

 

You can download the GeForce 304.79 beta drivers here.

RumorTT: Retina-powered iMacs coming in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 12:42 am

DigiTimes has a nice rumor here today, where they're reporting that Apple's supply chain will begin supply components for the mass production of Apple's next-gen iMac, with a launch as early as October. The same sources have noted that Apple plans to bake the high-res Retina Display into all of their product lines, which means the iMac will get a beautiful new screen.

 

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DigiTimes' sources state that Apple want to see Retina in all of their products, with hopes to overtake competitors in terms of screen resolution, since most other notebook and tablet PC makers are still catching up to the Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. With limited support for the Retina Display's resolution, it makes it more expensive to make, and adapt, than Full HD panels. Most PC makers have no plans to bump their screen resolutions up to the same spec, but things could change soon.

 

The all-in-one PC market is getting aggressive, and considering that Apple is the largest player in the all-in-one market, as well as a top-five vendor of the desktop PC market in terms of shipments, this should be something where Apple could really push some high-end products.

Judge rules public Twitter posts can be used against you in court and accessed without a search warrant

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 3, 2012 3:27 pm

In a ruling sure to have far-reaching consequences for how online speech is treated under the law, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Sciarrino said that public Tweets do not have the same protection as private speech. In other words, what you say online publicly, i.e. Facebook update, Tweet, or otherwise, can be accessed and used against you in court sans a search warrent.

 

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"The Constitution gives you the right to post, but as numerous people have learned, there are still consequences for your public posts," wrote Sciarrino in his ruling. "What you give to the public belongs to the public. What you keep to yourself belongs only to you."

 

A little back story: Harris, the person directly affected by this ruling, was arrested during the Occupy Wall Street protests when he, along with many others, walked down the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge as opposed to the sidewalk. Before this march, he had deleted several Tweets that prosecutors believe contain evidence that directly contradicts one of his defenses.

 

He asserts that the police led the march and the prosecutors believe the Tweets say otherwise. Just in May, Twitter stepped up and filed a motion to squash the subpoena saying that the users retained ownership of their respective Tweets. This meant it wasn't their data to give up. The judge's ruling, however, grants ownership to the "public" rather than the user, if they are posted publicly.

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Mobile operating system market getting overcrowded as Mozilla plans Firefox OS

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 3, 2012 2:18 pm

It appears that Mozilla, developer of the web browser Firefox and other things, is currently working on an "open mobile OS" that seems similar in many ways to Google's Chrome OS. The new OS will be based off of HTML 5 and open web standards and be designed to remove many of the barriers that currently make mobile website development difficult.

 

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Mozilla has its sites set on emerging markets such as Brazil in 2013. The basic operations of the phone, calling, gaming and messaging, can be developed as HTML 5 applications. Mozilla is already seeing support from Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, and Telenor.

 

Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla:

 

The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote opennes, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use.

 

Mozilla has been working on allowing HTML 5 to access the hardware more directly than was previously allowed for. They have been doing this through their "Boot to Gecko project" and it will allow HTML 5 apps to access the hardware like only a native app used to be able to. It will be interesting to see how this turns out, but it seems likely to follow Chrome OS in that it won't work very well.

Amazon EC2 outage happened because of the "leap second" bug, affected Netflix, Instagram and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 3, 2012 10:45 am

Over the weekend you might have noticed that a few of your popular sites weren't working, such as Instagram, Netflix, and more. This is thanks to a huge storm which took down most of Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud. Clients that are on this cloud are Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest, and more.

 

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What caused the downtime? The "leap second" bug", which International time keepers adjusted, adding one second to the global time standards in order to offset differences between our ultra-precise atomic clocks and the natural rotation of our planet, a rotation which is ever so slightly irregular. Sometimes, such as back in 2008, there's a second that is added to adjust time as needed.

 

Amazon's servers weren't the only ones that were affected, Gawker (Lifehacker, Gizmodo and others), Reddit, Mozilla and many, many more fell prey to this leap second bug. During the update, some software can't handle the unexpected change in seconds, and the effects are, well, the events of the weekend.

Mozilla rename Boot to Gecko, now called Firefox OS, will slide onto handsets in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 3, 2012 10:19 am

Mozilla have just announced that they are renaming Boot to Gecko to Firefox OS, the company has talked of having support from multiple carriers worldwide, as well as a couple of device manufacturers. Firefox OS is a totally open source OS, and its interface is built from HTML5 and CSS web standards, making it very customizable.

 

 

A proof of concept was recently shown off running on Samsung's GALAXY S II, with the company pointing out its responsiveness to touch input, a 3D graphics demo, a full SMS client and on-screen keyboard, as well as a store for various web apps. The first Firefox OS-powered device will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and should launch sometime in early-2013 in Brazil through Telefonica's Vivo brand of entry-level handsets.

 

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Manufacturing partners are looking to be TCL Communication Technology, and ZTE, with operators such as Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia and Telenor all jumping on the Firefox OS bandwagon. Mozilla ia hoping Firefox OS will change how developers have to re-write their apps to run on the various mobile operating systems, with apps that can run in a browser but still look, and feel like a native app with access to underlying phone capabilities like calling, messaging and games.

Beats acquires streaming music provider MOG

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 3, 2012 9:15 am

It has finally been confirmed that music streaming service, MOG, has been acquired by Beats. Details of the acquisition aren't being made available to the public, but GigaOm initially reported that the price could have been hovering around $14 million, but sources close to MOG later said that the number was "significantly higher".

 

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USA Today spoke to MOG founder and CEO David Hyman over e-mail, where he said:

 

The addition of MOG's music service to the Beats portfolio will provide a truly end-to-end music experience.

 

It's definitely an interesting move, with big players like Spotify being huge competition, and very established. But Beats' relationship with HTC will help them. Selling smartphones with Beats headphones and MOG trials with discounted subscriptions for example, could very well be the future for HTC.

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