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Microsoft to update nearly all of their built-in Windows 8 apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 2:31 am

Windows 8 will be here in just over three weeks time, but the Redmond-based company have announced that they're updating most of the built-in Metro-style apps that come with Windows 8.




This will include SkyDrive, Mail, Calendar, People, Photos, Bing, Maps, News, Weather, Travel, Video, Music, Games, and Finance. Bing's update will arrive tomorrow and will include better search results for local content, it will also include Bing rewards integration and the feature to use the file picker to "select an image from Bing to use on your lock screen or in your other apps".


The SkyDrive update will let users search within SkyDrive itself, with the ability to rename and move files and folders. The Mail update will receive improved IMAP support, as well as the ability to accept or decline invitations in e-mails.


You can get a complete idea of the Windows 8 apps updates here.

Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Camera will be snapping pictures on the AT&T network first

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 1:31 am

I'm quite excited about Samsung's Galaxy Camera, as it ushers in an era of Android-powered point-and-shoot digital cameras from a strong Android-based smartphone maker.




Samsung's Galaxy Camera will first drop on AT&T's network, who will offer the camera on a 4G (non-LTE) data plan. There's no details on pricing, or if the carrier will offer any sort of subsidy. AT&T have stated that they will unveil pricing when the camera is released in a few weeks time.


In case you haven't heard of the Galaxy Camera, let's run over the specs again. We're looking at a normal point-and-shoot camera, that is just a powerful as a decent smartphone minus the voice call part of things. The Galaxy Camera sports 21x optical zoom with f/2.8 maximum aperture, with a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with an ISO range from 100 to 3,200.

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Acer shows off Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet, available starting October 26

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 11:30 pm

The Acer Iconia W700 is the latest Windows 8 tablet that has broken cover. Acer has released the details on this slick Windows 8 device, including pricing and launch plans. The device, with an 11.6-inch 1080p IPS display, will be retailing for a base price of $800, with two different upgrade options available.




The base model comes with the aforementioned 11.6-inch 1080p IPS screen, a 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217u processor, Intel HD4000 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid state drive. The frills of the base model include a 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1 megapixel front-facing camera, a microSD card slot, one USB 3.0 port, a micro HDMI port, headphone jack, and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth.


For an extra $100, you can get all of the above with an upgraded i5 processor. For only $200 more, or $999, you can get the base model with an upgraded i5 processor and a 128GB solid state drive. Battery life is said to be 8+ hours for the base model. The tablet weighs in at 2.3 pounds, which puts it a bit heavier than competitors and the device will not be available with mobile broadband.

Facebook robot reads your messages, increases share counts for links you share privately

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:29 pm

OK, so it might not be quite as bad as the title made it sound, but it certainly got your attention, right? Unfortunately, the title is mostly true in that Facebook does automatically increment share counts on websites where the Facebook social plugin is being utilized when a link to that page is shared through private messages.




So, if you copy the link to this page and send it over to a friend, indeed, the "Share" counter will increase by two. Now, Facebook does use robots to scan private messages in order to produce the preview that is shown when a link is sent and to look for sexual predators using the site to look for victims.


But, the fact that a private message is then turned into a public like or share is where the problem comes in. Even though no personally identifiable information is provided, transferred, etc, it still brings to light a massive issue with Facebook and privacy concerns. Facebook's full response is below:

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Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 coming exclusive to AT&T in the US, seems like a bad plan for Nokia

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 9:34 pm

The upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices by Nokia will be heading to AT&T exclusively in the United States when they launch in November. This seems like a bad plan for Nokia as they need to expand their customer base so that they can return to profitability and relevance in today's smartphone market.




Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of Devices and Developer Services at AT&T Mobility said, "Exclusive to our customers and featuring unique innovations in imaging technology, wireless charging and a bright, sensitive display - all on the nation's largest 4G network - the Lumia 920 will be one of the hottest phones for the holidays."


AT&T will also be carrying the HTC 8X, another Windows Phone 8 device. They appear to want to continue their dominance as the top Windows Phone carrier as they reminded everyone that they have sold more Windows Phones than any other carrier to date. I don't think that Windows Phone 8 is enough to make users switch carriers, though.


Even with the Lumia 920's and 820's cool features, such as Nokia's City Lens AR overlay, it's going to be hard to convince users to switch to AT&T for the device. There is still no word on pricing or release date. November is the best guess that is currently available for when the devices will be available.

Google looking to trim more jobs from Motorola as restructuring plan moves along

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 8:33 pm

Google is sharpening its job axe in anticipation of slicing more jobs out of the Motorola Mobility division. During the second quarter, Motorola reported an operating loss of $233 million. Google slashed 4,000 jobs (roughly 20 percent) of Motorola's workforce in August as a way to trim down costs, and it looks as though they are trimming some more.




"Motorola has continued to refine its planned restructuring actions and now expects to broaden those actions to include additional geographic regions outside of the U.S.," Google said in a statement.


What this should be read as is "we're cutting more jobs." But cutting jobs is only one part of the restructuring plan. After all, cutting jobs costs money as Google's upping of its estimated severance costs proves. Google upped the estimate 9 percent to $300 million, not exactly cost saving in the short term.


Google has also helped Motorola focus on releasing a smaller number of devices so that they reduce R&D costs. I'm sure you and I have never even heard of half the phones Motorola has produced, so that money is nearly going to waste. You can see this part of the restructuring effort in Motorola's last press conference.


They released just three new devices and focused on three main features: battery life, LTE, and Android. We'll be sure to keep you updated when actual numbers come from Google or Motorola regarding these predicted job cuts.

HP not making a smartphone in 2013, even after Whitman's comments saying they need to offer one

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 7:29 pm

HP's CEO Meg Whitman has publicly stated that HP will not be releasing a smartphone in 2013. This comes after she commented that HP would eventually need to offer a smartphone so as to avoid falling behind the curve. "We don't have any plans to introduce a smartphone in 2013, but we've got to start thinking about what is our unique play, how do we capture this element of the personal computing market?" she said.




She continues by noting that by not bringing a smartphone to market in the next "five years from now," HP could be "locked out of a huge segment of the population in many countries of the world." This would be a major problem for HP as they would be missing out on a large portion of prospective customers.


HP acquired Palm, so they had the experience and know-how at one point in the past. How much of that staff is still left is not easy to ascertain, however, it is known that 500 jobs were cut from the webOS division in 2011. webOS is now sitting in the open source community, which could bring some unique features to the mobile operating system.

Redbox to sell tickets to live events, only adds a $1 fee to transactions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 6:32 pm

Redbox is venturing into new business territory with the announcement that they will begin to sell seats to live events. Better yet, they are only planning to add a $1 fee to transactions, cheaper than most online sites. They won't be so ubiquitous with ticket sales as TicketMaster, but instead will be focusing on selling tickets that otherwise might not get sold.




This means that Redbox will sell tickets that are to less popular events or seats that are in the nosebleed section. Tickets can be purchased at the physical installations or online on their website. For right now, the new service is being trialed in just one market, Philadelphia, but if successful, will expand to others.


For example, they are selling seats to a Carrie Underwood concert on November 28, though it's not known how many of the 19,500 seats are being sold through the service. Tickets are also only given a row number and range of seats, so you won't know your exact seat until the ticket is purchased.


Other examples of tickets that Redbox is selling in Philadelphia include tickets for Villanova University football games and NASCAR race tickets at Pocono.

Scientists manage to produce gold from a toxic gas by using bacteria, won't help our financial problems

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 5:29 pm

Michigan State University scientists have figured out a way to ensure that tech geeks around the world will continue to have gold to use in their electronic connectors. If you didn't know, all of those 1000-2000 pins on a modern CPU are coated in gold, along with the pins in expansion slots on the motherboard.




Professors Kazem Kashefi and Adam Brown utilized the bacteria Cupriavidus Metallidurans to process a naturally occurring toxic gas known as Gold Chloride into 99.9% pure 24-carat gold. You can see the apparatus that was used in the experiment in the above picture. And no, it's not magical.


The bacteria used was discovered to be up to 25 times more resistant to toxic environments than previously thought. This discovery prompted the experiment that resulted in the production of gold. It's a rather simple affair, too. The bacteria is placed into a small bowl into which the toxic Gold Chloride gas is pumped.


Leave it there for about a week and you'll end up with a 99.9 percent pure gold nugget. Unfortunately, it won't be solving any financial problems or making anybody rich anytime soon. While the process is easy, the Gold Chloride gas isn't cheap and since it isn't "natural" gold, it won't be worth as much.

Google Street View comes to Google Maps web app for iOS, iOS6 users around the world rejoice

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 4:48 pm

We reported yesterday that Google would be coming out with Street View for it's mobile web-based Maps application. There was some debate as to whether or not it would be today that we saw the fruit of Google's labor, and it turns out that iOS6 users don't have to wait any longer to get access to one of the most popular Google Maps features.




While Street View is now available on iOS 6, the system is a bit laggy due to it being web-based. That said, it is still the only way to see a destination before arriving there. I'm sure most users will be overjoyed at getting the feature back. It will at least work as a stop-gap measure until Google releases a native Maps app for iOS.


While they haven't said they are working on one, it's highly unlikely that Google would take a miss on the large user database they could have for gaining traffic information and other information.

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