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CyanogenMod working on secure Android messenger called PushSMS, has iMessage in its secure sights

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:28 pm

Apple users have their secure way of sending messages through iMessage, but right now Android users are a little left out. CyanogenMod hopefully have the answer to this, where the team are working on a new application called PushSMS.

 

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Devleoper, Koushik Dutta said this week that he has constructed a secure push-based messaging plugin for CyanogenMod which encrypts messages between two CyanogenMod users from end-to-end and is sent over the Google Cloud Messaging service. Dutta adds that the feature is built directly into the CyanogenMod framework, and is compatible with third-party clients like GoSMS and Handcent.

 

PushSMS isn't quite available, and should arrive in a new iteration of CyanogenMod in the coming weeks.

Microsoft increases the update cycle to Office, now sits at every three weeks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:32 am

Microsoft have just updated their plans and will use their extensive cloud resources to crank out Office updates quicker, increasing the update period to every three weeks.

 

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Jeff Teper, who is the Corporate Vice President for Microsoft's Office division, has told Bloomberg "within a year, users of Internet-based versions of Office productivity software, as well as e-mail, telephony and collaboration tools, will have parts of their software refreshed weekly." Does this news help you at all? An updated Office is a better office, yes?

Sony will continue to support the PS3 after the PS4 launches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:29 am

For those of you who have a PlayStation 3, don't fret, Sony will continue to support their current money-maker once the PS4 launches later in the year for $399.

 

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The confidence in the PS3 comes directly from Sony Japan President, Hiroshi Kawano and Sony Worldwide President, Shuhei Yoshida, when they spoke during an interview with Japanese gaming magazine, Weekly Famitsu. They said that support for the PS3 will continue indefinitely, and that the company has "no intention of immediately shifting from the PS3 to the PS4."

 

Kawano also noted that after seven years since the PS3 launched, it continues to "sell at a constant pace" and that there are countless titles headed to the PS3 in the future. Kawano added: "With the 2014 launch of our cloud service in the US allowing users to play PS3 games on the PS4, some people may switch consoles from the PS3 to the PS4. But that'll be a gradual process, and to say 'we're releasing a new console, so trade in your old ones for it' would be a maker's ego talking, plain and simple."

Vine for Android updated, now includes front-facing camera support and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:25 am

Vine for Android has been updated to version 1.2, with the latest version of the application allowing front-facing camera support and more. We also have an upload manager for backlogged clips, settings tweaks and a bunch of performance tweaks.

 

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Most users have switched over to Instagram, or like myself don't even use it, but for those who still prefer Vine, you can get the updated version from the Google Play Store.

Alienware: next-gen consoles are just PC's with a controller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:25 am

Alienware are still here, making some seriously high-end gaming PC's and notebooks, and their General Manager, Frank Azon, has some harsh words for Microsoft and Sony's next-gen consoles.

 

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He said that the Xbox One and PS4 are just becoming more and more like the PC, stating that the PC is the ultimate gaming platform, and that Microsoft and Sony are just borrowing concepts from the PC and putting them into a flashy-looking box that sits in your living room.

 

Azon isn't just talking fluff either, as we know that the next-gen consoles are powered by x86 architectures, which is what the PC is built upon. On top of that we have AMD building them, which are a PC company. We have digital downloads, streaming TV and movies, which have been staples of the PC industry for years now.

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Foxconn demo a new smartwatch that connects to an iPhone, while peering over at Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 7:20 am

The next couple of years are going to be filled with many different wearable technology devices being released, but most thought that Apple would be the first to the market with the most popular smartwatch - it seems we were wrong, as Foxconn have beaten Apple to the finish line, kinda.

 

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Foxconn showed off their new smartwatch during a recent shareholders meeting, with the smartwatch capable of connecting to an iPhone wirelessly and displaying incoming call information as well as Facebook posts. The Foxconn-built smartwatch also had the ability of monitoring the wearer's heartbeat, respiration and other vital statistics.

 

If the device reports that your heartbeat is beating too fast, it can offer you steps on how to get it down. This news is important as Foxconn are one of Apple's closest partners, and if they've got a smartwatch out now, which seems pretty capable, what are Apple going to be saying behind closed doors right now?

RumorTT: Google working on a next-gen Nexus Q

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 6:30 am

The first-generation Nexus Q from Google didn't make the splash that Google were expecting when it first was announced, but things could be very different this time around as Google are in a much better position with their mobile OS, Android.

 

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Rumor has it the next-gen Nexus Q would be more competitively priced - with the original priced at $299 - could we expect something like $149 or $199 for the next-gen Nexus Q? We should also expect the Google-branded device to come with a new version of Android, which will see Android continue its journey to be an OS for many difference devices, not just smartphones and tablets.

 

We'll have more news on this as it happens.

TrackMania 2 Valley has its engines revving for a July 4 launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:30 am

Ubisoft and subsidiary developer Nadeo have announced that TrackMania 2 Valley will be launching on July 4. TrackMania 2 Stadium launched just last week, which was a recreation of TrackMania Nations.

 

 

So we're going back-to-back with some TrackMania goodness here, and I'm sure that fans aren't complaining about that. TrackMania 2 Valley will be set in the great outdoors, featuring a 65-track solo campaign, as well as track creation and object import tools for those that want to create some insane courses.

 

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TrackMania 2 Valley will be available from both Steam and ManiaPlanet for WIndows PC.

Blacklight: Retribution on the PS4 is a free-to-play, highly customizable first-person shooter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 4:26 am

Blacklight: Retribution is headed to the PlayStation 4 as a free-to-play title, but it is doing things a little differently to how most mainstream titles are handled: it's giving the user all of the choice.

 

 

You can see in the video above, which is part of Sony's "Conversations with Creators" series, which has the developers explaining parts of the game. We get to find out about the weapon and character customization options, as well as the studio's goals with the port. The game was once a PC-exclusive, but has made a nice transition to Sony's next-gen console.

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Microsoft expects high-res Windows 8 tablets in the near future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 3:30 am

Microsoft haven't moved into the high-res tablet arena just yet, not in the 7-inch category anyway, but it looks like this could all change in the near future.

 

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During their Build developer conference, there were rumors that we could see another Surface get announced, but this didn't happen. But, there was a tease at some new resolutions on new Windows 8-based devices that caught The Verge's eye. At 10.6-inch there was a tease of 2560x1440 which is much higher than the Surface Pro's 10.6-inch display running 1920x1080.

 

Better yet, Microsoft's developer tools listed a 7-inch display running 1920x1200 and a 7.5-inch panel running 1440x1080 - an interesting resolution. Microsoft are expecting OEM's to ship devices with high resolutions in a 7.5-inch form factor in the near future, and that has me excited.

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