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Tesla Museum raises over $1.3 million, puts Indiegogo on the map

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 30, 2012 6:26 am

We all know about Kickstarter, but there's another crowdfunding kid on the block - Indiegogo. Indiegogo, along with Matthew "The Oatmeal" Inman, launched an Indiegogo campaign that aimed at buying some land for a Nikola Tesla dedicated museum.




Inman raised $850,000 within a week, which was his funding target, and within less than a day to go, $1.35 million has been raised. Danae Ringelmann, Indiegogo's co-founder, has said that the "Operation Let's Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum" is the largest campaign in Indiegogo's history.


Just how much money is thrown around on these crowdfunding sites? Well, Kickstarter has said that its users have pledged an amazing $350 million since April 28, 2009 - which is around $2 million per week on average. I'm looking forward to seeing the Tesla Museum built, and would eventually like to go and check it out once it has been completed.

HDD shipments to hit record high, have recovered quite well from the Thailand floods

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 30, 2012 5:20 am

The Thailand floods were a tragic event, hitting hard drive manufacturers Seagate and Western Digital pretty hard. At the time, hard drive prices went up quite significantly, and are only returning close to pre-flood levels now. How are things business-wise for HDD manufacturers? Well, in a word - great.




Some new numbers from IHS iSuppli have said that the HDD market for PCs has fully recovered, and is set to hit an all-time high. IHS iSuppli expect internal hard drives to smash through 524 million units shipped this year, beating the previous record by 4.3%.


Where is this increased demand coming from? The firm thinks that the boost in shipment numbers is thanks to the impending release of Windows 8, as well as Ultrabooks. While we're close to pre-flood HDD prices, we're still not there yet but IHS iSuppli have said that HDD prices aren't expected to drop below pre-flood levels until, wait for it, 2014. By 2016, if IHS iSuppli's predictions become reality, we're looking at HDD shipments reaching 575.1 million by 2016.

Samsung's Galaxy Camera to be snapping pictures in India in November

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 29, 2012 3:34 pm

One of the devices that I think will change the point-and-shoot market up is Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Camera. The 4.77-inch HD display-sporting digital camera sports some decent specs, too.




We're looking at crystal clear steady snapping, a F2.8 aperture, 21X optical zoom, and a focal length of 23mm. Samsung's Galaxy Camera also includes 8GB of internal storage, with the option of upgrading this through microSD.


Samsung's Galaxy Camera also supports 10 different modes for snapping photos, supports 120fps video recording, auto face calibration, action freeze, slow motion on video, on-screen editing, auto cloud back-up, and Glonass-assisted GPS functionalities. Once pictures have been taken on the Galaxy Camera, they can be shared using the point-and-shoots Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity.

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LeakedTT: BlackBerry 10 smartphones shown off in marketing video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 29, 2012 2:29 pm

Just over 24 hours ago, I reported that we wouldn't be seeing BlackBerry 10 smartphones until next year - well, next year has come early, thanks to some internal marketing leaks from Research in Motion.




The leaked videos popped up onto Vimeo last night, showing off two BlackBerry 10-based smartphones, but the video was pulled pretty quickly. were quick off the mark, where they were able to snap some screenshots of what we will most likely see next year.


RIM's L Series phone, codenamed 'London', has popped up before and looks pretty much the same as Dev Alpha phones that BB10 developers are currently working with. We should expect to see this phone sport a 4-inch display, with a 1280x768 resolution. RIM's N Series phone, codenamed Nevada, sports a smaller touch screen, but includes a physical QWERTY keyboard. This is the first time this smartphone has been shown off, and is just what RIM is capable of.

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Download of the Weekend - SwiftKey 3 for Android for just $0.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 29, 2012 1:10 pm

I'm a huge fan of SwiftKey, and use it on every Android device I own - it is the first app I install when I get a new Android-based device, and because typing is one of the most important things you'll do on a smart device, it's also one of the most important.




SwiftKey 3 is on special at the moment as part of Google's celebration of hitting 25 billion downloads on their Google Play store. SwiftKey 3 has dropped from $3.99 to just $0.99 - a 75% discount! If you haven't tried SwiftKey and want to get into it, at this price you'd be crazy not to. Here's what SwiftKey 3 offers:

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Google doing their fall 'spring cleaning,' discontinuing several products and features

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 11:33 pm

Google gives and Google takes. Today sees a rarer event of the latter as Google does it's annual fall "spring cleaning." Many of the features that are being discontinued today are ones that I hadn't even heard of, so likely you haven't heard of them either. In the rare chance that you have, we'll give you the information you need.




The majority of today's discontinuations will likely only affect a small portion of the population at large. One of the main "spring cleaning" changes that will affect the most people is the change to storage. Google is combining Picasa and Drive storage into one single pool AND the free 5GB of storage will count towards your paid storage limit.


The rest of the changes are detailed in Google's blog post.

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Apple v Samsung legal struggle continues, Judge Koh can decide fate of Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 10:30 pm

I'm sure all of our readers know of the patent wars going on between Samsung and Apple. In case you don't, a brief history: Apple sued Samsung saying their patents were being infringed upon by Samsung products. Judge Koh granted a sales ban of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the start of the trial. A jury found Samsung guilty to the tune of just over $1 billion. However, they found that the Tab 10.1 didn't infringe on a single patent.




Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still banned from being sold in the United States. Judge Koh had previously felt that overturning the ban fell out of her jurisdiction as Samsung had appealed to a higher federal court. That court has now ruled that Judge Koh can rule on the sales ban, either reversing it or keeping it in place.


Theoretically, the device should no longer have been banned, or even banned in the first place as the jury found it to not infringe. The sales ban is expected to be lifted as soon as Judge Koh rules on the matter. Samsung was quick to jump onto the court, filing a request to have the ban dissolved:

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Like your new iPhone? Better recycle the old one as REEs are running slim

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 9:31 pm

Fans of miniaturized electronic devices, national defense, and healthcare take notice: not recycling is reducing the amount of rare earth elements available for future devices. That new iPhone you just bought features some of these rare earth elements in the GPS, battery, and probably just about every other component in there.




As you can see in the infographic below, we're not exactly in a good place for mining these rare earth elements, and it's not the greenest thing to do, either. Nearly any technological device that you like requires some of these rare earth elements. So, just make sure to recycle them when they get old.

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Android users use 870MB of cellular data per month on average

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 8:33 pm

NPD Connected Intelligence has recently completed a study that shows Android smartphone users download an average of 870MB of data through their cellular connections. This pales in comparison to the average 2.5GB consumed via Wi-Fi networks. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no data for iOS devices.




This is useful data for consumers to consider, since cellular providers have been switching to tiered models as of late. Going with the base plan might not be enough data, considering that AT&T's base iPhone plan offers 300MB per month. Still, it shows that users take advantage of Wi-Fi, where available, likely due to the faster connection or limited data allotment.


The data is split up by age and comes from an app installed on 1,000 Android smartphones. Not surprisingly, 18-24 year olds use the most cellular data at 1.05GB per month. However, the 25 to 34 group utilized Wi-Fi the most, downloading around 3GB per month. Of course, the 55 and older group who is less likely to be comfortable with smartphones consumed just 750MB of cellular data and 1.42GB of Wi-Fi data.

T-Mobile leases 7,200 cell sites in exchange for $2.4B

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 7:35 pm

T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom (DT) has sold rights to 7,200 of it's US cell towers. The idea here is that the company who is buying the rights to the towers will be able to then lease space on those towers to other companies (think: AT&T, Verizon, and others) to bring in income. For T-Mobile to manage that would be a lot of extra work.




So, it's easier for T-Mobile to sell the rights to these 7,200 towers, which is a small portion of their 51,000 total, to a company that only manages leasing tower space to companies. Part of the $2.4 billion will be used to pay off some of DT's debt and some of it will be used to fund T-Mobile's network upgrades and LTE rollout.


Crown Castle, the company who is buying the rights to these towers, will own and/or manage 30,000 towers in 50 U.S. cities after the deal is complete. Crown Castle will have the option to buy the towers after about 28 years. For now, they can only manage them. T-Mobile will be a tenant at those towers for a minimum of 10 years.

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