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RumorTT: Pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active show up online

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 20, 2013 11:02 pm

Pictures of the rumored Galaxy S4 Active have appeared online thanks to GSMArena. The Active is said to be a ruggedized version of the Galaxy S4, meaning it will be water and dust resistant. The device features a quad-core 1.9GHz processor with Adreno 320 GPU. This means it's likely using a Snapdragon 600 chipset.




The Galaxy S4 Active features quite a bit different styling. It uses a metallic shell and features three hardware buttons, something the Galaxy S4 doesn't have. We still don't have an official confirmation for the Galaxy S4 Active, so for now I would take this with a grain of salt.

Tumblr for iOS receives update shortly after Yahoo acquisition, features new user interface

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 20, 2013 10:35 pm

Tumblr has updated their iOS app shortly after being acquired by Yahoo. The newly updated app features a redesigned user interface, with the biggest change being thebrand new post type chooser. It fans out vertically from the compose button, much like the fanning effect seen on Mac OS X's dock.




The interface is also similar to that of social networking app Path. Also new in the updated app is the ability to attribute posts made from a user's iPhone. It's not clear if the redesign is a result of the acquisition or if it was already in the works. The updated Tumblr for iOS app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.

Yahoo announces Flickr update, now comes with one terabyte of free storage

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 20, 2013 9:50 pm

Today at Yahoo's press conference, the recovering Internet company unveiled an updated Flickr product. Flickr is Yahoo's photo sharing and storage offering. Yahoo's senior vice president, Adam Cahan, announced that Flickr will now offer a massive one terabyte of free photo storage space.




Flickr had become about words, little images, blue links. It was not about the photo anymore.


Flickr's new homepage does away with words. It features a clean photostream that makes use of full-resolution images and puts the emphasis on the pictures. New features also include iPhoto-style slideshows and new sharing options. Users can now push photos to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest.


Android will also be getting a new Flickr app that has similar features to Flickr's iOS app. According to Cahan, "Upload once, send to any device, any screen, any friend, any follower, on any service, and make it absolutely beautiful."

Assassin's Creed movie scheduled to release on May 22, 2015

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 20, 2013 9:38 pm

Ubisoft has confirmed that the Assassin's Creed movie will be coming to a theater near you on May 22, 2015. In just over two years, moviegoers will be able to flock to theaters to see a movie based upon the Assassin's Creed gaming franchise. The movie will star Michael Fassbender and is written by Michael Lesslie.




2015 is shaping up to be a massive blockbuster year. The next Avengers movie, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Star Wars, Hunger Games, The Hobbit, and more are all scheduled to release in 2015. Disney is rumored to be thinking about releasing Star Wars on May 22, 2015 as well, so if Assassin's Creed's producers have any sense, they'll pick a different date.

LeakedTT: Samsung Galaxy S3 to get Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 20, 2013 9:14 pm

Users on the older Samsung Galaxy S3 will be getting an infusion of life into their aging devices by way of an update to Android 4.2.2. The upcoming update has leaked out ahead of its official debut. Interestingly, this update will beat other current-generation flagship devices to Android 4.2.2.




The firmware isn't quite ready for release, but is reportedly as stable as any official firmware. Best of all, Samsung has packed in new features that debuted alongside the Galaxy S4 back in March. It's great to see a manufacturer bringing new feature to older devices instead of orphaning the older handsets.



The final version of Android 4.2.2 for the Galaxy S3 is said to be planned for June, meaning you won't have to wait too much longer to get an official update. If you can't wait that long, hit up the source link below to download and flash over the leaked version.

AT&T to enable all video chat apps on cellular network by end of year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 20, 2013 8:11 pm

If you've ever tried using a video chat application on a mobile device utilizing AT&T's network, you know how frustrating it can be to get a message that says something like "You must be connected to a Wi-Fi network to join a video call." AT&T is looking to end that frustration by enabling all video chat apps to work over cellular data.




For video chat apps that come pre-loaded on devices, we currently give all OS and device makers the ability for those apps to work over cellular for our customers who are on Mobile Share or Tiered plans. Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry have chosen to enable this for their pre-loaded video chat apps. And by mid-June, we'll have enabled those apps over cellular for our unlimited plan customers who have LTE devices from those three manufacturers.


Throughout the second half of this year, we plan to enable pre-loaded video chat apps over cellular for all our customers, regardless of data plan or device; that work is expected to be complete by yearend.


Today, all of our customers can use any mobile video chat app that they download from the Internet, such as Skype.

First person to lose Google Glass speaks out

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 20, 2013 7:29 pm

How would you like to be the first person to lose a $1,500 set of Google Glass? Well fear no longer as someone has already managed to do just that. Say hello to Luke Wroblewski. Wroblewski admits to the fact he lost his set of Glass last night while heading through an airport. According to Google, this is a major first for Glass.




[It's] pretty nerve-racking. It's an expensive and still-rare item - plus I've been using them to develop Glassware. So [it's] not good on a number of fronts.


Just like losing a smartphone, Glass contains personal and sensitive information. In Wroblewski's case, his Glass was synced to various accounts, such as e-mail and Facebook, making the loss that much more painful. Google already has a remedy in place: Users can remotely wipe their Glass.

Lenovo launches new K900 Android based smartphone, with Intel Atom Z2580 CPU

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 20, 2013 6:30 pm

On Friday Lenovo launched a new Android based smartphone to little fanfare and I feel that it deserves to be covered as it packs some cool hardware. The Lenovo K900 utilizes an Intel Atom Z2580 2GHz dual-core processor which breaks the trend of Qualcomm and NVIDIA processors seen in other flagship smartphones currently on the market.




The K900 also packs a serious display. A 5.5-inch full HD 400ppi LCD produces a crisp and clear viewing experience, while a 13MP rear camera handles all of your selfie photon taking needs. The K900 runs Android 4.2 Jellybean and features mashup of stainless steel and polycarbonate to form a unibody frame, which weighs in at 162 grams.


The 6.9mm thick smartphone has no official launch date, and the company has only said that it "will roll out to international markets later this summer." There is no mention of a US roll out, or any indication that it will make it to the UK or Australian markets.

Mega launches new Event Notifications and Zipped Downloads

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: May 20, 2013 5:35 pm

I use services like Dropbox, Box and Google Drive every day, and each one has a specific use case for me. Fox example, Box is my personal cloud storage, while Dropbox is used for syncing files to my phone, PC and tablet, and Drive is my place to collaborate on files with co-workers. For personal storage of files that I share with friends regularly, I have begun to rely on Mega, and today things just got better for Kim Dotcom's file hosting service.




This morning Mega announced that it has launched two new features to its cloud based file locker service. First up is Event Notifications, which collects and shares with you "relevant activity" data on what others are doing with the files you shared with them. Up next is maybe my most wanted feature, Zipped Downloads. That's right, now you can zip and share entire folders with your friends - users can simply select "download as zip" when viewing files, and Mega will package everything up and deliver it in a neatly wrapped package.


The company clarified the Event Notifications feature on its blog:


"MEGA no longer leaves you in the dark about what is happening inside your shared folders. Every user now has an event notification timeline, which shows you, how and when which folders were replaced, moved, accessed and every other conceivable way people can interact with them."

Futuremark announces PCMark 8, includes new battery tests and native app benchmarks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: May 20, 2013 4:40 pm

Futuremark announced the next version of the PCMark benchmarking software this morning. The new PCMark 8 has long been anticipated in the custom PC world, and Futuremark did not let us down. The new benchmark includes several long awaited features such as battery life and native application testing.




This marks the first time Futuremark has combined battery life testing with performance testing in PCMark. The new test can measure power consumption during benchmarks and estimate battery life, or testers can use the Battery Life Loop Mode to loop a test until the battery is almost dead, for more accurate results.




PCMark is known for its tests that are based on common use scenarios such as web browsing, photo editing, video chat and gaming. PCMark 8 steps this game up considerably by now featuring new testing based on productivity and creativity apps from Adobe and Microsoft.


PCMark 8 is now entering its final stages of development and is expected to release some time at the end of Q2 2013. The benchmarking software will be available in several flavors including a bare bones basic free version, as well as a fully featured Pro version intended for the serious testers who want access all of the data.