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Pandora reaches 150 million users, is the second most downloaded app on the App Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 10, 2012 3:50 am

At the CTIA Wireless conference, Pandora CEO, Joe Kennedy told the crowd that the music streaming service has slammed past 150 million users. This huge mark now makes Pandora the second most downloaded app of all-time in Apple's App Store.

 

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Pandora have high hopes that this is just the beginning, and that with several major deals pending, Kennedy could definitely be correct. Pandora is reportedly trying to get their service integrated into the vehicles of virtually every car maker, just like satellite radio. At the moment, there's no ETA on when, or if this would even happen, or if the company would charge a subscription for vehicle service.

 

Last year Pandora removed the 40-hour listening cap on free accounts, as well as updating the site's layout with improved features. You can now share stations with friends through a URL unique to that particular station. On top of this, there's a share button for Facebook, Twitter and e-mail to help sharing.

Flipboard for Android APK is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 10, 2012 3:11 am

I love Flipboard, I use it on my iPad and I think it's a perfect reading app. News today has arrived that Flipboard has floated over to Android. Flipboard was pre-installed on the Samsung GALAXY S III which had people thinking it would arrive baked onto the phone.

 

 

But, XDA forum member "Valcho" grabbed the APK off one of the GALAXY S III's at the launch event, and put it up to download here. So if you're rocking an Android-based device, grab the APK and get to it now!

 

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Flipboard initially started off as a browser for Twitter and Facebook, but with the built-in support for Google Reader feeds, Flickr photos and other real-time media streams, it really is quite a powerful app. Now that it's arrived for Android, I can put it on my GALAXY S II and enjoy Flipboard when on the toilet. Yes, I'm one of those smartphone users.

TSMC issues NVIDIA a priority for 28nm manufacturing, puts AMD and Qualcomm on the backburner

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 10, 2012 3:10 am

Want a GEFORCE GTX 680? Well, line up behind the eleventy million other people who want one, but things are set to change. The relationship between NVIDIA and its principal foundry partner, TSMC, has been rocky for quite sometime now. Team Green were also not happy with TSMC's 28nm manufacturing capacity, but then give them praise in other areas.

 

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NVIDIA have threatened to break up with TSMC find another foundry partner for bulk manufacturing, with reports pointing to Samsung preparing qualification samples for it, TSMC had a change of heart and have promised NVIDIA a priority over their other clients such as Qualcomm and AMD for the manufacturing of their 28nm chips.

 

NVIDIA were not quiet on being unhappy with TSMC's output, and its new policy of charging for wafers rather than working chips yielded, NVIDIA refuted rumors of it seeking other foundry partners such as Global Foundaries and Samsung. Now NVIDIA are on high-priority, TSMC will make sure to see a speedy launch of new NVIDIA GEFORCE SKUs toward the end of Q2, 2012. TSMC in the past have given other companies priority, such as when Qualcomm threatened to switch allocations to other foundries.

Facebook unveil App Center for iOS, Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 10, 2012 2:22 am

Social networking giant Facebook have just announced App Center, a portal for the social networking site that is designed for app discovery. App Center is designed for socially-oriented apps, features an in-depth rating system that provides developers with demographic information on user ratings.

 

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The new App Center covers both iOS and Android, making the new Facebook feature one of the only places someone can find apps from the competing stores side-by-side. Apps found within the new App Center will sport detailed individual pages laying out the apps' function.

 

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From there, users can browse apps for their particular device, be it iOS- or Android-based, and apps that require installation on a mobile device will link users directly to the iOS App Store, or Google Play for Android users. Developers will have the keys to in-depth demographic data on app usage, with sample pages from Facebook show app ratings broken down by gender and age range. The App Center will give developers the ability to offer paid apps, as well as in-app purchases.

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Dead Space 3 will have drop-in, drop-out co-op

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 10, 2012 1:34 am

I don't have the spare time these days to really sit down and finish games, but one series I've thoroughly loved is the Dead Space series. The third outing is currently being worked on and IGN is reporting that Dead Space 3 will feature drop-in, drop-out co-op!

 

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In Dead Space 3 you play as Isaac Clarke, just like the previous two games, and if players choose, you can fight alongside a man with a scar on his face, an engineering RIG of his own, and glowing red eyes glaring at you from his helmet. Oh yeah. During the single-player campaign this character acts as Isaac's guide.

 

Do you think it sounds like a simple tack-on? Nope. The cooperative mode mirrors the single-player campaign, but Isaac's story changes to accommodate it. In one sequence within Dead Space 3, Isaac and this new character stumble, wounded, bloody, and missing chunks of armor, out of burnt wreckage together. If you were playing by yourself, this scene happens the same, but without the other character there.

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ICANN extends Net domain application deadline

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 9, 2012 10:31 pm

It has been a while since there has been news surrounding the upcoming top-level domains that ICANN was accepting applications for. Once again ICANN has had to push back the deadline for applications due to technical issues. The system had to be shut down lost month after receiving "a report of unusual behavior."

 

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ICANN was originally going to reopen the application process yesterday and require applications to be submitted by the middle of next week. After which, ICANN has to go through the applications and decide who gets what names and which names will have to go up for auction. Before the bug that shut the system down, ICANN has reportedly accepted 2,091 applications and collected about $350 million in fees.

 

The system was originally shut down "following a technical glitch that may have allowed some users to see some file names and user names of other users." This latest delay is due to ICANN's continuing need "to review the extensive database of system logs and system traffic." ICANN continues by saying:

 

We have seen no evidence that any TAS user intentionally did anything wrong in order to be able to see other users' information...The large majority of users are unaffected by the glitch. We continue to review the extensive database of system logs and system traffic, and any new and relevant information that emerges from this analysis will be shared with applicants in a timely way.

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Mobile web traffic makes up one-tenth of all global web traffic

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 9, 2012 9:32 pm

With all of the new smartphones and tablets being released, it's not unexpected that mobile traffic has increased its contribution to the overall amount of global web traffic. Incredibly mobile traffic now accounts for 10.01% of all global web traffic. In 2010, that number was a tiny 3.81%, according to Pingdom.

 

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Asia has the largest contribution to this mobile data traffic as it contributes 18%, but other countries are also increasing to create the massive upswing in mobile traffic. Incredibly, in India mobile traffic will overtake fixed-line traffic by the end of 2012. Smartphone sales have increased 40% year-over-year to 144.9 million during the first three months of the year.

 

Regionally, 48.87% of India's traffic comes from mobile devices. Worldwide, Africa is just behind Asia in mobile data usage at 14.85%. The reasons that developing countries and continents have higher usage of mobile data are pretty clear. Often PCs are too expensive or the infrastructure to provide internet to them is expensive and unreliable. Hence, mobile is the clear choice. These findings increase the evidence that websites need to provide a viable mobile website for users.

AT&T cancels plans for Samsung Skyrocket HD, likely focusing on Galaxy S3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 9, 2012 8:32 pm

If you are an AT&T customer looking forward to the release of a mysterious device called the Samsung Skyrocket HD, it's time to count your losses. The device, which was announced way back in January at AT&T's Developer Summit, has been canceled. AT&T has decided to forgo the device and focus on other products.

 

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It's likely that the device wouldn't have been very unique in AT&T's lineup of phones, especially alongside the Galaxy S III. Resources will probably be diverted to the Galaxy S III, which still does not have a US release time frame aside from "summer." I imagine some prototype devices will end up on eBay in the wake of this.

 

Samsung hasn't said much about it, but here is the official statement as given to Engadget: "AT&T and Samsung have agreed to cancel plans to offer the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD. We are concentrating resources on other products to bring exciting experiences to consumers." These exciting experiences are likely the Galaxy S III.

HP announces new 'Sleekbooks' to undercut Intel Ultrabook pricing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 9, 2012 7:33 pm

Everyone has heard of the Intel Ultrabook by now. Intel has spent large sums of money on advertising Ultrabooks as well as helping manufacturers develop Ultrabooks. Unfortunately, as of right now, Ultrabook pricing has been high and out of the range of many consumers, including yours truly. By not using the name 'Ultrabook,' HP doesn't have to fully abide by Intel's rules.

 

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This new line is said to feature both AMD or Intel processors along with a choice of 14- or 15.6-inch screens. Prices are said to start around $599 as opposed to the $749 starting price of other Ultrabooks. The aggressive pricing should help bring in more consumers, and it certainly has my interests piqued.

 

The machines are maintained at 19.8mm thickness, or less, and weigh under 1.8kg. Battery life is said to last for between seven and nine hours. The release of AMD Trinity, which should occur soon, will further boost the platform. The lack of Ultrabook qualification does have a few detriments, but overall this new machine should gain a lot of support from consumers.

Google Maps for Android receives update, gets indoor directions and Google Offers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 9, 2012 6:32 pm

Google has released version 6.7 of Google Maps for Android. Sorry iOS users, but you guys are left out of the features that come with this update. Google Maps for Android now features indoor walking directions and Google Offers integration with participating venues. The announcement states that these features are only available in the United States, but it appears that the walking directions extend to Japan at the least.

 

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Google Offers hasn't exactly spread like wildfire and is currently on the decline. However, this new integration within Google Maps should give the service a boost as it will allow users to purchase or use nearby offers straight from Google Maps. A perfect example is if you are taking a roadtrip and are looking for a place to eat.

 

 

Google's blog post:

 

Today, in the U.S. only, we're launching a way to discover nearby Google Offers in Google Maps for Android. To see great deals near you, tap on "Maps" to open the dropdown menu and then tap on "Offers." If you see something you like you can click on it to learn more. Some Google Offers can be purchased and saved for later while others are immediately available for free.

 

With free Google Offers, press "Use now" to redeem instantly or "Save for later" for future use. You can also opt-in to receive notifications in the app when there are offers near you.

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