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Tizen 2.0 SDK and source code arrives, boasts a bunch of new features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 4:39 am

Last September, an early release of Tizen 2.0 popped its head up, but disappeared back into its hibernation until now. The SDK and source code to Tizen 2.0 is now out, dropping its Alpha name.

 

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Tizen 2.0 has now had some enhanced support injected into it, with HTML5 getting some amplification, as well as better Web UI framework that provides full-screen and multi-window features. Developers can now use the new hardware APIs for Bluetooth and NFC support, as well as access a device's call history, calendar and messaging "subsystems".

 

The updated OS now includes support for background applications, text-to-speech and IP Push, as well as reference applications including calendar, gallery and a phone app. Native IDE and an improved web development environment have been included with the latest code. More information is available here.

Doom screenshot gets remastered from 320x240 to a pixel-busting 9600x7211

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 3:36 am

I still remember playing Doom and thinking it was just incredible at the time, but to fast-forward to now and think our smartphones have superior resolutions to the once superior 320x240 is scary.

 

 

Well, a Deviant Art user going by the name Elemental79 has converted a simple 320x240 pixel screenshot from Doom, to an absolutely gorgeous 9600x7211. This includes textures, lighting and 3D effects, all done within Photoshop. Elemental79 has said that:

 

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Each frame represents ten seconds of work. The image spans across 7 PSD files at a resolution of 9600x7211 pixels. The project took 35 hours to complete over the course of 8 days.

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Raspberry Leaf is a print-at-home cover for the GPIO pins on a Raspberry Pi

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 1:32 am

For Raspberry Pi prototypers, it's sometimes hard to remember which GPIO pin is which. That's where Dr. Simon Monk's Raspberry Leaf comes in handy. This simple piece of paper that can be printed at home goes over the top of the pins and reminds you which is which. You can see it in action below:

 

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It's these simple ideas that can make people millions. Luckily, Dr Monk is part of the DIY community and is releasing the idea and template for everyone to use. You can download the image file and print it out at home from Dr. Monk's website.

FCC broadband monitoring data shows half of ISPs fall short of advertised speed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 1:02 am

It's long been a contention that the advertised speeds are an "up to" rating meaning that the ISP doesn't actually have to provide that speed. Consumers generally expect that the advertised speed is the speed that they will be receiving at their house. The FCC monitors the actual versus advertised speed and has reported some data for September of last year.

 

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According to the FCC's data, more than half of the major ISPs failed to meet the advertised download speed. An additional three meet the advertised speed when averaged over 24 hours, but fell short of the advertised speed during the peak hours of 7-11p.m. The chart of data can be seen above. Upload speeds can be seen below.

 

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When it comes to upload, the companies performed better. Only four of the 15 companies didn't provide advertised upload speeds. It just goes to show that not all ISPs are created equal.

Sprint starts LTE rollout in New York, San Francisco, Washington DC

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 12:31 am

Users of Sprint with 4G LTE devices in Washington DC, San Francisco, and New York City should be able to pick up spotty LTE coverage. It appears that Sprint has started flipping the switch on towers in those cities without making an official announcement. It's likely they're testing the towers ahead of an official launch.

 

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Coverage has been spotty meaning that not all towers have been turned on. Once the coverage is officially announced and made live, users should expect a blanket of LTE goodness. Sprint has confirmed that the cell towers were turned on for testing and that the company decided to leave them on until the official announcement so that users could continue using LTE.

Samsung rolling out Jelly Bean via Kies, OTA to Galaxy Note

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 12:02 am

The original Samsung Galaxy Note is starting to get an update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The original phablet will now be able to take advantage of Google's incredibly awesome Google Now. Other benefits from the update, such as Multi-Windows and Page Buddy will be available after the update.

 

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The rollout will be coming to a device near you over the coming weeks. Users will be able to update via Kies or over-the-air. The update also brings with it a new Nature UX and this results in the device looking a bit like the Note 2. Users should update to Jelly Bean to get more use out of their aging Note device.

Burger King gets its Twitter account hacked, posts that they have been bought by McDonalds

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:32 pm

Burger King has had its Twitter account hacked today. It promptly tweeted out that the company had been purchased by McDonalds. The Profile picture and cover photo were changed out to make this more believable. Twitter accounts are hacked all the time, but they usually aren't the high profile brand profiles.

 

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Twitter sells itself as a brand-friendly social network. With a high-profile hack such as this, some of the brands could start to rethink their reliance on the site. With the potential implications aside, let's take a look at some of the hilarious tweets pushed out while it was hacked.

 

The account was suspended by Twitter around 1:35p.m. EST. The hack appears to have been orchestrated by someone in the Anonymous collective, though why they would go after Burger King isn't immediately clear. Whatever the reason may be, we're glad they were making funny tweets instead of vulgar ones.

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EA puts iOS games on sale for President's Day

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:00 pm

Users can pick up any of the games from EA's iOS offerings for just $0.99 in celebration of President's Day. Of course, some of the apps are better deals than the others, but just because you save more doesn't mean you should get it. The full list of EA games on sale is listed below.

 

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  • High Caliber Hunting
  • Anytime Pool
  • The Sims 3 (Universal)
  • The Sims 3 World Adventures (Universal)
  • The Sims 3 Ambitions (Universal)
  • The Sims Medieval (Universal)
  • Need For Speed Shift (Universal)
  • Need For Speed Hot Pursuit (Universal)
  • RISK
  • SCRABBLE
  • BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 (Universal)
  • Fight Night Champion
  • Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp
  • Dead Space (Universal)
  • Burnout CRASH!
  • Shift 2 Unleashed
  • Madden NFL 12 (Universal)
  • MASS EFFECT INFILTRATOR
  • FIFA Soccer 11
  • FIFA Soccer 12 (Universal)
  • FIFA Soccer 13 (Universal)

 

EA's iPad games are also on sale. All of the games are $0.99 or free, depending on the title. You should hit up the App Store soon so that you don't miss the sale.

Ubuntu teases announcement tomorrow with timer, looks to be about tablets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:33 pm

Canonical has put up a timer on Ubuntu's website with the text "Tick, tock, tablet time!" We widely expect this announcement to be a tablet-optimized Ubuntu operating system as Canonical isn't known for making hardware and we have no reason to believe they are going to get into the hardware game.

 

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It's not clear whether the tablet version of Ubuntu would be based off of the desktop version or off of the new smartphone version. Either way, Canonical needs to establish itself across the entire mobile stack in order to make itself a viable mobile operating system.

 

Canonical has already confirmed plans to launch a tablet version of Ubuntu. We'll have to wait another 18 hours or so to find out the full details. We'll be sure to have coverage of the announcement along with coverage of HTC's press conference scheduled tomorrow.

ReportTT: Sony to leverage Gaikai streaming in PlayStation 4

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:01 pm

While we shouldn't have to speculate for much longer about what will and won't be in the PlayStation 4, one report is claiming that Sony will make use of Gaikai's streaming technology. The company was acquired by Sony back in 2012 for $380 million and could be the key to the PlayStation 4 having backwards compatibility.

 

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The PlayStation 4 is widely expected to use an updated architecture--some rumors are suggesting x86--and this could present problems for backwards compatibility. Gaikai could solve this by streaming the games from a remote server. Another benefit is that the games could be played on mobile devices and computers without any sort of modification.

 

Another benefit, at least for the game manufacturers, is that this could eliminate the used game market. One final suggestion is that this technology could allow the PS3 to play games designed and built for the PlayStation 4, though this might be unlikely as it would cut into PlayStation 4 sales.

 

We should know all of the dirty details on Wednesday when it is widely expected that the console will be announced.

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