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Windows Phone 7.8 SDK released into the wild - brings emulator images, but no new API's

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 4:58 pm

Today Microsoft announced the release of its Windows Phone 7.8 SDK, which is good news for developers who want to test their apps with the revised OS. The primary purpose of this release is to let developers test their live tiles with Windows Phone 7.8.

 

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The updated SDK includes two images, one that simulates devices running 512MB of RAM and another that simulates 256MB of RAM. The SDK includes no new API's over the Windows Phone 7.5 SDK, which is no surprise.

 

This further enforces the idea that Windows Phone 7.8 will mostly be a cosmetic update and not much new functionality will be seen. On a more exciting note, legacy support is still alive as Microsoft says that the new SDK won't alter existing Windows Phone 7.1 emulator images.

Kim Dotcom's Mega joins the ranks of the top 150 websites in the world after five days

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 3:59 pm

Mega, the recently launched brainchild of the infamous Kim Dotcom, has already climbed to the ranks of the top 150 sites on the internet. In just five days, the file sharing website has eclipsed rivals RapidShare and Dropbox according to Alexa rankings, a service which ranks websites by size from users who install its browser toolbar.

 

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In a tweet that simply read "141", Dotcom announced the sites entry into the 150 club. The numbers are based on website ranking service Alexa, where Mega is still in the 7,000 range if you go by the three month stats, but if you track the site on a seven day basis, Mega has beat out its major rivals in terms of website traffic.

 

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The joy in the Mega camp is not everlasting though as allegations arise that the site's encryption service is not as secure as they would like us to think. The issues arise with Javascript and a "poorly" created random entropy for the encryption keys. In true fashion, Dotcom addressed the issue by tweeting that a contest with cash prize will be held soon, and saying "Let's see what you got". It's unclear if Mega's massive website traffic will continue after news agencies around the world move onto other topics.

Siri was destined for Verizon-powered Android devices before Apple buyout

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 3:16 pm

Siri was once the name of a small startup company who developed the voice assistant app now known as Siri. Back in 2009, the now popular iOS application was destined to live out its life on Android... that was until Apple stepped in and bought the company.

 

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The startup had a contract in place with Verizon to pre-install Siri onto every Android phone it carried, and the carrier had even shot a series of commercials hyping the new voice assistant. Steve Jobs had taken notice of the little startup and decided that iOS could not live without exclusive rights to Siri, so he sat down with the startups co-founder Dag Kittlaus and made plans to purchase the company.

 

Siri as we know it was a very different thing at the time of Apple's acquisition, with the app being based on 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL computer. The voice was "otherworldly" and full of "dry wit." Apple did what it does best, and refined the software to become the most used virtual assistant today.

RumorTT: Nokia EOS Windows Phone 8 smartphone to sport 41MP PureView camera

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 2:45 pm

Last year when Finnish phone giant Nokia unveiled its ridiculous 41 mega-pixel 808 PureView, we were to say the least, a bit impressed. Sources are saying that the company's upcoming EOS smartphone will be the first Windows Phone 8 device to sport the uber-camera.

 

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Nokia is said to be ditching the plastic and giving the case a nice aluminium case to give the EOS a "premium" look and feel. Other rumors are saying that we could see up to six new smartphones for MWC 2013, and a possible appearance by PureView on a Lumia 920.

 

Nokia has yet to release any official news on bringing PureView to its current phone line or upcoming products. The company is also staying silent on its Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 plans.

The new 3DMark will arrive when it's ready, will be here "sooner rather than later"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 11:27 am

Futuremark's upcoming new 3DMark is set to be quite different to the previous iterations of the benchmarking software, as it moves into cross-platform territory. Futuremark President Oliver Baltuch has come out and said that he is constantly bugged with questions of when the new 3DMark will arrive, to which he says:

 

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I cannot confirm a launch date with now. Simply put, 3DMark will be ready when it's ready, which we expect will be sooner rather than later.

 

It is nice to know that it's coming "sooner rather than later", and that it's cross-platform. I quite excited for the new 3DMark, being able to test something between devices is going to be utterly awesome for us here at TweakTown to give you, our dear, awesome readers a much better benchmarking method across multiple devices and platforms.

TPB AFK, the documentary on The Pirate Bay, will be released for free on February 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 10:32 am

The documentary peering into the lives of the people behind The Pirate Bay, TPB AFK, is set to be released as a free download on February 8 - the same time that the doco gets shown at the Berlinale, Berlin's international film festival.

 

 

TPB AFK's director, Simon Klose, has said that it's the first movie that will be released online at the same time as its Berlinale screening. Klose hopes that the release plans will mirror the documentary's subject matter itself, which I'm sure it will. He adds:

 

By sharing this film under a Creative Commons license, we hope to contribute to a serious debate about the social and economic benefits of sharing. We also hope to prove that sharing can be a realistic business model.

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US Army's Advanced Combat Helmets are capable of stopping AK-47 rounds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 9:34 am

Over 1.2 million of the US Army's Advanced Combat Helmets have been handed out to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, where one of them has stopped an AK-47 round from killing an Iowa National Guard member.

 

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Command Sergeant Major Emmett Maunakea said "it was able to stop and not allow the bullet to go ahead and penetrate his head at all". Tom Albers, from Alton, Iowa, was on patrol in Afghanistan 19 months ago when something hit his helmet and knocked him to the ground. His fellow guardsman, Adam Riediger, when speaking to the Le Mars Daily Sentinel, said "I asked him what had happened because he was coherent. He said 'I think I got shot'".

 

The Army then analyzed the damaged Advanced Combat Helmet, and returned the helmet to Albers earlier this month. Albers told the newspaper:

 

The last time I remember seeing the helmet. I was sitting in a helicopter looking at the inside and seeing the pads (inside the helmet) all tore up.

Spotted: Google co-founder on the New York subway wearing Google Glasses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 8:38 am

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been spotted on the New York City subway over the weekend wearing the super-awesome-looking Google Glasses. He was on the No. 3 train in casual wear, sporting the pair of Google Glasses.

 

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Noah Zerkin, who is a "wearable computing and augmented reality enthusiast" just happened to sit opposite the co-founder of Google, where he said "Yeeeah... I just had a brief conversation with the most powerful man in the world. On the downtown 3 train. Nice guy".

 

The last time we saw Brin wearing the glasses was at the Google I/O conference back in June.

RumorTT: Microsoft to invest billions into Dell buyout

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 7:08 am

Well, this was a little unexpected, but could also turn out quite amazing for Microsoft. The latest talk is that the Redmond-based software giant is in discussions with Silver Lake Partners and Dell's CEO to invest between $1 billion and $3 billion in a leveraged buyout of Dell.

 

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The news comes from "sources close to the matter" talking with CNBC. The rumor does make sense as Microsoft is slowly transitioning toward a hardware company after being a full-on software company for all these years. This move could see Microsoft directly compete with Apple in both hardware and software, without having to build it from the ground up, they'd have a huge start acquiring Dell.

 

Talks between Silver Lake Partners and the special committee for Dell's shareholders are set to continue, and we should hear of a deal being reached by the end of the week.

US smartphone sales have Apple leading with over half of the market share

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 6:37 am

Apple are continuing to crank out the huge numbers on US smartphone market share, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech who have monitored American smartphone sales for the past three months ending on December 23.

 

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With 51.2% of sales being iPhone's, they still enjoy just over half the US smartphone market share, for now. This is a drop from the previous 12-week total which saw the Cupertino-based company enjoying 53.3% of the market. The percentage is reportedly part of a "moving average" of the previous 12 weeks, but the reports are actually issued monthly.

 

In November, Apple enjoyed an all-time high share against Android-based smartphones, which saw them take 53.3% for the 12-week period ending in November just as the iPhone 5 began rolling out in better numbers. In the November quarter, the Android market share in the US took a huge dive, dropping to just 41.9% - a huge year-over-year drop of 11%. In December, however, Android market share numbers jumped back up in the US to take 44.2%.

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