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T-Mobile Lumia 710 won't be getting update to Windows Phone 7.8

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 11:02 pm

For an unknown reason, T-Mobile has decided to skip upgrading the Lumia 710 to the latest Windows Phone 7.8. In the United States, T-Mobile is the only carrier with the Lumia 710 device. Apparently, T-Mobile doesn't feel the upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 provides a better experience for their customers.




At this time, the Nokia Lumia 710 will not receive the Windows Phone 7.8 software update. T-Mobile is committed to enhancing customers' experience with our devices, including providing upgrades to the latest operating systems, and T-Mobile aims to deliver software upgrades when it will provide a better experience for our customers. We'll share additional information on upgrades for the Nokia Lumia 710 when they are available.


Windows Phone 7.8 has already started rolling out to other Nokia devices, including Lumia 710's that are unlocked or on other carriers. It is possible to manually upgrade your T-Mobile Lumia 710 to the Windows Phone 7.8 operating system by using this hack posted on XDA-Dev forums, though this is at your own risk.

iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 released to devs, will it patch the Evasi0n jailbreak?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 10:29 pm

Apple has just released the iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 build to developers. The thought on my mind, and likely many others, is whether or not it patches the exploits used by the recently released Evasi0n jailbreak tool. We'll have to wait just a bit for the developers to dive into the operating system, but I have a feeling they haven't pushed out patches quite yet.




If you're a developer, you can download the latest iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 build from the Dev Center. The new version of iOS brings with it improvements to the mapping of Japan. Pronunciation of roads, optimization of routes, and other tweaks have been included in the new beta build.


If you have access to the beta, it's not recommended to upgrade a jailbroken device as 6.1.1 could break the jailbreak. For everyone else, the release of this beta means iOS 6.1.1 isn't too far off in the distant future.

Google adds 38 more ski resorts to Google Maps

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 10:00 pm

If you like snowboarding down the slopes like I do, Google has you covered. Today, they have added an additional 38 ski resorts with detailed trail maps to Google Maps. The newly added resort maps include important details such as the difficulty level of the runs.




Ski resort maps were originally added into the Maps product back in November 2012. At that time, Google added about 90 ski resorts into its Maps product. The update today brings that number up by about 40 percent and mainly focuses on US-based ski resorts, though a few Canadian mountains were thrown in for good measure.


The maps depict trails as either green, blue, or black lines. The colors correspond to the traditional colors associated with the different difficulties of runs. The all-important lifts are depicted as dotted red lines. The new list of ski resorts can be found on Google's Blog post.

US Federal Reserve confirms hackers stole data from their systems

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 9:33 pm

Officials from the United States Federal Reserve have confirmed that hackers stole information from its servers. The information, which was released by Anonymous, was gleaned from a security vulnerability in a website vendor product. The hole has since been patched and never gave access to any critical data.




The information apparently came from a contact database that was kept in case of a natural disaster. A breach of the Federal Reserve servers will certainly shine a spotlight on the agency and cause the public's trust in the Federal Reserve to decline. Furthermore, this should cause the public to question security measures of other top agencies.


The Federal Reserve has actually been compromised before this occasion. Back in 2010, Malaysian hacker Lin Mun Poo hacked into the US Reserve and stole data with the intent to use it to steal money.

RumorTT: New Apple Mac Pro coming this spring, possibly at Worldwide Developers Conference

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 9:02 pm

Apple hasn't upgraded the Mac Pro in a significant way since 2010. The case is still the original aluminum design that the Intel Mac Pro launched with back in 2006. Many professional users have felt a bit left out since Apple normally updates their systems yearly. These lack of updates have even sparked rumors that Apple is planning to discontinue the Mac Pro line of systems.




However, Tim Cook has continued to say that a new Mac Pro will be coming later this year. Apple is unable to continue selling the current version of the Mac Pro in Europe as it doesn't meet new regulatory standards for safety. One French retailer has said that Apple pointed them towards a spring launch of a new Mac Pro design.


Spring will officially end on June 20, meaning Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, which runs June 11-15, is within that time frame. If a new Mac Pro is to be launched this spring, the Worldwide Developers Conference is the most likely suspect for when and where it will be launched.


Of course, this is just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. However, we do feel that this rumor has a bit of merit as Apple would likely want to get a Mac Pro back into the European market.

Facebook debuts video channel for developers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 8:29 pm

Facebook wants to support its developer base so users have more reason to stay on the site and come back often. Developers create the apps, such as Zynga's Farmville, that help create user interaction and retention. The longer you stay on Facebook's site, the more ads they are able to serve you.




Facebook says that Developers Live will come with content for everyone, including:


  • Mobile developers will learn how to go deeper and grow their apps with Facebook
  • Game developers will learn how to build better games across web and mobile
  • Websites and publishers will learn how to use Facebook to drive traffic


The first Developers Live will feature Doug Purdy. He will be discussing "the top 3 things every mobile developer needs to know in 2013." It appears that registration is needed for the events as Facebook reminds you to "be sure to register for the event." You can find more information and the videos at Facebook's Developers Live site.

SpaceTT: Comet ISON comes into view in new NASA image, could prove to be largest comet ever seen

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 7:30 pm

If you are anything closely related to a science geek, space nerd, casual star gazer or hard core astronomer, you have most likely heard of Comet ISON. NASA has just released awesome video of the comet streaking through space. ISON could prove to be the largest comet the Earth has seen in recorded history later this fall.



Later this year, Comet ISON will make a close pass to Earth and as it approaches the sun, its tail will glow as well as grow. Many leading authorities believe that ISON will be the largest comet ever witnessed from Earth's surface. At its peak it could be brighter than the full moon, and its tail could stretch the width of 96 full moons.


Chances are high that ISON might even be bright enough to be visible during the daytime, which is virtually unheard of. I for one have set aside several days in November and December to photograph and observe the great comet, which is believed to have originated in the Oort Cloud and has an orbit of several hundred thousand years.

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Apple job posting indicates that Siri may be on her way to Mac devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 6:29 pm

A job posting popped up on Apple's website recently that alludes to Siri coming to Mac devices. The position is labeled "Siri UI Engineer" and calls for someone with experience with Unix, with a concentration in OS X.




The position must have filled quickly as the posting has been removed, but luckily it was spotted by both TechCrunch and Apple Insider. We believe that the new position would bring Siri to Mac devices as it only listed OS X development experience, and not iOS which is the only OS which Siri currently runs on.


Rumors about Siri on OS X have been abundant in recent months, and dictation software has been included in Apple's desktop OS since Mountain Lion. Other sections in the listing described close collaboration with app designers, which could mean that Siri on OS X could have expansive integration with applications as well.

RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy S IV smartphone launch date set for March 15th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 5:32 pm

The rumor mill seems to be in good working order this week, and the latest gossip to float past our ears that we will most likely be seeing Samsung's next-generation Galaxy smartphone as early as March 15th. Previously we were lead to believe that the headset would not make an appearance until March 22nd.




If the rumors are true, Samsung's new flagship smartphone will arrive just around a year after its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, which is still recording massive sales figures. The Galaxy S IV will roll out to Europe and Asia in April, and will see US shelves between May and June.


The Galaxy S IV is thought to be equipped with a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED full HD display, a 1.8GHz eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The device is also expected to include 2GB of RAM, NFC, 4G LTE, a microSD slot, wireless charging capabilities and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

Apple's iBookstore gets new Breakout Books section to help promote self-published authors

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 4:41 pm

In the past, self-publishing a book involved a massive investment by the author, but with recent digital trends, self-publishing has never been easier or cheaper. Apple appears to have taken note and has launched a new "Breakout Books" feature in its iBookstore to help promote those who self-publish.




"Find the next reading sensation with this hand-picked collection of books from emerging talents," Apple says in its new section. "All are independently published and have earned high ratings from customers like you."


This new section is Apple's plan to increase the profile of more talented yet largely unknown authors who have had a hard time getting published the traditional way, while at the same time earning them some income on their digital versions. At the moment, the new section is only available in the US, but there are plans by Apple to expand it in the future.

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