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Facebook Messenger 1.8 for iOS, Android gets quick conversation switching, larger photos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 7:10 am

Version 1.8 of the Facebook Messenger app for both iOS and Android has been released and sports some new snazzy features. We have fast conversation switching, swipe-to-delete for specific messages, and a built-in buddy list for who's "online" when you begin a conversation.




The update should have hit already, and also adds the ability to see larger photos in the app. Local notifications for chat updates are also here, as well as read receipts. This along with the other features makes Facebook Messenger a feature-packed instant messaging app. A full feature log from Facebook:


  • Quickly switch between multiple conversations with in-app notifications (you'll get notified of an incoming message while within another conversation)
  • Include friends of friends in conversations
  • iOS users can now swipe to delete an individual messages from conversations. Android users can hold down a message to delete it.
  • See who's available when you start a new conversation - Update: in changelog, but from a prior version of Messenger
  • Share bigger photos (tap for full screen and pinch to zoom)
  • Bug fixes: fixed some bugs and improved performance (faster app loading, navigation and sending, and more reliable push notifications).

Sony, Panasonic team up for OLED production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 6:45 am

Sony and Panasonic, rival Japanese TV makers, have announced they have shaken hands in a new deal where they'll join forces to make OLED (organic light emitting diode) TV sets, as they are set to fight Korean rivals Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics for the top dog position in the next-generation TV market.




OLED sets are set to take over from LCD sets, and it will come down to which company is able to mass produce screens cheap enough for consumers to adapt to. Sony and Panasonic said in a statement that they plan to develop technologies to fabricate the screens and hope to hit mass-production in 2013.


Samsung and LG have both already shown off 55-inch OLED prototypes, with the TVs expected to hit the market later year at a wallet-busting $10,000 or so. This is around 400-percent higher for the same sized LCD-based screen. According to research firm IHS Inc. OLED-based TV shipments are meant to hit 2.1 million by 2015, up from a tiny 34,000 this year.

Google not sour over being dropped from iOS 6's Maps app, instead plan 'amazing iOS Maps experience'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 6:15 am

Google don't seem to mind that they were dropped from iOS 6's Maps app, and plan to make a triumphant return to the upcoming OS from Apple. A recent post from Google exec Jeff Huber has hinted that Google will not be leaving the iOS map scene, and instead will make a push with its own specifically-designed mapping app.




The news broke today from a Google+ post celebrating a new Google Street View exhibit at the Computer History Museum. It was in a response to a comment expressing dissatisfaction with Apple's forthcoming Maps app. Huber said that Google is looking forward to "providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS".


Another user stepped forward and asked Huber to elaborate on this, asking if he meant iOS users could expect a new dedicated app, or web-based services. Huber didn't provide any further details on Google's iOS plans.

Google add full Notification Center support, and more, to Gmail for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 5:41 am

Google have donned their magic fingers and made some changes to some of the most-requested features for their Gmail for iOS app. They've announced the changes today, which come in three new features.




First up we have full Notification Center support, the ability to send messages from your alternate e-mail addresses, and an improved login experience. Now Gmail is fully integrated with Notification Center and even supports banners, alerts and lock screen options. Plus, notifications are now 'incredibly fast', up to 5x faster than the previous version of the app.




The second update to the Gmail for iOS app is the ability to send e-mails from your alternate e-mail addresses. If you have this configured through alternate sender addresses in Gmail on your desktop under Settings -> Accounts -> Send mail as, you will see a From: option when composing new messages with the new app.

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Seagate gets jelly over SSD business, teams up with DensBit to offer SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 5:19 am

Seagate haven't really bothered with the rocketing solid-state drive (SSD) business, but it looks as though those thoughts are about to change. Seagate have just struck a deal with Seagate controller maker DensBit.




Seagate wants its new friend DensBit to help them build "low-cost, high-performance" consumer SSDs. Consumers are destined to get slower, but denser 3-bits-per-cell memory made on a 20nm-or-loss process, while business-class drives will reach 2-bits-per-cell flash.


There's no ETA on these SSDs, but we should expect them in the not too distant future and we should also see Seagate pour considerable resources, time and sweat into SSDs over the coming years.

Valve announces they will finally launch the Meet the Pyro video, "Pyromania" event to happen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 4:46 am

The day is finally here, Valve have announced plans to finally release the very long-awaited introductory video for the Pyro in Team Fortress 2, the intro video coincides with a large update to the popular game.




Valve has released some details of their three-day "Pyromania" event, with the first day bringing us a new map as well as a new game mode called Doomsday". Doomsday pits two teams against each other to compete for "the honor of transporting a suitcase nuke full of recalled Mann Co. Australium to American monkeynaut Poopy Joe's rocket, so he can blast off and hunt down Soviet space chimp Vladimir Bananas."


Both teams have to haul fuel up a slow-moving elevator elevator and dump it into a rocket, which then bursts off upon succeeding the mission. Players can also now earn 11 new "Astro-chievements", the names of which can be viewed on the day one event page. Valve have plans to release the Meet the Pyro video on Wednesday, which will conclude their "Meet the Team" series.

Instagram gets first facelift since Facebook acquisition, has new "Explore" tab

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 25, 2012 11:01 pm

Everyone was shocked when Facebook acquired Instagram for a cool $1 billion. Facebook said they were going to keep Instagram somewhat of a separate entity after the acquisition and Facebook rolled out their own Camera app. Now, Facebook has released an update to the Instagram app, the first facelift since the acquisition.




What's New in Version 2.5.0:


  • Revamped profile tab
  • Search for users and tags in the Explore tab
  • Improvements to commenting
  • User search autocompletes based on people you follow
  • Visual improvements
  • Speed optimizations
  • Optionally share likes to Facebook (enable in your Profile > Sharing Settings > Facebook)


The biggest change comes in the form of the new "Explore" tab which shows popular photos and has a way to search photos as well. The search allows users to look for users, hashtags, and photos based on the entered search terms.

3D images indistinguishable from real life could be only 40 years off

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 25, 2012 10:02 pm

Advancements in 3D are made every day. No longer do users have to suffer through those red and cyan glasses to watch 3D movies. Some implementations nowadays, like the Nintendo 3DS, don't require any fancy headgear at all. It seems as though the future of 3D isn't that far off and the Star Trek holodeck technology may no longer remain a fantasy.




Sharp Labs Europe are leading the development of a new communication technology that will help to make 3D images indistinguishable from reality by using holographic technology. Some brush off 3D as just a gimmick, but others see it as just the first step. "The ultimate goal is to make a holographic display and what I mean by that is a display that shows images that are indistinguishable from reality," Mather says.


The first step, however, is to make it as commonplace as driving. "I think a sensible target is for 3D displays to become a natural part of modern life," Mather explains to Humans Invent. "Home cinema systems showing 3D movies, computer games played in an immersive environment and holiday photos presented with depth."


Just how far off from this goal are we? And what is the goal? Mather explains: "The ultimate 3D display is a holographic display. Many people don't realise but there is one thing missing from today's stereoscopic 3D displays."

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Why YouTube views seemingly pause at 301

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 25, 2012 9:02 pm

Have you ever noticed that the views on a newly viral YouTube video seemingly pause at 301? If so, I imagine you've wondered why that is. Well, previously it had just been one of those many internet myths that seemingly don't have an answer. However, thanks to YouTube product manager Ted Hamilton, we now have an answer.




The basic reason behind the views freezing at 301 is the following: Once a video hits 300 views, subsequent views are collected and sent to YouTube's central servers for verification. This verification process takes about one-half day to a day and checks that the views weren't racked up by a bot. Mr. Hamilton explains:


Views, as mentioned, are a currency. When you have a video with very small amount of views you don't need to be too careful about what the view was. However, once it gets to be above 300 and beyond, this currency, we really need to verify and make sure that the number is what it purports to be. So this means that we have to go through a statistical verification process. And that statistical verification process actually takes some time. And thus we go from incrementing one by one, to then saying, OK, now we're incrementing in batch. And all of these views we're adding on have been verified by YouTube to be real views. We are preventing things like bots to go in and add a bunch of views to a video.

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70 percent of teenagers hid their online behavior from parents, a new study shows

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 25, 2012 8:13 pm

A new study by McAfee is showing what teenagers are really doing online and the results are a bit scary. An incredible 70 percent of teenagers in the study say they hid at least part of their online activity and behavior from their parents. What they are hiding could be even more shocking, especially if you are a parent.




43 percent of the surveyed teens accessed some form of simulated violence while surfing the web, and likely more worrying for parents is the fact that 32 percent view nude content or pornography on the internet. Even worse yet is that half of the parents believe that their children are telling them everything they are doing online.


"While it is not necessarily surprising that teens are engaging in the same types of rebellious behaviors online that they exhibit offline, it is surprising how disconnected their parents are," Stanley Holditch, Online Safety Expert for McAfee, said today in a statement. "There is a major increase in the number of teens finding ways to hide what they do online from their parents, as compared to the 2010 study."


The study also found that 15 percent of teens had hacked a social networking account and 9 percent have hacked into another's e-mail account. 31 percent have pirated a movie or music. How are these kids covering their tracks? 53 percent say they clear their browser history and 46 percent minimize their screens when parents walk by. About a quarter admit to lying or omitting details about online activity.

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