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Foxconn hiring 18,000 workers for a possible June release of the iPhone 5

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 6:34 pm

This is a two part news post. One part is fact, the other is rumor. The fact is, Foxconn is hiring 18,000 workers to build the next iPhone. The rumor is that the iPhone 5 will launch in June. Now that we have that out of the way, let's look at the details. During a recent interview, a Foxconn recruiter said the company is hiring 18,000 new employees.




They need all of these new employees to build the new iPhone with the working conditions that they and Apple have promised to bring to Chinese workers. In the interview, the representative went on to say that he believed in was going to be a June launch for the new iPhone. Let's be clear here. He says it "seems" as though it will go on sale in June, but that's not a for sure thing.


If the new iPhone launches this summer, that would mean that the current iPhone 4S would have only been around for 8 to 9 months, breaking Apple's yearly release schedule. Then again, Apple has broken there release schedule before when they launched the 4S, so this rumor does have some credibility. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt. If you're looking for a job, Foxconn is hiring.

Instagram now available on Android, life just a bit more fair

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 5:31 pm

One of the most anticipated app releases in the history of Android has just occurred today. That's right, you can download Instagram on any Android phone running 2.2 or higher that supports OpenGL ES 2. However, if you're looking for Instagram on an Android tablet, it's not quite there yet. I'm sure the port will occur soon enough.




The app is free to download and is said to contain all of the same filters as the iOS version. There are a few features, however, that will not be included in the first release. Tilt Shift / Blur, Share from Feed, Live Preview and Share to Flickr are those features. The algorithms are the exact same as on the iOS version, so the only difference is between cameras.


Life just got a little more fair. Unless you're me, because now I have to put up with twice as many Instagram picture posts on my Facebook feed. Joy. You can download Instagram on Google Play today.

TripAdvisor latest to file antitrust complaint against Google in EU

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 4:32 pm

The online site TripAdvisor joins the fight against the behemoth that is Google. TripAdvisor follows Expedia who filed a complaint last week. TripAdvisor claims in the European Union filing that Google is using "anti-competitive and unfair practices...that harm the marketplace and consumer welfare."




Both Expedia and TripAdvisor are claiming that Google is using its dominant position in the search market to harm the marketplace. These two are added to the growing list of people who have complained about Google over the past year. The European Commission said, during its November 2010 investigation, it was examining whether Google artificially lowered rankings while boosting its own services.


Last year, Microsoft filed a formal complaint saying that it has "taken to entrench its dominance in the markets for online search and search advertising to the detriment of European consumers." Google has said that they will comply and help any investigation that occurs as a result of the complaint.

Internet Explorer gets some loving, gains back market share mildly

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 3:28 pm

We have reported previously about how Chrome passed Internet Explorer in market share for a couple of days, but it seems as though Microsoft has turned the browser around and gained some market share back. The results from Net applications regarding March usage show an increase in Internet Explorers use with a matching decrease in FireFox and Chrome.




IE's usage share climbed from 51.9% to 53.8% whereas FireFox went from 21.8% to 20.6% and Chrome from 19.1% to 18.6%. Safari saw a microscopic jump in usage, amounting to about 0.1% increase ending at 5.07%. It's clear that Internet Explorer is still down from where it used to be, but Microsoft has done some good things from IE8 to IE9.


However, once you jump ship to another browser, it's near impossible to go back. It is worth it to check out Internet Explorer, however, because it seems as though it has done a lot of things right. Tell me, which browser do you use?

Tuesday Morning Roundup for April 3, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 2:20 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, April 3rd, 2012.


Cases, Cooling & PSUs:


Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050 Power Supply - Ninjalane

Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Benchmark Reviews

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower - Hi Tech Legion

SilenX EFZ-120HA5 CPU Cooler - Hardware Secrets




ADATA XPG SX900 256GB SATA 3 SSD - The SSD Review

Western Digital My Book Live Duo (4TB) -

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5 ways Facebook could be bad for your mental health and well being

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 2:01 pm

Everyone that I know pretty much uses Facebook daily. They spend more time on Facebook than they do getting sleep. I'm guilty of it too, but is there really a problem with staying in contact with all of my friends? Experts believe that Facebook could be worse than alcohol or cigarettes. We outline the 5 possible issues with Facebook below.




1. Eating Disorders

Facebook, according to a new study, makes people feel bad about themselves. The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt found that more than 50% say that seeing pictures of themselves and others on the site "makes them more conscious about their own body and their weight." This wasn't just females either, as 40% of males said they comment negatively on their own pictures.


2. Low self-esteem and depression

This is similar to eating disorders as it deals with something similar to poor body image. Several studies have shown that posts by our friends make us feel worse about our own lives due to us comparing ourselves to them. Experts suggest limiting the number of friends you have and un-friending those that brag the most often.

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Poll Results - Your thoughts on TweakTown version 2012 (i.e. our new design!)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 1:26 pm

Our latest poll had almost 1,300 people who answered, Your thoughts on TweakTown version 2012 (i.e. our new design!)




Overall TweakTown readers were vastly impressed with our new design with 74% on the positive side and 26% on the negative side.


More specifically 28% voted that our new design is epic, while 46% said not bad. We're happy, you are all happy with it. On the negative side 14% said they preferred the old design, while 13% said they don't like it. Well, we're sorry about that.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you about... What do you want more? (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970) Let us know! Go here to vote!

TweakTown iPhone app gets updated to version 1.3 - fixes crashes and more

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 12:56 pm

We have some great news to report this Tuesday morning!




Apple has just approved version 1.3 of the TweakTown iPhone content app to the App Store and it's now available for downloading or updating now if you have previous versions already installed on your iOS device.


Version 1.3 brings with it vast improvements for the iOS 5.x operating system which fixes all of the issues with the app crashing whilst navigating various sections of the app. It is also much faster and responsive now with some tweaks for speed improvement. We also removed 'Socialize' as we noticed too many people were using it anyway and it only slows the app down.


Additionally it also gives you quick access to TweakTown Deals. You can use this to find great hardware deals on new laptops, computer systems and much more. We hope you enjoy the latest version of our iPhone app - if you enjoy it too, remember to leave a rating and review for us!

Download of the Day: Sandra Lite 2012 SP3 (18.40)

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 3, 2012 12:28 pm

Our Download of the Day is SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2012.SP3 18.40.




All around tool, benchmarking, system diagnostic and analyser.


SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software. Sandra is a (girl) name of Greek origin that means "defender", "helper of mankind". We think that's quite fitting.


It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCIe, ODBC Connections, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.


Native Unicode ports for 32-bit Windows (2000/XP/2003/Vista), 64-bit & x64 Windows (XP/2003/Vista) as well as Windows CE (Pocket PC 2002/2003/2003SE, Smart Phone 2002/2003/2003SE, CE .Net 4.20) are available.


You can download Sandra Lite 2012 SP3 18.40 here.

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