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RumorTT: iOS 7 to launch alongside the fifth-generation iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:27 am

I wasn't originally going to place the 'RumorTT' stamp on this post, because I think we're going to see Apple launch a completely redesigned iOS in the near future, but KitGuru expect Apple will release iOS 7 with the fifth-generation iPad.

 

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The fifth-generation iPad... you read that right. We only saw the release of the third-generation iPad last year, and late last year we saw the release of the fourth-generation iPad. What can we expect from the fifth-gen iPad? Well, a better screen - bigger, expected to jump up to 10 inches. We should see the resolution stay the same, or get bumped up slightly.

 

A better processor baked in, and hopefully a better form of battery technology is used. A thinner, lighter battery as that is one of the heavier and bulkier components of the iPad right now. What should we expect from iOS 7? Well, that's the best part - everything. Maps was a complete joke with iOS 6 and has been a constant problem for Apple since its release.

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RumorTT: Google's 'X Phone' could be released in May, would feature unbreakable case, longer battery life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:36 am

I expect Google's 'X Phone' to really shake up the smartphone market, big time. If you didn't know about X Phone, it is Google's most advanced phone, that we don't know anything about.

 

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Right now, anything reported on Google's unreleased and unnamed phone is pure speculation and rumor. We've heard that the X Phone would feature a bendable screen, a ceramic case and advanced gesture recognition technology - just to name a few. Google's X Phone will be the first, 100% "Google phone", where everything in the device will be the work of Google.

 

The Nexus devices are manufactured by a partner, where we've seen Google work with ASUS on the Nexus 7, LG for the Nexus 4 and Samsung on multiple Nexus devices including the Nexus 10. The X Phone would be completely controlled by Google - inside and out - and would be the result of years of hard work. The latest rumor is that we should see the X Phone unveiled as soon as May.

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AT&T experiencing U-verse server outage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:35 am

It looks as though AT&T are experiencing some problems, and they are reportedly working around the clock to get their U-verse service back in operation. There is a reported server problem that has left less than 1% of their U-verse phone, Internet and TV customers without service.

 

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AT&T of course, could say anything right now, but that isn't stopping users from getting upset. U-verse users have taken to social networks to complain, which AT&T says affects just 6,000 customers - but that isn't the point now, is it? The affected consumers are as far away as Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Florida.

 

AT&T released an update on Wednesday afternoon, where they said that the problem isn't too widespread, with spokesman Lance Skelly saying in a statement:

 

This issue currently affects less than one percent of our U-verse subscribers, but that is too many and we are working hard to fix this. We are making progress in resolving the issue, which is related to servers supporting U-verse, and are working to determine when service will be completely restored. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Google smashes the mobile app market with 5 of the top 6 apps in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:37 am

Google have some amazing services, such as Maps, Search, Gmail, YouTube and more - but how do this translate into power? Or something to brag about? Well, according to ComScore's latest data, Google take out 5 of the top 6 mobile apps in the US.

 

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ComScore's data is from their most recent monthly review of the top iOS and Android apps in the US, which is ranked by unique visitors and has shown the above table where Google completely dominate it. Apple's iTunes is placed 8th, behind five Google mobile apps. Facebook of course is numero uno, and was the only non-Google app to enter the top six.

 

Apple's iTunes app was the one and only from the company to even enter the top ten, and it was ranked 8th with 46 million unique visitors per month.

Pebble releases iPhone app as they begin shipping their smartwatches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 4:31 am

Pebble have just announced that they're finally shipping their Kickstarter-funded smartwatches, with their second announcement telling the world that they've just released an iPhone app which will let users have a dashboard directly on their phone.

 

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The Pebble smartwatch sports a Sharp display as well as some nifty technology cranking along inside the new smartwatch, it's also slim and looks great - which always helps. The smartwatch is very customizable, and supports Internet-connected apps. The Kickstarter fundraising saw $10 million in pledges, with over 85,000 watches sold.

 

Pebble Technology have also said that there will unfortunately be shipping delays for some users, which is the result of airport documentation. The company have also said that there were "some kinks and issues" that will need to be worked on. The iPhone app has the following features:

  • It notifies users when software updates for their Pebble smartwatch is ready to be installed
  • It installs and remove custom watchfaces onto the wearer's Pebble
  • Sends ping test messages to the Pebble
  • Helps the wearer troubleshoot issues

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Nexus 4 to arrive in Australia on February 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:36 am

I was one of the lucky Australian's, and lucky overall, to get a Nexus 4 with the first stock that dropped, but now the super popular smartphone will reach Australian stores on February 1.

 

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The 16GB version will set you back $499 which is much more than the $399 pricing on the Google Play Store ($349 for those in the US). You can get it slapped onto an Optus plan, which will drop the total price to around AUD$35 a month, which is not too bad at all.

 

When compared to unlocked competitors' phones, the Nexus 4 is still not priced too badly. The new iPhone 5 will still set you back hundreds more.

GitHub unblocked in China after outcry from developers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 2:59 am

China has unblocked access to the code sharing site GitHub, after at least partially blocking it last Thursday. The reasoning behind blocking GitHub isn't known, and it's not clear why they would block it as it has no affiliation with any government or political views.

 

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The unblocking is likely due, at least in part, to Google's former head of China operations' post: "GitHub is the preferred tool for programmers to learn and connect with the rest of the world. Blocking GitHub is unjustifiable, and will only derail the nation's programmers from the world, while bringing about a loss in competitiveness and insight."

 

The post was made on Sina Weibo, China's equivalent to Twitter. The message was re-posted over 80,000, which helped spread the message that GitHub should not be blocked. Users may still have trouble accessing GitHub, as some of the DNS servers still have the old cached routing information from when it was blocked. The should clear up soon.

Listen to the sound of the sun, generated from data gathered by SOHO

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 2:41 am

Ever wonder what the sun sounds like? Well, you can now find out for sure thanks to Robert Alexander. He is a data sonification specialist, which basically means he turns numbers into sounds and music. "I think of myself as an explorer," Alexander says in the video below. "I live in the space between art and science and technology."

 

 

Alexander relied on data collected by SOHO, the Solar Heliospheric Observatory, to generate the music. Motherboard's Michael Byrne says, "He's rendered solar flares as a human choir, and turned the sun's rotation into a a tribal beat." He managed to detect a hum from the data, which cycled every 27 days, the same rotational period as the sun.

 

Take a look at the video and let us know what you think of it. It really does the best job of explaining it.

Microsoft trying to bring users back to Internet Explorer by using nostalgia

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 2:14 am

Microsoft is looking to bring back users by toying with their emotions in this latest appeal:

 

 

The video clearly plays upon the current generation's nostalgia for the '90s. I've seen plenty of posts from my friends on Facebook saying "Like this if you're a '90s kid" and the like, so I have a feeling this appeal may actually work well for Microsoft. What are your thoughts on the ad? Will it bring you back to Internet Explorer?

 

Microsoft announced the ad on their blog:

 

Last year was a pretty great one for Internet Explorer. From hitting a year high on worldwide share to making some new friends like Officer Cupcake and Eugene Filon, we poked some fun at our past while helping the skeptics learn about the latest version of IE. Performance tests continued to show Internet Explorer 10 as the fastest browser on Windows 8 and security reports showed it was also the best browser to protect users from malware.

 

Which is why we thought it was time to invite those of you who haven't thought about Internet Explorer in a while to take a trip down memory lane. Internet Explorer is a child of the '90s, but we have done some serious growing up. Maybe IE was your first browser, but you haven't used it in a while. We aren't sure if Pogs or trolls will make a comeback as well, but we do know a lot has changed with Internet Explorer.

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Google releases latest Transparency Report, shows US government leader in requesting data

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 2:02 am

Google's semi-annual Transparency Report has been updated today and the new data shows that requests for data from the search giant continue to increase. The US government leads the way in requesting data from Google. In fact, the amount of data requests as increased by more than 70 percent since 2009.

 

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For the period from July to December, Google received 21,389 requests for information about 33,634 users. The United States government led the charge with over 8,000 requests for information that encompassed almost 15,000 user accounts. 88 percent of these requests had at least some data produced.

 

India was the next highest on the list, but only requested about 25 percent of what the US did. They made 2,400 requests about roughly 4,000 users. France, Germany, UK, and Brazil round out the list of governments who put in more than 1,000 user data requests.

 

Google has pushed on other companies to put forth similar data sets. Facebook would be a really important report, if they were to issue one. However, they say that "We do not have any immediate plans to release a report, however, we have been working diligently on meaningful transparency such as the Law Enforcement Guidelines in the Help Center and our work with the Digital Due Process coalition to ensure the privacy of our users. While we will continue to evaluate our plans in this area, we devote our primary efforts to auditing every request we receive to ensure the strictest compliance with law."

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