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ASUS Nexus 7 shows up online in the form of a camera

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 18, 2012 3:32 pm

The rumored ASUS Nexus 7 has shown up online in the form of two pictures uploaded to Picasa. The two photos, which measure 1280 x 960, were uploaded on June 7 and June 13. The photos could have been scaled down, so don't take that as indicative of the camera's performance. The two pictures are linked to Google+ user Somit Bh.




Furthermore, the geo-location data place the pictures as having been taken in Google Building 44. Of course, this information is fairly easy to fake, but a look as Google+ user Somit Bh's profile offers reason to believe otherwise. His circles contain many people who are affiliated with Google which means this could be legit.


Just two years ago, the Nexus S was revealed in the exact same way. The "Nexus Tablet" has been rumored for a while now, including the portion that ASUS is going to be the one making it. The rumor also said that the tablet would cost between $149-199 and would go on sale this July. It's likely that an announcement is just around the corner.

Google sees 'alarming' level of government censorship

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 18, 2012 2:05 pm

Google continues to be an open company when it comes to censorship and the like and has released its biannual Global Transparency Report which details take-down requests by people. In the past six months, Google said it saw an "alarming" number of Government requests, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 for the period.




"Unfortunately, what we've seen over the past couple years has been troubling, and today is no different," Dorothy Chou, Google's senior policy analyst, said in a blog post. "When we started releasing this data, in 2010, we noticed that government agencies from different countries would sometimes ask us to remove political content that our users had posted on our services. We hoped this was an aberration. But now we know it's not."


Google said that they received 461 court orders for the removal of 6,989 items, of which they agreed to 68% of those orders. They also received 546 informal requests and agreed to remove content from 46% of those. The study leaves out Iran and China who block Google content without notification to the search giant.


"Just like every other time, we've been asked to take down political speech," Chou wrote. "It's alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect -- western democracies not typically associated with censorship."

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RumorTT: iTunes loses Podcasts, could we see a dedicated Podcasts app?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 18, 2012 7:28 am

It looks like with the impending release of Apple's mobile OS, iOS 6, that we could see a change in the podcasts section of Apple. Sources have revealed to AllThingsD that Apple are planning to release a native app that focuses solely on podcasts.




iOS 6 is said to have a dedicated podcasts app, which will let users discover, downloads and play podcasts on mobile devices. This is a similar move Apple played when they decided to split iTunes into a video and music app on iOS, as well as launching the iBooks app with the iPad release.


If this ends up happening, it may explain the disappearance of podcasts from the version of iTunes that Apple has been showing off to developers.

Facebook CTO leaves, heads for unnamed startup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 18, 2012 6:31 am

Bret Taylor was Facebook's chief technology officer, but won't be for much longer. The CTO was in charge of both platform and mobile development at Facebook. Once he's gone, two of his underlings will take over his two posts, with Mike Vernal taking on platform development and Cory Ondreijka going after mobile.




Taylor is an ex-Google employee, too, leaving the company in 2007 where he founded FriendFeed. Facebook acquired FriendFeed in 2009, and two years later he was donned as CTO of Facebook. Taylor spoke to AllThingsD saying that the time he spent with Facebook "has been among the most fulfilling times of my career".


With the troubled IPO and problems the social networking are having at the moment, one would think this is quite a bad time for Taylor to leave, but his departure is no surprise to Facebook management. Taylor has always said that he "had always been upfront with Mark [Zuckerberg] that I eventually wanted to do another start-up, and we felt now is the best time after the IPO and the launch of some recent things for me to do that".

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Ex-Goldman Sachs executive gets convicted on Apple, Intel insider trading

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 18, 2012 5:30 am

Late last week, a federal Jury convicted Rajat Kumar Gupta of trading inside information in a case that involves industry heavy weights Intel, Apple, and others. He was up on six possible charges, with prosecutors securing four charges, Gupta being acquitted of two.




Gupta was previously a director at Goldman Sachs and Proctor & Gamble, and is the biggest figure yet to be caught in the government's efforts to stop the flow of information into Wall Street. The ex-director of Goldman Sachs was convicted on three counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy for passing along confidential boardroom information about Goldman Sachs to a hedge fund, as well as confidential information on Intel and Apple.


Armed with the information, the hedge fund earned millions of dollars, but its founder is now serving time following an insider trading conviction last year. Gupta was acquitted on two securities fraud charges. Gupta faces up to five years in prison for the conspiracy charges, and up to 20 years for each of the three securities fraud convictions.

Linus Torvalds calls NVIDIA 'the worst company ever', also says "NVIDIA: F*** YOU!!"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 18, 2012 4:28 am

Creator of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds, has slammed NVIDIA for their lack of drivers/support in a public presentation. During the talk, Torvalds called NVIDIA "the single worst company we have ever dealt with" and ended it in a positive note with "NVIDIA: F*** YOU!!", I'm sure you know what are behind those *'s.



Torvalds made the colorful comments during a speech at the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship in Otaniemi, Finland. Nearling the end of his hour-long speech, he was asked by one of the attendees about NVIDIA's hardware support and lack of open-source drive enablement/documentation, where he mentioned those colorful words. Torvalds did start off by stating that NVIDIA is an exception to Linux support, rather than the rule in terms of their lack of friendliness towards open-source drivers, and the Linux community.


Then things get better, Torvalds said he was happy to publicly point them out and their problems, where his statements toward NVIDIA continued. He said that NVIDIA is "one of the worst trouble spots we've had with hardware manufacturers", continuing with "NVIDIA has been the single worst company we have ever dealt with". He ended his NVIDIA tirade with "NVIDIA: F*** YOU!" and flipped them off toward the camera.

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Samsung's tube-powered wireless audio dock, DA-E750, arrives in the UK and Korea this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 18, 2012 3:20 am

Samsung have announced their DA-E750, which is a wireless speaker dock, and will arrive in the UK and Korea starting June 18. Samsung's DA-E750 is a vacuum tube-based amplifier that is meant to improve sound quality.




The tube-based amp can connect to Samsung GALAXY devices through AllShare, as well as Apple's AirPlay, and finally, plain old Bluetooth 3.0. The speaker dock also features an analog composite input, a USB port so that you can play music from a USB flash drive and support for MP3, WMA, and WAV file formats.


Spec-wise, we're looking at a 2.1-channel woven glass fiber speaker system, with a built-in 100W subwoofer. It comes in two colors, Mahogany and piano black. Samsung haven't released pricing just yet, but when it was shown off at CES earlier this year, the company gave an $800-ish price.

Xbox 720 document leak points to $299 console, 2013 launch, 6x performance increase and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 17, 2012 5:19 am

Thanks to a 56-page leaked document, more details of Microsoft's next-gen Xbox 720 have emerged. The presentation looks to be from quite sometime ago, August 2010, and is loaded with future improvements such as SmartGlass, a Metro dashboard and Xbox TV apps.




Microsoft list their clear vision for the Xbox 720, including Blu-ray, native 3D output, and glasses, concurrent apps, additional sensor and peripheral support. They've also teased us with a '6X performance increase', as well as mention of true 1080p output with full 3D support, as well as an "always on" state for the Xbox 720.


The document tells us that the Xbox 720 is designed to be scalable in the number of CPU cores and their frequencies, it seems that the Redmond-based company have been finding it hard to decide between six or eight ARM-based cores, or going down the x86 route, each clocked at around 2GHz each, with 4GB of DDR4 memory as well as some backward-compatible PPC cores clocked at 3.2GHz. Backwards compatibility will be a great selling point for the Xbox 720.

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Toshiba unleashes a 13" tablet on the world

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 9:31 pm

Toshiba has launched a 13" version of its Excite tablets and a few reviews have popped up online showing off a few issues. Thankfully, Toshiba didn't disgrace this tablet with a paltry 1366x768 screen and instead opted for a 1600x900 panel. It appears to be a TN panel as there is no mention of IPS, something usually added for marketing.




Some of the reviews we mentioned above have called out the screen as being rather dim, but that's the least of the panels problems. The Gorilla glass that covers the screen can stick to the LCD panel and create visible "puddles." Have no fear, though, as that can be alleviated by twisting the tablet like an ice cube tray.


The battery life is around 11 hours, at least according to one review. The device features a Tegra 3 SoC, a full-sized SD card reader, and Android 4.0. The tablet weighs in at a heavy 2.2lbs and isn't exactly cheap. The 32GB model runs about $650 and the 64GB model will run about $750. Both of those are more expensive than an iPad.

Apple 1 computer and Steve Jobs Atari memo sold at auction

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 8:28 pm

A rare, functioning Apple 1 computer was put up for auction by Sotheby's and set a new record for the price of the item. Only about 200 of these Apple 1 computers were hand-built by Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak, and only 6 are believed to still function. The original selling price of the Apple 1 was $666.66.




The final selling price blew Sotheby's high estimate away. Sotheby's had said they expected the high to be up to $180,000 and the product more than doubled that. The hand-built, still functioning Apple 1 computer ended up selling for an incredible $374,500, partly due to it coming with the original manuals.


The other item auctioned off was a four-page memo handwritten by Steve Jobs. The memo detailed how the Atari World Cup football game could be made more fun to play and included circuit drawings and diagrams. It also included his Los Altos home address stamped onto the pages along with a Buddhist mantra - "gate gate paragate parasangate bodhi svahdl". The item was expected to sell for $15,000 but managed to pull in an incredible $27,500.

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