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Next-generation Nexus 7 will arrive in the next few weeks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2013 9:31 pm

A new report from Digitimes claims that the next-generation Nexus 7 is on the verge of launching and will arrive at some point in the next few weeks. The report claims that Google and ASUS are planning to launch sometime near the end of July or early August.




The new pure Android tablet will feature an upgraded seven-inch display that sports a 1980x1200 pixel resolution along with a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 600 processor. A 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera as well as a 5 megapixel rear camera will handle the imaging duties while 2 GB of RAM keep everything running nice and smooth.


Industry analysts are speculating that Google could sell as many as 8 million units worldwide but others are quick to point out that this number seems to be inflated as there are many more choices in the low-cost tablet market than there were when the original Nexus 7 launched. We are expecting the second-generation Nexus 7 to be sold at a price point of $199 to $249 for the Wi-Fi-only model.

Twitter finally agrees to hand over anti-Semitic tweet info to French authorities

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 12, 2013 8:33 pm

A few months back, I reported that the French authorities were pushing Twitter to release user data on one of its members who posted an anti-Semitic tweet to his account. Today, the company said in a statement that it has complied with a French government request to hand over tweets related to a rash of anti-Semitism on the site.




The offenses took place last October when several anti-Semantic tweets and hashtags appeared on the short message social network. I won't repeat the tweets here because they are quite offensive, but if you must read them, you can head over to Source #1 below. The tweets caused an uproar in the Union of Jewish French students and other anti-racism groups around France.


The UEJF took their case to the French court system and won a ruling in January that said that Twitter must hand over the account information and names of those who posted the anti-Semitic tweets. Just two months later, the UEFJ sued Twitter for $50 million when the company failed to comply with the court's request.

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Ever wanted access to your very own satellite orbiting the earth? Now you can have just that for a mere $250 per week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 12, 2013 7:29 pm

Traditionally, it has been pretty hard to get access to a satellite that is in orbit, but one California-based company is looking to change that. NanoSatisfi is developing small cube satellites that cost considerably less than $1 million to develop and launch, which is considerably less than traditional satellites that range anywhere from $500 million to several billion just for development.




The satellite in question is what is known as an ArduSat which is a cube satellite based on the open source Arduino development platform. This satellite is made of the same stuff that you blink your LEDs with. The satellite contains multiple cameras, a Geiger counter, a magnetometer, as well as an ambient light sensor. The entire package measures just 10cm x 10cm x 10cm and weighs in at a mere 2.2 pounds.


Some you might remember the ArduSat from its Kickstarter campaign which raised more than $100,000 and went on to garner an additional $1.2 million from external investors. The satellite is set to launch on August 4 and for just $250 a week, any interested parties can borrow the tiny vessel and explore everything that outer space has to offer.

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Nokia introduces official Camera Grip Case for 41-megapixel Lumia 1020

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2013 6:28 pm

Nokia has just unveiled a brand new case for the just launched Lumia 1020 41-megapixel Windows Phone. While a new case for a new phone is hardly anything to talk about, this case is different than any other you have ever seen. Knowing that the 41-megapixel sensor would attract shutterbugs, Nokia designed and released a case that effectively turns the Lumia 1020 into a compact digital camera.




The Camera Grip clips onto the phone and gives the user the freedom to use the camera one-handed without the fear of dropping their brand new $300 smartphone thanks to a ergonomic palm grip and wrist strap. The grip features a two-stage shutter button that allows photographers to accurately focus before snapping the photo.


The grip is equipped with an additional 1020mAh rechargeable battery which almost doubles the battery life of your Lumia 1020. Also featured is a standard 1/4-20 threaded tripod mount on the bottom of the case which obviously lets you mount the phone to a stationary stabilization device. Like the actual phone, the case comes in yellow, black, and white and features the same refined and sleek curves of the Lumia 1020. The case will retail for $79 when it is released later this month.

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Best Buy to offer $250 gift card to those who trade in their old iPad 2 or 3 this weekend

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2013 5:31 pm

If you happen to be one of the thousands of people who just happen to have an unused iPad 2 or iPad 3 just laying around collecting dust, then Best Buy just may be the place you need to visit this weekend. The retail giant is holding a trade-in event beginning today and ending when the stores close tomorrow night.




Best Buy is offering up to $250 on a gift card depending on the model and condition of the iPad. So obviously newer, less used models with the most storage will land you the full $250 trade-in, while lesser, more worn models will gain you a smaller trade-in reward. Best Buy says that it will be recycling all models traded in and will not sell the device for profit. I find this hard to believe as if they were truly headed for the recycling center to be dismantled, normal wear and tear would not matter much. I suspect that these tablets will be reconditioned and sold to retailers in emerging markets around the world.

Snowden to file for asylum in Russia, then head to Latin America

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 12, 2013 4:26 pm

Human Rights Watch's Senior Russian Researcher Tanya Lokshina has just revealed that Edward Snowden is planning to file for asylum in Russia and will then prepare to travel to Latin America. Lokshina was a member of the team of human rights experts that were invited to meet with Snowden recently. New York Times reporter Ellen Barry replayed Lokshina's reports via Twitter early this morning.




Latin America would be a very friendly place for Snowden to travel to as Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador have all offered him asylum. Venezuela is the only official offer that is outstanding. The other countries listed require Snowden to be in-country before the request for asylum can be processed.


Russian president Vladimir Putin commented that his country would only grant asylum to Snowden if he ceased any activities with which he intends to harm Russia's "American Partners." Snowden replied by saying "No actions I take or plan are meant to harm the US." I wonder if he meant no harm when he disclosed US spying activities to the Chinese?

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Google's Eric Schmidt spotted with a Motorola Moto X

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2013 3:29 pm

Sun Valley may be known for its world class skiing during the winter months, but in the summer its claim to fame is undoubtedly the Allen and Company media conference where the tech industry's top executives gather to rub elbows, talk shop, and do whatever CEOs do behind closed doors.




Among the attendees at this years conference is Google's Eric Schmidt, and it appears that he brought along a shiny new toy for everyone to play with. The "mystery" phone that Schmidt has been carrying around appears to be none other than the legendary Motorola Moto X. It appears to have a white carbon fiber-like appearance similar to the Nexus 4. The phone also appears to have a curved back which can be seen in a photo looking at the top of the phone.


When asked about the device, Schmidt said that he "could not comment on the nature of this phone," which was an obvious ploy to generate as much hype and speculation about the device as possible. We here at TweakTown are almost positive that this is the new Motorola Moto X (Previously called Motorola X Phone) and judging from other industry analyst, everyone else thinks it is the X as well. One thing is certain, with Google's top man using the device in public, a public launch can not be far away.

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RumorTT: Microsoft to slash prices on Surface RT as a result of poor sales

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2013 1:02 am

We all know the Microsoft Surface RT has not lived up to the hype Redmond wanted it to and as a result it appears that the company could be readying substantial price cuts across its debut tablet. Today, The Verge is reporting that Microsoft will cut prices on its 32GB and 64GB models.




The report says that a 32 GB Surface RT will see is price slashed to just $350 while the 64 GB model will now run consumers $450. Those wishing to add a touch cover can look to spend $100 more raising the prices to $450 and $550 respectively. Engadget contacted Microsoft for comments and the software giant replied that it does not comment on rumors or speculation. Of course we all know that this effectively means "Yes we are slashing prices but do not tell anyone please."

The Ubuntu phone is coming and Verizon could be the official launch partner

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:26 pm

Ubuntu is developing what is most likely the most anticipated new mobile operating system of the year, and now it looks like Verizon has decided to come aboard and see what all the commotion is about. The telecom giant has officially become a member of the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group.




The Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group consists of a number of companies partnering with the open-source operating system developer Canonical to provide valuable feedback on the mobile operating systems software. This does not, however, mean that Verizon will become one of the launch partners but there's a good chance of this happening.


Other big-name partners on the board include T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom, China Unicom, as well as several other major players in the mobile phone market. Canonical says that the mobile version of Ubuntu still has a little ways to go even though the operating system landed in developers' hands back in February. At the moment, it still appears that an official launch will take place early next year, but there is still a lot of time left for future delays to pop up.

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LG shows off super thin display, could it make its way to the Optimus G2?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:33 pm

LG has been one of the leading innovators of flat-panel display technology since their inception and now the company has just put everyone else to shame by unveiling the world's slimmest full HD panel for handsets.




The display panel measures that just a mere 2.2 mm thick with an unbelievably small 2.3 mm bezel and overall size of 5.2 inches diagonal. This display has conveniently surfaced just in time for LG's upcoming Optimus G2, which looks to be sporting a micro thin bezel in all of the leaked images we have seen.


The display features a full HD 1920x1080 pixel resolution, and LG says that the display is poised to provide excellent visibility under strong sunlight conditions. The new display is designed around LG's Advanced One-Glass-Solution technology.