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RumorTT: Could this be the plastic rear-shell of a low-cost iPhone?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 8:33 pm

Earlier today, Tactus leaked a supposed image of the plastic rear-shell of an upcoming low-cost iPhone. Of course, as with all Apple rumors, this should be taken with a grain of salt. However, it does appear as though this rear-shell could be the real deal. See for yourself:

 

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It appears to take styling elements from the original iPod. A flat back with curved corners and elongated volume buttons set this device apart from the iPhone 5. Rumor has it that this device will feature an Apple A5 processor, 3.5-inch screen, and 5MP camera, much the same as previous iPhones.

 

We still don't know whether or not Apple would want to undercut the profit margins of their flagship iPhone, but it might be what they need to expand market share further.

ReportTT: Apple stops placing orders to Mac components

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 8:01 pm

Reports continue to pour in that seem to show Apple is faltering. The latest report is from the hit-and-miss DigiTimes who say that Apple have stopped placing orders for Mac components amid worse-than-expected PC sales. PC sales declines have hurt all PC manufacturers and Apple appears to be hit as well.

 

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The report cites sources in the "upstream supply chain." These suppliers are worried that shipments might not resume until late May. They say that at the end of 2012, Apple placed aggressive orders, either missing the impact their iPad is having on the PC market or expecting not to be hit by the PC decline.

 

We will know more about how Apple performed this quarter when they release their financial results on Tuesday.

Sprint continues expansion of 4G LTE network, announces LTE in 21 new markets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 7:31 pm

Sprint is a bit behind the other major US carriers in terms of LTE availability because they originally went with WiMax as their 4G technology. Not wanting to be left behind, Sprint has been pushing out LTE as quickly as possible. We previously announced that Sprint was ready to bring LTE to 21 new markets and now they have officially announced its availability.

 

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Joining the ranks of LTE-enabled markets are the following:

 

  • Albemarle, N.C.
  • Bloomington, Ind.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Contra Costa County, Calif.
  • Denison, Texas
  • Greeneville, Tenn.
  • Joplin, Mo.
  • Kerrville, Texas
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • Lincolnton, N.C.
  • Los Angeles
  • Mankato/North Mankato, Minn.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Newport News, Va.
  • Palm Bay, Fla.
  • Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  • Rochelle, Ill.
  • Salisbury, N.C.
  • Shelby, N.C.
  • Tullahoma, Tenn.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

These new additions bring Sprint's total LTE market count up to 88, still far behind the other carriers. Sprint has said that there will be more than 170 markets getting LTE in the coming months as they play catch up. Some cities, such as San Francisco, already have LTE, though they haven't been officially announced.

Google integrates Google+ commenting system into Blogger

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 6:30 pm

Blogs across the web have slowly been integrating Facebook's commenting system into their blogs. The practice has become so popular that popular Content Management Systems like Drupal, WordPress and Joomla all have modules that quickly let bloggers replace stock commenting modules with Facebook's system. Even TweakTown uses Facebook's commenting system.

 

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Seeing the success that Facebook has had with this, today Google has announced that it has begun allowing Blogger users the ability to integrate Google+ Comments into their blogs. Unlike Facebook comments, this new integration will allow users to set deep permission restrictions on who can see comments.

 

Users will be able to set permissions to individuals, circles or the general public. Blogger will also display discussions on Google+ that pertain to a user's specific post. Meaning that if a public discussion about your post pops up on Google+, those comments can also appear on your blog post.

Lian Li debuts two new aluminum Mini-ITX cases, the PC-Q27 and PC-Q28

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 5:26 pm

This morning Lian Li announced the addition of two new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis, the PC-Q27 and PC-Q28. Both chassis utilize the company's new rail mounting design that allows the Mini-ITC platform to be able to utilize traditional full size components.

 

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The PC-Q27 is designed with the office PC, HTPC or small form factor gaming rig in mind. With a footprint of just 7.8" x 11.8" x 9.4", the PC-Q27 can hold up to three 3.5" hard drives, a 5.25" optical drive and a 2.5" SSD. No fan mounting locations are present as the case was designed with passive cooling in mind.

 

The PC-Q28 is an update of the popular PC-Q18 chassis and is ideal for a small form factor gaming PC, LAN box or file server. With the capability to house a 290mm long video card, seven hard drives, and with a foot print of just 8.9" x 12.0" x 13.5", this brushed aluminum case would fit almost anywhere, and house plenty.

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LG set to begin selling curved screen OLED televisions later this year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 4:24 pm

Curved screens were all the rage at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and LG was noticeably one of the biggest purveyors of curved screen technology at this year's show. Now those curved screens will be making way into your living-rooms by the end of the year, according to recent reports.

 

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In an interview with Trusted Reviews, LG Vice President Thomas Lee said that "curved TVs are coming in the second half of this year." The Verge also confirmed this with a spokesman for LG who said that curved screen TVs will begin shipping "sometime later this year."

 

Curved screen televisions are said to offer a more immersive and panoramic experience over traditional flat panel displays. They are touted as having a wider range of viewing angles and we've seen reports of less eye strain, when viewed at a close distance.

New Lumia to be launched later this quarter, says Nokia CEO - mostly likely Lumia 928

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 3:31 pm

During an earnings call with investors, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop let the proverbial cat out of the bag on when we will see the next Lumia device launched. During the call, Elop said "later this quarter a new Lumia device is anticipated to have hero status with a leading US carrier."

 

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Elop never openly called the device by name, but we are almost positive that it will be the rumored Lumia 928, which will be available through Verizon via a partnership with Microsoft. Two more devices were also alluded to as well, although nothing was mentioned by name.

 

One is expected to be an aluminum frame Lumia, which is most likely designed to compete with HTC's One and Apple's iPhone 5. The other device is rumored to be an EOS Windows phone that will be a rehashed version of the company's Pureview 808, which features a super high-resolution camera.

Twitter launches its new #Music app for the web and iOS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 2:58 pm

This morning Twitter announced a new music service called #Music. Going live today, #Music will be centered around four tabs; popular, emerging, suggested and #nowplaying.

 

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The first two tabs will give users an idea of what is hot, and a fresh new way to discover new artist. The suggested category will suggest new music based on your listening habits.

 

This new service stemmed from Twitter's acquisition of the popular website We Are Hunted, which was based around a Spotify app that streamed music based around top tracks endorsed by reputable blogs. The new service is said to be integrated with Spotify, Rdio and iTunes, but is not yet live as of this writing. However, it is expected to launch before the end of the day.

Intel CEO curbs speculation on chip manufacturing deal with Apple

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 1:57 pm

There has been much speculation over a deal between Intel and Apple in which Intel would pick up the ARM chip manufacturing contract that Apple wants to pull from Samsung. A while back we covered the rumors here at TweakTown.

 

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During Tuesday's quarterly earnings report conference call, Intel CEO Paul Otellini put to rest all of the speculation when a reporter asked if the rumors were true. Otellini, not looking to drum up further speculation, answered with a resounding "No."

 

Intel already provides Apple with the processors for its notebook and desktop computers and sees Apple's A series of processors as direct competition to its ARM line. The company is not looking to enable the competitor any further, but Otellini did leave the door open to possible future deals if they involved multi-foundry options. "It would be great if we could form a strategic relationship with a customer so that it went beyond just a single foundry transaction," said Otellini.

Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor closes its doors, could be a sign of things to come

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 1:11 pm

Not all that glitters is gold, and this morning Bitcoin investors who traded on the Bitfloor Bitcoin exchange are waking up to that hard to learn lesson. Bitfloor has announced that it has been forced to cease all operations due to reasons "outside of our control."

 

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Bitfloor, while not as popular as Mt. Gox, was still a key player in the Bitcoin game. In the wake of last week's Bitcoin crash, the exchange has had its bank account closed and as a direct result, must end all trading. We are guessing that when the massive sell off was over, the bank deemed Bitfloor too much of a risk and opted to part ways in an act of self-preservation.

 

Roman, the founder of Bitfloor, had the following to say:

 

"I am sorry to announce that due to circumstances outside of our control BitFloor must cease all trading operations indefinitely. Unfortunately, our US bank account is scheduled to be closed and we can no longer provide the same level of USD deposits and withdrawals as we have in the past. As such, I have made the decision to halt operations and return all funds. Over the next days we will be working with all clients to ensure that everyone receives their funds. Please be patient as we process your request."

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