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Swype Beta for Android's new update includes Dragon voice recognition, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 8:19 am

Well, this certainly feels like it came out of nowhere. But, in the first real update since their acquisition by Nuance, Swype Beta for Android has a major update and now ships with Dragon Dictate technology which replaces Google's own voice recognition.

 

 

The Verge have tested it and have said it actually works quite well, and doesn't make you speak slowly and deliberately to recognize your voice like other voice recognition software, but of course doesn't pick everything up perfectly. Languages supported include English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish with more languages set to arrive next year.

 

There is a problem with it, though. If you try to use a language that isn't currently supported, instead of defaulting to Android's built-in voice input, it will default itself to American English.

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Deal of the Day: Lenovo ThnkPad Multimedia Remote with Keyboard for $43.99 with Free Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 7:16 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Multimedia Remote with Keyboard for $43.99 with Free Shipping.

 

Offer: This compact remote features a backlit keyboard and an optical keyboard, all in a sleek design. This is the next generation of the extremely popular multimedia keyboard that didn't have the backlit keyboard and the older (but still effective) roller mouse. No ecoupon needed. Special pricing expires 12/26/11.

 

LENOVO MULTIMEDIA REMOTE WITH KEYBOARD DEAL

 

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Apple launches website dedicated to iTunes Match, includes setup guide, walkthrough video, FAQs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 7:11 am

Apple's cloud-based iTunes Match launched last month in the U.S. and while it has lagged behind a little, they've finally launched a website that is purely dedicated to iTunes Match. The new iTunes Match website tries to clear up most of the confusion that has risen since it was announced.

 

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Apple thoroughly explain the basics of iTunes Match, quoted below:

 

With iTunes in the Cloud, the music you buy from the iTunes Store automatically appears on all your devices.1 And for music you haven't purchased from iTunes, iTunes Match is the perfect solution. iTunes Match is built right into iTunes on your computer and the Music app on your iOS devices.2 It lets you store your entire collection in iCloud, even music you've imported from CDs or purchased somewhere other than iTunes. When it's in iCloud, it's available on all your devices. So you can enjoy all your music anywhere, anytime - on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV.

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LG will bring Ice Cream Sandwich updates starting Q2 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 6:22 am

LG have just announced that their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates will arrive on a selection of 2011 smartphones. The ICS update was announced through LG's Facebook page.

 

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The first bunch of phones to receive the ICS update will be the LG Optimus LTE, LG Prada 3.0, LG Optimus 2X, LG Optimus Sol, LG myTouch Q, and the LG Eclipse. Q3 2012 will see the following handsets receive ICS: LG Optimus 3D, LG Optimus Black, LG Optimus Big, LG Optimus Q2, and LG Optimus EX.

 

The rollout is expected to be global, with exact dates to vary by region and carrier. It's currently unknown if the re-branded handsets will get some ICS lovin', with the T-Mobile G2X (Optimus 2X), LG Thrill (Optimus 3D), and LG Nitro HD (Optimus LTE) on that list.

 

LG have also said they are "taking all possible measure to offer a smooth OS upgrade in a timely manner" and will be providing further updates, such as specific release dates, as they become available.

iOS absolutely dominates mobile shopping in 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 5:12 am

It looks as though the iOS platform is the platform for mobile shopping, with a retail analysis coming from RichRelevance. In the months between April and December 2011, RichRelevance analyzed 3.4 billion shopping sessions and found that consumers making purchases from mobile devices accounted for roughly 3-percent of total sales.

 

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Let's take April, where 88-percent of these purchases were made from an iOS-powered device, mostly the iPad and iPhone. Fast-forward to December and it increased to 92-percent. The increase in mobile shopping is being spearheaded by iOS. RichRelevance also add that the average order value (AOV) of purchases made from an iOS device is also more than the other platforms. iOS's AOV sits at $123 in December, where Android's AOV is just $101.

 

RichRelevance CEO, David Selinger says:

 

The numbers across our retailing partners sites demonstrate just how powerful the iOS platform is enabling mobile web shopping and, while still below 5 percent in total conversion, mobile traffic's doubling in eight months is a trend we only see accelerating.

Apple are expected to ship 111.4 million phones in 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 4:26 am

Apple are set to ship 111.4 million phones in 2012, according to investment firm Susquehanna. They also estimate that Apple will ship 30.3 million phones this quarter, an increased estimate from the original claims of 27.1 million.

 

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What is helping, is the iPhone 4S demand which seems to not be stopping. It has been reported that Apple have managed to fix some of their supply chain issues that they were experiencing in the past few months. This success has allowed Apple to increase their product rate going into Q1 2012.

 

Jeffrey Fidacaro, an analyst with Susquehanna, said in a release note:

 

Demand appears solid as iPhone 4S continues to ship in one to two weeks online and stores are generally sold out for in-store reservation and pickup (still hoping Santa has a few left). These factors, combined with positive color from Best Buy and AT&T, led us to increase our iPhone shipment forecast for North America and modestly for Western Europe and Asia Pacific.

LeakedTT: AMD Radeon HD 7950 specs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 3:30 am

We've all seen the reviews on the spectacular AMD Radeon HD 7970, but what about its slightly younger brother? Well, we have some leaked specifications on the Radeon HD 7950 now, so let's see.

 

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While the HD 7970 is based on the "Tahiti XT", the HD 7950 is based on the "Tahiti Pro". According to a slide posted by Donanim Haber, the Radeon HD 7950 sports 4 compute units disabled when compared to the HD 7970, which brings the number of stream processors down from 2048 to 1792.

 

These will be joined by 112 texture units, but the 384-bit memory interface and 3GB of GDDR5 memory remain unchanged. AMD also retain the same display output configuration with one dual-link DVI, one HDMI 1.4a, and two miniDisplayPort 1.2 outputs.

Bad Robot release iOS app, Action Movie FX

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 2:24 am

Bad Robot, the company behind Lost, Alias, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and Super 8, have just released a free iOS app called Action Movie FX. Action Movie FX lets you shoot a small video, and then layer in some special effects such as a Missile Attack or Car Smash.

 

 

The app comes with two free effects, the above mentioned Missile Attack and Car Smash, but for $0.99 you can download extra effects such as Chopper Down, Tornado, Air Strike and Fire Fight.

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Samsung to acquire Sony's shares in S-LCD, enter a new strategic alliance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 1:30 am

After a 7-year partnership with S-LCD, Samsung have acquired all of Sony's shares in the joint-venture for close to $939 million. S-LCD will now become a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung. Up until now, Sony owned 50-percent of S-LCD.

 

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On top of this, both companies have entered into a new strategic agreement for the supply and purchase of LCD panels, with the end goal of increasing the competitiveness of both Sony and Samsung. The agreement also allows Sony and Samsung to continue cooperative engineering efforts focused on LCD panel technology.

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Man receives a Satellite crashing through his ceiling as a Christmas present

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 26, 2011 12:33 pm

Andrei Krivorukov, wherever you are, stop what you are doing right now, buy eleventy million lottery tickets and bunker down. Andrei received quite the strange Christmas present yesterday, a Russian communication satellite crashed directly into his house, with Andrei escaping death by mere meters.

 

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The Russian satellite was a Meridian, which is used for both civilian and military communications. It was destroyed when a Soyuz-2 rocket exploded in mid-air, just a few minutes after launch. The Soyuz-2 rocket had an excellent track record until then, with hundreds of launches since the 1960s.

 

The explosion sent several pieces over Siberia, near the city of Tobolsk, and as far as 100km from the city of Novosibirsk. One of them was the 5kg titanium ball that fell through Andrei's roof, landing where he was just minutes before. Andrei is lucky as he decided to go out into his hard to grab some wood for his fireplace.

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