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Google updates Gmail app to support iPhone 5's larger screen

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 6:27 pm

Users of the Google Gmail app will be happy to hear it has been updated to support the larger iPhone 5 screen. The update brings with it a larger area for reading email as well as allowing more emails to be displayed on the screen at a single time. The app retains its ability to send push notifications for new messages.

 

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That's really the only thing different from the older version, so if you don't own an iPhone 5, you can skip this update. For the iPhone 5 owners, updated apps that take advantage of the larger screen area are much appreciated. The app is available for download from the Apple App Store.

Google updates Maps imagery with new high-resolution satellite and aerial images

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 4:28 pm

Google, almost as if to take a shot at Apple, has released more new imagery for their mapping service so that users can "virtually visit more places in high-resolution." Maps now features more high resolution aerial and satellite imagery, as well as a bunch of new 45 degree imagery for places around the world.

 

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As you can see, some of the new 45 degree imagery includes famous places such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, located in Pisa, Italy. The following are all of the cities with new imagery:

 

United States: Ames, IA; Anderson, IN; Billings, MT; Bloomington, IL; Carmel Valley, CA; Cedar Rapids, IA; Coeur d'Alene, ID; Corvallis, OR; Danville, IL; Dayton, OH; Detroit, MI; Dubuque, IA; Elizabethtown, KY; Enid, OK; Florence, SC; Grand Forks, ND; Great Falls, MT; Gulfport, MS; Hartford, CT; Kankakee, IL; Kenosha, WI; Lafayette, IN; Lancaster, CA; Lansing, MI; Lewiston, ID; Los Banos, CA; Madison, WI; Medford, OR; Michigan City, IN; Olympia, WA; Pocatello, ID; Sheboygan, WI; Sioux City, IA; Sioux Falls, SD; South Bend, IN; Terre Haute, IN; Utica, NY.

 

International: Angers, France; Clermont-Ferrand, France; Coimbra, Portugal; Dijon, France; Grenoble, France; Livorno, Italy; Lyon, France; Newcastle, United Kingdom; Oberhausen, Germany; Palermo, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Toulouse, France; Troyes, France; Winnipeg, Canada.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizes to customers for the terrible iOS6 Maps app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 3:26 pm

Tim Cook has taken a moment to step down from his high horse and issue a letter to Apple customers saying, "We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better." What??? Apple is apologizing for something they did? I thought everything they did was always perfect.

 

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As Cook suggests, the Maps app will get better as more customers use the app as it will help to crowdsource bugs, locations, and some of the other issues that people have experienced with the new mapping app. In his letter, Cook details an interesting statistic: "In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations."

 

No doubt half of those searches were people looking for mistakes! If you're interested in reading the full-text of the letter, it is below for your enjoyment:

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Gigabyte achieves P10,000+ on 3DMark Vantage with AMD FM2 board

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 2:13 pm

Gigabyte has been doing a bit of tweaking with their new FM2 boards designed for use with the second-generation AMD APUs. Gigabyte is bragging about the new board's overclocking capabilities, as the board features dual clock generators and many other cool overclocking tools.

 

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They're also pushing the ease of use that is Gigabyte Easy Tune 6, the software overclocking produced by Gigabyte for use with their motherboards. The entire system was overclocked to an impressive 5.2GHz on LN2, while running with a Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 motherboard, 2x2GB DDR 2662 MHz RAM.

 

The FSB was set to 124.8MHz and the GPU was overclocked to 1591 MHz. Let's all take a moment and give some congratulations to Gigabyte, as this overclock is a pretty impressive feat. It looks like the new AM2 APUs will be quite overclockable when they get their final release sometime in October.

Google CardDAV, a new way to sync your Google Contacts with iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 11:27 am

I sync everything to my Google account, if I could sync my heart beat to it, I would - but I can't, so I hope Google are working on that. But today, the Mountain View-based company have announced that they're introducing CardDAV - which is an open protocol for contacts.

 

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CardDAV allows third-party clients, such as iOS contacts app, to sync up to your Google contacts. By supporting IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, Google make syncing your Google Account, and its contacts, an easy, and painless procedure.

 

If you'd like to get going and do this right now, Google have even been kind enough to provide some instructions. Isn't this nice? Google actually helping Apple out with something - something we don't see much on the other side of things. The grass is always Googler, I guess.

Google unveils Field Trip app, shows off location-relevant info

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 10:29 am

Google have just unveiled a new app called Field Trip, from their Niantic Labs team. Field Trip is quite simple, where it pops up with location-specific information as you walk, or drive around. It is kinda like Google Now which comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, where it will predict the information required, providing multiple channels of content.

 

 

This content can be historic places, events, lifestyle, food and drink, and many more. Field Trip gives you control of how many, as well as what kind of notifications you will receive for the app through its various settings. Google's Field Trip app can also push the information via audio, or a Bluetooth or wired headset. Field Trip has partners such as Food Network, Zagat, Cool Hunting, and others.

 

As with most things with Google when first launched, this is for the United States only at the moment. But it does have some promise - I see this technology being baked into Google Glasses when it reaches, where it seems like the perfect companion to an augmented reality pair of glasses. The ad is quite sweet, too, it makes me promise myself to spend quality time with my daughter, always.

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New Zealand Prime Minister apologizes to Kim Dotcom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 9:29 am

With everything that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has gone through, you'd think there'd be an apology thrown at him before now. But, better late than never, right? New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, has apologized to the Megaupload founder over an "unacceptable" stuff up by the NZ government spies leading up to the arrest of Dotcom.

 

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The PM also ordered Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) agents to review their cases going back three years, where they'll have to check whether there were other instances of communications being intercepted unlawfully. Dotcom's apology arrived as a report into the illegal monitoring on the Megaupload founder, which blamed the GCSB agents for not knowing New Zealand immigration laws, and relying on incorrect information from the police. Mr Key told reporters:

 

I'm pretty appalled by what I've seen. The organisation should be able to get this right. Of course I apologise to Mr Dotcom. I apologise to New Zealand.

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We won't be seeing BlackBerry 10 phones until next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 8:29 am

It looks like Research in Motion (RIM) won't be fighting the new iPhone 5, or the Galaxy S III this year - with the company confirming that the BlackBerry 10 smartphones won't be shown off by the company until next year. Chief Marketing Officer, Frank Boulben, told CNET the news in an interview.

 

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Considering that RIM have virtually every egg in the BB10 basket, leaving the smartphone from the eyes of consumers until next year will probably push consumers to grab the new iPhone 5, or an offering from Samsung or others. RIM are pegging hopes on BlackBerry 10 to fix the current issues they have - market share losses, revenue slips, and huge losses in profits. RIM won't be able to do any of this without creating a buzz for BB10.

 

RIM are hoping to show off more on BB10 and its features and capabilities, but closer to the launch of the smartphone, says Boulben. Boulben did note that RIM will launch a large, global campaign backed by carriers. RIM have been on a roadshow, showing off the BB10 smartphones to carriers, with Boulben stating that "they've seen BB10 and they love it. We'll have strong backing from the carriers".

RumorTT: Google to release $99 Nexus-branded tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 8:26 am

You may have already read our view on Google and ASUS' Nexus 7 tablet, where you'll read that we were utterly impressed with such a cheap tablet. It was fast, gorgeous, and features Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. But when you read rumors from DigiTimes that Google are looking to release not one, but two new Nexus-branded tablets - it makes you look twice.

 

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Not only that, but these two new tablets would hit a price point, that until now, has only been hit with cheap tablets - $99. Yes, $99. But, to get down to this price, what would Google have to sacrifice? At the $199 price point, the Nexus 7 sports an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 7-inch screen - but reducing that cost in half, would we see a reduction in specs of the same magnitude?

 

Could we see the Nexus stripped down to a dual-core processor - possibly of a Qualcomm design? A reduction in RAM? Could we see it feature 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of on-board memory, but throw in an SD card slot to give you the option of increasing storage, all the while keeping the initial, up-front cost at just a paltry $99?

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Sharp lands $4.6 billion financial deal - stays afloat for now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 28, 2012 7:28 am

Sharp have confirmed that they have closed an agreement which will see $4.6 billion in financing to help bail the Japanese company out of some serious financial problems. Sharp's investor site details the "working capital loan" will have Mizuho Corporate Bank and Bank of Toyota-Mitsubishi UFJ lend Sharp 180 billion yen.

 

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This is all part of a contract that ends on June 30 2013, including an equal sum in credit. Sharp was in dire need of this plan to move forward, who produces parts for Apple's iPhone 5, as well as many other products. Sharp are also still trying to ink an investment deal with Hon Hai that would see the Foxconn parent company take up a 9.9% stake in the company.

 

Sharp are still waiting for the Hon Hai deal to happen, and in the meantime have mortgaged nearly all of their Japanese factories, generating $1.92 billion in credit. By getting rid of their assets, Sharp hopes to generate around $2.74 billion by March 2013. On top of this, they have already culled 5,000 jobs, and are looking to get rid of another 11,000 staff soon.

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