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Apple dumped Google one year sooner than it needed to

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 26, 2012 5:25 pm

Apple made the decision to jump ship to its own Maps creation over a year before the contract between the two companies was set to expire, according to The Verge, who cites two independent sources familiar with the matter. The decision came sometime before Apple's WWDC event last June and sent Google off to the races to develop an iOS Google Maps App.




The sources say that the app is incomplete and not set to be released for several more months, but there is one coming. Apple appears to have decided to go with their own Maps app mainly because they felt that the older Google Maps in iOS were falling behind Android, namely the fact they lacked turn-by-turn directions.


Google's CEO has been quoted as saying, "what were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call." He added that Google has "not done anything yet" in regards to an iOS Maps app. Besides, any app would still have to be approved by Apple. Google Maps VP Brian McClendon has stated that he's committed to offering Google Maps on all platforms, a sign that an iOS app should be forthcoming.


If for whatever reason a Google Maps app doesn't end up on iOS, I'm going to be rather disappointed. Apple's mapping system is not very good, and is much worse than what Google had provided.

Google adds automatic caption translation to YouTube, includes 300 languages

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 26, 2012 5:05 pm

Not only can you automatically add captions to videos, you can now automatically translate those captions into foreign languages so that your video can be consumed by more viewers. Google has updated YouTube with a feature that will automatically translate your video's captions into a foreign language by using Google's Translate and Translator Toolkit.




Even cooler, Google has provided the option to crowd-source the translation to community members. The crowd-sourced version will likely be better than anything the automated tool can produce, but at least the automated tool gives users a place to start. And think about how much fun this tool is likely to create!


Since we know that YouTube's automatic captioning tool isn't the best--hey, it's hard to get speech-to-text to work well--translations, which are oft plagued with mistakes as well, of the already bad captions could result in some really funny captions. Trouble is, I'll need to learn a foreign language to know that they are bad.

Google Play has managed 25 billion App downloads

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 26, 2012 4:01 pm

Google play is seeing quite the acceleration in app downloads, thanks in part to all of the Android activations they are now seeing every day. Google would like to celebrate this occasion and has decided to offer collections of apps from popular developers at a discounted rate of on $0.25. I wonder if the price will be $0.50 at 50 billion downloads.




Users will see apps from developers such as Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, Runtastic, Full Fat and others, as well as collections of movies, books, music albums, and magazines. The discounts will start later today, so it's highly encouraged to take a look at Google Play today so that you can take advantage of cheap apps.


Android is still behind Apple and iOS in this one metric. The App Store managed to hit 25 billion downloads in March of this year, so Google Play isn't too far behind. Thanks to Android's significant market share, it shouldn't be too long before the Google Play Store catches, and surpasses, the Apple App Store in downloads.

Facebook getting sued after IPO difficulties

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:51 pm

Facebook has been hit with around 50 lawsuits that all relate back to their flopped IPO. In addition to these 50 lawsuits, securities lawyers who are representing Facebook investors are expecting hundreds of arbitration claims against brokers and securities firms who sold shares of Facebook for the IPO.




"IPOs are the most attractive kind of suit for the plaintiff's bar," said John Coffee, a law professor at Columbia University. Coffee estimates that at least one-third are thrown out, but many of the rest conclude in settlements that amount to around 2 to 3 percent of the alleged losses. It appears Facebook could be shelling out quite a bit of money.


The main issue in most of these cases centers on the allegation that investors weren't warned enough in disclosures that Facebook's growth and revenue was taking a hit from users switching to mobile devices. Both Facebook, its underwriters, and the Nasdaq are facing quite a bit of legal exposure in these lawsuits. We'll be sure to keep you updated on how they are progressing.

Hello, Internet - we're back... finally!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:32 am

What a few days it has been!


We changed from our older servers over to a new host with a single high-powered dual Xeon server with all the trimmings such as RAID 10 Intel SSDs, 48GB of RAM and more. We thought it would be a fairly simple process to move all of our files and databases over to the new server and get online in a few hours. The new server is running a different server control panel with some other different configurations that we weren't familiar with. It really did a good job of confusing us all, but finally we are back online. Things are not 100% perfect yet, but we're close. Apache redirects... grrrrr!


We are working as fast as we can to bring the site back to 100% working order, it won't be long now. The good news is that we are now on a very powerful server that is going to be able to hold up when we get hit with a lot of traffic, and it will also be a great server for us to grow into as we continue to grow. It's been an expensive and stressful event, but we've learnt a lot.


I would like to single out Dave from WiredTree (and the rest of the support team, too) for helping us migrate from our older servers. Thanks for your help guys and dealing with our constant questions and pestering. It has been a testing few days for sure, but we're almost at the end.

We're on the move to a new web server!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Sep 21, 2012 3:29 am

We are currently moving all data from our old servers over to a single new high-end web server located in Los Angeles with a different host.


At the moment our forums are down and we aren't adding any new content to the site. We have plenty of hot tech content lined up for you as soon as we're on the new site and the DNS is switched over.


It's going to be worth the wait. As TweakTown grows, we required a better solution for our hosting needs, and we think we've got a server that is going to last us for a good while and result in faster performance and less downtime. Our new host also offers stock performance tuning and security hardening, and we're excited to see the performance ourselves of this new investment once it goes online.


CPU: Dual Intel Xeon E5620 2.4GHz

RAM: 48GB DDR3 ECC Registered

Storage: 4 x 180GB Intel 520 SSDs in RAID 10 on Adaptec 6405 RAID controller

Software: LiteSpeed Web Server

LAN: 1Gbps


We'll post another update once we're live on the new server!

We're hiring a NYC or nearby based TweakTown News Editor!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 2:29 pm

We are hiring a news editor based in New York city or in the nearby area!




You will be required to post daily news and attend tech events in NYC and the surrounding area. You need to own a digital camera. You need to be addicted to technology and have a passion to write about it. It would be a bonus if you have previous online experience, too.


If you feel you are the right person for the job, please email your CV and other relevant information to jobs at tweaktown dot com.

Opera Mini 7.5 for Android has been released - includes 'Smart Page'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 10:29 am

The first big update to Opera Mini since it launched a few months ago is here, bringing it up to version 7.5. Opera Mini 7.5 is available right now on Android, from the Google play store. What does Opera Mini 7.5 offer this time around?




Smart Page. Smart Page will give users an overview of what is happening on the Internet, including separate tabs for social, news and suggested links. Opera Mini sports the ability to compress your web viewing so that you experience the Internet faster, kind of like if it were processing the page locally.


Opera has been using this method for quite some time, and have become quite good at it. Other features include Link - which syncs up history, bookmarks and notes from your browsing on the desktop. This would obviously only apply if you're using Opera on your desktop, too.

Download of the Day: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 9:29 am

Ashampoo have released the latest version of UnInstaller, reaching version 5.00.00. If you haven't heard of Ashampoo UnInstaller 5, it is their "premier solution to remove all traces of no longer needed applications, clean your system from residuals and maintain peak performance".




Better yet, Ashampoo offer a free 30-day trial of UnInstaller 5 - meaning you can try it out and if you like it, buy it. Not bad at all.


How does it work?


Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 uses clever real-time technology to monitor system changes during program installations. This way, Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 can completely remove monitored installations including otherwise orphaned files and registry entries. For even better results, Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 comes with additional cleaning tools to remove redundant registry entries and clean your drives.


Why UnInstaller?


Your system is ever-changing

Every application you install makes changes to your system. Data gets copied to your hard disk, values are added to your Windows Registry database. Most programs also create temporary files during operation.

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ZTE to release Firefox OS-powered smartphones early next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 8:28 am

It looks like ZTE is slowly leaving the Android camp with news that the Chinese manufacturer is going to release new smartphones based on Mozilla's upcoming Firefox OS. The new phones will reach the market in Q1 2013.




The news comes from ZTE's Executive Vice President, He Shiyou, who told The Wall Street Journal that ZTE will launch new Firefox OS-powered smartphones early next year, he also took the time to confirm that the company are to release Windows Phone 8-based smartphones later this year.


Now we should start wondering what Google are going to do with this news, seeing that ZTE are moving into the Firefox OS camp with their new smartphones. Will we see a degradation of the relationship between the Mountain View-based company, and ZTE?

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