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Google's new Gmail for iOS app brings the new inbox to iOS devices

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 9:33 pm

Google's Android update for Gmail was leaked yesterday and today sees a similar update for iOS devices. Google has released an updated Gmail for iOS app that will bring the newly redesigned inbox to iOS devices, but only if the user has already enabled the new inbox on the web.




The app update also brings with it changes to the notification system. The new app will allow you to configure notifications for each type of e-mail. This means you can stop receiving new e-mail alerts for e-mail that arrives to the promotions, social, or other e-mail boxes.


The new app is available from Apple's App Store.

Lenovo enters the cloud storage market with new Reach service, will officially launch 'later this year'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 9:06 pm

Lenovo has announced their intentions to enter into the cloud storage market. Their new service is called Reach and will feature a beta starting June 22. Consumers can preview the service, though only a few select testers will gain access to the beta.




The official launch will come "later this year", with the exact date depending on how smoothly the initial beta goes. Lenovo could have some trouble gaining market share as there are already a plethora of free cloud storage offerings. Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, and others offer centralized storage for free, with more space available for an up-charge.


With new software offerings like BitTorrent Sync, Lenovo could face even more difficulty obtaining users as some only use Dropbox for its syncing functionality. Sync has easily replaced Dropbox for my needs.


We'll have more on Lenovo Reach when an official announcement is made.

Google planning Web Designer, an HTML5 development tool for sites, apps, ads

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 8:33 pm

Google has plans to launch a new HTML5 development tool designed for "creative professionals." This new tool will launch within the "coming months" and will be a free tool. Google says that the new tool, known as Google Web Designer, will be able to create "cutting-edge advertising" and "web content like sites and applications."




The announcement was made through Google's DoubleClick, making it somewhat obvious that advertising is Google's main focus with this new tool. In fact, the tool wil be integrated into AdMob and DoubleClick studio. For right now, it appears that advertising content is the main focus of the new tool, but Google's description makes it appear that it will eventually turn into a website crafting tool.

Pinterest now lets you search your own pins

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 8:03 pm

Pinterest has announced a new feature that will allow users to search items that they have pinned, rather than all pins. This will make it easier to find something you know you pinned. It's really a feature that should have been included from the beginning. Now it's hear:




When you type a word into the search bar -- like San Francisco, beaches, or BBQ -- you can filter results by clicking "Just my pins." We'll show you everything you've pinned with that keyword in the pin description. Be sure to add words in your descriptions that will help you find that pin again.


The feature is rolling out on the web and will eventually be brought to mobile. Pinterest says they are currently planning to bring it to mobile, but they have not announced a firm date for when it will appear.

As part of Zynga's layoffs, OMGPOP has been shut down and employees laid off

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 7:29 pm

Now unemployed employees of the game studio OMGPOP have taken to Twitter to announce that they have been unceremoniously laid off. Many will remember that Zynga acquired OMGPOP just over a year ago after their smash-hit Draw Something. Now, the studio originally purchased for $200 million or so has been shut down.




TheNextWeb has done some calculations and worked out that it likely has cost Zynga at least $400,000 per day for the studio. This includes the purchase price and write down. They use a generous guess that OMGPOP was revenue neutral, meaning its profits offset its expenses for staffing and such.


That's a steep figure, though they might make some of it back with Draw Something 2. Either way, Zynga has a lot of work head of them to make that purchase up.

It's Prime time for Dora and pals: Amazon lands exclusive deal with Viacom after Netflix license expires

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 7:02 pm

Early this morning, Amazon announced that it would be exclusively adding thousands of TV episodes from media powerhouse of Viacom to its Prime subscription service. While the content is mostly kids programming, such as shows like Dora the Explorer and Blue's Clues, the demographic the shows are aimed at equals billions of dollars in revenue.




Citing a source close to the deal, The Verge is reporting that the exclusive licensing contract cost Amazon several hundred million dollars. Viacom's library will be available to Prime members on the company's Kindle Free Time service which is a $2.99 per month subscription tacked on to the yearly Prime membership fee.


So where does this leave Netflix? The company will still have Disney programming as well as hundreds of other cartoons and children shows. Amazon does, however, seem to have a very strong advantage with several of Viacom's properties being the largest children shows on TV.

ARM releases new Cortex A12 processor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 6:02 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - ARM has just unveiled the Cortex A12 at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. This new system-on-a-chip is the latest addition to ARM's line of processors geared towards the mid-range mobile device market. The Cortex A12 is the successor to the widely popular Cortex A9 which was featured in the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S3.




Sporting four cores, the Cortex A12 is said to be 40 percent more efficient and 30 percent faster than the A9. ARM released this new processor with the expectations of a massive surge in growth for the mid-range mobile market. Mobile phones priced around $200 are expected to ship more than 500 million units by the end of 2015.


The road to domination will not be an easy window as ARM faces ruthless competition from other manufacturers such as QUALCOMM, Broadcom, Samsung, Intel, and Apple. We can expect to see the Cortex A12 arrive on the scene in late 2014 or early 2015.

Google awarded patent that could allow eye tracking on Google Glass

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 5:30 pm

This morning, we have learned of a new patent that was awarded to Google that could allow Google Glass users to unlock their device by simply moving their eyes. This could open up all sorts of possibilities not only for use within Google Glass, but for further augmented reality situations.




US patent application number 20130135204 is described by Google as "Methods and systems for unlocking a screen using eye tracking information." It appears that Glass would display some sort of moving objects such as a bird flying across the screen. It would then track your eye movement and if everything is correct, it would unlock your screen.


"The computing system may determine that a path associated with the eye movement of the user substantially matches a path associated with the moving object on the display and switch to be in an unlocked mode of operation including unlocking the screen," the company said in the filing. To me, it seems that eye tracking technology is a given for Google Glass and I kind of expected it to be there from the beginning.

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Halo: Spartan Assault arrives on Windows Phone and Windows 8

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 5:03 pm

With the new Xbox One just around the corner and the upcoming Xbox TV series directed by Steven Spielberg announced, Halo fans have been eagerly awaiting news on the next installment in the Halo game series. Today were finding out that game is here... Well, sort of.




Unfortunately, the next Halo game is not for the Xbox One, but rather for Windows Phone and Windows 8 touch-enabled devices. Halo: Spartan Assault, developed by 343 Studios, appears to be a top-down RTS style shooter. While this is sure to disappoint some fans, it is only natural for Microsoft to try and capitalize on Halo's popularity by bringing a version to touchscreen devices.


"In a nutshell, it's a top-down twin stick arcade-style action shooter," explained Dan Ayoub, executive producer at 343 Industries. "Really, [its] a brand new way to play Halo." The game does appear to be a major part of the Halo timeline and fills in the gaps between Halo 3 and Halo 4. The game will also have a companion comic book series called Halo Initiation which further details the saga of Sarah Palmer.


343's Kevin Grace:


What we've got right now has been designed for a single player experience. There are multiplayer components in the challenges and leader boards -- so you can challenge your friends and get that level of interaction -- but for this story and this particular game, it's just single player.

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Apple begins offering in-house broken iPhone screen repair, costs just $149

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 4:02 pm

This morning, Apple has began offering in-store screen replacements for its iPhone 5 as part of a move to lower repair cost. A screen replacement will cost customers $149 with or without AppleCare+. Apple says that the repairs are available for cracked or broken displays as well as screens that experience multi-touch issues.




This change comes after rumors first surfaced last month during a town hall session where Apple revealed that it would begin in-house repairs that would effectively save the company approximately $1 billion per year. The $149 pricing plan falls in line with AppleCare+ pricing which cost $99 up front and $49 for each replacement.

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