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T-Mobile invites press to New York press event on July 10, claims "our boldest moves yet"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:32 am

T-Mobile has sent out invitations to a New York press event taking place on July 10. T-Mobile hasn't given any sort of indication of what they will be unveiling, however, the invitation does state that this is "Our boldest moves yet" which seems to indicate they will be doing more than one thing at the press event.

 

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We'll be sure to let you know what T-Mobile unveils, announces, or otherwise makes known at the July 10 event. Doors open at 2pm EST, so you can expect news to start coming shortly after that.

 

This event could possibly relate to its Uncarrier plans, with rumors of a phase two taking place July 14. It could also be to announce the Xperia Z, currently rumored to be coming on July 17.

Judge denies Apple's request to include GALAXY S4 in patent lawsuit

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:04 am

Apple's motion to add the new Samsung GALAXY S4 to an ongoing patent lawsuit was rejected by a judge. The courts seem to be getting tired of the continual battles between Apple and others. The judge, US Magistrate Judge Paul S Grewal, noted that an additional product would be a "tax on the court's resources."

 

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Each time these parties appear in the courtroom, they consume considerable amounts of the court's time and energy, which takes time way from other parties who also require and are entitled to the court's attention.

 

Apple has said that the judge's rejecting of the GALAXY S4 would require the company to file another lawsuit. It doesn't appear that Apple plans to quit its ongoing legal assault of Samsung anytime soon. Apple has so far been successful in the United States, though legal battles around the world have been mixed.

Petition urging Congressional intervention on NSA is up to 500,000 names

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:27 am

If you've been following TweakTown over the past couple of weeks, you'll know about the Prism surveillance program that is being conducted by the NSA. Shortly after the revelations regarding the NSA and its spying programs, a petition popped up online. This petition, titled "Stop Watching Us," urges Congress to stop the NSA.

 

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This dragnet surveillance violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, which protect citizens' right to speak and associate anonymously, guard against unreasonable searches and seizures, and protect their right to privacy.

 

A similar petition is taking place on The White House's We the People. This petition has reached the 100,000 signature threshold that forces the White House to make a response. The petition asks the government to pardon Edward Snowden.

 

If you want to sign the petition, you can find it here.

Google opens up Trekker program to third parties, looks to add more Street View imagery

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:05 am

Google has announced that they are opening up their Street View Trekker program to third-party non-profits. Google is looking to expand Street View imagery off the beat path. To do this, they need to take their Trekker backpacks by foot into areas not accessible by cars or other imaging devices.

 

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So, who better to trek into the unknown than the tourism boards or non-profits responsible for protecting those areas? This is exactly why Google has opened their program up to the public. Google is now accepting applications, though the details of the program aren't exactly clear. You can fill out an application at Source #2 below.

Apple applies for patent on a combo SD/USB port

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 11:32 pm

Apple has applied for a patent on a combination SD/USB port which could be used to save space on the ever-shrinking MacBook Pro and Air. This would allow more ports to be added to a system. The patent offers USB and SD cards as the example, but it could easily be applied to other connectors.

 

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Apple explains it in technical speak:

 

The input port includes an outer wall defining a receiving aperture, a substrate positioned within the receiving aperture. A first set of contacts is positioned on the substrate at a first depth into the receiving aperture and a second set of contacts is positioned on a first surface of the outer wall at a second depth into the receiving aperture. The first set of contacts is configured to communicate with a first connector and the second set of contacts is configured to communicate with a second connector.

 

Whether or not something like this would come to fruition depends on if Apple can develop the technology behind combining ports. It's a rather difficult problem due to different form-factors, connections, and other factors.

ReportTT: Google developing Android game console, smartwatch in Android expansion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 10:44 pm

A report by the Wall Street Journal says that Google is working on developing an Android-powered gaming console and smartwatch in a major Android expansion. According to people familiar with the matter, this is part of a plan to expand Android beyond tablets and phones and build the company's reputation as a hardware company.

 

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According to these same sources, Google is planning to design and market the devices in-house and release one of them by this fall. Google, per their role, declined to comment on the rumor.

 

Google would be entering into an emerging market if they do design and release an Android console. They would be in direct competition with the likes of the Ouya and the new MadCatz Project MOJO.

 

We'll be sure to follow these rumors closely and let you know if they prove to be true.

AMD says they won't have any issues manufacturing silicon for PS4 and Xbox

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 10:33 pm

Console manufacturers have traditionally had issues having enough supply at launch. Inevitably, some users faced price gouging on Ebay if they were set on getting a console within the first few weeks. According to AMD, they won't be the result of any delays as they are completely capable of making plenty of silicon.

 

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AMD corporate vice president and general manager of Semi-Custom Business Saeid Moshkelani:

 

From a manufacturing perspective, in a year we ship tens of millions of units. So we have a very strong manufacturing base for our APUs and discrete graphics. We leverage the same manufacturing infrastructure to develop for game consoles. So the volumes were not something that actually raised an eyebrow for us, because we're already in high-volume manufacturing.

 

This is good news for gamers, provided Sony and Microsoft don't experience supply shortages elsewhere in the manufacturing process. It should mean that more consoles are available at launch, helping to reduce any price gouging that may occur.

LeakedTT: Facebook working on Chat Room feature, would allow public group chats

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 10:02 pm

It was leaked today that Facebook is working on a Chat Room feature. This feature is currently in testing, so don't expect it to be coming to a profile near you for quite sometime, if at all. Facebook confirmed that the feature is being tested, but wouldn't confirm any details regarding the feature.

 

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Luckily for us, someone who has the new feature was more than happy to talk. The option to start a chat room would be above the Update Status box. Clicking "Host Chat" would open up a chat box that then anyone could join. A status update would be pushed out to your friends inviting them to join.

 

The host would have the ability to set a topic for discussion, expel people, and set privacy options, though these chat rooms could ultimately end up connecting friends of friends. Privacy details could prove troublesome and could result in the project never seeing the light of day, however, it could end up being a valuable way to discover new friends via trusted mutual friends.

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Twitter adds genre-based offering to music service to help you find music you want to hear

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 9:27 pm

Twitter's two-month-old music discovery app has been updated to help you better discover music you actually want to hear. The new feature "charts" helps you discover music from the genre you are interested in getting more music from. This way it's easier to discover music that you have the possibility of liking.

 

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These new charts can be a genre or a specific type of chart such as "Popular." The Popular chart does what you think it would: it compiles a playlist of new music trending on Twitter. The other charts are generated in a similar manner, but are kept to the single genre that the chart is for.

 

It's not clear how well Twitter Music is doing as Twitter hasn't provided us any numbers. However, with Apple planning to incorporate Twitter Music into iRadio, it could become a lot more popular and valuable to the micro-blogging site.

FDA and US officials seize more than 9,600 domains and confiscate $41 million from illegal online pharmacies

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 9:05 pm

During what can only be described as a massive crackdown on illegal online pharmacies, the US FDA has taken down more than 9,600 websites that illegally sold "dangerous and unapproved" prescription drugs. The FDA says that it issued regulatory warnings to the site owners and proceeded to seize any websites along with $41 million of illegal medicine.

 

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Dubbed "Operation Pangea," the operation took place from June 18-25 and involved not only the FDA, but many partners worldwide. The FDA says that many of these illegal sites operated as part of a large organized criminal network and most falsely claimed to be Canadian pharmacies.

 

Many of the sites displayed fake license and certification documents as well as falsely used drug brand names and the wording "FDA Approved" to put potential customers at ease. Furthermore, to manipulate potential victims, the sites would use names that look convincing to non-savvy browsers. Two examples given were Walgreens-store.com and c-v-s-pharmacy.com.

 

The crackdown was a small part of a larger week of international takedowns that was called the International Week of Internet Action which is formed by a coalition made up by the FDA, INTERPOL, and the Worlds Customs Organization. National health and law enforcement agencies from 99 countries also took part in the massive online raid.

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