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Blackberry's QWERTY Q10 smartphone will not see a US launch until at least May

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 3:12 pm

The BlackBerry Z10 has being delayed for US launch until mid-March, due to carrier testing, and now it looks like the QWERTY keyboard sporting Q10 will be delayed even further. We knew the Q10 would come sometime after the Z10, but not this late.

 

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In an interview with the AP, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said that we can expect to see the Q10 make its entrance sometime between 8-10 weeks after the US Z10 launch. All of the delays are being blamed on US carrier's overly thorough testing standards.

 

Heins also said that the international sales numbers for the Z10 were above and beyond expectations. He did not disclose any actual figures, but he said that "a substantial number of users" had already migrated from their existing platforms to BlackBerry 10.

RumorTT: New Xbox will require an always-on internet connection to prevent used games from being played

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 2:24 pm

Gaming console companies have been trying to figure out how to curb the use of used games for decades now, and Microsoft may have just figured it out. Edge Magazine is reporting that the new Xbox set to release later this year will require an "always-on" internet connection.

 

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Edge is claiming that second hand games most likely will not be playable as the new games will require an activation code similar to what is used on PC games today. They will be stored on 50GB Blu-ray disc and it is expected that the activation code will lock that disc to the owners Xbox.

 

If this new game activation system is true, then it will deal a devastating blow to the used game market and stores like Game Stop, whose major source of revenue is buying and selling used games.

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Shock: Windows Phone overtakes BlackBerry as America's third biggest mobile OS in Q4 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 12:34 pm

Now that RIM has evolved into just being called BlackBerry, we have some interesting news just days after - Microsoft's Windows Phone platform expanded to see more mobile OS market share in the US in Q4 2012.

 

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The data comes from Strategy Analytics, but there's a very big point to push here - Microsoft had released Windows Phone 8 late last year, while RIM (now BlackBerry) at the time were still working on BlackBerry 10, which was only released in the last couple of days. The more interesting thing will be to see how things go in the next quarter, where BlackBerry will either sink or swim.

RumorTT: Nokia set to launch their 41-megapixel Lumia smartphone in the US this summer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 11:33 am

Nokia are reportedly ready to bake their 41-megapixel PureView technology into their Lumia-branded range of smartphones. The Finnish company were rumored to be working on a new smartphone which was code-named EOS, featuring an improved design and upgraded PureView camera.

 

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This EOS device was said to be released later this year, but with sources talking to The Guardian, they confirmed that the smartphone is indeed coming, and will touchdown in the US this summer. Nokia have, of course, declined to comment "on market rumors or speculation".

RIAA copyright takedown requests for Google hit new highs, nearly 10 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 10:37 am

Google's Transparency Report now includes takedown requests, where we see the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) requesting nearly 10 million URLs to be taken off the Internet.

 

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The exact number of URLs requested to be removed sits at 9,986,936, with their most request request just days ago on February 1. The offending sites? Well, the top five domains are downloads.nl, mp3s.pl, filestube.com, mp3searchy.com and weblagu.com. The top copyright owners represented are the RIAA member companies, requesting virtually all of the near-10 million, with 9,979,021 URL takedown requests, with the RIAA requesting just 7,915 be taken dwon.

 

Google were seeing close to 800,000 takedown requests per week from the RIAA August-October of 2012 timeframe, but it looks to have died down to around 250,000 takedown requests as we reached November.

Dell's Streak 7 may be gone, but it still lives on thanks to an unofficial CM10.1 build

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 9:36 am

Dell's Streak 7 didn't really take off into the tablet world with badges and medals, but still, people purchased it and are enjoying the slate right up until this day. Today however, ushers in a new era in the Streak 7, with an unofficial build of CyanogenMod 10.1 now available for the 7-inch slate.

 

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Android 4.2.1 has already been spotted on the Streak 7, with nearly everything working. The Streak 7 has a weak point however, with its specifications being a bit old now. At the moment, the CM10.1 build doesn't have everything working, with the camera and external microphone currently disabled. If you want to try it out, check out this link for more information.

Android 4.x adoption is getting serious, close to 50% now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 7:38 am

The Android Developers Dashboard has a new report, unveiling the latest data on just how many devices are running differing versions of Android. The data is good up to February 4, with the data coming from the number of users accessing the Google Play Store in a 14-day period.

 

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As we can see in the above shot, Android 4.x is getting very close to a 50% adoption rate, broken down into 29.0%, 12.1% and 1.4% for Android 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2, respectively. Android 2.3 is still kicking ass, with 45.6% but we're finally seeing Android 4.x nipping on its heels. This would mostly be thanks to the slew of new devices shipping with Android 4.x on-board.

LG's Optimus G to arrive in Australia on March 13

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 6:34 am

LG's Optimus G is about to arrive in Australia, where it will touch down in the land down under on March 13. LG's Optimus G has been available for a while now, since October in the US, actually.

 

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LG have slowly been announcing that other countries would be receiving it, and now it looks to be Australia's turn. LG will launch their smartphone with just a single carrier, Telstra, and will have 4G capabilities for some high-speed LTE action. If you've been holding out on, or couldn't purchase the Nexus 4 - which was also made by LG - then this will be for you.

 

There'll also be a launch event in Sydney on March 13, where we should find some more information out on the device itself.

Scientists develop 3D-printed embryonic stem cells, we could soon see lab-made organ transplants a reality

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 5:32 am

3D printers are huge right now, where we're not only looking towards the world's first 3D-printed building, but we have the European Space Agency talking about a 3D-printed base... on the Moon. The latest 3D printing news is scientists working with 3D-printed embryonic stem cells that could one day lead us toward lab-made organ transplants.

 

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A team at the Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, Scotland are the ones who have developed a method for 3D printing clusters of human embryonic stem cells in various sizes. Researchers have previously, and successfully printed 3D cells before, but this is the first time that embryonic cell cultures have been build in 3D.

 

With human embryonic stem cells capable of replicating pretty much any type of tissue in the human body, this is huge news. The scientists at the Heriot-Watt believe that lab-made versions could one day found their way into organ transplants, making donors unnecessary.

Microsoft Surface Pro reviews are in, mostly positive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 4:13 am

I'm sure some of you have seen that I'm personally excited about Microsoft's Surface Pro, but Microsoft aren't working with us to provide me with a sample to review unfortunately. So I'm waiting until it's released and shelling out $999 to buy it personally.

 

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There are a few reviews of the Surface Pro floating out now, where we've listed a few below. The reviews are mostly positive, which is a great first step for Microsoft. I really think the second-generation Surface Pro's are going to be where the money is, so we'll have to wait and see how the Surface Pro does in the market first. On to the reviews:

 

The Verge

Engadget

SlashGear

Business Insider

Gizmodo

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