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Apple seeking new 'Maps Ground Truth Data Specialist' in Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 2:10 am

Apple are looking for someone in Australia for a new position, the position open is for a 'Maps Ground Truth Data Specialist'. This position has been up for a couple of days, and comes just months after Apple's Maps app failing to provide correct mapping data in Australia.




The position will check "changes to map data, provide feedback on unique local map requirements, collect ground truth information, and evaluate competing products." But what is 'Ground Truth'? Well, that is information collected on location versus the data being collected remotely, such as data from satellites.

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Google releases Chrome 25, comes with voice recognition support

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 1:31 am

Google has released the latest stable version of Chrome. This new version comes with the typical bug fixes, improved security, and performance updates that we have come to expect from updates. Also included in this latest version of Chrome is the ability to add voice recognition via the Web Speech API.




The Web Speech API allows Chrome to send snippets or continuous speech to Google's Voice service. Google's servers then send back the text version of what was said. This is incredibly useful for users who can't type do to physical disabilities or are slow typists.


Google has also disabled silent extension installs as they announced they were going to do back in December. Google says that too many third-parties were taking advantage of the opportunity to install extensions that users didn't want or didn't even accept.


You can download Google Chrome 25 from Google's website.

Google wants to get Glass on sale by end of this year for less than $1,500

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 1:03 am

Google is looking to get a "fully-polished" version of Glass on sale by the end of this year. The search giant has said that the augmented reality headset will cost "less than $1,500" when it eventually goes on sale. The headset has already been available for pre-order for $1,500, though those versions aren't the same as what will be released to the general public.




As with all technology, the early adopters end up paying a premium to remain an early adopter. The Project Glass headset was announced last year and got a demonstration at Google I/O. The headset will be able to record pictures and video, provide directions, and much more, all controlled by your voice.

Vine Flip turns your Vine videos into a flipbook

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 12:33 am

If you're one of the many people who made flipbooks in their youth, there is now a much easier way to do it. A new website, called Vine Flip, will turn your six-seocnd Vine video into a flipbook. The founders got the idea after thinking about how awesome it would be to pass a flipbook of a Vine video they had just taken around the office.




We were goofing around our office shooting our friends being foolish and thought, how funny if we could make this into a flipbook and secretly pass them around the office. And then the ideas of other ways we'd like to flip our Vines came flowing out - from marriage proposals to parties. We knew we had to roll this out if nothing else to entertain ourselves


Turning a Vine video into a flipbook has lots of cool uses, but it really is just an awesome demonstration of the digital world becoming physical once again. For $14, you can turn a Vine video into a pair of flipbooks, though you can order as many as you want. They will take five to ten business days for them to be created and delivered.

Industry officials expect Microsoft to unveil next-gen Xbox in April

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 12:02 am

Numerous industry sources, including some Sony employees, expect that Microsoft will unveil the next-generation Xbox at an event in April. A senior Sony official stated he was informed that the PS4 unveiling had "at first caught Microsoft off-guard. We definitely ruffled some feathers."




Another indication that the next-gen Xbox is just around the corner is that a Microsoft media partner, Ustechs, has registered the internet domain Microsoft continues to decline to comment about the next-gen Xbox.

Google announces I/O registration opens March 13, requires Google+ and Google Wallet accounts

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 11:27 pm

Google has announced that registration for Google I/O will open on March 13 at 7a.m. PST. Last year, the event sold out in just 20 minutes, so you'll need to be on top of registration to make sure you reserve your spot at the event. Last year, Google unveiled the Nexus 7 and other products.




This year's I/O will take place May 15 to May 17 in the Moscone Center, located in beautiful San Francisco, California. To register for the event, you'll be required to have a Google+ account and Google Wallet buyer account. Prices remain the same at $900 for general attendees and $300 for academic attendees.


More information can be found on Google's I/O page.

Sony aiming to show PlayStation 4 console at E3...or sooner

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 10:29 pm

As we've previously reported, the actual PlayStation 4 console was noticeably absent from the unveiling Wednesday night. Sony said that this was due to the console's hardware and design still being finalized. The CEO of Sony has now come out and said that we should see the actual console at E3 or sooner.




"I would look for E3 as a time when you'll get a good look at it," he told Forbes in an interview. "Or sooner."


As soon as actual pictures of the PlayStation 4 surface, you can be sure that you'll be able to find them here on TweakTown.

Google buildings have toxic fumes likely resulting from previous occupants

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 10:02 pm

A couple of Google's office buildings in Mountain View, California are having issues with toxic fumes that are likely the result of the previous owners of the land. Buildings QD6 and QD7 were found to have high levels of trichloroethylene (TCE), a toxic solvent used in the manufacturing of electronic chips.




The previous owners of the land were Fairchild Semiconductor, Intel, Raytheon, and other chip makers. These companies dumped thousands of gallons of THC into the ground, which has contaminated the water. Google installed air filters when they moved in and conducted air quality tests.


Readings as high as 8 micrograms per cubic meter were recorded. Normal exposure is 5 micrograms per cubic meter. The EPA has said that it would take decades of exposure to cause problems, not the few months that Google employees experienced.


Google released a statement, saying "The health and safety of our employees is Google's number one priority, and we take several proactive measures to ensure the healthiest indoor air environments possible."

LeakedTT: These images purported to be of cases for the Samsung Galaxy S IV

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 9:34 pm

We're getting a little more insight into what the Samsung Galaxy S IV might look like thanks to some leaked images of cases for the upcoming device. The following images, originally posted by MobileFun, are said to be of cases for the upcoming Galaxy S IV device and should let us dissect some of design elements we can expect.




The Galaxy S IV is widely expected to be announced in a few weeks' time, at which time we shall find out if these cases are the real deal. Judging from the images, it appears that there will be a large camera centered on the back of the device with a speaker or microphone on one side of the lens and a flash on the other.


The headphone jack appears to be at the top right (while looking at the front of the device). Volume buttons are present of the left side and a lock button is on the right. The microUSB connector is at the standard location of the bottom of the device.

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ASUS GeForce Titan offered up for pre-order on Newegg

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 9:03 pm

Earler this week, we were introduced to the NVIDIA GeForce Titan GPU, a consumer graphics card based off of the GK110 chip which is currently used in supercomputers. System integrators, such as iBuyPower, Maingear, and Origin have announced that they will be offering the GPU in some of their systems.




But I'm sure many of our readers are interested in buying just the GPU. Newegg has put the Titan up for pre-order for a mere $999. The model available on Newegg is from ASUS and is listed to be available for purchase on February 28, so six days from now. EVGA, and possibly other vendors, will be offering up their own boards, likely before February 28.