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Galaxy S IV leaked specs, would feature 8-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 4:02 am

We don't have long until we know every nitty gritty detail on the Galaxy S IV from Samsung, but we 're seeing some specs leaked thanks to Chinese site it168. Check them out below:



  • 8-core Exynos 5410 at 1.8GHz
  • PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU
  • 4.99-inch 1080p screen
  • 7.7mm thick, 138 grams
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB ROM
  • microSD slot
  • 2600mAh battery


Not too badly specced at all in my book - an 8-core processor will be interesting, the bump in GPU is needed for the now Full HD display. 2GB of RAM is standard on high-end handsets now, and the continued inclusion of a microSD card slot really sticks it to Apple who forces you to spend hundreds of dollars more just to get more internal storage.


Samsung are going to destroy it tomorrow, I can feel it. We should hopefully have a review here as soon as humanly possible, even if it comes out of my own pocket.

Google Reader to be put down on July 1st

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 2:33 am

Google are closing another service, this time its Google Reader RSS aggregator. Google will close the Reader service on July 1st, after being open for over eight years.




Reader hasn't seen many updates in the last few months, with the last update involving integration into Google+, removing Reader's own native sharing service. Google will also end support for the Google Voice app for BlackBerry smartphones, pushing users toward the HTML5-based webapp.

ReportTT: We might not being seeing Eye Scrolling in the new Galaxy SIV

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 1:55 am

We're seeing reports claiming that the technology included in the upcoming Galaxy S IV might not be quite as advanced as we were thinking it would be. Our previous report on Samsung's new Eye Scrolling technology said that the Galaxy S IV would automatically scroll when your eyes reached the bottom of the page.




New reports are suggesting that this won't be included in the S IV, at least not initially. The eye tracking technology that is now said to be included in the device that will be unveiled tomorrow will be quite a bit simpler. We should still see features such as Eye Pause, a technology that pauses playing videos when you look away.


We're looking at web pages just scrolling slowly as long as it detects you are looking at the device. We can't hardly wait to see the device tomorrow and we're pretty sure you can't either! We'll be covering the event right here on TweakTown.

Google to expand Kirkland, Washington office

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 12:27 am

Google is looking to double the size of its Kirkland, Washington complex. The offices, which are just down the road from Microsoft's headquarters, will play home to more engineers. The current complex comes in at roughly 180,000 square feet. The expanded space will be leased from SRM Development.




SRM Development owns the land next to Google's current space and will start construction on the new buildings in January. The new space is expected to be complete sometime in 2015.


"We are excited to expand our presence in Kirkland, where we have one of the largest engineering offices outside of our headquarters in Mountain View," Google said in a statement.


Google already has more than 1000 employees in Washington state. The Kirkland office is home to the engineering teams responsible for Google+ and Chrome and should remain a purely engineering complex.


The new space will consist of two buildings. Underneath the two stories of office space will be two levels of parking garage. The two buildings will be connected with an atrium.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" now available in Japan and Europe, price dropped to $269

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 12:06 am

Amazon has made the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD available in Europe and Japan. Along with this announcement, Amazon has dropped the price on the Wi-Fi only Kindle Fire HD 8.9 to $269, down from $299. The 4G LTE + Wi-Fi version has received an even larger price cut, down from $499 to just $399.




Specifically, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is now available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan. It's interesting that Canada still doesn't have the device available. The Kindle Fire HD has proven to be a popular tablet, though the cheaper 7-inch version usually gets most of the press.


Amazon is likely working on increasing production before rolling the device out to more countries. We're still waiting for the rumored Amazon-made smartphone and sales numbers for Kindles, but we doubt Amazon will ever be forthcoming with the latter figure. We're keeping our fingers crossed that the former makes an appearance.

Facebook introducing changes for Timeline

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 11:35 pm

Last week, Facebook announced a new News Feed design that will be rolling out slowly over the coming weeks and months. A relatively unannounced change is also coming. We all know that people don't like it when Facebook changes, so we're warning you about an upcoming Timeline change that will probably have people posting.




As you can see in the picture above, the whole Timeline design has been retooled to have a cleaner look. Major changes include a new box for the About section on the left side. Facebook is looking to introduce some more customization into the profile page by allowing users to adjust the About page.


The new design will be rolling out to users over the coming weeks. After you've checked it out in-depth, feel free to leave comments here, rather than through a Facebook status.

Western Digital invests in Skyera start-up

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 10:41 pm

Western Digital has invested in Skyera, a start-up focusing on all-SSD products for the enterprise market. The investment comes as part of Skyera's Series B round of financing, in which Skyera raised $51 million.




Radoslav Danilak, CEO of Skyera:

The backing of Western Digital has enabled us to ramp our business across marketing, sales and engineering which has been instrumental in creating the industry's most innovative solid-state solution. With our skyHawk family of enterprise solid-state storage systems we are witnessing the next era of solid-state storage and I strongly believe that having a close working relationship with Western Digital, the world's top disk drive vendor, is invaluable as we set out to reshape the storage landscape.


Steve Milligan, president and CEO, Western Digital:

One of our primary goals in developing strategic relationships with technology innovators in the broader storage ecosystem is to enable customers to develop highly optimized storage solutions that meet their changing data management needs. We see companies like Skyera as offering a dramatic improvement over traditional approaches to emerging storage challenges. We will continue to support innovation by collaborating with customers and partners, and investing in companies who are addressing today's most exciting storage opportunities.


For those interested, one of the main employees at Skyera is the engineer behind SandForce SF-1000 and SF-2000.

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Google's Sundar Pichai takes over Android development

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 9:45 pm

Andy Rubin has resigned from head of Android development. In his place, Google has appointed Sundar Pichai. Pichai has previously been the senior vice president for Chrome and Apps and is a nine-year veteran of Google. This could indicate that Chrome OS and Android will start to get cozy with each other, something that has previously been predicted.




It would be interesting if Google were able to allow Android apps to run on Chrome OS. It shouldn't be that hard of a task, but Pichai has said that it is much too early to discuss whether this is in the cards.


Sergey and I first heard about Android back in 2004, when Andy Rubin came to visit us at Google. He believed that aligning standards around an open-source operating system would drive innovation across the mobile industry. Most people thought he was nuts. But his insight immediately struck a chord because at the time it was extremely painful developing services for mobile devices. We had a closet full of more than 100 phones and were building our software pretty much device by device. It was nearly impossible for us to make truly great mobile experiences.[/quote]

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ReportTT: Twitter planning to release music discovery app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 9:13 pm

CNET is reporting that Twitter could release a standalone iOS music discovery app within the month. They say that Twitter is using their We Are Hunted acquisition from last year to power the new standalone music app. It's not clear why Twitter would want to join this crowded market.




CNET reporter Casey Newton:

Twitter Music suggests artists and songs to listen to based on a variety of signals, and is personalized based on which accounts a user follows on Twitter. Songs are streamed to the app via SoundCloud.


It would appear that Twitter would like to expand beyond the simple 140-character tweets into something more. Users are not required to have a Twitter account to use the app, though having a Twitter account helps personalize the music that is suggested.


The app makes use of four different tabs" 'Suggested', #NowPlaying, 'Popular', and 'Emerging'. The suggested tab does just like the name suggests it might: it suggests new music for the person to try. #NowPlaying operates off of a hashtag of the same name. It links to songs that were tweeted by users you follow who included the "#NowPlaying" hashtag.


Popular shows songs that are popular on We are Hunted. The Emerging tab shows artists who are mostly unknown. Twitter faces an uphill battle, but they might just stand a chance, depending on how integrated they can make the service. We'll know more once the official app launches.