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Leaked specs on Sony's Xperia i1 'Honami' appear online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 4:28 am

It looks like the smartphone camera megapixel wars could be heating up with a Japanese contender, Sony. New leaked images have arrived online from the upcoming Xperia i1 smartphone.

 

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The smartphone is currently known under its development name of 'Honami' and features a huge 20.7-megapixel ExmorRS camera sensor that is powered by Sony's Bionz image processing technology. The Xperia i1 will reportedly feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC - a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, and a 5-inch 1080p display.

 

So it looks like we could have a contender to Samsung's Galaxy Note III, the Nokia Lumia 1020 and ZTE's Geek.

Jellygrade, a new indie gaming studio made up of now former EA Maxis employees

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 3:35 am

EA Maxis have enjoyed their fair share of troubles lately, mostly thanks to the poorly launched SimCity, and it looks like some of EA Maxis' talent have jumped ship and formed a new indie gaming studio.

 

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The new studio is called Jellygrade, and is made up of former EA Maxis Creative Director, Ocean Quigly, former Engineering Lead, Andrew Willmott and former Lead Gameplay Engineer, Dan Moskowitz. Quigley announced through a tweet that their first mystery project is about the dawn of life, where he says: "We're making a simulation about the dawn of life on earth; about lava, water, rock and the emergence of the first primordial creatures."

Toshiba's new SD cards are the world's fastest, have read/write speeds that could compete with SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 2:59 am

SD cards have been fast up until now, but Toshiba are really pushing the boundaries of most users expectations with their new Exceria Pro line of SD cards. Toshiba's Exceria Pro SD cards are capable of pushing out write speeds of up to 240MB/sec.

 

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The Exceria Pro has a maximum read speed of 260MB/sec and 240MB/sec writes, with the SD cards arriving in both 16GB and 32GB capacities. The original Exceria series of SD cards from Toshiba contain the same read speeds of 260MB/sec but have a slower write speed of 'just' 120MB/sec. The Exceria series of cards are available in 32GB and 64GB, though.

 

Toshiba's new SD cards are built for professional photographers, who are in need of some serious read/write speeds for those megapixel hungry cameras.

One of the best artificial intelligence systems is about as smart as an average 4-year-old child

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 2:31 am

A team of artificial and natural knowledge researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have IQ-tested one of the most advanced artificial intelligence systems in the world to see how smart it is.

 

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The results? It is about as smart as the average four-year-old child. The UIC team will report their findings in detail at the US Artificial Intelligence Conference in Bellevue, Washington, tomorrow. The UIC team put an artificial intelligence system developed at MIT called 'ConceptNet4' through the verbal parts of the Weschsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence Test, which is a standard IQ assessment for young children.

 

They found that ConceptNet4 had the IQ of a four-year-old child, but unlike most children, the machine's scores were quite uneven throughout most of the test. Robert Sloan, Professor and head of Computer Science at UIC and lead author of the study said: "If a child had scores that varied this much, it might be a symptom that something was wrong."

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RumorTT: Verizon to host launch event for new Droid devices on July 23

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 2:27 am

Today, Verizon began sending out invites to the press for an event on July 23. What the event is about it still remains a mystery, but sources closely familiar with event say that it will involve the next generation of Verizon's popular Droid line of Android smartphones.

 

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The last couple weeks we have been seeing leak after leak about the upcoming next generation of Droid devices from Motorola and Verizon wireless. So the rumors that this could be the launch event for the new Droids are highly plausible, and I am putting my money on the fact that we will see all three new Droid smartphones during the event.

 

TweakTown has yet to get our invite, but we plan on live blogging the entire event if there is a live stream available. If not, you can still count on TweakTown to bring you full coverage that you can trust on all of the new Droids from Verizon.

Google's redesigned Maps for desktop beta now available to all users

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 2:04 am

In case you haven't heard, Google has been completely overhauling its web-based map service and unveiled the first beta edition just two months ago at the company's I/O conference. Up until now, you needed to be invited by Google to participate in the beta program but as of today, Google has opened the doors and allow everyone to experience the new Google Maps.

 

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Obtaining access to Google Maps Beta is a simple as visiting maps.Google.com. Once there, you'll be prompted to try out the newly refreshed maps via a box in the left sidebar. The new Maps provides a fullscreen experience and appears to be much quicker at loading than its previous iteration. The zooming is fast and smooth and Google has integrated a new, much smarter search box that is able to display your recent searches, directions, transit, traffic, and bicycling info.

 

Yes, this means that Google can now show you real-time traffic data right from your desktop at any point in the day. To use this feature, users can simply type a search string similar to "Traffic Near Las Vegas, NV" and the map will pop up and highlight roots with green for fast-moving areas and red for very slow congested areas. Users can use similar search strings to find restaurants, shopping venues, and even entertainment in areas anywhere in the world.

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Yahoo managed to earn $137 million in the second quarter of 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 1:31 am

Yahoo posted its quarterly earnings report today and while things haven't changed much for its bottom line, the company was able to post a revenue of $1.135 billion for the second quarter of 2013 alone. This is actually down 7 percent for the same period of 2012. Of that $1.135 billion, only $137 million was actually income which is said to be up 150 percent from the same period in 2012.

 

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had the following to say:

 

I'm encouraged by Yahoo!'s performance in the second quarter. Our business saw continued stability, and we launched more products than ever before, introducing a significant new product almost every week. From the new Yahoo! News, the new Yahoo! Sports app, the redesigned Yahoo! search, the new Flickr, the new Yahoo! Mail for tablet, the Yahoo! Weather app, our new Yahoo! app with Summly -- this quarter drove tremendous improvements in our product line and our users responded with increased usage and engagement.

Sony wanted the DualShock 4 controller to measure your sweat levels

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 1:03 am

It's no doubt that Sony's DualShock 4 controller is one of the most advanced gaming controllers of all time, and today were learning just how advanced Sony originally wanted it to be. In an interview with Stuff magazine, Sony's lead system architect Mark Cermu said that the company "looked at pretty much any idea it could think of."

 

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One of the ideas developers came up with was to have the controller measure the galvanic response of your skin. This essentially means that it would measure the electrical conductivity of your skin to judge your sweat levels. Sony's plans for this was to detect a player's current stress level, which could then be incorporated into the game by making a player's avatar lose some of his accuracy or even become more fatigued.

 

After scrapping that idea, Sony says that they focused on improving the DualShock 4 for better first-person shooter performance as the older controllers were not ideal for games like Call of Duty and Battlefield. This is when they decided to include a touch-sensitive trackpad and the light bar. Sony was not the only company looking into bio feedback technology; earlier this year, Valve's resident psychologist said that the company had begun testing sweat-based experiments with the game Left for Dead which would adjust the player's gameplay according to his or her stress level.

Google updates Play Store, includes mentions of Google Glass

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 12:32 am

Google has updated its Play Store's website to more closely align with the design features of Google Now-style cards, which actually makes the place look a little more organized and much more like the official app. While these updates are cool and certainly needed, the most notable change is the inclusion of apps for Google Glass.

 

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The addition of Google Glass compatibility checks were first spotted by Nicolas Gramlich. It's no surprise that Glass has shown up on the Play Store as Google likes to streamline their device management. Website androidandme.com has also posted a screenshot which appears to be of the official Google Glass app for Android. With these hints, it appears that Google Glass users will officially have access to the Google Play Store any day now.

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The iPhone is about to outnumber the iPod in lifetime sales numbers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 12:05 am

At some point in the next few days, Apple will have officially sold more iPhones than iPods in terms of lifetime sales numbers. At the end of the fiscal second-quarter, lifetime iPhone sales totaled 356 million units. At the same time, lifetime iPod sales totaled 375 million units. Currently, the Wall Street estimates say that Apple has already sold between 26.7 and 27.9 million iPhone in the third quarter.

 

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If this is true and iPod sales have been sinking at the rate analysts suspect, this means that iPhone sales should be around the 383 million unit range which could be just good enough to top lifetime sales of the iPod. One thing is for certain, if the iPhone does not eclipse the iPod this quarter, it most certainly will when the new iPhone 5S and low-cost iPhone release later this year.

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