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Foxconn buys minority stake in camera maker GoPro

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 7:50 pm

Foxconn, most notably of Apple device manufacturing fame has reportedly purchased a minority stake in HD video camera maker GoPro. In an agreement that sees Foxconn purchase an 8.8% stake for roughly $200 million dollars.

 

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The purchase gives Foxconn founder and CEO Terry Gou a spot on GoPro's board of directors. The deal between Foxconn and GoPro gives the camera manufacturer a market value of $2.25 billion.

 

GoPro has pretty much revolutionized the wearable and mountable HD Camera market. Widely popular with the extreme sports, on location video production, and home video enthusiast markets, GoPro has wigged it's way as a contender in mobile video production.

RumorTT: Cheaper Google Nexus 7 is coming.

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 6:41 pm

The rumor mill likes to spit out whispers of cheaper Google Nexus 7 tablets every now and then. This time the word comes from a member of the supply chain. O-Film Tech, an Asia-based display component maker, has said that it has began shipping parts for the cheaper Google tablets.

 

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Glass-Glass Film, the companies touch screen technology is said to be featured on the cheaper Nexus 7's. This equates to lower production cost and a thinner device which could retail for $99, but not at first.

 

Speculation is for the tablet to retail initially somewhere in the $129 to $149 range. Rumors that 500,000-600,000 of these cheaper Nexus 7's could ship within the first 3 months are also being overheard. ASUS which manufacturers the Nexus 7 for google, is also rumored to be developing an afordable tablet as well which might make an appearance at CES.

Nuance brings its Dragon Mobile Assistant app to Android 2.3 and higher in the US

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 5:27 pm

Nuance Communications, the company behind the popular Dragon Naturally Speaking voice to text software has announced an update to its Dragon Mobile Assistant app for Android. Users running Android 2.3 and higher now have access to the app.

 

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The Dragon Mobile Assistant app was peviously only available for devices running Android 4.0 or higher. The app lets users control their device hands free similar to that of Google Voice Commands or Siri. The app automatically activates when the user presses the "listen button" and says "Hi Dragon" Users can however, set the app to always listen making using the device truly hands free.

 

The decision to expand compatibility is no doubt related to the fact that as of December 3rd, more than half of the Android devices world wide were running versions of Android ranging from 2.3 to 3.2.

Yelp for Android gets updated with Yelp Talk

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 4:15 pm

Yelp! Everyone's favorite resteraunt review databse has just released Version 3.7 of Yelp for Android. The major addition is the Yelp Talk feature which lets users start and reply to threads about a specific venue.

 

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A fresh Action Bar UI element has been added to the app's navigation and users who are first to add a tip for a business will receive a "First to Tip" commendation.

 

Finally, users will notice that a little holiday cheer has been added to the apps logo. Users can head over to the Google Play store to update the Yelp app.

Samsung to showoff 5.5 inch flexible screen at CES 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 3:33 pm

We have been hearing about flexible displays for years now. It seems that every display company sees these as the future of mobile display technology. Up until now the claims have been mostly vaporware and prototypes only found inside labs. Samsung has announced that they will be showing off a 5.5 inch flexible display at CES 2013.

 

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The display will most likely not be featured in any device releases in the near future, but the 720p prototype will be sure to grab the attention of all who get to see it in person.

 

We are going to take a chance and say that the display is OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) based, but we could be wrong. We want to hear from you on this whole flexible screen idea. Do you think that we will one day be able to roll up our smart phones and place them in our pockets?

Boeing testing the effect of WiFi on flights, substitutes potatoes for humans

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 2:24 pm

Boeing has been reportedly hauling around 20,000 pounds of potatoes in an effort to test the affects of WiFi on airplanes. One might ask what does potatoes and WiFi have in common? The simple answer is that they make great human analogs and closely replicate the way radio waves behave when passing through humans.

 

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The study is trying to determine if everyday common place WiFi has any adverse effects on airplane navigation, avionics, and radar. In an attempt to inject a little humor, Boeing has titled the experiment SPUDS (Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution).

 

We hope that WiFi becoming common place in every commercial flight is the result of the event and we are left wondering if the potatoes seated in first class had to pay more for their tickets.

The War Z gets removed from Steam after public outrage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 10:30 am

You may have heard of The War Z debacle over the last few days, but it looks like good guy Valve have stepped up and removed the entire game from sale on Steam until the developer sorts their stuff out. If you've already purchased the game, you can choose to keep it, or ask for a full refund from Steam support. Valve admits they made a mistake by releasing The War Z at all, with their full statement below:

 

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Valve: From time to time a mistake can be made and one was made by prematurely issuing a copy of War Z for sale via Steam. We apologize for this and have temporary removed the sale offering of the title until we have time to work with the developer and have confidence in a new build. Those who purchased the game and wish to continue playing it via Steam may do so. Those who purchased the title via Steam and are unhappy with what they received may seek a refund by creating a ticket at our support site here: https://support.steampowered.com/newticket.php

 

Again, we apologize any inconvenience.

 

I can't think of many companies that would remove a game after the public complained about it - but it shows that Valve are quick to act on decisions like this.

eBay jumps into the precious metals game with AMPEX-powered Bullion Vertical

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 8:26 am

At the moment, eBay sell virtually everything - but one market they haven't gotten into is precious metals. Gold and silver are pretty much safe havens for investors, with stocks and currency constantly fluctuating, as it is easily manipulated at the top of the food chain, but precious metals are scarce.

 

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eBay have announced a new, exclusive partnership with APMEX which will see eBay offer up the APMEX Bullion Center on eBay, which is open for business. eBay have said that there has been an increase in interest of precious metal purchases from consumers, and with APMEX being one of the world's largest precious metals retailers, it is a great partnership for the online merchant.

 

The Bullion Center offers 200 precious metal products, which are all backed up by eBay's Buyer Protection and APMEX's satisfaction guarantee. All of the purchases are also delivered safely to consumers in unmarked packages. Gold and silver currently sell on eBay, but it's hard to stamp the fixed-price or auction model to these items as the value of the metals are constantly changing with every passing minute. APMEX offers up-to-date pricing, right up to the minute of purchase.

Dell, ASUS, HP and more delay Windows 8 tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 6:36 am

Information Week are reporting that the new energy-efficient, Intel-powered, Windows 8-based tablets have been delayed into 2013. PC makers are reportedly have issues building drivers for Intel's dual-core Clover Trail Atom Z2760 processor.

 

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The new Clover Trail-based processor is set to enter the tablet battlefield against the iPad and high-end Android tablets, where it will compete on both performance and battery life. The delays are pushing multiple companies' tablets back, such as Dell's Latitude 10, HP's Envy x2, ASUS' VivoTab Smart and Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2.

 

The only Atom Z2760-based tablets hitting the market at the moment is Samsung's ATIV Smart PC and Acer's Iconia W510. Cindy Shaw, from research firm DISCERN, have said that this could really hurt PC makers, especially those in enterprise sales, where she continues:

 

HP and Dell are conceding they've given up on the consumer, so missing the holiday season is not that big of a deal. They're not missing that magical time of the year,"� the analysts said. "But the longer it takes for businesses to get their hands on evaluation units, the longer it's going to take to translate into enterprise sales.

Ouya game lineup expands by 10 games after 10 days of developer console giveaways

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 5:29 am

I'm looking forward to receiving my Ouya console, and I'm sure there are many thousands of people out there feeling the same - but what about games? The Ouya lineup has just expanded by another 10 potential games after 10 lucky new developers received some pre-launch dev units.

 

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The dev units were given out during a 10-day giveaway on Twitter by Ouya, with the first game being picked up being Fist of Awesome, and the last being Starbound. The Kickstarter-funded, Android-powered console arrives in March 2013, and the game list continues to grow, which is great. Developers should receive their consoles in the coming weeks which should give them some time to get their games polished up and prepared for March.

 

The full list of games that were included in the 10-day dev unit giveaway are:

  • Day 1: Fist of Awesome
  • Day 2: MechKnight Chronicles
  • Day 3: Syder Arcade
  • Day 4: KidElectro
  • Day 5: Space Runner
  • Day 6: Legend of Dungeon
  • Day 7: iMech Online
  • Day 8: DustyRevenge
  • Day 9: HolyShield!
  • Day 10: Starbound

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