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More details surface on HTC's Facebook phone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 8:01 pm

AndroidPolice managed to get their hands on a system dump from the HTC Myst Facebook Phone. Most of the features are as you would expect, through there are some surprises packed inside. It makes use of a special Facebook app that isn't currently available anywhere else.

 

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The system appears to be a mid-range HTC device that features a dual-core MSM8960 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 720p 4.3-inch screen and a 5MP rear-facing camera. All of this hardware is powered by Android 4.1.2, through it appears it could be a heavily modified version of Android with deep Facebook integration.

 

The special build of the Facebook app bears a new package name as well as a host of new permissions. All of these new settings seem to be ones mainly used by home screen apps. HTC's own home screen app, "Rosie", isn't even installed on the device meaning Facebook's new app will likely take care of home screen functions.

 

There are also some hints that this version of Facebook might be released on the Google Play Store meaning that any Android device could replace their home screen with the Facebook version.

Raspberry Pi Model A goes on sale in the US for $25

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 5:32 pm

It's been a long and drawn out wait for the Raspberry Pi Model A to be released, but it is finally here and on sale in the US for a mere $25. Surprisingly the Model A is not being launched at Element14 as everyone might think.

 

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Allied Electronics, a Texas based component supplier appears to be the first to market with the new $25 credit card sized Linux computer. The Model A is a dumbed down version of the vastly popular Raspberry Pi model B and differs in just a few missing components such as the LAN interface.

 

Unfortunately it appears that Allied has already sold out of the Model A's which leads us to wonder, why do these component houses not order several tens of thousands of units. They always blame supply, but Arduino was able to overcome supply shortages faster than Raspberry Pi has seemed to. If you know your product is going to sell in the hundreds of thousands almost overnight, why not scale up production to meet that demand?

AMD hints at an early Steamroller arrival, could be here a year early

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 4:34 pm

In a recently released presentation, AMD has hinted that its new Steamroller micro-architecture is on track to be released this year. This comes at a surprise as most industry insiders thought that the new architecture would not arrive until mid to late next year.

 

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In a presentation slide titled "AMD Opteron Technology: Delivering multiple generations of greater functionality and improved performance," it was hinted that AMD will be releasing server-class Opteron chips based on the new technology later this year.

 

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X-Bit Labs is reporting that AMD has pushed forward its plans for Steamroller and the new chips will be compatible with current sockets and that the new server microprocessors will support PCI-E 3.0. Desktop chip's featuring Steamroller technology will most likely not be seen until next year though.

RumorTT: HTC is building a Windows tablet in the 10.1-inch full HD class

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 3:39 pm

The China Post is reporting that HTC is already deep into production on a Windows based tablet. If true, this would be the first tablet from HTC since its 7-inch Android based Flyer disaster crashed and burned.

 

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The Windows based table is said to already be in production at a Pegatron manufacturing facility and is in the 10.1-inch class. The screen is said to be full 1080p and should run Windows 8.

 

No other details have been mentioned yet, and we are still unsure if the device even exist. I personally will give the rumors the benefit of the doubt as supply chain leaks usually turn out to be true.

Mobile ads are about to get 100-percent more annoying with the addition of voice integration

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 2:45 pm

I honestly have no problem with advertising on the web, as it fuels free services that I love such as YouTube, Facebook, and Gmail, but when companies find clever ways to inject ads into the content on my mobile devices, I start to get a little steamed.

 

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Nuance, announced this morning that it hast started a venture with advertising agencies that will bring voice integration into mobile ads. "Mobile has a monetization challenge," Nuance's Mike McSherry said in an interview last week with AllThingsD. "By introducing voice you can transcend the small screen size."

 

In a demo, McSherry showed off a fictional commercial for a deodorant company that followed a "Magic 8 Ball" theme. McSherry asked the ad if he should get a Tattoo, and it responded by asking his age. When McSherry replied, the app sarcastically suggested that he get a Chinese character that translated into something different than what McSherry thought. It then rolled a slogan based ad that recommended the deodorant product.

Sony merges its Japan and Asia offices into a single unit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 1:45 pm

This morning Sony has announced that it will be merging its Japanese and Asian divisions into a single streamlined unit. This merger comes after lower than expected quarterly financial reports for the first quarter were released.

 

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Sony's gaming division lost 15.1-percent in sales over the same period last year and the company posted a net loss of $124 million overall. The new division will reportedly be called Sony Japan Asia and will be headed up by Senior Vice President Hiroshi Kawano with current SCE Asia president Hiroyuki Oda becoming the deputy president.

 

Other Japan and Asia management are being shuffled around inside the new division with some managers remaining in their regional post and others seeing a merger of regions. Sony has also set up a new Asian Network Planning Department as well as restructured its Product Management and Loan Management positions.

Pirate Bay moves servers to US, Google to shut down Youtube, and Bing to become more Google-like

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 12:56 pm

Ah April first, the day that the entire country tries to prank each other in real life as well as on the internet. The biggest names in tech have decided to join in on the fun as well. Microsoft, Google, Bing, and The Pirate Bay have all released "stories" this morning that no one could possibly take serious.

 

 

First up, Google tells us that Youtube will be shutting down and that the entire site has been a "contest" to see who could upload the best video on the internet. Google has also revamped Gmail to better align itself with Windows Blue. Called Gmail Blue, the new user interface is... well... very blue...

 

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Not to be out done, Microsoft has released word that it feels that Bing should be more Google like and has switched its main page to reflect those feelings. In addition to all of these shocking breaking news stories, The Pirate Bay has just announced that it has aligned itself with the US Government and has agreed to take down all of its torrents. This announcement is the direct result of a server move from North Korea to a "Nuclear Proof" data center in the US.

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LeakedTT: Battlefield 4 release date confirmed, will go on sale in October

By: Charles Gantt | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 11:54 am

This morning KitGuru is announcing that Microsoft has let details leak on Battlefield 4's release date. The leak occurred when details were accidentally posted to the official Xbox blog. This leak comes hot on the heals of the 17 minute live action teaser video EA released last week.

 

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The details were removed almost instantly but a few fast thinking readers managed to grab a few screen captures before Microsoft noticed the mistake. The blog said that the game will release on October 29th 2013. Judging as to how fast these details were removed from the blog, we feel that it is safe to assume that the release date is official.

 

"Only in Battlefield can players go through a building instead of around it, eject from a jet and take out the enemy mid-free fall, or flip a tank. DICE, a studio of Electronic Arts, announced that Battlefield 4 will arrive on Xbox 360 on October 29, 2013."

Facebook approved to build second campus from Menlo Park

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 9:34 am

Facebook have received permission from the authorities of Menlo Park to build a second campus which will be designed by Frank Gehry. The second campus will be built near the current Facebook campus, on a new 22-acre site west of Bayfront Expressway in California.

 

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The new campus will have a rooftop park and an underground tunnel to connect to two Facebook campuses together, which is part of its design. The 433,555-square-foot location was originally set to have parts of the building "flaring out like butterfly wings," but these plans were dropped because they were "too flashy."

 

Facebook's second campus will have an average height of 45 feet, topping out at 73 feet in some parts, but it will be mostly hidden away by landscaping in order to keep Facebook's management's request for a low-key building.

United States Patent & Trademark Office rejects Apple's trademark on the iPad mini

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 8:31 am

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) have rejected Apple's application for a trademark on their iPad mini. Apple received the letter on January 24, but it has only been made public recently, with the USPTO saying that the addition of "mini" to "iPad" was not distinct enough from Apple's iPad trademark to warrant its own filing. Apple's rejection letter states:

 

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In this case, both the individual components and the composite result are descriptive of applicant's goods and do not create a unique, incongruous or non-descriptive meaning in relation to the goods being small handheld mobile devices comprising tablet computers capable of providing Internet access.

 

Apple has up until July 24 to submit an amended application for the iPad mini trademark, where Apple will have to justify why the term 'iPad mini' is distinct from their existing trademark on 'iPad.'

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