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RumorTT: HTC to debut 'M7' smartphone at CES, would be new flagship

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 5:29 am

According to XDA-Developers forum member "Football," who has previously reported accurate HTC information, HTC could be unveiling a new flagship mobile device at CES next week. Code-named the "M7," the device is reported to possibly feature screen buttons instead of the traditional hardware buttons.

 

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It's believed to be the One X replacement and specifications are said to be a 4.7-inch full HD panel, 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor, 13MP camera, LTE and HSPA+, and 2GB of RAM. Whether or not the device will be enough to turn the failing company around remains to be seen, though it appears to be no slouch in the hardware department.

WhatsApp sets new day record of 18 billion messages sent and received

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 4:46 am

Wildly popular texting app WhatsApp set a new daily record for message traffic on December 31, with the service seeing over 18 billion messages generated. The company tweeted, "On Dec 31st we had a new record day: 7B msgs inbound, 11B msgs outbound = 18 billion total messages processed in one day! Happy 2013!!!"

 

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Those are impressive numbers when you consider that iOS 5's iMessage service only generates more than 1 billion messages a day. WhatsApp has proved a popular alternative to normal texting, partially due to the additional features available through the app and the ability to send messages internationally for free.

Razer launches Sabertooth Xbox 360 controller for $79.99

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 3:02 am

Razer has launched a new Xbox 360 controller known as the Sabertooth. The device looks very similar to the Microsoft Xbox controller, save for the fact it features six extra buttons. It has the normal buttons all in the same locations and could easily be mistaken as a normal controller.

 

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It's currently available in the UK and US for £69.99/$79.99 and comes with a carrying case and a detachable cable. Two buttons are on the shoulder, two are on the undercarriage, and two are beside the OLED screen. It's not clear if the device features any sort of rapid fire or other mods.

 

There are multiple reviews on the Internet should you find yourself interested in buying one.

Microsoft says Google preventing the company from providing fully featured YouTube app for Windows Phone OS

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 2:04 am

Microsoft has brought up an issue last dealt with over a year ago. Back in a March, 2011 post regarding Microsoft's concerns about Google's anti-trust investigations, the company said that Google is preventing Microsoft from accessing data that would allow a full-featured YouTube app on Windows Phone.

 

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What they wrote at the time:

 

[I]n 2010 and again more recently, Google blocked Microsoft's new Windows Phones from operating properly with YouTube. Google has enabled its own Android phones to access YouTube so that users can search for video categories, find favorites, see ratings, and so forth in the rich user interfaces offered by those phones. It's done the same thing for the iPhones offered by Apple, which doesn't offer a competing search service.

 

Unfortunately, Google has refused to allow Microsoft's new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do. As a result, Microsoft's YouTube "app" on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube's mobile Web site, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones. Microsoft is ready to release a high quality YouTube app for Windows Phone. We just need permission to access YouTube in the way that other phones already do, permission Google has refused to provide.

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Apple 'Do Not Disturb' bug to persist until January 7

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 1:07 am

Apple has acknowledged a bug in iOS 6 that prevents scheduled Do Not Disturb from turning off in the morning. The bug was first discovered yesterday when the new year rolled around. Apple has said that the bug will automatically fix itself next week, so until then they recommend manually turning Do Not Disturb off and on.

 

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"Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013," Apple said in the support article. "Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off."

Continue reading 'Apple 'Do Not Disturb' bug to persist until January 7' (full post)

Nintendo 3DS gets cracked, homebrew code should be able to be ran in the future, pirated games as well

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:28 am

The Nintendo 3DS has proved a tough nut to crack, but hackers have finally managed to get the system to run homebrew code. Back on December 16, hacker Yellows8 posted images of the 3DS with the screen displaying the text "We hacked it!" At the time, the 3DS was only capable of displaying text, but that has changed.

 

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In the few weeks between initially cracking the device and today, hackers have successfully managed to produce images on both of the screens using homebrew code. While we're still a ways from running full homebrew games and pirated games, progress seems to be progressing quickly.

 

The original DS suffered from rampant piracy in the form of the R4 card. The piracy was so bad it led to many developers abandoning the platform completely. Fears from several developers regarding this on the 3DS have already been voiced, and many more are likely to join them.

 

The hackers have said they believe Nintendo could easily patch this exploit with a firmware update.

Connecticut town collecting and destroying violent video games, handing out $25 gift certificate in exchange

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:02 am

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, one small town in Connecticut is holding a drive to collect and destroy violent video games. The voluntary drive hopes people in the community will at least talk with their kids and better understand the games that they are playing. If parents would like, they can bring in a violent video game and exchange it for a $25 gift certificate at their local drive-in movies.

 

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The town of Southington will collect, destroy, and later incinerate the disks of violent movies, games, and music. The drive, which takes place on January 12, is organized by SouthingtonSOS, a group that formed after Katrina to quickly organize the community after a national or local tragedy.

 

"There are youngsters who appear to be consumed with violent video games," Southington School superintendent Joe Erardi said. "I'm not certain if that's a good thing. If this encourages one courageous conversation with a parent and their child, then it's a success.

 

"We're suggesting that for parents who have a child or children who play violent video games, to first of all view the games. We're asking parents to better understand what their child is doing. Have a conversation about next steps. If parents are comfortable (with their child's gaming habits), we're comfortable."

 

The $25 gift certificate is being donated by the Chamber of Commerce and is intended to be used on an alternative form of entertainment, such as a local movie or waterpark.

Continue reading 'Connecticut town collecting and destroying violent video games, handing out $25 gift certificate in exchange' (full post)

Apple losing the battle for its claim to "App Store," part of case against Amazon dismissed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 11:29 pm

Apple sued Amazon over its use of the term "app store" to describe its online marketplace for Android apps. In a ruling today, a judge has dismissed part of the case, the part alleging that Amazon committed false advertising by using the term.

 

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Judge Phyllis Hamilton said there was "no support for the proposition that Amazon has expressly or impliedly communicated that its Appstore for Android possesses the characteristics and qualities that the public has come to expect from the Apple App Store and/or Apple products."

 

Apple has also sued for trademark infringement, though Apple does not yet own the trademark to "App Store." It has applied for the trademark, though several companies have moved to block the trademark. Microsoft has said in a motion for summary judgement that "Any secondary meaning or fame Apple has in 'App Store' is de facto secondary meaning that cannot convert the generic term 'app store' into a protectable trademark."

 

Apple argues that "The vastly predominant usage of the expression 'app store' in trade press is as a reference to Apple's extraordinarily well-known APP STORE mark and the services rendered by Apple thereunder."

 

Should Apple be able to own the trademark on "App Store"? A court will have to decide that at a later date. As it stands, it appears that Amazon will be allowed to continue using the term app store to describe its online marketplace for Android apps.

Samsung to update firmware on Galaxy S III, said to fix random bricking bug

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 10:52 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S III hasn't suffered any major issues, such as Antennagate (iPhone 4), though some current users are experiencing devices that randomly brick. Some users reportedly left their devices charging overnight, while others simply turned off the screen. In both cases, the device was later found to be bricked.

 

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Samsung has been quietly fixing or replacing devices that were affected, though they are now reportedly working on a firmware fix to fix the problem. The bug appears to be only on Galaxy S III devices with 16GB of internal storage, though it seems to apply to a wide range of Android versions, making some speculate that it is a hardware issue.

 

We will, of course, alert users when a fix is released for the device, whether it be a software or hardware fix.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Revolution DLC details leak in the form of a poster

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 10:16 pm

A picture of a GameStop Black Ops 2 DLC poster has leaked to the internet and provided precious details about the upcoming DLC. In the picture, you can see that there will be four new multiplayer maps, a new zombies map, and a new SMG. As far as the details go, we really only have names, so it's time to let your imagination go wild as to what the maps will look like.

 

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"Hydro", "Grind", "Downhill", and "Mirage" are the new multiplayer maps, with "Die Rise" being the new Zombies map. Downhill appears to be a ski resort, which would make sense, while Mirage appears to be in the desert. The other two pictures aren't as clear and the names could align the maps in many different settings.

 

The SMG is named the Peacekeeper and there are no details as to which game modes it will be available in. The DLC is set to come to the Xbox 360 on January 29 and will likely cost $15, if it stays in line with the pricing of Black Ops DLC. If you have the Season Pass, you'll get the DLC for free when it releases.

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