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RumorTT: Droid Razr M HD specs have been leaked

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 9:33 pm

Specifications for an upcoming Motorola device, known as the Droid Razr M HD, have reportedly leaked out. The specifications seem almost too good to be true, so take them with a grain of salt. However, a device with these specifications do make sense for Motorola to release, so it is possible they are real.

 

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No image or supporting evidence has been provided, just a text list of specs. According to Phone Arena, the specs are as follows:

 

Design

Device type: Smart phone

OS: Android (4.1) upgradeable to Android 4.2

Form Factor: Candy Bar

Dimensions: 5.15x2.52x.035

Weight: 5.22 OZ

 

Display

Physical size: 4.5 inches

Resoultion: 720x1280 pixels

Pixel density: 326 ppi

Technology: TFT

Colors: 16 777 216

Touchscreen: Capacitive, Multi-touch

Features: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

 

Battery

Talk time: 21.25 hours

Stand-by time: 15.65

Capacity: 3300 mAh

Type: Li - Polymer

 

Hardware

System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960

Processor: Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait

Graphics processor: Adreno 225

System memory: 1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / DDR2 / 8192 MB ROM

Built-in storage: 16gb

Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Apple drops patent claim against Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 9:03 pm

Apple, upon the word of Samsung that they are not selling the Galaxy S III Mini in the United States, has decided to drop the S III Mini from the latest patent lawsuit between the two tech giants. Apple argued they were able to purchase multiple units through Amazon in the US, but Samsung countered that it is not "making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the Galaxy S III Mini in the United States."

 

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Apple agreed to drop it, provided the "current withdrawal will not prejudice Apple's ability later to accuse the Galaxy S III Mini if the factual circumstances change." The trial isn't scheduled to start until 2014, so this early dealing is to be expected. More devices will likely be added and removed as time passes.

Data suggests Facebook's Poke has led to online buzz around Snapchat

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:17 pm

It looks like Facebook's Poke app has backfired and has instead led to even more buzz around the app it was a blatant copy of: Snapchat. According to data from the social media and web analytics firm Topsy, mentions of Snapchat have increased massively since Facebook released Poke last week.

 

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As you can see in the graph above, after December 21, the Snapchat line heads straight for the sky, while the Poke line peaks and then drops off. Poke is all the way down at #70 on the App Store's ranking, while Snapchat is at #4. Snapchat refused to sell out to Facebook earlier this year, a decision that looks like it is paying off.

 

Of course, mentions and downloads aren't directly converted into revenue and there is no guarantee that these new users will stick around and keep using the service, so as the phrase goes, "Only time will tell."

SpaceTT: Best launch photos of 2012

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 7:45 pm

I am a huge fan of all things Space and Space science. I am absolutely a sucker for good images of rocket launch photos and videos. Space.com has just released their list of the best launch images of 2012.

 

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The list features launches from both the US and Russian space programs and the images are quite stunning. The image above was taken by my good friend and Astro Club buddy Hap Griffin during the Launch of NROL-15 aboard a Delta 4 Heavy in May 2012. Sadly it did not make the list, but it is by far my favorite launch photo from 2012.

 

Hopefully this coming year I will be able to travel down to the Kennedy Space Center to capture some astounding launch images myself.

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RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy S IV rumored for April Launch with integrated S Pen

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 7:14 pm

In today's fast paced tech world devices are becoming obsolete almost as quickly as they are launched. Rumored to combine features from the popular Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is said to be ready for launch in April.

 

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The Korean tech blog Enuri, is reporting that the S IV will feature a five inch full-HD AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, a quad core Exynos processor and an integrated S Pen stylus.

 

Having yet to upgrade to the Galaxy S III I am thinking that I will hold out and wait for the Galaxy S IV to hit sprint shelves. We want to know if those of you who have recently upgraded to the S III will upgrade to the S IV in April.

Snapchat videos and photos can be saved after all

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 6:48 pm

Snapchat, the messaging app that lets you send self destructing messages to friends and family is widely popular. Mainly because users feel safe that the image or video that is sent can not be saved and is only viewable once.

 

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It appears that that sense of safety can no longer be trusted. A website known as buzzfeed has released details on how to circumvent the self destructing feature and save the messages before you view them.

 

It turns out, all one needs is a file manager for their device or one can simply connect it to a computer and browse to the temporary folder where the message is stored on the phone or tablet. Facebook's Poke seems to have similar security issues but is reportedly working on a fix.

Kim Dotcom to host Mega's launch event at his New Zealand mega mansion next month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 5:36 pm

On January 20, 2013, exactly one year after the Megaupload takedown, Kim Dotcom will host the launch-party for his new file sharing venture dubbed Mega. Dotcom will be hosting the event at his sprawling New Zealand Estate.

 

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Promising a return that is bigger and better than ever, Dotcom has said that Mega will be "powered by legality and protected by the law." "Our easy to use one-click privacy feature will turn encryption into a mass product. We believe within five years half of all Internet traffic will be encrypted with solutions born from our new API," Dotcom says.

 

"I believe in our rights to privacy and legal sharing. I intend to protect those rights when governments are acting in the interest of corporations rather than society and progress," he adds. What do you think? Will Mega revolutionize the way we share data on the internet? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Nissan Leaf owners can get their batteries refreshed under new warranty options

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 4:45 pm

Nissan Leaf owners just got a huge Christmas present from Nissan. The company has modified its warranty clause for Leave Electric Vehicles, promising to restore battery capacity for any cars that fall below a certain threshold within five years or 60,000 miles.

 

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Executive Vice President Andy Palmer announced the new policy Thursday, telling Leaf owners that Nissan would "repair or replace" any lithium-ion battery that drops below nine out of the 12 available bars - about 70 percent of its original capacity.

 

The new warranty is set to go into effect in the spring of 2013 and would apply to the 2011, 1012, and 2013 models. At first the coverage will only be available to US markets, but Nissan plans to extend coverage to other markets soon.

Sony stops shipments of PS2 console in Japan

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 3:49 pm

Even though the PS3 was released about 6 years ago, Sony has continued to sell the PlayStation 2 in Japan which has continued to see titles released for it by Japanese game studios.

 

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Selling more than 150 million units, the PlayStation 2 is hands down the most popular gaming console in history. First launched in 2000, the PlayStation 2 has been a staple in more homes world wide than common place appliances like the Microwave.

 

According to Japanese site Famitsu, the console is being discontinued in its homeland, although there's no word on whether Sony plans to do the same in other territories.

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RIM's first patent payment to Nokia: $65 million

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 2:36 pm

After settling a patent dispute last week with Nokia, Research in Motion agreed to make a large one time payment which would be followed up with on-going payments to finish out the debt owed.

 

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A week later and RIM has made the one-time large payment. Reports from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the first payment to Nokia totaled $65 million.

 

"On December 21, 2012, Nokia and RIM announced that they have entered into a new patent license agreement," RIM explained in a 6-K filing. "The agreement will result in the settlement of all patent litigation between the companies and Nokia's dismissal of all pending actions in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany. The financial structure of the agreement includes a lump sum EUR50m (approximately $65m) one-time payment, which has been recorded in the Company's consolidated statement of operations in the third quarter of fiscal 2013."

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