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Facebook opens up beta testing program for Android, wants you to help make its app better

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 8:27 pm

Facebook's Android app is usually hit and miss on whether an update will be amazing and fix tons of issues or will just inject more bugs into the user experience. It appears that Facebook realizes this and has now opened a new beta testing program that all Android users are invited to join.




Facebook says that the creation of this beta tester pool is because of the sheer vastness and diversity of hardware and OS software in the Android ecosystem. This makes it very difficult for the software developers to find every bug and every issue that only appears on a specific device or version. This new program is organized by Google's new "Group for Beta Testers" service that was announced at Google I/O earlier this month.


To join the group, all you have to do is click the link at source #2 below, join the group, except the permissions, and head to the Android market and re-download the Facebook app. Facebook has created its own group (source #3) in which users can join and leave feedback, but that is not a requirement. Reporting bugs found in the application is as easy as clicking a new "report bug" button icon in the settings menu.

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Spotify has big plans for original content, confirmed rumors at press event today

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 8:02 pm

Mayor Michael Bloomberg headed up the press conference this afternoon held by Spotify at its headquarters in New York City. At the announcement, the company unveiled its plans to build a brand-new US headquarters office on Sixth Avenue which will be several times the size of its current space.




The big news, however, came when the company announced its plans to create unique and original content. This news came from Ken Parks who heads up the company's NYC office. While brief and limited, we suspect this means that the company will be holding new live performances either in New York City or around the country. While some speculate that Spotify could create its own label, I feel that is highly unlikely, and the idea of Spotify-hosted concerts is much more realistic.

FCC listing outs new Roku Streaming Stick remote with headphone audio jack

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 7:43 pm

A newly discovered filing by Roku with the FCC reveals a new remote for the company's Streaming Stick. The new remote features an audio out jack for use with headphones at times when you do not wish for the TV's audio to disturb others.




With only two batteries for power, issues of battery longevity have arisen, but as Engadget reports in their testing of previous models, the batteries lasted for hours even with headphones plugged in. No word when the new model will be released or on any pricing or retail partners.

Rovio to slingshot Angry Birds Trilogy onto Wii and Wii U consoles this August

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 7:02 pm

Today, Rovio announced that the Angry Birds Trilogy will be heading to Nintendo's Wii and Wii U consoles this August 13. This will bring it in line with the existing versions already available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo's own DS.




The game will come in a disc-based collection and will include Angry Birds, Angry Birds: Seasons, and Angry Birds: Rio. There is no word yet on when or if Angry Birds: Space, Angry Birds: Star Wars, or Bad Piggies will make it to the consoles. The company says that the trilogy will offer 140 hours of gameplay as well as 30 episodes right on the disk, including some new and exclusive levels.


The trilogy is the perfect fit for the Nintendo Wii and Wii U as they are geared more towards entertaining families and are very popular with younger children. I may go out and buy a Wii just so I can use the slingshot via the Wii Remote.

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BitFenix announces new Ronin PC Chassis loaded with cooling-friendly options

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 6:30 pm

BitFenix is known for its clean yet very modern chassis designs and today the company has unveiled its latest ATX masterpiece. The Ronin is a mid-tower PC case that features enhanced cooling capabilities, DIY/hacking-friendly features and styling, and the same high-quality construction that BitFenix is known for.



The Ronin accommodates up to two 140 mm fans in the top or a water cooling radiator up to 240 mm in length. Additionally, there are two 120 mm fan locations in the front and one in the back as well as one on the bottom. Like other modern PC chassis, BitFenix has designed the hard drive cages to be removable to allow the installation of graphics cards up to 420mm in length.


Continuing BitFenix's long-standing DIY-friendly design, the Ronin features tool-free drive locking mechanisms, a plethora of cable management options, as well as a motherboard tray CPU bracket cutout to allow easy swapping of CPU coolers. Air filters are located in the front of the case as well as on the bottom allowing for a mostly dust free lifespan. BitFenix says that the Ronin will be available in store shelves mid-July, but MSRP is unknown at this time.

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HTC launches sultry red HTC One in the UK, arrives on retail shelves next month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 5:26 pm

HTC's One is undoubtedly one of the best looking Android phones ever made. Its aluminum unibody, combined with an amazing screen and an UltraPixel camera, give it a very elegant, refined, and solid feel much like that of the iPhone.




Now the sexiest phone on the Android market just got the UK, anyway. HTC will be releasing an exclusive "glamor red" version of the One which will be available for £33 per month at retailer Phones 4U. There is no word on whether the red version will be available in 16 or 32 GB, but it appears that all the internal hardware will stay the same.


At the moment, HTC has no plans to release this beautiful red work of art in the US, but I personally keep my fingers crossed that it will appear by the time my upgrade comes in August. If not, I guess I will have to settle for a silver version.

Imgur launches its own meme generator to further solidify its popularity with Reddit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 4:28 pm

Yesterday, the popular image hosting service Imgur launched its very own meme generator in an effort to lure all of Reddit from several other meme-generating websites. This announcement comes shortly after Reddit banned links from Quickmeme earlier this week which was accused of running upvote bots and injecting malware via its images.




All of the most popular and least favorite meme images are preloaded into the generator, and a built-in gallery collects all the most popular memes created each day. During a quick scan through all of the memes, I noticed such timeless classics as Overly Obsessed Girlfriend, Bad Luck Brian, Scumbag Steve, Actual Advice Mallard, and everyone's favorite, Grumpy Cat.


With Imgur already one of the most popular image sharing websites on the Internet, not to mention Reddit's go to source for image hosting, we are sure to see thousands of more memes pop up everywhere. What's your favorite meme? Post the link below in the comments for everyone to see.

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LeakedTT: Sony's upcoming Xperia i1 with 20-megapixel camera pops up in group shot with other Xperia phones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 4:04 pm

Earlier this week, Sony introduced us to the massive 6.4-inch phablet known as the Xperia Z Ultra, and if a new leak is true, the company could have another home-run-hitting smartphone releasing soon. Known as the Xperia i1, the new phone will feature a 5.5-inch screen and possibly a QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 Processor.




While those features are exciting, the big news is that this camera is said to feature a 20-megapixel camera which would be Sony's largest imaging sensor on a smartphone to date. The photo above is courtesy of a Brazilian tech site named TechTudo and pictures three Xperia devices with the Xperia Z Ultra on the left, the Xperia ZL claiming the right spot, and the rumored Xperia i1 in the middle.


If the leak is true, it shows that Sony is following in the footsteps of Samsung, Nokia, and LG by releasing multiple high-end smartphones in quick succession rather than one high-end phone and many low-end phones. With two other high-end camera-centric smartphones, the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Nokia Lumia 1020, appearing this year, is there enough room for this 20-megapixel Xperia i1?

Google to remove all Blogger blogs that monetize via porn ads

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 3:01 pm

Google is most often referred to as the search king, and rightfully so as it does search better than all others. What we tend to forget is that Google makes most of it's money from advertising, which is something else the company does phenomenally well. Like most other companies, Google is not a fan of competition and this morning it has flexed its muscles in an effort to remove all "adult content ads" from Blogger.




Google is sending out notices to owners of adult-themed blogs hosted on its popular Blogger service. The notice warns of a change to its terms of service which will restrict its users from earning money by displaying adult ads on their blog. The email explicitly states that on June 30 Google will "strictly prohibit the monetization of Adult content on Blogger."


At the moment, it appears that Google is contacting Blogger users that have already manually mark their blogs as adult or have been identified (through means unknown) to be running explicit ads. The process does not appear to be flawless as some users have reported receiving email even though they have never made a single post on their blog.

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Sony releases PS3 firmware update 4.46 to fix bricked machines running 4.45

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 2:05 pm

Last week, Sony pushed out a firmware update that wound up doing much more harm than good. The 4.45 update wound up bricking thousands of PS3 consoles and left owers wondering if their machines would ever work again. This morning, Sony has released a firmware update which will fix those consoles broken by the 4.45 firmware update.




The new update, version 4.46, will fix your broken PS3 in three easy steps that require downloading the new 4.46 firmware, activating safe mode on your PS3, and then manually installing the update onto the machine. Thankfully for those less technically minded, Sony has created an easy to follow, step-by-step guide. Did your PS3 break due to the bad firmware? Try the fix out and let us know if it worked.

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