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Facebook knows about Home problems, will fix them in future releases of the app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 13, 2013 9:29 am

Facebook Home is making the rounds, unfortunately not to my Nexus 4 yet, but being downloaded more than one million downloads is something to talk about. The problem is, though, that there is a massive amount of negative feedback and reviews on Facebook Home.

 

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Technology Review have reported that the social network are aware of these issues, and their first attempt at creating their own Android overlay has been met with problems, but they've promised to get them fixed in future releases of Facebook Home. Facebook have also said that they are adding "a launcher that makes it easier to see your non-Facebook apps and doesn't reorganize them", "a way to create folders of apps within the launcher" and "a dock at the bottom of the screen that gives you quick access to your most important apps".

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini appears, features the same type of design as the S4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 8:28 am

It feels like every other day I'm writing a piece on yet another Samsung smartphone, with the week beginning with news of a Galaxy S4 mini. The S4 mini has been snapped on camera in China, and looks like a smaller Galaxy S4, obviously.

 

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The Galaxy S4 mini appears to include the same design as the full-sized S4, with it looking smooth and rounded, with the carbon fiber pattern on the back panel. It is around 8mm thick, which is in the ballpark of the S4's thickness. It is definitely shorter, and narrower than its bigger brother.

 

We should expect the S4 mini to include a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, with the resolution bumped down to 960x540. Internally, there should be a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a decent rear-facing camera.

US Navy successfully flies drone for two days using a liquid hydrogen tank

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Drones | Posted: May 13, 2013 7:35 am

The US Office of Naval Research has successfully flown a drone for two entire days using a tank filled with liquid hydrogen. The previous experiment used a hydrogen fuel cell as its power source, flying for a then record time of 26 hours.

 

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The new test used a cryogenic storage tank filled with liquid hydrogen, flying for 48 hours, breaking the previous record by nearly an entire day. We should expect this technology to continue to impress, just give it a few more years.

Google's VP9 video codec is nearly complete, YouTube will use the next-generation compression technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 13, 2013 6:34 am

Come June 17, Google are looking to finish their VP9 video codec. From there, the Mountain View-based company will use their next-generation compression technology in both Chrome and YouTube. Matt Frost, senior business product manager for the WebM Project, said in a blog post:

 

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Last week, we hosted over 100 guests at a summit meeting for VP9, the WebM Project's next-generation open video codec. We were particularly happy to welcome our friends from YouTube, who spoke about their plans to support VP9 once support lands in Chrome.

 

What is the WebM project? It is Google's project for freeing Web video from royalty constraints, with the WebM technology combining VP8 with the Vorbis audio codec. VP9 transmits video much more efficiently than the VP8 codec, and will be a huge milestone for Google and potential Web-video allies like Mozilla who hope to see royalty-free video compression technology spread across the Internet.

Windows Phone Store reaches 145,000 apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 13, 2013 5:31 am

Just how well is Microsoft going with the Windows Phone Store? Well, they've reached over 145,000 apps, which is up from the 120,000 apps that we heard about in October.

 

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But, this number shows that the momentum has slowed down for the Windows Phone Store, considering it doubled in size over the first half of 2012. Are developers leaving the platform? Or are they just simply not as interested in Windows Phone as they are with iOS and Android? There are those that argue that Microsoft are concentrating on quality apps versus just boat loads of apps, with iOS reaching over 800,000 apps now.

Samsung to deploy 5G network by 2020, will be capable of 1.25GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 13, 2013 4:32 am

I'm not even enjoying 4G yet, and all I keep hearing is talk of a 5G network being deployed within the next decade. Samsung are behind the new talks, with an under-development wireless network to be capable of giving users the speed to stream data faster than ever dreamed before, even from current wired networks.

 

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You might want to sit down to hear this, but Samsung's 5G network will be capable of 10 gigabits per second, giving users download speeds of around 1.25GB/sec. Considering 4G LTE provides around 75 megabits per second, or around 9.375MB/sec, it is a gigantic leap that can't be frowned upon. We're talking about downloading a Blu-ray movie in under one minute over your mobile Internet connection.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer arrives, the Marvel universe enters the TV realm

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 13, 2013 3:12 am

The Avengers impressed critics, fans and the box office - making more than $1 billion worldwide. How do you begin to even follow that up on TV? Well, for one you keep The Avengers' director, and huge TV veteran, Joss Whedon involved.

 

 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes place in the Marvel universe of course, and takes place after the events of The Avengers. Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, is back, even though he was killed (or was he?) in The Avengers. I'm sure there'll be a great explanation for Coulson's return, with all of the technology at play in the Marvel universe, I'm sure they could bring him back easily.

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Talk of an iPhone 6 begins, will we skip the iPhone 5S?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 2:27 am

Are Apple behind the curve so much that they need to skip the iPhone 5S and go right into the iPhone 6? Well, it looks like this might happen according to a photo taken by a UK mobile operator's till system.

 

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In the till, lists the '4G iPhone 6'. Of course, this isn't the best evidence and could be an outright fake, but it is interesting. Why would Apple waste unveiling iOS 7, which is expected to feature an revamped UI, on the slightly more powerful iPhone 5S? I actually predicted the iPhone 6 release in an article I wrote in October last year - it'll be interesting to see if I was right.

Sharp to slash 5,000 jobs will refocus on smartphone displays, large HDTVs and 4K TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 12, 2013 6:36 am

Sharp will reportedly announce a three-year recovery plan next week, and will slash 5,000 jobs as part of this recovery plan in order to turn the struggling Japanese company around.

 

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The Asahi Shimbun has reported that the number of directors and advisory positions will be slashed in half, with the number of positions at Sharp's main office in Osaka, Japan to be reduced by 50%. There will be layoffs in China and Malaysia, also. In order to increase profits, Sharp will refocus their efforts to producing more smartphone screens, big HDTVs and 4K TVs.

Windows 8 may have 100 million licenses in the wild, but install base sits at an estimated 59 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 12, 2013 5:35 am

Microsoft may have sold 100 million licenses of Windows 8, but this doesn't mean that those licenses are all installed onto consumers' PCs. ComputerWorld talked with Patrick Moorhead, a principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, who estimates that the actual number of Windows 8 devices being used is closer to 59 million.

 

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This is according to the most recent data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 is being used on around 4.2% of all Windows PCs. There are over 70 million PCs in the wild still running Windows Vista, which is a number that needs to change.

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