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Nexus 4 8GB again out of stock, 16GB version ships in 6-7 weeks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 2, 2012 3:00 am

If you blinked, you probably missed it. The 8GB Google Nexus 4 is again out of stock after being briefly back in stock. Google has updated the product page on the Play Store to simply say "Out of Stock." The 16GB version of the phone, a bit less popular due to its higher price, will ship in 6 to 7 weeks according to the product page.

 

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The device features an incredibly low price when you factor in the fact that it comes without a contract. My iPhone was this much, but I had to resign a two-year contract. The general consensus is that Google is subsidizing the phone to continue to take away market share from iOS and other smartphones.

 

It's not clear when Google will have more stock of the budget-priced and feature-packed smartphone, but we'll be sure to let you know as soon as we do so that you'll have the best chances at getting one.

Police decide not to press charges of piracy against 9-year-old girl in Finland

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 1, 2012 2:35 am

We had previously reported about a 9-year-old's laptop being confiscated by police after she tried pirating some music. The police in Finland have now decided not to press charges against the girl. "We have decided to end the criminal investigation, because CIAPC has waived the penalty claims," police officer Markku Nisula told Finnish news outlet MTV3.

 

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Reportedly, the father has agreed with CIAPC to pay only 300 euros, half of the original amount demanded of him. This means that the now infamous Winnie the Pooh laptop will be returned to the girl.

Google's Knowledge Graph learns about medicines, now displays info when a medicine is searched for

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 1, 2012 1:28 am

Google has known about medicine since 2010, but Google's Knowledge Graph has just learned about the various drugs available in a bit more detail. Previously when a drug was searched for, Google would display a short paragraph and links to lists of the various side effects and other information.

 

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Now, Google is utilizing its Knowledge Graph product to display more information about drugs directly on the search page. In collaboration with the US FDA, National Library of Medicine, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and others, Google's Knowledge Graph will now display side effects, pregnancy risk, drug class, and related medications.

 

Of course, the information still comes with links to in-depth readings about the drugs. The Knowledge Graph launched back in May 2012 and has since learned many new facts and has become better at answering questions. It's one of Google's ways of making search and finding answers easier for the common user.

Apple offering variable amount iTunes gift cards through third-party retailers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 1, 2012 12:30 am

If you're looking to get an iTunes gift card for someone special this year, you'll no longer be tied into buying a predetermined denomination. Instead, these variable amount cards will be able to be loaded with any amount ranging from $15 to $500. Previously iTunes cards had only been offered in $15, $25, $50, and $100 denominations.

 

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The new cards are rolling out to at least one supermarket chain and one retailer today, though they will likely come to a store near you. As of right now, there doesn't appear to be a place online where these cards can be procured, so your only option is to find them in store.

 

When you go to purchase one of the cards, the cashier validates the card and the amount you pay is tied to the card. The new cards are capable of being redeemed using the new iTunes OCR redemption system.

Jelly Bean coming to Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD starting next week

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 11:32 pm

Owners of the Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD will start getting an update to Jelly Bean next week now that Verizon has approved the Android 4.1 update. Jelly Bean has received much praise throughout the press and continues to improve the Android experience for users. It's nice to see the update coming out fairly quickly after the release of Android Jelly Bean.

 

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The RAZR HD and MAXX HD are Motorola's flagship devices, so it makes sense that Motorola would update them to the latest version of Android. (Well, almost latest version of Android.) Users will gain access to improved performance and Google Now, a service which has been called "Innovation of the Year."

 

The update will begin rolling out to customers starting next week. As always, be sure to back up important data before updating just to be safe.

Raspberry Pi Model A coming soon, initial samples roll off production line

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 10:29 pm

The Raspberry Pi has made quite a splash in the educational and enthusiast markets. For $35, educators, hackers, modders, and others could get a fully functional computer system, albeit ARM-based, that was capable of running Linux. Ironically, that version is the Model B and has been shipping for seven months.

 

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The Model A, a stripped down version of the Model B, is just now beginning to be produced, with the first engineering samples beginning to roll of off the production line. This new board is set to cost users only $25 and will come with fewer accouterments than its more expensive brother.

 

The Model A will lack an Ethernet port and only come with 256MB of RAM and a single USB port. According to a blog post by the Raspberry Pi Foudnation, they are already receiving orders from "people making industrial control modules, from roboticists, from people doing automation." The Model A is likely to ship in 2013.

Ouya console to ship to devs on time, consoles will go out on December 28

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 9:32 pm

The Ouya console is one step closer to becoming a real gaming console. A post on the Ouya Kickstarter page confirms that the development kits will be shipping by the promised time. The post, penned by JulesKane, states that the consoles will be leaving the factory on December 28 and will take a couple of days to reach your doorstep.

 

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Even better is the mention that these aren't just a normal Ouya console. The post says that "they're rare drops. :P" If you couldn't afford to purchase a development console, you could still win a chance to get your hands on one. The Ouya team is hosting a giveaway and you can find out more about that directly from the team.

 

Finally, the Ouya team has said that the Ouya Development Kit (ODK) will be available to everyone when the development consoles ship. This way if you couldn't afford a development console, you can still start work on developing a game for the console.

Bing Maps updated with 121 terabytes of new imagery

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 8:29 pm

Microsoft is continuing to spend money on Bing to try and take away some of Google's market share. Today, they have announced that Bing Maps has been updated with 121 terabytes of new satellite and Global Ortho imagery. 121 terabytes is quite the amount of data, so just how much land does that cover?

 

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Microsoft says that the new imagery covers about 15 million square kilometers of land, with most of the update being focused on parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. Microsoft has also updated 800,000 square kilometers of Global Ortho image data, which now totals 10,777,300 square kilometers.

 

The entire United States, save for restricted zones, and 83 percent of Europe are covered with this imagery that is captured by pilots. Once all of the Global Ortho data is collected, Microsoft is planning on going back and updating roughly 50 percent of the original coverage, mainly in popular areas.

Facebook now offering PhotoSync to all users; enters into cloud storage market, sort of

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 7:22 pm

A feature that Facebook had been testing on both iOS and Android devices is now becoming available to everyone. The feature, also known as Photo Sync, uploads all of the pictures a device takes to a private photo album on Facebook in the background. Users can then go through and make public those photos they want to share.

 

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This new feature has several implications. First of all, it marks Facebook's entrance into the cloud storage market as they are essentially storing photos for users and they aren't requiring them to be made public. Second, this new feature could increase the numbers of photos shared on Facebook, an important thing for the company.

 

More photos shared will result in people staying on the site longer, increasing the amount of ads that can be served, which, in turn, increases revenue. It will also take away some of the frustration users experience as they will no longer have to wait for photos to upload. You can find out more information about the feature from Facebook.

Bloomberg: Microsoft will release next Xbox in time for 2013 holiday season

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 7:00 pm

If you were thinking of buying a second or third Xbox 360 this holiday season for your mansion, you might want to hold off on having one of your butlers order it for you as by this time next year, we'll be graced with a new Xbox console.

 

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According to Bloomberg whose sources are "familiar with the company's plans," Microsoft will be making its next Xbox available for retail in time to be available for Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping next year. As of now, Microsoft isn't entirely sure when exactly they should unveil its next Xbox as its currently debating whether to unveil it at E3 in June or at an entirely different event completely dedicated to the unveiling.

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