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VP of Android leaves, heads for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 3:22 am

Big news for the Mountain View-based giant tonight, with its VP of Android product management leaving the company and headed for Chinese cellphone maker Xiaomi.

 

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Barra has been with Google since 2008, but get ready for the juicy part: Barra was rumored to be in a relationship with a Google employee who is now seeing Google co-founder Sergey Brin. AllThingsD is reporting that the relationship issues are not part of why Barra left the company.

 

You might be thinking 'just who in the hell is Xiaomi?' but they are quite the force in the Chinese market right now, recently shipping more handsets than Apple did iPhones in the country, according to Canalys' latest numbers. Google has released a statement regarding Barra's departure, where it said: "We wish Hugo Barra the best. We'll miss him at Google and we're excited that he is staying within the Android ecosystem."

RumorTT: NVIDIA launching more GPUs this year, GTX 800 series in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 2:38 am

Now this is some exciting news from VideoCardz.com, who is reporting that NVIDIA is working on two new video cards that we should see in the very near future. The first of which brings back the Ultra moniker, something I've been missing for years, and a dual Kepler GPU.

 

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The two GPUs in question would land as the GeForce GTX Titan Ultra, and the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 790. The GTX Titan Ultra would be a GK110 part, which is the same silicon found in the GTX Titan and GTX 780, but it would have all of those 2880 CUDA cores enabled for some serious graphics bench pressing. RIght now, the GTX Titan has 2688 CUDA cores enabled, and the GTX 780 has just 2304 CUDA cores enabled. This should give the GTX Titan Ultra a nice boost over its predecessor.

 

NVIDIA isn't stopping there though, as we should expect a GeForce GTX 790 sometime in the future. This would pack in two GK110 cores, but we don't know how many CUDA cores NVIDIA would enable per GPU. We should expect two fully-enabled GPUs on the GTX 780, as they'd need to be cut down to not leap over the 300W threshold.

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HTC looks to take on Android by building a new mobile OS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 1:32 am

With Android adoption growing at a never before seen rate, you would think that companies will be scrambling to offer as many devices as possible to the various markets that demand them. However, HTC is looking to do just the opposite. A new report released today by the Wall Street Journal says that HTC is working with the Chinese government to create an entirely new mobile operating system that is not based on Android.

 

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The operating system will most likely be exclusive to China and will be "deeply integrated with Chinese apps like the Twitter-like microblog Weibo." The article says that China is quite eager to have an alternative mobile operating system that is not developed by American companies so that it can more thoroughly control it. Let's face it, control is what this is entirely about, and if China can take this new opportunity to further lockdown on its citizens technological lives, you can bet it will.

Possible final Apple iPhone 5C colors spotted in new leaked photo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 12:27 am

With every day that passes, Apple's launch event for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C grows closer, but that does not stop the leaks from continuing to flow into the newsroom here at TweakTown. Today, new images surfaced on the website Tinhte that depict what is most likely the final color palette for the upcoming plastic-bodied, low-cost iPhone 5C.

 

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The photos depict a more vibrant hue of colors than we've seen in recent weeks, with the pastel blue and yellow being a bit more saturated than previously spotted. The phones also appear to be fully assembled instead of just plastic cases, with one shot showing one of the phones powered on. With only 13 days left before Apple debuts both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to the world, it will be interesting to see how much more of these products can leak.

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Evernote comes to Windows Phone 8, includes new, exciting features

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 11:29 pm

Today, Evernote updated their app for Windows Phone 8, bringing it more in line with its Android and iOS versions. The update ushers in several new features, including a new multi-shot camera that allows users to take multiple snapshots per note without exiting camera mode.

 

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To complement this feature, Evernote has also included a new slideshow that can be accessed by tapping on a photo while looking at the note. This will pop up the slideshow, which you can then swipe to view the other images. Speech-to-text is now also featured in the phone. Simply tap on the speech bubble from within a note and begin talking. The app will then transcribe your words into notes and add an automatically generated title so that users no longer end up with a bunch of untitled notes.

Dell releases new touchscreen monitors that fit any budget

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 10:17 pm

Today, Dell announced the launch of three new touchscreen monitors that have been priced to fit within anyone's budget. The Windows 8 friendly displays come in three different sizes, including 19.5 inches, 23 inches, and 27 inches.

 

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The Dell E2014 is a 1600 x 900 pixel, 19.5-inch screen with a 2ms response time and a high dynamic contrast ratio of 8,000,000:1. The monitor features a plethora of connector ports, including DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and USB, which allows direct display of content from your smartphone or tablet as well as from other devices.

 

The Dell P2314T 23-inch and P2714T 27-inch monitors both feature an intuitive 10-point touch experience in Windows 8 on a full HD display. Both monitors feature the same 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio as well as a 178-degree viewing angle. This provides an exceptional viewing experience from virtually any angle.

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Thecus unveils new T-OnTheGo V3.0 app for Android and iPhone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 8:25 pm

Today, Thecus announced that it has updated its popular mobile NAS utility app T-OnTheGo for both iOS and Android platforms. Version 3.0 of the T-OnTheGo app features a completely redesigned interface and now supports iOS6 and Android 4.2. Mobile users can now manage files, upload photos and videos, view images in thumbnail format, stream videos, and add existing WebDAV servers directly to their Thecus NAS.

 

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"Users want their data to go wherever they do, and they want to remain in control of it no matter how far away they actually are. That's where T-OnTheGo comes in. We wanted to help make users' data and remote management of their NAS systems completely mobile. It's like having the NAS in your pocket, except without the awkward staring," said Florence Shih, General Manager of Thecus.

 

The mobile app also allows users to manage their Thecus NAS from anywhere in the world as long as there is an Internet connection available to their mobile phone and to their NAS. T-OnTheGo also allows users to connect local disks, WebDAV servers, and several cloud-based storage services directly to their Thecus system. The new updated T-OnTheGo app is available for Android and iOS at the sources listed below.

Apple wants to trademark the word "startup," application under review

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 7:02 pm

It's no secret that Apple would like to own the IP rights to everything ever created, and a recent trademark filing seems to affirm this. Today, website TMwatch spotted a recent trademark application filed by the Cupertino giant in which the company wishes to obtain exclusive rights to the word "startup."

 

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The trademark was filed with the Australian legal firm Baker and McKenzie at the company's California headquarters. If the trademark is granted, it would prevent future new companies from using the term "startup" to describe their business ever again. It would also prevent the phrase being used in retail stores, being used in literature to describe what your computer does when you press the power button, and even educational settings such as classes and workshops.

 

Fortunately, trademark applications usually take a couple of years to process which leaves plenty of time for individuals and other companies to protest the filing. However, if the trademark application is approved, it could spell major issues for the tech industry as a whole. On a lighter note, could you imagine a world in which Robert Scoble could not use the term "startup" anymore?

US Government is Facebook's largest requester of user information

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 6:05 pm

Today, Facebook revealed that the US government accounts for the vast majority of the requests for information it receives about its subscribers. The social network said that it was legally required to comply with 79 percent of the 12,000 requests it received from the US government about 21,000 individuals who have profiles on the website.

 

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The US government is not the only guilty party though, as the UK government submitted about 2000 requests on over 2300 Facebook users, which it was obligated to turn over 68 percent of the requests. On the lower-end of the spectrum, Australia requested info on 601 users, of which 64 percent were granted. Facebook chose to release this information in an effort to be transparent after accusations of being close partners with the NSA in the infamous PRISM scandal.

 

In a blog post, Facebook's general counsel, Colin Stretch, wrote: "As we have made clear in recent weeks, we have stringent processes in place to handle all government data requests... We believe this process protects the data of the people who use our service, and requires governments to meet a very high legal bar with each individual request in order to receive any information about any of our users."

Score one for innovation: New Zealand bans software patents

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 4:50 pm

In what can only be described as a win for humanity, the New Zealand government today passed a new Patents Bill that effectively makes patenting software illegal. In what many are calling a major victory for innovation, the bill was passed earlier this week after more than five years of debate and intensive lobbying for multinational software vendors.

 

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New Zealand's Minister of commerce Craig Foss openly welcomed the updated Patents Bill and said that it marked a "significant step towards driving innovation in New Zealand." He went on to say: "By clarifying the definition of what can be patented, we are giving New Zealand businesses more flexibility to adapt and improve existing inventions, while continuing to protect genuine innovations,"

 

The bill passed by a unanimous vote and was praised by the Institute of IT Professionals. Its chief executive, Paul Matthews, had the following to say: "The patents system doesn't work for software because it is almost impossible for genuine technology companies to create new software without breaching some of the hundreds of thousands of software patents that exist, often for very obvious work... Today's historic legislation will support our innovative technology industry, and sends a clear message to the rest of the world that New Zealand won't tolerate the vexatious practice of 'patent trolls'"

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