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Apple releases iOS 8.0.2, but some Australian users complain of issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 20 hours ago

After apologizing to customers for releasing - and quickly pulling - the Apple iOS 8.0.1 update, the popular company has released iOS 8.0.2. The second firmware update for iOS 8 fixes problems users reported having when they upgraded their devices to 8.0.1, which was pulled very shortly after release earlier in the week.

 

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Despite the fix, some users in Australia are complaining of mobile connectivity and Touch ID problems - which are two problems the 8.0.2 update was supposed to fix for all users. Only time will tell if these issues are isolated to Australia, or if Apple has released another dud.

 

The iOS 8.0.2 update is available for iPhones dating back to iPhone 4s, along with tablets back to the iPad 2.

PSA: Only nine people have bent iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, says Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 6 hours ago

We've been all over the #BendGate issue with the bending, or warping iPhone 6 Plus smartphone from Apple, which is bending from sitting in consumers' pockets. But don't worry, Apple has now finally replied, saying that only nine people have contacted them with problematic iPhone 6 Plus'.

 

 

The Cupertino-based iGiant has said that their iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful, and sturdy. Both of the next-gen iPhones feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure that is constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminum, which is tempered for extra strength.

 

Apple continues its PR campaign against #BendGate, adding that its phones feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations, as well as using the strongest glass in the smartphone industry - yet, it's not enough to stop bending iPhones. Apple adds that it chooses these high quality materials and construction methods very carefully for both their strengh, and durability. Apple also performs rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle, which includes 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion and user studies.

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Shamu poses for the camera, next-gen Nexus is a bigger Moto X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 8 hours ago

We're getting closer and closer to the reveal of the Android L-powered Nexus X, or Nexus 6, from Google, with the latest tease of the smartphone below.

 

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As it stands, it's known as Shamu, the codename for Google's new Nexus. It looks like a bigger Moto X smartphone, and even bigger than LG's 5.5-inch G3 smartphone. We have an LED flash ring on the rear, surrounding the sure-to-be-powerful rear-facing camera. We should expect it to be unveiled as the Nexus 6, featuring a 5.92-inch 2560x1440, or QHD display.

QuakeCon 2015 dated, will take place between July 23-26, 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 9 hours ago

Can you believe that next year marks the 20th anniversary of QuakeCon? QuakeCon 2015 has been officially announced, and will take place between July 23-26, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole, in Dallas, Texas.

 

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QuakeCon tickets are free once again, and will be made available at a later date. Bethesda bills the show as "North America's largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party" but there will also be other games previewed by the company, other activities, panels, tournaments, and more. At QuakeCon earlier this year, Bethesda showed off an exclusive look at the new Doom.

Samsung Gear VR's content will be controlled by Oculus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 6 days, 10 hours ago

Samsung is soon to launch its Gear VR device, alongside the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, but what about the software and games that will float onto Samsung's first VR device? That will be controlled by Oculus.

 

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First, you'll need the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, followed by (of course) the Gear VR headset itself, and finally, in order to get it all working, the software will be coming from Oculus. Oculus' vice president for Mobile told Polygon: "On Gear VR, there will be an Oculus store and that's how you'll get Gear VR applications". This means that there is no way for developers to release games through the Google Play, or other Android stores for Gear VR. Cohen added: "No. You'll need to go through Oculus storefront for mobile VR".

 

While this might sound strange, it gives Oculus the control to keep the quality of the content at a much higher grade. Second, it provides Oculus, and Facebook, with profits from the sales, in the same way Valve takes a cut of profits from each game sold on Steam. Cohen added: "We'll have a lot more details about this later, but it's going to be something that's very developer friendly. Our goal is to be the platform, to provide the tools that developers need, and to bring the users in," he stated. "And that it will be as painless as we can make it".

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Xbox One is bombing in Japan, sales are worse than Xbox 360 launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

Well, it looks like Microsoft isn't having the success it wanted to in Japan with the recent launch of its Xbox One console. In its first four days on sale, there were 25,674 consoles sold.

 

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Comparing this to the number of Xbox 360 consoles sold when it launched in 2005, which sold over 60,000 consoles in just two days. On its second week on sale, there were just 3,015 Xbox One consoles sold in Japan. Comparing this to the homegrown Sony PlayStation 3 and 4, the PS3 sold twice as many, while eight times as many PS4s were sold.

Samsung pulls laptop sales in Europe, including its Chromebooks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

Samsung has withdrawn from the European laptop market, pulling its Ativ notebooks and Google Chrome-powered Chromebooks. Overall, the PC market has struggled as smartphones, tablets, and phablets take over - and the laptop market has also suffered. Sony spun off its VAIO laptop business to completely separate itself from the declining sector. For Samsung, the company continues to have great success utilizing Google Android on its smartphones and tablets, which is where future focus will remain high.

 

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"We quickly adapt to market needs and demands," Samsung said in a statement. "In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region - and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets. We will continue to thoroughly evaluate market conditions and will make further adjustments to maintain our competitiveness in emerging PC categories."

 

Sony spun off its VAIO laptop business to completely separate itself from the declining sector.

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Boston University preparing to develop cloud-based smart-city grid

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has given the Boston University Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering funding to help design a cloud-based "smart-city" platform. The so-called Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform & Ecosystem (SCOPE) could one day help improve social services, transportation, energy, public safety, and other infrastructure for Boston residents.

 

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The state of Massachusetts has a large number of colleges and universities, along with a booming tech sector, which helps spur innovation. If successful, similar programs could be launched in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States, as cities, counties, and states try to operate on mismanaged - and sometimes out of control - budgets that only balloon further.

 

"The SCOPE project highlights the collaborative efforts between the state, industry and academia that help make Massachusetts the leading innovation state," said Governor Deval Patrick. "Through our Massachusetts Big Data Initiative, we've made open government a priority, opening data sets across multiple state agencies, improving access by researchers and the public."

Microsoft France President confirms Windows 9 unveiling next week

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

Microsoft is expected to announce Windows 9 during a September 30 press event, which was unexpectedly confirmed by Microsoft France President Alain Crozier during a recent speech to employees. A "Windows Technical Preview" should become available shortly after the event, with numerous leaked images and details about the not-so-secret OS already available.

 

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During the recent chat with employees, Crozier used the phrase "Windows 9" instead of the code word "Threshold" when discussing the upcoming OS.

 

Microsoft has an accelerated operating system roadmap, especially as users were unimpressed with Windows 8/8.1 - an operating system that was supposed to highlight touch capability - but instead left many users frustrated.

After years of problems, F-22 Raptor finally flying combat missions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 days, 18 hours ago

As the United States continues another complicated military and political battle in the Middle East, the problem-plagued F-22 Raptor is seeing its first tour of combat. The radar-evading F-22 Raptor didn't conduct attack missions in Iraq or Afghanistan, but is now being used to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Syria.

 

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The Lockheed Martin-developed aircraft is a single-seat fighter jet able to evade radar - but at a $190 million cost per aircraft, it's rather expensive - with almost 200 fighter jets manufactured. After years of budget problems and delays, including an oxygen-related issue in which pilots reported in-flight oxygen deprivation, the U.S. Air Force looks ahead to using the aircraft for future strikes.

 

"The flight of the F-22s delivered GPS-guided munitions, precision munitions targeting only the right side of the building," said Lt. Gen William Mayville, during a recent presentation how the aircraft is being used to fight ISIS terrorists in Syria. "And you can see that the control - the command and control center where it was located in the building was destroyed."

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