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Chrome slider reflection in iPod app on iOS 6 actually changes as phone is tilted

Trace Hagan | Operating Systems | Wed, Jun 13 2012 1:32 PM CDT

You want proof that Apple is still a little bit OCD even post-Jobs? Pull out your iPhone with iOS 6 and take a look at the chrome slider reflection. Now, tilt your phone side-to-side. Yup, the reflection actually changes as the phone is tilted. Proof positive that Apple still has some OCD, detail-oriented people on its payroll.

This is just insane that Apple would actually dedicate the resources to do something this tiny. It serves no purpose other than to look good and replicate what would really happen. It's extremely impressive, but at the same time completely pointless. iOS 6 has many other more major features, so this isn't the whole reason for the update.

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ICANN releases list of applicants for TLDs and which TLDs were applied for

Trace Hagan | Internet & Websites | Wed, Jun 13 2012 12:25 PM CDT

The internet is about to get even more confusing for old people. ICANN has been working on offering generic top-level-domains for about six years now, and today sees another step in that direction. Top-level-domains (TLD) are the endings on domains such as ".com" or ".org" and generic TLDs will come in the form of brands, ".samsung," or topics, ".lol."

ICANN releases list of applicants for TLDs and which TLDs were applied for | TweakTown.com

"It's a historic day for the Internet," said ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom. "The internet is about to change forever." Notice that he doesn't specify that it is changing for the better as no one truly knows the full impact that these domains will have. It has the possibility to create widespread confusion, or easy ways to find topic-specific sites.

Brands had to pay a whopping $185,000 just to apply for a TLD; some brands applied for multiple. Applicants also had to prove their ability to pay to run a registry by putting up additional money. The application period has ended and ICANN has finally released a listing of applicants and the TLDs that they applied for.

Google was the heaviest hitter and applied for .Google, .android, .chrome, .cloud, .lol, .vip, and .wow. Amazon wasn't left out of the party and applied for .amazon, .book, .fire., .music, and .free. A few interesting TLDs were applied for such as .sex and .porn, as well as .sucks. ICANN has reiterated that they have the ability to take back a domain if the owner is abusing it.

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AMD launches its first professional FirePro card based on the 28nm Graphics Core Next

Trace Hagan | Video Cards | Wed, Jun 13 2012 11:29 AM CDT

AMD has just announced the immediate availability of the FirePro W600. The FirePro W600 is the first professional-level graphics card to released by AMD that leverages the 28nm manufacturing process along with the Graphics Core Next GPU architecture. This card is designed to be used for large, dynamic screens that are easily updated with new content.

AMD launches its first professional FirePro card based on the 28nm Graphics Core Next | TweakTown.com

"Whether we are checking flight times at the airport or watching the latest ads on massive screens in city squares, digital signage has quickly become an important and ubiquitous part of our lives," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD Graphics. "To enable these displays, the digital signage industry demands technology that can be regularly refreshed with new, feature-rich content. With the launch of the AMD FirePro W600 professional graphics card, AMD is helping advance the digital display wall industry by providing suppliers and developers with impressive display density, performance and exceptional value."

There are many new screens being built that are leveraging the latest in HD LED, LCD and plasma technologies. These screens, in turn, are being installed together to create giant video walls. The AMD W600 was designed to power these huge, multi-monitor displays which are often used for advertising and video conferencing.

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AMD licenses ARM technology, comes as no surprise

Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal | Wed, Jun 13 2012 10:22 AM CDT

It's been expected by many analysts and fanboys alike that AMD would eventually either produce their own ARM-type chip or license one of ARM's creations. Today, AMD has finally done one of those options by licensing the ARM Cortex-A5. The Cortex-A5 will find its way into AMD's APU line of CPUs.

AMD licenses ARM technology, comes as no surprise | TweakTown.com

It's not actually the processing functions of the Cortex-A5 that AMD is after, however. This is the unexpected part. Instead, AMD is looking to use the security features that ARM has been working on for some time. Dubbed TrustZone, ARM has produced hardware and software which make data transfers and transactions more secure.

The Cortex-A5 was chosen as it is the smallest of ARM's chips and will take up only a marginal amount of space on one of AMD's APUs. If produced on the 28nm process, it is expected the A5 will add about 10-15mm2 of die size. The A5 will take care of all of the security functions for securing online transactions.

"With AMD's support for, and inclusion in, the expanding TrustZone ecosystem, consumers and businesses can rest assured their data and content are secured by an industry-standard security solution that spans a multitude of devices and operating systems," said Wolfe. "This example of AMD's ambidextrous strategy, which leverages our history of x86 and graphics innovation while also embracing other technologies and intellectual property, will help drive a more secure computing experience for our consumer and businesses customers."

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ADATA launches a colorful line of USB flash drives

Trace Hagan | Storage | Wed, Jun 13 2012 8:49 AM CDT

ADATA often produces high quality products at bargain pricing. Today's announcement is no different. ADATA has launched a new line of USB flash drives which range in capacity from 4GB to 32GB and won't break the bank. USB drives have been coming down in price for a while now, but I often still don't see drives for sale for what the MSRP of the 32GB one is.

ADATA launches a colorful line of USB flash drives | TweakTown.com

The min selling feature for these drives is there color. They are available in navy blue, milk white, cotton candy pink, and caramel brown. These colors help to keep the drive fashionable. The flash drives are perfect for someone looking for a fashionable, high capacity USB thumb drive to take with them.

The drive is available in the US and Canada through selective retail channels. The MSRP for the various devices is as follows:

  • 4GB: $5.99
  • 8GB: $7.99
  • 16GB: $13.99
  • 32GB: $21.99

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Spotify for Android update has arrived, new interface included

Anthony Garreffa | Apps | Wed, Jun 13 2012 5:23 AM CDT

Popular music streaming service Spotify have updated their Android app which sports a new interface, new features, and Last.fm users can now add their account details to the app which allows songs to be scrobbled and added to their playlist history.

Spotify for Android update has arrived, new interface included | TweakTown.com

The updated app includes upgraded sound options, high-resolution artist imagery, and a new slide-out navigation system. The new user interface is swish, allowing you to simply slide across between options. Friend playlists and profiles, queues and album art are all here, as well as a new "related artist" view - something missing from the previous versions of the Spotify for Android app.

Folder playlist management and other social parts of the app are included, with sound quality settings extended to 320kbps. Android 4.0-based users can now control Spotify playback through a home screen widget (great!!), but for most of the high-end features, and offline mode, the $10 per month premium subscription is required - it's highly recommended, personally!

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Apple finally sees the end of Ping, it gets cut in the next version of iTunes

Anthony Garreffa | Social Networking | Wed, Jun 13 2012 4:26 AM CDT

I personally never saw the point of Ping myself, but Apple tried to push the social network for music, and failed. Miserably. Instead of continuing to support the sinking ship that is Ping, Apple have decided to ditch Ping and use their strong partnerships found in social networking giants Twitter and Facebook to make Apple's various software and service offerings in the social scene that customers actually care about.

Apple finally sees the end of Ping, it gets cut in the next version of iTunes | TweakTown.com

Even though Ping is available in iTunes 10.6.3 and the iOS 6 beta (where it doesn't work), it will disappear in the next major release of iTunes which is due this fall. After that, Apple will use Twitter and Facebook for their social networking needs.

Did you even use Ping? Ping never really even made my radar...

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Google are seeing 900,000 Android activations per day

Anthony Garreffa | Operating Systems | Wed, Jun 13 2012 3:38 AM CDT

We all know Android is popular and during the Mobile World Congress in February, Google were seeing 850,000 activations per day but now those numbers are stronger. They're currently seeing 900,000 activations each and every day. This equates to around 625 per minute!

Google are seeing 900,000 Android activations per day | TweakTown.com

Insane numbers for Google and it'll only grow with the number of Android-powered devices coming out every few weeks. Andy Rubin was also rumored to be leaving Google, but he has squashed these numbers on his Twitter page where he says "No plans to leave Google", adding a tease of the activation numbers "oh, and just for meme completeness -- there are over 900,000 android devices activated each day :-)".

The rumor that Rubin was leaving came from Robert Scoble who is known for rumor mongering, where he reported through Google+ that Rubin was leaving to take charge of a new startup called CloudCar, but Rubin debunked this quite quickly.

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Unreal Engine 4 demo released, check it out for yourself

Trace Hagan | Gaming | Tue, Jun 12 2012 5:21 PM CDT

Epic has released a YouTube video demoing the capabilities of their next generation graphics engine. Unreal Engine 4 is designed to run on next-gen consoles and push the limit for DirectX 11 games on PCs. Unreal Engine 4 has been under construction for some time now, and is finally nearing completion.

The most world-class game engine to date, Unreal Engine 4 gives you the power to do more than ever before. Unreal Engine 4's architecture offers fully dynamic lighting features, cutting down on development time and ensuring less iteration on creative ideas.

Artists and designers can bring their creative visions to life directly in game without programmer assistance via the new Unreal Kismet. This offers programmers the freedom to focus on core gameplay features and sophisticated systems. With significant new visual features, Unreal Engine 4 enables you to achieve high-end visuals, while remaining both scalable and accessible to make games for low-spec PCs.

I can't wait to see this new engine unleashed and the games that come with it. Unreal-powered games have always been fun and graphically good, and this new engine appears to not disappoint. Check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Analysts expect Windows Phone market share to pass that of the iPhone

Trace Hagan | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Tue, Jun 12 2012 4:31 PM CDT

Android user? iPhone user? Well, right now you are the two major competing phone operating systems. However, analysts are expecting that to change by 2016. Windows Phone is predicted to eclipse iPhone's market share by the year 2016 due to the recent release of the Nokia Lumia 900 to emerging markets.

Analysts expect Windows Phone market share to pass that of the iPhone | TweakTown.com

The IDC predicts that iPhone's market share will drop by about 1.5%, ending at 19% by 2016. Windows Phone, on the other hand, will gain 14% and end near 19.2%, if predictions prove accurate. Android will give up the majority of the market share that Windows Phone will gain. Android is looking towards loosing about 8% market share.

Blackberry isn't going to lose much, about 0.1%. Android is going to remain the top mobile operating system, partly thanks to some of Samsung's new phone releases. "The smartphone parade won't be as lively this year as it has been in past," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "The mobile phone user transition from feature phones to smartphones will continue in a gradual but unabated fashion. Smartphone growth, however, will increasingly be driven by a triumvirate of smartphone operating systems, namely Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7."

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