Author Archives: Paul Fang


Samsung takes shots at iPhone in latest Galaxy S II ad

Samsung takes shots at iPhone in latest Galaxy S II ad

"I could never get a Samsung. I'm creative." says a long-haired, plaid-shirt wearing hipster-esque dude, seated on the sidewalk in line for yet another Apple product launch. "Dude, you're a barista," says the equally hipster-esque man standing next to him in line. Thus completes the greatest jab against all things Apple in the latest Samsung advertisement featuring the Galaxy S II Android handset. Yes, the Samsung who's currently at war with Apple in patent disputes all across the globe.

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YouTube finally gets 1080p support for HTML5, testing Flash features

YouTube finally gets 1080p support for HTML5, testing Flash features

Google is continuing its full-fledged push for native HTML5 by adding support today for 1080p full-HD video playback to its HTML5 player on YouTube's website. And even further HTML5 features released include native fullscreen playback, provided closed captioning, annotations, and a new menu that makes it more easy to embed videos and share videos links. Note that the YouTube HTML5 player is still in trial mode; to try it out, opt in on Youtube's HTML5 trial page right here.

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MIT grad student develops internet lie detector using natural language processing

MIT grad student develops internet lie detector using natural language processing

According to the Nieman Journalism Lab, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is developing a way to check for lying in political writing on the internet as easily as you check for spelling errors, using novel natural language processing techniques. NLP, for those who aren't familiar with the computer science term, is concerned with the interactions between computers and natural languages, and is essentially a method of human–computer interaction (Apple's Siri on the iPhone 4S is an app utilizing natural language processing).

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Retina Display reference for iPad 3 uncovered in iOS 5 developer code

Retina Display reference for iPad 3 uncovered in iOS 5 developer code

It has been recently reported by Digitimes that their electronics supplier-based contacts state that Apple is currently in the works of prototyping two versions of the third-generation iPad, or iPad 3. The site says the third-gen iPads have been codenamed J1 and J2, and based on code strings from 9 to 5 Mac, it's at least likely that the iPad codenamed J2 mentioned in the report may come with a Retina Display, as well as a dual LED-bar system to power the high-resolution display, which have already graced Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models.

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Apple opens up monthly subscriptions model on iPad to game publishers

Apple opens up monthly subscriptions model on iPad to game publishers

Apple is now letting video game publishers offer their titles to iPad users by way of a subscription model as well as a revenue stream previously only available to digital publications by newspaper and magazine publishers. Specifically, Big Fish Games, a Seattle-based game publisher, has been the first to garner approval from the tight-fisted gate guardian that is Apple, to "offer users access to dozens of titles for $6.99 a month. Until now, games have only been available one at a time, requiring users to download individual applications."

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The Facebook Phone may be finally coming

The Facebook Phone may be finally coming

Earlier this year, you may still remember the HTC Status and HTC Salsa from AT&T, the pair of "Facebook phones" that weren't exactly up to their titular status. But just hours ago, reporters over at All Things Digital claim that social-networking company itself is working with a cell phone manufacturer to build, yes, a very Facebook phone, code-named Buffy (from the vampire-killer television series, for some reason). And most likely not one with just a tiny little Facebook button on the front.

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Minecraft 1.0 released, over 240 million logins every month

Minecraft 1.0 released, over 240 million logins every month

What's this, a game that gets 240 million logins a month that isn't actually named Farmville or World of Warcraft? And was just barely fully released this weekend? That's, drum roll please, the block-building Minecraft for you. Since the official launch of Minecraft’s 1.0 release candidate this weekend, the game has seen an astounding 4000 logins per second, and over 240 million logins every month. If you do some math, that's 240,000 logins a minute, and roughly 14 million logins an hour. Now that's what I call a popular game. And a very smart developer, Mojang.

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Facebook testing Windows desktop client for chat and ticker feed

Facebook testing Windows desktop client for chat and ticker feed

Facebook begun letting a limited group of users to download and try out a new Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 desktop client (much like in the way they started off with their newly-revamped Facebook Timeline user interface, which still hasn't rolled out to all users yet). Apparently, the new desktop client provides access to Facebook Chat, the Ticker feed, and update notifications. From what it looks like, the social networking company is trying to gauge user interest in desktop client access to these real-time features that could keep users engaged all day without the need of having to keep a browser window open for the Facebook website itself. If I say so myself, such a client could become instantly popular, especially since Facebook is essentially the largest contact list for most people these days, the author included.

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Apple announces worldwide one-day Black Friday sale on Nov 25th

Apple announces worldwide one-day Black Friday sale on Nov 25th

With all the Android news that has been hovering around today, here's an announcement from the other side of the mobile fence, all the way in Cupertino, California. Apple has now begun putting up banners on its online store website for its "one-day shopping event" (the upcoming Black Friday holiday sale, no doubt) next Friday, November 25th. This is looking to be a worldwide event, so for all our non-US readers out there, you can breathe a little easier come this Black Friday.

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Samsung (Galaxy) Nexus Prime leaked in Best Buy ad, on sale 11/27?

Samsung (Galaxy) Nexus Prime leaked in Best Buy ad, on sale 11/27?

Well then, readers, take a good, close look at this. It appears to be that we have an end-of-the-month Best Buy catalog leaked with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, um, scratch that, the Samsung Nexus Prime? Wow, what on earth is going on? Seems like Verizon may have made some eleventh-hour changes on the rebranding whiteboard with the Galaxy Nexus, with what looks like a Verizon-exclusive name. And from this point on, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus may very well be officially christened the Nexus Prime.

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