Archive for December, 2011

Meizu MX quad-core edition Android coming in May 2012

Meizu MX quad-core edition Android coming in May 2012

It's just been confirmed in the official Meizu forums by Meizu CEO J. Wong that they'd be producing their second big release with the Meizu MX name in 2012: a quad-core version of the handset! This is more than exciting for those of us who've yet to even get our hands on the first version released in Hong Kong late this year, this device running the greatest version of Android out there: Meizu's fully custom interface!

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Kindle Fire gets Android 4.0 ICS port, stays relevant

Kindle Fire gets Android 4.0 ICS port, stays relevant

I've been messing around with a Kindle Fire for the past week or so as my good pal Marty picked one up pre-Christmas for the holiday stay up here in Northern Minnesota - it's been great but for the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich. That is to say, it's OK, but it's not the perfect masterpiece that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich would make it. Hackers have taken the reigns this past week and have made a port of the newest Android mobile operating system a relative reality here on this PlayBook form clone, making us once again wonder if it's worth the cheap, cheap price it costs.

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Apple suppliers tip materials prep for iTV in Q1

Apple suppliers tip materials prep for iTV in Q1

The rumors have been flying for a long time now that Apple was looking to make an actual TV. The company has had the Apple TV in the past that was a set-top box. The new TVs would presumably have similar functions built into the set. According to DigiTimes sources, the supply chain is getting the components needed to build the new iTVs ready to go.

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GSM standard has flaw that allows crooks to take over phones

GSM standard has flaw that allows crooks to take over phones

The GSM standard is widely used on mobile phones of all kinds depending on the carrier you are on. A security researcher is claiming that a flaw in the GSM standard has been discovered that could be exploited by criminals and hackers to give them control of the device. Once that control was going that hacker could force the phone to make calls or send text messages.

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50 Fisker Karma vehicles have potential battery issue

50 Fisker Karma vehicles have potential battery issue

The EV and hybrid industry runs on batteries and those batteries have the potential to cause a fire hazard if the right set of circumstances occurs. GM found this out the hard way with the recent battery woes that led to some Volt test vehicles catching fire after an impact that affected the coolant system for the battery. Fisker is the latest EV firm to have battery issues.

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Near Earth-size rocky planets may be left over gas giant cores

Near Earth-size rocky planets may be left over gas giant cores

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has discovered two Earth-sized planets orbiting a very distant star. The two planets are 0.76 and 0.87 times the Earth's radius. The planets are thought to have once been much larger. The smaller rocky planets discovered are believed to be all that's left of once larger gas giant planets. The two planets are the smallest ever discovered orbiting around an active star.

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Schmidt tips Google tablet incoming

Schmidt tips Google tablet incoming

Google's Eric Schmidt gave an interview to an Italian newspaper last week that talked about all sorts of things. The most titillating part for gadget hounds is the little blurb offered that Google would be making a tablet directly in the next six months. This would be a move similar to what Google has done with Nexus smartphones in the past.

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Japanese adult diaper slurps away urine

Japanese adult diaper slurps away urine

Life starts in diapers for us all and for those that live to an advanced age life often takes you back to diapers. Once people lose the ability to control urine or get up and go to the bathroom themselves, an adult diaper is the only thing standing between the wearer and a big mess. The catch is that if no one is around to help change the diaper things can be nearly as messy as having no diaper at all.

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GoDaddy interfered with domain name exodus accuses Namecheap

GoDaddy interfered with domain name exodus accuses Namecheap

Last week GoDaddy reportedly saw 70,000 domain names moved away from its services as a registrar. The mass exodus was the internet response to GoDaddy throwing its support behind the SOPA act that is seeking to become law right now. The swift removal of tens of thousands of domains names registered at GoDaddy was a good thing for competitors like Namecheap and others.

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Siri comes to jailbroken iOS 5 devices with Spire installer

Siri comes to jailbroken iOS 5 devices with Spire installer

Since Apple unveiled Siri on the new iPhone 4S there have been users of older iPhone devices that are frothing at the mouth to get their hands on Siri code and bring the virtual assistant to other devices. That had been illegal since the files needed for the port were encrypted by Apple and using them was a copyright violation. With a recent iOS update; those files were left unencrypted. That raised the possibility of a legal port without hacking encryption.

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