Archive for May 30, 2012

Apple buys Redmatica startup for Music boost

Apple buys Redmatica startup for Music boost

News from Italy today has Apple purchasing music app developer Redmatica, with intentions being to push additional next-level power to their own Logic Pro and GarageBand. This Italian group of developers has been picked up by Apple according to the blog Fanpage where they've taken a peek at communications regulator AGCOM and turned up some proof that the purchase was made. This is not the first (and certainly isn't the last) company Apple will be picking up on their continuing path toward total dominance of the computing world, especially considering Tim Cook's talk last night at D10 and his continuing support of working with developers and forward-thinking companies.

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Photosynth app finally hits Windows Phones

Photosynth app finally hits Windows Phones

Microsoft's popular Photosynth panorama stitching tech has finally reached the company's own Windows Phone platform. The photo app was released over a year ago on iOS but was oddly missing from WP7. Microsoft admitted that the app required some deeper access to the phones hardware, which was not available at the time.

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Tim Cook D10 interview video highlights available now

Tim Cook D10 interview video highlights available now

This week Tim Cook did what will certainly go down in history as a landmark interview with the folks at All Things D, and today several highlights from this D10 talk are available online. Below what you'll see is a selection of great moments in the talk with the Apple CEO that we've also got covered in individual post form if you're in a reading mode instead. This interview took place between Cook, Kara Swisher, and Walt Mossberg and explored subjects ranging between China and Steve Jobs, convergence and charity, and of course what we'll be seeing this year at WWDC.

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Sony mulling cloud gaming purchase

Sony mulling cloud gaming purchase

Here’s an interesting little rumor: Sony is reportedly looking into streaming game services, and more specifically aiming to acquire either Gaikai or OnLive. Information has pointed towards Sony purchasing a cloud gaming company and announcing the buy at its E3 conference this coming Monday. Sources have told MCV that Sony is poised to sign an agreement with “a high profile cloud gaming firm.”

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CM4 iPhone Q Card Cases keep you in cash

CM4 iPhone Q Card Cases keep you in cash

For those of you not quite into the idea of working wirelessly with your online money, there's always the option to stick with cash, and CM4 supports that with this fabulous new iPhone case. Though we may very well see NFC popping up with the iPhone 5 later this year, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S will benefit right here and now from the cards and cash you already carry with the Q Card Case - available in several lovely colors!

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Leaked iPhone schematic reaffirms larger screen

Leaked iPhone schematic reaffirms larger screen

More and more rumors seem to be pointing towards a new screen on the next iPhone with a different aspect ratio. Yesterday we saw case parts leak out that showed the taller form factor of the next iPhone, along with a repositioned 3.5mm headphone jack, larger speaker grills, and a redesigned dock connector. Now schematics have been handled to MacRumors that again shower a longer iPhone with a different aspect ratio.

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Microsoft offers Skype to OEMs for preinstallation

Microsoft offers Skype to OEMs for preinstallation

Microsoft seems to be finally starting to leverage Skype in a more intelligent way. The company is reportedly offering OEMs the opportunity to pre-install Skype on Windows PCs. The new OEM preinstallation kit allows Skype 5.8 to be silently installed on Windows 7. If OEMs choose that option, it would significantly bolster the number of users for the VOIP platform.

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Google+ Local adds Zagat reviews

Google+ Local adds Zagat reviews

Google purchased Zagat, the restaurant rating company, back in September 2011, and things have been quiet as to what Big Goog would do with the acquisition. All has been revealed, as Zagat reviews have been incorporated into Google+ Local. It’s part of Google’s push to a more social system, with the Zagat reviews adding on top of recommendations from your friends.

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Flipboard beta for Android coming soon

Flipboard beta for Android coming soon

Back when the Samsung Galaxy S III was announced, it was discovered that Flipboard for Android was preinstalled on the device. Not only that, but the app would be an exclusive to the Galaxy S III for an unannounced period of time. Turns out that may have been a strategic decision on Flipboard’s part too, as Engadget has discovered that the company wanted to test one single screen size before rolling out the app to an assortment of different devices.

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Japanese MH-2 shoulder bot is just plain weird

Japanese MH-2 shoulder bot is just plain weird

This is one of the strangest robotic inventions I've ever seen. What you're looking at is a small shoulder mounted robot that you can wear. It reminds me of one of those good angels that sat on the shoulder of the cartoon characters of my youth. You know the sort that popped up when someone wasn't sure if they should do something good or bad.

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Creative reveals Sound BlasterAxxT wireless speakers

Creative reveals Sound BlasterAxxT wireless speakers

Creative hasn’t exactly been making headlines as of late, but the company is hoping its latest products will bring you back to the brand. Today Creative has announced the Sound BlasterAxxT, a wireless speaker powered by Bluetooth that’s compatible with iOS and Android devices. On top ofspeaker duties, the BlasterAxxT also includes a dual-array digital microphone for voice calls.

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