Archive for May 30, 2012

New Zealand Court asks US for all Megaupload evidence

New Zealand Court asks US for all Megaupload evidence

It has been a while since we've heard anything in the case against Megaupload and its managers brought by the United States. The US has been trying to extradite Megaupload owner Kim Dotcom and other managers to stand trial over alleged copyright infringement among other things. Dotcom and the other Megaupload principles are still in New Zealand and have yet to be extradited.

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Chinese Windows 8 Preview Release leaked

Chinese Windows 8 Preview Release leaked

We’re edging closer to the Release Preview of Windows 8, promised to be made available during the first week of June, but the Chinese version of the preview has leaked out onto the internet. The 64-bit operating system weighs in at a hefty 3.34GB download, but doesn't include any English language capabilities. Users have already downloaded the build and confirmed it to be legit.

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Technicolor powers up the patent trolling machine

Technicolor powers up the patent trolling machine

Typically, by the time we hear about a patent troll, the case is filed. I can't recall the last time a patent troll was mentioned before the trolling commenced. If you've ever watched an old movie that was colorized, you may have seen something to the effect of "Color by Technicolor." Technicolor is a company based in France that invented the process for color on movies that was used in classics such as "The Wizard of Oz" and many others.

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Nokia Lumia 610 launches in UK

Nokia Lumia 610 launches in UK

Those of you looking for an affordable Windows Phone will be happy to know that the Nokia Lumia 610 is now official available in the UK. Noia say that the phone will be offered by O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, and Virgin Mobile, as well as through third-party retailers like the Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u. There are several colors to choose from too, with black, white, cyan, and magenta options, which hopefully won't clash with your snazzy red pants.

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VIA unveils new ARTiGO A1200 DIY PC

VIA unveils new ARTiGO A1200 DIY PC

If you're the sort who likes to roll your own media computers, VIA has a new and slim fanless offering that might catch your eye. The machine is called the ARTiGO A1200 and the machine is only 3 cm thick. The overall dimensions are 24.3 cm x 12.4 cm x 3.0 cm, and it runs a 1 GHz VIA Eden X2 dual core processor.

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Twitter talks performance boosts

Twitter talks performance boosts

This week twitter announced that it was implementing some changes to improve performance on twitter.com. The company is focusing on increasing the speed and optimizing operations for improved performance. Twitter notes that its September 2010 update centered on web application architecture to push all the UI rendering and logic to JavaScript running on the user browsers, but that limited support for optimizations available on servers.

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Apple begins selling Nest thermostat

Apple begins selling Nest thermostat

There were several rumors last week that Apple was planning to sell the Nest thermostat in online and retail stores. The online Apple store went down not too long ago, sparking excitement as to what we might see, and it turns out that the Nest is indeed the culprit. The unit has been notoriously difficult to track down in retail stores in the past, so hopefully the inclusion in Cupertino’s glass sanctuaries will make it somewhat easier.

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1.6% of apps incompatible with Nokia Lumia 610

1.6% of apps incompatible with Nokia Lumia 610

Over the past few days we’ve heard more information about limitations that 256MB of RAM brings to the Windows Phone platform, with various reports coming in of the apps that won’t run on the Nokia Lumia 610. All About Windows Phone has taken a closer look at the numbers with regards to such apps, noting that while Microsoft has said that around 5% of apps are incompatible with 256MB devices, the actual number is closer to 1.6%.

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NASA GRAIL spacecraft wrap up primary mission early

NASA GRAIL spacecraft wrap up primary mission early

NASA has announced that the twin GRAIL spacecraft, which launched last year dubbed Ebb and Flow, have completed their primary mission ahead of schedule. The primary mission for the spacecraft was to study the moon from its crust to the core. With the primary mission now complete, the twin spacecraft are preparing for an extended science operation that will start on August 30 and continue until December 3 of this year.

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Project Glass reveals non-speech control as outsider tries headset

Project Glass reveals non-speech control as outsider tries headset

Google is gradually spilling more details on Project Glass, with co-founder Sergey Brin revealing a hidden trackpad that can be used to navigate when speech input might be too distracting. Brin brought the wearable device to The Gavin Newsom Show, with the California Lieutenant Governor being one of the first outside of Google to try Project Glass on and later telling Wired that "you can easily forget you have them on" and that despite the bright studio lights the "image was remarkably clear."

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Samsung Galaxy S III hits UK

Samsung Galaxy S III hits UK

Samsung's Galaxy S III has arrived in the UK, with the company's third-gen flagship smartphone already facing stock shortages as demand massively outstrips supply. Released in mainland Europe yesterday - as well as a day early from Samsung's flagship UK store, where the queue (shown here a few hours before sales began) quickly outstripped stock - the much-anticipated 4.8-inch smartphone is hitting all major carriers and retailers in the UK. More details after the cut.

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