Archive for May 30, 2012

Drivers of Ford Sync equipped vehicles get State Farm insurance discounts

Drivers of Ford Sync equipped vehicles get State Farm insurance discounts

Ford has announced an interesting development that will appeal to some drivers of the company's vehicles are equipped with the Sync voice control technology. Ford has teamed up with State Farm insurance to offer a significant insurance discount for drivers who use Sync. Sync is the Ford system that allows drivers to make hands-free voice activated phone calls and control vehicle systems without looking away from the road.

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HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE escape US customs

HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE escape US customs

If you’ve been worried about not being able to get your hands on an AT&T HTC One X or an EVO 4G LTE, worry no more. HTC says that the customs ban has been lifted now that the affected handsets have been found to be free of patent infringement. The phones will now make their way past customs and into retail stores, and eventually into customer’s hands once stock levels normalize.

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Sonos iOS and Android apps get SUB support

Sonos iOS and Android apps get SUB support

The Sonos Controller apps for iPad and iPhone, along with the Android app, have been updated to support the company's upcoming wireless subwoofer, the Sonos SUB, ahead of its launch on June 18. Announced earlier this month, the SUB features two speakers and super-simple wireless setup, requiring a single button-press on the 'woofer itself to cause it to pop up as a new device on whatever controller you're using.

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D-Link DIR-857 offers dual band media streaming

D-Link DIR-857 offers dual band media streaming

Are you one of those fellows who likes to pipe HD media around the home using nothing more than wireless technology? D-Link has a router than you may be interested in. The company says that the new Dualband HD Media Router DIR-857 is capable of transfer rates of up to 900Mbit/s by using Wireless N on the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands, making it perfect for those Mad Men streaming marathons.

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Sony Xperia go and acro S deliver waterproof Android

Sony Xperia go and acro S deliver waterproof Android

Sony has outed a pair of new Android smartphones, the Xperia go and Xperia acro S, each water resistant and promising dust and bump protection. The Sony Xperia go - which will arrive in the US as the Xperia advance - is the smaller of the pair, with a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display, 1GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel camera, while the Xperia acro S comes in a little larger, at 4.3-inches (1280 x 720) with a 1.5GHz dual-core and a 12-megapixel camera that Sony claims is ready to shoot in under a second.

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We have a Flame malware fix claims Iranian government

We have a Flame malware fix claims Iranian government

Iran's government claims to have developed an anti-virus program that can detect and remove the Flame malware, promising to release the tool to any Iranian company or organization who requests it. Identified recently, though believed to have been in the wild and syphoning data from computers across the middle east since early 2010, Flame is suspected to be the cyber-espionage tool of a foreign government. Although the full complexity of the malware is yet to be explored, security researchers already believe it is significantly more complex than other recent infections such as Stuxnet.

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Tim Cook pushes Apple manufacturing in USA at D10

Tim Cook pushes Apple manufacturing in USA at D10

When asked at the All Things D conference by Kara Swisher why Apple does not have its own factories in China, Tim Cook spoke highly of the plants already in place. "We decided a decade ago that there were things Apple could do best and that there were other things that somebody else can do as well or better. Manufacturing was one of those. I think that's still true." Cook's comments come at a time when critics have been relatively silent on manufacturing plants such as Foxconn, while Walk Mossberg continues to question him on the subject.

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Tim Cook reaffirms no future hybrid Apple products

Tim Cook reaffirms no future hybrid Apple products

Speaking this week with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg of All Things D at the D10 conference in his first-ever interview with the pair, Tim Cook was asked why Microsoft's approach with Windows 8 was wrong. Asked specifically by Mossberg why Microsoft's approach of putting a single operating system on tablets, PCs, and devices that are a hybrid of the two (touchscreen notebooks, for example) is the wrong way to go, Cook took the opportunity (again) to tear the two devices apart in Apple's eyes once more.

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Apple CEO talks sharing: “In this area I want people to copy us”

Apple CEO talks sharing: “In this area I want people to copy us”

When Tim Cook talks sharing, he's not speaking about moving images from one phone to another, he means the opposite of greed, speaking this week at D10 on how Apple will expand its chairity work in the future. "To whom much is given, much is expected" noted Cook, expanding on an employee chairity donation matching program Apple has in place. Cook let it be known that by using a system such as this, Apple can do good without having to form lots of committees and commit undue time where it isn't needed. Cook spoke: "I think we can do even more so we are looking at some things - maybe that is a change."

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Bukobot $42,000 3D printing Kickstarter hits $167,000+

Bukobot $42,000 3D printing Kickstarter hits $167,000+

3D printing may still seem like a science fiction concept to the uninitiated, but to those who are willing to open their eyes, it is very apparent that it is here, it is now, and it is exploding in popularity. Don't take my word for it. 3D printer projects are among the most happening things on social venture capital platform Kickstarter. Case in point - Bukobot, an open-source 3D printer. Startup Deezmaker was seeking just $42,000 in funding.

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