Archive for Jul 27, 2012

Zuckerberg says Facebook phone “wouldn’t make much sense”

Zuckerberg says Facebook phone “wouldn’t make much sense”

Earlier this week we mentioned rumors of Facebook and HTC were reportedly working on a smartphone to debut sometime next year. Neither Facebook nor HTC confirmed it, and now we’re hearing that Mark Zuckerberg himself stated on Thursday’s earnings call that there’s actually no existence of a Facebook phone. He said it wouldn't make any sense for the company to launch its own smartphone.

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Summer Olympics 2012 opening ceremonies streaming in London

Summer Olympics 2012 opening ceremonies streaming in London

It's time to check out all the streaming live video streams we can for the kickoff of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. This is the third time that London has hosted the Olympics, with their first being all the way back in 1908 and the next just a few years after the end of World War II in 1948. Here in 2012, it's time for a party - and without a doubt the entirety of England will be in rare form throughout the events which start off tonight with an above-average strange set of characters that'll only be come apparent once the ceremony has begun - Voldemordt and Mary Poppins have been tipped.

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Intel SMARTi UE2p enables low-cost 3G

Intel SMARTi UE2p enables low-cost 3G

Intel has clearly been busy behind the scenes, announcing a new solution that integrates 3G power amplifiers directly onto radio frequency circuits. The resulting SoC is smaller in size, is more power efficient, and is less complex for developers to work with. Dubbed the SMARTi UE2p, Intel believes the chip will help enable lower cost 3G handsets and spur development for the Internet of Things, allowing devices to be constantly connected thanks to the low-power 3G solution.

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Samsung NX1000 WiFi camera now available

Samsung NX1000 WiFi camera now available

Back in April, Samsung had revealed three of its new WiFi-enabled digital cameras, and now the cheapest of of the three—the Samsung NX1000—is finally now available to purchase. The budget-friendly, entry-level kit is complete with professional image quality and WiFi connectivity through the dedicated Smart Link Hot Key on the top of the camera. Of the three WiFi models that will be available, the NX1000 is the least expensive and most compact mirrorless camera.

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LG Nitro HD ICS upgrade date July 31

LG Nitro HD ICS upgrade date July 31

It's not long now that LG Nitro HD smartphone owners will have to wait for the next generation in Android software, that being version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Of course this is not the newest version of Android, version 4.1 Jelly Bean, but it'll certainly bring on a selection of upgrades that will boost users love for the hardware. This update includes updates to common actions and brings on a brand new typeface optimized for the HD display the the Nitro HD comes packed with.

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Virgin Mobile aims at entry-level with $79.99 PCD Chaser

Virgin Mobile aims at entry-level with $79.99 PCD Chaser

If you're still rocking a flip phone and want to make the jump to a smarter category, then Virgin Mobile might have the inexpensive phone that'll help ease the transition. It today announced the PCD Chaser, costing just $79.99 without a contract commitment that can be used on the network’s unlimited $35 a month plans. The Chaser comes with a 3.2-inch screen, 800Mhz processor, and a 3-megapixel camera, all running on Android 2.3, Gingerbread.

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Samsung reinstates local search on international Galaxy S III

Samsung reinstates local search on international Galaxy S III

An update to the international Galaxy S III removed the local search ability from the handset not too long ago, prompting the ire of users across Europe. Samsung quickly admitted its mistake, telling TechRadar that it planned to reimplement the feature in a future update. Android Central now reports that an OTA update is currently being rolled out that restores the functionality to the handset.

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Apple purchases security firm AuthenTec for $356m

Apple purchases security firm AuthenTec for $356m

Apple has today purchased mobile security firm AuthenTec for the sum of $356 million. AuthenTec provides mobile security solutions for various platforms, including Android, and the company has worked with Apple in the past for security solutions for Mac OS. AuthenTec has provided fingerprint scanning solutions for Mac OS X, and more recently signed a mobile VPN agreement with Samsung for its Android devices.

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Felix Baumgartner survives practice jump from 96,640 feet

Felix Baumgartner survives practice jump from 96,640 feet

We talked more than a few times about Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner. The man has a goal of making the world's first skydive from space. The daredevil has been conducting practice jumps over the last several months and made his most recent practice jump this week. On July 25, Baumgartner climbed into his specially made capsule attached to a high-altitude balloon and traveled to 96,640 feet.

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Massive vampire stars are more common than previously believed

Massive vampire stars are more common than previously believed

On a cosmic scale, our sun is small. Some stars are much larger, hotter, and more massive than our Sun and in many cases, these massive stars are in a binary pair with a smaller partner star orbiting nearby. Scientists say that in many cases these binary pairs have one "vampire" star that sucks mass from the other. Astronomers say that about three-fourths of O-type stars have a companion star and that a third of these binary pairs are expected to merge into a single star eventually.

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Apple patent reveals iPhone’s NFC ambitions

Apple patent reveals iPhone’s NFC ambitions

Companies seemingly patent anything and everything, so it’s always best to take these listings with your recommended daily allowance of salt, but Apple looks to have filed for a patent relating to pairing controllers using NFC capabilities on an iPhone. It doesn’t mean that Apple is working on a game controller, but does suggest that the company is keeping all its gaming options open, entertaining the idea of pairing multiple devices using NFC and even turning the iPhone into a digital controller.

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