Archive for July, 2012

RIM reportedly cutting 3,000 jobs on August 13th

RIM reportedly cutting 3,000 jobs on August 13th

Troubling times still lie ahead for RIM. The company announced during its most recent financial results that BlackBerry 10 would be delayed until the beginning of 2013. On top of that, RIM announced that further layoffs at the company would be necessary, with thousands of jobs already having been cut. A source speaking to Cantech Letter has now revealed that 3,000 employees at RIM will lose their jobs on August 13th.

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Microsoft integrates Facebook tagging into Bing search results

Microsoft integrates Facebook tagging into Bing search results

There a lot of things that people all around the world search for daily using a search engine such as Google or Bing that could benefit from more personalized results from offered by friends. For instance, if you're looking for a good Italian restaurant in your city, it would help greatly to know if your personal friends on Facebook know one and have eaten there rather than simply relying on addresses returned in search results.

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Leap Motion sees 26,000-strong developer interest: Ships February 2013

Leap Motion sees 26,000-strong developer interest: Ships February 2013

Leap Motion, the startup looking to bring motion-tracking 200x more accurate than Kinect to desktop and mobile, has revealed the gush of developer interest in the gadget, with early units expected to ship within months. Over 26,000 curious developers have applied for free Leap Motion units by last week, the company says, with prospective applications including gaming, robotics, and CAD software. "We've already seen developers propose exciting applications for the Leap that we hadn't even imagined" CEO Michael Buckwald said of the process.

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Spotify adds mobile radio to Android

Spotify adds mobile radio to Android

Spotify announced last month that it would be adding a radio feature to iOS devices that would let users set up custom stations based on genres, artists, and playlists, and now the company has announced that it’s bringing the same feature over to Android too. Free Android users and those with a premium subscription to Spotify, which adds mobile access on top of unlimited music streaming, will be able to enjoy the same functionality as iOS users starting from today.

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Sony Xperia Tablet revealed

Sony Xperia Tablet revealed

Sony's next Android slate, the Sony Xperia Tablet, has been spotted in a set of leaked presentation slides, a slimline and splashproof Tegra 3 model with a 9.4-inch 1280 x 800 display. The Xperia Tablet SGPT1211 keeps the folded-paper profile of its Tablet S predecessor but trims it down to 11.85mm at its thickest according to mobiFlip's premature documentation; overall, it's 42-percent thinner, Sony claims, and made of aluminum rather than plastic.

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Samsung working on 11.8″ 2560×1600 tablet

Samsung working on 11.8″ 2560×1600 tablet

The Apple vs Samsung trial began yesterday, with lawyers from both sides trying to pick the jury in the case while relevant court documents were made available to the public. One interested piece of information found within? The Verge discovered that Samsung is working on a tablet with a Retina-like display, an 11.8-inch slate with a resolution of 2560x1600. The tablet is codenamed “P10”, and looks to include LTE connectivity too.

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TomTom launches new hands-free car kit for smartphones

TomTom launches new hands-free car kit for smartphones

TomTom has announced the launch of its new hands-free car kit for smartphones. The new hands-free car kit comes in two versions, and they are designed to work with the iPhone or other smartphones that use a micro USB charger such as Android phones. The new car kit has advanced noise and echo cancellation systems to reduce background noise for the caller and remove ambient noise for the driver.

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Saga takes on Siri and Google Now in mobile context

Saga takes on Siri and Google Now in mobile context

Siri, Google Now and other digital personal assistants have a new rival in the shape of Saga, a mobile app that uses learns from users to provide contextual help, suggestions and more. A free app, currently iPhone-only, Saga pulls in data from Facebook, Twitter and other apps to build an understanding of the individual user, and then crunches that with schedules and preferences to produce suggestions as to nearby restaurants, when would be a good time in the day to run, where friends are (and who users might actually like to hang out with), and other recommendations. However, Saga's future is most definitely in wearables like Google's Glass.

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