Archive for Oct 31, 2012

Curiosity finds Mars soil a distant cousin of Hawaii

Curiosity finds Mars soil a distant cousin of Hawaii

NASA's Martian rover, Curiosity, has beamed back early results from its first mouthful of red soil, with signs that the Mars dust is similar in composition to Hawaiian volcanic basalt. X-ray diffraction testing of an accuracy previously unseen on Mars was used on a sample gathered earlier this month, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced, with the soil believed to be much younger than that which suggested evidence of historic water on the planet's surface several weeks ago.

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Apple removing delivery dates from iPad mini LTE pre-orders

Apple removing delivery dates from iPad mini LTE pre-orders

Last week, we reported that customers who pre-ordered an LTE model of the iPad mini were getting confirmations of delivery dates with their order, some saying that they would get theirs as early as November 21 (one of our commenters even mentioned the 20th for him). However, it seems that Apple is redacting these dates and substituting in "mid-November" instead.

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Netflix makes unfortunate typo error in SEC filing

Netflix makes unfortunate typo error in SEC filing

No one's perfect, obviously, and we all make mistakes at some point no matter how dumb or illogical they seem. Netflix just made one themselves on a recent SEC filing, and it was caught this morning. However, it wasn't just a simple misspelling or a missing comma. The typo was fairly significant and completely shocked investors.

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Facebook resurrecting Marketplace as Craigslist challenge tip insiders

Facebook resurrecting Marketplace as Craigslist challenge tip insiders

Facebook is reportedly testing a Craigslist challenger, with a combination of paid and free adverts, housing requests, and projects, that would promote focused sharing rather than being a global message-board. The work-in-progress, currently known internally as "Marketplace" so sources tell The Daily, would allow Facebookers to use the same promoted posts technology for a one-off advert, with a sub-$5 listing fee, with visibility in news feeds. However, it's not just a classifieds system, the insiders claim.

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Apple posts up iPhone 5 launch day video

Apple posts up iPhone 5 launch day video

Back in September, Apple launched the iPhone 5 to the public, and of course, it was kind of a big deal. Such a big deal, in fact, that Apple sold five million iPhone 5s during opening weekend alone. To reminisce about the iPhone 5 launch day, Apple has posted up a video on their website that highlight the launch of the new device from all around the world.

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Google Docs research pane expands to Presentations and Drawings

Google Docs research pane expands to Presentations and Drawings

Back in May, Google added a new research pane to Google Docs, offering the ability to search for any topic and get results without having to leave the document you're working on. It's a small feature, but helps save time and makes it easier for users. Today, the search giant has added the research pane to Presentations and Drawings.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 tipped as GT-N5100 clears testing

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 tipped as GT-N5100 clears testing

Glimmers of a new Samsung tablet have appeared, with suggestions that the company is readying a new, 7-inch Note complete with more pen-controlled Android. The new model - teased as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 - has cropped in in two forms at the DLNA Alliance, the Samsung GT-N5100 and GT-N5110, with the same GT-N prefix as sported by the Galaxy Note II and Note 10.1.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Smart Dock turns phablet into desktop

Samsung Galaxy Note II Smart Dock turns phablet into desktop

A new Smart Dock for the Samsung Galaxy Note II has surfaced, turning the stylus-toting smartphone into a mini desktop setup with plentiful connectivity for a display and wired peripherals. Listed at Samsung US' site as well as at UK retailer Clove, the $99.99 accessory has three USB ports and a full-sized HDMI output, squirting up to 1080p Full HD onto a TV or monitor.

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LG Nexus 4 hits O2 UK on November 13

LG Nexus 4 hits O2 UK on November 13

The LG Nexus 4 will land exclusively on O2 in the UK, the carrier has announced, with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone set to hit stores on Tuesday, November 13. Launched on Monday - you can check out our hands-on here - the Nexus 4 runs the latest version of Android on a quadcore Snapdragon S4 processor, with a 4.7-inch LCD display and 8-megapixel camera.

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Asus says Nexus 7 sales are close to 1 million per month

Asus says Nexus 7 sales are close to 1 million per month

The Google Nexus 7 tablet is made by Asus, which is a Taiwanese company. According to an Asus exec, monthly sales of the Android-based tablet are closing in on 1 million units each month. The tablet has a seven-inch screen and a low starting price of $199.

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Walmart to sell Boxee TV starting tomorrow

Walmart to sell Boxee TV starting tomorrow

There are a number of set-top boxes on the market today that allow you to stream content from different services such as Netflix or YouTube. One of those devices is the Boxee TV. Boxee Inc has scored a major win with the announcement that Walmart will be selling its latest device, the Boxee TV, in its 3000 US locations starting tomorrow.

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Kia and DC Entertainment unveil four new Justice League vehicles

Kia and DC Entertainment unveil four new Justice League vehicles

I mentioned in the past that Kia and DC Entertainment were working together to create customized Kia vehicles to highlight the founding members of the DC Justice League. Previously, Kia unveiled a customized Batman Optima SX Limited. Three more superhero-inspired vehicles have been unveiled this week at SEMA.

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