Archive for Oct 30, 2012

Google Search app for iOS gets Siri-like voice features

Google Search app for iOS gets Siri-like voice features

We've all seen the commercials: an individual holding a conversation with their iPhone as if it were a real person. Siri responding back in a human-like manner, acting as an electronic assistant, making life seemingly easier while providing the occasional moment of amusement when you ask her where you can hide the bodies or some other witticism. Google announced earlier today that it has released a new Google Search app for iOS that includes updated and expanded voice features for a more Siri-like experience.

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iPad Review (4th Gen): Big tablet, Bigger speed

iPad Review (4th Gen): Big tablet, Bigger speed

Apple's new iPad with Retina display played a bit-role at the iPad mini launch, presenting a familiar face to the crowd and packing a potent new chipset inside. The 9.7-inch tablet has already cornered much of the market, with the late-2012 polish basically pushing the slate to the pinnacle of Apple's processor development, and outfitting it with a Lightning connector to match the iPhone 5. Read on for our full review. 

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iPad mini Review: Apple aims for the everyman

iPad mini Review: Apple aims for the everyman

It's an iPad, but smaller. Boiling down the iPad mini to its core premise may not tell you everything you need to know about the 7.9-inch tablet, but it does set the scene: Apple's legendary build quality, iOS and the hundreds of thousands of tablet apps in the App Store, and a guarantee that it's going to polarize consumers. Steve Jobs memorably dismissed smaller tablets, and yet Apple couldn't have been more enthusiastic about its mini model at the launch event last week. Read on to find out whether, for a small slate, the iPad mini is actually a big deal.

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iMessage experiencing difficulties as Apple works on fix

iMessage experiencing difficulties as Apple works on fix

Apple's iMessage service is experiencing intermittent sending issues. This same issue cropped up previously back in September, with users reporting that the progress bar would sometimes hang, and issues with the service were reported again a few days ago. Apple issued a brief statement that it is looking into the problem and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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George Lucas speaks on Star Wars Episode 7 and Disney deal

George Lucas speaks on Star Wars Episode 7 and Disney deal

What a day for Star Wars fans - not only was it revealed that Disney had purchased LucasFilm Limited, but we also found out that Star Wars Episode VII is currently in the works for release in 2015. Those are both major announcements, especially the one about Episode VII since George Lucas said constantly that he was done making movies in the series after Episode III was released. It turns out that he was telling the truth, as he won't be making Star Wars Episode VII, instead only acting as a consultant.

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Modern Warfare 4 confirmed by voice actor [UPDATE]

Modern Warfare 4 confirmed by voice actor [UPDATE]

This next bit of news probably won't come as a surprise to most gamers, but it seems that Activision and Infinity Ward are hard at work on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4. Shocking, right? We're not learning about this through an official announcement, however, as it was actually Captain Price voice actor Bill Murray who spilled the beans to This Is Xbox.

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iTunes overhaul pushed back to November

iTunes overhaul pushed back to November

Last month, we heard that Apple was planning to roll out a pretty big update for iTunes. That update was scheduled to land sometime this month, but with October ending tomorrow, it's become pretty clear that the iTunes refresh probably won't make it out the door before November arrives. Sure enough, Apple confirmed today that it has delayed this major iTunes update, and now the company is saying that it should be available before the end of next month.

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Google Nexus 10 hands-on

Google Nexus 10 hands-on

Samsung has out-Retina'd Apple, and Google is definitely making the most of it. The Nexus 10 tablet may not have had the New York City debut it was promised, but even with a low-key press release its segment-busting specifications catch your eye. A 10.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 display breaks through the 300dpi pixel density mark, easily satisfying the "individual pixels indistinguishable at typical use-distance" criteria Apple created, while inside there's Samsung's own 1.7GHz dualcore Exynos 5250 with 2GB of RAM. If the Nexus 7 is Google's attempt to conquer the bargain mainstream, then the Nexus 10 is its assault on the very high-end, giving Android 4.2 Jelly Bean everything it needs in hardware in order to shine.

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LG Nexus 4 hands-on

LG Nexus 4 hands-on

Fourth in the Nexus series Google's new LG Nexus 4 has plenty to live up to. Android phones have proliferated, but the expectations of Nexus flagships by users and platform enthusiasts have arguably increased even more. Not only do they represent a glimpse into the hardware direction Google envisages for Android, but the promise of the most timely software updates in an OS world growing increasingly fragmented. With the Nexus 4, there's also a resurrected challenge at the carrier model, with some impressively competitive pricing for an unlocked device. Read on for some first-impressions.

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Twitter outs official Windows 8 app coming in the “months ahead”

Twitter outs official Windows 8 app coming in the “months ahead”

While Steve Ballmer from Microsoft was up on stage sharing new details and talking about Windows 8 here in Seattle for their Build developers event, the folks from Twitter posted a quickie update on the status of an official Twitter app for Windows 8. With the new and beautiful OS available now, rest assured knowing that you'll be Tweeting away with ease very soon.

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Star Wars Episode 7 scheduled for 2015: yes, really!

Star Wars Episode 7 scheduled for 2015: yes, really!

George Lucas has taken the opportunity here in his lifetime to make a deal with Disney this week to sell his company Lucasfilm and all rights to the Star Wars empire, this ushering in news that nearly as large: a new Star Wars movie will appear in 2015! The Lucasfilm company is being transferred to Disney for an agreement in cash and stocks for $4.05 billion USD, a number strikingly similar to the total amount of cash the Star Wars franchise has earned in box office cash to date: $4.4 billion. Don't get those two numbers mixed up - meanwhile, get pumped up for Star Wars Episode 7 in less than three years!

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Disney acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion

Disney acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion

In what may be considered as the acquisition of all acquisitions, the Walt Disney Company has bought Lucasfilm Ltd. for just over $4 billion. The production company is responsible for all six Star Wars movies, as well as the Indiana Jones series, The Land Before Time, and American Graffiti.

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