Archive for December, 2012

Intel reportedly prioritizing voice control for 2013 Haswell Ultrabooks

Intel reportedly prioritizing voice control for 2013 Haswell Ultrabooks

Intel is reportedly pushing for voice control as a standard feature of Shark Bay based ultrabooks in 2013, with a combination of hardware and software for speech recognition tipped to join the minimum spec list. The hands-free technology would join touchscreens as part of Intel's premium feature-set for next-gen ultrabooks, Fudzilla reports, though exactly how such a system would be implemented is unclear at this stage.

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Microsoft promises a month’s free Xbox LIVE for Cloud Saved Games downtime

Microsoft promises a month’s free Xbox LIVE for Cloud Saved Games downtime

Microsoft has promised one-month of free Xbox LIVE Gold service to any gamers affected by the Cloud Saved Games system going offline, having finally fixed the issues that caused the unexpected downtime. The free service extension, which will be applied automatically to eligible gamers' accounts according to Microsoft's Major Nelson, will be tagged onto the end of current subscriptions.

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LG details 2013 Smart TV: NFC SmartShare plus On Now recommendations

LG details 2013 Smart TV: NFC SmartShare plus On Now recommendations

Like a big-screen scab it just can't stop picking at, LG continues to trickle out details about its upcoming CES 2013 smart TV range, including updated sharing, on-demand, 3D, and eco features. Having already told us about its Google TV line-up for next year, as well as some details on the high-end panels screen-centric subsidiary LG Display is particularly proud of, LG is now focused on streamlining the smart TV UI, with the new Smart Control interface paired with SmartShare with an NFC twist.

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YouTube unbanned in Pakistan for 3 minutes

YouTube unbanned in Pakistan for 3 minutes

The government of Pakistan imposed a ban on video sharing site YouTube after an anti-Islam video turned up on the site and caused riots in the Muslim world. Pakistan lifted the video ban on Saturday only to discover that the offensive material was still available on YouTube. The lifting of the ban lasted approximately 3 minutes.

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Samsung Tizen phone tipped for 2013 with DoCoMo & Vodafone

Samsung Tizen phone tipped for 2013 with DoCoMo & Vodafone

Samsung and a number of global carriers will launch the first Tizen smartphone in 2013, with NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, and France Telecom all expected to jump on board with the open-source alternative OS. While HTC, Panasonic, ASUS, Acer, Huawei and others have all voiced interest in developing Tizen devices, according to The Yomiuri Shimbun's sources it will be Samsung that pushes the first handset running the MeeGo-reborn platform out of the door.

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