Archive for February, 2013

Windows Phone Store now has over 130,000 apps available

Windows Phone Store now has over 130,000 apps available

Microsoft has announced a new milestone reached by the Windows Phone developer community. There are currently over 130,000 apps available in the Windows Phone Store, with 15,000 of them designed specifically for Windows Phone 8 devices. That's still a long ways away from the 675,000+ apps offered by the Google Play store, and the 775,000+ offered by the iPhone's App Store, but progress is progress.

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Acer Aspire ME600 Review

Acer Aspire ME600 Review

Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or a developer of some kind, you probably don’t have a huge need for a traditional desktop computer, and probably might get a laptop or even a tablet instead. However, desktops have a few advantages that make them worth sticking around for the foreseeable future, including easy upgradeability, more hard drive storage, and the general notion that you can get faster components for cheaper than what an equivalent laptop would cost. Acer still believes in desktop computers, and their Aspire ME600 is the perfect example of a computer that still has its place in a so-called “post-PC” world. Let’s have a look at it to see what makes it tick.

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Ubuntu Touch to launch developer preview on over 20 more devices

Ubuntu Touch to launch developer preview on over 20 more devices

Last week, the Ubuntu Touch developer preview was launched on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. The preview gave developers and users access to the core and shell apps of the OS, alongside many of your phone's normal features, like cameras, Wi-Fi, and more. The developer preview is of course still full of bugs and issues that make it impossible to use as a daily driver. Canonical also stresses that you're flashing Ubuntu on your device at your own risk, because there is the possibility of bricking your device.

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Silicon Valley launches campaign to teach coding in schools

Silicon Valley launches campaign to teach coding in schools

Many major businesses and icons in Silicon Valley are joining together with a new non-profit, named Code.org, to bring more computer science classes to schools. Some big names supporting the project are Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Jack Dorsey (of Twitter and Square fame). The project was started by Hadi and Ali Partovi in an effort to bring more qualified programmers and engineers to the evergrowing tech industry.

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5 games optimized for the NVIDIA Tegra 4

5 games optimized for the NVIDIA Tegra 4

NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 processor is a beast, dominating benchmarks left and right. The Tegra 4 utilizes a whopping 72-core GeForce GPU making it capable of handling any intense 3D mobile game out there. But none of the games currently out in the Google Play store do the Tegra 4 justice, so NVIDIA has given us a preview of 5 upcoming games that will fully utilize the Tegra 4 and its 72-core GPU.

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Google confirms no plans for retail stores

Google confirms no plans for retail stores

Earlier this month we heard chatter that Google may be introducing a line of retail stores in order to promote its physical products, like various Chromebooks, Nexus devices, and their upcoming Google Glasses. However, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content Andy Rubin says that there's no need for Google retail stores since most consumers don't need to try out a device before they buy it.

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Google+ Sign-In allows for secure login on third-party apps and services

Google+ Sign-In allows for secure login on third-party apps and services

Many apps and services allow its users to sign in using their Facebook or Twitter credentials if they don't want to create a dedicated account. However, Google+ has been mysteriously absent from the list of sign-in options for awhile. However, the company has announced what they call Google+ Sign-In, a new developer tool that will allow users to log into third-party services using their Google+ credentials.

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Scientists discover Russian meteor origins

Scientists discover Russian meteor origins

It's been nearly two weeks since a meteor exploded over Russia, injuring around 1000 people, and damaging windows across as many as 4,000 buildings. After much analysis and research, Scientists in Colombia were able to figure out the meteor's path through the Earth's atmosphere, and use that to trace its orbit around the sun. Jorge Zuluaga and Ignacio Ferrin, researchers from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, used trignometry to track the meteor's height, speed, and position as it made its way to Earth.

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