Archive for Apr 29, 2013

Google Now for iPad and iPhone hands-on: Exclusivity Ends

Google Now for iPad and iPhone hands-on: Exclusivity Ends

This week the until-now Android-exclusive system Google Now reaches out to iOS inside the Google Search app for Apple's iPad and iPhone. Both versions are tuned to the display size they appear on, with sets of "cards" appearing in a single column for iPhone and a set of two columns for iPad. These cards contain information about current events and the environment around the user based on their search history and interests.

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Cadillac Super Cruise self-driving cars hit the road (but not the showroom, yet)

Cadillac Super Cruise self-driving cars hit the road (but not the showroom, yet)

Cadillac has begun public road-testing its Super Cruise system, semi-autonomous driving that could beat Google's self-driving cars to market by hitting production models within this decade. The Super Cruise system can track lanes, speed limits, and traffic around the vehicle, automatically adjusting speed to suit, and braking to avoid cars ahead. 360-degree sensors keep an eye on road conditions all around the car.

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China said to get first LTE network this year

China said to get first LTE network this year

According to a Chinese report, China Mobile (the country's largest wireless carrier), will be its 4G LTE network this year. The network could launch as soon as August, as long as China Mobile can get approval by next month. This will be China's first-ever LTE network to launch in the country -- quite a delay from the roughly two years that it's been available in the US.

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Google Now hits iOS as Android assistant exclusivity ends

Google Now hits iOS as Android assistant exclusivity ends

Today it's been announced by Google that their premiere Android-only system* has begun its trip to iOS: Google Now for iPad and iPhone. This system will bring on a combination of Google Search and personalized everyday "cards" showing what a user - you, if you're using Google Now - wants to know about every day elements like weather, sports, and calendar items.

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Chat apps leave SMS behind as carrier cash-cow falters

Chat apps leave SMS behind as carrier cash-cow falters

Mobile instant messaging apps have overtaken SMS for the first time, new research suggests, marking a likely end of the text message cash-cow for operators. Nearly 19bn IM chat messages were sent every day in 2012 on average, according to research firm Informa, in comparison to 17.6bn traditional text messages, with analysts claiming some carriers are already "seeing a decline in their messaging revenues."

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Retina iPad mini may not come this year

Retina iPad mini may not come this year

People have been waiting on a Retina display-equipped iPad mini ever since the small form factor tablet first came out. However, it looks like it may not see a 2013 release, since it's said that the 2nd-generation iPad mini won't begin production until October of this year, which rules out a fall release date.

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Minecraft creator launches Drop typing game

Minecraft creator launches Drop typing game

Minecraft creator Markus Persson has just launched a new free game called Drop, which tests gamers' typing skills as they type in the corresponding blinking letters that appear on the screen. However, typing in a wrong letter will speed up the game, and going too slow will result in the game being over, so be sure to hone in on your typing skills before getting in on this game.

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Morphees flexible smartphone concept would see your cell come alive

Morphees flexible smartphone concept would see your cell come alive

Smartphones that change their physical shape could one day be bending and flexing in our pockets and hands, researchers suggest, with so-called "Morphees" adjusting to suit the user and current application. The concept of "self-actuated flexible mobile devices" - in short, phones and portable computing terminals that can bend, twist, open like a flower, or collapse to suit different use-cases - is one being explored by a team at the University of Bristol and DFKI Saarbrücken, and due to be presented at CHI 2013 this week.

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified lands on August 20

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified lands on August 20

If you're a fan of the videogame XCOM: Enemy Unknown, you will be very interested to hear about a new game in the franchise. This new game isn't a sequel or a follow up to Enemy Unknown, rather it goes into the original story behind what happened before the events in Enemy Unknown. The new game is called The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

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