Archive for May, 2013

One Platform Foundation targets end to Android appstore fragmentation

One Platform Foundation targets end to Android appstore fragmentation

There's no shortage of places to get Android apps, and while that can be confusing to users, it's also frustrating for developers who have to manage multiple versions of their software depending on which of the 36+ download stores they're distributing through. Into the fray steps the One Platform Foundation, with the backing of Yandex, Opera, and SlideME, with a new archive wrapper for Android apps - dubbed AppDF - that will, the goal is, eventually allow the same software to be submitted to multiple stores simultaneously.

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Buffalo DriveStation DDR claims SSD speeds with HDD hardware

Buffalo DriveStation DDR claims SSD speeds with HDD hardware

Buffalo has revealed its latest external drive, the DriveStation DDR HD-GDU3, slotting more RAM into the USB 3.0-connected enclosure so as to rival SSD speeds, allegedly, with HDD pricing. The new drive, available in 2TB and 3TB capacities, uses traditional spinning-platter disks to keep prices down, but Buffalo claims that thanks to a combination of caching and other tweaking it'll reach write speeds of up to 400 MB/s.

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Cadillac’s first 2014 ELR pulls off production line (but it’s not for showrooms)

Cadillac’s first 2014 ELR pulls off production line (but it’s not for showrooms)

Cadillac's first 2014 ELR hybrids have been snapped leaving the production line, though the "range-extended" car itself still isn't expected to arrive in showrooms until early in the new year. The initial ELR cars - which borrow much of their mechanical and technological magic from the Chevrolet Volt, but wrap it up in a coupe shell with various luxury extras - are destined for further testing, similar to the cold-weather conditions tests GM put the ELR through back in February.

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Sky apps return to Google Play following hack

Sky apps return to Google Play following hack

Broadcaster BSkyB has returned its Android apps to the Google Play store today, after pulling them earlier this month following the hacking of its Twitter account and Play listings by the Syrian Electronic Army. The hack, which took place on May 26, saw the official Sky Twitter account advise subscribers to uninstall the apps - which include Sky Go for on-demand streaming, and Sky+ for remotely managing DVRs - as they had been compromised. However, it was later revealed that there had been no such issue, though BSkyB still pulled its vandalized listings from the store.

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ASUS PQ321 Ultra HD 31.5″ display brings IGZO to the desktop

ASUS PQ321 Ultra HD 31.5″ display brings IGZO to the desktop

Ultra HD may be gaining momentum, but we're still not used to seeing it packaged so neatly for the desktop as in the new ASUS PQ321 display. Offering 3840 x 2160 resolution spread across 31.5-inches, the new "True 4K" Monitor not only delivers four-times the pixels as regular Full HD, but does so using an IGZO panel that promises improved brightness and detail while sipping less power and coming in thinner than any other Ultra HD display.

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Galaxy Tab 3 packs Atom not ARM tip sources as Intel ramps mobile push

Galaxy Tab 3 packs Atom not ARM tip sources as Intel ramps mobile push

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will use an Atom processor rather than an ARM-based chip, multiple sources claim, marking a high-profile win for Intel and a perhaps surprising move for Samsung, which makes its own Exynos ARM silicon. The new 10.1-inch Android tablet will use a Clover Trail+ processor in at least one of its variants, both Reuters and Korea Times report, with insiders at Samsung and Intel supposedly confirming rumors about the architecture switch that had been circulating for the past weeks.

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EA dumps Online Pass system for used games after player vitriol

EA dumps Online Pass system for used games after player vitriol

EA has begun eliminating its little-loved Online Pass program, the scheme which meant those playing second-hand games would need to pay separately for online access, with no new titles requiring the system and older titles being updated to remove it. The controversial scheme was initially introduced as a way for EA to monetize used games sales, with the Online Pass included in the original box but only being valid for a single account.

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HTC reportedly scraps 12″ Windows RT tablet plans (but 7″ still on the way)

HTC reportedly scraps 12″ Windows RT tablet plans (but 7″ still on the way)

HTC has reportedly axed plans to launch a 12-inch tablet running Windows RT, sources claim, after deciding demand for the slate would be insufficient, though a smaller version is still said to be on the roadmap. The unnamed 12-inch tablet was sidelined over fears that it would be too expensive, Bloomberg reports, with the components required adding up to too great a bill-of-materials to allow a competitive street price.

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Mt. Gox adds account verification requirement for non-Bitcoin currencies

Mt. Gox adds account verification requirement for non-Bitcoin currencies

Bitcoin is growing in popularity as a way to make financial transactions in a wonderfully anonymous way. The obvious downside to such a reality is the same thing that ultimately took down Liberty Reserve earlier this week - criminal activities. To help cover itself in the face of such activities, Mt. Gox announced earlier today that users who wish to both deposit and withdraw money in a currency that isn't Bitcoin will need account verification.

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Scientists capture world’s first images of molecule rearranging bonds

Scientists capture world’s first images of molecule rearranging bonds

On May 1, we saw the world's smallest movie, which was made by IBM by moving around individual atoms to create a type of stop-motion film. Fast-forward a month, and another world's first has been achieved with atoms, this time in the form of imaging. Via atomic force microscopy, scientists have captured photographs of a molecule's individual atomic bonds rearranging.

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