Archive for May 30, 2013

Fan TV aims for set-top future with all-touch interface

Fan TV aims for set-top future with all-touch interface

The company that's bringing Fan TV to the market is not a new one. It's not necessarily an old one, either: still considered a "startup" as they released their "Fanhattan" app back in 2011, they've since moved this streaming video environment to the web and now - surprise - to the television as well. While the machine itself does not yet have a price point or a release date as such, co-founder of Fanhattan Gilles BianRosa spoke up this afternoon: they mean to take over.

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Nuance CEO confirms Siri involvement

Nuance CEO confirms Siri involvement

Nuance has long been suspected of being the driving force behind Apple's Siri virtual assistant technology in iOS devices. However, neither Apple or Nuance have ever actually confirmed whether or not this is true, until now. Nuance CEO Paul Ricci said today during the D11 conference that the company is "a fundamental provider for Apple."

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NVIDIA SHIELD hits FCC with Avengers hat tip in code: Project THOR

NVIDIA SHIELD hits FCC with Avengers hat tip in code: Project THOR

The gaming device known as SHIELD is headed through the FCC this week with NVIDIA's original code-name attached: Project Thor. As the machine was originally called Project SHIELD when it was introduced earlier this year at CES 2013, the name Thor follows well: Marvel Comics fans the folks at NVIDIA must be. This device is headed for the hands of pre-order users sooner than later, too.

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Verizon BlackBerry Q10 pre-orders now live

Verizon BlackBerry Q10 pre-orders now live

We found out earlier this month that the Verizon model of the BlackBerry Q10 would be hitting shelves at some point next month, but pre-orders are now live for the new handset, so you'll be able to reserve your own unit before they're available to the general public, and if it's a physical keyboard you're looking for, this is pretty much your best bet.

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US Transportation Department backs self-driving cars

US Transportation Department backs self-driving cars

While self-driving cars have faced a bit of controversy amongst the general public, it seems the government likes the idea for the most part. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is a branch of the US Department of Transportation, has released a policy that looks to fast-track the development and testing of self-driving cars.

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Tumblr Sponsored Posts hit web with dollar-sign icon

Tumblr Sponsored Posts hit web with dollar-sign icon

This week Tumblr has begun to roll out sponsored posts beyond their mobile application environment. While back on the 22nd of April Tumblr brought advertisements to smartphones, users working with their desktop computers and browsing their Dashboard with a web browser will see the same thing. Because the Yahoo buyout of Tumblr was announced so very recently, it's likely this move was scheduled well ahead of said acquisition.

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Former Windows head suggests users want “sealed case” computers

Former Windows head suggests users want “sealed case” computers

Do you enjoy being able to open up your computer and other devices in order to get a peek around? Former Windows boss Steven Sinofsky thinks that you're most likely one of the few, as he says that in order for computers to "reach the next billion" people, you "have to seal things up more," referring to form factors of today's devices.

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HTC One Google Edition: what you gain and what you lose

HTC One Google Edition: what you gain and what you lose

Next month Google will be releasing two new "Google Edition" smartphones that carry their original brand names, the HTC One and the Samsung GALAXY S 4. As the draw to these devices here in 2013 is based at least in part to the hardware manufacturers' own software editions and modifications, Google's releases come with both positive and negative values to them compared to their carrier or "Developer" editions. As the HTC One with "Nexus user experience" is introduced this week, we've taken a look at what users will gain - and what they'll lose.

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Google: We’re not stopping the Nexus program

Google: We’re not stopping the Nexus program

With the announcement of a stock Android Galaxy S 4 and a just-announced HTC One Google Edition, many people are fearing that Google is quietly shutting down the Nexus program and will simply just put stock Android on a few devices. However, Google's Sundar Pichai says that the Nexus program will continue, and we should see more Nexus devices coming in the future.

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Google Play Music headed to iOS

Google Play Music headed to iOS

Today in a much more official manner than we've been experiencing thus far, Google Music has been announced to be coming to iOS. It's been announced by Google's Android head Sundar Pichai just this morning at the D11 conference where he's also dropped the bomb: the HTC One Google Edition. So as Android gets a gift of that silver hardware with Nexus innards, iOS gains Google Music, Google Music All Access, and a rather significant competitor to iTunes.

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Apple kicks off iTunes Festival 2013 with new app: Streaming promised

Apple kicks off iTunes Festival 2013 with new app: Streaming promised

Apple is all about the music today, with the new 16GB iPod touch, word of 100m iPod touch selling since 2007, and now details of the upcoming iTunes Festival 2013. First held in 2007, the 2013 show marks the festival's seventh outing, with acts including Justin Timberlake and Jack Johnson set to appear, while the tickets are handed out as iTunes prizes.

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Google brings nutritional information to search results

Google brings nutritional information to search results

Health nuts rejoice. Google has added nutritional information to over 1,000 foods to its search results, using Knowledge Graph to display information about a specific food. You can enter in search queries like "how many carbs in an apple," and it will bring up that information, along with a sidebar of other nutritional facts about apples.

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