Archive for May, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini official: 4.3-inches and optional LTE

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini official: 4.3-inches and optional LTE

Samsung has revealed the Galaxy S4 Mini, the widely-anticipated smaller version of the Galaxy S 4, packing a 4.3-inch display, dualcore processor, and an 8-megapixel main camera. Set to hit shelves in LTE, 3G, and 3G dual-SIM forms, depending on country, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini shrinks its full-sized sibling's screen down to qHD resolution from Full HD, and has only a 1.7GHz dualcore chip rather than the quadcore of the bigger phone. However, that makes for a more pocketable device, trimmed to 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm and 107g for the new Mini phone.

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Microsoft rolls out updated Windows Phone App for Desktop

Microsoft rolls out updated Windows Phone App for Desktop

Most people alternative between using their smartphone and computer for doing various tasks, such as downloading media and taking images. As such, keeping files in sync between the smartphone and laptop is important, and also a bit time consuming if attempted to be done manually. Because of this, Microsoft created the Windows Phone App for Desktop, which allows Windows Phone users to sync media to a PC. Today that app was updated with improvements and expanded support.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk says SuperCharging network will be tripled

Tesla’s Elon Musk says SuperCharging network will be tripled

With a gasoline-powered car, refueling is as simple as pulling into a gas station and waiting a few minutes for the gas take to be refilled. Things are a bit trickier with electric vehicles, however, which require charging stations rather than gas stations. Tesla has been rolling out it SuperCharger network over many months, having added six in California back in October, for example. At tonight's D11 conference, Musk made an announcement early: Tesla's SuperCharger network will be tripled.

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Elon Musk: Cheaper Tesla vehicles could be here in three to five years

Elon Musk: Cheaper Tesla vehicles could be here in three to five years

Elon Musk is talking about all things Tesla at the D11 conference, and one particular area is on when consumers will see cheaper vehicles. As we reported yesterday, Musk wants to build a lower-cost all-electric car, getting them into the hands of more drivers to help combat climate change, among other reasons, something he has spoken about passionately in the past. When asked when we can expect a $30,000 Tesla vehicle, Musk replied: "Probably 3 to 5 years."

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Dennis Woodside: Motorola to launch hero Moto X smartphone this year [UPDATE]

Dennis Woodside: Motorola to launch hero Moto X smartphone this year [UPDATE]

The D11 conference has been underway, with Tim Cook discussing all things Apple yesterday, and today with Motorola's Dennis Woodside discussing the company and its plans. According to Woodside, Motorola plans to launch amidst a range of smartphones one particular hero handset called the Moto X, which is said to be "contextually aware of what is going on around it."

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Scientists alter mosquito genes with “people” blindness

Scientists alter mosquito genes with “people” blindness

Summer is upon many of us, and with it comes mosquitoes. Such tiny creatures are more than a nuisance, serving as disease transmitters of things like malaria. In light of this, researchers undertook a project that could, in part, mitigate such an issue using gene manipulation. Via altering a gene related to the mosquito's ability to smell, the scientists effectively made the insects "blind" to the scent of humans, leaving them to seek out other warm-blooded prey instead.

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Major brands pull Facebook advertisements over hateful content

Major brands pull Facebook advertisements over hateful content

Facebook has once again come under fire for its content policy, which many organizations, companies, and users say is too lax in light of hate speech and violent content. Earlier this month, the social network finally banned videos of decapitations, but has still allowed large quantities of controversial content - many of it gender-based, according to some organizations - to persist. For this reason, more than a dozen big-name companies have pulled their advertisements from the social network.

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Apple pushing supply chain load from Foxconn to Pegatron, says sources

Apple pushing supply chain load from Foxconn to Pegatron, says sources

As we noted yesterday, Apple's Tim Cook hinted that variations of the iPhone, such as versions that fall at different price points, could be in the company's future. Rumors of a low-cost iPhone have been circulating for months now, with at one point Apple's Phil Schiller saying such a device will never have a future in the company's products. Despite that, the rumor is still alive, and today sources told the Wall Street Journal that a low-cost iPhone is expected to be made available later this year.

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