Archive for Sep 28, 2013

Nokia tablet clears FCC with Verizon and AT&T LTE

Nokia tablet clears FCC with Verizon and AT&T LTE

Nokia's much-rumored tablet has appeared at the FCC undergoing LTE testing, with the Finnish company almost completely squeezing out references to the form factor of what's expected to be a Windows RT based machine. Listed as the Nokia RX-114, the device makes no mention of its design until the final page, when it's outed as a tablet. It's expected to be among a rumored six new devices to be shown off for the first time on October 22nd

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Google Search for Android gets “OK Google” hotword

Google Search for Android gets “OK Google” hotword

Google's search app for Android now starts a new voice search when you say the hotword "OK Google" instead of just "Google". Additionally, the new hotword also starts a fresh search while the app is displaying results from the previous search. This change comes bundled with the latest (2.8.7) update and activates when you manually update the language pack.

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Google Offers refunds expired deals for forgetful users

Google Offers refunds expired deals for forgetful users

Have you ever gone to the store with a fistful of coupons, bought everything the coupons were going to save you a ton of money on, paid for your purchase, drove home, emptied your bags -- and discovered that fat stack of precious, money-saving coupons untouched in your wallet? Don't you wish you could go back and get the discounts that were coming to you? That's essentially what Google is offering to do for its customers who have forgotten to redeem their Google Offers discounts. Beginning October 7, Google will start issuing automatic refunds for forgotten or expired Google Offers claimed on advance purchases made through the service.

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iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 in Space Gray: measured and compared

iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 in Space Gray: measured and compared

Today a collection of images has appeared - with specifications attached - of both the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2 in Space Gray. Up-close photos and inspections of the individual parts of Apple mobile smart products like the iPhone and the iPad have become somewhat commonplace over the past few months, particularly with devices that've not technically been revealed to the public by the manufacturer. Both the 5th generation iPad and the iPad mini 2nd generation models have been showing up here and there over the past couple of weeks - here they're inspected for a higher grade of detail.

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Stanford particle accelerator delivered smaller than grain of rice

Stanford particle accelerator delivered smaller than grain of rice

The U.S. Department of Energy, with the help of researchers at Stanford University and other public and private institutions, have demonstrated the ability of a chip no larger than a grain of rice to accelerate particles 10 times faster than a conventional particle accelerator can do alone. The chip, which is specially nano-fabricated of fused silica, has the potential to drastically scale down the machinery necessary for particle research, security scanners, medical devices and other technology. The global effect of this advance could be just as revolutionary as silicon was.

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Google time machine shows search engine at birth

Google time machine shows search engine at birth

For its 15th birthday, Google is throwing itself a loving party, a nostalgic trip down memory-of-itself lane, a celebration of its rise from humble search David to search Goliath. And we're all invited. Go to Google.com, type in "Google in 1998" and hit the search button. What do you see? We see little baby Google, its logo all Sesame Street-looking, a list of search results for Web pages that mention Google, and (perhaps most nostalgically of all) not much else in the way of whistles and bells.

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Candy Crush creator King “privately” files for a Royal IPO

Candy Crush creator King “privately” files for a Royal IPO

Candy Crush game maker King has filed for IPO in the United States to the tune of $5 billion, making it the largest IPO for a UK-based company in years. The S-1 filing echoes that of Twitter's recent IPO in that it lets the fast-growing company keep the move confidential, but the gigantic valuation can only be anything but "quiet", as the Telegraph described it.

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ChallengeDyson publicly puts Dyson engineers to the test

ChallengeDyson publicly puts Dyson engineers to the test

Teched-out vacuum cleaner salesmen Dyson have begun displaying their engineers' willingness to take on extra-curricular engineering projects in a video entitled "Challenge Dyson 2013: Airborne." The challenge was to "design a machine that can fly, navigate the course, and try not to burst the balloons" using nothing but spare Dyson parts.

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Faces of Facebook packs 1.26 billion faces, looks like TV snow

Faces of Facebook packs 1.26 billion faces, looks like TV snow

Freelance creative technologist Natalia Rojas has launched a Facebook application called

ROLI Seaboard Crosses a Piano with a Fretless String Instrument

ROLI Seaboard Crosses a Piano with a Fretless String Instrument

London-based tech start-up ROLI has introduced a new musical instrument line that should get musicians and audiophiles salivating. The "Seaboard" is a continuous-touch keyboard with curved "keywaves" (instead of keys) that flow into one another like waves on the sea (thus the name.) This overcomes the step-function limitations of a traditional keyboard, letting musicians bend and select pitches with absolute precision, analogous in principle to a fretless stringed instrument like a violin. The only other on-board control is a "Sounddial" resembling an iPod click wheel that allows for continuous preset indexing and fine-tuning.

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Love it or hate it, you have no choice but to download iOS 7

Love it or hate it, you have no choice but to download iOS 7

Apple’s iOS 7 has been a lightning rod of controversy over the last week. The operating system has been called the very best mobile software Apple has ever released by the company’s hardcore fans, while those who aren’t so quick to sing its praises say that it has much room for improvement.

Of course, that there’s some backlash isn’t all that surprising. Apple’s iOS 7 is a major departure from the previous operating system, featuring an all-new design, new visual effects, and new functions. The operating system was crafted by Jonathan Ive, and by the look of things, Apple is going in whatever direction he chooses in the future.

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Microsoft now accepting iPhones in addition to iPad trade-in promotion

Microsoft now accepting iPhones in addition to iPad trade-in promotion

On September 12, Microsoft kicked off an iPad trade-in promotion, allowing Apple customers to swap their tablet for a gift card worth a minimum of $200. Fast-forward two weeks, and Microsoft is now offering the same promotion to iPhone owners, offering a minimum of $200 for those with devices that meet the gently-used trade-in requirement.

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