Archive for Sep 27, 2013

Google celebrates 15th birthday in its original home: a garage

Google celebrates 15th birthday in its original home: a garage

As it seems to be with all great technology projects, Google started in a garage. As any garage band can tell you, great inspiration comes from working in someone's personal space, dreaming of the greatness of a dedicated home base - for Google, that time was 15 years ago this week. To celebrate, Google has done several things - one of them being a miniature party in the original Susan Wojcicki-owned home of Google's worldwide HQ.

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Surface 2 beats out iPad, Nokia tablet for Delta pilots

Surface 2 beats out iPad, Nokia tablet for Delta pilots

It would appear that Delta airlines are bucking some device trends this upcoming travel season in a move that will have Microsoft pleased. Though the airline had been working with Apple's iPad slate for some time now, they've begun transitioning to the Microsoft-made Surface 2. This tablet is up for pre-order as of the 24th of September, and will begin appearing on doorsteps and in stores on the 22nd of October here in the United States.

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Apple hires Nike FuelBand designer for iWatch wearable project

Apple hires Nike FuelBand designer for iWatch wearable project

Apple has poached Nike's design director responsible for leading the FuelBand fitness tracker, with Ben Shaffer expected to go to work on Apple's own wearable project, the much-anticipated "iWatch". Shaffer led Nike's Innovation Kitchen, the R&D lab where the company developed more unusual products such as FuelBand and the lightweight Flyknit training shoe. Now, sources tell 9to5Mac, he's onboard at Apple most likely in the company's 100-strong wearables division.

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iPhone 5s A7 chip teardown gets transistor-deep

iPhone 5s A7 chip teardown gets transistor-deep

The teardown of the iPhone 5s has officially gotten microscopic. With the team at chipworks making it their mission to get down and dirty with the heartiest Apple chip on the market today, the iPhone 5s has joined the ranks of the devices that our current teardown culture has seen fit to take apart down to the tiniest of details. Tearing the top off the processor as you'd see it first when you pop off the back of the iPhone 5s (not recommended, by the way,) a new conglomeration is revealed.

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Intel TV launch pushed to 2014 as partners sought

Intel TV launch pushed to 2014 as partners sought

Just yesterday we heard word that Intel was in talks with both Amazon and Samsung to bring web TV to the masses - today word is that this move has been pushed to 2014 as talks continue. Though it would seem that finalizing words between Amazon, Samsung, and Intel would be the final step before a big announcement, today's note from Variety suggests that sources close to the matter at hand have indicated a longer wait time. This source suggests also that Intel is "scrambling" to find partners at this very moment.

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Ecosystem lock-in a key danger EC chief says as Samsung proposes deal

Ecosystem lock-in a key danger EC chief says as Samsung proposes deal

Samsung is attempting to escape antitrust punishment in the EU, submitting a list of proposed commitments that, the European Commission VP responsible for competition says, will be market tested over the next few weeks. "After lengthy discussions, Samsung has sent us a set of commitments seeking to address our concerns" Joaquín Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy, said today in a speech, hinting that should the remedies eventually be accepted, they will have broader implications for standard-essential patents and the injunctions Apple, Samsung, HTC, and others have sought because of them.

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Steam Controller revealed: the missing link for SteamOS

Steam Controller revealed: the missing link for SteamOS

The third of three binding announcements has been made this week surrounding Valve's big move toward living room gaming: SteamOS, Steam Machines, and now the Steam Controller. This machine is a next-generation solution to the relatively stagnant state of gaming controllers in the market today, working with two large trackpads, haptic feedback, and a touchscreen in the middle. There are a total of 16 buttons and/or pads on this single controller, and it'll be entirely wireless, too.

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Firefox screen mirroring in the works: still an experiment

Firefox screen mirroring in the works: still an experiment

With the likes of Google's Chromecast selling of shelves for lack of a reason not to drop a few bucks on the concept, iterations of the idea like Mozilla's upcoming second-screen support for Firefox are popping up left and right. What we're seeing here is a very small and early version of what may be coming from Firefox web browsers in the future - the show you're seeing put on here comes from Mark Finkle of Mozilla, mirroring a Firefox web browser window on an Android device to a Roku on his large-screen TV.

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BlackBerry near-billion dollar loss has future looking grim

BlackBerry near-billion dollar loss has future looking grim

Though the folks at BlackBerry decided to hold off on their regularly scheduled earnings report, the report has indeed come out - and it's not looking good. This second fiscal quarter for the company here in 2013 showed sales of $1.6 billion, but a loss on those sales of $965 million. This loss came in a big way due to a write down of BlackBerry Z10 smartphones that appear to be in large supply with decidedly not-so-large demand to match.

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Virgin Mobile iPhone 5s and 5c prepaid sales launch detailed

Virgin Mobile iPhone 5s and 5c prepaid sales launch detailed

Virgin Mobile will offer the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c from October 1, the carrier has confirmed, one of the few opportunities to pick up Apple's newest smartphones with service but without an ongoing contract. Both handsets - along with the existing iPhone 4S - will be offered with Virgin Mobile's "unlimited data & messaging" plans, starting from $35 per month (or $30 if you opt for automatic payments); however, the big question is exactly how much freedom from a two-year agreement will cost in terms of the upfront iPhone price.

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iPad mini 2 in Gold: slate appears with Touch ID

iPad mini 2 in Gold: slate appears with Touch ID

All the way upstream in the wild west (or Wild East, if you prefer) of secondhand parts stores sourced from what's supposedly Apple's own assembly line appears a Gold colored iPad mini 2. This device follows with the release of the iPhone 5s in Gold and the suggestion that the iPad's 5th generation release will kick out the Gold as well. Here a set of up-close photos also suggest that this model will be released with Touch ID - aka the fingerprint sensor delivered with the iPhone 5s as well.

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