Archive for Oct 31, 2013

Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet first in line of “value category” products

Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet first in line of “value category” products

This morning a note has been passed from the inner Verizon meetings sanctum which suggests that the Ellipsis 7 will be the first device in a range of products from the carrier. This device - titled Verizon Ellipsis 7 in full - will be the first in a line of Ellipsis products, Verizon describing this as "a value category" unique to the carrier. This device will work with a 7-inch display and a quad-core processor (likely MediaTek) alongside some version of Android - all the basics.

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iPad Air release puts Apple Store down as Retina mini seeks date

iPad Air release puts Apple Store down as Retina mini seeks date

The iPad Air is coming to the Apple Store this Friday, and ahead of its launch some countries are finding the online iteration of the retail giant going down - with the prerequisite "we'll be right back." Meanwhile the Retina iPad mini's release date - while not officially noted by Apple yet as such - has been tipped by a Target retail website. This website suggests that November 21st, 2013 will be the day the Retina iPad mini arrives - right in time for holiday shoppers.

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Ingress beta open to all: Google’s game sticks with Android

Ingress beta open to all: Google’s game sticks with Android

This week the folks at Google and Niantic have released their cages from the "closed beta" edition of Ingress to allow this augmented reality game to all. The game remains in "beta" mode, though we're essentially seeing the entirety of this environment's gameplay live right this minute. This game will be available to iOS users in the future, but for the time being - it's all about Android.

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Nike FuelBand Android support explained by lack of Bluetooth LE

Nike FuelBand Android support explained by lack of Bluetooth LE

But wait a second, you might be saying - am I not holding a device in my hand right now with Bluetooth 4.0 and the capability of working with Bluetooth LE technology? Likely you are. Nike's comments this week suggest that they're not entirely confident that enough Android devices out in the wild work with Bluetooth LE at this time, and that the iPhone's newest editions are ready to roll in a way much more attuned to their preferred ecosystem.

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FAA gives OK to mobile devices during entire flight

FAA gives OK to mobile devices during entire flight

Today the folks at the regulatory department for the air - the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - have given the green light for all-flight-long mobile device use for passengers. This OK extends to airlines across the United States starting as soon as tomorrow. A note from the FAA gives few restrictions to this new allowance, suggesting that "Airplane Mode" should still be initiated on all mobile devices, and that there are still holds on being able to make or take phone calls in the air. In other words - get out your Angry Birds and keep on popping!

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EA cancels free to play Command & Conquer video game

EA cancels free to play Command & Conquer video game

We've been expecting a free to play Command & Conquer video game to come from EA for a long time. The first time rumblings surfaced that a free to play title would be coming to the franchise was back in December of 2011. That game has been in development, but EA has now announced that it has canceled the free to play Command & Conquer game.

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Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser space plane damaged during first test flight

Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser space plane damaged during first test flight

Back in December of 2012 NASA awarded a total of $30 million to three different private space companies. Each of the three companies received about $10 million and included Boeing, SpaceX, and Sierra Nevada Corp. So far, SpaceX has been the most successful with its Dragon capsule already having traveled to the ISS.

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Research suggests the human brain is more powerful than previously thought

Research suggests the human brain is more powerful than previously thought

Scientists have been studying the human brain for decades in an attempt to understand how the brain can do what it does. Scientists have made a very interesting discovery suggesting that the human brain may be significantly more powerful than previously believed. The image you see below may look like Christmas decorations, but it's a computer simulated image of pyramidal neurons in the cerebral cortex.

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Pink Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launches in the UK

Pink Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launches in the UK

When Samsung originally unveiled the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone it launched in black and white colors around the world. Samsung did originally show off a pink version of the phone, but that device has yet launch. That's changed with the pink version of the Galaxy Note 3 available to purchase in the UK starting tomorrow.

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iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi ruggedized video camera can survive 49 feet of water

iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi ruggedized video camera can survive 49 feet of water

iON America has announced the launch of its third-generation wearable high definition video camera. The camera is called the iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi and it has a 12-megapixel image sensor. The camera is one of the most water resistant action cameras around able to shoot video at depths of up to 49 feet.

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AT&T gives 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 to Galaxy smartphone buyers for Christmas

AT&T gives 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 to Galaxy smartphone buyers for Christmas

AT&T has announced a new special offer for the holiday season for shoppers looking for a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone. The offers were available starting yesterday and one will see buyers get a free seven-inch Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet with the purchase of a qualifying Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Customers will need to sign up for a new two-year contract for the qualifying smartphones.

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Earth-like Kepler 78b exoplanet under scrutiny from scientists

Earth-like Kepler 78b exoplanet under scrutiny from scientists

Scientists have discovered an interesting exoplanet about 700 light years away from the Earth residing in the constellation Cygnus. The planet is called Kepler 78b and is similar in mass and size to the Earth. Scientists also believe Kepler 78b is composed of rock and iron, just like the Earth.

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