Archive for October, 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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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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