Archive for November, 2013

iPhone 5S availability improves as Foxconn increases production

iPhone 5S availability improves as Foxconn increases production

With the launch of each new version of the iPhone, there are typically production issues that prevent the phone from being able to meet demand early on. Supply catches up with demand eventually, but many people that wish to own the latest version of the iPhone have a hard time finding it in the weeks and months after launch. This is the case with the iPhone 5S with some people who want to purchase having a hard time getting their hands on the smartphone.

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Livescribe 3 smartpen lands in the UK

Livescribe 3 smartpen lands in the UK

There are lots of reasons that people might need to take hand written notes. You might need to record minutes for a meeting at the office, or perhaps you need to take study notes for a class at school. One of the best ways to take those handwritten notes if you also use mobile devices or a computer is with the Livescribe 3 pen.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Black Friday deal trims Android gaming gadget by $50

NVIDIA SHIELD Black Friday deal trims Android gaming gadget by $50

NVIDIA is redoubling its efforts to push its SHIELD portable Android console, kicking off a Black Friday weekend deal that trims another $50 off the cost of the handheld. The Tegra 4 powered clamshell - which allows for standalone play, as well as streaming gameplay from a PC with GeForce graphics - will be eligible for the cut if ordered before midnight Eastern on Monday, December 2nd, with some retailers also throwing in free accessories.

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Google breaks Dutch privacy laws says watchdog

Google breaks Dutch privacy laws says watchdog

Google's unified privacy policy and its sharing between services have seen it fall foul of another European country's data protection rules, with Dutch authorities accusing the search giant of breaking the law. "Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent" the Dutch data protection authority said today, revealing that it has invited representatives to attend a hearing after which possible sanctions or other enforcement measures will be decided upon.

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Sony: Euro PlayStation 4 to miss PSN features at launch

Sony: Euro PlayStation 4 to miss PSN features at launch

Sony will disable several PlayStation Network features for the European launch of the PS4 on Friday, the company has confirmed, temporarily blocking access to the functionality in the hope of avoiding a crash as gamers rush to use their new consoles. "What's New", which is the PSN's discovery stream showing recent activity on the console by the gamer's friends, and the "Content Information Screen", which pulls friends' activity related to the current title being looked at will each be deactivated at launch.

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Cadillac Elmiraj could spawn huge halo production coupe

Cadillac Elmiraj could spawn huge halo production coupe

Cadillac appears close to green-lighting a production version of the striking Elmiraj concept, the monster touring coupe pitched right at BMW's 6-Series, with GM president Mark Reuss saying it's "the car Cadillac needs." Elmiraj, first previewed back in August and then brought out to a broadly positive reception at a number of car shows, was initially seen as a styling exercise at most, given GM's luxury arm was seen as next building a flagship sedan to best challenge the high-end. However, the greater potential for a hyper-luxe coupe to grab mindshare seems to be giving GM execs second thoughts.

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Apple iPhone-tracking lawsuit dismissed

Apple iPhone-tracking lawsuit dismissed

A lawsuit against Apple over iOS location tracking and infringed privacy has been dropped after two years, with the same judge that recently awarded the Cupertino firm $290m in damages from Samsung ruling that outraged iPhone users hadn't demonstrated any legitimate violations. The case, filed back in 2011, saw four iOS users complain that their smartphones were transmitting location data even when the feature was ostensibly turned off, with devices storing up to a year of records in an undisclosed log file.

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Tongue-driven wheelchair uses high-tech power piercing

Tongue-driven wheelchair uses high-tech power piercing

Tongue piercings may be associated with rebellion, but one researcher is aiming for revolution instead, creating a Tongue Drive System that allows paralyzed wheelchair users to more easily navigate than traditional hands-free control options. The handiwork of a team at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the system uses a magnetic tongue stud which is wirelessly tracked by a headpiece, with up to six instructions differentiated by tongue position.

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