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IDC: Android and iOS continue to carve up the world, another record quarter for smartphones

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:09 AM PDT

IDC: Android and iOS continue to carve up the world, another record quarter for smartphones:

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According to IDC's latest figures, Android and iOS now account for 85 percent of the 152 million smartphones shipped in Q2 2012. Google's OS powered 68.1 percent of all smartphones sold -- with Samsung making the hardware behind for just under half of those. Apple's smartphones now claim a 16.9 percent marketshare and while plenty of phone shoppers are holding out for the iPhone's next iteration, iOS still saw double-digit growth in Q2. There's more bad news for both BlackBerry and Symbian platforms, which, combined, accounted for less than 10 percent of all smartphones shipped last quarter. Windows Phone 7, meanwhile, hasn't quite made it to that hallowed third place it reckons it deserves. The mobile OS continues to grow, however, albeit at a gentler rate than both iOS and Android. Microsoft's likely pinning its hopes on the adjustable widgets and meatier specifications of Windows Phone 8 to draw in some new customers this fall.
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Is this the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Image posted on official site looks familiar

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:09 AM PDT

Is this the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Image posted on official site looks familiar:

Is this the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Hmmm, this is a strange one. Samsung Pakistan just posted the above pic on its official Facebook page. The caption reads, "Picture perfect view made even more perfect with Samsung Galaxy S3," but the picture clearly isn't of a GS III. So, what is it? It's big, that's for sure, and the bezel is quite the opposite. Dare we hope it's the Galaxy Note 2, or could it simply be some kind of render posted in error? There's one big reason to be skeptical, which is that this exact same pic already did the rounds as a potential GS III image before that flagship was launched. The only difference here is that it's on an official outlet.

Update: And just like that, the Facebook page has disappeared. For the sake of posterity (not least our own), we've kept a record of it after the break. Roll on, August 15th.

[Thanks, Kashif]

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'Resident Evil 6' Xbox 360 achievement list unveiled

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:09 AM PDT

'Resident Evil 6' Xbox 360 achievement list unveiled: Resident Evil 6






Resident Evil 6's achievement list is now available online via Xbox 360 Achievements, two months prior to the game's release.
The achievements appear to tie to the title's narrative, which means they are inevitably riddled with spoilers. Continue reading at your own risk.
Resident Evil 6 contains five achievements for each of its story campaigns, which are awarded at the end of each chapter. The final six achievements will unlock following the completion of the main storyline and relate to the recently unveiled Ada Wong campaign.
The upcoming Capcom title can be completed on Amateur, Normal, Veteran, or Professional difficulty, while earning medals and collecting blue serpent emblems will boost your Gamerscore.
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Nearly 30,000 Microsoft employees tested Windows 8 Release Preview

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:06 AM PDT

Nearly 30,000 Microsoft employees tested Windows 8 Release Preview: Windows 8 RTM






Microsoft has revealed that nearly 30,000 employees have been testing Windows 8 Release Preview on over 30,000 machines. The figures, a snapshot from mid-July, are part of the dogfooding evaluation at Microsoft — a process where a company uses its own product to test it before release. Microsoft regularly sets up internal dogfood builds for upcoming software products, including its web products and Office 2013.
Microsoft's internal IT team fully supported the Windows 8 Release Preview deployment, offering self-help, help desk, and online communities to provide employees with assistance. The company also provisioned 75 devices with Windows To Go, a new self-contained version of Windows 8 on a USB device, and provided them to senior...
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'Grid 2' officially announced with debut trailer

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:05 AM PDT

'Grid 2' officially announced with debut trailer: grid






Grid 2 will release to PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 next year, Codemasters announced today with a debut trailer.
Just over one minute long, the short trailer offers glimpses of Chicago and Paris, the upcoming title's new game locations. Grid 2 began development two years ago and is built on the latest version of Codemasters Racing's Ego engine.
"Grid's back and we're going to make street, track and road racing exciting again," said executive producer Clive Moody in a prepared statement.
"The core design philosophy for Grid 2 is that we treat the race as a character, not a consequence of simply putting cars on tracks. Everything that goes into the game impacts on that second-to-second, in the moment, blockbuster drama - the feel and...
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Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath are making their way to the PlayStation Vita

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:05 AM PDT

Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath are making their way to the PlayStation Vita:
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath will be arriving on the PlayStation Vita "very soon" according to Oddworld Inhabitants. The company took to their official Facebook page, stating that the games are now in the QA phase before their official release.

"Both Stranger's Wrath HD and Munch's Oddysee HD are coming to VITA very soon, We just need to get them finished up and through Sony QA before we can release them."

If you're wanting for games on your PlayStation Vita, these two titles aren't a bad way to go, depending on the price of course.… Read more

Stone Cold Steve Austin’s iconic middle finger will be blurred in WWE ’13

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:04 AM PDT

Stone Cold Steve Austin's iconic middle finger will be blurred in WWE '13:

WWE '13 is going back to the Attitude era, arguably the golden age of the company. It was known for it's over-the-top and larger than life characters, with Stone Cold being the face of the brand. He was aggressive, staunch, and best known for chugging down a can of beer (or 5) then flipping the bird at his opponent.… Read more

Conan O'Brien makes fun of the Apple vs Samsung trial

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:04 AM PDT

Conan O'Brien makes fun of the Apple vs Samsung trial: By now you're probably sick of reading news about Apple suing Samsung for copying the iPhone and the iPad. This latest bit, however, you will definitely enjoy. We promise! For you see, the case is generating so much buzz that headlines are being spewed almost on an hourly basis. But the folks at Team Coco must have also taken notice of that and, to no surprise, have decided to do what they do best, namely to poke a little fun at the Apple vs Samsung trial...

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will support the use of Arcade sticks

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:04 AM PDT

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will support the use of Arcade sticks:

I've never considered games like Super Smash Bros to be true fighting games. In fact, it almost annoys me that some people choose to take the novelty of items and random stages out of the game, only to play it on a flat, bland surface competitively. However, that's just my opinion and the people claiming that these games are true fighters probably know a hell of a lot more about the scene than I do.… Read more

Apple outlines how it reached nearly £2bn Samsung damages request

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:04 AM PDT

Apple outlines how it reached nearly £2bn Samsung damages request: Apple outlines how it reached nearly £2bn Samsung damages request

The US tech titan has filed a document breaking down which products violate which patent - and how much it should cost Samsung.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2012/08/08/apple-outlines-how-it-reached-nearly-2bn-samsung-damages-request/

Windows 8-optimized versions of Windows Photo Gallery and Movie Maker released

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:04 AM PDT

Windows 8-optimized versions of Windows Photo Gallery and Movie Maker released: Windows Essentials 2012






Microsoft is releasing its Windows Essentials 2012 package this week, an update to its existing Windows Live Essentials applications. The company is dropping its Windows Live branding this time around, a decision that is echoed across its upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Although Essentials 2012 includes Mail, Messenger, SkyDrive, and Writer, Microsoft is making the most changes in its Photo Gallery and Movie Maker apps.




Movie Maker has been designed to work with the new hardware accelerated graphics changes in Windows 8, improving the performance of the app. The updated app also includes a new video stabilization feature that includes wobble correction for shaky videos. Microsoft has also worked with AudioMicro, Free Music Archive,...



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Microsoft to switch to charging for apps in Yuan in China

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:04 AM PDT

Microsoft to switch to charging for apps in Yuan in China:
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In what is likely a long overdue change, Microsoft has sent an email to Chinese developers notifying them that Microsoft will be switching from charging for apps in Dollar to charging for them in Chinese Yan (CNY).
Microsoft has not revealed the exchange rate that will be used or when exactly the change will be implemented, but it will not require any work on the part of developers.
The change follows the same by Apple in recent weeks, and suggests Chinese government action may be behind the move. Either way however it is sure to improve the experience of Chinese Windows Phone users and will hopefully hit Marketplace shortly.
Via WinP.cn






Windows RT to come with Office 2013 RT Preview: no macro, VBA support, some other features missing too

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:04 AM PDT

Windows RT to come with Office 2013 RT Preview: no macro, VBA support, some other features missing too: The iPad virtually created the tablet market in 2010, Android tried to catch up slowly, and now Windows 8 is coming to try and make a dent in there too. And apart from its new user interface…

Online Nandroid Backup allows Nandroid backups without booting into recovery

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:03 AM PDT

Online Nandroid Backup allows Nandroid backups without booting into recovery:

 

If you're an avid Android "rooter" and "ROM flasher," then I'm sure the Nandroid backup feature that custom recoveries offer has been your best friend. It's essential to perform a Nandroid backup before you wipe and flash your newly desired ROM in case something goes wrong and you need to restore your phone into a previously working state.
If you're not familiar with how a traditional Nandroid backup works, you are required to turn the phone off and boot into the recovery to perform the procedure. A typical Nandroid backup takes about 4-6 minutes, thus your phone would be nonoperational for that period of time. An XDA developer by the name of ameer1234567890 found that troublesome as he would constantly miss important calls and texts from his family and took it upon himself in creating  away to perform a Nandroid backup without having to boot into recovery. Online Nandroid Backup allows the user to perform a Nandroid backup without the need to turn your phone off, thus you won't miss important calls or texts.
Using the program is actually fairly simple and easy to follow:

Requirements

1. Rooted android phone

2. A terminal emulator installed on phone

3. Busybox

4. A working CWM based recovery installed

5. Some patience
Installation

1. Download and copy zip file to SD card

2. Reboot into recovery

3. Choose install zip from SD card, select zip and flash .

4. Reboot!
Usage

1. Open terminal emulator

2. Type su to obtain root

3. Type onandroid

4. Wait and watch


While this is a wonderful idea, I would still personally recommend performing a Nandroid backup the old fashioned way (through recovery), simply because this is still new and bugs may be present. Either way, this is a great tool and I commend the developer for creating something that is useful for many.
You can head over to the source link for further instructions and download links if you're interested in giving this a shot!
source: XDA Developers 





Microsoft Will Keep Do Not Track For Explorer 10

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:03 AM PDT

Microsoft Will Keep Do Not Track For Explorer 10:
The latest Internet Explorer 10 will push through with its Do Not Track option according to Microsoft's announcement today. The controversial feature will be turned on by default during its first run, depending on the type of settings customers will choose. There will be two options: Express or default settings will automatically engage Do Not Track, while Custom settings will allow a user to turn it off.
As Microsoft shows the world it cares for customer's privacy by implementing Do Not Track, online advertisers cry foul against the new feature. Do Not Track is a useful tool in Web privacy by telling advertisers not to keep customer information specific to browser requests and responses. While online advertisers can still show their products, there will be a limitation on how they can record the activities of a user's browser.
While a user will not notice any difference in his or her browsing experience, Do Not Track works in the background by sending an HTTP header to every Web server indicating what is the preference of a user. The Do Not Track header, called "DNT" will either have a value of "0″, which means tracking is allowed; or a value or "1″,meaning the user does not want to be tracked at all. There will also be instances that DNT will be missing completely, leaving the decision to the advertiser.
Basically, the header does not and cannot do anything in and of itself. Advertisers still have full control whether or not to track user activities. Normally, advertisers would want to track user browsing behaviors so that relevant ads will be shown to the user, and hence more likely to get clicked on.
However, as governments around the world tightens their grip on how far online advertisements and Web privacy, advertisers would likely conform to what Microsoft is trying to achieve. Fear of something worse like total government ban on tracking activities leave advertisers to tentatively get on board with the Do Not Track scheme. Do Not Track may not be good for business from an advertiser's standpoint, but it definitely beats something more drastic like total loss of opportunity for advertising if governments will formulate more strict measures.
Microsoft claims that their Do Not Track tool "puts people first" in its agenda. Internet Explorer 10 is a further enhancement of its predecessor as it expands on some specific functionality like  additional support for HTML5, CSS 3, and hardware acceleration. It is currently under development but will expectedly be released during the launch of Windows 8 this coming October.  According to Microsoft, there will be enough textual description during Windows 8 installation providing adequate information for users about Do Not Track feature. Users will also know that they have an option to turn off the feature if they want to.
Regulators have looked into Microsoft's project and gave the tech giant some backing, especially in the Eurozone.

132-page document shows full extent of iPhone's influence on Samsung interface design

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:26 AM PDT

132-page document shows full extent of iPhone's influence on Samsung interface design: Gallery Photo: Samsung's 'Directions for Improvement'






Apple succeeded today in getting the entirety of an internal Samsung report comparing the iPhone to its own Galaxy S admitted into evidence. First reported by reported by All Things D, the 132-page document paints a picture of Samsung recognizing superior elements of Apple's user experience and changes Samsung needed to make in order to improve its own products. In most cases, these "Directions for Improvement" amounted to adding features or details where Apple's interface was better, and subtracting those things that made Samsung's interface appear complex in comparison. While it's easy now to pick out areas where both iOS and Android engineers borrow from one another for new ideas about functionality, the document shows just how...
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Samsung's 2010 document says Galaxy S would be better if it were more like the Apple iPhone

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:26 AM PDT

Samsung's 2010 document says Galaxy S would be better if it were more like the Apple iPhone: Apple has placed a 2010 document from Samsung into evidence, all 132 pages of it; the document is translated from Korean and compares the Samsung Galaxy S with the Apple iPhone as engineers write that the Galaxy S needs to be more like the iPhone...

Real time traffic added to Google Maps for over 130 new locations

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:26 AM PDT

Real time traffic added to Google Maps for over 130 new locations: Google has added real time traffic to 130 new, smaller locations on Google Maps like Portland, Maine; these new locations will get to see real time traffic delays and estimated travel times along with the larger locations that have had real time traffic since 2008...

'PC Pledge 100' to use refurbished business computers to increase PC adoption in low-income households

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:26 AM PDT

'PC Pledge 100' to use refurbished business computers to increase PC adoption in low-income households: via assets.sbnation.com






The FCC and non-profit organization Connect2Compete are expanding their efforts to provide low-cost access to technology with the "PC Pledge 100" campaign. With the help of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the initiative intends to increase computer ownership in low-income households through PCs donated from US organizations. Access to the internet and computers has become increasingly important for those in school or entering the job force. With studies showing that about 60 percent of low-income households do not have a computer and that 66 million US residents have no computer skills, Connect2Compete's low-cost PCs, internet services, and free digital literacy training have become an invaluable resource for those...
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Realizing the Potential of the PlayStation Vita

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:25 AM PDT

Realizing the Potential of the PlayStation Vita:

On November 11th, 2006 the PlayStation 3 console was released in Japan. Five years and some months later the landscape of the gaming industry is almost unrecognizable. The iPhone and Android marketplaces have launched and attracted new and innovative game developers. Facebook has become a powerful advertising tool and a lucrative cash cow for shallow mini games.… Read more

Report Tells HTML5 Use Gaining Steady Support

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:25 AM PDT

Report Tells HTML5 Use Gaining Steady Support:

A blog published by research company Forrester said that it is now high time for companies to take advantage of what HTML5 can offer to modern web browsers. HTML5-enabled browsers is slowly but surely becoming the standard for web experience as more and more companies like Apple, Rue La La, Best Buy, and Four Seasons to name a few, are embracing the technology by using some of its features on their desktop sites. The blog showcases the positive trends in browser adoption and how companies can take advantage of the new functionality.


Forrester addressed the key issue of how far HTML5 has penetrated the market of web browsers today. By presenting the current marketshare statistics for browsers, the company says that 83 percent of users in Europe and 75 percent in North America are running browsers that can support majority of the feature set of HTML5. The rapid penetration of HTML5-enabled browsers was observed sometime between the second quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of this year, when it grew from 57 percent to 75 percent.


The HTML standard has been revised several times and HTML5 is the fifth. HTML5 features specific rules that allows creative placement of format of text, video, audio, and graphics on a Web page.  Tech experts say it is the next generation of formatting language to create documents on the Web.


As more users embrace the use of web browsers around the world, the pace of innovation among browser developers has also increased significantly. New standards are being developed fast compared to the previous standards many years ago. Aggressive approaches to maximize the impact of a new technology can be seen among many web browser vendors as they try to adjust their product releases.


The report of Forrester iterated that the adoption of the new standard will not cost much for sites as the CSS3 and HTML5 features can be implemented incrementally. The company also says that there's a growing availability of compatibility libraries that can help the adoption of HTML5 features faster.

Disney earnings confirm Whedon for Avengers 2

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:25 AM PDT

Disney earnings confirm Whedon for Avengers 2:

It's now not only official that there will indeed be a film called "The Avengers 2″, but that the same man as the first film will be both directing and writing the 2015 feature. While it hasn't been confirmed directly that this film will be released three years from now, it has been confirmed that Joss Whedon has signed a deal with Marvel Studios (owned by Disney) that will last through June of 2015. In that time he'll also be working on a live action television series for Marvel Television at ABC and he'll be working on the ins and outs of the rest of the Marvel-related films popping up in the next few years as well.




Whedon was largely responsible for the first Disney marketed and distributed Marvel Comics film The Avengers which has to date made $1.5 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Domestic box office cash is up to $616.8 million which makes The Avengers the third-highest-grossing film in history behind the movies Avatar and Titanic. Other films currently in development in the Marvel Comics / Avengers universe include Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and an untitled film featuring the hero Ant-Man.



Disney chief Bob Iger spoke during Disney's quarterly earnings call this week, making it clear that Whedon is in the company for the long haul.


"Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015. As part of that deal, Whedon will write and direct Marvel's The Avengers 2 as well as help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC.  He will also contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel's cinematic universe." – Iger



Those of you looking to catch all of the films that this statement likely includes in the "Marvel cinematic universe" will enjoy knowing that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past will also quite likely be included in the 2014 lineup of films from the comics group, as will The Wolverine which is coming up quick in 2013. Both The Wolverine and Iron Man 3 are currently in filming right this minute!



[via Variety]




Disney earnings confirm Whedon for Avengers 2 is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Internet Archive hopes to make a million files download faster with BitTorrent links

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:25 AM PDT

Internet Archive hopes to make a million files download faster with BitTorrent links: Archive.org Torrent






The Internet Archive, a vast repository of free public domain movies, books, music, and more, is releasing a million files as torrents that it hopes will be faster and require fewer resources than traditional downloads. The torrents look to have been partially rolled out as of last month, but now a much larger number are available, letting users download live music shows or horror classic Night of the Living Dead among other things. Users who don't want to use torrents can still download the files directly.
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Nuance Introduces Nina for Android and iOS Apps

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:25 AM PDT

Nuance Introduces Nina for Android and iOS Apps:

Nina for Android and iOS apps was unveiled by Nuance, the developer of the famous Siri for the iPhone 4S. Nina or "Nuance Interactive Natural Assistant" turns your iPhone or Android into voice-enabled customer service assistants by transforming the Smartphone's apps like a tool that will allow customers to engage and receive immediate outcomes.
While Siri was first introduced on Apple as a built-in virtual assistant to the iPhone 4S, it was powered by the voice recognition service by Nuance. This leads to a lot of effort for third-party developers to create many clones and illegitimate means of getting Siri to work on other devices. However, Android and some other Operating System have also developed quality virtual assistants similar to Siri.
Nina was built on the same voice recognition engine from Nuance from which Apple has developed Siri. And thus, it just can be added to iOS and Android apps via Software Development Kit (SDK) issued by the company after their announcement.
So, what does it really actually do? Nina can validate your identity by using unique voice prints to authenticate. You can navigate through the system because Nina can capture in a single utterance so she can get the users' words to give an answer. She can also do a transaction for the users by extracting content, context and meaning from a request to ensure faster result in a fewer steps. Nina also teaches the users so you can learn the most of your virtual assistant through talking, typing or tapping.
According to Nuance's press release, Nina is a pre-made personal assistant persona that combines Nuance's speech recognition system, text to speech, voice biometrics and natural language understanding technology hosted in the cloud to deliver "an interactive user experience that not only understands what is said, but also can identify who is saying it."
Do you think Nina can damage Siri and other voice recognition software for Smartphones? Here is a quick video for Nina.

Microsoft already hiring for next generation Surface

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:24 AM PDT

Microsoft already hiring for next generation Surface:
Microsoft Surface won't be launching until October, but the company is wasting no time in getting the ball rolling on the next generation of Surface devices. A dozen Microsoft job ads have been discovered by TechRadar, and they're all related in one way or another to future iterations of Surface. Microsoft, for its part, maintains that the only Surface devices are the two tablets that have been announced, but that doesn't mean it isn't planning for the future.



Microsoft should be planning for the future too, since the tablet industry moves at a breakneck pace. If Microsoft wants to compete with the big boys, it's going to need to be offering new things at a pretty fast rate, which is precisely why it has put these job ads out. The job ads were posted between June and August of this year, and include positions like component specialists, mechanical engineers, and materials experts.
In other words, Microsoft isn't planning to merely update Surface, but to build new products in the Surface line. We already knew that Microsoft was planning to make Surface into a family of products, and it looks as if the company is already beginning to work toward that. These job ads all say "We are currently building the next generation and Surface needs you!" so Microsoft's intentions seem pretty clear.
So there you go – we may all be anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first Surface, but Microsoft is already gearing up for the next generation. Don't expect Microsoft to explain these job ads anytime soon, as the company will definitely want to keep any work on the next devices in the Surface line as secret as possible. We'll update you when new information surfaces, but for now, just know that Microsoft is taking this Surface deal very seriously.



Microsoft already hiring for next generation Surface is written by Eric Abent & originally posted on SlashGear.
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