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The Nexus 4 Does Have LTE, It

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5961716/the-nexus-4-does-have-lte-its-just-not-switched-on

The Nexus 4 Does Have LTE, It’s Just Not Switched OnFollowing that iFixit teardown of the Nexus 4, it looks like LG and Google did kit out their new flagship with LTE after all—at least, there’s a Qualcomm multi-band LTE chip in there—it’s just not active. But why whack in a 4G chip and not bother to use it?

There are a couple of theories. The first is network restriction: perhaps one or more mobile carriers have called dibs on an LTE-equipped version to be “released” at a later date. Another theory, as suggested by Ars Technica is that LG’s just left the chip in there as a throw over from the Optimus G, on which the Nexus 4 is based, to reduce manufacturing streams. That’s possible, but why put a chip in there that costs you extra cash if you weren’t going to use it?

On the bright side, perhaps now we’ll have a reason for people to actually root stock Android. Maybe, just maybe, someone will be able to activate that dormant LTE chip and gift the Nexus 4 with 4G. That really would make Google’s flagship absolutely killer. [iFixit via Ars Technica]


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Monday, November 19th, 2012 news No Comments

32GB Nexus 7 tablets appear at retail with $249 price tag, October 29th street date

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/19/32gb-nexus-7-249-oct-29th-leak/

32GB Nexus 7 tablets appear at retail with $249 price tag, October 29th street date

Ahead of Google’s Android event on the 29th there’s additional confirmation of a storage upgrade for the Nexus 7, as 32GB units have now been spotted on shelves at US retailers. Seemingly dead-set on matching the LG E960 “Mako” Nexus G for the title of worst-kept secret, we’ve received this photo of a tag for the new unit at a Sam’s Club (with a placeholder price). Reports on Android Central and The Verge also mention hardware spotted at Staples locations, with one person actually succeeding in buying one. All of that follows a listing on the Staples website and one Japanese buyer apparently receiving one early by accident. According to the tags and receipts, the new units are scheduled to go on sale the same day as the Android event, and at the same $249 price of the current 16GB model. Now that the alleged Sony Nexus phone has been exposed as a fake we don’t know if there will be any surprises left, but if you want to buy anything from Google’s brand then patience (or at least shopping around) is probably your best strategy.

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Saturday, October 20th, 2012 news No Comments

The iPad Mini Is Going To Hammer Apple’s Regular iPad Business (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/ipad-mini-will-hammer-current-ipad-2012-10

ipad mini renderApple’s forthcoming iPad Mini could take 15 per cent of sales away from the full-size iPad, according to analysts.

The new tablet is expected to be announced by Apple in California next Tuesday. Little is known about it except that it will probably have a 7.85-inch screen – slightly smaller than the current iPad’s 10-inch display.

Even with this lack of information analysts are predicting that Apple will sell around five million iPad Minis before Christmas, assuming rumours of a November 2 release date are correct.

Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, told AllThingsD : “We believe that the smaller iPad could cannibalize one million regular iPad units in December or a rate of cannibalization at 20 percent. [So] for every five million smaller iPads, you lose one million standard iPads.”

The report also quotes Bill Choi, an analyst with Janney Montgomery Scott, who believes the smaller iPad will cannibalise just 15 per cent of sales of the existing iPad.

Just as it did with its iPod range, which slowly expanded to cover a range of form factors, storage capacities and prices, Apple is likely to take the view that it is better to cannibalise its own products that to give a competitor the chance to do it.

At the moment,! anyone wanting a smaller, cheaper tablet is likely to go for Google’s Nexus 7, released in July, or Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, which comes to Britain next week. The iPad Mini gives Apple the opportunity to target those customers.

Earlier this week Apple sent out invites to an October 23rd event in San Jose, California . Titled “We’ve got a little more to show you”, the invites give no hint as to what the company is set to announce. Rumours about a smaller iPad, however, have been doing the rounds for some time.

Alongside the iPad Mini, reports have suggested that Apple might unveil a 13-inch version of its ‘Retina’ MacBook Pro. The laptop with a very high resolution display is currently available on in 15-inch screen size.

Improvements to Apple’s iMac and Mac Mini computers are also expected but it is not known whether they will be shown off at next week’s event or released separately.

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Friday, October 19th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Here’s The Big Problem With Facebook’s New E-Commerce Effort (FB)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-the-big-problem-with-facebooks-new-ecommerce-effort-2012-9

facebook gifts

Yesterday, Facebook announced that it will sell gifts users can send to their friends.

Chris Dixon, a successful serial investor and one of New York’s most visible startup investors is skeptical it’ll work.

“Getting users to switch ‘modes’ from online to offline (& vice versa) has historically yielded very low conversion rates,” he tweets.

His point is that when people go to people go to Website for one reason, it’s hard to get them to do anything else.

Users go to Amazon to shop, Match.com for a date, and Craigslist for a free sofa. Users go to Facebook to share photos and maybe read news, not buy things.

Just because a new feature from Facebook appears, doesn’t mean users are going to suddenly start going there to use it.

“It’s all about the mental state. Are you sharing photos online [or] giving something offline? The numbers show it’s hard to switch.”

Other cases in which getting users to switch “modes” from offline to online or back again, that hasn’t worked include “showing URLs in TV ads or magazines” or “trying to sell anything on [a] social network.”

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Friday, September 28th, 2012 news No Comments

Here’s What LinkedIn’s Marketing Execs Think Is Wrong With Facebook

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-linkedins-marketing-execs-think-is-wrong-with-facebook-2012-9

Personal social networks such as Facebook are used to waste time, and professional networks are used to invest time, according to LinkedIn. In a recent blog post, the career networking site discussed new research it commissioned into why people use different social media sites, and what that might mean for advertisers trying to reach them.

For example, LinkedIn says that professionals go to career sites to stay up to date with their career and expect to hear from brands 26% more than on non-professional sites. The research doesn’t mention any names, but it obviously refers to Facebook when it talks about “personal” sites. People use those sites for “distraction” and to “kill time,” LinkedIn says, whereas LinkedIn is for “achievement, success” and “aspiration.”

The research is collected into a new report, called “The Mindset Divide” written by TNS Global, analyzes the major differences between personal and professional social networking.

Here is the “Mindset Divide” infographic.

Mindset Divide Inforgraphic

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 news No Comments

This Awesome Image Shows Every Hurricane And Tropical Storm Since 1851

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Hurricanes since 1851

Data-master John Neslon created this bottoms-up view (looking at the Earth from Antarctica) of every single tropical storm and hurricane we know about, dating back to 1851. It’s based on data from NOAA’s archives, which include wind speed, storm name, date, and other information. The color of the path is tied to intensity. See the highest resolution on Flickr.

From Nelson’s blog, called IDV User Experience:

A couple of things stood out to me about this data…

1) Structure.
Hurricanes clearly abhor the equator and fling themselves away from the warm waters of their birth as quickly as they can.  Paging Dr. Freud.
The void circling the image is the equator.  Hurricanes can never ever cross it.

2) Detection.
Detection has skyrocketed since satellite technology but mostly since we started logging storms in the eastern hemisphere.  Also the proportionality of storm severity looks to be getting more consistent year to year with the benefit of more data.

(Via i09)

See some more of John’s work: Maps Show Every Major Fire In America Since 2001 >

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 news No Comments

The 20 Most Popular TED Talks Of All Time

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-20-most-popular-ted-talks-of-all-time-2012-8

Vijay KumarTED Talks have become a worldwide phenomenon.

It’s a platform where the brightest minds — scientists, designers, inventors —  go to spread their ideas. Many of these leaders deliver their insights at TED conferences around the world, which are then uploaded onto TED.com.

To date, the talks have received over 800 million pageviews. TED has just released a list of the top 20 talks of all time, which we’ve compiled here.

#20 – Vijay Kumar demos robots that fly like birds

Views: 3,535,340

University of Pennsylvania professor Vijay Kumar spent countless hours in the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab. The result: flying robots that can sense each other, move together in formation, and can even adjust their formation if one of the robots drops out.

With these robots, Kumar sees a lot of potential“[Agile aerial] robots like this have many applications. You can send them inside buildings as first responders to look for intruders, maybe look for biochemical leaks … [or they] can be used for transporting cargo.”

#19 – Mary Roach reveals the most surprising facts about orgasm

Views:  3,810,630 

The reason behind this video’s popularity isn’t just in the topic, it’s! also th e humor and wit of Mary Roach. Roach details her findings from hours of obscure research into the unknown and centuries-old topic of the orgasm. In the end, she gives viewers 10 bold and surprising claims about the sexual climax. (Viewer discretion is advised).

#18 – Keith Barry hacks the most complex thing in nature, the human brain

Views: 3,847,893

Keith Barry is well known in Europe for his mind-blowing (literally) stunts. Some call him a magician, others call him a brain hacker. Whatever the name, Barry entertains with “brain magic,” composing routines that exploit the human mind’s loopholes and bugs. The effect: a revealing look into the complex software between our ears. 

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 news No Comments

Google Plans To Kill Its Popular Postini Spam Filtering Service (GOOG, MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-plans-to-kill-its-popular-postini-spam-filtering-service-2012-8

Larry Page

Google will soon be turning off its popular spam filtering and e-mail archiving product, Postini. It will shift Postini users to Google Apps.

At last count, Google had over 26 million Postini users, many of them at enterprises. They use this cloud service to filter e-mail for viruses and spam. Postini currently works with Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes, so Gmail isn’t required.

Starting this fall, Google will be telling customers that they have to switch.

Apps is Google’s cloud office suite that includes email, calendars and documents. Google has integrated Postini’s security features into Apps. Google promises that Postini customers who sign on for Apps will still be able to use it with Exchange and Lotus Notes. Naturally, they’ll also get Gmail thrown into the mix.

If customers don’t want Apps, “your Postini service will terminate at your contract end date,” Google says.

The first set of customers that will be asked to switch are those renewal dates of November 1, 2012. Customers with renewal dates between mid-August and October 31, 2012 will get a chance to keep the service a little while longer, until Google makes the full transition sometime in 2013. Google hasn’t announced exactly when that will happen.

This is a pretty good way to grab enterpris! e custom ers for Google Apps, instead of letting them move to Microsoft’s competing Office 365. Microsoft has vowed to really push Office 365 in the coming months to compete with Google Apps.

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 news No Comments

Stop Worrying About Creeps Calling [App Of The Day]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5932884/burner-stop-worrying-about-creeps-calling

Burner: Stop Worrying About Creeps CallingEveryone’s been there. You politely talk to some weirdo in a bar, and when the conversation ends, the guy wants your number. You’re nice and you don’t know how to say no. So you give it away reluctantly, and it can’t be fake, because he’s going to call you immediately so you have his digits too. Ugh. But because of a new app called Burner, you’ll never have to experience that horror ever again.

What does it do?

Gives you a fake number to use that you can give out freely because you can kill the number whenever you want.

Why do we like it?

It’s not just for fending off randoms. You could also use Burner when you’re making a Craigslist transaction, going on an OKCupid date, searching for a job, or completing a drug deal if you’re into that. You can use whichever area code you want, so if you want to fool a girl into thinking you’re an out of towner that she’ll never see again, you can do that (you asshole). It comes with enough credits for one number, but you can always buy more for $2 each. You never know when you’ll have to defend your phone.

Burner

Download this app for:

The Best:

Avoid creeps

The Worst:

You have to pay for more numbers

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Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 news No Comments

Samsung Galaxy Stellar pops up in Verizon docs, might light up our skies soon

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/23/samsung-galaxy-stellar-pops-up-in-verizon-docs/

Samsung Galaxy Stellar pops up in Verizon docs, might light up our skies soon

Having launched an all-out blitz on the high-end of US smartphones, Samsung must be eager to conquer the mid-range as well. A Verizon rebate list finding its way to Droid-Life has the previously unknown Galaxy Stellar showing up amongst the carrier’s more budget-minded smartphones for a $50 discount sometime between now and an August 19th expiry date. There’s little we can definitively attach to that starry-eyed name so far, although we have our hunches: first and foremost is that it’s the Jasper, the Snapdragon S4-touting spiritual successor to the Droid Charge. It might alternately be the even more mysterious SCH-i415, which just showed up at the FCC this weekend and could be a world-roaming sequel to the Stratosphere (SCH-i405) with CDMA, LTE and GSM all rolled into one. Whether the Galaxy Stellar is one of these two devices or something entirely off of the map, there’s a strong indication between this, Sprint’s mystery SPH-L300 and the slightly more tangible Galaxy Reverb that Samsung will leave no CDMA! corner unturned in the near future.

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