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Sony’s Ultra High Definition TV will come with world’s first 4K delivery system

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/19/sony-4k-ultra-hd-first-content-delivery-system/

Sony's Ultra High Definition TV will come with world's first 4K delivery system

If there’s $25,000 or so burning a hole in your pocket and room in your living room for Sony’s 84-inch XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV, but you’re worried about a lack of 4K res content to play on it, allow us to put your mind at ease. Sony’s Ray Hartjen has picked up the blogging pen and revealed each of the supersized sets will ship with “the world’s first 4K Ultra HD delivery solution, complete with pre-loaded, native 4K entertainment.” There’s no specifics on what the pack-in content will be (or what form the “delivery system” will take), but he says it will include full length feature Hollywood productions exclusive to purchasers, probably courtesy of Sony Pictures. We’re told to expect more details after Turkey day, so stay tuned.

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 news No Comments

What’s New in Android 4.2

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5955831/whats-new-in-android-42-updating

Along with the Nexus 4, and the Nexus 10 tablet, Google has just announced Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jellybean. While it doesn’t merit a new name of its own, it does add quite a few neat new features. Here’s a rundown.

Gesture Typing

The new version of Android will include a new keyboard feature that allows for swipey-style typing, much like Swype, and the upcoming Flow for SwiftKey.

Miracast Wireless Display Support

4.2 will support Miracast, an AirPlay-like service. This means you’ll be able to stream YouTube videos, movies, TV, and anything that’s on your tablet screen to an HDTV if you have a wireless display adapter. Who needs a Nexus Q, right?

Multi-User Support

Just like your laptop—and Microsoft Surface—Android 4.2 devices will now be able to support multiple user logins. Each user can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps, and games. It even keeps things like game-save progress and high-scores separate. The update will also use multi-tasking to keep programs running in the background to make swapping users snappy.

Photo Sphere Camera

Like a beefed up panaromic camera, Photo Sphere will let users do exactly what the name implies: take spherical photos. You can even add these spheres to Google Maps, which could make for some pretty cool crowdsourcing.

Daydream

Daydream is a screensaver-esque feature that will let your device show off useful (or amusing) information when idle or docked. It seems that it’ll operating in a smart, Google Now-ish sort of way, and can show things like photo albums, news from Google Currents, and more.

Actionable Notifications

Certain Android 4.2 notifications will now let you take appropriate actions directly from the notifications pane. We don’t know exactly what notifications will support this yet, but the example Google gives is returning a missed call directly from the notification.

Improved Accessibility Options

Jelly Bean now supports a triple-tap to zoom in on small text, or anything else you need a closer look at. After you’re zoomed in, you can pan around with a two-fingered touch. There’s also Gesture mode for blind users, which uses touch and swipe gestures along speech output to make it possible to navigate the UI without having to see it.

Google Now Improvements

Google Now can now pull from Gmail to get ideas for new cards. It can also help you track packages, scout out movie information, and even help you find great spots for photo-ops based on your location. [Google]

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Monday, October 29th, 2012 news No Comments

Why Facebook Defriended HTML5 — For Now (FB)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/bii-report-why-facebook-defriended-html5-for-now-2012-9

diMany think HTML5, a new technology that allows developers to build rich web-based apps that run on any device via a standard web browser, will save the mobile web.

However, in August, Facebook sent shock waves through the HTML5 world when it released the latest update of its iOS app. In this update, Facebook abandoned its HTML5-heavy app for one built from scratch with Apple’s iOS SDK.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we explain why Facebook decided to abandon HTML5 for the time being, analyze the state of HTML5 and native apps, and detail why it may take even longer for HTML5 to win out than previously thought. 

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 news No Comments

Walmart Is Using Twitter To Find Out About New Products

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-is-using-twitter-to-find-out-about-new-products-2012-3

 

Walmart-sign-blue-outside-retailWalmart’s (WMT) new effort to again change the retail industry has encountered early success.

The retail giant is the first chain to use social media to create an American Idol-style competition for new products, and its “Get on the Shelf” Contest has attracted 274,000 votes in four days after kicking off on March 7.

No, there won’t be a panel with a condescending British judge criticizing product presentations.

Instead, Walmart promotes the work of companies and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and its territories by uploading their self-made product videos that feature everything from home appliances to apparel to beauty products on this contest website. Contest hopefuls need to fight their way into the top 10 by April 3 to qualify for the second round, which will last from April 11 to April 24.

From that point, one lucky winner will get his or her product promoted at selected Walmart stores across the country along with being featured on the homepage of Walmart.com. Two other first place winners will also win space on the store’s website.

Walmart sees the potential for social media to revolutionize the retail industry as principal Engineer Guhu Jayachandran at @WalmartLabs, the social media branch of Walmart, in Silicon Valley created the concept. Co-head of @WalmartLabs and Senior Vice President of Walmart Global e-Commerce Venky Harinarayan says they want to locate “undiscovered products that have not yet reached our shelves.” He also stated, “For a long time, the ability to get a product into a retail store was at the sole discretion of the store buyer. Today, we are removing these barriers by giving anyone a chance to launch their product at Walmart and reach millions of shoppers at Walmart nationwide.”

So far, there has been no response from its rivals like Target (TGT) and Sears ( SHLD), but they will most likely imitate the store if this contest continues to catch the public’s attention and turns into a hit. On average, the products receive 55,000 daily votes and the website receives 92,000 daily page visits.

So, tell all your friends and start cheering for your favorite contestants outside of Walmart stores.

This post originally appeared at Minyanville.

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 news No Comments

Facebook loses friends in Germany over privacy breaches

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/08/facebook-privacy-breaches/

Facebook 'Friend Finder' breaches privacy laws, says German judgeBefore you’ve even sipped your morning brew, a regional German court has delivered yet another stern judgement affecting a multinational organization. This time it’s Facebook back in the dock over the Friend Finder feature, which uploads a user’s contact list to Zuckerberg’s bunker without proper warning. Another offense involves the ownership of data — any original photo or music track uploaded to Facebook supposedly belongs to the company and can be used however it likes, which has now been deemed to breach data protection laws. Someone ought to add this to the Harvard Student Handbook.

Facebook loses friends in Germany over privacy breaches originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Mar 2012 08:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, March 8th, 2012 news No Comments

Facebook Will Prove You’re Alive During the Next Disaster

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5889455/facebook-will-prove-youre-alive-during-the-next-disaster

Facebook Will Prove You're Alive During the Next DisasterWhen an earthquake ravaged Fukushima and terrified all of Japan, the entire country had one reaction: is everyone OK? And if you knew someone in an afflicted area, you might’ve been thinking, is my husband okay? Now Facebook will tell you.

Facebook’s new Disaster (currently in trial for Japan only) feature is so simple and could be so very useful: if you’re in an area hit by a natural disaster (or terrorist attack, I presume), you’ll have the option to flag yourself as safe with all the ease of clicking “Like.” Or, if you’ve managed to get in touch with someone you know in a danger area, you can flag their profile as safe for them. Either way, Facebook will become a go-to source for peace of mind. It’s the kind of tool you hope you’ll never have to use, but one we might be glad to have. And one that’ll rack up ad views for Facebook the next time a crisis hits. Click! [YokosoNews via NewScientist]

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012 digital No Comments

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