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May
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Archos announces new 10.1 ArcBook, a Notebook Style Android Solution



Archos has announced a new gadget today called the ArcBook. It will be a budget friendly touch screen Notebook style offering with a little bang for its buck.

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The ArcBook will run off a RK3168 DUal-Core processor set at 1.2GHz, offer 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and sport Android 4.2. The screen is a 10.1 capacitive multitouch screen with a lower resolution of 1024 x 600. On the brighter side of the coin though, they boast 10 hours of battery life out of the 8,000 mAh built -in battery. Along with Office Suite Pro 6 pre-installed and full USB host. Not to mention the keyboard and trackpad. It will also have access to the suit of Google apps.

The ArcBook is schedule for release next month and will come in at a pretty low $170.

 


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12
May
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Detailed iPhone 6 Mockup Compared to iPhone 5s in New Video


Several comparison photos and videos have already depicted physical iPhone 6 mockups next to a range of devices, including the iPhone 5s, but a new video from Macitynet has a highly detailed comparison of a good quality iPhone 6 mockup next to Apple’s iPhone 5s, demonstrating all of the prospective design differences from multiple angles.


As can be seen in the video, the iPhone 6 mockup appears to be much thinner than the iPhone 5s. Based on design drawings, the mockup measures in at 7mm thick, while the iPhone 5s is a good bit thicker at 7.6mm. It is, of course, taller and wider as well, due to the larger 4.7-inch display.

The mockup also has iPod touch-style curved edges, which contrast the distinct corners of the iPhone 5s, and it has also adopted the microphone holes and the rectangular volume buttons of the iPod touch. Rumors have suggested the iPhone 6 could include a repositioned sleep/wake button on the right side of the device, which is also visible on the mockup. There’s also a redesigned circular flash that replaces the pill-shaped flash of the iPhone 5s, which suggests the possibility that Apple has found a way to combine its existing dual-LED True Tone flash into a single LED.

In addition to today’s video, various images and videos have depicted iPhone 6 mockups compared to a several other devices, including Apple’s iPod touch and the Samsung Galaxy S5, giving us an idea of what Apple’s 4.7-inch device might look like when it is released. Printable 3D plans have also been made available, allowing users to 3D print their own 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockups.

It is important to note that all of the mockups that we’ve seen have largely been based on the same set of design drawings published in a March issue of Japanese magazine MacFan and it remains unclear whether those schematics are representative of the true design of the iPhone 6.

Apple is expected to launch the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 in the fall, possibly as early as September. A larger 5.5-inch version may follow a few months later, debuting at the end of the year or in early 2015. Rumors have suggested the devices will include an upgraded processor and an improved camera, in addition to a fully redesigned body.



12
May
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Twitter App Updated With Mute Button, New iPad Features [iOS Blog]


twitterTwitter is adding a new “mute” feature to its iOS app and web experience, allowing users to control the content they see in their Twitter feeds by muting other Twitter users. When a user is muted, their Tweets and Retweets will no longer be visible.

In the same way you can turn on device notifications so you never miss a Tweet from your favorite users, you can now mute users you’d like to hear from less. Muting a user on Twitter means their Tweets and Retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user. The muted user will still be able to fave, reply to, and retweet your Tweets; you just won’t see any of that activity in your timeline.

Muting can be accomplished by visiting a user’s profile page or tapping on “More” on a tweet and choosing the mute option. Muted users will not be notified that they are muted, and a mute can be removed any time. At this time, Twitter’s mute function is somewhat more limited than third-party apps like Tweetbot, which also includes keyword and hashtag muting.

Twitter has also updated its app with several iPad improvements that were previously introduced to the iPhone app, including photo and video previews directly in the timeline, easier access to Direct Messages, and the ability to reply, retweet, favorite, or follow users directly from timeline Tweets.

This update includes minor improvements.

Changes to iPad include:

– Choose between “Top” and “All” Tweets in search results.
– Tweets with Twitter photos, Vine videos and other select content now show a preview in your home timeline
– You can reply, retweet, favorite or follow someone straight from a Tweet in your home timeline.
– Easier access to DMs
– Choose a filter for your photo.
– Refreshed look for navigation.
– Discover has been updated to show Tweets related to Trends.

Twitter can be downloaded from the App Store for free. The new mute feature will be rolling out to users starting today and all users will receive access over the course of the next few weeks. [Direct Link]



12
May
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Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre May Make First Official Appearance at Apple’s WWDC


Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, who are expected to take on senior roles at Apple following the company’s rumored acquisition of Beats Electronics, may make their first appearance at Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place in June.

Citing sources familiar with the Beats Electronics acquisition talks, Billboard suggests Apple may introduce the two new hires during the event, possibly announcing Iovine as the company’s new music chief. Iovine’s role may include overseeing Apple’s music strategy, securing deals and maintaining relationships with music labels.

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Apple is currently said to be in talks with Beats Electronics over a $3.2 billion acquisition that would see the company gaining the Beats headphone business, its music service, and its two co-founders, Iovine and Dre.

Apple’s interest in the company is said to be centered around Iovine, who has deep ties to the music industry, but it also gives Apple a successful speaker and headphone accessory line along with an established streaming music service. According to a recent report from Reuters, Apple will likely keep the Beats brand as a separate entity, giving it a way to test a subscription music service without compromising its own iTunes store.

As noted by Billboard, Dr. Dre, aka Andre Young, has previously appeared at an Apple event, congratulating Steve Jobs on the launch of both the iPod and the iTunes Store via video. Iovine has also had an ongoing relationship with Apple, initially pitching Steve Jobs on a music service back in 2003 and speaking with Apple executives prior to the launch of Beats Music earlier this year.

The deal between Apple and Beats Electronics is expected to be announced soon, possibly as early as this week.



12
May
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Twitter shuts up your annoying friends with Mute


Twitter has just announced a new mute feature that’ll let you shut up the annoying people in your feed, at least temporarily. If, say, one of your friends is at a conference and is just babbling non-stop about the parties he’s attending, you can now mute him. This removes his tweets and retweets from your timeline without you having to unfollow him altogether — think of it as a kinder and gentler blocking, if you will. He will never know that you’ve muted him (unless you tell him of course) and will still be able to fave, reply and retweet you. And of course, you can always unmute him later when he’s being less annoying. A mute feature is something that third-party apps like Tweetdeck and Tweetbot have had for awhile now, but it’s just now being incorporated into the main Twitter offering. Both iOS and Android versions will have it, and the feature will be rolled out to Twitter’s web interface as well. The feature will be available in the “coming weeks,” which means you’ll have to endure your friends’ inane ramblings for only a little while longer.

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Source: Twitter

12
May
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OnStar finally details its next-gen connected car packages


OnStar has slotted the last piece into its Connected by OnStar 4G LTE service today by finally laying out its price plans for in-car data. The LTE data service will see a radio and WiFi access point installed in the 2015 Chevy Malibu and to some 30 other GM cars by year end. Both US and Canadian packages have been announced with tiers for monthly users, plus day and year passes for more flexible usage. Unfortunately, the curated app store we’ve heard about won’t see the light of day in 2015. So, while it’s great to have simplified data access and improved service with simultaneous data and voice, the delay may temper your enthusiasm.

Current OnStar Safe & Sound or Directions & Connections customers in the U.S can grab a 200MB a month plan for just an additional $5 a month or spend up to $50 for 5GB. Plans also exist at other tiers with 1GB available for $15 and 3GB for $30. Note that non-suscribers will need to shell out an extra $5 per month for either of the two cheaper packages. 250MB Day passes are just $5 and 10GB buckets are $150 for subscribers and last a whole year. If you’re already an AT&T customer, you can also opt to add your shiny new car to a mobile share plan for $10 per month. Canadians will pay $5 more a month for the two lower brackets and $10 for the two larger plus a whopping $50 for the 10GB yearly allowance. Finally, if you’re still feeling unsure if this is really for you, don’t fret as there’s a 3 month free trial included with all LTE-enabled OnStar cars sold this year.

Filed under: Transportation, Wireless

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Source: GM, GM Canada

12
May
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Don’t freak out: Firefox is testing advertisements in new tabs


You know those rectangles that appear when you open a new tab in the Firefox internet browser? They show your most frequently visited websites — convenient! — but soon they’ll also show a mélange of Firefox sites “and other useful sites on the web.” Bummer? Maybe. These are just the tests, still mainly aimed at fresh installs of the Firefox web browser and always to beta users, before the rollout of sponsored tiles.

It does sound like adverts are in the pipe, but it depends on the reaction to Mozilla’s initial tests. Mozilla’s Jonathan Nightingale says that, last time around, the reaction wasn’t as positive as his company hoped. “It didn’t go over well,” he states. Further, he insists that Firefox won’t become “a mess of logos sold to the highest bidder; without user control, without user benefit.” Nightingale and Mozilla are treading thin ice in this respect, as the company is associated directly with the open source movement. In so many words, the company risks offending its most hardcore, longest-running users: its core fanbase.

As Nightingale puts it, “Sponsorship would be the next stage once we are confident that we can deliver user value.” Don’t expect glaring McDonald’s ads anytime soon.

Filed under: Internet, Software

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Source: Mozilla

12
May
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Valve classics Portal and Half-Life 2 now available for NVIDIA Shield


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Now, more than ever, it’s a great time to be an NVIDIA Shield owner. In case you haven’t picked up on the buzz these last few days, the portable gaming and entertainment console has added two key games to its arsenal. Indeed, both of Valve’s top-selling games, Portal and Half-Life 2 are now available for the Tegra 4-powered mobile monster.

“NVIDIA has done a remarkable job bringing both Half-Life 2 and Portal to SHIELD,” said Doug Lombardi Vice President of Marketing at Valve. “We’re playing both games here on our SHIELDs and fans of both franchises can expect the same gameplay they’ve come to love on the PC.”

Exclusive to the Shield, this is the first time the pair of games have been made available for Android. NVIDIA worked closely with Valve to bring the two to the console and we’ve been thoroughly impressed with everything so far.

Both of these games play as flawlessly today as they did on our high-end computers of yesterday and transport us back to a time when we were into games that didn’t feature flying birds.

Those of you have yet to pick up a Shield (seriously?) can do so now for a mere $199.99. Offered as a limited time promotional price, it’s silly to pass up. The Shield gets better with each software update, stays current with Android builds, and runs games as good as anything we’ve played.

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The post Valve classics Portal and Half-Life 2 now available for NVIDIA Shield appeared first on AndroidGuys.

12
May
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Betty helps you conquer the console by translating English to Unix commands


If you’ve got a smartphone in your pocket, chances are you’ve got a digital assistant in there too (or you will very soon). For all her smarts, though, Siri can’t help much when you hunker down in front of a UNIX shell, so former Google engineer Jeff Pickhardt set out to make the sort of digital assistant that could. “Her” name is Betty and (sadly) you can’t verbally rattle off your Unix commands at her. No, she’s all text-based, and more of an assistant than a transcriber anyway — her raison d’etre is all about dutifully converting your typed whims from plain ol’ English to the proper (and often arcane) command line syntax.

Punching in “betty give me permission to this directory” prompts her to do just that, while asking her to “give anotheruser ownership” changes those properties without the need to peck out those permissions by hand. Why does this matter? Because for all of the whiz-bang user interfaces that have cropped up in recent years, there still doesn’t seem to be a compelling alternative to the spartan wonder of the command line. And as far as Pickhardt is concerned, the right sort of work on this project could help it make it easier for us all to talk to computers away from a blinking cursor, too.

“Long term, the project could move beyond the command line,” he told Wired. “I think there should be an open version of the intelligent personal assistant, to control a computer with natural language input.

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Via: Wired

Source: GitHub

12
May
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Cyclist GPS data could help cities plan safer routes


Strava has been using GPS coordinates to monitor progress for cyclists and runners for quite some time, and now it’s looking to lend a hand to local governments. With its new effort Strava Metro, the fitness-tracking outfit serves up data on 90 million bike routes and 24 million runs (at launch) to help planners examine how the two segments use public roads. Oregon’s Department of Transportation has already signed on as the first customer, using the info for a year — a deal that carried a $20,000 price tag. What’s more, London, Glasgow, Orlando (Florida, US) and Alpine Shire (Victoria, Australia) have also opted in. “Right now, there’s no data. We don’t know where people ride bikes,” Portland State University professor Jennifer Dill told the Wall Street Journal. “Just knowing where the cyclists are is a start.” Urban planners in cities have long had access to metrics around automobile traffic, but tracking patterns for bike and runners hasn’t been available up to this point.

Filed under: Transportation, Wearables, Software

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Via: Telegraph

Source: Wall Street Journal

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