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New iPhone to feature 4-inch display, metal case, smaller dock connector, fall release

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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Apple’s new iPhone, which is currently rumored to launch in September or October, is reportedly going to be the first iPhone to have a larger display. Multiple reports have suggested that the new iPhone will feature a 4-inch screen, and iLounge’s Jeremy Horowitz is throwing his weight behind it as well. Additionally, he’s reporting that the device will be taller and 20% thinner than the current iPhone 4S. The back of the device will have a metal panel according to the report, though it won’t cover the entire back of the phone. This seems a little strange, especially with iLounge’s rendering. What about the white version? Lastly, there will indeed be a new dock connector to make room for the thinner case, so no doubt third-party accessory manufacturers are going to be thrilled about that, but Apple’s move to introduce a thinner and smaller dock connector is likely a necessary step toward making the iPhone insanely thin. One barrier that Apple has not yet tackled is the 3.5 mm headset jack, which some day might disappear completely in favor of Bluetooth and AirPlay streaming. One more mockup of the new iPhone from iLounge is after the break.

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Skype exploit reveals users’ remote and local IP addresses

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Skype exploit reveals IPs

A new security vulnerability in Skype has been discovered that allows a third-party script to reveal users’ remote and local IP addresses, according to GHacks. The script, which was uploaded to Github, allows users to lookup the IP addresses of any online Skype accounts. The code then initiates the contact addition process, but does not complete it. The log file will instead display the local and remote IP of the requested Skype user, even if the user is not added to the list of contacts. An IP address can be used to determine the location and Internet service provider of the user, and the only method of protecting against this vulnerability would be to use a virtual private network or proxy to hide the IP address.

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Samsung announces 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad as basis for Galaxy S3

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Looking for something a bit more solid than a third-party benchmark? We can do that. “Already in production the Exynos 4 Quad is scheduled to be adopted first into Samsung’s next Galaxy smartphone that will official be announced in May,” the horse’s mouth reveals. Samsung boasts that the new 32nm quad-core processor flaunts twice the processing power over its predecessor, thanks to its High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power technology. The net energy savings? About 20-percent. Full PR follows the break.

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Samsung announces 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad as basis for Galaxy S3 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mozilla tests out opt-in system for plug-ins in latest Firefox nightly build

Friday, April 13th, 2012
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Plug-ins bogging down your web browsing? Then it looks like you could soon have another option to cut through the clutter right in Firefox. The latest nightly build of the browser includes a new feature that lets users turn off all plug-ins by default and then click on each to enable them (something that, we should note, can already be done through third-party add-ons). While that functionality is still in the early stages, Mozilla’s Jared Wein says that they’re now working on adding the ability to remember plug-in settings on a per-site basis, and hope to have the feature ready for the release version of Firefox 14 (currently due out in July). In the meantime, you can get an early look at the feature in the latest nightly build available at the source link below.

Mozilla tests out opt-in system for plug-ins in latest Firefox nightly build originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google may launch third-party comment platform to rival Facebook

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Google may be preparing to launch its own blog commenting system to compete with Facebook and Disqus. The rumor originated on the Saudi Arabian website Tech-WD and was later reportedly confirmed by TheNextWeb’s unnamed sources. Google’s comment system will reportedly incorporate the company’s search product, Google+ and other web services. The introduction of a comment system could help the Mountain View-based company bolster interest in its Google+ social networking service, which has reportedly seen a relatively slow adoption rate. According to Tech-WD, the upcoming comment system was originally discussed during Google’s G-Saudi Arabia conference, along with numerous other unannounced services.

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HP readying competitor for Amazon’s cloud computing, plans to launch soon

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

We’re still waiting to see where HP goes with webOS, but according to the New York Times it will officially launch a cloud computing service that competes with Amazon Web Services in the next couple of months. HP Senior VP and General Manager Zorawar Singh is quoted saying the currently in beta service projects as an alternative to what Amazon has built with a focus on personalized sales and service and additional tools for third party developers, as well as a system of small data centers around the world. Throw in analytics based on technology it’s obtained by purchasing Vertica and Autonomy, and maybe Meg Whitman’s ship has something here, but we’ll wait until the next Netflix is running its operations from this cloud before declaring it on the same level.

HP readying competitor for Amazon’s cloud computing, plans to launch soon originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 10 Mar 2012 21:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Siine Keyboard for Android brings ‘Sexy Delete,’ icons do all the talking (video)

Friday, March 9th, 2012
Siine Keyboard for Android brings 'Sexy Delete,' icons do all the talking
It goes without saying that one of the beauties of Android is how easily customizable it can be. For example, you’re not shackled to its stock keys and can easily swap in a third-party solution such as Siine; which is packing strange, but useful, features like “Sexy Delete.” To go along with the provocative erasing, Siine offers an array of tap-driven icons that act as phrase shortcuts, allowing you to enter anything from “what’s up” to “miss me” — you can even program your own. Siine Keyboard won’t ask anything from your wallet, and you can grab it now via the source link below. We’re also hooking you up with a quick tutorial courtesy of its creators after the break.

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Siine Keyboard for Android brings ‘Sexy Delete,’ icons do all the talking (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Mar 2012 09:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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U.S. Senator asks FTC to investigate Apple and Android

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Charles Schumer, a Democratic Senator from New York, has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Apple and Google over reports that applications on both mobile platforms can steal private photos and contacts, and export them to external servers, Reuters reported on Sunday. “These uses go well beyond what a reasonable user understands himself to be consenting to when he allows an app to access data on the phone for purposes of the app’s functionality,” Schumer said in a letter to the FTC. The senator understands that these actions violate the terms of service on both platforms, although “it is not clear whether or how those terms of service are being enforced and monitored.” As a result, Schumer believes “smartphone makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user’s personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public.” Schumer said it is the companies’ job to protect their customers. “When someone takes a private photo, on a private cell phone, it should remain just that: private,” he said.

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Apple’s ‘iPad mini’ may be even more mini than you thought

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

A new report suggests Apple’s upcoming “iPad mini” will be even smaller than earlier rumors suggested. Venturebeat is one of a number of sites that recently reported Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad will be named “iPad HD.” The pixel-count certainly justifies the moniker — Apple’s new tablet will supposedly feature a high-definition 2,048 x 1,536-pixel display — and the rumors started with a leaked parts list that surfaced last week. The site also claims that Apple’s often rumored iPad mini, which is expected to launch some time in the second half this year, will feature a 7.1-inch display rather than a 7.85-inch display as we’ve heard numerous times in the past. Read on for more.

A 7.1-inch display would pit Apple’s tiny tablet against the likes of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet, and it would also be exactly the size Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said Apple would never touch.

“One naturally thinks that a 7-inch screen would offer 70 percent of the benefits of a 10-inch screen,” Jobs said in 2010 on an earnings call. “Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The reason we won’t make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit a lower price point, it’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Apple launched a device with features it had previously criticized, however. There are numerous examples of Apple backtracking over the years, but the most famous is perhaps Apple’s insistance that the iPhone didn’t need to support third-party apps and that web apps were the answer. Fast-forward to March 2012, and Apple just announced that its App Store has now served more than 25 billion downloads.

Apple’s “iPad mini” will reportedly launch in the third quarter ahead of Apple’s next-generation iPhone, which is expected to launch this fall.

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HTC updates Beats Audio, makes it work with any third-party app

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Let’s just say we were underwhelmed by the first iteration of HTC Beats on the Sensation XE. But now it looks like the technology has been revamped for the latest One handsets, so — once we’ve tasted the pudding — we might just have to revise that opinion. The new Beats is claimed to make music sound more “authentic,” and whereas the previous version could only be activated inside HTC’s stock music player, this time it’ll work with YouTube, Pandora, Spotify and any other third-party Android app. What exactly will it do with those apps? And will it move beyond its current gimmicky bass-boost status? We’ll just have to wait and listen.

HTC updates Beats Audio, makes it work with any third-party app originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Drive SDK, Gmail integration hinted at in Google Docs source code

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Still wondering if Mountain View’s Google Drive service will launch as a Google Docs rebranding? The folks at the Google Operating System blog have some code you might want to peek at, then. Apparently the Docs’ source code mentions an SDK connected to the upcoming Google Drive, opening the door for third party app support. The code hints at deeper Gmail integration too, “Say goodbye to email attachments and hello to real time collaboration,” it says, “Drag anything shared with you to My Drive for easy access.” If Drive turns out to be more than a hefty Docs update, at the very least it seems clear that the new service will play nice with El Goog’s other web apps — after all, isn’t that what that consolidated privacy policy is supposed to be about?

Google Drive SDK, Gmail integration hinted at in Google Docs source code originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 23:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How to Keep Your Mac’s SSD Trim and Healthy [OSX Apps]

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

New Swype beta fulfills the Ice Cream Sandwich promise

Friday, February 17th, 2012
New Swype beta fulfills the Ice Cream Sandwich promise
It may be here a bit later than the 140-character box promised, but this fresh beta version of your favorite third-party keyboard app brings along a treat you’d been begging for. Swype’s latest gift to the early-adopting crowd brings along some much requested Ice Cream Sandwich support. And, although all you Gnex-rockin’ folks are getting what you wanted, the beta also adds other bits like accuracy improvements, add-ons with DragonGo! as well as downloadable languages for slates. We figured all that tapping’s got you fatigued, so we’re hooking you up with a clickable link to the download below.

New Swype beta fulfills the Ice Cream Sandwich promise originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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KDDI putting ads in the notification bar on Android phones

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
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Imagine you’re walking down the block when, suddenly, your phone goes off. You take it out of your pocket, unlock that sucker and pull down the notification bar to reveal… an ad! The idea of such a travesty is enough to make our blood (which is primarily just liquid caffeine and taurine at this point) boil. Disturbingly enough though, this isn’t some terrifying dystopian Android future — this is the reality for at least some KDDI au customers. The Japanese carrier bundles the au one Market on many of its handsets as an alternative to the standard Google offering, and a recent update to the third party app outlet has it sending ads as push notifications to users. It’s similar to Airpush, a service that offers both push notifications and ads as homescreen icons, which suffered a serious backlash shortly after launching. Of course, the carrier market can’t be removed (at least not without a little bit of hackery) which makes this a practically unforgivable offense. Oh, and a quick message to any American carriers considering a similar move: don’t even think about it.

KDDI putting ads in the notification bar on Android phones originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Swype getting official taste of Ice Cream Sandwich at the month’s end

Thursday, January 5th, 2012


Global swipers didn’t respond well when they were told there’d be no ICS support for their beloved Swype. Although we’re sure some of you have cut corners and gone the unofficial route, you’ll be happy to know that the third-party keyboard firm’s tweeted that official Ice Cream Sandwich support is coming soon — like, “end-of-month” soon. Swype didn’t include an exact date within its 140 character-limited box, so all you proud Galaxy Nexus owners will have to make due with what you’ve got, or wait a few more weeks to get a legitimate copy.

Swype getting official taste of Ice Cream Sandwich at the month’s end originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Jan 2012 19:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Another $50 Tablet Stand Designed For a Device Meant To Be Held [Stands]

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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