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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 lineup reaches the US on May 1st

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Americans no longer have to splurge on the high-end Galaxy Tab Pro or Note Pro if they want a modern Samsung tablet — the more affordable Galaxy Tab 4 range is headed to the US. WiFi versions of the Tab 4 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 should hit shelves on May 1st at respective prices of $200, $270 and $350. Travelers craving cellular data can expect LTE variants from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon sometime this summer. Pricing hasn’t surfaced for these 4G models, but it’s safe to presume that they’ll carry a premium over their WiFi-only counterparts.
The devices don’t carry the biggest bang for the buck. The Nexus 7 offers a sharper display and overall faster performance, for example. However, the two largest Tab 4 WiFi models cost significantly less than their Tab 3 equivalents did when new — they’re potentially good bargains if you’re not concerned about raw performance. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 28/04/2014 in IT

 

Samsung and Iberia team up to put boarding passes on smartwatches

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You wouldn’t instantly associate Iberia with cutting-edge technology, but the Spanish airline is a paragon of modernity. The Madrid-based business already lets you print your own luggage tags, and now it’s teamed up with Samsung to bring boarding passes to your smartwatch. A forthcoming update to the Iberia Android app will enable you to cross the skybridge with just a Gear 2 — assuming, of course, that you’ve already got a Galaxy S5 (or another compatible device) stashed in your pocket. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 25/04/2014 in IT

 

Nokia is now officially part of Microsoft

As expected, Nokia’s devices and services business has been officially acquired by Microsoft today. The date was set earlier this week, and it seals the deal the two companies entered into last September. Nokia has long been allied with Microsoft, committing fully to Windows Phone, but as explained when the merger was announced, Microsoft’s new arm will continue to support feature phones like the Asha and Nokia X ranges, as well as smartphones (we’ll have to wait to see what “support” means exactly). The obligatory press releases from both companies don’t reveal any grand plans or shift in focus, but each side has issued some closing remarks, if you like.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said: by engadget

 
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Posted by on 25/04/2014 in IT

 

Netflix finally comes to cable in the US

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For the first time, Netflix will be available in the US from its natural enemy: cable companies. Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN all announced that subscribers will be able to access the streaming service through their TiVo DVRs as soon as April 28th. Of course, that’s just a different way of delivering regular Netflix streaming; you’ll still need a Netflix subscription on top of your DVR TiVo cable contract. However, Atlantic said that accessing it would be as “easy as changing the channel,” indicating that it’ll at least be well integrated with its regular services. Netflix already has similar deals in the UK through TiVo, but whether it’ll hook up with the likes of Comcast soon remains to be seen. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 25/04/2014 in IT

 

Minecraft on Xbox One will transfer saves from Xbox 360

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Due to a lack of backwards compatibility, upgrading to new-gen systems like the Xbox One and PS4 has meant mostly leaving your old games and the progress made in them behind, but not in this case. Phil Spencer, the new leader over at Xbox, announced tonight that Minecraft on Xbox One will be able to transfer saves from its Xbox 360 version, so whatever you’ve already built will come with you. He didn’t drop any other details on exactly how the move will work, but mentioned it is the product of cooperation between Microsoft and the game’s developer, Mojang, while promising more news soon. Big enough news to make up the current sales gap between Microsoft and Sony’s consoles? Probably not — especially since Mojang’s Owen Hill says the plan is to enable save transfers between PS3 and PS4 as well — but it’s a nice feature to have and we’ll be interested to see what it means for other games — someone get Rockstar on the phone about that inevitable GTA V port. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 25/04/2014 in IT

 

Pinterest focuses on discovery with new Guided Search

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With over 750 million boards and 30 billion pins, Pinterest has seen nearly a 50 percent increase in new pins in just the last six months. Indeed, CEO Ben Silbermann even calls it the “world’s largest human-curated collection of things.” Therein, however, lies a problem. With so much information, it can be difficult to find what you really want, but even worse, it becomes really (really) hard to find or even discover new things that might be of interest to you.

Today, in its San Francisco office packed full of journalists and guests, Pinterest announced a new feature that promises to fix that: Guided Search. Contrasting it to Google, Silbermann said that Pinterest’s new Guided Search is “more about exploration than it is about an ordered list for every person in the world.” So when you type a keyword into the search bar at the top, it’ll offer narrower topics that you can focus in on. For example, if you were to search for “chair,” it’ll show subcategories like “accents” or “living room” or “patio.” Silbermann also emphasized that these would be words used by real people, so if you were to search for “hairstyles”, some of the suggestions would be “medium length hair” or “up do” or “bangs.” by engadget

 
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Posted by on 25/04/2014 in IT

 

Exetech seeks your cash to improve its clunky smartphone-in-a-watch

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When we got our hands on Exetech’s XS-3, we were intrigued by the idea of cramming a smartphone into a watch, but dismayed at the execution. After all, this was a device that was in no way waterproof, had a 420mAh battery pressing directly onto your skin and wouldn’t even last half a day on a charge. Having sold 800 out of a production run of 1,500, the company found that customers loved the technical accomplishments, but griped about the build quality.

That’s why Exetech is asking for a do-over when it comes to the XS-4. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 25/04/2014 in IT

 
 
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