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10 Feb


Nokia is reportedly unveiling its low-end Android phone this month (from Engadget)

February 10, 2014 | By |

Nokia Normandy screenshots

If you’re eager to get an officially sanctioned glimpse at Nokia’s rumored Android cellphone, you may not have to wait long. Sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal claim that Nokia will unveil the low-end handset, currently nicknamed Normandy, at Mobile World Congress later this month. The tipsters haven’t shed new light on the hardware itself, but they support beliefs that the device’s customized interface will revolve around Microsoft and Nokia services while stripping out Google content. If the leak is accurate, Microsoft may be in an awkward position once it closes its acquisition of Nokia’s phone business — it might have to sell a phone using the very platform it has been trying to destroy.

[Image credit: @evleaks, Twitter]


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09 Feb


Windows Phone 8.1 Notification Center revealed in leaked screenshots (from TheVerge)

February 9, 2014 | By |

Windows Phone 8.1 Notification Center

Microsoft is currently preparing its first major update to Windows Phone 8. A highly requested Notification Center feature will be included with Windows Phone 8.1, allowing users to customize and control their app notifications. Winphollowers has publishedscreenshots from an internal Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, detailing the new Notification Center in Windows Phone 8.1 The Verge can confirm these are genuine screenshots of Windows Phone 8.1.


In the first screenshot, the Notification Center, or “Action Center” as Microsoft is labelling it, is shown when you take a short swipe from the top of the screen. This will display four basic quick settings that are shortcuts to options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other system settings. All four are customizable, and the basic Action Center also displays the date and a battery level percentage. If you pull down further on the Notification Center, a full “Action Center” is displayed. The second leaked screenshot shows how toasts and notifications from apps are collected in the full version of Action Center, and they can also be silently added, updated, and deleted in this view.


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This latest screenshot leak follows a previous example showing the separate volume controls for Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft is finally splitting volume controls for ringer / notifications and media / apps in the upcoming update. It’s a minor addition, but a highly requested feature from Windows Phone users. Microsoft is also building its own “Cortana” personal assistant into Windows Phone 8.1. Foursquare, Bing, and other data sources will help power the service, and it’s expected to be unveiled alongside all of Windows Phone 8.1’s features at the Build developer conference in April.


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08 Feb


Olympic Rings Fail Is Already on a T-Shirt (from Engadget)

February 8, 2014 | By |

Show As Gallery

The hashtag #SochiProblems has been popular on Twitter in the last few days and even sparked its own Twitter handle after visitors to the Russian city were less than thrilled with their accommodations.

Buy yours before the IOC unleashes their lawyers on the seller.

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08 Feb


Firefox’s revamped interface is now available in Aurora releases (from Engadget)

February 8, 2014 | By |

Firefox Australis interface

You no longer have to grab one of Firefox’s ever-changing nightly builds to try the browser’s new Australis interface ahead of its official launch. Mozilla has justreleased a new Aurora version that includes Australis’ simpler, more customizable layout; it also brings the easier, account-based sync system. The new Firefox edition is still quite rough, but curious web surfers who were only waiting for more reliable code can start downloading today.


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08 Feb


How the iPhone 6 Might Look With a Larger Screen (from Mashable)

February 8, 2014 | By |

  • Iphone6photo

    Front and Back View

    The front and curved back of the iPhone 6 concept design.

  • Iphone6angle

    Getting Bigger

    Apple is rumored to launch two new iPhones later this year: one with a screen larger than 4.5 inches and one with a screen larger than 5 inches.

  • Iphone6


    Ciccarese’s vision for an iPhone with a 5.5-inch display (1,568 x 878 pixels) as well as one with a 4.7-inch (1,338 x 750) display. The 4-inch iPhone 5S (1,138 x 649) is shown to the left.

  • Iphone6side

    Side by Side

    The move from the iPhone 4-inch display would dip into the much-debated “phablet” category.

  • Iphone6curve

    The Curve

    Designer Federico Ciccarse opted to give his concepts a curved back, even though The Wall Street Journal indicated the coming models will be flat.

Apple might be rolling out a larger iPhone later this year, but designer Federico Ciccarse didn’t want to wait to see what a big-screen iPhone would look like.

Ciccarse created a series of concept photos that reveal what the iPhone could look like if it grows in size. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported Apple will launch two new iPhones in the second half of 2014: one with a screen larger than 4.5 inches and one with a screen larger than 5 inches. The current iPhone 5S and 5C have screens that measure 4 inches diagonally.

The picture below is Ciccarese’s vision for an iPhone with a 5.5-inch display (1,568 x 878 pixels) as well as one with a 4.7-inch (1,338 x 750) display. The 4-inch iPhone 5S (1,138 x 649) is shown to the left.

iPhone 6 Concept


The move from the iPhone 4-inch display would dip into the much-debated “phablet” category, a vague domain caught somewhere between a tablet and smartphone. It’s either a category people love — or love to hate. But Apple competitors such as Samsung have successfully offered larger screen sizes.

Ciccarese opted to give his concepts a curved back, even though the Journal report indicated the coming models will be flat.

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07 Feb


Windows Phone 8.1 ‘Cortana’ personal assistant will be powered by Foursquare (from TheVerge)

February 7, 2014 | By |

Windows Phone Cortana

Microsoft’s $15 million investment in Foursquare will soon result in product changes in the coming months. Bloomberg News reports that the deal will be used for location data and services that are part of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. The software maker is currently beta testing a “Cortana” personal assistant in Windows Phone 8.1, named after the same character found in Halo. Foursquare’s data will help Cortana push out tips, discounts, and suggestions based on location.

While Microsoft isn’t commenting on Windows Phone 8.1 or Cortana, Microsoft’s Zig Serafin has revealed to Bloomberg News that Foursquare’s data will be used in future Windows Phone software. “We’re building some contextually aware experiences to power some upcoming products in Windows Phone,” Serafin said. “This will be for anywhere you get a Bing-powered experience.” Some recent rumors had suggested Cortana would be restricted to the US market initially, but it appears Microsoft will likely bring the personal assistant to countries where Bing is present.

Microsoft’s Cortana work in Windows Phone 8.1 is largely focused on context, rules, and signals. Data from alarms, calendar, weather apps, calls, and even whether a device is charging, can all be fed into the service to provide notifications and context around Windows Phone use. Early screenshots of Microsoft’s Cortana system showed that the company is testing location polling, and pulling data from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Home and work location data, and favorite contacts will also play a big part in Cortana, providing more relevant and improved search results.


The voice-activated personal assistant is expected to debut in April as part of Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft is still beta testing Windows Phone 8.1, and the software is expected to be finalized next month ahead of the Build developers conference in April. Microsoft is planning to release Windows Phone 8.1 to developers at Build or soon after, with updates coming to existing devices in the weeks and months following April. Nokia is currently preparing at least two Windows Phone 8.1 devices, codenamed Goldfinger and Moneypenny. The Finnish smartphone maker is planning a press event at Mobile World Congress later this month, but sources familiar with Nokia and Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows Phone 8.1 devices will not be shown.

Microsoft is also holding its own Mobile World Congress press event on February 23rd. Windows executives will be in attendance, but we understand Microsoft isn’t planning to fully detail Windows Phone 8.1 at the show. It’s more likely that Microsoft will focus on Windows Phone momentum, and possibly unveil new Windows Phone partners for 2014. Sony has been rumored to be preparing a Windows Phone device, and any confirmation of that speculation at Mobile World Congress could help soften the blow ofSony’s VAIO sell off. Microsoft could also choose to highlight, at a high level, its plans for Windows Phone in 2014 and beyond, including its work towards merging Windows Phone and Windows RT.


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07 Feb


Call of Duty moves to a three-studio rotation to keep up the quality (from Engadget)

February 7, 2014 | By |

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Many gamers are frustrated with publishers that like to release franchise sequels every one to two years, regardless of the quality — just ask the Battlefield 4 players stillgrappling with bugs. Activision is clearly aware of the problem, however. It justannounced that Modern Warfare 3 creator Sledgehammer Games will become the third studio regularly producing Call of Duty titles, joining Infinity Ward and Treyarch. The new rotation gives each developer three years to finish a COD game instead of two; they’ll have “more time to polish” without interrupting the yearly release cycle, according to publishing chief Eric Hirshberg. The addition won’t please those who’d rather see more original games, but it’s good news for fans worried that Activision might cut corners to ship its first-person shooters on time.


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07 Feb


Life is a video game, and this is how you win (from TheVerge)

February 7, 2014 | By |


Oliver Emberton has written a video game strategy guide for real life. It’s mostly common sense: you need to eat, sleep, and manage your time wisely lest you regret it. But by recasting such wisdom for those familiar with video games, Emberton has managed to create a remarkably concise, sensical guide for a new generation of players.

Gems include childhood:

“The first 15 years or so of life are just tutorial missions, which suck. There’s no way to skip these.”

And willpower:

“If your state gets too low in one area, your body will disobey your own instructions until your needs are met. Try studying when you’re exhausted and hungry, and watch your concentration switch to Twitter.”

But the primary lesson is this:

“You might not realise, but real life is a game of strategy. There are some fun mini-games – like dancing, driving, running, and sex – but the key to winning is simply managing your resources.”

You can read the whole piece at our source link.


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06 Feb


A look back at Sony’s iconic VAIO computers (from TheVerge)

February 6, 2014 | By |

Sony VAIO PRO (13 and 11 inch)


Sony has announced plans to sell off its iconic VAIO brand of PCs to a Japanese investment fund. While Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) will continue selling VAIO-branded computers in Japan, Sony plans to now focus on its mobile lineup of smartphones and tablets. VAIO, which stands for Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer, was first introduced 18 years ago in 1996.

While VAIO and bio sound identical in Japanese, the VAIO name also has a phonetic connection to the world violet. Sony started building its PCs with purple color schemes, and the firm has transformed the brand into a name that has been associated with high-end computers ever since.

VAIO might not be dead yet, but take a moment to look back at some of Sony’s historic, beautiful, expensive, and crazy PC creations.

Hint: Use the ‘s’ and ‘d’ keys to navigate

  • VAIO PCV-90

    Vaio PCV-90

    The first Sony VAIO PC arrived in 1996. Sony’s PCV-90 combined a 166MHz processor with 16MB of RAM, a 2.1GB HDD, and a 28.8-kbps modem. It shipped with a 3D graphical interface on top of Windows 95, aiming to entice novice computer users.

  • VAIO PCG-505

    Vaio PCG-505

    One of the first-generation VAIO notebooks shipped in 1997. For $2,000, Sony’s PCG-505 included an Intel Pentium MMX processor, 32MB of RAM, and a 10.4-inch SVGA screen. It was designed to be “SuperSlim,” and manufactured with a four-panel magnesium body.

  • VAIO PCG-707

    Vaio PCG-707

    Sony also launched the PCG-707 in 1997. With a CD-ROM drive, TFT LCD screen, and Intel Pentium MMX processor, its battery lasted for around three hours. Sony also shipped an extended battery to boost battery life, a trend that continued on to other VAIO laptops.


    VAIO C1 PictureBook

    Branded “PictureBook,” Sony’s VAIO C1 series introduced the idea of a built-in webcam to its notebook range in 1998. It was a tiny notebook with an 8.9-inch display and a 0.27-megapixel camera built into the lid that could swivel around. Windows 98 shipped with the original model.


    VAIO MX series

    Sony returned to its Walkman roots with its MX series in 2000. Early models included an FM tuner, MiniDisc player, and built-in amplifier. The front of the PC tower also featured an LCD display with audio information. Combined with a set of speakers and a remote control, it was Sony’s fist attempt at an all-in-one media PC.


    VAIO LX series

    Sony’s VAIO line entered a truly experimental phase in late 2000. The high-end model of the LX series shipped with a stylus and a display that tilted up to 65 degrees. It also included a palm rest and keyboard cover, and Sony’s pen-equipped PC shipped a whole year before Bill Gates unveiled Microsoft’s Windows XP-powered tablet PC.


    Vaio W all-in-one

    The original VAIO W, released in early 2002, combined a PC with TV features. A built-in antenna input brought TV to this 15.3-inch PC, and the keyboard folded up onto the display thanks to a hinge mechanism. This particular model debuted ahead of Microsoft’s Windows XP Media Center Edition, software that started to combine TV and media features into a single hub.


    Vaio U series

    Originally introduced in 2002, Sony’s U series of VAIO computers looked like tiny portable DVD players. Initial models shipped with Transmeta Crusoe processors, before moving to Intel Celeron and Pentium processors. At the time, it was the world’s smallest and lightest PC running Windows XP.


    Vaio PCG-z1

    Sony’s first VAIO Z notebook arrived at the dawn of Intel’s Centrino era, and just as Wi-Fi networks were becoming more popular. With a sleek and attractive design, it shipped with a 14.1-inch 1400 x 1050 display that was unique at the time. An extended battery allowed the slim Z to run for seven hours on a single charge years before anyone knew what an “ultrabook” was.

  • VAIO X505

    Vaio X505

    Sony’s VAIO X505 had some impressive specs when it first debuted in 2004. It was just 0.38 inches at its thinnest point, and used Intel’s ultra-low voltage Pentium processor. It was the first laptop to feature a “chiclet” keyboard, named for its small rounded keys that resemble Chiclets gum. All of this was packaged into a $3,000 notebook years before Apple unveiled its MacBook Air.


    Vaio UX

    While Sony introduced its U series previously, the UX series followed two years later just as Microsoft’s ultra-mobile PC initiative with Samsung was starting to take shape. The UX models included a slide-out keyboard, touchscreen, and Intel’s Core 2 Solo processor. A 4.5-inch display was the centerpiece of the device, with buttons on either side for additional controls. Sony also shipped the UX with a fingerprint reader. Sony’s UX made its way onto several TV shows and movies, including Terminator Salvation and Quantum of Solace.


    Vaio SZ

    The VAIO SZ was yet another expensive, high-specced machine, featuring the latest processors, display technology, and even a fingerprint sensor, all in a tiny package. Its claim to fame, however, was its hybrid graphics. Each notebook gave users the ability to switch between integrated Intel graphics and a discrete GeForce GPU from Nvidia. The Intel option would give long battery life, while the Nvidia card would give you the power needed to play games. The same concept is now used in popular notebooks from several manufacturers, although modern machines are now capable of switching graphics automatically while the laptop is on.


    Vaio VA

    After its experiments bringing TV and PC features together, Sony launched an all-in-one in 2005 with Windows Media Center Edition. A built-in TV tuner card and 20-inch display made it a good alternative to other media center PCs available at the time. It was also a powerful PC with a 3GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 250GB of storage.


    Vaio VGN-AR70B

    At the height of the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD war, Sony released the world’s first first Blu-ray-equipped notebook in 2006. It went on sale for a pricey $3,499 at launch, and was largely considered a desktop replacement. High-end models shipped with a 17-inch display running at full 1080p resolution and Intel’s latest Core Duo processors. It might have been the first with Blu-ray at the time, but with a battery life between 1.5 and 3 hours it wasn’t the best choice for portable computing. Sony’s support of Blu-ray helped the format win the standards war in 2008 after Toshiba stopped developing HD DVD players.

  • VAIO VA1

    VAIO VA1

    At first glance, visitors to the Sony Store in 2006 could be forgiven for thinking the VAIO VA1 was a flat-screen TV. Created at a time when PC manufacturers were convinced media center PCs were the next big thing, it paired a 19-inch 1680 x 1050 display with a powerful CPU, large hard drive, built-in TV tuner, and a DVD drive.


    VAIO P series

    Sony’s VAIO P first launched in 2009 as an ultraportable notebook in a tiny form factor. Designed as an expensive and smaller alternative to popular netbooks at the time, the VAIO P shipped with an 8-inch display and 1600 x 768 resolution. You could use it as notebook replacement, but the underpowered Intel Atom processor meant performance wasn’t great. Due to its size, Sony originally marketed the VAIO P as a pocket-friendly notebook, but the device barely fit into jean pockets despite Sony’s advertising.


    VAIO X series

    Sony’s experimentation with slim and lightweight laptops culminated in the X series. At just 655 grams with a special lighter battery, Sony claimed it was the world’s lightest notebook back in 2009. However, due to its use of an Atom processor, some considered it a netbook-class machine. Either way, it was sleek, thin, and lightweight.


    VAIO Z series

    The last ever VAIO Z featured practically everything anyone could ever want in a laptop. Stupidly thin and light, it came with a 13.1-inch full HD matte display, an SSD, and a suitably powerful processor. It also had an interesting port called Light Peak, based on Intel optical technology that we now know as Thunderbolt. With the Light Peak port, you could connect up an external dock that had a discrete graphics card and a Blu Ray drive.


    Modern VAIO

    In recent months, Sony has introduced convertible and flipping VAIO PCs alongside Windows 8. Some use magnets to hold themselves in various positions, while others like the VAIO Tap take an interesting approach to the hybrid concept with a keyboard that’s completely separate to its tablet. These latest designs come at a time when the PC market faces a major decline in sales, and it will be up to Sony’s new VAIO owners to decide if convertibles is the way forward or not.


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06 Feb


Google puts YouTube first in new music search results (from TheVerge)

February 6, 2014 | By |

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Google is rolling out a new feature that pushes YouTube videos to the top of search results. Search for a song and you’ll now see a Google Now-like card appear at the top of your results, containing a link to the video for the song as well as information on the artist, album, and release date. As Search Engine Watch reports, the cards look a lot like a playable videos, but they’re actually just images that redirect to YouTube.


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