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Jolla sends backers an update and pushes delivery to September

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 23:22

Jolla sends backers an update and pushes delivery to September Originally set for shipment in May, the crowdfunded Jolla Tablet has now seen its launch pushed back to September.

In April, the company initially delayed shipping the tablet due to issues with the display but those appear to have been fixed.

Reads the blog post: "Regarding the unexpected challenges with the display component we told you about in our previous Jolla Tablet update, we are happy to report that the critical issues around this component have been resolved!

The Developer Device loan program has been launched with invitations sent to selected developers. We anticipate that these developers will get their hands on Jolla Tablet developer devices from the pre-production batch very soon, as we will be shipping them in early August.

The risk of the July delivery schedule slipping which we mentioned earlier has unfortunately materialized due to the challenges with the display. Ramping up for general shipments to contributors will take about 3-5 weeks following the Developer Device program."


Backers are expected to receive their devices by mid-September.

The Jolla Tablet has a 7.85-inch display with 2048x1536 resolution, a 64-bit quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, 2GB RAM, dual 5MP/2MP cameras, 32GB internal storage (expandable via microSD) and a small-ish 4300mAh battery.




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Comcast now has more broadband subscribers than TV customers

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 21:17

Comcast now has more broadband subscribers than TV customers Comcast has announced that it now has more Internet subscribers than it has TV customers.

For the first time ever, the giant telecom now has more broadband users than it does TV users, quite the flip given that the company originally started as a pay-TV provider before becoming an ISP.

The numbers are close, 22.5 million to 22.3 million, and they could potentially flip back by next quarter but they are not expected to as it is clear that the Internet is the future of the industry.

Comcast also announced it had lost just 69,000 TV subscribers for the quarter, a significant improvement from the 144,000 they lost last quarter.

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Verizon's new mobile video service is called Go90

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 20:35

Verizon's new mobile video service is called Go90 Verizon will launch their new mobile video service this summer, dubbing the service 'Go90.'

Go90 will give subscribers access to full TV episodes from select partners as well as short content like music videos.

At launch, the service is expected to be free, although it is unclear if you must be a Verizon subscriber to access Go90.

Verizon accidentally revealed details about the service on a launch website before pulling the pages, promising that Go90 would deliver "live music, exclusive events, best of web content, sports, prime time and more." Users will be able to watch "full length shows and short highlights, all for free."

Additionally, the site said: "We didn't want to mimic TV--that's just an appliance you rearrange your living room around. Instead, we wanted to create a mobile-first, video-based app that can keep up with you and your on-the-go social life. One that features completely immersive live and on-demand content, no matter where you are or where you're going. No cord required."

A few of the previously announced content partners include DreamWorks, Scripps, AwesomenessTV, Vice, ESPN and CBS Sports and newly leaked partners Victorious, GoPro and Vevo. There also appears to be content from Fox, AMC, Viacom and the NFL, which would be a big deal if accurate. With Viacom comes Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV.

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Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars after report shows they can be remotely hacked

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 12:30

Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars after report shows they can be remotely hacked Chrysler has announced the recall of 1.4 million vehicles less than a week after a Wired report showed that hackers could remotely seize control of the cars and cut the brakes or even overtake the steering wheel.

The company's cars use the integrated UConnect system, which is clearly susceptible to a full remote hijacking.

Affected vehicles all have an 8.4-inch touchscreen and are from the following families of vehicles:

2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles
2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs
2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs
2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs
2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans
2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes


Chrysler says anyone affected will receive a USB device that they can use to upgrade their vehicle's software, on that "provides additional security features independent of the network-level measures."

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Leaked: The next-generation Moto G

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 12:04

Leaked: The next-generation Moto G Thanks to a couple new leaks, we appear to have all the details of the upcoming Moto G.

The Moto G, first launched in 2013, is a low-cost yet high-end Android device and is moving into its third generation.

According to the leaks, the device will have a 720p Gorilla Glass protected display, 2GB RAM, internal storage of either 8GB or 16GB depending on the model, be powered by an unknown quad-core Snapdragon processor and the device will be eligible to run through the Moto Maker customization site.

If customizing, there are two options for the front case - black or white - and then ten choices for the back case: Cherry, Cabernet, Blue, Raspberry, Turquoise, Black, Gold Yellow, White, Lime, and Navy. In addition, there are metallic accents you can choose from including Light chrome, blue, red, lemon lime, dark chrome, champagne, black, orange, violet, and pink.

The phone will have a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP selfie camera and the device will be water-resistant.

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The Japanese just do not want the Xbox One

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 11:09

The Japanese just do not want the Xbox One According to the most recent video game sales figures, it is clear that the Microsoft Xbox One is selling just as poorly, if not worse than previous generations of Microsoft consoles, in Japan.

For the week ended July 13th, the Sony PlayStation 4 led the way with 24,266 units sold, followed by the new Nintendo 3DS XL at 19,432 consoles sold. Somewhat surprisingly, the Sony PlayStation Vita was in third place, at 13,190 units sold.

The list goes on and ends with the Xbox One, which sold a shockingly low 242 units, an actual increase from the 149 that were sold the week before.

Also somewhat comically, the 3DS game Yo-kai Watch Busters (about ghost busting cats) handily beat out the blockbuster Batman: Arkham Knight.

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Microsoft Windows 10 flagships will have pen support and scan your eyes

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 10:36

Microsoft Windows 10 flagships will have pen support and scan your eyes According to a new report, Microsoft will be releasing two Windows 10 Lumia flagship devices this holiday season, both of which will include iris scanners and one of which will have Surface Pen tech.

Reportedly, the Lumia 950 will have a 5.2-inch QHD OLED screen, a 20MP PureView camera (5MP selfie cam) and come with Windows 10 Mobile pre-installed. The device will be powered by a 64-bit Hexa core Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM, a 3000mAh removable battery, 32GB internal storage (expandable with microSD) and will also support USB Type-C and Qi wireless charging.

The Lumia 950 XL (codename: Cityman) will have a 5.7-inch QHD OLED screen, be powered by 64-bit Octa core Snapdragon 810, 3GB of RAM, a 3300mAh battery, Qi wireless charging support and USB Type-C support. Also different from its smaller brother is triple LED flash for the 20MP rear camera, aluminum side buttons and a 1mm silver ring inside the black camera pod.

On paper, both devices sound great for the operating system that is seriously lacking a flagship that people can remember.

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Twitter is catching joke thieves, removing tweets

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 26 Jul 2015 9:33

Twitter is catching joke thieves, removing tweets Twitter followers are a commodity that can be turned into cash. So it is understandable that the fight for followers is fierce.

A lot of the Twitter accounts that have a tremendous amount of followers are celebrities and media who naturally have that kind of following, but it is possible to create a following for yourself even without much of a presence in the real world.

One of the ways is to have snarky commentary and witty jokes. However, since it is really hard to come up with original jokes there has been a surge of tweet thieves. Twitter is now removing the tweets on copyright grounds, The Verge reports.

A tweet by @runolgarun (Olga Lexell) has been stolen and removed at least five times, noted Twitter user @PlagiarismBad. Lexell also has confirmed on Twitter that she in fact requested the removal of these stolen tweets. She says that they were tweeted by spam bots that had also stolen other jokes, and that the tweets were removed by Twitter without further questions.




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China lifts the decade and a half long ban on game consoles

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 26 Jul 2015 8:19

China lifts the decade and a half long ban on game consoles China has had an peculiar ban on video game consoles for 15 years. Since last year it hasn't affected companies registered in he Shanghai Free Trade Zone anymore, but now it's finally time to end the ban altogether, WSJ reports.

The Ministry of Culture revealed earlier this week that the ban will lift from the whole country. That means that manufacturing and selling video game consoles is again allowed. This obviously opens up the game market in a huge way.

Companies including Sony and Microsoft are surely looking to commit into China more now. Sony told Wall Street Journal this was "great news" for the company.

In 2000 China decided on the video game console ban to prevent possible harmful influences to its youth. Presumably China has noticed there hasn't been proof of such effect in other countries.




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Chromecast celebrates the second birthday with free music and movies

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 25 Jul 2015 7:48

Chromecast celebrates the second birthday with free music and movies Google has decided to offer once again freebies for Chromecast users. To celebrate the second birthday of Chromecast Google is offering free movies and music.

The offers featured on this website include 90 days of free music courtesy of Google Play as well as a free movie rental from the same service.

There's no hurry to redeem the freebies though, as the movie rental will be available to redeem until the end of the year and the music pass until the end of January 2016.




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Apple has a huge problem with its money

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 25 Jul 2015 7:31

Apple has a huge problem with its money One problem you wouldn't think Apple has is money. Well, it seems that that's exactly one of the problems the company has. However, it is not lack thereof but instead the location.

Apple holds much of its cash overseas where it is not as convenient as it would be in the US. Tim Cook and company have to find out a way to use it or transfer it without paying a huge amount of US taxes, Bloomberg reports.

The cupertino tech giant has now almost 90 percent of its cash stored in offshore subsidiaries. That makes this a 200 billion – yes, billion – dollar problem.

These subsidiaries are not required to pay the 35 percent corporate tax rate of United States but it also means that Apple cannot use them for acquisitions – or much of anything really.

Obviously Apple is trying to lobby a tax reform for the corporate tax that is the highest in the industrialized world while some want the cash overseas to be taxes in the same fashion as in the US.




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YouTube mobile app gets an update

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 25 Jul 2015 7:15

YouTube mobile app gets an update Google has released a new version of the YouTube mobile app. The app gets a facelift in form of new three new tab layout.

The update features three new tabs: Home, Subscriptions and Account. It is now available for Android devices and iOS will get it "soon".

Home tab is for exploring the content that is customized with user behavior and other factors calculated by the recommendation engine. Subscriptions shows your favorite channels and Account tab lets you browse your playlists, history, and your uploads.

The mobile app has now also been updated to support full screen vertical video.

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The legendary Amiga is 30 years old

Written by James Delahunty @ 24 Jul 2015 1:58

The legendary Amiga is 30 years old The Commodore Amiga 1000 (or A1000) was released on July 23, 1985, and is still considered to have been years ahead of its time.

It stood out from the crowd for several reasons. Firstly, it sported a color graphical user interface (4096 colors) at a time when Apple's Macintosh cost considerably more (~$1000 more or so) with a black and white display. Most Amiga 1000 units were sold with an RGB monitor, but it did feature a built-in composite video output to support other monitors.

AmigaOS was a truly multitask operating system too.

Under the hood, it packed a Motorola 68000 CPU (7.16MHz NTSC, 7.09MHz PAL) upgradable officially to a 68010 and to other CPUs via third party route. While the 68000 was common in 1985, the Amiga 1000 features three additional co-processors for multimedia operations.

The Amiga 1000 had 256 KB of Amiga Chip RAM, which was officially upgradable to 512 KB and further with third party upgrades. Further hardware upgrades were possible through the included 86-pin expansion port.

When the Amiga 500 model launched a couple of years after for a cut price of $700, it established Amiga as a popular gaming system, with sales of around 6 million units.

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AT&T to offer Microsoft Surface 3 LTE in U.S.

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Jul 2015 12:29

AT&T to offer Microsoft Surface 3 LTE in U.S. AT&T has confirmed that it will be the first wireless carrier to offer the Microsoft Surface 3 tablet with 4G LTE support in the U.S.

The device will go on sale this week on Friday.

Of course, there are confusing pricing tiers but thankfully AT&T kind of broke it down:

"Beginning on Friday, July 24, you can purchase the Surface 3 for $0 down and $30 per month with an AT&T Tablet Installment plan. In addition, for a limited time, you can purchase a Surface 3 for $399.99 with any Lumia smartphone purchased on AT&T Next. Additionally, a commercial version of the Surface 3 will be available to business customers in the coming weeks."


The installment plan is for 20 months and has 0% APR.

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OnePlus 2 leaked in its entirety

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Jul 2015 11:58

OnePlus 2 leaked in its entirety After months of small leaks, we finally have a complete leak of the upcoming OnePlus 2 flagship including specs and pictures.

The handset will be officially unveiled on July 27th during a special VR event but for now we can thank Chinese regulator TENAA for publishing the details.

According to the post, the OnePlus 2 will feature a 5.5-inch display with QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution, a custom Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 13MP main camera, an 8MP front-facing camera and a 3,300 mAh battery. The phone's design is metal and will feature a USB Type-C port.

Additionally, there appears to be a real home button on the front of the phone, which could suggest the rumored fingerprint sensor.

OnePlus's founder confirmed the price tag would be under $450, but with specs like that we can't expect it to be much lower than $450.

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