Category Archive: Tech News

Aug 01 2012

Google Nexus Q delayed indefinitely

Google has recently delayed the Nexus Q and removed the ability to pre-order the product from the Google Play  store.  Google’s reasoning behind the delay is that they want to make the product “even better” but people who have already pre-ordered the device will be getting free Dev units of the device which are said to be sent out soon.

I’m honestly not really surprised by this news at all. The Nexus Q was a cool idea but its requirement of another android device to control it as well as it being locked down to Google Play’s ecosystem definitely  didn’t do it any favors.  That and I don’t really see why anyone would pay $ 299 for the device when you could get an Apple TV, Roku, or even a Google TV which provide similar features for a much cheaper price.

Jul 31 2012

Apple TV Adds Hulu Plus

Americans rejoice! As of today Hulu Plus is now available on your Apple TV — no update required. Hulu Plus is a video streaming service that offers unlimited content for $7.99/month. Sound familiar? Well unlike Netflix, “Hulu Plus is the only online premium video subscription that streams current and classic TV programming on demand from hundreds of content partners, including top broadcast networks ABC, NBC, FOX, The CW and Univision.” That means you can watch yesterday’s episode of Community today…or tomorrow. If you have an existing account, simply access the app on your ATV and log in. If not, you can sign up either online or in-app. Opt for the former If you’d like the fee to be included on your iTunes invoices. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30 2012

Microsoft Surface Tablet to release simultaneously with Windows 8

Microsoft has recently revealed that the Surface Tablet will be available for purchase on October 26th of this year, which is the same date that the next version of the Windows OS will be released.  Only the RT version of the tablet will be available at release but the Pro version of the Microsoft Surface 90 days later.

The SEC filing for the tablet has also revealed that the surface will have a suggested retail price that is “comparable to ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class” PC’s.  That probably means that the RT tablet will be floating around the $ 500 mark where as the Pro version of the surface will probably be around $ 1,000.

Jul 09 2012

Samsung Galaxy Tab is legally “Not as Cool” as the iPad

Samsung recently scored a “victory” in UK courts as a judge has ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab does not infringe on Apple’s design due to it being “not as cool” as the iPad. Judge Colin Briss also stated that the Samsung devices “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design”. Apple has 21 days to appeal the decision.

It’s nice to see some of the recent patent trolling that companies have been hitting each other with finally produce an emotion that doesn’t make me want to take a flamethrower to a group of lawyers but I still really wish they would stop.

Jul 05 2012

Tim Hortons soon to offer Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in public restaurants has been a pretty big thing recently.  Starbucks has been doing it for quite some time and McDonalds has also been doing it for a while in Canada. Now the beloved Canuck coffee franchise has also decided to enter the free Wi-Fi club. The internet will be provided by Bell canada and it is expected to be rolled out to more than 90% of the Tim Hortons restaurant locations in Canada by this September.

While I must admit that I’m not a huge fan of Tim Hortons coffee anymore, its hard to say this isn’t a great thing. Hell considering how many Tim Hortons locations there are out there you could probably argue that buying internet yourself isn’t really necessary anymore.  Hell this one street near our office has SEVEN Tim Hortons locations in less the a 5 km Stretch of road. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 03 2012

Impressive Demo of Voice Search on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

One of the things that was touched on in this years was the newest OS update for Android Jelly Bean.  One of the new features of the OS is improved voice search.  The Jelly Bean update pairs Google’s Voice Search service with Google’s contex-aware search results which I must say leads to some pretty impressive results.

This just makes me want the 4.1 Update even more.  Hopefully Samsung gets it working on my Galaxy S2X before I’m tempted to splurge on a new phone. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 27 2012

Google Nexus 7 Tablet by ASUS announced.

Rumors of a nexus tablet have been floating around the net for quite some time now. The tablet was rumored to be manufactured by ASUS and be priced at 199.99.  It seems most of those rumors were spot on as ASUS has been confirmed to be making the new Google Nexus 7 Tablet. The tablet pricing will start at 199.99 and  will also come with a $25 credit as well as a free copy of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  The Nexus 7 Tablet is available now for pre-order in the Google Play store and is expected to ship in North America mid July.

For a full list of the Nexus 7’s hardware specs hit the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 27 2012

Podcasts App Now Available on iTunes App Store

It seems the rumors of an iOS Podcast app were true after all as the official apple iOS podcast app has been released on the iTunes App Store.  The app is called Podcasts and it is compatible with all iOS devices.  The app supports both audio and video podcasts and gives you the option to search for podcasts more easily by category then what was previously available on the iTunes app.

Jun 25 2012

Pair of Lulzsec Hackers Plead Guilty In Court

Just over a year ago Ryan Cleary was arrested by police for an attack on the CIA’s website that was done by the internet hacking group Lulzsec.  Not very long after another suspected member of the group Jake Davis was also arrested by UK police.  The two teens appeared in court today where they have pleaded guilty to Two counts of “conspiracy to do an unauthorised act or acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing, the operation of a computer or computers.”

Both teens also admitted to being part of the Lulzsec group and that they took part in the groups DDoS attacks that targeted companies like Sony, Nintendo, NHS, News International, 20th Century Fox, and the Arizona State Police. However the teens denied allegations that they posted the unlawfully obtained data from said companies online.

Mar 09 2012

AT&T’s iPhone 4S users connecting to 4G?

It seems the new iOS 5.1 update has caused a certain amount of confusion to iPhone 4S user’s on the AT&T network as people have been seeing their phones are connecting to 4G networks. Now one would think that this is impossible with a mere software update alone and you would be right. A simple software update could not allow any phone to connect to a 4G network when it doesn’t have the right chipset to do so but there is a possible explanation. The phones are most likely connecting to AT&T’s HSPA+ network which many providers label as 4G; however, these networks are based on 3G bands which would explain how the phones can be connected to them.

AT&T’s Mark Siegel has confirmed that the phones are connecting to the HSPA+ network with the following statement. “The iPhone 4S operates on AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network and as such, it is only appropriate that people see ‘4G’ on the phone when they are connected to HSPA+.”

So hey congratulations to AT&T 4S users, it looks like you may be getting faster speeds. That is if they haven’t been connected to these networks from the beginning.

 

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