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30Sep/120

LightSquared pitches new plans to FCC in attempt to end GPS interference hex

If you thought filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy was the final chapter in LightSquared's wireless network saga, you'd be wrong. Hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone is back at the FCC's doorstep with yet another proposal, which he hopes might snatch the maligned network from the jaws of GPS interference-related troubles. Two filings placed with the commission apparently outline plans to use its broadband network in a way that it believes won't interfere with GPS signals, along with the 5MHz of spectrum that are known not to cause any issues. Along with the proposed changes, LightSquared is reportedly set to ask for more time to have exclusive rights to propose a reorganization plan. If granted, this could finally mean some progress for the beleaguered project, but with investors worried that money being spent on this could be better-placed back in their pockets, Falcone will have everything crossed, while the FCC deliberates the situation.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/30/lightsquared-pitches-new-plans-to-fcc-in-attempt-to-end-gps-inte/

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30Sep/120

Instagram supera Twitter negli USA: Facebook esulta

Instagram ha superato Twitter nel volume di traffico generato ad Agosto dai dispositivi mobile ossia tablet e soprattutto smartphone negli USA, il mercato di riferimento. Lo rivelano i dati di ComScore e visto che se si parla di Instagram si considera una proprietà di Facebook, allora il social network di Mark Zuckerberg esulta doppiamente visto che, ovviamente, è anche in prima persona leader del settore. I numeri parlano di 7.3 milioni contro 6.9 milioni a dimostrazione che l’app fotografica “vale” di più di quella del microblogging, che rimane più “popolata” ma dovrà guardarsi alle spalle dal ritorno del rivale inaspettato, almeno fino a pochi mesi fa.

Durante le ultime settimane si è lungo parlato di due importanti acquisizioni. Una in ambito “digitale” e a l’altra industriale, nello specifico stiamo parlando di Instagram e di Ducati, ossia una delle applicazioni social-fotografiche più scaricate di tutti i tempi e la storica casa motoristica italiana. Sono finite rispettivamente ai connazionali americani di Facebook e ai tedesci di Audi del gruppo Volkswagen. Erroneamente, c’è chi ha fatto osservare che Instagram è stata venduta a un costo superiore rispetto a Ducati, in realtà non è così visto che il miliardo di dollari di valore di Instagram non è più alto degli 860 milioni di euro di Ducati, ma sensibilmente inferiore (780 milioni di euro circa). Le due cifre possono però considerarsi simili, come è possibile?

Article source: http://www.tecnocino.it/articolo/instagram-supera-twitter-negli-usa-facebook-esulta/38551/

29Sep/120

HP takes Open webOS 1.0 live, shows it supersized on a TouchSmart (video)

WebOS loyalists have been waiting a long, long time for HP's September launch of Open webOS, but the company has made good on its promise with not a moment to spare. Open webOS 1.0 is now available with core browser and e-mail apps, the Enyo 2.0 framework and enough hooks to allow porting to a platform of choice. To prove this last point, HP has gone so far as to port the software to a TouchSmart all-in-one -- a device just a tad larger than a Veer 4G. Lest anyone be hasty and get visions of developing a custom build for the TouchPad, though, they'd do well to remember both HP's disclaimer ruling out legacy support as well as word of the holes that exist in the current Open webOS release. The company needs time to offer open-sourced media support, a Bluetooth stack, advanced network management, faster rendering and newer versions of both Qt and WebKit. The curious can nonetheless try the OS in an emulator today, and intrepid developers can start building their own projects with the code and tools found at the source link.


Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/28/hp-takes-open-webos-1-0-live/

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29Sep/120

US Appeals court rules Motorola can’t enforce injunction against Microsoft in Germany… again

In another face of the ever turning world of patent battles, Reuters reports Microsoft has snagged a victory over Motorola as the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in its favor today. Motorola had obtained an injunction in Germany against Microsoft products -- including the Xbox 360 and Windows 7 -- based on its h.264 patents back in May, but today the court upheld a previous decision putting enforcement on hold because of Microsoft's existing lawsuit against Moto for breach of contract. Microsoft's push to leverage its patents into licensing payouts from manufacturers of Android devices have seen the two at each other's throats since at least 2010, when the folks from Redmond lodged an ITC complaint over nine patents and followed up with another suit accusing Motorola of charging unfair license fees for its patents. Motorola fired back with its own pair of lawsuits -- all of this a year before we heard it would be acquired by Google -- and the battle was on. Whether or not this moves us any closer to any resolution remains to be seen, but at least Bavarian gaming consoles are safe, for now.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/28/us-appeals-court-rules-motorola-cant-enforce-injunction-against/

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29Sep/120

Logitech promises continued support for Squeezebox, says it won’t force a switch to UE Smart Radio

With Logitech's Squeezebox platform having quietly and unexpectedly reached its EOL status, the company found it necessary to let its customers know where they stand going forward. In a very detailed letter from UE product director Ariel Fischer, the Harmony maker reassured current Squeezebox owners it will continue to offer support for these products, adding that the current "mysqueezebox" website and certain apps will still work with existing devices. What's more, those who managed to snag one of those Squeezebox Radios will have the option to upgrade to the outfit's new UE Smart Radio service -- which, according to Logitech, can play nicely alongside existing Squeezebox products, though this "will operate and be controlled separately." All in all, it could be worse -- and, in age where customer service can sometimes be rather unpleasant, we're sure most of us can appreciate the transparency being shown in the open letter. Speaking of which, you'll find that at the source link below.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/29/logitech-squeezebox-support-open-letter/

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29Sep/120

BlackBerry 10 L-series tutorial videos surface online, give a literal peek at the future (video)

Those of us who've used a BlackBerry PlayBook will be familiar with the inevitable first-boot tutorials showing how to navigate the swipe-driven interface before we're let loose. Thanks to a series of demonstration videos leaked by BlackBerryItalia, it's apparent that we won't escape that educational process on BlackBerry 10 devices, either. The four clips show the basics of what we know the gesture experience will be like on full-touch L-series phones, including the signature BlackBerry Peek to check notifications and the unified inbox. Anyone looking for a direct clue as to what production BlackBerry 10 hardware will entail might be frustrated, mind you -- the rendered phone appears to be a placeholder rather than the L-series or a Dev Alpha B, and the device name is censored in an attempt to protect the source. That said, the clips provide a very straightforward explanation of the new interface concept and give us one more indication that RIM is closer to launch.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/29/blackberry-10-l-series-tutorial-videos-surface-online/

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29Sep/120

Modbook Pro to launch with SSD storage, up for pre-order October 3rd

Modbook Pro to Launch with All Solid-State Architecture

Unique Pen Tablet Computer to Skip Mechanical Drives and Ship with High-Performance Solid-State Drives Only - Ordering Process for Modbook Pro Set to Begin Next Week

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2012

Creative technologies developer Modbook Inc. today announced that its highly portable 13.3-inch Mac®-based pen tablet computer, the Modbook® Pro, will forego the traditional internal storage method of hard disk drives (HDDs) in favor of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs). The standard internal storage option on the Modbook Pro will be a 64GB solid-state drive, with upgrades possible to increase internal SSD storage to 480GB.

Modbook Inc. today also announced that the ordering process for the Modbook Pro is scheduled to begin next Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Customers with shipping addresses in the United States will be able to order the Modbook Pro online for shipment as early as mid-November.

An innovative computer modification product, every complete 13.3-inch Modbook Pro* solution incorporates: the original hardware of a new Apple® MacBook® Pro computer running OS X® Mountain Lion (and optionally Microsoft® Windows® 7); a digitizer from the industry leader in pen tablet technology, Wacom®, that offers 512 levels of pen pressure sensitivity; and a ForceGlass™ pen interface with a paper-emulating drawing surface. The Modbook Pro is the ideal portable workstation for creative users.

In pre-production testing of the Modbook Pro, Modbook Inc. found that solid-state drive options offered a number of clear advantages over mechanical drives. SSDs allow users to get their Modbook Pro up and running fast and handle files of almost any size effortlessly. This speed of access and performance is perfect for the demands of creative users who often work with multiple large files at the same time.

In its base configuration, the Modbook Pro will ship with Modbook Inc.'s original 64GB Nishara™-class SATA 3 SSD, offering asynchronous NAND technology that balances storage space, speed and performance. Customers can upgrade to Modbook Inc.'s original Sanshara™-class SATA 3 SSDs with up to 480GB of storage. The top-of-the-line Sanshara drives employ synchronous NAND technology and deliver the best speed and performance available in flash-based storage. Modbook Inc.'s Nishara and Sanshara drives are built from the highest quality components. In addition to their outstanding performance and reliability, these drives offer durability over the long haul - as contrasted with the possibility of mechanical failure with HDDs. The live system of an SSD-powered Modbook Pro operates without any moving parts (aside from its base system's optical drive), dramatically decreasing the chances for data corruption or loss. Also, the Modbook Pro's SSDs are fine-tuned to not interfere with its high-resolution pen tablet interface (whereas the electromagnetic field emissions of HDDs are notoriously difficult to control).

"We're thrilled about the performance edge our Nishara and Sanshara drives will give Modbook Pro users. Once you've experienced the near instant-on startup and lightning fast system performance of an SSD-powered Modbook Pro, you won't ever go back," said Andreas E. Haas, chief executive officer and chief technology officer of Modbook Inc.

Modbook Pro orders are scheduled to begin next Wednesday. Customers with shipping addresses in the United States will be able to place their custom build orders for the Modbook Pro online, with the first Modbook Pro orders shipping in November. Detailed product specifications, pricing and availability information will be announced next week.

More information about Modbook Inc. and the Modbook Pro is available at http://www.modbook.com.

*The Modbook Pro is an enclosure conversion kit designed to exclusively contain an original MacBook Pro base system manufactured by Apple Inc. Apple Inc.'s one-year warranty on the base system is voided by the conversion and replaced with the Modbook Pro Protection Plan, which covers the entire hardware solution, including the base system.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/29/modbook-pro-to-launch-with-ssd-storage-up-for-pre-order-october/

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29Sep/120

US Cellular expands its Windows Phone catalog with the ZTE Render for $80

Most Windows Phone enthusiasts have their sights set on large trophy-like targets, but if you have more modest goals in mind, then US Cellular's latest acquisition might be just what the doctor ordered. If the device pictured above looks familiar, that's because it should. Rebranded as the Render, most of you know this handset as the ZTE Orbit, an entry-level device that features a 4-inch 800 x 480 display, a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera and Windows Phone 7.5 Tango. So, if US Cellular is your wireless carrier of choice and you're seriously crushing on Windows Phone, the ZTE Render will run you $80 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/29/zte-render-for-us-cellular/

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29Sep/120

Facebook Messenger 2.0 for iPhone brings new design to conversations, swipe left for friends list

Facebook debuted the new look of its dedicated Messenger app on Android last week and and just as promised, now it's available on the iPhone as well. Facebook Messenger 2.0 brings a new SMS-style bubble layout to conversations, a swipe left gesture to reveal one's friends list and the ability to push the friends you message most to the top of the list. As mentioned along with the Android update this is a part of a new release schedule cycle that should see updates arriving every 4 - 8 weeks. That means you can mark your calendar for the next refresh if this is your social network of choice, but for now just grab the latest version from iTunes.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/29/facebook-messenger-2-0-iphone/

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29Sep/120

Cubify lets you skin, 3D print your own personal Android

Sick of letting everyone else skin your Android for you? 3D printing service Cubify is helping you fight back with Bugdroids, a customizable version of Google's lovable green mascot. You can change its colors, add accessories like hats, horns glasses, mustaches and bling (that's "bling," not Bing, mind), and then the service will 3D print one out and ship it to you -- well, after you drop an admittedly pricey $30 to $40, figurine size depending.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/29/cubify-lets-you-skin-3d-print-your-own-personal-android/

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