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Technology Round-Up (06/03/13)

Posted by - 01:10 PM on 06/03/13
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01:11 PM on 06/03/13
Linda Ferreira
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

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The US Transportation Agency is encouraging states to adopt self-driving car legislation.

Would you prefer if your car drove for you? [Poll]


The new iPod Touch has been announced (video here). The device will include a front camera but no back camera (really?! The iPad gets a back camera but not the iPod Touch? C'mon, Apple…). Apple claims that more than 100 million iPod touches have been sold since the device's debut in 2007.

Apple has reached a $53 million settlement for a class-action suit regarding iPhones and iPods that were denied warranty claims.

Nuance, the makers of the popular Dragon Naturally Speaking series, have revealed that their engine is at the core of Siri's voice processing (though Apple handles the intelligence portion).

A new study indicates that iPhone users are on their phones about 55% more than Android users. Interpret that as you will.

A new Apple patent called "gaze detection" is likely the Apple counter to Samsung's eye scroll. Side note: does anyone have an eye-scroll-compatible device, and do you ever actually use the feature?

A couple big announcements for developers regarding Apple: "Apple will open up its APIs" and "Apple has no issue porting its apps to Android."

OS X 10.8.4 will be released soon.


Rdio has released an updated version of their web player.

People worried about their LinkedIn accounts being hacked can add text message two-factor authentication. Speaking of LinkedIn, the service now allows files and photos to be added to statuses.

Facebook will now offer "Verified" profiles and pages for famous people.

Soon, you will be able to use single sign-on with your Amazon account on other websites (much like you can with Google and other accounts).

If anyone is still using Yahoo! Mail, the classic interface will be shut down on June 3.

The Mozilla Camino web browser for OS X will no longer be developed.


Some good news for people paranoid about Google Glass: Google will not allow facial recognition apps for the device for privacy reasons.

Google Play Music All Access will be released for iOS in the near future.

The desktop and mobile versions of Gmail have a new tabbed inbox interface (click the Settings gear then click "Configure Inbox" in Gmail to enable).

Google has added nutrition information for more than 1,000 items to its search results.

Skee ball has been added to Android phones and Chrome Experiment builds.


Scientists in Singapore claim to have developed a camera sensor that is 1000x more sensitive to light.

Germany will utilize thermal imaging drones to combat graffiti near train tracks.

A Raspberry Pi camera has already captured out-of-this world pictures (literally).

Nintendo has announced a 32GB version of the Wii U along with an express charger for the Wiimote.

Samsung will release 55-inch and 65-inch 4K resolution TV's for the "low" price of under $8,000. Meanwhile, Asus will release a 31.5-inch 4K resolution monitor shortly before Computex for an unknown price.

Dish Network's "Hopper" can now browse Facebook and Twitter on top of recording 6 simultaneous HD shows.


16 cities spanning a handful of states now have access to AT&T's LTE network (which, on your round-up author's Lumia 920, has hit 62 mbps download speeds in \tests).

AT&T's prepaid offering, GoPhone, will get LTE, HSPA+, and possibly the iPhone.

Firefox OS may debut this week.

The rumored HTC T6 will feature a 5.9-inch 1080p screen, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, and an UltraPixel camera, and the device will run on Android 4.3 (which will be called "Key Lime Pie").

A water-resistant version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, dubbed the "S4 Active", is coming to AT&T.

The Galaxy S4 Mini will feature a 4.3-inch screen and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor.

Anyone looking for a stock Android version of the HTC One can purchase a "Google Edition" of the phone for $599.

A white version of the Google Nexus 4 can be purchased at T-Mobile or Google Play stores.

The Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One updates Sense to 5.0 along with some other UI refreshments.

An update for the Verizon Galaxy S III allows it to show multiple apps simultaneously.

Phone users who need a physical keyboard can check out the Blackberry Q10 which will arrive at Verizon for $200 with a two-year contract. The phone is only $100 on T-Mobile (not including the monthly fee you pay for the phone for two years that T-Mobile claims isn't a contract).

Windows Phone users now have an all-encompassing PC sync app for Windows 7 and 8.


A new Android keyboard advertises accuracy good enough that you can touchscreen type without looking at the screen. A beta version is now available.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has been released for iOS. The game will set you back $10 and 2GB of storage space.

A Hulu Plus app is now available for Windows Phone 8 (your round-up author's mobile OS of choice).

Shazam has been released for Windows Phone 8.

DirecTV customers can now stream their DVR records on their phones with the DirecTV GenieGO Android app.

The Twitter app for iOS and Android now supports tweet preview and simple photo sharing.

The DoubleTwist music player for Android will get a revamped interface in the latest release.


The Start Button is coming back to Windows 8 via a free update called Windows 8.1 Blue. While it will somewhat resemble the Start Menu of yore, it will still display an app list (or tiles) in a full-screen display.

Check out a glowing review of the Android-powered Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

The Acer R7 is a 15.6-inch touchscreen convertible laptop that has four different methods of use.

The Acer Iconia W3 is an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet for only $379.

Microsoft is running a promo for a free keyboard cover with all Windows Surface RT purchases.

HTC has cancelled plans for a 12-inch Window 8 RT tablet due to lack of demand. The company will still release a 7-inch version.

Check out reviews of nVidia's latest flagship graphics cards, the Geforce GTX 770 and 780.

Linux Mint, one of the most user-friendly Ubuntu derivatives, has reached version 15.


Use your phone from your web browser with SnapPea.

Keep track of where you park with Valet for Android which works even if you forget to launch it.

Learn the difference between bits and bytes so you can talk geek with your friends.

Shut YouTube up quickly with YouTube Pause.

Learn How to Fix iCloud's Biggest Annoyances.

Use this pretty cool hack to upload anything you want to Flickr's free 1 TB online storage.

Automatically check into your Southwest flights with Southwest A-List.

Quickly find receipts in Gmail with a hidden label search. Pretty cool, really.

Use keyboard shortcuts to navigate around Gmail's tabbed interface.

Convert your old computer into a storage server with FreeNAS 8.


A Chinese e-commerce site promises same-day deliveries, typically within 3-5 hours of the order taking place.

EA Games will no longer require an online subscription pass.


02:10 PM on 06/03/13
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Always a good read.
02:48 PM on 06/03/13
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Vine got released for Android 4.0 and up today.
03:14 PM on 06/03/13
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Anyone use Plex? I've been using XBMC and I thought I would give it a try.
05:17 PM on 06/03/13
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I wouldnt call the "new" iPod touch new. Its just a replacement for the 16gb 4th gen model, which had the 3.5" screen.

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