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26Jul/11Off

Windows Finally Gets RAW Image Support In Photo Gallery and Explorer

For those of you who find not being able to preview RAW format images in Windows to be quite annoying, then be relieved to know that Microsoft has finally addressed the issue. You will now be able to preview and edit them natively in Windows. The software giant released a codec pack for Windows 7 and Vista that will bring support for RAW format image viewing to the Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Explorer.

RAW image formats are commonly used by DSLR camera enthusiasts because it preserves all the original uncompressed data and pixels recorded by camera sensors, providing finer control over the quality of the image. But up until now, users have had to rely on third-party software such as Adobe Bridge to preview these images, making it more of a hassle to work with RAW formats.

The codec released today will bring support for more than 120 cameras to the Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 as well as Windows Explorer for previewing. Editing of the raw images can be performed in Photo Gallery, where any edited image will not save over the original RAW file, but will instead be saved as a separate JPEG or JPEG-XR format file. You can check to see if your camera is supported by this codec and download either the 32-bit or 64-bit versions at the Microsoft Download Center.

[via Electronista]


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26Jul/11Off

Google Shopper iPhone App Gets Map-Based Offers

Google just released an update to version 1.5 for their Google Shopper iPhone app, which now integrates Google Offers. The app makes it easy to find more information on the products in front of you while you shop. It recognizes cover art, barcodes, and supports voice and text search to bring you relevant local versus online pricing, reviews, videos, and other specs. And now, it will also let you find deals nearby while you’re on the go.

The new Google Shopper adds two new tabs at the bottom of the screen called Offers and My Offers. The Offers tab shows a list or map view of all the nearby businesses that have submitted deals via Google Places. If you come across a deal that you like but don’t plan on using just yet, you can save it for later. After it’s been saved, to view it, you simply go to the My Offers tab.

You can also view and redeem your purchased offers from the My Offers tab. However, currently this is available only in select cities, which include Portland, Oregon, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York. The Google Shopper 1.5 update is available to iPhone users in the US as well as the UK and is compatible with iOS 4.0 and above.

[via Google Mobile Blog]


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26Jul/11Off

Apple Readying Ultra-Thin 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros?

Apple’s MacBook Air ultraportable notebooks have been incredibly popular, but are only available in 11- and 13-inch models. That may soon change. Rumors have emerged that the company is already in the late testing stages of producing new ultra-thin 15-inch and 17-inch notebooks, although there’s a possibility that these new additions will be branded under the MacBook Pro series instead of Air.

MacRumors first got word of the development, which was later corroborated by TUAW, both claiming to be informed on the matter by insider sources. They expect that the new ultra-thin notebooks will, like the MacBook Air, eschew optical drives for integrated SSDs. It’s highly likely given Apple recently eliminated optical drives from its revamped Mac Minis and is one of the world’s largest purchasers of NAND flash memory.

It’s believed that these ultra-thin notebooks will eventually replace the entire MacBook Pro lineup. But to ease the transition, the ultra-thin 15-inch model may be introduced first, to test the waters. It will be interesting to see whether or not Apple can ultimately deliver an MacBook Air-like notebook with the power and performance of the MacBook Pro. The new notebook is expected to arrive before the end of this year, in time for the holiday season.


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26Jul/11Off

Verizon 4G LTE Adding More Markets On August 18

Verizon is really gobbling up the nation with its 4G LTE coverage at an unrelenting pace. After having just turned on 28 new markets a week ago, the carrier announced today that its coverage will reach several new markets on August 18. At this rate, Verizon is well on its way to meeting or even exceeding its target of 175 markets by the end of this year.

The new cities to be blanketed with 4G LTE include Council Bluffs, Iowa; Ithaca, Syracuse, and Albany, New York; Fort Collins, Colorado; Provo/Orem, Utah; Salinas, Monterey, and Bakersfield, California; Omaha, Nebraska; Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Additionally, some markets will see expanded coverage, including Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, as well as Rockland County, New York, which includes Nyack, West Nyack, Orangeburg, Pearl River, and Spring Valley.

This increasing coverage will certainly encourage consumers to pick up Verizon’s 4G LTE devices, which currently include the HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Charge, LG Revolution, and the upcoming Droid Bionic, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE, as well as the soon to be upgraded Motorola XOOM 4G. We’ve lost count by now exactly how many markets Verizon has hit, but it’s looking to be around 118 after this next batch gets lit up. In comparison, rival AT&T’s 4G LTE network plans to reach only 15 markets before 2012.

[via Verizon]


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26Jul/11Off

Apple Flat Keyless Keyboard Patent Revealed

It appears that in addition do their Motion-Sensitive keyboard patent, Apple has sent out a patent application for a “Flat Keyless Keyboard for Desktops & More.” This application was signed for late last week and may be entirely flat or may include at least one input surface which may be constructed of glass, metal, plastic, or any other solid material Apple might end up wanting to use. In the case of glass, the keys could be painted on the surface or shown beneath the surface of the glass on a display, not unlike on-screen keyboards working on smartphones and tablets today.

There may be haptic feedback included in the ultimate product of this patent, that being force or vibration in response to each key tap, thusly helping the user work with the keyboard in a similar manner to how their classic keyboard reacts to their touch. Instead of using mechanical switches or buttons, this sort of design uses one or more sensors to detect where the user is tapping on the given area. One possibility here is that one or more piezo-electric sensors would be used to detect and record and acoustic pulse created when the user taps the keyboard in a given place.

In the case of combinations like capitalization of letters, Apple describes the combination of piezo-electric sensors and capacitive sensors. With this combination, it may be possible to distinguish between an accidental touch of the keyboard surface and a deliberate one. For lighting, proximity sensors may be positioned in the board to work with one or more photosensors located along the edge of the board. Corresponding infrared- LEDs will be oriented to make a grid on the keyboard in a way that the photosensors receive the light projected by the LEDs. Wild!

Can you see our current line of mechanical keyboards becoming a thing of the past in the next five or so years? We certainly can. Using an on-screen keyboard for an extended period will let you know – it can get quick!

[via Patently Apple]


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26Jul/11Off

RadioShack To Ditch T-Mobile For Verizon

RadioShack has had an exclusive partnership with T-Mobile, which in recent months has proven to be a bad pairing for the electronics retailer, who saw a major slump in sales back in April caused by the weakness in T-Mobile’s offerings. Hence, unsurprisingly, RadioShack announced today that it will be giving T-Mobile the boot, to welcome new partner Verizon.

T-Mobile has already been lagging behind without a true 4G LTE network and without many of the most in-demand handsets. It’s also in the process of merging with AT&T, just pending the approval of federal regulators. Being dropped by RadioShack, which has over 4,300 stores nationwide, will certainly help AT&T’s case in acquiring the nation’s smallest of the four major carriers.

The deal with Verizon is considered a major win for RadioShack, who will now be able to offer several of the latest most cutting edge smartphones on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network. The transition process will complete by September 14, when RadioShack will no longer carry T-Mobile phones and services. The very next day, RadioShack will begin offering Verizon products.

[via VentureBeat]


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26Jul/11Off

HTC Is Now Willing To Negotiate With Apple On their Patent Disputes

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It wouldn’t be a normal day around here without some legal/patent news to bring to you, so here we are with the battle between Apple and HTC. You may remember almost a month ago when the U.S International Trade Commission found Apple guilty of violating two S3 Graphics patents related to compression technology and only a week later when HTC announced they would be purchasing S3 Graphics (and a handful of their patents in the process) for a cool $600 million dollars. Then, almost a week ago on July 15th, Apple had themselves a win when the U.S. ITC ruled in favor of Apple, declaring HTC was guilty of infringing on 2 of Apple’s 10 patents related to data-detection and data transmission technologies.

Now, lets fast forward to today where Bloomberg is reporting that even though both rulings are still subject to review, HTC is now willing to to enter talks with Apple over all this he-said, she-said patent dispute drama. In a telephone interview with Winston Yung, HTC’s chief financial officer he said:

"We have to sit down and figure it out. We’re open to having discussions. We are open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable. On and off we’ve had discussions with Apple, even before the initial determination came out."

Let’s just hope the results of these talks are quick and doesn’t end up with HTC paying Apple the same $5 per handset they’re already forking over to Microsoft. I’d really hate to see Apple getting rich because Android.

[Via Bloomberg]


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26Jul/11Off

Toshiba Thrive Gains Root Access

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If you were one of the chubby chasers who found yourself taking home a Toshiba Thrive, you may be pleased to know that the device has been rooted – just not COMPLETELY. The guys over at TabletROMs discovered an exploit on the Thrive and from there, the guys from ThriveForums picked up the ball and finally gained Super User permissions on the tablet.

So while the stock ROM on the Thrive is rooted and can run rooted apps, developers still haven’t been able to gain R/W access to the system directory which makes deleting apps that came pre-installed on the device possible. Interestingly enough, Toshiba actually built the software to flash the stock recovery upon reboot making a custom recovery and custom ROMs a non-possibility as well. Super user and root access is always the first step so here’s hoping the devs manage to crack this chunky monkey soon enough.

[Via TechCrunch]


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26Jul/11Off

Verizon Shows Off DROID X2 Gingerbread PDF’s – Gingerbread Update Around the Corner?

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It’s always fun when I hear of yet another device receiving an Android firmware update and this time we have the Motorola Droid X2 Apparently, everything must have checked out with the “soak test” going on a few weeks ago because Verizon has (update: announced the PDF) on their support page but it seems they’re getting closer to unleash some Gingerbread goodness onto the masses.

You can expect the normal Gingerbread goodies as well as the newly revamped and slick looking MotoBlur. Droid-Life reported the update was rolling out now but we’ve gotten word that this was only Verizon getting ready the PDF showing off some of the new features of Gingebread that Droid X2 users will soon be able to enjoy. Either way, I guess this just means we’re getting closer to the official roll-out from Verizon and we’ll let you know as soon as it does! Thanks, Incrediboy84!

[Via Droid-Life]


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26Jul/11Off

Official: Verizon Will Be Offering Motorola Xoom Users Their Free 4G LTE Upgrade In September

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Look we got in our inbox a few minutes ago. It’s a flyer from Verizon advertising the 4G LTE upgrade for your Motorola Xoom! We never had a solid release date from Big Red and even though we still don’t know the exact day or hour of it’s coming, it’s nice to know the free 4G LTE upgrade will at least be made available in the month of September. Even though Xoom users wont be able to claim “firsties” to having a 4G enabled tablet, are you guys at least excited to have a more pinpointed time-frame? Chime in below.


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