Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, has published a letter aimed towards consumers, apologizing for failing to deliver a “world-class” product. Interestingly enough, there were even given substitutions for Apple Maps, including Bing, MapQuest, Google (who will have their Maps out ready in few weeks or months) and Nokia — all available on the App Store. The letter is available after the break.
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If this really is the upcoming HTC One X+ that tech blog Pocket-Lint seems to have leaked, then first of all, let’s say that it looks just like the original One X on AT&T, except it just has some fancy dashes of red. Other than that, everything design-wise remains the same.
But the specs and software? In a totally different universe. The One X+ is a like a Ferrari compared to the original representing a Mustang: included with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an Nvidia AP37 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 32GB ROM and 1GB RAM. Expect an announcement in the coming days or weeks.
An ancient stream on Mars that once channeled water? Yes indeed, says the NASA Curiosity rover. When Curiosity made its legendary landing on August 6th, 2012, the rover’s Mars Science Laboratory Project team they didn’t immediately expect this discovery: ”This is the first time we’re actually seeing water-transported gravel on Mars,” says William Dietrich, from the University of California, Berkeley. “This is a transition from speculation about the size of stream bed material to direct observation of it.”
It goes as far as a habitable area: ”A long-flowing stream can be a habitable environment,” states Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist John Grotzinger. Next stop? Mount Sharp, where the researchers hope Curiosity will find preserved carbon-based organic materials due to the clay and sulfate materials in the area.
Want a really nice man’s purse/gear bag? Enter the GoRuck Civvy Kit Bag, which originates from the GoRuck company (we reviewed their fantastic Radio Ruck backpack), founded by actual United States Special Forces and similar warriors. The Civvy Kit bag will retail for $195 and includes the usual military-grade 1000D Cordura fabric, with the MOLLE system used in the US Armed Forces to attach additional field packs — and also adding character to the Civvy Kit bag.
As for the origin of this bag? Apparently it’s nearly identical to the bag that all paratroopers are required to have, except it has plenty of pockets and comes in both black and sand colors, for civilians.
Via: GoRuck, Uncrate
It’s as simple as it gets. Samsung has sent members of the press invitations to a Galaxy Note II event (given away by the appearance of the S Pen, obviously) in New York City on October 24th. Other than aforementioned, there is little foreshadowing put forth by the invite, other than more details, and when the event begins, presumably the availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet.
Fret not! Street View is coming to the iPhone via Google’s web Maps app — within the next 2 weeks. While it temporarily solves the problem of not having an official Google Maps app from the App Store, thanks to Apple’s half-baked idea to make it a difficult transition for both users and Google, it’s better to have this than nothing at all, right? Via: NYT
Just a quick news byte. The Motorola RAZR i, the only official Intel Medfield phone that’s launching (in Europe) will have Chrome for Android support, as Google updated the app to support future Intel devices. This is a result of x86 Intel processors requiring small changes to be made for Android apps to be compatible with their way of working through code.
Via: Chrome (Google Play), Google Chrome releases
You hardly see Eric Schmidt get loose on a business trip for Google, but in this case here he is, dancing to South Korean artist PSY, a dancing pop music hit due to the epic music video called ”Gangnam Style.” And he even nailed down the galloping dance! Video after the break. Via: Verge
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In a test by GeekBench’s own John Poole, the latest version of the aforementioned app has a more accurate reading on the iPhone 5′s main Apple A6 processor chip. Specifically that the Apple A6 can reach 1.3GHz at the most, as a dual-core system on-a-chip. So in this case, it acts like many other x86 processors of today: it can improve performance if the occasion requires it.
Via: Primate Labs, 9to5mac
Holy moley. Thanks to Google’s self-driving car experiment and years of testing, the California Governor Jerry Brown has signed bill SB1298 into law, formalizing the legal permissions and safety standards needed to let automated vehicles speed on state-owned roads. And all the while it opens the automotive industry to a new technology, it’s clear from the ceremony that local technology whiz Google is the primary pen-pushing element for the new law: Brown visited Google’s Mountain View headquarters to make it the law.
Better yet, Google CEO Sergey Brin was wearing Google Glasses the whole time. Way to go. Via: Google+