Apple’s Siri Goes Offline For A Few Hours

One of the main features that Apple advertises for its new iPhone 4S smartphone is the new voice activated virtual assistant called Siri, and it would appear that yesterday there was the first outage of Apple’s Siri service.

Users in the US reported being unable to get Siri to work for a few hours, and many of them were getting the message that they couldn’t connect to the network, and it would appear that the problem lasted for a few hours.

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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Leaked?

Barnes & Noble are holding a press event next week when they are expected to announce a new Nook Color, and now the guys over at Engadget have managed to get their hands on some details of a new Nook Tablet which will be announced next week.

According to the report, the Nook Tablet will look very similar to the existing Nook Color (pictured below) and it will come with a 7 inch VividView IPS color touch screen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, plus a dual core 1.2GHz OMAP4 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, plus a microSD card slot.

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Amazon To Launch 8.9 Inch Kindle Fire Next Year?

Amazon’s first Android tablet the Amazon Kindle Fire is due to go on sale later this month, it will come with a 7 inch touchscreen display and will retail for $199, we have also been hearing that Amazon is going to launch a second Kindle Fire tablet next year, and we have previously heard that it would feature a 10 inch display.

According to a recent report, the second Amazon Kindle Fire wont come with a 10 inch display, instead it will come with a 8.9 inch display, and we may see the 10 inch version launching later in the year.

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Physicist Develops Anti-Mosquito Force Field (Video)

The more accurate term would be ‘light barrier,’ basically a band of laser light that disorients mosquitoes. The funny part is the very person who ‘invented’ this deterrent, Hungarian physicist Szabolcs Marka, isn’t sure why mosquitoes are repelled in the first place. Neither does the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation despite having given him two hefty grants in the past handful of years. Seen below is Marka in the heat of action at his swanky lab.

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HTC Rezound Gets Official

HTC  and Verizon have finally announced the Android smartphone we have been hearing about over the last few weeks, the HTC Rezound which is the first HTC smartphone in the US to come with Beats Audio.

The HTC Rezound features a 4.3 inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, processing is provided by a dual core 1.5GHz processor and there is 1GB of RAM, plus Android Gingerbread, although Verizon has said it will be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update early next year.

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Indie Director Shoots Action Flick With DIY Cameras (Video)

Trust us, after you read this, you’ll be very interested about the movie. But first, let the facts be laid bare. Evan Glodell recently embarked on an indie film project with a pair of cameras he built from scratch. The first was derived from the SI-2K Mini, a digital cinema camera. The SI-2K, once stripped to its parts, was then improved with a broad assortment of add ons. Think of the scavenging/salvage of Fallout 3 to get a perfect idea of the finished product.

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Google Rolls Out New Update For Android Docs And Reader Applications

Following on from the roll-out of its new Reader service update yesterday Google has now rolled out updates to its Android Reader application and its Google Docs Android application.

The new Google Reader app v1.1.1 version is now equipped with Android 4.0 designed user interface together with matching widgets and the ability to now navigate using gestures. With the removal of the old previous and next buttons, users can now move between posts/entries by swiping left to right or right to left on the screen.

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HTC Rezound Press Shots Leaked Ahead Of Official Launch

HTC are holding a press conference in New York later today where they are expected to unveil the new HTC Rezound android smartphone that we have been hearing so much about over the last few weeks.

Now it would appear that an official press shot of the Rezound has leaked ahead of the announcement, which will be taking place in a few hours, can see the leaked photo below.

 

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Motorola Xoom 2 And Xoom 2 Media Edition UK Price Revealed

Earlier today Motorola announced two new Android tablets, the Xoom 2 and the Xoom 2 Media Edition and now it looks like we may have some pricing for both tablets here in the UK.
According to the guys over at Clove the Motorola Xoom 2 will retail for £325 plus taxes, which would mean it would retail for £390 and the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition will retail for £299 plus taxes which would mean it would cost £345 including taxes.

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Kobox Vox Android Tablet Now Available

Some of our readers will remember the Kobo Vox Android tablet that was announced last month, it is now available for $199 and it comes with Kobo’s eBook store which has access to over 2.2 million eBooks, with about 1 million which are available for free.

The Kobo Vox Android tablet comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, there is also an 800MHz processor plus 512MB of RAM and 8GB of built in storage.

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Watch 4 Cable Channels Simultaneously With Ceton’s InfiniTV 4 USB CableCard Tuner

If you would like to be able to simultaneously watch 4 cable channels or at least record from them at once without the need for a traditional set-top cable box then the newly launched Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB CableCard tuner might well be worth checking out.

In the past InfiniTV 4 devices required you have a free PCIe slot on your computer but now the device comes with USB connectivity and will work with any Windows 7 PC. To use the device you will also need a HDCP-compliant graphics card and it’s recommended you have a system with a 2.0GHz dual-core or better processor together with plenty of storage space for recorded media.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Starts Shipping

One of Samsung’s latest tablets is the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus which went up for pre-order in the US recently and is due to go on sale on the 15th of November, although it would appear that Amazon has already started shipping the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, plus Android 3.2 Honeycomb, plus a dual core 1.2GHz processor.

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