Friday, July 19, 2013

Microsoft writes off nearly $1B to account for Surface RT bomb

Microsoft today took an unexpected $900 million charge to account for what it called "inventory adjustments" for the Surface RT, the poor-selling tablet that debuted last year. Its fourth-quarter fiscal numbers -- published on its website shortly after the U.S. financial markets closed -- pointed out the massive write-down.

The company has been aggressively discounting the Surface RT, which runs the scaled-down Windows RT, a tablet-specific version of Windows 8 that relies exclusively on the Metro tile-based user interface and app ecosystem.


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SODIMM-sized Cortex-A8 module sports CAN bus, onboard flash

EMAC announced a SODIMM-sized computer-on-module (COM) that runs Linux 2.6 or Windows CE 6.0 on a 600MHz TI ARM Cortex-A8 processor and can be purchased with a carrier board. The SoM-3517M offers up to 512MB of RAM, 1GB of NAND flash and 4GB of onboard eMMC flash, and I/O including Ethernet, four serial ports, three USB 2.0 ports, and CAN bus....


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Path app now available on Amazon Appstore

PathThose of you who enjoy the tight-knit social network Path and have a Kindle Fire are in luck, as the app has just hit the Amazon Appstore for those non-Google Play equipped devices to download. If you haven't heard of it before, Path is a social network focused on sharing more personal moments with a small group of people, which is strongly based on using mobile apps rather than the web for sharing. With Path, you can share status updates, pictures and private messages between users in a different setting than the generally "broadcast" style mediums like Facebook and Twitter.

Kindle Fire users, as well as other users who happen to prefer the Amazon Appstore for one reason or another, can download Path for free from the source link below.

Download: Path (Amazon Appstore)



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Nokia Aims to Pwn All Camera Phones With 41-Megapixel Lumia 1020

Nokia Aims to Pwn All Camera Phones With 41-Megapixel Lumia 1020
Nokia has finally married its 41-megapixel PureView camera technology with Windows Phone. The result: Nokia's Lumia 1020.


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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hello Expense is a simple, reliable expense tracker for Android

A good mobile application is a fine balance between simplicity and functionality. You're using it on the go, so you don't have a lot of time to sit there and fumble with the phone to figure it all out. But you also need it to be powerful enough to let you do whatever it is you're trying to get done.

Hello Expense is one mobile app that gets it right. It's an expense tracker that lets you use your Android-powered phone to quickly log the money you spend and then analyze it and see where it all went.

I recently had the chance to use it in a real-life situation - a road trip that took a few days and involved quite a few expenses. Logging each expense took seconds, and at the end of each day I could get a great overview of how much money I spent on each category so far.

Categories and tags are user-configurable; the app also sports its own number pad to make number entry easy, regardless of what keyboard you're using.

Hello Expense is a simple, reliable expense tracker for Android originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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So long, 'Optimus' — LG G2 up next


LG on occasion has announced products before actually announcing the products, and the trend continues today with the "LG G2." This should be (is) the successor to the Optimus G, and should (will) get our hands on it in a few weeks in New York City. It also marks the end of the "Optimus" name for LG's flagship devices.

Google's translation points to "a user-friendly and innovative new mobile experience" — which can mean whatever the hell LG wants to it, but consider our interest piqued. LG has already said to expect the Snapdragon 800 SoC and have a theoretical speed of 150 Mbps — LTE-A. But most of us won't see that anytime soon.

In addition to dropping the "Optimus" name from this line, LG also said its 4:3 aspect ratio Optimus Vu will now just be called "Vu." So there's that.

See you in NYC next month.

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Qseven module sports a TI ARM-plus-DSP chip

MSC Vertriebs announced a Qseven module powered by the Texas Instruments (TI) C6A8168 chip, which combines a 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A8 core with a 1.5GHz digital signal processor (DSP). Designed for & demanding image processing& applications, the Q7-TI8168 includes 1GB of DDR3 memory, up to 8GB of flash storage, two SATA ports, six USB ports, and an HDMI/DVI interface, according to the company....


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Best translation apps for iPhone: Languages, iTranslate Voice, Google Translate, and more!

Best translation apps for iPhone: Languages, iTranslate Voice, Google Translate, and more!

The best translation apps for world travelers, new language learners, and explorers and scholars everywhere!

Whether you're traveling to new and interesting places or trying to talk to new and interesting people at home, thanks to the iPhone, language is no longer an absolute barrier to communication. While we don't have Star Trek's universal translator - yet! - we do have plenty of apps on the App Store that can help with translation.

Now, translation apps can be expensive, especially when you start dealing with language packs and dictionaries that are only available via additional in-app purchases. So, we've gone through, tested them out, and figured out which are our favorites, and which we think are the absolute best translation apps for iPhone.

iTranslate Voice

iTranslate Voice for iPhone

With iTranslate Voice, simply swipe up from the main screen and select your input and output languages. Then tap whatever bubble for the language you'll be speaking in and iTranslate Voice will do the rest. AirTranslate is an amazing feature that allows two users both using iTranslate Voice to pair their devices together and speak back and forth. It's a great tool where language barriers are present.

Outside of a decent interface that's just as easy to use as it is to look at, you can also tab on words to see their meanings and different forms of them.

iTranslate Voice is the best choice of translation apps for those new to a language or who aren't at all familiar with a local language. Voice recognition works great and will allow you to easier break down a language barrier faster.


Languages for iPhone

If you aren't looking for an all-out translator but more of a dictionary and knowledge base, Languages is a great deal. Instead of buying different dictionaries, you pay one price and you've got all the dictionaries that Languages includes. There are currently 12 dictionaries included right now.

Languages isn't really geared at users who don't know a foreign language but more as a reference for times that you can't figure out a word or just need your memory jogged. It's the perfect companion for students and a great resource to have while learning. At only $2.99 for a ton of dictionaries you can use while offline, you can't really beat it.

Google Translate

Google Translate for iPhone

While it's disappointing that Google still hasn't updated Google Translate to support the iPhone 5's interface, it's still a great, if now squat-looking resource. Google Translate supports 64 languages and will speak translations out-loud. There may not be a fancy interface or tons of additional features, but it does what it needs to and it does it for free.

The downside is, you'll need an internet connection in order to use Google Translate. There's no offline mode. However, it's free and a good choice for those who need more than just a pocket dictionary, and the ability to actually translate most of what is spoken to another language.


iTranslate free for iPhone

Made by the same developer as iTranslate Voice, iTranslate doesn't cost you anything and includes most of the same features and dictionaries. Instead of speaking, you'll need to type in your query manually, but for light travelers or those who don't have a need for a translate app often, it more than gets the job done.

You also have the ability to change voices and adjust volume. iTranslate also has in-app purchase options to remove ads and add voice recognition, so if you decide you want to move up, you can. (Though I'd recommend purchasing iTranslate Voice instead of paying for voice recognition through in-app purchase, since it'll save you $1.)

iTranslate is perfect for people who want something a little more robust than Google Translate but don't need the voice recognition features of iTranslate Voice.

Word Lens

Word Lens for iPhone

If you're traveling somewhere where the signs, menus, and other important information is written in a language other than your own, it can be challenging or even intimidating to get around. Word Lens, while it has its limitations, can help. It works by using your camera to visually translate signs, menus, and other writing back to your native language. Thanks to Augmented Reality, the translated text simply replaces the original on your iPhones live display.

Each language pack is around $5 as an in-app purchase but it's well worth it if you're traveling somewhere and need writing translated.

Pixter Scanner OCR

Pixter Scanner OCR for iPhone

Okay, so Pixter may not be an actual translation app but it actually does double as one. While Pixter may specialize in optical character recognition, it also has the ability to take the text it recognizes and translate it to a different language.

This can come in handy at times when you need to quickly translate large blocks of text either from a book, magazine, manual, or other written document. Pixter will also save your clips natively in the app for later reference as well. Especially for business people dealing with unfamiliar languages, Pixter can come in very handy.

Your favorite translation app?

Those are the best translation apps I've come across for the iPhone. If you've found any others that you've loved, or if you've found creative ways to use your iPhone to help you translate or better understand words, voices, or signs while traveling, let me know!



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Zen Coding high-speed HTML shorthand plug-in updated

Zen Coding made quite a splash when we first covered it almost a year ago. For those who aren't familiar, Zen is a fantastic form of shorthand for quickly hand-coding HTML. And today, a new version is out!

Here are some of the goodies version 0.7 brings to the party:
  • Text nodes: Writing something like a[href=/]{Click here} now works, and puts "Click here" within the link.
  • New actions added: Increment/decrement number under cursor, evaluate math expressions, and more.
  • Wrap with Abbreviation was upgraded.
There are several other improvements but they're all rather technical. If you use Zen Coding (or are intrigued by the concept) go ahead and read the release notes for this new version.

Zen Coding has official implementations for a ton of editors, including TextMate, Apatana, Coda, E2, Komodo, Notepad++, PSPad, and more. It also has unofficial builds for Vim, UltraEdit, Visual Studio and more.

If you want to play with Zen Coding without installing it, you can use the online demo to see some of its magic in action.

Zen Coding high-speed HTML shorthand plug-in updated originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How to Use Social Media to Juice Your Story’s Popularity

How to Use Social Media to Juice Your Story’s Popularity
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