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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Former Siri board member: She's 'not a data hog'

Someone from Siri's past has come out in defense of the software voice assistant's alleged data hogging ways, saying each query is about 63 kilobytes of data.

Originally posted at Apple Talk

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T-Mobile Plans To Limit Domestic Roaming

Starting April 5, T-Mobile customers will have domestic data roaming limits on their cell phone plans according to a document acquired by TmoNews. As of right now, there are no limits on domestic data roaming. According to this leaked document, T-Mobile plans to stager data limits depending on which plan you're on. For example, users with...

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Report: Harley-Davidson sales grew 5.9% in 2011

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Last year was a good one for Harley-Davidson. According to Asphalt and Rubber, the American bike manufacturer saw its sales increase by 5.9 percent globally compared to 2010. Sales in the U.S., meanwhile, were up 5.8 percent. All told, Harley-Davidson managed to move 235,188 units last year, with 151,683 of those heading to owners in the States. Those figures mean the manufacturer managed to post a net income of $105.6 million last year. By contrast, during the fourth quarter of 2010 the company saw a net loss of $46.7 million.

The global recession hadn't been kind to the company. With a model line designed to cater to the wealthy and their lust for toys, Harley-Davidson suddenly saw itself posting yearly losses. Those at the helm sold off MV Agusta and pulled the plug on Buell all together in an effort to keep Harley-Davidson up right.

Those moves seem to have helped. The company posted $4.6 billion in revenue last year, which marks an increase of 11.6 percent over 2010.

Harley-Davidson sales grew 5.9% in 2011 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ice Cream Sandwich build (4.0.4) leaked for the Nexus S 4G, looks to be release quality

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An internal testing Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Samsung Nexus S 4G has been leaked out of Sprint, containing a new software modem, bootloader, and a 4.0.4 build.  Some are reporting this is the final version and we'll soon see an OTA for the NS4G, but that's speculation at this point.  We do know that this seems to run smoothly, with everything working including the Wimax radio.  It's build number IMM26, with a final kernel build and the ROM is signed with release keys which makes it pretty likely.

Of course the OTA for the Nexus S 4G can't come soon enough for many users, who have seen the 3G version of the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom get their ICS builds pushed to them.  We have to remember that Sprint not only has more network testing involved in their version, but the addition of Google Voice integration and Google Wallet means their release cycle will be longer.  I'll go out on a limb and say Nexus S 4G users will see ICS released long before any other handset gets it, even if it's not imminent.  We've seen extremely stable builds of Android 4.0 for the NS4G for a while now, and you know the developers already have their hands dirty (trust me, they are all over it) using tonight's leaked files to make things even better.  If you're not the type who follows the manufacturers update path, hit your favorite ROM developer in a day or two.

If you're not the waiting type, visit the links below and try it on for size.  Heed the warnings, and if you hit any snags visit the forums and holler!

Source: XDA-Developers; via Android Central forums



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Warner Bros. Picks Up 'Killshot'

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The pitch hails from "The Mentalist" writer Ken Woodruff.

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Home not built in a day? How about in under 60 (video)

HybridCore Homes' formula combines the custom look of stick-built construction with the speed and cost savings of factory-built homes.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Apple iPad breaks HP's hold on top PC spot

With popularity of the iPad undiminished, Apple easily surges past Hewlett-Packard as the top PC marker in the world, according to Canalys.

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'Mirror Mirror': Lily Collins Reveals New Scenes in Featurette (Video)

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Relativity's Snow White project has moved its release date to March 30.

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Symantec: Botnet Entangles Android Users

Mobile malware hasn't been a huge problem up to this point. It certainly exists, but wielding a smartphone and downloading apps from an official market place isn't like running Windows, where multiple new threats emerge every day. Perhaps things are beginning to change. Security firm Symantec discovered over a dozen malicious apps in the Android...

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Motorola starts selling WiFi Xyboards for $400 and up

What's that? You want an eight or ten inch WiFi tab, but failed to place your pre-order for one of Moto's latest earlier this month? Worry not, slate-seeking friend, for both the WiFi Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1 are officially on sale at Motorola's website, with free two-day shipping thrown in for good measure. As a quick refresher, the 8.2 comes in 16 and 32GB flavors for $400 and $500, respectively, while the same amount of memory in the 10-inch form factor will set you back $100 more. Sound good? Head on down to the source links below, credit card at the ready, and Moto will gladly send one your way.

Motorola starts selling WiFi Xyboards for $400 and up originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Jan 2012 03:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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WATCH: Mario Lopez Takes His Pants Off

The TV host strips down for Ellen DeGeneres to promote his new line of bodywear, RatedM

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Official: Production Aston Martin V12 Zagato headed for Kuwait reveal

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A howling red prototype of the Aston Martin's V12 Zagato made the international rounds last year, and now the first production example is headed for a Middle East reveal at the Kuwait Concours d' Elegance (running February 15-18). Only 150 of the super-exclusive Astons will be made for worldwide consumption.

Aston Martin hasn't released any new photos so we don't know how the 510-horsepower, £330,000 (that's $550,000 U.S., before taxes), aluminum-and-carbon-bodied coupe will differ from its progenitor. If the model on display at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show is an indicator, though, future owners have much to look forward to.

We'll know more in a few weeks, so until then, feast your eyes on the attached photo galleries and read the press release after the jump.

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Production Aston Martin V12 Zagato headed for Kuwait reveal originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Carmakers take fuel tech out for a spin (photos)

At "Future Cars, Future Technology" event, automakers show off some of the technology that will make its way to vehicles--from a fuel-cell Toyota to the Magnetic Air Car.

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'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Released Mega Blu-Ray Pack

Check out some of the features on the new 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'' Blu-Ray release.

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Report: Shelby SuperCars gets a new name

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When you hear the Shelby name, the first person who comes to mind is likely Carroll, father of the Cobra, racing legend, and a man still involved in the development of performance Fords at nearly 90 years of age.

You probably don't think of Jerod Shelby, even though his company, Shelby SuperCars, has for years been building cars that compete for the title of world's fastest. His latest creation, the Tuatara, might steal the title back from the Bugatti Veyron, but in the meantime has proven to be very popular in the Middle East.

Problem is, the automotive world isn't big enough for two companies named after a Shelby, and so it has come to pass that Jerod's company will change its name from Shelby SuperCars to SSC North America. The switcheroo is reportedly a result of a settlement with Carroll Shelby Licensing and Carroll Shelby International.

With that behind him, hopefully Jerod can get back to the Veyron-beating business. His company has also just broken ground on the new 36,000-square-foot world headquarters and production facility in West Richland, Washington we reported on a few months back.

Shelby SuperCars gets a new name originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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David Fincher Refuses to Cut 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' India Release Canceled

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The local censor board ?has adjudged the film unsuitable for public viewing in its unaltered form."

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Jon Jones? future: One writer?s view of top prospects at 205 pounds

The most annoying conversation that emerges following a champion's dominant victory, are the cries of a division being cleared out. It's almost never the case.

Champs age, suffer injuries and the field of developing fighters beneath them eventually catches up.

Jon Jones is already getting that ridiculous treatment at light heavyweight, so Adam Hill from the Las Vegas Review-Journal put together a list over at ESPN.com to shine a light on the guys who may end Jones' dominance at 205 pounds. Phil Davis was tabbed the No. 1 prospect contender.

The parameters he used were active fighters who have not held a UFC belt in the weight class and haven't previously fought for a title in the weight class.

Check out the entire list here (sorry it's Insider access only). The list included fighters like:

8. Ryan Jimmo (16-1), UFC
The Canadian got knocked out in the first round of his MMA debut way back in 2007. Since then, he's lost one fight ....

3. Gegard Mousasi (32-3), Strikeforce
Though just 26 years old, Mousasi has fought 37 pro MMA bouts already and is an undefeated kickboxer. He also is a proficient wrestler and displays above-average grappling skills ...

2.Alexander Gustafsson (13-1), UFC
This one is all about potential. The 6-foot-5 Swede is only getting better, and being teammates with Davis at Alliance MMA in San Diego can only help. Gustafsson, whose only loss came at Davis' hands in April 2010, has reeled off four straight stoppage victories, with visible improvement each time ...

He also listed Ryan Bader, Stanislav Nedkov, Thiago Silva and Rafael Cavalcante. Who did Hill miss?

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Chris Weidman: From parents? basement to network TV

CHICAGO -- Ten months ago, Chris Weidman was living in his parents' basement with his wife and daughter. After winning three straight fights in the UFC, he will challenge Demian Maia on the UFC's second show on network television.

At Wednesday's open workouts for UFC on Fox 2, Weidman said he has not had time to sit back and think about all he's accomplished in such a short time.

"I really haven't set back to think about it all in a 10-month period. It started getting tough. Any amount of money at that point was going to get me to come," Weidman said.

When he took the fight with Alessio Sakara last March, he was on the verge of signing with Bellator. He even had dinner reservations to celebrate the signing, but gave himself more time to consider the contract. Waiting opened the door for the UFC to sign him.

By July, he had a decision over Sakara and a submission of Jesse Bongfeldt, and a new home for his wife and now two-year-old daughter Cassidy.

Weidman's spot on the card this weekend was just as surprising. When Mark Munoz was injured last week, the UFC had to scramble to create a card that would make people tune in to Fox. Michael Bisping was given the spot against Chael Sonnen, leaving a hole on the card to fight Maia. Weidman, who beat Tom Lawlor in November, was called.

"At the time, I was surprised, because I thought I was going to fight April 22. But I had a funny feeling that something was going to end up happening.

The bout against Maia was too good to pass up, even on 10 days notice.

"At first it was that I'm not going to fight him this week. I'm going to fight him eventually. March, April. Once I talked to my coach and decided that, they came back and said he doesn't want to leave this card. I got so excited to fight Maia at that point, I didn't care where or when."

His first concern was weight. Weidman said he was around 217 lbs. last week. Though he says that his weight is fine now, he had to turn down the comfort food his wife was cooking.

"First thing was my weight. My wife was making sloppy joes, and I was like, 'No more sloppy joes for me!' I headed to the gym, ate a spoonful of peanut butter, and that's it for me."

Beating Maia, an accomplished grappler, would push Weidman ever closer to a title shot. Though fighters taking bouts on short notice are often in a no-lose situation, Weidman sees this bout as a must-win.

"I don't see it [as no-lose]. I see it as I have to win this fight. If I win this fight, it puts me on a list of contenders, and closer to getting that belt."

His intention is not to just fight for the UFC middleweight belt, but also to fight in his home state of New York. Currently, MMA is illegal in New York.

"My main goal is obviously to not only get the belt, but fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. It would be a dream come true. They have to legalize it, but at the right time so I can be fighting on it for the belt."

Weidman hopes the shows on Fox will help change perceptions on fighters.

"We're 100 percent athletes. Just turn on the TV and watch us. Come meet us. We're not those guys 10 years ago who were perceived as brutal. We're athletes. Good guys. Trying to make a living for our families."

Long Island's Weidman hopes to start New York on its winning ways. As a New York Giants fan, Weidman wants to see his team win the Super Bowl.

"I like Tom Brady, he's a pretty good guy, but we're coming after him."

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lark Wristband Reveals the Best Lifestyle Choices For a Good Night's Sleep

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SAG Awards' Secrets Exposed

From the food to fashion trends, "Bridesmaids" star Wendi McClendon-Covey reveals what celebs can expect at the 2012 Screen Actors Guilds Awards.

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We Are Legion Trailer

A trailer for 'We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists". This film dives into the world of Anonymous, the radical hacktivist collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age.

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SAG Awards' Secrets Exposed

From the food to fashion trends, "Bridesmaids" star Wendi McClendon-Covey reveals what celebs can expect at the 2012 Screen Actors Guilds Awards.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

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Study: J.D. Power: More car buyers base purchases on brand reputation than ratings and reviews

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Reputation is everything, according to a new survey by J.D. Power and Associates. The 2012 Avoider Study found that 43 percent of buyers who steer clear of a particular model due to quality concerns do so merely because of common knowledge. Ratings and reviews - our stock in trade - were cited by 38 percent, while previous ownership of a model caused scorn in only 14 percent of respondents.

"The fact that so many new-vehicle buyers may be basing their opinions about quality and reliability on pre-conceived [sic] notions, rather than concrete information or data, demonstrates how important it is for automakers to promote the quality and reliability of their models," said Jon Osborn, research director at J.D. Power and Associates, in what reads like a nakedly self-serving press release.

Other interesting data from the survey included an all-time high for xenophobia, with respondents who avoided import models because of their origin rising to 14 percent, the highest in the nine years of the study. Buyers avoiding domestics for the same reason dropped to six percent, the lowest in the study's history.

The most influential reason for purchasing a specific model in 2012 was fuel economy, trumping reliability, "the deal," and exterior styling, which were tops in 2010.

To read the entire press release, click past the jump.

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J.D. Power: More car buyers base purchases on brand reputation than ratings and reviews originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Choiix Power Fort 5600 Review

The Choiix Power Fort 5600 is a rechargeable 5600 mAh brick a little smaller than a deck of cards or a pack of smokes, yet able to recharge your iPhone, iPod, Droid, GPS, flip phone, or just about anything else that you'd usually charge through your computer's USB port.

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Blast outside hospital kills dozens in Baghdad

BAGHDAD -- Twenty-six people were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car in southeastern Baghdad, Iraqi officials said. The attack occurred at 11:00 a.m. in the Iraqi capital's predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Zafaraniyah, police said.

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