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Apple CEO Tim Cook‘s full interview on the D: All Things Digital stage has been posted, with the 80-minute long video showing the chief exec weighing in on wearables, taxes, and more. Cook’s appearance – and grilling at the hands of Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher – saw the Apple CEO relatively tight-lipped on the sort of breaking news his interviewers were digging for, though he did drop hints about a new iOS version at WWDC 2013 next month.
Some of Cook’s attitudes suggest an Apple at odds with Google’s approach to mobile computing, with comments about Glass lacking in broad appeal. Instead, Cook says, he sees more value in more single-purpose wearables, namechecking Nike’s Fuelband as an example (it’s worth noting that Cook also sits on the Nike board).
Elsewhere, Cook commented on Apple’s lack of a social network – something the chief exec doesn’t think the company really needs – and dropped some hints about the incoming new version of iOS. That’s believed to be due for unveil at WWDC, with a new, flatter interface style to replace the much-criticized “skeuomorphic” UI of the current version.
Cook does a good job at avoiding dropping any hardware details whatsoever, despite the best efforts of Mossberg and Swisher. However, he does comment on possible iPhone variations, suggesting that just because Apple hasn’t come up with a mid- to -low-range iPhone so far, that doesn’t mean the door is closed to the possibility in the future.
In all, it’s a typically low-key showing for Cook, who lacks some of the confident bombast that Steve Jobs brought to the position. Whether that’s something the chief executive should be working on is a point of contention, though arguably with nothing concrete to announce, it might have been difficult for him to frame the interview in any other way.
The big news is undoubtedly being saved for the Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off June 10 in San Francisco. We’ll be there to bring back all the details from the opening keynote.
Apple CEO Tim Cook’s full AllThingsD interview video now available is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Remember that Connectify Switchboard Insert Coin we featured just over a week ago? Well, we’d like to say we’re sorry to hear it’s been canceled — but we’re not. Why? Because a high amount of interest from people preferring to use their own computers as servers, has resulted in a change of plan. The result is that the product is available right away, and will no longer use cloud servers. This change means the need for investment has gone, evaporating the need for Kickstarter, too. This also means you can use the service as a private VPN, and always appear as if you’re surfing from your home PC — along with that speed-boosting channel bonding tech, of course. To sweeten the deal even further, if you purchase access to the beta program now ($ 90), then you’ll get lifetime updates and support. After the beta, the price rises to $ 100. Better fire up
that those internet connections, stat.
Analog may be king for audiophiles, but digital is the future, friends, and Sennheiser knows it. That’s why it built the HDVD 800 digital headphone amplifier to improve the sound of your digital tunes, and now stateside listeners can finally get their mitts on the thing. That’s right, folks, a year after it was revealed across the pond alongside its analog brother, Senn’s digital offering’s finally available in the US for just a nickel less than two grand. Folks looking to part with the necessary cash to improve their listening pleasure can do so at the company’s online storefront linked below.
Valve’s bid to lure gamers away from Microsoft’s platform just got a little sweeter: Left 4 Dead 2 is finally available on Linux. Despite early appearances in early leaks, the game has been absent from Steam’s Linux compatible library. The wait might have been worth it — early ports of the game apparently only ran at six frames per second, but it eventually surpassed its Windows counterpart. Now, Valve is looking towards is community to fine tune the port even further, offering a fully functional beta client to Steam users who already own the game. Although the focus here is Linux compatibility, the company is offering the beta to Windows and Mac users as well, and says that running the game on any system helps with testing. Ready to take down the horde? Fire up Ubuntu and get started. Otherwise, you can check out the company’s official announcement at the source link below.
Filed under: Gaming
Source: L4D Blog
Twitter’s advertisement program was only available for several businesses in the past, but in order to generate more ad revenue this year, Twitter has decided to make its advertisement program available to anyone and everyone. The ads program allows users and small businesses to promote their brand and their products through promoted tweets and accounts. The tweets can be adjusted to appeal to the general public, or only to a targeted audience.
In the past, the ad program was only accessible to businesses who received a personal invite from Twitter. Now all anyone needs to do is sign-up to be considered. All you need to do is answer a few questions and you’ll be on your way. You can choose to promote your tweets, or you entire account. The pricing system is similar to Google AdWords, where you can set a budget to control how much you spend, and you can place bids to decide how much you want to spend per follower/click.
This new move from Twitter is one of its first steps its taking to achieve its goal of generating $ 1 billion in ad revenue alone by 2014. Currently, its ad revenue for this year is expected to be a little over half that amount, but with the expansion of its ads program, and its more aggressive move towards mobile, its goal seems more and more realistic. It also helps that there are over 200 million people who are currently using its service and over 400 million tweets being sent out everyday.
Twitter has focused a lot of its efforts into expanding and developing its advertisement platform. Back in February, it released an advertisement API that lets businesses create more targeted ad campaigns. The program saw impressive results, with some businesses seeing a huge increase of new followers on a daily basis. Twitter also improved its keyword-targeted ads so that when a user tweets about a product, like soda, they would see an advertisement for soda quickly after. While increased advertisements may be deterring, Twitter’s ad program becoming available to users and small businesses should do wonders in helping them grow their exposure and their businesses.
Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 has already been available at AT&T since April 27th, and now those wanting to get on T-Mobile’s new “uncarrier” plans with the new device can do so right now through T-Mobiles online store. The GALAXY S 4 is available now on the carrier, leaving only Verizon as the only wireless carrier to not yet have the phone available.
T-Mobile is selling the phone for a down payment of $ 149, but you’ll eventually be paying full price for it, as you’ll be paying 24 payments of $ 20 per month. This is for the 16GB model in either black or white, and there’s no word on a 32GB model just yet, although it may just be a matter of time before we see it appear.
If you’re looking to get the new phone in-store, you’ll have to wait just a few more days, as T-Mobile won’t have the GALAXY S 4 in physical stores until May 1. Then again you probably won’t see your newly-ordered GALAXY S 4 unit arrive on your doorstep until that time, so either method won’t have you owning the device sooner.
The GALAXY S 4 is Samsung’s successor to the Galaxy S III, and it boasts a 5-inch 1080p display and rocks a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.9GHz in the US version. It also sports 2GB of RAM and has a 13MP camera. It’s arguably the company’s best phone yet, and you can learn more about it in our full review.
The legendary basketball coach John Wooden liked to say that “Success is never final, and failure is never fatal.” Those players left on the board for Day 3 of the NFL draft would do well to remember that. Just because your journey to the NFL takes you through the later rounds doesn’t mean that you can’t be a special player in the pros — and if you are, chances are pretty good that you’ll beat out someone who was selected with a higher pick than you were in the grand scheme of things. Draft boards move in strange ways.
Of last year’s All-Pro players in skill positions (non-special teamers), nine were either selected in the fourth round of their drafts or lower, or were undrafted entirely. So, you kids out there wondering what’s happening to your lives, go ask Alfred Morris, Vonta Leach, Jerome Felton, Jahri Evans, Cameron Wake, Geno Atkins, London Fletcher, Richard Sherman, and Dashon Goldson how it can be done even if the NFL seems to have overlooked you.
Based on our evaluations of their college careers, here’s our list of the best players still available for Day 3 of the NFL draft.
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama: Former rugby and basketball player from Australia who’s still developing as a football player, but brings incredible strength and leverage, and a dynamite playing personality, to the field. Workout warrior with evolving potential. Can play nose tackle straight over center or shaded to the side, but is quick enough to move around gaps. Could possibly make a Haloti Ngata-type impact in the right system.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse: As with all the quarterbacks left on the board, Nassib is a limited-ceiling player with some intriguing attributes. Effectively mobile, smart, tough player who can run an offense at the NFL level, but tends to play over his head at times. Inconsistent deep-ball thrower, but could develop into a spot starter in the NFL over time. He’s a bit like Mark Sanchez before the Jets ruined him.
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas: Kind of a John Abraham-type pass-rusher; may have dropped because he’s kind of a tweener. Underrated burst off the edge and can move inside to tackle on passing downs. Doesn’t have a bull-rush of note, and he may not be laterally agile enough to move outside as a 3-4 endbacker, but teams playing four-man fronts could do a lot worse. Frankly, I’m surprised to see Damontre Moore go ahead of Okafor.
Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: The best remaining running back, and potentially a lot more productive than a few of the five guys selected in Day 2. A fast player with outstanding escapability in tight spaces and some breakaway speed. At 5-foot-10 and 205 pounds, he’s more of a situational guy than an every-down player, but the NFL tends to see most backs that way at this point.
Matt Barkley, QB, USC: The low ceiling was always there, and not we know it for sure. Barkley understands the game, can read protections, and can run an NFL offense right away. He’s very effective in the short-to-intermediate game, but there are severe questions about his ability to make deeper plays into tight windows. May not fit the current league at all, as pro personnel guys tend to look more for height/weight/speed templates at the position, but could be an Alex Smith game-manager type. That’s just not the starting role it used to be.
Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech: Big (6-foot-3, 217), strong, fast guy who can upend coverage with his attributes. Physical player who does not fear traffic and could excel in some advanced slot packages. Washed out at Tennessee due to violations of team rules and will have to be watched off the field, which is why he’s still available.
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: Perhaps my favorite quarterback left on the board. Underrated team leader who took his offense through and past the Bobby Petrino debacle. Tough, resilient player with a plus arm and a lot of potential in a vertical offense. Has some mechanical issues, especially with his arm angle and overall delivery. Footwork is a concern, and he needs to eliminate a “kamikaze” element to his game that sees him make some really questionable throws.
Phillip Thomas, FS, Fresno State: Could really excel in a zone scheme that requiresits safeties to come down and hit in the box. Lacks top-end speed, but has displayed an impressive overall skill set. Doesn’t jump off the tape, but seems to be that kind of multi-year starter that would be a great third-day bargain.
Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers: Fits the NFL’s recent trends favoring quicker, lighter linebackers who can move in space and roll in coverage. Better open-field tackler than some linebackers already taken off the board, and has some potential as a blitzer. Has probably topped out physically at 6-foot-1 and 241-pounds, and the lack of height may have teams wondering.
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech: Reliable receiver with good route awareness, excellent feet, and an understanding of the little things. However, Patton is limited not only by his lack of breakaway speed downfield, but also his inability to get up to full acceleration off the line in a hurry. May struggle against better coverage athletes in the NFL, but looked great at the Senior Bowl and would look good as a component player on underneath stuff.
Barrett Jones, C, Alabama: Injuries dropped his stock, but Jones is a reliable, versatile player who could probably kick outside to guard in an emergency. Obviously understands how to run things in an advanced power offense. Limited physical upside, but works his butt off and gets the game.
We got a look at HP‘s then-unreleased Slate 7 tablet at Mobile World Congress earlier this year and liked what we saw. HP had said the device would be available for purchase in April, but then a bit of debacle started when its product page was updated to show a revised release date in June. That spurred rumors that the slate was delayed, but then the product page changed again, this time back to April, leaving many to wonder when we’d actually see the device on shelves.
HP didn’t say anything about the date change either way, and April has progressed without any changes – until today, that is. The tablet is now available as HP promised, coming in just a handful of days shy of May and in the timeline that HP both originally and revisionally supplied. Users can order it from HP’s website for $ 169.99.
The HP Slate 7, as its name suggests, features a 7-inch display with multitouch support and a resolution of 1024 x 600. Inside, users will find an ARM Cortext A9 dual-core 1.6GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, as well as 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for bumping that number upwards by another 32GB. Connectivity is standard 802.11b/g/n/ wifi and Bluetooth 2.1.
The onboard cameras leave a bit to be desired, with the front camera offering VGA resolution and the rear camera offering 3-megapixels. The battery has a 3500mAh capacity, and the entire device weighs in at just a touch over 13 ounces. The most notable feature on HP’s soft-backed tablet is the inclusion of Beats Audio, which HP says makes it one of the best sounding tablets around.
HP Slate 7 overcomes delay rumors, is available now is written by Brittany Hillen & originally posted on SlashGear.
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