Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for November 12, 2013:
- The Retina iPad Mini launched today in the the Apple online store in the same 41 countries that the iPad Air launched in. 16 and 32 GB WiFi models were shipping in 1-3 days while other models were taking 5-10 days. While online orders can be picked up in store, the Mini will not be available in retail stores for the time being. Read more at arstechnica.com.
- Google Glass might seem like a pricey piece of wearable technology for $1,500, but what if it was also your music device? The new york times reports Google will allow Glass to search for songs, scan through saved playlists and listen to music in high fidelity. This can all be done while a user is wearing the lens-less frames, which respond to vocal commands and have a small computer and transparent projection screen above the right eye. Google is also introducing a set of earbud headphones designed for Glass, which will be available by the end of the month for $85. Read more at thenextweb.com.
- Apple and Samsung are back in court to argue damages. Apple won a patent infringement case against Samsung to the tune of over a $1 billion. That amount was later reduced to $450.5 million after U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh found the jury to have miscalculated. In this latest case, the jury will do the math again to determine how much Samsung owes Apple for patent infringement. Read more at gigaom.com.
- The new iRobot Roomba 880 autonomous robot vacuum cleaner doesn’t have brushes, so no more dirty fingers cleaning out hair clumps. The company says it’s new system has 5 times the suckage of the last model, which is a good thing in vacuum land. It also has 60% more room for dirt so you won’t need to empty it as often. Wired reports the new model operates quieter and faster. The 880 is available now for $700. Read more at wired.com.
- Google has announced that its App Translation Service is now available to all developers, which was announced at Google’s I/O developer conference earlier this year and allows for developers to hire human translators across the world to transcribe their apps from English into the local tongue. As such, Google announced at I/O a suite of localization services and techniques to help developers be able to support international launches of their apps such as the ability to accept a variety of forms of payment and currency through Google Play and to test a localized app. Read more at readwrite.com.
- Facebook just joined the GSM Association. The GSM Association is the body that standardizes the GSM telephone system and is made up of mobile carriers and others. Facebook is the only social networking company that is a member of the GSMA. Facebook's VP of partnerships Dan Rose told FierceWireless that Facebook looks "forward to playing an active role as a member." Read more at cnet.com.
- Samsung says its first smartphone running the Tizen operating system is behind schedule and won’t be released until 2014. The Korea Herald reported the delay from a summit on Smart TVs. Samsung’s head of visual display was commenting that Tizen TV would not come until after the phone OS makes its debut in 2014. Samsung originally announced at Mobile World Congress in February that its first Tizen phone would come by the end of this year. Read more at digitaltrends.com.
- Bing came in like a wrecking ball! Music video support us the latest in a string of updates from Bing, which include adding image collections, highlighting trending social topics and retaining Twitter posts in search results. Whenever you query an artist's name or song in the video tab, Microsoft's search engine now shows a collection of clips from YouTube, Vimeo, MTV and other sources. The most popular music video appears at the very top of the page, along with its info and a list of songs by its artist. Read more at engadget.com.
- Earlier we reported Intel was rumored to be in talks to partner up with or even sell its Intel Media division to Verizon. Now Bloomberg reports Liberty Global, owners of Virgin Media, are interested in Intel Media. Intel has been developing an Internet TV box called the OnCue. Intel had originally planned to launch the set-top box this year but in September, delayed the launch until 2014. Read more at cnet.com.
- A new software update to Lytro's desktop and iOS app means any image shot with a Lytro camera can now be seen in 3D. Lytro also landed a new partner - its camera can now be found in Apple's online store. The Apple Online Store gets two exclusive new color variants of the cam - cobalt blue and a limited edition champagne. Read more at cnet.com.
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