Top tech stories of the day for Tuesday 12 November 2013

Retina iPad mini is now available in seven countries, prices start at $399

Retina iPad mini is now available, prices start at $399 – Sure the iPad Air is thin, light and has amazing battery life, but the arrival of its smaller cousin is about to make your choice more difficult.

Apple’s upgraded 8-inch slate, the Retina iPad mini, is now available in the US, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and China. According to an internal Apple document posted by MacRumors, while the first six locations are getting both WiFi and cellular models, mainland China will have to make do with the WiFi-only variant.
Retina iPad mini is now available, prices start at $399

 

Nokia and Samsung say they can’t track powered-down phones despite NSA claims – Earlier this year, The Washington Post claimed that the National Security Agency (NSA) had developed a method nine years ago to locate cellphones when they were powered-down. The publication didn’t provide technical details on the software or hardware involved, leaving security researchers puzzled by the revelations. Seeking clarification on the technologies invoked, British privacy watchdog Privacy International conducted a survey of eight cellphone manufacturers in August to obtain details on how it would be possible to track a cellphone once it’s turned off.

Nokia and Samsung say they can’t track powered-down phones despite NSA claims

 

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 Upp is a $199 hydrogen fuel cell for USB devices that lets you fill up instead of plugging in – Hydrogen fuel cells have been helping astronauts for nearly half a century already, so it’s about time they became small enough — and cheap enough — to be of use to everyone else. That’s exactly what Intelligent Energy claims to have achieved with its the latest fuel cell system, called the “Upp.” At 500 grams and with a retail price of $199, it’s not meant to compete with regular lithium ion battery packs – in fact, the Upp behaves very differently.

Upp is a $199 hydrogen fuel cell for USB devices that lets you fill up instead of plugging in

 

Some drones can kill you, this one could save your life – An Iranian research lab has created a drone to save people drowning at sea. Developed by Tehran-based RTS Lab, Pars is a multirotor drone that is designed to carry and drop floatation aids to people in trouble. First conceptualized only a year ago, Pars is now a functioning prototype that recently underwent testing in the Caspian Sea.

Located around 100 miles from Tehran, the Caspian has bore witness to a number of drownings over the years, including an unfortunate incident earlier this year that saw six students drown together. It’s hoped that Pars will significantly help lifeguards in scenarios where multiple people are in trouble at the same time, and can also make their lives easier when aiding a single swimmer.

Some drones can kill you, this one could save your life

 

Google Glass to add Play Music integration and $85 stereo headphones – Not content with being an ever-watchful eye on the world, Google Glass will also provide the soundtrack to your day. In a major expansion of the headset’s capabilities, Google will for the first time allow for stereo playback through Glass with the addition of a new accessory. According to a report from the New York Times, a set of earbuds will go on sale later this month for $85, plugging into the same USB port as the mono earbud Google revealed last month.

Google Glass to add Play Music integration and $85 stereo headphones

 

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Netflix and YouTube account for 50% of all video streaming activity – Despite the multitude of streaming video services now available, Netflix and YouTube continue to dominate, according to Sandvine’s latest Global Internet Phenomena Report.  The report shows that Netflix accounts for 31.62 percent of all streaming video activity during peak times in North America, while YouTube takes 18.69 percent of video activity — that’s nine percent higher than YouTube got in Sandvine’s previous report, which it attributes to more viewing on mobile devices.  When combined, that means about half the world is watching either a Netflix or YouTube video during peak usage times.

Netflix and YouTube account for 50% of all video streaming activity

 

Tweetbot 31 for iPhone brings back classic features, adds quick actions

Tweetbot 3.1 for iPhone brings back classic features, adds quick actions – When Tapbots released Tweetbot 3 for the iPhone last month, it took two steps forward and one step back – a slew of older features didn’t make the cut. The developer is quickly making amends with its 3.1 update, however. The refreshed Twitter app restores the option to set list as the active timeline, as well as OS-independent text size controls. There’s also something truly new – a quick action shortcut lets power users trigger definable tasks with a shorter-than-usual swipe.

Tweetbot 3.1 for iPhone brings back classic features, adds quick actions

 

The best Target Black Friday 2013 deals – Target is always a popular destination for Black Friday shoppers, and this year should be no different. In fact, the retailer is opening its doors earlier than ever before. Stores will begin letting in customers at 8PM Thanksgiving night and remain open until 11PM Friday. If you’re willing to cut your holiday dinner short, Target will be offering some decent deals in TVs, gaming, cameras, and smartphones. The company’s full Black Friday ad is now available, and we’ve picked out some of the better values at the link below.

The best Target Black Friday 2013 deals

Christening the Ford: inside the most advanced, most expensive warship ever built – This weekend, the United States Navy christened what many claim is its greatest engineering achievement: the USS Gerald Ford supercarrier, the first in a completely new line of warships called the Ford class.

The ship, seated in a huge dock on the James River near the southern district of Newport News, Virginia, is the most technologically advanced, the most expensive, and one of the largest warships ever built. That’s according to the Navy, but there’s not much reason to doubt the assertions. The ship is huge. Rising out of the ocean to the height of a large office complex and stretching out toward the horizon as far as a couple football fields, it’s able to house a town’s population of more than 4,500 people, and, when it’s finally commissioned for duty on the high seas in 2016, it will weigh an astonishing 90,000 tons.

Christening the Ford: inside the most advanced, most expensive warship ever built

 

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Google Chrome now lets you see which tab that unwanted music is coming from –  Sometimes you just want to look up a restaurant menu at work without your coworkers knowing you’re slacking off. (‘Sup, Marc?)

Thanks to a new Google Chrome feature, if you click on a site that auto-plays music or maybe a video ad, you can at least silence it quickly. If you download the Chrome 32 beta release, you’ll see indicators on tabs that are playing audio. Likewise, it also lets you know which tabs are using your webcam, or streaming to your TV over Chromecast. Additionally, the Safe Browsing features now automatically blocks malware files, instead of advising you to merely proceed with caution.

Google Chrome now lets you see which tab that unwanted music is coming from

 

 

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Author: Tom Peters

Journalist. Digital enthusiast. Asking questions about media business models and writing for DailyTechWhip.com

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