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Fake Peoria mayor Twitter account prompts house raid – Fox News

Police trying to find out who was behind a fake Twitter account set up in the name of Peoria’s mayor have raided a home and seized computers. Three people at the home were taken for questioning, as were two others who were met by police at their workplaces. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that the raid was carried out Tuesday by seven plainclothes officers. No arrests were made in connection with the Twitter account, but one of the residents was charged with possession of marijuana. “They brought me in like I was a criminal.” – Michelle Pratt, “They just asked me about the Twitter account, if I knew anything about it,” Michelle Pratt, 27, a resident who was Read More

Next-Generation Hearing Aids Tune In to the iPhone – Re/code

Whenever Dusty Dorey would join his friends at the Contented Cow to listen to live music, he would need to pause for a moment to adjust his hearing aids to compensate for the noise levels inside the pub. Now, the 29-year-old said he walks into the suburban Minneapolis establishment like any other patron. The hearing aids automatically mute the din because he has created a setting specifically for his favorite weekend haunt. It’s one of the features of a new generation of digital hearing aids from Starkey and GN ReSound designed to connect directly with Apple’s iPhones. These sophisticated devices seek to address some of the drawbacks associated with earlier generations of hearing aids. Though hearing loss can occur at Read More

Why Apple’s iPad is in big trouble – USA TODAY

Senior Abby Lemon uses an iPad mini to look up unusual laws in France during Jenna Engelhardt’s French III class at Madison-Grant High School near Marion, Ind., on Friday, March 7, 2014.(Photo: JEFF MOREHEAD AP) Less than two years ago, Apple’s (ticker: AAPL) iPad absolutely dominated the tablet space. As of mid-2012, Apple still claimed nearly 70% of the tablet market, while Android tablet manufacturers were struggling to make any headway. Furthermore, the iPad Mini’s fall 2012 arrival was an open secret by then. As a result, tablet market analysts expected Apple to further solidify its dominance of the tablet market over time. However, the opposite has occurred. Not only has Apple’s market share lead crumbled, but iPad sales growth Read More

Apple driving move to 64-bit mobile processors, TSMC says – CNET

Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor: TSMC’s co-CEO said that Apple is driving the industry to 64-bit. Apple Apple has moved the mobile device industry to 64-bit, an executive from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said at an earnings conference. “If you observe the mobile device industry, in the past six months we do see the…conversion to 64-bit [in processors] after the Apple [64-bit A7 processor] announcement,” Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC, said at a conference on Thursday after TSMC announced its first-quarter results. Apple announced the 64-bit A7 processor in September of last year. The announcement surprised Qualcomm, galvanizing it to announce a slew of 64-bit processors in the following months. MediaTek — another large mobile processor supplier — has chimed in Read More

Is THIS the Loch Ness Monster? Apple’s Maps satellite image may have found … – Daily Mail

Satellite in the atmosphere was accessed using Apple’s satellite map app Shows a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch Location just south of Dores – only be viewed on some iPads and iPhones Creature in the water is about 50ft in length – half the size of a blue whale By Jill Reilly Published: 05:54 EST, 18 April 2014 | Updated: 14:10 EST, 18 April 2014 Looking for the Loch Ness Monster? There’s an app for that. Amazing images of a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch have been accessed from a satellite high in the atmosphere, using Apple’s satellite map app. The photographs were captured by two different amateur Nessie hunters Read More

Samsung expert compares Apple’s patented phone features to car cup holders – CNET

Apple and Samsung are back in court. Josh Miller/CNET SAN JOSE, Calif. — An Apple study to determine whether people would buy phones to get certain Apple patented features is similar to asking people to choose a car based on its cup holders, an expert hired by Samsung testified Friday. David Reibstein, chaired professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, on Friday refuted Apple expert John Hauser’s testimony from earlier this month. Hauser, the Kirin professor of marketing at the MIT Sloan School of Management, conducted a conjoint study that determined Apple’s patented features made Samsung’s devices more appealing. However, Reibstein said Hauser’s study was flawed because it didn’t take into account major factors such Read More

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: A skinny Android slate that’s light, powerful … – The Next Web

When Sony unveiled the Xperia Tablet Z, it offered a glimpse of the future for full-size Android tablets. Sleek, light and waterproof, the 10.1-inch slate was a true iPad competitor. Twelve months later, the company is back with its replacement. Although the Xperia Z2 Tablet looks almost identical to its predecessor from afar, it’s even lighter, thinner still and packed with updated components. By embracing the annual upgrade cycle widely adopted in the smartphone market, Sony wants to stay ahead of the curve. It faces stiff competition from Samsung’s new Galaxy NotePRO tablets, Apple’s numerous iPad models and other tablets due later this year. A tall order, although Sony proved with the Xperia Tablet Z that it can deliver a Read More

Shape-Shifting Touch Screen Buttons Head to Market – MIT Technology Review

Finger guides: This prototype case for the iPad Mini features morphing, fluid-filled raised areas to make touch-typing easier. As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard. Now technology is heading to mass production that can offer the best of both worlds: a featureless surface for watching video and buttons that rise out of it when you need to type. That technology was developed by startup Tactus Technology, which uses tiny fluid-filled channels and elastic blisters to make buttons rise up from a device’s screen and then disappear without trace when they’re no longer needed (see “Demo: A Shape-Shifting Smartphone Touch Screen”). Electronics Read More

Accessory Brings Morphing Touch Screen Buttons to iPad Mini – MIT Technology Review

Finger guides: This prototype case for the iPad Mini features morphing, fluid-filled raised areas to make touch-typing easier. As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard. Now technology is heading to mass production that can offer the best of both worlds: a featureless surface for watching video and buttons that rise out of it when you need to type. That technology was developed by startup Tactus Technology, which uses tiny fluid-filled channels and elastic blisters to make buttons rise up from a device’s screen and then disappear without trace when they’re no longer needed (see “Demo: A Shape-Shifting Smartphone Touch Screen”). Electronics Read More

Four apps that can transform any Android device into a Galaxy S5 – CNET

Josh Miller/CNET There has been a lot of talk about Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S5 is filled with new and exciting features, which have helped make it one of the hottest products available today. Whether you’re not eligible for an upgrade or simply aren’t interested in the Galaxy S5, there is still a way to get some of Samsung’s coolest features on your current Android device. Heart rate sensor The heart rate sensor located on the back of the Galaxy S5 is one of the devices most noticeable features. Opening the S Health app and placing your finger on the sensor will give you a fairly accurate reading of your beats per minute. Josh Miller/CNET A free app Read More