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  • Two mystery Motorola phones hit the FCC, likely headed for Verizon

    Two Motorola phones hit the FCC, likely headed for Verizon

    While we’re waiting (and rather impatiently, we might add) for Motorola to officially take the wraps off the Droid Ultra and Moto X, a pair of mystery devices from the company have popped up at the FCC. We can’t say for sure what the Motorola XT1030 and XT1080 are, but we can tell you these unannounced devices are likely headed for Verizon here in the US. Inside both handsets you’ll find support for LTE bands 4 and 13, along with EVDO Rev. A and WCDMA on 850/900/1900/2100. There’s even room for NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac radios as well.

    The combination of practically every available wireless technology in a single handset has us pretty excited, but we’re also pretty confident that inside beats a beefy Qualcomm heart. The filings reveal little else, besides the fact that the XT1080 appears to be quite a bit larger than the XT1030. Is the the 1030 the briefly leaked Droid Ultra? Could the XT1080 be Big Red’s variant of the Moto X? Who knows? Heck, the RAZR family is just about due for an update too. You know the drill: hit up the source if you like highly technical filings, or just sit and play the waiting game.

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    Source: Motorola XT1080, Motorola XT1030

  • Microsoft details Xbox One's Reputation system, keeps gentle gamers together

    Microsoft details Xbox One's reputation system, hopes to keep griefers at bay

    Good-natured Xbox Live gamers sometimes face a tough choice: they either have to isolate themselves in parties or risk playing against griefers and other ne’er-do-wells. Microsoft could avoid that horrible scenario in the Xbox One era with its recently unveiled Reputation system, which the company just explained in detail to OXM. We already know that the system will punish frequently reported players, but it should also reward contributors. Xbox Live Rewards participants may get a higher Reputation score, for example. The system also pressures troublemakers by ranking parties based on the lowest common denominator — one misfit can spoil the whole bunch. We’ll have to wait until November to verify Microsoft’s promises, but we’re expecting more harassment-free public matches in our future.

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    Via: Joystiq

    Source: Official Xbox Magazine

  • Yahoo acquires Xobni, aims for smarter contacts in its services (updated)

    Yahoo acquires Xobni, aims for smarter contacts in its services

    Yahoo must be starting the summer with an acquisition spree: it bought Qwiki yesterday, and it’s buying Xobni today in a deal that AllThingsD estimates is worth $30 million to $40 million. The acquisition gives Yahoo a developer with experience in creating automatic, connected address books — a perfect fit for a web giant that has been revamping its email and social services. Neither of the new partners is talking about what they’ll create together, although Xobni is no longer accepting new customers for its paid services and has pulled downloads for both Smartr Contacts on Android and Xobni for BlackBerry. It’s a gentler transition than we’ve seen with other takeovers, although we wouldn’t get too comfy when most of Xobni’s services go dark after July 2nd of next year.

    Update: Our colleagues at TechCrunch hear that the acquisition price may be over $60 million.

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    Source: Xobni (1), (2)

  • Boston University sues Apple over chip technology patent

    Boston University sues Apple over chip manufacturing patent

    We usually associate Boston University with brain studies and bat-chasing UAVs; we’ll have to add technology patent lawsuits to the list. Following similar claims versus the likes of Amazon and Samsung, the university has sued Apple for allegedly infringing on a 1997 patent for making gallium nitride thin films used in semiconductors. The university wants both financial compensation (likely the real objective) and a ban on US sales of the purportedly offending iPad, iPhone 5 and MacBook Air. Neither side is commenting on the case, although we suspect that it will end with a whimper, not a bang. Like many big tech firms, Apple tends to fight patent lawsuits when it expects to win, and settle out of court when it doesn’t. We’d add that the patent expires in 2015 — a Boston University victory would have relatively little effect on Apple’s future.

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    Via: AppleInsider

    Source: Boston Herald

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