Audi rumors of Alfa Romeo purchase appear

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Negotiations between Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne and Audi CEO Rupert Stadler are reportedly ongoing but both parties deny the rumors.

“We do not comment on speculative rumors,” Fiat spokesman Richard Gadeselli said.

“There is no substance in the news,” Audi spokesman Juergen De Graeve also said.

In recent years, rumors that Alfa Romeo is for sale have come and gone.

Sources say negotiations between Audi and Marchionne include the selling of the Alfa Romeo brand to Audi, as well as that of the Fiat factory in Pomigliano d’Arco, where it currently assembles the Fiat Panda.

Audi is already the owner of the Lamborghini brand, the Ducati motorcycle manufacturer and the design office Italdesign Giugiaro.

Despite constant denials from both parties, it remains to be seen whether Alfa Romeo will have a new owner soon.

Source: Wards Auto

iRadio rumors: Apple reportedly in negotiation over radio service

According to The Verge, who obtained additional information from sources working in the music industry, this new service called iRadio could hit the market this summer.

“Radio is coming. There’s no doubt about it anymore,” one of the insiders told the site.

With iRadio, users can listen to music and be redirected to the iTunes to possibly buy the title.

In early March, the New York Post reported that negotiations revolved around Apple’s payment demands.

Insiders said that Cupertino wants to pay record labels $0.06 for every 100 songs streamed via its radio service.

For a comparison, Pandora pays $0.12 per 100 songs, while Spotify pays approximately $0.35 per 100 songs.

Apple iOS gaming controller rumors quashed

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A recent report by Pocketgamer claimed that the Cupertino giant was working on a gamepad that was especially developed for iOS devices.

The gamepad was expected to be officially announced in April.

However, Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, reputed for his correct Apple predictions, has refuted the claims.

Dalrymple made no detailed statements but a simple “nope” can only say so much.

“Long rumoured – and hoped for – GDC 2013 has finally provided confirmation that Apple will release its own dedicated game controller.”

Nope.

Facebook phone ‘could accelerate your social life’

The author of the post, Josh Constine, believes that a Facebook homescreen could become your sixth sense for social life.

Basically, checking the latest notifications on Facebook only takes 15 seconds.

But a Facebook app placed on your homescreen would spare you of all that and getting connected to your closed ones would be a lot simpler.

“Making Facebook an indigenous resident of your phone’s homescreen could accelerate your social life,” Constine writes.

He also speculates that “Facebook Home-enabled” could soon be listed as a “pro” feature for a smartphone.

This week, Facebook invited the press to a April 4 event to see the company’s “new home on Android.”

Rumor has it that the company is working on its own smartphone designed in partnership with HTC.

Source: TechCrunch

PlayStation 4 controller details revealed by Sony

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Firstly, the DualShock 4 includes a touchpad that supports two simultaneous actions that can be used to help control a browser interface or use the cursor.

Internally there is a 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope.

The DualShock 4 connected to the console will be recharged even when the machine is off, which is not the case with the PS3.

In addition, the new PlayStation will carry a Blu-ray player that will provide a speed three times faster than the model featured on the PS3.

The LED bar can be used to increase the sense of immersion in the game.

Its settings in different colors are designed to match to the atmosphere of a game or an action.

It can change color in a fire, use of a firearm or when the player reaches a critical level of health.

Finally, Sony announced the presence of a “high capacity” hard disk in the console, without specifying the storage capacity.

The company previously revealed that the PlayStation 4 will be equipped with an x86 “Jaguar” AMD processor with eight CPU cores, an updated GPU with 18 “compute units” and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM.

Source: The Verge

iPhone 5S/iPhone 6 rumors this week: summer release date, low-cost model, specs, concept designs and others

Designer: Valentin Gallard

iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or low-cost iPhone, there was something for everyone this week.

Rumors of a summer launch for the iPhone 5S were reiterated by Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster.

Following the 5S, the analyst expects Cupertino to release a budget smartphone, with a $250 price tag, in September.

In terms of specs, Munster expects the device to feature a faster processor, an improved camera and “an outside chance” to have NFC capabilities.

Also in the summer launch category was a report by MacFan who claimed that the iPhone 5S release is set for July, with a presentation on June 20th.

The report also added that a preview of the low-cost iPhone will be presented by Apple and that this smartphone may debut in August.

TechCrunch contributed to the speculation by continuing the June launch rumors for the iPhone 5S.

An accessory manufacturer presented a line of accessories for charging the iPhone 5, and possibly iPhone 5S, including cases, chargers, and Qi-enabled wireless charging dongles.

A June 2013 launch of what is claimed to be the iPhone 5S is presented as certain in the catalogue.

As for the iPhone 6, the device continues to incite designers’ imagination.

An iPhone 6 concept design with cutout was created by Matt Hughson, featuring a aluminum case and a new cut away in the upper left corner that could be used for various accessories, as well as lock-ability.

The mockup is also presented with a wider display that offers larger screen space.

Designer: Matt Hughson

Another mockup of the iPhone 6 was built with sharp edges instead of the more rounded ones found on the current model.

Designer: Abel Verdezoto

The volume buttons are positioned on the left side, the Nano slot and 3.5mm jack on the right side and the speaker connector is placed at the bottom.

The display appears to be the rumored 4.8-inch screen that the iPhone 6 is expected to feature.

Jeremy Renner & Sonni Pacheco welcome daughter Ava Berlin

Sonni Pacheco/Facebook

But now it is officially, Renner became the father of a 7 lb. baby girl named Ava Berlin Renner.

The Bourne Legacy actor and his girlfriend Sonni Pacheco have confirmed the news to People.

“They are beyond thrilled,” Renner’s rep told People. “Mother and daughter are doing great.”

Congratulations are in order for Jeremy Renner and girlfriend Sonni Pacheco!

Top 5 iPhone 6 concept design

An interesting mockup of the iPhone 6 with sharp edges was created by designer Abel Verdezoto.

Designer Matt Hughson came with a concept design of the next-gen iPhone with a cutout in the upper left corner.

Graphic designer Valentin Gallard brought another interesting iPhone 6 concept inspired by the iMac, in a multicolored version.

The next concept was designed by Arthur Reis and “works like magic.” It features a new kind of Home button, with a Magic Trackpad included.

Designer Federico Ciccarese created a concept inspired from the iPod Nano and the Nokia Lumia.

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Facebook phone release date rumors fueled by April 4 special event

Facebook has invited the press on April 4 at its headquarters in Palo Alto, California, to see the company’s “new home on Android.”

According sources cited by 9to5Google, the social network is working on its own smartphone designed in partnership with HTC.

The site writes that Facebook will present its own tweaked version of the Android, which is similar to the way Amazon trimmed the operating system for its Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Despite repeated denials by Mark Zuckerberg that such a device isn’t in the works, the rumors are persistent and have continued to appear in recent months.

Source: 9to5Google

iPhone 5S release date rumors set for July, unveil on June 20th

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It seems that a Thursday was chosen as the official presentation date of the device.

Apple will provide a preview of the “low-cost” iPhone that is reportedly under development and may debut in August.

Along with these two devices there will also be an update for the iOS platform.

The operating system will benefit from a major change thanks to the design work done by Jony Ive and his team of engineers.

These are just rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt, until the official presentation more speculation is bound to surface.

Source: MacFan Via Electronista