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Hands-on with Android 4.2′s Gesture Type keyboard [Video]

Yesterday, Google officially took the wraps off their latest firmware upgrade: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. While the name hasn’t changed, there are a couple of noteworthy additions making their way into the software, one of which was a new virtual keyboard Google is calling Gesture Type. Similar to Swype(and soon, SwiftKey), Google’s new keyboard gives users the option of making swiping gestures when inputting words instead of the traditional tap-to-type method. Definitely not for everyone, a key benefit to swiping is easier single-handed use, which, if you’re anything like me, your other hand always seems to find itself preoccupied with other things.

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Apple’s new Fusion Drive debuts in latest iMacs, Mac minis

Apple’s new iMac and Mac mini desktops feature a new Fusion Drive that offers nearly the same performance as a flash-only drive, but features considerably more storage.

The hybrid technology drive has 128 gigabytes of Flash storage coupled with a 1-terabyte or 3-terabyte hard drive. These are fused into a single volume to allow faster reads and writes, and work automatically with Mountain Lion.

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The Chief System Architect for Samsung is headed to Apple

It is not unusual for tech companies to shuffle talent amongst each other. Though, this move is plenty visible given that the two companies are at each other’s throats.

The Chief System Architect for Samsung is headed to Apple

Despite the litigation, the need for high-end talent is on-going, and probably why Apple reached out to Jim Mergard, a veteran of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) before he assumed the role of Chief System Architect for Samsung where he has been for little over a year. Samsung has been positioning itself to be more competitive in the system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor segment.

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