5 things you need to know today - January 1, 2013

News 15:56, Jan 01 2013

Happy New Year! Here are 5 stories in tech that you should know

Happy New Year! Let's get it kicked off with a dose of some tech news you should be aware of.

1. Samsung Galaxy S3 extended battery (official) is coming Jan. 5

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is undoubtedly the most popular and probably the best Android handset from 2012. Unfortunately, it's not without its faults, and perhaps its biggest is battery life. Word from our friends at Android Central is that a 3,000 mAh Galaxy S3 battery is coming from Samsung and will be available Jan. 5.

2. Do Not Disturb feature on iOS 6 fails as 2013 rolls on

If your iPhone has been surprisingly quiet today, it's probably because your Do Not Disturb feature didn't disable itself as the clock struck 12:00 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2013. Rene Ritchie at iMore says, "Manually flipping Do Not Disturb from off to on again seems to fix the problem for some people, rebooting for others [...]" Try both and let us know how you get on.

3. New Sony Xperia smartphones unveiled

Sony lifted the curtains off of two new Xperia handsets, the Sony Xperia Z "Yuga" and ZL "Odin." Hopefully these aren't the final names because they're atrocious, but Engadget seems to think we'll find out soon enough at CES.

4. Instagram shows off NYE parties you missed out on

If you want to see what the rest of the world did for New Year's Eve while you were snacking on brownies in front of your computer watching Netflix, Instagram created a page where you can browse over what you missed out on.

5. Rafael Nadal launching tennis instruction app

One of the greatest tennis players ever announced that he is launching a new tennis instruction app. It offers in-depth video instruction and you can also record your strokes and compare it to the way a professional moves on the court. We're sure that with this app you'll be in the running for Wimbledon this year, at the very least.


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