AT&T have announced both the pricing and availability of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 from Samsung, where they're offering a nice incentive to people who want to purchase the device. Starting on June 21, if you purchase the 8-inch slate it will set you back $399 on a two-year contract.
This isn't the only purchasing option the US carrier have on offer, though, so if you purchase a Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active or Galaxy Note II at the same time as the Galaxy Note 8.0, AT&T will drop the price from $399 to just $199 - shaving it in half. This isn't too bad at all, if you were after a tablet $199 isn't too much money to plonk down on an 8-inch slate. The Note 8.0 features a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8-inch 1280x800 display and a decent 4600mAh battery.
Music streaming and subscription service Spotify have just added something that should appeal to a huge fan base, the complete works of Pink Floyd. Spotify is the first service to have all of Pink Floyd's works, which is a great position to be in.
Google Play Music All Access have some of the band's works, but not the complete set. The 'unlocking' of the content came after Spotify asked their listeners to stream classis track "Wish You Were Here" to show their interest in Pink Floyd, where they racked up a huge one million listens just this weekend alone. All of Pink Floyd's music comes for free using the desktop Spotify app, or the web app if that's how you roll.
Premium customers can download every single track, and have it all ready to go on their smart devices, which is just another way of enjoying Spotify's goodness.
Microsoft has taken to the web to defend its $499 price point for the upcoming Xbox One. Many have faulted Microsoft's price point as it is $100 more than the PlayStation 4, which is believed to have more powerful hardware and fewer drawbacks such as always-on DRM requirements.
We're over-delivering value against other choices I think consumers can get. Any modern product these days, you look at it: $499 isn't a ridiculous price point. We're delivering thousands of dollars of value to people, so, I think they're going to love [the console] when they use it.
I'm not fully versed in the economics of the console market, but it's possible that an extra $100 might not be enough to turn away customers. Also an important factor in console choice is what games each console has as exclusives. Microsoft has an uphill battle ahead of them.
Samsung is reportedly working on an anti-theft "kill switch" that could disable a stolen device. This is on the heels of Samsung and other companies meeting with New York Attorney General Erich Schneiderman to discuss the growing problem mobile device theft in the United States.
The kill switch could be coming as soon as July, according to one report, which is much sooner than you would expect. Considering Samsung's dominance in the marketplace, an anti-theft move like this could help move the market in a new direction.
A kill switch would theoretically allow the manufacturer, carrier, or, potentially, the government to remotely wipe or brick a device. Public details of the plan have not been released, though we will provide them as soon as something is released by the company.
Pictures purportedly of the upcoming iPhone's display assembly have leaked out online. The images are reportedly from a supplier. The images are fairly low resolution, so it's hard to see if there have been any changes to the technology.
The pictures do appear to be legitimate and match up nicely with a leaked logic board that was shown earlier today. Specifically, looking at the flex cables that connect the displays to the logic board, the iPhone 5 features two horizontal connectors on the logic board. The leaked 5S board and display feature a vertical connector.
We still expect to see the new iPhone debut sometime in September. We also expect leaks to speed up in the coming months.
It looks like we could soon be seeing a quad-core Lumia from Nokia, if a leaked benchmark is to be believed. According to a GFXBench result for an unnamed Nokia Windows Phone device, Nokia could finally be putting a quad-core into a Lumia. This would be the first Nokia device to feature a quad-core processor.
It's possible that this benchmark result could be for Nokia's upcoming EOS smartphone. Nokia also has an event scheduled for July 11, during which the EOS is widely expected to debut. But it's always possible that another device could make a showing instead or alongside the EOS.
Details for this unnamed device are scarce, but the benchmark suggests that it will feature a 720x1280 resolution display and an Adreno 305 GPU. the 305 is the same GPU currently used by the Lumia 620, making it a bit of an oddity for a quad-core device. We'll hopefully know all the details soon, but you'll just have to wait until then.
Microsoft has confirmed that games for the upcoming Xbox One will continue to cost the usual $60 that everyone has become accustomed to. This is the same price that Sony plans to offer games at. Of course, this price is only confirmed for first-party games developed by Microsoft Studios.
I can confirm that Microsoft Studios games on Xbox One will be $59.99 (MSRP)
Sony America CEO Jack Tretton: "We're going to welcome free-to-play models, games from $.99 up to those $60 games."
It would be hard for third-party companies to price their games higher, though it certainly is possible. Microsoft is in need of some good press with many seeing the Windows giant as having lost the console wars. Microsoft will continue needing good press in the lead up to the Xbox One launch later this year.
Intel seems to be quite proud of the fact they now power the top supercomputer in the world. Today, the Top500 list of supercomputers was updated and a new first-place system was crowned. The Milky Way 2 is a supercomputer located in China and powered by Intel. It booted out a former US-based system powered by AMD.
Milky Way 2 is capable of 54.9 PFlops, or 54.9 quadrillion floating point operations per second. This is more than twice the performance that the former leader was capable of. Even more interesting, this is the first Intel-powered system to take the crown since 1997, or a span of more than 15 years.
Milky Way 2 is powered by 32,000 Intel Xeon processors and 48,000 Intel Xeon Phi processors. It has over 3 million processing cores across its nodes. You can read more about the system at Intel's blog post, linked at Source #1 below.
Netflix, the streaming heavyweight, has scored a massive deal with DreamWorks to bring no less than 300 hours of original content to its customers. This content could end up being new series featuring some of DreamWorks' most cherished characters. Details for the deal are a bit scarce at the moment, but Wall Street doesn't seem to care.
Original content could prove extremely costly. In the face of this fact, Netflix shares have risen around 8 percent today on the news of the deal. This deal should boost Netflix even further ahead of its competition. Its competitors can either start spending money on original content or focus on getting older content for cheap.
Being a Sprint user who got to enjoy LTE while in Los Angeles for E3, I can't wait for the company to flip the switch on LTE in my home town. The additional 22 markets Sprint just enabled include: Napa, CA; Palatka, Sebring, Tampa, and Miami, FL; Dalton, GA; Warsaw, ID; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA; St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Lansing, and East Lansing, MI; St. Cloud, MN; Raleigh, Dunn, and Henderson, NC; Clarksville and Kingsport, TN; Corsica, TX; Longview and Centralia, WA; and Fond du Lac, WI.
This brings Sprint's total 4G LTE market count up to 110, bringing the telecom company closer to its goal of covering 200 million people by the end of 2013. In comparison, AT&T has 263 LTE markets and Verizon has 497. Sprint also announced that they will be bringing LTE to: Grand Rapids, Allegan, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Flint, and Mount Pleasant, MI; Corpus Christi, Eagle Pass, and Laredo, TX; Oak Harbor and Aberdeen, WA; and Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, Watertown and Fort Atkinson, WI.
Good Guy Google is taking a step to end easy access to child pornography on the web as political pressure increases. Google has announced that its engineers are working on an industry-wide database to store information about images that have been flagged as child pornography. This database would include metadata about the image and a hashed signature of the image, allowing the file to be easily identified by others and removed.
The hashing idea allows duplicate images to be easily identified across multiple websites without a human having to identify the image as child pornography. There could be a few issues with the system, however, as one could easily manipulate a pixel or two to change the signature of the image. Google has probably thought of this and maybe even come up with a solution, but we don't know for sure.
Google has also announced a $2 million fund for independent software developers who work on solutions to end the circulation of child pornography.
HTC has once again confirmed that the HTC One will be getting Android 4.2. This latest confirmation comes amidst rumors that HTC would not be updating the One to the latest Android build. One mobile operator tweeted a response to a user's question, saying that the latest firmware had been pulled without an updated schedule being provided.
Engadget reached out to HTC, who confirmed that Android 4.2 is still planned for the HTC One. HTC noted that users may have to wait a bit longer than previously expected for the upgrade, but no official roll-out date was provided by the company. We'll let you know when HTC launches Android 4.2 for the HTC One.
Google is looking to get Chromebooks into the hands of more consumers. As part of this push, Google is expanding the availability of Chromebooks by partnering with more retail outlets. This means Chromebooks will be available in 3 times more retailers, bringing the total up to over 6,600 stores with Chromebooks.
In the United States, Walmart and Staples will be joining the Chromebook retail chain. Walmart will begin selling the Acer Chromebook with a 16GB SSD for just $199 in around 2,800 stores nationwide. Staples will be selling Chromebooks from HP, Acer, and Samsung nationwide across all of its 1,500+ stores.
Around the globe, Google is continuing to increase availability with new partners and retail locations so you can try before you buy. It looks as though Chromebooks are here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Microsoft users have long enjoyed the privilege of linked accounts in both Hotmail and Outlook.com services, but that is all about to change. Microsoft says that sometime in the next few months it will be removing the linked account feature from Outlook.com and will be replacing things with user aliases.
Microsoft ultimately blames poor security for the changes noting that users usually keep their main account up to date with password changes, but rarely modify linked account passwords. The new user aliases will essentially be new email addresses that are managed under a single user account. Additionally you will be able to forward all email from secondary accounts to the main account and have the ability to reply from any of the secondary accounts from within the main account.
We've found that quite often, people who use linked accounts keep their primary account's security info (including password and proofs) up to date, but don't lavish as much care on their secondary accounts. It's easier for a malicious party to compromise one of those secondary accounts, which gives them full access to your primary account. Note that if we detect suspicious activity in your account, we automatically unlink accounts to try to help prevent this abuse, but we think we need to go further.
In just a few weeks Google will shut down its Reader service for good, despite the massive outcry to keep it alive. Website Digg has been working on a replacement since the announcement was made that reader was going away. This morning it appears that the Digg Reader may just be ready to roll out a few days before the closure, giving everyone ample time to transition over.
Digg's reader uses the same API as Google Reader, so it should be very similar in function to what we are used to. Unlike Google Reader, the service most likely will not stay free, though. Digg says that "free internet services do not stick around very long" and that they "would like their users to become their customers." Pricing plans and other relevant information has not been released yet.
For now the service will be free and will enter public beta starting June 26th with "Friends and Family Beta" beginning this Wednesday with limited access.
Samsung's Galaxy S4 is redefining diversity in the mobile phone market. The company has already released several iterations of its flagship phone including what is basically a point and shoot camera glued onto the back. This morning we are catching word of yet another variant that will propel the S4 into another level of speed.
Samsung's co-CEO JK Shin confirmed this morning that the company is working on a modified version of the Galaxy S4 that will support 4G LTE Advanced. This next generation radio will boost the S4's speeds significantly, up to as much as 3Gbps down and 1.5Gbs up in theory. Real-world speeds will be somewhere in the 300Mbs down and 150mbs up due to software constraints.
"We'll be the first with the commercial launch of the advanced 4G version of the smartphone," Shin told Reuters, adding that he expects the device to be a crucial part of its product portfolio. "The new LTE-Advanced (4G) phone will be another addition to our high-end segment offerings that ensure healthy profit margins."
G.Skill became the big winner during the 2013 Computex show held in Taipei Taiwan with a massive six world records being shattered during a live overclocking event held by the company. Each rig that broke the record was using G.Skill extreme performance DDR3 memory modules and was overclocked by the best professional overclockers in the world.
In all six world records were broken including: Memory Frequency, PI Fast, Super Pi 32M, 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark 05. Other participating hardware was provided by ASUS, Intel, GIGABYTE and EVGA.
A lot of speculation has been circling in the rumor mill about Facebook's mysterious press event being held later this week onJune 20th. Today TechCrunch may have just cracked the code that will let the genie out of the bottle. Apparently an unknown source has confirmed that Facebook will be launching video capabilities for it's popular Instagram service.
Facebook adding videos to Instgram makes a lot of sense as its biggest competitor, Vine, is based around sharing short video clips. Analyst expect a similar model to Vine in which Instagram videos would be between 5 and 10 seconds each to make sharing quick, simple, and as low bandwidth hungry as possible.
Of course the added video feature would attract even more users which would further bolster Facebook's plans to monetize the service with ads. Being able to inject a 5 second video before a users video is played would bring in more cash than a simple banner ad placed over a photo. While details on the press event later this week are still unknown, we will be sure to bring you all the latest news as it is released.
The mid-range NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 just may be the most anticipated GPU of the summer as the "60" series cards are usually powerful enough to run all of the year's new games with very respectable settings while remaining budget friendly. As such, gamers all over the world have been diligently awaiting the release of the card. This morning, we are learning what kind of punch the GTX 760 will pack.
According to a leaked screenshot from GPU-Z, the new GTX 760 will be a true successor rather than a rebadged GPU from the previous generation. The 760 will feature a GK104 GPU with only three of its graphics clusters enabled, while leaving the memory and raster operations untouched. This gives the GTX 760 1,154 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit GDDR5 RAM bank clocked to a massive 7 GHz. Core clock is set at 1072 MHz with a GPU Boost of 1111 MHz available.
This morning, Apple has released its first official statement on customer privacy in the wake of the PRISM scandal in Washington. Apple was one of the companies named as a willing participant in the NSA's spying program and was one of the first to deny its participation entirely. The statement released by Apple this morning clarifies how and when the Cupertino giant hands over customer information to the US Government.
To get started, Apple released some vague figures on the number of data requests received from US law officials during a 17-month period that ended on May 31, 2013. The company says that during that time frame it received between 4000 and 5000 request for customer data, most of which involved investigating robberies and "other crimes", aiding in the search for missing children or alzheimer's patients, or suicide prevention measures.