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Google end the three-month Netflix promotion for Chromecast in the first 24 hours after 'overwhelming demand'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 6:29 am

Google unveiled Chromecast just over 24 hours ago, but within those first 24 hours they had "overwhelming demand" for their promotion that offered three months of Netflix subscription for free.

 

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This caused the company to pull the promotion, and rightly so - Chromecast is just $35, and with three months of Netflix coming in at $24, it's win-win for those who jumped in and scored the promotion. Google said in a statement to The LA Times: "Due to overwhelming demand for Chromecast devices since launch, the 3-month Netflix promotion (which was available in limited quantities) is no longer available".

 

Google did state that it was a "limited time offer", but most people consider a "limited time" more than 24 hours. But, the demand for Chromecast seems to be huge, and at just $35 it's an easy impulse buy for any consumer. The Mountain View-based company have updated the Google Play page for Chromecast to remove the Netflix promotional offer.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is coming to the Nintendo Wii U, hits the console on November 5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 5:32 am

Just when we thought Call of Duty: Ghosts wouldn't be coming to the Nintendo Wii U, we wake up to yet another day, and yet another surprise. Activision have come out to announce the news, where they say:

 

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Call of Duty: Ghosts - Featuring an all-new world, story, characters and experiences, all powered by a new engine, Call of Duty: Ghosts is a stunning leap forward for the blockbuster franchise. For the first time in Call of Duty, gamers play as the underdog, fighting as part of a single squad against an enemy that has superior numbers and firepower. Call of Duty: Ghosts' genre-defining multiplayer delivers gameplay innovations throughout, including dynamic map events, character customisation and other features yet-to-be-announced. The title includes Wii Remote and second-screen Wii U™ GamePad support and more. Call of Duty: Ghosts is scheduled for release on November 5, on Wii U and is not yet rated by the ESRB.

Apple have been buying quite a lot of their own stock in the last few months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 4:30 am

Apple have been buying quite a lot of AAPL shares lately, a little after they jumped the iShark late last year. Their original plan was to buy 10 million shares in their third fiscal quarter of 2013, but instead, they've scooped up over 36 million shares.

 

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Apple did this in two parts, using $4 billion in shares, and $12 billion through an accelerated share repurchase program. Apple purchased the shares at between $444 and $488 a piece. This is quite a lot of money, but the Cupertino-based company do have large cash reserves, but for that type of money they could've spent it better, acquiring companies that would see them grow and evolve.

 

Oh well.

Amazon now have over 97,000 employees, tripling in size in just three years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 3:31 am

I knew Amazon were big, but being based in Australia, I never see the true scope of them. Well, Amazon.com reported their quarterly earnings today, disclosing a $7 million loss for the company.

 

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But there was a bright side to this news: they employ over 97,000 people. This includes both full- and part-time employees as of June 30, and is a number that is three times larger than what the company reported in 2010 of just 28,300 employees. This number does not include temporary workers, or contractors.

 

Amazon's employee count does include workers at their fulfillment centers around the world, so it's not just Americans that we're talking about here. But it's a number that shows just how big Amazon have gotten in the last three years alone.

The FCC Shows us what is inside Google's Chromecast dongle

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 2:45 am

Ever since Google's Chromecast media streaming dongle was announced yesterday, I have been curious as to what hardware lies inside. I am after all, one of the type of people who enjoy taking things apart to see how it ticks. Thanks to the FCC and Anandtech I do not have to wait for my Chromecast to arrive. The FCC Chromecast documents have been released and they contain images of the naked Chromecast PCB.

 

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Powering the device is a Marvell DE3005 chip while AzurWare silicon handles the Wi-Fi duties. For those interested, you can view the full FCC documentation along with the photos and even the devices user manual by visiting Source #3 below. I placed an order for a Chromecast unit shortly after the announcement yesterday. No shipping info has been provided yet, but we are hoping to have our unity by Monday or Tuesday and will have a full review up shortly thereafter.

Samsung enjoys record profits in Q2 2013 thanks to their Galaxy S4 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 2:44 am

The Galaxy S4 has launched from Samsung, but just how much did it help them with their Q2 2013 earnings? Well, they made $8.5 billion in operating profits over revenues of an astonishing $51 billion. Both of these amounts are the highest Samsung have ever posted in a single quarter, but they still fell short of Wall Street's expectations.

 

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Samsung have said: "smartphone shipments and revenue increased from the March quarter" which is thanks to the launch of their flagship Galaxy S4 and that "quarterly revenue for the mobile sector climbed 9 percent compared with the prior". The South Korean giant has promised that smartphone sales would increase, stating they would "pick up in the third quarter and outperform global market forecasts".

 

Samsung did see a large increase in their profits on display panels, with a 46% increase in quarterly profits thanks to the high demand for large TVs. When talking tablets, Samsung said they expect the market to grow "in the mid-10 percent range with the introduction of new tablets".

WikiLeaks Party launches in Australia, gets slammed by a DDoS from an American 'hacktivist'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 2:09 am

Julian Assange has launched the WikiLeaks Party in Australia, all the way from his current 'home' in London's Ecuadorian embassy. The WikiLeaks Party have announced their candidates, shortly after their site went down due to a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack from an American "hacktivist".

 

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The candidates for the WikiLeaks Party for the upcoming federal election in Australia are standing for New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. In New South Wales, we have human rights lawyer, Kellie Tranter, and academic, journalist and former public servant with the Department of External Affairs and Department of Foreign Affairs, Dr Alison Brionowski.

 

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Journalist, Gerry Georgatos and economist and CEO of the Epilepsy Association for Western Australia, Suresh Rajan, are standing for Western Australia. Victoria will see Julian Assange himself standing, as well as author, ethicist and activist, Dr Leslie Cannold and RMIT lecturer, Dr Binoy Kampmark.

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Intel declares quarterly cash dividend of 22.5 cents per share

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 2:05 am

If you just happen to be sitting on top of a few million shares of stock from the chip making giant Intel, then you are in for a treat on September 1. Intel's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 22.5 cents per share of the company's common stock. Only stockholders on record by August 7, 2013, will be eligible for the dividend.

 

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The previous quarter has been fairly nice to tech shareholders with many of Silicon Valley's biggest residents declaring quarterly dividends. The list includes telecommunications giant AT&T declaring 49 cents per share of common stock, and Apple being the biggest by paying $3.05 per share of common stock. Unfortunately, I misplaced that extra million shares of Apple I had laying around, so I guess all of you wonderful readers out there will just have to put up with me for at least another quarter of the year.

Piriform adds Windows 8.1 support in CCleaner update

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 1:06 am

Today, Piriform released an update to everyone's favorite PC cleaning utility, CCleaner. The company says that they have been keeping up with the latest operating system and browser updates and have updated CCleaner to version 4.04 to meet all your system tuning needs. This update brings forth support for Windows 8.1 Preview as well as cleaning for Internet Explorer 11 and Opera 15. The company says that they have also improved the way the program cleans unwanted data from Chrome.

 

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The improvements for cleaning Chrome include the ability to remove Flash Cookies, Channel ID cookies, and the last download location. The company also added Comodo Ice Dragon cleaning and improved the detection and cleaning of portable browsers. The professional version added improved monitoring notifications and several bug fixes as well. Finally, cleaning has been added for Sony Vegas Pro 12.0, Bing Search, Bing Finance, Bing Maps, Bing News, Bing Sports, and Bing Travel. You can update CCleaner by simply loading it up on your machine or you can head over to Source #2 and download the latest version.

LeakedTT: Photo surfaces that could be of Nokia's 6-inch Lumia phablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 12:06 am

Ahh, the smell of freshly leaked products in the afternoon! Today an image of the display glass from a 6-inch device was posted on the Chinese social network Weibo. The glass is claimed to be a component of the upcoming 6-inch phablet that Nokia is rumored to be working on. Reports from the Financial Times suggest that this will be a Windows Phone Tablet that will rival Samsung's Galaxy Note.

 

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The Verge has posted their own report and has stated that the new 6-inch Nokia Lumia Phablet will launch by the end of this year and will feature a full HD 1080p screen, the first 1080p screen on a Windows Phone device. Of course, Microsoft has to release the pending GDR3 update before 1080p support is featured on Windows Phone 8. The GDR3 support will also usher in support for quad-core processors, which opens up a new world of possibilities when combined with 1080p displays.

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