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LG debunks rumors that it is working on Google's Nexus 5, says it does not need Google to be successful

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2013 6:00 pm

A spokesperson for LG has confirmed that the company is not working on the next-generation Nexus phone from Google. The spokesperson did, however, say that LG "would not turn down the opportunity." This statement is in direct contradiction to a quote recently made by the company's EU Vice President.




For the past few weeks, rumors have been floating around that LG has been working on the next Nexus for Google, but in an interview, LG's European VP Won Kim strongly suggested that could not be farther from the truth.


During the same discussion, Kim said that LG "does not need such a marketing success again" and when asked about a "Google Edition Smartphone" such as Samsung's Galaxy S4 Google Edition, Kim said that doing so "has no added value for us without our own skins."

LeakedTT: Next-generation Nexus 7 spotted in Bluetooth SIG filing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2013 5:35 pm

A May 27th filing at Bluetooth SIG has pulled back the wool a little further on the upcoming Nexus 7 refresh. The ASUS built "7" has been given the model number ME370T and should feature a new high resolution screen.




The refreshed Nexus 7 is said to be getting a Full HD 1920x180 7-inch LTPS display and will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core chipset. While the new display will be a nice feature, the device is listed as running the JWR11 firmware, which is highly speculated to be Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.




Reports say that tablet suppliers are hinting at a July release, but no pricing information or further specifications on features like cameras, internal storage, storage slots, battery ratings or accessories have been leaked thus far. The new display would make it the first 7-inch class tablet to feature a true full HD display.

NBC and Warner Bros flex bully muscles, and tell Google to de-list Mega from its search results

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: May 28, 2013 4:40 pm

Both NBC Universal and Warner Bros have filed an official request asking Google to de-list from its search results, even though Mega's homepage does not list any links or mention any of its content.




This unwarranted action comes hot on the heels of two DMCA request filed by the Hollywood giants that cite copyright infringement on the films Mama and Gangster Squad. While I understand the takedown request for the files, I do not understand the de-list request at all. Mega encrypts every file on its website and has no way of knowing what file is legal and what file is illegal. In my opinion, the request to de-list is just a bully tactic to try and intimidate the site's founder, Kim Dotcom.


"This is in line with the unreasonable content industry behavior we have experienced for years," said Dotcom. "The constant abuse of takedown rules and the ignorance of DMCA obligations by the content industry are based on the confidence that the current U.S. administration is protecting this kind of behavior. The political contract prosecution of Megaupload is the best example."

Mad Catz announces development of new gaming product line for Xbox One

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 28, 2013 3:45 pm

Mad Catz has officially announced that it has started working with Microsoft on developing its new line of accessories for the Xbox One gaming console. The company has not released any information at this point but did tell TweakTown that they will be showing off their "vision of next-gen gaming" at E3.




Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. said:


"We are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming launch of the Xbox One and excited about the opportunity to develop a range of innovative products to support the platform. The launch of the Xbox One adds a new revenue stream and the enhanced performance of the Xbox One opens up additional scope for innovation. Today's announcement demonstrates our continued support of Microsoft's console and entertainment business and is part of our long-term strategy to bring innovative products to passionate gamers."

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Foxconn and Mozilla teaming up to announce new product on June 3rd

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 28, 2013 3:03 pm

Earlier this morning our own Anthony Garreffa posted a story about Foxconn gearing up to move out of the contract manufacturing business and striking out on its own. On June 3rd, we may just see this new era for Foxconn come to life at an announcement event to be held in conjunction with Mozilla.




Both Mozilla and Foxconn have officially announced that they will be pairing up on June 3rd to announce a new device featuring Firefox OS. While it is still unknown what the new device could be, website Focus Taiwan, says that an insider has told them that the new device will be a tablet that will target the budget Apple and Android tablet markets.


There are already Firefox OS smartphones roaming the wild - Huawei and LG are both rumored to be building Firefox OS handsets as well. It just makes sense for a tablet running Mozilla's open source OS to appear at some point and who better to build it than Foxconn who has years of experience building tablets for Apple.

Microsoft and BT could shake hands in partnership for Xbox One content

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 28, 2013 2:32 pm

Microsoft was very thorough in showing off the deep integration with ESPN and other sports related content during its Xbox One launch event last week. In fact, the sports stuff took up at least one third of the entire event, rightfully so too as games like FIFA, Madden and NBA games make up a major segment of the Xbox's customer base.




This morning a spokesperson for BT, the UK license holder of ESPN's content, told TechRadar that the company "will be talking with Microsoft about Xbox One" content. This should seal the deal for the live streaming of both US and UK sports content to UK Xbox One units.


While the deal is not set in stone yet, the fact that the two companies are talking about a partnership means that things are moving in the right direction for our friends across the pond. Other contenders for the Xbox One's UK Sports content is Sky, but no official word has been released about any form of talks between the two companies.

Western Digital unveils WD Se line of enterprise-grade hard drives

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: May 28, 2013 2:10 pm

Early Tuesday morning Western Digital announced a new line of hard drives that is specifically designed for scale-out datacenter deployments. Western Digital says that the WD Se line is the first hard drives to be specifically designed for this specific market.




The new drives are built on an enterprise-grade platform designed for reliable 24x7x365 datacenter operation. The drives were tested to five million hours of functional and thermal testing and over 20 million hours of additional testing while being under an actual workload in server and storage systems environments.


Western Digital had the following to say about the new WD Se line:


"Today's cloud datacenter installations require a cost-effective way to build large-scale storage systems, while maintaining the 24x7 reliability necessary to minimize total cost of ownership. "WD's utilization of vast amounts of manufacturing and engineering data has forced us like many other companies to use mapreduce methodologies to effectively analyze our data. The WD Se hard drives are used in our own big datacenter, where we have gained real-world experience with Apache Hadoop."


The new drives have begun shipping in three models (WD2000F9YZ, WD3000F9YZ and WD4000F9YZ) that range from 2TB to 4TB capacities, MSRP for the new WD Se drives range from $159.99 to $309.99 for the 4TB model. Western Digital says the drives are available now through select distributors and resellers.

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Foxconn could soon be making their own devices, wants to move away from contract manufacturing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 28, 2013 10:29 am

Foxconn within a few years could be a completely different company, with unnamed sources talking to The Wall Street Journal saying that Foxconn is "is moving aggressively to add new clients and is looking at ways to diversify beyond contract manufacturing".




This move also includes "reviewing plans to sell its own brand of electronics accessories to improve profit margins". We don't know if the Foxconn made devices would compete with the likes of Samsung Apple, but this would definitely be an avenue I'm sure they're looking at right now.

LG confirms the white Nexus 4, will launch globally over 'the next several weeks'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2013 9:30 am

We've been hearing the rumbles for a white now, but LG have officially confirmed they are releasing a white version of their Nexus 4 smartphone. We should expect the same specifications as the current Nexus 4, which is not a bad thing.




This means we'll see a 4.7-inch 1280x720 IPS display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, and 2GB of RAM. LG have said that the white Nexus 4 will go on sale in Hong Kong on May 29 after which it will begin going on sale in "select markets" in Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East in the weeks to follow.

Samsung sees success in China, a record 12.5 million smartphones sold in Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 28, 2013 6:51 am

Samsung have reached the top dog spot for China's smartphone sales for Q1 2013, selling a record 12.5 million smartphones in the three-month period according to Strategy Analytics.




This is the first time the South Korean company has sold over 10 million units in a single quarter, and when compared to their main rival, Apple, they beat them by a long shot. Apple sold just 6.1 million iPhone's in the three-month period, allowing Samsung to secure the number one smartphone vendor in China award for the fifth quarter in a row.