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EA and DICE pass 4 million Battlefield 3 Premium subscribers, Origin now features over 50 million users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 7:21 am

EA have come out with a little bit of bragging today, where they are celebrating two things. First, their Battlefield 3 Premium service nwo features over four million subscribers.

 

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Secondly, Origin boats over 50 million users, which is a huge milestone in such a short amount of time. Rewinding the clock back to January, Battlefield 3 Premium only had 2.9 million subscribers, so they've gained over 1 million subscribers in just 6 months time. Back in October of 2012, Origin had just 30 million users, which is a huge increase of 20 million users in a little under a year.

 

Considering Origin launched in June 2011, it has only taken two years to amass 50 million users.

Dell unveils their new UltraSharp 32, a 32-inch 4K display that will arrive later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 6:31 am

I'm still looking forward to unboxing my first 4K, or Ultra HD, display, but until then I can only dream. But, during SIGGRAPH this week, Dell unveiled their new UltraSharp 32.

 

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Dell's UltraSharp 32 is a 32-inch 4K-capable display that features an IGZO-based 3840x2160 display. Beautiful. Dell has opted for an aluminum stand, which replaces their usual plastic-based stand in previous models. The usual height adjustment is at play, and the UltraSharp 32 is jam-packed full of display inputs.

 

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We have miniDisplayPort ports, HDMI, a built-in USB hub and an SD card reader. Dell haven't told us how much we can expect it to suck from our bank accounts just yet, but we should all prepare for Q4 of this year, just in time for the holidays.

Oculus VR and IndieCade join forces for a three-week gaming event called VR Jam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 5:56 am

I've used Oculus Rift HD and I really just don't want to go back to normal reality, but I guess I have to. Oculus VR, the company behind Oculus Rift, and IndieCade are teaming up for a three-week long gaming event called VR Jam.

 

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VR Jam will get developers together in order to create content for Oculus Rift. VR Jam starts on August 2, and ends on August 25 with two categories to compete in. The first of which is 'Selected Developers' and the second, 'Open Call.' Selected developers will compete against hand-picked teams of 10, while Open Call pits any independent developer to register and compete.

 

Oculus VR and IndieCade will don their judging hats, with winners being announced on September 19. Games will be scored by their innovation and virtual reality design. As for prizes, there will be more than $50,000 in total with a $10,000 prize for the winners of either category. Registration, rules and everything else you need to know about VR Jam is available on Oculus VR's website.

The Sims 3 to set their watches forward with a new 'Into the Future' expansion pack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 4:32 am

There are countless expansion packs for The Sims, but get ready for yet another one. The Sims 3 will soon enjoy another expansion pack that will introduce the future into the game, called "Into the Future".

 

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Into the Future will have your sims going into the next century, where hoverboards, jetpacks and food synthesizers are all part of the game. Current-time Sims can also "meet their descendants", which is a very cool feature. This feature will also open the door to huge time paradox scenarios - something I'm looking forward to hearing about.

 

EA didn't stop there, as they also announced Sims 3 Movie Stuff pack, which adds "Western, Comic Book Blockbuster and Creepy Features" props into your hands. Both expansions are coming soon.

Apple's iTunes generates $3.9 billion of revenue in Q3 alone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 3:31 am

We posted earlier about Apple's record iPhone sales for Q3, among their strong earnings, but iTunes' revenue was also strong. Year-over-year revenue is 25% higher, at $3.9 billion for Apple's Q3 2013.

 

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Last quarter, iTunes pulled in a record $4.1 billion in revenue, so they've seen a slight slump in sales. Maybe this is because streaming services like Spotify are slowly but surely chomping into Apple's digital sales through iTunes? Apple CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, has said that over 1 billion TV episodes have been downloaded since iTunes opened its digital doors to the public.

 

Each day, iTunes pushes out over 800,000 TV shows and 350,000 movies. Apple are definitely enjoying good times with iTunes, but are those good times coming to an end, slowly? We'll find out over the coming months.

Start your engines... Sony have just greenlit a Gran Turismo movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 2:34 am

With a Need for Speed movie coming out in the near future, it looks like Sony may have felt a little jealous without their own feature film based on a driving franchise. Well, the Japanese company have just greenlit a feature film based on their super popular Gran Turismo series.

 

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You wouldn't guess who saw potential in the series, with Dana Brunetti and Mike De Luca being the producers on board. They've previously worked on The Social Network and 50 Shades of Grey. They have obviously seen that Gran Turismo has sold over 70 million copies in the last 15 years, so we know it's a huge title.

 

What could it be about, exactly? It could go in the direction of the Aaron Paul vehicle (pun intended) Need for Speed, or it could turn into what the Fast & Furious franchise is now - fast cars, over-the-top action and hundreds of millions of dollars in box office revenue.

SanDisk releases new USB drive that can wirelessly connect to your smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 1:05 am

Today, SanDisk released a new storage device that is able to wirelessly connect to your mobile devices to share files. Dubbed the Connect, the device is able to connect with up to eight devices wirelessly, with up to 4 devices being able to add and remove files from the drive simultaneously. SanDisk says that one need not worry about security as users are able to add password protection to the files.

 

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The connection is made through a new mobile app developed by SanDisk that is compatible with iOS, Android, and Amazon's Kindle Fire. SanDisk says that the device can stream video to up to three devices at the same time making this somewhat of a portable media server. The new device is able to stream up to four hours on a single charge and boasts a wireless range of 150 feet. A 16GB version will retail for $49.99 while a 32GB model will run you about $60.

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Xbox Live service experiencing ongoing outage, down for some Xbox 360, Windows 8 and Windows Phone subscribers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 12:03 am

Microsoft appears to be having issues today with its Xbox Live service. The company says that some members are currently unable to sign in to their Xbox Live accounts and they have a team engaged with fixing the issue. When visiting the current status page, users are prompted with a notice that says the outages is affecting Games for Windows Live, Windows 8, Windows Phone, the Xbox 360, and Xbox.com.

 

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After trying to sign into my Xbox Live Account, I was greeted with an error, and also experienced a similar error when trying to connect to Xbox Live via a Games for Windows Live game. Microsoft says that those who are trying to post or view messages on Xbox.com may experience issues as well. Additionally, some 360 owners are currently unable to watch video content or listen to streaming music from their consoles.

LeakedTT: Sony's next-gen flagship Xperia i1 seen in leaked images from China

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 11:28 pm

Images surfaced today of Sony's upcoming Xperia i1, the company's next-gen flagship Android smartphone that is said to feature a 20-megapixel rear camera. The images surfaced on Chinese website Sina Weibo and were introduced to the Western world by website Gadget Helpline. The images depict a very Xperia-like device that is quite flat with very minute rounded corners. The supposed 20-megapixel camera can be seen in the top left-hand corner on the rear of the camera with what appears to be a fairly large lens as far as smartphones are concerned.

 

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The phone is said to feature a five-inch full HD 1080p display and a 2.2 GHz quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor alongside 2GB of RAM. The imaging sensor is said to be Sony's 1/2.3-inch ExmorRS which could produce images that sort of rival Nokia's Lumia 1020. Additionally, the phone will have a 3000mAh battery as well as 16GB of internal storage which can be augmented by a standard microSD card. The Xperia i1 is expected to be announced on September 4 at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany

AT&T posts $32 billion in revenue and $3.8 billion in net income

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 11:03 pm

Following both Apple and EA games, AT&T posted their Q2 2013 financial report today with stronger numbers over the same quarter a year ago. During the second quarter, AT&T saw $32.1 billion in total revenue, which is looking pretty good when compared to the same quarter in 2012 in which the company posted $26 billion. Net income for the second quarter totaled $3.8 billion, which amounted to about $0.71 per diluted share.

 

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"This was a solid quarter for revenue and customer additions across our key growth platforms," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. "Our 4G LTE network is the fastest and the most reliable in the nation, and deployment is ahead of schedule. That contributed to a step-up in postpaid subscriber gains, and strong mobile data revenue growth of nearly 20 percent. Growth in U-verse and strategic business services also continued to be strong - adding to our momentum."

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