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Sony offers early 4K adopters a 4K Ultra HD Video Player with UltraHD content

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 8:33 am

Early adopters of ultra high-end tech usually find themselves with their shiny new toy, such as a super high-res 4K TV, and nothing to play on it. Well, Sony are looking after their customers who have bought their 84-inch Bravia 84X900 4K TV.




After spending $25,000 - you'd kind of hope so. But, Sony have come out as the good guys here and announced that they're bundling a 4K Ultra HD Video Player with their $25k-priced 4K Ultra HD TV. The player includes 10 preloaded movies: The Amazing Spiderman, Total Recall, Bad Teacher, Salt, The Other Guys, Battle Los Angeles, The Karate Kid, That's My Boy, Taxi Driver, and The Bridge on the River Kwai.


Sony haven't stopped there either, where they'll also offer some extra 4K content which is set to include "shorts from cool contributors like Red Bull Media House and others". Sony plan to unveil some new solutions at CES in January, so keep your eyes peeled and we'll be covering this early next year in person.

Samsung's marketing budget bursts out of the galaxy, might be hurting profits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 7:33 am

Samsung are pretty much the fighting force against the dominant player in the smart device market, Apple, but it looks like their 2012 success has come at a huge cost to the company in terms of their marketing expenditure.




Samsung thus have lower gross margins on their smartphones, with Asymco's Horace Dedieu tapping down on his calculator working out some of the numbers associated with Samsung's profit margins on their smartphones.


It's sitting pretty at 17%, but it is far behind even struggling players like RIM who used to rake in 30% margins, and Nokia used to enjoy a slice of 25%. Dedieu says that Samsung spends more on marketing than every other competitor, pegging their advertising expenditure at an insane $4 billion for 2012 alone. Comparing this to Microsoft, who spent half of that, and even Apple - who surprisingly spent just a quarter of that number.

RumorTT: Underneath the surface, Microsoft's tablet isn't doing too well - production orders sliced in half

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 6:26 am

DigiTimes' latest news is that according to the "upstream supply chain" of Microsoft's Surface RT has seen orders sliced in half, with other Windows RT-based tablet orders also experiencing weak demand.




Sources from the upstream supply chain believe that the new OS may not perform as they expected in the market - surprised? No, I'm not either. Originally, The Redmond-based OS maker had expected to ship four million Surface RT slates by the end of 2012, but have reduced orders to just two million units.


Asustek Computer, Samsung Electronics and Dell have all released Windows RT-based slates, but consumer demand for their tablets are also not doing to well at all. DigiTimes' sources have said that the Surface RT won't have any great numbers to show off next quarter, which may force Microsoft to release their Intel-powered Surface Pro tablet earlier, maybe even sometime in the next month.

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Syria gets cut off from the Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 5:59 am

Things haven't been good in Syria for a while now, but things have just taken a turn for the worse. A few hours ago, Syria dropped off of the Internet completely. All access to the world wide web has been cut from them.




Research for Renesys, who keeps track of the status and health of the technical underpinnings of the Internet across the world, reported at 10:26 UTC that all of Syria's international Internet connectivity was completely shut off. More precisely, that within the global routing table, all 84 blocks of IP addresses assigned to the country have gone unreachable.


This means that any Internet traffic headed to Syria will be undelivered, and that traffic coming from within Syria cannot get to the outside world. This usually happens when they don't want information getting out of the country - and is not a good sign as the regime of Bashar al-Assad is going to do one of two things.

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The Humble THQ Bundle includes seven games, starts from just $5.70 - proceeds go to charity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 5:30 am

There's quite the gaming bundle available right now offering some amazing prices on a bunch of great games called the Humble THQ Bundle. Pay $1 or more for Steam keys for Company of Heroes (and its two full-blown expansions Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor), Darksiders, Metro 2033, and Red Faction: Armageddon.



If you pay over the average price ($5.75 will do) you'l receive all of those games, as well as Saints Row: The Third. The games bought will be available through Steam, and included in the bundle are a collection of DRM-free soundtracks! You really can't go wrong here, folks.


Buying all of these games separately would set you back $190, but THQ are letting you, the consumer, set the price. At the time of writing, there had been close to $1.7 million paid with the average price of $5.71. Nearly 295,000 purchases with the top contributor being "Jason Rubin" who contributed a very nice $1050. Turtle Rock Studios' contribution of $1024 is second and @WrapBootstrap is third with $1000.

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iPhone 5 to reach China finally, has been awarded a "network access license"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 4:32 am

If you've been patiently waiting for an iPhone 5 in China, it looks like your wait is about to be cut down - just in time for the holidays. The latest report from The Wall Street Journal is hinting the release is imminent.




After receiving certification from China's State Radio Management earlier in November, Apple have now finally been awarded a "network access license" that lets them enable the iPhone 5 on China Telecom, the country's third-largest wireless carrier.


China's second-largest wireless carrier, China Unicom, might not even receive the iPhone 5 at launch - meaning that multiple carriers might not be enjoying the iPhone 5 love. This might hurt the iPhone 5s market share in the country - where Android is such a dominant force enjoying over 90% of the smartphone market share.

Griffin are the first with third-party Lightning cables

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 3:39 am

Griffin have come to the rescue of all iPhone 5 and iPad mini customers, where they're the first company to offer third-party Lightning cables. Until Griffin, you've only been able to buy the charge & sync cables from Apple direct.




Griffin are offering up the cables in four different lengths, 2-foot, 3-foot (coiled), 4-foot (coiled) and a 9.7-foot cable, too. Prices are set at $16.99, $18.99, $24.99 and $29.99, respectively.


Apple sells a 3.5-foot for $19, so Griffin aren't the savior in terms of pricing - but at least you get the option of choosing different lengths of cable. Griffin's third-party Lightning cables begin shipping in the first week of December.

iTunes 11 allows users to redeem gift cards using their computer's camera

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 2:50 am

Apple released iTunes 11 today after having delayed it from being released in October. Included in the new version of the software is a pretty nifty feature that will surely help users who redeem many Apple gift cards. The feature in question allows users to take a picture of their iTunes gift card to redeem it.




Now, instead of having to type out that long and confusing 16-character string, users will be able to take a picture with their computer's camera. The new feature requires iTunes gift cards that have a box around the code. The box aids the system in detecting the code and I imagine that Apple started printing those boxes as soon as they knew this feature would be present in iTunes 11.


iTunes will, of course, still allow users to manually type in the code. This is needed because not everyone's computer has a camera and sometimes OCR just doesn't work very well. Not to mention, some people may still have gift cards that were printed before the updated cards with the boxes went into production.

Intel to update Celeron, Pentium chips to Ivy Bridge by early 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 2:15 am

Intel's budget line of CPUs has remained based upon the older Sandy Bridge architecture, even though Ivy Bridge has been out for over half a year now. Reports have now surfaced that these low-end CPUs will be updated to the 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture by early 2013, even as Haswell gets close to making an appearance.




The current Pentium G870, G645, and G645T will cease to be produced as Intel makes room in their line up for the Pentium G2130, G2020, and G2020T. Similarly, the Celeron G555, G550, and G550T will be phased out in favor of the new G1620, G1610, and G1610T processors.


Intel is also planning on shipping dual-core mobile Ivy Bridge chips in Q1 of 2013. Haswell is widely expected to make its debut in Q3 of 2013.

US anti-piracy 'Six strikes' agreement pushed back to 2013 due to Hurricane Sandy

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 1:31 am

It seems as though Hurricane Sandy might have actually done something useful, at least is your a pirate. The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) has said that the new Copyright Alert System has been delayed for a third time, with this latest delay being blamed on Hurricane Sandy.




"Due to unexpected factors largely stemming from Hurricane Sandy which have seriously affected our final testing schedules," wrote CCI's executive director Jill Lesser in a blog post, "CCI anticipates that the participating ISPs will begin sending alerts under the Copyright Alert System in the early part of 2013, rather than by the end of the year."


The new six strikes agreement will see ISPs voluntarily sending out informative notices to users that pirating files is illegal. The notices are designed to "educate consumers about copyright and peer-to-peer networks, encourage the use of legal alternatives [and] safeguard customer privacy."


The first two will simply be a notification, while the next two will use a pop-up window, or similar, as a read receipt so that they can be sure the user saw the message. The final two warnings can see a user's internet speed being slowed or terminated all together, though termination is not mandatory.

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