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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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EA releases new Need For Speed Rivals trailer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 10:28 pm

Today, EA Sports released an extended version of the trailer it showed off at E3 for its upcoming game Need for Speed Rivals. The new trailer is one minute and 45 seconds long, which is about a minute longer than the original version, and places a lot of emphasis on the cops-versus-racers aspect of the game. Unlike previous Need for Speed games, players can now choose to play as a racer or as a cop when stepping behind the wheel of a new vehicle.

 

 

The trailer shows that the game will be sent in an entirely open environment, which will allow players to make the most of their high powered vehicles. Additionally, a series of difficult challenges will be presented for the player to complete, which will add collectible items to their inventory. Throughout the game players must maintain a healthy rivalry with the law in order to earn more street cred.

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Apple posts record iPhone sales amidst strong Q3 earnings

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 9:27 pm

Today, Apple announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2013. The report says that Apple managed to post a revenue of $35.3 billion with a net profit of $6.9 billion, which equates to $7.47 per diluted share. This means that Apple's profit is down by nearly $2 billion over the same quarter in 2012. The company said that international sales accounted for 57 percent of the quarter's revenue.

 

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The Cupertino based company sold 31.2 million iPhones during the third quarter alongside 14.6 million iPads and 3.8 million Macs. Overall, only the iPhone sales were up as during the same quarter last year Apple managed to sell 17 million iPads and 4 million Macs. The company's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $3.05 per share of the company's common stock which will be payable on August 15, 2013 to all shareholders who own stock before the close of business on August 12, 2013.

 

"We are especially proud of our record June quarter iPhone sales of over 31 million and the strong growth in revenue from iTunes, Software and Services," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We are really excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, and we are laser-focused and working hard on some amazing new products that we will introduce in the fall and across 2014."

 

"We generated $7.8 billion in cash flow from operations during the quarter and are pleased to have returned $18.8 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases," added Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's CFO.

Electronic Arts post Q1 2014 financial report, things looking fairly solid for the game publishing giant

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 8:53 pm

EA released its earnings report for Q1 of the fiscal year 2014 today, and the numbers are looking pretty good for the game publishing powerhouse. The company posted a total net revenue of $949 million, which was down about $6 million from the same quarter in 2012. EA said that their gross profit was up $5 million from the previous year at $755 million. Additionally, the company had total operating expenses of $522 million, which brought their net income to $222 million, up $1 million from Q1 of 2012.

 

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"EA had a solid quarter driven by continued digital growth and disciplined cost management," said Executive Chairman Larry Probst. "We are also executing on a clear set of goals for leadership on mobile, PC, current and next generation consoles."

 

"EA delivered first quarter EPS above our guidance through a combination of revenue growth, phasing of expenses, and cost control," said Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen. "We are reaffirming our annual non-GAAP guidance of $4 billion net revenue and $1.20 earnings per share."

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RumorTT: LG is building G-branded tablet, smartwatch and smartglasses

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 8:12 pm

Today, trademark filings by LG were spotted by website PocketDroid that point to the company's future plans of developing a smartwatch, tablet, exercise band, and even something that might rival Google Glass. The filings were all placed under the company's use of the letter G, which denotes LG's high-end products. G Pad, G Watch, G Glass, G Link, G Band, and G Hub were among many of the names that were trademarked today and they all may very well be linked to current products in development.

 

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Obviously, the G Pad would refer to an G-branded tablet that would most likely run Android, while the G Band would function similar to Nike's Fuel band. G Watch most certainly refers to the smartwatch LG is said to be currently developing, while the G Glass sound like the most interesting product of all. This means that LG could be working on its own version of Google Glass.

 

It is important to note that company's file for trademarks every day and more times than not, they are simply filing to protect their brand from squatters or other companies who might brand their product in a similar fashion to confuse consumers into thinking their product is associated with another company's brand. Simply put, LG may have filed for these trademarks just to protect the G brand or preserve them for products we may not see for many years.

Motorola and Verizon unveil new Droid lineup at event today

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 7:20 pm

Today, Verizon and Motorola teamed up in a press event to officially announce Verizon's newly refreshed lineup of Droid smartphones. Over the last month, we've seen many leaks surface about the phones and it appears that most of them were correct. The announcement included the new Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx, which are the follow-up devices to last year's Droid Razr HD and HD Maxx.

 

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The two new phones bring forth some impressive new features and hardware specs. The Droid Maxx is said to have an insanely impressive battery life of up to 48 hours, yet it still only measures in at 8.5mm thick. The Ultra comes in thinner at 7.2mm. Both phones apparently feature a 10-megapixel rear shooter that sports an f/2.4 lens which allows for superior low-light performance.

 

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Additionally, both devices feature a five-inch 720p OLED display which in a way makes up for the resolution letdown. Both phones make use of the new touchless control system that has been reported in so many Moto X leaks. This new feature lets users make phone calls, get directions, or activate other functions by voice rather than having to physically pick up and unlock their phone.

 

Both phones run Motorola's new X8 SoC which is an 8-core chip that features two application processors, four graphics cores, and a single contextual computing core followed up by a single natural language processing core. Verizon says that the Droid Ultra will retail for $199 with a two-year contract, while the Maxx will cost consumers $299 on the same contract.

Google adds Mount Fuji to Street View, now scale the slopes from your desk

By: Charles Gantt | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 6:04 pm

Today, Google has announced that it has added Japan's tallest mountain to its list of places you can visit using the company's Street View service. Yes, that's right, arm chair mountain climbers are now able to scale the heights of Fuji while never leaving the comfort of their air-conditioned office.

 

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The addition of Mount Fuji to Google Street View comes shortly after the mountain was named an official World Heritage Site by UNESCO earlier this year. Officials expect record numbers of climbers to visit the mountain this year and Google agreed to help prepare those climbers by expanding its growing collection of panoramic imagery available in Street View.

 

Setsuo Murai, head of Geo Partnerships for Google Japan, wrote on the company's official blog:

 

The Street View collection covers the highly popular Yoshida trail that takes hikers up the mountain, the full walk around the crater at the top, and the quick zigzag descent. We hope these 14,000 panos of new imagery will give climbers a sense of the terrain to expect under their feet - especially all the night-time climbers who shuffle up in the dark to see the sunrise at the crack of dawn.

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