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iPad mini made up 60% of iOS sales during Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 10:30 am

Just how popular is Apple's iPad mini? Well, it made up 60% of all iOS sales in the first three months of this year - that's how popular it is. It beat out the bigger brother, the full-sized iPad as well as the iPhone.




The data comes from Gartner, with Research Director Ranjit Atwal saying that the increased availability of lower-priced tablets, as well as a shift in focus from hardware to software will see an extended lifetime for premium tablets. What this translates to is higher-end tablets will continue to be here, and be in consumers' hands longer than ever before, without a need to replace them as often.


We're seeing the same thing with smartphones right now - where there's no need to update them every year because the one you bought 6-12 months ago is still a great smartphone. Comparing the market to Android, where 90% of Android-based sales are smartphones, while 85% of Microsoft's sales comes from the PC market.

RumorTT: iPhone 5S prototype features A7 processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 9:28 am

Let the rumor mill begin, people! We've already heard some news about a fingerprint reader, which our own Charles Gantt reported on late last week, but now MacRumors is talking about the processor inside the currently-rumored iPhone 5S.




The photo below has the iPhone 5S on the left, and the iPhone 5 on the right. As you can see, there's an Apple model number of APL0698 which suggests that this is going to be an A7 processor instead of a modified A6 chip like the iPhone 5 features. The original A6 processor had a model number of APL0598, and the A6X chip had the APL5598 model number, which found its way into the fourth-generation iPad.




This shows us that Apple varies the first digit for members of a given A-series family, with the second digit moving into a new family. The current iPhone 5S prototype that has been caught on camera looks to feature Elpida DRAM, and 1GB of it, the same amount on the A6 processor.

Minecraft for PC crashes through 11 million copies sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 9:06 am

Minecraft is an uber-successful game for Mojang, having now sold over 11 million units for the Windows PC and Mac platforms. The news comes directly from Minecraft's official website.



At the time of writing, Minecraft on the PC and Mac has been sold to 11,008,187 people, which is really just crazy. If you had told me 5 years ago that a game that looked, and played like this, would sell 11 million+ copies, I'd have laughed at you and continued to play COD4 (the last good COD). The website has a running counter, which continues updating as copies are sold.




Since typing the original number just a paragraph above, the game has sold 11,008,202 copies and is selling around 1 copy every couple of seconds. Kudos, Mojang!

Google goes back to school, Google Play for Education is now accepting submissions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 8:27 am

Google are stepping in a new direction with their latest announcement, in that they're accepting submissions for their Google Play for Education platform which will provide education- and age-appropriate applications to schools.




Google Play for Education will fall under the Play Store, but will allow bulk purchasing and content curation for apps, books and movies for K-12 schools. If a developer has an age-appropriate application, they can now mark it for inclusion, which will see a third-party group of educators review it.


This third-party of educators will review each and every app, reviewing its subject, grade level and whether or not it meets a set of development guidelines that have been set in place for the education system. Part of these guidelines see that the app must not collect personally identifiable information or use student data for noneducational use.

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DICE's video on Frostbite 3, the engine that powers Battlefield 4, will leave you with an itchy upgrade trigger finger

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 8:01 am

EA and DICE's Frostbite engine is something to marvel at, but their latest video is truly something else. The trailers and gameplay footage for the Frostbite 3-powered Battlefield 4 showed some of it off, but this goes into much more detail.



It looks incredible, doesn't it? I'm loving the weather and water effects, which create a much more realistic environment. Compared to other games out there, it feels like the world is actually 'alive', which is what next-gen games are feeling like to me so far. Frostbite 3 has me excited for the future of multi-GPU and multi-monitor setups.

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Gigabit Squared unveils their fiber plans for Seattle, 1Gbps for $80 per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 7:28 am

It looks like Google Fiber will have some competition in the near future from Gigabit Squared, who are set to roll out gigabit Internet services to the population of Seattle next year.




What can you expect to receive their speeds? Well, the minimum cost is $350 for installation, which includes 5Mbps down and 1Mbps up for free for the first 5 years. After which it will cost $10 each month afterwards. If customers sign up to a one-year contract, they can avoid the setup charge and receive 100Mbps both down and up for just $45 per month.


If you want that tasty and super-fast 1Gbps, that will set you back $80 per month with no setup costs involved. If you want to gain access to this service, you'll need to live in Seattle's West Campus District, First Hill, Capitol Hill or Central Area neighborhoods as they'll be the first to have Gigabit Square's cables laid in their grounds.

OUYA goes retail, you can pick up the Android-powered console for just $99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 6:28 am

I still haven't heard from OUYA about my console, and I'm an original backer - but the retail OUYA consoles go on sale today for just $99. You can pick them up at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and GAME.




The Android-powered $99 console will be available at "hundreds of stores" across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. For $99, you'll receive the console itself and one controller, but it gets expensive from here. For an extra controller, you're looking at $49 each. OUYA aren't talking about how much stock will be available at retail, but first in, best dressed is my method.

Samsung denies that they're shutting down their PC business

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 6:06 am

Only hours ago did we report that Samsung could possibly be leaving the desktop PC business, where they would put full force into their portable devices, but the South Korean company have now issued a statement denying such things:




The rumor that Samsung is withdrawing from the PC desktop business is groundless. Samsung will continue to offer diverse PC products according to consumer and market needs.


I'm glad to see Samsung reacting to this so quickly, and so they should. They're one of the stronger companies at the moment and they need to show that the PC market is still something worth doing business in, let's just hope Windows 8.1 can change things around, and quick.

Australian government doesn't go through with their data retention plans, Edward Snowden would be proud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 5:33 am

The Australian government have decided to not go through with their data retention plan, which would've seen Internet Service Providers (ISPs) retain customer data for up to two years.




The parliamentary committee investigating the data retention proposal and a few other proposed legislative changes to telecommunications and national security legislation yesterday issued their report. This saw the decision on whether to push forward with plans of a mandatory data retention scheme back to the government.


Law enforcement agencies have longed for this scheme, but have said that most of this metadata (such as information on when and where the call was made, to who, and for how long) is no longer being kept by telcos for billing purposes. I wonder what they mean by "no longer" being kept - was it kept previously?

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Liam Neeson Taken by $20M offer, decides to let his daughter get taken a third time

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 4:45 am

Despite candidly telling Dublin radio station 98FM whilst on the promotional trail for Taken 2 that, "I don't think there'll be a Taken 3. She can't get taken again... that's just bad parenting," it appears that the irrepressible Liam Neeson has succumbed to overtures to appear once more as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills in a third outing of the Taken franchise, after producers dumped a truck full of $20 million dollars on his doorstep.




Despite the near diabolical critical drubbing of 2012's Taken 2 (it appears on Rotten Tomatoes with just 21% approval), the film did spectacular business worldwide, nearing $400 million off a budget of $45 million. If production goes ahead, a 2015 release date appears most likely. Luke Besson and Robert Mark Kamen are currently working on the screenplay for distributor Twentieth Century Fox. Who says crime doesn't pay?

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