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Samsung denies responsibility for Galaxy S III screen burn-in troubles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 8:29 am

Imagine your brand new, shiny, fast Samsung Galaxy S III experiencing screen burn-in. Yes, it has happened to others, and Samsung seem to be unwilling to take responsibility for warranty replacements for the Galaxy S III smartphone and its (sometimes) premature screen burn-in.

 

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Samsung opted to use the popular AMOLED screen in the S III, and it is often susceptible to burn-in, or permanent discoloration of particular areas of the screen itself. What causes burn-in? It can be from the combination of inconsistency in the materials used to make the screen (in this case, AMOLED), and the same image being shown on the screen for a long period of time.

 

Considering icons, widgets, and more stay on the screen more-or-less permanently, unless you move them, this can be a problem. In the past week or so, Korean bloggers and community members have been debating Samsung's recent denial of problems with the new AMOLED screens. In the product manual for the S III, Samsung warns their users by stating "Do not operating your device with a paused screen for a long time".

 

Samsung also states, "We are not responsible for any problem arising from the said cause". So the question would then turn to, are Samsung responsible, if they're stating that the S III could have burn-in problems in the manual itself? Personally, I never let my smartphone screen stay on for extended periods of time, I see no point.

Kim Dotcom offers to voluntarily travel to the U.S., if his assets get unfrozen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 7:27 am

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom seems to be positioning himself on the chess board that is his legal troubles right now, in a move that is right out of the left field. Dotcom has agreed to voluntarily travel to the United States where he'll face piracy charges, but has only agreed to do so if the Justice Department unfreezes his assets to help him cover living expenses and pay for legal representation.

 

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Dotcom gave the proposal over Twitter, of all places. Dotcom's statement was delivered just a day after a New Zealand court postponed his extradition hearing due to the raid on his mansion being ruled illegal. The evidence collected was therefore obtained illegally, and the case has been postponed until 2013.

 

Kim Dotcom appears to be totally calm with his proposal to the DoJ, one would imagine he has a trick or two up his sleeve? What are your thoughts on this?

Ouya cracks $3.7 million in Kickstarter funds, continues to grow exponentially

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 7:21 am

Ouya is breaking all sorts of records here, with their Kickstarter-funded Android-based gaming console only requiring $950,000 worth of pledged money in order to get started. We reported on it a little over 24 hours ago, where they had $1.7 million in funding.

 

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But now, they've reached an astounding $3.7 million, and with 27 days of fundraising to go, there seems to be no signs of it slowing down. The Tegra 3-powered console is set to truly revolutionize gaming, and with $950,000, they were able to deliver this. What will they do with over $3.7 million? At this rate, they could break $10 million without a sweat.

 

Ouya, in the great words of Rob Schneider and his many lines in Adam Sandler movies "you can do it!" I've also just noticed the $225 Kickstarter-exclusive pledge is back... with just over 900 remaining. This one includes two controllers with your username ETCHED into it, so they're unique to you. I've just pledged from $99 to $256 (my username includes those numbers). Excellent.

Apple's OS X Mountain Lion drops support for some older 64-bit Macs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 6:20 am

Apple's next-generation OS X Mountain Lion comes out later this month, with the OS hitting Golden Master status just 24 or so hours ago. This means the company has locked in which Macs will support the upcoming OS. Apple have listed which Macs will support Mountain Lion:

 

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  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

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Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams signs five-year, $98 million contract on an iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 6:01 am

Back a few decades ago, you signed expensive (or inexpensive) contracts with pens. If you've watched Mad Men, I've always thought expensive contracts involved lots of paper work, a few signatures and celebratory glasses of your given poison.

 

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But, there are now people signing near-$100 million contracts with their fingers, on an iPad. NBA team Brooklyn Nets' latest player, Deron Williams signed his new five-year, $98 million contract on an iPad using the SignNow app. Yes, $98 million, using his finger, on an iPad.

 

Williams' took to Twitter to capture the moment:

 

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Samsung's President, Stephen Woo plans for keynote on day two of CES 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 5:24 am

We're still six months out from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, but its never too early to start planning your days for the event. This is what Samsung President, Stephen Woo has done, where he's announced that he'll be giving a keynote on day two of CES 2013.

 

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Woo's talk should cover the little things, as in physically small, such as components. These are the components that are in most consumer electronics, such as phones, tablets, TVs and more. Woo will talk of the future of not just Samsung, their technology, but the industry itself.

 

Woo may even unveil something new, maybe a next-generation product? Could we close our eyes collectivity, right now, and wish for the Galaxy S IIII, come to think of it, those roman numerals are getting annoying as Samsung release new products. We should hopefully be at CES, and I would love to sit in on this keynote personally, which means we should bring you the news as it happens at CES in January 2013.

Teardown reveals Nexus 7 costs $152 to build

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 5:01 am

While Google and ASUS' Nexus 7 tablet will retail in the U.S. for $199, and the companies saying they're selling it for a little over cost, a teardown by IHS iSuppli has shown that the Nexus 7's total build cost is $151.75 for the 8GB model.

 

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The 16GB Nexus 7 costs $159.25 to make, and the BOM (bill of materials) is a little lower than previous estimates, pegging the Nexus 7 at around $184, seeing the companies make around $15 per tablet sold. Where the interesting part comes in, is that the 8GB is $199 retail, and the 16GB is $249 retail. Considering there's only $7.50 worth of difference in build prices, a $42.50 profit for the 16GB is not bad at all.

 

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But, this is no different to other products and companies doing the same thing. It is known in the industry to make money from selling memory, storage and other options at disproportionate premiums. Considering the Nexus 7 is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC, it's a great alternative for $199 (or $249).

Valve releases Source Filmmaker into open beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 4:40 am

We all should know who Valve are, but a quick refresher: they're those awesome people behind Steam, Half-Life, the Source Engine, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, and oh so much more. The company has today announced the open beta release of Source Filmmaker (SFM).

 

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Source Filmmaker has been made available for free, for everyone. Source Filmmaker is a storytelling tool that Valve developed inside the Source Engine so that users can create short animated films. These are the types of films we've seen such as the "Meet the Team" series we've all come to love from Team Fortress 2.

 

Valve haven't released too much, after all, it's just an open beta for now. So firstly, the company has released all assets from Team Fortress 2, as well as assets to two of the "Meet the Team" flicks.

Microsoft goes full steam ahead for retail stores, 44 total by June 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 4:17 am

Microsoft talked of retail stores earlier this year, and those plans are now coming to fruition. The Redmond-based company behind Windows and Office plans to open up a Microsoft Store in Toronto, Canada later this year, as well as another store in Puerto Rico, according to Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner, where he spoke at the Worldwide Partner Conference.

 

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Microsoft currently have 20 stores open across the United States, with 9 more coming this year. Microsoft is opening an Orlando-based store on August 18, and its Boston Prudential Center on August 23. The Canadian and Puerto Rican stores will be the first time Microsoft have stepped outside of the U.S. with a Microsoft-branded store.

 

The company also has plans to extend across the pond to the U.K. with a store in London in 2013. Microsoft hopes to have a tally of 44 retail stores open by June 2013. Comparing them to Apple, they are small fries for now, with Apple having 364 stores in 13 countries, with a whopping 246 of those in the U.S..

Angry Birds Trilogy to fling into the Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo 3DS later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 3:20 am

It looks like those pesky Angry Birds are coming back, with Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio being thrown together to form Angry Birds Trilogy. The Angry Birds Trilogy is forming and will arrive on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the Nintendo 3DS this "holiday" season.

 

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PlayStation Move, Kinect and StreetPass features will be available for their respective platforms. Angry Birds Trilogy will be an Activision-published title, and has been completely "built from the ground up" for the new platforms it's flinging onto.

 

Rovio exec Petri Järvilehto told IGN:

 

You can think of the game as the ultimate collector's edition. There are new cinematics, extras and other entertaining content. In addition, all of the existing material has been uprezzed and re-treated for the high-resolution and big screen.

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