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LeakedTT: HTC One appears in blue trim in leaked image

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 2:31 am

@evleaks is at it again. This time he is not leaking an unreleased device but rather an image of HTC\'s One smartphone in blue form. The new blue model will more than likely be a carrier specific model and it appears that Verizon may be the carrier on which it lands.

 

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Nothing appears to have changed with the blue model and it appears to feature all of the black components from the black version of the phone with just an anodized blue aluminum unibody. As someone who will be purchasing an HTC One next week, I really wish this version would somehow magically pop up on Sprint\'s website.

Six days before its launch, Payday 2 makes a profit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 2:27 am

Payday 2 isn't even out yet, but it has already made back the money that publisher 505 Games provided Starbreeze Studios for development. The news comes directly from Starbreeze Studios' CEO, Bo Andersson-Klint.

 

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Payday 2 launches on August 13, with the remaining profits being split down the middle between 505 Games and Starbreeze Studios. In a statement to investors, Andersson-Klint said:

 

Today Starbreeze has once again demonstrated that our strategy of focusing on our own properties is correct. Not only have we managed to deliver a desirable product in Payday 2 but also executed a promotion that few companies of our size can. We now look forward to the royalty income that can secure the company's development of its own IP in the future. That Payday 2 generates revenue for the company six days before the release is of course very unusual for games of this size and strengthens the long-term nature of our strategy.

BenQ releases W1500 Full HD wireless projector with 3D capabilities

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 1:32 am

Today, BenQ announced the release of another device in its 3-D projector lineup. Dubbed the W1500, this 1080p projector is capable of producing 3-D video up to 84 inches in size from as little as just 6 feet away. The company says that the W1500 is the first wireless projector to have a built-in 5GHz Wireless Home Digital Interface.

 

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The projector is able to wirelessly play video from compatible set-top boxes from up to 65 feet away. It is compatible with Apple TV and mobile devices and features two HDMI inputs. A composite video is also present. The projector is capable of projecting images as small as 40 inches all the way up to 300 inches in size. The company says that it has a lamp life of 6000 hours and two built-in 10W speakers.

Plextor poised to show off M6 SSD Prototype at Flash Memory Summit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 12:30 am

Today, Plextor announced that it will be giving a sneak preview of their upcoming M6 SSD at the Flash Memory Summit and Exhibition that will be held next week on the days of August 13 through 15. Plextor says that the M6 will feature the next generation of the company\'s proprietary TrueSpeed technology that works alongside a Marvell 88SS9187 controller. This equates to enhanced performance and reliability.

 

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The company says that the new drive also features the latest generation 19nm Toggle NAND flash manufactured by Toshiba. Topping things off, Plextor says that the M6 measures 5mm thick, making for an ultra-slim installation. Additionally, the company says it will display its complete lineup of storage solutions including the M5 Pro Extreme and M5S series alongside the M5M mSATA drives and the M.2 form-factor drive.

 

If you are attending the Flash Memory Summit and Expo, you will be able to find TweakTown at booth #900. We will be recording video interviews. E-mail Paul Acorn to schedule an interview. As always, stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event!

Sony says PS4 will not require Playstation Plus to record video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 11:31 pm

It seems like every time Microsoft releases unpopular information about its upcoming Xbox One console, Sony answers back with the opposite information about their next-gen console. Shortly after word dropped that the Xbox One would not allow recording or streaming of gameplay without an Xbox Live Gold subscription, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony World Wide Studios confirmed that the PS4 would be able to record and stream videos without a PlayStation Plus account.

 

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The response came on Twitter after a fan asked Yoshida if the PS4 would require a subscription to the company\'s premium feature service for the PlayStation. Yoshida responded with a \"No.\" If that\'s not enough for some, Yoshida confirmed this to two other Twitter users. With little tidbits like this happening every week, it is really easy to imagine that Sony has an internal document with a list of positive things that no one is supposed to mention until Microsoft says the opposite about the Xbox.

Bloomberg buys into the Ubuntu Edge in the form of a $80,000 pledge

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 10:45 pm

Bloomberg must really like Canonical\'s Ubuntu Edge as yesterday they pledged 80,000 to the company\'s crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. At this point, Canonical has only managed to raise about one quarter of its $32 million goal and with just over 12 days left, things are not looking very good for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone.

 

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So what does Bloomberg get for their $80,000 donation? 115 Ubuntu Edge smartphones are included in the deal alongside several best practice workshops, 30 days of online support that allow the company\'s chief information officers and IT managers to integrate the devices into their system, and--of course--free shipping. If the funding campaign is successful, Canonical hopes to have the phones shipped around March of next year.

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Xbox One key features will require Live Gold subscription to work

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 9:27 pm

If you think that the Xbox One is going to be chocked full of awesomesauce, you're most certainly right, that is unless you do not have a subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft has confirmed that features like SmartMatch, Skype, the built in TV Guide, and the game recording DVR will all be locked down if you're not an Xbox Live Gold member.

 

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This news comes hot on the heels of an earlier announcement that confirmed the next-gen console will only record game-play video in 720p and not at the full 1080p resolution all of its games will be played at. It seems like the hits never stop coming for the Xbox One, but that does not stop people flocking to stores en masse to pre-order theirs. In other news, Microsoft released an unboxing video of the retail version of the Xbox One one earlier today and you can watch it here.

Texas judge says Bitcoins are currency and governed by US law

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 8:18 pm

Recently, the US Securities and Exchange Commission charged Trenton T. Shavers with running an illegal Ponzi scheme using the digital currency Bitcoins. In the alleged scam, Shavers promised investors that they would receive a 1 percent interest rate per day on their investment. Shavers denied the allegations and claim that regulators had no jurisdiction over the case because he was using Bitcoins and the SEC can only govern transactions that involve real money.

 

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The presiding judge said that the case could move forward as the investments meet the definition of contract, and as such, are securities. Basically what this means is that the $4.5 million in Bitcoins Shavers collected as investments is considered true currency by US law.

Microsoft releases unboxing video of Xbox One in final trim

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 7:05 pm

Today, Microsoft released an unboxing video of its upcoming next-gen gaming console, the Xbox One. While we have seen many images of the new console, most of them are from the unveiling ceremony or E3, and today is the first time we\'re getting a look at what the final design will be.

 

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The unboxing features what is being called the Xbox One Day One edition. It will feature a Kinect, Day One branded controller, and the Xbox One console itself. Additionally, the company will include what appears to be a wired mono driver headset that will also come with standard editions of the console.

 

So what\'s changed since we last saw the Xbox One? The final design features a separate power supply brick, an included HDMI cable, and what the company is calling a \"Liquid Black\" finish. The controller now features a built-in battery compartment that is able to accommodate alkaline or rechargeable AA batteries. Charging can be completed via a built-in microUSB port, which will shut down the wireless radio when plugged in and allow you to continue playing your game through the wired connection.

 

The console features built-in Wi-Fi and supports 802.11 b/g/n on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Microsoft says that the Xbox One will hit store shelves sometime in November and will retail for an MSRP of $499.

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Nokia officially parts ways with Siemens

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 5:24 pm

Yesterday, Nokia announced that they have officially completed their acquisition of the Siemens stake in the Nokia Siemens Network, a move that was first announced back on July 1. The company says that the Siemens name is being phased out from the Nokia Siemens Network and the new name branding shall now be known as Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN).

 

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Nokia says that the Nokia Solutions and Networks is now wholly owned by Nokia; Rajeev Suri continues as CEO and Jesper Ovesen continues as Executive Chairman of the NSN Board of Directors. The NSN Board of Directors has been adjusted to the new ownership structure and the Siemens-appointed directors have resigned their positions.

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