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ReportTT: Microsoft and Sky in talks to sell subsidized Xbox One with satellite TV packages

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 8:31 pm

Sky satellite TV customers could soon be able to pick up a subsidized Xbox One with new contract. Reports have surfaced that Sky and Microsoft are currently in talks to provide subsidized Xbox Ones with a Sky subscription package in the UK. These would likely come with a standard two-year contract.

 

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The reports say that we could get confirmation of this as early as June 10 at Microsoft's pre-E3 press conference. It's worth noting that the Xbox One isn't a cable or satellite box. Users would still need to connect in their old equipment into the Xbox One, or at least in the US this would be required.

 

A subsidy could help boost sales of the next-gen console. Even though the price is still unknown, Amazon has it listed for sale for over $900. Using a subsidy to bring the price down to something a bit more reasonable would aid adoption.

 

We'll be in attendance of the Microsoft Press Conference on Monday and will bring you the full details as they happen.

ReportTT: Apple to start iPhone trade-in program in stores this month

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 8:04 pm

Apple will reportedly start an iPhone trade-in program in stores this month. Apple hopes that the trade-in program would result in an increase in sales of new models. According to people with knowledge of the plans, Apple has teamed up with Brightstar Corp. to run the trade-in program.

 

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Brightstar is the company who handles trade-ins for AT&T and T-Mobile. Apple will offer money for older model iPhones, boosting sales of new models in the United States and producing a supply of older devices that can then be sold in emerging markets for a profit.

 

The full details of the program aren't public yet, but the program will reportedly launch this month. Prices paid for working iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S devices are unknown, but could be as high as $200.

Epic Games confirms Unreal Engine 4 will support Oculus Rift

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 7:29 pm

In an exciting gaming-related piece of news, Epic Games has announced that their upcoming Unreal Engine 4 will come with support for Oculus VR's upcoming Oculus Rift VR headset. Oculus Rift is seen as a holy grail gaming device and the future of gaming. From personal experience, Oculus Rift is quite epic.

 

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By including Oculus Rift support in Unreal Engine 4, Epic Games is making it easier for game developers to include support for the virtual reality headset. The easier it is to include, the more likely it is that developers will include support. Unreal Engine 4 will also come with support for various other middlewares:

 

  • Audiokinetic - Wwise
  • Autodesk - Autodesk Gameware
  • Donya Labs - Simplygon
  • Geomerics- Enlighten
  • IDV - SpeedTree for Games
  • Intel - Intel Threading Building Blocks (TBB)
  • NaturalMotion - morpheme and euphoria
  • NVIDIA - PhysX and APEX
  • Oculus VR - Oculus Rift
  • RAD Game Tools - Bink Video and Telemetry Performance Visualizer
  • RealD - RealD Developer Kit (RDK)
  • Umbra Software - Umbra 3
  • Xoreax - IncrediBuild-XGE

Samsung pushes out Galaxy S4 update, creates more storage room for apps and more

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 7:02 pm

When Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 launched, there were many reviewers in the tech world who griped about the limited amount of space available for app storage on the 16GB model. The issue arose when it was discovered that only 9.15GB were available for storage and that there was no way to move apps to the SD card.

 

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This morning, Samsung released a software update that rectifies this problem, increasing available storage to a whopping 9.23 GB and also opening up the pathway for apps to now be installed on the SD card. This functionality has been available through third-party apps the whole time but some people like to use the manufacturers apps.

 

Other improvements include new camera firmware, a semi-transparent status bar, HDR video recording, easier to read fonts, and several bug fixes. The update measure in at 357 MB and is only available for the Snapdragon-powered variant of the Galaxy S4. At the moment the update is being rolled out in Germany and will be available in other markets in the coming days.

BlackBerry's QWERTY Q10 lands at AT&T via pre-order for $200

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 6:27 pm

Last week we saw BlackBerry's Q10 go on pre-order at Verizon, and now it appears that AT&T will also be accepting pre-orders for the BlackBerry 10 smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. The announcement came this morning via a tweet from the company's Twitter account.

 

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The Q10 will be offered in black and white, with the white version being exclusive to AT&T. Those interested are able to pre-order the phone now for a price of $200 with the typical two-year service agreement being tacked on.

 

Sprint says that they will also be carrying the Q10, but no release date has been announced and pricing details are also nonexistent, but we can expect it to be in the $200 rage with a two-year agreement as well.

Comcast Executive Vice President says gigabit internet would be wasted on Americans

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 6:05 pm

By now it's no secret that Google's Fiber initiative is scaring the pants off of every major ISP in the country. This is confirmed by the brass of several large ISPs speaking out against gigabit Internet speeds in separate interviews. This morning, David L. Cohen, Executive VP of Comcast, has tossed his two cents into the discussion as well.

 

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Cohen, speaking in an editorial he wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer stated that gigabit Internet speeds at the moment are pointless because "most websites cannot deliver content as fast as current networks move, and most US homes have routers that can't support the speed already available to the home."

 

What Mr. Cohen is saying is that because most households currently own a DOCSIS 2 or DOCSIS 3 cable modem that we would not upgrade to a modem capable of handling gigabit speeds. What he fails to realize is that Americans in general like to upgrade to the latest and greatest technology. This is why companies like Apple and Samsung are the success they are today.

 

Furthermore, Cohen is neglecting the fact that most US households are no longer single connected device residences. With the incursion of smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, notebooks, and gaming PCs, many households now have more than five devices connected at one time.

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AVADirect launches Clevo P375SM 17.3" full HD i7 Haswell-based gaming notebook

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 5:02 pm

This morning, AVADirect announced the launch of Clevo's P375SM, a 17.3-inch full HD gaming notebook that features Intel's 4th generation Core i7 Haswell processors. This new gaming laptop also supports NVIDIA's new 700M series of GPUs as well as ATI's Radeon 8000 Series.

 

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AVADirect says that unlike previous generation gaming laptops, users will not have to worry much about the age-old quandary of performance versus battery life as Clevo has designed the P375SM to alleviate the concerns of power consumption. This is possible thanks to Intel's Haswell architecture, which are the lowest power high-end processors ever made.

 

The Clevo P375SM includes a total of three 2.5-inch changeable bays (2 for standard storage, 1 for an optical drive with options to swap for an additional 2.5-inch storage drive). The integrated speakers are powered by Onkyo and have the ability to power an external 7.1 surround sound speaker system.

 

Additional features include a backlit keyboard, touchpad, and front bezel which illuminates when the notebook is turned on. Other features are a Thunderbolt port, an HDMI out port, four USB 3.0 ports, and a single eSATA connector. The Clevo P375SM starts at $1995 and is available now.

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LeakedTT: Nokia PureView Windows Phone is a reality

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 4:04 pm

Rumors have long been circling of Nokia working on a PureView camera-based Windows Phone. Now, it appears those rumors were true. This morning, images leaked of Nokia's next flagship phone codenamed EOS.

 

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While a new Windows phone would definitely be cool as the EOS is said to pack a whopping 41-megapixel PureView camera. GSM Arena obtained photos of the device, which show a very bulbous camera on the rear, while the front retains the typical Lumia appearance.

 

Another website also published photos of the red version of the EOS shell that appear to be taken straight from the production line. Word on the street is that the phone will come with the next Windows Phone 8 update and will include Nokia's "Amber" additions as well as a custom camera application for the PureView sensor.

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LG's mid-range Optimus F7 makes its debut on US Cellular, $100 with two-year agreement

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 3:04 pm

This morning, US Cellular launched the LG Optimus F7 without so much as a peep from their marketing department. You may have seen one of the many rumor posts that popped up last week when an internal company document leaked information on the mid-range Android smartphone.

 

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The Optimus F7 features a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of storage space, and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The device is running Android 4.1 and there is no word from LG on whether or not a 4.2 update is in the works. The new F7 will cost consumers about $100 with a two-year agreement.

Amazon launches new store front for independent game developers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 2:21 pm

This morning, Amazon has announced the launch of a new Indie Games Store that features more than 400 titles from at least 100 independent game developers. This new addition comes at a time when the Indie game market couldn't be any hotter with promotions like The Humble Bundle and Steam pushing indie games hard.

 

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A representative from Amazon has told TweakTown that the new storefront has several features aimed at helping indie game developers get discovered, such as the Indie Gamers Choice Program, where to indie games go head-to-head for gamers' votes.

 

Another interesting feature is the Indie Spotlight which features Bios and Q&As that offer insight into the developers behind great independent games. A new Indie developer Spotlight will be released every Thursday and to kick things off Amazon has featured Mike Roush and Alex Neuse from Gaijin Games, the developers behind the BIT.TRIP series.

 

To celebrate the launch of this new storefront, Amazon is offering several deals throughout the month of June on PC, Mac, and browser-based games. The deals include $9.99 game bundles, 75 percent off select titles, and three free pre-selected titles on any purchase made from the Indie Game Store during the months of June and July. You can head over to Source #1 below to check out all the great indie games.

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