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Corsair acquires Scotland-based Simple Audio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 2:37 am

On their rampage for world domination, Corsair have just acquired Scotland-based Simple Audio. Simple Audio have been around for five years and is mostly known in Europe for their networked set-top receivers.

 

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These receivers are capable of sharing music from PCs, Macs, TVs, iPods and MP3 players, so we should expect Corsair to expand their audio lineup in the coming months and years. Corsair's acquisition will see Simple Audio's products jump across the pond, hopefully sooner rather than later.

 

Corsair haven't said anything about the amount of money they paid for Simple Audio, but the American computer component maker have said that they'd been checking out Simple Audio's dance moves for a while now - even since 2010 - and felt that now is the right time to acquire them.

New Batman Arkham game coming this year, not developed by Rocksteady Studios unfortunately

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 1:23 am

The two Batman games we've been treated to over the last few years have been homeruns for Rocksteady Studios, but according to the latest investor from Time Warner, we should expect a third Batman Arkham game this year, not made by Rocksteady Studios. Time Warner's CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, John K. Martin, said:

 

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And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.

 

VG247's sources have confirmed that Rocksteady Studios' hands won't be all over this one, sadly.

PlayStation 3 users finally get Skyrim DLC, Dragonborn now available

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 1:07 am

If you've been waiting around for the Skyrim DLC to come to PlayStation 3, your wait can finally come to an end. Over the next three weeks, Sony will be releasing one DLC pack per week. First up for release is Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC which is available for only $9.99 for the first week. After which, it will set you back $19.99.

 

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Users will be able to pick up Hearthfire next week, so stay tuned for news about when that is released.

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Analyst says iTunes is Apple's fourth largest business

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 12:28 am

According to an analyst, Apple's fourth largest business is iTunes. Horace Dediu from Asymco says that the $13.5 billion in revenue generated by iTunes last year is enough to make it one of Apple's main focuses. According to Dediu, iTunes revenues have been rising "steadily and rapidly."

 

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iTunes has apparently managed to have an average growth rate of 30 percent over the past two years. Due to Apple's Mac and iPod businesses shrinking, Dediu predicts that iTunes could soon become Apple's third largest business. Whether or not this negates the RIAA's argument that pirating is bad, it can be shown that digital sales are certainly growing despite pirates.

 

"Indeed, if seen in isolation, iTunes plus Accessories combined is a bigger business in terms of revenues than any of the other phone vendors except Samsung," Dediu said.

Amazon is most reputable US company, forges ahead of Apple

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 11:27 pm

In a new Harris poll that sought the opinions of more than 14,000 people, Amazon has come out on top in two of the six categories. The poll asked respondents to rank companies based upon six criteria: social responsibility; emotional appeal; financial performance; products and services; vision and leadership; and workplace environment.

 

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Amazon pulled out a win in the "emotional appeal" and "products and services" categories. Amazon managed to place in the top five for the other four categories. Overall, Amazon managed to come out with a grade of 82.62, which makes this the fifth year in a row that they placed above 80 out of 100.

 

"Our results show that Amazon has managed to build an intimate relationship with the public without being perceived as intrusive," Robert Fronk, executive vice president of Reputation Management at Harris Interactive, said in a statement. "And as the company that is so widely known for its personal recommendations, more than 9 in 10 members of the public would recommend Amazon to friends and family."

 

Google made it into the top five for five of the criteria and Apple, just four. Still, tech companies appear to be doing well when it comes to reputation. Even Facebook made it into the Top 60 companies.

Snapchat beta testing self-destructing videos in Android version of app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 11:02 pm

Snapchat users running the app on Android haven't been able to send candid, self-destructing video messages, though this should soon change. Snapchat is beta testing the ability for Android-based Snapchat users to send videos that self-destruct Mission Impossible style before launching the update for all Android users.

 

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Yesterday, an invitation may have popped up and--pardon the pun--self-destructed on your device. If you missed registering for the beta, you'll have to wait until the app is updated in the Google Play Store. This could take a few days to a few weeks depending on how many bugs are found by the beta testers.

 

Of course, we caution users that the ability to save videos and pictures by looking into the app's files before viewing still exists. If there is something you can't have getting out, we recommend not sending it via Snapchat.

Vuzix releases 3D augmented reality glasses Wrap 1200AR, cost just $1499

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 10:31 pm

Vuzix new augmented reality glasses, the Wrap 1200AR, are similar in many ways to the Wrap 1200VR set. The main difference here is that the new pair of glasses focus on augmented reality (hence the AR as opposed to the VR). They feature two VGA cameras that record stereoscopic video of where you're looking.

 

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This allows them to produce 3D images that have been augmented with the requested augmented reality data. The idea here is that users can see information about exhibits, cities, and other things while walking around. It's not clear who would want these glasses, but if you do, you'll have to shell out $1,499.

 

Paul Travers, President and CEO, Vuzix Corporation:

 

We are excited to be shipping these new digital ARglasses, offering a huge 75-inch screen, as seen from 10 feet. New features such as adjustable eye-separation, synchronized camera and display tilt combine for the best digital see-through AR user experience on the market. AR is taking the world by storm and is gaining momentum in many markets. We provide these AR tools to research facilities, universities, game developers and enthusiasts, enabling them to develop affordable and compelling Augmented Reality solutions.

Luxury cell phone manufacturer Vertu launches new Android device called Ti

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 10:02 pm

We just can't justify spending $10,000 on a mobile phone, but there are apparently people out there that are. Vertu, a luxury phone manufacturer that used to be owned by Nokia, has just released a new model that will cost just about that. Even more interesting is the fact that the specifications aren't that great.

 

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The front camera is a mere 1.3 megapixels and it only features 64GB of internal storage. The device is mainly aimed at the super rich who want to buy the device because of the brand and price tag rather than the actual specifications. Previous devices by Vertu have retailed for as much as $90,000.

 

Even still, $10,000 for a device is quite incredible. If you had the cash around to buy one, would you?

Dropbox introduces more admin features for enterprise users

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 9:32 pm

Dropbox has become fairly ubiquitous with cloud storage and syncing for consumers. Most people don't know that Dropbox is trying to work its way into the enterprise market with services such as Dropbox for Teams. Dropbox for Teams is aimed at the business market and allows multiple users to connect to a single Dropbox.

 

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Dropbox has introduced more admin features today that should help boost Dropbox's use in the professional world. New additions to the admin features include the ability for managers to keep track of all signed-in users, control permissions for what they are allowed to do, see how much space they're using, and see what kind of devices users have connected.

 

Dropbox would like to take away some of the market from its competitor Box. Box's service was designed with the enterprise at the forefront so Dropbox has a good distance to make up to catch Box.

Intel confirms they will launch Internet-based TV service this year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 9:03 pm

There were some rumors, discussions, and rumblings about Intel working on a settop box and Internet TV service. Erik Huggers, Intel's general manager of media, has confirmed that Intel is working on an Internet-based TV service and plans to launch it sometime this year.

 

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"For the first time, we will deliver ... a new consumer electronics product that people will buy from Intel through a new brand," Huggers said.

 

Don't get too excited, though, as it appears that the service will be similar to how cable currently offers. It won't likely come with the ability to purchase individual channels. "If bundles are bundled right, there's real value in that. ... I don't believe the industry is ready for pure a la carte."

 

Details on the service are still scarce, but we can expect to know more now that it has been officially confirmed.

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