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Walmart drops the price of the iPhone 4S to just $39, iPhone 5 gets dropped to $129

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 23, 2013 10:28 am

If you wanted to pick up an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, you might want to check out Walmart's latest deals. They've permanently dropped the price of the iPhone 4S to $39, and the iPhone 5 has been slashed to $129.

 

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The iPhone 4S is available with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon at $39 on-contract compared to its previous price of $90. The iPhone 5 on the other hand, has dropped from its normal price of $190 to $129, and is available on AT&T and Verizon. Walmart should see iPhone's flying out of the door at these reduced prices.

Intel joins the Alliance for Wireless Power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 23, 2013 9:27 am

Intel have just become the latest member to join the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP). A4WP has more than 40 other companies in its embrace, including Samsung, Qualcomm and Broadcom - just to name a few.

 

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Intel's Navin Shenoy has faith in the future of A4WP's standard, where he says: "Intel believes the A4WP specification, particularly the use of near-field magnetic resonance technology, can provide a compelling consumer experience and enable new usage models that make device charging almost automatic. In joining A4WP, we look forward to working alongside other member companies and contributing to standards that help fuel an ecosystem of innovative solutions capable of simultaneously charging a range of devices, from low-power accessories to smartphones, tablets and Ultrabooks."

 

Intel is looking into the future with this partnership, hoping that Ultrabook owners will use the batteries in their Ultrabook to power other devices like smartphones, tablets and more. Wireless charging could be the future of technology, but right now we require the entire industry to settle on a standard, and Intel stepping into the ranks of the A4WP is one of those big steps.

Sony to release firmware update to fix bricked PS3's from last week's firmware debacle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 23, 2013 8:26 am

Sony tripped over last week, releasing a firmware for their PlayStation 3 console which led to a number of them being bricked (inoperable). But, never fear, there will be a new update to arrive shortly, that will fix the issues that update 4.45 caused.

 

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People updating their PS3's to update 4.45 caused some problems with being able to access their cross-media bars, with those who tried to fix the issue formatting their consoles, but this just bricked their console. Sony ripped the update from the Internet, and launched an investigation to find out what exactly caused the issue. PlayStation Plus users that have the auto-update feature enabled may have inadvertently downloaded it automatically. If this is what you've done - you might want to disable automatic updates until Sony fixes the issue.

 

Morgan Haro, Sony's community manager, pinned a post on the PlayStation forum stating that they've found the issue. There's a new PS3 software update arriving on June 27 which will hopefully solve the issue from version 4.45.

Google Glass to be worn by pro tennis player at Wimbledon this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 23, 2013 6:14 am

Google Glass is slowly making its way into the mainstream, but this week during Wimbledon, pro tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands will don the wearable computing from Google. Mattek-Sands ranks as position 58 in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

 

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She will be wearing Google Glass at Wimbledon this week in London, something Google announced a few days ago now. Mattek-Sands is in the Glass Explorer program, which saw a handful of people around the world receiving the wearable product. Google have said that Glass is both comfortable and unobtrusive, weighing no more than a pair of standard sunglasses. Considering pro tennis players are moving from left to right so fast, even a couple of hundred grams would make a big difference - even more so with the money at stake here - so this is a big, and most of all, positive move for Glass.

 

Google has said that Mattek-Sands is already benefitting from Glass, elaborating:

 

Glass's potential in the sports realm is huge, and it can connect athletes, coaches, and fans in new ways. For Bethanie, it's allowed her to capture her strokes from her point of view during practice and share those with her coaches. It also helps her search recipes and perfect her cooking, something that's important to a professional athlete with dietary allergies and restrictions. Bethanie's fans can also see the world through her eyes as she embarks upon the road to Wimbledon, where she'll play her first match next week.

Respawn's Titanfall won't include single player, says 'for us it made sense'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2013 10:31 am

I've been waiting for what seems like years for Respawn Entertainment to unveil their game, which we saw at E3 as Titanfall. Respawn is a company made up of the ex-Infinity Ward guys, Vince Zampella and Jason West.

 

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We've found out some more information on their upcoming shooter, which won't be including a single player campaign. This means Titanfall is a multiplayer only title, but it also gives the developer the benefit of putting all power into the single side of the game instead of splitting up people into separate groups. Respawn head, Vince Zampella has said that he considers the studio a "small startup" with "60 some developers", stating it's better to focus their resources where they'll be better utilized.

 

Zampella adds:

 

We make these single-player missions that take up all the focus of the studio, that take a huge team six months to make, and players run through it in eight minutes. And how many people finish the single-player game? It's a small percentage. It's like, everyone plays through the first level, but 5% of people finish the game. Really, you split the team. They're two different games. They're balanced differently, they're scoped differently. But people spend hundreds of hours in the multiplayer experience versus 'as little time as possible rushing to the end' [in single-player]. So why do all the resources go there? To us it made sense to put it here. Now everybody sees all those resources, and multiplayer is better. For us it made sense.

 

Titanfall will be arriving on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC in early 2014.

HTC carves down executive pay after continued damages to their finances

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 22, 2013 9:30 am

HTC have been hurting for quite sometime now, with Apple and Samsung sucking up those precious consumers and even more precious profits. It looks like the Taiwanese company is cutting up executive pay, according to the Wall Street Journal.

 

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Compensation reached $22 million last year, with this figure including salaries, retirement pay, bonuses and profit sharing. These numbers are down 51.3% compared to the $45 million paid in the previous year. HTC chief executive Peter Chou and engineering and operations president, Fred Liu, saw their pay packages drop to $3.3 million last year - the first time in two years - with other executives seeing similar reductions.

 

We could see things turn around with Robert Downey Jr stepping up as the face of HTC, where the company will hand Iron Man himself $12 million to promote HTC around the world. Both HTC and Downey haven't confirmed the deal, but I'm sure we'll hear about it in the days and weeks to come, if it turns out to be true.

If Apple doesn't turn things around, CEO Tim Cook could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in shares

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 22, 2013 8:23 am

Apple has had a shocking past twelve months or so, where we've seen them fall from grace, and fast. I called it out, and was one of the first to see they were about to stumble, and now everyone else seems to have jumped on the TT bandwagon, which is nice.

 

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Now it seems that Tim Cook is about to feel all of that pain, with Apple's board changing the way the CEO's pay packet is handled. Here's what will happen: If Apple's stock outperforms the market over the next eight years, Cook will keep the one million Apple shares he has now - which he was set to receive no matter what happened to Apple stock. But, if Apple's stock continues to dwindle, which I think it will, Cook could lose up to 40% of his shares.

 

When Apple first gave Cook his original package, those one million shares were worth $376 million. At the peak of Apple's shares at the end of last year, those shares were worth a cool $705 million, and today? Just $413 million. Apple filed a document with the SEC, which says Cook "has the full support of the Board of Directors", noting that the way they give out bonuses is being changed to all of Apple's top execs.

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Fox announce release date for the Independence Day sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 22, 2013 8:11 am

It's been on-again and off-again since the blockbuster success of the 1996 original, but Twentieth Century Fox have officially dated the first of the mooted Independence Day sequels, once referred to as ID Forever Parts 1 and 2, but announced by Fox simply as Independence Day 2.

 

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Releasing on July 3rd 2015, within weeks of blockbusters such as Star Wars Episode VII, The Avengers 2, Assassins Creed, and likely Jurassic Park 4, Independence Day 2 will be co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin, the same team that brought us the original.

 

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No firm word yet on casting, but it believed that Will Smith may not star, from comments attributed to Emmerich earlier this year:

 

It's still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it's a little bit like the sons take over.

 

It is expected that Bill Pullman who played President Whitmore in the original will return.

Ex-Rooster Teeth contributor, David Dreger, found dead in West Vancouver

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 22, 2013 7:27 am

Former Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunter contributor, David "Knuckles Dawson" Dreger has been found dead at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. His body was noticed yesterday, according to a post by Dreger's family on the Facebook page that was setup to help find him. David's sister Danielle wrote on the page:

 

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We are thankful that the prayers for discovery made by everyone during this time have been answered. It is with deep sadness that we must let you all know that David's body was discovered on June 20 near Ambleside Park. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers, support and compassion. David was an exceptional, bright, caring and loving young man. We consider ourselves blessed to have had him in our lives, and are comforted knowing that he is now embraced in the arms of our Lord.

 

Dreger, 28, was reported missing in late May after last being seen on May 26 in his hometown of Vancouver. His bike and helmet were found the day after in Stanley Park, and he left his wallet, computer and phone at home, as well as closing his Twitter and Xbox Live accounts. The cause of his death hasn't been released yet.

Twitch.tv goes down, all users will need to restore passwords when it's back online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 22, 2013 6:58 am

Twitch.tv is down, and once it comes back online, all users will be requires to reset their passwords and stream keys. We know this, as the information is coming directly from their blog, which blames the outage on a caching issue with their web CDN partner.

 

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Some were worried that Twitch were hacked, but this isn't the case. The company has stated that they haven't been hacked and it should be back up shortly, but "10s of millions of accounts resets takes quite a bit of time".

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