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Google inks deal with Paramount, will allow 500 more films to be added to both YouTube and Google Play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 2:29 am

The Internet is the future, and the future is Google. We all know this, but how will it happen? Well, YouTube have just announced a content deal with Paramount which will see 500 new movies being made available to the popular video-sharing site. Google Play, which is formerly known as the Android Market, will also enjoy the boost in additional content.

 

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We don't know which movies will be included in the new content deal, but the content is said to be added over the next few weeks to both YouTube and Google Play's movie libraries. At the moment, U.S. and Canada will benefit from the injection of flicks, which means there should be some exclusivity, for now.

 

YouTube can now rest easy, being capable of boasting that they have content deals with five out of the six major movie studios, and its rental library now proud parents to over 9,000 movies.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin gets caught wearing Project Glass prototype in person

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 1:32 am

A little situation of 'why him and not me', Google co-founder Sergey Brin was testing out their Project Glass augmented reality HUD out in public. He was spotted sporting the glasses at a Dining in the Dark charity event for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

 

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Robert Scoble and Thomas Hawk were lucky enough to be at the same dinner, where they spotted Sergey wearing the glasses. Sergey explained that the glasses were a prototype, where they could see a "bluish light" flashing off his right eyeball. Scoble guesses the light meant that his Google+ profile was pulled up on Sergey's glasses, thanks to its augmented reality and always-on Internet connection.

 

He continued saying that most people around them had no idea that the glasses are actually different to normal specs. All I can say is, I want them and I want them now. So jealous.

Samsung's GALAXY Tab 2 10.1" gets priced, just $399.99 for the 8GB model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:33 am

Samsung's iPad competitor, their GALAXY Tab range has a new entry and it has better pricing than ever, the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1-inch tablet will start at just $399.99. The $399.99 pricing is coming from Office Depot of all places, but hey, no one can complain about that price.

 

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Considering most 10.1-inch tablets are at the $499-or-so mark, this is a great price bracket to hit. It's only 8GB, but the GALAXY Tab 2 range has expandable storage through microSD card, and its not like they're overly expensive for an 8, 16 or 32GB card.

 

You can hit up the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 right now at that price, and be sure to let us know how she performs. Strangely, when I looked, it wasn't there. We'll keep an eye on it for now.

Noctua gets you ready for Spring with April TweakTown BF3 Contest

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 7, 2012 2:38 pm

TweakTown and Noctua are teaming up for the April Battlefield 3 contest. Noctua, market of premium grade CPU heatsinks, fans and thermal paste will give away three prize packages to the top three point scores spread across the two TweakTown Battlefield 3 game servers.

 

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This contest is a little different than last month's contest that only took place on the Air Maps Server. TweakTown now has the Infantry Server up and running. The combined scores of both servers will be combined to determine the top three players by server score.

 

  • 1st Place: Noctua NH-D14 + 2 NF-F12 Fans
  • 2nd Place: Noctua NH-14 + 1 NF-F12 Fan
  • 3rd Place: Noctua NH-L12

 

This is an amazing prize package donated by Noctua!

 

The fine print: Winners cannot have won a TweakTown sponsored Battlefield 3 Prize Package in the last 6 months. You will also need to post your in game name in this forum thread. This contest runs throughout April and scores will be calculated April 30th at 11:59 PM. Winners will be contacted by May 5th.

Samsung announces record profits

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 11:27 pm

In stark contrast to the bleak news regarding HTC's financials, Samsung has reported record profits today as the first-quarter revenue is reported. Samsung close to doubled its profits from this time last year by bringing in $5.1 billion in profits which is up from $2.95 billion last year.

 

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The figures have been helped along by the sales of the hot Galaxy lines of smartphones and tablets. The two main devices that aided these record profits have been the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Note. Sales of TVs, such as my own, have also helped propel the figures into the record setting range. "Sales of new models of smartphones, such as the Note, were better than expected," analyst James Strong told Bloomberg.

 

"They have a good line-up of new products, so they will be able to keep the momentum alive for two or three quarters, at least." Another analyst speculates that Samsung shipped 44 million smartphones during the first 3 months of the year. This would make Samsung the biggest manufacturer in the world for that time period.

 

That figure would be three times as many smartphones as last year, and beat out Apple iPhone sales by a significant margin. With the Galaxy S3 in the works and the hype surrounding it, it would appear that Samsung's profits won't be taking a downward turn for a good while.

HTC's first quarter sales drop by 35% year-over-year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 10:37 pm

HTC continues down a bumpy road as sales continue to drop. The cell phone manufacturer who used to be the baby of the Android market has seen sales slump starting with the second-half of last year. These numbers, at least, are pretty close to what the company had warned investors to expect.

 

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HTC predicted these numbers in February when they last reported earnings. The company had been seeing sales doubling from year-ago levels until they hit a wall in the second-half of last year. HTC is struggling among competition from Samsung and Apple. Samsung is reporting record profits while HTC is seeing this slump, so it's not the market that is causing this.

 

HTC will be hoping to turn things around with its new line of high-end Android phones dubbed "One." The company has sunk a lot of money into a worldwide ad campaign. Also this week, HTC announced a new Evo-branded phone which is among the first for Sprint's new LTE network.

Twitter files lawsuit against spammers and creators of spamming tools

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 9:35 pm

Twitter has redoubled its effort and commitment to fighting spam on the micro-blogging site by filing a lawsuit in the San Francisco federal court. The lawsuit names 5 of the most prolific spam tool providers, and the people that use them to flood the service with junk messages. The suit alleges that the people have broken the site's rules banning spam.

 

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The 5 named are TweetAttacks, TweetAdder, TweetBuddy, James Lucero and Garland Harris. The total cost of combating these spammers? The suit says Twitter incurred bills of at least $700,000, with an incredible $300,000 of that dedicated to TweetBuddy alone. It's not clear just how much spam Twitter removes each day, but they do say that they now process an incredible 350 million tweets a day from 140 million active users.

 

"With this suit, we're going straight to the source," the company wrote on their blog yesterday. "By shutting down tool providers, we will prevent other spammers from having these services at their disposal. Further, we hope the suit acts as a deterrent to other spammers, demonstrating the strength of our commitment to keep them off Twitter."

Next Generation Of E-Ink Kindle To Sport New Front-Lit Screen

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 8:34 pm

Someone who lives in Seattle has found a nice piece of information regarding the upcoming Kindle's screen. It would appear that the new Kindle will feature a screen that is front-lit as opposed to most LCDs theses days which are back-lit. Amazon, apparently, purchased a company which was the world leader in light-guide technology.

 

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The device which was seen by our friends over at TechCrunch was crudely camouflaged inside a cardboard box. The screen was, obviously, clearly visible from the box. I say obviously because it would be pointless to have the device if you couldn't use it. The viewer describes the screen as a soft glow as opposed to the harsh "flashlight" of a back-lit LCD.

 

Size and shape were impossible to tell due to the cardboard camouflaging it. This should be a nice change from the current generation of e-readers which feature an e-ink screen which isn't quite the same as paper. I still prefer my books in paper, but it looks like that could change with this new Kindle.

Doom, Quake creator John Romero making MMO first-person shooter

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 7:33 pm

The creator of the iconic 3D FPS game genre, John Romero, has discussed his plans regarding creating another first-person shooter after his notorious failure Daikatana. Work hasn't begun on the game quite yet, but Romero says that he knows what it's going to be like and he thinks it's pretty cool.

 

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"I'm definitely going to be making another shooter and it will be on PC first. I don't want to talk about the details but I already know what it is," said Romero. "I've already kind of designed the thing and it's pretty cool-though of course, I am going to say that." He does go over some of the specifics of the MMO portion of the game:

 

It's a persistent game, it has persistent player data, the character grows and gets better over time. You will be playing the game as you would expect a shooter to feel, but the specifics of your situation, narrative wrapper and reward system are all unique.

 

He also says that it won't be like today's popular shooters. In other words, players won't be bullet sponges or able to tank:

 

I'm not a fan of cover systems or the player being a bullet sponge. I'm not that interested in the tank-like player; I like feeling that I have skill in the game. I love twitch 180s, fast targeting, fast firing, fast movement. So anything that's not like that-like current shooters that are basically a track going through a level to the exit and everything is closed off-is not interesting to me.

Flurry Revamps Its Free Mobile App Analytics With Custom Tracking and Alerts

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 6:28 pm

San Francisco-based Flurry hardly makes any direct revenue from its mobile app analytics, yet the product has become so popular that 1/3 of iOS apps and 1/4 Android ones downloaded from Google's Android app store includes it. The company, revenue aside, is revamping the app to include several more features.

 

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These new features are custom dashboards, alerts and funnel analysis. These allow users of the software to more easily see what they want and need to see. This includes important metrics such as user retention or the number of users who complete an in-app purchases. Alerts can be set up to alert a developer if usage suddenly spikes or decreases.

 

The app has some incredible stats associated with it. The company sees about 500 million unique smartphones or tablets per month, tracks 300 billion data transactions per month and sees 1.2 billion sessions per day. All of these are continuing to increase as well. The free price tag is pretty attractive and has pulled down the market prices for in-app analytics.

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