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Cydia Substrate and WinterBoard now available on Google Play Store

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 15, 2013 12:03 am

Jay Freeman, or Saurik around the jailbreak scene, has brought the Cydia Substrate and WinterBoard to the Google Play Store. While still in their infancy, these apps perform much of the same functions as they do on their iOS counterparts. Soon enough, Google Play will likely fill up with Android themes.

 

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As you would expect, these new apps require your Android device to be rooted, but most Android users who would be interested in these apps have already done that. For now, the Cydia Substrate doesn't do too much, but it should indicate that iOS jailbreak features will eventually make their way over to Android.

US VP Joe Biden says there is 'no legal reason' that violent media can't be taxed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 14, 2013 11:31 pm

According to United States Vice President Joe Biden, there is no reason that the United States government couldn't tax violent media. This means that we could soon see a violent media tax aimed at encouraging the reduction of violent media consumption. The tax would likely aim to function much like taxes on cigarettes and alcohol: to reduce consumption without making it illegal.

 

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In regards to Reverend Franklin Graham's idea of taxing violent media, Biden is quoted as telling Politico that there's "no restriction on the ability to do that; there's no legal reason why they couldn't." Funds raised by the tax would be used to help victims of gun-related violence.

 

It's not clear whether this would pass Congress or how much the tax would be. We will, of course, let you know of impending votes and other issues if this idea starts to gain traction.

Kaspersky security software to be preloaded on Android devices powered by Snapdragon processors

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 14, 2013 11:03 pm

Thanks to a licensing deal with Qualcomm, makers of the mobile Snapdragon processors, Kaspersky security software will now come pre-installed on Android systems powered by a Snapdragon processor. This will, theoretically, help with Kaspersky's market share and hopefully help Kaspersky become a household name for Android security.

 

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By itself, Kaspersky's apps normally retail for $15 and $20 for the smartphone and tablet version, respectively. Users are gaining this software for free, though some may not like the idea of more pre-loaded apps on devices that already have limited storage space.

 

Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Labs:

In Kaspersky Lab, we have a solid number of global companies we work with, and Qualcomm Technologies will be one of the most important among them. We are looking forward to providing solutions to a wide range of device manufacturers, who are designing and/or building Snapdragon-enabled mobile devices or tablets running on Android.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie poster debuts via Instagram

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 14, 2013 10:28 pm

In just over six months, fans of the Hunger Games trilogy will be treated with the next movie installment. Hunger Games: Catching Fire debuts on November 22 and the movie poster for the upcoming movie was released today via Instagram. Also embedded below, Lionsgate has released a Teaser Trailer for the upcoming movie.

 

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Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, stands confidently on top of a cliff holding a bow and arrow. Above her, the words "The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand" are emblazoned. Other stars in the upcoming movie include Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland

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ASRock's Z87 Extreme9/ac is first Intel 8 Series motherboard to receive Thunderbolt certification

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 14, 2013 10:03 pm

ASRock has announced that their top-of-the-line Z87 Extreme9/ac is the first Intel 8 Series motherboard to be awarded Thunderbolt certification from Intel. The Z87 Extreme9/ac is ASRock's highest performance motherboard designed for Intel's upcoming Haswell CPU's.

 

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Now the maestros of motherboard manufacturing, ASRock is the world's first to add more of these wonderful Thunderbolt ports to the upcoming Intel 8 Series motherboards! What's more, the company's top-of-the-line Z87 Extreme9/ac motherboard is the world's first Intel 8 Series motherboard to pass the Intel Thunderbolt certification. These Thunderbolt ports will come on ASRock's Z87 Extreme9/ac, which are allegedly arriving to the market very soon, along with dozens of other exciting new features, such as ASRock's A-Style.

 

We expect to see the Z87 Extreme9/ac at Computex during the first part of June. It, along with Intel's Haswell CPU's, should be one of the main highlights of the show.

 

For those who don't know, Thunderbolt is a connectivity platform developed by Intel that provides the ability to daisy-chain devices through a single Thunderbolt port.

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Das Keyboard unveils new Professional Quiet Keyboard, makes use of MX Red switches

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 14, 2013 9:34 pm

Das Keyboard has alerted us to their latest keyboard. The new Professional Quiet keyboard from Das Keyboard is a mechanical keyboard that aims to remove some of the noise often associated with mechanical keyboards. The Professional Quiet keyboard features a "quiet key design" that "doesn't peep."

 

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This baby doesn't peep. No clicks or clacks. You'll be able to rudely tweet your life while being on a boring Skype call and nobody will even notice. The new Quiet Key Design is not only, well, quiet, but also provides such an incredible tactile feel your fingers will think they are in finger heaven.

 

I can attest to both the quality and noise of the modern mechanical keyboard. I can also attest to the fact I've been hung up on for typing while being on the phone. I might have to pick up the new Professional Quiet keyboard so people can't tell I'm rude on the phone. To find out more, head over to Das Keyboard's website.

Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile to start selling BlackBerry Q10 this summer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2013 9:04 pm

American consumers will soon have expanded access to the BlackBerry Q10. Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile have all announced that they will be carrying the BlackBerry Q10 sometime this summer. Release schedules vary between carriers, but it looks as though T-Mobile and Verizon will be getting it before Sprint.

 

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In fact, business customers can already order the Q10 on T-Mobile and it will be delivered in about a week. General consumers on T-Mobile will have to wait until an unspecified time in June. The device will cost $579.99, or $99.99 down with T-Mobile's purchase plan.

 

Verizon will also be getting the device sometime in June, though a specific date has not been released. Verizon also has an exclusive lock on the white Q10, meaning you'll have to go Verizon if you want the white Q10.

 

Sprint will only say that they are getting the device in "late summer." Of course, "late summer" runs all the way up until the middle of September, so it looks as though Sprint customers will have to wait a bit longer for the Q10.

Microsoft makes it official: Windows Blue will be called Windows 8.1 and will be a free update

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 14, 2013 8:33 pm

Microsoft has made it official: The upcoming Windows Blue update will be referred to as Windows 8.1 and will be available free to all Windows 8 users. The first public preview of the software will be available in June in conjunction with Microsoft's BUILD conference. This remains the same as previously reported.

 

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Windows 8 has been seen somewhat as a failure. While it was received with much fan-fare, sales of the operating system have been quite low. Around 100 million licenses have been sold, but the install base is actually quite a bit less than that. Many are upset with the removal of the Start button, which is rumored to be coming back in 8.1.

 

Microsoft has gone with the Windows 8.1 nomenclature to indicate that it is just an update, not a whole new version. It's somewhat akin to a service pack. We'll be sure to get you the full technical details as soon as Microsoft details what they've changed for Windows 8.1.

NVIDIA puts SHIELD up for pre-order, will set you back $349

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2013 7:51 pm

NVIDIA has finally launched Project SHIELD as a completed project. Now called SHIELD, the portable gaming device will be available for pre-order starting May 20. SHIELD will be available from Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center, and Canada Computers, as well as shield.nvidia.com.

 

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The actual console will begin shipping sometime in June and should mark the introduction of the Tegra 4 processor. It's equipped with 16GB of on-board storage, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI out, a micro-USB 2.0, a mircoSD card slot, and a headphone jack. On the processor side of things, it features the Tegra 4, which has 72 GPU cores and four CPU cores. The Tegra 4 is coupled with 2GB of RAM. The screen is a 5-inch 720p touch-enabled display.

Rovio expands into game publishing with Rovio Stars

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2013 7:06 pm

Rovio, the creator behind the hit series Angry Birds, has announced that they will be expanding into the realm of game publishing. No longer will Angry Birds and its spinoffs be the sole source of revenue for the company. Now, Rovio will provide resources and exposure to third-party games they feel worthy of their attention.

 

 

One of the first games benefiting from Rovio's new publishing arm is Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage. You can see a trailer for the game embedded above. 5 Ant's Tony Thief will also be aided by Rovio Stars. We'll have to wait for a while to see how well Rovio Stars works. I'm sure plenty of people are hoping it doesn't become the next EA.

 

Welcome to Rovio Stars, the new mobile game publishing program from Rovio Entertainment! With more than 1.7 billion downloads and hundreds of millions of monthly active users, Rovio can introduce your game to a massive audience while supporting you with world-class marketing and PR. Our post-production services and extensive know-how take your game to all the relevant app stores, while our expert game teams can mentor you on fine-tuning your game and turning it into a blockbuster.

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