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Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 3, their lower-end 7-inch 3G-capable tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 2:27 am

Samsung have just announced their latest addition to the constantly growing Galaxy range of devices, the Galaxy Tab 3. Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 3 features a 7-inch display running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

 

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The previous-generation Galaxy Tab 2 featured a 1GHz dual-core chip, with the Tab 3 receiving a slight upgrade to a 1.2GHz processor. 16GB of internal flash storage is on offer, up from the 8GB maximum on the Tab 2. We also have a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front facer on offer.

 

The resolution of the 7-inch display hasn't changed from the Tab 2, with the Tab 3 offering a 1024x600-pixel display, not even matching the 1280x800 display on the Nexus 7. There's no details on price at the moment, but Samsung have said that the Wi-Fi-only Tab 3 will be made available at the beginning of May, and will be followed by a 3G-capable model in June.

Twitter sends out memo to news organizations warning 'we believe that these attacks will continue'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 1:34 am

Twitter has issued a memo to news organizations around the world warning them that they believe the recent attacks on high-profile news accounts will continue. "We believe that these attacks will continue, and that news and media organizations will continue to be high value targets to hackers."

 

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Twitter pleads with the companies to help them keep their accounts safe. They encourage companies to designate one computer to use for Twitter...and not use them for general web surfing or checking e-mail. Rumors of Twitter's two-factor authentication system are still floating around. We imagine it's a bit more difficult for them to develop a system for an account that is often used by multiple people.

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Facebook said to be losing users in most lucrative markets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 1:05 am

Things aren't looking so bright for Facebook ahead of their first-quarter earnings announcement. According to several different groups tracking Facebook usage, numbers are down in some of the most lucrative markets. SocialBakers estimates that Facebook has lost around 6m US-based users in the past month alone.

 

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Further losses have been incurred around the world, with SocialBakers estimating Facebook has lost 1.4m UK users in the past month. Over the past six months, they estimate Facebook has lost around nine million monthly visitors in the US and two million in the UK.

 

New media specialist Ian Maude at Enders Analysis:

The problem is that, in the US and UK, most people who want to sign up for Facebook have already done it. There is a boredom factor where people like to try something new. Is Facebook going to go the way of Myspace? The risk is relatively small, but that is not to say it isn't there.

 

No one is saying that Facebook is heading the way of Myspace, but it looks like Facebook's massive growth is over, at least in the developed world. Facebook is still adding users in developing countries such as Brazil and India.

 

Jefferies' analysts agree with SocialBakers, stating that user levels may have declined from peak in the first quarter.

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Opera sues Trond Werner Hansen, claims he gave trade secrets to Mozilla

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 12:33 am

Trond Werner Hansen, a former Opera employee, has been sued by the company who alleges that he took trade secrets and gave them to Mozilla. Opera is looking to receive damages of 20 million kroner, or about $3.4 million US. Of course, Hansen denies that allegations, saying he has been "wrongly accused."

 

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Opera's lawyer Ole E. Tokvam:

Opera is of the opinion that the former employee has acted contrary to his contractual and other legal obligations towards Opera. Among other things, we claim that he is in breach of the duty of loyalty and his contractual and statutory confidentiality obligations.

 

Hansen has been forced to return to Norway for a hearing in late August. "The lawsuit caused me to have to return to Norway, instead of pursuing my album release and other art projects in New York," Hansen said. Hansen has provided a lot of background information in this blog post about his employment and a "green browser" project that Opera failed to become interested in.

 

Firefox is remaining out of it, noting that they were not implicated in the lawsuit: "Mozilla is not being sued, and is not implicated in the lawsuit. Mr. Hansen worked for a time as an independent contractor and is no longer affiliated with Mozilla Corporation."

Nintendo starts selling refurbished 3DS and DSi, offers normal one-year warranty

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 12:05 am

Looking to score a 3DS or DSi on the cheap? Nintendo has your back. Nintendo is now selling refurbished versions of the 3DS and DSi systems with the standard one-year warranty that comes with new devices. These refurbished devices are cleaned, tested, and inspected to make sure they meet Nintendo's standards.

 

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These deals are only available through Nintendo's official Store. The store warns that some of the consoles may come with "minor cosmetic blemishes." Pricing starts at $99.99 for a metallic rose DSi XL, but can go as high as $169.99 for a midnight purple 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D bundled in.

 

If you're in the market for a 3DS or DSi, head over to Nintendo's store.

Microsoft's latest Windows Phone ad makes fun of Samsung and Apple rivalry

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 11:33 pm

Are you an Android or Apple? Samsung has long played on Apple fans standing in line to get the latest iPhone in its advertisements. Microsoft apparently doesn't want to be left out, especially as Windows Phone continues to make small increases in market share. The following video will soon air on US TV stations:

 

 

The video pits Samsung and Apple users against each other after an Apple user asks one of the Samsung users to move his enormous phone. Of course, a fight breaks out between the two with insults flying back and forth. The advertisement ends with two of the wedding's servers standing calmly and talking about Windows Phone.

 

I feel that this ad is way more effective than Microsoft's Surface beatboxing ad that they ran a few months back. What do you think of the ad?

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SquareTrade drop tests Samsung Galaxy S4, compares to iPhone 5 and S3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 11:03 pm

SquareTrade has drop-tested the new Samsung Galaxy S4 and found that it is more breakable than the iPhone 5 of Galaxy S3. Normally device manufacturers would want to increase durability with each revision, though this is sometimes hard to do. You can see video of their drop test below:

 

 

SquareTrade also put together this interesting infographic that compares the results of their various tests. They find that the Galaxy S4 is more breakable than the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S3.

 

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The reason for the susceptibility to damage seems to be due to the large size. Not only is it harder to hold, it's also more fragile. Ty Shay of SquareTrade says, "Accidents are inevitable. We all know someone that has broken their phone. ... There is no denying the Samsung S4 is a terrific smartphone, but our results show it is not as forgiving as other devices to the clumsy among us."

Ubisoft's Watch Dogs said to be releasing in mid-November

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 10:33 pm

According to a Joystiq report, Ubisoft's much-anticipated game Watch Dogs will be releasing in mid-November. The report says that North America will be getting the game on November 19 and the United Kingdom will be getting it on November 22.

 

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Watch Dogs will be released on all current gaming systems, including the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U, as well as PC, the PlayStation 4, and next-generation consoles, such as the Xbox 720.

 

The UK version will reportedly be available in four different editions: Dedsec, Vigilante, Uplay, and Special Edition. Dedsec will come with a 23cm figurine, while the Vigilante will come with Aiden Pearce's cap and mask. Uplay, available through Ubisoft's digital distributioin network will reportedly come with a steelbook and the Special Edition will reportedly come with an extra single player mission. North American bundles are not currently known.

Virgin Galactic successfully completes first test flight of its commercial space plane

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 10:01 pm

Our readers seem to have quite an interest in space, and who wouldn't? As part of the commercialization of space and space travel, Virgin Galactic has successfully completed the first test flight of its space plane, which will eventually be used to take ordinary citizens into space.

 

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Don't start packing your bags quite yet, though, as Virgin Galactic didn't even make it into space on this first test flight. The plane behaved as expected and flew for around 10 minutes before returning to the ground. It was shuttled to an altitude of 47,000 feet before being released to fly on its own.

 

After being released, the plane flew up to 55,000 feet and broke the sound barrier. Virgin Galactic expect to test the plane in space by the end of the year and plan to have real flights for everyone available starting in 2015.

 

Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson:

The first powered flight of Virgin Spaceship Enterprise was without any doubt, our single most important flight test to date. For the first time, we were able to prove the key components of the system, fully integrated and in flight. Today's supersonic success opens the way for a rapid expansion of the spaceship's powered flight envelope, with a very realistic goal of full space flight by the year's end. We saw history in the making today and I couldn't be more proud of everyone involved.

Apple lays foundation for first-ever debt sale as part of stock buyback program

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 9:32 pm

Apple has laid the foundation for its first-ever debt sale. The company that has over $140 billion in cash and not a single penny of debt has decided to sell bonds in order to raise capital for its $60 billion share buyback program. It needs to raise capital because only about $45 billion of its cash is in the United States.

 

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Interestingly, Apple was not rated a Triple A rating, even with all of the cash it has on hand. It is expected that Apple could cheaply raise funds, possibly cheaper than Microsoft, due to the current interest rate and notoriety of Apple. Investors are expected to jump at the chance to buy up some of Apple's debt.

 

S&P rated Apple as AA+ for debt and Moody's rated it Aa1. Moody's analyst Gerald Granovsky:

 

Apple's Aa1 rating is not higher due to Moody's view that there are inherent long-run risks for any company with high exposure to shifting consumer preferences.

 

Bankers expect Apple to issue 10-year bonds at roughly 45bp-50bp over Treasuries. Microsoft, on the other hand, recently sold 10-year bonds at 70 basis points over Treasuries.

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