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Nokia's Lumia 920 to be $150 with AT&T, confirmed by Nokia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 5, 2012 8:33 am

Nokia's high-end Windows Phone 8-powered smartphone, the Lumia 920, will be $150 on-contract with AT&T. Nokia's mobile page for the Lumia 920 has confirmed this.




Previously, the Lumia 920 was priced at $150 in pre-sales at Best Buy and eBay, but the Finnish phone maker have now confirmed it themselves. The page which has now been altered, showed Windows Phone 8's tiled interface, with the top tile sporting a $150 price tag for the Lumia 920.


The Lumia 920 is set to launch later this year on-contract with AT&T for $150, and off-contract for $600. It should ship with a free charge pad, taking advantage of the Lumia's wireless charging feature.

Apple paid just 2% corporation tax on their profits outside of the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 5, 2012 7:36 am

Outside of the United States, Apple only paid a slither of their corporation tax - just 2%, according to their filings with US regulators. Apple paid $713 million in the year to September 29 on foreign pre-tax profits of $36.8 billion, a rate of just 1.9%.




It hasn't been suggested that their tax avoidance is anyway illegal, but considering the record profits they're making, it's a bit of a sour grape. Apple aren't the only ones doing so, with Starbucks, Facebook and Google paying low rates on overseas tax.


Apple paid just 2.5% in the previous year, as the company funnels most of their business in Europe through a subsidiary in the Republic of Ireland, which has much lower corporation tax than Britain. Ireland charges just 12.5% compared to Britain's 24%.

Nexus 4 pricing could be much higher outside of the Google Play store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 5, 2012 6:33 am

Google's Nexus 4 is nearly here, their new powerhouse smartphone co-developed with LG. The pricing on the Nexus 4 has really made the hairs on most people stand up at just $299/$349 for the 8GB and 16GB versions in the US. It's only a tad more overseas, too, at 299/€349 in Europe and £239/£279 in the U.K. with international availability at launch.




The Nexus 4 will launch on November 13 on Google's Play store, with shipping availability at launch in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia.


Android Central are reporting that pricing at retailers will be much higher, with retailers in Italy, Austria and Denmark reporting LG's direct MSRP (suggested pricing) will be somewhere in the €549 to €599 range.


LG's pricing of the Nexus 4 is pretty much out of Google's control, as LG are the ones selling the smartphones direct to retailers. Google selling their Nexus 4 devices direct to the consumer requires a bunch of regulatory approval and certification that might not be possible in certain countries just yet.

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Sony has been approved to launch the PlayStation 3 in China, finally

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 5, 2012 5:32 am

In China, game consoles are technically illegal, which has stopped Sony's PlayStation 3 from launching in the country, until now. The company have been approved to launch their now ageing console in China.




Authorities granted the PlayStation 3 a "China Compulsory Certificate" in July, but the PS3 has yet to have launched yet. Considering the PS3 launched in Japan close to six years ago, it is definitely behind the times in China. China pushed in a console ban in 2000 to protect the nation's youth, in turn, creating a booming grey-market for game consoles, and games themselves, pushing piracy numbers up considerably.


Consoles can be sold if they're labelled as home entertainment consoles, and thanks to Sony baking in a Blu-ray player into the console along with its many online capabilities, the PS3 is considered a home entertainment system anyway. Microsoft never released the Xbox 360 in China, and Nintendo didn't bother with the Wii, either.

More than 10% of all web browsing comes from smartphones, tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 5, 2012 4:41 am

We all know smartphones and tablets rule our lives now, but just how much do we use them to surf the Internet? Well, according to the latest data from NetMarketShare, it looks like it's a lot.




Their data points out that smartphones and tablets accounted for 10.3% of all web browsing in October, which is the first time it has broken through the 10% barrier.


More interesting is that mobile browsing was at just 7.2% of all browsing in March, meaning that we're seen an explosion of web browsing on mobile phones in the last few months alone. iOS-based smartphones and tablets like the iPhone and iPad account for around 60% of all web browsing in october 2012. Android devices scooped up a little over 27% of mobile web browsing.

RumorTT: Google working on new entry-level Nexus tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 5, 2012 3:36 am

We already have a super cheap $199 slate from Google, the amazing Nexus 7 tablet, but it looks like they're about to set that price bar a fair bit lower, again.




DigiTimes is reporting that the Mountain View-based company is working on an "entry-level Nexus tablet that has not yet been announced". Nothing more from this is known, but that is quite the tease.


What could we see? A $99 tablet? $149 maybe? What could Google do to reduce the pricing? We're already getting a quad-core tablet with a 7-inch 1280x800-pixel display running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for just $199. They could knock it down to 5-inch, a dual-core processor and keep Jelly Bean, while knocking $50-$100 off the price. That would surely shake the market up, a lot.

Kim Dotcom proposes new $400 million broadband plan for NZ

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Nov 4, 2012 12:41 pm

Well, Kim Dotcom is quite the great guy, isn't he? NZ Herald is reporting that the MegaUpload founder is proposing free broadband to the entire population of New Zealand, where he is looking to resurrect the Pacific Fibre cable connecting New Zealand with the US.




Dotcom revealed the plans just 24 hours ago, which would cost $400 million to complete, but doubling New Zealand's bandwidth. It would set up his new company, create countless jobs and a data center on offer to the rest of the world. Dotcom would provide New Zealand ISPs such as Telecom and Vodafone with free access for individual customers, and charge a fee for business and central government.


NZ residents would be charged a fee by ISPs, but it would be very, very low - down to around 1/5 of current broadband plans, and roughly three-to-five times faster, but best of all - no data limits. The $400 million would be partially funded by, with the rest of the funds coming from investors.

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Sony unveil redesigned PlayStation Store in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2012 11:27 am

Sony's PlayStation 3 is getting a bit old in the tooth now, but the Japanese company have just unveiled a completely redesigned PlayStation store that has gone live in North America.



Finding, and navigating on the new PlayStation Store with its flashy new UI is much easier than previous iterations of the PlayStation Store. The updated Store has new releases displayed prominently with prices, thankfully no longer hidden away under a bunch of icons.


It looks much cleaner, fresher, is faster to load and searching is far better than previous Stores. The video above will give you a good idea of what to expect.

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Apple's new iPad mini costs just $188 to build

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 4, 2012 10:35 am

Apple's new iPad mini is here, and as usual, we have a new teardown pricing report from IHS. Their teardown report states that Apple's new iPad mini Wi-Fi-only 16GB model costs just $188 to build.




The model may cost $188 to build, but it hits shelves for $329 - bumping up the memory to 32GB and 64GB adds $90 and $162, respectively. LG Display and AU Optronics supply the display for the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, with parts associated with the display costing around $80, or roughly 43% of the total Bill of Materials (BOM).


The screen uses a new technology which is known as GF2, which allows the overall display to be thinner than previous iPads. IHS analyst, Andrew Rassweiler, also head of the company's teardown team, says that the new technology is proving to be difficult to manufacture, and for the time being, increasing the costs of the display. Once these issues are resolved, the price on the iPad mini will also drop.

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Ace of Spades, an 8-bit, Minecraft-like team-based FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2012 8:27 am

There's a new team-based first-person shooter on the block called Ace of Spades, and most of you (including myself) have probably not even heard of it.




Well, the game is being made specifically with the gameplay found in Team Fortress in mind, wrapped in the 8-bit blocky Minecraft-like look, which also gives players in the game the freedom to build themselves a custom battlefield, on-the-go. Yes, while you're defending, shooting, and running away from bullets, you'll be making your own battlefield.


Ace of Spades supports up to 32 simultaneous players in a world that is completely destructible, and just like Minecraft, players are only limited by their own creativity in building their surroundings. Ace of Spades is a PC-exclusive (yay!) and has been in development since April 2011, with the beta sporting around 2.5 million players.




Ace of Spades will reach Steam in December this year for a "small fee". You can check out the official website here, and also check out their Facebook page where you can register to win a free copy of the game.

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