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Samsung to launch their 55-inch curved OLED TV in the US this week, close your eyes and hand over $15,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 10:27 am

If you've got a spare $15,000 laying around, and let's face it, who hasn't these days* then you should consider buying Samsung's 55-inch curved OLED TV that is set to launch in the US this week.

 

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The South Korean electronics giant are set to send the 55-inch curved OLED HDTV to "select dealers" in the United States this week. One of which will be New York-based Value Electronics, who says their shipment is already on its way. Prepare your credit cards, folks, because $15,000 for a single TV is quite insane.

 

*ultimate form of sarcasm.

Newlyweds to begin 'Life on Bitcoin' documentary, will live on the digital currency exclusively for three months in the US

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

I still haven't gotten into Bitcoin myself, mainly because I live in a country that is behind in technology: Australia. But, a couple will be living in Utah after spending ten days on a tropical honeymoon in Costa Rica, purely on Bitcoin.

 

 

It's a tough challenge, a pure 90-day challenge dubbed "Married... With Bitcoin." Austin Craig and Beccy Bingham have a tough road ahead of them, with Craig saying to Forbes during an interview: "The goal is to find out how developed the Bitcoin ecosystem is, what needs to change, and how easy it is to use, understand, and explain."

 

The three-month challenge is being documented in a number of ways - Facebook, Twitter, blogging and YouTube clips as well as a documentary called "Life on Bitcoin." They announced their plans last month on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, where they raised over $72,000 as well as 82 Bitcoins, which are valued at the current valuation of $7,000 or so.

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Netflix gained 630,000 more subscribers thanks to Arrested Development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 8:23 am

The fourth season of Arrested Development was a huge success for Netflix, where they added 630,000 more subscribers in the US during Q2 2013. Investors were hoping for an additional 900,000 or so new customers, but you can't really complain at over half a million more, can you?

 

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The figures come from Netflix's latest announcement, where we also found out they earned 49 cents per share during the quarter, higher than the Wall Street estimates of around 40 cents. They generated $1.07 billion of revenue, which fell within Wall Street's expectations. We can expect Netflix to go forth with more original programming, such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

 

Oh, and we can't forget the talks of a fifth season of Arrested Development, either.

Apple passes 1 billion podcast subscriptions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 7:26 am

Apple introduced podcasts as a huge part of iTunes eight years ago now, and in that time they've seen some mammoth success with their software. It has become the center of Apple's consumers digital lives.

 

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Now, the company have passed 1 billion podcast subscriptions, with the milestone being celebrated. Apple are using the milestone to highlight some of their most popular podcasts, which include This American Life, TWiT and All Songs Considered, as well as an upcoming program called The Alton Browncast. I would've expected more from the milestone, such as the company giving away something for free, but whatever, Apple.

QuakeCon 2013 will include Quake Live and Doom tournaments, get your trigger finger ready

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 6:29 am

I've always wanted to attend QuakeCon, but that's what you get when you live in Australia. Well, the organizers of the event have unveiled the lineup of tournaments, which includes Quake Live and Doom.

 

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There will be tournaments divided into three categories, up first we have the Intel Quake Live Duel Invitational Master, which will pit known professionals and top Quake Live competitors against each other in an exclusive tournament. We will have up to 32 of the world's best Quake Live players competing for $18,000 in prize money, with competitors being hand-picked by event organizers.

 

The second competition will be a Quake Live Clan Arena 3v3 tournament, which is open to all. Up to 32 teams will participate in a single elimination bracket, with the top two teams duking it out in the grand finals. There will be $6,000 up for grabs in this tournament.

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Leaked camera interface of the upcoming Moto X arrives online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 5:29 am

We should expect the Moto X to be fully unveiled on August 1, but between now and then we'd like to share the camera interface with you. Android Police have an awesome exclusive here, showing the very clean, slick camera interface.

 

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The control wheel that swipes in from the left hand side has been updated, which definitely looks better than what Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean has now. Swiping in from the right will take you into the Gallery, something that I quite enjoy on my Nexus 4. There's also a "SLO" icon, which will take you into a slow-motion video mode.

 

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Android Police go into some great detail on the Moto X's new camera interface, and we suggest you definitely take a look.

Both next-gen consoles constantly record your gameplay, with the recording ability being pushed as being 'social'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 4:29 am

Earlier today we reported about the Xbox One recording the last five minutes of your gameplay, but now Sony have confirmed that the PS4 will keep a 15-minute buffer of your gameplay.

 

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The PS4 goes a little further, though, with a dedicated social "Share" button built directly into the controller. We have no idea if gamers will actually use these functions yet, but it would be nice to go back through your last few minutes of gameplay for sharing purposes. I wonder if it records all of the audio through the various microphones, and Kinect?

Samsung releases more details on their new Exynos 5 Octa processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 4:07 am

A few days ago we reported about Samsung's new Exynos 5 Octa processor, but now we have some more details on the system-on-a-chip (SoC).

 

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The new refreshed 5420 variant of the SoC is based on Mali-T628 MP5 silicon and features four ARM Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.8GHz and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7s in an ARM big.LITTLE configuration. Samsung are claiming that the refreshed 8-core SoC features 20% more CPU processing power, too.

 

We also have dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz, which will provide the processor with an insane 1.49GBps of bandwidth, which will help out with that Full HD Wi-Fi display support. Image compression technology is involved, which will help save battery power and use efficient multimedia loading, pushing out more hours of use with high resolution displays.

 

We don't know which devices will be powered by these new 8-core, energy-efficient processors, but that information should arrive in the coming weeks.

Verizon rolls out new 500Mbs FiOS Quantum internet tier package, will cost $369 per month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 3:44 am

Today Verizon launched its fastest Internet package ever on its FiOS Cable and ISP service. FiOS' new Quantum Tier is capable of 500Mbs downstream and 100Mbs upstream, which is blazingly fast when compared to any other Internet connection package offered by Verizon. In true form the company has placed a premium on the new service which will set you back $369 per month. When combined with a residential cable package the new Quantum service will only cost you $309.99.

 

 

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The new uber fast service would not be from Verizon if it didn't include a two-year service agreement although the company does say that users can purchase the service in a month-to-month basis without an annual service agreement but they failed to provide any pricing structure for that plan. Verizon says that the new Quantum tier will be available in all markets where FiOS is installed but not everyone will have the service until sometime next year.

Xbox One said to continually record the last five minutes of gameplay of every game

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 3:27 am

Today Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One will continually record the last five minutes of gameplay for any game that you're playing. The company says that this is so you can share any last-minute achievements, feeds, or skills after the game has ended. We knew the console would already create clips automatically when you unlock achievements which can then be shared with your friends, but the recording of the last five minutes of gameplay is entirely new news to us.

 

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"The idea is you're always recording. The last five minutes of any game you're playing is always being stored locally on your hard drive," said Ken Lobb of Microsoft Studios during an interview with GameSpot at Comic-Con 2013. This means that you can use command such as "Xbox record that" which will instantly save the last 30 seconds of gameplay or you can choose to trek through the full five minutes of footage to edit down to the key parts.

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