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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.

Leap Motion to leap onto retail shelves on July 28th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 3:07 am

Today Leap Motion launched what is being billed as the "Worlds most accurate 3-D motion control technology." The software allows people to control their computers with natural hand and finger gestures much in the way that motion tracking WebCam software works. Alongside the software they launched, the company opened up its AirSpace platform, a sort of App Store that is exclusive to the Leap Motion controller.

 

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The company also announced that beginning July 28 the actual Leap Motion Controllers will be available for purchase in Best Buy stores across the United States at a price point of $79.99. Customers in the UK are able to purchase from Amazon and the company has partnered up with ASUS and HP to offer bundled packages with select computers from each manufacturer.

 

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Leap Motion went on to say that at launch the Airspace Store contained over 75 applications that were purpose built by developers and more than four countries. The apps range from free to paid and spans the width of many categories. The Leap Motion controller works with computers running Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It requires a minimum of an Intel Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ II processor, 2 GB RAM and a USB 2.0 port.

Telstra pull out on their plans to acquire Adam Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 2:42 am

We reported back in October of last year that Telstra were to acquire SA-based ISP, Adam Internet. Well, it looks like the buyout has been vetoed after the parties failed yet again to receive approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

 

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The ACCC had been working toward making a decision on the acquisition by February 7, but Telstra asked for a suspension of the request for two weeks. iiNet, Macquirie Telecom and Vodafone Hutchinson Australia had been on the ACCC's back to reject the buyout. Telstra's chief customer service officer, Gordon Ballantyne, has said that "in the end, [Telstra] had not been able to secure approval from the ACCC by the contractual end date."

 

He added: "we are very disappointed by this outcome." Adam Internet's Executive Chairman, Greg Hicks, has called the situation "unfortunate". Hicks continued: "[We are] disappointed this important condition precedent could not be achieved in a commercially acceptable time frame, and therefore we will no longer be proceeding."

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Gateway unveils new laptops, also updates their lineup of desktops

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 2:30 am

Today Gateway announced two new versions of its NE series laptops as well as updates to its DX, SX, and ZX desktop PCs. The company released new 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch versions of the NE series that are slimmer than the previous models and now feature AMD A4 and A6 processors. Additionally, the company now offers both laptops with up to 1 TB of storage.

 

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The companies desktops did not change much aesthetically but as far as internals go there have been some pretty significant updates. The SX and DX desktops now feature Intel's fourth-generation Core, or "Haswell" processors, or AMD's A Series of APUs. Furthermore the company released a new version of its all-in-one One ZX desktop that features a 3GHz Pentium processor and a 21.5-inch LCD.

 

The new 15.6-inch NE will be sold at a pricing point of $380 while the 17.3-inch model will retail for $450. The entry-level DX desktop will run $289 while the smaller SX starts at $398, and the all-in-one will lighten your wallet by $530. The company also introduced a new KX Series of desktop displays that start at $99 for a 19.5-inch screen.

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