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Spotify now publishes top 50 charts as free-to-play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 22, 2013 5:32 am

Spotify have started publishing a top 50 list of the most streamed and most shares music through their streaming service. The top 50 lists are being made available as widgets for website owners, who can embed them on their websites.

 

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Best of all, music lovers can listen to the top 50 tracks for free, without having to sign in or even register for Spotify. Why are Spotify doing this? Well, it would be a great way to get users to notice the service, take a look around, enjoy it and then sign up for their premium subscription. Right now, the music streaming service features over 24 million active users, but only 6 million of those are paid subscribers.

 

The top 50 charts should update automatically every Monday at around noon EST, with charts from previous weeks continuing to be made available for review, but it's not clear if users will be able to stream from them.

Intel appoints Mike Bell to lead their newly-opened emergent technology and product trend group

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2013 4:35 am

Intel have just appointed Mike Bell in charge of their new emergent technology and product trend group, which will include ultra-mobile devices. This new division, according to Intel will be "tasked with turning cool technology and business model innovations into products that shape and lead markets".

 

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Before Bell took on the lead of the new group, he previously let the chipmaker's mobile chip business. Before joining Intel, Bell spent 16 years with Apple, where he actually had a hand in the early work on the iPhone. This new move is part of Intel's internal reorganization by fresh CEO Brian Krzanich.

Detailed specs on the Xbox One, is the PS4 the superior next-gen console?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2013 3:32 am

Last night we bought you a live blog of the Microsoft Xbox One event, where we shared some details at the time of the specifications of Microsoft's next-gen console. Now we have some more details, not all, but more details on their console, which we'll show you below:

 

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  • CPU: 8-core custom-built processor by Microsoft
  • GPU: DirectX 11.1 GPU with 32MB of embedded memory
  • RAM: 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Storage: 500GB
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray/DVD combo drive
  • I/O: USB 3.0
  • Communications: Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11n & Wi-Fi Direct
  • Connectivity: HDMI input and output, 1080p and 4K support, Optical output
  • Controller: Xbox One controller with redesigned directional pad
  • Motion Control: Next-gen Kinect camera, with 250,000-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p camera
  • Price: TBA
  • Availability: Later this year

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Sony stock sees a surge after the Xbox One was unveiled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2013 2:35 am

Just under twelve hours ago now, Microsoft unveiled their next-generation console, the Xbox One. Funnily enough, at the same time, Sony saw their stock prices lift by a decent margin, from $20.94 to $22.55 when Microsoft started the Xbox One event.

 

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Microsoft's stock price didn't shift all that much during or after the event, simply moving from $34.99 to $35.02. It seems as though I wasn't the only one that wasn't blown away by the Microsoft Xbox One, so could this be the start of something interesting for Sony?

RumorTT: Samsung working on fingerprint scanning technology?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 22, 2013 2:02 am

According to SamMobile who got their hands on a leaked firmware for the Galaxy S3, Samsung is working on some sort of fingerprint scanning technology. SamMobile draws this conclusion because of some specific image files found inside the firmware. While it does suggest that some sort of fingerprint technology may be on its way, it doesn't say exactly what it will be used for or how.

 

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Another strange thing about this rumor is that the files reportedly come from a Galaxy S3 firmware. Unless Samsung did some modification to a Galaxy S3, it's highly unlikely that they'd be including this into a firmware destined for a device that doesn't feature a fingerprint reader. Rumors have also circulated that Apple will be including a fingerprint reader on its next iPhone.

 

It's time for a bit of speculation: what do you think the images above indicate? What is Samsung working on? Let us know in the comments!

RumorTT: Flickr, Vimeo to see similar iOS integration as Twitter and Facebook

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 22, 2013 1:33 am

A new report claims that Flickr and Vimeo could see similar deep iOS integration. The report, published by 9to5mac, says that Apple is looking to increase the number of third-party social networks that are integrated within the operating system itself. This report comes ahead of this year's WWDC where it is widely expected that Apple will unveil iOS 7.

 

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The report cites a person familiar with the software, though the final version of iOS 7 could still be radically different than what this person has seen. The integration would be extremely similar to the integration enjoyed by Facebook or Twitter. A single log on would allow you to share numerous things around the OS seamlessly.

 

As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt. However, if it does come to pass, you'll be able to read about it here.

RumorTT: Next iPad to be 33% lighter, thinner due to new touchscreen technology

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 21, 2013 11:02 pm

Another day, another Apple rumor. This latest rumor says that the upcoming iPad will be around 33 percent lighter and also thinner thanks to new touchscreen technology. The latest rumor comes courtesy of Digitimes who cites upstream supply chain insiders. Trial production is said to start in July.

 

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The iPad is said to be losing the weight by switching to a new GF Ditto (GF2) design. The current iPad makes use of a G/G touch structure that requires two panes of glass. The new DF2 technology only requires one layer of glass, which reduces the weight and thickness of the display assembly.

 

This will reportedly slim the iPad by around two-tenths of a millimeter, a rather small amount. The bezel is also reportedly slimmer than previous models. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt.

Xbox One's new Kinect raises privacy concerns over always-on listening

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 10:27 pm

The new Xbox One is quite the machine, especially its new Kinect sensor. The Kinect sensor, which is now included and a required part of the Xbox, will respond to voice commands, even when off. It was pretty cool when the Xbox One turned on simply by saying "Xbox on."

 

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But then reality set in. This means that the Xbox is always listening to you, even when off. It has the ability to understand and process what you're saying when the device is off. And this is where the privacy concerns set it. Now, let's be clear: We aren't saying Microsoft is recording everything that the Xbox One hears, but it isn't out of the realm of possibility.

 

We highly doubt that Microsoft would ever use the Kinect to spy on consumers. We're more worried about a possible virus or malicious actor gaining access to the Kinect sensors that will be on every Xbox One. After all, the new Xbox uses a PC architecture and runs a Windows kernel so it's not beyond the realm of possibility that this could happen.

 

We'll have to wait until some more information is made available by Microsoft, but this does give me reason to hold off on purchasing a new Xbox One.

Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal trailer posted up online, pre-order now available

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 10:03 pm

If you followed our Live Coverage of the Xbox One reveal, you'll know that I was quite excited by Call of Duty: Ghosts, specifically the inclusion of dogs. During the Xbox event, Activision/Infinity Ward showed of the world premiere trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts. That trailer has now been published to YouTube:

 

 

Pre-orders were also put up with the trailer at Call of Duty's website. As expected, the game will set you back right around $60, which is the going rate for an Xbox 360 game. Pre-orders for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version are not currently available.

 

Watch the trailer above and let us know what you think of the game!

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Xbox One will not feature support for Xbox 360 games, will play original Xbox games through emulation

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 9:33 pm

Bad news for those who have a large Xbox 360 game library: the new Xbox One will not feature backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games. According to Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten, there will be zero backwards compatibility, mostly due to the fact that the architectures are completely different.

 

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No, there's not. The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn't really work from that perspective.

 

Not only will Xbox 360 discs not work, any Xbox Live Arcade game built for the Xbox 360 will need to be rebuilt to support the new platform. However, the Xbox One will support many titles from the original Xbox through emulation. Furthermore, Microsoft has no plans of discontinuing the Xbox 360 meaning you'll be able to buy a new one should yours break for the foreseeable future.

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