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Google gets approval from city council to buy iProvo fiber network for a massive $1

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 8:03 pm

The title doesn't have a typo; The Provo Municipal Council voted Tuesday in a unanimous decision to allow Google to acquire the iProvo fiber network for a total price of $1. Not only is Google getting a steal on the fiber network, the city has agreed to pay approximately $722,000 for equipment to use the gigabit network for government services and $500,000 to determine the exact locations of the buried fiber cables.




Google will, in exchange, take ownership and control of the existing fiber network. They will provide free 5Mbps/1Mbps connections to all of Provo's residents for at least seven years. Additionally, Google will provide free gigabit connections to 25 different public institutions.


Provo, Utah will be the third Google Fiber city. "It gets back to our origins as a company...our customers cared about speed," said Google's director of community affairs.

Microsoft advertises Xbox event: 'A new generation revealed'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 7:14 pm

Earlier today, I turned on my Xbox to watch a bit of Netflix and discovered the homepage featured an advertisement for an upcoming Microsoft event. That's right, Microsoft is advertising an event at which the next generation Xbox will be unveiled. Microsoft is trying to get the #XboxReveal hashtag trending, as seen in the picture below.




We will hopefully be able to feast our eyes on the next-gen Xbox 720 on May 21 at 10am PDT. Interested parties can watch the event on Xbox Live, or Spike TV. We will, of course, have full coverage of the event here in case you miss it. We also figure Microsoft will offer the event for replay.


We've seen a number of rumors about the upcoming Xbox 720. Just which would you like to prove true?

Giada introduces new Android 7-inch tablet, the T720

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 6:30 pm

This morning Giada, a company most often associated with their Android based mini-PCs, unveiled a sleek new tablet based on Android. Dubbed the T720, the new tablet is packed with some powerful features.




Featuring Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich, the T720 is a lightweight tablet that is powered by dual-core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM and a Mali-400 GPU. This equates to smooth and rich graphics on the 7" 1280x800 IPS display.




The T720 packs in 8GB of onboard storage which can be enlarged by the addition of a microSD card. The tablet features USB 2.0, HDMI and 802.11 B/G/N connectivity as well as Bluetooth 4.0. A 0.3MP front camera and 2MP rear camera are also put to use on the device, while a 4,000mAh battery gives the T720 5-7 hours of continuous use.

Acer announces new Liquid E2 quad-core Android 4.2 smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 6:06 pm

Acer has been pretty silent on the smartphone front since January when it launched the Liquid E1. This morning Acer announced its next generation smartphone, the Liquid E2.




The Liquid E2 features a quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A7 processor, 4.5" qHD IPS display, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which can be augmented by a MicroSD card. Photo capturing task are handled by an 8MP rear camera that can shoot 1080p video at 30FPS. Android 4.2 is the operating system of choice.




The E2 is HSPA+ compatible and is available with a dual SIM card option. It is expected to release mid-May in Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, France, followed by Spain, UK, Italy, Germany and Russia, with a suggested retail price of 229 Euros. Dual SIM version pricing has not yet been announced.

LeakedTT: Next Call of Duty game to be called 'Ghosts', not Modern Warfare 4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 5:36 pm

The next game in the Call of Duty (COD) series has just been leaked thanks to US retailer Target and UK retailer Tesco. Target let the name slip in an advertisement which offered $10 off any game when you reserve your copy of Call of Duty Ghosts.




Tesco actually leaked box art on their website, which appears to have now been removed from their website. Thankfully, Joystiq managed to grab a screenshot before it was taken down. Each retailer posted a separate release date in the November and December time frame, which is traditionally on par for the series.




Judging by the box art above, the game does appear to be developed by Infinity Ward and Activision.

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Sprint sells 1.5 million iPhone's in Q1, loses one million customers and posts a $643 million net loss

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 4:51 pm

The US' third largest carrier has just posted its first quarter financial report and things are not looking very good. The company posted a positive operating revenue of $29 million, but that is about all the good news there is.




Sprint says that it sold five million smartphones in Q1, which includes 1.5 million Apple iPhone's. Despite these high sales numbers, the company reported an overall net loss of $643 million, on total revenue of $8.79 billion. The company lost about one million subscribers, part of which were the direct result of Sprint beginning to shut down the Nextel network.


Subscribers to Sprint should not worry too much, though. The company is continuing to invest in infrastructure and has rolled out its LTE network in over 88 cities now, 30 of which were launched in Q1. The company says that it plans to continue that roll-out to another 170+ cities in the coming months.

Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone launch delayed at T-Mobile, sees delivery issues

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 4:16 pm

T-Mobile had high hopes to be the first to market with Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy S4, but it appears that the company will most likely be the third company to offer retail sales of the device in the US market. Late Tuesday night the company issued a statement that said it has been forced to delay the Galaxy S4 launch due to unexpected inventory deliveries.




T-Mobile will now begin offering the Galaxy S4 for sale on Monday April 29th, a full two days after rivals Sprint and AT&T begin selling the device. While to some two days is no big deal, T-Mobile was hoping to cash in on the early adopters who wanted the latest and greatest, but wanted to forgo the annual contract that comes with a new phone.


In a statement T-Mobile said:


We know customers are really looking forward to getting their new Samsung Galaxy S 4 soon. However, due to an unexpected delay with inventory deliveries, the Galaxy S 4 will not be available on as planned on Wednesday, April 24. Instead, online availability is expected to begin on Monday, April 29. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working with Samsung to deliver the device to T-Mobile customers as soon as possible.

Digital Storm's new Vanquish line of PCs ends the DIY vs. pre-built debate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 4:00 pm

For so long, a pre-built gaming PC cost so much more than a DIY rig. The DIY rigs are always down to the components chosen, and the skill of the system builder, but now Digital Storm are going to take not only the headache out of building an awesome gaming PC, but the extra cost of it, too.



Enter the Vanquish line of PCs from Digital Storm, which reduces the gap between DIY and pre-built PCs to between $23 and $58. The Vanquish line of PCs is a "carefully optimized selection of brand name, high-performance components to deliver a fluid smooth game playing experience".

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Nintendo sees operating loss for the second year in a row, poor Wii U sales

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 3:27 pm

Things are looking pretty middle of the road for gaming giant Nintendo as the company just closed out its financial year with an operational loss, but saw gains in net income.




Nintendo is expected to announce an 18.7 billion dollar loss for the 2012 fiscal year that just ended March 31st. This will be the company's second yearly loss and the red margins can be attributed to weak sales numbers of the Wii U console. Nintendo's CEO Satoru Iwata has predicted the company will post a 100 billion-yen operating profit for the 2013 fiscal year.


"I don't think Nintendo can achieve 100 billion yen," said Yoshikazu Shimada, an analyst at Tachibana Securities Co. "It's hard for Nintendo to meet the target despite the weak yen's tailwind." Hideki Yasuda, a Tokyo-based analyst at Ace Securities Co. also criticized the CEO saying, "Iwata hasn't produced good results in recent years. He can't avoid being criticized."

SimCity gets 2.0 update patch, seems to cause more issues than it fixed

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:36 pm

EA and Maxis has released a 2.0 patch for its popular city builder, SimCity. The patch is said to fix a number of issues, but users internet-wide are reporting that the patch causes more issues than it fixes.




The patch was said to fix things like issues with the transit system, high population building issues, and allowed users to now pump water from nearby rivers. While those things appear to be fixed, a thread on Reddit has popped up that tells a different story.


"This patch has created more bugs than it has fixed", said one Redditor. The list of new issues being reported is quite staggering actually. After the patch, sewage issues seem to run rampant, along with random phantom sounds from objects, buildings get stuck in construction, and even increased random game crashes.

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