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Target gets into the holiday spirit, offers Amazon price matching, QR codes and even free Wi-Fi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 18, 2012 11:32 am

Target is feeling a little festive this year, and have decided to match the prices of competitors through the holiday period. Target will not only match rival retailers like Walmart, Best Buy and Toys R Us, but they'll also match Amazon's prices between November 1 and December 24.




Target will now match most retail stores, and its biggest competitor, Amazon, but won't include third-party Amazon merchants. Target have also enhancing their "digital shopping experience" by offering QR codes net to hot items so that customers can buy them online and have them shipped anywhere in the US for free if they're out of stock.


Free Wi-Fi is also on offer in all of their stores, and certain stores will demo wayfinding technology that will help consumers navigate Target stores on their phones. Target have also increased their online infrastructure. Technical issues have been blamed for downtime over the previous holidays, so in order to have this not happen again the company can now reportedly handle triple the amount of shoppers on their site at once.

HTC unveil 5-inch smartphone that sports 1080p display, quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 18, 2012 10:33 am

HTC are hopefully making a come back in the near future, where they've just unveiled a new smartphone in Japan that definitely have specs to stand out amongst the sea of smartphones from Apple, Samsung, LG and the countless other companies.




This new smartphone is the company's flagship device, sporting a 5-inch 1080p "Super LCD 3" display, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable with microSD, NFC, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and finally, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.


It has been dubbed "J Butterfly" and apart from sounding like it should have a bandaid on its cheek, it should reach Verizon Wireless ahead of the holidays later this year.

32GB Nexus 7 gets spotted online for $250

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 18, 2012 9:33 am

At the moment, Google and ASUS' Nexus 7 tablet comes in two flavors, 8GB and 16GB. Without any form of expandable storage through microSD cards, it makes storing large amounts of data on the tablet impossible.




There are now teases from Staples Advantage that point toward a 32GB Nexus 7 with an availability of October 18 - this is most likely a placeholder date, but it might be a sign of things to come. As you can see the 32GB model is priced cheaper than the 16GB model.


This might be a move from Google to replace the 8GB model with the 16GB model, putting the new 32GB model in the same price bracket as the 16GB model.

Sharp to launch Aquos Pad, would sport its IGZO display, could also power the iPad mini's display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 18, 2012 8:22 am

Sharp has just entered the tablet game with the announcement of their Aquos Pad, which will be a 7-inch tablet sporting the company's IGZO display. The Aquos Pad should hopefully arrive sometime in early-December.




The 7-inch tablet sports a 1280x800-pixel display, a 2040mAh battery and with the included technologies, Sharp says that battery life should exceed 2.5 times the current battery life in current-gen tablets. The IGZO technology should also arrive in Apple's upcoming iPad mini which will be announced next week.


The IGZO display will pave the way for lower power consumption, greater translucency and a higher touch accuracy. The first device to use the tech will be the company's Aquos Phone Zeta, which is a 4.9-inch smartphone with a 1280x720-pixel display. We should see this sometime in November or December in Japan at first.

Google tease with an Android even happening on October 29 in New York

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 18, 2012 7:24 am

Google have sent out invites, unfortunately leaving me out, for an event to be held on October 29 in New York City at 10am. The event is shrouded in secrecy, with the only tease from the Mountain View-based company is that it has to do with Android, and states "The playground is open".




Stating something like "the playground is open" could mean that Google are talking about Android development, opening it up to more partners? Possibly opening up the Nexus program to everyone, pushing out Nexus devices without custom UIs on top? Teasing the next-gen Android to be much more open than it already is? It's anyones guess right now.

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Google lead the pack when it comes to engineer salaries in Silicon Valley

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 18, 2012 6:35 am

When it comes to engineer salaries, it looks as though Google are the leaders in yet another category. With increased competition such as Facebook, the Mountain View-based company want to continue being one of the best places to work, offering above-average salaries for engineers according to a new study from job listings and information site, Glassdoor, reports the Wall Street Journal.




The study shows that Google's software engineers earn an average base salary of $128,336 compared to Facebook's $123,626, Apple's $114,413 and eBay and Zynga with $108,809 and $105,568, respectively. Facebook and Zynga have noticed the value of employee equity stakes drop following their IPO launches, where base salary makes a more important stance in terms of overall compensation.


Google on the other hand make the base salary a key selling point, where across-the-board last year the search giant gave all employees a 10% pay rise. Glassdoor found that the national average for a software engineer's base salary was around $92,648.

Foxconn says that the iPhone 5 is the most difficult device they've ever assembled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 18, 2012 5:29 am

For those of you who still can't get an iPhone 5, it looks like there might be a legitimate reason behind the shortage according to The Wall Street Journal. WSJ are reporting that a Foxconn official who wanted to remain anonymous said that the "iPhone 5 is the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled".




Even to this day, workers are continuing to learn how to manufacture the smartphones to meet Apple's increasingly high standards. WSJ's anonymous Foxconn official continued stating that the iPhone 5 "uses a new coating material which makes it more susceptible to scratching", which in turn makes it harder to meet quality checks. The Foxconn official adds:


It's always hard to satisfy both aesthetic needs and practical needs.

Google CEO disses antitrust regulators in his first public appearance in months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 18, 2012 4:25 am

Speaking at Google's annual Zeitgeist conference in Paradise Valley, Arizona on Tuesday, Google CEO Larry Page had some things to say about antitrust regulators in both the US and Europe. Page warned about the "over-regulation of the Internet and restriction of what people can do" as big threats to Google's future. Page adds:



That's something I worry about. We don't actually know how the Internet is going to work 10 years from now. So it's kind of, I think, a mistake to start carving out large classes that you don't really understand yet that you don't want to let people do. I think that's the approach a lot of regulators are taking, which I think is sad.


Page does go into more detail in the video above, and the CEO hopes that Google could hopefully successfully cooperate with antitrust regulators to work out their differences.

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Battlefield 3: Aftermath gets its first Reddit-exclusive image

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 18, 2012 3:18 am

The first image of the upcoming expansion to Battlefield 3 "Aftermath" has hit Reddit, as a timed exclusive. You can see in the photo that one of the guys is holding a crossbow, which is going to be very, very interesting in-game.




"crash7800" which is Battlefield 3's Community Manager on Reddit, pointed out the crossbow, stating in a post "quake environment, survivors are modifying weapons what they get their hands on to work. The crossbow is one example, but vehicles will see more of this kind of treatment as well... :D".


Using the great words of Jim Carrey, alllllrighty then! This is going to be great if DICE can pull this off - the management of weapons in-game, would make the first-person shooter feel much more like Team Fortress 2, and that can only be a good thing. Now, if only my Origin account wasn't hacked, with EA not returning any of my messages about it, I'd be playing Battlefield 3 more. For now, I'll just salivate over this image of Aftermath.

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Toshiba begins pre-orders of Windows 8 PCs, will ship on October 26

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 18, 2012 2:33 am

Everyday seems to involve some form of device maker announcing new Windows 8-based devices, and it is all becoming a bit exciting. Today we have industry heavyweight Toshiba chiming in with their announcement of Windows 8 PCs.




This includes the Satellite S, P and L laptops, the U series of Ultrabooks, the Qosmio X875 for gamers, and for the desktop side of things we have the LX815 and LX825 all-in-ones. Toshiba will ship online pre-orders on October 26th.


Retail stores will also be ready to sell Toshiba's Windows 8 PCs on October 26, too, if you don't want to place an order online.

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