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Galaxy S3 update 4.3 gets pulled due to problems; Samsung comments

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 5:03 am

Last week Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was pushed out to the Galaxy S3 but Samsung has pulled the update due to all the problems it was causing. Users were reporting Wi-Fi issues, massive battery drains, random freezes, freezing for incoming calls, as well as Bluetooth problems. Sammobile spoke to the people at Samsung and were given a statement telling them they were working on the problem. Samsung has not announced when the update will be available again, but are making certain it will be as early as possible.

 

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Statement to Sammobile from Samsung Mobile UK: "As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended. We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility."

Ubisoft expects big things from next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 4:34 am

Sony has already sold 1 million PS4s, and is hoping to sell a total of 5 million units before March 2014, but Ubisoft is expecting even bigger things from the next-gen consoles.

 

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Senior VP of Marketing and Sales for Ubisoft, Tony Key, recently said that Ubisoft's "feeling is the installed base of these machines will be much faster to take hold than previous generations" when discussing the PS4 and Xbox One during an interview with Games Industry International. When referring to the number of current generation consoles sold over the same period of time, Key said: "In the first couple of years, we expect double the installed based of previous generations. The reason why is: The last cycle was longer, so there's a lot of pent up demand."

 

Remember, Ubisoft has a few tricks up its sleeve, one of them being Watch Dogs, which was delayed into spring 2014, where he said: "Watch Dogs is designed to be a long-term brand for Ubisoft. We won't launch it until we know it's equaling the vision it can achieve."

Apple eases up on trade-ins for water damaged iPhones

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 4:05 am

Apple's trade-in program would always reject iPhones that had their liquid contact indicator tripped. According to Apple retail employees this will no longer be the case. This week Apple will take in iPhones that have their liquid damage indicator tripped, but not iPhones with serious water damage. They will check for evidence of corrosion or liquid build-up.

 

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This could allow Apple to push the sales of more iPhones. The Reuse and Recycle program will allow you to get credit to spend at Apple stores or their website. This will be applied to the US market and the UK starting this week.

Steam Dev Days to have AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus and Intel on board

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 3:36 am

If there's one show to kick off 2014 in the world of technology and gaming, it would be Valve's Steam Developer Days, which happens in Seattle, Washington on January 15-16, 2014.

 

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Valve has confirmed that Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus and Unity will all be there to talk during the two-day conference for developers and publishers working with Steam, and/or the upcoming Steam Machines. Better yet, attendees will have the chance to share industry expertise, take part in a roundtable discussion, and play with, and provide feedback on Steam OS, prototype Steam Machines and Stream Controllers.

 

The event is open, and is on a first-come, first-served basis, which sets you back just $95.

12 months free service for students at Sprint and Best Buy

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 2:20 am

Sprint and Best Buy are teaming up to help out college student by giving them 12 months of free service with the purchase of a new smartphone. The promotion is called the My Way student promotion and offers unlimited calling and texting with 1GB of data. The 1GB can be upgraded to unlimited for just $10 a month.

 

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The student must purchase a smartphone at full retail price and pay for the activation fee of $36.They must include proof that they are attending college or high school, and the promotion is even for kids in middle school. Students can also get an additional 12 months to share if they refer a friend and go on the same account. Sprint mentions this promotion can save you $70 a month. This promotion will be going until the end of this year.

Bitcoins fuel new assassination market that targets US officials

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 1:50 am

Bitcoin has a long history of being on the wrong side of the law, and was even at the center of the largest online illegal drug market place in history. Today, as US officials took to the Senate to testify on the virtual currency's validity and legitimacy, new information has been released that tie Bitcoins to a new "Crowdfunded Assassination Market."

 

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The site cleverly named "Assassination Market" is offering bounties for the assassination of President Obama, Federal Reserve Chair, Ben Bernake, and many more government officials all over the world, with some bids going as high as 124 bitcoins. At current market value, that equates to over $70,000. Unfortunately this type of marketplace has been tried in the past. Back in the 1990's a group called cypherpunks poised a similar model that never got off the ground. It is still unclear who started the site, but I am willing to bet that law enforcement agencies worldwide are keeping a close eye on this new market.

iPad mini Retina display of color gamut and accuracy is not the best

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 1:10 am

Although the screen still looks great, the color gamut in the iPad mini with Retina colors are not up to par with other tablets in its league, for example the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX. The color gamut on the iPad mini Retina is essentially the same as the original one-year old iPad mini. Some users are disappointed with this.

 

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AnandTech were very impressed with the iPad mini with Retina but were disappointed in its color gamut: "Although display resolution is no longer a concern on the mini, color gamut hasn't changed between the old and new minis. The iPad mini with Retina Display has the same color gamut as the standard iPad mini, which is narrower than the iPad Air and less than the sRGB coverage we normally look for. The biggest issue here is that there are other smaller tablets in this price range that do offer sRGB coverage" (e.g. Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9)

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Despite troubles, BlackBerry will release two handsets in 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 12:50 am

After what can only be described as a disastrous year for BlackBerry, it appears that the original smartphone maker will not be going down without a fight. A new report is suggesting that the Canadian company will be releasing two new BlackBerry 10-based smartphones in 2014 despite the company's financial woes.

 

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BlackBerry is said to be working on a new device for both its Z and Q lines of smartphones. The Z50 is said to be a 5.2-inch 1080p device that is powered by a quad-core processor. Like its predecessors, the QWERTY keyboard-based Q30 will be much less powerful and feature a much smaller touch-screen. Unfortunately, both devices are said to launch sometime in Q3 of 2014 and by that time, the Android-dominated smartphone landscape will be littered with 2k devices running 6 and 8-core processors and 4-8GB of RAM.

Battlefield 4 hit by massive DDoS attack over the weekend

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 11:48 pm

Battlefield 4 players may have experienced an excessive amount of server disconnects over the past weekend, and while many may have attributed them to bugs released with the game, EA says that they were the result of a massive DDoS attack. A new report from Bit-Tech claims that an EA employee has confirmed that Battlefield 4 was targeted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

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While Battlefield 4 players have come to expect random server crashes, the number reported this weekend seemed to rise exponentially despite the fact that EA released an update around the same time that was said to fix the issues. It is still unknown who launched the denial of service attacks, or why they did it. The rep from EA did say that the company was working on preventing this from happening in the future, and they are continuing to work out bugs in-game that affect gameplay.

Google agrees to pay $17 million to states for privacy intrusion

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 11:37 pm

Google bypassed security settings on Apple's Safari browser to implant cookies. Google promised to pay $17 million to 37 states for disregarding user privacy. Google will be removing the cookies and "shall not employ HTTP Form POST functionality that uses javascript to submit a form without affirmative user action."

 

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Google had a similar incident last year which they paid $22.5 million in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The lawsuit says users specified they did not want to be followed and Google was still tracking them.

 

New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman: "Consumers should be able to know whether there are other eyes surfing the web with them. By tracking millions of people without their knowledge, Google violated not only their privacy, but also their trust."

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