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Netflix reportedly in talks for Arrested Development's fifth season

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 9:24 am

As a huge fan of Arrested Development, this is music to my ears (while I work at the Banana Stand). Bloomberg are reporting that Netflix and the production company behind Arrested Development, Imagine Entertainment, are negotiating for a fifth season of the cult TV show.

 

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Reed Hastings, Netflix's CEO, said earlier in the year that it's not surprising that the company would bring the show back for a fifth season. Netflix have had great success by developing a new, unique and most of all, refreshing model for TV distribution. This is where they offer the entire season up front so that users can watch it at their own pace, or sit down and watch it in one setting.

 

Netflix's most popular show, something I finished watching last week and positively loved, House of Cards, was a huge hit for the company earning back their $100 million investment in just a few weeks time.

WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8 gets updated, includes in-app dialing and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 8:25 am

If you're running a smartphone with Windows Phone 8 and use WhatsApp, you might want to make sure it's updated as there's a new version available for WP8 users.

 

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The latest version now promises to fix the notification issues, as well as adding support for Windows Phone background agents as well as in-app dialing. There are over 100 million WhatsApp users, but not many of them are using it on Windows Phone 8 right now. This new update just might help that number increase a little.

Pre-ordering your next-gen console in the US needs to happen now, or you might miss out on launch day consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 7:25 am

Retailers across the US are taking in their pre-orders for next-gen consoles but it looks like those pre-orders are stacking up quickly meaning that launch day purchases of the Xbox One and PS4 might not happen unless you get in with a pre-order.

 

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GameStop closed their PS4 pre-order campaign last week, and back in June they stopped taking pre-orders for the Xbox One in-store. It looks like supply is going to not only be tight, but next-gen consoles are going to be very popular purchases for the holiday season. So if you're anywhere in the world right now and want to secure your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, do it now.

The US government declares professional League of Legends gamers as athletes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 6:27 am

It's official. The US government has now declared that being a professional League of Legends gamer makes you an athlete. Riot eSports manager, Nick Allen, when speaking with GameSpot, said:

 

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The United States government recognizes League of Legends pro players as professional athletes, and awards Visas to essentially work in the United States under that title. So this is groundbreaking for eSports. Now when [international players] come over, it's a much easier process because they are actually recognized by the government. It's a huge thing.

 

Riot reportedly had to fight very hard to get to this point, using all of their micro to get here. Considering the amount of work some of these League of Legends gamers put themselves through, they deserve it. Great news for LoL fans today.

Amazon reach record highs on share prices, are valued at $140 billion right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 5:32 am

Amazon, for the first time in the company's history, has had their shares trade at over $300 last week. Amazon went public in 1997, where their shares were trading at just $2, so this is quite the rise.

 

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On Friday, Amazon shares closed at a record $307 per share. With the current stock price in mind, Amazon's market capitalization stands at $140 billion. Talking market caps, Google scoop up $306 billion with their power, and Apple enjoy a nice chunk of $400 billion. Amazon are far out and away from Facebook, though, who have just $63 billion.

 

During the first three months of 2013, Amazon reported net sales of $16.07 billion, which represents a 22% increase for the same quarter of 2012. Net income fell however, to $82 million, down 37%.

HP caught red-handed installing secret backdoors into their enterprise storage products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 4:32 am

After the last month or so with the unveiling of the NSA PRISM system from Edward Snowden, as well as GCHQ, you'd think people would be up in arms over their security. How deep does the rabbit hole go, you ask?

 

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Well, it's now coming to the point where Hewlett-Packard have had to admit, for the second time in a month, that they've built secret backdoors into their enterprise storage products. Technion, a blogger, is the one who has blown the whistle on this one, who saw the security issue in one of HP's StoreOnce systems last month, but then found more backdoors in HP's storage and SAN products.

 

HP's statement, after Technion blew the whistle, admitted that "all HP StoreVirtual Storage systems are equipped with a mechanism that allows HP support to access the underlying operating system if permission and access is provided by the customer."

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Dell begins shipping their Haswell-based, refreshed XPS 12 Ultrabook/tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 3:34 am

If you've been waiting for another Haswell-based Ultrabook option, Dell might just tickle your fancy with their refreshed XPS 12 Ultrabook. The XPS 12 launched last year and was one of the first Windows 8-based notebooks that could double as a tablet.

 

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Dell refreshed the XPS 12 with Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, with the company claiming that this boosts the XPS 12's speed by around 1.6 times and the battery life by 2.5 hours. Dell have also pumped NFC into the refreshed XPS 12 and have a starting price of $1,199. This is up from the original XPS 12 which started at $1,099.

 

For $1,199 you'll receive the XPS 12 with an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. For an extra $200, you can bump it up to the Core i7-4500U processor and 8GB of RAM, totaling in at $1,399. This is something I'd recommend for sure. For $1,999 you can opt for the crazy 512GB model, but I think that is a bit crazy. $1,399 for the refreshed XPS 12 doesn't sound too bad at all to me.

Splinter Cell boss wants the to see the Splinter Cell movie become as big as James Bond

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 2:32 am

James Bond is a huge franchise, we all know that, but just how big could the Splinter Cell franchise be when it makes a stealth move onto the silver screen? Well, according to Splinter Cell: Blacklist's Creative Director, Maxine Beland, she'd like it to be "as big as James Bond."

 

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During an interview with GamesRadar, Beland said: "I really want Splinter Cell to have an amazing movie franchise and to be as big as James Bond. There are some great Bond movies, and they're obviously a big point of reference for us. At the same time, I'm so hungry for a good Splinter Cell movie. I know we're developing one now, and that people are responding to it."

 

We are to expect a Splinter Cell movie in the near future starring Tom Hardy of Inception and The Dark Knight Rises fame.

Valve announces 'Pipeline', will help high school students break into the video game industry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 1:30 am

Valve have just announced and launched Pipeline, which is a community website dedicated to helping high school students who are looking into a career in the video game industry.

 

 

Pipeline was the creation of a group of high school interns working at Valve, who hope to "establish a connection to the world of teenagers that are asking many questions about getting into the gaming industry." Valve's managing director, Gabe Newell, said in a promotional video for Pipeline: "This website was created entirely be teenagers."

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The PS4 will be hands-on for the public at Comic-Con 2013 next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 12:15 am

If you're like me and want to get some hands-on time with Sony's next-generation console, you can have your chance at Comic-Con 2013 which starts next week.

 

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The PlayStation 4 will be available to the public for some hands-on gaming with three demo titles on offer: Drive Club, Knack and Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Too bad they won't be showing off any of their other huge games like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Watch Dogs.

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