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New next-gen iPhone body pics leaked, shows off its glass front

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 2:21 am

KitGuru didn't have to go to a bar and find this one for the scoop, but they've got their seductive powers switched on and some world exclusive photos of the next-generation iPhone. KitGuru say that this iPhone is a pre-release test sample, so it should be a little different when it hits.

 

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The new iPhone doesn't look too different to the previous iPhone 4 and 4S, but it does sport a larger screen. One will wonder if this is an influence of Samsung, as they are big fans of the larger screen, while Apple have been stuck on the 3.5-inch screen for every single variant of the iPhone.

 

There's a plethora of pictures, if you'd like to check them all out, and here's one of the new dock connector. It's much smaller than the current iPhone dock connector, which means you'll need to replace all of your cables over time, I've got a feeling Apple will use this on all future iOS-based devices.

 

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NPD's June figures show Microsoft still has the crown, Nintendo 3DS sales hit 5 million in the U.S.

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 1:02 am

NPD Group's June figures are out, with Microsoft and Nintendo both faring well, and having something to brag about to the competition. Nintendo should be happy that their 3DS has reached five million total sales in the U.S..

 

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Nintendo sold 155,000 3DS units in the month of June alone, but Microsoft have their own achievement (unlocked?) to talk of. Microsoft shipped 257,000 Xbox 360 units in June, and they've also had the lead against all U.S. consoles for the last 18 months.

 

Nintendo sold 90,000 Wii units in June, and that Wii U will be here shortly and should give Nintendo a very big injection of sale numbers. Sadly, there aren't any Sony numbers to talk about, which is unfortunate.

Nexus 7 looks to have a magnetic "smart cover" sensor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 10:23 am

The Nexus 7 is shaping up to be a pretty cool device for $199, and one feature that doesn't seem to have been talked about, or mentioned by either Google or ASUS, is a magnetic smart cover sensor. Considering its a pretty nice feature, one would think that either company would've mentioned it by now.

 

All you have to do is place a magnet near the front of back of the Nexus 7 along the bottom left-hand side while in portrait mode with the display home, and you can see the results for yourself, or in the video below:

 

 

Google do sell covers for its Nexus 7, but it's not known if they support the "smart cover" feature. Could Google or ASUS not have mentioned it, so they didn't get caught in Apple's lawsuit-frenzy? This could be tapping against their patents, but Apple's focuses more on its ability to latch onto the device itself, rather than turning its display on and off. We shall see.

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Toshiba's new AL13SE range of HDDs, up to 900GB at 10,500RPM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 9:24 am

If you thought those current 600GB HDDs at 10,000RPM were good, Toshiba have just bettered them. Toshiba's new AL13SE range of HDDs come in sizes of 300GB, 450GB, 600GB and 900GB. All of them run at an insane 10,500RPM.

 

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The new drives promise a 32-percent increase in sustained transfer rates when compared to previous-generation drives. They also send and receive data through a 6Gbps SAS 2.0 connection. Toshiba have kept pricing under wraps at this point in time.

Samsung denies responsibility for Galaxy S III screen burn-in troubles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 8:29 am

Imagine your brand new, shiny, fast Samsung Galaxy S III experiencing screen burn-in. Yes, it has happened to others, and Samsung seem to be unwilling to take responsibility for warranty replacements for the Galaxy S III smartphone and its (sometimes) premature screen burn-in.

 

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Samsung opted to use the popular AMOLED screen in the S III, and it is often susceptible to burn-in, or permanent discoloration of particular areas of the screen itself. What causes burn-in? It can be from the combination of inconsistency in the materials used to make the screen (in this case, AMOLED), and the same image being shown on the screen for a long period of time.

 

Considering icons, widgets, and more stay on the screen more-or-less permanently, unless you move them, this can be a problem. In the past week or so, Korean bloggers and community members have been debating Samsung's recent denial of problems with the new AMOLED screens. In the product manual for the S III, Samsung warns their users by stating "Do not operating your device with a paused screen for a long time".

 

Samsung also states, "We are not responsible for any problem arising from the said cause". So the question would then turn to, are Samsung responsible, if they're stating that the S III could have burn-in problems in the manual itself? Personally, I never let my smartphone screen stay on for extended periods of time, I see no point.

Kim Dotcom offers to voluntarily travel to the U.S., if his assets get unfrozen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 7:27 am

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom seems to be positioning himself on the chess board that is his legal troubles right now, in a move that is right out of the left field. Dotcom has agreed to voluntarily travel to the United States where he'll face piracy charges, but has only agreed to do so if the Justice Department unfreezes his assets to help him cover living expenses and pay for legal representation.

 

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Dotcom gave the proposal over Twitter, of all places. Dotcom's statement was delivered just a day after a New Zealand court postponed his extradition hearing due to the raid on his mansion being ruled illegal. The evidence collected was therefore obtained illegally, and the case has been postponed until 2013.

 

Kim Dotcom appears to be totally calm with his proposal to the DoJ, one would imagine he has a trick or two up his sleeve? What are your thoughts on this?

Ouya cracks $3.7 million in Kickstarter funds, continues to grow exponentially

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 7:21 am

Ouya is breaking all sorts of records here, with their Kickstarter-funded Android-based gaming console only requiring $950,000 worth of pledged money in order to get started. We reported on it a little over 24 hours ago, where they had $1.7 million in funding.

 

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But now, they've reached an astounding $3.7 million, and with 27 days of fundraising to go, there seems to be no signs of it slowing down. The Tegra 3-powered console is set to truly revolutionize gaming, and with $950,000, they were able to deliver this. What will they do with over $3.7 million? At this rate, they could break $10 million without a sweat.

 

Ouya, in the great words of Rob Schneider and his many lines in Adam Sandler movies "you can do it!" I've also just noticed the $225 Kickstarter-exclusive pledge is back... with just over 900 remaining. This one includes two controllers with your username ETCHED into it, so they're unique to you. I've just pledged from $99 to $256 (my username includes those numbers). Excellent.

Apple's OS X Mountain Lion drops support for some older 64-bit Macs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 6:20 am

Apple's next-generation OS X Mountain Lion comes out later this month, with the OS hitting Golden Master status just 24 or so hours ago. This means the company has locked in which Macs will support the upcoming OS. Apple have listed which Macs will support Mountain Lion:

 

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  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

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Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams signs five-year, $98 million contract on an iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 6:01 am

Back a few decades ago, you signed expensive (or inexpensive) contracts with pens. If you've watched Mad Men, I've always thought expensive contracts involved lots of paper work, a few signatures and celebratory glasses of your given poison.

 

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But, there are now people signing near-$100 million contracts with their fingers, on an iPad. NBA team Brooklyn Nets' latest player, Deron Williams signed his new five-year, $98 million contract on an iPad using the SignNow app. Yes, $98 million, using his finger, on an iPad.

 

Williams' took to Twitter to capture the moment:

 

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Samsung's President, Stephen Woo plans for keynote on day two of CES 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 5:24 am

We're still six months out from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, but its never too early to start planning your days for the event. This is what Samsung President, Stephen Woo has done, where he's announced that he'll be giving a keynote on day two of CES 2013.

 

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Woo's talk should cover the little things, as in physically small, such as components. These are the components that are in most consumer electronics, such as phones, tablets, TVs and more. Woo will talk of the future of not just Samsung, their technology, but the industry itself.

 

Woo may even unveil something new, maybe a next-generation product? Could we close our eyes collectivity, right now, and wish for the Galaxy S IIII, come to think of it, those roman numerals are getting annoying as Samsung release new products. We should hopefully be at CES, and I would love to sit in on this keynote personally, which means we should bring you the news as it happens at CES in January 2013.

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