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HTC One Sprint release date confirmed, official pricing listed

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 5:25 pm

Following AT&T's HTC One announcement, Sprint has released the details on when it will be offering the HTC One for sale. Sprint will release the new HTC flagship on April 19th with customers being able to pre-order beginning April 5th.




It appears that AT&T has a strangle hold on the 64GB version and that Sprint customers will be limited to the 32GB model. At a price tag of just $200 with a new two-year service agreement, I think I can live with that.


The HTC One features an aluminum unibody frame, ultra-pixel camera technology and a 4.7-inch full HD 1080p display. The HTC One is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and features NFC functionality.

Wacom unveils crayon like Bamboo Stylus Mini for tablets and smartphones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 4:31 pm

Wacom, the company behind the Cintiq, Intuos and Bamboo graphics tablets, has just unveiled a new stylus aimed at the smartphone and tablet market.




The Bamboo Stylus Mini is part of the company's portable touch-pen lineup and joins the ranks of the Stylus Feel, Solo, Pocket and Duo. The difference is that the Bamboo Stylus Mini is more like a stubby fat crayon than an agile and sleek precision pen.




Coming in at just under two inches, the brass plated metal body is covered in a soft touch rubber coating, and the tip is replaceable with firm or soft touch replacements. The Bamboo Stylus Mini is available now from Wacom at a price point of $19.

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GTA V official game cover art released, still not being released on PC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 3:46 pm

Rockstar Games has released the cover art for the fifth title in the Grand Theft Auto series this morning. In true GTA fashion the cover is very comicbook-esque with block scenes portraying characters and events from the game.




Grand Theft Auto V has been long anticipated by GTA fans since the release of GTA IV. GTA V takes us back to the mean streets of San Andreas (as featured in GTA San Andreas) in a present day setting. Last week we posted several in-game screenshots of the upcoming title.


Grand Theft Auto V will be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 September 17, 2013 after a four month delay, with developers deciding to exclude PC gamers from the new title. Their reasoning for the exclusion is still unknown and I for one would like an answer.

Google facing fines after failing to update privacy policy in the European Union

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 3:19 pm

Google is facing fines this morning after six European Union data protection regulators started enforcement measures over the company's failure to fix flaws in one of its new privacy policies.




France's National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties started follow-up measures in line with French laws after a meeting with Google brought forth no changes. UK, German, Spanish and Dutch authorities are also considering enacting similar follow up procedures.


The CNIL notified Google's Chief Executive Officer Larry Page in October, saying Google "empowers itself to collect vast amounts of personal data about Internet users without demonstrating that this collection was proportionate," and asked the company to align its policy with EU rules.


The follow-up measures could result in heavy fines for Google, but if you look at the scale of things, CNIL's heaviest fine to date was 100,000 euros ($128,340) against Google and that is but a mere drop in the bucket for such a large company.

ADATA releases new solid state drives for the enterprise

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 2:35 pm

This morning ADATA announced its first offering to the enterprise market. The two new solid state drives are part of the SX1000L SSD line and are being offered in 100GB and 200GB capacities.




The SX1000L line takes advantage of ADATA's expertise in NAND flash memory technology which lends an unprecedented level of performance and reliability to thew new modules. The line employs static wear-leveling technology that raises the mean time between failures to 1,500,000 hours.


The SX1000L utilizes advanced controller technology to enhance read/write performance with sequential read speeds reaching 560MB/s and sequential write speeds approaching 340MB/s, with IOPS of 73,000 and 45,000 (maximum 4K random read and write, respectively). The use of multi-level cell NAND flash memory combined with advanced chip sorting lends to outstanding sustained performance lower latency and superior endurance.

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Apple planning to expand Siri based on 12 new job postings

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 2:14 pm

A while back I reported on Apple posting a Siri based job that expressly required OSX development, which I thought might lead to integration of Siri into OSX. Over the weekend, Apple listed 12 new Siri based jobs that lend further credit to my prediction that Siri is coming to Mac devices.




The list consist of mostly software engineers who will be charged with "helping invent new techniques for conversational interaction, and building practices, processes, and standards that will become a foundation for design and innovation far into the future."


Other Siri job listings include Runtime Engineer, Hadoop Engineer, Monitoring Architect, Integration Engineer, Build / Release engineer and a pair of Data related Software Engineering positions. Of course Apple is keeping silent on if Siri will make an appearance on OSX. Another safe bet is that the company is working hard on integrating Siri with the less powerful hardware of the cheaper iPhone expected to release later this year.

Dell to continue to concentrate on PCs and tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 9:33 am

If you thought Dell were going to be moving away from the consumer space in the midst of their effort to go private, don't worry - Michael Dell has your back. The company founder said there's no reason to worry in a company memo that Dell published through the SEC.




Dell has said to his employees that the company will "significantly increase investment" in PCs and tablets once they go private. He hasn't exactly laid out the company plans on the table, but he has said that there will be a shift away from valuing gross margins, which is a great thing. This means that the company won't take in as much profits, but they'll want to drive sales of their products in other ways - experimentation, marketing, pushes into developing markets, and more.

LG have sold 500,000 Optimus G Pro smartphones in South Korea in just 40 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 8:34 am

While Apple and Samsung enjoy their millions upon millions of units sold across the world, LG's 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro has been on sale in South Korea for a little over a month now, where it has sold a nice 500,000 units.




LG are already claiming a sales record, where they saw 10,000 orders at launch, bumping this up to 500,000 sold just 40 days after it went on sale. The LG Optimus G Pro sports the new Qualcomm 600 quad-core processor and that gorgeous 5.5-inch display. There's still no word on when this will jump across the pond, but with this news, it might be sooner rather than later.

Activision has some impressive 3D face rendering technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 6:39 am

Activision took some time during the Game Developers Conference last week in San Francisco to show off some of their impressive 3D face rendering technology. You can check out the video below.



Activision seem to have produced some very realistic faces, but those lips and mouth movements aren't perfect yet. Everything else looks damn impressive, even more so that it was all driven from a PC with a single GeForce GTX 680 GPU inside. Activision have said that the technology demo is running at 180fps on the GTX 680 - a somewhat useless number - because if this tech was built into a game with another 20 characters with this tech, and entire world at this level of graphics, those frame rates would plummet.




It's nice to look through a window into next-gen facial rendering, and I can't wait until this becomes the norm. You can read more on it here.

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AT&T to sell Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 with 4G LTE on April 5 for $399

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 5:36 am

AT&T have announced that they'll be selling Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE tablet online, and in retail stores later this week. The US telco will be selling the tablet for $399 and will allow customers to add the slate to their existing Mobile Share plans for $10 a month.




AT&T have said that they will slash $150 from the price of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE is customers sign a two-year service agreement, bringing that price down to $249. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 features an 8.9-inch 1920x1200-pixel display, a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor and 1GB of RAM. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE will be available online and in AT&T retail stores on April 5.