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LG confirms the white Nexus 4, will launch globally over 'the next several weeks'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2013 9:30 am

We've been hearing the rumbles for a white now, but LG have officially confirmed they are releasing a white version of their Nexus 4 smartphone. We should expect the same specifications as the current Nexus 4, which is not a bad thing.

 

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This means we'll see a 4.7-inch 1280x720 IPS display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, and 2GB of RAM. LG have said that the white Nexus 4 will go on sale in Hong Kong on May 29 after which it will begin going on sale in "select markets" in Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East in the weeks to follow.

Samsung sees success in China, a record 12.5 million smartphones sold in Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 28, 2013 6:51 am

Samsung have reached the top dog spot for China's smartphone sales for Q1 2013, selling a record 12.5 million smartphones in the three-month period according to Strategy Analytics.

 

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This is the first time the South Korean company has sold over 10 million units in a single quarter, and when compared to their main rival, Apple, they beat them by a long shot. Apple sold just 6.1 million iPhone's in the three-month period, allowing Samsung to secure the number one smartphone vendor in China award for the fifth quarter in a row.

It's not just the German government, but now the Civil Liberties Australia privacy group is concerned over the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 28, 2013 4:33 am

A story I wrote on the German government concerned over the Xbox One being a monitoring device blew up over the last 24 hours, and it seems like they aren't the only ones that are worried about the always-watching, always-listening Xbox One.

 

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Now the head of the Civil Liberties Australia has said that the Kinect voice and video features on the Xbox One make it a "surveillance device" in people's homes. Gizmodo's Luke Hopewell says "Come on. Really?!" as if people who think that are paranoid, but the Xbox One is an always-on, always listening and watching device. The Xbox One's Kinect sensor is infrared, which means blocking it with some tape won't work, and you can't block it's microphone at all.

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Microsoft's next-gen Xbox One will be region locked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 28, 2013 3:32 am

If worrying about the Xbox One watching, listening and feeling every movement of your body - with the German government even worried about it - then there's something else to worry about: the Xbox One will be region locked.

 

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In a world of digital media, I don't see why the Xbox One should be region locked, but it will be according to a Microsoft representative who confirmed the news with Digital Trends. The Microsoft rep said: "Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale. We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One".

 

I'm disappointed with this region locking news, as it means here in Australia I can be charged $100 for a game that is sold elsewhere in the world for $30. Microsoft, just what are you thinking?

First Battlefield 4 multiplayer footage to be unveiled on June 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 28, 2013 2:36 am

We've already seen some of the single player side of Battlefield 4, but what about the multiplayer side of things? DICE have announced that starting June 10, they'll be showing off live Battlefield 4 multiplayer demos at E3.

 

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On June 10 at 1:00pm PDT during "The Download", EA will show off Battlefield 4's multiplayer reveal during EA's 2013 preview. We will learn at the time what is improved, what is new, and what we can expect from the next-generation first-person shooter from EA and DICE.

 

On the next day, June 11, we'll be greeted with live streaming multiplayer footage from the showroom floor of E3 itself, and during the three days of E3, you'll be able to tune in to see unscripted multiplayer footage, DICE developer insights and interviews with the community. Our own Trace Hagan will be at E3 to get some hands-on for us here at TweakTown.

Google adds reset feature to Chromium project, will reset browser to defaults, disable extensions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: May 28, 2013 1:06 am

Mark down another feature discovery for Chromium evangelist François Beaufort. He is credited with discovering a new feature to help clean up your browser after malware strikes. The new feature will allow users to reset the default search engine, homepage, cookies, and other details to the original Google settings.

 

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In the new UI panel, users can individually select from five different categories what they would like to reset. Since this is currently in Chromium, we can expect the exact details of the feature to change. However, it is a nice addition as more and more malware target browsers.

 

There is no way to know when Google will add this into the main Chrome build, but we'd be fairly confident that it is coming. Some are guessing that it will show up after Chrome 30.

Google expands biking navigation to six European countries

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 28, 2013 12:02 am

Google has expanded the reach of its Maps product by adding biking navigation to six additional European countries. Biking instructions are very similar to Google's normal directions, though they take into account busy roads, bike paths, and other factors to make your outing safer and more enjoyable.

 

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Today's update adds Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. The new maps have been generated with the help of partner groups in some countries and the cyclists themselves in other countries. Google notes that the cyclists themselves are the ones who know the best routes and Google encourages cyclists to add, update, and change biking directions.

 

For more information, you can head over to Google's Europe Blog announcement post.

ReportTT: EU investigating Apple over anti-competitive practices with the iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 27, 2013 11:02 pm

Apple is reportedly being investigated by the European Union over anti-competitive practices in relation to its iPhone range of devices. According to the Financial Times, The European Commission has sent out a nine-page questionnaire to various telecommunications firms in Europe and has begun the preliminary proceedings of the investigation.

 

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The telecommunications companies must return the questionnaire by June 17. Their answers will be used to decide whether a full investigation is warranted. If the companies admit that Apple was favored over rivals, Apple could face significant fines.

 

Apple could also be in trouble if they disable features of the product within the EU area because this breaches EU law. Such issues include blocking access to 4G networks in Europe.

 

Apple maintains that it has done nothing wrong.

Samsung spends $25 million to create a US display patent firm

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 27, 2013 10:30 pm

Samsung has spent invested $25 million to start a US-based display patent firm. The firm was quietly launched in March in Washington D.C. and will help Samsung protect its patents in the United States. According to the Korea Times, the new firm is known as Intellectual Keystone Technology (IKT).

 

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The company will allow Samsung to better protect its intellectual property, something we've seen Apple doing in the Apple v Samsung lawsuit. Samsung's screens are seen on a wide variety of devices, so its important that Samsung not lose its patents or have them infringed upon as it would be a major hit to the business.

 

A Samsung Display spokesperson said, "Samsung recently established IKT. Patents are a good source of innovation and we also need to protect our intellectual property by strengthening our patent-related business."

 

Should we expect to see an uptick in patent litigation? It's certainly possible, though for right now it appears Samsung is just working on amassing patents.

Sony sends Golden PSOne and VIP invite for E3 to Minecraft creator

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 27, 2013 9:30 pm

Sony appears to be trying to woo indie developers, or at least one indie developer in particular. Sony has sent Markus Persson, the creator of Minecraft, a VIP invitation to the company's E3 press conference along with a golden PSone. Sony also included a free copy of Dungeon Master 2.

 

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Persson tweeted, "Sony also once sent me an original copy of Dungeon Master 2 they had lying around for some reason. They sure know how to bribe nerds. ;D" We're fairly confident that Sony took notice of Persson's complaints about the Xbox and Microsoft locking down the once-open Windows platform.

 

It's somewhat likely that Sony has some big indie developer news planned for their E3 press conference. Having the Minecraft creator there to see the news and hopefully tweet about it could be huge for Sony. Whatever Sony's plan is, we'll be at TweakTown to cover all the PlayStation 4 news you could possibly want.

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