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Breaking News: Microsoft buys Nokia's Devices and Services division

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 3, 2013 3:42 am

In an unexpected turn of events, Microsoft has announced its intentions to purchase Nokia's Devices and Services divisions for a reported $5 billion dollars. Additionally, the Redmond computing pioneer will also license all related patents from the Finnish telecom giant for an additional $2.2 billion.

 

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The transaction is expected to be under review until 2014 and is expected to finalize sometime during the first quarter. Nokia Executives expected to transfer to Microsoft in the deal include Stephen Elop, Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the acquisition as news begins flowing in.

8GB Nexus 4 sells out on the Google Play Store, won't be coming back

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2013 3:37 am

Google announced the $100 price cut to the Nexus 4 last week, while I sat at home thinking it would sell quickly, but not this quickly. The company has announced that the 8GB version of the Nexus 4 is now sold out on the Google Play Store, and won't be restocked.

 

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The 16GB version is still available for the great price of $249, while the 8GB version is still listed in other countries' Play Store's, for now, so if you want to pick it up, do it now. Those of you based in the US missed out on the superstar $199 smartphone, but for just $50 more you can still pick up the 16GB version. Even to this day, with the lack of LTE connectivity, I think it's one of the best smartphones on the market.

 

The $199 and $249 pricing for the 8GB and 16GB devices respectively just makes that deal cheaper. Apple, you'd better be pricing your new iPhone 5C at $199-$249, or you're going to be in for a big surprise. Even the iPhone 5S better be priced competitively if Google can dump out its flagship handset for under $250.

Gearbox Software working on two new IPs for next-gen platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2013 2:33 am

Gearbox Software has quite the following now, with the smash-hit Borderlands franchise, but where are they going into the future? Well, in front of a crowd of PAX Prime 2013 attendees, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford announced his company is working on two new original games for next-generation platforms.

 

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There is no information behind that one sentence, but if you want to get into the betas of these upcoming titles, you can do so through a promotion for its upcoming Gearbox Community Day event. This is the developer's annual community event that will be streamed online through Twitch, with viewers who purchase the "digital bonus pack" will secure themselves a place in the future closed beta test.

 

The digital bonus pack also includes a high-definition stream of Gearbox Community Day 2013, Shift codes for Borderlands 2 and a free copy of Homeworld HD. Gearbox Community Day happens on September 14, with more information available at Gearbox's official site.

Acer's new 24-inch all-in-one PC also runs Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:23 am

I think we're going to see more of these devices in the future, but Acer has taken some time out before IFA kicks off in Berlin to announce its new DA241HL.

 

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The Acer DA241HL features an ageing NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC which powers the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean side of things, with the all-in-one PC crammed into a 24-inch 1080p display. The all-in-one PC can also use an MHL connection to send content to an external display. It will launch mid next month starting at 429 euros.

RumorTT: Samsung expanding its Galaxy Note devices to 12.2 inches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 8:29 am

It looks like Samsung is about to unleash an even bigger Galaxy Note tablet, with MovePlayer showing off a picture of a black tablet with a few changes from the usual Galaxy Note slates we're used to.

 

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As you can see from the above shot, the Galaxy Note 12.2 would primarily be used for landscape use, with a physical home button at the bottom of the slate. There's also a menu and back button, which is a common feature on the Galaxy S range of smartphones. We should expect Samsung to cram in a high-res 2560x1600-pixel panel into the tablet, as well as its high-end Exynos 5 Octa processor.

 

We could even expect the Galaxy Note 12.2 to be unveiled at the upcoming IFA event in Berlin later this week, joined by the Galaxy Note III smartphone and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Apple cuts vacation time down for AppleCare employees

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 7:34 am

Apple is hosting an event on September 10, where we should be introduced to the iPhone 5S. Now there's news popping up that the company is restricting vacation time of AppleCare employees between September 15-28.

 

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This falls right in line with the rumored launch date of the iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones, hitting consumers on September 20. iOS 7 is expected to drop in the same week. The above photo is an internal document leaked to AppleInsider which reportedly shows the amount of time off available to AppleCare employees during September, which drops heavily once September 15 hits.

 

This is just more confirmation that Apple will unleash the iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones on September 10 with a September 20 release.

Edward Snowden: NSA spied on Al Jazeera communications

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 6:30 am

German paper Der Spiegel is back, reporting over the weekend that it had looked at a document that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden provided them with, which stated that the NSA spied on Qatar-based Arab news broadcaster, Al Jazeera.

 

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What makes this news special, is that this is the first time we've had confirmation that the NSA has spied on a media outlet. Spiegel held its cards close to its chest, not posting any of the documents they had, but noted that one of the documents was dated March 23, 2006, showing that "the NSA's Network Analysis Center managed to access and read communication by 'interesting targets' that was specially protected by the news organization. The information also shows that the NSA officials were not satisfied with Al Jazeera's language analysis."

 

Der Spiegel also reported that one of the documents in question said the NSA referred to this operation as a "notable success" because the targets of its operation had "high potential sources of intelligence." You can read all of our Edward Snowden related news here, but be prepared, there's a lot of it.

Verizon slams $130 billion on the table, wants Vodafone's stake back

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 5:33 am

Vodafone and Verizon's business relationship might just improve if a report from Reuters is correct, with the company's working on a deal over the weekend. As usual, people "familiar with the matter" say that the firms' respective boards are voting on a $130 billion buyout.

 

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This would see Vodafone's 45% stake in Verizon back in its own hands. Verizon will finance half of the deal with bonds and bank loans, with the other half of the deal seeing suitcases filled with cash being handed over. The Wall Street Journal has chimed in, stating that the deal was finalized behind closed doors, and we should expect an official announcement on Monday morning.

PlayStation 4's Eye camera will feature voice command features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 4:34 am

The always-listening Xbox One is already capable of this, but the PlayStation 4 will also be able to do voice commands through its PlayStation Camera. Sony confirmed the news, telling Polygon: "Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that PlayStation Camera allows for voice recognition and we will look forward to sharing more details in the lead up to the launch of PlayStation 4 on November 29."

 

 

At GameStop Expo 2013, SCEA's group manager of retail training and advocacy, Sean Coleman, outlined the PS4's features, which included a quick overview of the PlayStation Camera's abilities. With YouTube user 'lex1020' with the video above, describing the camera as "From navigational voice commands to facial recognition, the PlayStation Camera adds incredible innovation to your gaming."

 

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Coleman added: "When you add the PlayStation camera into the mix, the pair works together to expand upon system features and enhance your PlayStation 4 experience. The new stereoscopic lenses track your body movements in games or even recognize your face easier system navigation."

Xbox One will also download games remotely

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 3:32 am

Last week I reported that the Sony PlayStation 4 would be capable of remotely downloading games, a very nifty feature that would come in handy in more ways than one. Well, Microsoft has now announced that it's next-gen console will also be capable of the same thing.

 

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Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten confirmed the news, stating that the Xbox One will be capable of remotely downloading games purchased through smartphones and other devices on the Xbox mobile companion app.

 

The Xbox One will be available in the holiday season for $499.99.

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