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Samsung's Galaxy S4 is the world's best smartphone... according to Consumer Reports

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 21, 2013 8:27 am

It wasn't long ago that Samsung reported they were set to sell their 10 millionth Galaxy S4, but it seems Consumer Reports is jumping on the 'Galaxy S4 is awesome' bandwagon, by stating that the Android-powered smartphone from Samsung is the world's best smartphone.

 

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Consumer Reports found that "the S4 delivered top-notch performance in the most critical areas of our tests, including the camera". They also thought the Galaxy S4's display was impressive, stating that it "is sensitive enough to use with gloves on - handy during cold weather". Consumer Reports also praised the S4's multi-tasking abilities, saying that watching videos whilst checking e-mail on the S4 was impressively quick.

RumorTT: Samsung could shift to Intel processors for the Galaxy Tab 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 21, 2013 7:31 am

Samsung are reportedly working on a new Galaxy Tab tablet, which could actually be more interesting than previously thought. We've heard previously that the Galaxy Tab 3 would feature a 10.1-inch 1280x800-pixel display, rocking a 1.5GHz dual-core processor inside.

 

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We also expected 1GB of RAM, a 3-megapixel camera, a 7,000mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for software. But, now there's reports that peg the Galaxy Tab 3 to feature an Intel processor, with results spotted on the GLBenchmark that hint that the upcoming 10.1-inch slate from Samsung would feature a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor backed up by a PowerVR SGX 544 MP3 GPU.

 

Up until now, Samsung have used ARM-based processors in their smart devices, so this would be a gigantic change if Intel were to tap some of that sweet Intel silicon for their upcoming products.

Microsoft's in-house TV project is The Music Room, a user-driven show

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 21, 2013 6:26 am

Microsoft are merely hours away from unveiling their next-generation Xbox, where the company is going to unveil a two-part show for Xbox Live subscribers that will have the XBL subscribers given a chance to choose how the show ends.

 

 

The Music Room is what we'll see, which will allow for user feedback, or polling, to help the guide the show's finale. Laura Jackson will host the show, with Carl Barat who was formerly with the Libertines will be a guest. Performers will be featured, with Swim Deep and Everything Everything. The show starts on May 29, as Microsoft's first in-house production for the Xbox.

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The Last of Us will feature PS4's 'play while download' feature on the PS3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 5:38 am

Naughty Dog are nearly ready to unveil The Last of Us to the world, a game that launches simultaneously on Blu-ray and as a download through PSN on June 14. If you choose the download method, then you can only play the game once it has downloaded 50%.

 

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The PlayStation 4 will have this feature, where it will allow you to play the games as you're downloading them. PS3 gamers will get a tease of this PS4 feature with The Last of Us, but the PS4's method will be far superior thanks to its dedicated hardware that is used for background downloading and processing.

Apple escaped $44 billion in taxes according to Senate investigators

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 21, 2013 4:31 am

Apple are in the news once more, with Senate investigators accusing the iPhone maker of piecing together a complicated system to hide billions of dollars in international profits from both US and foreign tax collectors.

 

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What puts Apple in hot water is a report that has been released ahead of Apple CEO Tim Cook's inaugural Capitol Hill appearance on Tuesday, which alleges that Apple took advantage of numerous US tax loopholes and avoided taxes of up to $44 billion in offshore, taxable income between 2009 and 2012 - something that Apple rejects completely. The Senate investigation also charges, for the first time, that Apple's established foreign entities don't have tax-resident status there, or anywhere else.

 

Apple conducts most of their international business in the European country in order to use the lower tax rates, according to the congressional report. The Senate have said that Apple's tax conduct isn't exactly legal, but they aren't looking at the situation with compassion, pressing against Apple for their tax avoiding tactics.

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Jolla unveils their first Sailfish OS-based smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 21, 2013 3:29 am

Some ex-Nokia staffers have created a company called Jolla, who have just unveiled their first smartphone designed to run an OS called Sailfish. Sailfish is a Meego-inspired OS, with Jolla believing that their self-titled mobile phone will be one of the hot new mid- to high-end smartphones.

 

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Jolla will feature a 4.5-inch Estrada display, a dual-core processor which we don't know of yet, 16GB of internal flash storage, microSD for expandable storage, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. On the front we have a front-facing camera of course, and 4G LTE support in some countries. Jolla will feature no buttons on the front whatsoever, and will arrive with a two-tone removable back shell that the company calls The Other Half.

 

The Jolla is available for pre-order, with pre-order customers to receive a voucher worth 100 euros that will be taken off of the totla price of the phone once it ships. Jolla will go on sale in Q4 for around $513 (399 euros) and will drop in Europe before jumping over to other countries.

AMD acquires NVIDIA's Technical Marketing Manager

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 21, 2013 2:14 am

AMD continue their roll, acquiring Sean Pelletier from NVIDIA, who leaves his post as NVIDIA's Senior Technical Marketing Manager. Pelletier will join AMD in a position similar to the one he left NVIDIA for, where he will initially focus on GPU's.

 

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With AMD acquiring lots of talent over the last year or so, they truly are going to be a company to be reckoned with in a couple of years time. The staff acquisitions won't be apparent to consumers right away, but we should see the fruits of their labor over the coming year or so. The future is looking bright for AMD!

EA's FIFA 14 will make a showing at tomorrow's Xbox event

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 1:50 am

EA has teased that FIFA 14 will be making a showing at tomorrow's Xbox unveiling. TweakTown will be live-blogging tomorrow's Xbox unveiling and will have coverage of the upcoming FIFA 14 game. For those who don't know, FIFA is the world organization for soccer--or as most of the world calls it, football--and FIFA 14 will be EA Sports' latest addition to their soccer game franchise.

 

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Make sure to tune into our Live Blog that will be starting at 10a.m. PST tomorrow!

Google asks merchants to switch to Google Wallet, confirms Checkout will be closing in six months

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 21, 2013 1:07 am

Google has announced that Google Checkout will be closed in six months. Google is encouraging users to switch over to their Wallet product instead. Merchants who make use of Google Checkout will be able to keep using the service until November 20, 2013.

 

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If you don't have your own payment processing, you will need to transition to a different solution within six months. To make things easier, we've partnered with Braintree, Shopify and Freshbooks to offer you discounted migration options.

 

If you are a U.S. merchant that does have payment processing, you can apply for Google Wallet Instant Buy, which offers a fast buying experience to Google Wallet shoppers.

 

If you're a merchant, Google is hosting a live webinar on May 23, 2013 to help you learn more. Google has also set up the following help center for merchants.

Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai offering gold-plated iPads for guest use

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 21, 2013 12:33 am

The world's only seven-star hotel has started offering 24-carat gold-plated iPads to guests for use. While this is certainly overkill and completely unneeded, it is most definitely cool and adds to the luxury feel of the device and hotel.

 

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The iPads will be used as a virtual concierge and provide information on restaurants in the hotel, spa treatments, and butler services. The iPads feature the hotel's logo on the back and likely feel great to the touch. The hotel will also be selling the iPads in the hotel's boutique.

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