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Samsung will sell its 10 millionth Galaxy S4 next week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 17, 2013 8:02 pm

After just one month of being on the market, Samsung has announced that it will sell its 10 millionth Galaxy S4 sometime next week. While that may not sound very impressive, consider that it took Samsung almost double that time to sell 10 million Galaxy S3 devices after launch.

 

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Going even further back, five months passed before 10 million Galaxy S2 smartphones were sold. Like it or not, Samsung is the new Apple, albeit with less overpriced hardware and more feature rich smartphones. Industry analysts say that Samsung managed to capture 95 percent of the $5.3 billion in profit that Android generated market wide in the first quarter of 2013.

 

Samsung earns more off of Android than Google does, and while you may think that would shake Google to the core, it has done quite the opposite. Google could not be more happy, and to prove this point, we saw the search giant unveil its own version of the Galaxy S4 during the Google I/O keynote earlier this week.

Time Warner Cable has its eye on Hulu, may buy into the service

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 17, 2013 7:29 pm

Time Warner Cable (TWC) has in the past mentioned that it would like its own Aereo-like service and we may have just figured out how they plan to reach that goal. Bloomberg is reporting that TWC is considering buying a major equity stake in Hulu so that they "could offer Hulu to its customers as a bundled service inside and outside of the home with its current products."

 

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This would allow TWC customers to watch their favorite shows on Hulu without having to purchase a Hulu Plus subscription package. The deal would see Time Warner Cable taking a 33 percent stake in Hulu with the other 67 percent being held by Disney, Comcast and News Corp.

 

Glenn Britt, CEO of Time Warner Cable, said that this move would offer TWC customers more value and would fill a void in the industry where cable customers need more flexibility. He said that he wants to offer customers "smaller, more affordable packages that don't cost them upward of $100 a month."

Google wins award for Advertiser of the Year from the Clio Awards

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 17, 2013 6:29 pm

Google lands Advertiser of the Year at this year's so-called "Oscars for Advertisers" the Clio Awards. The ads responsible for landing the prestigious award were Build with Chrome, 100,000 Stars, Re:Brief, Google Display, and Google Fiber. Check the bottom of this article for all of the ad videos.

 

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"Always start with rabid empathy and always strive for radical simplicity," Robert Wong, chief creative officer of Google Creative Lab, told Mashable after accepting the award at Wednesday's ceremony in New York City. "At the highest order, our job is to remind the world what it is they love about Google. Know the user, know the magic, connect the two," he added.

 

 

Wong went on to say:

We spend a lot of time trying to get creatives in the industry excited about the magic of digital and the potential of technology for emotional storytelling, so it was especially meaningful to be recognized for that work by this community - as part of this community. The coming together of art, copy and code has created completely new possibilities and uniquely new opportunities.

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RumorTT: Google to release white Nexus 4 on June 10, will run Android 4.3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 17, 2013 5:25 pm

The rumor mill is turning once again and this time it is all about Google and a White Nexus 4. This morning, several sites are reporting sightings of a white Nexus 4 at the Google I/O conference and one blog is even reporting having a working unit in hand.

 

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The elusive white Nexus 4 appears to be identical in specs and form to the original black Nexus 4 with one major difference; the white version is said to run Android 4.3. If true this will be the first phone running the updated version of Android.

 

The image seen above is courtesy of Android and Me who claim to have the white Nexus 4 in hand, and other than an update to the developer API, the only other updates appear to be support for Bluetooth Smart, and possibly OpenGL ES 3.0.

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Apple finally sees iOS devices approved for US military networks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 17, 2013 4:34 pm

After weeks of waiting, Apple has finally joined the ranks of BlackBerry and Samsung in having its mobile phone hardware certified and approved for use on US military networks. The approval was always a sure thing, as the US Department of Defense had ordered tens of thousands of iPhones well before the approval process even began.

 

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The Department of Defense says that it now has 470,000 BlackBerry devices, 41,000 Apple products, and 8,700 Android powered units in operation. The number of BlackBerry phones is expected to decline as the DoD says it will switch over to 100,000 new Apple and Android powered phones in the coming months.

NVIDIA opens up Shield pre-orders to the public, $349 will secure yours today

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2013 3:20 pm

While Google I/O may have been in the news a lot this week, NVIDIA's Shield handheld console has taken the prize as most talked about. First, the company opened up pre-orders to its newsletter subscribers, and then the device was spotted on ABC's Modern Family sitcom.

 

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This morning NVIDIA announced that it has opened up Shield pre-orders to the general public three days ahead of its previously scheduled date of May 20. For $349 early adopters can secure their all-in-one Android gaming console at Gamestop, Newegg, Canada Computer, or NVIDIA's own pre-order site.

 

Shield sports a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen with 1,280x720 resolution, NVIDIA's Tegra 4 CPU which supports a maximum resolution of 3200 x 2000 pixels so games can be played at full HD on a TV. Other specs include 16GB of storage, mini-HDMI, micro-USB 2.0, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot for storage expansion, 802.11n Wi-Fi, integrated speakers, and a headphone jack.

SlimPort Summit 2013 Coverage - What is SlimPort?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 17, 2013 11:47 am

The folks over at Analogix were kind enough to send me over to Shanghai, China to attend its SlimPort Summit 2013 here at the lovely Marriott City Center hotel. You've got the brief introduction, now let's dig in deep for a bit and talk about SlimPort.

 

 

If you don't like reading, hit play on the embedded video above. What is SlimPort? Today at the event I heard a few different variations to the definition of SlimPort. I'd like to explain it in my own words. SlimPort is a technology standard that is use to easily get more out of your smart device and connect it up with one simple cable to a larger, secondary display via VGA, HDMI or DisplayPort.

 

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Analogix is the company responsible for creating SlimPort and the company is one that is a semiconductor and has its roots in display and digital media. One of its biggest projects right now is SlimPort, a relatively new standard that has already had quite a lot of success in the market. You can already find SlimPort technology in popular devices including the Google Nexus 4 smartphone, LG Optimus G Pro smartphone, Fujitsu Stylistic QH582 Windows 8 tablet and the ASUS PadFone Infinity Android tablet.

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Is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer eyeballing Tumblr?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 17, 2013 9:26 am

Early Thursday morning reports began to surface about rumors of Yahoo preparing a bid for social blogging site Tumblr. This would put the once king of search on the front lines of the social media war.

 

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AllThingsD reported on Thursday that Yahoo was considering the acquisition of Tumblr for $1 billion. This is not the first time CEO Marissa Mayer has shown interest in Tumblr though. As an executive at Google, Mayer closely watched the blogging service loved by hipsters all over.

 

The rumors carry some weight as AllThingsD is usually spot on with its predictions on all things Yahoo, and there have been documented meetings between Mayer and Tumblr top execs including founder and CEO David Karp. While the acquisition seems imminent, we are left wondering what will happen to all of the Tumblr pr0n if Yahoo does take over.

Kogan unveils new Android Jelly Bean based 42" 3D LED TV for under $500

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 17, 2013 8:27 am

Australians will soon have access to a 42" 3D LED smart TV that runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a price tag under $500. The TV is being manufactured by Kogan, a company known for its cut-rate prices.

 

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The $449 Agora Smart TV does sacrifice some features such as a thin profile and excessive numbers of HDMI ports, but you do get a 3D-capable 1080p LED screen. With the Agora Smart TV running Android, it will be a good way to experience Google TV or take advantage of apps such as Plex which are usually only featured on more expensive flagship smart TVs.

 

Other specifications include built-in PVR functionality, three USB ports, three HDMI ports, Wi-Fi, and a 60Hz refresh rate. Australian readers who are keen on picking one up can head over to Kogan's website and place your preorder now.

EA says no new games being developed for Wii U

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2013 7:26 am

In an interview with Kotaku earlier this week, an EA Spokesman said that the company is not currently developing any games for Nintendo's Wii U console. This comes just two years after both companies announced an "unprecedented partnership" to bring big name titles to the companies flagship consoles.

 

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"We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," company spokesperson Jeff Brown told Kotaku yesterday. Although he did not rule out future development for the Wii U, as things stand right now we will not see ports of the Sims 4, Battlefield 4, or the new FIFA game set to launch soon.

 

This also means that there will be no NFL games produced for the Wii U console as EA holds exclusive rights on future NFL titles. We want to know how you feel about EA pulling out of Wii U game development. Leave your thoughts in a comment below.

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