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Xbox 360 sales on top for 28 consecutive months

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 18, 2013 12:42 am

Microsoft's Xbox 360 continues to be the number one selling console...for 28 consecutive months! According to data from The NPD Group, as reported by Microsoft, April marked the 28th consecutive month that the Xbox 360 topped the console sales chart selling around 130,000 units in April.

 

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130,000 sales accounts for 42 percent of current-generation console sales. A total of $208 million was spent on Xbox and Xbox-related items (software and accessories) in just the month of April. It will be interesting to see if the Xbox 360 remains on top until the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox are released later this year.

ReportTT: Apple's iRadio held up over details for skipping songs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 18, 2013 12:02 am

It's been widely rumored that Apple is working on bringing a streaming radio service much like Pandora or Spotify offer. While these rumors have been mostly rampant speculation, a report has surfaced that suggest iRadio is being delayed over its skipping songs policy. As most know, Pandora will only allow six skips per hour due to its license.

 

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Rumors suggested that Apple would unveil iRadio at this year's WWDC, but if reports that negotiations with Sony Music are stalling, the release could be delayed. According to CNet, the major issue stems from partial playing. Specifically, just how much will Apple pay for a song that is played partially before being skipped?

 

Sony and Apple declined to comment. Apple and Sony still have a few weeks to finish the deal before WWDC, so we'll see if iRadio ends up launching at WWDC--or at all.

ReportTT: Yahoo isn't the only one interested in Tumblr

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 17, 2013 11:43 pm

It looks as though Tumblr might have more than just one suitor. According to a Forbes report, Microsoft and Facebook are also interested in the blogging network. However, these talks would be irrelevant if Yahoo makes an offer that is accepted by Tumblr. If Yahoo's scheduled event is to announce a partnership, these talks clearly haven't worked.

 

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Of course, the event could be used to announce an official offer for Tumblr without actually having an acceptance. However, Forbe's sources suggest that the Yahoo/Tumblr talks are progressing rapidly and well. Marissa Mayer would still need to secure an offer from Yahoo's Board of Directors before an official offer could be made.

 

Yahoo is probably attempting to get a lockup agreement that would prevent Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo from entering a bidding war.

LeakedTT: Dell to release two new Latitude notebooks this summer with Haswell CPU's

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 17, 2013 10:26 pm

A leaked road map for Dell shows that the computer manufacturer will be releasing two new Latitude Ultrabooks based upon Intel's upcoming Haswell CPU. Both Ultrabooks will reportedly feature 12.5-inch displays and come as part of Dell's E700 Latitude series.

 

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First up, Dell's E7240. This Ultrabook will be available with either a 1366x768 or 1920x1080 touchscreen display. Weighing in at 2.9 pounds, it's a bit heavier than some alternatives. It measures 12.2"x8.3"x0.79" and will feature a 3-cell battery. It will feature either an i3, i5, or i5 Intel Haswell processor, which are reportedly excellent for battery life.

 

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The second is the Latitude E7440. It will also be available with either a 1366x768 or 1920x1080 display, with touch being optional. It comes in with a larger 14-inch display. The system measures 13.3"x9.1"x0.83" and weighs in at around 3.5 pounds. It will come with either a Core i3, i5, or i7 Haswell processor.

 

We expect to see both systems sometime this summer.

SpaceTT: NASA releases chart displaying the driving distances of Mars and Moon craft

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 17, 2013 10:06 pm

I often sit back and think about things man has accomplished in space. The one thing that I keep going back to is the fact that we have driven vehicles on both the Martian and Lunar surfaces. While this may not impress some, you need to consider that just 100 years ago more than half of the country still rode horses for transportation and more than that were still without electricity.

 

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This morning, NASA released a new infographic that details the distance we have driven vehicles and robots on the surfaces of Mars and the Moon. The Russian Lunokhod 2 holds the record at the moment with 37km of travel on the moon, while NASA's Opportunity Rover comes in a very close second, having driven 35.76km in Mars.

 

Apollo 17's Lunar Rover comes in a close third traveling 35.74km, while the Lunar Rover on Apollo 15 managed to go 27.8km. Rounding out the list is NASA's Curiosity which has managed to travel 0.7km in the months since landing. Holding the record for least distance traveled is the Sojourner Rover which barely moved 1 meter before flunking out.

RumorTT: Apple to debut MacBook Air refresh at WWDC

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 17, 2013 9:29 pm

It seems like almost every day a new rumor regarding Apple surfaces. The latest rumor says that Apple will debut a refreshed MacBook Air at this year's WWDC taking place next month. A refreshed MacBook Air is expected to make use of Intel's new, low-power Haswell CPU's and possibly feature a Retina display.

 

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One of the main reasons this rumor has popped up is that availability of the current 13-inch Air with a 1.8GHz processor and 256GB SSD is out of stock at many large retailers across the web. Amazon, B&H, MacConnection, and MacMall are all out of stock, while J&R is only offering the system in-store.

 

Supply constraints are often an early indicator that Apple is planning on releasing a refreshed model. In anticipation for the new model, production of the old model ramps down to clear existing inventory. WWDC takes place shortly after Intel debuts its new Haswell processors and would be an excellent time for the unveiling of a refreshed Air.

Yahoo sets NYC product event for Monday, May 20

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 17, 2013 9:02 pm

Yahoo has scheduled a product event in New York City for Monday, May 20. This comes at a time where rumors are flying around that Yahoo is interested in picking up Tumblr. It follows that Yahoo could use this event to announce a buyout, partnership, or something else related to Tumblr, which gives the Tumblr rumor a bit of fire.

 

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There are plenty of other things Yahoo could be planning for the event, but the rumored Tumblr deal seems the most likely, especially since this event has been hastily thrown together. Of course, we'll cover the event and let you know just what happened at the event. Until then, we'll keep speculation to a minimum.

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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