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Verizon's variant of LG's G2 gets exclusive wireless charging feature

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 4:33 pm

During the launch event for its new G2 smartphone, LG made no mention of the device featuring wireless charging. With that feature being such a hot ticket item these days, you would think that if their device included it, it would be one of the hot topics of discussion. Today, Verizon announced that its CDMA version will feature an "exclusive wireless charging feature."

 

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Also spotted in the Verizon G2 offering is what appears to be redesigned rear buttons that look a little more flat than the model that was debuted during the launch. So why would LG give Verizon exclusive rights to such a popular feature? With today's mobile networks getting better and better, companies like Verizon have to strike deals with handset manufacturers to bring exclusive features like this to their version of the phone in an effort to keep customers from jumping ship. Verizon most likely made some pretty big promises or shelled out a hefty sum for the exclusive rights to the wirelessly chargeable G2.

LeakedTT: New specs arise for Nokia's upcoming Windows RT 8.1 tablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 3:18 pm

We've heard rumors in the past that Nokia is preparing a Windows 8 based tablet, but the actual specifications of the device have been a little fuzzy until today. Previously the device was thought to run an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, but new information suggests that the device will be featuring much more modern hardware.

 

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Rumors are beginning to spread data suggesting that the new Nokia Tablet will run a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 Processor with a clock speed of 2.2GHz with 2GB of RAM. The report also says that the tablet will feature a keyboard dock for a Surface-like keyboard cover. Windows RT 8.1 is the alleged operating system and USB 3.0, HDMI, and 802.11 n Wi-Fi is also said to be present. The device will also feature a 10.1-inch full 1080p display.

Intel's MXC is an optical interconnect for servers, pushes 1.6Tbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 10:32 am

Intel has teased its latest MXC format, which will combine silicon photonics and a new form of Corning fiber, which will see servers linked at an incredible 1.6Tbps.

 

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The chipmaker is using connectors that are very small, but Intel won't talk about MXC anymore until the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco next month. We can expect supercomputer operators to be on the floor, with huge smiles on their faces. We will be posting all sorts of news during IDF, so be sure to check back soon!

Sony stops pre-orders of the PlayStation 4 in certain regions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 9:27 am

UK-based Toys R Us and Amazon stores have been told by Sony to stop taking pre-orders of the PlayStation 4 in case they run out of consoles on launch day. In the coming weeks, some retailers are expecting Microsoft to make a similar move.

 

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There has been one good thing coming out of this, in that Toys R Us accidentally posting an availability date of the PS4 of December 13 and for the Xbox One, November 29. Are you in the UK? Have you tried to pre-order a PS4 in the last couple of days to no avail? Let us know in the comments!

Microsoft scoops up ex-Valve employee to help its PC division

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 8:31 am

Microsoft might be trying to improve its PC division with the hiring of an ex-Valve employee. Jason Holtman is now an employee of the Redmond-based giant, leaving his post at Valve in February.

 

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Holtman spoke with GamesIndustry about his move to Microsoft, where he said: "Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment. I think there is a lot of opportunity for Microsoft to deliver the games and entertainment customers want and to work with developers to make that happen, so I'm excited to be here."

 

Holtman is working within the PC Gaming and Entertainment Strategy division of Microsoft, which should hopefully see Microsoft starting to take the PC gaming industry seriously once again.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Prestige Edition offers a 1080p action camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 7:27 am

If you're going to pick up Call of Duty: Ghosts when it drops, you might want to look at getting the Call of Duty: Ghosts Prestige Edition, which drops on November 5.

 

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Included with the Prestige Edition is a 1080p, water-resistant "tactical camera", with a 4GB memory card. The Prestige Edition is priced at $199, and while that might sound like a lot, a 1080p, water-resistant tactical camera is a nice accessory for that price. You also get the game itself, a carrying case, a Season Pass for downloads and a paracord strap.

 

If this came with a real-life puppy, our own Trace Hagan would've purchased every copy in the United States by now.

Google Chrome chews up 43% of the global web browser market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 6:28 am

Just how powerful is Google's grip on the global web browser market share? Very powerful. The Mountain View-based giant claim 43% of the global market with Chrome.

 

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In the US, just 36% of Internet users use Chrome, which is one of the world's lowest rates. Internet Explorer is still dominant - I don't know how or why - in the US, with 30%. In South America, Google is king with 63% of the market.

 

Asia seems to favor Chrome, where Google see 49% of the market in its hands. Worldwide, Google take 43%, Internet Explorer takes 25% and Firefox scoops up 20%.

Microsoft cuts Xbox One launch markets from 21 to just 13

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 5:23 am

The Xbox One was meant to arrive in 21 markets when it launches later this year, but the Redmond-based OS giant has now said in order to meet the huge demand for the Xbox One, it'll need to cut the amount of countries the console launches in from 21, to 13.

 

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The eight remaining markets will see the Xbox One launch in 2014, with the following countries missing out, for now: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. The 13 countries to receive the Xbox One this year are: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand.

 

All Microsoft has said about the launch date for the eight countries in 2014, is that it will launch "as soon as possible next year." Those who have pre-ordered the Xbox One in the countries where it won't be launching this year will have Microsoft giving consumers a free game, not bad I guess.

Xbox 360 season passes will jump over to the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 4:29 am

Microsoft has come out and confirmed something its calling the Season Pass Guarantee. Microsoft's Season Pass Guarantee offers consumers the ability to have their season passes purchased on the Xbox 360 carry over to the Xbox One, as long as you own the same game for both consoles.

 

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Microsoft has partnered up with Activision, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, who will offer exclusive content for season pass holders on both systems for games like Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4. Microsoft seem to be doing quite a lot in the run up to the Xbox One launch, but is it enough to make you buy one?

Android dominates, accounts for 79% of smartphone shipments in Q2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 3:21 am

Apple is most likely crying into its upcoming iPhone 5S at this news, but Google's mobile OS, Android, is just dominating. Gartner has confirmed a recent report from the IDC that Android-based devices accounted for 79% of all smartphone shipments in Q2 2013.

 

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This represents a record share for Android, that just continues to grow each and every day. Gartner found that vendors across the world shipped 178 million Android-based smartphones, with 40% of those being Samsung devices. Apple's market share on the other hand, shrank year-over-year from 19% in Q2 2012 to just 14% this year.

 

I've said it before, but I think Apple has jumped the iShark and these numbers prove it. Even Microsoft's mobile OS, Windows Phone, is increasing its market share, jumping from 2.6% in Q2 2012 to 3.3% in Q2 2013 shipping over 7.4 million devices.

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