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Sprint starts LTE rollout in New York, San Francisco, Washington DC

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 12:31 am

Users of Sprint with 4G LTE devices in Washington DC, San Francisco, and New York City should be able to pick up spotty LTE coverage. It appears that Sprint has started flipping the switch on towers in those cities without making an official announcement. It's likely they're testing the towers ahead of an official launch.

 

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Coverage has been spotty meaning that not all towers have been turned on. Once the coverage is officially announced and made live, users should expect a blanket of LTE goodness. Sprint has confirmed that the cell towers were turned on for testing and that the company decided to leave them on until the official announcement so that users could continue using LTE.

Samsung rolling out Jelly Bean via Kies, OTA to Galaxy Note

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 12:02 am

The original Samsung Galaxy Note is starting to get an update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The original phablet will now be able to take advantage of Google's incredibly awesome Google Now. Other benefits from the update, such as Multi-Windows and Page Buddy will be available after the update.

 

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The rollout will be coming to a device near you over the coming weeks. Users will be able to update via Kies or over-the-air. The update also brings with it a new Nature UX and this results in the device looking a bit like the Note 2. Users should update to Jelly Bean to get more use out of their aging Note device.

Burger King gets its Twitter account hacked, posts that they have been bought by McDonalds

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:32 pm

Burger King has had its Twitter account hacked today. It promptly tweeted out that the company had been purchased by McDonalds. The Profile picture and cover photo were changed out to make this more believable. Twitter accounts are hacked all the time, but they usually aren't the high profile brand profiles.

 

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Twitter sells itself as a brand-friendly social network. With a high-profile hack such as this, some of the brands could start to rethink their reliance on the site. With the potential implications aside, let's take a look at some of the hilarious tweets pushed out while it was hacked.

 

The account was suspended by Twitter around 1:35p.m. EST. The hack appears to have been orchestrated by someone in the Anonymous collective, though why they would go after Burger King isn't immediately clear. Whatever the reason may be, we're glad they were making funny tweets instead of vulgar ones.

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EA puts iOS games on sale for President's Day

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:00 pm

Users can pick up any of the games from EA's iOS offerings for just $0.99 in celebration of President's Day. Of course, some of the apps are better deals than the others, but just because you save more doesn't mean you should get it. The full list of EA games on sale is listed below.

 

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  • High Caliber Hunting
  • Anytime Pool
  • The Sims 3 (Universal)
  • The Sims 3 World Adventures (Universal)
  • The Sims 3 Ambitions (Universal)
  • The Sims Medieval (Universal)
  • Need For Speed Shift (Universal)
  • Need For Speed Hot Pursuit (Universal)
  • RISK
  • SCRABBLE
  • BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 (Universal)
  • Fight Night Champion
  • Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp
  • Dead Space (Universal)
  • Burnout CRASH!
  • Shift 2 Unleashed
  • Madden NFL 12 (Universal)
  • MASS EFFECT INFILTRATOR
  • FIFA Soccer 11
  • FIFA Soccer 12 (Universal)
  • FIFA Soccer 13 (Universal)

 

EA's iPad games are also on sale. All of the games are $0.99 or free, depending on the title. You should hit up the App Store soon so that you don't miss the sale.

Ubuntu teases announcement tomorrow with timer, looks to be about tablets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:33 pm

Canonical has put up a timer on Ubuntu's website with the text "Tick, tock, tablet time!" We widely expect this announcement to be a tablet-optimized Ubuntu operating system as Canonical isn't known for making hardware and we have no reason to believe they are going to get into the hardware game.

 

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It's not clear whether the tablet version of Ubuntu would be based off of the desktop version or off of the new smartphone version. Either way, Canonical needs to establish itself across the entire mobile stack in order to make itself a viable mobile operating system.

 

Canonical has already confirmed plans to launch a tablet version of Ubuntu. We'll have to wait another 18 hours or so to find out the full details. We'll be sure to have coverage of the announcement along with coverage of HTC's press conference scheduled tomorrow.

ReportTT: Sony to leverage Gaikai streaming in PlayStation 4

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:01 pm

While we shouldn't have to speculate for much longer about what will and won't be in the PlayStation 4, one report is claiming that Sony will make use of Gaikai's streaming technology. The company was acquired by Sony back in 2012 for $380 million and could be the key to the PlayStation 4 having backwards compatibility.

 

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The PlayStation 4 is widely expected to use an updated architecture--some rumors are suggesting x86--and this could present problems for backwards compatibility. Gaikai could solve this by streaming the games from a remote server. Another benefit is that the games could be played on mobile devices and computers without any sort of modification.

 

Another benefit, at least for the game manufacturers, is that this could eliminate the used game market. One final suggestion is that this technology could allow the PS3 to play games designed and built for the PlayStation 4, though this might be unlikely as it would cut into PlayStation 4 sales.

 

We should know all of the dirty details on Wednesday when it is widely expected that the console will be announced.

RumorTT: Tweet suggests Galaxy S4 is going to be unveiled March 14

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 9:34 pm

Eldar Murtazin, a person known for getting it right when it comes to Nokia leaks, has tweeted, "Save the date for a big announcement - March 14." When it was suggested that this could be the Samsung Galaxy S4, he responded with a "Yes!" and pinpointed the announcement location as New York.

 

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Of course, this doesn't mean that the launch is confirmed. Far from it, actually. Murtazin has previously been spot on when it comes to Nokia rumors, though his oft-suggested buyout by Microsoft has yet to happen. However, other rumors have placed a Galaxy S4 unveiling sometime mid-March, so we're starting to think it's going to happen.

 

Full details aren't known yet, but I'd keep mid-March open if you're planning on attending or watching the announcement.

NVIDIA releases GeForce 314.07 WHQL video card drivers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 9:03 pm

In preparation for Crysis 3's launch tomorrow, NVIDIA has released WHQL-certified graphics drivers. Version 314.07 brings with it some more performance improvements for Crysis 3, though not much beyond the improvements that were seen with the beta version released not too long ago.

 

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NIVIDA says that users can expect up to a 5 percent improvement in performance in Crysis 3 when coupled with a GTX 680. You can pick up the drivers from NVIDIA's website.

Sony basically confirms PS4 coming Wednesday, releases nostalgic videos of PS1, PS2, PS3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:31 pm

Sony has gone a little bit nostalgic in its effort to build interest in Wednesday's press event. By doing so, the company has basically confirmed that they are releasing the PlayStation 4 as most rumors have said they would be. You can check out the three videos below and then jump down to more analysis.

 

 

If you listen carefully to the final video, you'll hear the line saying you can "be the first to know" February 20. We'll have coverage of the event Wednesday evening.

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RumorTT: Photo said to show iPhone 5S motherboard, features A7 processor

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:02 pm

The first possibly substantiated rumor has surfaced with a photo reportedly of the iPhone 5S' motherboard. In the picture, there is a chip clearly marked "A7." This chip should be the successor to the current A6 processor used in the iPhone and iPad 4. iOSDoc claims that this A7 chip is a 1.2GHz quad-core part.

 

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The new chip is said to be paired with a PowerVR quad-core SGX554MP4 graphics chip and 2GB of dual-channel LPDDR-800. The RAM is an upgrade from the current 1GB of LPDDR2-1066. The device is also said to come with iOS 7, which makes sense, and the upgraded OS is set to feature many cool new features.

 

Of course, we've heard lots of rumors about Apple, with some saying that there are three phones in the works by Apple. I'd continue to take rumors with a grain of salt, though this one has a bit more credibility due to the picture.

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