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Samsung could soon see a store-within-a-store in Best Buy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 5:33 am

If you've ever wondered into a Best Buy store, you would know that there are dedicated "Apple Shop" sections, where you can buy - you guessed it - Apple goodies. Well, the tables are slowly turning, with news that there could be similar shops in Best Buy stores, from Samsung.

 

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It would be perfect timing with the company's launch of the Galaxy S4, with Geek.com reporting it might be happening very soon:

 

Geek.com has been told that the first wave of high traffic Best Buy locations will soon be receiving instruction to remove two aisles next to their mobile department and prepare to install a new Samsung store. This new section will be dressed in large Samsung signage and offer custom demo stations for many of Samsung's products. Locations with the new section will be issuing special training sessions for employees in the mobile department, focusing heavily on how to show off Samsung-specific features.

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Twitter ad revenue set to fly past $1 billion in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 4:32 am

Rolling the clock back to 2011, Twitter was making nothing from mobile advertisements - but what about now and going into 2014? eMarketer have said that 53% of Twitter's ad revenue comes from just mobile advertisements.

 

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eMarketer expects that Twitter's ad revenue will be around $582.8 million for 2012, with $308.9 million coming from mobile ads. These figures will blow out to around $1 billion for 2014, with 2015's numbers estimated to be around $1.33 billion with an expected 60% of which coming from mobile advertisements.

eBay headed toward $110 billion in sales by 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 3:29 am

eBay started off as something small, but has grown into something incredibly powerful and profitable. So much so that the Internet auction site is estimated that their total volume of merchandise sold will reach $110 billion by 2015.

 

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The Internet auction site also sees a very large portion of their growth from developing markets, which will see a nice injection of both consumers and profits in the coming years. Bloomberg have noted that they estimate eBay to pull in between $21.5 billion and $23.5 billion in the year 2015 with their current business model.

 

eBay's continued success is thanks to current CEO John Donahue, who pushed for new features like mobile applications and local shopping tools. These goals have seen eBay's shares surge 75% since he took over from Meg Whitman in 2008. Just last year, eBay's sales grew 21%.

Updated: Unreal Engine 4 will not work on the Nintendo Wii U, joins the club with Frostbite 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2013 8:34 am

Update:

 

Mark Rein has talked with Engadget, shedding some light on his comments that Unreal Engine 4 wouldn't be heading to the Nintendo Wii U, where he said:

 

If someone wants to take Unreal Engine 4 and ship a game on Wii U, they can. If they wanna ship an Unreal Engine 4 game on Xbox 360, they could make it happen.

 

So it looks like Epic Games might not be releasing games themselves on the Wii U, but have no problems licensing out their next-generation engine to other developers, and have them ship UE4-based games to the Wii U. Interesting.

 

The original article:

 

We showed you some of those gorgeous graphics that Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 is capable of, but it looks like the next-generation graphics engine won't be working with Nintendo's Wii U console. Even with Epic Games themselves saying that UE4 is super scalable, so much so that it can be scaled from next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 4, all the way down to mobile devices and web browsers.

 

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Epic co-founder Mark Rein was asked if UE4 can be scaled down to the Nintendo Wii U, where he said:

 

Ha-ha, no. I mean, sorry, it's not really a correct answer. We're not... we have Unreal Engine 3 for the Wii U. Right? And Unreal Engine 3 is powering all kinds of amazing games, still lots of games are being made with Unreal Engine 3.

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StarCraft II can be played with your eyes thanks to Tobii's technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2013 7:35 am

StarCraft II is a game of some serious mouse clicking, but what if there was a way that you could play the games by just moving your eyeballs and pressing a single button? Well, Tobii has some very cool eye-tracking system that uses an infrared tracking camera and an infrared illuminator to pinpoint the precise location of your pupils.

 

 

 

Dvice are the ones behind the report, where they've said:

 

The thing to remember here is that all of these actions are entirely independent of the location of the mouse cursor. Effectively, you're getting a second cursor, controlled by wherever you look, to use at the same time as the mouse. For example, you can target a Psi Storm with your eyes while simultaneously using your mouse to select and move your High Templar to safety. And as Fredrik points out, when you move around the map with your gaze, your mouse never has to leave your units and your fingers never have to leave your hotkeys.

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RumorTT: We could see a Facebook phone revealed on April 4, powered by Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 31, 2013 6:28 am

It looks like the Facebook rumors won't die, and are stronger than ever with the social network inviting the press to an event at the Facebook HQ on April 4th, to "Come See Our New Home On Android."

 

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It looks like the Facebook phone would run a modified version of Android, and may be built by HTC. If the April 4 event does see a Facebook phone unveiled, it'll be an interesting future for Google. Google allow manufacturers to modify the stock look and feel of Android, but the rumors with the Facebook phone are looking to have the Facebook phone see a huge change in the look and feel of Android - which we should expect.

 

Facebook have a slew of features and apps that they could bake directly into their phone, which would essentially just be a basic Android handset, powered by Facebook. Then we have to wonder about Facebook's App Center, which links to both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Then we have to think deeper again, with carriers' opinions on a Facebook phone. I'm guessing we'd see Facebook heavily, heavily subsidize this bad boy, and sell it online and unlocked, ala Google's Nexus 4.

RumorTT: Apple working on gaming hardware for iOS devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Mar 31, 2013 5:34 am

Apple have hundreds of millions of users on iOS devices, and a large portion of those users play games on their iOS devices. Rumors have been circling around that Apple had been walking the halls of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week, pitching the idea of iOS controllers to various developers.

 

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The company were even rumored to have a space reserved at GDC to talk to developers, which was under a different name so that no one picked up on it. A 2008 patent application for a dock points toward attaching physical controllers and other hardware features for iOS devices, so it could just be a matter of time before we see an iController, or iJoystick.

Bitcoins become a billion dollar market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 31, 2013 4:36 am

Bitcoins have slowly but surely been plowing their way into the market, where they represent a billion dollar market. Bitcoins are an open source, unregulated peer-to-peer currency, with around 10.9 million bitcoins in circulation on a single marketplace.

 

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Bitcoins, at the moment, have a value of around $90, with the 10.9 million of them creating the billion dollar market. Bitcoins have stayed mostly away from the media's attention, but with the digital currency continuing to grow at breakneck speeds, I'm sure we're going to see some intervention soon enough. This rings especially true as bitcoins are used regularly as the currency of choice for the black market, assassins and drug dealers.

 

The digital currency does have a big upside, in the way that governments in economic troubles freeze citizens' bank accounts - bitcoins are safe from that. They're also easy to transfer between people without requiring citizens' personal information. There are of course downsides, with the growth of the digital currency possibly creating a bubble which will eventually pop, with people losing hundreds or thousands of dollars.

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Facebook founder might owe $1 billion in taxes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 31, 2013 3:41 am

Around this time last year Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a very hefty $13 billion when the social network went public, and now Zuckerberg could be looking at a tax bill of around $1 billion.

 

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The founder of Facebook was prepared for the taxes, which could've been why he sold $1 billion of shares on the day - trying to keep his handful of money a little lighter for the tax man. Zuckerberg has also been nice to charity, where he has given around $500,000,000 (that's $500 million!) to the SIlicon Valley Community Foundation, which should offset his tax bill by a decent margin.

NASA requests $100 million, wants to find an asteroid in space, drag it toward the Moon and send astronauts to study it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 30, 2013 7:14 am

NASA has an interesting plan that would see them find an asteroid in space, drag it toward the Moon and send astronauts to study it. NASA are requesting $100 million for the mission, which is coming in the middle of their fight over the 2014 budget continues in Washington.

 

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The idea comes from the Keck Institute for Space Studies at the California Institute of Technology back in 2011. Scientists have said that the plan is capable of being played out within the next decade, and would be a very good move for future endeavours by US engineers to plunder asteroids with robotic mining for water and metals. NASA has requested $100 million, with Keck researchers admitting that the actual operation would cost as much as $2.6 billion and it would take at least six years to grab an asteroid close to Earth.

 

The researchers have said that there could be as many as 20,000 pieces of space debris within a decent distance from the Earth, but it could take astronauts up to six months to travel to the asteroid in order to pull it back toward the Moon.

 

NASA have said that if politicians don't get in their way, a major announcement for this plan could be in their future.

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