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Australian carrier Telstra says Motorola X Phone will be 'game changer'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 2:31 am

While the details on Google and Motorola's X Phone are still few and far between, Australian wireless carrier Telstra seems to think that it will be a "game changer." An anonymous Motorola source said, "Google has been working on this device for a long time. It has software features and capabilities that are not available on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Apple iPhone. The software is really powerful and it pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past."

 

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Hugh Bradlow, CTO for Telstra, reportedly told senior staff that the X Phone will be a "real breakthrough, a game changer that will put pressure on Samsung and Apple."

 

The device will likely launch Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie and could possibly be unveiled at Google I/O in May. Other than a rumored 5-inch display, there really isn't much else known about the device, though it has been confirmed by a posting on LinkedIn. We certainly can't wait to see it and we imagine you can't either. What is one feature you'd like to see in the device?

Gabe Newell says they aren't canceling any projects despite reported layoffs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 2:02 am

The web has been ablaze today with rumors and reports of Valve conducting layoffs, though the company has not confirmed or denied that layoffs occurred today. However, Gabe Newell has sent a statement to Engadget that says Valve is not canceling any projects or changing any priorities.

 

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We don't usually talk about personnel matters for a number of reasons. There seems to be an unusual amount of speculation about some recent changes here, so I thought I'd take the unusual step of addressing them. No, we aren't canceling any projects. No, we aren't changing any priorities or projects we've been discussing. No, this isn't about Steam or Linux or hardware or [insert game name here]. We're not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn't working here.

 

It's interesting that Valve wouldn't deny the rumors and reports of layoffs if there haven't been any. However, just because they haven't denied it, it doesn't mean that there have been layoffs. We'll be sure to let you know as soon as we find out more concrete information.

Retina 13" MacBook Pro gets price slashed by $200, 15" gets spec bump

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 1:31 am

Apple's flagship Retina MacBook Pro line of computers are getting a little bit more value for the money. The 15-inch version of the Retina MacBook Pro is receiving a 0.1GHz speed boost on its quad-core processor and is remaining at the same price of $2,199 for the intro version.

 

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The 13-inch version is now $200 cheaper than before and will set you back $1,499 for the base model which includes 128GB of sold-state storage. If you need 256GB, it'll set you back that $1,699.

 

It's not immediately apparent what has sparked Apple to cut the price of the 13-inch model and boost the specifications of the 15-inch model. Perhaps it's the slumping Mac sales or perhaps its the stock price that has been getting hammered lately. Either way, you can't say no to more value for your dollar.

LinkedIn CEO in good mood, gives iPad mini to every employee

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 1:02 am

Both LinkedIn employees and Apple are probably pretty happy with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner right now. The CEO has rewarded employees for a great 2012 by providing them each with their own iPad mini. This means that Weiner spent over $1.2 million on 3,500 iPad minis. Ouch. We hope he worked out a discount!

 

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The good deed was first tweeted about by Darain Faraz: "We wanted to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of all of our employees in 2012. During today's biweekly All Hands meeting, we surprised our employees with iPad Minis as a small gesture of the company's gratitude for their contributions."

 

It's these small things that keep employees happy and working hard for a company. LinkedIn pulled in a record Q4 with earnings topping $303 million.

NVIDIA Q4 2013 results come in at $1.1 billion in revenue, $174 million profit

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:32 am

NVIDIA has reported their fourth quarter 2013 earnings and they are up year-over-year. While the earnings are up year-over-year, they've dropped slightly from the records set last quarter. NVIDIA saw a total of $1.1 billion in revenue, which is down from last quarter's $1.2 billion and up from 2012's $950 million.

 

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Profit came in at $179 million, down from $209 million last quarter. For the entire year, NVIDIA's GPU business brought in a total of $3.2 billion, not too bad when you consider that this year hasn't been too great to PC sales. NVIDIA notes that its Tegra business continues to grow:

 

"This year we did the best work in our company's history," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. "We achieved record revenues, margins and cash, despite significant market headwinds."

 

 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty details, the full PR is available on NVIDIA's website.

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HP to use Android on upcoming Tegra 4-powered tablet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:02 am

HP is reportedly working on a Tegra 4-powered tablet and has been since before Thanksgiving according to sources familiar with the subject. ReadWriteWeb is reporting that HP could announce this tablet very soon and that it would be one of the first Tegra 4 devices on the market.

 

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More notably is it will be the first time HP embraces the Android operating system. With their recent introduction of a Chromebook, HP appears to be getting friendlier with Google. The sources state that HP are also toying with the idea of releasing an Android-powered smartphone, though CEO Meg Whitman says they aren't releasing a phone this year.

 

The report states that HP is holding private meetings at Mobile World Congress and it's thought that they will demonstrate the tablet to select people. The announcement isn't expected to come any time before the show later this month.

Surface Pro not very repairable according to iFixit, achieves lowest score possible

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:29 pm

For the Surface Pro owners out there, you best be careful with your device. Mobile device repair site iFixit has taken the Surface Pro apart and rated its ability to be repaired a 1 out of 10, the lowest score possible. Just to open the device, they had to remove over 90 different screws.

 

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Other notable devices that received a similar score would be the Retina iPad, which received a score of 2/10, and the Retina MacBook Pro, which received a 1/10 score because of all of the adhesive used to secure things in place.

 

The Surface Pro makes use of a "metric duckload" of adhesive to secure the screen. While we're not quite sure just how big a "metric duckload" unit of measurement is, we have a feeling it's not a small quantity. Basically, you shouldn't attempt repairing a Surface Pro unless you are a trained professional and have lots of practice.

Google brings Google Now widget to Android home and lock screens

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 10:31 pm

Google's highly acclaimed Google Now app has just gotten a widget that is compatible with both your home screen and lock screen. Along with the new widget, Google has updated the searching abilities of the app and it can now find movie tickets through Fandango, houses for sale through Zillow, and "support for US college sports."

 

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In other words, you'll now be able to do even more from the app. With March Madness coming up, Google has added support for college sports so that it can be a one-stop shop for all of your searching needs. The updated app is available in the Google Play Store and can be updated through the Google Play App.

RumorTT: iPhone 5S to be built in March, launch in June

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 10:05 pm

More rumors have come out of the Apple camp with Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek saying that the iPhone 5S will go into production starting in March. According to his supply chain sources, they are slowing down production on the iPhone 5 in order to ready themselves to start producing the iPhone 5S.

 

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His research note indicates that Apple is planning to launch the iPhone 5S during their Worldwide Developers Conference in June, though it could be delayed until July. He says this likely won't happen due to the fact that there are "few changes for the iPhone 5S vs. the iPhone 5."

Last '7 Wonders of Crysis 3' video released, watch 'End of Days' now

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:33 pm

Crysis 3 fans can now catch the latest and final episode of "The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3" web series. The game launch is just around the corner and this is an excellent way to prep for the launch and keep your excitement building. Check out the video below:

 

 

What do you think of it? Are you excited for the game to release on PS3, Xbox 360, and computer on February 19? Let us know in the comments.

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