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Sprint rolling out LTE to 21 new markets on April 12, according to leak

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 6:31 am

According to a document obtained by PhoneArena, Sprint will be rolling out LTE to 21 new markets tomorrow, April 12. Sprint has said that the roll out in Los Angeles will be more of a soft roll out as they continue to test bits and pieces much like the San Francisco roll out has taken place.

 

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The markets below are said to be receiving LTE tomorrow:

 

  • California: Los Angeles, Contra Costa County
  • Florida: Palm Bay, Port St. Lucie, West Palm Beach
  • Indiana: Bloomington and Lafayette
  • Illinois: Rochelle
  • Minnesota: Mankato-North Mankato
  • Missouri: Joplin
  • North Carolina: Charlotte, Shelby, Albemarle, Sailsbury, Lincolnton
  • Tennessee: Memphis, Greenville, Tullahoma
  • Texas: Denison, Kerrville
  • Virginia: Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News

 

The document says that users will be able to enjoy download speeds of 6-8 Mbps down and 2-3 Mbps up. Of course, to use LTE, you'll need an LTE compatible Sprint device such as the LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, or Apple iPhone 5. I'm still waiting for LTE to come to a city near me.

RumorTT: Xbox 720 launch titles said to include Ryse and new Forza

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 5:39 am

The latest rumor to surface regarding the Xbox 720 talks about what games will be available at launch. According to The Verge, who have been active with numerous Xbox 720 rumors as of late, the Xbox 720 will be launching with several new games including a new Forza and Ryse.

 

 

Ryse was originally shown off during E3 2011--the trailer can be seen above--but has yet to materialize. Crytek and Microsoft Studios have reportedly been working on rewriting the game to make use the hardware and features present on the new Xbox 720. Ryse is said to be the mega launch title for the new Xbox 720 console. It will apparently be Microsoft's new Gears of War or Halo series.

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Verizon CEO takes credit for LTE-capable iPhone, states that video streaming accounts for 50% of their traffic

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 4:28 am

Verizon's chief executive has come out swinging, saying that video streaming now accounts for 50% of Verizon's traffic. Verizon CEO, Lowell McAdam, was speaking at the National Association of Broadcasters, when he said that his company's investment in their LTE network has benefited their customers, making high-quality streaming video possible.

 

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He also said that with 3G you could only watch small video clips that require heaps of buffering, but with 4G LTE there are endless possibilities. The network believes that streaming video will continue to be popular with customers, and that by 2017 it could consume two-thirds of all traffic on the Verizon network.

LinkedIn acquires news reader Pulse, shells out $90 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 3:20 am

LinkedIn have announced that they have acquired the company who make the news reader app Pulse for a reported $90 million. Pulse has over 30 million users, and could give LinkedIn an injection of tools as they continue their mission to move from being a socially-enabled site to resumes and business connections to a complete information destination.

 

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LinkedIn took to their blog announcing the news, with the company's senior vice president Deep Nishar writing "We believe LinkedIn can be the definitive professional publishing platform - where all professionals come to consume content and where publishers come to share their content."

AMD to offer Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon under their Never Settle Reloaded promotion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 2:31 am

AMD have been kicking all sorts of ass when it comes to their Never Settle Reloaded program, which offers up some of the best games on the market for free when you purchase an AMD Radeon GPU.

 

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The chipmaker have just announced that they're extending this offer, and will give gamers Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for free to any customer who has redeemed a Reloaded code! How can it get better than that?! AMD will offer the keys to be redeemable through Ubisoft's Ubisoft for UPlay, and will be send by May 1.

Microsoft stock drops riding the news of huge drop in PC shipment numbers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 1:19 am

We reported the bad numbers of PC shipments in Q1 earlier today, and since then Microsoft stocks have dropped by around 4.4% to $28.93 at the time of writing. Not only that, but other technology stocks have dropped, too.

 

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Dell, HP and Intel were down in stock prices riding the news of Q1 shipment numbers. Research firm IDC had partly blamed Windows 8 for the drop in PC sales, noting that HP's shipments declined 24% year-over-year, backed up by Dell's numbers which dropped 11%. Now several Wall Street analysts have downgraded Microsoft stock, so I'm sure we'll see it tumble more in the coming days and weeks.

Samsung begins mass-production of 128GB NAND on their 10nm process

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 12:22 am

Samsung are looking to take a few steps outside of the current ring of competitors, and quickly speed ahead of their competitors with the announcement of mass-production of 128GB NAND flash on their 10nm process. Samsung have said:

 

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We will continue to release next-generation chips at the right moments to actively react to consumer demands.

 

More consumers are moving to SSDs, using them as their primary drives, which will obviously lift demand for NAND flash. iSuppli reports that the 128GB chips will account for 30% of the 40.5 billion NAND flash shipped this year alone. Samsung are also going for more SSDs over 500GB to help the adoption rate of SSDs as primary drives.

NVIDIA to return $1 billion to shareholders in current fiscal year through stock buybacks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 11:01 pm

NVIDIA announced at today's investor day that they intend to return roughly $1 billion back to shareholders. The money will be returned mainly through a structured stock repurchase program, though some will also be returned through the company's quarterly dividend of $0.075 per share.

 

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NVIDIA said they have already returned $200 million to shareholders since the dividend was first announced in November 2012. Jen-Hsun Huang:

 

NVIDIA's strategies are gaining traction in the market and make us confident in our ability to continue generating cash. We are now broadening our program of giving back cash to our shareholders and plan to return a further $1 billion by the end of this fiscal year.

 

More details regarding the buyback plan will be provided next month when NVIDIA releases its financial results for Q1 2014.

ReportTT: BlackBerry Z10 returns outnumber sales

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 10:32 pm

Things aren't looking so good for BlackBerry. According to various analysts, BlackBerry's flagship Z10 suffered from weak sales. Now analysts are suggesting that the number of returns are actually outpacing the number of sales. This is not good news for BlackBerry.

 

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"We believe key retail partners have seen a significant increase in Z10 returns to the point where, in several cases, returns are now exceeding sales, a phenomenon we have never seen before," Detwiler analyst Jeff Johnston wrote.

 

BlackBerry responds:

BlackBerry wishes to respond to media coverage today regarding speculation that there have been abnormally high levels of returns of BlackBerry Z10 devices. This is absolutely false. Our data shows that return rates for BlackBerry Z10 devices both in the U.S. and on a global basis are in line with or better than our expectations and are consistent with return rates for other premium smartphones in the market today.

NVIDIA shows off Kepler Mobile by displaying incredible graphics rendered using the new chip

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 10:02 pm

Today, NVIDIA is hosting its investor day at which CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed off graphics produced with its next-generation mobile GPU. The new GPU is currently known as Kepler Mobile and Huang said that NVIDIA made a huge investment to take its high-end Kepler products and shrink them down for use in mobile devices.

 

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The interesting benefits of this is that smartphones and tablets could soon be able to play games that utilize DirectX 11. "We want to get multiple years ahead of the competition. It was worth the sacrifice," Huang said.

 

To show what Kepler Mobile is capable of, Huang demoed Kepler Mobile playing Battlefield 3. The future of tablet gaming looks bright indeed.

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