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Google's Q2 earnings report will be released this week, just after their stock prices hit a record high of $928

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 9:19 am

Google seem to be unstoppable, but do did Apple at the beginning of last year, too. But, the Mountain View-based search giant have just seen a record high stock price of $928 today, ahead of their Q2 2013 earnings report this week.

 

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In April of this year, Google's stock price dropped to $765 after they released their Q1 2013 earnings report, but they jumped up to their original price after a few days. Google stock has steadily risen since their Q1 2013 earnings report was released, and it'll be interesting to see what happens in the coming days.

 

If the stock does drop, I'm sure it'll bounce back and if not, it'll be a few weeks. Google have countless products in the making, and unlike Apple they haven't cut themselves off from the market making their own devices, yet. Products like Glass and Android, as well as the great-selling Galaxy S4 have consumers hearts and wallets, and investors know this.

Refreshed Google Play Store design makes its way to the web

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 8:24 am

I've been loving the refreshed Google Play Store on my various Android-based devices, but now the web enjoys the same thing. The refreshed, card interface design is now on the web.

 

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Videos can continue to be rented and purchased, with the same going for books and devices. Subscriptions to magazines and Android app installations to your Android-based devices can all be done with the click of your mouse. The benefits of the refreshed look of the Google Play Store on the web include larger screenshots for Android apps and content, and it's all done on Google's webP format which loads much quicker than the previous site.

 

The menu sidebar is also identical to the usual Google apps on Android, which is a nice touch from Google.

Apple iPhone sales aren't expected to grow, but we aren't surprised

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 8:00 am

I've made my thoughts on the iPhone (and Apple as a company) many times before here on TweakTown, predicting that sales would drop late last year when the iPhone 5 was launching. Apple aren't releasing anything special, or different - the iPhone 5 being the peak of the 'sameish' iPhone game they've been playing for half a decade, except it was slightly taller.

 

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Well, Fortune have now taken a look at consensus projections for how many iPhones Apple sold over the past three months, with analysts not expecting much for the quarter coming. Apple haven't been able to report any year-over-year sales growth for the iPhone, which is a big problem.

 

Their consensus analyst estimates that we should expect somewhere between 26.7 million and 27.9 million iPhones sold over the three-month period, which is only a slither more than the 26 million iPhones Apple sold in the same quarter of 2012. Most people think a cheaper iPhone will help them and while it would help their sales numbers, it won't help their bottom line, or for the company over the long term.

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Samsung secures patent for docking a smartphone into a tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 7:29 am

ASUS' PadFone made waves when it was announced with its ability to dock a smartphone into a tablet, but now Samsung have just secured a new patent that allows the same - a smartphone to be docked into a larger display, making it a tablet.

 

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Samsung gets away with it because the way the smartphone inserts into the dock is different to the way ASUS' works. Patent Bolt found the patent, which shows a T-shape space for a smartphone which allows the smartphone to easily be attached to the dock. The smartphone area looks to have an extra lipped section at the top, which is also different to ASUS' design.

 

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The filings were done in the US and Korea early last year, but there's still no news on when this will arrive from the ovens of Samsung.

RumorTT: Toshiba to release their AT7-A tablet, a 7-inch slate with Android 4.2.2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 6:52 am

We know that there's a refreshed Nexus 7 coming soon, which should hit a very delicious price of around $149-$199, but who will compete with the big boys on that level?

 

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Well, it looks like Toshiba could with their new AT7-A tablet. The news is coming from sources of Notebook Italia, who have screenshots of a benchmark run on the new tablet. We should expect a 1024x600-pixel display, an ARM Mali-400 GPU and 1.6GHz processor - something that could be either a dual- or quad-core variant.

Yahoo launches username wish list as it begins resetting inactive usernames

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 6:19 am

Last month, I reported that Yahoo would begin resetting inactive user accounts today, July 15. As expected, the company has started following through with this plan. This morning, Yahoo announced that it has launched its username wish list notification page (Source #2) where users can go and list up to five usernames they have always wanted associated with their Yahoo account. If and when these names become available, and after the reset process is complete, Yahoo will notify you of which names you were granted.

 

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Some of you may be wondering how Yahoo plans on determining which accounts get deleted and which accounts stay. The answer is quite simple: if your Yahoo account has been inactive for at least twelve months, your name, account, and all emails will be deleted. More than likely this has already taken place, but reports say that the process could take a few weeks.

 

Yahoo says that those first in line for a username will be emailed a link which allows them to claim them sometime in mid-August 2013. After that, Yahoo will allow you to add usernames to a watchlist so you the first to know when they become available. This leads us to believe that the inactive account deletion process will be an ongoing thing, and accounts will be deleted as they pass the 12 months of inactivity milestone.

Sharkoon unveils new Drakonia Black laser gaming mouse

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 5:31 am

This morning, Sharkoon announced that it will be expanding its range of gaming peripherals and is kicking off the expansion by releasing a new version of its popular Drakonia Gaming Mouse. The new mouse is dubbed the Drakonia Black and comes in a gray-black stylish design that sports a rubberized surface and an Avago ADNS-9800 Laser sensor capable of a resolution of up to 8,200 DPI.

 

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The Draconia Black features the same ergonomic design as its predecessor, the Drakonia Green Laser Gaming Mouse, and features 11 buttons as well as a four-way scroll wheel. The mouse also features internal memory that allows users to save their profiles based on which game they will be playing or to save profiles between multiple users.

 

The Drakonia Black features Sharkoon's well-known weight tuning system which consists of six interchangeable metal weights that allows the weight to be adjusted to the personal preference of the player and gives the mouse enough inertia for smooth yet very precise performance. Customers will find the new Sharkoon Drakonia Black laser Gaming Mouse from authorized retailers at a pricing point of around $50 US.

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ZTE announce the Geek smartphone, Tegra 4 SoC inside with a 5-inch 1080p display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 5:12 am

ZTE have finally announced the ZTE Geek, which is the world's first NVIDIA Tegra 4-powered smartphone. We've heard about the Geek before, but that's when we thought it would arrive with Intel's CloverTrail+ SoC inside, but it looks like that isn't the case.

 

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ZTE have now officially announced the Tegra 4-powered Geek, which will be exclusive to China Mobile at first. The Geek features a 5-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and the aforementioned 1.8GHz quad-core Tegra 4 SoC and 2GB of RAM. This thing is going to be a hot mess of a smartphone, and I can't wait to see this thing jump over the pond to other countries.

LeakedTT: HTC One Mini pops up in the wild again, this time with 100% more specs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 4:37 am

A new leak has appeared today in the dam that HTC has built around their upcoming variations to the One smartphone. This new leak comes from website AndroidNext and centers around the HTC One Mini. It says that the device will be equipped with a 4.3-inch 720p display, a 1.4GHz dual-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon processor, and 1GB of RAM.

 

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The One Mini will also sport a 4.1-megapixel sensor that uses HTC's proprietary Ultrapixel technology as well as a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera that should do an excellent job at capturing the obligatory duck-faced selfie. The report goes on to say that the One Mini will be running a Sense 5 skinned version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

 

It appears that the device will feature the same all metal unibody design and front facing BoomSound audio system developed by Beats Audio. The device is said to measure in at just under half an inch smaller than its larger brother, the HTC One. Rumors suggest that the One Mini will be released in August exclusively on AT&T.

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RetroTT: Nintendo's Famicom turns the big three-zero today

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 12:07 am

Say what you want about some of the early gaming consoles but tread carefully when talking about Nintendo's Famicom. The Family Computer by Nintendo was the predecessor to Nintendo's NES system. While the company ceased to manufacturer the NES system in 1995, Nintendo continued to manufacture the Famicom well into the new millennium until production ceased in 2003.

 

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The Famicom, which turned 30 years old today, was truly ahead of its time with its sleek red and tan exterior as well as its conveniently placed controller pockets. This 8-bit system was a monster at its time and still has an active following of developers who continue to create new games for the aging system. So today, we salute you Famicom. As someone who will soon enter their third decade of existence as well, I raise my glass to you and wish you another 30 years of sprite-based pixilated fun.

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