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Drop, a new game by Minecraft creator Notch, will make your productivity drop like a rock

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 2:02 pm

This morning I stumbled across a new game that combines a trendy electronic beat with touch typing. The game was created by Minecraft developer Notch, and while I am unsure when it was released, it has killed the past 30 minutes of my life.

 

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As you can see, I was able to hit 156 after many attempts that ended in the low 30s. In my defense, I am typing with a partial fingertip on my right hand, and I may or may not have had the sun in my eyes. In any event, give it a try and post your best score below in the comments.

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RumorTT: iPhone 5S pre-orders to begin on June 20th and could ship as soon as July

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 1:32 pm

This morning a seemingly legit sales sheet from a Japanese telecom company states that Apple's next-generation iPhone will begin selling via pre-orders on June 20th. The document is the sort of "cheat sheet" that phone retailers hand out to their sales staff to help them memorize the key features of the phones they are pushing.

 

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A few notable details seen on the cheat sheet is that the iPhone 5S will feature iOS 7, and will include a 13MP rear camera. This news does appear to be contradictory to what Apple CEO Tim Cook stated previously during an investment conference call where he said that investors could expect "new and exciting" products this fall.

 

At the same time Cook did explicitly state "new" products and not "existing hardware refreshes", which is what the iPhone 5S is. So, while things do not look great for a July launch date as stated in the leaked document, it could be entirely possible that we in fact see iPhone 5S' in the hands of consumers by August 1st.

LG opens up pre-orders to their 55-inch curved OLED TV, arrives in Korea in June for $13,500

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 10:29 am

LG have just announced their curved OLED HDTV will be reaching Korean living rooms in the coming months, a perfect display for some multi-monitor PC gaming, in my opinion.

 

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LG Korea have announced through a press release that pre-orders for their curved 55-inch OLED HDTV will go on sale in South Korea for $13,515. The 55-inch curved OLED display is just 4.3mm thick, and is a $3,600 premium over their standard, non-curved display.

RumorTT: Galaxy Note III to feature 8-core processor, 5.99-inch 1080p display and 3GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 9:31 am

Some leaked specifications on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note III have floated onto the Internet, and if they're correct, we'll be looking at the fastest smartphone on the market. Check out the specs:

 

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  • Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Chipset
  • Quad Core 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex A15 + Quad Core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex A7
  • 3 GB Of RAM
  • 5.99 Inch 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display
  • 32 GB Of Internal Storage
  • MicroSD Card Support
  • Removable Battery
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • S-Pen

 

We should hear more about the Note III at IFA 2013 which is in October, until then we'll just have to dream of this phone. What do you think? An 8-core smartphone with 3GB of RAM and a 1080p display. This thing is better specced than most PCs!

Three copies of Dredd 3D: Limited Edition Blu-ray's are up for grabs, enter now!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 9:19 am

Thanks to Icon Home Entertainment, we have three copies of Dredd 3D: Limited Edition on Blu-ray up for grabs, which retail for $50.95.

 

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The future. America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC lies Mega City One a vast, violent metropolis of over 400 million citizens living in perpetual fear. The only ones attempting to impose order in the urban chaos are The Judges. Law enforcers, juries, judges and executioners rolled into one. The epitome of these Judges is Dredd. The Chief Judge gives Dredd a mission. To road test a rookie Judge, the powerful psychic Cassandra Anderson. It is to be a training day. The Judges head for a seemingly routine homicide in the notorious Peach Trees mega-block - a 200 story vertical slum run by the pitiless Ma-Ma clan. When the Judges attempt to arrest one of Ma-Ma's chief henchmen, Ma-Ma shuts down the entire building and orders her clan to hunt the judges down. Our two judges are now caught in a vicious and relentless fight for survival.

 

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The Dredd 3D Blu-ray features the 2012 film in both 2D and 3D, along with some solid extra features. The limited edition Blu-ray version also adds a high quality slipcover and an insert graphic novel.

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Microsoft working on visual redesigns of their platforms, including Xbox and Bing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 8:27 am

It looks like Microsoft are working on rebrandings of multiple services under their wings, which includes Bing, Skype, Yammer and Xbox. Speaking at Design Day 2013, Wolff Olins creative director Todd Simmons and Windows Phone design studio manager Albert Shum talked about the challenges involved when rebranding a company like Microsoft.

 

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Simmons said: "We're still trying to figure out how to put a consumer face on this brand, as an ecosystem". The discussion turned to the creation of the Windows 8 logo, but also talked about revamping other MS brands, where Simmons added: "Other brands are coming along too. Bing, Skype, Yammer, Xbox -- everything is under development".

 

Considering the next-generation Xbox is only months away, not would be the perfect time to unveil a complete new look for multiple of Microsoft's services.

Analyst says Apple will refresh their notebooks at WWDC, non-Retina MBPs could come back

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 6:32 am

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities, has a new report forecasting that the product highlight of Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will introduce refreshed MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.

 

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These refreshed products would see Intel's new Haswell chips inside, the chipmaker's fourth-generation Core processors. Kuo thinks that Apple will continue with non-Retina MacBook Pros, seeing strength in the 13-inch model, leading him to believe we'll see Apple continuing the production of non-Retina models. He says:

 

Contrary to our previous projection, we now think Apple will continue to make the MacBook Pro alongside the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro because the 13" MacBook Pro remains the most popular product in the MacBook line. Also, there is still demand in emerging markets, where Internet penetration isn't advanced, for optical disk drives.

 

The analyst believes that the updated non-Retina MacBook Pros could ship right after WWDC, but the new Retina-based MacBook Pro models would ship later down the line due to the more expensive, and harder to make Retina displays.

Steam opens the doors to subscription-based gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 5:32 am

Steam has just opened its doors to subscription-based games, with the first game on the subscription side of things called Darkfall Unholy Wars. Darkfall Unholy Wars is a PvP focused MMO from Aventurine.

 

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Now that Valve has allowed subscription-based games through their digital distribution service, Steam, the recurring payments to these games can be done within Steam itself. Valve have also promised that "additional subscription-based games will follow".

Sony will post their first annual profit in over five years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 4:36 am

After five rough years with finances, Sony is poised to post their first annual profit since 2008 thanks to the sale of various assets. The Japanese giant sold their New York City HQ earlier this year, for $1.1 billion, which should give them net cash proceeds of around $770 million to help pay off various debt.

 

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Another contribution to the profit is the weaker yen, something that helped increase the value of their overseas earnings, something that Sony expects to report a net profit of 40 billion yen for the fiscal year which ended on March 31, up from their previous estimate of 20 billion yen. Sony are scheduled to post their three-month earnings on May 9.

DisplayMate confirm Galaxy S4 screen is superior to any Samsung smartphone display to date

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 3:36 am

DisplayMate have some glowing words about the Samsung Galaxy S4, saying that the new display on the S4 is bigger and more beautiful than any of Samsung's previous smartphone displays.

 

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DisplayMate have gone as far as saying that the S4 display doesn't just give Samsung's smartphone line a huge boost, but actually represents "a major enhancement and improvement over the Galaxy S III" and that it is "a good reason to consider trading up" for the screen improvements alone.

 

The image quality experts have said that the only display that matches the S4 is the iPhone 5.

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