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iPhone 5 goes on pre-order at T-Mobile for $99

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 2:16 pm

T-Mobile has begun pre-orders of the iPhone seven days ahead of its release with the "Unplan" carrier. While the iPhone 5 has been out for some time, T-Mobile will be the only carrier offering the smartphone without a service contract.




T-Mobile recently abandoned service contracts which effectively put an end to the carrier offering contract-subsidized phones. In a sort of ironic twist, you can now buy phones at full price or enter into a contract payment plan to pay off the phone over the course of a year or two years.


Pre-orders are now open on the $99 + $20/month for 24 months 16GB iPhone 5 in black or white. The 32GB and 64GB versions are also both available under the same $20/month for 24 months terms, but will cost you $199 and $299 respectively. How do you feel about the new contract-less plans that T-Mobile has switched to? Let us know in the comments.

Microsoft's Adam Orth goes on the offensive regarding always on DRM on Twitter, in regards to next-gen Xbox

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 1:23 pm

Microsoft's next generation Xbox has long been rumored to feature Always On DRM protection, and after recent events with SimCity and Diablo 3, many gamers are seeking to put an end to that sort of DRM. Yesterday Microsoft Employee Adam Orth took to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the anti-DRM crowd.




Orth, a Creative Director at Microsoft, went on a tirade blasting opponents of Always On DRM saying "Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an "always on" console. Every device is now "always on" that is the world we live in, ending the tweet with the hashtag, #dealwithit. This led some people to point out the debacle that EA recently went through with SimCity and asking what happens when the internet goes out.


Orth replied, "Electricity goes out too." This led to a follow up reminding Orth that some locales such as rural areas are often not well connected and do not have internet connections at all. One tweeter said: "You've lived in LA, SF, Seattle... Very Connected places. Try living in Janesville, WI or Blackberg VA." This prompted a kind of insulting reply from Orth of, Why on earth would I live there? He then set his Twitter account to private.

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Google posts Google Glass explainer video for those who couldn't attend SXSW

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 11:33 am

For those interested in learning more about Google Glass, Google has posted up an explainer video that was filmed at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. The video runs for roughly an hour and talks about the abilities of Google Glass and explains the Mirror API for the developers among you.



Project glass is about our relationship to technology. It's about technology that's there when you want it but out of the way when you don't. It feels like technology is getting in the way more than it needs to. And, that's what we are addressing with project glass. It's so that you can still have access to the technology that you love but it doesn't take you out of the moment.


Google is still aiming to have a consumer-ready version of Glass on the market by year's end, though Timothy Jordan, Google's developer advocate, says Glass is still in the beginning stages.


If you've ever wondered what it's like to look through the lens of Glass, what the video above as Jordan shows a video looking through the lens. "By bringing technology closer, we can get it more out of the way."

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Images of BlackBerry R-Series device leak out

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 10:20 am

Images to go with the sketch we posted earlier have leaked out on to the internet. These images supposedly show an upcoming BlackBerry 10-powered device known currently as the R-Series. The device features side-mounted SD and SIM card slots and feature a hardware QWERTY keyboard for the true BlackBerry addict.




This device appears to be a successor to the BlackBerry Curve, a lower-end device designed for people on a budget. The R-Series device will likely feature less RAM, processing power, and screen real estate than the more expensive BlackBerry 10 devices.


What are your thoughts on the R-Series BlackBerry? Glad BlackBerry brought back a physical QWERTY keyboard?

ASUS' GTX Titan used to set 4 3DMark world records

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 9:22 am

ASUS has announced that its GTX Titan, the fastest single GPU card on the market, has broken four 3DMark world records. The cards were assisted by the expertise of ASUS' in-house overclocking experts, Andre Yang and Shamino.




With the Titan, ASUS was able to achieve a 3DMark11 entry preset score of 36658, performance preset score of 37263, and extreme preset score of 22076. It also set a new world record for 3DMark's Fire Strike benchmark with a score of 21818.


The system consisted of four ASUS GTX Titan cards overclocked and cooled with liquid nitrogen, an ROG Rampage IV Extreme motherboard, and an Intel Core i7-3970X processor. To learn more about the records or system, you can check out Futuremark's Hall of Fame.

Samsung expecting $7.7B in profits for Q1, up 53%

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 8:06 am

Samsung has announced an expected first-quarter profit of $7.7 billion, an impressive feat to say the least. While this estimate is higher than analyst predictions, it breaks Samsung's string of five quarters of record profits. This projection is down slightly from Q4 of 2012 when Samsung posted $8.3 billion in profit.




Part of the explanation of lower profits comes from the fact Samsung is on the cusp of releasing the next Galaxy device. Similar to how Apple always suffers the quarter before a new iPhone, Samsung has customers who are likely waiting for the latest and greatest to come out.


We'll know the actual numbers for the first quarter on April 26. That happens to be three days before Apple reports its earnings.

Indiegogo suffers DDOS over YourAnonymousNews campaign

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 7:13 am

Crowd funding website Indiegogo was hit by a DDOS attack by an unknown source after YourAnonNews posted up a fundraising campaign. YourAnonNews (YAN) is attempting to raise funds to develop and host a new website that is similar to a newswire for Anonymous news. Apparently someone didn't like the idea.




Over the past two years Your Anon News (YAN) has been many things to many people and has continuously evolved under the guidance of numerous contributors. Since our humble beginnings as a new account we have always resisted being held to the constraints placed upon mainstream media outlets, but were limited to the tools available to us via Twitter and Tumblr. Those of us contributing to YAN have always desired to expand our capabilities and to report, not just aggregate, the news.


It's not clear where the DDOS attack originated from and Indiegogo hasn't been exactly forthcoming about the attack. Slava Rubin, founder of Indiegogo, apologized for the outage and offered an extension to any campaigns ending this week: "Any campaigns scheduled to conclude this week will have the option of extending until Sunday by contacting our 24-7 Customer Happiness team."


You can check out the YAN Indiegogo campaign on the Indiegogo site.

Jurassic Park 3D Blu-ray to hatch in Australia in June

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 5:37 am

Universal Pictures Australia which launched Steven Spielberg's 1993 action/adventure Jurassic Park 3D in select cinemas across most of Australia yesterday (but not my home state of Tasmania) have announced to retailers the impending home video release of the movie on 3D Blu-ray.


The movie, which has received a new transfer and full restoration before 3D conversion by Burbank studio StereoD, will be released in Australia on June 6th, some five weeks after the U.S. Blu-ray release. The sole new additional feature, an eight minute featurette entitled "The World of Jurassic Park" is joined by the film in 2D on the second disc, along with an Ultraviolet digital copy.




Based on the best-selling book by Michael Crichton, the production ushered in the digital age, with dinosaurs convincingly brought to life by George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic facility which was sold to Disney at the end of last year. The movie, once the highest grossing picture of all time before being surpassed by James Cameron's Titanicin 1998. Whilst ticket pre-sales have been strong, the first grosses are yet to come in.


This week, Ludia have also released an update to their free to play Jurassic Park Builder app for both iOS and Google Play platforms.



The trailer for Jurassic Park 3D can be viewed above and will continue to play in cinemas for roughly the next fortnight.

Sketches of BlackBerry R-Series surface, could this be an entry-level BB10 device?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 1:31 am

Sketches of a BlackBerry device have surfaced online. In the sketches, you can clearly see an external SIM and SD card slot on the left side of the device where buttons would normally be placed. See for yourself in the sketch below:




The rumor that is coming along with the sketch is that it is of an upcoming entry-level device that will be running BlackBerry 10 OS. It's said to feature the same 1800mAh battery as the Z10, but will retail for much cheaper. It's said to have 8GB of internal storage. MSRP should be between $300 and $400 without a two-year contract.


Arrival time is pegged at end of Q3 beginning of Q4.

Scribd was hacked this week, says 'less than 1%' of accounts affected

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 12:33 am

Scribd has announced that it suffered a minor hack earlier this week. The hack seems to have targeted just user login information, meaning only e-mails and passwords were at risk. Scribd adds that they believe less than 1 percent of users were affected by the attack and that they have contacted every account asking them to reset their password.




Because of the way Scribd securely stores passwords, we believe that the passwords of less than 1% of our users were potentially compromised by this attack...We have now emailed every user whose password was potentially compromised with details of the situation and instructions for resetting their password...Our investigation indicates that no content, payment and sales-related data, or other information were accessed or compromised. We believe the information accessed was limited to general user information, which includes usernames, emails, and encrypted passwords.


If you didn't receive an e-mail, you're probably not affected. If you're still concerned, Scribd has set up a website to allow you to check if your account was one of the affected accounts.