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AT&T updates Samsung Galaxy S4 software, brings with it better performance

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 8, 2013 2:10 am

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on AT&T will be pleased to hear that they are the first to get an update to their device. Users who have already upgraded their software are reporting that the update brings with it faster performance and smoother animations.

 

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The 21MB doesn't come with a changelog, so it's hard to definitively say what Samsung has updated in the latest version. The update should be available over-the-air, though users can also update it using Samsung's desktop Kies software. To download the OTA update, head to Settings > More > About Device > Software update

Say hello to 12 new Grand Theft Auto V screenshots

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2013 1:34 am

Rockstar Games has released no less than twelve new screenshots from the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V game. The graphics are really impressive, to say the least, and the new screenshots display a multitude of scenes ranging from gorgeous sunsets to high-speed chases. Take a look at one that has both:

 

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I've never been a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series, but I'm starting to change my mind. The more I see of GTA V, the more I think its a first-day purchase for myself. What are your thoughts on the graphics? See the rest of the screenshots at the source link or in the gallery below.

Xbox to be in attendance of Gamescom with 'next chapter of Xbox gaming experiences'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2013 1:05 am

Microsoft is really making a push for the next-gen Xbox. Likely trying to win back support after being second to the unveiling party, Xbox's social media marketing manager tweeted that Xbox would make a return to Gamescom at the 2013 event this summer.

 

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My hopes are that Microsoft will get all of the details out in the open at their May 21 event, though it's starting to seem like we'll get bits and pieces of information at each of the three events. The tweet reads: "Xbox will be back at gamescom this August. 'Next chapter of Xbox gaming experience' on show. Can't wait, LOVE gamescom."

 

We will, of course, provide our readers the full details of Xbox's Gamescom 2013 event.

RumorTT: Google to open retail stores specifically for Google Glass

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2013 12:33 am

According to Business Insider, Google is planning to open retail stores specifically to sell Google Glass. This comes via a second-hand source who knows someone working with Sergey Brin to plan the Glass stores. In many ways, these stores make sense. People are going to want need to try Glass out before putting $1,500 down for their own pair.

 

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These retail stores would focus solely on Glass. It's important that users be able to try Glass out and have it set up properly. Much like Apple's One-to-One training, Google's retail installations would help configure Glass for each user and give them an in-depth explanation of how to work it all.

 

As with all rumors, we encourage you to approach this with a bit of skepticism.

Google adds new, 'highly-requested' features to Hangouts On Air

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 8, 2013 12:02 am

Google has added some "highly-requested" features to Hangouts on Air. Google warns that Hangouts could take a bit longer to start as a result of these changes. "As part of these enhancements, it may take longer to set up your Hangout On Air. For example: the 'Start broadcasting' button may be grayed out for a bit, before it turns red. Nothing to worry about, this is just us getting everything in place before you go live."

 

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The updated features include the ability to rewind live broadcasts, access recordings of the broadcast directly after it ends, and start live broadcasts without having to refresh the page. Google details exactly what these improvements entail:

 

  • Rewind live broadcasts. Regardless when you start watching, you can always go back to the beginning.
  • Access recordings immediately after your broadcast. Once you're no longer On Air, your recording will be waiting for you on YouTube.
  • Watch higher quality Hangouts On Air on the go. If you're tuning in from your mobile device, you'll notice better-looking video.
  • Start live broadcasts without having to refresh. When you visit a page with a Hangout On Air (like Events or YouTube), the video will begin playing as soon as the show starts -- no refresh required.

LeakedTT: Are these pictures of the Huawei P6-U06?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2013 11:31 pm

Pictures of a super thin mobile device have leaked out and rumors suggest the device could be the Huawei P6-U06. The P6-U06 was first seen in a TENAA filing--the China equivalent of the US' FCC--last week. At the time, many were impressed with the 6.18mm thickness spec, an incredible achievement by any measure--pardon the pun.

 

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There is no way to verify if these pictures are the real deal, but they seem to match up with the TENAA filing. The device looks somewhat similar to the iPhone 5, albeit quite a bit thinner. It features a metal band around a sleek black device. We're still waiting for an official confirmation from Huawei, which will likely come sooner rather than later.

Continue reading 'LeakedTT: Are these pictures of the Huawei P6-U06?' (full post)

Syria drops off of the Internet...again

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2013 10:45 pm

Syria, a country currently engaged in a large civil war, has dropped off of the Internet...again. This isn't the first time Syria has had its Internet connectivity drop to near zero. It's widely suspected that this latest Internet disconnect has been caused by the Syrian government.

 

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The outage has been ongoing since around 2:45pm ET. Almost four hours later, Syria still doesn't have connectivity. The only people who seem to still have access to the web are activists who can afford a satellite Internet link, which isn't many. Google's Transparency Report is documenting the outage.

EA reports fourth-quarter earnings, misses earnings-per-share predictions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2013 10:31 pm

Electronic Arts has reported its fourth-quarter earnings. EA did fairly well, meeting some analyst predictions. The gaming company reported fourth-quarter revenues of $1.04 billion, exactly matching predictions by analysts. However, its earnings-per-share were not quite as high as analysts predicted.

 

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EA reported earnings-per-share of $0.55. Analysts expected the gaming giant to report EPS of $0.58. Interestingly, this miss hasn't hurt EA's stock price. In fact, EA's stock price has increased by about seven percent in after-hours trading. This is probably a result of EA's strong mobile performance and the multi-year exclusive Star Wars contract signed with Disney yesterday.

 

EA executive chairman Larry Probst:

As we enter a new fiscal year, EA is well-positioned for dynamic growth on next generation consoles, PCs, and mobile platforms. With world-class games, a rapidly growing digital business, and top-notch creative talent, we are excited about EA's strategy for FY 2014 and beyond.

It looks as though Google Now will be coming to OS X, if Chromium code is any indicator

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: May 7, 2013 10:03 pm

It looks as though Google Now may soon be gracing Mac systems. Code has been ported over to the Chromium project for Mac OS X and seems to indicate that Mac OS X will soon be getting access to Google Now. This same code was introduced into Chromium for Windows and Chrome Canary, but was limited to Windows OS.

 

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The Google Now system is believed to rely heavily on the notification center. According to Google Evangelist Beaufort, the notification center for Mac is still "under heavy development." The Windows version of Google Now still isn't fully implementede; you need to know the secret URL to enable it.

 

It shouldn't be too much longer before both systems get access to Google Now, though the usefulness of it may be slightly less as you won't be using it on a constantly mobile device.

Nokia teases Lumia 928 in official teaser ad, should indicate device is coming soon

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2013 9:32 pm

Nokia has posted up an official teaser for their rumored Lumia 928. We've been hearing chatter and rumors about the Lumia 928 for several months, but haven't had much official to go on. Now, however, Nokia has released an official teaser ad designed to pique our interest in the device...and it's worked.

 

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The above image appears on the official Nokia site at a URL including "lumia928." We hope that this means Nokia is getting close to releasing the device. It's rumored to feature a 4.5-inch 1280x778 OCTA AMOLED display. It will be, of course, running Windows 8. It will also come with PureView branding and a Carl Zeiss lens.

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