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LeakedTT: Sony's upcoming Xperia i1 with 20-megapixel camera pops up in group shot with other Xperia phones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 4:04 pm

Earlier this week, Sony introduced us to the massive 6.4-inch phablet known as the Xperia Z Ultra, and if a new leak is true, the company could have another home-run-hitting smartphone releasing soon. Known as the Xperia i1, the new phone will feature a 5.5-inch screen and possibly a QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 Processor.

 

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While those features are exciting, the big news is that this camera is said to feature a 20-megapixel camera which would be Sony's largest imaging sensor on a smartphone to date. The photo above is courtesy of a Brazilian tech site named TechTudo and pictures three Xperia devices with the Xperia Z Ultra on the left, the Xperia ZL claiming the right spot, and the rumored Xperia i1 in the middle.

 

If the leak is true, it shows that Sony is following in the footsteps of Samsung, Nokia, and LG by releasing multiple high-end smartphones in quick succession rather than one high-end phone and many low-end phones. With two other high-end camera-centric smartphones, the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Nokia Lumia 1020, appearing this year, is there enough room for this 20-megapixel Xperia i1?

Google to remove all Blogger blogs that monetize via porn ads

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 3:01 pm

Google is most often referred to as the search king, and rightfully so as it does search better than all others. What we tend to forget is that Google makes most of it's money from advertising, which is something else the company does phenomenally well. Like most other companies, Google is not a fan of competition and this morning it has flexed its muscles in an effort to remove all "adult content ads" from Blogger.

 

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Google is sending out notices to owners of adult-themed blogs hosted on its popular Blogger service. The notice warns of a change to its terms of service which will restrict its users from earning money by displaying adult ads on their blog. The email explicitly states that on June 30 Google will "strictly prohibit the monetization of Adult content on Blogger."

 

At the moment, it appears that Google is contacting Blogger users that have already manually mark their blogs as adult or have been identified (through means unknown) to be running explicit ads. The process does not appear to be flawless as some users have reported receiving email even though they have never made a single post on their blog.

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Sony releases PS3 firmware update 4.46 to fix bricked machines running 4.45

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 2:05 pm

Last week, Sony pushed out a firmware update that wound up doing much more harm than good. The 4.45 update wound up bricking thousands of PS3 consoles and left owers wondering if their machines would ever work again. This morning, Sony has released a firmware update which will fix those consoles broken by the 4.45 firmware update.

 

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The new update, version 4.46, will fix your broken PS3 in three easy steps that require downloading the new 4.46 firmware, activating safe mode on your PS3, and then manually installing the update onto the machine. Thankfully for those less technically minded, Sony has created an easy to follow, step-by-step guide. Did your PS3 break due to the bad firmware? Try the fix out and let us know if it worked.

Windows Store is reaching the barrier of 100,000 apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 1:28 pm

We know that Apple's iTunes Store and Google's Play Store are the dominant forces in digital offerings, but how are Microsoft doing in this front? The OS giant have unveiled that they're close to 100,000 apps, something they expressed at their BUILD 2013 conference this week.

 

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Microsoft are hoping to break through 100,000 apps on the Windows Store sometime next month, and by the beginning of 2014 they hope to have around 175,000 apps available. Microsoft have told Engadget that "hundreds of millions" of apps have been downloaded, but no exact number was provided.

Korean trailer for 'The Terror Live' has been accused of copying Battlefield 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 12:32 pm

The trailer to a South Korean movie is being accusing of ripping of Battlefield 3. The suspense movie 'The Terror Live' has a trailer that builds up like Battlefield 3, but those end credits will have you thinking "hey, wait a minute..." - so check out the trailer below. We've included Battlefield 3's trailer, too.

 

 

 

Once those title credits hit, it'll all become clear. What I got from this, is that I want to see the movie! Lotte Entertainment, the movie's distributor, told ThisIsGame: "The Terror Live has elements in which a terrorist act is being covered live, and this could be similar to video games. Thus, since the movie tried to convey same feeling you get from video games through sound, it may have ended up evoking a similar sensation."

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Next-gen Kinect for Windows development kit applications are now available, SDK will set you back $399

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 11:31 am

If you want to get in on the next-generation Kinect for Windows platform, applications for software development kits opened today. If you're a developer who wants to get down and dirty with the next-gen Kinect, you have until July 31 to submit an application.

 

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Applications that are accepted will be notified by Microsoft sometime in August, with the program starting in November. The SDK will be generally available next year. For those getting in early, it'll cost you $399 which will include direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team through private webcasts and forums, access to all API and documentation for the Kinect.

 

You'll also receive an alpha version of the sensor and a final version of the new Kinect at launch in 2014.

Internet Explorer 11 will be coming to Windows 7 in the near future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 10:33 am

If you've been wondering if or when Internet Explorer 11 would be arriving on Windows 7, this is your day. Microsoft have confirmed the fact that IE11 will be arriving on Windows 7, but haven't provided a time frame unfortunately.

 

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We might not see Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 until after the launch of Windows 8.1, which is my train of thought right now. I think Microsoft could release their new OS, and then once that is out in the wild and the limelight is taken away from it, they'll slide out Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 to keep their hype train moving along before Xbox One is released.

id Software president Todd Hollenshead leaves the company

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 9:29 am

Todd Hollenshead, the president and former CEO of the infamous id Software has left the company with Bethesda confirming the news with IGN today. Bethesda's Pete Hines said:

 

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After many years with the studio, Todd Hollenshead decided to leave id Software to pursue other personal interests. While Todd was not part of the development teams, he was an integral part of id Software's success as the business head of the studio and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.

 

Hollenshead joined id Software all the way back in 1996 where he was the company CEO, then served as President of id Software when the company was acquired by ZeniMax in 2009.

AMD jump in quick and announce Catalyst for Windows 8.1 Release Preview drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 8:29 am

If you're one that lives on the bleeding edge and use an AMD Radeon GPU, you might want to check out their new drivers. AMD have just announced a specialized driver for Windows 8.1, as the new OS features an upgraded display driver model, WDDM 1.3.

 

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GPU's based on AMD's Graphics CoreNext (GCN) architecture will be supported by Windows 8.1 over WDDM 1.3, but older VLIW4 and VLIW5-based GPU's (such as the Radeon HD 6000 series and older) will be supported through WDDM 1.2-based drivers. Windows 8.1 provides some slick new enhancements to PC graphics, such as support for Microsoft's own standardized wireless display technology; 48Hz dynamic refresh rates for video playback, V-sync interrupt optimization, video conferencing acceleration, and a new instruction to the DirectX 11.1 API named "tiled resources".

 

The AMD Windows 8.1 Preview Catalyst driver is in beta, so you've been warned. You can download the new drivers right here.

Google Now gets updated with some new abilities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 27, 2013 7:28 am

I'm a huge fan of Google Now, using it on the daily, but the app has just been updated with some fresh features. Google have introduced a live TV feature and Google Offers to Google Now.

 

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The TV cards work with Internet-connected TV's, where they'll display more information about what is currently playing on your TV. Users need to connect their Android-powered device to the same network that the TV is on, and then tap "Listen for a TV Show" in Google Now. This feature will show things like factoids about the show and profiles of the actors within the show.

 

The second feature Google Now received was Google Offers, which will keep track of your saved offers. If you're near a store where you've got an offer available, the Offers Card will pop up with a notification alerting you of the nearby savings to be had.

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