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Dish Network has 'informally approached' Deutsche Telekom about a merger deal with T-Mobile

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 5:39 am

It looks like we should expect some changes from T-Mobile and Dish Network, where Bloomberg has reported that Dish Network's chairman, Charlie Ergen, has 'informally approached' T-Mobile's parent company about a possible merger deal.

 

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Dish Network is reportedly interested in a deal with T-Mobile so they can bundle wireless services with their satellite TV offerings. The parent company, Deutsche Telekom, announced a sweetened bid for MetroPCD at around the same time the merger talks happened. Deutsche Telekom might consider Dish's proposal, but only after the transaction with MetroPCS closes, and after verifying that another, and separate, deal with Sprint isn't going to go ahead. This is all coming from people "close to the situation", according to Bloomberg.

Galaxy Note 8 comes with $25 Google Play credit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 4:32 am

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 might have already looked tempting enough, but how does $25 worth of Google Play credit sound? Yeah, I thought so. Samsung are offering $25 worth of Google Play credit when you purchase a Galaxy Note 8.

 

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All you need in order to receive the $25 credit, is the box your Note 8 came in, power up the device and connect it to Wi-Fi. From here, you the form's instructions, fill in your model, serial number and MAC address. Minutes later you should receive your gift code in the Gmail account that you provided. The Galaxy Note 8 perks page is where you'll need to go.

RumorTT: AT&T to receive the Galaxy S4 first, T-Mobile and Verizon shake fists in jealousy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 3:33 am

If you're in the US and itching to pull the trigger on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S4, then this will be news to your ears if a leaked Staples document is anything to go by.

 

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The leaked document is from a store training sheet, which says that AT&T will be offering the Galaxy S4 on April 26. Verizon will receive it on the 30th, and T-Mobile following on the 1st of May. The document does have in bold that these are tentative launch dates - so they could shift around by a few days or so.

Apple's iOS 7 to be unveiled at WWDC in June, would include a killer app tease

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 2:31 am

Apple needs a come back in the mobile OS department, and it looks like iOS 7 could just be that. The Cupertino-based giant is set to tease the world with iOS 7 at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

 

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Then we have news from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Haberty, who predicts Apple's iOS 7 will include a new Internet service, such as a mobile payment system that will continue on from Passbook, or a new music streaming service - something we've heard about before - where she expects this new service to be iOS 7's 'killer app'.

 

We've already heard of the huge UI overhaul on iOS 7, so it looks like Apple is now playing catch up to Android - because if the world's most advanced mobile operating system was indeed titled correctly, we should only expect evolution, not revolution.

Analyst says the iPhone 5S will include larger camera, fingerprint technology and the same 4-inch screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 6:38 am

Brian White, an analyst at Topeka, has issued a new research note with some thoughts on what to expect from what the analyst is calling the iPhone 5S. White expects Apple to release the iPhone 5S this summer.

 

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White did previously predict that the new iPhone would come in multiple screen sizes, but he now reports that the iPhone 5S will continue with its 4-inch screen size. White claims the left side volume and mute buttons will be arranged differently, and that the iPhone 5S will come with the rumored fingerprint technology. This addition to the phone will be what Siri was to the iPhone 4S, differentiating the devices.

 

White also touches on the subject of a cheaper iPhone that will be released this summer, where he says:

 

Strangely enough, the lower-priced iPhone is still being called the "iPhone mini"; however, the general consensus (albeit a few disagreed and expect a slightly smaller screen) was that this new device would actually have the same screen size (i.e., 4-inches) as the iPhone 5. However, the "iPhone mini" will have a curved back casing made of colored plastic and will be thicker than the iPhone 5. We also learned the pricing could be a bit higher than our recently raised expectation, reaching as high as $400.

Facebook Home hasn't been received too well, with 44% of Google Play users giving it 1 star

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 5:31 am

I'm yet to try Facebook Home out on my Nexus 4, but it seems I might be getting excited over nothing if the Google Play reviews are anything to go by. Just 24 hours after the launch of Facebook's latest Home app, 44% of users who reviewed the app on Google Play have given it just 1 star.

 

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19.4% of users gave Home a 5-star rating, which gives us an average of a 2.4-star rating on Google Play. What did people not like about Facebook Home, well, we have a snapshot of a few of the reviews - and there are plenty more to take a look at.

 

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Project Unity sees 15 consoles crammed into one huge box

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 4:32 am

Project Unity is an interesting beast, a single, unified gaming console made by hardware hacker (among other things) 'Bacteria'. Project Unity crams in a bunch of the best consoles from the past couple of decades into a single gaming box.

 

 

Project Unity includes Sega Master System, Neo Geo MVS, GameCube, Dreamcast, Saturn, Intellivision, Colecovision, Atari 7800, Turbografx 16, PS1/PS2, Mega Drive, NES, Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64 and Amstrad GX4000 games. The console was made out of authentic hardware and doesn't use any emulators of combo units. It does all of this from a single power supply, video output and custom-built controller - no matter the system selected at the time.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon's latest trailer will have you click that pre-order button

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 3:28 am

If you haven't seen or heard about Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon yet, then the trailer (below) will make you want to buy it, right now. The game is set in the "near future" of 2007, and has the main character voiced by 80s action star (The Terminator, Aliens) Michael Biehn.

 

 

There's a bunch of cyborgs, toxic wastes, neon lights and a huge VHS feel to the trailer - which all adds to its awesome feel. It looks like Ubisoft are having a bunch of fun with this game, and by the looks of it, it could've been its own game and dropped the Far Cry 3 name completely. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon launches next month!

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Tablet sales to reach $64 billion this year, a hefty 28% increase from last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 2:30 am

According to market intelligence firm ABI Research, tablet sales are set to create $64 billion worth of sales this year - up 28% year-over-year. Over the course of 2013, there are set to be approximately 150 million tablets sold, up 38% year-over-year.

 

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Since 2010, Apple has been the tablet champion - where last year's shipments saw 60% of tablets purchased by customers come with iOS while Google's Android OS sat at 37%. The remaining 3% of the market was divided up to Windows (in its many flavors), BlackBerry Tablet OS and unidentified OS implementations.

 

It should be an interesting year, to see if Apple can hold onto that 60% of the tablet market, or whether they'll see those numbers erode away as people move toward Android-based slates.

RumorTT: AMD working on a 5GHz CPU based on their Vishera architecture

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 1:17 am

AMD are definitely doing their best to jump back into the market, as they're really struggling right now. They've won contracts to have various products in all three next-gen consoles, and their Never Settle promotion for Radeon GPUs is doing very well.

 

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In the CPU market however, things aren't so well, as Intel are just dominating too much. Haswell is about to launch, Intel's fourth-generation Core processor, and AMD have, well, nothing - or do they? There are now rumors going around that AMD are to release a super-FX CPU based on the Vishera architecture that makes the FX-8350 come to life, which runs at 4.2GHz.

 

This new CPU, codenamed 'Centurion', will be released in very limited quantities and would ramp the clock speed up to 5GHz - all on air. There's no details on what voltage or supporting hardware needed to run at this speed - but if the rumors are true, we're looking at around $795 for this limited edition FX CPU.

 

I think this CPU would have to run rings around Intel's Haswell CPU - especially at $795, which would most likely buy you a Core i7 4770K, a good motherboard and 16GB of RAM in just a few months time.

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