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Best Buy launches pre-orders for next generation Nexus 7 before it is even officially announced

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 4:05 pm

If what we have previously seen about the upcoming new Nexus 7, then today's news equates to a virtual dam breakage. This morning, Best Buy opened up pre-orders for the new 7-inch pure Android tablet. This major leak comes just hours before Google is expected to unveil the new Nexus at a breakfast being held in Mountain View at 9AM Pacific today.

 

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With the full product listing being made available, we finally learned what hardware the refreshed device will feature and it is pretty hefty. The 7-inch display will feature a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, while a QUALCOMM 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro and an Adreno 320 graphics processor will handle the data crunching duties. A 5-megapixel rear-facing camera will handle all of the photon capturing duties, while 2GB of DDR3 RAM keeps things running nice and smooth.

 

The new Nexus 7 will be available in both 16GB and 32GB configurations, with both devices featuring Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and NFC. Falling right in line with recent rumors, the tablet will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which also lends credence to the rumor that we will see 4.3 detailed at today's event. The product listing shows that the 16GB model will run consumers $229.99 while its 32GB brother will cost just $269.99. As of this publishing, the pre-order button has been removed.

YouTube will celebrate all things geek on August 4 when it kicks off its first ever Geek Week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 3:05 pm

YouTube's Comedy Week has widely been considered a smashing success and the company is now looking to follow up that success with another week of themed, highlighted content. On August 4, YouTube will kick off its first annual Geek Week event in which the video sharing service will highlight more than 100 channels that feature Geeky and Nerdy content.

 

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Participating channels include heavy hitters such as Chris Hardwick's Nerdist, the UK's Channel Flip, Machinima, and Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton's own Geek and Sundry. Additionally, Schmidt and Co will be hiding easter eggs over the event and will give users collectable virtual badges if spotted. Some big time players in the motion picture industry have taken notice as well, and an exclusive trailer for Thor: The Dark World will premier on Wednesday, August 7, right in the middle of the event.

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Flickr will go offline tomorrow for maintenance, do not panic

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 2:12 pm

Yahoo has announced that it will be taking Flickr offline tomorrow, July 25, between the hours of 4pm and 10pm Pacific. The downtime is scheduled so that the company can perform some much needed maintenance on the now quickly growing photo sharing site. Yahoo did not specify what maintenance would be performed, but we assume that it has something to do with networking hardware.

 

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Yahoo says that the outage will affect more than just its Flickr property, and any and all sites that use the Flickr API for image sharing will see the images go offline during this time. This means any Flickr image that has been hotlinked on any website will not work for six hours or so. Once the service is back online, everything should return to normal. The service will be unavailable across all platforms including Mobile, Web, Smart TV, and any other device that can access Flickr.

Apple says that iOS in the Car is 'very important' to them, is 'part of the ecosystem'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 10:23 am

During Apple's third-quarter earnings call, CEO Tim Cook was asked about iOS in the Car, which was an important part of Apple's presentation at WWDC. The Apple CEO said that iOS in the car was an important "part of the ecosystem", just like the App Store, iTunes, messaging and Siri.

 

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Cook continued: "Having something in the automobile is very important. It's something people want." Cook went on to say that Apple could "do it in a unique way better than anyone else" and that it was a "key focus" for the company. iOS in the Car is expected to really take off next year, where it will be featured in a number of new cars from manufacturers such as Honda, Acura, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Infiniti, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Kia, Volvo, Opel and Jaguar.

LG sells a record 12.1 million smartphones in Q2 2013, earnings are slightly lower

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 9:23 am

Just how are South Korean electronics giant LG faring this year? Well, their Q2 2013 earnings report is out, pointing to profits dropping $139 million compared year-over-year for the same quarter.

 

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LG did ship a record 12.1 million smartphones in the quarter, with an operating profit for their mobile division not doing as well as last quarter. But, it did grow year-over-year to 54.37 million with LG hoping that smartphones like the Optimus L II, Optimus F and the upcoming flagship G2 to continue their record sales.

 

TV revenue dropped year-over-year, with the South Korean company blaming lower demand and increased competition in the TV space. But we have noticed that Ultra HD and OLED TVs are coming, which should either have an overall positive, or negative effect on LG going into the second half of 2013.

Samsung moves onto 3GB low-power DDR3 RAM for smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 8:25 am

Just when you thought having 2GB of RAM in your smartphone was great, Samsung have gone and moved the goal posts, yet again. The South Korean company have just announced they are mass-producing 3GB LPDDR3 packages.

 

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These new 3GB LPDDR3 packages are just 0.8mm (0.03-inch) thick, and can be slid into virtually any smart device. The first smartphones rocking this new 3GB LPDDR3 RAM should arrive later in the year, something I didn't expect until 2014. Samsung will unveil which smartphones will rock the new, thin, super-fast RAM in the near future.

 

I'm guessing we should expect it to be built into the Note III and maybe an upcoming Galaxy S5?

EA and DICE pass 4 million Battlefield 3 Premium subscribers, Origin now features over 50 million users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 7:21 am

EA have come out with a little bit of bragging today, where they are celebrating two things. First, their Battlefield 3 Premium service nwo features over four million subscribers.

 

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Secondly, Origin boats over 50 million users, which is a huge milestone in such a short amount of time. Rewinding the clock back to January, Battlefield 3 Premium only had 2.9 million subscribers, so they've gained over 1 million subscribers in just 6 months time. Back in October of 2012, Origin had just 30 million users, which is a huge increase of 20 million users in a little under a year.

 

Considering Origin launched in June 2011, it has only taken two years to amass 50 million users.

Dell unveils their new UltraSharp 32, a 32-inch 4K display that will arrive later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 6:31 am

I'm still looking forward to unboxing my first 4K, or Ultra HD, display, but until then I can only dream. But, during SIGGRAPH this week, Dell unveiled their new UltraSharp 32.

 

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Dell's UltraSharp 32 is a 32-inch 4K-capable display that features an IGZO-based 3840x2160 display. Beautiful. Dell has opted for an aluminum stand, which replaces their usual plastic-based stand in previous models. The usual height adjustment is at play, and the UltraSharp 32 is jam-packed full of display inputs.

 

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We have miniDisplayPort ports, HDMI, a built-in USB hub and an SD card reader. Dell haven't told us how much we can expect it to suck from our bank accounts just yet, but we should all prepare for Q4 of this year, just in time for the holidays.

Oculus VR and IndieCade join forces for a three-week gaming event called VR Jam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 5:56 am

I've used Oculus Rift HD and I really just don't want to go back to normal reality, but I guess I have to. Oculus VR, the company behind Oculus Rift, and IndieCade are teaming up for a three-week long gaming event called VR Jam.

 

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VR Jam will get developers together in order to create content for Oculus Rift. VR Jam starts on August 2, and ends on August 25 with two categories to compete in. The first of which is 'Selected Developers' and the second, 'Open Call.' Selected developers will compete against hand-picked teams of 10, while Open Call pits any independent developer to register and compete.

 

Oculus VR and IndieCade will don their judging hats, with winners being announced on September 19. Games will be scored by their innovation and virtual reality design. As for prizes, there will be more than $50,000 in total with a $10,000 prize for the winners of either category. Registration, rules and everything else you need to know about VR Jam is available on Oculus VR's website.

The Sims 3 to set their watches forward with a new 'Into the Future' expansion pack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 4:32 am

There are countless expansion packs for The Sims, but get ready for yet another one. The Sims 3 will soon enjoy another expansion pack that will introduce the future into the game, called "Into the Future".

 

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Into the Future will have your sims going into the next century, where hoverboards, jetpacks and food synthesizers are all part of the game. Current-time Sims can also "meet their descendants", which is a very cool feature. This feature will also open the door to huge time paradox scenarios - something I'm looking forward to hearing about.

 

EA didn't stop there, as they also announced Sims 3 Movie Stuff pack, which adds "Western, Comic Book Blockbuster and Creepy Features" props into your hands. Both expansions are coming soon.

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