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Foxconn makes a cool $3.2 billion in net profit, thanks Apple for letting them make their iPhones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 11:31 am

Foxconn Technology have reporte their earnings for the year, seeing a nice net income of $3.2 billion according to the Financial Times. The company otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision are the company known for manufacturing some of the most popular devices in the world.

 

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If you didn't already know, these devices are better known as the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Hon Hai Precision are what they go by in their home country, where they beat analysts' predictions on high margins for these iOS-based products. Foxconn International Holdings is the world's largest cellphone maker, where they produce devices for a multitude of companies, including Apple, Nokia and Motorola, but suffered a net loss of $316.4 million.

 

Because of this, there is now some concerns that Foxconn's huge reliance on Apple is going to be a problem going into the future.

Google to use 'white spaces' spectrum in order to deliver Wi-Fi to South African schools

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 10:29 am

There has already been some experimentation with "Super Wi-Fi" networks using the white spaces spectrum in the US, and now Mountain View-based search giant Google are poised to use the same technology to deliver Internet access to ten schools across South Africa.

 

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The Verge has reported that "launching the test network is Google's most direct effort yet to demonstrate the potential of white spaces... as a means of delivering faster internet connectivity to the developing world and other rural areas."

 

"White spaces" are bands of unused television spectrum that allows signals to travel farther and penetrate deeper into buildings than the commonly used 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi spectrum bands.

T-Mobile unveil $50 unlimited talk & text plan, includes 500MB of tethering data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 9:34 am

T-Mobile have just debuted a new contract-free, unlimited talk and text plan which comes with an included 500MB of tetherable data - the cost? Just $50 per month. The best part of this is that the US telco has effectively gone contract-free, with phone subsidies pretty much gone.

 

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This also means that T-Mobile customers will be paying retail price for a new smartphone, but they'll have the option of spreading the cost of the phone over two years of monthly payments. T-Mobile's new $50 per month plan with payments for a high-end smartphone over two years still manages to compete against contract-based carriers such as AT&T and Verizon.

 

The new $50 plan includes 500MB of data, but users won't be capped for bursting through their monthly data allowance, but rather slowed down to "2G speeds." If 500MB of data per month isn't enough for you, for just $10 more you can expand that up to 2GB. This is a perfect option for those using lots of data, or for those who are always tethering their smartphone to a notebook or tablet for some Internet access.

HTC preparing Desire Q, Desire P for the Taiwanese market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 8:24 am

HTC are preparing two new devices destined for the Taiwanese market, the Desire P and Desire Q. HTC's Desire P features a 4.3-inch 800x480 display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and Beats Audio - the Desire P will reportedly retail for $365 unlocked.

 

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The Desire Q is slightly lower-end, with similar specs but a 4-inch display and priced at $235 unlocked. Both handsets should include Android Jelly Bean as their OS, with Sense 4 on top. These two devices won't reach Western markets, but they should arrive in Taiwan and China any day now.

Sony announces two new titles headed for the PlayStation 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 7:33 am

Sony took the stage at GDC 2013 to announce they're focusing on their relationships with indie developers, unveiling two new titles for the PlayStation 4. First up we have the free-to-play PC shooter Blacklight: Retribution and the episodic adventure Primal Carnage: Genesis.

 

 

This means that we'll see three indie games on the PS4, hopefully at launch, if we include Jonathan Blow's The Witness. Blacklight: Retribution will make good use of the Sony Pub Fund for financial and marketing support, which is the first game on the PS4 to do so.

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RumorTT: Battlefield 4 to be 'available fall 2013'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 6:30 am

If Chinese site Gamersky is to be believed, Battlefield 4 could be coming earlier than previously thought. They've posted up what they're claiming to be an EB Games poster advertising the Battlefield 4 release date of 'available fall 2013.'

 

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The poster lists the release date, and that those who pre-order will receive "a pair of real Battlefield 4 dog tags while supplies last". We've seen some leaks so far, showing off some ground-based, naval and airborne combat, as well as some talk about the graphics engine behind it, Frostbite 2, getting much better scaling. EA are hosting an unveiling of Battlefield 4 at GDC tomorrow, followed by the official BF4 trailer on Wednesday.

NVIDIA release GeForce 314.22 WHQL drivers, BioShock: Infinite and Tomb Raider improvements included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 5:33 am

NVIDIA have come to the rescue of GeForce GPU owners, with their WHQL-certified GeForce 314.22 drivers. When compared to the previous set of WHQL-certified drivers, GeForce 314.07, NVIDIA are claiming that when using a GeForce GTX 680 you'll see improvements of 41% and 71% for BioShock: Infinite and Tomb Raider, respectively.

 

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NVIDIA aren't leaving other GeForce owners without performance improvements, stating that gains "will be seen on other GPUs", but they'll be at "varying degrees." Other games that will see performance improvements are Sniper Elite V2 and Sleeping Dogs with 22% and 12%, respectively. SLI-based configurations get some love too, with StarCraft II, Sniper Elite V2 and Sleeping Dogs all receiving performance improvements of 10%, 22% and 22%, respectively.

 

You can grab the new GeForce 314.22 WHQL drivers here.

Yahoo buys news-summarizing app Summly for $30 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 4:35 am

Yahoo are on a continued mission to revamp their digital news and media business, with their latest acquisition of Summly, a startup that specializes in summarizing web content into a format made easier to consume media on a mobile device.

 

 

AllThingsD reports that the transaction saw Yahoo shifting $30 million to acquire the startup, 90% of it in cash with the remaining 10% in stock. The news gets better; with the iPhone app first designed by London-based Nick D'Aloisio, who was just fifteen years old when he created Summly.

 

What exactly does Summly do? Well, it allows you to choose your news sources from a bunch of pre-packages categories, or from your favorite websites. From there, it will let you enter keywords for topics that might be of interest too. Summly will also show you the latest stories that it has summarized in up to 400 characters, presented with a beautifully clean interface.

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Nexus 7 appears in the Google Play Store in India

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 3:32 am

If you're in India and were waiting for the Nexus 7, you're in luck - it has just popped up on the Google Play Store with a shipping date of April 5. There has been no official announcement, apart from a few people talking about it on Twitter when they discovered it on the Play Store.

 

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You can buy it for Rs. 15,999 (roughly $295) and have it shipped "by April 5, 2013." It might seem like this has been a long time coming, but the Nexus 7 is still one of the best tablets on the market. Google are wanting to push into the Indian market, which has been growing exponentially over the last year or so.

Samsung unveil their Series 9 Premium Ultrabook, give it a 1080p display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 2:32 am

Samsung have just injected some more pixels into their latest Ultrabook, the Series 9 Premium Ultrabook. The 13.3-inch Series 9 notebook included a 1600x900-pixel display, but the new and improved NP900X3E-A03US sports a 1920x1080 display.

 

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It doesn't come close to the Google Chromebook Pixel or Apple MacBook Pro Retina displays, but it does provide a generous 40% more pixels than their previous generation Ultrabook. The improved Series 9 Premium Ultrabook includes the usual LED-backlit display which uses Samsung's SuperBright technology, which the South Korean company touts a 50% brighter display than a standard laptop monitor.

 

Cranking along inside the NP900X3E-A03US, we have Intel's Core i7-3517U processor, 4GB of RAM (why not 8GB?), a 256GB SSD, and Windows 8 Pro. Weighing in at 2.56 pounds and is just 0.51 inches at its thinnest point. What will all of this set you back? $1899.99. Not too bad, but the price is definitely getting up there.

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