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Nokia's 41-megapixel EOS smartphone should cost $600 at launch, would arrive as the Lumia 909

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2013 7:27 am

We've head about Nokia launching a new smartphone soon, something that was rumored to be called the Lumia 1020. New reports are suggesting that this will actually arrive as the Lumia 909 and would cost $600 unlocked.

 

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Nokia's Lumia 909 will feature the huge 41-megapixel camera and has a date of 7/22 for arrival. This is only a couple of weeks away. The Lumia 909 is rumored to feature a 4.5-inch 720p OLED display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor, Xenon flash, 32GB of storage, and a 2,000mAh battery. The Lumia 909 should also feature wireless charging capabilities.

Star Citizen's economy explained in its latest video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 7, 2013 6:24 am

I'm very much looking forward to Chris Roberts' Star Citizen, which is shaping up to be one of the most epic space games ever. Chris takes the time to sit down and explain the economy of the game itself, in the video below.

 

 

As you can see, it's going to be a very complex game. If a certain plant needs materials (like metal) you can choose a mission to deliver it, or you can choose to be a pirate and kill someone who is delivering it. If you were to have a bunch of people on your side, you could be terrorists, taking out the deliveries which would drive the price of the materials up in the game.

 

This sounds like a very scalable game, where your actions actually have consequences for every one else playing. This is quite unlike most games we play today where our actions have "consequences" but they really don't.

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Apple scoops up the top spot in a customer satisfaction survey in South Korea, ahead of Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2013 5:31 am

Samsung are making waves across the world with their Galaxy S4, but Apple have just taken the top position in a customer satisfaction survey in South Korea. They made it to number one, beating Samsung on their home turf.

 

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Korean-language site Naver, reports that Apple beat Samsung and LG in a survey of over 44,000 smartphone owners where Apple saw a satisfaction rating of 52%. Samsung were sitting at 50% and LG saw 46%. All companies were graded on a point scale, where Apple saw 711 points, Samsung with 695 and LG with 682. So Apple didn't win by much, but a win is a win in this market.

RumorTT: The budget iPhone gets caught on camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2013 4:31 am

We've been hearing about a budget iPhone for quite a while now, but Techdy blog are reporting from a hands-on with the cheaper iPhone claiming that it is indeed the entry-level handset from Apple.

 

 

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The pictures (above, and below) show that the cheaper iPhone features a plastic case, which will save on costs. Techdy states that it resembles the original iPod. We still have no information about what is inside the phone itself, but you can definitely get a feel for what it'll look like, if this is indeed the real deal.

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Epic Games are working on 'multiple new and existing IPs' as well as a next-gen 'unannounced competitive online action game'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 7, 2013 3:36 am

You may have heard of Epic Games, for titles such as Unreal, Gears of War and much more. Well, the studio are ramping up for the next-generation of games, where they're hiring for two projects.

 

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The first, is for a Technical Artist who would work "on multiple new and existing IPs across multiple platforms." This job would see the person employeed tackling "the more complex issues that arise when we push the technology envelope, both in production on current hardware, and prototyping for next-generation hardware."

 

The second position is for a Systems Designer wanting to "work with the tools and technology that are shaping the next generation of games" on "an unannounced competitive online action game that includes player progression, heavy itemization, and a dynamic economy."

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The PlayStation 4 makes an appearance on video, this time out of the glass box

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 6, 2013 10:27 am

Trawling through Reddit on a Saturday night and happen to stumble across T3's world exclusive look at Sony's next-generation PlayStation 4. What makes this different, is they get to take a look at it out of the glass box.

 

 

This means some serious hands-on time with it, where we get some very close up shots of the next-gen console from Sony. They also take the time to look at the new Dual Shock 4 controller, too. By the looks of the design, the PS4 isn't something you'll have standing vertically, even though Sony offer consumers a stand for it.

 

It's looking great, and I'm really digging the design of it so far.

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Samsung's record quarter doesn't impress investors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 6, 2013 7:35 am

Samsung have just had a record quarter, where they're estimated to have pulled in their highest-ever revenue and profits for a quarter - estimated at $49.9 billion and $8.3 billion, respectively.

 

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This huge profit from Samsung is a 47% year-on-year increase, and represents a 54% growth compared to last year. But, Reuters is reporting that investors were hoping to see profits closer to $8.89 billion, which means Samsung's early estimates are 6.4% below expectations. We should have the full earning results later this month, where everything will be laid out in front of us.

 

Reuters and Bloomberg are blaming the lower than expected profits on the "disappointing sales" of the Galaxy S4, which has sold over 20 million units in two months. But, this is coming at the expense of increased marketing costs and distribution channels weren't justified in investors' eyes as the S4 still couldn't compete with the iPhone 5 launch numbers.

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Instagram for iOS updated, now includes landscape mode and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 6, 2013 6:25 am

Instagram for iOS has been updated, which now includes the ability to use landscape mode for both video and pictures. Instagram for iOS is now sitting at version 4.0.2.

 

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Instagram for iOS v4.0.2 also includes Cinema stabilization support for front-facing cameras. You can grab the updated Instagram for iOS from the App Store right here, or you can do the update manually on your iOS-based device.

Venezuela offers NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 6, 2013 5:28 am

Edward Snowden has been enjoyed the cold Russian landscape for a few days now, with WikiLeaks' legal advisor, Sarah Harrison, submitting asylum applications and requests for asylum assistance to a bunch of different countries.

 

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The NSA whistleblower has found asylum in Venezuela, with President Nicolas Maduro stating during a parade that they've rejected US requests for extradition and will offer Snowden political and humanitarian asylum. Yet, no one has seen Snowden since Hong Kong. I don't know why he wouldn't have a video out by now - and I'm sure he knows how to cover his tracks, anyway.

Steam accounts play friendly with Twitch accounts, Dota 2 is the first game to use the new feature

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2013 4:34 am

There are countless gamers out there who use both Steam and Twitch.tv accounts, but now they've joined forces and are helping competitive gaming title Dota 2 out in the process.

 

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Up until now, players have to choose between watching Dota 2 tournaments either in-game, or through Twitch, but the Twitch option left them out from receiving promotional items that randomly "drop" during the event. The new linked account feature sees players watching on Twitch, while still being eligible to receive the dropped items, as long as their Steam account has the required virtual tournament ticket associated with it.

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