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Apple signs iPhone deal with world's largest carrier: China Mobile

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 2:27 am

Apple has finally inked the deal it has been waiting for, with the world's largest carrier: China Mobile. The Wall Street Journal was the first to break the news, stating that iPhones will be available through China Mobile by the end of the month.

 

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China Mobile is expected to announce its new 4G service on, or around December 18, so we should expect the iPhone to go on sale at that time. This is a big deal for Apple, as it continues to bleed customers to Samsung around the world, it now has tens of millions of new customers it can begin to scoop up into the world of iOS.

Google updates Wallet app for iOS, now add cards via your camera

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 2:26 am

Google's Wallet app for iOS has just received its first update since its release back in September. The new Google Wallet 2.0 brings forth a few new features that will make using the money service much easier for iPhone users. The update adds a new feature that lets users add credit cards to their wallet by simply snapping a photo of the card and more.

 

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Single Sign-on is also now supported, and users who use other Single Sign-On compatible apps from Google can switch to the wallet app and sign in automatically. Additionally, the physical Google Wallet Card can now be used to withdraw funds from user's iOS Wallet account at ATMS, or any location that accepts MasterCard.

Carl Icahn wants Apple to buy back $50 billion in shares

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 1:17 am

Billionaire activist is at it again, and this time he is pushing Apple to buy back $50 billion worth of its shares from investors. Today Time Magazine reported that Icahn has filed a proposal that he hopes will pressure Apple into increasing its share buyback program to a whopping $50 billion.

 

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Apple has confirmed that the proposal has been filed, but no comment on the actual proposal was made. Apple could more than afford the buyback, but it would cut its cash reserves significantly. On the other hand, with Apple's stock falling over the course of the last 12 months, the buyback increase could see some investors make back some of their lost investments.

Sky Go makes its way to Android-based tablets in time for Christmas

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 11:35 pm

Android tablet owners in the UK will be happy to hear that today, Sky TV launched its Sky Go app for Android. While the service has been available on Android-based smartphones for a while now, but today marks the firs time it has been available to the public on Android Tablets.

 

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Unfortunately, not all Android tablets are supported by Sky Go at the moment. For the app to work on your device, the tablet must be at least in the 7-inch class or higher, and Android 4.0 or higher is required. This means that the vast majority of tablets released in the last two years are compatible and all the modern t-inch or larger tablets will work. A 3G/4G or Wi-Fi connection is also required, but that is almost a given at this point.

Streaming service Beats Music will launch this coming January

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 10:01 pm

Over the last 18 months or so, we have watched Beats by Dre work to get a Spotify-like music streaming service off the ground, and it appears that it just may happen come January 2014. According to Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, the company is prepared to launch next month, and while he did not mention any specific date, many suspect it to happen during CES.

 

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"Beats Music is real. We're in an internal, private beta with people who know and love music (including a few of my personal heroes). We're providing a few artists and other influencers access to familiarize them with the service and get their early feedback," said Rogers. "We're making improvements based on that feedback. We can't wait to share it with the world, and are set to launch in the US in January."

 

Rogers also announced that the Beats Music has partnered with AT&T which could see the service pre-installed on iOS and Android phones sold by the carrier. Beats also announced that users can head over to Beatsmusic.com and register their user name now to ensure they get something unique and personally identifying.

LeakedTT: Intel's 2014 SSD lineup appears in leaked slides

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 8:21 pm

2014 is going to be a big year for SSD technology in general, and the second quarter is going to be no exception for Intel's SSD business. Today new official slides have leaked that detail a massive portion on Intel's 2014 SSD offerings, and include new devices in the Temple Star, Pleasantdale, and Fultondale lines.

 

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All three of the SSD families will utilize 20nm MLC NAND Flash memory and will arrive in three form factors. The SSD Pro 2500 Series (Temple Star) will be featured in traditional 2.5-inch and M.2 sizing with performance falling in the 540MB/s read and 490MB/s write speed range. The slide shows capacities from 80GB up to 480GB.

 

The SSD DC P3500 series (Pleasantdale) will arrive in both PCIe and 2.5-inch form factors, and will be available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. Read performance is around the 2800MB/s range while writes are a little slower at 1700MB/s.

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MPAA wins $80 million settlement in suit against Hotfile

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 6:46 pm

The MPAA has won a 3-year long lawsuit against Hotfile, a file sharing service that payed users to upload and share various files including pirated movies. Today the two parties agreed on an $80 million settlement, and Hotfile was ordered to cease all operations unless it implement's digital fingerprinting of files.

 

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"This judgment by the court is another important step toward protecting an Internet that works for everyone. Sites like Hotfile that illegally profit off of the creativity and hard work of others do a serious disservice to audiences, who deserve high-quality, legitimate viewing experiences online," said MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd.

 

This is yet another big win for the MPAA against online piracy, and even though only a fraction of the $500 million the MPAA was seeking was ordered, Hotfile may not survive this outcome. At the current time, Hotfile has removed all premium offerings from its service, and it is unclear if any future payments will be made to it users.

LeakedTT: Samsung Galaxy phone with 2K display surfaces in benchmark

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 4:44 pm

This morning, website fonearena.com spotted a mysterious benchmark result posted on GFXbench.com. The benchmark result details a Samsung smartphone with the model number SM-G9000S, a previously unknown device. The benchmark list the phone as featuring a 2K display with a resolution of 2560x1440.

 

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Internal hardware is pretty impressive as well with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked to 2.7GHz, and a Adreno 330 GPU. The device is running Android 4.4, but RAM and Storage numbers were not included in the results. Fonearena is speculating that this could be the Galaxy Round 2.0 based on the model number configuration.

 

Other industry analyst are speculating that this could be the Galaxy S5, but I feel that the Galaxy Round 2 is a much better bet, as I fully believe that the Galaxy S5 will be a 4K device with Qualcomm's next-generation Snapdragon processor. In the end though, only time will tell, and wit benchmark results starting to leak out, it is only a matter of time now before we find out what phone this really is.

Metal chassis producer, Catcher, to begin work on Galaxy S5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 1:39 pm

We've heard rumors of the Galaxy S5 to include a more premium feel, possibly adopting a metal chassis like its competitors' in the HTC One, and iPhone 5S. Well, PhoneArena is now reporting that a new rumor points to metal chassis producer, Catcher, beginning work on the Galaxy S5 chassis.

 

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Samsung is looking to build a massive 10 to 30 million units for the Galaxy S5, which should feature the aforementioned metal chassis. Another tease is reporting that we should expect two versions of the S5, one with the usual, cheaper plastic design, and another with a premium metal finish. We should expect the Galaxy S5 to be quite the flagship from the South Korean company when it launches next year.

Corsair teams up with Cherry for next-gen RGB-illuminated keyboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 12:34 pm

It looks like we already have a few reasons to be excited about the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, with Corsair preemptively striking in the mechanical keyboard space.

 

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The high-end manufacturer of all sorts of goods has teamed up with Cherry, to announce a modified MX Red-class switch, that sports RGB illumination. This means we have a mix of three colors that allow a key to be lit in any color that is on the visible spectrum. We're looking at 8-bit per channel control, which sits us at around 16.7 million colors.

 

Cherry has chosen Corsair as its launch partner, and we should see these beautiful keyboards shown off at CES in just a few weeks time!

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