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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.




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.




"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 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.




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.




"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 spotted a mysterious benchmark result posted on 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.




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.




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.




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!

"HTC is close" to announcing the successor to its One smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 12:34 pm

This is an odd way to find out about a new smartphone from HTC, but there was a ruling on Tuesday morning that threatened HTC's One smartphone from being pulled from the UK market.




Well, Judge Richard Arnold looks to have slipped that there is an HTC One successor coming very soon. Judge Arnold slipped the news nugget during his decision, where he said: "HTC is close to launching the successor flagship model to the HTC One. HTC has not revealed the launch date. Nokia has adduced evidence which suggests that the launch date is in the first quarter of 2014 and possibly as early as February 2014. HTC has not contradicted this."


The reason behind Judge Arnold bringing up the unreleased, unannounced One successor, is that HTC is worried that its business will suffer (more so than it is now) if the HTC One disappears from the UK market before it can unleash a new smartphone. Judge Arnold says that the HTC One successor will be released in Q1 2014.

Spotify pays 'more than two times more' than YouTube to artists

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 11:34 am

Spotify has just launched a new set of tools that artists, managers and others can use to track the popularity of their music on the music streaming service. Spotify continues to focus on communicating to the music industry that its service is great for artists, and that all of the bad words you hear about music streaming isn't all that it's cracked up to be.




Spotify provides an analytics dashboard, which allows artists a real-time look at just how much their content is being listened to. Also included in this, are details on listeners, such as age, gender, location of their listeners and more. Spotify one-ups this though, providing details on just how the royalties are paid out from Spotify.


It also shows other avenues where Spotify exposes artists to the public, with the music streaming company saying that it pays "more than two times more" than ad-supported services like YouTube, and "significantly" more than traditional and online radio services. Spotify holds just 30% of the profits, giving the remaining 70% to its artists.

Microsoft Threshold: unifying Xbox One, Windows and Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 10:37 am

Microsoft's next major milestone is something called "Threshold", an internal name for an upcoming update to its platforms. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley is reporting from multiple anonymous sources, as well as an internal Microsoft e-mail from Executive Vice President, Terry Myerson.




Foley says that Threshold will hit all three major platforms from Microsoft: Windows, Xbox One and Windows Phone. The company is wanting to unify the developer toolset for all three platforms, and support the same core set of "high value activities" across platforms. There are four parts to this, the first is expression/documents (Office), decision making/task completion (Bing), IT management (intune) and something else, which is labeled as "serious fun".


We did hear about this not long ago, so we should expect big things from this Threshold update. Before Threshold, we should expect an update being pushed out for Windows 8.1, which is known as Windows 8.1 Update 1, and Windows Phone 8.1, sometime next year.