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iPad loses its lead in the tablet market to Android-based slates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 28, 2013 3:35 pm

The iPad came out years ago now and has been enjoying being the leader of the tablet market share game from Android-based slates, but that ends now. New numbers are in from ABI Research, which reports that during Q2 2013, Android-based tablets overtook Apple iPads in terms of volume.

 

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The total amount of money spent on the two tablets, iPads and Android-based slates, was reportedly split nearly down the center. This is a big difference, because normally Apple has enjoyed throwing its arms in and raking in all of that glorious cash. The benefit Android has over iPad is that there are plenty of manufacturers making Android-based slates, versus only Apple making the iPad.

 

This ends up with no one being the true leader against Apple, so it's not Samsung, ASUS or any other manufacturer. ABI Research's numbers indicate that 60% of iPads sold in Q2 2013 were iPad minis, and not the full-sized iPad.

Microsoft increases app-roaming limits, from 5 to 81 devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 28, 2013 2:33 pm

A few weeks from the launch of its next iteration of its flagship OS, Microsoft has increased the number of Windows 8 and 8.1 devices that users can install Windows Store apps from 5 to 81 devices.

 

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Microsoft's new app-roaming limit begins on October 9, and will involve all Windows Store/Metro Style apps that are associated with a single Microsoft account. The news comes directly from a new Microsoft "Windows App Builder" blog which was posted on September 27. The blog post reads: "Developers that decide to have the app enforce a constraint around the number of devices must disclose that constraint to Windows Store customers and set expectations appropriately."

 

Increasing it to 81 is a nice touch with Windows 8.1 coming in just a few weeks time.

Xi3 to unveil its PISTON console on Monday, the first Steam Machine?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 28, 2013 1:35 pm

This week has been quite packed with Valve-related news, with SteamOS, Steam Box, Steam Machines and the new Steam Controller. Now we have a company that was tied to Valve for the Steam Box, unveiling its new PISTON gaming console on Monday.

 

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Xi3 has teased that "the wait is over" with the date 9/30/13 below it. We should expect the PISTON console to be a variation of the usual PISTON PCs, but in console form. We don't know exactly what to expect, but maybe this will be the first Steam Machine? Especially considering that Xi3 was who Valve reportedly chose to show off prototypes of the Steam Box in its early form.

Netflix opens up Super HD streams to all ISPs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 28, 2013 12:35 pm

Up until just recently, Netflix required ISPs to join its Open Connect Content Delivery Network if they wanted to offer their customers "Super HD" and 3D video streams, but not anymore!

 

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Netflix has announced back in January that it would begin offering Super HD and 3D streams, but if customers wanted to access it, it would only be if their ISP used Netflix's CDN. The content streaming giant is now untethering the Super HD option from its CDN, opening it up to all ISPs. Netflix's Joris Evers says: "Based on the performance data we've seen, and in response to member requests, we are now expanding availability to give all our members the ability to enjoy Netflix in the best possible quality."

iOS 7 is making people physically sick, iPuke maybe?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 28, 2013 11:33 am

iOS 7 may be doing well in terms of adoption rates and selling iPhone 5S and 5C units, but the latest mobile OS from Apple is making people physically ill. Yes, as in throwing up and being sick.

 

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The source of this is actually iOS 7's many zoom animations, mixed with the slight parallax effect that iOS 7 uses in order to create the illusion of 3D display layers such as home screen backgrounds. A poster on an Apple forum said: "The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS 7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache. It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car. Any way to turn off iOS 7 navigation animations?"

 

There were more than a handful of users who were complaining of plenty of problems, such as "nausea", "headache", "motion sickness", "dizzyness", "eye strain", "vomit", "vertigo", "blurred vision", and "seizure" all over the thread. So, as you can see, it's not an isolated issue.

RumorTT: Pre-orders of Destiny might allow beta access

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 28, 2013 10:33 am

Destiny is inching closer to release, and now we have a huge tease: according to the official Destiny website, players can "pre-order Destiny at select retailers and receive admission to the Destiny Beta."

 

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A Reddit user noticed the text, which has now been erased from the Destiny website, but still appears in Google's cache. Another post on Reddit pointed to the pre-order message appearing only on the UK and Canadian versions of the site. No official retailers are listing Destiny anywhere, even the big boys like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Walmart in the U.S. don't mention Destiny pre-orders just yet.

China finally lifting ban on game consoles, just in time for next-gen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 28, 2013 9:31 am

After a massive 13-year ban on gaming consoles, it looks like China is about to open the flood gates to all consoles. Rewinding the clock back to 2000, we saw the country put a ban on gaming consoles because of the influence violent and mature games could have on the youth of China.

 

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We heard about the Shanghai free-trade zone, which the console ban being lifted is all a part of. In order for gaming consoles to be sold in China, game developers and console retailers will need to set up shop in the free-trade zone in Shanghai, pending official approval they can sell their products to the mainland market.

 

Microsoft has already sprinted to the market, striking a deal with Chinese company BesTV in order to develop games in the free-trade zone. The free-trade zone is opening up in Shanghai on September 29, which should see billions upon billions of dollars being pumped into the industry.

NSA: we used our tech to spy on our love interests

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 28, 2013 8:24 am

It looks like some NSA agents would be hanging their heads in shame, if they weren't already over the PRISM scandal, after it has been outed that some of them used their powers to spy on love interests.

 

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The Hill reports that the US spy agency admitted in a letter to Sensor Chuck Grassley (R - Iowa) that it's "identified 12 incidents since 2003 in which analysts intentionally misused their intelligence gathering powers" to spy on love interests. The NSA also admitted that it has opened two investigations into similar abuses of intelligence, and a third is being reviewed as another possible investigation.

 

This all reminds me of Men in Black, the movie, when K used the technology he had at his disposal to use a satellite to spy on his ex-wife. I can see it now, the NSA is using its vast technology - of which the US tax payer funded - to spy on love interests, the next-generation of Facebook stalking.

Microsoft's Xbox One tour begins on October 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 28, 2013 7:28 am

Microsoft has announced that its Xbox team will take the Xbox One on a tour around the world, starting on October 1. If you're near one of these tour cities, you'll be able to see the Xbox One "through a series of experiential events."

 

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You'll be able to get some hands-on time with Microsoft's next-gen console, as the Redmond-based giant will be bringing along seven (and possibly more) of its launch titles: Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Crimson Dragon, Max: Curse of the Brotherhood, and LocoCycle.

 

The company has called this tour the "Area One" tour, with the following cities and dates below:

 

  • Philadelphia: 10.3-10.6
  • Paris: 10.10-10.13
  • Toronto: 10.10-10.13
  • Chicago: 10.17-10.20
  • Vienna: 10.17-10.20
  • Atlanta: 10.24-10.27
  • Dallas: 10.31-11.3
  • Berlin: 10.31-11.3
  • Phoenix: 11.7-11.10
  • San Francisco: 11.14-11.17
  • Dublin: 11.14-11.17
  • Los Angeles: 11.21
  • London: 11.21-11.24

Delta will provide all pilots with a Surface 2 within two years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 28, 2013 6:00 am

After Delta Airlines looked to be providing all of its pilots with iPads in 2011 through its Electronic Flight Bag program, the airline has gone in a totally new direction.

 

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WindowsITPro is reporting that the airline was going to adopt Nokia's unreleased and rumored Sirius tablet, but has since changed its mind and will now see pilots using Microsoft's Windows 8.1 RT-based tablet, the Surface 2. Flight attendants will also use Nokia Lumia 820 smartphones, which will be used for processing payments and tracking passenger information.

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