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Rightware releases Basemark X screenshot and some tech specs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 6:12 pm

Rightware, makers of the benchmark Basemark X, has released a new screenshot for its upcoming Basemark X benchmark. Along with the screenshot, Rightware teased us with some of the specifications of the upcoming becnhmark.

 

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As you can see above, the graphics are fairly impressive, for an iOS, Android, and Windows Phone benchmark. The benchmark utilizes the Unity 4.0 game engine and the polygon count in the test sequences total up to over 900,000.

 

We'll have more information on Basemark X after we attend Game Developers Conference, currently taking place in San Francisco, California.

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T-Mobile launches its 4G LTE network in 7 US cities

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 5:31 pm

T-Mobile has announced at today's Uncarrier event that its 4G LTE network is now live in seven US cities across the nation. T-Mobile customers in Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, and Washington DC will be able to surf at speeds faster than many home DSL connections.

 

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T-Mobile expects to bring its 4G LTE network to 100 million Americans by the middle of this year and to 200 million Americans by the end of 2013. It's currently in last place in the LTE roll out race, though Sprint isn't too far ahead. Verizon and AT&T continue to be the front runners, but T-Mobile is trying to catch up quickly.

Rumors prove accurate, T-Mobile announces iPhone 5 for $99, 4S and 4 join lineup

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 4:31 pm

It took T-Mobile long enough to get the iPhone. All of the other major carriers, and even some minor carriers, have had it for a good period of time. We knew that T-Mobile would eventually get the iPhone as they said that they would be getting it this year. At the time, we weren't sure when it would be arriving.

 

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For users looking to pick up the iPhone 5, you'll have to put $99 down and pay $20 per month for the next two years. This works out to a cheaper upfront cost, though you do have to pay the full price of the device over its life.

 

The iPhone 4S will set you back $70 at the outset and the same $20 per month. If you're into really old tech, the iPhone 4 can be had for just $15 down and $15 per month.

Google hires frequent Chrome leaker Francois Beaufort

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 3:44 pm

Google has made a move to curb the early leaks by Francois Beaufort by hiring the leaker onto the payroll. As of yesterday, Beaufort was hired by Google to be a Chromium Evangelist. Unfortunately, this means that the rest of us will continue to be in the dark about upcoming Chrome and Chromium features until much closer to their respective release dates.

 

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It's no secret that I love Chromium and Chromium OS and have been diving into the open source project deeply over the years. In this new role, I'll be able to do a series of more in-depth "behind the scenes" pieces about the Chrome team, its culture, and upcoming features.

 

Google isn't the first company to hire someone who was making life difficult for the company. For example, Jagex, maker of Runescape, hired one of the bot developers to join the team that worked on stopping bots in the game. We'll see if Beaufort continues to provide early leaks or if him being on the payroll will limit his ability to do so.

Square Enix boss steps down amidst "extraordinary loss" for this financial year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 2:33 pm

Square Enix has just lost their boss due to an "extraordinary loss" in their last financial year, with slow sales in console games in the West to blame, Square Enix said in a statement to investors. Yoichi Wada has been head of the company since 2000, and has now been replaced with former Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda.

 

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Profit forecasts have been cut, making room of plans for "major reforms and restructuring" within Square Enix, something that will cost around $70 million to do so. Console game sales are the cause for these issues, and the restructuring, but it is the reforms themselves that will see the company tripping that line into the red this year. The company were expected to make a $24.4 million profit, but will now make a $90 million loss.

19-year-old receives 30 months in prison for 'lasering' two aircraft in 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 1:41 pm

Last October, 19-year-old Adam Gardenhire pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at a private aircraft, and a police helicopter. On Monday, a federal judge based in California sentenced Gardenhire to 30 months in prison.

 

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President Obama signed in a law in February of last year, where aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft now deemed a federal crime. Gardenhire is the second person in the US to be sentenced under the new law, with four more Californians indicted on similar charges this month alone. Gardenhire pointed a "commercial-grade green laser" at two aircraft on March 29, causing the Cessna pilot to "suffer vision impairment that lasted for hours."

 

The second case saw a Pasadena Police Department helicopter pilot hit in the eyes with the laser, but he "was wearing protective gear and did not suffer eye damage or vision impairment as a result of the laser," according to a statement from the Office of the United States Attorney Central District of California that Ars Technica got their hands on.

RumorTT: Hulu up for sale once again?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 12:38 pm

Hulu is rumored to once again be up for sale, with the last news that News Corp and Disney were considering buying one another out, but now according to Reuters, anonymous sources are confirming that the board are reaching out to more than one potential buyer while they consider their options.

 

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Variety are chiming in too, where they've suggested that the two would remain part owners, and would welcome another party to join in on the fun. Hulu's owners have tried to sell the site previously, but this time we could actually see a deal solidified and completed, time will tell of course.

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.

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