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Broadcom announces smaller, more advanced LTE modem chip capable of up to 150Mb/s

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 2:14 pm

Broadcom just unveiled its next-generation LTE modem chip this morning. The BCM21892 is a high-end 4G LTE modem chip that is designed for use on flagship smartphones with support for LTE-Advanced and is capable of data speeds of 150Mb/s.

 

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Carriers wishing to use the next-gen 4G modem will need to deliver 20MHz of contiguous bandwidth or Carrier Aggregation Technology. CAT allows the modem to exploit multiple chunks of bandwidth simultaneously, thus generating more bandwidth without a high MHz connection.

 

BCM21892 is compatible with most popular network standards in use around the world, from the TD and FD types of LTE to HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and EDGE/GSM. Built on a 28nm process and using clever algorithms, the chip is able to reduce power consumption by 25 percent compared to rival devices.

Android 4.2.2 update begins rolling out to Nexus devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 12:35 pm

If you're like me and rocking a Nexus device, you might want to see if there's any updates available to your device. Judging from posters on Reddit and Android Police, Android 4.2.2 is floating out to users, slowly.

 

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The update seems to have arrived for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners, but I've just checked my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 and both of them don't have updates available. Mind you, I'm in Australia. The only changes listed by Google are for "performance and stability", but we should also see fixes for BluetoothA2DP problems.

Steam now offering week-long deals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 11:40 am

Valve are great with their daily and weekend sales, on top of their holiday sales - but now we've been introduced to some week-long sales of games. The company announced this today, and we have four games on sale at the moment - this time, for a week.

 

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The first week-long sale begins with FlatOut, Steel Storm: Retribution, Alpha Prime and Karateka. FlatOut is 75% off at just $1.87, Steel Storm: Burning Retribution is 50% off at $2.49, Alpha Prime has 75% discount at just $1.25 and Karateka has 50% off bringing its price down to $4.99. These games will be on sale until 1pm ET on Monday, February 18.

Microsoft have sold 76 million Xbox 360 consoles, 24 million Kinect accessories

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 10:36 am

Can you believe it, the Xbox 360 launched over seven years ago now, but how are the sales on the console doing now? Well, we're looking at over 76 million Xbox 360 consoles sold, and around 24 million Kinects sensing consumers' arms and legs on the daily.

 

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Xbox Live has a very tidy 46 million subscribers, where Microsoft says that this number is a 15% increase year-over-year, with both free and Gold subscribers included in this number.

 

I think we'll see this pass 100 million before 2015, but it will slow down a little when the next-gen Xbox is launched later this year.

Microsoft to launch premium interactive TV shows later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 9:34 am

It looks like we can expect premium interactive TV shows from Microsoft by the end of the year, where we'll see the new TV shows launch on their Xbox Live service. This is all according to a top executive from Microsoft during All Things Digital's Dive into Media conference, in Dana Point, California.

 

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Back in September 2012, Microsoft hired former CBS Network Television Entertainment Group president, Nancy Tellem, who would be responsible for a new production studio in LA and creating interactive content for the Xbox 360. We're now seeing the fruits of her labor, and the first things to grow from this seed.

 

We should expect the interactivity side of things to include Kinect compatibility, but it won't just be there to be 'cool', Tellem says "it has to be organic and a natural extension of what we are doing". She also declined to state just how much Microsoft are pumping into their original content, adding "we are certainly looking at a very robust content production schedule".

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Microsoft's Patch Tuesday will see a 57 security vulnerabilities patched

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 8:42 am

It's that time of the month again folks, Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, but this month it's set to be a big one. We're looking at no less than 57 security vulnerabilities being patches that will require 12 individual updates to repair.

 

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Multiple applications including Windows itself will be patched, including Windows Server, Exchange, Office, Internet Explorer and the .net Framework. Five of the twelve patches are classified as critical, which will see them fix vulnerabilities that could allow a hacker to install malicious code onto a user's computer.

 

Two of the critical patches will plug up some security holes in all versions of Internet Explorer since version 6, meaning that all versions of Windows 8 are at risk, even Windows 8. We would suggest flipping over to Chrome or Firefox instead of IE for now, well, permanently as they're superior browsers anyway.

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Crytek wants to go all-in with free-to-play titles, will be there in a few years time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:31 am

Crytek, the developer behind Crysis are no stranger to wanting to push free-to-play (F2P) titles, but it looks like we should expect the entire company to shift over to F2P titles in the next 3-5 years. Company CEO, Cevat Yerli told VentureBeat last week:

 

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We decided five or six years ago that we want to marry the quality of triple-A games with the business model of free-to-play, and out of that position, Gface and Warface were born. And at that time, we decided some other games, in some of our other studios, would head in this direction.

 

At the moment, F2P titles aren't anything to really write home about - sure, there are some great ones - but they don't compete with the likes of the big AAA games. Crytek on the other hand, is willing to throw big money at F2P titles, with production budgets of between $10 million and $30 million in order to help them actually compete on the AAA playing field.

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North Korea may have just tested a nuclear bomb, emergency Security Council meeting now happening in Seoul

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 4:35 am

It looks like things in North Korea just got a whole lot more real, as there has been a 5.1-magnitude earthquake in the country that might have been an artificial quake caused by a nuclear detonation. Reuters is reporting that a UN Security Council diplomat confirmed the nuclear test after speaking with South Korea.

 

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An emergency Security Council meeting is currently taking place in Seoul, South Korea. Yonhap has quoted a South Korean official as stating that both the United States and China were alerted yesterday of North Korea's plans to test a nuclear device. South Korea are currently trying to figure out the source of the tremor.

CISPA returns, could see President Obama issue an executive order on cybersecurity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 4:33 am

According to Bloomberg's latest report, the White House could slap down an executive order on cybersecurity sometime next week, just after the State of the Union address.

 

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This new order has been slowly building up over the last few months, and arrives in perfect timing to address some of the high-profile attacks that we've seen lately, including the hack on the Federal Reserve. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have both been attacked, where they're accusing the hackers are coming from China. We've seen Twitter hacked, too.

 

The new executive order signed by President Obama would set up a bunch of voluntary cybersecurity standards that companies operating important US infrastructure will be able to participate in. This will push for a more open government, which would share information about potential threats to companies in the private sector.

Google reportedly paying Apple $1 billion a year to be the default search engine on iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 3:35 am

Over the years, Google has forged their way into the english language, thanks to people saying "Google it" when asked a question. Well, it helps that iOS' default search engine is Google, but just how much does Google pay for this privilege?

 

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Well, it looks like it could be as much as $1 billion per year. Scott Devitt from Morgan Stanley in a recent note to investors said "the next Google is Google", believing that the search giant's business has much more room to grow in expanding markets and subsidiaries such as YouTube could see as much as $20 billion generated by 2020.

 

Devitt estimated during the note that the Mountain View-based company could be paying Apple up to $1 billion per year to be their default search engine, with that figure set to expand over the coming years. Previous reports pegged the companies to be in a revenue sharing deal, but Devitt doesn't think this makes sense. He says that Apple would instead be much better off to do a fee per device agreement for the benefits of upfront payments and easier accounting.

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