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Samsung to update firmware on Galaxy S III, said to fix random bricking bug

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 10:52 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S III hasn't suffered any major issues, such as Antennagate (iPhone 4), though some current users are experiencing devices that randomly brick. Some users reportedly left their devices charging overnight, while others simply turned off the screen. In both cases, the device was later found to be bricked.

 

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Samsung has been quietly fixing or replacing devices that were affected, though they are now reportedly working on a firmware fix to fix the problem. The bug appears to be only on Galaxy S III devices with 16GB of internal storage, though it seems to apply to a wide range of Android versions, making some speculate that it is a hardware issue.

 

We will, of course, alert users when a fix is released for the device, whether it be a software or hardware fix.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Revolution DLC details leak in the form of a poster

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 10:16 pm

A picture of a GameStop Black Ops 2 DLC poster has leaked to the internet and provided precious details about the upcoming DLC. In the picture, you can see that there will be four new multiplayer maps, a new zombies map, and a new SMG. As far as the details go, we really only have names, so it's time to let your imagination go wild as to what the maps will look like.

 

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"Hydro", "Grind", "Downhill", and "Mirage" are the new multiplayer maps, with "Die Rise" being the new Zombies map. Downhill appears to be a ski resort, which would make sense, while Mirage appears to be in the desert. The other two pictures aren't as clear and the names could align the maps in many different settings.

 

The SMG is named the Peacekeeper and there are no details as to which game modes it will be available in. The DLC is set to come to the Xbox 360 on January 29 and will likely cost $15, if it stays in line with the pricing of Black Ops DLC. If you have the Season Pass, you'll get the DLC for free when it releases.

Ubuntu entering mobile OS battle

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 9:29 pm

Canonical, the creators and maintainers of Ubuntu, a Linux operating system, has released details about their new phone operating system Ubuntu. Wait, what? That's right, Ubuntu will soon be coming to phone near you. The Android-based operating system is billed by Canonical as "more immersive [and] less cluttered."

 

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They are also saying that it will be powerful enough to be used as a desktop system, though that sort of phone-as-a-PC thing didn't work out too well for Motorola. The mobile OS space is fairly crowded, with iOS and Android dominating and Microsoft trying to make Windows Phone viable, so it will be a tough battle for the fledgling operating system.

 

Mozilla is also working on bringing out a mobile operating system and Samsung, Intel, and others are working on the Linux-based Tizen. Smartphones using the operating system aren't expected to ship until 2014, so it will likely be even more difficult for the OS to gain traction. With that said, you miss every shot you don't take.

Polaroid to open 'Fotobars' that will let you print Instagram pics on different materials

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 8:57 pm

Polaroid will be opening up 10 retails stores in 2013 that will be called FotoBars. These locations will allow you to edit and print pictures, applying filters if your picture isn't from Instagram. The pictures can then be printed on a variety of materials, framed if you want, and be shipped to you within a couple of days.

 

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From the image, it looks like editing will be done on Apple computers, which are probably used to make the whole experience "hip." Material options will include wood, bamboo, metal, acrylic, and canvas. Users will also have the option to print out a normal photo. According to Polaroid, a "critical aspect of the customer experience" is the ability to see and feel examples of the materials, which sounds very Appleish.

 

The first location will be Delray Beach in Florida, which opens in February. Further locations will open throughout the year, including New York and Las Vegas.

 

Chief executive Scott W. Hardy:

 

Unfortunately, even the very best of those pictures rarely ever escape the camera phone with which they were taken to be put on display around our homes and offices. Why? Because turning those pictures into something tangible, creative and permanent is neither easy nor fun. Polaroid Fotobar stores are going to change all of that.

Microsoft posts countdown to E3, rumor starts that next-gen Xbox will be announced

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 8:32 pm

Rumors have a way of starting using data that could mean next to nothing. For instance, a rumor is now saying that the countdown to E3 posted by Microsoft today is proof positive that they will be announcing the next Xbox at E3 in June. While there have been rumors saying this is the case, this timer does not have any shred of definite proof.

 

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While it is pretty likely that the next Xbox will make its first appearance at E3 this year in June, a simple timer does not give any hard evidence. The text "And it's on..." only adds fuel to the fire, but still does not prove that this is Microsoft's plan. While it certainly is time for Microsoft to update the Xbox 360, they will likely try to milk it for every dollar its worth.

 

It's also important to consider that Microsoft still has some major Xbox 360 game releases to get through, including Gears of War Judgement in March. Would Microsoft really release the next-gen console so quickly after a major game release? It's hard to say. If the console includes backwards compatibility, then it is possible.

 

With that said, it's completely possible that the Xbox successor will launch at E3 this year, however, it's completely possible that it won't.

75% of the worlds leaders use Twitter

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 7:47 pm

We live in a world of instant information, of constant connectivity, and one where we share almost every moment of our lives on social networks. A recent study reveled that you are able to follow 75% of the worlds leaders on Twitter.

 

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South African President Jacob Zuma (@SAPresident), UK Prime Minister Savid Cameron (@Number10gov), and even Russia's president Vladimir Putin (@KremlinRussa_E) have all taken to Twitter to be able to address the masses instantly.

 

"A total of 123 world leaders out of 164 countries have accounts on Twitter set up in their personal name or through an official government office," wrote Digital Daya in a recently released report. "In our last report in August of 2011 only 69 out of 164 countries were using Twitter."

Zynga and EA set to kill popular Facebook games

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 7:19 pm

Both Zynga and EA are in the midst of cost cutting efforts and Facebook games are the first to take the hit. Zynga has either marked or already shut down 24 games with more cuts coming.

 

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EA has reportedly marked several of its popular app style games for end of life as well. The hard truth is that people are just not playing them anymore. Everyone is gaming on their mobile devices and not using facebook as their gaming console anymore.

 

Zynga is even planning on shutting down its most popular game, PetVille, which still attracts over a million users each month. That is about 60,000 users daily. This leaves us wondering where the next big gaming boom will take place.

Google and Kia partnership will bring Google Maps and Places to new cars this year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 6:28 pm

Kia, the Korean car manufacturer is said to teaming up with Google to offer its Google Maps and Places on the companies UVO eServices in car electronics system.

 

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The new setup will debut in the 2013 Sorento CUV model, which will be arriving in late Q1 of this year. The updated UVO system will allow users to sync up directions and locations from their smart phones, PCs, or the web.

 

The car will also be able to find you interesting things to visit using Google Places. Existing music management, hands free features, and improved voice recognition will also be taking stage in the improved UVO system.

Apple reportedly pulling chip manufacturing from Samsung

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 5:31 pm

Apple is said to be cutting ties with Samsung and shifting the manufacturing of its mobile processors to another chip manufacture. This is no doubt the result of the seemingly never ending patent war between the two companies.

 

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Apple has selected global chip manufacturer TSMC, and is said to take 12 to 18 months for the transition to fully complete. The partnership will begin with the current-generation A6X chips as soon as the first quarter of 2013.

 

This equates to a reported loss of $13 billion in revenue for Samsung. Samsung fans need not to fear though, industry analyst have stated that the breakup will have minimal effect on Samsung.

GameStick brings a new Android game console to your TV, fits inside its own controller

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 4:40 pm

PlayJam, a company known for its Smart TV roots, will be competing with the OUYA for Android-based gaming console supremacy this spring. The company is building the "GameStick", a TV based system that is no larger than a normal flash drive.

 

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The finished version will even be capable of stowing itself inside its wireless gamepad. It will run Jellybean and dual-core Amlogic processor that while not as powerful as the Tegra 3 in the OUYA, should also not be as expensive.

 

PlayJam is still looking to raise $100,000 to push the GameStick through the last phase of development and is hoping to begin shipping the device in April of this year.

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