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Verizon rolls out new 500Mbs FiOS Quantum internet tier package, will cost $369 per month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 3:44 am

Today Verizon launched its fastest Internet package ever on its FiOS Cable and ISP service. FiOS' new Quantum Tier is capable of 500Mbs downstream and 100Mbs upstream, which is blazingly fast when compared to any other Internet connection package offered by Verizon. In true form the company has placed a premium on the new service which will set you back $369 per month. When combined with a residential cable package the new Quantum service will only cost you $309.99.

 

 

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The new uber fast service would not be from Verizon if it didn't include a two-year service agreement although the company does say that users can purchase the service in a month-to-month basis without an annual service agreement but they failed to provide any pricing structure for that plan. Verizon says that the new Quantum tier will be available in all markets where FiOS is installed but not everyone will have the service until sometime next year.

Xbox One said to continually record the last five minutes of gameplay of every game

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 3:27 am

Today Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One will continually record the last five minutes of gameplay for any game that you're playing. The company says that this is so you can share any last-minute achievements, feeds, or skills after the game has ended. We knew the console would already create clips automatically when you unlock achievements which can then be shared with your friends, but the recording of the last five minutes of gameplay is entirely new news to us.

 

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"The idea is you're always recording. The last five minutes of any game you're playing is always being stored locally on your hard drive," said Ken Lobb of Microsoft Studios during an interview with GameSpot at Comic-Con 2013. This means that you can use command such as "Xbox record that" which will instantly save the last 30 seconds of gameplay or you can choose to trek through the full five minutes of footage to edit down to the key parts.

Leap Motion to leap onto retail shelves on July 28th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 3:07 am

Today Leap Motion launched what is being billed as the "Worlds most accurate 3-D motion control technology." The software allows people to control their computers with natural hand and finger gestures much in the way that motion tracking WebCam software works. Alongside the software they launched, the company opened up its AirSpace platform, a sort of App Store that is exclusive to the Leap Motion controller.

 

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The company also announced that beginning July 28 the actual Leap Motion Controllers will be available for purchase in Best Buy stores across the United States at a price point of $79.99. Customers in the UK are able to purchase from Amazon and the company has partnered up with ASUS and HP to offer bundled packages with select computers from each manufacturer.

 

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Leap Motion went on to say that at launch the Airspace Store contained over 75 applications that were purpose built by developers and more than four countries. The apps range from free to paid and spans the width of many categories. The Leap Motion controller works with computers running Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It requires a minimum of an Intel Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ II processor, 2 GB RAM and a USB 2.0 port.

Telstra pull out on their plans to acquire Adam Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 2:42 am

We reported back in October of last year that Telstra were to acquire SA-based ISP, Adam Internet. Well, it looks like the buyout has been vetoed after the parties failed yet again to receive approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

 

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The ACCC had been working toward making a decision on the acquisition by February 7, but Telstra asked for a suspension of the request for two weeks. iiNet, Macquirie Telecom and Vodafone Hutchinson Australia had been on the ACCC's back to reject the buyout. Telstra's chief customer service officer, Gordon Ballantyne, has said that "in the end, [Telstra] had not been able to secure approval from the ACCC by the contractual end date."

 

He added: "we are very disappointed by this outcome." Adam Internet's Executive Chairman, Greg Hicks, has called the situation "unfortunate". Hicks continued: "[We are] disappointed this important condition precedent could not be achieved in a commercially acceptable time frame, and therefore we will no longer be proceeding."

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Gateway unveils new laptops, also updates their lineup of desktops

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 2:30 am

Today Gateway announced two new versions of its NE series laptops as well as updates to its DX, SX, and ZX desktop PCs. The company released new 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch versions of the NE series that are slimmer than the previous models and now feature AMD A4 and A6 processors. Additionally, the company now offers both laptops with up to 1 TB of storage.

 

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The companies desktops did not change much aesthetically but as far as internals go there have been some pretty significant updates. The SX and DX desktops now feature Intel's fourth-generation Core, or "Haswell" processors, or AMD's A Series of APUs. Furthermore the company released a new version of its all-in-one One ZX desktop that features a 3GHz Pentium processor and a 21.5-inch LCD.

 

The new 15.6-inch NE will be sold at a pricing point of $380 while the 17.3-inch model will retail for $450. The entry-level DX desktop will run $289 while the smaller SX starts at $398, and the all-in-one will lighten your wallet by $530. The company also introduced a new KX Series of desktop displays that start at $99 for a 19.5-inch screen.

Ubuntu unveils new 'Edge' smartphone, looks to crowdfunding to finance the manufacturing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 2:09 am

Amidst a massive security breach, Canonical today unveiled plans to build a ultra high-end smartphone that would run both its own Ubuntu Mobile OS as well as the latest version of Android. Unfortunately manufacturing a smartphone in any quantity is quite the financial undertaking and not one that Canonical appears to be fully ready to tackle itself. The company has turned to the crowdfunding website Indiegogo to offer its supporters an easy way to preorder their phone.

 

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So how much does it cost to produce 40,000 units of a new smartphone? Apparently $32 million will just about do the job. The company launched its Indiegogo campaign today, and will run for the next 30 days. Supporters can land an Unbuntu Edge of their own for $600 today only and tomorrow the cost of entry will rise to $830. There are also 50 "One of a Kind" numbered edition Ubuntu Edge phones being offered but they will cost you $10,000 a pop.

 

 

Additionally, an enterprise bundle of 100 phones is being offered for the low price of $80,000. Those who funded this level will receive additional access to best-practice workshops as well as 30 days of online support to help IT managers integrate Ubuntu for Android into the workplace. Also for those who wish you just donate a little to the project there is a $20 funding option which will land you your name on the founders page.

Ubuntu user forums hacked, 1.8 million user credentials stolen

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 1:34 am

Over the weekend, the Ubuntu forums went down after a massive security breach resulted in over 1.8 million user credentials being stolen. Canonical made a decision to put the forums in maintenance mode in an attempt to ward off any further attacks. The company says that the attackers managed to get away with every user's local username, password, and email address that was stored in the Ubuntu forum's database.

 

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The company says in the passwords were stored as salted hashes instead of plaintext, but they still recommend that you change any and all passwords that were used on other services such as email, Facebook, or other forum accounts in which you might have use the same password. Canonical says that Ubuntu One, Launchpad, and other related services were not affected by the breach and users of those services need not worry.

AT&T is set to introduce 300MB and 2GB shared data plans on July 26

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 1:05 am

Today, AT&T announced that it will be launching two new Mobile Share plans later this week on July 26. The new plans are designed to make data access more affordable for customers who might not need a high allotment of bandwidth. For just $20 a month, users with feature phones can have 300MB of data which will allow them to check their email and perform other less data-intensive actions on their handset.

 

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A new 2GB plan was also introduced that is expected to fill the gap for users who use more than 1 GB of data per month. This plan will run smartphone users $50 plus the additional $45 for unlimited talk and text. AT&T says that their mobile share plans make it easy for customers to manage their data, voice minutes, and texting without needing to keep track of multiple plans.

 

"Our customers are living mobile lives, and our new Mobile Share plans give them even more options to design a plan that meets their unique needs," said Mark Collins, senior vice president voice and data products, AT&T Mobility. "Now, even more customers are able to enjoy the full benefits of their device, on the nation's fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network, at a great value."

New reports suggest that Google now accounts from 25% of all North American Internet traffic

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 12:37 am

As far as Internet-based corporations go, Google is about as big as they get, and rightfully so as the company offers up so many useful tools that many of us use in our daily lives. Today, we learned just how big Google actually is; a new report from Deepfield that was recently released says that based on the numbers Google represents 25 percent of all North American Internet traffic. This means that it is bigger than Facebook, Netflix, and Instagram combined in terms of bandwidth served.

 

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"What's really interesting is, over just the past year, how pervasive Google has become, not just in Google data centers, but throughout the North American internet," says Craig Labovitz, founder of Deepfield, the monitoring company that did the study. Just three years ago, traffic to Google only accounted for about 6 percent of all Internet traffic.

 

Over the past year, Google has had to add tens of thousands of servers to its ranks to handle this massive growth and has built data centers on four continents within the last few years. Google has even gone as far as adding thousands of servers to ISPs around the world, called Google Global Cache Servers, that store the most popular content from Google's network such as a YouTube video that might be going viral, popular apps on the Google Play Store, or even a trending topic on Google+. These allow this content to be served to you faster than it would if it was all stored in a central location.

New report suggests that Apple is testing larger iPad and iPhone designs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 11:57 pm

Earlier this morning, the Wall Street Journal posted a report that claims that Apple is testing a large format iPad as well as an iPhone with a much larger screen. The Journal cited officials that work with Apple's Asian suppliers. The report went on to say that the larger iPad would feature a screen that is slightly less than 13 inches. Supposedly an iPhone with a screen larger than 4 inches is also in the works.

 

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As always, these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt as talks of a larger iPad and iPhone have been popping up ever since both products were released. It seems like every month we hear a new rumor about a new mystery iPad or iPhone that features a super large-screen. The report went on to say that Apple has already entered into mass production of a new iPad that sports the same 9.7-inch screen as the current model, but is much thinner and lighter.

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