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Apple aware of new MacBook Air Wi-Fi problems, tells GeniusBar employees to capture them

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 2:01 am

It would appear that Apple is attempting to independently verify and solve Wi-Fi issues that have been reported to be occurring on the latest MacBook Air released a few weeks ago. Apple has instructed Geniuses and AppleCare Advisors to capture affected MacBook Air models so Apple can research the issue further.

 

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We're still hoping that it is a simple software issue rather than a hardware issue. However, by Apple getting affected units, Apple will hopefully reach the solution sooner rather than later. AppleCare has replaced captured units and even tossed in complementary USB-to-Ethernet adapters so that the Airs can connect without Wi-Fi.

 

While only a temporary solution, it at least shows that Apple is willing to take care of its customers when faced with another potential antennagate.

Telstra won't be offering 50Mbps NBN plans, will offer 25Mbps and 100Mbps, though

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 1:50 am

While I sit here on my 8Mbit/384Kbit connection, hating it, Telstra have decided to announce they won't be offering a 50Mbps NBN service. Instead, the leading Australian telco will be offering 12/1Mbps speeds, with upgrade options of 25Mbit and 100Mbps.

 

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Telstra will also be offering just two quota amounts for their plans, 25GB and 500GB - which seems extreme. Nothing in between is a strange move, usually they move with quotas like 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and so forth, but here, we're going from 25GB right up to 500GB. Telstra were asked if they would provide an option between 25GB and 500GB, but there's no confirmation on whether we should expect that.

 

Telstra's Executive Director of Service Delivery, Phill Sporton, told a live blog that they are still in the "early days" of NBN plan discussion. He adds: "We have developed a set of plans based on customer input. However, we are always interested in feedback from our customers and I expect we may develop more plans as we get more experience on what our customers want from NBN."

Western Digital acquires SSD heavyweight sTec for $340 million

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 1:32 am

Western Digital, a company known for their magnetic hard drives, has signed a deal to acquire sTec, a company known for their solid state drives. Specifically, Western Digital has announced that HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital, will make the acquisition for $340 million, allowing Western Digital to enter into the solid state market.

 

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Solid state storage in the enterprise will play an increasingly strategic role in the future of Western Digital. This acquisition is one more building block in our strategy to capitalize on the dramatic changes within the storage industry by investing in SSDs and other high-growth storage products.

 

The deal is expected to close in the third or fourth quarter of 2013, allowing Western Digital to hopefully enter the solid state market with the new technology sometime in 2014. Western Digital wants to add SSDs to its enterprise line-up at a time when big companies are ready to start implementing the technology.

Snapchat raises $60M in funding, valued at a massive $800M

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 1:01 am

Snapchat seems to be doing very well for itself. It has experienced massive growth and is a major player in the mobile app market, despite Facebook's attempt to kill the app with Poke. The app boats 200 million "snaps" daily, meaning it's pushing quite a bit of data. For right now, the app doesn't seem to have a way to make money, so seed funding is important.

 

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The company has confirmed that it raised $60 million in funding and saw itself garner an $800 million pre-money valuation. If you'll recall, Facebook bought Instagram for not much more than that. The company has raised a total of around $75 million since it debuted back in September 2011.

 

In order to continue scaling while developing the Snapchat experience, we needed to build a bigger engineering team and figure out how to pay our server bills. Long story short -- we're committed to building a big company around an innovative and fun product.

iPhone5mod claims to have 'permanently' cracked Apple's Lightning authentication

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 12:37 am

With Apple's new Lightning connector, the company introduced a new authentication chip that would hopefully help prevent unauthorized accessories. iPhone5mod is now claiming to have "permanently" cracked said authentication chip, allowing them to produce accessories that won't pop up warnings.

 

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Without the authentication chip, unauthorized accessories cause warnings to pop up on the user's device. These warnings warn that the accessory is not a certified device. The firm now has three Lightning cables and two iPhone 5 docks. These devices are also compatible with the new iOS 7 operating system.

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RumorTT: Sony readying new PS3 models, files for certification for two new models

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 25, 2013 12:03 am

Sony appears to be readying two new PS3 models, though the degree to which they have been changed isn't clear. Sony has filed for certification for two new PS3 models in South Korea. New models have also been seen on a webpage for Japan's Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, indicating that they could be releasing region-specific models for Japan and South Korea.

 

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The models, "CECH-4200" and "CECH-4205", are likely just small hardware changes rather than a major overhaul. Based upon the model number, it's suspected that they are of the Super Slim PS3 variety with updated CPUs using a smaller lithography or some other small update.

 

We've seen no new model numbers for the US, though it's possible they are coming. We'll keep our eyes out for any additional references to these, or new, model numbers.

ReportTT: Samsung to start mass-producing GALAXY Note III in August

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 11:30 pm

Samsung's upcoming GALAXY Note III is said to be starting mass-production in August. A report by ETNews says that the new Note III will enter into production this August so as to be ready for a launch sometime this fall, just in time for the holiday season shopping sprees.

 

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Rumors say that the GALAXY Note III will feature a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a full HD 6-inch Super AMOLED display, a 13-megapixel camera, Android 4.2.2, and better S-Pen support. @evleaks suggests that the Note III will feature a 5.7-inch display, rather than the rumored 6-inch display.

Imgur finally gets a mobile app on Android, iOS version coming

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 11:03 pm

Imgur has finally joined the mobile revolution by creating its first app. The Imgur app is available on Android and will make it easier for Imgur users to browse the site, upload new pictures, and share or comment on existing photos. A native app will be much better than a mobile site or third-party app.

 

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Imgur is often used in conjunction with Reddit. The mobile app offers all of the same features and a very similar experience as the main website. "We wanted the app to work just like the main site. We've been working on this six months and collecting feedback," said Imgur founder and CEO Alan Schaaf.

 

Imgur also has an iPhone app in the works, though Apple has rejected the app on multiple occasions. The first time was for DMCA issues, however, Imgur noted they are DMCA compliant. Apple then rejected the app on the grounds that it was too easy to find adult content. Imgur has made it more difficult to find such content in hopes that this will get the app accepted.

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Acer Iconia W3 8.1-inch Windows 8 tablet now available in the US

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 10:31 pm

Acer's 8.1-inch Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet is officially available in the United States from Office Depot and Staples. This smaller tablet provides the full Windows 8 experience via its dual-core 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 processor. While not one of the fastest x86 processors, the Atom Z2760 sips power, allowing for up to eight hours of battery life.

 

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It weighs in at just over a pound and measures in at under one-half-inch thick. It's screen is capable of 1,280x800 pixels, which is good enough for 720p video. Acer is also including the full Office suite for free with the tablet, adding some value to an already well-priced machine.

 

It features a front-facing and rear-facing camera, both of which are 2-megapixel snappers. For wireless connectivity, Acer has included Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n wireless. The 32GB version is available from Office Depot for $349, though a 64GB version should be available sometime in the future.

Samsung said to be ending desktop PC production, wants to focus on portable devices

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 10:03 pm

Samsung is reportedly intensifying its focus on mobile devices by ending desktop PC production. According to the Korea Times, a Samsung executive was quoted as saying that desktops will not be produced any longer so that the company can focus on portable devices, something Samsung has been exceptionally strong at.

 

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"Tablets, all-in-one and hybrid PCs are Samsung's current focus. Samsung is speeding up its restructuring of its PC business via product realignment toward profitable variants," the executive is quoted as saying. This makes good sense as the desktop PC market continues to shrink quarter-over-quarter.

 

Samsung apparently believes there is still a market for the all-in-one desktop variety machine, though this could also be shrinking in the coming years as devices continue to get smaller, faster, and better. We'll keep our eye on Samsung's PC division and let you know of any changes to this course.

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