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Sony's PlayStation blog releases Gran Turismo 6 pre-order details

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 5:28 pm

Sony has announced pre-order details for the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 on it's PlayStation blog this morning. The company is offering a unique car pack with four cars to all who pre-order the game and has detailed out some pretty sweet exclusive pre-order packs from GameStop and Amazon.com.

 

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Up first, GameStop is offering not only the four cars pictured above, but for $59.99 gamers can pre-order the exclusive GT6 15th Anniversary Edition and get an additional 16 exclusive cars with exclusive paint jobs, race suits, helmets, and a PSN Avatar. Also included is a free copy of the Beyond the Apex II app. Other features are said to be included but will not be disclosed until closer to launch. Check out the awesome list of exclusive cars that come with the GameStop pre-order below.

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LeakedTT: Leaks abound of a new Sony Xperia Z ahead of tomorrow's launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 4:56 pm

We'll learn everything there is to know about the new Sony Xperia Z Ultra, as well as the new Sony SmartWatch, the Xperia C, and a new version of the Xperia SP, in less than 24 hours when Sony holds its event at the Mobile Asia Expo. Until then, we will have to settle on a couple of leaks that have popped up around the web this morning.

 

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A new Xperia Z model has shown up that features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor instead of the previously seen Snapdragon S4. The leak comes courtesy of serial Russian smartphone leaker Eldar Murtazin via his Twitter account. Murtazin says that the upgraded Xperia Z is "really fast," and that the screen appears to be an upgraded LCD3-type, similar to the one featured on the HTC One.

 

This new version is being dubbed the Xperia Z Ultra and appears to come in white. A metal chassis also appears to be present and the screen seems to be pencil friendly. This would bolster rumors that the screen does not need a digitizer much like the Galaxy S4 from Samsung.

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Valve hints that Steam could kick off its Summer Sale in just two days

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 3:51 pm

Earlier this year, Valve announced a new rewards system that awards you virtual trading cards based on the games you play, with additional cards being obtained through trading with friends. That service is set to launch just two days from now on the 26th and the company has just teased that "an event we think everyone can be excited about," will also begin on the 26th.

 

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Chances are that this "event" will be the highly anticipated Steam Summer Sale, which begins every year around this time. In the event that you are new to PC gaming, the Steam Summer Sale is a week's long sale in which Steam puts top titles on sale for as much as 70% off with different games being added every day.

 

While almost everyone looks forward to the Summer Sale, I usually get pretty nervous when it arrives. Last year I bought a total of 13 games and spent roughly $100 total. Of those 13 games I think I have installed and played maybe 6, and with so many great titles out right now, I am sure I will buy many more this year.

Apple's Siri to actually pronounce your name correctly in iOS 7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 3:01 pm

As an Android fanboy, when Apple first launched Siri, I will admit that I was a little jealous. Publicly, I stuck to the "Android has had voice search well before Apple" line whenever someone would show off Siri to me. While I secretly thought that Siri was cool, I did chuckle everytime the app got someone's name wrong, and I know several friends of mine actually stopped using it all together because of this bug.

 

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9to5Mac is reporting that the name pronunciation issues have for the most part went away with iOS 7 and that Siri now has the ability to offer up several different pronunciations of a given name in hopes that one will be correct. All you need to do is say, "that's not how you pronounce [say name here]" and Siri will say your name in a different pronunciation.

 

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RumorTT: HTC One could see a Windows Phone 8 refresh later this year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 2:10 pm

Windows Phone 8 fans could be getting what could amount to the holy grail of Windows Phones later this year if rumors are correct about HTCs upcoming plans. The Korean electronics giant is said to be preparing a Windows Phone 8 variant of its flagship One smartphone.

 

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Citing undisclosed sources, Neowin is reporting that the phone, while not a true HTC One, will feature the same styling cues, aluminum frame and will feature a display in the 4-inch to 5-inch range. Beats audio will also be present alongside the company's UlrtaPixel camera technology.

 

This would make the third Windows phone from HTC within the last year with the 8X and 8S being launched during 2012. Industry analyst are expecting the phone to launch sometime this fall with an actual release date of mid December. No rumors on pricing have been released yet, but we expect it to be similar to the price of the Android HTC One.

Solar panels will be much cheaper by 2017, would cost around 36c per watt

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 1:24 pm

It looks like adoption rates of solar power are about to get much better, with the cost of photovoltaic solar panels expected to drop to around 36c per watt by 2017, according to new research by cleantech market research firm, GTM Research.

 

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Solar panels are currently backed up by natural gas and other types of power plants on the electricity grid... but with solar panels costing just $0.36 per watt, this would make it a good idea to install many more solar panels to back each other up instead of relying on another, older, Earth- and human-harming way of generating power.

 

At 36c per watt, 1000W of solar power is only going to cost you $360. With these costs arriving by 2017, we're not far from a far brighter (pun intended) future. Read more on this at the source.

China Mobile closes registrations for their Skype competitor 'Jego'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 12:24 pm

Less than a month after China Mobile launched their Skype competitor, Jego, they've shut down registrations to it. China Mobile International, who is a global-focused China Mobile subsidiary, announced the closure of new account registrations for Jego.

 

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They've also disabled Jego-to-Jego video and voice calls for customers who registered with a mainland China number and are located in mainland China. The company have posted up a message to the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store stating that new registrations for Jego have been suspended so that they can do "optimization" to the product and system, and will inform users of any changes.

 

Why the closure? Well, it could be because China Mobile have disabled Jego's new registrations because the service begun from its overseas subsidiary and not the mainland China company itself. This may have caused problems with regulations and the Chinese government on Internet-based telephone services in China.

Machinima is going after a 'mega-round' of financing, who is going to pull out their credit card?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 11:30 am

For those not aware of who Machinima are, you might want to take a look - they feature more than two billion (that's with a B) YouTube views per month, and are one of the Internet's biggest entities on YouTube.

 

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This is obviously worth a lot of money, but just how much? Well, the people behind the company are looking for a "mega-round" of financing. In 2012, Machinima executives raised $35 million in a financing round led by Google, and this time, they are looking for more than that, much more in fact. The money they hope to raise will help the company setup more advanced content ambitions.

 

At the moment, Machinima rely on clips contributed by YouTubers, but they want to spend more money licensing original shows like the big boys do. Also, instead of just running their new shows on YouTube for free, Machinima want to work out a way where they can create a subscription-based model like Netflix, or Hulu.

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Apple's $100 million in-app purchase settlement goes live, parents of kids who created huge bills to be compensated

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 10:25 am

If you are one of the parents of kids who created huge bills from in-app purchases within iTunes apps, you can now seek compensation for your bills.

 

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Apple have sent out the "Apple In-App Purchase Litigation Administrator" through e-mail, which includes information on the settlement and deadlines for submitting payment requests. For those with charges under $30, you'll receive a whopping $5 in an iTunes gift card. Cash refunds will be handed out to those who had bills exceeding $30.

RumorTT: Facebook working on a Flipboard-style mobile reading application

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 9:23 am

I was a big Flipboard fan, that was however, until I found Feedly. But, it looks like Facebook are working on a new dedicated story browser which is going by the codename or "Reader", according to the Wall Street Journal.

 

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There aren't many details on Reader just yet, but it is reportedly important enough that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is closely involved. The social network aren't talking about their plans, but there is more truth to this rumor than usual as the social network recently added hashtag support as a "first step" toward helping users track topics.

 

This would make sense, if in the near future they do release a mobile reading app, hashtags are a perfect way to let users track important and current topics.

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