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Sprint Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G to get Jelly Bean updates today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 5:28 am

Yesterday we heard rumors that Sprint would be pushing out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G, where today this news has been confirmed. The updates should already be hitting handsets, or will any minute now.

 

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Jelly Bean updates will provide a bunch of new features such as Google Now, which is a Siri-like assistant, an improved notification and voice search system, offline dictation, and more. One of the better features of Jelly Bean is 'Project Butter', which makes the entire OS' UI move at 60fps.

 

I've been using Jelly Bean for only two days now on my recently-acquired Nexus 7, and it truly is beautiful. If you're a Sprint-based Galaxy Nexus, or Nexus S 4G owner, keep checking your phone for that JB update!

LG's 84-inch, 4K-capable TV, the 84LM9600 hits US retailers next month for $19,999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:33 am

LG unveiled their 84-inch 4K TV just under two weeks ago now, where we were teased of its behemoth size, and resolution to match: 3840x2160, or 4K.

 

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LG have said that the first units will start shipping out this month, and there'll only be a handful available through the normal high-end sources sometime next month. LG's 84LM9600 is of course a Smart TV, featuring WiDi, a dual-core L9 processor, 2.2-channel speakers, Magic Remote and LG's passive glasses Cinema 3D technology.

 

As you're probably aware, there isn't much 4K content available, so LG have been displaying the set with normal 1080p content in order to showcase the company's "Resolution Upscaler Plus" capabilities. Engadget reports that they've seen the 4K set running 1080p content and it was "sharp and clear". LG will find competition in Sony's 84-inch 4K-capable TV.

Amazon also unveils lower-end Kindle Paperwhite, revamped Fire's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 3:24 am

Amazon didn't just keep their high-end fans happy today with the announcement of the Kindle Fire HD range of tablets, or the 4G LTE-powered version, but the retail giant also announced some new lower-end tablets, too.

 

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First up we have the revamped budget fourth-generation Kindle, which is priced at just $69. The revamped Kindle is the company's best-seller, and is now $10 cheaper, while sporting new fonts, crisper text, and 15% faster page turns. This model should ship next Friday, September 14.

 

Next up we have the new backlit Kindle Paperwhite, which will be priced at $119 for the Wi-Fi-only model, and $179 for the 3G-capable model. Amazon is proud to announce the Paperwhite sports patented technology that distributes light evenly across the Paperwhite's entire surface, just like ambient light. The Kindle Paperwhite measures in at just 9.1mm thick, weighs 7.5 ounces and sports an insane 8-week battery life. Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite will ship on October 1.

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Amazon unveils Kindle Fire HD, sports 4G LTE, includes 250MB of data per month for $50 per year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 3:03 am

Amazon announced their new Kindle Fire HD range of tablets earlier, where we reported on the 7- and 8.9-inch variants. There was a higher-end model unveiled also, which finds itself known as the Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE.

 

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4G LTE connectivity is something new for Amazon, and they've partnered up with US telco, AT&T using their 4G LTE network. It's the same as the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 model, but with the joy of having 4G LTE connectivity, and a $499 price tag. This means you're coughing up $200 more for 4G.

 

But, for $50 per year, you'll get 250MB per month from AT&T, which is definitely not a kick in the pants by any means. The Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE is available for pre-order today, and ships on November 20 with its siblings.

Amazon unveil 7- and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets, starts at $199

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 2:23 am

Amazon have unveiled two new tablets in the last couple of hours, dubbed the Kindle Fire HD. There'll be two sizes available, 7- and 8.9-inch. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD will sport a 1920x1200 display with 254ppi.

 

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It measures in at 8.8mm thickness, and weighs 20 ounces, the screen is also said to feature a polarizing feature that should reduce glare on the screen for those heavy Fifty Shades of Grey reading sessions. Inside the Fire HD 8.9, we're looking at a TI OMAP 4470 processor, dual speakers, front-facing HD camera and HDMI out.

 

Amazon is happy to brag that the Fire HD 8.9 is the first tablet to sport dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi technology, which the company says makes the slate's Wi-Fi 41% faster than the new iPad from Apple. The 16GB model Fire HD 8.9 will set you back $299, and will begin shipping on November 20.

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RumorTT: Twitter for Mac is done, will receive no more updates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 1:08 am

A tweet from MG Siegler has started the rumor mill flying tonight with news that Twitter is set to discontinue development for their Twitter for Mac app, but it will still be available to users:

 

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Word is that Twitter made the call today: Twitter for Mac is done. They won't kill it outright, but no further updates. Goodbye, old friend.

 

Twitter for Mac started out after Twitter purchased Tweetie and turned its Mac client into the official Twitter for Mac app. One of the biggest complaints fans of the app made was that Twitter didn't bake in support for the Retina-powered MacBook Pro.

Xbox 360 top selling console for 20 months straight, sells 193,000 in August alone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 1:05 am

For the twentieth month in a row, the Xbox is the top selling console. With sales numbers at 193,000 for August alone, it's easy to see why. But how can it still be selling in that large of quantities when it's as old as it is? Well, there's several reasons for that, but it's important to note that a major factor is Microsoft hasn't provided a replacement.

 

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And why should they? With sales numbers like this, they're finally making back the money they lost at the beginning of production. The Kinect was a key point in helping sell the console as it gave a sales boost and expanded the range of games that could be offered to consumers. Importantly, the Kinect allowed family games to be created and sold.

 

Microsoft has also turned the Xbox platform into a living room entertainment center, which has expanded its uses beyond just a gaming platform, similar to how the PS3 added a Blu-ray drive. It's widely believed the next Xbox will be announced sometime next year, though Microsoft has been silent on the topic.

Micron, SanDisk shares jump on warning of NAND chip shortage

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:34 am

OCZ lowered their forecast for second quarter earnings due to a shortage of NAND chips that it uses in the production of its solid state drives. This was seen as a good thing on Wall Street and both Micron's and SanDisk's shares jumped. This is because a shortage in NAND chips would stop the sliding price of flash memory that has been dropping lower in recent days due to overproduction.

 

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Micron increased by 5.97 percent to $6.55 and SanDisk managed an 8.0 percent increase to $43.85. "Supply and demand is coming into balance with the cuts and the industry rationalizing its capacity," said Kevin Cassidy, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus. Supply had previously been increased to meet the demand for Apple's iPad and other devices.

 

Decreased sales had created an overabundance of NAND chips which lead to decreased prices. Toshiba announced back in July that they would be decreasing their output by 30 percent in order to help stabilize prices. Citi analyst Glen Yeung said that the effects have yet to be fully felt across the industry.

20 million Samsung Galaxy S III phones sold in just 100 days

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:09 am

The Samsung Galaxy S III is probably the hottest phone right now and is likely to remain that way until Apple releases their next iPhone. It's so hot that Samsung has managed to sell 20 million phones in just 100 days. This rate makes the Galaxy S III Samsung's fastest selling phone ever.

 

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However, this could all quickly change. Currently, Apple are seeking a sales ban on the device, which could wipe away all sales as soon as the court ordered. Notwithstanding is the rumor that the iPhone 5 is just 6 days away from launch, and if this proves true, Galaxy S III sales are likely to fall and iPhone sales are predicted to explode.

 

One analyst has predicted that the iPhone 5 could sell 10 million units in one week. Furthermore, if the iPhone 5 sells anywhere near as well as the iPhone 4S, then the iPhone 5 will easily outsell Samsung's fastest selling phone on record. But, as long as the Galaxy S III keeps selling at these numbers, Samsung will be happy.

Bing challenging Google to 'Bing it on,' says users prefer Bing search results 2:1

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:44 pm

Microsoft has been pushing Internet Explorer and Bing more and more lately, and this new "Bing it on" challenge is the latest example of Microsoft pushing their search engine, Bing. While they actually hired an independent research firm to do the study comparing the two (they came up with the 2:1 result), Microsoft is just pushing the result with this new campaign.

 

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It's designed to be fun, easy, and surprising. All you have to do is go to BingItOn.com and run through five queries of your choosing and select the search results you prefer. At the end of the five votes, the site will show you the "score card" of how you voted, either for Google or Bing's results.

 

Additionally, "to get the word out," Microsoft has launched a TV campaign that will feature someone running the "Bing it on" challenge on the ground. More often than not, the person picks Bing's results and is very surprised when they tell the person that. Microsoft will also be promoting the "Bing it on" challenge in Microsoft stores.

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