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Yahoo could buy Hulu for as much as $800 million, could a Tumblr and Hulu rally save the once great search giant?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 27, 2013 2:04 pm

With its recent acquisition of Tumblr still cooling down, Yahoo is looking at making another major purchase. The once giant of internet search is reportedly looking to pick up the streaming service Hulu for an astounding $600-$800 million.

 

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The reports come from All Things D which has a record of about 99.9% when it comes to Yahoo rumors. Their report states that Yahoo's bid would change depending on licensing deals and the amount of control the current owners would like to maintain over their programming.

 

DirecTV and Time Warner Cable are also looking to pick up Hulu, but again, their bid for the service would depend on what ABC, Fox and Comcast wish to do with the current content they feature on the service. With many industry analysts still of the mindset that Yahoo is a sinking ship, it leaves one to wonder if these high profile acquisitions will be the salvation or damnation of the company.

G.Skill will debut new gaming headsets at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 27, 2013 1:17 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - This morning G.Skill announced that they will be unveiling a new line of PC gaming peripherals at Computex next week in Taipei. The first product in the new line will be a series of newly engineered gaming headsets.

 

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In a press release, G.Skill made the following statement:

 

G.SKILL will be debuting gaming headsets with various industry-first features; it is built to provide gamers with enhanced competitiveness and unique gaming experiences. Along with G.SKILL's persistence on creating products of the highest quality and cutting-edge designs, the new headsets are set to satisfy all kinds of gaming needs.

Google wants to deliver Internet to emerging countries with 'wireless balloons'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 27, 2013 9:23 am

Google could provide Internet access to "emerging markets" like Africa and Asia, not by using the usual cables, but by balloons. Google would use "high-altitude platforms" in order to blast a wireless signal across a gigantic area which would span hundreds of square miles.

 

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These aren't just normal Wi-Fi routers sitting in balloons, but they would use frequencies different than those used for usual television broadcasts, which is an area that Google would need governmental approval before they could take to the skies. Why would Google do this for emerging markets? Well, they do have countless services that they could provide to hundreds of millions of customers, and with half of the world's population without Internet access, this could be a large, untapped gold mine for the Mountain View-based giant.

Apple's upcoming iOS 7 to be 'black, white and flat all over'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 27, 2013 8:35 am

According to some anonymous sources of 9to5Mac, iOS 7 is going to be the biggest change to Apple's mobile OS yet, where we should expect it to be: a flattened, minimalistic, anti-skeuomorphic UI poured uniformly atop its next-gen mobile OS.

 

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Jony Ive is the man responsible for this big change, with his design chops resulting in what we have with the iPhone, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMacs and MacBooks. Both Ive and Jobs were very close, where Jobs' biographer, Walter Isaacson labeling the two men as "soul mates". There have been teases of iOS 7 in the past, but we haven't heard about the black and white aspect of it yet, which would be a huge jump.

 

9to5Mac's sources claim that iOS 7's home screen icons will ditch their shadows and gloss, replacing it with flatness. The icons to Game Center and Note will lose their older-themed look (such as green felt, leather-like trim, etc) and in replacement, we'll have solid color and style. We shouldn't have to wait long for iOS 7, which should be unveiled at WWDC.

Apple removes the download option from Quicktime trailers website

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 27, 2013 7:33 am

Most of the must-see movie trailers reach Apple's trailers.apple.com website first, but it looks like Apple have very quietly removed both the 1080p trailer availability, and the download option. Before this, Apple let you stream and download trailers in varying resolutions.

 

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You could watch it in 480p or 720p, and download it in 480p, 720p, 1080p and iPod/iPhone quality. Trailers uploaded to the website after May 22 (or so) will no longer include the download ability, and can only be streamed in-browser at the low res of just 480p or 720p. It's not known why Apple are doing this, especially when they have their Retina-based MacBook Pros, that can now just stream 720p video from their own website.

Lenovo plans to be selling smartphones in the US within a year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 27, 2013 6:28 am

Lenovo is a company that haven't branched out as much as they'd have wished for, but this is set to change, especially for the United States market. Lenovo CEO, Yang Yuanqing, has said that he wants to be selling Lenovo smartphones in the US within a year.

 

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Yuanqing told the Wall Street Journal that he wants their phones in the US as soon as possible, but he knows that the US market is extremely competitive. Lenovo will be fighting the big boys such as Samsung, Apple and more in the US.

Sky TV app hacked by Syrian Electronic Army, Sky advises users to remove the app from their devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 27, 2013 5:35 am

Sky have had their mobile apps reportedly hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, with Sky now advising all users to remove their apps from devices. Sky TV have said that their Android applications have been hacked, and have now been removed from the Google Play Store.

 

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You can see from the above image that the description for the Sky Go app says "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here". Twitter has been a source of information as usual, with the Sky Help Team stating: "UPDATE: All Sky's Android apps were hacked and replaced... please uninstall it, And we will let you know when it will be available".

 

So if you're running a Sky TV app, you might want to remove it from your device completely and only reinstall once Sky have given the all-clear.

OPPO set to launch their Find 5 smartphone in Europe next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 27, 2013 4:25 am

OPPO's Find 5 smartphone will arrive in Europe next week, on May 27 at the OPPO Style Europe store as the store launches on the same day. Pricing begins at 399 euros, or 341 pounds and includes free shipping anywhere in Europe.

 

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The OPPO Find 5 might not be the Galaxy S4 or the Nexus 4, but it is a very interesting smartphone with some great specs: Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked in at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. There's a beautiful 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel display, 13-megapixel rear camera and 2,500mAh non-removable battery. Software wise, we have a heavily customized version of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean swinging along underneath.

US entertainment industry wants Congress to give them permission to install rootkits, spyware, ransomware and trojans to consumers' PCs to 'attack pirates'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 27, 2013 3:29 am

If you want to read an 84-page report from the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, then check it out here. There's something that is quite shocking in this report, which is the proposal to legalize the use of malware for the goal of punishing people believed to be copying illegally.

 

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The 84-page report also proposes that software would be installed into the systems of people that would somehow (feel free to tell us) tell if you were a pirate, and if it found out that you were, lock your system up and take your files hostage until you call the police and confess your crimes. This is actually used right now by shifty people online, when they deploy ransomware.

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Win a copy of Wreck-It Ralph on Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 27, 2013 2:35 am

Thanks to Disney Home Entertainment Australia, we have two copies of Disney's 2012 computer generated blockbuster Wreck It Ralph on Blu-ray to give away. We took a look at the Blu-ray release a few weeks ago, and were certainly impressed with what we saw.

 

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Set inside the world of arcade games, Ralph (John C. Reilly) the adversary of the arcade hit 'Fix It Felix Jr', has become tired of playing the token bad guy role and decides to jump from the confined world of 'Fix It Felix' to the FPS 'Hero's Duty', while obtains the accolades he's been longing for. Unfortunately for the game world, the consequences of having done so may mean the obliteration of every game in the arcade, and everyone that inhabit them.

 

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To go into the running to win a copy of the Blu-ray, correctly answer the following question:

 

What is the name the candy infused racing game that character Vanellope von Schweetz races in?

 

Send your answers to my e-mail address, ben@tweaktown.com. The competition is open to the world with TweakTown covering shipping charges, even if you live in a remote cave somewhere and will close on Wednesday 29 May.

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