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Verizon turns free LTE data back on for Chromebook Pixel owners

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 11:00 am

A number of Chromebook Pixel owners were very angry when the free data that came with their Pixel notebooks was turned off only a year into the two free years promised. Google had nothing to do with the data being turned off; Verizon is the one that made that decision.

 

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Google said earlier this week that it would hand out $150 gift cards in an effort to appease angry customers who were already talking about a suit in some cases. Verizon has now announced that it will be turning the free data back on.

 

Verizon was to provide two years of free data with Chromebook Pixel owners getting 100MB monthly at no cost. It's unclear if angry customers are the reason Verizon is turning the data back on or if the data plan ended early by accident. Verizon said in a statement over e-mail: "We understand that a very small number of Chromebook Pixel customers may have had a promo end prematurely. We apologize for this, and will work with these customers to address the situation".

GM to stop selling Cruze while airbags are investigated

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 10:21 am

GM has been besieged with issues and recalls on its cars this year with many of the big recalls having to do with faulty ignition switches. GM is now facing a big issue with the airbags it uses to protect people inside some of its cars.

 

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The automaker has reportedly told dealers in the US to stop selling the 2013 and 2014 Chevy Cruze due to a potential defect in the airbag. Airbags in these vehicles could have been assembled with a problematic airbag inflation module that may use an incorrect part in the assembly.

 

GM doesn't build the airbags used in these cars; they were sourced from a third party. GM and the third party are working together to identify the cars facing the issue and then the Cruze cars can go back on sale after problem cars are fixed. The Cruze is Chevy's second bestselling car right behind the Silverado truck.

The 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 should offer 128GB of storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 8:34 am

We just reported about the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 launching in both 32GB and 64GB variants in September, but if you're after 128GB of on-board flash storage, you'll need to upgrade to the bigger 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6.

 

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Chinese site Wei Feng is reporting that the 128GB variant will only be baked onto the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6. This is going to be the big point between the two new iPhone 6 models, with the 4.7-inch model coming with a smaller screen and smaller on-board storage options, but for those who have a requirement of everything bigger, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will have an option of 128GB.

 

We should expect Apple to launch the new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in a few months time.

Apple rumored to launch the 4.7-inch 32GB iPhone 6 for around $1000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 7:12 am

It looks like we should expect Apple to launch the 4.7-inch version of its next-gen iPhone on September 19, according to a new report from Tencent, who has "inside sources" on the new iPhone 6. This is backed by German carrier Deutsche Telekom, which has been reporting a similar release date for the new iPhone.

 

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The new iPhone 6 will reportedly launch in two sizes: 32GB and 64GB, priced at a massive $846 and $1008. Remember folks, this is for the 4.7-inch version, not the 5.5-inch version that is rumored to tackle the bigger side of the market. The new iPhone 6 should land with Apple's updated, faster A8 processor, a thinner design, and the obviously bigger screen with a higher pixel count.

Google Cardboard, turns your Android phone into a VR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 6:33 am

Google I/O 2014 - Google unveiled a super cheap way of allowing Android smartphone owners to enjoy the world of VR, by showing off a new DIY cardboard viewer, dubbed Google Cardboard.

 

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Along with the Cardboard app, you can watch YouTube content, walk through Google Street View, or use Google Earth, as well as other interactive demos, all in the VR world with the piece of cardboard. The kit comes with cardboard, velcro, magnets and lenses (with NFC tags being optional). Brent Rose of Gizmodo tried it out, and was quite impressed with what Google could do with a simple piece of cardboard and an application.

 

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Rose said: "I was using a Nexus 5 which is 1080p, but it's split between your two eyes, so it's definitely not quite retina. It's certainly on-par with the first version of the Oculus Rift, though. As phone become higher resolution (like the 2560x1440 LG G3 this will just look better and better".

Minecraft nearing 54 million sales, is selling better on consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 5:27 am

Back in February we reported that over 14 million copies of Minecraft had been sold on PC, but hten the console versions arrived and now the indie sandbox game has well and truly exploded in sales - selling nearly 54 million copies.

 

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Minecraft is available on a slew of platforms, including Android, iOS, PS3, Mac, Windows PC and Xbox 360. But, what is more interesting is that if you combine all of the console editions together, they have sold more copies combined than the PC version. The game will be reaching the PS4 and Xbox One in August.

Kim Jong-un says James Franco, Seth Rogen film is 'act of war'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 4:38 am

Kim Jong Un and the North Korean government aren't amused with "The Interview," featuring James Franco and Seth Rogen. The North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the film is an "act of war," yet another drastic over-embellished statement from a rather outlandish government.

 

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"The Interview" features the two popular actors playing a show producer and talk-show host that receive approval to interview Kim Jong Un - and are asked by the CIA to assassinate the controversial leader. The North Korean government continually warns leaders in Seoul - and western leaders around the world - about how they portray the country's leader. The film will be released this fall.

 

"The enemies have gone beyond the tolerance limit in their despicable moves to dare hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership," the Foreign Ministry said.

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Rock Simulator, coming to a PC near you soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 4:27 am

A new project has hit Steam Greenlight, ramping up from #69 on the list to #9 very rapidly thanks to its popularity online - Rock Simulator. Yes, we're not joking - a game, about rocks.

 

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Rock Simulator is sitting on Steam Greenlight, and according to its makers, it's "a genuine rock simulator". The introduction explains: "For a long time, there has been one game missing from the market. This simulator is a rock enthusiasts dream. You can watch beautiful rocks in any location in the world. From grass plains to salt flats, there are dozens of hand designed BEAUTIFUL environments".

 

You can check out Rock Simulator right here.

Opera and wireless company Avea give away 100,000 weeks of Internet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 3:20 am

Web company Opera Software has teamed up with Russian Internet company Yandex and Turkish wireless carrier Avea to give away 100,000 weeks of free Internet. The summer celebration will give away one week of free mobile Internet access each, so Opera Mini users on the Avea network will be able to snag their free service.

 

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For Internet users interested, they simply need to be an Avea subscriber, launch Opera Mini, and click on the "web pass" option in Speed Dial. Opera Web Pass gives wireless users without a data plan the opportunity to access the Internet and other Web-based products using a time-metric system instead of megabytes/gigabytes.

 

"This offering, 100,000 weeks of free Internet to Avea's users, is a pretty exciting way to show what Opera's new web pass technology can offer to operators and adviters," said Jan Standal, Opera Software VP for Product Partnerships, in a statement. "With Opera Web Pass, the relevant ad is associated directly with something very positive - free Internet access. The reach of consumers on Opera Mini is large, about 250 million consumers use Opera Mini every month, and Opera Software works with more than 130 operators on various projects around the world."

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Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways to Die in The West' comes to Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 2:16 am

We might have just taken a look at the theatrical release 3 weeks ago (and it's still showing in many cinemas throughout Australia), but that hasn't stopped Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment from announcing the forthcoming release of Seth MacFarlane's comedy 'A Million Ways to Die in The West' on Blu-ray, due in September.

 

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We weren't enraptured by the film, noting that the best bits where to be found in the film's theatrical trailer and audiences worldwide seemed to agree, with the film posting a disappointing worldwide gross of just $71 million. Still, the film should find a audience on home video, like many comedies ultimately do.

 

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The Blu-ray release which drops on September 4th, will include a generous collection of extra features, including Directors Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel and three featurettes; One Upon a Time in a Different West, A Fistful of Dirt... in Your Mouth and The Good, the Bad, and an Increasingly Decreasing Population.

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