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LG made a whopping 1.2 cents profit for each phone sold last quarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

LG may have shipped 8.1 million LTE smartphones in the latest quarter, its best results ever by the way, but the profits that the South Korean giant is making per handset isn't so great.




The company saw operating profits of just 1.2 cents per smartphone, but with the G4 only being on sale in the United States for two months, LG's next quarter should hopefully be a little better. Moving to LG's Home Entertainment division, the company said that global demand for LCD TVs was "soft" with revenues dropping 22.7% to $3.59 billion.

Kinematix's TUNE helps runners run smarter, neat little product

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

Kinematix has been heavily promoting its TUNE, a wearable designed for runners, able to collect all sorts of information - well beyond pace and speed - including each foot's ground-contact time, heel-contact time, and more.



TUNE includes insoles with electronic sensors, able to to sync with small electronic devices that connect to the outside of the shoe. After each run, athletes are able to take a closer look at their technique throughout the workout - and the TUNE app even shows how to properly do exercises.


The insole is extremely thin and should be able to fit into most shoes, and since the insole isn't in direct contact with a person's foot, there should be no need to try and wash it.

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We could see PC to Xbox One game streaming in the very near future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

Microsoft is working on Xbox One games being streamed to your PC, but now it looks like we might see PC games being streamed to the Xbox One according to the latest interview with Xbox boss Phil Spencer, and The Verge.




Spencer said that Microsoft is working on getting PC games streaming to the APU-powered Xbox One, but in order to have that working, the company wants to see proper mouse and keyboard support on the console. Not only that, but the company will have to overcome many other obstacles, such as the consumer having enough horsepower in their PC to render the game and then stream it over the network.


Furthermore, the Xbox One would need some tuning to be able to handle the game coming in over the network and the added overheads that come with it, as well as the mouse and keyboard control scheme in the games. If Microsoft does manage to get PC games streaming to the Xbox One, it will be competing with NVIDIA's GameStream technology which streams your PC games to your compatible Shield devices.

No Man's Sky could come to VR

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

No Man's Sky is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious and anticipated games in recent memory--its magnificent interstellar sci-fi themes awaken the inner space pirate in all of us, not to mention the cosmic beauty of an infinitesimal procedurally-generated universe made of billions of celestial bodies and planets just waiting to be explored.



And what better way to experience such a galactic adventure than with VR? Hello Games' Sean Murray agrees that No Man's Sky would benefit tremendously from VR support, and has shown a lot of interest in the possibility. "Morpheus, Oculus...There's nothing more cool and sci-fi than VR and a big procedural universe," Murray continued in a recent interview with EDGE magazine. "I think that, for the people who want to just explore, and even for the space combat and things like that, it would be a good fit. Let's put it that way."


Acknowledging the sensitive nature of pre-release juggernauts and the deal with Sony, Murray wasn't able to get into specifics: "I don't know what I'm allowed to say. [VR support] is something we're thinking about."

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Man responsible for killing Cecil suffering Yelp business backlash

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer isn't a popular man these days, after it was reported he's the one responsible for killing Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe.




Not surprisingly, his business, River Bluff Dental, has been absolutely decimated, despite Yelp removing countless reviews.


Motherboard, a Vice-launched business, spoke with Connor Jones, a digital media associate from the Go Fish Digital online reputation and management firm. Based on the large volume of low ratings assigned by random Internet visitors, it looks like Palmer's business would need more than 7,000 five-star reviews - or more than 17,000 four-star reviews - for the River Bluff Dental to receive a 3.5 rating.

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Nintendo has racked up more than 1.62M copies of Splatoon sold

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

Nintendo is enjoying great success with Splatoon, as the game has topped 1.62 million units sold - and helped drive Nintendo's revenue. The company is continually adding new content, and is enjoying a successful sales and marketing campaign focused on the family-friendly game.




"With respect to Wii U, Splatoon, which was released globally in May and gathered attention, marked 1.62 million units in sales and contributed to vitalizing the Wii U platform," according to a Nintendo report. "By maintaining the attention level of Splatoon, which enjoyed a good start, we will strive to further enhance the sales toward the year-end sales season."


The Christmas holiday shopping season is a major time for gaming hardware and software, so Nintendo hopes Splatoon will help convince consumers to pick up a Wii U.

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Tom Cruise to return for 'Mission Impossible 6'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 days, 9 hours ago

Before 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' even hits cinemas, star Tom Cruise has already announced that plans are underway for a sixth film - and he'll be back as Agent Ethan Hunt, despite turning 53 earlier in the month.



Appearing on US TV 'The Daily Show' and reported by Variety, Cruise confirmed to host Jon Stewart that "We're starting to work on it now. We'll probably start shooting it next summer". While the last 'Mission Impossible' entry 'Ghost Protocol' hit cinemas in 2011, pent-up demand and critical success of 'Rogue Nation' (not least age of Cruise) means we'll probably see the next film in 2017.


'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' hits cinemas worldwide on July 31.

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Amazon wants drone-only airspace for its delivery aircraft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 days, 9 hours ago

In its effort to one day make deliveries using drones, Amazon is quite vocal in helping create drone airspace to get the job done. Amazon hopes to be able to deliver packages within 30 minutes, a noble goal that has some people excited - and others worried about clogged airspace full of drones.




Airspace up to 200 feet above the ground would be designed for "low speed localized traffic," meaning video drones and survey and inspection aircraft.


Amazon would like to keep 200-feet of air space - between 200 feet and 400 feet above the ground - for drones in the "high-speed transit" lane designed for "well-equipped vehicles." The airspace 400 feet to 500 feet would be considered a "no fly zone," unless there is an emergency.

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Apparently, you can even use Wi-Fi on Mt. Fuji now

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 2 days, 10 hours ago

Japanese officials have teamed up with telecom company NTT Docomo to install Wi-Fi hotspots at eight different spots on Mt. Fuji.




Apparently, tourists and mountain climbers need a bit of Internet access, so they can post social media updates, publish selfies, and keep people informed about their travels. Cottages and buildings located near the summit of Mt. Fuji will also give people the chance to use the Internet and stay connected.


Realistically, this is a great way for Mt. Fuji visitors to receive updated weather and climbing condition reports wherever they are on the mountain. The trial period, which is active now until September, provides up to 72 hours of Internet access to each guest.

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ING Netherlands introduces voice-based mobile payments

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 10 hours ago

Members of the ING Netherlands bank can now test a new mobile banking service that allows them to log in and pay using their voice. The unique system, powered by Nuance, went live earlier in the week, and is supported by Apple iOS and Google Android.




The ING Netherlands mobile banking app activated voice-driven payments so customers no longer need to enter a PIN number or password while shopping. The app compares a stored voice recording that is used to verify each time a person says a simple phrase.


Fraudulent voice activations can be saved, and ING Netherlands will be able to help reduce fraud.

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