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Verizon 4G LTE adding 46 new markets

Verizon 4G LTE adding 46 new markets

Verizon continues to expand its 4G LTE network at full throttle. The carrier has announced that it will be lighting up 46 new 4G LTE markets tomorrow, which will bring its total coverage to more than 300 markets. Additionally, Verizon will further expand in 22 existing 4G LTE markets across the US.

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Flame malware developed by US, Israel to slow Iranian nuclear efforts

Flame malware developed by US, Israel to slow Iranian nuclear efforts

It turns out that the massive Flame malware attack last month was a sophisticated computer virus developed by the US and Israel in an effort to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. Citing unnamed Western officials with knowledge of the effort, the Washington Post reported that the attack involved the National Security Agency, the CIA, and Israel's military as well as the use of the infamous Stuxnet virus.

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T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S III priced, launching in two phases

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S III priced, launching in two phases

T-Mobile has revealed the pricing for its highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III but noted that quantities of the device won't be enough to support a full nationwide launch as originally planned for June 21. Only T-Mobile stores in the top 29 markets will receive the first batch of Galaxy S III handsets, while the rest will have them by June 27.

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Tencent buys minority stake in Epic Games

Tencent buys minority stake in Epic Games

China's Internet giant, Tencent, has purchased a minority stake in leading US game developer Epic Games, maker of the Unreal gaming engine that powers many of the high-end console-quality franchises such as Mass Effect and Gears of War. Epic Games is also behind the popular console-quality iOS mobile game Infinity Blade.

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iOS and Android tablet usage level, reveals study

iOS and Android tablet usage level, reveals study

The Online Publishers Association (OPA) has released a new study examining the attitudes of today's tablet users. This latest report is the second year in which OPA has done this study and reveals a surge in tablet usage as well as some interesting trends. To be noted is that the number of people that own iPads versus Android tablets has actually evened out from 72 percent versus 32 percent last year to 52 percent versus 51 percent this year thanks to the popularity of the Kindle Fire.

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Facebook’s $100M Face.com deal official

Facebook’s $100M Face.com deal official

Facebook and Face.com have finally made an official announcement regarding their much rumored acquisition deal after nearly a month of speculation. The two companies did not disclose the cost of the deal, but insider sources previously revealed that the deal should cost Facebook about $100 million.

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Foxconn to buy more Sharp shares, fueling Apple iTV rumors

Foxconn to buy more Sharp shares, fueling Apple iTV rumors

Apple's major manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has revealed interest in purchasing more shares in Sharp, raising speculation that the two companies are working towards supplying Apple's rumored television set. Some analysts have dubbed the anticipated Apple HDTV the "iTV" and expect manufacturing for the device to being later this year.

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Nissan LEAF battery to power homes

Nissan LEAF battery to power homes

The large capacity battery in Nissan's LEAF electric vehicle will soon be able to power entire homes. Nichicon has developed a new Vehicle to Home System called "EV Power Station" that can both charge and discharge the EV's batteries, distributing its electricity to the household. The EV Power Station is said to be the world's first such charging device capable of supplying household power.

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IDC forecasts strong iPad growth at expense of Android

IDC forecasts strong iPad growth at expense of Android

According to new data from research firm IDC, it doesn't look like Android tablets will ever catch up to the iPad, at least not through 2016. IDC expects strong growth in the demand of tablets and has raised its forecast for the global tablet market to 107.4 million units this year, up from the previous forecast of 106.1 million units. However, Android's market share is expected to decline from 38.8 percent in 2011 to 36.5 percent in 2012.

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