Archive for Jun 28, 2013

iPhone 5S batteries pave way for Autumn release

iPhone 5S batteries pave way for Autumn release

A factory-floor photograph of what would appear to be a pallet of black, faceless objects has been attached to claims of iPhone 5S connectivity this morning. This set of batteries comes alongside a set of photographs revealed over the past couple of weeks of the innards and outer bits of the next-generation iPhone, here code-named iPhone 5S.

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Google+ turns 2, is aging like fine wine

Google+ turns 2, is aging like fine wine

It may be hard to believe, but Google+ turned two years old today. Just two short years ago, we were treated with Google's second attempt at a social network, one that we thought would bite the dust yet again, but here we are today, still basking in the existence of Google+, which now has even more features and more users than ever.

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PS4 architect Mark Cerny and the Nintendo legacy effect

PS4 architect Mark Cerny and the Nintendo legacy effect

While the biggest console war on recent history is about to take place between Sony and Microsoft, it's Nintendo that PlayStation 4 architect Mark Cerny references this week in his (and their) aim for a legacy of greatness. Speaking this week in Barcelona at gaming convention Gamelab, Cerny let it be known that the current lineup of leaders on the PlayStation 4 project are what he feels will be a great baseline for Sony hitting a Nintendo-level impact on the gaming industry in the grander scheme of things in years to come.

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iOS 7 beta 3 reportedly arriving July 8

iOS 7 beta 3 reportedly arriving July 8

We've already seen two betas of iOS 7 that have arrived for developers, the second of which came with significant improvements as far as bugfixes are concerned. The second beta only came out earlier this week, but it's always nice to think ahead, right? That's why we're gearing up for the release date of the third beta for iOS 7, which is said to land on July 8.

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Netflix Max for PS3 arrives to recommend new content

Netflix Max for PS3 arrives to recommend new content

The PlayStation 3 is the most popular device for Netflix streaming, so it makes sense that the company is launching its new feature exclusively on the console for now. It's called Max, and it's pretty much a personal assistant of sorts that recommends new movies and TV shows that you might be interested in watching.

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BlueStacks GamePop Mini aims to pick up where original console left off

BlueStacks GamePop Mini aims to pick up where original console left off

When a company such as BlueStacks introduces a product with a non-traditional pricing structure (like the one we're seeing with their gaming console "GamePop"), it's not the easiest thing in the world for the general public to accept. "You're giving me a piece of hardware free, but it doesn't do anything unless I pay a subscription fee?" This bit of bafflement was given a re-up today with the second machine in the GamePop series of devices (before the first hits the market, mind you).

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Key Lime Pie console and smartwatch showcase could demo Android’s UI expansion

Key Lime Pie console and smartwatch showcase could demo Android’s UI expansion

We heard yesterday of rumors that Google is preparing a host of new devices, including their own Android-powered game console, smartwatch, and a refreshed media streaming device, similar to the Nexus Q. One of the more interesting tidbits, however, is that these devices could be running the next version of Android: Key Lime Pie, which could tell us a lot about Google's plans to expand the Google's own Android UI past smartphones and tablets.

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Google Street View visits Skyfall-inspired Hashima Island

Google Street View visits Skyfall-inspired Hashima Island

The Google Street View Trekker backpack is at it again, and this time it visited the abandoned Hashima Island, or more well-known as "Dead Island" or "Dead City" from the most recent James Bond film Skyfall. In the movie, the island serves as the cyberterrorists headquarters, but it's actually a real place and now we get to experience it for ourselves.

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Huawei Ascend P6 Google Edition reportedly on the way

Huawei Ascend P6 Google Edition reportedly on the way

Google has just recently begun rolling out Google Editions of a couple of new handsets, like the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4. However, could there be more devices on the way? We've been hearing a few ramblings about a possible Nexus-ified Huawei device recently, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. Most recently, it's said that Huawei and Google are partnering up to make an Ascend P6 Google Edition.

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Xbox 360 Time Warner Cable deal streams 300 live TV channels to console

Xbox 360 Time Warner Cable deal streams 300 live TV channels to console

Microsoft and Time Warner Cable have inked a new deal that will see subscribers to Xbox LIVE get access to up to 300 live TV channels on their Xbox 360, though only if they also subscribe to the cable company. The agreement, Microsoft confirmed, will bring channels like CNN, Comedy Central, and BBC World News to the console, all with voice control using Kinect.

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BlackBerry PlayBook BlackBerry 10 upgrade cancelled

BlackBerry PlayBook BlackBerry 10 upgrade cancelled

The BlackBerry PlayBook will not get upgraded to BlackBerry 10, Thorsten Heins has admitted, describing the experience of the tablet running the latest OS as not satisfactory. Speaking on BlackBerry's financial results call today, the CEO confessed that after internal testing of BlackBerry 10 on the 7-inch tablet, the decision was made not to offer owners an official update.

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Six BlackBerry phones at a time says Heins, with one more BB7 to come

Six BlackBerry phones at a time says Heins, with one more BB7 to come

BlackBerry aims to have no more than six different products on the market at any one time, CEO Thorsten Heins has said, potentially limiting BlackBerry 10's roll-out as it tries to keep enterprise users of the older OS content. Speaking on BlackBerry's financial results call, after announcing an $84m loss in the most recent quarter, Heins described the new platform as being "still in the early stages of transition"; BlackBerry sold 6.8m devices overall in financial year Q1 2014, though did not break that figure down into BlackBerry 7 versus BlackBerry 10 models. The company has at least one more BlackBerry 7 device in the pipeline for this year.

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