Friday, September 7, 2012

Apple's 'iPhone 5': will music streaming be the surprise extra?

Even before Apple has announced the name or the shape of its next iPhone — expected to be unveiled by chief executive Tim Cook next Wednesday — analysts are certain that it is going to dominate the Christmas market in the US and, to a lesser extent, Europe.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Gearbox: We want Borderlands 2 on PlayStation Vita

Borderlands 2 looks good. Really, really good. So good in fact, that it helped make Gearbox a shining star at E3 2012. With the game just two months away from release, it’s hard to ask for more beyond that it be finished, its campaign be lengthy, and that it’s inevitably supported with the same sort of expansive downloadable content that the studio lavished on the first game.

Over a quarter of a million people will lose Internet access on Monday

While the total number of computers infected with the DNSChanger malware has dropped by about 20 percent since April 2012, the FBI released updated estimates this week regarding the amount of computers in the world that will lose an Internet connection on 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday, July 9. According to an Associated Press report, over 277,000 computers around the world are still infected and approximately 64,000 of those users are located in the United States. In Canada, the number of infected computers has dropped from 25,000 down to 7,000 due to the combined efforts of the Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Microsoft aggressively prices the Windows 8 Pro upgrade at $40

Announced on Microsoft’s official Blogging Windows blog earlier today, the software company plans to run a special pricing promotion when Windows 8 launches to the public later this year. According to Windows communication manager Brandon LeBlanc, any consumer currently using a copy of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 will be able to purchase an upgrade copy of Windows 8 Pro for a price of $39.99. By comparison, the current rate for an upgrade to Windows 7 Professional costs $199.99 on the Microsoft Store and runs about $160 on retailers like Amazon. This $39.99 price for a Windows 8 Pro upgrade even trumps the current student rate of $64.95 for Windows 7 Professional on the Microsoft Store.

Samsung announces 75-inch ES9000 smart TV for Korea, with similarly gigantic price tag (eyes-on)

Anyone looking to fill half of their lounge with Samsung LCD just got a new size to choose. The 75-inch ES9000 is the bigger brother of the ES8000 that we saw earlier this year and ahead of the official launch in Korea, we managed to get an early eyes-on at a Samsung event held yesterday in London. In short, if you loved the LED-backlit display of the 55-inch model, you're going to adore the ES9000, which features the same smart TV brains alongside a retractable webcam unit housed on the top edge.

Nintendo debuts new 3DS variants in spicy summer colors

While we're still itching to handle its bigger (and more stylish) XL iteration, that hasn't stopped Nintendo rolling out the acid colors for two Asia-bound handhelds. The 3DS in Cerulean (the bright blue one) and Shimmer (the hot pink version) will hit stores in Hong Kong and Taiwan, accompanying the launch of the 3DS XL in September. No word from Nintendo so far on whether it'll follow the Aubergine-hued model to the US .

Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned in US

Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

An American judge has banned the sale of Samsung's new Galaxy Nexus mobile phone in the United States after Apple claimed it copied some of the technology used in its iPhone.

A judge had previously banned the sale of Samsung's tablet computer. Both bans will continue until the matter is considered in court.