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Report: Apple adding gold color iPad Air, iPad Pro to launch next year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Oct 2014 23:50

Report: Apple adding gold color iPad Air, iPad Pro to launch next year According to Bloomberg, Apple will add a gold colorway to boost iPad Air sales, and release their rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro next year.

The iPad Air is expected to see its second-generation model unveiled this month, and gold will join silver and gray as available color options.

While nearly every product at Apple has seen growth, the iPad has seen its sales stagnate and actually decline year-over-year.

Perhaps more notably is the report states Apple will release its alleged iPad Pro, which sports a gigantic 12.9-inch display, next year.




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Amazon and Disney make up: New Blu-rays, DVD again available for pre-order

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Oct 2014 23:32

Amazon and Disney make up: New Blu-rays, DVD again available for pre-order Amazon and Disney are on the verge of settling their two-month old dispute, with new Disney movies now available again for pre-order on the e-tailer's site.

The issues were aplenty. Among the negotiations were pricing, promotion on Amazon's homepage and media pages, and which one of the companies should cover any losses that may occur if Amazon price matches a competitor's price.

As of writing, new films like "Guardians of the Galaxy" "Maleficent," "Million Dollar Arm," "Planes: Fire and Rescue" and "The 100-Foot Journey" are all available for pre-order, a welcome site for fans.

Disney is not the only major media company in a fight with Amazon. Time Warner had similar issues in May that were resolved, and the e-commerce giant has been negotiating with book publisher Hachette for over six months over ebook pricing. Amazon has limited pre-orders and slowed down delivery of the company's popular books in an effort to gain leverage. It has worked as authors have increasingly complained about their sales nose diving without Amazon on board.

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The Tesla D is coming very soon but what is it?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Oct 2014 23:03

The Tesla D is coming very soon but what is it? Tesla CEO Elon Musk has teased today that the company's upcoming "D" car will be unveiled next week, on October 9th.

Musk said nothing more than "about time to unveil the D and something else" while adding a teaser photo.

It is still unclear what the D will be, and especially what the "something else" will be, although there have been numerous rumors.

Tesla has been long rumored to be introducing a "budget sedan" or a smaller SUV, either of which can be the aforementioned D.

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Netflix announces first original feature film - a sequel to the hit 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Sep 2014 22:42

Netflix announces first original feature film - a sequel to the hit 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Netflix has announced its first original full-length feature film - a sequel to 2000's hit 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.'

Called 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend,' the feature film will be released in only IMAX theaters and on Netflix the same day. It is expected to be released where IMAX screens are available, most notably in the U.S. and China.

The film will keep its star, Michelle Yeoh, and premiere in late August, 2015.

"Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy an amazing and memorable film that combines intense action and incredible beauty," said Netflix's head of content, Ted Sarandos. "We are honored to be working with Harvey Weinstein and a world-class team of creators to bring this epic story to people all over the world and to partner with IMAX, a brand that represents the highest quality of immersive entertainment, in the distribution of this film."

The movie extends Netflix's existing relationship with The Weinstein Co., where it is already the exclusive provider of Weinstein's shows. The movie is said to have a relatively small budget of $20 million.

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PSA: Amazon's Fire TV still with price reduced for limited time

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Sep 2014 21:53

PSA: Amazon's Fire TV still with price reduced for limited time As a headsup for our readers, the Amazon Fire TV is still on sale, albeit for a limited time.

The e-commerce giant dropped the price last week from its standard $99 to $84, a decent price cut for the popular set-top box.

Afterdawn did a comprehensive review of the set-top earlier this year, which you can read here: Review: The powerful streaming, gaming set-top Amazon Fire TV

If you are interested in the device, check it here.




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Apple launching iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China on October 17th

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Sep 2014 21:26

Apple launching iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China on October 17th Apple has confirmed rumors and given Chinese consumers a set date for when they can get their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The new flagship devices will reach the Chinese mainland on October 17th, available via Apple online, retail stores and through carriers.

Both devices finally received approval to be on the TD-LTE and FDD-LTE networks in the nation.

"We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch," said Apple's CEO Tim Cook. "With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers will have access to high-speed mobile networks from China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom for an incredible experience."

Pre-orders begin on October 10th, with release on the 17th.

The suggested price for the iPhone 6 is 5,288 (RMB) for the 16GB model ($860 USD), 6,088 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 6,888 (RMB) for the 128GB model ($1112 USD). The 6 Plus is even more expensive at 6,088 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 6,888 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 7,788 (RMB) for the new 128GB model ($1268).

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GoPro launches entry-level Hero camera

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Sep 2014 18:44

GoPro launches entry-level Hero camera Lost among their more high-profile announcements yesterday was the launch of an entry-level GoPro camera for the occasional action junkie.

The device is built into the rugged, waterproof house like its more expensive brothers, but can only capture 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps.

Adds the company: "The HERO captures the same immersive, eye-popping footage that's made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world--all in a simplified package that's accessible to everyone with an MSRP of $129."

At 4 ounces, the device is light yet still rugged and can be used underwater as deep as 131 feet.

Check more on the device here.




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Popcorn Time now available through Cydia for iOS

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Sep 2014 11:54

Popcorn Time now available through Cydia for iOS If you have a jailbroken iOS device, your wait is over: Popcorn Time is finally available for iPads, iPhones and iPods.

The team behind the popular streaming service has made the download available through their own Cydia repository.

Reads the email we received:

iPhones, iPads and iPod touch users can start watching the coolest most awesome movies and TV shows directly on their device.
We're so happy and proud.
After only 5.5 months, Popcorn Time is available on all major platforms!
And this is only the beginning, trust us. Our future plans are huge.
We're on the road to becoming not only the ultimate watching experience but also the safest with the free built in VPN we've worked so hard on to ensure our user's safety."


There were a few notes, however, since the iOS version is still a clear beta.

* This first version of Popcorn Time for iOS doesn't have Chromecast and Airplay support like the Android and desktop versions do, but we're already working on them so it should be available in one of the upcoming releases.

*The free built in VPN is not yet available, but since as we already mentioned our user's safety is of top priority to us, we promise to release this feature asap. It's nearly ready.

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HP makes its dirt cheap Windows-powered tablets and notebooks official

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Sep 2014 23:33

HP makes its dirt cheap Windows-powered tablets and notebooks official HP has officially unveiled their Chromebook and Android tablet competitors, the Stream 7 and Stream laptop.

On the tablet side, the HP Stream 7 will cost $99 and feature a 7-inch display at 1280 by 800 pixels, an Intel Bay Trail Atom Z3735G and 1GB RAM. The device has 16GB internal storage and runs on a full Windows 8.1. In addition, HP is throwing in a free year of Office 365 Personal, 1TB of OneDrive storage and free 60 minutes of Skype calls per month.

The company is also offering an 8-inch model for $149 that comes with free 200MB of LTE per month for as long as you own the device.

For the Stream laptops, HP is offering 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models, each of which feature Intel Celeron processors, 32GB internal storage, the free year of Office 365 Personal and a ridiculously cheap price of $199 and $229, respectively. Each laptop also comes with $25 of Windows Store credit.

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GoPro unveils two new high-end cameras: Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Sep 2014 22:49

GoPro unveils two new high-end cameras: Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver GoPro has unveiled their fourth-generation high-end cameras: the Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver.

The sports, action cameras will feature notable upgrades from their predecessors, including either a touchscreen or 4K video capture at 30fps.

At the top of the line is the Hero4 Black which offers 4k video capture at 30fps, double the frame rate of last year's model, and can also record 1080p at 120fps. The powerful camera should no longer have any "rolling-shutter effect," adds the company.

The Hero4 Silver sells at a discount to the Black, but cannot record 4K. The camera can record 2.7K video at 30fps, 1080p video at 60fps, and 720p at the full 120fps. The camera does have touchscreen controls, however, which is new to the line.

Both devices are waterpoof to 131 feet, include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for easier transfers, and can take stills at 12MP if you need to do so.

"For the past twelve years, our passion has been to make it easy for people to self-capture jaw dropping, professional quality footage of themselves engaged in their favorite activities," said GoPro Founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman. "That passion led us to embark on our most ambitious design and engineering effort ever, and the result is nothing short of the ultimate GoPro--the HERO4 Black. We can't wait to see what the world captures with it."

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Apple expected to launch iPhone 6 in China on October 10th

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Sep 2014 22:15

Apple expected to launch iPhone 6 in China on October 10th According to multiple reports, Apple is expected to begin selling the iPhone 6/6 Plus in China on October 10th.

Most of the rumor comes via an alleged internal Apple memo and from the news that China's MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) is in the final stages of approving the devices.

The memo says demo units will reach stores on the 7th, followed by sales starting on the 10th.

Both devices have been extremely popular in the U.S. and all other nations they have been released so far, but Chinese fans were disappointed when the approvals needed to begin selling the phone were delayed by the Chinese officials. The iPhone 6 Plus still has a 4 week waiting time, while the iPhone 6 has a one week wait time.

Both those times are expected to increase when the devices go on sale in China.

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Groupon puts consoles up for sale including Xbox One, PS4 Destiny bundle

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Sep 2014 23:43

Groupon puts consoles up for sale including Xbox One, PS4 Destiny bundle Groupon has a few good deals on new consoles this week, including the PS4 and Xbox One.

When using the code "GOODS10," you can get the PS4 and Xbox One w/out Kinect for $360, and you can even get the White Destiny bundle PS4 for $405.

Additionally, you can get the 3DS XL with Mario Party Island Tour bundle for $135.

Each one of the deals match the best prices we've seen for the consoles, and could get some consumers that were on the fence.

All the deals are good until supplies last, but the Destiny bundle will expire tomorrow no matter what.

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Microsoft reveals Windows TH name for upcoming Windows release

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Sep 2014 23:20

Microsoft reveals Windows TH name for upcoming Windows release Early next week, Microsoft is expected to give more information and even name its next Windows iteration, the operating system set for release next March.

The company has accidentally listed the name, or at least a preview name for the upcoming operating system- 'Windows TH,' which likely stands for Windows Threshold. The company has been using Threshold as its codename for development, but many still expect the OS to be called Windows 9 eventually. Microsoft does not often deviate from tradition.

Microsoft has already planned an event for Tuesday for the OS, and TH could be acting as a placeholder while Microsoft continues to play the waiting game on an official name.

As of writing, the company has taken down its Windows Technical Preview Site.

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New Thom Yorke album sees 116,000 downloads via BitTorrent on first day

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Sep 2014 22:55

New Thom Yorke album sees 116,000 downloads via BitTorrent on first day BitTorrent has confirmed that Thom Yorke's latest experimental release has been a hit, with 116,000 downloads in its first day online.

Yorke, the frontman for Radiohead, released his album via P2P distribution, offering a free 8-track-long version or the full album for $5.98.

It is unclear how many paid for the full, unlocked album, but it's safe to assume that many of the downloads were of the free variety, just as they were when Radiohead released their "In Rainbows" album in 2007 with a pay-what-you-please model.

At the time of the release, the album's producer said: "As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record. The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files. The files can be anything, but in this case is an 'album'. It's an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around. If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work...Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves."

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PlayStation Home shuttering in March

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Sep 2014 23:30

PlayStation Home shuttering in March Sony has announced that its PlayStation Home service will be shuttering in March.

Says the company: "Due to a shifting landscape, PlayStation Home will cease publishing new content on November 12. Gamers in Europe, the US and Canada will be able to download content until December 3. As a token of our tremendous gratitude to the community, we will also be releasing a series of free content prior to the platform's closure on March 31, 2015."

Home is a virtual 3D social gaming platform that allows you to create your own avatar/sim which has its own apartment that you can furnish and fix up. You can travel the world which was updated by Sony and partners. The open areas had ads from the companies.

Unfortunately, if you spent money on Home, you will not get any refunds. "Due to the progressive and innovative nature of the gaming industry, PlayStation is unable to refund on legacy platform or service experiences," added Sony.

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