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Supposed giant Apple iPad Pro now expected to launch Q2 2015

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Sep 2014 0:15

Supposed giant Apple iPad Pro now expected to launch Q2 2015 According to a new report, the new alleged Apple iPad Pro is expected to launch in the Q2 2015.

The device will have a giant 12.9-inch display, but little else is known about the tablet. Recent conflicting reports had claimed the device could launch this year, while others claimed Apple had canceled the tablet, due to production issues with such a large display.

In addition, Apple is said to be building an even thinner iPad Air and a iPad Mini Retina with Touch ID and better cameras.

If accurate, expect Apple to at least speak about Mac OSX Yosemite and the new iPad Air at their October event.

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Sony PlayStation TV headed to North America on October 14th

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Sep 2014 22:59

Sony PlayStation TV headed to North America on October 14th Sony has announced they will be releasing their PlayStation TV set-top box in North America beginning on October 14th.

The company says the mini console will have 700 playable games at launch.

Using PlayStation TV, you can stream PlayStation 4 to another TV in your house and "remote play". It can also be used to play most PS Vita games on a bigger TV screen. Coupled with PlayStation Now, PlayStation TV will also be able to provide access to PlayStation 3 games, and later on games from other Sony consoles.

Finally, Sony gives you access to video and music streaming via Sony Unlimited.

The console will cost $99 for the system only, or you can pay up and get the $140 bundle which includes a DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card and The Lego Movie Videogame.




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Apple denies it is killing off Beats Music

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Sep 2014 0:44

Apple denies it is killing off Beats Music Apple was quick to deny a report that it was preparing to shut down its newly acquired Beats Music service.

Spokesman Tom Neumayr said bluntly that the rumors were "not true," although it is possible that the service will be rebranded in the future.

Beats Music subscribers pay $10 per month for unlimited streaming access to a large catalog of tracks on desktop or mobile devices. The service and its contracts with the major record labels is said to be a big reason that Apple purchased Beats for $3 billion this year.

Apple recently added Beats Music to its Apple TV set-top, and CEO Tim Cook said in an interview he was so impressed by the service that he could barely sleep. Hardly something a company would do if they were on the verge of shutting down a service.

We would expect that Beats Music will be folded into iTunes Radio, giving Apple users a much better overall service with more options.

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Private equity firm preparing to acquire photo sharing and printing service Shutterfly

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Sep 2014 0:31

Private equity firm preparing to acquire photo sharing and printing service Shutterfly According to sources, private equity firm Silver Lake is preparing to acquire online photo sharing and printing service Shutterfly for over $2 billion.

Shutterfly allows users to upload and share their photos, as well as use their uploaded photos to create customized books, cards, mugs, and much more. You can print your photos and have them mailed, as well.

Silver Lake is a massive $23 billion firm that specializes in tech acquisitions. It helped Michael Dell purchase back Dell, and also owns talent agency IMG Worldwide.

Shutterfly's main competitor is SnapFish, owned by HP but also allegedly up for sale.

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Strange new BlackBerry Passport to cost $599 unlocked at launch in the U.S.

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Sep 2014 15:14

Strange new BlackBerry Passport to cost $599 unlocked at launch in the U.S. BlackBerry's strange new square-shaped Passport smartphone will go on sale on Wednesday at $599 unlocked, once again guaranteeing that they will sell no units.

The device has a full physical keyboard and a 4.5-inch square touchscreen at 1440x1440 resolution. Under the hood is a quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974 processor and 3GB RAM with Adreno 330 OpenGL. A 3450mAh battery will allegedly provide better battery life than high-end iPhones and Android devices.

Little else is known about the device, or at least confirmed, but we should know more on Wednesday.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen seems happy about the phone and pricing, claiming that they could sell it for $700 to be in line with other devices of its caliber, "but I figure that to try to get the market interested, we're going to start a little lower than that."

Besides the keyboard, Chen says the strange screen will benefit users who need to read more or be more productive on their phones. "You really are seeing a more entire picture than seeing a sliver of a screen," he added.

The device may have some enterprise or international fans, but nobody in the U.S. is going to pay $599 for the Passport when the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 cost $650 unlocked. Sorry.

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The BPI sends their 100 millionth DMCA URL takedown notice to Google

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Sep 2014 12:55

The BPI sends their 100 millionth DMCA URL takedown notice to Google According to a new report, the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) industry trade group has sent nearly 275,000 DMCA takedown notices, encompassing 100 million URLs.

Despite the huge figure and Google's speed at taking down infringing links, the trade group believes ISPs and the search giant can do more to stop widespread piracy.

BPI sent their first takedown notice in June 2011, and the URL count was at 50 million just 10 months ago showing how much more efficient the group is getting at sending them out, whether they are accurate or not. BPI just beat out "multimedia protection company" Degban, who has 99 million URLs reported, and everyone's favorite music trade group RIAA, at 57 million.

A BPI spokesperson discussed the "milestone," and begged Google to do more to stop piracy:

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HTC confirmed as partner for new Nexus 9 Android reference tablet

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Sep 2014 12:38

HTC confirmed as partner for new Nexus 9 Android reference tablet According to the WSJ, Google has selected HTC as its partner for the upcoming Nexus 9, the company's new Android reference tablet set for release in the coming months.

HTC has not touched tablets since its failed Flyer hybrid tablet in 2011, but executives did say in 2012 that if a tablet could make an impact in the market, they would reconsider getting back in the market. It appears that that time is now.

Google and HTC have a long history, and HTC even built the original Android device; the T-Mobile G1. Google has worked with HTC, Samsung and LG for its line of Nexus smartphones and tablets. By having a broad base of manufacturers for its products, Google avoids creating a monopoly or favoritism for one OEM.

HTC has created excellent smartphones over the years, and many have their 2014 One (M8) as the top phone of the year. However, sales have remained stagnant and the company has lost major share to Samsung, LG and even Motorola over the past few years.

There have been quite a few rumors about the Nexus 9 in recent months, to the point where we believe we have a full spec sheet on the device.

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Apple crushes records with 10 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus sold in first weekend

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Sep 2014 12:13

Apple crushes records with 10 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus sold in first weekend Apple has crushed their own records for launch weekend smartphone sales, confirming 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus being sold over the weekend.

Last year, the company sold 9 million iPhone 5S and 5C, but that included sales in China, which makes the new numbers more impressive.

Also of note, Apple has only included pre-orders and sales that shipped or were sold over the first weekend, so pre-orders from last week that aren't shipping until next month are not included. With those figures included, the numbers were expected to be over 13 million.

"Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn't be happier," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible."

The new, larger iPhones will launch in 20 more nations starting this Friday.

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Microsoft doubles free OneDrive storage to 30GB

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Sep 2014 11:52

Microsoft doubles free OneDrive storage to 30GB Microsoft has doubled its free OneDrive cloud storage, taking advantage of Apple user's recent troubles with upgrading to iOS 8 due to a lack of available storage.

Says the software giant of the move: "We've been listening to the commentary about storage on the new iPhones released today and we wanted to get you more storage right away. We think you'll appreciate having more free storage while setting up your iPhone 6 or upgrading to iOS 8."

Apple angered some fans when its iOS 8 updated required tons of space, as much as 6.9GB depending on your device. With most iPhone and iPad owners owning 16GB models that have just 12GB available to start, the required storage meant deleting photos, apps, games or texts. Alternatively, you could have hooked up to your PC/Mac's iTunes and upgraded that way, but not everyone was in front of a computer with hours to spare.

Microsoft has made the offer available until the end of September, and it includes the OneDrive camera roll seeing a jump from 3GB to 15GB.

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Google no longer makes Google+ registration mandatory for new accounts

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 Sep 2014 11:46

Google no longer makes Google+ registration mandatory for new accounts Google has listened to the people and made Google+ registration no longer mandatory for new accounts.

If you are signing up for a new Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs account, you will now have the ability to say "No Thanks" to creating a Google+ account. Previously, you had to create a social networking profile whether or not you wanted one.

The latest move follows Google's decision in July to no longer force users to use their real names in Google+. Additionally, reports have Google spinning off Google+ Photos into its own standalone service.

While no one ever really used the service, especially compared to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks, Google+ did have its place in the market and was popular among some. Back in April, longtime Google+ chief Vic Gundotra left the company, and since then it appears that the search giant is looking to phase out the product.

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Microsoft confirms delay of Xbox One launch in China

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 Sep 2014 10:11

Microsoft confirms delay of Xbox One launch in China Microsoft has confirmed it will delay the launch of the Xbox One console in China.

The console was set for launch on Tuesday, but Microsoft now says it will be released "before the end of the year."

Microsoft did not give any reason for the delay, but did say the press event on Tuesday would go as planned where they will give away 100 free consoles.

"At Xbox, we pride ourselves on delivering first-rate gaming and entertainment experiences, and to allow us to deliver on that promise, we need to reschedule the launch of Xbox One," a Microsoft spokesperson added. "Working with our partner, BesTV, we look forward to launching in China by the end of this year."

The Chinese government removed its long-standing ban on gaming consoles this year and Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony all promised to bring entertainment to the Chinese mainland. Microsoft would have been first, pricing the console at 3,699 yuan ($602.37) without the Kinect motion detection system and 4,299 yuan ($700) with Kinect. Sony and Nintendo have not given any time frames for the release of their consoles in the nation.

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New owner Microsoft promises to bring Minecraft to Windows Phone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Sep 2014 12:45

New owner Microsoft promises to bring Minecraft to Windows Phone Earlier this month, Microsoft confirmed rumors and announced the acquisition of Minecraft creator Mojang AB for $2.5 billion.

Having released the game for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC and mobile devices, one platform is noticeably absent: Windows Phone.

This week, Xbox boss Phil Spencer took to Twitter to confirm that the game is eventually headed to Windows Phone. The company already noted that all other versions will remain alive and updated, as well.

Using Microsoft's new universal apps infrastructure, a Metro-style Windows 8.1, Windows Phone and even Windows RT version should be easier to create once the acquisition is completed in a few months.

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PSA: Sony drops price of nearly 30 racing games by up to 75 percent

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Sep 2014 12:24

PSA: Sony drops price of nearly 30 racing games by up to 75 percent Here at AfterDawn we are always fans of a good deal, and if you are into racing games, Sony has quite a few on sale this weekend.

As part of their "Flash Sale" that ends at 12PM PST on Monday, you can get nearly 30 games for PSP, Vita, PS3 and PS4 for up to 75 percent off.

Here is the full list (console), sale price and original price.


Asphalt: Injection (PS Vita) $6.49 $26.99
Burnout Crash! (PS3) $2.49 $9.99
Cars 2: The Video Game (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
Cel Damage HD (PS3) $2.49 $9.99
Cel Damage HD (PS4) $2.49 $9.99
Cel Damage HD (PS Vita) $2.49 $9.99
Crazy Taxi (PS3) $2.49 $9.99
Driver '76 (PSP) $4.99 $19.99
Fast & Furious: Showdown (PS3) $9.99 $39.99
GRID 2 (PS3) $7.49 $29.99
GRID Autosport (PS3) $12.49 $49.99
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (PS3) $7.49 $29.99
ModNation Racers (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
ModNation Racers: Road Trip (PS3) $3.49 $13.49
MotoGP 13 (PS3) $9.99 $39.99
MotoGP 13 (PS Vita) $7.49 $29.99
MotorStorm Apocalypse (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
MUD FIM Motocross World Championship (PS3) $8.49 $34.99
MUD FIM Motocross World Championship (PS Vita) $7.49 $29.99
Need For Speed Carbon (PSP) $4.99 $19.99
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
Need for Speed Most Wanted (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
Need for Speed Most Wanted (PS Vita) $4.99 $19.99
Need for Speed The Run (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
ATV Pure (PS3) $3.99 $14.99
Ridge Racer 7: 3D License Ver. (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
Ridge Racer (PS Vita) $5.99 $24.99
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS3) $9.99 $29.99
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS Vita) $9.99 $29.99
Split Second Digital (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
Tour de France 2013 100th Edition (PS3) $7.49 $29.99
WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship (PS3) $8.49 $34.99
WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship (PS Vita) $7.49 $29.99
WRC 4 FIA World Rally Championship (PS3) $15.99 $39.99
WRC 4 FIA World Rally Championship (PS Vita) $15.99 $39.99
Zombie Driver HD Complete Edition (PS3) $2.99 $14.99

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Linux users: Prepare, Netflix is finally coming

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Sep 2014 12:01

Linux users: Prepare, Netflix is finally coming While Windows and Mac users have enjoyed the ability to use Netflix from their browser since 2007, a small part of the greater tech community has been left out; Linux.

The issue has been Netflix's use of the Microsoft Silverlight video plug-in, which is not and will likely never be supported in Linux officially.

In recent time, Netflix has begun using HTML5, a proven standard, so it appears that Linux users will get official Netflix support in the coming months. Netflix Senior Software Engineer Paul Adolf took to the Ubuntu developers forum and stated that "Netflix will play with Chrome stable in 14.02 if NSS version 3.16.2 or greater is installed." NSS is the Network Security Services founded by Google, Mozilla and Redhat and is key to in-browser application security.

Currently, Ubuntu 14.04 has an older NSS than 3.16.2, but the next version of the operating system will ship next month with the update.

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BlackBerry shows off Q10 with Porsche Design

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Sep 2014 14:43

BlackBerry shows off Q10 with Porsche Design Dead smartphone maker BlackBerry has announced a new modified version of the Q10, sporting a "Porsche Design."

The P'9983 modifies some features of the 720x720 3.1-inch touchscreen device, including its full physical keyboard, which now has glass keys.

Under the hood the device sports the same Dual Core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor and same RAM, but internal storage has been boosted to 64GB.

There is little else to differentiate the phone from the normal Q10, although BlackBerry did add the following: "Be instantly recognizable amongst Porsche Design users. The Porsche Design P'9983 smartphone from BlackBerry provides an exclusive Porsche Design PIN ID group 2AAXXXXX, which sets you apart and makes you instantly recognizable among other Porsche Design users."

BlackBerry did not announce price but it is expected to command a premium.

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