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NME reports that French electronic music duo Daft Punk has left Virgin / EMI to sign with Sony’s Columbia Records, and that the group will release a new studio album this spring. Daft Punk’s last album, the soundtrack for Tron: Legacy, was released in 2010 — the new album slated for this year will be the group’s fourth studio album since its debut album Homework was released in 1997, and its first official release following Human After All in 2005. News of the label switch was originally broken by French publication Le Parisien , which reports that the new album will be released worldwide. As NME points out, this is the second recent coup for Columbia, which signed Depeche Mode in December. Continue reading…
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Daft Punk reportedly signs with Columbia Records, new album expected this spring
RIM will be facing an uphill battle when it does eventually launch BlackBerry 10, but the company is making sure it’ll have a healthy selection of apps from the get-go by incentivizing developers. RIM recently hosted two Port-a-Thon events to encourage developers to submit their games and general apps for BlackBerry 10, offering $100 for any app approved to the store. Naturally, the promise of cash seems to have worked: 15,000 apps were submitted over the course of 37.5 hours. Money wasn’t the only incentive, though, as BlackBerry hardware was also on offer. The first developers submitting between two and five approved apps were promised a free PlayBook, while those writing more than five approved apps were entered into a random..
Earlier this week a security researcher revealed how it’s possible to jailbreak the Windows RT operating system that powers Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet. Using a method to exploit a setting in the OS, developers have released a jailbreak tool that simply runs and unlocks the device. It will need to be applied at each boot of the OS, but it will provide access to run ARM-based desktop apps. Microsoft locked down its Windows RT operating system to new Windows 8-style applications, rather than allow developers to compile ARM-based apps.
CES has never been much of a video game show — you’ll want to go to the Electronic Entertainment Expo for that — but that didn’t stop Nvidia, Valve, and Razer from stealing the show with exciting, controversial new game systems. Find all the best gaming announcements from CES 2013 in this StoryStream. Continue reading…
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The best gaming of CES 2013
Nvidia has just announced its next-generation Tegra 4 processor for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. The Tegra 4, like its predecessor, features a quad-core processor along with a fifth, low power, core to save battery life. Although it retains the 4-plus-1 setup of Tegra 3, Nvidia’s fourth-generation chip is built on an all-new architecture. The company’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says that Tegra 4 is the world’s fastest mobile processor, surpassing everything currently on the market.
Word began to spread last month that Twitter was planning to add photo filters to its mobile apps , and it looks like the popular microblogging service could be getting the upgrade before the end of the year. The news comes from AllThingsD , which also reports that filtered photos are already popping up in the timelines of people supposedly beta testing the new version of the app. The Next Web has noticed a few Twitter employees, including co-founder Jack Dorsey, posting pictures that have been filtered and are displayed in square dimensions, similar to Instagram Cards.
Samsung is now rolling out a Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 10.1, according to SamMobile . The 300MB update is currently being seeded to German owners of the tablet over-the-air, updating the OS to version 4.1.1. There isn’t a clear changelog for the update right now, but Project Butter — one of the core features of Jelly Bean — should bring some much needed performance improvements to the tablet, which we found to be sluggish and unresponsive during our review . There’s no indication just yet as to whether other regions are also seeing the Jelly Bean update, but if Samsung has already begun its rollout then owners across the globe shouldn’t be waiting for much longer
Completing its expansion to the US market , Samsung’s Galaxy Note II is now available for pre-order from Verizon. The handset appeared on Verizon’s website Thursday morning for $299.99 on a two-year contract, matching price points previously unveiled from both AT&T and Sprint . The device, as noted earlier, features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by a quad-core processor. The LTE-enabled Galaxy Note II also ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is available in both grey and white variants. According to Verizon, all orders will ship by November 27th, notably later than its competitors
After all the dust has settled, Facebook’s much-hyped ” billion dollar ” acquisition of photo sharing service Instagram is actually costing the company considerably less — $715 million, to be more precise. As reported by The Next Web , the value of the deal has fallen significantly thanks to Facebook’s falling share price. The results were made public in the company’s quarterly report ; its second since its May IPO. So far, Facebook has paid $521 million in cash and stock So far, Facebook has already shelled out $521 million — $300 million in cash and the remainder in Class B common stock, which has ten times the voting power of Class A shares but can’t be publicly traded. The company also issued approximately 11 million unvested..
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Facebook’s ‘billion dollar’ Instagram acquisition to actually cost $715 million
It’s only been about a month since we last got together for an Apple product announcement , but the company has more numbers to share with us. The big news is that 200 million devices are now running iOS 6, just over a month after the launch of the new OS. Apple CEO Tim Cook also touted three million new iPods sold since they were released in the last few weeks. As we heard earlier, the iPhone 5 sold more than five million phones in the first weekend — Cook said this was the fastest-selling phone in history, period. He also talked about some iCloud features, noting that 125 million documents were placed in the cloud — and a whopping 300 million iMessages have been sent, 28,000 per second
Dropbox has released version 1.5.6 of its iOS app. It’s now adapted for the iPhone 5′s taller screen, and users are also finally able to download photos to their devices in full resolution. Previously the app downscaled photos when saving to the camera roll, so for example a 14-megapixel 4592 x 3056 image became just 960 x 638 when viewed on the iOS device. This was particularly aggravating when using the app on a Retina display, and made Dropbox less useful as a photo storage tool than it otherwise might have been — though it was possible to get around the limitation by saving images from Safari. It’s good to see the issue addressed, then, but the feature isn’t without its problems.
EE has finally revealed tariff and handset pricing information for its LTE network , due to officially launch in the UK on October 30th . Those hoping for unlimited data will be disappointed, with the company instead opting for different data allowances depending on the monthly cost of your contract. All the tariffs come with unlimited calls and texts on a standard 24 month contract, with the following pricing options available: £36 (500MB) £41 (1GB) £46 (3GB) £51 (5GB) £56 (8GB) Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE £179.99 £139.99 £89.99 £39.99 £29.99 Apple iPhone 5 16GB £179.99 £109.99 £49.99 £29.99 £19.99 Samsung Galaxy S III LTE £149.99 £49.99 £29.99 £29.99 £29.99 HTC One XL £149.99 £49.99 £29.99 … Continue reading…
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EE sets data and handset prices ahead of 4G LTE launch in the UK
AT&T announced its exclusivity on Nokia’s latest Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset earlier this month, but it wasn’t clear for how long this deal would last. WPCentral reports that AT&T has six months of exclusivity on the Lumia 920, meaning that this particular model won’t be available on networks like Verizon or T-Mobile until May at the earliest. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Verizon won’t stock a Lumia 920 variant though. We’ve seen leaked photos of a rumored Lumia 822 handset that appears to be heading to Verizon, and Nokia has produced a Lumia 810 version for T-Mobile
While the Grooveshark music streaming service continues to be of dubious legality , that hasn’t stopped it from making some notable changes lately. Last month, the company unveiled a new mobile browser app that lets users of all platforms stream their music, and today Grooveshark has just unveiled a major site redesign. For starters, recommended songs and albums from a variety of genres are now front and center, with the option to play a “station” form each one click away. This isn’t a surprise to see, as services like Spotify and Pandora have made station-based music discovery a major focus.
Galaxy S III owners, your wait for Jelly Bean might be nearing and end. Samsung just confirmed that all US variants of its flagship Android phone will receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean “in the coming months,” though there’s amazingly still no solid date at this time. That’s likely due to the individual carriers rolling these updates out on their own schedules; Samsung noted that each individual carrier would announce the specific update timing and method on their own. This isn’t a huge surprise, considering Samsung started rolling out Android 4.1 for international Galaxy S III handsets last month — but it’s good to know that all five carriers in the US will be offering the upgrade.
Samsung is taking the wraps off its 13-inch Series 5 Ultra Touch Windows 8 ultrabook today, and at a starting price of $809.99 for the Core i3 version, it’s one of the more reasonably-priced machines we’ve seen so far. An extra $50 will buy you a Core i5 processor upgrade, but otherwise, both models will have the same 1366×768 display, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive with 24GB of ExpressCache — Samsung’s term for high-speed solid state storage directly on the logic board. The Series 5 Ultra Touch isn’t breaking any records with its 3.83-pound weight, but it’s not bad for a machine with a spinning hard drive. The company also took a minute to touch on its renamed Ativ Smart PC 500T and 700T Windows 8 tablets, which will be… Continue reading…
Researchers believe they’ve found a first: a planet with four suns . Discovered by Kian Jek and Robert Gagliano, members of the crowdsourced astronomy site Planet Hunters , the planet revolves around a pair of suns, with another pair of stars orbiting them . The planet — confirmed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii — is less than 5,000 light years away and over six times the size of Earth. Planet Hunters provides users with data captured by the Kepler space telescope, allowing them to search for variances that may indicate the existence of previously-undiscovered planets. Because it’s the first confirmed planet discovered using the site, scientists have named the new planet PH1.
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Researchers discover planet with four suns
The Wall Street Journal has published a great gallery showing the process that turns an ordinary actress into a blood-curdling zombie for the AMC series The Walking Dead , which returns for a third season tomorrow. Professional makeup artistry is nothing new, but what’s interesting here is the sheer effort that goes in — as a “hero walker,” one of the more prominent zombies in the show, actress Xan Angelovich receives a full prosthetic make-over, including scars and bite marks on her neck, deep wounds on her face, and even a black, ink-like substance on her teeth. The overall effect is shocking, but perhaps not as shocking as having to take it all off again once filming is complete.
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How makeup transforms a ‘Walking Dead’ actress into a full-blown zombie
RIM’s new generation of phones is still under wraps, but a laissez-faire video policy has given us another look at one of them. At an event in Mexico, Hola Telcel captured footage of a RIM employee showing off BlackBerry 10 on an unreleased device, apparently the L-Series “London” phone that leaked last year . The resulting video is blurry, but the phone hardware matches what we’ve seen as recently as September , with a rectangular design and angled top and bottom. The squared-off icons from last month’s leak have also made another appearance, though it’s hard to glean too many details from the demonstration
We were warned that Windows RT tablets wouldn’t be cheap , and those warnings have now been confirmed. The Asus Vivo Tab RT, formerly known as the Tablet 600, is now available for pre-order for $599.99 from online retailers including Staples, Newegg, TigerDirect, and FutureShop. That’s only for the 10.1-inch Tegra 3 tablet computer itself, mind you, as the keyboard docking station required to turn it into a genuine Transformer (and double the unit’s battery life) will cost an additional $200. TigerDirect has a bundle with both the tablet and keyboard for $799.99, while Staples is offering what appears to be a discount on the keyboard, selling it for $169.99.
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Asus Vivo Tab RT pre-sales begin, first Windows RT tablet starts at $599.99
Four Nintendo product developers and general managers sat down this week to discuss the engineering behind the Wii U , as part of the ongoing Iwata Asks interview series . According to Genyo Takeda, a Senior Managing Director, the key to combining low power consumption with high-level performance was Nintendo’s decision to adopt a multi-core CPU and to “fully embrace” an MCM (multi chip module), which weds CPU and GPU in a single component. This process involved several different manufacturers, which presented difficulties in analyzing any defects, though Nintendo says it drew upon its earlier experiences to devise a system that quickly identifies problems with minimal effort. Continue reading…
October 9th. Tenth month, ninth day. Ten times nine is 90.
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90 Seconds on The Verge: of Windows Phone 8, MS Points, iPod touch, and Lytro camera
Nicola Palmer, Verizon’s CTO, spoke today at MobileCon about Verizon’s upcoming LTE roadmap. Today the company announces that it will launch service in its 400th market, Marquette Michigan, on October 18th. Verizon has long had an advantage in LTE and despite inroads from AT&T and (to a lesser extent) Sprint, the company has a long lead in terms of LTE coverage and speed. In the face of these upstarts, Verizon was keen to re-establish itself as the LTE leader in the US.
First year-long ISS mission planned for 2015, scientists hope to learn implications of long-term spaceflight
The first year-long continuous stay at the International Space Station is slated for Spring 2015, according to NASA. Until now, the hard limit on longterm spaceflight inside the ISS has been six months. That will all change when two astronauts (one representing the United States, the other Russia) board a Soyuz rocket and begin a journey set to last an entire calendar year. With the expedition, scientists hope to gain valuable information on how the human body fares in space for extended periods of time. We’ve already seen a detrimental impact on things like bone density, vision and other physical traits, but there’s still plenty more for NASA to learn before it’s comfortable sending astronauts to the far reaches of the cosmos.