Posts Tagged ‘30th’
Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make …
If you didn’t get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we’ve opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week brought a peek at Motorola’s upcoming cheaper version of the Moto X, glimpses of the Lumia 929 for Verizon in white and two new smartphones to MetroPCS. So buy the …
As we begin to experience the post-Breaking Bad era, there are a few other options to check out on TV this week, including the start of Major League Baseball playoff games. That said, the series finale was good enough that we wouldn’t argue if you just kept replaying it every night this week. It’s fall premiere season, so new shows continue to arrive including CBS’ We Are Men and The Millers as well as NBC’s Ironside, Welcome to the Family and Sean Saves the World. Low Winter Sun wraps up its premiere season, along with finales for Hell on Wheels and The Bridge. Blu-ray and videogame highlights include NBA 2K14 for current-gen systems, The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Edition and This Is the End. The biggest name that’s not on our list? GTA V‘s online features, which will debut tomorrow. Look after the break for our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and gaming.
Catch Notes never quite caught on as much as Evernote did, but we’ll bet its loyal users will still be upset to know it’s shuttering on August 30th. An announcement posted on the company’s website reveals that it’s terminating its note-taking service, which includes its Android and iOS apps as well as its browser extensions. While the end of Catch Notes is nigh, it doesn’t seem the company itself is closing up, as the same announcement talks about moving “in a different direction.” Until we hear what the firm has in mind, those who’ve been using the service over the years can export their notes via Catch.com. You can then import the CVS or the ZIP file to other productivity tools like Evernote, OneNote, Simplenote or Springpad. There’s less than 30 days to find a new service that tickles your fancy, but at least you won’t have to start from scratch.
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Ballmer and Co. have been tight lipped when it comes to Surface sales figures, but they’ve finally opened up a little — albeit at Uncle Sam’s behest. An SEC filing reveals that the first-party tablet raked in a total of $ 853 million in revenue between its debut and June 30th, the end of Microsoft’s fiscal year. Though details on how many slates have shipped or sold is still MIA, price drops and word of “inventory adjustments” makes us suspect that those numbers are still too modest for Redmond’s taste.
The end of an era arrives Sunday, when Sprint will officially shut the door on its Nextel iDEN push-to-talk service. Subscribers who’ve held onto the legacy PTT standard with white knuckle grips (and extra fees) will have to switch to its Direct Connect offering for continued chirping capabilities — or migrate to the likes of Ma Bell’s haus. The freed up 800MHz spectrum won’t remain idle; if you’ll recall, it’ll be re-allocated to give a major boost to Sprint’s 4G CDMA voice/LTE data rollout for 2014. Hurry up and make that switch if you haven’t already and relive some Sprint Nextel memories with us after the break.
Microsoft previously promised Surface Pro availability in the UK this month, but it’s revealing an exact date and pricing today. Brits will be able to purchase Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet on May 23rd, priced at £719 for the 64GB model and £799 for the 128GB version. The usual Surface accessories will also be available, including the Touch and Type Covers.
Expansion to other European markets will take place on May 30th, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Other international markets like Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, will see Surface Pro availability by the end of May too.
We saw AT&T open up a registration page for the Galaxy S 4 almost as soon as Samsung’s presentation was over, but now that link is exposing a bit more information. Several tipsters let us know that for customers in certain areas, the website is now showing the 16GB GS 4 available for pre-order in White Frost or Black Mist. Anyone can see some of the details, including that it’s promised to ship April 30th and has an off-contract pricetag of $ 639 ($ 199 w/ two-year agreement). Those who can get further in the ordering process report it’s promised to arrive at their homes on or before May 3rd, with two-day shipping. Hit the link below if you’re move to get your pre-order for Samsung’s latest standard-bearer as soon as possible.
[Thanks, Stephen, Asim, Jeff]
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BlackBerry fans waiting for an opportunity to blend the BlackBerry 10 OS with a more familiar QWERTY formfactor may know exactly how long they have left, at least north of the border. Mobile Syrup received this pic tonight of what is purported to be an internal Rogers document, which lists the launch date for the BlackBerry Q10 as April 30th. A few other phones appear on the list as well, revealing the Canadian carrier will be offering the Nokia Lumia 520 and a couple of Doro’s PhoneEasy models. If this date holds up it’s a lot more specific than what we’d heard before — hopefully we’re not left waiting much longer for US release information.
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Minecraft has already been plenty successful on the Xbox 360 as a downloadable game, but it looks like there will soon be another way for players to find their way into the world-building game. Microsoft announced today that Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition will be available as a disc-based game at all the usual retail outlets on April 30th, where it’ll set you back $ 19.99. The game will be otherwise identical to the downloadable version, and come complete with all the features and content that will be included in the forthcoming ninth update to the game. Gamers in Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan will have to wait a bit longer to get it, though, with release dates in those countries set for “early June.”
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