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Sprint Suffers Another Shipment Delay, This Time with the Samsung Galaxy S III

posted Saturday Jun 23, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sprint Suffers Another Shipment Delay, This Time with the Samsung Galaxy S III

Sprint isn't having very good luck as of late. At the end of last month, their flagship HTC Evo 4G LTE phone was held up in customs because of Apple's ITC violation against HTC, which caused thousands of angry customers at a time where Sprint is taking a big risk. This week, more phone shipment problems arose for the mobile carrier.

Samsung apparently did not predict that the new Samsung Galaxy S III would be the most in-demand phone worldwide as it turned out to be. This has caused an inventory issue with Sprint and Samsung was unable to provide enough inventory to cover all of the pre-orders since June 5th and estimated sales on launch day, which was June 21st.

From Sprint's community blog,

Due to overwhelming demand for Galaxy S III worldwide, Samsung has informed us they will not be able to deliver enough inventory of Galaxy S III for Sprint to begin selling the device on June 21. We are working closely with Samsung on a delivery schedule to support our launch.

We have begun shipping pre-orders for the 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III and anticipate they will be delivered by June 21. We hope to begin shipping pre-orders for the 32GB version next week as we receive inventory.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the patience of our customers as we work through this minor delay in availability. We know they are eager to experience the next generation of the Samsung Galaxy series on the only network to provide unlimited data plans. Should this situation change, we will continue to update this post as we have new information to share.

It should be noted that Apple again tried to ban sales of the new smartphone, but a judge in the US District Court ruled that Apple could not start an argument for this case as there were already enough issues to take care of at the hearing. The judge reported that both Apple and Samsung filed a form that said they would partake in "additional discovery and briefing regarding the Samsung Galaxy S III at some later, unspecified time."

For now, hopefully the turnaround will be just as quick as the HTC one and phones can start to hit the market. I'd also like to make a footnote that T-Mobile was also affected by the shortage, but honestly, who's buying high-end phones on T-Mobile and expecting anything less than a catastrophic problem one way or another?

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Draw Something Could be Turned Into a TV Show on CBS Primetime

posted Saturday Jun 23, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

<i>Draw Something</i> Could be Turned Into a TV Show on CBS Primetime

Zynga might be making back the $200 million spent for OMGPOP sooner than they thought. Sources report that CBS has put in a significantly higher bid than several other networks to sign a deal for a pilot episode of a primetime TV show that is based on the fad craze Draw Something.

OMGPOP, the studio behind Draw Something, saw the game skyrocket to 50 million downloads by February and in April reached an average of 14 million users playing around with the app on a daily basis. Unfortunately the usage took a severe rollercoaster drop to almost half of that by May, causing investors to worry if Zynga may have overpaid for the potential up-and-coming gaming studio.

Last month, Zynga COO John Schappert fought off the negative comments of the purchase of OMGPOP, saying that, "We think of it as a game that's an evergreen franchise. It's a game that will live on for years."

Can this deal be the saving grace? We have details after the break.

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Vizio Brings Sexy Back with New Line of Computers, All While Still Packing a Punch

posted Saturday Jun 23, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Vizio Brings Sexy Back with New Line of Computers, All While Still Packing a Punch

We thought Vizio might have been a little crazy when they said at CES that they were going to start making PCs this year. I am pleased to announce I am a bit surprised in seeing their new lineup has a lot of power under the respective hoods and are made pretty well. Here's a bonus: your eyes aren't fooling you either, as the images you're looking at are not Macs. They're Vizio PCs, and they're pretty damn sexy.

Vizio's new line of computers include two thin and light notebooks, a 15-inch powerhouse and a lovely duo of all-in-one PCs. These guys, however, stand out above the rest simply for their looks alone. We have a little more breakdown of the products after the break.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video Inks Deal with MGM Studios

posted Saturday Jun 23, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Amazon Prime Instant Video Inks Deal with MGM Studios

If you thought that Amazon was going to allow their Prime Instant Video service to just linger around now that it's on the Xbox 360, you were sadly mistaken. As more and more media partners find new outlets for their content, Amazon is trucking away at new partnership deals.

This week, Amazon went right to the top of the studio world and nabbed a huge licensing deal with MGM Studios. Amazon Instant Video will now have access to classic films and TV shows going all the way back to the 1980s and can hopefully snatch up a couple of those Netflix detractors with A-movies like The Terminator, Rainman and Silence of the Lambs.

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YouTube Cracks Down on Data Scrapers

posted Saturday Jun 23, 2012 by Scott Ertz

YouTube Cracks Down on Data Scrapers

YouTube has gone on a new crackdown kick, going after a German website that converts YouTube videos to MP3. This site is a very effective way for people to steal music in high quality, without having to be watched by RIAA on a torrent site. Both Google, who owns YouTube, and the content owners, are concerned about this easy pirating process, which is significantly harder to trace than those using torrents. Combine all of that with a recent NPR blog post by an intern who claims to be part of a generation that doesn't believe they should pay for music.

So, YouTube sent a cease and desist letter to Philip Matesanz, owner of youtube-mp3.org, claiming Terms of Service violations. Part of their ToS says, "Content is provided to you AS IS." This means that you cannot change the content from that provided through the service; essentially claiming the entire concept of the service is against ToS.

Matesanz, a 21-year-old student, believes this is incorrect. Hit the break to read his statement and YouTube's response.

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Will Xbox 360 Be Banned in the United States?

posted Saturday Jun 23, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Will Xbox 360 Be Banned in the United States?

Several months ago, Microsoft filed suit against Motorola over Android-related patent infringement. Motorola, of course, counter-sued, claiming patent infringement on the Xbox 360. That suit was a little surprising, considering the companies tend to stick to like-minded infringement cases. Microsoft didn't think too much about it and let the courts get involved. Sadly for Microsoft, they have lost 4 of the 5 claims.

Both Motorola and the judge in the case have recommended that the International Trace Commission block all imports of the Xbox 360 into the US. Motorola offered a deal, giving Microsoft 33 cents for every Android phone they have sold, while charging Microsoft 2.25% of each Xbox 360 sold. Microsoft has declined this offer, leaving the Xbox 360 in jeopardy of import blocking.

So, why did Microsoft decline the offer? Hit the break to find out.

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