AT&T’s Q2 profit: $6.8 billion made by selling 5.1 million smartphones

AT&T is shaking the bank and getting a reasonable sum out of it. Total revenue for the second quarter (a three month period) of 2012 made AT&T $31.6 billion and an income of $6.8 billion that is pocketed by the company, all achieved by selling 5.1 million smartphones (3.7 million of that being iPhones only) — less than the 5.5 million sold last quarter. In total, AT&T has 105.2 million subscribers, with 43 million of these users using smartphones which is an increase of 1.3 million in the last three months.

So yeah, AT&T did pretty well and got through half of the fiscal year.

USB to power laptops and other high-power machines after Power Delivery Spec

USB cables are going to have the capability of delivering 100 watts of power to devices including laptops and external hard drives, after the publication of a new USB Power Delivery specification — this means that USB cords are going to become the king of not only data transfers, but also power. Announced by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which includes companies such as Microsoft, Intel and Hewlett-Packard (HP), the new spec will allow for not only the powering of higher-voltage products (compared to the tablets and phones charged by USB now).

But there is some sort of legacy support, allowing consumers to check the cable type to allow the re-use of existing equipment for lower-power applications. This new addition will also prove useful to the fight against Apple’s and Intel’s Thunderbolt systems, which only provides up to 10 watts of power — enough to charge an iPad. Via: USB Implementer’s Forum

Skyrim Beta 1.7 Update Now Available On Steam

It’s that time again, Dragonborns. A Skyrim beta update is now available on Steam, with mostly fixes and memory optimization, nothing really new here. PS3 and Xbox 360 players will see the added update soon, but Steam users can op-in to the beta starting today. Changelog below, source of the awesome image above at the source link.

  1. General memory and stability optimizations
  2. Fixed crash related to new water shaders
  3. Fixed rare crash related to dragon landings
  4. Fixed logic error with loading screens from add-ons (Xbox 360)
  5. Using vampiric grip and swimming no longer prevents swimming animation from playing afterwards
  6. Improved recognition with Kinect voice commands (Xbox 360)
  7. Kinect-enabled dragon language shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish work properly (Xbox 360)
  8. Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)
  9. Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)

Via: Bethesda Blog

Mojang gets sued for ‘Minecraft’ patent infringement

It seems to be a patent troll case from the likes of Uniloc, which claims it is the exclusive license-holder of patent ‘067, a “system and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data,” said to be infringed upon in Mojang’s Android version of Minecraft, a game which was created by the famous Markus ‘Notch’ Persson. How exactly is Mojang supposedly infringing on the patent? Purportedly, “by or through making, using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing Android based applications for use on cellular phones and/or tablet devices that require communication with a server to perform a license check to prevent the unauthorized use of said application, including, but not limited to, Minecraft“.

Notch isn’t so easily swayed in such legal situations: “Unfortunately for them, they’re suing us over a software patent. If needed, I will throw piles of money at making sure they don’t get a cent.”

And for proof of Uniloc being a patent troll, they’re also suing Halfbrick, creators of both Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, Gameloft, Square Enix, X-Plane creator Laminar Research, and Electronic Arts.

Via: Eurogamer

Canon EOS M mirrorless camera arrives: 18MP APS-C sensor, $800 in October with 22mm lens

This is Canon’s shot at a mirrorless camera: the EOS M. It sports an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, 3-inch 1.04MP smudge-resistant touchscreen and the T4i’s new hybrid autofocus system.  ISO ranges from 100 to 25,600 (extended) in still mode and 12,800 (extended) when shooting video — which can be captured in 1920 x 1080 HD format at 24, 25 or 30 progressive frames per second. Not bad, Canon. There’s also continuous shooting for at 4.3 frames per second and a 22mm lens that will be included as part of a kit starting in October at $800 in black at retail stores, whilst Canon will sell a white version at its online store with a black lens.

Press release after the break.

Samsung Galaxy S III reaches 10 million in sales, prompts a little dance

While there may not be specific numbers and data for us to analyze, word of mouth from Samsung’s mobile head Shin Jong-kyun reportedly states that the Galaxy S III has sold 10 million devices since it was released on May 29th of this year, as well as according to the Yonhap News Agency. That, dear readers, redefines Android smartphone competition: Samsung set and goal and reached it, and it can only go straight up for the official Olympics phone from here on out.

Via: Yonhap News Agency

Final version of Windows 8 screenshots leak: new boot screen, colors, and more

This is just a short update in the whole scheme of Windows 8 news, but it’s pretty interesting to know that Windows 8 is nearly ready for release (production-wise), thus Microsoft is prepping the RTM version. That means the final touches are being added, like new wallpapers, window styles, the boot screen, and even colors to complete all of the aesthetics. For example, above is a look at how the windows have changed from the old “Aero” design from Windows Vista and 7 to the new “Metro” look employed on the new Windows 8, coming in late October.

Via: Winuleaked