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The Lost Mission of Doom 3 BFG Edition

QuakeCon kicked off today with a batch of screens and a new video for Doom 3 BFG Edition, showing off The Lost Mission, a pack of new content exclusive to BFG’s remastered homicidal action. As you can see in the above video and screens below, the new Doom 3 can be just as jump-worthy as the original, but supposedly with more Bs, Fs and Gs (Blood, Flaying a419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤nd… Geese?).Doom 3 BFG Edition is scheduled to drop on October 16 in North America, for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Gallery: Doom 3 BFG Edition (QuakeCon 2012) | 8 Photos 8 +4

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Lichborne: Guide to PvE blood death knights in Mists of Pandaria

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Lichborne for blood, frost, and unholy death knights. In the post-Cataclysm era, death knights are no longer the new kids on the block. Let’s show the other classes how a hero class gets things done.With Mists of Pandaria fast approaching, we continue our basic guides to the specs as they stand in the expansion. This week, we catch up with blood tanks. As a reminder, the following guide is for the basics of the419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤 class and spec.Blood basics in Mists of PandariaBlood has changed remarkably little in Mists of Pandaria. Our basic setup is still using Death Strike to get our Blood Shield up, while trying to keep threat at the same time. Vengeance is now based off the amount of damage you’ve taken in the last 20 seconds, which won’t be a huge deal but may lead to some attack power and threat spikes in the long run. Be aware that, especially at the start of a fight, you may need to work slightly harder for threat.The two things you will probably notice the most are the 1-second global cooldown and the loss of 30-second Outbreak. The GCD change was one that was very much needed for DPS death knights but wasn’t really an issue for us. However, since Blizzard decided to make that GCD change global to the class, we do have to deal with it. It may cause some noticeable downtime. That said, it will also allow you to fit in more emergency health-gaining cooldowns faster, so it may be a fair trade. Overall, it’s something that should be easy to get used to and may work to our advantage more often than not.A 30-second Outbreak is a little more of a solid nerf, in that you will have to deal with Outbreak’s being on cooldown just when you need it most, but Blizzard has taken most of that agony out of the equation, since Scarlet Fever now allows Blood Boil to refresh diseases. Just be sure not to let diseases completely drop, and you’re golden. Stamina, mastery, avoidance, and other stats for staying aliveStat priorities have also changed very little in Mists of Pandaria. This is in part because since we already had an active mitigation ability, we didn’t see an increased need for hit and expertise. As usual, though, tank stat priorities are a little more nuanced than DPS stat priorities, so we’ll go over them.Stamina, as usual, is king. The more HP you have, the more hits you can take. As before, though, there is such a thing as too much stamina. There is going to be a point at which your healers can keep you alive through most stuff, and your health pool is large enough they’ll have time to react. That point is going to be different for every raid group (due to healer skill, your skill, and the raid size), so discuss it with your raid leaders, then decide when to stop stacking.Mastery continues to be a very important secondary stat. The more you stack, the bigger your Blood Shields will be. Conventional wisdom in Mists dictates this will still be the most important secondary stat to stack for most death knights after you have your preferred amount of stamina.Dodge and parry You’ll have more parry naturally simply because strength will give it to you in rather large amounts. In addition, diminishing returns have changed enough that parry is slightly better. If you want to keep it simple, just favor parry for the most part, but don’t worry about dodge if you have it.Hit and expertise While I originally thought they were removing the ability for Blood Shield to trigger even if you missed with Death Strike, here’s some good news: They haven’t. With that in mind, hit and expertise go down to somewhat non-critical again, and you certainly don’t need to stack more than the 7.5% soft caps in either stat. That said, if you need some extra threat, hit and expertise are a good place to start. The more attacks connect, the more threat you gain.Strength provides both a good amount of parry rating for survival and attack power for threat, but you won’t really be focusing on getting it. Your tank gear should have strength on it by default, and that should be enough.A talent for bloody workAlmost every talent has decent situational uses for blood death knights, so there’s not really a cookie-cutter build. We’ll look at each tier one by one and discuss the issues.Tier 1 Plague Leech will provide an extra death rune that you can then convert into part of a death strike, so it’s a very solid talent choice and likely the min-maxing raid boss talent of the choice. The only downside is that you’ll have to reapply diseases eventually to get Weakened Blows back up, so you’ll want to make sure Outbreak will be off cooldown. If gaming Plague Leech feels like trouble, don’t sweat it. Just pick another talent on this level. Unholy Blight is excellent both for AoE situations and for filling in disease gaps when Outbreak is on cooldown, and Roiling Blood synergizes nicely with Scarlet Fever to make sure your diseases stay up and spread after that initial Outbreak as long as at least one mob is left alive.Tier 2 Lichborne continues to be an excellent choice for the self-heal trick, and if certain bosses have fear type effects, it becomes the obvious choice. Anti-Magic Zone will be useful primarily for helping out your raid. If you’re facing a boss with high magic damage and there’s an AoE that’s unavoidable (or your raid members are bad at avoiding it), it might be worth picking this talent up. Purgatory looks ironclad at first glance, but understand that if you and your healers are not on your toes, all it does it add another couple of seconds to your lifespan. You’ll need to not only heal out of the Purgatory debuff, but make sure that you have enough health to survive the boss’ next hit. If you’re healed back to 1,000 health and the boss hits for 2,000 health, the boss is still going to kill you, even if Purgatory technically saved you. It also has an internal cooldown of 3 minutes, meaning you can use Lichborne more often than you can count on Purgatory to save you.Tier 3 Death’s Advance is hard to pass up on this tier. Not only do you get the great passive speed boost, but you can trigger it for an emergency rush of speed. That makes it great for catching runners, snagging adds, or chasing after a mob who’s chasing after a DPSer who’s running around like a chicken with his head cut off. Chillblains can be useful for making sure mobs stay wrangled. It’s a lot easier to keep a mob in your sights when it’s slowed. In addition, if you come across a fight that requires kiting, you’ll have a great way to make that easier on you.Tier 4 Death Pact is probably the closest thing we have to a mandatory talent. It heals for a huge chunk of health and isn’t incredibly disruptive to your ability to generate Death Strikes or build threat. Simply pop Raise Dead, pop Death Pact, and you’ve just been healed for a whole heck of a lot. If Conversion or Death Siphon fit your playstyle or might provide some situational advantage for a specific fight, go for it, but I’d strongly recommend Death Pact.Tier 5 Blood Tap makes a lot of sense for blood death knights on this tier, simply because it provides a death rune that you will be able to use for a Death Strike every single time. In addition, since it’s off the GCD now, you can either macro it or keep it handy for an emergency, and it won’t disrupt your existing threat rotation. You can also take Runic Empowerment here, and either let it alone or use the old “rune tetris” standby rotation where you keep a blood rune off cooldown at all times.Tier 6 Remorseless Winter feels like the default choice for this tier, certainly for AoE trash clearing. Slowing and eventually stunning mobs just makes for easier control, easier threat, and better survival all around. Gorefiend’s Grasp is another strong talent for wrangling mobs. Just remember, it doesn’t give you threat automatically, so be ready to lay down some AoE when you pull with it. The other thing to remember about Gorefiend’s Grasp is that it pulls mobs to your target. This means you can use it to pull mobs to your off tank or main tank if you’re in a two-tank setup or to kite mobs by pulling them to a far-away target. Just be sure the spell won’t pull anything that shouldn’t be pulled or otherwise moved before you cast it.The glyph situation Glyphs are pretty tertiary in a lot of ways this expansion, at least for PvE death knights. Avoid Glyph of Tranquil Grip, because you will definitely want that Death Grip taunt. Other than that, most glyphs will be either situational or a matter of personal preference. See our death knight glyph rundown part 1 and part 2 for more information.Threat rotationsUnlike DPSers, we don’t always have to feel constrained by a constant flurry of activity and a set rotation, though your aim as a death knight tank should be to generate as many death strikes as possible while keeping threat at a good level. You will, of course, want to be using a two-handed weapon, and you’ll want to be in Blood Presence with Bone Shield up. Here’s some basic advice on spending your resources:Get your diseases up via Outbreak and keep them up. Try to avoid spending runes on disease upkeep if at all possible by refreshing them with Blood Boil via Scarlet Fever or via your tier 1 talent if you choose not to take Plague Leech.Use Death and Decay for AoE threat if neededUse Death Strike for your death, frost, and unholy runes otherwise.Use Rune Strike for your runic power when your frost and unholy runes are on cooldown.If there are more than three adds or you need to refresh diseases, use Blood Boil for your blood runes.Use Soul Reaper for your blood runes if your target is below 35% health.Use Heart Strike for your blood runes otherwise.Game your runes as proper for your tier 5 skill, either using “rune tetris” for Runic Empowerment or using Blood Tap such that it will be more likely to convert a blood rune. If you’re having trouble gaming runes, don’t get too frustrated; it probably won’t be important unless you’re a bleeding edge progression raider.Of course, this is just the bare-bones basics for what you need to, and you’ll need to adjust as the situation demands, such as using more Blood Boils for extra AoE threat at the cost of a bit of survivability, if needed. In addition, be sure to weave in survivability cooldowns like Vampiric Blood and Icebound Fortitude as the situation demands.Addendum: After some further testing and based some discussion and the comments below, I realized I was making a few faulty assumptions about hit and expertise. They’re still very valuable stats, but you won’t need them to keep your Blood Shield up. I’ve corrected that in the proper section above.Learn the ropes of endgame play with WoW Insider’s DK 101 guide. Make yourself invaluable to your raid group with Mind Freeze and other interrupts, gear up with pre-heroic DPS gear or pre-heroic tank gear, and plot your path to tier 11/valor point DPS gear.

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Japan considers using social networks in disaster situations

Emergency services are embracing technology as new ways to investigate, send alerts and receive reports of crises. And now, the Japanese are looking at social networks to support communication in disaster scenarios, especially when traditional services fail. The local Fire and Disaster Management Agency put together a panel discussion on just that topic, with representatives attending from the likes of Twitter, Yahoo, Mixi and NHN Japan, a419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤s well as various government and emergency bodies. The talk was motivated, in part, by the March tsunami, when the internet was the sole means of information for some, and with initiatives like Google’s Person Finder playing a role in the aftermath. Any formal implementation of the ideas discussed is probably a long way off, and this is the first of three planned meets to hash it out. In the meantime, however, Twitter’s Japanese blog posted some suggestions on how their network could be used in emergencies — we just hope they won’t be needed anytime soon. Engadget’s parent company, Verizon, now owns Yahoo. Engadget remains editorially independent.

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Do you live in San Francisco? Do you want to write for Engadget?

Oh sure, you love gadgets — but do you have the chops to write about them? We’d love to know if you think you do, because we’re looking to actually pay people to do this stuff. Professional writing experience, particularly in our industry, is greatly preferred. That said, what we really care about is that you can write skillfully about gadgets with wit, concision, authority and blinding speed, even if you haven’t cut your teeth in the press just yet. Oh, and being obsessed with Engadget is good, too. We’re looking for an editor in the San Francisco area. Want to apply? Read on. Here’s what you need to send to apply: Writing For those with professional writing experience, simply send links or a portfolio of your work, as well as any aspirations you’d like us to know about, to jobsATengadgetDOTcom. Small attachments are fine. (If you’re wavering, just send it — this is an awesome place to work.) For those without professional experience, send us three sample posts written in the Engadget style. “The Engadget style” doesn’t mean a generic-sounding blog voice — think about how your own writing style and voice can shine through while still fitting Engadget. These sample posts can be about whatever you want, but they should seem like they could have been written by one of our writers. We won’t be using these on the site, we just want to get a sense of how well you can do this stuff. Your favorite related gadgets (and why) of all time. Give us a few words about how you think Engadget differs from other technology pubs out there. About You A few words about yourself. (Please note, due to legalities we can’t hire minors.) Your contact info and city of residence. How much time per week you can commit to blogging. If it’s less than 40 hours a week then you probably shouldn’t bother. Be realistic, okay? Any other questions you may have about the gig. Other tidbits You must live either in San Francisco or a short (very short) drive / train away. When we need writers in other places, we’ll put out another call! This role is for a general editor, which covers a bit of everything that we do — covering briefings, investigative reporting, writing, the works. You need to be awesome, and you need to be ready to work incredibly hard at what’s likely the world’s greatest job. Note that we will only review fully complete applications, and remember to pu419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤t the name of the position — [San Francisco Editor] — in the title of your email. We also apologize, but the sheer volume of applications makes it difficult to respond to everyone. If we’re interested we’ll get in touch, and thanks in advance! Please remember: To apply to Engadget, please send us an email at jobsATengadgetDOTcom. If you’re an experienced writer with any intricate questions about the role, you can ping darrenATengadgetDOTcom.

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Xiaomi Phones may enter Europe next year, because China ain’t big enough

Here’s a bit of good news to soak in over the weekend. After the unveiling of the Xiaomi Phone 2 (aka Mi2) in front of some 3,000 people yesterday, a reliable source informed us that the Chinese startup is already looking to bring its highly affordable phones to Europe next year. Alas, we couldn’t get a more specific time frame, but assuming Xiaomi wants to deliver its first quad core device to the Europeans as well, it’d likely be within the first half of next year, well before the next August 16th announcement (the company’s managed to stick to the same date so far). Of course, it all depends on whether Xiaomi can scale its business model for the unknown territories, and it’ll certainly need some solid partners to do so — much like its collaboration with local retail channels China Unicom, China Telecom and Vancl. Luckily, the MIUI developer will be doing a warm up first in Taiwan. As reported by Business Next last month, chairman Lei Jun made a high profile visit to several Taiwanese carriers in the hopes of breaking into their market by the end of this year. If successful, Lei should be able to meet his ambitious sales target of 6 million Xiaomi Phones accumulated — still some way away from the 3.52 million units sold so far. Judging by the madness at the event this week (see gallery below), it should be no problem. Gallery: Xiaomi Phone 2 (Mi2) hands-on | 12 Photos 12 419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤 +8 Gallery: Xiaomi Phone 1S and 2 launch event | 20 Photos 20 +16

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Switched On: Trading places

Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. If widespread rumors hold true, the coming weeks will see two of the most successful tablet vendors invade each other’s screen size turf. Apple, which once rebuked the 7-inch tablet as unfit for normally proportioned human hands, appears ready to try its own hand at an iPad rumored to be on the larger side of the 7- to 8-inch range. Amazon, which lagged its bookselling rival Barnes & Noble in bringing out a color tablet, stands ready to introduce an infernal successor to the Kindle Fire that may include a display that is close to 9-inches or larger. It’s not quite the first ride along the screen size escalator for either company. For Apple, a smaller iPad would fill in the iOS screen size gap between the iPhone and iPad. For Amazon, also rumored to be working on a phone, a larger color tablet would revisit the ground it explored to lackluster results with the Kindle DX. That product hasn’t kept up with even e-paper-based e-readers with advances such as touchscreens and side-lighting, both of which are found in the latest Nook Simple Nook. While the pricing rivalry between the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet drummed up interest in the 7-inch tablet category and the performance of the Nexus 7 advanced it, Apple — due in part to the iPad’s global presence versus these competitors — has remained high atop the tablet market. Indeed, Amazon’s success in the color tablet market stems not only from the product’s low price relative to most other tablets regardless of screen size, but also its staking out of a market segment that Apple seemed reluctant to pursue. Apple’s introduction of an “iPad mini” would turn up the heat on the Kindle Fire but Amazon could still likely beat Apple on price. The tougher challenge for the online retailer will be taking Apple on in the larger screen sizes where few companies have scratched the retinal surface of the iPad’s volume. Here, too, Amazon will likely undercut Apple, but that strategy has not been 419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤very effective for a host of Android-based competitors, and it became an even more challenging task when Apple kept the iPad 2 in the market at $399. Not only that, but those tablets have had full access to Android Market and its successor Google Play, which includes a far greater selection of apps than Amazon’s Appstore for Android. More Info Bloomberg: Amazon is planning a smartphone Leaked photo allegedly shows iPad mini’s dock connector flex cable with headphone jack on bottom Engadget’s summer gear guide 2012: tablets But, as is well-understood these days, this battleground would not be among four devices but rather (at least) two ecosystems — one driven by Apple’s mature app library, another by Amazon’s content and services anchored in Amazon Prime. Amazon’s recent delivery of its Instant Video app for the iPad mitigates some of the Kindle Fire’s advantage in a large screen size, but helps to prime the pump for what the company can do in a larger-format color Kindle Fire focused on content consumption and it would help keep the tablet atop Android-based competitors. In addition, a larger format Kindle Fire could have appeal to Amazon’s avid reader customer base looking for a better platform on which to view magazines. Apple, on the other hand, would be sure to use compatibility with tens of thousands of optimized iPad apps running on its newly minted iOS 6 to differentiate a smaller iPad from a host of other smaller tablets. It would also create an opportunity to deliver the iPad experience at a lower price. Such a product could also offer a richer alternative to the iPod touch, which has lost some of its appeal versus the iPhone as Apple’s smartphone has proliferated to many more carriers since its days of AT&T exclusivity. The releases would mark the last salvos from the market leader and an aggressive niche-carver before the onslaught of competition from Windows 8, which seeks to redefine the tablet experience by gluing it on to the full PC capabilities of a desktop environment. They will also put more pressure on other Android tablets which, despite the success that Google has seen taking a page from the Kindle Fire’s e-book, continue to struggle on the whole. Ross Rubin (@rossrubin) is principal analyst at Reticle Research, an advisory firm focused on consumer technology. Views expressed in Switched On are his own.

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The World Ends With You’s Solo Remix: A small step toward something greater

This is a column by Kat Bailey dedicated to the analysis of the once beloved Japanese RPG sub-genre. Tune in every Wednesday for thoughts on white-haired villains, giant robots, Infinity+1 swords, and everything else the wonderful world of JRPGs has to offer. Well, that was a little anti-climactic, wasn’t it? For a second there, I really thought that we were going to get an actual sequel to The World Ends With You. But no, we’re getting a port instead – an iOS port at that.As always, the backlash was predictable, and Square Enix didn’t help themselves with their countdown or the price point ($20 or $18 depending on iOS device – yikes). But I’m sure Square Enix had its reasons; those reasons being: It’s a relatively easy way for Square Enix to continue gauging popular interest in the series. The World Ends With You was originally designed with touchscreen support in mind, which translates nicely to mobile devices (the lack of a second screen for Neku’s partner is another matter). It will probably turn a profit. I hear businesses like money.Basically, it’s a way for Square Enix to exhume the series after shoveling dirt on it and moving on four years ago. This isn’t Square Enix dashing hopes of a sequel; it’s Square Enix raising those hopes up a notch. At a guess, it’s hoping to raise The World Ends With You’s profile with mainstream gamers in such a way that the sequel will be a bona fide success, and not just a cult hit. Right now, there’s no better way to reach the masses than to put something out on iOS, which might answer why the game hasn’t found life on the Vita. And you know what? The port doesn’t look bad. As I’ve already mentioned, the touchscreen controls from the original are a natural fit for the iPad and iPhone – no virtual controller needed. Square has also redrawn the art for high-definition screens and added additional music, which is a huge step up from the rather rote Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger ports. One almost gets the sense that Square Enix is trying to tailor this version for mobile devices.There is, of course, the whole issue with the lack of a second screen. Square Enix’s solution seems to be to drop Neku’s partner and add a few additional touch components. Is it ideal? Probably not. But the dual screen component wasn’t exactly the selling point for the original game either. If anything, more people have complained to me about how hard it is to control two characters at once than about the character designs (which remain … interesting).If there’s 419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤a problem, it’s that Square Enix doesn’t seem to “get” the iOS platform. The World Ends With You is a long way from the shoddy Chrono Trigger port from a couple years back, but the app is not universal across the iPad and iPod/iPhone. That alone suggests that Square Enix has only the faintest idea of what iOS users really want. There’s also a matter of the game’s iOS price. I’m sure that Square Enix is thinking, “Well, $20 is half the price of a new Nintendo DS game. And there’s a lot of content there.” And they’re right! But iOS also plays by a different set of rules than the 3DS or the Vita. My girlfriend has put a good 30 hours into Battleheart – a cute but admittedly limited RPG for the iPhone. It cost her all of $2.99.I don’t know that there’s a solution to that issue. I don’t think that all Square Enix iOS RPGs should be as simple as Battleheart; but I’m also aware that higher production values come at a price, and that iOS fans aren’t always willing to pay that price. Maybe the solution is to make them free-to-play (or very cheap) and subsist on virtual goods. In any case, Square Enix RPGs are certainly welcome on mobile devices, but there’s still some tweaking to do.The feeling I get is that The World Ends With You is one step down the road to something greater. Maybe soon Square will figure out how to apply its properties to the iOS in a way that truly does fit the platform. Maybe soon we’ll have a real, live sequel to one of the best RPGs on the Nintendo DS. We’ll just have to wait.Kat Bailey is a freelance writer based out of San Francisco, California. Her work has been featured on multiple outlets, including GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, gamesTM, and GameSpot. You can follow her on Twitter at @the_katbot.

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Dear Aunt TUAW: Help! I bought my dad an iPad!

given my Dad that iPad. When he and my Mom were going on a driving trip, I asked if he wanted 3G service. He says “Sure”, so I set it up.Now he’s complaining about shelling out $30 a month to AT&T, so I’m telling him to cancel the service. Except he doesn’t know what his password is and I think he’s putting in the wrong email address (HE ONLY HAS TWO). And he doesn’t read my emails explaining all this.I thought about installing 1Password, but my dad would forget that the application is on the iPad (or his Mac for that matter).Is there a way to do LogMeIn sessions to an iPad (controlling the iPad)? Without jailbreaking? Auntie needs to write an app: “Control Dad’s/Mom’s iPad.”Help!Your loving nephew,PeterDear Peter,In this world, there are things you can control (what’s for dinner, what to watch on Netflix, what to 419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤wear for that hot date) and things you cannot (your dad, your cat, and your dad’s iPad).This is, as you have probably already guessed, a human and not a technological problem. If you can, try calling instead of emailing. You might want to plan a trip out to visit your Dad (and fix up his iPad in person) or surrender to the knowledge that even if you call, the chances are slim that he will follow your directions or listen to your advice. There are things in life that cannot be fixed with technology.Unfortunately, Apple does not (yet) offer any remote administration tools for iPad. Their configuration tools for on-site administration provide a way to mass-configure large groups of iPads and iPhones, but there’s no Apple Remote Desktop-like tool available for iOS devices.One of the members of Auntie’s bridge club suggested using a combination of Skype, Reflector, mirroring and screen sharing to walk him through the problem, but if dear old Dad is having issues getting other things working, it’s unlikely that he’d be able to get this setup without assistance.Your options might expand with jailbreaking and VNC, but it sounds like you’ve ruled that out completely. Do Auntie’s other nieces and nephews have advice for Peter? Jump into the comments and share your thoughts.Hugs,Auntie T.

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Square intros flat-rate payment option at $275 per month, hits small business sweet spot

Square is most often pitched as heaven for small businesses, but tha419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤t 2.75 percent cut per transaction is sometimes a problem for stores that are too successful. Enter a new flat rate option. Shops that don’t take more than $250,000 a year in Square payments, or charge more than $400 in a given sale, can instead pay a flat $275 per month regardless of how many swipes they take. The deal makes the most sense for businesses handling more than $120,000 a year through the reader, establishing a definite limit to its usefulness; this isn’t exactly for a budding jeweler (or Starbucks). Even so, the simplicity of the rate might be very alluring for companies that aren’t keen on surprise costs or working out the math, and it’s a contrast to the half-steps towards flat rates taken by VeriFone and other, more traditional outlets going mobile. Show full PR text Square Introduces One Monthly Price for Small Businesses Mobile Payments Leader Offers First-of-its-Kind Pricing Option SAN FRANCISCO – August 16, 2012 – Square is leveling the playing field with first-of-its-kind simple pricing designed for small businesses. Square first redefined mobile payments by enabling anyone to accept credit and debit cards with a flat 2.75% fee per swipe. Today Square expands its simple pricing for card processing with a monthly price for small businesses which includes 0% processing fee and one flat $275 monthly price, no additional fees, and no contract. One monthly fee and 0% processing is the first pricing option that gives small businesses a lower processing fee than bigger merchants. Square is committed to offering prices that eliminate uncertainty and are lower than those traditionally only available for big businesses. In an industry that until now has only offered a per transaction fee, now merchants who process up to $250,000 per year can pay one flat $275 fee per month with no fee per swipe. “For 62 years, merchants have suffered complicated, expensive processing fees. Square is the first company to rethink electronic payment pricing with the merchant in mind. We are giving merchants affordable, predictable pricing, ” said Square CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey. “With one monthly price, merchants know that the sales they’ve processed in a day is the same amount deposited in the bank.”

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Apple’s components spending increasing dramatically

Statements made by Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer during the recent 3Q 2012 earnings call are beginning to make sense in light of news from AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski that shows that Apple’s prepayments for inventory components are ramping up in a big way. The Apple executives had noted that the 4Q 2012 earnings guidance would be down due to a “product transition,” basically a way of saying that they’d be spending more on building inventory for a new product coming down the pike. Cook and Oppenheimer also repeatedly referred to “confidence in the new product pipeline,” meaning that something big is coming from the company. (Chris referenced this in passing in yesterday’s Rumor Roundup.)Paczkowski pointed out a chart in Apple’s latest 10-Q filing (at the top of this post), which shows prepayment for inventory components in the June quarter rising US$1.15 billion over the previous quarter. That’s a huge buildup, and Wells Fargo Securities analyst Maynard Um is cited as saying that “Historically, such increases have been followed by a solid ramp-up in revenue in the following 2-3 quarters. In our view, an increase in inventory component prepayment may suggest that Apple is securing supply for potential new product launches.419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤“As reported by several sites yesterday, the anticipation is building for a rumored Apple event in mid-September. There’s a good chance that one of those products is the next-generation iPhone, but perhaps we’ll also see other products getting a refresh.What updated or new Apple products do you want to see? I’m holding out for a new iMac, while several of the other TUAW bloggers want a new Mac mini. Tell us your wishes for new products in the comments. #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }#next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }#next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }