If Amazon's been your internet safe haven from the ravages of sales tax, you may want to sit down. As part of a settlement with the great state of Texas, Bezos' baby will start collecting the state's requisite 6.25-percent sales tax on July 1st. The settlement resolves the online retailer's ongoing dispute with the Lone Star state, which claimed that Amazon owed $269 million in back taxes. In addition to taking up collection, Amazon has agreed to create at least 2,500 jobs and invest a minimum of $200 million in capital investments, though it admits no fault, and believes "the assessment was without merit," according to its latest SEC filing. Grouped in with Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota and Washington, this agreement makes Texas the sixth state to collect sales tax from Amazon -- and California, Nevada and Arizona will join the collection club in due time. Check out the source links below for the Texas Comptroller's official statement and more reading on Amazon's tax agreements across the nation.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Monday, 30 April 2012
Thanks to Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, we've now had a glimpse at what the Windows 8 welcome screen will look like. As you can see, the typography is very Metro indeed. Within Windows also mentions that the background image is customizable, and we're wondering if it might not pull from your current Windows 8 theme. This particular shot shows the CTRL + ALT + DELETE login option, but we imagine you'll still be able to log in by clicking your account picture tile as well.
Rivera and Thurrott also mention that the tablet version of the welcome screen will allow you to log in by swiping a pattern on the screen -- as you can on current Android devices.
Four days before the purported launch of Samsung's cloud service, Korea's other technology giant has unveiled LG Cloud. The eponymous service offers 5GB free space as standard, while owners of LG's Smart TVs or smartphones will get 50GB free for six months. It'll push content between your devices, appropriately compressed for the medium, so high definition images on your TV will be slimmed down to save your phone's data cap. The free beta begins in South Korea and the US from May 1st, with a global rollout pencilled in for next year -- but don't worry, the company made it clear you'll be able to use it on your holidays, if you can find a signal.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Samsung's Galaxy S III is due to launch officially on May 3rd, and for those Samsung fanboys who can't wait to see the new Galaxy, someone in Taiwan has taken pictures of the new Galaxy phone that shows the model number GT -I9300. Check out the pictures after the break!
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These two brawlers were given until July to come together and mediate over their numerous globe-spanning patent lawsuits, but it appears neither side needs to wait that long. According to Foss Patents, May 21st and 22nd have been circled on the calendar of a certain San Francisco courthouse, where Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero will attempt to arbitrate in a calm, soothing voice for two days straight. Presenting himself as a confidant who sits outside of the main litigation being conducted in San Jose, Spero has already asked both parties to open up and provide "candid" statements about the strengths and weaknesses of their own cases, as a first step towards identifying areas of compromise. Fortunately, he still has a few weeks in which to devise further cunning plans.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
We have no words. If you're offended by coarse language, don't watch the video after the break. No complaining. You've been warned. Windows Phone, this guy's all yours.
If you step away from your system and someone else decides to sit down and poke around, PrivateEye will present a confusing jumble of garbled text. It'll even notify you if someone tries to peek over your shoulder -- and display a picture of your peeping Tom, throw up an alert, or sound an alarm.
Check out the video embed after the break, and share your thoughts in the comments!
We've got our doubts about the authenticity of the image. In addition to showing several of the built-in games which already ship with Windows, Opera is listed -- and a competing browser seems like an odd inclusion this early on. Of course, with the browser ballot still in place in the EU for quite some time, Microsoft would probably need to include rivals like Opera and Firefox to stay out of trouble. We're also not sure why Clickgamer is shown beneath Angry Birds instead of Rovio -- the game's actual publisher.
It's still early, of course, so it's entirely possible that the Windows App Store image is genuine but merely using placeholder images and text for now. Anyone else thinking Windows Marketplace might be a more logical name? You know, to keep things consistent with Windows Phone and keep Apple's legal eagles at bay.
Sunday, 29 April 2012
Our lovely Shanghai-based artist Hong Yi, also known as Red, used 750 pair of socks to create a rather unusual sock portrait of the famous Chinese film director Zhang Yimou. Previously, her famous coffee stain and basketball painting had made some sensation on the net. For her first 3-D piece, she took three weeks to complete, with 750 pairs of socks and thousands of safety pins. As a final touch, she suspended the work from a bamboo pole in the old residential alleyway. The inspiration is came from the Chinese culture of bamboo sticks poking out of windows with laundry hanging out to dry. Check out the video and behind the scene after the break ...
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Right now, the webOS 3.0 beta is only available to Early Access developers. The crew at PreCentral states that HP appears to have eased up on access restrictions, however, so hopefully more devs will get on board and those of you who are planning to buy a TouchPad in the next couple months will have plenty of slick webOS 3.0 apps to install on your new tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is coming! And in just a few days we'll be live from London to bring you full coverage of the announcement event. This week saw an insane level of hype and anticipation building for Samsung's new flagship smartphone. We've had trailers, rumors, leaks, leaks and more leaks, and we've also brought you a full run-down of what we're expecting to see from Samsung next Thursday.
We also had out usual share of device announcements leaks and updates elsewhere in the Android world. We got our first look at Sony's new entry-level phone, codenamed "Tapioca", along with launches for the Panasonic Eluga, Samsung Galaxy S Advance and LG Optimus 3D Max. And we also had a thorough review of one of the leading cases for the new HTC One X.
We've got all the highlights from the past week in international Android news below. If you've got an international story, be sure to tip us at the usual address.
- Review: HTC One X Hard Shell Case with White Flip Stand
- Editorial: Unravelling Samsung's Galaxy S3 riddle
- Index: Samsung Galaxy S3 news
On the list of nerd pastimes, miniaturization ranks pretty high. So, we're not exactly surprised to see a tiny N64 controller, but we're kind of amazed that this rather extreme hack managed to avoid detection since January. The itty bitty controller isn't a mod, but an original construction built around a PIC microcontroller. You might notice that the yellow C buttons are absent, instead Kirren (the creator) went with a tiny four way switch, which you'll see above the blue and green A and B buttons. The design skips the L key, but you'll find R and Z on the rear face. For a short clip of it in action head on after the break and, if you want to build one yourself, hit up the source.Permalink | | Email this | Comments