GoPro has been revolutionary to how action sports are filmed and now the little HD camera has just gotten even better. Today GoPro released the new Hero3+ Black Edition, a GoPro camera that has been shrunken down by 20-percent in both size and weight. The company is also claiming that the Hero3+ Black Edition features up to 30-percent more battery life.
Not only has GoPro improved the form factor and weight, but the company says that the Hero3+ brings forth improved image quality and powerful new features that make the worlds best action camera even better. The Hero3+ now features what GoPro is calling "SuperView," a much wider viewing angle to capture all the action. Additionally the new camera has a new Auto Low Light Mode, and a new Wi-Fi chip that provides four times the speed of the previous Hero3.
Subscription based content services such as Audible, Amazon Prime, and even Spotify have managed to create an entirely new market segment in the past few years, and it appears that there is even more market share to be gained. Scribd, a website famous for embedded document sharing has just released a new subscription based eBook service that could spell trouble for Amazon.
Scribd has just launched a new app that will allow users to read thousands of eBooks for the low monthly price of $8.99, a pricing point much lower than Amazon's Prime service. At the moment, content is listed to the library owned by Harper Collins as well as independent releases from emerging and established authors alike. The company has published apps to both iOS and Android, and those who like reading from their computer can use the company's existing web interface.
A new leak has popped up from our favorite leakster, @evleaks. This time he is unveiling what is said to be an upcoming controller from Logitech that basically turns an iPhone into a handheld gaming pad. We saw something similar from Samsung when it first launched the Galaxy S4, but not much else has popped up since.
The controller is basically a shell with a D-Pad and some buttons that are able to control games on an iPhone which is installed into an orifice in the center of the device. While this could be really cool for games like Gears of Fur, I will not be truly impressed until I see an official port of Super Mario Brothers 1,2 and 3 to Android or iOS. Devices that turn your smartphone into a gaming console, have failed to gain the momentum needed to fully become a mainstay in the market. Hopefully, this new device from Logitech will manage to do just that.
Two Los Angeles area schools are telling students to return the iPads they were issued earlier this year due to what the school system is calling "unrestricted use." The recall is due to a "hack" that allows students to visit websites the school deems restricted, and is apparently a violation of the agreement between the students and schools.
The exploit caused school officials to ban the devices from leaving school grounds as they feared that the kids would use the tablets for purposes other than school work while at home. After careful deliberation, school officials at both Westchester and Roosevelt high schools issued a recall on all 2,100 devices.
Personally I see no reason why the students should not be allowed to use the devices for recreational use when off school grounds. If the iPads were truly given to each student as previously reported, then why not let them have a little fun on the devices in their free time? Personally I feel that this is just another instance of schools taking things a little too far.
NVIDIA has partnered up with some of the biggest names in the custom PC business to launch a new 4K gaming initiative. Falcon Northwest, Digital Storm, Maingear, and Origin have all been brought on board to help better prepare gamers for the upcoming wave of 4K games that will be released in the near future.
NVIDIA says that each company will develop a line of PCs that will "be able to play the hottest games" this fall and into 2014 without any issues, at any resolution up to 4K Ultra-HD. The PCs will be known as NVIDIA "Battleboxes" and each will feature an Intel Haswell processor as well as dual or triple GeForce GTX 780's or GeForce Titans in SLI mode.
Pricing for the "Battleboxes" will begin at around $2300 for a basic level build, and from there the sky's the limit. With GTX Titans still retailing for $1000+, we can only imagine how expensive these systems could get. Being able to game on multiple monitors in 4K resolutions, and having a warranty back everything up makes it very worth it though.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 may not be as powerful as once believed. A new report has surfaced that is suggesting that Samsung designed the phablet to artificially enhance its scores in popular benchmarking apps. Ars Technica says that they discovered the inflated scores after their test came back higher than anticipated.
The "juicing" is taking place when popular, well known benchmarking apps are ran on the device. It locks the CPU's clock speed to 2.3GHz with all cores running wide open. Unfortunately when lesser known benchmarking applications are ran, the CPU is allowed to throttle itself down, and even put cores to sleep while switching power modes. This is how the phone handles normal apps, and is the way things are supposed to be.
By locking the CPU clock and forcing all cores to stay on, the phone post the best benchmark scores possible. These results are useless for real-world comparisons, and give consumers a false sense of performance. During normal use, the Galaxy Note 3 will turn off cores and even switch power cycles based on the load the CPU is seeing from the app. The correct way to benchmark a phone, is to let its cores run as they would normally, which gives a better real-world result.
Destiny was one of the most talked about games at E3 earlier this year, and the game has not lost any of its momentum as we begin moving into the holiday season. It will be one of the hottest games on the market when it launches in early 2014, and now its developer, Bungie, has given gamers a way to gain early access.
Today, Bungie began releasing a limited number of pre-orders to select retailers around the country. Those who pre-order the game will receive access to the games beta shortly before launch. All pre-orders will get early access regardless as to which system the game was purchased for, and redemption codes will be either printed at the time of purchase or emailed directly to the customer. Destiny will be available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Corsair has managed to dominate the high-end PC fan market lately with their Air Series of High Airflow PC fans, and today the company announced a new colorful addition to the series. Earlier today, Corsair unveiled its new Air Series AF 120LED and Air Series AF140 LED lines of high-performance PC case fans.
Corsair says that these new fans are the only LED equipped fans to utilize the company's award-winning AF series impeller that produces higher airflow at lower noise levels than the competition. The fans have been designed using custom molded, ultra-thin, clear frosted blades that shine bright when illuminated by the four built-in high-intensity LEDs. The fans truly shine while still maintaining the superior performance level Corsair is known for.
The new Air Series LED fans are available in Red, White, Blue, and Purple and come in 120mm and 140mm sizes. Prices range from $12.99 for a single 120mm unit up to $23.99 for a dual pack. Single 140mm fans will retail for $15.99 MSRP. Corsair says that the new fans are available immediately at all major retail partners.
Last week, most of the tech and gaming world expected two things to happen. First, we thought that the Steam Box would be unveiled, and it was for the most part. The other big announcement we expected from Valve was an unveiling of Half-Life 3, but unfortunately all we got was a Steam-based operating system and a funky but cool looking controller.
Today, a recent trademark filing was made public that all but confirms the existence of Half-Life 3. On September 29, Valve filled to trademark the name Half-Life 3 in Europe. While the filing of a trademark is nothing new, this could signify that Valve is gearing up for a mass marketing campaign for the third installment in the Half-Life series. Alternatively, this could be another prank by Gabe Newell to troll the Half-Life conspiracy theorists. I will leave it up to our readers to take it as they wish.
Earlier this morning, Google began pushing out the latest version of Google Chrome, and it is expected to take several days for the process to completely populate to all those who have auto updating turned on in Chrome. The update brings forth a new search by image option for the desktop version of Chrome, while the Android version receives a handful of new touch-based gestures.
On the Android version of Chrome 30, users will now have the ability to horizontally swipe across the top bar to quickly jump from one tab to another. Additionally, dragging down will reveal the entire tab switcher screen. I love this new feature as it allows me to very quickly access all of my tabs at once and makes searching through multiple tabs quick and easy. Users are also able to drag down the settings menu for quick and easy access.
The new "search by image" feature on the desktop version of Chrome 30 is pretty awesome as well. Now users can search for larger sized images simply by right clicking on a web-based image and selecting the new "Search Google for this image" option in the context menu. For those who use Google image search for wallpapers or for content, this feature greatly speeds up the image hunting process.