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Samsung to release 8-core Exynos-based Chromebook in 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 1, 2014 1:42 am

With Chromebooks becoming more popular than ever before, Samsung has decided to step up its offerings and release a model with some serious processing power. The new unnamed Chromebook will feature an 12-inch scree that features a resolution of 2560x1600, which will rival Google's Chromebook Pixel.

 

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The biggest feature is not the screen however, but is the Samsung Exynos Octa-Core processor under the hood. The Exynos 5 8-core processor is built on Samsung's "big.LITTLE" design process and will make the new Chromebook the most powerful ever. 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage paired with USB 3.0 and a 7-hour battery will make this 2.5-pound notebook something of a must-have.

Microsoft updates OneNote for Android, now includes native sharing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 1, 2014 12:11 am

Today Microsoft updated its OneNote app for Android which brings forward several features long requested by users. OneNote users on Android can now share notes as they would with any other piece of content on Android, the integration of native sharing also allows users to instantly upload their OneNotes to Microsoft's cloud service.

 

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Additionally, Microsoft has built-in a new OneNote widget that Android users can add to any of their home screens. The widget allows users to view most recent images, recordings and notes as well as pin shortcuts to the home screen. The UI also got a few tweaks to bring it more inline with the Windows 8.1 version of the app.

HP said to be planning 5000 layoffs for 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 10:40 pm

HP has been in financial trouble for some time now as a result of a dwindling PC sales market, and today the company is preparing for yet another round of layoffs that could see as many as 5000 more employees fired before the end of the year. In a new SEC 10K filing HPO raised its estimated layoff numbers to 34,000.

 

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While 34,000 people losing their jobs is definitely a tragedy, HP will save $4.1 billion which might be enough to save the company from going under. With HP already having laid off 24,600 employees, it has until October to fire the other 9,000. 2013 was not a good year for big business, with companies like BlackBerry, OCZ, and HP reporting major financial woes. Here's hoping 2014 will be a better year all around!

Original iPhone prototype sells for $1,499 on eBay

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 9:23 pm

Since the dawn of the tech era, obsolete prototypes of revolutionary hardware have caught the eyes of collectors all over the world, and Apple prototypes have always been at the top of this list. Recently an original iPhone prototype surfaced in an auction on eBay, and wound up fetching quite the premium.

 

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Claimed to be one of five prototype models in existence, the iPhone sold for $1499, but no details were given on how the seller managed to get his hands on the rare device. The phone appears to be a legit prototype, but Apple has not confirmed or denied this fact. Wither way, someone just got a cool piece of history at a fair price.

iFixit opens up the new Mac Pro, praises its repairibility

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 7:35 pm

Ifixit is back with yet another teardown of a high-end electronic device. This week they take on Apple's new Mac Pro, and unlike any other Apple product iFixit has torn down this year, the company praises the repairibility of the Mac Pro.

 

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iFixit says that the Mac Pro uses no proprietary screws, and many of the units hardware can be accessed without the use of any tools whatsoever. One very unique feature of the new Mac Pro is its completely modular design. Each GPU is custom designed to fit in the enclosure and one of the GPU cards even houses the systems SSD Storage. It appears that the only issues iFixit has with the Mac Pro is the lack of expandable external storage, and users must rely on expensive Thunderbolt 2 external devices.

RumorTT: Motorola's Moto G headed to Verizon for $100 off contract

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 5:53 pm

Motorola's Moto G was designed from the beginning to answer the problem of a decent smartphone at a budget friendly price, something that manufacturers like Apple and Samsung seem to care nothing about. Today a new rumor has surfaced that suggest that the Moto G is going to become cheaper than ever before for Verizon customers.

 

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A Google+ user who works at Best Buy in their mobile center has posted an image of what appears to be a Motorola Moto G in clam shell packaging for Verizon's Unlimited Talk and Text no-contract service. While this is not all that exciting in itself, the post claims that the Moto G will retail for $99 free from a contract! With the Moto G currently retailing for $179 off-contract everywhere else, this is a substantial savings opportunity. If true, this would put Google and Motorola at the forefront of affordable high-quality smartphones.

LeakedTT: LG's upcoming Lifeband Touch fitness tracker spotted

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 4:23 pm

Last year LG unveiled a wearable fitness tracker dubbed the Smart Activity Tracker, but the exercise band never made it past the CES showroom floor. Today it appears that LG took that design back to the drawing board and is prepping an all new fitness tracker for 2014.

 

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Today everyone's favorite leakster @evleaks has unveiled a new wearable activity tracker called the Lifeband Touch, which is strikingly similar to the device shown off last year at CES. While LG has denied rumors that it is developing heath and wellness wearables, no one can deny that this rendering looks quite legit! With CES 2014 only a week away, we may see the device launched earlier than anyone expected!

Google goes disco dancing to ring in 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 2:56 pm

As the world begins ringing in the new year, Google has launched a new Doodle celebrating the arrival of 2014. The doodle is quite clever, featuring 2013 dancing the night away on what appears to be a disco dance floor. The number 4 can be seen off to the side, patiently awaiting his turn to boogie down!

 

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Of course the .jpg above does not do the doodle justice, and I highly encourage you to head over to Google.com and check out the fully animated version. Search Engine Land says that they expect the actual new years day doodle to feature audio, with more features being added, so keep an eye on it tomorrow as well. TweakTown wishes everyone a safe and happy new year.

Valve sees a peak of 7.6 million users on Steam for 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 11:35 am

PC gaming is dying? Not according to Valve's numbers for its digital distribution giant: Steam. According to the Steam stats page, the peak user count of 7.6 million.

 

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This is mostly thanks to some massive specials courtesy of the Steam Holiday Sales, and some massive concurrent users on some of the hottest games like DOTA 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. What did you buy during the Steam Holiday Sales? There are some great bargains to be had, that's for sure!

Netflix offers cheaper SD streaming plan for new subscribers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 10:32 am

Netflix is offering a new low-end plan for new subscribers only, that will push out standard definition streaming to a single device. For $6.99, a single device can stream content in SD from Netflix.

 

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This is only $1 cheaper than the most basic HD tier plan that lets Netflix users stream content to two devices at once, which makes the new $6.99 per month plan seem worthless. If you really need that additional $1 per month, then this new plan is for you.

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