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LeakedTT: High-quality images surface of "Gold" Apple iPhone 5S

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 2:02 am

Earlier today, a Japanese website leaked new images that seem to confirm the existence of a gold-colored iPhone 5S. Just like the rumor suggested, the color is less gold and more champagne in appearance, which makes more aesthetic sense than something bright metallic yellow.




The images also show off the silver and black anodized versions in what can only be described as the highest quality photos we've seen of the iPhone 5S to date. The iPhone 5S and the lower-cost, plastic-bodied iPhone 5C are both expected to be unveiled on September 10 at an event Apple will holding at its campus. Devices are expected to hit store shelves on September 20, just 10 days later.

Apple's upcoming iPhone 5C leaks again, this time in video form

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 1:32 am

I don't think I've ever seen a smartphone leak is many times as we have seen Apple's upcoming iPhone 5C leak in images. Unlike the previous leaks, today we actually get to see a video of the device being put through some rigorous stress testing thanks to website Apple Daily.



In the video above, we see what appears to be a pastel blue iPhone 5C put into a Ziploc bag with some keys and change and then shaken vigorously in an attempt to scratch the screen or damage the case. Additionally, a vehicle key is used in an attempt to scratch the rear of the case, but with the video being such poor quality, we cannot tell if it actually does.


In any event, what we see here appears to be a fully functional model of an iPhone 5C. While we never see the screen powered on, the screen does appear to be present, which means that the device is most likely completely built. This is one of the first times we've seen the iPhone 5C in its complete form. What do you think? Is the real deal or is someone playing shenanigans? Let us know in the comments!

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Mozilla adds "awesomescreen" to Firefox for Android nightly builds

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 1:31 am

Many years ago, Mozilla revolutionized the browser world with its addition of the "awesomebar" to its Firefox web browser. This awesomebar allowed users to do so much more from the URL bar than just entering URLs. Today, the company announced that it has completely revamped the "awesomescreen" feature in its Firefox for Android app.




In a blog post, user interface engineer Lucas Rocha said that Mozilla has accepted the new awesomescreen design into its beta-stage "nightly" builds, which is where the new feature will be tested, debugged, and further refined before being released into the mainstream app.


The awesomescreen basically meshes together two key features of Firefox: the browser start screen and the screen that is shown when users tap the address bar. Much like Chrome, this new awesomescreen will display thumbnails of webpages from a user's browsing history, bookmarks, and a reading list. Each of these different segments can be featured by swiping from side to side among the different topics.

SteelSeries introduces 7.1 surround Siberia Elite Gaming Headset

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 12:57 am

Earlier today, SteelSeries introduced the world to its latest flagship headset, the Siberia Elite Gaming Headset. SteelSeries says that the new Siberia Elite features the high-quality audio drivers and is equipped with Dolby technology that creates a realistic 7.1 virtual surround sound. The headset will be available for pre-order in September and will retail for $199.99.




The new headset's design features a self-adjusting suspension system that is anchored to a still arc. The headset's ear cups feature RGB illuminated dials that are capable of reproducing 16.8 million color options. These dials control the Siberia Elite's audio and microphone, while the company's SteelSeries Engine 3 software ushers in new levels of customization and profile generation.


"First introduced in 2004, SteelSeries' Siberia headset brought together amazing audio quality with first-ever features like a self-adjusting suspension design and circumaural earcups to the market. The headset quickly became popular amongst gamers with its outstanding quality and performance as well as caught the attention of DJ's and musicians, appearing in popular videos and in places that expanded even beyond our core gaming audience," said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. "Siberia is recognized today as one of the fastest growing and highly rated line of headsets by consumers from around the globe. Expanding upon this legacy, today we introduce the next level of Siberia audio combining the acclaimed features, which makes the Siberia brand successful, with the newest and highest-quality audio technology and software that can truly be categorized as Elite."

Apple says only 1 percent of users experienced early morning outages

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 12:27 am

Early this morning, Apple customers around the world began experiencing outages to several of Apple's services including iTunes, iMessage, and iCloud. The outages started around 12:30 AM EST on August 22 and persisted for some users throughout most of the day.




According to Apple, the outages were only experienced by 1 percent of its user base, but other reports suggest that as many as 16.6 percent of users were unable to reach services such as iTunes. As of this writing, it appears that full functionality has been restored to all affected services. I have reached out to Apple for a comment but have yet to receive a reply. Did any of you experience an outage this morning? Let us know in the comments!

Creative introduces new Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury gaming headset

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 11:54 pm

Today, Creative Technology announced the launch of its newest Sound Blaster gaming headsets set dubbed the Tactic3D Fury. Creative says that the Tactic3D Fury is compatible with both PC and Mac thanks to the dual-mode USB adapter. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also present, which allows the end-user to connect the headset to a mobile phone, allowing them to receive calls during intense gaming sessions.




"Riding on the positive momentum of our Sound Blaster Tactic3D range of gaming headsets, we designed the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury with a sleeker, even more comfortable ear cup design than the headsets that inspired it. With this great-looking, comfortable design and our completely customizable suite of sound and voice technologies, we're unleashing the Fury as the best combination of gaming performance and value for the mass market," said Long Chye Low, general manager of audio at Creative.


Included with the headset is Creative's Sound Blaster Tactic3D Control Panel software that enables gamers to customize settings and tailor the sound output to their specific taste . This provides an immersive and accurate 3-D acoustic environment that is unlike any other. The Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Fury gaming headset is expected to arrive on store shelves sometime in October 2013 and will retail at a price point of $59.99.

SanDisk completes acquisition of SMART Storage Systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 11:14 pm

Today SanDisk announced that it has completed its acquisition of SMART Storage Systems, a key player in the enterprise solid state drive market. In a press release SanDisk says that SMART Storage Systems will be combined with SanDisk's Enterprise Storage Solutions.




The combined unit will be headed up by John Scaramuzzo, who has been the president of SMART Storage Systems and has worked in the industry for more than 25 years at companies such as Seagate, Maxtor, Quantum and Digital Equipment Corporation. Scaramuzzo will take on the role of senior vice president and will report directly to Sanjay Mehrotra, President and CEO of SanDisk.


"I am delighted to welcome the employees of SMART Storage Systems to SanDisk and to build upon our momentum in the enterprise storage market," said Mehrotra. "This acquisition enables SanDisk to address a large market opportunity in enterprise SATA products, and complements our strong enterprise SAS product portfolio. With this combination, SanDisk will have enterprise SSDs qualified with six of the top seven storage OEMs worldwide."

TRENDnet begins shipping 16-port Gigabit Web Smart PoE+ Switch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 10:29 pm

Today, TRENDnet announced that it has began shipping its new TPE-1620WS 16-Port Gigabit Web Smart PoE+ Switch. The company says that this all metal, rack-mountable, managed PoE switch features 16 Gigabit PoE+ ports and two shared SFP slots.




Security protocols including ACL, SSL, MAC/port filtering, 802.1X, TACACS+, and RADIUS support layered security controls. The TPE-1620WS is IPv6 ready, with full IPv6 support. Embedded traffic management technology includes: 802.3ad link aggregation, Asymmetric VLAN, 802.1Q VLAN, Voice VLAN, GVRP, 802.1p Class of Service (CoS), and QoS queue scheduling. Traffic comparison charts, error group charts, and a convenient cable diagnostic test aides in rapid troubleshooting. RMON, SNMP, SNMP Trap, and Port Mirroring support administrator monitoring solutions.


Each of the 16 ports automatically support PoE+ (30 Watts) and PoE (15 Watts) power-connected devices. Featuring the company's GREENnet technology, the TPE-1620WS is capable of powering down the ports when they're not in use, which offers up to a 70 percent increase in power savings. TRENDnet says that the TPE-1620WS is available online and from participating retail partners at an MSRP of $529.99.

NASDAQ goes offline for three hours due to 'technological problem'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 9:52 pm

I've just woken up this morning (it's 7am here in my part of Australia) to the news of a three-hour shutdown of NASDAQ. Yes, a three-hour shutdown to trading in NASDAQ securities, which is massive news.




NASDAQ pegged the issue on an 'unexplained technological problem' and resumed trading at 3:25pm EDT, after a 3-hour, 11-minute shutdown of trading in US companies' stocks. The shutdown is the largest in recent history. Sal Arnuk, co-head of equity trading at Themis Trading in Chatnam, New Jersey said: "Any brokerage firm gets paid by executing orders. So yes, we are frustrated, and this hurts us, it hurts the market and it hurts public confidence."


The exchange blamed the issue with distributing stock price quotes for the shutdown, with a source close to the matter describing the problem as a "data feed issue" reports Reuters. Ok, now let's talk serious for a little bit, because a "technical issue", in my opinion, doesn't just happen to NASDAQ.

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Yahoo bests Google in monthly traffic for the first time in two years

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 9:04 pm

A new report out from comScore says that last month for the first time in more than two years, Yahoo managed to best Google in terms of overall monthly traffic. Yahoo was able to coax in 196.6 million unique monthly visitors during the month of July, while Google only managed to attract 192.3 million unique visitors.




Interestingly enough, these numbers did not include traffic from Yahoo's newly acquired social network Tumblr, which sees more than 38 million unique visitors every month. If these numbers were included, it would put Yahoo far ahead of Google in overall web traffic. However, the report did not include mobile traffic either, and with Google's Android being the dominant mobile OS, we're sure that Google would have topped Yahoo if the mobile numbers were included.