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French newspaper says LG will launch 'Nexus 4' on October 29

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2012 7:21 am

We've seen some pictures, and we've heard it'll be unveiled before the end of the month, but it looks like LG are set to unveil the "Nexus 4" on October 29, reports French national newspaper Le Figaro.




Le Figaro reports that Google and LG will unveil the new Nexus-branded smartphone which has been dubbed "Nexus 4" on October 29, the newspaper also reports that the smartphone will enjoy its global debut on that day after which it'll reach France on the Vodafone-owned SFR network in December.


Lg Figaro have teased that the Nexus 4 will simultaneously enjoy a product launch alongside the announcement of the smartphone itself, which is something that hasn't happened since the original Nexus One handset. In order to see a huge launch, Google will most likely launch their Nexus 4 device on their Google Play device store.


Hearing "Nexus 4" is new, but it would make sense that LG would want to see their own spin on the name considering Samsung put "Galaxy" in front of their Galaxy Nexus. 4 could also represent the fourth Nexus device, too.

PC shipments down, their first fall since 2001

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 11, 2012 6:30 am

In a world completely dominated by smart devices like smartphones and tablets, less and less people are buying traditional PCs. The "post-PC" era has been touted for quite sometime, but the market has been doing well, until now.




ISH iSuppli's numbers for annual PC sales have dropped for the first time in over ten years, since 2001. iSuppli's numbers aren't devastating, representing a drop of only 1.2% from this time last year, but it's the first decline since 2001. Last year saw a 2.2% growth, so a 1.2% drop is actually something to talk about.


Expectations of growth were pushed and relied on the economy recovering somewhat, Intel's huge push of Ultrabooks and more. Manufacturers shipped 348 million PCs so far, down from 352 million of 2011's numbers. iSuppli does ask some questions:

  • What impact will Windows 8 have on PC sales Q4 this year?
  • Will tablets continue their rise in popularity during the holidays, further displacing PC sales?
  • Will the interest in Ultrabooks be quelled by ongoing financial hardship?

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Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie shows up on Google Analytic logs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 11, 2012 5:32 am

Android 4.2 codenamed "Key Lime Pie" is being sneaked onto devices, according to Android Authority who noticed they were seeing visitors to their website from devies Google Analytics said were running the new Android 4.2 OS.




The devices Google Analytics picked up running Android 4.2 were the Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Sony Xperia Arc S and the Samsung Galaxy Y - so fingers crossed we should see Android 4.2 on these devices shortly after its release.


Two other names appeared also, Occam and Manta, who are rumored to be a Motorola smartphone and tablet, respectively. Of course, this is unconfirmed at the moment. Android Authority have reported that the Google Analytics data shows that visits to their site from Android 4.2-based devices has happened since August, which would show that the testing of Key Lime Pie has been going on for two months.

New laser is being constructed, would be powerful enough to tear apart the vacuum of space-time itself

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 11, 2012 5:01 am

Well, this is interesting - the European Commission has approved the construction of three new huge research lasers, leaving the door open on a fourth that would, for a tiny instant, be several hundred times more powerful than the entirety of the power generated by the human race.




Yes, that is very, very powerful. The scientists hope to actually create virtual particules from absolutely nothing. The fourth laser when at peak power in Europe's Extreme Light Infrastructure project (ELI) would combine a total of ten beams into a single pulse at 200 petawatts. The entire Earth doesn't even generate that much power at any one moment, and if we're talking scale, it is more total power than the Earth receives from our star, the sun.


This is not the type of laser that stays on continuously, and will only use this mammoth amount of power for just 1.5 x 10^-14 second .This is the same time that "it takes for light to travel from one side of a human hair to the other, if you shave your hair down by 90%", reports Dvice.

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Psy's Gangnam Style passes 420 million views on YouTube

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Oct 11, 2012 4:29 am

By now you've surely heard of Psy's viral mega hit "Gangnam Style", and if you haven't I've embedded the clip below for your viewing pleasure. Well, since the clip hit YouTube on 7/15, it has reached [at the time of writing] 423 million views.



Normally I wouldn't report on this, but YouTube is a huge part of our daily lives, and this clip has gone viral in ways most people can't even image. Gangnam Style is everywhere and it's gotten to the point where it is even being played on the radio, some what of a record - a Korean song, on Australian radio stations (and around the world). It is either #1 or close to #1, or has been at #1 on most charts around the world and has turned Psy into a megastar.


There are only a few music videos that have garnered as much views as Gangnam Style are Justin Bieber's "Baby", which has an astounding 787 million views. But it took Bieber over a year to reach 400 million or so views, but just three months for Psy.

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Samsung to host Galaxy Note II launch event in NYC on October 24

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2012 3:30 am

It looks like New York is to be filled with people gushing about Samsung's 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II smartphone come October 24, with the South Korean company sending out invitations for the event itself.




The October 24th event will be the US stop of the Galaxy Note II World Tour, with a press event that night followed by a "consumer celebration" later on that should let the public in on the Galaxy Note II shenanigans.


If you haven't heard, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is a 5.5-inch 'phablet', and comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. We should hopefully have a review up as soon as humanly possible. I'm quite excited to see how this fares not just for me personally, but against Apple's iPhone 5 and with the general public.

DriverTT: NVIDIA's new 306.97 WHQL-certified release includes support for the new GTX 650 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 11, 2012 2:26 am

NVIDIA have released their latest WHQL-certified drivers which include support for not only the budget-based GTX 650 Ti GPU, but Windows 8. The new drivers also offer a few enhancements over the last 306.23 WHQL release, including an improved SLI profile for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier.




Also included are updated 3D Vision profiles for a heap of games:

  • Check vs. Mate - Rated Excellent
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Rated Good
  • Doom 3: BFG Edition - Rated Excellent
  • English Country Tune - Rated Good
  • F1 2012 - Rated Good
  • Iron Brigade - Rated Fair
  • Jagged Alliance: Crossfire - Rated Good
  • Orcs Must Die 2! - Rated Good
  • Planetside 2 - Rated Not Recommended
  • Prototype 2 - Rated Poor
  • Sleeping Dogs - Rated Good
  • Spec Ops: The Line - Rated Good
  • Tiny Troopers - Rated Fair
  • Torchlight 2 - Rated Good
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron - Rated Fair


NVIDIA have said there's any performance increases over their previous 306.23 drivers, but they have stated that this release is the best driver for just-released games like Borderlands 2 and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. You can get the new drivers here.

Microsoft Office coming to an Android or iOS tablet near you, in early-2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 11, 2012 1:29 am

Microsoft Office is looking to jump over to Android and iOS, with evidence coming from Microsoft product manager, Petr Bobek, reportedly telling Czech site IHNED that Office is headed for the mobile OS' of Google and Apple in 2013.




The Verge have also stepped up and said that they've had their eyes locked on a press release from the Redmond-based company's Czech Republic team, which confirmed that the productivity suite is coming to Android and iOS, joining other operating systems like Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS and Symbian.


The press release states that Office 2013 would be available for businesses in December, with a consumer launch not until the end of February or early-March 2013.

Twitter an effective method for driving users to politician donation sites

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 11:02 pm

Twitter conducted a study after the first presidential debate and found some interesting statistics regarding Twitter users and a possible connection between seeing political tweets and donating. Even better is the fact that the trends don't vary significantly between political affiliation, meaning that both sides can take advantage of Twitter to further campaign contributions.




The study showed that the average Twitter user was 68 percent more likely to visit a campaign donation page than the general internet user at large. Even more incredible is the statistic that the average Twitter user exposed to political tweets is 97 percent more likely to visit a campaign donation page.


Furthermore, repetition works. Users who saw a tweet for three to seven days were more than 31 percent more likely to visit a donation page as opposed to someone who just saw a tweet for one or two days. Even repeating the tweet for more than eight days has a positive effect with a user being 130 percent more likely to visit.


Twitter's director of political ad sales, Peter Greenberger, wrote "The lifts in donation rates by Twitter users were found to be very similar across all candidates, groups, and parties. Republican handles accelerated donations to their candidates at virtually the same rate as Democratic handles did for theirs."

Ultrabooks poised to make up almost half of all notebook sales by 2016

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 10:15 pm

Ultrabooks are still quite the rage, even with tablets taking all of the press of late. GBI Research is making the claim that Ultrabook sales will compose nearly half of all notebook sales in the world by 2016, mainly due to dropping costs and increased reliance on cloud computing offerings like Google Drive.




Ultrabooks are a specific marketing name for a class of notebooks which meet strict size, weight, boot speed, and other requirements set forth by Intel. Intel has set aside more than $300 million to advertise Ultrabooks and to help smaller computer manufacturers develop their own versions of the pint-sized powerhouse.


In 2016, GBI Research expects Ultrabook sales to reach an incredible 148.1 million, up from just 1.3 million last year. For this year, the Americas are expected to buy 1.55 million alone, which will make up 42 percent of the global market. Are Ultrabooks your cup of tea? Or do you prefer a tablet? Let us know in the comments!

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