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Sony Ultra HDTV will ship with 4K delivery solution, also pre-loaded with 4K content

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 5:33 am

It looks like Sony are really pushing their new 4K TV, the XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV - which is set to not leave first adopters twiddling their thumbs without 4K content when they drop over $20k on a new 4K TV. Ray Hartjen from Sony jumped on the company's blog to address some consumers concerns over the new 4K resolution-specific features that will ship with the new TV.




The new TV will feature three chipsets that will help give the X-Reality PRO picture engine the extra juice it requires to upscale today's programming to close to 4K quality, this includes even your collection of current Blu-rays that you already own. It does get better, much much better - in that the new Sony XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV will include the world's first 4K Ultra HDTV delivery solution.


The new TV will come pre-loaded with native 4K content, and won't be just some flyover demos of a forest, but would be full-length Hollywood productions, available only to those who purchased this specific TV. There's no exact details of what content to expect, or what 4K delivery solution will be deployed, so we'll have to wait a little while longer to find out. Sony's 84-inch Ultra HDTV sports a resolution of 3840x2160, and has been up for pre-order since September for the wallet-busting price of $25,000.

LeakedTT: Details on Intel's next-gen Atom tablet chips, Bay Trail-T and Valley View-T

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 4:32 am

Some leaked roadmaps of Intel's next-gen Atom tablet chips have been made available, teasing the new chips that will be baked into tablets in early 2014. The new chips sport quad-core CPUs, and DirectX 11-capable GPUs. All of this is built on a 22nm process, named Valley View-T.




Bay Trail-T should arrive before hand, and will be given out to OEMs to bake into their tablets. We should see these new Bay Trail-T-based devices teased at CES 2014 (we're already talking about CES 2014!!) and the main competitors should be working with ARM Cortex-A15 architecture SoCs, or NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoCs. Intel's new Bay Trail-T, when compared to its predecessor, Clover Trail, is quite impressive. Built on a 22nm process, it pushes new lower power consumption numbers, as well as increased performance. Clover Trail finds itself on the 32nm process, and its competition, the ARM Cortex-A15 being built on the 28nm process.


Moving on to Valley View-T, where we'll see Intel drop the hyper-threading capabilities, but increase the core count from two to four. Moving from a dual-core design, to a proper quad-core design should see performance improvements of around 50-60%. Backed up by a new GPU based on the HD 4000 series, as well as new LP DDR3-1067 RAM, we should expect performance to increase, big time.

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China will build the tallest building in the world, will only take 90 days to do it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:31 am

Building mammoth skyscrapers these days just doesn't take anywhere near as long as it used to, but 90 days? Sheesh - that's nothing. Sky City will sport 220 floors and reach a dizzying 2,749 feet (838m) and will be built in Changsha City, near the Xiangjiang river in just 90 days - yes, just three months.



So, to have Sky City completed in just 90 days, we're looking at an amazing five floors being built, per day! The building has been designed by some of the same engineers who had a hand in building the Burj Khalifa, as well as the company that built the 30-story hotel in just 15 days, which is still in perfect working condition. Foundation on the new building starts at the end of December, where they're just waiting on Chinese authorities to give the final nod to begin construction.

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RumorTT: Samsung to unveil Galaxy S IV at MWC in February 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:35 am

We all know it's coming, Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone, but when exactly will the South Korean device maker unveil their Galaxy S IV. Last year we saw the Galaxy S III unveiled at the Mobile World Congress event held in Barcelona, and it looks like we should see a repeat of this early next year.




Mobile Geeks have the scoop, with a "Samsung insider" whispering to them that Samsung wants to unveil the Galaxy S IV officially at MWC 2013. MWC is the world's largest wireless trade show, taking place between February 25-28. Samsung plans to reportedly hold a private launch event for the S IV, which could be part of MWC itself, or held separately, this isn't set in stone just yet.


Once announced, it shouldn't be too long until physical availability happens - which should be in Q2 2013, sometime around May. Rumor has it the Galaxy S IV will sport a Full HD 1920x1080 display, an ARM Cortex-A15 CPU in the form of Samsung's Exynos 5 series. Rumors of the iPhone 5S at the same time are also bubbling around, so it will definitely look like a clash of the titans come early 2013.

Lenovo updates the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with a touch screen and Windows 8

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 1:31 am

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has received an update. The new version of the Ultrabook that was originally launched in August of this year now comes with Windows 8. In order to make the most of the new operating system, Lenovo have fitted the slick Carbon Ultrabook with a multi-touch touch screen.




The system also received a screen-resolution that was marked as "HD+" which we believe will be 1600x900. No other details regarding system specifications were revealed, but it's unlikely that the specifications will be massively different from it's older sibling.


This means you can expect at least a Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, GeForce graphics, and SSD/HDD storage options. The new X1 Carbon Ultrabook is set to launch in this coming December, just in time for last-minute holiday shopping. Too bad I won't be able to pick it up for a good deal on Black Friday.

NASA might have big news from the red planet but won't talk about it just yet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 12:30 am

NPR ran a story this morning after talking with scientists at NASA. It seems as though the Curiosity rover has found something incredible on the surface of Mars while analyzing soil. The SAM instrument, which is a miniature chemistry lab, is capable of figuring out what a sample is made of.




Data from SAM is currently coming back to NASA and it "looks really interesting." Of course, the scientists don't want to jump the gun announcing something that later turns out to be false. They almost had this happen back when the rover detected methane. It turned out the methane had come from air Curiosity had brought from Florida.


John Grotzinger, the principal investigator for the rover mission: "We're getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting. The science team is busily chewing away on it as it comes down." He adds: "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good."


We won't know the details of what Curiosity has potentially discovered until a few weeks have passed. Until then, look forward to some potentially big news coming out of NASA. Let's hope the discovery is enough to get congress to increase funding for the space group.

Senate bill gets rewritten, allows feds to read your e-mail without any warrant

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 11:28 pm

A scary bill rewrite has taken place by Senator Patrick Leahy. His previous version of the bill would have actually increased privacy for American's e-mails, however, a rewrite that the bill has undergone after law enforcement voiced concerns would do the exact opposite of the original piece of legislation.




The new bill, as it has been rewritten to read, would provide warrantless access to American's e-mails. Angencies ranging from the SEC to the FCC would be allowed access to e-mail, Google Docs, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without consulting a judge or obtaining a search warrant.


Users are better off storing secret and sensitive data on their personal computers. Cloud companies will no doubt be saddened and their businesses damaged if this bill passes. It's probably a worse bill than SOPA, yet no one is protesting like they did against SOPA. CNET has a full description of the bill with highlights of what it means for users. I encourage you to read it and share this around.

Google to bring December back to Android 4.2 after bug removes it

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 10:29 pm

Google's Android has suffered a rather embarrassing bug. In the latest version, 4.2, December is conspicuously missing from the date picker. This makes it rather hard--well, impossible--to enter birthdays, appointments, and really anything else that requires use of the date picker. The bug does not affect the calendar.




It's not clear how Google engineers could have made this oversight, but one thing is clear, they are working on fixing it, but have not given a specific time frame. Google made the following post on the Android Google+ feed, which describes the bug and says they will have it fixed "soon":


We discovered a bug in the Android 4.2 update, which makes it impossible to enter December events in optional fields of the People app (this bug did not affect Calendar). Rest assured, this will be fixed soon so that those of you with December birthdays and anniversaries won't be forgotten by your friends and family.


The bug was first found five days ago, but Google did not acknowledge it until just today. Since I don't know the cause of the bug, I can't offer a better timeframe than Google's "soon." But I have a feeling Google's "soon" is sooner than most other people's "soon." We'll be sure to update you when the patch is out.

Microsoft updates Skype's Windows 8 client, improves video call performance

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 9:33 pm

If you're using Windows 8 and Skype, you're definitely going to want to grab the latest version of Skype that Microsoft has just made available for the operating system. The new version of Skype for Windows 8 app brings in support for users transitioning from Microsoft Messenger since it will be closing in early 2013.




Microsoft offers up that the new version of the Skype app brings features such as the ability to search people and groups and call Messenger contacts. They also claim that the new version comes with improved video call performance, always a welcome update to a video calling application. Lastly, the update brings general bug fixes, something must updates usually do.


You can pick up the new version of the App from the Windows Store. If you're a Messenger user, this is a friendly reminder that you need to switch to Skype or face a more forceful nudge from Microsoft in the first quarter of 2013.

Firefox 17 is now available for download, drops support for Mac 10.5

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 8:32 pm

On the heels of yesterday's Firefox for Android update, Mozilla has released Firefox 17 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The popular browser has seen heightened competition as of late from Google's Chrome browser and the other browsers available, such as Opera and Internet Explorer 10.




The latest version comes just a month after Firefox 16, which was released back in October. Mozilla has increased the frequency of updates, likely to match that of Chrome, and Firefox is now rolling out updates, bug fixes, and improvements every six weeks or so, a similar schedule to that of Chrome.


Version 17 of Firefox removes support for Mac OS X 10.5. This could be a bit of a problem for some Mac users as nearly 10 percent of Macs are still running the old operating system. They'll still be stuck with the old version of the browser, but this isn't too big of a deal because version 16 is a solid Firefox version.


Head on over to and pick up the latest version of the browser, which should be showing up online sometime today. If you're already a user of Firefox, you'll get the update automatically.

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