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LeakedTT: Possible images of iPhone 5S surface, could get fingerprint reader if rumors ring true

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 21, 2013 3:41 pm

It never fails. When an Apple product is a month to a few weeks away from launch, we begin to see leaked rumors, images, and hardware info begin to surface from just about every corner of the internet. The past few weeks have been no different with the upcoming so-called "low-cost iPhone".

 

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This morning images have appeared over at MacRumors of the alleged iPhone 5S. A shot of the internal hardware alongside a shot of the back are said to be of a very early prototype with a larger battery that is present in the production model. The processor does bear the Apple logo, but no model number such as A6, is present. A date code visible on the bottom of the main chip reads "1243", signifying that the chip was manufactured in the 43rd week of 2012, corresponding to late October, which lends some credence to it being an early prototype.

 

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Taking a look at the rear shell, we can see that the LED flash window is now elongated and vertical, which seems to prove the rumors that the 5S would be getting a dual LED flash system. This aligns with external case designs we have seen from third parties recently as well.

 

Finally Reuters is reporting that the new iPhone 5S will in fact include a fingerprint reader for biometric security, and password authentication.

Cambridge Audio introduces Minx M5, a powerful 2.1 audio system

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 21, 2013 3:10 pm

Cambridge Audio has just announced the Minx M5, a 2.1 audio system that "reproduces computer audio with clarity, emotion and passion." The company says that the new system combines the benefits of Cambridge Audio's proprietary sound technologies and an in-house design expertise.

 

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A pair of satellite speakers are said to reproduce amazingly rich and detailed sound on a much larger scale than one would imagine from such a small package. The compact active subwoofer delivers a deep and powerful bass while also providing a hidden housing for the amplifier.

 

Unlike many of the multimedia audio systems on the market today, the Minx M5 features a USB audio connection in lieu of the traditional 3.5mm audio jacks. A high-quality digital to analog converter handles the signal processing to ensure that the sound being output is always crisp and clear.

 

The unit features a single 2-inch driver per satellite and a 5.25-inch subwoofer, all of which is powered by a 30W amp. Weighing in at less than a pound each, the satellite speakers take up a mere three inches cubed of desk space while the subwoofer tops the scales at 10 pounds and about eight inches cubed. The Minx M5 is available from Cambridge Audio now at a price point of $229.

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All of the negative Xbox One news did nothing to stifle sales at Amazon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 21, 2013 2:12 pm

If you think all of the negative news surrounding the Xbox One did anything to hurt pre-order sales, then you are horribly mistaken. This morning, Amazon.com told us that last week during the height of E3, the company saw more than 2500 Xbox One and Playstation 4 console pre-orders being sold per minute.

 

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Last week accounted for Amazon's Game Store's biggest pre-order week ever. The E3 week pre-orders of the two wildly-anticipated gaming consoles brought a year-over-year increase of more than 4,000 percent compared to consoles ordered during E3 week last year. Day-one pre-orders for the two consoles was nearly two times that of all video games sales on Black Friday last year.

 

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This falls right inline with what I have been saying all along; The next-gen consoles will sell in record numbers despite any bad news that is posted. Gamers are a dedicated bunch who tend to stay loyal to their favorite brand. Even those who were most vocal on Reddit and social media sites still purchased the consoles, they just didn't make it publicly known. Now time for a prediction; with Microsoft pulling the bait and switch on DRM, the Xbox one just may outsell the PS4 if it has not already. It will be months before those numbers are released though.

Microsoft's former Xbox designer will soon be the Chief Design Officer of Xbox Entertainment Studios

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 21, 2013 1:34 pm

Microsoft has appointed a new Chief Designer to their Xbox Entertainment Studios, former Xbox designer Elan Lee. Lee left Microsoft for a while, where he formed two different companies working on different projects.

 

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Lee will report to Nancy Tellem, who is Microsoft's Entertainment and Digital Media President. Lee will help out with the Xbox One's dreams of becoming every homes entertainment hub. Microsoft are also working on getting other content firms to create exclusive material for their next-gen console, with a brief explanation of what they want to achieve quoted below:

 

The move by Microsoft to aggressively court Hollywood studios and the rest of the entertainment ilk underscores two facts: the future of the Xbox is a holistic entertainment device, and not a gaming console that has the mere ability to play Netflix. Secondly, Microsoft has real work ahead of it at the E3 event: it must prove to gamers that even though Xbox is growing up, the company hasn't forgotten about its core constituency.

Foxconn are confident in Firefox OS, will hire 3000 software engineers for help

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 21, 2013 12:21 pm

Foxconn obviously think Firefox OS is a safe bet, since the company are hiring some 3,000 software engineers to help them out. Why would Foxconn need the software engineers being a manufacturing facility? Well, software engineers can write Firefox OS drivers and optimizations for devices that they build, which helps them in a big way.

 

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Considering Foxconn are mostly known for manufacturing Apple devices (as well as numerous other devices) it is definitely an interesting move, especially to back Mozilla's mobile OS. Foxconn wants these new software engineers to be experienced in HTML5 and cloud computing, which is the future.

 

HTML5 experience comes in handy from a manufacturing point of view, as most devices can benefit from it - not just Firefox OS.

Low-cost iPhone won't be so cheap according to Pegatron chairman

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 21, 2013 11:27 am

We're told to expect a cheaper iPhone to be unveiled later this year, something that could hit the very sweet spot of $350-$400. At this price, it would compete with what I think is the hardest to beat smartphone on the market right now, the Nexus 4.

 

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But, it looks like the new cheaper iPhone might not actually be so cheap according to some reports from the China Times. The claims are coming directly from Pegatron chairman T.H. Tung. If you don't already know, Pegatron are one of the main builders of the low-cost iPhone, with Foxconn all hands on deck for the upcoming iPhone 5S.

 

Japanese site Macotakara are the ones reporting the news from the China Times, reporting that Tung addressed the iPhone at a meeting of Pegatron's shareholders. He expressed his displeasure with reports that the new iPhone could be "cheap" and noted that the "price is still high". Tung believes that attaching the word "cheap" anywhere near the word "iPhone" would make it look like a low-value feature phone.

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Logitech unveil standalone version of the Harmony Ultimate Hub

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 21, 2013 10:16 am

Logitech have just unveiled a new standalone version of their Harmony Ultimate Hub. All that is required is an application for your Android- or iOS-based device, which will then allow you to control up to eight home theater devices.

 

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Users can use the app to swipe to adjust the volume, change TV channels by tapping on a network icons and control recorded video playback. Control options are also on offer for video services usch as Netflix hosted on game consoles, too. Logitech also says that the Hub is compatible with the Harmony Touch, the remote's RF signals are translated into IR and Bluetooth format. We should expect the standalone Ultimate Hub to go on sale in both the US and Europe in August, for around $100.

Lenovo launches a slew of new Windows 8, touch-capable laptops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 21, 2013 9:26 am

Lenovo have just unveiled a heap of new laptops, which are all running Windows 8 and are touch-capable. We have the Lenovo Miix, which is a 10.1-inch tablet that feature a "quick-flip" detachable folio case with an integrated AccuType keyboard that converts it into a full-fledged Windows 8 laptop.

 

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But there are so many other new models, too, including the IdeaPad S400 Touch, S500 Touch, S210 Touch, U330 Touch and U430 Touch. The Lenovo Miix features a 10.1-inch 1366x768-pixel IPS display that works in both tablet and laptop mode. It features a Intel Atom-based dual-core processor, with 64GB of built-in eMMC storage which is expandable through a microSD card slot. The Miix weighs just 1.2 pounds and is just 0.4 inches thick. There's Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and/or optional 3G-GPS connectivity. The Miix should feature around 10 hours of battery life and will start at around $500 when it launches in the summer.

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Kickstarter-funded ARKYD space telescope reaches funding goal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 21, 2013 8:28 am

Planetary Resources' Kickstarter goals for their ARKYD space telescope have been reached, a goal of a hefty $1 million. The project saw 11,000 backers, and should launch into orbit in 2015.

 

 

This means that a new round of add-ons for the extra-committed, oh goodie! Backers can purchase a special mission patch for $7, additional selfie photos starting from $25, and for the really committed, you can purchase a half-size ARKYD replica for just $600. Planetary Resources has longer term goals, which could see a second ground stations, selfies during the beta stage and even hunts for undiscovered planets.

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Microsoft's 180-degree turn on the Xbox One sees it top the Amazon best-seller chart

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 21, 2013 7:26 am

You spoke, they listened - Microsoft pulled most of the crap that made people hate the Xbox One, something we've written countless pieces on now. The PS4 from Sony was at the top of the Amazon best-seller chart, but it has now been replaced by the Xbox One.

 

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Last week we reported Amazon's poll, which the PS4 demolished with 38,984 votes leaving the Xbox One with a piddly 2,162 votes. The 180-degree turn from Microsoft has obviously helped, and now gamers are pre-ordering the Xbox One like its hotcakes on sale for 10c each. I still haven't pre-ordered an Xbox One, but I'll be pre-ordering a PS4 shortly and I think that will do me for now.

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