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Microsoft says Xbox One no longer needs Kinect in order to work

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 2:33 am

Microsoft has been scrambling these last couple of weeks, trying everything they can to do last minute tweaks to its next-gen Xbox One console to better compete against Sony's PlayStation 4.

 

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Another change that has been announced today, saw Xbox chief product officer, Marc Whitten, revealing that Kinect will no longer be required in order for the Xbox One to work. He says: "Like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in, although you won't be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor."

 

 

I have referred to the Xbox One's Kinect sensor as an NSA device, so it looks like the company is listening to people and have removed the requirement of an always-on camera pointing at for your console to work. What's more interesting is the fact that this could lead Microsoft to selling an Xbox One without the Kinect sensor, which might drop it down to the $399 price tag that the PS4 is going for.

Take home G.I. Joe Retaliation swag in our latest Blu-ray competition

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 2:02 am

Thanks to Paramount Pictures we have an awesome pool of G.I. Joe: Retaliation prizes to give away to ten lucky readers.

 

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A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra, in this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

 

One lucky reader will take home the major prize consisting of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on Blu-ray disc, along with a G.I. Joe: Retaliation themed 320GB portable HDD and a G.I. Joe: Retaliation laptop bag. The next nine successful entrants will each take home a copy of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on Blu-ray disc.

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RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to feature 3450mAh battery

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 1:31 am

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 3 is a big deal in all definitions of the word. With its massive 5.7-inch screen, 13-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, and a huge quad-core 2.3GHz QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor, the device is going to be hands-down the winner in the war of phablets. Today, new rumors came in that suggest this monster just got even bigger.

 

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According to the website PhoneArena, Samsung's upcoming king of the phablets will feature an industry-leading 3450mAh battery, which amounts to the largest battery Samsung has ever placed inside a smartphone. No mention was made on how long this beast of a battery might power the Galaxy Note 3, but we suspect it will be well over 14 hours. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 3 in just a few weeks, so we won't have long to wait to find out official specs.

New Apple iPhone 5S to be revealed September 10 says All Things D

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 12:34 am

A new report from website All Things D is suggesting that, according to its sources, Apple will release its new iPhone on September 10. The report says that the phone will most likely be the long rumored iPhone 5S, which would follow closely to the timeframe Apple traditionally uses for its iPhone launches.

 

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Additionally, we might see the other massively rumored, budget friendly iPhone 5C, which has leaked several times in the past few months. While it is highly likely that we will see both phones launched, do not get your hopes up for a new iPad at the moment as it is expected to release later this year along with a new iPod touch. It is expected that both the iPhone 5S and 5C will run iOS 7, and with the the recent developer preview updates, September 10 is looking more like a reality for Apple fans everywhere.

Google updates Drive with better spell check and better bullet list

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 12, 2013 10:42 pm

For many of our readers, Google Drive is a staple in their daily productivity workflow. Some use it for keeping notes in meetings, some use it as a drop box of sorts, while still others use it for collaborative efforts which require real-time editing. Google has decided to make using Drive easier than ever and has decided to implement updates requested by users for sometime now.

 

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The first major update involves the service's spell checking feature. Users can now spell check the entire document or presentation all at once instead of having to individually resolve each error. Additionally, Google has added new presets for numbered and bullet lists. Users can now change the color, size, and style of individual bullets and even create their own.

LeakedTT: Sony's odd QX10 and QX100 lens cameras leak in new images

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 12, 2013 9:03 pm

Today, new images surfaced online of Sony's newly rumored QX10 and QX100 Lens-Cameras. These new lenses with built-in electronics are designed to pair up with your smartphone to become the device's main imaging source . If true, these new Lens-Cameras are something truly innovative and could possibly be Sony's camera division's saving grace.

 

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The Lens-Cameras pair up with your smartphone via Wi-Fi or NFC and feature a built-in SD card slot. They feature no LCD screen and no usual camera controls, with the exception of a zoom button, as they are designed to function completely through your phone's camera interface. The rumors state that the new Lens-Cameras are compatible with both Android and iOS and would allow any device to take high-quality compact camera style images.

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LG begins shipping HD TVs with retro styling including dials

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 12, 2013 7:28 pm

Today, LG launched a new product that is sure to bring out tons of nostalgia for millions of people all over the world. The company released the 32NL630R, a retro-styled 32-inch LCD TV. As you can tell from the photo below, the TV is designed to look like 60s and 70s era CRT-based sets.

 

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While the TV may look retro, its internal components are anything but. The TV features a full 1080p IPS-based display, supports USB-based storage, and MHL video for mobile devices. Unfortunately, the retro-themed TV might not make it to the US and is currently only been sold in South Korea at a price point of $754.

Newegg opens first ever pop-up store in California

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 12, 2013 6:41 pm

Today, Newegg announced that it will be opening its first ever "pop-up" retail store in the US. The store is located inside The Oaks shopping center in Thousand Oaks, California, and will be open for three days only on the dates of August 16-18. Newegg says that the store will feature over 70 products from big-name brands, including Intel, Samsung, Sony, Western Digital, and many more.

 

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The event is designed to give customers the unique opportunity to test drive the latest back-to-school technology products including PCs, laptops, tablets, monitors, and external hard drives. Newegg says that staff will be on hand to answer any questions consumers may have. Store hours will be 10am-9pm PDT on the 16th and 17th and 11am-7pm on the 18th.

 

"Showrooming is a reality today, so this back-to-school season, we wanted to give our customers a chance to interact with some of our most popular products in person in a traditional in-store environment," said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer at Newegg. "Newegg has already built an outstanding reputation for being a trusted online retailer of computers and electronics. We're thrilled to open Newegg's first ever pop-up store and hope our customers enjoy this special opportunity."

Viking Technology SATADIMM now featured in SolidFire Storage Nodes

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 12, 2013 5:36 pm

Today, Viking Technology announced that SolidFire has selected its SATADIMM SSD to be used as both the cache SSD and boot volume SSD in the company's storage nodes. SolidFire says that this offers enhanced products by increasing both the number and capacity of SSDs in their systems.

 

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For those who might not know, SATADIMM is an enterprise-class SSD built on a Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM) that fits in an empty DDR3 DIMM slot. These new drives enable both SSD caching as well as boot capabilities without having to utilize a hard drive. SolidFire says that the integration of Viking's SATADIMM SSDs will boost overall system performance and also allow the company to minimize potential human errors such as accidentally removing a boot or cache drive when replacing other failed drives.

 

"The Viking SATADIMM gives us an additional SSD within the chassis allowing us to dedicate more drives towards storage capacity, while storing boot and metadata information securely inside the system," says Adam Carter, Director of Product Management at SolidFire. "Viking's SATADIMM technology is unique in the market and an important part of our hardware design."

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LG's new US HQ is a go after judge rules it's not an eyesore

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 12, 2013 4:19 pm

LG's plans to build a new US headquarters on the banks of New Jersey's Hudson River met some harsh resistance after two lawsuits threatened to derail the plans on grounds of environmental impact. The lawsuits claim that it would obstruct views of the Palisades above the western shore of the Hudson River, but today word has come in that a New Jersey Superior Court judge has dismissed the lawsuits.

 

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The judge's ruling was based on the fact that the economic impact that the new headquarters would bring in far outweighed the negatives. He explains his decision by saying: "LG had met the positive criteria requirements because the project promoted the general welfare by maintaining jobs, promoting green building design, providing adequate light, air and open space, providing energy efficiency, and utilizing renewable energy sources."

 

While the new headquarters may not be as stunning as Apple's Cupertino spaceship or Amazon's biome in the city, LG's concept art shows off an ultra-modern structure that is not unappealing to the eye. When this is combined with the fact that it will bring thousands of jobs to a struggling economy, one can only see this as a good thing.

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