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Google and HP launch Chromebook 11, retails for $279 without LTE

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 6:26 pm

Yesterday I posted a rumor that HP was developing an 11-inch Chromebook and could release it very soon. As it turns out, that launch came much earlier than anyone expected. This morning Google and HP teamed up in New York City to launch the new Chromebook 11, a low-cost laptop that runs Google's Chrome OS.




The Google Chromebook 11 features a 1366x768-pixel, 11-inch IPS display that features a 176 degree viewing angle, while managing to shine 50-percent brighter. Processing is handled by a Samsung Exynos 5250 CPU and 2GB of RAM is present to keep things running nice and smooth. The Chromebook handled connectivity through dual Micro USB 2.0 ports and a wireless 802.11 N connection, use a Micro USB cable to charge their smartphones.


The Chromebook 11 weighs in at just 2.3-pounds and measures in at 0.7-inches thick. This lightweight design is accomplished thanks to a plastic exterior shell which surrounds a magnesium frame that provides strength and rigidity. The Chromebook 11 retails for $279, and is available to order from Google Play, Best Buy, Amazon, and direct from HP today.

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Lulzbot unveils the TAZ 2.0 3D printer, now print without a PC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 5:17 pm

Today, Lulzbot announced the launch of its fifth generation 3D Printer, the TAZ 2. The new printer is quite similar to the original TAZ, but now features an LCD display and SD card reader that allows users to print their objects without the need to connect the printer to a PC.




The TAZ 2 features the largest build volume of any other desktop 3D printer in its class, and can handle prints with a footprint of 12-inches x 11-inches x 10-inches. The TAZ 2 has already raised over $228,000 in crowdfunding on and represents Lulzbot's move into a more mass-production mindset. The TAZ features more laser cut parts than its predecessor and now the electronics are shielded by a metal enclosure. Additionally the electronics cooling fan is much quieter than the previous model, which is a direct result of customer feedback.


"At Aleph Objects, we're continually evolving our LulzBot 3D printers to not only meet marketplace needs in real-time but to raise industry standards for 3D printing as a whole," said Jeff Moe, President and Founder. "Our latest printer, the TAZ 2, represents our community-driven approach by capturing the best-of-class in ideas from engineers and innovators around the world."

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Yahoo Mail just got a makeover that should make Gmail jealous

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 3:40 pm

Over the last year, Yahoo's Marissa Meyer has been working hard at revitalizing the stale company with new looks, new services, and changing the companys image to something more modern and hip. Today the company has unveiled a complete redesign for its Mail service that brings forth a more refined and elegant email experience.




The new Yahoo Mail is being rolled out today across all platforms and features a new compose screen as well as a new Flickr-generated theme that gives the service a transparent UI. Users now also have a data cap of 1TB, which is much larger than Gmail, but still not unlimited like previously given. Yahoo does say that 1TB of email storage is enough room for 6,000 years of email though.


Yahoo chose to roll out the new design today, on what is the service's 16th birthday, and personally I love the look and feel of the new Yahoo Mail. As an avid Gmail user I really hope that Google takes a long and hard look at this new UI from Yahoo and implements some changes of its own to Gmail. What do you think about the new layout? Are you a fan of Gmail or Yahoo? Let me know in the comments.

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Coca-Cola opens up its own stores in developing countries

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 12:37 pm

Well, I never thought I'd see the day, but Coca-Cola is now opening up one-stop shops for the most basic of human needs. The soft drink company is opening up what it is calling Ekocenters in developing countries such as Africa, Asia, and even North America and Latin America.




Coca-Cola will be opening up somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 of its Ekocenters around the world, which will supply resources such as clean water, power, Internet, vaccines, cooked meals and ice cold Coca-Cola. You know, because if you're in a developing country, you're going to sit down and pump away at some free Internet drinking some Coke.


The basic goal of these Ekocenters will be promoting access to water, power and health supplies, but there's no concrete yes or no on whether Coca-Cola would charge for these supplies. A pilot Ekocenter has been opened up in South Africa, and each Ekocenter will be run by a woman, according to Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.

LG to use curved, 'cable batteries' in future devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 11:30 am

We know LG is working on 6-inch curved smartphone displays, but just how would that smartphone be curved if the battery is not curved? Well, LG is working on this, announcing that it is indeed working on curved batteries.




LG Chem, a division of LG, is working on producing both curved, and "cable batteries." The company has a patent on "Stack & Folding" technology which will allow it to build a battery with several 'steps' in it. This would allow for a curved battery for devices in that particular form factor. LG also says that the batteries would eventually find their way into watches, and glasses, too.


The curved batteries are already in mass production, where they'll power the next generation of phones from LG.

Apple's MacBook line isn't doing so well this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 10:34 am

Apple is losing its war in multiple fronts at the moment, all while money is filling its coffers. It looks like MacBook shipments will decrease this year, even with the company increasing its orders to the upstream supply chain for new MacBook models.




The news comes from DigiTimes' sources in the upstream supply chain who also said that their shipments for the new MacBook devices have been increasing since June, with volumes in Q3 increasing by 10-20%. This growth is expected to continue going into this month. But, Apple is seeing issues with its shipment numbers in relation to a suspension of component shipments for a three-month period in the first half of the year, which will hurt overall MacBook shipments across 2013.


Last year, Apple shipped 13.03 million MacBooks, but only 5.3 million units were shipped in the first half of this year. This means that Apple needs to ship over 7.73 million units in the last six months of this year to just be equal to 2012's performance. I think this comes down to Apple not giving the world anything exciting in its Mac line, if it pushed touchscreen models into the mix, we might see a turn around.

RumorTT: Samsung working on waterproof, dust-resistant Galaxy S5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 9:29 am

We know that Samsung is working on the Galaxy S5, which should be built from better materials, but what about it being waterproof and dust-resistant? Yeah, that would be quite a nice thing to have.




Well, according to Korean-based Electronic Times, who has reported that Samsung is looking into bringing back its Active brand for both the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 3. The public reaction to waterproof phones, such as the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra from Sony, has pushed Samsung into thinking about a new line of phones that are better protected from the environment.


We don't know if this will actually happen, but I think Samsung will go down this path. Any ammunition it can use against the iPhone, such as having the ability to brag that its devices are waterproof and dust-resistant, would be great.

The Long Dark is a fresh, but scary breath of indie gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 8:40 am

The Long Dark should be on your radar, and if it's not, pencil it in right now. The Long Dark is a first-person post-disaster survival simulation (oh yeah) which is set in the Northern wilderness, and is all about realistic survival.



Until now, we've just been drip fed some screenshots and details of the game, but now the official first prototype gameplay footage has been released, which you can check out above. As you can see, the game will feature some incredibly in-depth detail, such as the current temperature of the environment you're in, your calories, and what you need in the game: whether it be food, water, or rest.




The developers behind it are from all stretches of game studios, with ex Volition, Bioware, Relic and Riot developers on board to help develop The Long Dark. The Kickstarter goal for The Long Dark is $200,000 CAD, but with 8 days to go it's only sitting at $127,254. Hopefully it bursts through its required funds, as this looks like a truly new type of game.

Fox News gives journalists massive 55-inch slates to work on

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 8:36 am

It looks like Fox News is wanting to create headlines by giving its journalists some truly gigantic 55-inch tablets to work on. You can see them in the image below, with journalists working on the life-sized slates.




I don't know how productive I could be on one of those, and by the looks of things they're running 1080p and not 4K resolutions. It would be great to work on, but I think most people would benefit from the extra screen real estate of 4K versus a massive touchscreen. Remember, not all apps, software and websites work properly on touch screens, or are built for them.


But, it's good to see Fox News going in a new direction here.

RumorTT: iPhone 6 to go bigger, feature a 4.8-inch display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 7:37 am

The next iPhone won't be released until 2014, but we knew that the rumors would begin sooner rather than later. The bigger change we can expect from the upcoming next-gen iPhone would be a larger screen, moving into the 4.8-inch space.




Peter Misek from Jefferies & Co. said yesterday in his research note that the iPhone 6 would feature a 4.8-inch display, the biggest iPhone yet. According to their estimates, roughly 50% of smartphones shipped now have larger than 4-inch screens, with the iPhone 6 wanting to hit those customers wanting a bigger screen.


It makes sense, because people are getting sick of the same old small screened iPhones and want something bigger. Unfortunately Apple don't offer anything bigger, so their only options would be to change brands, to something like Apple's biggest competitor: Samsung. Samsung have countless phones ranging from smaller 3-inch (or so) devices to massive 6.3-inch devices.

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