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Samsung working on 10nm 64GB flash memory chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 2:36 am

Samsung only talked about volume production of their uber-fast eMMC memory chips in August, just two months ago, and are already standing proud with their next-generation of hardware. Pushing 20nm to the side, the South Korean giant is moving to 10nm, with the new 64GB eMMC Pro Class 200 sporting a 20% smaller physical footprint.




Not only is it smaller, but Samsung are claiming it includes 30% advantages in both performance and manufacturing productivity. The previous 20nm-based flash memory chips only begun taking advantage of JEDEC's eMMC 4.5 interface in August, but Samsung are hoping to talk to JEDEC about creating a new standard that can handle this new design.


Write speeds top out at 2,000 IOPS, with read speeds of 5,000 IOPS - beating the 1,500 and 3,000 for write/read, respectively, on the older hardware. Bandwidth reaches 260MB/sec read, 50MB/sec write. The new 10nm-based flash memory chips went into production last month and are set to be baked into smart devies in the near future.

Unity reaches 4.0, includes DX11 support, Linux publishing preview and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 1:35 am

The Unity game engine has just reached the version 4.0 milestone, and is now available for purchase including a bunch of new features. The biggest of which is DirectX 11 support, new animation tools and an add-on for publishing games to Flash.




Tux now includes a preview of deployment for publishing games to Desktop Linux, which is interesting - and with all of this news, the Unity Technologies team is not stopping. CEO David Helgason has said that Unity 4 will be looking at a bright future - with a faster paced schedule, including more frequent releases than the previous platform.


Developers can grab a free version of the software, or they can opt for a $1500 professional license. You can get more details, and make your purchase, here.

Samsung working on bendable display technology, would make smartphones "unbreakable"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 12:41 am

Samsung don't just have a twelve-month release cycle like their competition, nor do they just have one flagship product, with a second in development. They continue to innovate, and try to keep more than one portion of consumers happy - this latest news could change the entire market.




Samsung have been working on bendable screen technology for a while, but according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, they're working on display screens made with plastic that could make phones "unbreakable". The South Korean company are reportedly in the final stages of development, and hope to be the first company on the market to start mass production of the interesting new technology.


The new unbreakable screens use OLD technology to emit images, as OLED is thin and can be put onto flexible displays. Instead of using glass, plastic is used to make the phones lighter, with the more durable display. Samsung have told the WSJ that they are already some consumers testing out the new display, and according to an unnamed source in the report, Samsung hope to bake this new tech into displays and put them on the market in the first half of 2013.

Android continues to dominate, Q3 sees 122 million sold, just 24 million iPhones and if it counts - 4 million Windows Phones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 15, 2012 11:40 pm

Apple may brag their quarterly results, but you should know how I feel about that - our various editorials and news stories on their fall from grace (which won't stop for quite a while) is happening right before our eyes, and the true king is rising - Android.




Q3 2012 numbers are in from Gartner, showing that mobile phone makers sold more than 122 million Android-based smartphones in the quarter, compared to just 24 million iPhones and just 4 million Windows Phone-based handsets. Windows Phones crappy performance can be attributed to consumers waiting for Windows Phone 8 - but overall, they're not even comparing to Android right now.


GeekWire have been great, compiling Gartner's stats for the past two years into the chart shown above. As you can see, Android has really been smashing it for a homerun in the last six months, shipping some 60 million units, compared to iPhone shipments which have dropped.

Skyrim's upcoming Dragonborn DLC offers new towns, dungeons on the island of Solstheim

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 15, 2012 5:53 pm

New details for Skyrim's upcoming DLC, "Dragonborn," has been released today by Bethesda that gives players some insight as to what they should expect from the upcoming add-on.




In Dragonborn, players will adventure off the coast of Morrowind, specifically to the island of Solstheim, where they'll experience new towns, dungeons, and, of course, quests through lands that are filled with ash and glaciers.

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Telltale Games' 'The Walking Dead' season finale, 'No Time Left' coming next week

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 15, 2012 5:23 pm

Next week will be what many Walking Dead fans will consider to be a bitter-sweet end to Telltale Games' episodic series as the final episode, titled "No Time Left," will be made available on PlayStation Network on November 20th, with it popping up the following day on Xbox Live, Windows, Mac, iOS and the European PlayStation Network.




If you haven't picked up any of the episodes of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, you might want to hold off on buying all of them digitally in one shot as the company will release a retail version of the game on December 4th for $29.99. The retail version of The Walking Dead will have all of the episodes available in a neat, little package for you to plow through.

Spotify launching web-based music application; beta rolling out today

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:53 pm

As much as I've enjoyed using Spotify on a daily basis, one thing that it's been missing has been a web-based music application allowing me, and other users around the world, to log in to their account and instantly access their music, playlists and radio station preferences no matter where they go. But today, Spotify has announced that it's planning to roll out a browser-based application that will do just that in the coming months.




According to reports, the web application will retain much of what is currently available in the desktop versions including search, Radio, Spotify's "What's new" section and management of playlists. Assuming Spotify is planning on making everything available from its desktop application to the web, we can expect Spotify's Radio feature to be free for all users, with banner and audio ads removed for premium members.

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Cinemark introduces 'CineMode' program to reward moviegoers who don't text during film

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:22 pm

Throughout the years of going to movie theaters, I've experienced pretty much every kind of rude behavior a person can experience including witnessing a group of pre-teens urinating on the movie screen. But the not-so recent trend of moviegoers who absolutely need to be on their cell phones during a movie is especially annoying as their phone screens always distract me no matter how much they try to conceal their device. If a new program from Cinemark takes off, moviegoers may finally learn to keep their phones in their pockets or purses for the duration of the film.




Cinemark has announced a new program called CineMode which is an application that will keep track of a moviegoers cell phone usage during a film. When the application is launched, CineMode will dim the users' cell phone screen and ask them to set their phone to vibrate. If the user is able to keep their mitts off their phone for the duration of the film, they will be presented with a digital coupon that can be redeemed for a discount on a future movie at a Cinemark theater.

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Criminals steal 3,600 iPad minis from JFK Airport

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:59 pm

The iPad mini may not have been something Steve Jobs would have wanted Apple to produce, but a team of thieves are probably grateful they exist as they were able to pull off quite the heist earlier this week as roughly around 3,600 iPad minis, worth around $1.5 million, were taken from a cargo building in JFK Airport.




The crime took place before midnight on Monday night at Building 261 as the thieves stole two pallets worth of iPad minis. The thieves used the airport's forklifts to move the pallets into a truck, but left behind three more pallets when an airport worker who was returning from dinner stumbled onto the crime.

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RumorTT: New iMacs face delays due to production problems, might not be released until 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 15, 2012 11:32 am

Apple just can't catch a break lately - iPhone 5s are experiencing issues, their stock is dropping like its not hot, and now there's rumors circling that Apple's previous warnings of the new iMac model would see "significant shortages", may actually push the release of the new Retina-sporting iMacs into 2013.




Apple currently states on their US site that the new 21.5-inch iMac will be released later this month, with the 27-inch model coming next month. But, if the rumors are actually true, we could see a delay of the new iMac in relation to Apple's new production method which has been dubbed "friction-stir welding".


This method utilizes intense heat and pressure, which is used to create an even more seamless join than previous techniques used. We've heard about delays, with Apple CEO Tim Cook stating in a conference call with analysts that the new iMac would see "significant shortages" but didn't state why, but continued to expect that the new Retina iMacs would make their original November and December delivery dates.


The new screen lamination process used on the new iMacs could also be another issue, which is said to be much more complicated than previous designs. The screen bonding used in the new iMac erases close to 2mm of thickness that had formed an "air gap" between the glass and display in previous iMacs. This latest model is sans the optical drive, which allows the new iMac to be as thin as 5mm at the edges - which is very impressive.

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