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Bluetooth 4.0 being added to most Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 7:15 pm

Bluetooth 4.0 is just more than an a better way to connect wirelessly, it is also a energy saving revision of the popular wireless communication protocol. Bluetooth 4.0 is designed to consume less energy when at idle as well as while in use, and this is an important feature for today's power-hungry smartphones.

 

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A few of Nokia's Lumia Smartphones feature Bluetooth 4.0, including the Lumia 520, 620, 625, and 720. Bluetooth 4.0 came to those devices in the recent Amber Update package. Unfortunately other Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8, did not receive the Bluetooth 4.0 update and Nokia is now planning to fix that.

 

A new "Black" update is on its way to Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices and as soon as it arrives, Nokia says that all WP8 Lumia phones will be updated to support Bluetooth 4.0. It is unknown as to when the "Black" update will arrive, but if the company is releasing information on it already, we can not help be believe that it will be arriving soon.

Verizon lowers Moto Maker customized Moto X to $49 until Nov 18th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:16 pm

Verizon announced today that it has lowered the price of any Motorola Moto X phone that is customized using the companys Moto Maker tool. The new lowered price of a customized Moto X will be just $49 which is a 50-percent price drop over its normal $99 retail price at Verizon.

 

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The Moto Maker customization tool has only been at Verizon for just a few days now, and with the recent release of the new budget friendly Moto G from Motorola, Verizon is looking to attract more customers to the more powerful Moto X. There is no discount code to enter, nor no coupon code line to click on. Verizon customers can simply head to the Moto Maker app on Verizon's website, customize their Moto X and then check out at a price of $49. The promotion only last until November 18th so do not hesitate or you will miss it.

Google and HP suspend Chromebook 11 sales over faulty charger claims

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 5:19 pm

Yesterday I reported on breaking news that Google and HP ordered the immediate suspension and shipping of all Chromebook 11 models in the US. The news was first broke by The Verge who received a tip from an insider at Best Buy, which ordered all of its stores to cease all Chromebook 11 sales and shipments immediately.

 

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Today we are learning just what caused the Chromebook 11 sales to stop so abruptly. Yesterday Google and HP made a joint decision to pull the $279 Chromebook from retail shelves after it began receiving reports of the devices charging brick overheating. Google and HP have launched an investigation into the issue and are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify the best way to correct the faulty chargers. Google and HP will issue a statement and contact customers when a solution is found.

SAPPHIRE announces Battlefield 4 bundles with AMD R Series GPUs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 3:49 pm

Sapphire Technology has just announced that it will bundle vouchers for the hit first person shooter, Battlefield 4, with several of its AMD Radeon R-Series video cards. Originally only Sapphires flagship, the R9 290X was bundled with the voucher, but now products from Sapphires Dual X line will include the voucher as well.

 

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Participating cards include the R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X Dual-X, R9 280 Dual-X, R9 270x Dual-X, and R9 270 Dual-X. Sapphires Dual-X technology features an exclusive dual heat extraction technology that utilizes a highly efficient cooler and graduated heat pipes along with dual aerofoil section fans. This combination delivers great performance with an exceptionally low-noise experience.

 

Sapphire says that the Battlefield 4 vouchers will be available in the above listed cars beginning now, and will be available at existing retailers that sell Sapphire products. With Battlefield 4 retailing for $60 alone, this is an excellent deal for anyone looking to upgrade their PC and pick up this seasons best shooter.

Apple is under investigation in Italy for $1.3 billion in tax fraud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 1:32 pm

Apple is in trouble with Italian authorities, to the tune of $1.3 billion of alleged tax fraud. The Italian government believes that the iPhone maker has tucked away, hidden from the Italian tax authority and investigators in the country.

 

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Reuters is the one with the report, where they said: "The maker of the iPhone is the latest prominent corporation to become the target of a tax probe in Italy amid a global crackdown on tax cheating by multinationals. In Italy, where tax authorities have become more aggressive in their dealings with global companies, fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were handed in June a 20-month suspended prison sentence and a heavy fine for hiding hundreds of millions of euros in unpaid taxes. Both deny any wrongdoing."

Tesla Motors could build an F-150 like pickup truck within 5 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:35 pm

Even with the issues that some of its Model S electric vehicles are going through, Tesla Motors are pushing through with some new ideas. CEO Elon Musk has said that the company is planning to make a pickup truck.

 

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Tesla Motors' pickup truck would be similar to that of Ford's F-Series pickup truck, with the F-150 pickup truck being the best-selling vehicle of any kind in the US, so you can see Tesla's motivation. The news comes from Musk's discussion during Business Insider's IGNITION event in New York yesterday. He talked about the pickup truck in a post-interview Q&A, after he was asked if his company would make a fleet truck for companies like FedEx and UPS.

 

He replied, saying that Tesla is currently in the planning stages of the truck, not in the commercial stages, because the market opportunity for commercial trucks is smaller. Musk said that the Tesla pickup truck would be designed with the F-150 as inspiration, because it is just so popular.

AMD's Mantle API will work with at least 15 Frostbite-powered games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 11:33 am

The AMD APU13 conference is continuing on, with some new details about AMD's Mantle API. DICE's front man for the Frostbite engine, Johan Andersson, took the stage at the APU13 conference to talk about Mantle, and how it is going to be used extensively in Frostbite.

 

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Andersson said that there would be a Mantle-powered version of Battlefield 4 released soon, something I'm excited to start testing on, and that there will be a bunch more games released under the Frostbite engine, that would be powered by Mantle. The biggest benefit to take away here is that Mantle has a lot less of an overhead to it, when compared to DirectX.

 

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Jorjen Katsman, from Nixxes, the developer who is working on porting Thief to the PC, said that DirectX 11 has an overhead of around 40%, while Mantle has an overhead of just 8%. Katsman said that it's "not unrealistic that you'd get 20% additional GPU performance" with a Mantle-powered GPU.

 

There are currently 15 games in development that will support Mantle, which will include Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the Mirror's Edge prequel, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Star Citizen, Thief, and more. These are some of the biggest games coming soon, so it's an exciting time to be an AMD fan.

Analyst: Apple's iWatch to arrive in two different sizes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 10:34 am

It looks like Apple's iWatch could arrive in two separate sizes, at 1.3 and 1.7 inches. The former will be aimed at women, with the latter being aimed at men. The news is coming from NPD DisplaySearch analyst, David Hsieh.

 

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The Korea Herald reports: "Apple's wearable iWatch is expected to come with a 1.7-inch OLED display for men's watches and a 1.3-inch OLED screen for women, David Hsieh, DisplaySearch's Vice President of the Greater China Market, said at a conference today in Taiwan, citing Apple sources. It is yet to be confirmed whether the displays will be flexible but sources said it was a possibility, since Apple will want to upstage Samsung's Galaxy Gear."

 

Will you be waiting in line for the iWatch? I think Apple needs to really pull a rabbit out of its hat with its wearable computing, as it will be competing with Google Glass next year.

LG to launch its curved G Flex smartphone in the US shortly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 9:30 am

If you were waiting on LG's curved, and beautiful-looking G Flex smartphone in the US, it looks like you won't have to wait long. @evleaks is at it yet again, with a single tweet giving the US some hope.

 

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@evleaks has said that the G Flex smartphone is confirmed to hit the US, and it will launch on at least three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Other than that, we have no other details, so pricing or the exact ETA on the G Flex is not currently known. We'll be sure to let you know more when the news hits.

RumorTT: Facebook tried to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 8:36 am

Facebook has reportedly offered Snapchat a nice $3 billion to acquire the picture-sharing startup, but Snapchat refused the deal. The reason for the decline is that Snapchat is currently enjoying multiple companies bidding for them, which is a great reason, isn't it?

 

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Considering Facebook paid - at the time a huge $1 billion for Instagram, this isn't chump change by any measure. But, Snapchat is also huge, as it is one of the most popular messaging apps over mobile devices right now. The social network reportedly put another bid in previously, at $1 billion, so an increase to $3 billion shows just how powerful the messaging application is.

 

There are around 350 million messages sent per day through Snapchat, just to give you an idea of how big it is.

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