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Nokia counting on their new $20 phone to give them an "edge" over rivals in emerging markets

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

Nokia wants to out-cheap the already cheap phones arriving in emerging markets, with Bloomberg reporting the Finnish phone maker is "counting on a bare-bones handset that sells for just $20 to give it an edge" over its rivals in emerging markets.

 

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The company's Nokia 105 phone includes features such as "preloaded games, a color screen, a radio, a speaking clock and a flashlight". The Nokia 105 has already reached shelves in India and Indonesia, with the company planning for a European launch in the hear future. Nokia were forced to play their hand after having their sales taken away in emerging markets from Samsung, Huawei and ZTE.

Google Chromebooks to become an actual threat this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 10:38 am

Google are looking to dig their heels into yet another market, according to a new report from DigiTimes, both Acer and ASUS are optimistic about the long-term prospects of Google's Chromebooks, and are now working on low-priced systems that will arrive in the second half of the year.

 

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Acer will be aiming at students with a new 11.6-inch model to be released in July, as well as Chrome OS-powered systems to be expected from ASUS, HP, Samsung and Lenovo later in the year. We actually reported on vendors wanting to push Android-based products onto the market, so this might be it. Hold onto your seats folks, we're going to be experiencing a bumpy next couple of years for Windows.

New Pacific Rim trailer has never made 288 feet high robots fighting aliens look so good

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 9:34 am

The latest footage of the epic science fiction movie directed by Guillermo del Toro is here, with Pacific Rim never looking better. If you don't know what Pacific Rim is yet, you might want to watch the trailer below. If you do know what it is, you probably haven't read any of this and clicked the trailer anyway.

 

 

Thoughts? That trailer should have most people convinced, I tried throwing money at my screen but nothing happened. Instead of the shakey cam Micheal Bay movies we received with Transformers, and as much as I loved them as fun summer movies, this looks like we're actually going to see 288 feet high robots kicking some alien ass.

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BlackBerry Q10 to sell "several tens of millions of units"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 8:26 am

BlackBerry chief executive officer, Thorsten Heins, spoke with Bloomberg about their BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, saying that it is expected to sell "several tens of millions of units".

 

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The BlackBerry CEO added: "We have very, very good first signs already after the launch in the UK. This is going into the installed base of more than 70 million BlackBerry users so we have quite some expectations". We also have Jefferies Group analyst, Peter Misek, saying that UK stores Selfridged and Carphone Warehouse selling out of the BlackBerry Q10 quickly, but couldn't back this up with any sales numbers. He has said: "Z10 sales in Canada, the US and UK remain steady with no inventory or return issues".

 

The BlackBerry CEO finished off by saying that the Q10 will "create a certain attraction towards BlackBerry 10, and then whatever comes up, we will entertain any valuable discussion for the company" in regards to licensing the BlackBerry 10 OS, adding: "We are still observing and watching that space and that's what we will continue to do".

Twitter for Glass gets spotted, Google Glass owners should get their hashtags ready

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 7:35 am

With Glass set to be the best big thing, it would make sense that the second biggest social network in the world begin testing their application for the wearable eyewear from Google.

 

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Google have been using the hashtag "#throughglass" on their Google+ posts using their Glass hardware, and earlier in the week we had Twilio developer Jon Gottfried hacking his own Twitter Glass application using Google's Glass API. He also used that same hashtag for tweets sent through his app, GlassTweet.

 

The developer also noticed some other tweets showing up with the #throughglass hashtag, but these tweets had an official "Twitter for Glass" label on them. If you're a developer, you can't just slap "Twitter" on any tweet, as the social network restricts the creation of apps with "Twitter" in the name. So this might actually be the real deal.

RumorTT: Sony to release quad-core 5-inch smartphone with 20-megapixel camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 6:31 am

Sony are working on something with the codename of "Honami", which is said to be part of the company's "One Sony" branding initiative, which will see all of Sony's top technology to a single, superphone.

 

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Chinese site, ePrice, have said that this new superphone from Sony would feature a 5-inch 1080p display, with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and a huge 20-megapixel rear-facing camera with a Cybershot CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss lens. We should also expect 2GB of RAM, a non-removable battery, as well as it being dust- and water-proof.

 

We should expect Sony to unveil this monster at the IFA trade show in September. If it's anything like their impressive Xperia Z, we should begin to get excited.

RumorTT: Nexus 11 to launch at Google I/O, would feature an 8-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 5:30 am

At last year's Google I/O conference, Google unveiled the popular Nexus 7 tablet, but with rumors of this year's Google I/O conference stating we'll see a Nexus 11 tablet, we should begin to get excited.

 

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The Nexus 11 is rumored to feature an octo-core processor, making it the world's first 8-core-powered tablet. This should arrive in the form of Samsung's 8-core Exynos 5410 processor. The 11-inch display should be a Super PLS TFT screen, with a 2560x1600 resolution just like the Nexus 10. We should expect an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel front-facer.

 

One of the bigger nuggets in this rumor, is the fact that the Nexus 11 would arrive with expandable storage in the form of a microSD card slot. Until now, Nexus devices have had their internal flash storage and no upgradeable storage options, which is a bit of a lack when comparing them to other Android-powered slates on the market.

NASA's Cassini probe checks out a gigantic super cyclone on Saturn

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 4:32 am

NASA's Cassini probe sure is clocking up some serious frequent flier miles, but as the probe was circling Saturn for nine years, NASA's probe managed to capture some spectacular video of a gigantic storm on Saturn's north pole.

 

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Our cyclones don't last anywhere near as long as this monster, which was spinning for several years, and at speeds that exceeded 300MPH. This cyclone is also locked to Saturn's north pole, and is fueled by small amounts of water vapor versus having an actual ocean to suck it up from. The hurricane's eye measures 1250 miles wide and is surrounded by fluffy white clouds that are the size of Texas.

AMD introduces heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 4:01 am

This morning AMD announced the next big advancement concerning their APU technology. AMD heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA) is an intelligent computing architecture that enables the CPU, GPU, and other processors to work in harmony from a single piece of silicon in a single pool of memory and seamlessly move task to the best suited processing unit.

 

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This means that in a single application, some calculations will run on the CPU while others run on the GPU accessing the same memory though the same addresses without worrying about which software touched the data last. AMD has been able to achieve this by moving the GPU and CPU onto a single die and then AMD enabled the GPU to have direct access to the CPU memory from the same address space. Finally AMD was able to simplify the data sharing by updating the GPU memory set so that it can follow pointers and complex data structures in the same way that the CPU does. These advancements allowed for better efficiency and lower power consumption.

 

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AMD is touting hUMA as restoring the GPU to the world of Uniform Memory Access. As it sits now the GPU utilizes non-uniform memory access and creates a mass of coding headaches for developers. With hUMA application coding can be simplified, and made more efficient throughout the code base.

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Angry Birds Friends for Android and iOS arrives on Thursday

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 3:34 am

Rovio has taken to their official Angry Birds Twitter account to announce that Angry Birds Friends is coming to both iOS and Android on Thursday.

 

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Angry Birds Friends is currently limited to being a web-only Facebook title, so Angry Birds fans should be happy to hear this news. Angry Birds Friends allows you to join up with friends and hold tournaments to compete together, a huge change in the usual way Angry Birds is played.

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