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RumorTT: End of an era for Panasonic, no more plasma TVs after 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 2:32 am

We knew this was coming, but we didn't want it to happen: rumor has it Panasonic will end its plasma TV production earlier than anticipated, in March of next year. This is less than six months away, and we'll lose the best plasma TV maker in the world.




Sales will continue after March 2014, but only until inventory of the plasma TVs runs out. Panasonic has been bleeding money through fiscal 2012, and is now in talks to sell its plasma TV rights, or it will completely sell off its remaining plasma factory. When this news was presented to me, our own Chris Ramseyer - a huge Panasonic plasma TV fan - simply replied with "NOOOOOOOOOO."


Are you disappointed to hear that Panasonic will no longer be making plasma TVs? Or have you moved onto the world of LEDs, or even OLED TVs?

Samsung outs its first curved OLED smartphone, the Galaxy Round

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 2:01 am

Samsung has announced its Galaxy Round smartphone, which features a 5.7-inch curved OLED display. The Galaxy Round will launch on SK Telecom in South Korea, featuring a 5.7-inch 1920x1080-pixel curved OLED panel.




We don't know what to expect from the curved OLED display - other than it being curved of course - but Samsung is pushing something it is called "Round Interaction" which allows you to look at information like missed calls, battery life and more when you tilt it on a flat surface with the screen off. The South Korean giant also claims that you can switch between home screens, and it'll feel like one continuous transition.


The Galaxy Round weighs in at 154g, is just 7.9mm thick, includes an 2,800mAh battery and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It will be released in a "Luxury Brown" color - which doesn't sound too appealing at all - for around $1,103. At $1,103, it is quite expensive and I think it's going to scare most people away for now which might be the reason for a limited launch.

Twitter updates app for Windows Phone, adds new features

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 2:00 am

Twitter announced this morning that it had updated its app for Windows Phone and includes a very cool new lock screen feature. Version 3.0 of Twitter for Windows Phone brings forth the largest set of feature update and additions since the app hit the Windows app store.




The most notable new feature is the ability to set Twitter as your lock screen agent. Known as Peek, this new feature lets users simply wave their hand over the device to wake it up and see the last tweet that was received. Additionally users can now select their favorite Twitter accounts to receive tweet updates from, as well as customizing the app with either a light or dark theme.


Other updates include the ability to pin keyword searches to the home screen, set language preferences, and set interesting tweets to appear on the lock screen. You can find out more information and download Twitter for Windows Phone at the sources listed below.

SilverStone releases EP01, a four-port USB 3.0 Hub

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 1:10 am

Today SilverStone released the all new External Port EP01, a powered four port USB 3.0 hub that features a magnetic base for quick and easy mounting to your PC or any metallic surface. The EP01 is capable of charging devices with high-current draw such as tables, iPads, and external battery packs thanks to its Battery Charging 1.2 Standard compliance.




SilverStone says the EPO1 USB 3.0 hub is capable of speeds up to 5Gb/s and chares mobile devices much faster than standard USB 3.0 ports on a PC. The device is small enough to fit on any desk, or tuck away on the side of your PC case so no one will see.

LeakedTT: HTC Sense 5.5 leaks in new screenshots

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 12:36 am

Love it or hate it, you still have to admit that HTC's Sense 5 Android overlay is a pretty decent skin as far as Android UIs go, and today we got a look at what the next-generation of Sense might look like. Website Android Revolution HD managed to take possession of some leaked screenshots of what is said to be HTC's Sense 5.5.




At the moment the images only clue us in on two new feature updates, with most of the UI looking like its predecessor, Sense 5. The first thing one might notice off the bat is that BlinkFeed is now easily turned off via a new toggle button. Turning off BlinkFeed was previously a headache, and required digging through your phones settings. Now a simple single tap on a button and BlinkFeed disappears.


Secondly we notice that the camera is getting a new Panorama+ mode as well as Dual Capture that will allow the user to capture from both cameras at the same time. Being the owner of an HTC one, the Panorama+ mode is very exciting to me and I hope that we see Sense 5.5 released sometime soon. It also appears that the task switcher is more refined and features larger icons than before. No release date was mentioned, but maybe we will see Sense 5.5 released beside the HTC One MAX on October 15th.

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ADATA adds new DashDrive Choice HC630 to external HDD lineup

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 12:00 am

ADATA has just released a new addition to its DashDrive line of external hard drives. The new Choice HC630 is a USB 3.0 compatible external storage device that is wrapped in a beautiful mystic blue metallic finish. ADATA has bundled its HDDtoGo encryption and synchronization software with the drive to help keep customer data safe and secure.




The new DashDrive Choice HC630 weighs in at just 5.6 ounces and has a footprint of barely 4.5x3x0.6-inches. A raised lip around the perimeter helps prevent surface scratches from occurring, and a LED indicator light is present to inform the user of the HDD status. The external HDD is available in capacities of 500GB, 750GB and 1TB with a three-year warranty backing things up.

PayPal begins letting users pay by scanning a QR Code

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 11:30 pm

PayPal has been seemingly fighting an uphill battle while trying to get it's mobile payments system off the ground, and established mobile payment competitors like Square are not making things easy. In an effort to make paying with your mobile phone even easier, PayPal today announced a new way to pay by using QR Codes, something they hope will become the defacto payment method for mobile purchases.




The new QR code payment services works by letting you check into a location with the PayPal mobile app, and then a QR Code is generated which the business can then scan to complete the payment. If the merchant does not have a scanner that is QR code friendly, a code is provided that can be punched into a PIN Pad to complete the transaction. This new service is set to begin rolling out in Q1 of 2014, and only time will tell if it is a good move or not.

HTC One MAX will arrive October 15th with fingerprint scanner & more

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 11:00 pm

Today, a new report from the Wall Street Journal has been released that is suggesting that HTC will unveil it's 5.9-inch HTC One MAX phablet on October 15th. The report also seems to confirm that the extra large smartphone will contain a fingerprint scanner which will be located on the back of the device, just below the camera lens.




If other recent reports are correct then the HTC One MAX will take the throne as king of the phablets with a full HD 1080p display, a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and as much as 3GB of RAM. A 3,300 MAH battery will also be present. Unfortunately other rumors are suggesting that the device will feature a combo aluminum and plastic housing similar to the HTC One Mini.

Popular messaging service WhatsApp gets taken down via DNS hack

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 10:04 pm

If you happened to visit WhatsApp's website early this morning, you might have noticed things looked a little bit different. Some time in the wee hours of Thursday morning, a pro-palestinian message replaced the websites homepage with political rhetoric and the message "You Got Pwned."




The hacker group known as KDMS Team took responsibility for the hack, and boasted that "no security measures could stop them from attacking again." The hack was not a direct intrusion of the company's web server, but rather an exploit conducted on the website's DNS records to spoof the DNS and hijack the website's URL. As of this writing, WhatsApp's website has been restored to normal and no further attacked on the messaging service have been reported.

VisionTek adds five new AMD Radeon graphics cards to its lineup

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 8:02 pm

Today VisionTek announced the launch of five new AMD Radeon R Series graphic cards that are designed to provide extreme performance at almost any budget level. The new cards are built on the AMD Radeon R7 and R9 series GPUs and feature some very powerful features with prices starting at just $69.




The newly introduced video cards are comprised of three R7 series and two R9 series GPUs. These two new lines of GPUs from AMD are the first to offer support for DirectX 11.2 and the stunning 3D visual effects, life like visuals and realistic lighting this new standard brings forth. The cards also offer AMD's PowerTune, ZeroCore and App Acceleration technologies that greatly enhance not only the performance, but the entire user experience.


"We're very pleased to announce a new line of high performance graphics cards utilizing AMD's incredible new R7 and R9 Series GPUs," said Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President of VisionTek. "Our cards will redefine the gaming experience due to their visual, audio, and compute capabilities. And because they're priced attractively, these cards should be among the best-selling tech products in the fourth quarter. To coin a phrase from AMD, 'Radeon Is Gaming' truly defines our new line."

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