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Samsung introduces ATIV Q, a convertible Windows and Android notebook combination with a QHD+ (3200x1800) display

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 20, 2013 7:55 pm

At today's London press event held by Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant unveiled a new ATIV Q convertible notebook that is convertible in more ways than one. Not only does it feature the traditional laptop to tablet conversion, it also allows users to switch between Windows and Android operating systems. It's the best of both worlds in one device.

 

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The ATIV Q features an incredible QHD+ display that measures just 13.3 inches diagonally. QHD+ features a resolution of 3200x1800, which is an incredible amount of pixels to pack into a 13.3-inch screen. The pixel density is 275ppi, which is less than smartphones, but 2.8 times higher than full HD displays of the same size.

 

Diving into the technical specifications, we find that the ATIV Q is powered by Intel's new Haswell-based Core i5 processor with on-board HD4400 graphics. It features 4GB of DDR3L and 128GB of storage thanks to an SSD. Even with those impressive technical specs, Samsung says the device is capable of up to 9 hours of battery life.

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Facebook announces Videos for Instagram for iOS and Android, includes revolutionary video stabilization

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 20, 2013 5:44 pm

At this morning's press event held by Facebook, the company announced that Instagram is getting a video sharing feature similar to its image sharing service. Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom took the stage to show off the company's new feature and spent about 20 minutes talking about the Instagram Video's new features.

 

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Since Instagram was released, the service has seen more than 16 billion photos shared from a community of over 130 million active users. At the moment, images shared on Instagram see an average of one billion likes daily. Instagram attributes this success to the inherent human want to create and store memories. Realizing this, the company knew that the next step was to include video in their memory sharing service.

 

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The new video feature will allow users to create and share 15 second video clips similar to how Twitter's Vine app handles things. The similarities end there though as Instagram has enabled users to chain together clips to form a longer more informative video. Additionally, in true Instagram form, users can customize each clip or video with its own filter. The company says that it developed 13 new custom filters just for video to allow users to create a more beautiful memory.

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TweakTown Live Blog - Samsung Premiere 2013 Galaxy and ATIV (starting soon)

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 20, 2013 5:30 pm

We have another live blog for you today. This time we will be covering Samsung Premiere 2013 Galaxy and ATIV launch event. Get ready for all the action brought to you live over at this page. It's due to start shortly.

 

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Samsung is expected to launch a new Galaxy S4 phone with LTE Advanced, as well as a new Galaxy Camera, and several new Windows 8 tablets. Follow along with us at the link above and post your comments on the event in the comment section below!

Mozilla launches StopWatching.Us - an online petition to force the Congress to reveal the NSA's spying programs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 20, 2013 5:04 pm

The recent uncovering of PRISM, the NSA's top secret program used to spy on US citizens via social media and the Internet has caused a major uproar in not only the online community, but the entire country. Now, Mozilla, the developers of the Firefox browser, have taken the fight to Congress in the form of an online petition.

 

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Today Mozilla is launching StopWatching.Us - a campaign sponsored by a broad coalition of organizations from across the political and technical spectrum calling on citizens and organizations from around the world to demand a full accounting of the extent to which our online data, communications and interactions are being monitored.

 

Whether or not you agree with the NSA's actions, you need to head over to https://optin.stopwatching.us and sign the petition. While the spying may or may not be necessary for national security, we as a country deserve to know who is watching, how we are being watched, and why we are being watched.

LeakedTT: Three Intel Ivy Bridge-E SKUs appear in the wild, could arrive as early as September 4th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 20, 2013 4:39 pm

This morning a slide surfaced that appears to be part of an Intel presentation and details information about the upcoming enthusiast platform from Intel, Ivy Bridge-E. The slide appears to be legit, but faking a PowerPoint slide is not very hard, so keep that in mind while reading.

 

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The leak comes from website HardwareLuxx and gives us a new release date as early as September 4th, which is two months earlier than previously speculated. The slide also alludes to a very strict NDA around the new processors. The slide also discloses that the new Ivy-E processors are built on a 22nm process based on Intel's 3D Tri-Gate Transistors.

 

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Continuing the leak, CPU World has posted information on processor SKUs starting with the i7-4960X, featuring 6 cores (12 threads) at 3.6GHz with turbo up to 4GHz and includes a total of 15MB L3 cache. This is the top-end SKU, which should retail for $999-$1099.

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Photoshop Creative Cloud pirated not even 24 hours after being released

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 20, 2013 3:28 pm

When Adobe announced that it would be moving its entire suite of creative software into a cloud based subscription model, analyst and industry insiders everywhere thought that this would finally solve the piracy issues that have plagued benefited Adobe for years. As it turns out, that was not the case.

 

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Not even a full 24 hours after it was released, Adobe's Photoshop Creative Cloud has been pirated. Photography website Fstoppers is reporting that pirated copies of the just released software are already popping up on BitTorrent sites.

 

The files reportedly do not require authentication through Adobe's servers as the pirated software takes advantage of the software's offline mode.

LG to adopt Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in its next flagship smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 20, 2013 2:55 pm

LG has decided to drop the Snapdragon S4 Pro in lieu of the new, more powerful Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm in its upcoming smartphone refresh. Currently the company's flagship, the Optimus G, runs the Snapdragon S4 Pro. LG says that the reason for the switch is a performance boost of over 75 percent as well as improved power consumption over the older chipset.

 

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 is built on the Krait 400 architecture and features four asynchronous cores with clock speeds as high as 2.3GHz. The 800 is paired up with an Adreno 330 GPU and is LTE ready. The new chipset is also capable of video capture and playback at UltraHD resolutions and features HTS-HD and Dolby Digital Plus audio processing. Miracast is also present.

 

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We know very little about the next-generation flagship smartphone from LG at the moment. What we do know is that it will feature a 5-inch class screen, and could possibly be the first phone on the market to feature a flexible OLED display. LG head of marketing Won Kim said in an interview in April that that it will be "something different and something unique."

NVIDIA SHIELD gets pre-release price drop, will hit shelves on June 27th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 20, 2013 1:57 pm

NVIDIA's project SHIELD has been one of the most talked about handheld gaming consoles of the year as well as possibly being the most anticipated handheld of the decade. Unfortunately not all of the talk was as good as NVIDIA had hoped. Many reports were good, but issues with ergonomics arose frequently.

 

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During the last few months, NVIDIA has put SHIELD in the hands of the professional press as well as thousands of gamers at events like PAX East and has taken their feedback and went back to the drawing board. The result is a handheld Android gaming console that is nothing short of amazing.

 

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They've helped us build a better product. Feedback from gamers is why SHIELD's triggers have the perfect throw length. Why SHIELD's buttons have just the right amount of give. Why SHIELD's thumb sticks are so satisfying to flick. Why playing games on SHIELD's pure Android software feels so slick.

 

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This morning NVIDIA announced that SHIELD's price has been dropped to $299. This pre-release price drop is the direct result of thousands of gamers telling NVIDIA that "if priced at $299, Shield will be a homerun!" The company says that if you pre-ordered SHIELD at a higher price, you will only be charged the new $299 price.

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Feedly launches 'Feedly Cloud' sync program, throws in a new web interface

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 20, 2013 10:30 am

I'm a huge fan of Feedly, so much so that I use it every single day. If I'm out and about, or looking for some news or information, it's my go-to service. Feedly have announced a huge restructuring of their services today, which include a new cloud infrastructure and "Feedly Cloud".

 

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Feedly Cloud is a scalable infrastructure that the company says is finally ready to replace Google Reader - I've just jumped with joy. New users can now pull everything easily from their Google account and begin using Feedly right away. Existing users, like myself, will have to ensure they have the latest version of Feedly installed, and their accounts will be migrated to Feedly Cloud in the coming days. The new service has also given Feedly the freedom to create a standalone web interface, which can be found at cloud.feedly.com, which works in most major browsers without plugins, or extensions.

Boost Mobile to unleash the LG Optimus F7 for $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 20, 2013 9:30 am

LG's new mid-range smartphone, the Optimus F7, is going to make an appearance at Boost Mobile for $299 off-contract. The Optimus F7 is an LTE-capable device, featuring a 4.5-inch 1280x720 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor (in the form of the Snapdragon S4 Plus).

 

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There's also 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal flash storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel rear-facing snapper. The Optimus F7 features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with LG's usual UI customizations.

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