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Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note III at IFA 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 4:29 am

IFA 2013 - Samsung has just unleashed its Galaxy Note III smartphone, its latest in its line of phablet smartphones. The Galaxy Note III features a 5.7-inch 1920x1080-pixel SuperAMOLED display.




Better yet, depending on the market you purchase the Note III in, you'll enjoy either Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC, or Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa processor. The former is the 4G LTE version, the latter, the 3G edition. Both versions come with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal flash storage by default, but a 64GB edition will make its way to the market.


With the 5.7-inch display, it's an increase of just 0.2 inches from the Galaxy Note II's 5.5-inch display. We have a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with Samsung's "smart stabilization" technology, and 4K video shooting capabilities. Samsung has provided a 3200mAh battery inside of the Galaxy Note III, which should last most of the day with the huge 5.7-inch Full HD display. One of the most important things to consider with the Note III is the software side of things thanks to the S Pen stylus included.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will feature 2560x1600 panel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 3:27 am

IFA 2013 - Samsung has just outed its Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition slate, along with the Galaxy Note III smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has been upgraded in virtually all areas, which is great.




The 10.1-inch panel now squeezes in a resolution of 2560x1600, which makes it the highest resolution display on a Samsung tablet that runs Android. Inside of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition we find Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa SoC, which is an 1.9GHz eight-core processor. 3GB of RAM is also seen inside of the slate, which is the same amount of RAM we find in the Galaxy Note III smartphone.




Samsung has learnt its lesson with the previous Note tablets, ditching the plastic backing and replacing it with a faux-leather backing. On the back of the Note 10.1 2014 Edition we have an 8-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel snapper on the front. The Note 10.1 2014 Edition will come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions with expandable storage through its microSD card slot.

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Ubisoft unleashes 14-minute Watch Dogs gameplay video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 2:32 am

Watch Dogs is one of the most anticipated games coming out this year, so to add onto this excitement Ubisoft has released a 14-minute developer walkthrough of the game.



The video shows off how gamers can hack into each others games, where we see Aiden Pierce takes control of a district by hacking into its central operating system's control room. You can do this by hacking into security cameras to check out the terrain, reading access code panels to discover passwords, sneaking, shooting and using forklifts to operate remotely.




Check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comments.

Nokia threatens death to Android KitKat in new tweet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 2:01 am

Nokia is apparently feeling pretty confident after the recent acquisition announcement from Microsoft. Today, Nokia posted what can only be viewed as a death threat to Android. The posting came on the company's German Twitter account and it shows a Samsung Galaxy S3 being broken in half.




To add even more salt to the wound, the image features the slogan "Have a break, have a....," which is quite similar to the slogan used in KitKat candy bar advertising campaigns. This is obviously intended to poke fun at Android 4.4's recently announced name. I think these little jabs back and forth are healthy for business and should be taken lightheartedly on both sides. I can't wait to see how Samsung responds!

RumorTT: Apple to announce new Apple TV at September 10 event

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 1:32 am

New rumors have popped up that suggest Apple will release a new Apple TV set-top box during next week's launch event on September 10. A recently discovered filing from the Department of Homeland Security shows that on August 25, Apple took delivery of a shipment that was labeled as "Set Top Box with Communication Function"




Just a week earlier than that, a similar shipment arrived that was labeled simply "Set Top Boxes," which is leading several industry insiders to believe that Apple will indeed release a refreshed version of its Apple TV. This makes sense, too. With iOS 7 pending and two new iPhones scheduled to launch on the 10, Apple would be smart to cash in on the crowds of customers that are about to flood its stores.

BlackBerry wants to auction itself to the highest bidder

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 1:03 am

The Wall Street Journal has recently released a report that indicates that BlackBerry is planning to "run a fast auction process" in an effort to get the company under new ownership before the end of November of this year.




The report goes on to say that BlackBerry has narrowed its list of potential buyers and should begin the sale process "soon." No mention was made of who these buyers could be, nor was any asking price quoted in the article.


I'm actually hoping that either Apple or Samsung will pick up the troubled company. Either one could take the company's enterprise software, port it to their own operating system, and dominate the corporate smartphone market. I have a hunch that one of the buyers is Samsung and that they could be a strong contender to pick up the company after recent reports that BlackBerry Messenger will hit Galaxy Devices before other Android Handsets.

RumorTT: New iPad to feature smaller frame, retain its screen size

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 12:43 am

During all of the IFA hoopla, there's some Apple news, more specifically, the fifth-generation iPad. There's a video for you to look at below from Unbox Therapy, who looks at an empty shell from the upcoming iPad, comparing it to the current iPad.



We've donned our RumorTT tag on this news, but if the video is correct the new iPad will be two-thirds of an inch than the current model. This little change allows the narrator of the video to hold the new iPad in one hand. It looks the same, but has some different curves compared to the current model, which I think looks nicer.

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Tubecore surpasses its funding goal by 500% on Kickstarter

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 12:32 am

Today, Tubecore announced that it has surpassed its Kickstarter funding goal by more than 500 percent, raising almost $100,000 with more than 8 days remaining. The Tubecore Duo is a home audio system that is based off of a Raspberry Pi and a tube-based audio amplifier.




The device is capable of streaming music over Wi-Fi and features built-in XBMC compatibility. The entire project is open source and is built with the hardware hacker and modder in mind. "The Duo's cabinet design is based on mid-century design principles," says co-founder and main designer Jason Perkins, "delivering more for less, allowing us to guarantee the hand-crafted cabinet for a lifetime. For a simpler user experience, the Duo utilizes a simple one source interface to control all onboard system features."

ASUS' new Transformer Pad TF701T features NVIDIA's Tegra 4 SoC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 12:11 am

IFA 2013 - ASUS has really let loose at this year's IFA, unleashing so many great products and it is continuing to do so with its Transformer Pad TF701T tablet. The Transformer Pad TF701T is powered by NVIDIA's more than capable Tegra 4 SOC (T40X), which is a quad-core chip.




ASUS didn't just decide to put a great SoC inside of the TF701T, as it also features a 10.1-inch 2560x1600 WQXGA panel, this gives us a very nice 300 pixels per inch (ppi). We also have 2GB of DDR3L RAM, 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage which is expandable through both a microSDXC card slot, and an SDXC slot in the dock.


There's a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, backed up by a 1.2-megapixel shooter up front. The usual 802.11a Wi-Fi is here, joined by Miracast and Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR. One of the things that sets the ASUS' tablets apart is the dock. This dock provides more battery life, with its 16Wh battery providing up to 4 more hours of battery. The TF701T itself has a 31Wh battery that provides up to 13 hours of battery life.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 11:48 pm

Today, Samsung announced its highly anticipated Android-based smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. The smartwatch features a 1.63-inch 320x320 AMOLED display that is framed in brushed aluminum. Unlike the many leaks we saw leading up to the launch, the device does not feature a curved screen and uses Bluetooth to connect to a Galaxy smartphone rather than the reported NFC that was previously rumored.




The device runs Android 4.3 and utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 to conserve energy. Samsung says that there are over 70 apps to choose from. They can be installed using the smartwatch's Galaxy Gear Manager app. 4GB of built-in storage is available alongside a 315mAh battery. Samsung says that the Galaxy Gear will be available in early October and will retail at an MSRP of $299.