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Hands-on video with the Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone from Germany

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2013 5:50 pm

Johannes Knapp just attended a Nokia press conference for us over in Germany where he got some solid hands-on time with the new Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

 

 

He compared the 925 in size to the older Lumia 920 and noted that he is much more impressed with the 925 for its sized and appearance, as well as feel in hand with its brushed aluminum feel.

 

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One of the main features of the Lumia 925 is its 8.7MP PureView camera (Carl Zeiss powered) which includes some rather impressive software to create pretty remarkable photos. The one photo feature Johannes focused on was action mode. It takes a series of photos and stitches them together to create some pretty awesome results.

 

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Hit play on the video above for a nice detailed look at the new Nokia Lumia 925.

Amazon says that its Appstore is now available worldwide in nearly 200 countries

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 23, 2013 5:35 pm

Today Amazon.com announced that its Appstore is now available in nearly 200 countries worldwide, and features apps for Macs, PC's and Android based devices such as Amazon's Kindle Fire. Alongside this announcement, Amazon said that the Kindle Fire will release to over 170 new countries in June.

 

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"We are thrilled to be expanding the reach of our global app distribution to nearly 200 countries. We think our customers will love the app selection we have to offer and also find features such as Free App of the Day and personalized recommendations very helpful as they discover and explore new apps and games," said Mike George, Vice President of Apps and Games at Amazon. "By further expanding the distribution of apps to millions of customers around the world, we are continuing to make it easy for customers to enjoy their Amazon apps on Kindle Fire and any Android device."

 

To celebrate this expansion, the Amazon Appstore is bringing back one of its most popular Free Apps of the Day, "Fruit Ninja," along with "Cut the Rope: Experiments." These will be available, for free, on May 23 and May 24. For those not in the know, the "Free App of the Day," is a program in which Amazon offers a paid app for free every day.

Things to change at Intel amidst new CEO's reorganization strategy

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2013 4:40 pm

Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich is shaking things up at the chip manufacturing giant. Under his recent reorganization, all of the company's product groups now fall under his direct supervision. Corporate Strategy and Global Manufacturing will now be headed up by company president Renee James. Intel's software division will be controlled by Doug Fisher, and its smartphone division will be headed up by Hermann Eul.

 

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In an internal email to Intel employees, Krzanich said:

 

"As your CEO, I am committed to making quick, informed decisions. I am committed to being bolder, moving faster and accepting that this means changes will be made knowing that we will listen, learn and then make adjustments in order to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry. Our business faces significant challenges, and we simply must continue to execute while finalizing our future strategy"

EA Vice President says PS4 and Xbox One are a generation ahead of the current fastest gaming PC on the market

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 4:01 pm

The entire world is talking about the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at the moment, and rightfully so. It has been many years since we have had a console hardware refresh. Unfortunately some of those involved with the new console seem to have slipped into some sort of false reality.

 

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In a comment on LinkedIn, Electronic Art's Vice President and CTO Rajat Teneja said that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are "a generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market." He went on to say "The compute capabilities of these platforms and the data transfer speeds we can now bank on, essentially removes any notion of rationing of systems resources for our game engines. Our benchmarks on just the video and audio performance are 8-10 times superior to the current gen. gaming pc systems."

 

I am going to speculate that Mr. Teneja was speaking about the semi-custom AMD APU that is running in both systems, and that part of his rationing is based on both chips having Unified Memory Access.

 

Call me biased if you want, but if he seriously thinks that graphics performance is better on an APU based system compared a PC running an 8-core CPU, 32GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN, then it may be time for EA to seek out a new Chief Technology Officer.

Google takes design cues from Windows 8 in new Trend Visualizer, shows what searches are trending in real-time

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 23, 2013 3:19 pm

Everyone always complains about the amount of data that Google collects from our searches and for the most part, there is nothing to be concerned with. While Google does use that data for targeted ad placement, they also use it to improve their products and create exciting new things.

 

 

This morning Google released one of those new exciting things, and they are calling it the "Trend Visualizer". The new web app is a full screen real-time wall of the most popular searches entered by people all over the US.

 

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The actual effect is pretty trippy and while it may not be of use to everyone, it would be really cool to toss up on a large screen display in an office or workroom.

NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 780 video card, claims decent performance gains over GTX 680

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 23, 2013 2:55 pm

This morning NVIDIA launched its next flagship GPU, the GeForce GTX 780. The 780 keeps all the styling cues of the massively popular GTX TITAN and features several hardware improvements that make it one of the fastest single GPU video cards ever. Go ahead and review our very own TweakTown review right here.

 

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NVIDIA says that the GK110-powered GeForce GTX 780 has 50% more memory and 50% more CUDA cores than the GeForce GTX 680, and is on average 35% faster than its predecessor. NVIDIA also launched a new real-time gaming recorder called GeForce ShadowPlay, an application that lets gamers record their gameplay in 1080p at 30 FPS.

 

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"With more memory bandwidth, more VRAM, more CUDA Cores, and more all-round speed, the GTX 780 is the high-end GPU of choice for the next-generation of games, arriving on shop shelves this Holiday. Paired with a recent Quad Core CPU, GTX 780 owners will exceed the level of fidelity and performance seen on upcoming consoles, guaranteeing superior experiences in the coming wave of multi-platform next-gen titles, beginning with Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Watch_Dogs."

Kim Dotcom says US tech giants are infringing on his IP, might sue in wake of illegal raid on his home

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 23, 2013 2:03 pm

Late last night Kim Dotcom posted a tweet that accused several US companies of infringing on his IP and after some investigation, I have to agree with him. The patents date back to 1997 and cover the two-step authentication that has recently become popular with big sites who are afraid of hackers.

 

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In the tweet, Dotcom accuses Google, Facebook, Twitter and Citibank of infringing on his patent and he says that he never sued them in the past because he "believes in sharing knowledge and ideas for the good of society." and goes on to say "But I might sue them now because of what the U.S. did to me."

 

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For anyone interested, I have linked to the patent at Source #2. It was filed under Kim Schmits, Dotcom's birth name, and details quite clearly the current method of two-step authentication being used today by many companies. We have reached on to Dotcom for an interview and are awaiting a response, so stay tuned to TweakTown for any updates.

iBUYPOWER announces their gaming desktops can now be equipped with GeForce GTX 780's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 23, 2013 1:04 pm

The GeForce GTX 780 was just announced by NVIDIA, and is virtually the same power as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan, but for a hell of a lot less money. iBUYPOWER have come out announcing that NVIDIA's latest Kepler-based GPU, the GeForce GTX 780, is now available for their performance gaming systems.

 

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Darren Su, Co-Founder and Vice President of iBUYPOWER has said: "We always stay on the forefront of performance, and equipping our systems with the latest graphics technologies allows us to give our customers the best possible experience". For more information on the iBUYPOWER systems with the GeForce GTX 780, check out iBUYPOWER's website.

Analyst says to not expect the iWatch until late 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 23, 2013 10:32 am

If you were expecting Apple to unveil a watch-like device, something along the lines of an iWatch, then you might have to wait until late 2014 according to a KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo says that Apple "may not have adequate resources" to develop a version of iOS for the wearable device, which might be the reason behind iOS 7.

 

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Kuo thinks that Apple will cram a 1.5- to 2-inch screen, as well as biometric security thanks to their acquisition of AuthenTec for $356 million. This delay until late 2014 could really hurt Apple's chances of their wearable device being successful, especially if other companies beat them to the punch.

AMD confirms they helped Microsoft design the 'semi-custom single-chip' APU that powers the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 23, 2013 9:30 am

We've been hearing so much about the Xbox One this week, but now we have confirmation from AMD that they are the ones that helped Microsoft design the "semi-custom single-chip" APU that powers the next-gen Xbox One.

 

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The Xbox One features an APU that includes an 8-core processor, GPU and 8GB of RAM on the single-chip. The GPU on the Xbox One is still shrouded in mystery, and is definitely a strange move by Microsoft considering how open Sony are about the specifications on the PlayStation 4.

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