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Red Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone to be exclusively sold at AT&T, pre-orders begin today

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 24, 2013 1:58 pm

After selling more than 10 million units in less than 30 days, Samsung is releasing its flagship, the Galaxy S4 in several new colors, including Blue Arctic, Red Aurora, Purple Mirage and Brown Autumn. This morning we are learning that AT&T will have exclusive rights to the Red Aurora version as it did with the burgundy version of the Galaxy S3.

 

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These new colored models feature all of the same hardware and the existing Galaxy S4 models, and it is unknown at this time as to which carriers will be getting the remaining three colors. AT&T has opened up pre-orders for the Red Aurora model and will begin shipping on June 14th.

 

The exclusive Red Aurora model will run you $199.99, which is the same price as existing Galaxy S4 models at AT&T, and at the moment, only the 16GB version will get the new color treatment. Personally I prefer a black smartphone, but I will admit that the brushed aluminum look of the HTC One is beginning to grow on me.

Intel says that Haswell-based notebooks will provide 50% more battery than Ivy Bridge-based counterparts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 24, 2013 10:31 am

Intel are just days away from launching their fourth-generation Core processors otherwise known as 'Haswell', and now they're teasing the world by stating that Haswell-based notebooks will offer 50% more battery life than Ivy Bridge-based counterparts.

 

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Haswell CPU's were designed with mobile devices in mind, with one of their core focuses being lower power consumption, according to Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Intel Architecture Group, Rani Borkar, when speaking in a media briefing. Longer battery life also will not be coming at the cost of lowered performance, as in idle or standby mode, Haswell chips will do even better, extending battery life to something like 20 times what Ivy Bridge products can offer.

 

The big question here is, is this enough for consumers to get back into PCs again? Smartphone and tablet sales have no signs of stopping, while PC sales are moving backwards, let's hope this ignites a fire under consumers' feet.

Chrome 28 beta reaches Android, gives tablets the full screen experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 24, 2013 9:33 am

Google have updated the Chrome beta for Android, which has reached version 28 (28.0.1500.21) and includes a bunch of requested features as well as a new code base. Chrome users on tablets will now enjoy the same full screen experience that was included in version 27 for smartphones.

 

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This means that the toolbar and omnibox disappear as you scroll down the page, which is very useful to use more of the screen. Automatic translation of pages not in the device's native language is now available, which desktop users have enjoyed for a while now. Here are the full details of the new version:

 

  • Google Translate: When you come across a page written in a language that isn't in the same language as your phone or tablet, look for the translation bar
  • Fullscreen on tablets: Simply scroll the page to dismiss the toolbar
  • Support for fullscreen API
  • New graph showing your estimated bandwidth savings when you use the experimental data compression feature
  • Mobile friendly error pages

Turtle Beach approved to make Xbox One headsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: May 24, 2013 8:32 am

Just days after the Xbox One reveal, and we're hearing that Turtle Beach have been approved as one of the first next-gen headset providers. Turtle Beach aren't unveiling any details on their products just yet, which is something we'll hear more about at E3 in a few weeks time.

 

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The problem here is that existing headsets won't be compatible with the Xbox One, as the controllers on the Xbox One use a new proprietary port that makes your old devices incompatible with the new controller, good work, Microsoft. We should keep our eyes and ears open at E3 for Turtle Beach's goodies.

RumorTT: HTC working on a HTC One "Google Edition" smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 24, 2013 7:32 am

We've heard about Samsung's Galaxy S4 "Google Edition", but could a similar move by HTC help the company's nosedive into the ground? Russell Holly at Geek, according to his sources, has said that HTC are working on a HTC One sans their Sense UI.

 

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Holly says that the release of this device is "imminent", so we could expect it very soon. I've asked for a stock ROM on Android devices in my numerous Android smartphone reviews, so it looks like my dreams could be coming true.

RumorTT: Nokia to launch a 41-megapixel Lumia smartphone in July

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 24, 2013 6:31 am

Nokia are reportedly set to launch a new 41-megapixel Lumia smartphone, codenamed EOS, in July. MobileGeeks' report says that the EOS would launch in the second week of July, with the latest rumors pointing to the Lumia EOS being similar to the Lumia 920.

 

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This means we should expect a polycarbonate case and a 4.5-inch 720p display, but the big change here will be the 41-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and Nokia's new "Pro Camera" application. Nokia will probably gain some customers by just stating it has a 41-megapixel camera, but most of us won't be buying it for the camera's 'abilities'.

Bungie's new game, Destiny, receives a new trailer directed by Iron Man director Jon Favreau

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2013 5:38 am

Bungie's new game is getting closer to being in our hands, so what better way to tease everyone before it is shown off at E3 next month? You debut a new live-action trailer directed by the man behind Iron Man 1 and 2, Jon Favreau.

 

 

The Destiny trailer also features Revolution and Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito. The trailer, above, shows off a huge CGI space marine who has a gigantic gatling gun. No gameplay footage is shown off, but we should see that at E3.

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Microsoft says Xbox One backwards compatibility would be 'really backwards' - what are Microsoft smoking?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2013 4:36 am

We've already had an idiotic statement by EA saying that the PS4 and Xbox One are generation ahead of the fastest gaming PC's, but now we have Microsoft saying that backwards compatibility on consoles is... backwards.

 

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Microsoft Interactive Entertainment president, Don Mattrick, talked to the Wall Street Journal stating that there are no plans for any form of backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, where he says "if you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards". Mattrick has said that only 5% of customers play titles on a new system, and because of this, the thought of backwards compatibility was thrown away.

 

I don't see why Microsoft build up a multi-billion-dollar industry around the Xbox 360 (without thinking of the Xbox) and then throw all of those consumers to the side for the next-gen console. If they wanted to look like the good guy here, and they really need to right now with the various holes in their ship (Windows 8, Surface, PC sales), then they would've included full backwards compatibility for their entire Xbox 360 library.

Apple's keynote speech at WWDC is penciled in for June 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 24, 2013 3:31 am

Open your calendar, and find June 10, put a huge cross in it because Apple are planning their keynote speech at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for June 10. The keynote will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

 

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Apple haven't announced that they are going to stream the event live or not, but we should expect that, as they did so last October when they introduced the iPad mini and new iMacs to the world. We should expect iOS 7 to be shown off, as well as the next iteration of OS X. WWDC runs between 10-14 June, with tickets selling out in just two minutes this year.

PS4 lays the graphical smackdown on the Xbox One, has 50% more GPU power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2013 2:24 am

We've looked at the specifications between the next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it looks like the PS4 might come out as the graphical champion. The PS4 features 50% more graphical horsepower than Microsoft's Xbox One, which is a huge advantage for Sony.

 

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Both consoles share the same AMD architecture, built on AMD's HD 7000 GCN architecture. Microsoft however, have opted for a different configuration of the GPU that includes just 12 Compute Units that provides 768 shader processors (SPs) or ALUs. Sony have powered ahead, cramming 18 Compute Units that provide a total of 1152 shader processors giving them a huge 50% lead in graphical performance.

 

When it comes to compute performance the PS4 is around 33% faster than the Xbox One with the PS4 capable of 1.84 TFLOPS compared to 1.23 TFLOPS on the Xbox One. Normally this would see the PS4 with better looking games, or games that aren't as efficient, but developers are working with the same AMD architecture between the consoles, so that won't be the case here. What I think we'll see is Microsoft have more tuning behind the scenes in terms of the operating system, so it might multi-task better, but the PS4 will have more grunt.

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