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Facebook updates its mobile app, adds a bunch of new features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 9:25 am

Ah, Facebook, you just never stop, do you? The social network's latest addition to its mobile platform includes a slew of new features that will help make your life just that much more convenient.




Facebook users will soon be able to reserve a table at their favorite restaurant (of course, this depends on the city/restaurant/country) through Facebook Pages, find a movie showing time through Pages, and enjoy full hashtag support. Facebook has partnered up with real-time reservation service OpenTable, which works in over 20,000 restaurants.


Normally, a would-be restaurant customer would use the OpenTable app or reserve their table through OpenTable's website, but now Facebook users can do it all within the participating restaurants' Facebook page.

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AMD goes for gold, unleashes its Never Settle Forever bundle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 8:29 am

If there's one thing AMD is doing right, it would have to be the Never Settle program. The chipmaker has just launched its Never Settle Forever program, which changes things up considerably.




With the older Never Settle bundles, depending on the GPU the consumer purchased, they were given specific games. When things kicked into second gear with Never Settle Reloaded, consumers were given the choice of a few titles when they purchased a GPU. The more they spent on their GPU - or the higher the series of Radeon - the more games they received.




Now, the Never Settle Forever program is here, and each tier offers a larger range of games, and more of them. As you can see from the image above, the Radeon Bronze Reward includes one free game, from a choice of six titles. The Radeon Silver Reward includes two games from a selection of eight games. The final, and highest reward is the Radeon Gold Reward, which offers three free games from a total of nine choices.

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Leaked specs on LG's Vu III, features 5.2-inch 4:3 ratio display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 7:34 am

LG is set to impress, some people at least, with its latest oddly-shaped smartphone, the Vu III. LG are dumping the "Optimus" branding with this smartphone, but keeping the high-end specifications.




The Korean Daily is reporting that the LG Vu III will feature a 5.2-inch 1280x960 display, which provides a user with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The Vu III will have some speedy internals, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and support for the ultra-fast LTE-Advanced networking.


We should see the South Korean giant unveil the Vu III smartphone at IFA 2013 in a few weeks time.

League of Legends player wants the word 'Satan' unfiltered

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 6:34 am

Here's a weird news post for your evening enjoyment, where a League of Legends gamer has posted a petition on, asking Riot Games to "unfilter the word Satan" from the MOBA.




Beau Guthery explains that League of Legends doesn't censor the word "Jesus" or any other gods, and that Riot Games is therefore "blocking Satanists' right to freedom of religion by preventing them from using the name Satan." Guthery adds that posts to the League of Legends support team on the open forums are blocked if you use the word "Satan."


The petition has 287 supporters, requiring just 213 more, after I just signed the petition. The petition addresses Riot Games' CEO, Brandon Beck: "Please unfilter the word "Satan" from the game "League Of Legends." Let Satanists and others who would like to freely use that name be given that ability. We who sign this petition just want to be treated equally. Your own forum mods and employees say that you listen to the community of game players. Here we are, asking for you to make a small change in the game that would respond to our wishes and give us equality with players who already can select the god of their choice."

iPhone 5 explodes, damages Chinese woman's eye and hands

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 5:31 am

A chinese woman has had her eye and hand damaged when her iPhone 5 exploded, where beforehand, she stated that her iPhone 5 was hotter than usual during phone calls.




Unfortunately, this isn't the first time an iPhone 5 has hurt someone, where a flight attendant died and a man was electrocuted, which was found to be caused by a fake charger. Apple has since sent out an advisory to warn all Chinese customers to buy original, official Apple chargers. The Cupertino-based company is even offering discounted chargers when you trade in your old charger.


The woman who was hurt, who only goes by the last name of 'Li', has said she dropped her iPhone 5. The drop caused a crack in the top right hand corner of the display, after which she noticed the iPhone 5 was getting quite hot during a 40-minute phone call. She tried to disconnect the phone call, noticing that the display was no longer working.


Shortly after this, the iPhone 5 exploded in her hands, with shrapnel propelled toward her face, scratching the cornea of her eye.

Analyst: Apple's iPhone 5S to be its 'most successful launch ever'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 4:34 am

Apple is close to unveiling the iPhone 5S, but just how big will the launch of their latest flagship smartphone be? We can expect the iPhone 5S, and cheaper iPhone 5C to be unveiled at its September 10 event, but an analyst is making a very big claim, before Apple has even announced the smartphone.




Trip Chowdhry, the Managing Director of Equity Research at Global Equities Research, thinks the iPhone 5S launch is going to be huge. He told Benzinga: "The new iPhones will be massively successful. This will be the most successful product launch ever in the history of Apple." Chowdhry believes Apple has a lot going for them right now, with the upcoming Ashton Kutcher starring 'Jobs' movie, which is centered around Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and that it will "evoke positive emotions toward Apple and its products."


This is where I'll chime in, where 'success' and 'sales' are vastly different from pushing the industry, or consumers' expectations of the iPhone 5S. Sure, it might sell well, but the iPhone 5S will most likely not be that different to the iPhone 5. If Apple were to branch out and provide a few different sizes (4-, 4.5- and 4.8-inch for example) then things could be different.

Samsung impresses with its 55-inch curved OLED TV at $8999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 3:28 am

Samsung has just unveiled its 55-inch curved OLED TV, pricing it quite competitively against fellow South Korean rival, LG, and its own 55-inch curved OLED TV. Samsung is selling its KN55S9C display at just $8999.




LG, on the other hand, is selling their 55-inch curved OLED TV in the states for $14,999 exclusively through Best Buy. The Korea Times has reported that the price drop is lower than the $13,000 originally charged for the Korean version, where they add: "Samsung's price cut came as a result of improved manufacturing yield, and [Korean] customers that already purchased one will be refunded the difference."


$8999 is a lot to drop on a 55-inch curved OLED, so this new TV will mostly cater to those who enjoy luxury. But, at $6000 cheaper than the LG OLED TV, you wouldn't want to have one of those in your living room and reading this news right now.

12GB flash-based PlayStation 3 headed to the US later this month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 2:27 am

It looks like Sony is preparing a 12GB flash-based PlayStation 3 for the United States market that would be made available as soon as August 18. Canadian retailer Future Shop had the console listed on their website, but have removed it.




The listing showed the 12GB PS3 as available, with Engadget following it up with a photo taken at a US-based K-Mart, which had a warning on it stating to not sell the units until August 18. The 12GB PS3 shouldn't surprise anyone, as Sony unveiled it at the Tokyo Game Show press conference in September last year.


The 12GB flash-based model was a subset of its Super Slim PS3 that also debuted at the show. The 12GB flash-based PS3 has enjoyed the European and Hong Kong markets for now, but it looks like it might enjoy the United States in the near future. Sony pushed the 12GB model as a "family-friendly" unit, where they offered a standalone 250GB HDD accessory.

Windows 8.1 scheduled for October release says ZD Net's Mary Jo Foley

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 2:14 am

Since the announcement of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has publicly stated that it plans on launching the updated operating system sometime around the end of August, but a recent report from ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley suggests that we will not see an official release until the end of October.




"Unlike the case with Windows 8, however, I'm hearing scuttlebutt that Microsoft is not planning to make available the final Windows 8.1 bits to its MSDN or TechNet subscribers shortly after the release RTMs," wrote Foley. "In the case of Windows 8, Microsoft RTM'd on August 1 and made the RTM bits available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers in mid-August, even though consumers couldn't get the final version until late October 2012."


She went on to say that even though the Windows 8.1 final release could hit OEMs before the official public release, Microsoft could holdback OEM launches until after its launch event. What do you think about Windows 8.1? Have any of you tried out the release candidates? Let us know in the comments!

Samsung launches world's first 3-D V-NAND-based enterprise SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 2:04 am

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Today, Samsung introduced the world's first solid state drive based on its industry-leading 3-D V-NAND technology. The announcement came during the keynote speech at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California. Samsung says that this new SSD is designed for use in enterprise servers and data centers.




The new V-NAND SSD comes in two versions--a 960GB model and a smaller 480GB model--with the 960GB boasting the highest performance levels. Samsung says that it offers an increase in sequential and random write speeds of more than 20 percent by utilizing 64 dies of MLC 3-D V-NAND flash.


Samsung says that the V-NAND SSDs offer 35,000 program erase cycles and is available in a 2.5-inch form factor. Samsung's proprietary 3-D V-NAND technology achieves manufacturing productivity improvements over twice that of 20nm-class planar NAND flash by using cylinder-shaped 3D Charge Trap Flash cell structures and vertical interconnect process technology to link the 24 layers comprising the 3D cell array.

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