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Samsung might move away from traditional plastic design with their Galaxy Note III, chasing a more premium feel to their devices finally

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 6:33 am

The plastic feel of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones is getting old - something I haven't liked in the Galaxy S III, or Note II, and it looks like the South Korean electronics giant is set to move away from the use of plastic in their upcoming Galaxy Note III.

 

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It looks like Samsung might shift to an aluminum construction, and possibly go down the route of using a unibody enclosure. Considering Samsung has been outselling all major competitors in the market with their plastic design, there's no need for a change. Unless they're not enjoying the premium look and feel of competitors' devices like the iPhone 5, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z.

 

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S4 still includes a plastic design, so it'll be interesting to see if they provide the Note III with their aluminum design first before shifting it over to the Galaxy S5 - can you believe we're already talking about that? No, I can't either.

Origin unveil a Genesis PC that features four NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 5:35 am

Get ready to write that Christmas list, folks, as Origin have just unveiled what will undoubtedly be at the top of any gamers' wish list. Origin PC have just unveiled the availability of a new system with Corsair's 900D full-tower case, to their award-winning Genesis desktops.

 

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What makes this system stand out is the use of 4-way NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan GPUs, which are all liquid cooled. The Origin Genesis Corsair 900 features:

  • Supports Up To Five Radiator Mounting Points, Dual Power Supplies and Nine Hard Drive Bays
  • ORIGIN CRYOGENIC Liquid-Cooling Solution for both CPU and GPU
  • Supports Up To 4-WAY SLI Liquid-Cooled NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITANs
  • ORIGIN PC Custom Automotive Paint Finish Available

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Google Glass specs arrive, the screen is equivalent to a 25-inch monitor in front of your face

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 3:51 am

Google have finally unveiled the full specifications of their Glass tech, which is actually a bit better than what I thought we'd receive in the final consumer units.

 

 

We have the display first, which is a high-resolution display being the equivalent to a 25-inch high-definition screen eight feet away from your eyes. Camera-wise, we have a 5-megapixel camera for photos and 720p capture for video, there's some adjustable nosepads with a durable frame that fits any face. There's also two extra nosepads included.

 

We have a Bond Conduction Transducer for audio, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth for connectivity, 12GB of usable memory synced with Google cloud storage, 16GB of flash memory total. Battery life should be good, with Google quoting "one full day of typical use", which includes Hangouts and video recording which are more battery intensive.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 specs leak, both tablets should be available in the summer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 3:37 am

Samsung's next-generation Galaxy Tab details have just leaked, where we should expect just a slight bump in specifications on the upcoming slates. The two tablets we should expect are the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.

 

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The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will feature a 10.1-inch 1280x800-pixel display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera - this is backed up by a 7,000 mAh battery, optional 4G LTE support, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Then we have the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, which will include an 8-inch 1280x800-pixel display and similar specs to its bigger brother.

 

We should expect these slates to arrive in June or July.

Google improve SMS delivery within their Google Voice app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 2:30 am

Google have updated their Google Voice app with just a single change, where they've "improved the reliability of SMS delivery". Google Voice has, up until now at least, hasn't been perfect when sending and receiving text in low or slow signal areas.

 

 

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This new update should help push through that, so the future of Google Voice is now looking up. The latest Google Voice app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

3DMark ran on the Ouya console, bested by existing smartphones

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 12:57 am

Ouya developer James Coote ran the new 3DMark for Android benchmark on his Ouya game console, the video of which you can see embedded below. Interestingly enough, the Ouya is easily bested by current generation smartphones and even some previous generation smartphones.

 

 

In fact, the Ouya console is ranked 73 among all Android devices in Futuremark's database for the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark. This doesn't exactly make me believe the Ouya will play host to graphically exciting games. The Samsung Galaxy S4 manages over double the score of the Ouya console.

 

This weak performance is likely the best the Ouya designers could manage while still staying within a $99 sticker price.

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Google study says mobile web is getting faster

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 12:07 am

According to a Google study, the mobile internet pipes are getting faster. Google used their Site Speed reports from Google Analytics and opted-in web publishers to get an idea of the speed of websites around the world. Google has again aggregated that data into the following graph:

 

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As you can see, on the desktop side of things, not much has improved from 2012 to 2013. Speeds are just slightly better, but not by enough to really have much significance. On the mobile side of things, however, the mean time to load has decreased by about two seconds. The median time has decreased by about one.

 

Google credits most of these speed increases to LTE/4G roll outs as well as increased processing power in mobile devices. Read the full Google report.

Dell XPS 18 put up for pre-order, starts at $900 and ships in May

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 11:33 pm

Dell has put their 18-inch all-in-one portable tablet PC up for pre-order. Starting at $899.99, the XPS 18 comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse, though those won't be needed as the XPS 18 comes with a full HD touchscreen. Upgrades can be had for $999 or $1349, if you want solid-state storage.

 

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18-inch for a tablet is a bit big to be lugging around, but it is nice that the system can be moved and used around the house. The system will start to ship in May and will compete with Sony's VAIO Tap 20 and Lenovo's Horizon Table PC.

 

The base $900 model will come with an Intel Pentium processor and a 320GB HDD. The $1000 upgraded model will come with a Core i3 processor and the $1350 model comes with a Core i5 model and solid-state storage. You can place your pre-order and learn more on Dell's website.

Trader who made unauthorized $1bn purchase of Apple stock pleads guilty to fraud charges

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 11:03 pm

You might not remember when a former Rochdale Securities trader was arrested last December or why he was arrested, but today he plead guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy after making an unauthorized purchase of $1 billion in Apple stock that led to the demise of Rochdale Securities.

 

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David Miller's lawyer:

What happened here was out of character for a kind and generous family man who has lived an otherwise law-abiding and good life. He deeply regrets what he has done and the harm it has caused to other people, including the former principals and employees at Rochdale.

 

David Miller ordered 1.625 million shares of Apple stock, telling Rochdale that the trade was for a customer. That customer had, in fact, only ordered just 1,625 shares of Apple stock. After the stock fell in price, Rochdale lost about $5.3 million.

 

The SEC has filed a civil fraud lawsuit against Miller. It's not clear what the SEC hopes to gain from the civil lawsuit.

Spotify launching in new markets, now available in Hong Kong, Mexico, Malaysia, and more

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 10:31 pm

Spotify continues to expand its availability to other countries. Although an official announcement has yet to be made, Spotify is either doing a soft launch or slipped up as the list of countries now includes previously unavailable countries, including Mexico, Malaysia, and Singapore.

 

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Other newly added countries include Iceland, Hong Kong, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Reports have said that users are already able to access Spotify in Malaysia and Singapore. Spotify's service is pretty awesome. Unlimited free streaming with ads, or $5 per month to remove ads.

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