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LeakedTT: Motorola Moto X pricing unveiled by industry insider

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 5:03 pm

Unlike the little boy and the dike, Motorola is unable to plug the leaks that keep popping up around its next-generation Moto X Android-based smartphone. Today, several new leaks popped up that give us insight to some exciting new features that most likely will never be available on Android phones developed by other companies.

 

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First up, we have a sort of breaking news leak which comes from industry insider "C Technology," who has a fairly high accuracy average when it comes to leaking details about unannounced mobile devices. According to them, the new Moto X will sold at an unprecedented value with an off contract price of $299 for the 16 GB model and $349 for the 32 GB version.

 

Additionally, the new Moto X will feature various sensor-driven functionalities that other Android phone manufacturers are not utilizing such as a new swipe function will that will display your camera settings or image gallery. These images come by way of the AndroidPolice and show off the Moto X's new camera app.

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Seagate launches world's first SSHD for enterprise use

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 4:00 pm

Seagate announced today that the Enterprise Turbo SSHD, a drive which has been in use with IBM in their Series X servers for over a year. This SSHD has 32GB of flash onboard that allows the SSHD's, in capacities up to 600GB, to produce twice the IOPS performance from its 10,000 RPM's than a 15,000 RPM HDD. The SSHD provides up to 900 IOPS in random performance and comes with a standard five year warranty.

 

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The massive speed increases are due to the tiered caching at the I/O level, accelerating 'hot data' via the flash layer inside the SSHD. This boost in performance will provide gains in performance with fewer devices, lowering the overall TCO of the storage solution. The Enterprise Turbo SSHD will provide radical acceleration in mission-critical applications such as big data analytics, virtual desktop infrastructure, and database and transaction processing. Key features of the SSHD include:

 

  • Fastest Enterprise Hard Drive- boasts ultra-fast speed with up to 3X the increase in random performance over standard 15K-RPM drives.
  • Industry's First Enterprise SSHD- delivers transparent SSD-like performance to most heavily accessed data.
  • Ultimate Capacity- features up to 600GB of capacity- the highest enterprise performance drive available today.
  • Affordably Priced- yields 3X the current mission critical HDD random performance at an HDD-comparable price.
  • High-Reliability- provides enterprise endurance and reliability

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RumorTT: Samsung will release a smartwatch in September

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 3:04 pm

A new report this morning is suggesting that Samsung is ready to beat Apple to the punch on releasing a smartwatch. Patently Apple is claiming that Samsung will show off its very own smartwatch in September ahead of the annual IFA trade show which is held in Berlin, Germany.

 

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Dubbed the "Samsung Gear," the smartwatch will be shown off during a press conference in which we will also see the Galaxy Note III unveiled. Although the report cites no sources, we do know that Samsung is developing a smartwatch, and we've even seen leaks of the device's supposed interface. If Samsung does debut the Gear a little over a month from now, it will beat Apple in the smartwatch race by more than a year, which puts it in a very good position for market dominance.

MulticoreWare releases its x265 project into the open source universe

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 2:12 pm

It is safe to bet that any video professional, enthusiast, or even home theater junkie has heard of and most certainly used the H.264 codec which has become the de facto standard for compressing high-definition video. H.264 uses very complicated algorithms that help accelerate the decoding process, which in turn reduces energy consumption and allows for higher bit rates. Yesterday, we participated in a briefing on the new X265 and HEVC encoder project that is being tackled by a company called MulticoreWare.

 

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The X264 encoder remains one of the leading H.264 encoders on the market and it resides under both the open source GNU GPL license as well as a commercial license which is designed for companies that wish to inject their own proprietary code without having to release it into the open source community. With Ultra HD Video beginning to flow in, H.264 was just not delivering the performance needed for high bit rate, high quality output. This is where H.265 comes in the play along with MulticoreWare.

 

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), aka H.265, is being designed to replace H.264 and the official standard was released just over a month ago. And today, MulticoreWare announced its commercial open source project around the x265 encoder. The company has released the source code for x265 and it is available for download at Source #1 below. The x265 encoder is already highly parallel and supports all of the big instruction sets including FMA3/FMA4, AVX, and AVX2.

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Google are responsible for 25% of North America's Internet traffic

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 1:24 pm

Just how powerful are Google in the US, well, according to the latest data from analytics firm Deepfield, very powerful. The Mountain View-based giant provide over 25% of all North American Internet traffic.

 

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Just three years ago, Google accounted for just 6% of North American traffic, and is now driving as much traffic in as Facebook, Instagram and Netflix, combined. This is something that truly astounds me. Deepfield says that 60% of all Internet-connected devices connect with Google at least once a day. These devices include PCs, mobile devices, consoles and other devices.

 

This number would be even bigger if it counted just PCs and mobile devices.

LG to unveil their G2 smartphone on August 7 in NYC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 12:30 pm

LG are set to unveil their new flagship smartphone, the LG G2. The G2 will be unveiled at an event being held in New York City on August 7. They've shown off a quick glimpse of the G2, below.

 

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The LG G2 will arrive with some impressive specifications, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC quad-core processor clocked in at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, back-mounted volume controls, a 5.2-inch 1920x1080-pixel display and on-screen buttons. We'll hear a bunch more on the G2 on August 7.

Apple sees Mac sales drop for the third consecutive quarter in a row

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 11:30 am

We've seen PC sales stumbling, with so many parts of the machine being blamed - Windows 8, manufacturers, smartphones, the GFC, and more. But, it looks like Apple's Mac business has hit a little bit of a snag, too.

 

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AppleInsider have some numbers from research firm NPD, which forecasts a 5% drop in Mac sales for Q2 2013. The same data has Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, saying that Mac sales dropped around 5% in the US, and 5% across the world compared to the same quarter of 2012. June was a bad month for Apple, where Mac sales dropped by a staggering 12%.

 

If NPD's data is correct, this is the third consecutive quarter in a row for stumbling Mac sales. In Q1 2013, Apple saw a 1.7% year-over-year decline in sales, and in Q4 2012, Apple saw a 21% reduction in Mac shipments.

Sony drops by the FCC with the PlayStation 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 11:24 am

It looks like the FCC have enjoyed the presence of a Sony PlayStation 4 developer kit last week, but have received the consumer version of the next-gen console quite recently.

 

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The federal documents show off the PS4's polished exterior, with a note that there's a "max clock frequency" of 2.75GHz. There's not much else to write about, but there is a very labels stating "Made in China" and "Made in Japan". We are to expect the PlayStation 4 to grace our gaming hands later this year.

Samsung to launch their 55-inch curved OLED TV in the US this week, close your eyes and hand over $15,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 10:27 am

If you've got a spare $15,000 laying around, and let's face it, who hasn't these days* then you should consider buying Samsung's 55-inch curved OLED TV that is set to launch in the US this week.

 

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The South Korean electronics giant are set to send the 55-inch curved OLED HDTV to "select dealers" in the United States this week. One of which will be New York-based Value Electronics, who says their shipment is already on its way. Prepare your credit cards, folks, because $15,000 for a single TV is quite insane.

 

*ultimate form of sarcasm.

Newlyweds to begin 'Life on Bitcoin' documentary, will live on the digital currency exclusively for three months in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 23, 2013 9:27 am

I still haven't gotten into Bitcoin myself, mainly because I live in a country that is behind in technology: Australia. But, a couple will be living in Utah after spending ten days on a tropical honeymoon in Costa Rica, purely on Bitcoin.

 

 

It's a tough challenge, a pure 90-day challenge dubbed "Married... With Bitcoin." Austin Craig and Beccy Bingham have a tough road ahead of them, with Craig saying to Forbes during an interview: "The goal is to find out how developed the Bitcoin ecosystem is, what needs to change, and how easy it is to use, understand, and explain."

 

The three-month challenge is being documented in a number of ways - Facebook, Twitter, blogging and YouTube clips as well as a documentary called "Life on Bitcoin." They announced their plans last month on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, where they raised over $72,000 as well as 82 Bitcoins, which are valued at the current valuation of $7,000 or so.

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