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Archos unveils new Titanium line of Android smartphones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 10:32 pm

Today Archos added four new smartphones to its Platinum line of mobile devices. Each of the new smartphones run Android 4.2.2 and feature a MediaTek dual-core 1.3GHZ processor and 512MB of RAM. Continuing with the low-end phone theme, the devices house just 4GB of internal storage which can be augmented by a microSD card.




Each of the four phones feature a 5-megapixel rear camera and the obligatory LED flash. Wi-Fi, FM Radio and Bluetooth are available as well, but 4G LTE connectivity is missing from the list. The major difference between phones is in their screen size. The 40 Titanium features a 4-inch, 400x800 display, while the 45 Titanium boast a 854x480-pixel 4.5-inch screen. As you could guess, the 50 Titanium houses a 5-inch, 960x540 resolution screen. The flagship is the 5.3-inch 53 Titanium model which has a resolution of 854x480.

Lenovo unveils the IdeaPad A10, its first Android-based laptop

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 9:32 pm

Today Lenovo announced the all new IdeaPad A10, the companies first ultra-portable, dual-mode laptop to run Android 4.2. The A10 holds to its description of being ultra-portable too, the laptop weighs in at less than 2.5-pounds and measures just 17.3mm thick. Lenovo says that the new A10 was designed with users on the go in mind and that its new dual-mode feature will greatly enhance the user experience.




"With the recent explosive growth in Android-based, smart connected devices, customers are relying more on Android apps for both work and play. Why should they be required to switch and duplicate to use their laptop? Lenovo's A10 brings ultra-portability and dual-mode benefits to Android users at a reasonable price," said Bai Peng, vice president and general manager, notebook business unit, Lenovo Business Group. "Thin and light, with multiple modes and user-inspired innovations for an outstanding user experience ? the A10 is uniquely Lenovo."


The laptop features a 10.1-inch 1366x768 resolution display which can be flipped 300 degrees to enter "stand mode" allowing for a comfortable viewing angle when watching video content. The A10 is powered by an RK3188, a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor which gives the device the power it needs to function as a productivity device as well as an entertainment hub.

ROCCAT releases its new Ryos mechanical gaming keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 8:36 pm

Earlier this week Roccat releases its highly acclaimed Ryos mechanical gaming keyboard to the US market. Roccat says that the Ryos sets a new standard for Gaming Keyboards and features some innovative features you will only find on the Ryos. ROCCAT has released three varying models including the Ryos MK, Ryos MK Glow, and Ryos MK Pro.




"PC gamers all over the world have been wishing for ROCCAT to come up with a mechanical keyboard - and finally here it is" says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. "Congratulations to everyone who has been waiting patiently, you are now able to get the most advanced mechanical keyboard on the market".


The Ryos MK is the first board in the series, and features Cherry MX switches. The MK is powered by an ARM Cortex processor which makes the device super responsive. Featuring 2MB of flash memory, the Ryos MK can store over 500 Macros and ROCCAT Easy-Shift[+] and ROCCAT Talk are onboard as well.

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Apple issues recall on 2012 MacBook Air notebooks due to SSD failure

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 7:36 pm

Today Apple issued a recall on all MacBook Air models sold between June 2012 and June 2013 that have a 64GB or 128GB SSD inside. These smaller SSDs were manufactured by Toshiba and have a defect from the factory that could cause users to lose all of their data. MackBook Air's with 256GB SSDs are not affected as their SSD was manufactured by Samsung.




Apple has determined that certain 64GB and 128GB flash storage drives used in the previous generation of MacBook Air systems may fail. These systems were sold between June 2012 through June 2013. To see if your drive may be affected, go to the Mac App Store, click on Updates and choose the MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1. The firmware update will test your drive to see if it is affected.

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NVIDIA shows off 4K Surround technology, a huge 6480x3840 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 7:08 pm

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - If you thought current generation consoles barely being able to render their games at 720p, and most PC gamers enjoying 1080p, then 4K is a big leap. But what about three 4K displays? That would result in NVIDIA 4K Surround, something the company was showing off in Montreal, Canada.






4K Surround runs triple 4K displays obviously, pushing out a retina-busting 6480x3840, which requires some serious GPU horsepower to even provide 30FPS or so. NVIDIA was running Assassin's Creed on the triple ASUS 4K displays, which was absolutely, jaw droppingly beautiful. What do you think? This type of setup is purely for the 1%, but those 1% would have a beautiful experience.


We thought we'd show off a 84-inch 4K-capable TV blasting away with Star Citizen. Swoon.

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NVIDIA brings The Avengers of game developers together

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 6:42 pm

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - NVIDIA had quite the amount of announcements today, but bringing the three top game developers of all time under the single roof? That's how you impress the media and the world, guys.



So, the GPU maker had the infamous Tim Sweeney of Epic Games fame, Johan Anderson from DICE and the brainiac himself John Carmack of id Software fame and now Oculus VR's CTO. They've been talking on stage for over an hour now, and we'll have an hour-long video that will be uploaded in the near future that you can check out. Until then, enjoy the 9-minute flick, above.

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GTA V sales cause a 27% rise in overall gaming spending

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 6:41 pm

A new report out from CNET says that during the month of September total game spending in the physical channel topped $1.08 billion, and a considerable chunk of that was due to sales of Grand Theft Auto V. The report says that spending was up 27-percent in the US which was directly related to GTA V earning $848 million just days after launch.




Overall, total game software spending was up 53-percent year over year at $754 million, but hardware spending was down 13-percent. This drop was expected as consumers prepare for Microsoft and Sony to release their next-gen consoles later this fall. Nintendo did see its 3DS handheld console claim the top hardware spot for the fifth month in a row however and for the first time in 32 months, Sony's Playstation 3 edged out Microsoft,s Xbox 360 in number of units sold.

John Carmack talks Oculus Rift at the NVIDIA Montreal event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 5:25 pm

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - We're here live at the NVIDIA press event in the beautiful Montreal, Canada, where John Carmack was a special guest of NVIDIA's. Carmack was up near the 4K displays and food talking with various media, and we captured a conversation about Oculus Rift.



Before I could jump in an interview him myself, he was whisked away, most likely to some underground lair where he'll be tapping away on that keyboard doing what he does best. The interview is an interesting look at one of the most knowledgable people in the industry, and I just stood there in awe of his knowledge base. I wish I could download the Carmack.iso and dual boot myself. Sigh.

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Android 4.3 finally arrives for Samsungs Galaxy S4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 5:12 pm

Owners of the Galaxy S4 have been patiently waiting for Samsung to release Android 4.3 for their devices for quite some time now. During its Unpacked Episode 2 event, Samsung told its customers that the 4.3 update was coming soon, but failed to give an exact date on when the updated OS would arrive on the S4. As it turns out, most S4 owners only had to wait until today.




This morning, Samsung announced that it has began rolling out the Android 4.3 update to all Galaxy S4 phones. The update is being pushed out on a tiered basis and the company says that it will take a few days for everyone to receive 4.3. Do not get your expectations too high though as Android 4.3 is mostly an underwhelming update and only brings forth a few small features and bug fixes. The biggest improvement is the ability to run the browser in full screen mode upon launch, which is nice on a large screen device like the S4.

castAR reaches its funding goal in just three days with 27 left to go

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 4:07 pm

Earlier this week, I reported on a new project from Jeri Ellsworth and her new company, Technical Illusions. CastAR is a new augmented reality gaming system that was partially developed by Ellsworth and partner Rick Johnson while working at Valve. When Gabe Newell decided to terminate their employment, the pair struck out on their own to create the next generation of gaming.




The team launched a Kickstarter campaign just three days ago and has as of this morning, surpassed their funding goal of $400,000 by an additional $106,000. With 27 days to go, the project has ample time to reach their stretch goals in which they hope to raise $800,000 total.I will be hosting an interview session with Ellsworth and the castAR team at the end of this month, if there is anything you would like me to ask them, drop me a comment below.

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