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NVIDIA opens up Shield pre-orders to the public, $349 will secure yours today

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2013 3:20 pm

While Google I/O may have been in the news a lot this week, NVIDIA's Shield handheld console has taken the prize as most talked about. First, the company opened up pre-orders to its newsletter subscribers, and then the device was spotted on ABC's Modern Family sitcom.

 

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This morning NVIDIA announced that it has opened up Shield pre-orders to the general public three days ahead of its previously scheduled date of May 20. For $349 early adopters can secure their all-in-one Android gaming console at Gamestop, Newegg, Canada Computer, or NVIDIA's own pre-order site.

 

Shield sports a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen with 1,280x720 resolution, NVIDIA's Tegra 4 CPU which supports a maximum resolution of 3200 x 2000 pixels so games can be played at full HD on a TV. Other specs include 16GB of storage, mini-HDMI, micro-USB 2.0, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot for storage expansion, 802.11n Wi-Fi, integrated speakers, and a headphone jack.

SlimPort Summit 2013 Coverage - What is SlimPort?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 17, 2013 11:47 am

The folks over at Analogix were kind enough to send me over to Shanghai, China to attend its SlimPort Summit 2013 here at the lovely Marriott City Center hotel. You've got the brief introduction, now let's dig in deep for a bit and talk about SlimPort.

 

 

If you don't like reading, hit play on the embedded video above. What is SlimPort? Today at the event I heard a few different variations to the definition of SlimPort. I'd like to explain it in my own words. SlimPort is a technology standard that is use to easily get more out of your smart device and connect it up with one simple cable to a larger, secondary display via VGA, HDMI or DisplayPort.

 

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Analogix is the company responsible for creating SlimPort and the company is one that is a semiconductor and has its roots in display and digital media. One of its biggest projects right now is SlimPort, a relatively new standard that has already had quite a lot of success in the market. You can already find SlimPort technology in popular devices including the Google Nexus 4 smartphone, LG Optimus G Pro smartphone, Fujitsu Stylistic QH582 Windows 8 tablet and the ASUS PadFone Infinity Android tablet.

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Is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer eyeballing Tumblr?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 17, 2013 9:26 am

Early Thursday morning reports began to surface about rumors of Yahoo preparing a bid for social blogging site Tumblr. This would put the once king of search on the front lines of the social media war.

 

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AllThingsD reported on Thursday that Yahoo was considering the acquisition of Tumblr for $1 billion. This is not the first time CEO Marissa Mayer has shown interest in Tumblr though. As an executive at Google, Mayer closely watched the blogging service loved by hipsters all over.

 

The rumors carry some weight as AllThingsD is usually spot on with its predictions on all things Yahoo, and there have been documented meetings between Mayer and Tumblr top execs including founder and CEO David Karp. While the acquisition seems imminent, we are left wondering what will happen to all of the Tumblr pr0n if Yahoo does take over.

Kogan unveils new Android Jelly Bean based 42" 3D LED TV for under $500

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 17, 2013 8:27 am

Australians will soon have access to a 42" 3D LED smart TV that runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a price tag under $500. The TV is being manufactured by Kogan, a company known for its cut-rate prices.

 

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The $449 Agora Smart TV does sacrifice some features such as a thin profile and excessive numbers of HDMI ports, but you do get a 3D-capable 1080p LED screen. With the Agora Smart TV running Android, it will be a good way to experience Google TV or take advantage of apps such as Plex which are usually only featured on more expensive flagship smart TVs.

 

Other specifications include built-in PVR functionality, three USB ports, three HDMI ports, Wi-Fi, and a 60Hz refresh rate. Australian readers who are keen on picking one up can head over to Kogan's website and place your preorder now.

EA says no new games being developed for Wii U

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2013 7:26 am

In an interview with Kotaku earlier this week, an EA Spokesman said that the company is not currently developing any games for Nintendo's Wii U console. This comes just two years after both companies announced an "unprecedented partnership" to bring big name titles to the companies flagship consoles.

 

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"We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," company spokesperson Jeff Brown told Kotaku yesterday. Although he did not rule out future development for the Wii U, as things stand right now we will not see ports of the Sims 4, Battlefield 4, or the new FIFA game set to launch soon.

 

This also means that there will be no NFL games produced for the Wii U console as EA holds exclusive rights on future NFL titles. We want to know how you feel about EA pulling out of Wii U game development. Leave your thoughts in a comment below.

Dell releases Q1 financial report, falls short of estimates

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 17, 2013 6:30 am

This morning Dell released what could be its final public earnings report. In Q1 of Dell's 2014 fiscal year, the company managed to earn a revenue of $14.4 billion while managing to grow it's Enterprise Solutions, Services and Software department by 8 percent with year-over-year earnings up 12 percent to $5.5 billion. While the numbers are on par for what we thought we would see, the company still failed to meet Wall Street estimates.

 

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In a statement, Dell chief financial officer, Brian Gladden, had the following to say:

 

We made progress in building our enterprise solutions capabilities in the first quarter and are confident in our strategy to be the leading provider of end-to-end scalable solutions. In addition, we have taken actions to improve our competitive position in key areas of the business, especially in end-user computing, and it has affected profitability. We'll also continue to make important investments to support our strategy and drive long-term profitability.

 

If Michael Dell has his way and is able to ward off those standing in his way, this earnings report may just be the last one we see from the company. Dell is so confident that he will be able to take the company private that he has officially made no speculation or announcements on what he thinks the company may do in Q2.

Foxconn continues to break Chinese labor laws says FLA

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 17, 2013 5:36 am

A new audit published by the Fair Labor Association shows that Hon Hai, AKA Foxconn, is still continuing to break Chinese labor laws. The report finds that while Foxconn has complied with 98.3 percent of the new rules Apple and the FLA agreed to, the company is still forcing workers past the 40 hour work week plus 36 hours overtime per month limit imposed by the Chinese government.

 

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The audit which took place in January found that Foxconn employees were regularly working as many as 70 hours per week which drastically pushed them over the monthly overtime limit. This also breaks Apples imposed restrictions on its manufacturing partners which state that no employee is allowed to work over 60 hours per week. Coincidentally the weeks in which the massive overages took place coincided with the launch of Apple's iPhone 5.

Surface Pro European availability dates revealed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 17, 2013 12:06 am

European readers eager to get their hands on Microsoft's Surface Pro won't have to wait too much longer. Microsoft has detailed the availability of the Surface Pro in the various European countries that Microsoft is expanding availability to. First to the Surface Pro will be France tomorrow, May 17.

 

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Next up, the United Kingdom will be able to purchase the Surface Pro on May 23. May 30 sees a whole host of countries getting access: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Finally, on May 31, Germany will get the Surface Pro.

 

Microsoft general manager Brian Hall:

As we recently announced, we are expanding the number of markets where Surface Pro and Surface RT will be available. We're excited for more people to be able to get Surface.

AMD's stock falls 13% after Goldman Sachs rates the stock a 'sell'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 16, 2013 11:02 pm

AMD's stock has fallen by over 13 percent today after Goldman Sachs' analyst James Covello downgraded their stock rating to "sell." Part of the reason for the downgrade is the faltering PC market in which sales are showing no signs of recovering.

 

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AMD has had a few big wins lately. AMD was chosen to be the component provider for both Microsoft's and Sony's new next-generation gaming consoles. However, Covello doesn't believe that's enough to justify AMD's recent high of $4.40 per share.

 

AMD's stock has fallen 12.56 percent, down $0.55 to end at $3.83. After-hours trading hasn't been nice to the chip maker, either, with its stock falling an additional $0.01.

Facebook joins the Glass app crowd, releases one of its own

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 16, 2013 10:03 pm

Facebook has also jumped on the Glass app bus by releasing its own Facebook for Glass app. The app is currently limited in functionality compared to what is capable on the other mobile apps or the desktop version, but it's seen as an initial offering by the company, a stepping stone towards a future version.

 

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Pictures can easily be shared on one's Timeline, with the caption being added simply by speaking the information aloud. Right now, however, users can't tag people in the picture, at least not from Glass. To tag, you'll need to grab your smartphone or notebook and use one of the better offerings.

 

"We look forward to exploring Facebook experiences across new types of mobile devices. This is only a first step," Facebook's Erick Tseng said in a blog post.

 

It makes sense that all of these apps are debuting today. After all, today is the second day of Google I/O and Glass is one of Google's big pushes this year.

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