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Samsung officially announces the Hennessy, another flip-phone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 6:02 pm

Yesterday we learned that Samsung is developing a second Android-based dual-screen flip phone called the Hennessy, and as with the Galaxy Folder, Samsung wasted no time in launching the device after the rumors began to spread. This morning, Samsung confirmed the existence of the new flip-phone when it officially announced the Hennessy.




Much like its Galaxy Folder sibling, the Hennessy features dual screens with a full keypad below and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Each screen is a 3.3-inch touch-compatible 480x320 LCD, which are powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. A five-megapixel camera is on hand to capture memories as they happen, while a 1500mAh battery keeps things up and running for quite some time. Storage is handled via a microSD card slot and the UI appears to be Samsung's TouchWiz.


Like the Galaxy Folder, the Hennessy features dual-SIM slots for GSM and CDMA networks. This new folder will only be available in Asian markets and at the moment no pricing or availability information has been released. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of all of Samsung's new devices.

New Seagate M.2 NGFF-based SSD spotted at Flash Memory Summit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 4:45 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - During a walk-through of the exhibit halls at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit, TweakTown's own Chris Ramseyer spotted Seagate's new M.2 NGFF-based SSD. While that is cool within itself, it appears that the new M.2 is based on LSI's SandForce Controller and not Seagate's in-house solution.




Not much else is known about the Seagate M.2 yet, but we will be doing some digging and report back with all the info as it becomes available. Stay tuned to TweakTown for all of the latest breaking news and product unveiling from the 2013 Flash Memory Summit.

Microsoft officially announces Windows 8.1 launch date--Oct. 17-18

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 4:05 pm

It appears that yesterday's report from Mary Jo Foley about Microsoft releasing Windows 8.1 in October was correct. Today, the company confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be arriving in digital download format at 12:00AM on October 18 in New Zealand, which means it will launch in the US at 12:00AM on October 17.




While digital downloads go on sell on the 17, retail copies of the operating system will not be available for in-store purchase until October 18. Microsoft says that Windows 8.1 "continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of our commitment to continuous innovation and improvement for our customers. And Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more) that people will enjoy."

BitFenix improves upon perfection, launches new Prodigy M chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 3:04 pm

Today, Bitfenix announced an all-new version of its award-winning Prodigy chassis. Dubbed the Prodigy M, this new revision is designed around the mATX form factor and is being touted as the most compact and highly compatible case in the micro-ATX segment. The original Prodigy, while only reserved for the mini-ITX form factor, was a huge hit and taught many of us that you do not need a massive case for a high-performance system.




While this new case is able to accommodate the much larger micro-ATX motherboard, the overall dimensions of the case stay the same, allowing enthusiasts to build more feature-rich gaming systems, A/V workstations, or just a powerful PC inside a small form factor case. The new Prodigy M is able to accommodate dual graphics cards in either SLI or Crossfire configurations as it now features five expansion slots.


Bitfenix has completely retooled the inside of the chassis to accommodate both micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, while also making room for graphics cards up to 320mm in length. There's still room for a full ATX power supply, a single 5.25-inch drive, and users are able to fit CPU coolers up to 180mm in height. In case water cooling is your thing, Bitfenix says that there is space for a 240mm radiator with a maximum thickness of 27mm.

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Brazilian government sues Samsung over poor working conditions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 12:34 pm

The Brazilian government isn't happy with Samsung, with Brazil's Ministry of Labor filing a lawsuit against Samsung over its poor working conditions in a smartphone assembly plant in Zona Franca de Manaus.




The South Korean giant is being accused of excessive work hours without rest, few chairs to sit on and a bunch of health problems ranging from bad backs to tenonitis. 2,018 requests for withdrawal have been filed, which is quite a lot considering the factory hires 5,600 people.


The Brazilian government is seeking around $110 million in compensation for its workers. Samsung has said in a statement to Reporter Brasil, a Brazilian publication, that they will cooperate fully with authorities, and have pledged to ensure "the highest industry standards regarding safety, health and well-being." Too little, too late, I don't understand why they wouldn't just do this from the beginning. Oh, wait, profits.

Edward Snowden says the NSA targeted journalists after 9/11

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 11:32 am

Edward Snowden, who you should know by now is one of the biggest whistleblowers ever, has said that the NSA targeted reporters who wrote 'critically' about the government over the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US and warned it was "unforgivably reckless" for journalists to use unencrypted e-mail when discussing sensitive matters.




This is coming from an interview between Snowden and the New York Times Magazine, where Snowden said he came to trust Laura Poitras, a documentary filmmaker who helped report his disclosure of the NSA's spying programs along with Guardian reporter, Glenn Greenwald, because she herself had been targeted by the US spy agency.


Snowden said in the article: "Laura and [Guardian reporter] Glenn [Greenwald] are among the few who reported fearlessly on controversial topics throughout this period, even in the face of withering personal criticism, and resulted in Laura specifically becoming targeted by the very programs involved in the recent disclosures."

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Xbox One will detect if its overheating, will self-regulate its power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 10:28 am

The closer we get to the launch of the Xbox One, the more we're finding about the next-gen console from Microsoft. The internal architecture of the Xbox One is built to detect if it is overheating, and will self-regulate its power.




The report is directly from Xbox's general manager of console development, Leo del Castillo, during an interview with Gizmodo. del Castillo said that this will help minimize detrimental shut-downs caused by overheating. He continued: "One thing that we have more flexibility with the architecture of the Xbox One, is that we can dial back the power of the box considerably."


del Castillo went on to add: "We had a little less flexibility with the 360. And so basically, if we couldn't dissipate the heat, there wasn't a whole lot of leverage we could pull to keep the heat from being generated, so we had a limited amount of time before it just shut down. Xbox One can actually dial it back to a lower power state, so low in fact that it can in a mode that uses virtually no air flow."

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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.