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Sony teases first look at PlayStation 4 hardware, says it will be shown at E3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 20, 2013 3:41 pm

Ahead of Microsoft's Xbox event later this week, Sony has released a new teaser about its PlayStation 4. In this video we actually get fleeting glimpses of super close up shots of the actual PS4 hardware, along with a wide angle shot that is blurred to the point of looking like a black blob.

 

 

The video does allude to the fact that we will see the PS4 on display in some form at E3 which begins June 10th.

 

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Personally I am not holding my breath as Sony has teased hardware in the past, only to show off very early prototype models. One thing is sure though, TweakTown will be at E3 and we will be sure to post the latest on everything PlayStation 4, so stay tuned for more information, images and video.

Samsung to release new 'ultra resolution' display for laptops, could set new standard for screen quality

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

This week Samsung is set to launch a new "super-high resolution" display that just may set a new standard in laptop and notebook screen resolutions.

 

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The new 13.3-inch display is said to pack an amazing 276 pixels per inch, setting the resolution to 3200x1800. With nearly six megapixels of resolution, this new display tops Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display as well as Google's Chromebook Pixel.

 

Samsung says that the new display will provide a power savings of 30 percent over existing displays, but has yet to announce what models and what manufacturers will be featuring the new display. I guess we'll just have to wait until the official announcement to find out more.

LG to demo bendable smartphone screen that is unbreakable

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 20, 2013 2:42 pm

Last month LG vice president, Yoon Bu-hyun, announced that the Korean company had every intention of launching a smartphone that features a flexible OLED screen by the end of Q4 2013. This morning we are learning when we will see the first demo of that flexible screen.

 

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LG is poised to show off the bendable display at the upcoming SID Display Week 2013 that will kick off later this week. LG says that the screen "comes at a crucial time when smart devices are being used more than ever and at increased risk for damage from drops, hits, and other accidents."

 

The display is said not only to be flexible, but quite durable and almost unbreakable, which is the only drawback to mobile phones with rigid screens currently in production. LG is not the only manufacturer eyeballing the technology either. Samsung showed off its Youm OLED tech earlier this year at CES as well.

Tumblr users flock to WordPress after Yahoo acquires the popular blogging service and promises it won't screw things up

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 20, 2013 2:14 pm

On Friday I reported on rumors that Yahoo was in talks to acquire popular social blogging service Tumblr for a reported $1 billion. As it turned out, those rumors were quite true as the deal was sealed over the weekend. The once king of the internet purchased Tumblr for a reported $1.1 billion US, of which all will be paid in cash.

 

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Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's CEO, stated that Yahoo and Tumblr will remain separate entities and Tumblr CEO David Karp will remain at the helm of the massive blogging site. In the official press release, Yahoo said: "Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business." This announcement may have calmed some fears, but not all were sure.

 

WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg posted some tell-tell metrics on his blog last night that showed more than 72,000 post per hour were imported from Tumblr to WordPress last night, which was up from an average of 400-600 per hour. While this may sound like a massive migration, Tumblr says that it sees more than 75 million blog post per day, so 72,000 is but a mere drop in the ocean in comparison.

The next-gen Xbox gets unveiled in a few days time, here's a few things we should expect

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 20, 2013 1:43 pm

The day is nearly here, where we see the next-generation Xbox unveiled by Microsoft. We still don't know what to refer to it as: Xbox, Xbox 720, Xbox Infinity or Durango. Up until this point, no one knows what it is going to be called, and we don't have pesky insiders to tell us.

 

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From what I've seen of Microsoft's strategy over the past twelve or so months, I'd like to see them flatly call it "Xbox" with no numbers near it. Then, two years from now, they could update it and release another next-gen console, making this Xbox the "2013 Xbox", just how the iPad naming goes. I expect it to pump out nothing less than 1920x1080 (1080p) at 60 FPS (frames per second). We should see Microsoft steer more toward an 'entertainment unit' rather than a pure gaming console, too.

 

What else should we see? Let's discuss that:

 

5.) Controller - The controller on a console is the center of your gaming experience, if it is shaped weirdly, is too heavy, or is too slow, the entire gaming experience can be ruined. We should expect an evolution, not a revolution, of the Xbox 360 controller. Something I expect is Kinect 2.0, or some form of augmented reality. I hope Microsoft actually push this and don't wimp out and just unveil a controller and throw the second option (Kinect 2.0/augmented reality) as a tack-on later in the year, or as a mid-life upgrade like Kinect was. Until this day there is still no killer app for Kinect.

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Arduino releases Wi-Fi-enabled board, no longer will hackers have to rely on clones or shields

By: Trace Hagan | More News: | Posted: May 20, 2013 12:47 pm

At this weekend's Maker Faire, Arduino released the new Arduino Yún. This new board features on-board Wi-Fi meaning you'll no longer have to rely on expensive shields or clones to have Wi-Fi in future prototyping boards. This is great news as Wi-Fi shields were often as expensive, or more so, than the Arduino itself.

 

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Interestingly enough, the new Arduion Yún utilizes both Linux and Arduino. Wi-Fi is handled by a small Linux-powered chip that takes care of sending and receiving HTTP. The Arduino side of things acts as normal. One of the major benefits from this is the ability to reprogram the Arduino via Wi-Fi, no USB required.

 

The board will set you back an estimated $69 and should start shipping at the end of June.

ReportTT: Benchmarks show the Galaxy S4 Mini will use Snapdragon S4, feature 6MP camera

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 20, 2013 11:02 am

According to benchmark results for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, the device will make use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor and feature a 6-megapixel camera. The Snapdragon S4 used is a dual-core part clocked at 1.7GHz and it features an Adreno 305 GPU. These are a bit under-powered compared to its larger brother.

 

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The S4 Mini should be running Android 4.2.2 with Samsung's TouchWiz placed on top. Pictures will reportedly come via a 6-megapixel camera, though this exact specification hasn't been detailed. Techtastic is drawing this conclusion based upon pictures on Picasa that are reportedly taken with the S4 Mini.

LeakedTT: Barnes & Noble to release update for Simple Touch eReaders, brings web browser and e-mail to the tablet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 20, 2013 9:04 am

A leaked memo shows that Barnes and Noble is planning to update their Simple Touch eReaders with an Internet browser and e-mail access. The update is said to be coming as of June 1 and is in response to consumer feedback over the recent update that brought Google Play to the Android line of Nook tablets.

 

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Basic Internet access and e-mail access should boost sales as it provides more value to a rather focused device. It will still be more limited in what it is able to do, but it could be the perfect device for the less tech savvy (read: older users) among us.

Updating to new Hangouts removes Google Voice calling ability from Gmail

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 20, 2013 7:03 am

At this year's Google I/O, Google introduced a unified chat platform under the Hangouts branding. For most, this is a great thing, however, for some, it's terrible. As discovered by danib62 on Twitter, switching to the new Hangouts removes the ability to use Google Voice from Gmail.

 

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If you'll recall from last summer, I wrote about traveling with technology. While abroad, I made extensive use of this Gmail Voice calling feature to make free calls home. Removing it seems like either a gross oversight by Google or a directed attempt to shy away from the Voice product.

 

Luckily for those who use Google Voice in Gmail, Google is allowing users to revert to the old Google Talk. This doesn't mean that Google won't eventually force all users over to the new Hangouts, but it does help those who accidentally upgraded without realizing it takes away the Google Voice ability.

ReportTT: Yahoo's Board approves Tumblr acquisition for $1.1 billion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 20, 2013 4:45 am

Yahoo's Board of Directors has reportedly approved a $1.1 billion acquisition of the blogging site Tumblr. News broke on Friday that Yahoo was considering picking up the blogging site that has slowly been gaining popularity among Internet users.

 

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The deal is expected to be announced tomorrow at the press conference that Yahoo hastily scheduled on Friday. Tumblr CEO David Karp will reportedly remain with Yahoo for a minimum of four years and he is said to be retaining a lot of control over the blogging service, much like Instagram's CEO did when acquired by Facebook.

 

If Yahoo does announce this deal tomorrow, we'll let you know.

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