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Samsung unveils driving-friendly Drive Link app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:26 am

Samsung have just unveiled the Drive Link app for their devices, with the premise behind the app that it is to provide a safe user interface and portal to the commonly used applications on your phone, whilst driving. Drive Link will make navigation, hands-free calling and music playback easier than ever.




Drive Link's navigation feature will make use of your phone's GPS and mapping features, where you'll be able to speak destinations into the app, or drag them out of messages. Hands-free calling and text-to-speech message reading are available in more than one language, too. If music is what you're interested in, the Music portal gives you access to all of the media that is stored on your smartphone.


Samsung also notes that a Drive Link-powered device can provide services directly, even featuring the ability to connect to your car's current infotainment system with the MirrorLink protocol. Drive Link debuts on the international version of Samsung's Galaxy S III, and will arrive on other Android 4.0-powered devices in the near future.

Samsung trademarks Ativ Tab and Ativ S names, possible future Windows 8-based devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 28, 2012 9:29 am

Samsung are looking to make IFA big this year, with some reveals of their upcoming products. SamMobile are reporting that Samsung have trademarked a couple of names that will see the Galaxy maker branch out from the popular naming scheme of previous years.




Ativ is their latest name, and they've trademarked two models under this new brand: Ativ Tab, and Ativ S. It looks like Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8-based devices will turn away from the Android-powered Galaxy branding, to Ativ. Ativ S will most likely end up as their Windows Phone 8-based smartphone, as it sports the same oversized S of the Galaxy S range that Google's mobile OS, Android, powers.


Ativ Tab will most likely be a Windows 8-based tablet, but we're not entirely sure right now. Things could change, and this could be wrong, but the fact remains that Samsung have trademarked two new Ativ-branded device names, and we should hopefully see the reveal next week at IFA in Berlin.

Download of the Day: CCleaner 3.22

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 28, 2012 8:29 am

Our Download of the Day is Piriform's CCleaner, which has reached version 3.22. With it, brings a bunch of changes, most notably, full support for Windows 8:



  • Added full support for Windows 8.
  • Improved Startup Item tool compatibility.
  • Improved benchmarking for Cleaner summary results.
  • Improved support for Custom Files and Folders.
  • Improved file security algorithms.
  • Added option to Exclude a single registry value.
  • Improved wildcard support in search boxes.
  • Fixed support for Windows 2000.
  • Minor GUI improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes.


You can download CCleaner 3.22, here.

Motorola RAZR M 4G LTE will sport 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core chip, topped with a little Ice Cream Sandwich

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 28, 2012 7:30 am

Motorola looks to be coming back with an LTE-powered device to arrive on US telco, Verizon. Engadget are reporting that the Motorola XT907 is now known as the Droid RAZR M 4G LTE, which will feature a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) Super AMOLED Advanced display, which should also sport a ColorBoost panel.




What are Motorola baking inside of this new RAZR M 4G LTE? We should expect Qualcomm's dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p video, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, full GSM/UMTS/HSPA+ global roaming, 8GB of internal storage backed up with microSD support.


The RAZR M is also set to offer NFC, Android 4.0 ICS, Gorilla Glass 2, and the Kevlar-based tech protects the back of the device. All of this comes in a device that weighs in at 4.44 ounces. Motorola is holding an event on September 5, where we should hear some more information.

LG officially unveil the Optimus G, features 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 4.7-inch screen with in-cell touch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 28, 2012 7:05 am

We've reported on LG's mysterious 'superphone' twice now, but it looks like the phone has been officially outed by LG. We'd like to introduce LG's Optimus G, and with it, LG are looking Samsung right in the eye and going for their jugular.




LG's Optimus G lands in Korea next month, and will be the first LTE-powered, quad-core CPU phone on the market. The exact chip is Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, which is a 1.5GHz quad-core beast of a chip, but that's not the best bit. Optimus G sports LG's fully integrated touch technology, "in-cell", providing a thinner screen, and bezel.


It's a True HD, 1280x768, IPS LCD and LG are claiming that when the smartphone is turned off, the 3mm bezel and body of the phone match the screen - very, very nice. Optimus G also bakes in 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear snapper, 1.3-megapixel front facer, and a 2,100mAh battery, all housed in a phone that is just 8mm thick. One of the downfalls, is that the Optimus G will only launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and not the freshly-baked Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sob.

Continue reading 'LG officially unveil the Optimus G, features 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 4.7-inch screen with in-cell touch' (full post)

NASA to launch Android-based tiny satellites into space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 28, 2012 6:29 am

It looks as though NASA is wanting their Small Spacecraft Technology Program to see Android-powered devices go into space. The space agency wants to see if cheap consumer-based hardware can dependably survive a journey into space.




NASA believes that sending tiny satellites into space will pave the way for a low-cost delivery system, they also hope to improve upon, or evolve new propulsion techniques by working with much smaller devices, like smartphones. The first-gen, smartphone-powered satellites will be baked into a modular, cube-based chassis named 'CubeSat'.


The first PhoneSat will measure just 10x10x10cm, or roughly double the size of a Rubik's Cube. NASA will throw in Samsung's Nexus One smartphone, one external battery, radio equipment, and a watchdog circuit that will be used to reboot the device in case of a problem. NASA have already run stress tests on the Nexus One, which it passed without any modifications required. These tests were run to see if the smartphone could handle the launch and orbit into the dark beyond of space.

Continue reading 'NASA to launch Android-based tiny satellites into space' (full post)

RumorTT: NFC chip on the next-gen iPhone gets caught on camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 28, 2012 5:29 am

New images that are supposedly of the front assembly of the upcoming new iPhone are showing a component, that until now, hasn't been seen before. The screenshot below shows a chip, which some are saying is an near field communication (NFC) chip.




This is a big, big 'RumorTT' post, so we, nor the source, can verify whether this is indeed real, but it would make sense. The photos were found over the weekend by Chinese site,, which reportedly show a fully-assembled next-gen iPhone front assembly. If Apple make the new iPhone NFC-capable, it would really push the technology to another level. NFC tech is already here, but its not yet widespread enough to make enough impact.




The new iPhone is nearly here, are you excited? I'm looking forward to seeing if Apple can push the envelope once again, or if we're looking at a slightly bigger, slightly faster iPhone 4S.

Oculus Rift receives a new game to play VR on, Hawken

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 28, 2012 4:33 am

Alright, so Oculus Rift just got a whole lot more exciting today, with the announcement that Hawken would support the VR headset when it's released on December 12. During an interview with Forbes, publisher Meteor Entertainment's Mark Long talked of why Oculus Rift and Hawken are a match made in heaven:




Why Oculus works so well is the sense of presence. You have to experience it. When the graphic world is all around you, it takes the experience to a completely different level. Hawken is perfect for Oculus because its environments are well-suited for the level of visual density and distances you're looking it. The shapes that are close and far away lend themselves well to 3D. When you're in a typical first-person shooter, you're a slave to the direction your weapon is pointing, which is unnatural. Being in a Mech, this offers a more realistic virtual reality experience.

Continue reading 'Oculus Rift receives a new game to play VR on, Hawken' (full post)

LG unveil two new monitors ahead of IFA, one of them is the EA93 sporting a 21:9 aspect ratio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 28, 2012 3:55 am

Ahead of the IFA, LG are out of the gate showing off two new IPS-based monitors. The first of which is the EA93, which is a 29-inch, 21:9 radio, ultrawidescreen monitor, with a resolution of 2560x1080. It features a thin bezel that is designed to immerse the viewer in the content.




LG's EA93 is capable of 4-way split screen and has a multitude of connections with dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, as well as HDMI with MHL support. LG also unveiled the 27-inch EA83, which features a 2560x1440 WQHD resolution which features 99% Adobe RGB accuracy.


At the moment, LG haven't unveiled the pricing of these two screens, but we should hopefully hear more at IFA next week. You can expect the monitors to begin shipping this November in Korea, and shortly afterwards across the pond.

Minecraft reaches 3.6 million units sold on XBLA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 28, 2012 3:29 am

Minecraft's success has passed from the PC, to the Xbox 360 on the XBLA. Mojang's game is still ripping the Xbox Live Arcade charts, with the developer announcing that Minecraft for the Xbox 360 passing 3.6 million copies sold on the platform.




Daniel Kaplan, Mojang's business developer, announced the news on Twitter, saying that he was "really surprised" to learn of Minecraft's XBLA milestone. Within an hour of hitting XBLA, it had become profitable, as well as breaking sales records. In July, Markus "Notch" Persson, announced that Minecraft had passed the three million unit sales mark.


How is Minecraft on PC doing? Well, it has passed an insane seven million units sold. Quite the success for the relatively basic looking (graphics-wise) game that it is.

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