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Official press images of Nokia's Lumia 1520 phablet leak out

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 12:02 am

Hot on the heels hot on the heels of the acquisition announcement by Microsoft, Nokia has just seen its upcoming phablet, the Lumia 1520, leaked by the infamous @evleaks. The images first posted on Twitter appear to be official press renderings of the device, which lead us to believe that a launch of the six-inch smartphone is just days away.

 

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With the Intel Developer Forum kicking off next week in San Francisco, California, we just might see the first Windows Phone phablet released. It's widely rumored that the Lumia 1520 will feature a six-inch full HD display and will be running a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor. Other rumors suggest that the phablet will feature its own stylus and a standalone version of Microsoft's OneNote software.

Bing adds over 5 million square miles of satellite imagery to maps

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 11:32 pm

Today, Microsoft announced on its Bing Blogs page that it has added an additional five million square miles of satellite imagery to its Bing Maps service. The update amounts to 316TB of aerial imagery from around the world being added to the service. In the image below, each yellow dot represents the new imagery that was added.

 

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This is the first major update to Bing's imagery since June 12 of this year when the company added 270TB worth of high resolution satellite imagery of tourist location, including Rome, Milan, Stravanger, and Kaanapali. Today's update marks the largest addition to the search engine's map service since it was first launched. Head over to Bing.com and check out some of the new imagery, and if you spot something cool, be sure to post a link to it in the comments.

Microsoft improving SmartGlass for Xbox One

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 11:02 pm

Microsoft's SmartGlass app will be even more feature packed for the upcoming Xbox One. The company says it will carry the same basic features of the current version for Xbox 360, but will be able to handle multiplayer matchmaking, feature a help button to assist those stuck during a game, and allow users full control of their cable television set-top boxes.

 

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Microsoft says that the Xbox One will support up to 16 SmartGlass devices and that it will connect directly to the mobile device via local Wi-Fi or Ethernet. This will allow gamers to access many of the console's features remotely, including achievements, updates, and recorded in-game videos stored on your Xbox One. Microsoft says the updated app will be free to download for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone when the console launches in November.

Google Glass gets X-rayed, take a look inside like never before

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 10:29 pm

Have you ever wondered what a pair of Google Glass looks like under an X-ray machine? I know I have, and some recently posted photos are showing just that! Website STEMbites has just posted a full set of photos of a pair of Google Glass being X-rayed.

 

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This is something I would love to see more of. While teardowns like those posted by iFixit are cool, these are much cooler. They show you how intricate and precise everything fits together inside these micro-devices and it really makes one appreciate the engineering and skill that goes into creating something this powerful in such a tiny package.

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Microsoft updates OneNote app, works on iPad as standalone app now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 9:57 pm

Today, Microsoft released an update to the company's OneNote app for iOS. The update brings in new functionality that allows the application to become fully standalone on the iPad. Microsoft says that many of its customers requested the ability to create new notebooks from within the app on the iPad, which led to this feature being added to this update.

 

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Additionally, the company is adding a functionality that allows users to add, rename, and delete selections, which is achieved by tapping the desired selection title to bring up the options. Microsoft says that the update also fixes several bugs and improves overall performance. Head over to the App Store source listed below to download your copy today.

Google updates Drive app for iOS, features new card style layout

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 9:33 pm

Google has recently updated its Drive for iOS app by completely refreshing the user interface to more closely align with the company's de facto card-style layout. The new look showcases thumbnails that display your file contents, yet still retains the traditional app layout that can be toggled with the push of a button based on the user's preferences.

 

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Additionally, the app now supports the viewing and editing of files in landscape mode, and folders are now grouped in a way that makes more sense than before. The update has also made it easier to copy and share links to files, while the search feature is now located in a more prominent position to make finding files much simpler. You can download the new app from the Apple App Store for free by heading over to the App Store source listed below.

Super Talent Technology announces new NGFF M.2 SSD drives

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 8:29 pm

Super Talent Technology has just unveiled a new line of NGFF SSDs based on the M.2 form-factor. Super Talent says that the new NGFF SSDs are the perfect solution for high-speed non-volatile storage for the next generation of high-performance laptops. VP of Engineering, Shimon, said, "Our NGFF SSDs are sure to keep mobile device applications running at peak performance."

 

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The NGFF DX1 is a SATA III-based M.2 SSD that supports speeds up to 480MB/s read and 400MB/s write speeds and is available in capacities from 32GB up to 256GB. The NGFF ST1 series is also an M.2 form-factor SSD and is capable of read and write speeds of 250MB/s and 80MB/s, respectively. Unfortunately, no pricing or availability information was giving at the time of this publication.

RumorTT: New report suggests that Apple is testing a 4.8-inch screen

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 7:22 pm

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal released a report that suggests that Apple is looking at larger screens for its next-generation iPhones that could launch in late 2014. The report said the company is testing screens as big as 6 inches but has seemed to settle on a much more manageable 4.8-inch class screen.

 

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Usually I wouldn't give much credence to reports of a larger screen iPhone being in the works as rumors of larger screen sizes have been around for as long as the iPhone has. However, I am more inclined to believe that a 4.8-inch iPhone will be released next year when the information comes from a high-profile site such as the Wall Street Journal. Ultimately, though, only time will tell and roughly a year from now we should know the truth.

 

Next week, Apple is widely expected to announce its next-generation iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at a launch event being held on September 10. Both devices are said to retain the same form-factor as the current-generation iPhone 5, and other than a redesigning of the case and iOS 7, not much is going to be different on either phone.

TweakTown demos Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 4:21 pm

Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is arguably one of the best on the market, and as our own Johannes Knapp reports, the 2014 edition is even better. Sporting the same faux stitched leather rear housing as its little brother--the Galaxy Note 3--the Galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition can be described as nothing less than a very elegant and highly refined tablet.

 

 

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition features two different processors based on which region of the world you are in. For those of us in the US, the tablet features a quad-core 2.3GHz QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 SoC. For those in the Asia Pacific region and most of the rest of the world, the Note 10.1 2014 edition will feature Samsung's eight-core Exynos Octa SoC clocked at 1.9GHZ.

 

The tablet also features a massively impressive 2,560x1,600-pixel display alongside 3GB of RAM. Combine those specs with an 8220mAh battery, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 and you have what is arguably the best Android tablet ever made, if not the best tablet ever made. Additionally, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions.

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We go hands on with Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 3:32 pm

Earlier this week, Samsung released their long awaited and highly anticipated Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The new companion device is designed to augment Samsung Galaxy devices and provide the end-user with a much more rich and immersive "smart technology" experience. TweakTown's Johannes Knapp is at IFA 2013 and got to go hands on with the new device.

 

 

At the moment, the Galaxy Gear only works with the newly launched Galaxy Note 3, but Samsung is promising functionality with many of their Galaxy-branded products in the future. The Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch 320x320-pixel Super AMOLED display that is surrounded by a brushed aluminum frame. A 1.9-megapixel camera is embedded into the rubberized wrist strap, and the device is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM to keep things running nice and smooth.

 

The Galaxy Gear runs a highly modified version of Android 4.3 and is said to more closely resemble Windows Phone rather than any of Samsung's Android-based skins. Samsung says that the device will feature 70 optimized apps on release day. If you're interested in getting your hands on a Galaxy Gear before anyone else, head over to Verizon and pre-order yours today.

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