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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini pricing leaked, expect it to be around $399

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 1:27 pm

It looks like Samsung is ready to launch their Galaxy S III Mini, which should sport a 4-inch screen and compete directly with the iPhone 5 on screen size. But Mobile Geeks are reporting on a leaked price, with the model number of GT-I8190 and GT-I8190N popping up some online retailers from Switzerland and Austria.




The Galaxy S III Mini is being priced by some Austrian stores at 390 to 540 francs, which when converted is around 323 Euros, or roughly US$399 or so. An expected availability date has been given with the earliest time to expect these mini S III's is October 16, or early-November most likely.


The new Galaxy S III Mini will be made available in the two colors its bigger brother launched in, Marble White and Blue Pebble. We should expect the 4-inch display to sport a resolution of 800x480 pixels, and a less-powerful rear-facing camera. We should expect just a dual-core version of the S III Mini, but that should be fine given that the device is more than powerful enough, even as a dual-core smartphone.


This should be quite popular and gives Samsung such a huge reach on the smartphone market now with the Galaxy S II, S III, S III Mini, Note, and Note II smartphones with 4.3-, 4.8-, 4-, 5.3- and 5.5-inch screens, respectively. Comparing this to their competitor who offers the one and only 4-inch iPhone 5, it gives Samsung a huge amount of power in choice to consumers.

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Chinese hackers announce they've cloned Apple's Lightning authenticator chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 12:31 pm

It was only last week that we reported that Apple's new iPhone 5 "Lightning" connector would be hard to clone because of its authenticator chip, but, those days are now over. Chinese hackers have reportedly been able to clone Apple's Lightning authenticator chip.



These new third-party Lightning cables can do everything an official Lightning cable can do, and more. The cloned product can charge and sync an iPhone 5 and just for kicks, it glows. This should provide us with a future of cheap third-party Lightning cables and accessories, but at what cost to Apple? This is breaking Apple's IP, so I suspect there's going to be a lawsuit filed, if there hasn't been one already.


We should expect Apple to make an announcement, or lawsuit with their Made For iPhone (MFi) program - asking them to comply, or feel the wrath of their iLawyers, soon.



Logitech unveil their first mechanical gaming keyboard, the G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 11:31 am

Logitech have until now, stayed out of the mechanical gaming keyboard world - we've seen a bunch of other manufacturers push out mechanical gaming keyboards with Logitech-like styling, but Logitech themselves have been MIA.



Logitech have just unveiled their G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, which the peripheral maker says combines high-speed non-clicking key switches with a dampening ring underneath eay keycap to reduce overall noise - somewhat of an annoyance with consumers and current mechanical keyboards. The G710+ uses keys with an actuation force of 45g and a distance of 4mm. The keyboard is lit up beautifully with white backlit LED keys, which are adjustable with one of four brightness levels, or if you're not a fan of LEDs, they can be disabled completely.


The brightness of the arrow and WASD keys can also be adjusted independently for better visibility under low-light conditions for those late-night gaming sessions. Logitech have also put the G710+ under some stress testing with professional gamers, partners, publishers and the everyday gamer. Logitech tout their their new mechanical keyboard can take at least 50 million keystrokes.

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Google ushers in new Gmail features, adds 100 virtual keyboards, transliteration and IMEs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 10:32 am

Google have just pushed in a bunch of input tools to their Gmail client, which will allow users to access a new variety of languages and layout tools. With these new features, Gmail has the proud ability to brag it supports typing in 75 languages.




These new tools include over 100 virtual keyboards, transliteration and IMEs (input method editors). You can now swap between languages with a single click once you've enabled the tools under Language in your Gmail settings.




Once you've flicked the switch on input tools, you'll see a new Input Tools button that will appear in your toolbar, where you can toggle these tools on and off. Virtual keyboards and IMEs is a move from Google that will see many more flock to the web-based e-mail client, and will see better use of keyboards instead of having to get an expensive multilanguage keyboard setup or overlay. Nice move, Google.

WD now offering My Book external drives all the way up to 8TB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:29 am

I still remember the days of owning a 500MB HDD and thinking this was amazing, then the days of 8GB - 20GB HDDs were out when I was into the LAN scene and now we're looking at 3-4TB HDDs in a single drive, the storage industry really is just insane.




Well, WD are now offering their My Book Thunderbolt Duo 8TB drive, with 8TB in a single external storage option. On top of 8TB in a single package, you're also going to get the amazing Thunderbolt technology for some truly mind-blowing transfer speeds. WD even includes a Thunderbolt cable in the box, which is on one hand great to see, but I would expect a Thunderbolt cable to be in the box when selling me a product with Thunderbolt in the name.


The storage giant also offers the My Book 4TB storage drive which sports USB 3.0. WD's entry into 8TB is the first time the company has crossed the 8TB mark with a My Book device. WD's My Book Thunderbolt Duo 8TB is available in select US retailers, or on their online store for $849.99 MSRP. The My Book 4TB drive is available for $249.99.

Google Fiber set to host Compute Midwest's hackathon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 8:31 am

The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts is set to host hackathon Compute Midwest (CMW), which is a 2.5-day event happening on November 9 to 11 in Kansas City. What makes this stand out is that the event will be powered by Google Fiber.




CMW has told The Next Web that more than 100 developers will come together at the Google Fiber space to build apps overnight, where they could be up for thousands of dollars in prizes. There are multiple categories to compete in, but CMW should have developers excited to test out the Google Fiber service.


Are you headed to CMW? What are you more excited for now? The hackathon itself, or getting your eyes glued on Google Fiber?

Dropbox updates their mobile site, now features new image galleries

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 7:30 am

Dropbox have just made some changes to their mobile site which will help users check out their photos while on the move, following the same type of changes we saw with their Android, iOS apps and their desktop site.




Dropbox have moved toward a gallery-style image viewer, which is available to anyone with a mobile device. Windows Phone is included, which is great news as there's no official Dropbox application on Microsoft's mobile OS.


The changes that Dropbox have pushed out give users a more streamlined experience across all apps, desktop and mobile sites. Dropbox have said:


Visit from your phone's browser, tap on the Dropbox icon at the top, and then the Photos button to see the photos in your Camera Uploads folder in a big, shiny gallery format. You can also tap to view them full size and flip through each one.

Microsoft CEO prepares us for a 'fundamental shift' in Microsoft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 6:29 am

If you haven't noticed by now, Microsoft are going through a period of change. This is something I truly applaud the Redmond-based company of doing, as it really is required as the competition has changed, and is constantly changing at every turn.




We've now had Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer putting pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, on a new letter to shareholders explaining that Microsoft now sees its own devies as crucial to the company as anything else. He adds that there's a "fundamental shift" in how the company's employees works and he says that investors should expect Microsoft to periodically make "specific devices for specific purposes", like Surface, or Xbox.


This new shift in strategy doesn't mean Microsoft are ditching Windows, it is actually looking like it's quite the opposite - they're listening to their customers, and shifting toward a new era of energy that looks to help all areas of Microsoft's business. This includes Windows, Office, tablets, gaming, phones and more. Microsoft are looking to deliver premium hardware experiences on all devices. Ballmer says "it truly is a new era at Microsoft. We see an unprecedented amount of opportunity for both this year and the long term…I couldn't be more excited and optimistic."

Android 4.1.2 released, gives landscape home screen to Nexus 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 5:27 am

Jean-Baptiste Queru, who is Google's chief release engineer has announced through the Android Building group that Android 4.1.2 has been released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) today.




Some Nexus 7 owners a reporting that they're seeing Android 4.1.2 being pushed to their device, and there's a little bonus with it: landscape home screen support. This is a personal choice, but some people love having their home screen on landscape, and it was one of the things that the Nexus 7 couldn't do with its Jelly Bean OS.


Well, now it can. You should see Android 4.1.2 being pushed out over the course of the next few days and I'll be sure to update my Nexus 7 later on tonight.

ASUS Padfone 2 is coming on October 16

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 4:28 am

ASUS have used their Facebook page to tease that their upcoming Padfone 2 is coming on October 16. There's not much else they say about the phone, apart from "it's intuitive!" and that "it's coming on October 16".




We should expect the ASUS Padfone 2 to really make a big splash for ASUS, as they've been doing the tablet world a good deed with their Transformer range of slates. The Padfone 2 should hopefully rock a quad-core processor, and have its usual tablet accessory, which turns your smartphone into a tablet.


This is quite the design shift from other manufacturers who sell you a tablet or a smartphone, but ASUS let you slide your phone into a bigger device where it turns into a tablet. This is great as you'll then have the one device, with all of your pictures, movies, tunes and more.

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