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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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Destiny sees a new gameplay trailer, impresses heavily

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 5:31 am

Bungie's latest and greatest game that is having gamers waiting with anticipating is Destiny, which has a new gameplay video that you can check out below.

 

 

The later trailer showcases fans' reactions to and press acclaim for its appearances at shows such as E3 and Gamescom. The latest video also shows off some new footage which features what looks like player-vs-player multiplayer as well as the cooperative player-vs-AI. Destiny launches in 2014 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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Microsoft: We will make money on Xbox One at launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 4:29 am

It looks like Microsoft is wanting to make some moolah on the Xbox One at launch, and not wait years and years in order to come back into the black. Microsoft wants to make profits on its next-gen console at launch, instead of bleeding money from the Xbox 360 launch.

 

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Xbox chief marketing officer Yusuf Mehdi said that "we're looking to break even or low margin at worst" on the Xbox One. Microsoft and Sony have previously lost billions of dollars upon launching a console, but it looks like Microsoft won't be repeating this mistake with the Xbox One. Mehdi continued:

 

As we can cost-reduce our box as we've done with 360, we'll continue to price reduce and get even more competitive with our offering. You've seen us over the years constantly be focused on profitability and improving year over year. If you look at 360 that platform lasted for seven to eight years and it's going to go for another three years. It's incredibly profitable now in the tail.

Call of Duty: Strike Team is now available for iOS devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 3:32 am

Activision has announced it is going to release Call of Duty: Strike Team for iOS, a mobile-exclusive first-person shooter set in the Call of Duty world for $7.49. Call of Duty: Strike Team offers a full story campaign that takes place in 2010, as well as a survival game mode with leaderboards.

 

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Where Strike Team does things differently is by offering the usual first-person feel, but it also offers a tactical top-down view, too. The top-down view gives you a much better look at the map, which lets you control your squad mates better. Call of Duty: Strike Team also offers up the usual leveling up system, which lets you access new weapons, perks and armor.

 

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In-app purchases are also here, which can let you skip past the levelling process, which gets your hands on better equipment, faster.

Facebook beta for Android finally lets you edit your comment, posts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 2:36 am

Facebook beta for Android finally has a feature that will make me jump to it after I've finished typing this post, where you can now, finally edit your comments and posts! The full changelog is below:

 

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  • Use icons in status updates to express what you're feeling or doing
  • Edit your posts and comments, and tap to see all your changes
  • See upcoming events at a glance on your favorite Pages
  • Create and share new photo albums from your phone

 

Fixes/Changes

 

  • Various bug & crash fixes
  • "Show on lockscreen" setting is visible again
  • Improvements to photo loading in news feed
  • Improvements to news feed load time

 

Known issues

 

  • Most Recent setting in News Feed not sticking

 

This isn't the normal Facebook for Android, so you'll need to check out all of the details here if you want to jump on board.

Ricoh launches Theta camera, takes fully spherical images for $399

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 1:30 am

Today Richo launched a new camera that is able to capture a full 360-degree spherical image. Dubbed the Theta, this new $399 camera features a twin-lens folded optical system that is able to capture the area around, above and below the camera. The device weighs in at just 95 grams making it one of the lightest compact cameras on the market.

 

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The Theta features 4GB of built-in storage which allows it to capture about 1,200 images. The camera is also capable is syncing with smartphones (just iOS at the moment) and can share images via a downloadable app. Richo says that Android support will arrive before the end of the year. Richo has also launched a dedicated website that allows users to upload their photos for quick and easy sharing via Email and social networks.

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