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Fujifilm unveils new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R lens for X-Series cameras

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 12:03 am

Today, Fujifilm announced the release of a new "fast" lens for its X-series compact camera system. The new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R is designed to be ideal for low light shooting, while still retaining an acceptable bokeh background blur many expect from such a low aperture.

 

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Fujifilm says that the lens has been designed to reduce distortion optically rather than digitally and that its seven blade diaphragm creates a smooth bokeh effect. A high-torque DC coreless motor is featured to help provide smooth, quiet, and accurate high-speed autofocusing.

 

The new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R weighs in at just 10.6 ounces and has a footprint of just 2.48 inches. The lens features a metal focus ring as well as aperture rings to make it rugged and more durable than the competitors' all plastic models. Fujifilm says that this lens is compatible with any X-mount camera and it will go on sale in October for $900.

LG G2 launching to US carriers this month for $199 on contract

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 11:46 pm

It's been about a month since LG launched its new flagship smartphone, the G2, and after all these weeks it appears that customers in the US will finally be able to pick up a version of the phablet for themselves. Today, LG announced that T-Mobile and Verizon will be the first two major US carriers to offer the phone.

 

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Verizon customers will be the first to get their hands on the phone on September 12 for a mere $199 with a two-year contract. T-Mobile customers will be able to secure their device just six days later on September 18 for $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $21. AT&T and Sprint will also be carrying LG's flagship, but neither company has released any pricing or availability information at this time.

Verizon to open pre-orders on Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear tomorrow

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 11:27 pm

Today, Verizon confirmed that it will be the first to offer Samsung's new Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Gear smartwatch for sale. The carrier says that it will begin taking pre-orders tomorrow beginning at 9am for both devices.

 

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The devices will go on sale at 9am on Verizon's website, but the company made no mention of what each device will retail for on or off contract. Verizon also failed to mention which colors of each device it would be offering for sale, but with this being a pre-order, it is most likely that the full range of colors will be offered.

Lenovo debuts new Vibe X, a 5-inch smartphone running Android 4.2

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 7:57 pm

IFA 2013 - Today, Lenovo unveiled its new Vibe X, a five-inch Android-based smartphone that is aimed at those who want a thin and light cellular device. The phone features a 5-inch 1080p IPS display alongside a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. The phone measures in at just 6.9mm thick and weighs in at just 4 ounces.

 

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A 13-megapixel camera, which is said to take very high-quality photos, is located on the rear. Unlike many other high-end devices, the Vibe X features a five-megapixel front-facing camera that will allow you to take selfies at a resolution higher than many of your friends. 16GB of storage is available and the phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The usual complements of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a micro-USB connector are all present, but unfortunately the phone will not be available in the US or UK. Additionally, no pricing or availability information has been released, but we will keep you updated when it arrives.

Johannes Knapp demos the new ASUS Memo Pad 8 at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 5:45 pm

IFA 2013 - 7-inch and 8-inch tablets are one of the fastest growing segments in the Android tablet market at the moment. Because of this, it's no surprise that ASUS has released an 8-inch version of its Memo Pad slate. ASUS unveiled the Memo Pad 8 at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, Germany, this week and our own Johannes Knapp was on hand to catch it on video.

 

 

The 8-inch Memo Pad features a 1280x800 display and a quad-core 1.6GHz processor that is augmented by a Mali400 MP4 GPU. The device features a 5-megapixel rear shooter that is more than capable of capturing life's moments as they happen. Upfront has a 1.2-megapixel camera that should handle video conferencing and selfie duty quite adequately. Everything is kept alive by a 3,950mAh battery, while Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB handle the connectivity duties.

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We go hands on with the ASUS Zenbook UX301 Ultrabook at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 5:27 pm

IFA 2013 - TweakTown's Johannes Knapp took a few minutes and went hands on with ASUS' new Zenbook UX301, a new notebook that he says is an "amazing Ultrabook, that just feels great!" The Intel-based Ultrabook features a 13.3-inch 2560x1440 panel, but also arrives in a 1920x100 Full HD model, too. It also boasts a dual-core Intel Core i7-4558U processor.

 

 

The new Zenbook UX301 comes in white or black trim and features Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, a mini DisplayPort connector, SD card reader, and two USB 3.0 ports. The premium notebook is available with SSD storage in capacities up to 512GB. No pricing or availability information was announced, but we expect to see it hit store shelves this holiday season.

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We go hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 5:00 pm

IFA 2013 - Samsung recently released the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 3 at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, Germany, and our own Johannes Knapp was on hand to check it out. The first thing that Johannes notes is that Samsung ditched the hard plastic rear shell in favor of a more leather-like battery cover with stitched edges.

 

 

The Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen that puts it within the emerging "phablet" class of smartphones. The device is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and features out-of-the-box integration with the company's newly released smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear.

 

Other specs include a quad-core 2.3GHz QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor for North American markets, or a octa-core 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos Octa processor for foreign markets. 3GB of RAM is on hand to keep things running smooth, while a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera is available to handle all of your imaging needs. The device will ship in October for the US and will be available in 32GB and 64GB versions.

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Hynix fire not as bad as expected, company says damage is minimal

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 4:32 pm

Following up on yesterday's massive fire at a Hynix Semiconductor facility in China, we've learned this morning that the damage might not be as bad as originally reported. Late last night, I received an official statement from the company that was sent to our friend Jim Handy over at Objective Analysis.

 

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The official report from the company states that the fire started around 16:50 Korean time and was completely extinguished by 18:20. The company says that there were no human casualties, with only one minor injury of an employee. The Hynix official said that while several pictures surfaced on the Internet that showed the fab facility being engulfed in large dark clouds of smoke, the fab itself was not damaged.

 

The report says that the fire was concentrated in the air purification facilities that are linked to the rooftop of the fab and that this is why the photo showed the building engulfed in smoke. Hynix says that there is no material damage to the fab equipment, the clean room, or any production related equipment. They said they expect to resume operations in a short period of time and that overall production and supply volume would not be materially affected.

 

The report went on to state that Hynix fully expects that the majority of the damage will be covered through their insurance and that the cause of the fire is not yet known. At the moment, this is all the we know here TweakTown, but we're in contact with Hynix and will update the story as soon as any updates are sent our way.

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Thermaltake launches new Digitally Controlled Toughpower DPS PSU

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 3:29 pm

Thermaltake recently released a new power supply series dubbed the Toughpower DPS. The series is unique in that it is capable of being controlled and monitored from the desktop via a digital control interface.

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The new DPS 850W and 750W digitally controlled power supplies feature improved voltage regulation that Thermaltake says provides your system with clean and stable power. The company says that the DPSApp monitoring software is the most robust and powerful on the market today and combines ease of use with a feature rich user interface.

 

The Toughpower DPS allows users to monitor and calculate their energy use, monitor efficiency, and even share their results with friends. The software also allows users to organize their power data into a quantitative database for some serious data crunching. Thermaltake says that the new Toughpower DPS PSUs are 80+ Gold certified and are Haswell ready.

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Xbox 360 will receive three more years of support from Microsoft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 12:27 pm

The Xbox One launches on November 22 in multiple countries, but how long will Microsoft support its current generation console for? Well, Xbox CMO Yusuf Medhi said during the Citi Global Technology Conference that Microsoft is shipping more games than it ever has to the Xbox 360.

 

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Not only that, but the Xbox Live subscription service is seeing continuous growth. Medhi called the Xbox 360 "incredibly profitable" as it reaches its last legs, before it's replaced with the next-gen Xbox One. Medhi has said within the next three years of its life, the Xbox 360 will see over 100 more games shipped for the console.

 

He said: "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. Some of these things take some time in the launch year in which you invest, and then they they play out over time."

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