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We go hands-on with the Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 12:05 pm

MWC 2014 - Our man on the ground at Mobile World Congress 2014, Johannes Knapp, had some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy S5. You can check out our hands-on time with the Galaxy S5, below.

 

 

If you didn't already know the specifications of the Galaxy S5, Samsung has used a 5.1-inch 1920x1080-pixel Super AMOLED display, quad-core 2.5GHz processor (with a 2.1GHz octo-core processor version coming soon), 2GB of RAM, an option between 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage, 16-megapixel 4K-capable rear-facing camera, a heart-rate sensor, fingerprint reader, and the choice of four colors: gold, black, white or blue.

 

You'll be able to purchase the Galaxy S5 in April.

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The biggest ever meteor to hit the Moon rammed it at 37,900 mph

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 11:24 am

A gigantic 400kg meteor smashed into the Moon on September 11 last year, hitting the lunar surface at 37,900 mph. The meteor itself was ten times larger than the previously recorded hit, which left a 131-foot-wide crater.

 

 

Jose Madiedo of the MIDAS project said he "couldn't imagine" such a collision before seeing it himself on the day, where he added: "This is the largest, brightest impact we have ever observed on the Moon". Scientists at MIDAS had been studying lunar collisions since 2009, said that the crash was quite explosive, releasing the equivalent energy of 15 tons of TNT.

 

The meteor hit the dark side of the Moon, which is unfortunate as the blast was big enough that it would've been visible with the naked eye here on Earth. Madiedo said: "Usually lunar impacts have a very short duration - just a fraction of a second. But the impact we detected lasted over eight seconds. It was almost as bright as the Pole Star, which makes it the brightest impact event that we have recorded from Earth".

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Battlefield 4's new 'Platoons' social feature is coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 10:21 am

EA DICE has just revealed it is quietly inviting people into a new feature for the still-buggy Battlefield 4, something that will make the game more social. Platoons will allow gamers to track stats together in groups, and much more.

 

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Platoons was featured in Battlefield 3, but the new feature will go live on Battlelog for BF4 gamers "very soon". DICE is offering select gamers early access to the feature in order "to test certain parts of the system", and to collect the usual feedback on it before it rolls out to digital soldiers across the planet.

SanDisk unveils its new camera-busting 128GB microSD card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 9:29 am

SanDisk has unveiled a massive 128GB microSD card, something that makes it the largest-capacity microSD card on the market. Getting to this point isn't easy, as you can expect.

 

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The company had to use custom manufacturing to stack 16 memory dies, which are each thinner than a strand of hair on that head of yours, within each card. 128GB is enough space to store 24 hours of HD video, so if you were after a beast of a memory card, SanDisk has your back.

Hewlett-Packard, Trend Micro team up to defend against attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 9:16 am

RSA 2014 - PC and server maker Hewlett-Packard and security solutions company Trend Micro have teamed up to introduce new software to defend against targeted attacks. The new effort combines Trend Micro's Deep Discovery with HP's TippingPoint, with the new solution aimed at effectively detecting, reporting, and blocking data breaches.

 

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HP relies on software and vendor products to help keep its PCs, servers, and other products protected - and creating custom partnerships will allow for a great opportunity to keep products more secure.

 

"Cyber criminals are going well beyond traditional malware and conventional attack vectors, and enterprise need protection that keeps pace and adapts faster than the adversaries," said Rob Greer, HP TippingPoint Enterprise Security Products, in a statement. "Collaborating with pioneering security companies like Trend Micro supports our mission to deliver the most comprehensive solutions on the market to block and remediate advanced threats."

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Nikon unveils its new flagship D4S DLSR camera, priced at $6499

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 8:31 am

Nikon has just unveiled its new flagship DSLR camera, the new D4S. Nikon's D4S still features the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, as well as the 51-point autofocus system and RGB 3D metering system.

 

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We still have the 3.2-inch display on the back, 100% view optical viewfinder, and compatibility with the existing FX and DX lenses. Nikon has said that the 16.2-megapixel sensor is now capable of up to 409,600 ISO, an extra stop beyond the 204,800 capable on the previous D4. The company says that on top of the new group autofocus mode, the D4S is better at keeping focus on an object that is being tracked.

 

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Nikon has installed an Expeed 4 image processor inside the D4S, something the company results in 30% more processing power than its predecessor. This means we have an extra frame of shooting available versus the D4's 10fps, up to 11fps. RAW shooters can now use newer, smaller RAW SIZE S files, which are half the size of traditional RAW files.

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Snoop Dogg checks out Avegant Glyph Beta head-mounted display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 7:50 am

When I started at TweakTown over three years ago, I never thought I'd type the words "Snoop Dogg" into a title, or body of any article I was writing... well, that day has come. It has come courtesy of Avegant, who took to Kickstarter to crowdfund its Glyph Beta.

 

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Glyph, is a new head-mounted display that is expected to be released in Q1 2015. Snoop Dogg, the uber famous rapper, has tried out Glyph, giving it his seal of approval. The display itself flips down from a headphone-like position, which is something Avegant calls a "virtual retinal display" which allows users to connect a bunch of different devices to it for instant video access.

 

The company were after $250,000 in funding, but ended up with over $1.5 million. Snoop Dogg saw the Avegant Glyph on CNN, and reached out to the company to test it out. He gave a shout out to Avegant, and the company's COO, Yobie Benjamin, on Twitter: "Shout out to my homie @yobie for showing me what everyone's going to jump on @Avegant - Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) February 20, 2014".

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has gone offline

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 7:20 am

Mt. Gox has just gone offline, with a joint statement released from several organizations from the Bitcoin community distancing themselves from the site. Not only is the site gone, but exchange's entire Twitter feed seems to have been wiped.

 

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A spokesperson for the group told Recode: "Mt. Gox has confirmed it will file bankruptcy in private discussions with other members of the bitcoin community". The Verge reached out to Mt. Gox, but the exchange didn't respond. Then there's an unverified document that tells the world that Mt. Gox's "crisis strategy" alleges that the exchange lost some 744,00 Bitcoins in a theft that goes back quite a few years.

 

The theft is said to have been enabled by the malleability bug that caused the exchange to stop all withdrawals earlier in the month. The join statement reads: "This tragic violation of the trust of users of Mt. Gox was the result of one company's actions and does not reflect the resilience or value of Bitcoin and the digital currency industry. There are hundreds of trustworthy and responsible companies involved in Bitcoin. These companies will continue to build the future of money by making Bitcoin more secure and easy to use for consumers and merchants. As with any new industry, there are certain bad actors that need to be weeded out, and that is what we are seeing today".

Artemis Networks' pCell technology receives support from PureWave

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 6:20 am

Santa Clara-based PureWave is working with Artemis Networks, which is company behind the impressive pCell Technology that we reported on a few days back now. The two companies are working together on the design and development of base stations for Artemis' pCell technology.

 

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Artemis Networks chose PureWave to supply pWave radios for its upcoming trial deployments, with the test involving the companies using various bands and power levels to wireless carriers who will be using pCell. Dan Picker, PureWave Networks' CEO, said: "PureWave is excited to have partnered with Artemis Networks in helping to realize this promising new pCell technology. It has long been clear to industry veterans that a completely new approach is required to keep up with the exponentially increasing mobile broadband capacity demands of today's users".

 

He continued: "PureWave has focused on Smart-Antenna and Small Cell Base Station technologies to improve the efficiency in which valuable spectral resources are consumed. For this reason, we quickly understood the potential of pCell technology, since it effectively exploits a combination of these techniques. We also knew that our latest generation base station platform would be the perfect complement to realizing the technology in a real-world setting".

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Feel the weight of Gravity in our latest Blu-ray competition

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 6:08 am

To celebrate this week's release of 2013's much heralded sci-fi drama Gravity on Blu-ray, thanks to our friends at Warner Bros Home Entertainment we have three copies of the film to give away to some lucky readers.

 

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To go into the running to take home one, simply answer in 25 words or less the following question:

 

Freed from limitations, which planet would you travel to and why?

 

Send your answers, along with your address to ben@tweaktown.com before the competition closes on Thursday February 27th.

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