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Opera browser for Android gets official update for larger tablets

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 9:57 pm

Opera version 18 is optimized for use with larger Android tablets. Opera 18 now has tabs similar to the ones found on Chrome. The update is not just a scaled up version of the standard Opera.

 

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Opera 18 lets you swipe through newspapers and magazines, and they have placed the menu and navigation buttons in a way that they are located where your fingers rest. It also has Opera's speed dial and off-road data saving. Opera 18 for Android is available now on the Google Play Store.

 

Opera's mobile browser chief Johan Schön: "The size of devices and mindset of users make the tablet very different from its smaller cousin, the smartphone, and we have to respect that. In Opera 18 for Android, we have spent hours and hours tweaking, and fiddling with the placement of, even the most minute detail, just to get that top tablet feel."

Flickr now lets users print photo books from their collections

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 9:20 pm

Film photography all but died with the invention of digital cameras, and likewise so did the photo album when online photo galleries became mainstream. Until recently, having a photo book printed from digital images was quite expensive, but now the price seems to have leveled off and the books are more affordable than ever.

 

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Hoping to get more printed photos onto your coffee table, Flickr has just unveiled a new printed photo book product that users can purchase starting at $35 for a 20-page book. Flickr provides a new "intelligent" creation tool that automatically crops, adjust, and prepares user selected images for printing in the book, and up to 240 pages are possible. Each page is crafted from high-quality white photo paper and finished with a lustre coating. Books are bound in a glossy hardcover and come with a dust jacket.

 

Back in my days as a professional photographer, getting a similar sized book required hours of photo preparation, and laying out everything in PDF format before shipping off to the printer. It appears that Flickr has greatly simplified this process, and made it much cheaper as well.

LG's G Flex smartphone heals itself when scratched

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 8:21 pm

We pay a lot of money for our smartphones and there is nothing worse than getting a scratch on the screen or the phones case. When I got the first scratch on my HTC One it was almost like I had damaged my best friend. Fortunately, we now have Gorilla Glass 3 to help prevent scratches on our screens, but what about the rest of the phone?

 

 

That is where LG's new G Flex smartphone and its self healing surface some into play. In a recently released video LG demonstrates this technology by scrubbing the back of the G Flex with a wire brush, and at the same time scrubs a traditional plastic phone case with the same brush. As you would expect, the plastic case is scratched beyond repair, while LG's G Flex looks good as new after just a few minutes of sitting. Not much is explained on how this works, but I would be willing to assume that similar technology to what is used in self healing cutting mats has been implemented.

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The new HP TouchSmart 10 mini notebook is launching for $299

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 7:59 pm

HP has launched their new mini notebook, the HP TouchSmart 10 Windows 8.1 mini notebook. The TouchSmart 10 comes with a 10 inch touchscreen display. HP's TouchSmart 10 is the cheapest and smallest Windows 8 laptop that HP offers. The TouchSmart 10 is powered be an AMD A4-1200 Temash processor with a low power technology that gives its 3-cell battery a 5 hour runtime.

 

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It also includes an AMD Radeon HD 8180 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The TouchSmart 10 comes equipped with 350GB standard or a 500GB option. Other Specs on the HP TouchSmart 10 mini notebook include; a HDMI output, SD card reader, one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 slots, as well as Wi-Fi along with an Ethernet slot. If ordered directly from HP you can add the option of having Bluetooth and a HDMI to VGA adapter for $30. The HP TouchSmart 10 will be available to purchase before the end of the year for $299 from Microsoft or $350 from HP.

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Logitech launches the PowerShell, a gaming controller for iOS 7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 7:16 pm

Today Logitech has officially launched its PowerShell game controller case designed for iPhones and iPod touch devices running iOS 7. We first heard about the device during Apples WWDC event earlier this year, and have seen several leaks of the device since.

 

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The new PowerShell is designed to encapsulate your iOS device and offer up traditional gamepad controls including a D-pad, 4 face buttons and 2 shoulder buttons that function similar to those on a PlayStation or Xbox controller. Inside the case is a 1500mAh battery that will both charge and power you iPhone or iPod Touch during extended gameplay sessions.

Sony says replacement PlayStation 4s will not take six weeks

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 6:46 pm

The PlayStation 4 was released last Friday in the US. There have been a few issues users have been running into, such as HDMI problems, bricked consoles, and the troublesome blue light issues. Sony says that 1% (10,000) of their PlayStation 4 units have been affected. A Sony representative speaks with IGN and assures that Sony is working on getting users their replacement PlayStation 4 units. Although that's 10,000 unhappy customers, 10,000 out of a million units isn't too bad. Sony's representative also mentions that the rumor of replacement consoles being shipped in 2014 is false, and that customer support is immediately replacing units with expedited shipping.

 

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Sony representative speaking with IGN: "We understand the frustration of consumers that have had a problem and are working with them and our retail partners to help troubleshoot issues and ensure affected units are exchanged. Rumors' online stating that PlayStation customer service is informing people that it will take six weeks to get a replacement unit. Those rumors are false. Our customer support team is exchanging units with new replacements immediately and with expedited shipping."

Toshiba tosses its hat into the small tablet arena with the Excite 7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 5:53 pm

It has been a while since we have seen a fresh tablet offering from Toshiba, but the wait is finally over. Today Toshiba announced a new 7-inch Android-based addition to its Excite line of tablets. The all new Excite 7 joins the ranks of the 10-inch Excite Pure, Pro, and Write tablets, and fills the small tablet void the line has been plagued with.

 

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The new Excite 7 is a little disappointing however, with a display resolution of just 1024x600 and just 1GB of RAM. The tablet does feature Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean though, and up to 12-hours of battery life. Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and SRS-powered audio are present as well. The device's cameras leave much to be desired with the rear packing in a lackluster 3-megapixel sensor and the front being of the sub-half megapixel class. 8GB of onboard memory is present and it can be augmented via a microSD port. The Excite 7 is available now at retailers for $170.

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The age of 4K is upon us as Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon processor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 4:47 pm

Qualcomm is without a doubt the biggest and most well known name in mobile processing, and today the company unveiled a new processor that is even faster than its flagship Snapdragon 800 SoC. The all new Snapdragon 805 is not a minor upgrade as its name would suggest, but is rather a powerhouse that packs a new GPU and Ultra High-Definition capabilities.

 

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The new Snapdragon 805 features "system level" support for video resolutions all the way up to 4K, and with its new Adreno 420 GPU, mobile gaming, and video performance will never be the same again. With this being the first flagship chip from Qualcomm that natively supports 4K resolutions, you can bet that we will be seeing it in everything from the Samsung Galaxy 5, Nexus 6, LG G3, and a vast range of other devices. Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 805 is 40-percent faster in processing and GPU power than the Snapdragon 800, so expect to see the mobile world shaken up yet again in 2014.

LSI announces Nytro XP products for the datacenter

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 4:36 pm

LSI has gained significant traction with their Nytro line of products, becoming one of the world's largest suppliers of PCIe flash cards in a very short time. In fact, they are already shipping into 6 of the top 10 Hyperscale companies. This success has given LSI a deep understanding of the market and the needs of their customers.

 

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One of the fastest growing segments of the flash market are the value-oriented mainstream users. These users aren't in need of solutions with extreme performance specifications or ultimate endurance; they require a solution friendly to the bottom line.

 

Hyperscale deployments require the most value per dollar, low power usage, scalability and the ability to extract value from their data as quickly as possible. The Nytro XP 6209 and 6210 are designed to meet the needs of the mainstream user. These cards both feature proven LSI SandForce controllers in tandem with the LSI 2308 Falcon SAS I/O controller.

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Over 10,000 PS4s sold on eBay over the launch weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 1:37 pm

We've been covering the PS4 as much as can here at TweakTown, but it looks like some keen shoppers have been slapping down their plastic over at eBay for the next-gen console, with over 10,000 consoles sold over the launch weekend alone.

 

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Retailers (who sell over eBay as well as in-store) and some everyday people (who bought the PS4 and re-sold it on eBay) accounted for over 10,000 PS4s to be sold over the weekend just gone. eBay has said that "more than two PS4s [were] sold on eBay every minute." That is an insane number of PS4s over a 48-hour period!

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