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RumorTT: Foxconn hiring 90,000 workers to prepare for iPhone 5S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 10:31 am

We've heard so many whispers when it comes to the iPhone 5S, but according to unnamed sources of Focus Taiwan, Foxconn are now hiring 90,000 new workers for their Shenzhen production facility to help them fill "massive orders from Apple" that will include both the iPhone 5S and the new budget iPhone.




The iPhone 5S is rumored to feature an A7 processor, improved graphics, 2GB of RAM and a 12-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash. We should also expect it to arrive with iOS 7 by default. I'm hoping that we see a departure from the boring design of the iPhone, and something refreshing, and new. I know I'm asking for too much, and we'll just get a slightly better iPhone 5.


The budget iPhone on the other hand, which has been rumored to be named the "iPhone 5C" would feature a 4-inch display (like the older iPhones), 1GB of RAM, and a plastic case that comes in multiple colors.

Origin PC launch Haswell-based gaming notebook with GTX 765M GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 9:21 am

Origin PC have just unveiled their new EON 13-S notebook, which features a 13.3-inch LED backlit Full HD IPS display (with a matte finish). Inside of the new EON 13-S, we have a fourth-generation "Haswell" Core processor from Intel, and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 765M GPU.



You can choose between four different Intel Core i7 processors, starting with the i7 4700MQ clocked at 2.4GHz, i7 4800MQ @ 2.7GHz, i7 4900MQ running at 2.8GHz or the i7 Extreme 4930MX clocked at 3.0GHz. All four processors are quad-core parts with Intel's Turbo Boost technology. Origin PC have decided to offer up some great memory options, too.


For starters, we have memory options of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB which arrive in either generic 1,333MHz DIMMs, or you can opt for the much better Corsair Vengeance 1,600MHz sticks. There's room for three HDDs, including dual mSATA and RAID support. There's options for an external optical drive, Creative Sound Blaster audio, Killer Wireless card and even a Hauppauge WinTV Tuner through USB.

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Apple begins seeding iOS 7 beta 4 and iTunes 11.1 beta to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 8:23 am

One of Apple's last saving graces before they truly start experiencing more issues is iOS 7. The latest beta version of iOS 7, beta 4, began seeding out to developers yesterday.




iOS 7 beta 4 includes some aesthetic changes, which include a modified lock screen, and a new direction arrow that sits to the left of the "slide to unlock" text. There's also a solid bar up the top which is there to highlight the notification center. There are more visual refinements to be found throughout iOS 7 beta 4, too.


What does iTunes 11 do? Well, for starters the company have added support for iTunes Radio, which is set to compete against music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora. Other than that, there's not much to talk about with the new version of iTunes just yet.

Mercedes-Benz wants door-to-door directions with Google Glass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 7:24 am

Google Glass has just received a big injection of confidence from Mercedes-Benz, who are working on a Google Glass project that combines both pedestrian and automotive directions that would take their users from door-to-door.




MBRDNA President and CEO Johann Jungwirth told the Silicon Valley Business that he wants Google Glass to seamlessly transition between walking and in-car navigation. This would actually be quite useful, as you'd be able to wear Glass, with it directing you on where to drive, but to then get out and the navigation to continue... that would be stellar.


We obviously won't see this in any Mercedes-Benz in the near future, because Glass isn't exactly ready for the consumer let alone ready for mass deployment in vehicles.

Android 4.3 on Nexus devices now include TRIM support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 6:29 am

If you own a Nexus device, and more specifically, the first-generation Nexus 7, you really should update to Android 4.3. It is being reported that Android 4.3 supports TRIM.




TRIM will talk to the storage on your device, letting it know when blocks are sitting there unused and are ready for garbage collection. This needs to happen, and when it does, it stops your device from eventually running slower and slower. If TRIM doesn't do its job, then when you "delete" a file on your device, it really isn't deleted, but the space is instead marked as being available to be cleared later when the system needs it.


Android 4.3 only came out last week, and includes TRIM support for all Nexus devices. So if you're one of the tens of millions running a Samsung Galaxy-branded smartphone, you're out of luck, this time.

RumorTT: Samsung working on 12.2-inch high-end tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 6:26 am

Samsung have countless devices within their Galaxy umbrella of products, but it looks like that is set to expand by a couple of devices. @evleaks is back yet again with some information he claims points to Samsung preparing two new slates.




The first, is a 10-inch tablet that would feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, and the second, is a 12.2-inch slate that features the Exynos 5 Octa chipset and S Pen support. So, in other words, a Galaxy Note 12, maybe. Both devices are set to arrive with the mouth watering 2560x1600 resolution, which should be quite stunning.

Sony and Panasonic go for next-gen optical storage which holds 300GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 5:33 am

Sony and Panasonic are finally coming to their senses, announcing a new basic agreement with the goal of jointly developing a next-generation standard for professional-use optical discs.




Their objective? Expand their archive business for long-term digital data storage. Sony and Panasonic are hoping to improve their development efficiency based on the technologies that each company excels in, with their targets aimed on a 300GB optical disc by 2015. Both of the Japanese companies will continue to hold discussions regarding the specifications and other details regarding this new standard.


It's not known if the new standard will continue with Blu-ray or not, but I think we're going to see a move from this standard after all of these years.

The 'Cheese Box' update for Cut the Rope adds 25 new levels

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 4:55 am

If you're a Cut the Rope addict, you might want to prepare yourselves for the "Cheese Box" update, which will add 25 more levels to the physics-based puzzle game.





The 25 new levels will feature cheese-filled backgrounds, if you're into that kind of thing. Since Cut the Rope launched in 2010, it has had 15 updates, with the latest Cheese Box update seeing you use mice to catch and carry food. The trailer above should give you a good idea of what to expect.

Gamers add $1 million to DotA 2's 'The International' prize pool

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 4:24 am

The world's largest DotA 2 championship tournament, The International, kicks off on Friday with group stage play and has quite the prize pool: over $2.7 million.




An extra $1 million has been added thanks to the sales of virtual items within DotA 2 by fellow gamers, so the prize pool could increase in the coming days. The DotA 2 Interaction Compendium has been on sale for nearly three months now, and allows gamers to make predictions for the tournament, as well as create fantasy teams within DotA 2.


Each sale is worth $10, with $2.50 of each sale going toward the tournament's prize pool, which has now passed $2.7 million. Valve have helped out here, with stretch-goal incentives that have seen six of the seven teams claiming thus far. The latest provides Compendium owners a new immortal item, as well as the other five perks unlocked up until now.

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Saints Row IV has been refused classification in Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 3:54 am

Australia has only just adopted a new R18+ classification for games, and at the first strike, they slam the ban hammer down on one game already: Saints Row IV.




The Classification Board "unanimously determined that Saints Row IV is classified Refused Classification." In the full words of the Classification Board: "In the Review Board's opinion, Saints Row IV could not be accommodated within the R 18+ classification as drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted."




The original case saw Saints Row IV being put under the microscope because of its "alien anal probe" weapon, which the Board considered too close to sexual assault. Deep Silver are submitting a "safe" version of Saints Row IV, with Deep Silver stating they were "reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing the content which could cause offence."