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RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will release on September 4, just in time for some holiday season sales

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 4:11 pm

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is one of the most anticipated phablets ever, and while the company is keeping tight lips on anything official about the device, the leaks and rumors just keep pouring in. This morning, AndroidGeeks is reporting that a source very close to the matter has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 3 will be releasing to the public on September 4.

 

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The reveal is said to be taking place at a special Samsung Unpacked event being held in Berlin, Germany. The event will be held during the IFA 2013 conference and the date seems to fall into the "Media Preview" days of the show on the 4th and 5th. Samsung has a history of launching it's Galaxy Note devices during the IFA conference, so this whole rumor is sounding very plausible.

 

Recent rumors and leaks have listed the Galaxy Note 3 as having a 5.9-inch screen along side a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and possibly a high resolution camera in the 15-megapixel range. At 5.9-inches, the Note 3 has a smaller footprint than Sony's recently released Xperia X Ultra, which has a 6.44-inch screen and even smaller than Samsung's Galaxy Mega, which boasts a 6.3-inch display.

Intel CEO says that the company is interested in building a wearable computer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 3:14 pm

With all of the major tech giants such as Apple, Samsung, Sony and Google all working on wearable computers in one form or another, Intel has decided that it would like to join the party. During a recent interview with Reuters, Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich confirmed that the silicon giant is actively developing a wearable computer.

 

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Krzanich went on to say that the company is not only developing a wearable computer, but designing specific chipsets for wearable devices. He was careful not to hint at what type of wearable device we might see from Intel, but he did say that we can expect to see wearable technology featuring Intel hardware by the end of this year or early next year. It is still unclear if those chips will be repurposed Atoms or if the company has developed a whole new SoC line just for wearable computing.

Google unveils elevation artwork for new London headquarters

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 2:18 pm

Google has just unveiled the plans for its new London headquarters which is poised to become the longest building in the city. The company says that if approved for construction the new headquarters will be 330 meters in length and 11 stories in height. While this is nowhere near the height of London's Shard, it will be Google's second largest complex with its Mountain View offices being first.

 

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The glassy, modern building was designed by architectural firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and carries an overall price tag of just a mere $998 million. Estimates value the headquarters at $1.52 billion once completed. The building will be constructed from a steel frame and cross laminated wood panels while the exterior will be skinned in glass.

 

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In true Google fashion, there will be climbing walls between floors as well as other employee friendly features such as a gym, and personal relaxation areas. The building will be located near the city's King's Cross railway station, in an effort to continue the massive regeneration push that has been ongoing there for several years now. The new headquarters is expected to be completed in 2016 if approved.

Intel CTO steps down, passes an age-related law of Intel - is too old to be a corporate officer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 12:26 pm

Intel has a strange age-related by-law, that requires all corporate officers to be aged 65 or under. This has forced Intel's Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner, out of his position as he is now 65 years old.

 

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Rattner joined the company in 1973, becoming Intel's first Principal Engineer in 1979, the fourth Intel Fellow in 1988 and one of the first Intel Senior Fellows in 2001. He has participated in more Intel keynotes than any other Intel presenter, and has four important patents with his name stamped to them: a data processing system; a hardware scheduler/dispatcher for said data processing system; an interprocessor communication system, and a programmable I/O sequencer for use in an I/O processor.

 

Rattner will step down from his position with Intel Labs, and report to Intel's President, Renée James, in the meantime. It has worked out well, as his departure is straight away, with Intel stating that a "pressing family matter" has happened, and he needs to take an unspecified amount of personal leave from Intel. Upon his return, he will be an a non-officer role.

Samsung to invest $84 million in India in order to boost their mobile production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 11:37 am

The Press Trust of India reports from industry sources that Samsung is set to invest more than $84 million in India in order to boost their mobile production capacity.

 

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The Next Web talked to a Samsung spokesperson who said that the South Korean company are looking to strengthen their manufacturing presence in India in order "to fulfill growing needs in the market." Not only that, but it looks like the Indian government have been approached by Samsung who hope to use incentives that the Department of Electronics and IT have been dishing out.

 

India is a huge emerging market, and with Samsung sitting right there producing handsets, it can only be win-win for all involved.

Some 2013 13-inch MacBook Air models are having issues with Photoshop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 10:23 am

The MacRumors and Adobe support forums are firing up with users reporting severe flickering when using some 2013 13-inch MacBook Air models in Photoshop, especially when larger brush tools are used.

 

 

Chris Cox, an Adobe representative, posted on the Adobe support forums, saying he believes it's a driver or GPU issue, going as far as stating that it could be a problem with the LCD driver circuits. He has said that Adobe haven't reproduced the issue, so it could just be a particular run of MBA models that are having these issues.

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Google wants you to go to hard to reach places, wants you to take their 'Trekker' camera backpack on an adventure

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 9:21 am

Google continue to impress, where they're offering applications to individuals who want to help out with their Google Maps coverage: "If you're a tourism board, non-profit, university, research organization, or other third party who can gain access and help collect imagery of hard to reach places, you can apply to borrow the Trekker and help map the world."

 

 

The Trekker sounds like a great idea, especially for those who love to travel and have special places around the world that are hard to access, so that they can personally share them with the world. The Trekker is quite the backpack, which weighs in at a back-breaking 42 pounds. Google have mapped it out in detail:

 

The Trekker is operated by an Android device and consists of 15 lenses angled in a different direction so the images can be stitched together into 360-degree panoramic views. As the operator walks, photos are taken roughly every 2.5 seconds. Our first collection using this camera technology was taken along the rough, rocky terrain of Arizona's Grand Canyon.

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Nokia purchases Siemens' share of joint venture in Nokia Siemens Networks for $2.2 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 8:21 am

Bloomberg are reporting that Nokia have just confirmed they're taken full control over the joint-venture they had in Nokia Siemens Network, buying out their partner Siemens for $2.2 billion.

 

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Nokia Siemens Networks was unprofitable, with both Nokia and Siemens attempting, but failing to sell it to private investors last year. They cut 17,000 jobs (nearly 1/4 of their entire staff) and have seen earnings jump slightly. Nokia Siemens Networks posted a profit of $1.2 billion during Q1 2013, which was a nice 117% increase year-over-year.

Steam Greenlight sees eight new games join its ranks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 7:28 am

Valve have announced their next batch of games that have been approved through Steam Greenlight, as well as three software titles. The titles were selected with the usual criteria as past games.

 

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Votes were included, where games were counted for their press reviews, awards, crowd-funding success and performance on other platforms. The eight games are:

 

  • Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller
  • Day One : Garry's Incident
  • Guncraft
  • Homesick
  • In Verbis Virtus
  • Super Motherload
  • Vector
  • Verdun

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SimCity DLC takes to the skies, offers a few balloons that will cost you $9

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 6:24 am

Just when you thought DLC couldn't get any worse, EA and Maxis have unveiled some new downloadable content for SimCity. It'll cost you $9, and I think at least two or three people in the world will buy it.

 

 

The new SimCity DLC includes "Airships", which add two items: a hot air balloon park and an airship mass transit option - all yours for $9. The video above will show you just what you get, so prepare your wallets!

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