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Amazon lists Chromecast for sale, is cheaper than through Google Play

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 10:29 pm

Earlier I reported on Google's new HDMI media streaming dongle dubbed Chromecast. I was so enthralled by it that I immediately went to the Google Play Store and placed my order. Fast forward a few hours and the Chromecast has now popped up on Amazon and if you are an Amazon Prime Member, the dongle is actually cheaper than if you were to purchase it from Google.




My order for the Chromecast placed through the Google Play store ran me $54 and some change including 2-day shipping. Being an Amazon Prime subscriber, I could have waited a few hours and ordered the same device with the same shipping for $35 total, and for an extra $11 I could have it shipped overnight. Unfortunately, Amazon has updated the page and says that the devices will not ship for an additional 1-2 days so you could still have the device in by Monday if you play your cards right.

EA says that Apple is now its largest retail partner

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 10:05 pm

Yesterday, Electronic Arts released its quarterly financial results, and along with that release was a small announcement that during the previous quarter, Apple had became EA's biggest retail partner. The company said that games being sold through the App Store are earning the company more than any other retail outlet. That is pretty big news when you consider that their games are sold on Origin, Steam, and even in Walmart and GameStop.




"Our quarter was notable was for its strong digital sales," EA chief operating officer Peter Moore said in a conference call with investors. "To that end, Apple was EA's biggest retail partner as measured by sales. That is a first." Apple says that EA was the number one global publisher of games in the App Store for the June quarter as well.

Google updates its Drive app for iOS, now allows users to open links in Chrome or Safari

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 9:29 pm

Google pushed out an update to its Drive app for iOS this morning. The update brings forward several new features including the ability to open links from within files in either Chrome or Safari. The app also allows users to insert new rows and columns by using the "+" button in Google Sheets.




Version 1.5.0 of the app also addresses several bugs and has improved overall app stabilization, which should alleviate some of the app crashes that some iOS users have reported. Reports say that the app now appears to be faster overall and more responsive. No updates were made to the Android version of the app. Windows Phone users as well as those running BlackBerry 10 have nothing to worry about as Google has yet to release a Drive app for either of the alternative mobile operating systems.

ROCCAT launches Kone Pure Optical Mouse and new mouse pad

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 9:05 pm

This morning, ROCCAT announced the release of a new gaming mouse alongside a new mousepad to match. The new Kone Pure Optical Gaming Mouse is designed for those who do not want the high dpi resolution of a laser mouse, but prefer the softness of an optical mouse. Additionally, the company released the new Sense Meteor Blue Mousepad which is the latest installment in the company's praised Sense line.




"The new sensor featured in the Kone Pure Optical is the successor to the sensor featured in the famous Savu mouse. The Savu drew praise from gamers and reviewers alike, who complimented the mouse for its accurate and reliable tracking. Building on this success, the Kone Pure Optical has a new and more powerful MCU, which features more memory, and two new native DPI steps." said ROCCAT founder and CEO Rene Korte.


The critically-acclaimed Sense mousepad, which entered the market in 2008, has been reissued by ROCCAT, and is now available in a slick Meteor Blue design. The extremely thin textile pad, 2 mm thick, provides precise cursor control - allowing for absolute accuracy. The special micro-crystalline coating minimizes frictional resistance efficiently, and therefore provides a noticeable improvement in the gliding capability of accompanying mice.The large surface area, 400 x 280 mm, ensures the pad is of a size optimized for low- and high-sensitivity gamers alike. The Sense mousepad also remains available in Chrome Blue.

LeakedTT: BlackBerry sees its upcoming A10 smartphone leaked in images and video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 8:15 pm

By now anyone who follows the smartphone world has heard about BlackBerry's upcoming flagship, the A10. This BB10 based smartphone is the larger sibling to the already released Z10. Although it has leaked in the past in image form, today a new video has surfaced of the device, which lends us a completely new insight into the A10.



The BlackBerry A10 is said to feature a 5-inch AMOLED display with an unspecified dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and several features like NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and even a nice sized rear camera. Industry insiders are suggesting that where BlackBerry has always focused on the business minded consumer and corporations, this new phone will be targeted at the mobile gaming community.




Some new images also surfaced this morning from Vietnamese site Tinhte, a site with a long and reliable history of leaking upcoming devices. They have gotten their hands on an actual A10 and have been kind enough to take some high-resolution images to share with the world.

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Google officially unveils the second-generation Nexus 7, it is everything we already knew

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 7:46 pm

Today during its breakfast event, Google officially unveiled the next-generation Nexus 7. Unfortunately for Google the cat has been out of the bag for well over a week now as the next-gen Nexus 7 is one of the most leaked devices of the year.




Pretty much all of the specs that we reported on earlier today were confirmed during the event and it appears that nothing extra popped up. Additionally, ASUS appears to continue to be the manufacturing powerhouse behind the 7-inch slate.


The second-gen Nexus 7 features a 7-inch 1920 x 1200 display and is set to life by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, while 2GB of RAM handle the memory duties. An Adreno 320 graphics processor crunches HD video and games, while Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and Wi-Fi handle the network connectivity. The long-anticipated Android 4.3 is the Nexus 7's OS of choice, which brings forth a new camera app and several other exciting features.

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Intel confirms 4.5 watt Haswell processor aimed towards fanless tablets

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 7:17 pm

Today Intel confirmed the existence of the 4.5 watt Haswell CPU that popped up in a datasheet last month. Intel says that the chip will hit markets before the end of the year and that it will be geared towards fanless tablets and convertibles, which do not have much space for cooling hardware.




The 4.5W Haswell is expected to fill in the blank left by Intel's 6W Haswell processors that require an active cooling solution.


It should be noted that the 4.5W rating is the SDP or Scenario Design Power, which describes the sustained power consumption for sustained workloads, and that Intel has not released any information on the processors TDP, which is used to describe power draw in short burst.


The data sheet in which we first saw the new processor also says that the 4.5W SDP only applies when the clock speed is capped at 800MHz.

Google announces Chromecast, a $35 media streaming dongle for your TV

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 6:52 pm

This morning Google announced the release of a new media streaming dongle dubbed Chromecast. The small $35 HDMI dongle mirrors content that is being played on a nearby smartphone, computer or tablet. Coming in at just 2-inches long, the device plugs directly into your HDTVs spare HDMI port.




The device is able to run certain apps and if you are an early adopter, you will get a free three month Netflix subscription. Google says that Chromecast runs a simplified version of Google's Chrome OS and unfortunately, it will require a separate USB power source. The device features 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and comes with an HDMI extender, a USB cable and a USB power source.


Chrome apps that work with Chromecast will feature a "cast" button that will push the video feed to your Chromecast connected television. "Once Chromecast is plugged in, you just go to YouTube on your smartphone," Google reps said. "You'll see the cast button in your UI and you press it -- Chromecast will pull the info you requested from the cloud and play it on your TV." Google demoed the device at this morning's breakfast event and showed how Chromecast could display a YouTube video from your tablet onto your TV, and still allow you to use other apps on your tablet at the same time.

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Canonical's crowdfunding plan for the Ubuntu Edge is losing steam

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 6:22 pm

Earlier this week I reported on Canonical's master plan to fund the highly anticipated Ubuntu Edge smartphone. The Indiegogo campaign in which the company hopes to raise $32 million appears to be losing its momentum. After the first 24 hour special of $625 ran out, the price of the phone went up by $200 to $830, which saw much less investors than expected.




Today Canonical has edited the campaign to add slots in the $625 option as well as adding a $675 and $725 options which both have about 1250 unclaimed spots each. An additional "perk" was added in the form of a $1400 "Double Edge" package, which will land you two of the Ubuntu based smartphones. The $10,000 and $80,000 bundles are still there with the former actually having four takers.


Currently the campaign has raised just over $4.5 million and with a goal of $32 million, the Ubuntu Edge crew have a long ride ahead of them over the next 29 days.

Best Buy launches pre-orders for next generation Nexus 7 before it is even officially announced

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 4:05 pm

If what we have previously seen about the upcoming new Nexus 7, then today's news equates to a virtual dam breakage. This morning, Best Buy opened up pre-orders for the new 7-inch pure Android tablet. This major leak comes just hours before Google is expected to unveil the new Nexus at a breakfast being held in Mountain View at 9AM Pacific today.




With the full product listing being made available, we finally learned what hardware the refreshed device will feature and it is pretty hefty. The 7-inch display will feature a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, while a QUALCOMM 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro and an Adreno 320 graphics processor will handle the data crunching duties. A 5-megapixel rear-facing camera will handle all of the photon capturing duties, while 2GB of DDR3 RAM keeps things running nice and smooth.


The new Nexus 7 will be available in both 16GB and 32GB configurations, with both devices featuring Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and NFC. Falling right in line with recent rumors, the tablet will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which also lends credence to the rumor that we will see 4.3 detailed at today's event. The product listing shows that the 16GB model will run consumers $229.99 while its 32GB brother will cost just $269.99. As of this publishing, the pre-order button has been removed.