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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.

YouTube will celebrate all things geek on August 4 when it kicks off its first ever Geek Week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 3:05 pm

YouTube's Comedy Week has widely been considered a smashing success and the company is now looking to follow up that success with another week of themed, highlighted content. On August 4, YouTube will kick off its first annual Geek Week event in which the video sharing service will highlight more than 100 channels that feature Geeky and Nerdy content.




Participating channels include heavy hitters such as Chris Hardwick's Nerdist, the UK's Channel Flip, Machinima, and Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton's own Geek and Sundry. Additionally, Schmidt and Co will be hiding easter eggs over the event and will give users collectable virtual badges if spotted. Some big time players in the motion picture industry have taken notice as well, and an exclusive trailer for Thor: The Dark World will premier on Wednesday, August 7, right in the middle of the event.

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Flickr will go offline tomorrow for maintenance, do not panic

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 2:12 pm

Yahoo has announced that it will be taking Flickr offline tomorrow, July 25, between the hours of 4pm and 10pm Pacific. The downtime is scheduled so that the company can perform some much needed maintenance on the now quickly growing photo sharing site. Yahoo did not specify what maintenance would be performed, but we assume that it has something to do with networking hardware.




Yahoo says that the outage will affect more than just its Flickr property, and any and all sites that use the Flickr API for image sharing will see the images go offline during this time. This means any Flickr image that has been hotlinked on any website will not work for six hours or so. Once the service is back online, everything should return to normal. The service will be unavailable across all platforms including Mobile, Web, Smart TV, and any other device that can access Flickr.

Apple says that iOS in the Car is 'very important' to them, is 'part of the ecosystem'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 10:23 am

During Apple's third-quarter earnings call, CEO Tim Cook was asked about iOS in the Car, which was an important part of Apple's presentation at WWDC. The Apple CEO said that iOS in the car was an important "part of the ecosystem", just like the App Store, iTunes, messaging and Siri.




Cook continued: "Having something in the automobile is very important. It's something people want." Cook went on to say that Apple could "do it in a unique way better than anyone else" and that it was a "key focus" for the company. iOS in the Car is expected to really take off next year, where it will be featured in a number of new cars from manufacturers such as Honda, Acura, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Infiniti, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Kia, Volvo, Opel and Jaguar.

LG sells a record 12.1 million smartphones in Q2 2013, earnings are slightly lower

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 9:23 am

Just how are South Korean electronics giant LG faring this year? Well, their Q2 2013 earnings report is out, pointing to profits dropping $139 million compared year-over-year for the same quarter.




LG did ship a record 12.1 million smartphones in the quarter, with an operating profit for their mobile division not doing as well as last quarter. But, it did grow year-over-year to 54.37 million with LG hoping that smartphones like the Optimus L II, Optimus F and the upcoming flagship G2 to continue their record sales.


TV revenue dropped year-over-year, with the South Korean company blaming lower demand and increased competition in the TV space. But we have noticed that Ultra HD and OLED TVs are coming, which should either have an overall positive, or negative effect on LG going into the second half of 2013.

Samsung moves onto 3GB low-power DDR3 RAM for smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 8:25 am

Just when you thought having 2GB of RAM in your smartphone was great, Samsung have gone and moved the goal posts, yet again. The South Korean company have just announced they are mass-producing 3GB LPDDR3 packages.




These new 3GB LPDDR3 packages are just 0.8mm (0.03-inch) thick, and can be slid into virtually any smart device. The first smartphones rocking this new 3GB LPDDR3 RAM should arrive later in the year, something I didn't expect until 2014. Samsung will unveil which smartphones will rock the new, thin, super-fast RAM in the near future.


I'm guessing we should expect it to be built into the Note III and maybe an upcoming Galaxy S5?