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RumorTT: Apple's new iPad mini goes into mass production just two weeks before launch

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 3:28 pm

Apple rumor fans, here's another one for you. Sources have told the Wall Street Journal that the new rumored iPad mini has gone into mass production, just two weeks ahead of when Apple is expected to hold the launch event in San Francisco. They missed the original mark of announcing the device at the iPhone 5 event, but this actually makes sense.




You see, that event was already jam-packed, so it didn't make sense to try and squeeze in another product launch. Some of the details would get lost as the press would already be overloaded with things to report on. People would stop paying attention after a while, so spreading the launch out makes entirely too much sense.


The new rumor places the launch event on October 17, with press invitations going out of October 10. The device is said to feature a 7.85-inch screen made by LG and AU Optronics. Unfortunately, the new device won't feature the high-resolution Retina display that the iPad and iPhone both feature.

New Nokia ad attacks Apple in Samsung-style, faults the iPhone 5 for being boring

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 2:26 pm

Nokia is trying to drum up some interest in its latest smartphone, so what better way to do that then some advertising? Well, that's just what Nokia has done with this new online video that bashes Apple fans in a Samsung-style ad. The video bashes the device for only have two color options, while promoting the Lumia 920 for it's plethora of colors.



It's a pretty comical ad, though I'm not sure how effective it is. It's not quite as direct as Samsung's ads have been in regards to directly calling out Apple, though it's pretty clear who they are making fun of. Take a look at the ad for yourself and give us your thoughts in the comments.

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NHK shows off 3D binoculars, uses 8K resolution to zoom 16x and still receive 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 12:28 pm

NHK are slowly making me consider a move to Japan, just so I can experience these things hands-on. But at CEATEC, they had some 3D goggles on display, sporting an 8K resolution. These goggles were able to zoom into a picture without degrading quality significantly.




8K resolution has been called Super Hi-Vision by NHK, which offers 16 times the resolution of a 1920x1080 Full HD image. NHK's 3D goggles showed off some 3D diorama images of locales in Japan, and were captured by Super Hi-Vision cameras in either 4K or 8K. A user can pan the goggles around, while manipulating a lever, where they're able to zoom in and out of the image. The super high-resolution 8K image provides the ability to zoom in at up to 16x, and full receive a Full HD image - beyond impressive.


It'll obviously be years and years before we see 8K even reach mainstream, but it's great to know the technology is being worked on now, in the very early days. It will also make getting to 4K seem not so impressive.

Max Payne 3 'Hostage Negotiation' DLC held hostage, gets delayed until "later this fall"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 11:28 am

Max Payne 3's next foray into the DLC world, Hostage Negotiation, has been well, held hostage from gamers. The DLC was meant to drop last month, but Rockstar delayed Hostage Negotiation until "later this fall". The new DLC will cost $10 on PSN and PC, and set you back 800 MS Points on the Xbox 360.




Hostage Negotiation brings four new multiplayer maps: the nightclubs Club Moderno and Estádio Do Galatians, and the favelas of O Palácio Strip Club and Favela Heights. The DLC pack also sports two new rifles, Explosive Burst booby traps, the Bomb Suit, Intimidation Mask and Filhos De Ogum avatar faction. Rockstar feel bad, writing:


Our apologies to Max Payne fans who've been waiting for this one and the other upcoming packs - we're working hard to bring you this and all the other DLC and should have a release date to announce for this next pack very soon.

Tokyo University of Science shows off their Iron Man-like robotic suit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:34 am

Koba Lab out of the Tokyo University of Science have shown off a 9kg robotic suit that is powered by a pair of pneumatic artificial musics on the back, which are made by industrial equipment maker Kanda Tsushin.




The suit is pretty much powered by air, and when pressurized with air using electrical components from KOA Corporation, the lightweight, loosely-woven PET tubes contract, where they then provide support to the user's back, shoulders and elbows. The legs are left out for now, as the second person to don the suit noted his legs felt the weight.


You can really see the pressure being lifted off their bodies when they enable the pressurized air flow. The demonstration used 50kg of rice, in five 10kg bags. All I need now is a pair of Google Glasses, a Wi-Fi connection, and a love of red heads and I'm close to being Iron Man. The scotch part I have down, and I can grow a goatee if I really wanted to - Robert Downey Jr, watch out. Check the source for the video.

Apple's new Lightning connector for the new iPhone 5 will be hard to imitate, thanks to its security chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 9:25 am

Apple's new iPhone 5 sports a new charging cable, which the company have dubbed "Lightning". Apple's new Lightning cable is an 8-pin charging cable, which has some built-in measures that won't make it easy for cheap imitation cables - something Apple are sure to make millions from.




Apple's former 30-pin cable was a pretty simple design, where it was based on millions upon millions of cables, accessories, docks, and so forth - cheap imitations were created from its simple design, but it looks like the same game won't be played this time around. Apple are currently charging $30 for a new Lightning cable, which is ridiculous considering the cable would cost next to nothing to manufacture.


CNN have an unnamed source "with knowledge of Apple's manufacturing" who has said that the new Lightning cable comes with new measures which will make imitation that much harder - as they contain a new authentication chip. It won't be impossible for Chinese manufacturers to imitate this new $30 cable, with the source stating:


Chinese manufacturers are currently working to clone this new connector, but they cannot do it with the same ease and low cost as before, I don't think.

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Google offer 24/7 phone support for Chrome to Google Apps users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 8:32 am

Google have just announced they're looking after Google Apps for Business, Education and Government customers, where those customers can feel safe with the option to call, or e-mail Google with questions about Chrome.




Google haven't been the most friendliest company when it comes to offering support, but wer'e seeing the Mountain View-based company slowly change their ways. Starting today, Google Apps customers can call, or e-mail Google for Support with "Chrome installation, functionality, security, browser policy settings and Google Apps interoperability for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux."


24/7 phone support is a big deal, especially for business customers - these customers don't have the time to fault find themselves, where they can now just pick up a phone and call Google for some answers. Google has promised to respond to "P1 priority support requests" within an hour - this is defined as a "Service Unusable in Production" case. Other requests will be answered within a business day, or less.

Galaxy Note II's 'Smart rotation', is smart, with rotation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 7:31 am

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is looking like a mighty fine device, for those who want a large 5.5-inch smartphone, but it does have a trick up its sleeve when it comes to rotating your screen. Normally when you're reading something on your smartphone and turn the device, and have "Auto rotation" enabled, it will rotate it when the phone detects physical rotation.




Samsung have gone down a different route with the Note II, adding "Smart rotation". Smart rotation has debuted with the Note II, and is a little different to the Galaxy S III's Smart stay. Smart roation will use the front-facing camera to detect what orientation your face is at, and then match the rotation of the screen with it. So if you rotate your phone into landscape to watch a video clip, but keep your face at the same angle, it won't adjust.


But, if you were laying down and looking at your phone sideways, it would detect this and adjust accordingly. Very cool, and something worth bragging about on the Note II. These little things are what make the phones stand out, and while this is not a killer app by any means, it is building Samsung toward something greater - something magical.

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Microsoft Australia drops retail pricing on Xbox 360

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 6:35 am

If you're based in Australia and haven't bought an Xbox 360 yet, or wouldn't mind grabbing a second, or third, or fourth (hey, I've seen people with four or more Xbox's) then this news is for you. Microsoft Australia have just announced that they're lowering the recommended retail price (RRP) of the Xbox 360 and its Kinect bundles.




This price drop is between AUD$50 and AUD$150, where starting October 4, the new pricing will be:

  • Kinect Sensor, $149 (save $50)
  • 4GB Xbox 360, $199 (save $50)
  • 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect, $299 (save $100)
  • 250GB Xbox 360, $299 (Save $150)
  • Limited edition consoles (existing consoles only), $399 (save $50)


Microsoft have stated that this is the biggest price drop on record for Australia. Microsoft also took the time to unveil the RRP of Halo 4, which will cost $89.95 for the Standard Edition, and $129.95 for the Limited Edition. Both copies drop on November 6th.

Android and iOS continue to dominate US smartphone market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 3, 2012 5:29 am

We know that Android and iOS dominate the market right now, but just how much of the US smartphone market have they consumed in the last three months? Well, since May, Android has gone from 50.1% marketshare, to 52.6%, enjoying over half of the US smartphone market.




iOS has also done well, going from 31.9% in May to 34.3% in August. Apple's numbers are interesting, as this was all pre-iPhone 5, meaning that we should see somewhat of a jump for the iOS numbers in another couple of months.


Microsoft, Research in Motion (RIM) and Symbian are all bleeding out right now, losing customers everywhere. Microsoft dropped from 4.0% to 3.6% of the US smartphone share, RIM went from 11.4% to 8.3%, representing a huge drop in users, and Symbian, the little engine that could, dropped from 1.1% to just 0.7%.

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