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Ashton Kutcher is the newest product engineer at Lenovo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 7:10 pm

Over the years, Lenovo has given celebrity advisors honorary positions in the company and it appears that Ashton Kutcher is the company's latest honoree. A press release from the company this morning states that Kutcher will work with engineering teams around the world to develop and market the all new Yoga line of tablets.




"This partnership with Lenovo brings together my love of technology and design that makes your life better. I can't wait to dig in and help Lenovo develop future mobile computing products, starting with the Yoga Tablet," said Ashton Kutcher. "Lenovo is all about innovation and strong leadership. Entrepreneurship is part of their DNA, and I couldn't ask for a better fit."


"Ashton Kutcher's authentic, creative appetite for technology and keen consumer insight combined with our innovation engine make this a very natural and powerful partnership," said David Roman, chief marketing officer, Lenovo. "This partnership goes beyond traditional bounds by deeply integrating him into our organization as a product engineer as we look at developing the next wave of products. As we continue to push into new PC Plus product areas and lead in multimode computing, Ashton will help us break new ground by challenging assumptions, bringing new perspective and contributing his technical expertise to Yoga Tablet and other devices."

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LeakedTT: Nexus 5 gets unboxed and benchmarked in new leaks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 6:08 pm

It appears that the leaks around Google's upcoming Nexus 5 are never ending and beginning to form more of a stream than the slow drip we have seen all week. Today not one, but two independant leaks have surfaced that depict the Nexus 5 being unboxed as well as showing the world what a speed demon the device really is.




Google's Nexus 5 has been rumored to be the fastest Android phone ever made, and our first leak this morning seemingly confirms those rumors. Benchmark screenshot have been leaked from the Basemark X benchmarking program and the results show that the Nexus 5 beats out the Samsung Galaxy S4 by more than six whole points and falls under the iPhone S5 by just about a single point. It edges out the HTC one by more than seven points and the Sharp Aquos SHL23 by about one point.


Our second leak is a little less exciting, but still newsworthy nonetheless. A photo has popped up in a Photobucket album that is showing off the Nexus 5 unboxed from its packaging and apparently being powered on. Its unclear where this image was taken, but the phone and packaging does look like it is resting on an office chair and you can see some sort of network cables in the background. My guess is that this is either from a PR firm, developer, or Reviewer who let their phone upload to their Photobucket account by mistake.

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Cambridge Audio unveils a matchbox sized headphone amplifier

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 4:59 pm

Cambridge Audio has just unveiled a new Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) that is said to change one's entire computer audio experience. The all new DacMagic XS is a ultra-compact Digital to Analog Converter that takes the digital audio signal from your PC and converts it into a much more rich and full analog signal for a true Hi-Fi experience.



The DacMagic XS is smaller is size than your average matchbox but still manages to pack in the high-end components and technology needed to produce a product that audiophiles will appreciate. The DacMagic also features a built in headphone amplifier, that delivers ten times more power than most of the laptops soundcards are capable of. This ensures that the audio is always crisp and clear, even in the noisiest environments. Cambridge Audio says that the DacMagic XS is available now at an MSRP of $189.

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Oculus Rift is heading to Android-based mobile devices says CEO

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 3:43 pm

The Oculus Rift is in my opinion, one of the biggest game changing pieces of technology to hit the PC gaming world since the introduction of the discrete GPU. Until now though, the Rift has officially been slated for the PC, but this morning a new report has surfaced that suggest we will be seeing a mobile friendly version quite soon.




Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe spoke earlier this week at the GamesBeat conference held by VentureBeat, and during his speech, Iribe said that his company has plans to launch a production version of the Oculus Rift that is both PC and Mobile compatible. He went on to say that the this version would be lighter and smaller in size than the existing developer units, and that it would be compatible with any device running the Android OS.


Iribe says that Id Software founder and Oculus CTO John Carmack has been working on the mobile side of things and that development is coming along quite nicely. "We have some exciting plans on the mobile VR side as [well as] the PC VR side,' Iribe said. 'We're really looking at hitting the consumer market. We're very excited about what we're seeing," Iribe said. "We were sceptical about how good mobile VR could be on such a small platform, but it's pretty incredible what Carmack has been able to do."

UK researchers working on 'Li-Fi' see 250x the speed of broadband

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 11:52 am

While I potter around on my 8mbps connection, a team of researchers from the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Strathclyde working on the Ultra-Parallel Visible Light Communications Project are claiming to have reached some epic speeds on Li-Fi: 10.5Gbit/s.




Yeah - that's fast. How does Li-Fi work? Well, it works by utilizing specialized LED bulbs to transmit data through parallel streams of light that are completely undetectable to the human eye. Harald Haas, a German physicist, and one of the project leaders at the University of Edinburgh said: "If you think of a shower head separating water out into parallel streams, that's how we can make light behave."


In order to reach the dizzying heights of 10.5Gbit/s, the researchers used a micro-LED bulb which was developed over at the University of Strathclyde, which transmitted 3.5Gbit/s through three primary colors - red, green and blue.

Apple acknowledges battery life issues with some iPhone 5S models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 10:36 am

Apple is finally acknowledging those battery life issues in some iPhone 5S models, releasing a statement to The New York Times. Apple spokeswoman Teresa Brewer said:




We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life. We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone.


We don't know how many iPhone 5S units have been affected, but it would have to be a decent number if Apple is going to officially address the issue. If you have an issue with your iPhone 5S, at least now you know you're covered. If not, then enjoy your iPhone 5S!

RumorTT: Moto G to be the successor to Moto X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 9:33 am

Where Apple can only really brag about one, or this time, two smartphones launched at once, Google has a never-ending stream of high-end Android handsets to parade around. The latest, is the successor to its Motorola Moto X smartphone.




The new smartphone will reportedly be named the Moto G, and will be the next decently-priced smartphone from the Mountain View-based search giant. The news is coming from Droid-Life and Engadget, who both report seeing a new version of of Motorola's website today with the name "Moto G" placed in a very important spot - the first tab on its homepage.


The tab then links to "" which is a website that currently doesn't work. But, it has started the rumor mill on the name "Moto G" which will be interesting to see, yeah, I'm a lyrical genius.

Borderlands 2 movies towards record sales with over 7.5 million sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 8:22 am

We just reported that Grand Theft Auto has sold over 29,000,000 copies (yes, 29 million!) but Take-Two's other juggernaut, the Gearbox Software-designed Borderlands 2, is headed toward its own record-breaker, with over 7.5 million copies sold.




Take-Two President, Karl Slatoff, said: "Borderlands 2 has sold-in over 7.5 million units and counting, and is on track to becoming the highest-selling title in 2K's history." We can pretty much count on Borderlands 3 being developed, and I'm sure they're already knees-deep in development of the title as we speak.

Dell is now a private company, its $25 billion buyout is complete

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 7:24 am

The day has come for Dell, which is now a private company. Starting today, Dell has just two shareholders: Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners. Michael Dell has been attempting to shift his company from being on the share market to a private company for nearly the whole of 2013, with his day of reckoning now here.




After 25 years of being a publicly traded company, it'll be nice to see where Dell goes from here. From here on out, it won't have to worry about impressing shareholders, it can hopefully do some impressive, bold moves to stand out in the industry once again. Michael Dell has already said we can expect a bunch of new tablets from the company.


One of these is the Intel Bay Trail-powered, Windows 8.1-featured Dell Venue 8 Pro, which is priced quite competitively at $299 and is available now for pre-order.

RumorTT: Barnes & Noble to announce refreshed Nook soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 6:32 am

The tablet space is hot right now with Apple's refreshed Retina-based iPad mini, the refreshed fuller-sized iPad, and a new Nexus 10 on the horizon, so Barnes & Noble doesn't want to be left out of the party.




The company is poised to unleash a refreshed line of its Nook-branded tablets in the coming days according to Forbes' reliable sources who claim the company will introduce a new Nook with GlowLight technology on October 31. Barnes & Noble reportedly cleared a new device with the FCC a few weeks ago, which gives this rumor a dash of reality. We'll have news on the refreshed Nook as it hits.

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