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AT&T to begin offering iPad Air beginning Friday, November 1st

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 10:17 pm

Today AT&T announced that it will begin offering Apple's newly released iPad Air on Friday, November 1st. The AT&T version will feature Wi-Fi and 4G LTE and the company says that qualified customers can purchase the iPad Air with no money down on a two-year contract.

 

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"Each year, more of our customers want an iPad to connect to our mobile internet," said Ralph de la Vega, president & CEO, AT&T Mobility. "We offer the nation's fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network, and are giving our customers the most flexible plans to connect to that network." AT&T says that it will be offering data plans for the new iPad Air based on its Mobile Share packages which allows customers to add a tablet to their existing mobile plan at $10 per month per tablet. Pay-per-use plans are also available which include $5 for a 250MB day pass, up to a $50 5GB monthly pass.

Motorola trademarks the "Moto G" name, could be Google's smartwatch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 9:22 pm

Over the last few months we have been hearing rumors of a new smartwatch being developed by Google that would set the standard for what an Android-based smartwatch should be. While many have been calling the device the Google Gem, it appears that the company will release the device under its Motorola Mobility subsidiary.

 

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Today a new trademark filing from Motorola has popped up that includes the name "Moto G," which many analyst are suspecting is the production name for Google's smartwatch. While I too feel that this new name has a high possibility of being tied to the Google smartwatch, it could just as well be a variation of Motorola's Moto X smartphone, or be an entirely new smartphone model all together. Only time will tell, and if past filings are any indication, we should find out what the Moto G really is very soon!

PCMark 8 arrives on Steam at a discount for a limited time

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 8:25 pm

Futuremark has just announced that its PCMark 8 benchmarking suite is now available for purchase and download on Steam beginning today. PCMark 8 by Futuremark combines high-performance benchmark testing with other useful tests like battery life testing and dedicated benchmarks for SSDs and HDDs.

 

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The suite also test out your system using real-world test based on applications from Adobe and Microsoft, and not just 3D gaming performance. These Home, Creative, and Work test are said to reflect the most common PC usage patterns and will help everyday users get the most out of their laptop, desktop, or workstation. At the moment PCMark 8 is on sale on Steam for just $37.49 which is 25-percent off of its normal price of $49.95. Futuremark says that keys bought through steam are interchangeable with the non-Steam version of the software as well.

BBM sees 10 million downloads on Android and iOS in first 24 hours

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 7:29 pm

BlackBerry silently rolled out its BlackBerry Messenger service to Android and iOS earlier this week and today the company announced that within the first 24 hours, the app saw over 10 million downloads. The free app has been slated to arrive on both platforms for more than a year now, and has been delayed due to bugs and financial troubles.

 

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The 10 million downloads were spread out over more than 75 countries including the US, UK and Canada, and BlackBerry is calling the launch a success and "one of the best single-day app launches to date." While we are not so sure about that claim, the fact that the app has received a 4.2 rating on Google Play means that BlackBerry may still have a product that people want to buy. Maybe the future of BlackBerry truly is in software and not hardware.

CyberPower introduces the Hadron Air, a small form factor gaming PC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 6:27 pm

Today CyberPower Inc. launched a new small form factor gaming PC to its already impressive lineup. The new Hadron Air Gaming PC is based on a mini-ITX setup that is housed in EVGA's new Hadron Air chassis. Measuring in at just 6.5-inches by 12-inches by 12-inches, this little PC packs a much larger punch than you would expect.

 

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Available in two base configurations, the Hadron Air Gaming PC features the latest Intel and AMD processors, as well as full size NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan, or AMD R9 290x GPUs. The Chassis is sleek and modern, yet remains minimalist in design, making sure that style meshes perfectly with function.

 

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"The Hadron gaming desktop supports all Mini-ITX form factor motherboards with Intel's Z87 Chipset as the preferred choice for the Hadron 100i, 200i and 300i. Customers can select from nine Intel processors from the Intel Core i3-4130 3.40 GHz processor to a powerful "Haswell" Intel Core i7-4770K 3.50 GHz processor with 8MB Intel Smart Cache and Hyper Threading technology. CYBERPOWERPC also has the Hadron 100a featuring AMD A-series "APUs" and its FM2 socket A75 chipset.

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SteelSeries unleashes the Rival, an optical gaming mouse

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 5:23 pm

SteelSeries is known for its high-performance PC gaming peripherals and today the company added another weapon to its arsenal of frag assisting devices. The all new SteelSeries Rival optical gaming mouse is said to offer "unparalleled" technology based on a new optical sensor that provides unmatched deadly precision.

 

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SteelSeries says that the new Rival optical gaming mouse features the company's proprietary switches that provide ample speed, consistency and durability throughout a lifespan of 30 million clicks. The mouse also features a unique ergonomic design that reduces fatigue during extended gaming sessions, while an anti-sweat rubber coating delivers the perfect gripping surface.

 

"We've named our newest optical gaming mouse the Rival, because we believe that it meets and surpasses every other optical mouse in its price bracket on the market," said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. "The new ergonomic shape and state of the art hardware deliver unmatched levels of precision, comfort and durability. Combining this level of hardware with new SteelSeries Engine 3 software, users will find an entirely new customization experience that redefines how a mouse can be configured."

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Evernote updates app to allow customized home screen and more

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 4:06 pm

Yesterday Evernote pushed out an updated version of its productivity app that allows premium users to reorder their homescreen buttons, and delete those that never get used. The apps update also brings forth the ability to view notes within a map view by simply tapping on the name of the location.

 

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Additional functionality was also added that includes a new feature that lets users create as well as save searches from within the search results. Evernote is free on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, and users can upgrade to a premium subscription for just $45 per year or $5 per month. Head over to the source links below to download your copy today!

AMD's new Radeon R9 290X shows up for sale on Chinese website

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 3:07 pm

An overnight tip clued us in on a Chinese website that has listed AMD's new Radeon R9 290X GPU for sale at several online shops. Website Taobao.com has listed several XFX-branded R9 290X models for sale ahead of the official release that takes place tomorrow.

 

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Pricing on the cards starts out at $703 and goes as high as $773. Interestingly enough, one of the models shown is the Battlefield 4 combo package that looks to retail for $723. The AMD Radeon R9 290X has a 512-bit memory bus to 4GB of GDDR5 RAM which is significantly faster than the other R9 series cards, making it what many are calling the Titan Killer. While that is yet to be seen, the truth shall be unveiled tomorrow.

Nokia unveils new Camera App, brings RAW imaging to Lumia 1520 & 1020

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 2:12 am

During todays Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, the company unveiled a new Camera app for its Lumia smartphones. The new app basically unifies the existing Pro and Smart camera apps found on existing models and introduces three new modes. Smart Mode is designed to shoot a sequence of images, and then will allow the user to select the best shot and easily remove unwanted objects by using segments of the other photos.

 

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The Reframe and Zoom modes also make a reappearance, allowing customers to once again easily control the zoom and framing of shots taken after the fact. Nokia also announced that it will be bringing RAW image support to its flagship Lumia 1520 and 1020 devices. This will allow photogs to capture 41-megapixel and 21-megapixel images in their natural uncompressed form. Users beware though as RAW files are significantly larger than their jpg counterparts, so storage space will fill up much faster than usual.

Three new models make their way into Nokia's Asha line

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 1:12 am

Today Nokia unveiled what is most likely the last Asha phones to bear its name. A total of three devices were launched including the new Asha 500, Asha 502, and Asha 503 all of which feature bright colors housed under a glassy polycarbonate case. The new Asha phones are a cross between a feature phone and a smartphone with apps for social networking and email.

 

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The all new Asha 500 features a 2.8-inch screen and a 2-megapixel camera, with the 502 and 503 models boasting a larger 3-inch screen and 5-megapixel shooter. The flagship is of course the 503 model which features 3G connectivity, and a Gorilla Glass screen, while the other two only pack WLAN and quad-band edge connectivity. All three models feature dual SIM capabilities and boat a charge time of 1 month. The phones will retail for $69, $89, and $99 respectively in Africa, Asia, APAC, Europe and the Middle East.

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