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Dell unveils Latitude 10 business tablet, runs Windows 8 and includes swappable battery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 1:51 am

Dell are unveiling more of their products as the release of Windows 8 draws closer, with a new business-orientated model. Dell have given it the name 'Latitude 10', and the company have baked in a fair amount of enterprise features, such as a user-swappable battery, a dock for improved productivity, and Dell Data Protection Encryption (DDPE) for security.




Dell's Latitude 10 sports a, you guessed it, 10.1-inch screen, bakes in Intel's Clover Trail SoC, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of flash-based storage, and a 30WHr battery. Unfortunately, Dell have opted for a 1366x768 resolution on the Latitude 10 which is disappointing, but they did include a Gorilla Glass-protected IPS panel. Latitude 10 boasts support for 10-point multitouch as well as an optional Wacom stylus.


Filling out the specs, we have an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 720p webcam for those voice calls and selfies, a full-sized USB port, microUSB port for charging, miniHDMI port, headphone/mic jack, a proprietary docking port, microSIM slot and a card reader. Dell's docking abilities give the Latitude 10 four extra USB 2.0 ports, gigabit ethernet, HDMI output as well as audio output. All of this is in a slate that measures 0.4 inches thick, and weighs in at around 1.5 pounds with the stock 30WHr battery. Dell are offering an optional 60WHr battery.

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Unity and Nintendo ink deal that will see the Unity Engine on the Wii U

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 1:10 am

Unity Technologies have struck a deal with Nintendo which will see the company's Unity Engine on their next-gen Wii U console. The companies have partnering up on a worldwide licensing agreement that will offer first- and third-party developers Pro level engine access to Unity's tools for Wii U development.




The partnership also includes the 1.2 million Unity licensees to the Wii U platform, which Unity Technologies' CEO David Helgason says is "extremely easy" to port to. Unity are calling their new found partnership with Nintendo an "excellent opportunity" to port existing Unity-based games from "thousands of studios currently developing mobile and social games".


We won't see any day-one Unity Engine-based games on the Wii U, as the Unity Engine's Wii U support won't go live until 2013.

Preliminary bill of materials for 16GB iPhone 5 is $199, $207 after manufacturing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:36 pm

Apple sure knows how to turn a profit. A preliminary virtual teardown by IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service tries to take a stab at what the individual parts cost and how that all adds up. This preliminary teardown found that the estimated cost for materials that go into the iPhone 5 16GB is $199.




Apple sells that same iPhone 5 16GB, which costs $207 after adding manufacturing costs, for $649. Of course, this bill of materials doesn't include any software costs or research and development costs. Moving up the ladder, the 32GB iPhone runs $217 and the 64GB costs Apple $238. The only difference between these models is the NAND memory.


"With the base model carrying a $199.00 BOM, the iPhone 5's components are expected to be slightly more expensive compared to the iPhone 4S model," said Andrew Rassweiler, senior principal analyst, teardown services, for IHS. "The low-end iPhone 4S with the same memory density as the base-model iPhone 5 carried a BOM of $188.00, according to a preliminary estimate issued by IHS in October 2011. While the price of some components, such as NAND flash, has fallen during the past year, the iPhone 5's overall BOM has increased mainly because its display and wireless subsystems are more expensive compared to the iPhone 4S."

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RumorTT: Apple to seek $3 billion in patent lawsuit against Samsung

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:13 pm

I'm sure everyone remembers where they were on that fateful day when Apple was awarded $1 billion for Samsung infringing on their patents. Well, in a case like that, the plaintiff can request that the judge triple the damages awarded and, according to an unnamed source cited by The Korea Times, it looks like Apple is planning to do just that.




As if the $1 billion wasn't enough, Apple could very well be planning on going for $3 billion. The Korea Times believes that this is "when the world sees the American technology giant turn into a patent monster." And it's very likely. As of late, Apple has been increasingly litigious and it shows no signs of stopping.


However, there are signs that the judgement could be overturned during an appeal by Samsung. For starters, the jury foreman has been doing too much speaking to the media proudly proclaiming, "We wanted to make sure the message we sent was not just a slap on the wrist ...We wanted to make sure it was sufficiently high to be painful, but not unreasonable."


The jury instructions specifically said this was not the point of the damages, but he has also said that they were able to come to the decision without reading the 700 pages of jury instructions. Apple will be hard-pressed to get awarded triple damages and it looks like Samsung has a good chance on appeal.

Samsung Galaxy Note II coming to all major US carriers in November

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 19, 2012 9:29 pm

It has been confirmed that the massive Samsung Galaxy Note II will be making its way to all major US carriers sometime in November. The major carriers include Sprint, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. The device features a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and a 3,100mAh battery.




Individual pricing and availability is up to the individual carrier, though Samsung notes that the device should be fully available by mid-November, just in time for the holiday shopping season. US Cellular is already taking pre-orders for the device, charging $299 after $100 instant rebate for the 16GB Titanium Gray.


The US Cellular-branded device is reported to ship in late October. If you wait until general availability, the $100 instant rebate becomes a mail-in rebate so it is worth pre-ordering the device if it interests you. The Galaxy Note managed 10 million sales and it was only available on AT&T, so the Note II better do better than that!

Samsung produces a new Galaxy S III ad that makes fun of iPhone 5

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 19, 2012 8:36 pm

Samsung is trying to take away some of the press from the new Apple iPhone 5 by releasing a new advertisement on YouTube. The new 90 second clip compares the two devices and draws attention to the features that the Galaxy S III has that the iPhone 5 doesn't. They also call attention to Apple being behind the times. Take a look for yourself:



The ad probably isn't exactly fair to both sides--it was produced by Samsung after all--but it does have some good, valid points to make. More importantly, it's trying to bring fresh attention to the device ahead of the ever important holiday shopping period. The device will be five or six months old by the time that rolls around.


Of course, this ad probably won't do very much to the demand of the iPhone 5. People were lined up as the device was announced in San Francisco last week and they'll likely do the same thing next year. It's worth taking a look at the comments on YouTube, they're always good for a hearty laugh.

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HTC unveils two Windows Phone 8 devices at NYC press conference

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 19, 2012 7:02 pm

Windows Phone 8 (and Windows 8) are nearing every day. Companies have started detailing their launch plans for devices running the new Windows Phone 8 operating system. HTC is the latest to join this group and today has announced two devices running Microsoft's latest mobile operating system: Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S.




The first, the Windows Phone 8X (seen above), is the better device between the two. It's specifications aren't exactly ridiculous like some of the Android phones of late, but it will certainly be able to compete with other Windows Phone 8 devices. The main specifications provided by HTC are:


  • Windows Phone® 8 operating system
  • Three-dimensional, uni-body style based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles
  • 4.3" touch screen with HD 720p (1280 x 720) resolution
  • Beats Audio™ with 3.5mm jack and speaker
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera with an 88-degree wide angle lens and 8MP rear camera with BSI sensor and f/2.0 lens


The other device announced today, the Windows Phone 8S (seen below), comes with lower specifications and likely a cheaper price tag. It's key features are:

  • Windows Phone® 8 operating system
  • Three-dimensional, uni-body style based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles Tiles
  • 4" WVGA touch screen (800 x 480)
  • Beats Audio™ Integration
  • 5MP camera with f/2.8 aperture, 35mm lens, autofocus, LED flash, HTC ImageChip™ and 720pHD video recording

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Zombies mode trailers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2012 6:10 pm

I'm starting to get really excited for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game. The developers of the game are trying to pique interest in the upcoming Zombies mode, as demonstrated by the trailer released yesterday (seen below). Today, they have released a new trailer that shows a bit more, but the details for the game mode have been kept pretty slim.



I'm a big fan of the Zombies game mode and it's said that it will use the online multiplayer engine and allow for up to 8 players to play co-op. The trailer released today doesn't show much more, but it definitely shows more than yesterday's:



It appears that players will be inside what I'm affectionately calling the death bus as zombies try to break in and zombify the players. I really can't wait to see what the Nuketown Zombies map looks like. What are your thoughts? Looking forward the game or a specific game mode or feature offering?

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Full list of official iOS 6 changes and additions by Apple

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 19, 2012 5:06 pm

Here is a full list of official changes and additions by Apple as presented in the update process in iTunes.




iOS 6 Software Update


This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:


• Maps

◦ Apple designed vector based maps

◦ Turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (2nd and 3rd generation)

◦ Real-time traffic information

◦ Flyover for photo-realistic, interactive 3D views of major metro areas on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation)

◦ Local search results with Yelp photos, ratings, reviews, and available deals

◦ Siri integration for requesting directions and finding places along a route

• Siri improvements

◦ Sports: scores, player stats, game schedules, team rosters, and league standings for baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey

◦ Movies: trailers, showtimes, reviews and facts

◦ Restaurants: reservations, reviews, photos and information

◦ Send a Tweet

◦ Post on Facebook

◦ App launch

◦ Eyes Free in supported automobiles

◦ Local search available in Siri supported countries (availability may be limited during initial rollout)

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Apple iOS 6 is live and ready for your downloading love!

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 19, 2012 4:59 pm

Apple has just let iOS 6 out to the world and I'm sure it's servers are getting a thrashing right about now. Keep in mind the rollout will occur at slightly different times. If it's not ready for you now, keep trying.


Below is a list of some of the new features found inside Apple's latest mobile OS which has been designed mainly for the new iPhone 5 smartphone.




iOS 6 can be installed over-the-air via a Wi-Fi connection, but you may be required to be connected to AC power. Otherwise, make sure you have iTunes 10.7 and you can update the old fashioned way.


We'll have a review of iOS 6 as soon as we get our hands on our pre-ordered iPhone 5, but until then, get downloading and tell us what you think by commenting below.

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