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Huawei's Ascend W2 makes an official appearance at Mobile Asia Expo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 2:05 pm

Huawei has started showing off its second-ever Windows Phone at the Mobile Asia Expo. Known as the Ascend W2, the device was first spotted back in May when the official product shots were leaked, but we were left wondering when it would become official.

 

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According to the posted information in the booth, the Ascend W2 sports a 4.3-inch 800 x 400 IPS display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core QUALCOMM MSM8230 processor and 512MB of RAM. Inside is 8GB of onboard storage that is expandable via a microSD slot. A 1700mAh battery alongside a full-size SIM slot round out the hardware specs.

 

The phone appears to feature a yellow or orange rear shell as well as three backlit soft keys that will match your Windows Phone 8 color scheme. The display is said to be glove friendly which will be nice for those very cold winter days. Pricing and availability have yet to be disclosed but we will be sure to keep you informed when the phone officially launches.

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Intel and the National Taiwan University are working on 'talking' tail lights for vehicles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 12:25 pm

There's a collaboration project between chipmaker Intel and the National Taiwan University, which could lead to smarter headlights for vehicles that could guide you out of a rainstorm, or communicate between vehicles.

 

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The technology would be capable of knowing what other vehicles around you are up to, whether they're speeding or about to take a turn, or brake, by receiving data from their tail lights. When certain data is received - such as a vehicle ahead of you braking heavily - your car will automatically slow down or accelerate automatically, without you doing a thing.

 

There's always the option to manually override this, for those who like to stay in control. Engadget went hands-on with a concept event at a Research @ Intel event in San Francisco where a couple of scooters were used for an example. Read more at the source if you're interested in checking out the video, too.

Check out the Xbox One and PS4 controllers side-by-side

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 11:25 am

The next-gen console war is upon us, but which side (or console) are you going to take? An important factor of this is the controller itself, something we have a side-by-side comparison of, below.

 

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As you can see, the PS4 controller actually looks quite big sitting next to the Xbox One controller. From what I've read, the Xbox One controller 'feels' better, but everyone has different sized hands and expectations. I'm hoping to get some hands-on time with both controllers at PAX AU, which happens next month in Melbourne, Australia.

During GDC Europe, Far Cry 3's Creative Director will unveil 'Child of Light'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 10:30 am

During GDC 2013 in August, Far Cry 3's Creative Director Patrick Plourde will unveil his current work-in-progress, Child of Light. During his talk, he will discuss "the unique challenges and opportunities of producing a small title within the walls of Ubisoft Montreal."

 

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Plourde has worked on previous games, such as Rainbow Six and the Assassin's Creed franchise, where he has compared those bigger games to Child of Light by saying his latest title has an "intimate scope" and is designed with an indie mentality and produced with Ubisoft's support. More details of Child of Light should arrive in the future, such as platforms and a release date.

The Xbox One will not include the 'must-have' wired headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 9:28 am

When Microsoft launches their next-generation Xbox One console later this year, it won't be including the 'must-have' wired headset in the box. Microsoft have gone as far as describing this headset as "a must have for fans of online gaming."

 

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Considering the Xbox One is built around online gaming, going as far as previously having to 'check-in' every 24 hours to stay valid, not including a 'must have for fans of online gaming' accessory is weird. Also consider this, most versions of the current-generation Xbox 360 include a wired headset, yet the next-generation $499 console will not.

 

A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement: "Xbox One does not include a pack-in headset accessory. Each Xbox One includes the new Kinect sensor, with a highly sensitive multi-array microphones designed to enable voice inputs and chat as a system-level capability, both in-game and with Skype and other experiences."

 

The $100 cheaper PlayStation 4 will include a headset in the box, if that helps your decision making process.

Sony unleashes the Xperia Z Ultra, features 6.4-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 9:14 am

As a huge fan of Sony's Xperia Z, I'm loving the look of their new Xperia Z Ultra, Sony's new 'phablet'. Samsung may be pushing the boundaries with a 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II, but Sony have gone for the home stretch with a 6.4-inch smartphone.

 

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The 6.4-inch display is greeted with a beautiful 1920x1080-pixel display, which provides us with 344 PPI. Sony have jam-packed the device with multiple input methods, where you can use a regular pencil or a pen as a stylus, as well as it being a capacitive stylus. Not only is the display gorgeous, but it is running the latest and greatest System on a Chip (SoC) from Qualcomm: the Snapdragon 800.

 

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This means we have a quad-core processor clocking in at 2.2GHz, making it the Xperia Z Ultra the first official device with the Snapdragon 800 SoC as its heart. We have Android 4.2.2 as the OS, with a revamped Sony software that will make better use of the 6.4-inch 1080p display. The Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof, like its sibling, and has 4G LTE connectivity, HD Voice as well as NFC.

 

You can read more on Sony's 6.4-inch 'phablet' right here.

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Chinese man sells his kidney for $6,510, had 'video game debts' to settle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 8:23 am

A criminal gang was arrested by Shijiazhuang police in Hebei province, China, earlier this month, with the gang being arrested due to them dealing in black market organs.

 

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One of the organs they had dealt with belonged to an 18-year-old Chinese man surnamed Zhang from Gangsu province. He ran into money troubles because of video games, and as you do, you sell a body part. He reached out to an organ dealer to sell his kidney, where he was matched up with one online. The dealer asked Zhang to go to Shijiazhuang and sign a pre-sale agreement.

 

This agreement includes that the sale of his kidney is of his own volition, and that all consequences and issues are his responsibility. Zhang signed it without hesitation and went in for surgery. His kidney was sold for just $6,510 - but considering the going rate of a kidney in China is $47,000 - he must have been quite desperate.

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Seiki is back, this time with a 39-inch 4K screen for just $699

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 7:26 am

Just a couple of months ago Seiki reached headlines across the Internet by offering a 50-inch 4K TV for just $1299, but now they're back with an even better deal.

 

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How does a 39-inch 4K TV for $699 sound? Oh, you've already taken to Google to find out where to get it and haven't read anymore? This TV is really just a 1080p, 120Hz-capable TV that just so happens to handle 4K content, too. The company are also promising a 65-inch 4K TV in the fall, for those who want something bigger, and better.

Edward Snowden has covered himself well, has encrypted copies of NSA documents that would be sent to people if something were to happen to him

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 6:51 am

Edward Snowden is all over the news right now, but he has backed himself up well according to some reports. The NSA whistleblower (and pain in the US government's neck) has an encrypted copies of at least "thousands" of NSA documents that he has sent to "several people".

 

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The Guardian report who first published Snowden's leaks, Glenn Greenwald, during an interview with the Daily Beast, said that Snowden "has taken extreme precautions to make sure many different people around the world have these archives to insure the stories will inevitably be published. If anything happens at all to Edward Snowden, he told me he has arranged for them to get access to the full archives."

 

Greenwald has said that he personally has thousands of documents that Snowden leaked from the NSA, where he adds: "I don't know for sure whether [Snowden] has more documents than the ones he has given me. I believe he does. He was clear he did not want to give to journalists things he did not think should be published."

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The HTC-built Facebook Phone has been sold out at AT&T, no new orders will be happening

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 6:28 am

AT&T have announced that the HTC-built 'Facebook Phone' has been sold out, with the telco not buying another batch of phones. AT&T have denied urmors that they were discontinuing the phone, even after they pushed the price down to $1 on a two-year contract only two months after its release.

 

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When the $1 sale was happening, AT&T Mobility CEO, Ralph de la Vega said: "We sold a bunch more when we lowered the price, we sold everything we had on that." He believes that the sale of the phone will help AT&T's corporate relationship with Facebook in the long run: "We have a great relationship with Apple just like we have a great relationship with Facebook," the executive said. "We look forward to working with them to make Home better."

 

It looks like Facebook Home put a dent in any Facebook phone that could be released, so did Facebook shoot themselves in the foot releasing Home, or did they attempt to build their own smartphone and work out that it's better to just have an app or service that hundreds of millions can use. I know which one I'd be doing...

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