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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.

Nokia's Lumia 1320 is a mid-range phablet with a 6-inch screen

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 12:13 am

Nokia announced today the launch of its second 6-inch phablet, the Lumia 1320. The new device is a mid-range version of the Lumia 1520 with lower specifications and lesser hardware. Featuring a 6-inch, 720p display, and a dual-core processor, the 1320 is not the powerhouse that we thought "Project Batman" might be.

 

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Image capture is handled by a 5-megapixel camera with a front facing shooter of unknown quality. The Lumia 1320 is available in red, yellow, white and black and will launch in Asia and Europe during the first quarter of 2014 at a US equivalent of $399 off contract. Honestly there is not much to get excited about other than the fact that this phablet runs the latest version of Windows Phone, and will receive all the software features of its larger brother the Lumia 1520.

Nokia unveils the Lumia 1520, a 6-inch phablet with a 20MP camera

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2013 11:14 pm

For more than two months now, we have been hearing rumors and watching leaks appear on a 6-inch phablet from Nokia, and today the company finally put an end to it all by releasing the Nokia Lumia 1520. The device features a 6-inch, 1080p screen that is made out of Gorilla Glass 2 for added impact and scratch resistance.

 

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The Lumia 1520 is every bit of what a high-end phablet should be as well and features hardware that is powerful enough to do anything shy of hardcore 3D gaming. Inside the Lumia 1520 is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked in at 2.2GHz with 2GB of RAM backing it up. A 20-megapixel PureView camera is present on the back and features a BSI f/2.4 Zeiss lens with optical image stabilization.

 

The new Phablet runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8 and features the recently released GDR3 update installed from the factory. The phones outer shell is constructed of recycled polycarbonate and is available in a vivid yello, red, black and white. Nokia has managed to up the microphone count to four and now offers stereo audio recording for a truly immersive video experience. The phablet houses 32GB of internal storage and can be upgraded to 64 via the included microSD slot.

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Nokia launches new Lumia 2520, a 10-inch Windows RT Tablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2013 10:14 pm

For over a year now, we have heard rumors and seen little tidbits of information leaked about a Nokia-branded 10-inch tablet that would run a form of Windows. At this mornings Nokia World conference, the company formally unveiled the all new Lumia 2520, a 10-inch tablet that runs Windows RT.

 

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The new Lumia 2520 is quite the Windows slate too, featuring a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.2GHz and 2GB of RAM to keep everything nice and fast. LTE connectivity is present and the 10-inch screen is built out of Gorilla Glass 2 to provide ample scratch and impact resistance. The screen features a brightness of 650nit and is capable of illuminating the screen enough to read through Flipboard in the brightest of sunlight.

 

The Lumia 2520 host a 6.5-megapixel rear camera that features a Zeiss lens, while front imaging is handled by a 2-megapixel unit. Unfortunately, Nokia seriously dropped the ball when it comes to battery capacity, and only managed to pack in a 800mAh battery. This was done on purpose in my opinion to sell the Nokia Power Keyboard accessory which is said to "Greatly improve battery life" on the 2520. Ideal pricing must have also not been much of a concern for the Tablet as Nokia somehow managed to come to the conclusion that $499 was the sweet spot that consumers would like. Plan to tack on an additional $149 for the power keyboard if you like battery life.

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