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Samsung Galaxy S4 official accessories detailed

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 5:43 pm

The Galaxy S4 is the most full featured smartphone that Samsung has ever built, and as such, the phone has some dedicated "Smart Accessories" to match. Today, the Korean company has listed all of the official accessories on its Galaxy S4 micro site.




First up we have the S Band which is a fitness band that records your steps, calories burned and distance walked. It is followed by the Body Scale, which is a traditional but smart weight scale. It reports back to the Galaxy S IV via Bluetooth and can store date for up to four users. Both of these new accessories work in conjunction with the S Health app to help keep you in shape.




Up next is HRM or heart rate monitor which is a real-time heart rate tracking device. It sends heart rate data to the Galaxy S4 via Bluetooth, which is then displayed by using the Running Mate app. Another official accessory that is useful to those who run is the Head Set. It features two speakers in each ear bud and has a volume control pod built into the cable.




Samsung has designed and released several external protective covers for the Galaxy S4, of which one really stands out. The S View cover is a flip cover style case that includes a window cutout that lets you see text messages, time and other features without ever opening the cover. A pouch, standard flip covers and hard cases are also available for the S4.

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Samsung's Galaxy S IV game pad alludes to upcoming 6.3-inch device

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 5:23 pm

Samsung's Galaxy S IV has been making major news all morning across the web, and as with such things, people are beginning to notice things that may allude to an upcoming new device. Engadget came across an interesting little tidbit of information while browsing the Galaxy S IV microsite.




One of the official accessories for the upcoming Galaxy S IV is a game pad that features a sliding clamp that secures the phone to the game pad. That's pretty awesome by itself, but what others failed to take notice of is the mention that it supports up to a 6.3-inch device.


Call me crazy, but I do not think that Samsung would include support for a larger device than it's flagship phone unless it were planning on releasing a device in the future that featured a 6-inch class screen. There are rumors that the next Galaxy Note phone would feature a screen in the 6-inch range. What do you think? Is this Samsung's way of leaking information about an upcoming device, or is it just a number on a screen that we should not worry about?

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg claims #1 CEO spot, kicks Apple's Tim Cook to #18

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 5:01 pm

Every year releases its Top 50 CEO list which is compiled from the results of a survey that hundreds of thousands of employees from all industries across the country complete. The recently released 2013 list saw some major changes in who is considered the best boss.




Last year Apple's CEO Tim Cook topped the list as Best CEO in America, but his reign was not to be repeated as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg moved up the list by 14 spots to claim the throne. If you are wondering, Tim Cook fell 18 positions being beaten out by Google's Larry page who sits at the number 11 spot, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos who ranks number 16.


The rankings are based on who has the highest approval ranking among the companies employees. Other noteworthy names on the list are Quallcomm's Paul Jacobs at position 8, NVIDIA's Jen-Hsun Huang who is sitting at number 15, Intel's Paul Otellini who resides at 21, Bloomberg's cheif Dan Doctoroff at number 34, and Dell's founder Michael Dell who comes in at number 48.

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Duke Nukem 2 is coming to an iPhone and iPad near you soon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 4:39 pm

In celebration of it's 20th birthday, Duke Nukem 2 will be resurrecting and moving from a PC based shooter to something you can play on your iOS based iPhone and iPad. The side scrolling shooter that many of us wore keyboards out playing is set to hit the App Store in April.



3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment are working on porting the original 32 levels to iOS, and the game will feature new music and touchscreen support. The developer claims the game will cost just $1.99, which puts it in that sweet spot to sell many copies for those looking for a nostalgic throwback.




Nostalgic games are becoming a major hit on mobile devices recently, with official games like Sonic, Final Fantasty, Doom, and even Duke Nukem 3D being ported over to iOS. If we were to see classics like Super Mario Brothers, Punch Out and Contra, I might consider purchasing an iPad just to play them.

Samsung to release another flagship smartphone in Q3 2013, but it won't run Android

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 2:52 pm

Last night's Galaxy S IV launch event was a major success, and this morning everyone is talking about the new Galaxy as Samsung had hoped. Just hours after the event ended, the Korean electronics giant was already announcing that they will release another high-end flagship smartphone later this year.




In an interview with Bloomberg, Lee Young Hee, Samsung's EVP of Mobile, said that the company will release another high-end flagship smartphone in Q3 of this year. Dubbed Tizen, the phone will not be running Android, but "will have thousands of apps upon launch".


"The Tizen phone will be out in August or September, and this will be in the high-end category," Lee told Bloomberg. "The device will be the best product equipped with the best specifications." Tizen is an Android OS alternative that is being developed by 12 companies including Intel, Sprint and Samsung.

With Google Reader closing in July, Digg announce they're building a replacement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 10:31 am

Google Reader will soon go out to pasture, but there are multiple replacements either ready to go, or being made right now. Digg have announced their replacement, where they're building their own rich site summary (RSS) reader.




Digg's new product will offer the best parts of Google Reader, and advance them to meet the needs of readers of today. Digg notes that networks and communities like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and more are great places to find information on the web, but they can be overwhelming, too.


Digg had reportedly been working on their new site, and were going to unveil it later in the year but with Google announcing the axing of Reader, they decided to bring their announcement date forward to now. Digg are asking readers what they want to see in their new reader, what was useful and what wasn't in Reader that you'd like to see Digg's new service include, or exclude.

HTC CMO says that the Galaxy S IV is just 'more of the same'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 9:32 am

Both Apple and LG have come out swinging against Samsung before their unveiling of the Galaxy S IV, and now HTC have come out taking a swing. HTC were on the offensive during the Galaxy S IV launch, giving out hot cocoa and snacks to people waiting in line for the Galaxy S IV launch, even showing off their One handset to consumers.




HTC followed this up by offering up the hashtag "#theNextBigFlop", taking a swing at Samsung's slogan of "The Next Big Thing". The mocking didn't end there, with HTC's CMO Ben Ho saying that the Galaxy S IV is just "more of the same", and that his company's "all-aluminum unibody HTC One" with their "original cutting-edge technology, mouth-watering design and a premium feel" is what consumers really want. His full statement:


With a continuation of a plastic body, and a larger screen being the most obvious physical change, Samsung's new Galaxy pales in comparison to the all-aluminum unibody HTC One. This is more of the same. HTC remains the best option for those people looking for the best technology wrapped in premium design. Our customers want something different from the mainstream, who appear to be the target for the Galaxy. Our customers want original cutting-edge technology, mouth-watering design and a premium feel from their mobiles, which is why we created the HTC One.

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Google rips ad blockers from the Play Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 8:36 am

Google have chosen to act surprisingly, removing ad blockers from their Google Play Store, with the reason of "interference with another service or product in an unauthorized manner." This is a very weird move by the Mountain View-based search giant, as one of their main differences against Apple's iOS was that their Android OS allowed you to install any application as long as it wasn't malicious.




Adding onto that list of weirdness, is the fact that Google still allow apps to find their way onto the Play Store that are "for rooted phones only." Is it only a matter of time before these apps are removed too? What does this mean for an app as large, and used by many like Adblock Plus? Well, they can still use the app that they have installed, it just won't be on the Play Store, nor will it automatically update.


You can still acquire the app, and other adblockers, but just not directly from the Play Store. You can visit Adblock Plus' website, which isn't too much of a hassle, but it is a bit of work versus getting it from where you acquire all of your other apps; the Play Store.

LSI's Nytro WarpDrive PCIe flash cards get validated by NetApp

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 8:31 am

LSI have announced that their Nytro WarpDrive family of PCIe-based flash cards have been validated for use with NetApp, Inc.'s Flash Accel software. LSI have worked with NetApp to offer a complete server flash caching solution that injects some serious speed into application performance by converting server-based flash into 'hot' data cache for critical business applications.




Nytro WarpDrive cards are some of the first PCIe-based products to be tested and qualified to work with NetApp's intelligent server caching software. Tim Russell, VP of data lifecycle ecosystem group with NetApp, says:


Flash memory adoption in the enterprise is a powerful complement to hard-disk-based network storage. Deploying flash as a high-speed cache in the server is a simple and cost-effective way to reduce latency and I/O bottlenecks, while providing enterprise-level data protection and manageability for the entire infrastructure. Working with our server cache partners, we're able to offer customers a complete end-to-end, high-speed solution.


LSI and NetApp server caching solutions provide the following:

  • Automated and intelligent caching of hot data to PCIe flash storage
  • Increased application responsiveness and reduced latency
  • Optimised cost per IOPS and cost per gigabyte across flash and HDDs
  • Power, cooling and physical footprint savings, reducing TCO
  • Tested end-to-end solution simple to use

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Rovio take the wraps off their Angry Birds cartoon series, arrives this weekend

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 7:59 am

Rovio's Angry Birds series, which started life as a humble iPhone game before exploding into the pop culture zeitgeist, continues to defy fears of shelf life stagnancy. The company will launch their first foray into the world of animation this weekend, with Angry Birds Toons, an original 52 episode series, to be rolled over the next year.




Whilst the series will initially be available via a link on each of the series iOs, Android and Windows Mobile apps, Rovio will be progressively rolling the series out to television screens and cable providers via deals penned with distributors all around the world, including the United States and Australia, details of which will be forthcoming from the Finnish company.


Rovio intend to keep expanding the franchise into new games and cross-media platforms, such as the foray with Lucasfilm which saw Angry Birds Star Wars launch in late 2012, along with new opportunities in toys and merchandising which will keep the series well within sights of its target audience, as it continues production on an animated Angry Birds movie due to be released in 2016.

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