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RumorTT: Apple to split manufacturing of next-gen iPhone between Foxconn and Pegatron

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 4:25 pm

Since its release, the iPhone has been solely manufactured by Foxconn, but that is about to change with Apple's next-generation iPhone. A well connected KGI Securities analyst named Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple will be splitting the manufacturing of its upcoming iPhone 5S between two companies.




Apple will diversify its manufacturing between Foxconn and Pegatron. While Foxconn will still get a bite of the iPhone pie, Pegatron will handle 75% of the FDD-LTE version of the upcoming entry level iPhone, and 55% of legacy hardware.


In his research notes, which were picked up by website Apple Insider, Ming-Chi also estimated that Apple will ship 35.8 million iPhone 5S handsets in 2013 and 53.4 million entry-level iPhone devices.

iMac's now available with built-in VESA mount adapters, costs an extra $40

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 3:30 pm

Users who have long wanted to mount their iMac onto their wall or a stand can rejoice this morning. Apple has finally added a VESA mount to its iMac line of computers.




The new VESA mount iMac's are available in the 21.5-inch and 27-inch classes and you will have to search a bit to find them as they are a separate product from the regular iMac line. The addition of the VESA mount will cost you an additional $40 for something that is considered standard on most other computers.




iMac's with the VESA mount option do not appear to come with a stand so keep that in mind when making your purchase. We are sure that third party stands will quickly begin popping up everywhere shortly.

Samsung Galaxy S IV leaks turn into a raging river ahead of today's 7PM EDT launch in NYC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 2:52 pm

We are less than nine hours from the official launch of Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, and several new videos have surfaced, which show off some of the phones next-generation technology.




Website Sammyhub has just released four new videos showcasing floating touch, Smart Pause, Internet Browsing and the Galaxy S IV's new lock screen. The videos appear to be from the same uploader who first leaked S IV videos earlier this week.


Samsung will be launching the Galaxy S IV this evening at its Unpacked event in NYC's Times Square at 7PM EDT. Be sure to tune into TweakTown where I will be providing full live coverage of the event as it unfolds.

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EA completes SimCity server upgrades after frustrating launch, releases new patch to improve "trade intermittency issues"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 1:59 pm

EA and Maxis have just announced that they have completed a series of server upgrades that is expected to solve the on-going connection issues with SimCity. EA has also released a patch that is said to improve some issues with "trade intermittency".




In a blog post, Maxis said that all the original servers were migrated to "faster/higher capacity server architecture." Server status can now be checked by visiting a dedicated page that was launched yesterday. It is still up in the air at this moment whether or not all the connection issues have been corrected or not, the real test comes this afternoon during peak hours when everyone tries to log in at once.


EA says that the new servers have been in the works since shortly after launch when a large number of players were unable to connect due to high server traffic. There is still no word yet on when EA will address the street and population issues within the game, but if you are unwilling to wait on an official patch, UKAzzer has a solution for you.

SimCity now playable offline thanks to modder UKAzzer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 1:37 pm

At this point, SimCity is slowly becoming playable again for some users, and while EA is still fixing things, a modder has stepped up and created his own workaround that effectively removes the always on DRM.




UKAzzer's mod fixes pesky connection issue by removing the game's disconnect timer. Where you were once able to only get about 20 minutes of offline play, you will now be able to play indefinitely. You must reconnect however, if you want to save your game. In addition to disabling the disconnect timer, UKAzzer made it possible to tweak highways outside of your city, and changed the population count to more accurately reflect how many people are living in your city.



In the video above you can see UKAzzer tweaking freeways outside your city and we assume the disconnect timer disable working. The whole gaming world is waiting to see how EA responds to this mod. We are hoping that they embrace it, give UKAzzer recognition, and maybe even add it to the game core. However, it is more likely that EA will patch the game to block this mod and opt to keep their unneeded DRM. Let's wait and see what happens.

Thecus introduce new N2520 and N4520 NAS devices, as well as Intelligent NAS software

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 1:22 pm

Earlier today we attended a Thecus press announcement in Taipei where the company introduced its two newest NAS devices, the N2520 and N4520.



The N2520 is the baby of the two products and is a two-bay unit that notably is the world's first NAS unit to use Intel's Atom SoC. It also is very conservative when it comes to power consumption only drawing a claimed 9-watts and idle and just 14-watts when loaded. It's also claimed to be ultra-quiet at just 20dB - at that level, you will not hear the device operating, so it's essential silent. We also liked the fact that the N2520 includes a tool-less design for installing the two 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch HDDs / SSDs.




Thecus is also rounding out the features list with 5 minute complete installation, Quick NAS accessibility, easy connection through DDNS, HDMI output for multimedia playback and the inclusion of the auto flashback photo gallery in the new Thecus Intelligent NAS software application for Windows and Mac.

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Over 750 million Android devices activated, over 25 billion apps downloaded from the Google Play Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 11:35 am

Google are currently on a rampage, with some new milestones reached on their mobile OS platform, Android. Google CEO Larry Page announced the news, where there are now over 750 million Android devices activated across the world.




Not just that, but there have been 25 billion apps downloaded from the Google Play Store. Interestingly, the 750 million devices activated does not include Amazon's Kindle series, knockoffs, or devices that aren't running any of the Google apps of services. That's 750 million guaranteed Android devices, period.


Where will we be this time next year? 1.25 billion devices and 5 billion+ apps? The Galaxy S IV is nearly here, and I'm sure we'll see 50 million of those sold in the next twelve months alone.

LG announces eye-recognition software for Optimus G Pro, winks at Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 10:34 am

Apple aren't the only ones trying to steal some of that Galaxy S IV thunder from Samsung, with LG announcing that there is an update in the works that will see eye-recognition software on their Optimus G Pro smartphone, and others.




The update will roll out in Korea next month, with the new LG Smart Video feature allowing users to control their smartphone video player with eye movements. The trick is done by using the front-facing camera to keep track of your eyes, so that if you're watching a video and look away from the smartphone, the video will pause until your eyes reach the screen again.


LG will also provide in their "Value Pack", a new dual-camera function which lets you simultaneously take a picture with both the front- and rear-facing cameras.

First mention of Windows 9 gets made, Internet Explore 11 name-checked, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 9:39 am

It's not like we didn't know it was coming, but Microsoft are working on both Windows 9 and Internet Explorer 11. The news comes from MSFTKitchen, who posted a link to a Microsoft job post, which is looking for a "Software Development Engineer-BING."




The job post mentions Windows 9 and Internet Explorer 11, stating:


The team will be constantly delivering great products in areas including Windows 9, IE11 services integration, touch friendly devices including iPad and more.


This isn't Windows Blue, either, as that is a separate update to Windows 8 that is coming later in the year. This is the true, next-generation OS from Microsoft. Something I that I think will wrap their worlds together with Surface, Xbox, and more.

Samsung continue to show no love for Windows Phone, they have no 'interest in seeing the Windows Phone platform succeed'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 8:38 am

With Samsung seeing so much success with their Android-based Galaxy range of devices, can you blame the company for digging on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform? Well, according to a new research note from Detwiler Fenton analyst Jeff Johnston, it looks like Samsung aren't interested in Windows Phone, the analyst says:




There is no evidence that Samsung has any interest in seeing the Windows Phone platform succeed.


Quite a strong statement, but Samsung are seeing great success with Android, and are waiting in the wings with their Tizen platform, too. Johnston continues, saying that Samsung's "Windows Phone roadmap is limited to a small number of smartphones, none of which appear to be all that exciting."


The analyst finishes with "Having a successful Windows Phone 8 platform only means it will have another mobile platform (backed by deep pockets) to compete with. Samsung has a long way to go before we can take Tizen seriously however one thing seems certain, it is going to keep its foot on MSFT's throat as it pours money into Tizen."