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Google's new Pixel C tablet will be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Google has an event in just a few hours time, where we should be introduced to not one but two new Nexus smartphones, as well as a new Chromecast, and more. But, it looks like we could also see the Pixel C, a new 10.2-inch tablet revealed.




Google's purported Pixel C will rock a 10.2-inch display, and be powered by NVIDIA's super-fast Tegra X1 processor that packs Maxwell GPU cores, and 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The new Pixel C slate will feature a USB Type-C connector, too. Just like Google's other Pixel-branded devices, the Pixel C will reportedly have a premium finish, with a 'great looking' display.


The company is also expected to reveal two keyboard accessories, with one built from aluminum and the other from leather. Both of the keyboards will attach to the Pixel C directly. Google is expected to price the Pixel C with a premium price tag, but we haven't heard anything concrete on price just yet.

Enter the world of 'Tomorrowland' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

To celebrate this week's home video release of the 2015 sci-fi adventure 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney, we have five Blu-ray copies to give away, thanks to our friends at Disney Home Entertainment.




From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland', a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as 'Tomorrowland'. What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever. Featuring a screenplay by 'Lost' writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, 'Tomorrowland' promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.


To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Insider sources say Windows 10 has hit 100 million installs

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Insider sources have divulged some impressive knowledge to the Petri IT Knowledgebase: Windows 10 has exceeded 100 million installs as of last week. This means it took Windows 10 just two months to do what Windows 8 did in eight months. That's the power of free (and good), we suppose.




All signs point to that number increasing even more before long: analysts claim more interest in the OS is just going up, Microsoft has recently signed a deal to get it over to China (which, if you live under a rock, is home to well over 1 billion potential customers), and the Surface Pro 4 is expected to be announced very soon.


Microsoft wants to hit 1 billion installs within three years. Given the rate of progress so far, that should be doable.

GoPro Hero+ model offers great bang for buck at $200

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

GoPro has launched its Hero+ camera, allowing adventurous types to record their most exciting moments in the first-person perspective, and at a relatively low price.




This model retails for $199.99, making it the second cheapest option of the bunch, just behind the Hero at $129.99. Upgrades over the Hero include 1080p 60FPS capture (instead of 1080p 30FPS), an 8-megapixel camera (instead of 5-megapixel), and the addition of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support (which in turn mean access to the GoPro App and Smart Remote).


60FPS is the way of the future, so for that alone, it's hard not to justify spending the extra $70, nevermind the rest.

Microsoft quells Windows 10 privacy concerns

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Privacy has been a big concern for a lot of Windows 10 users since the operating system's launch two months ago. If you believed the rumors, you might think we really were headed for a Skynet situation.




Today, Microsoft's Terry Myerson assures users there's nothing to be alarmed about, that their only goal with the information they collect is to make Windows perform better and be more personal. From the Windows Blog: "We collect a limited amount of information to help us provide a secure and reliable experience. This includes data like an anonymous device ID, device type, and application crash data which Microsoft and our developer partners use to continuously improve application reliability. This doesn't include any of your content or files, and we take several steps to avoid collecting any information that directly identifies you, such as your name, email address or account ID".


He continued: "A great example of how this data was used effectively was just last month, when aggregate data showed us that a particular version of a graphics driver was crashing on some Windows 10 PCs, which then caused a reboot. This driver was not widely used, but still the issue was impacting customers. We immediately contacted the partner who builds the driver and worked with them to turn around a fix to Windows Insiders within 24 hours. We used the data on Insiders' devices to confirm that the problem was resolved, and then rolled out the fix to the broad public via an update the next day - all-in-all, this data helped us find, fix and resolve a significant problem within 48 hours".


Enterprise customers will be able to disable this tracking soon, though the company strongly advises against it.


That's all well and good, but there's also text message tracking (for suggestion purposes) and personalization tracking (which lets Microsoft know you're really into the Seahawks, for example). If that sort of thing creeps you out, you can disable it via the Settings > Privacy menu, if you haven't already done so when you installed the OS.

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Escape the 'San Andreas' quake in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

To celebrate this week's home video release of the 2015 disaster epic 'San Andreas' starring Dwayne Johnson, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away, thanks to our friends at Roadshow Entertainment.




After the infamous San Andreas Fault gives, triggering a magnitude 9-plus earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be's just getting started.


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iPhone 6S only costs Apple $245 to make

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Apple managed to move more than 13 million iPhone 6S handsets over the launch weekend, smashing previous sales records in the process. Coupled with the projected profit of about $500 for every 64GB iPhone 6S that's sold, it's no wonder how Apple retains its status as a leading tech giant.




According from data gleaned from, Apple only spends an estimated $245 to make the A1688 64 GB iPhone 6s model. When we compare the $749 Apple charges for a new iPhone 6S to how much it spends, a bit of simple math shows the company makes roughly $504 in per-sale profits.


The new iPhone costs just $17 more to make than the previous iPhone 6 model, largely due to extra additions like the capacitive 3D Touch sensor and touch controller IC which accounts for about 17% or $42.50 of the total costs. The iPhone 6S' upgrade to 2GB LPDDR4 also bumped memory costs up to $16, which is a jump from the iPhone 6's 1GB LPDDR3 that costs just $4.50. The new 12MP iSight camera and accompanying front-facing 5MP camera clock in at $16.

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Konami: Metal Gear can definitely continue without Kojima

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

While Konami continues to find itself between a rock and a hard place concerning its reputation in the gaming sphere, the overseas publisher has asserted that it's not giving up on AAA games. The Metal Gear brand will continue without Hideo Kojima, and console games won't be jeopardized in favor of freemium mobile schemes.



"We've said in the past that the Metal Gear brand will continue," said Konami's UK community manager Graham Day in an interview with GameOn Daily. When asked if Metal Gear can maintain its luster without Hideo Kojima at the helm, Graham responded in the affirmative: "Of course, Metal Gear can definitely continue without Hideo Kojima. Metal Gear is about the story, it's about the characters. We look at things like Metal Gear Rising and that was an example of the title being taken in a new direction by separate teams."


The Day also iterates that Konami wants to keep bringing games to the console realm, and a new mobile focus doesn't mean all other platforms will be shut out. "Yeah, we're still committed to console gaming. That's never changed. I think some things are being taken out of context. Just because [Konami] is embracing mobile gaming it doesn't mean everything else has to quit. Konami has a history of making the best games around, and that is something we'll continue and that won't change anything going forward."

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BlackBerry CEO fumbles during new Priv demonstration

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

BlackBerry has just announced the Priv, its first Android phone that features a slide-out keyboard and a curved display, and company CEO John Chen shows that Android might still be a strange new world for BlackBerry.



Chen seemed to have been caught totally off-guard during an hands-on demonstration of the Priv handheld, saying things like "obviously it runs Google" and fumbling with the OS as if it were completely alien technology. After firing up Google Chrome, Chen faltered after realizing he wasn't signed in, and after a few failed attempts he finally closed the app. Aftwards the BlackBerry CEO was content just focusing on the hardware--the 5.5-inch screen and the signature slideable BlackBerry keyboard.


The whole ordeal is kind of painful to watch and shows that Chen wasn't really prepared for the demonstration. During one segment, Chen actually verbally explains how the keyboard features capacitive touch so it can be used as a mouse for web surfing or checking text messages rather than walking through the functions on the phone. That's not to say that spontaneous demos can't be pressure-inducing affairs, but the CEO should still be able to confidently maneuver the OS and have a working knowledge of the device he's marketing.

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Microsoft's VR Kit turns Lumia smartphones into VR headsets

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

While Microsoft has the predominant lead on augmented reality (AR) with the HoloLens, the tech giant has also set its sights on VR with its very own low-cost makeshift design that directly counters Google Cardboard.




The VR Kit is Microsoft's own version of Google Cardboard and is powered by Lumia Windows Phones. Users simply slide their Lumia smartphones into the colored box and hold the rig up to their eyes to simulate VR. spotted the news on a Russian website promoting a Microsoft-held contest that calls for devs to make their own games using the VR Kit.


At the time of publication, the foreign site took down the page most likely at the behest of Microsoft. Also, if you take a close look at the VR Kit's box you'll notice the camera isn't covered up, possibly signifying some sort of hybrid VR/AR interaction. The Russian site notes that the hackathon begins on October 17 so we might see some official news in the coming weeks, but at this point the cat is already out of the bag.

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