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LeakedTT: Samsung Galaxy S IV images and specs appear in the wild, appears legit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 6:19 pm

This morning images surfaced online from the Twitter account of the infamous evleaks that appeared to be official renderings of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV. Along with the rendering is a full set of specifications that are sure to wet the appetite of any Galaxy enthusiast.

 

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The rendering shows a much more boxy design with a massive screen that is said to be a full HD LCD of the Super AMOLED category. A rear 13MP 4128x3096 camera is said to be featured along with three choices of internal storage - 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. As expected the new Galaxy S4 will be running Android 4.2.

 

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Normally I do not put much stock in leaks or rumors, but the e-tailer Expansys is also reporting leaked renderings of the new Galaxy S IV. Samsung has speculated that the this will be its biggest selling phone ever, but with innovative design smartphones like the HTC One being released, I think Samsung has its work cut out to remain the dominating smartphone provider.

Steam says that two percent of its users are now on Linux

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 5:24 pm

Every month Steam releases a hardware survey that provides a look into the corner of the PC gaming industry that Steam occupies. February's numbers look fairly nominal until you notice that two percent of Steam users are now running Linux.

 

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Two percent may seem like a small number, but when you consider that the Steam Linux client has only been available officially since the beginning of February, the "adoption" rate is actually higher than Windows 8. On top of that, when you factor in that there are roughly 100 games ported over to Linux on Steam and none of them include major titles like Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, Skyrim, or even the GTA series, two percent is pretty large.

 

The survey also reveals that 1080p is the most used resolution, Direct X 11 holds 58% market share, and NVIDIA dominates the GPU stats with 52% market share. Finally Windows 7 64-bit still reigns king with 8GB of RAM being the norm.

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Microsoft wants to integrate Kinect into your TV and laptop, some obstacles to overcome first

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 4:28 pm

During this week's Microsoft TechForum, Craig Mundie, a senior advisor for Microsoft, said that the company is looking to take the Kinect to new heights including TV's and laptops. "My dream is to get a Kinect into the bezel of something like this", as he pointed to a Surface tablet.

 

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The company was showing off a bulky, but very large display that featured a Kinect built into its bezel at its recently opened "Envisioning Center" along with many more Kinect integrated screens. The Kinect's being shown off were much smaller than the current model, but no one would comment on if they are version 2.0 or not.

 

Before you can expect to see a Kinect in your ultra-thin smart TV, or even in your laptop or desktop monitor, things will have to get much smaller and some new technology will have to be created. The Kinect sensor does not work in daylight. "It turns out it's infrared so when you go out in the sunlight the sun is a big infrared source that drowns it out," Mundie explains. "There's a whole bunch of problems, not just miniaturization, in designing the sensors so they actually do what you expect them to do in all of the environments."

ASRock unveils four Intel Haswell Z87/H87/B85 motherboards at CeBIT

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 3:32 pm

CeBIT 2013 - We are still three months out from Intel's Haswell line of processors hitting retail shelves, but that is not stopping ASRock from unveiling four new LGA1150 motherboards.

 

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The high-end ASRock Z87 Extreme6 is a standard sized ATX motherboard that is equipped with gold capacitors, can support dual channel DDR3 RAM up to 1600MHz, and features two PCI-Express 3.0 slots. It sports 14 USB ports of which six are USB 3.0, 8 SATA 6Gb ports and DVI, D-Sub, HDMI and Display Port.

 

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The Z87 Pro4-M is a MicroATX board that features 100% solid capacitors, one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, support for AMD CrossfireX, multiple monitor support through built in display connectors, and 12 USB ports (six USB 3.0) The Pro4-M also includes six SATA 6Gb ports.

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Battlefield 3 End Game is here for PS3 - Capture the flag returns, and Motorcycles abound

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 3:07 pm

For months now Battlefield 3 players have awaited the final expansion pack in the series and today (at least for PS3 owners) the wait is over. Battlefield 3 End Game is here and man does it pack one hell of a punch!

 

Returning to the series is Capture the Flag mode, but with a twist. Players now have dirt bikes at their disposal to help aid in capturing and returning the enemies base. There are also 21 new dog tags, 10 new assignments, 4 new massive maps, and something I am going to spend a lot of time in, Air Superiority mode.

 

 

Three new vehicles including the fast and agile dirt bikes will be seen in the DLC along with a new "Dropship" that provides support to ground troops with vehicle drop capabilities. Battlefield 3 End Game released this morning on the PlayStation 3 and will be coming to Xbox 360 and PC gamers on the 12th of this month.

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Opera releases beta version of Opera web browser for Android

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 2:14 pm

Opera has released a completely redesigned version of its web browser that runs on Android, and is being billed by the company as "the best browser on Android." Opera says that they started from scratch to bring a fully native web browsing experience to your Android based smartphone.

 

 

Opera says that the new browser brings forth a new way to browse the web that is more elegant and efficient. The new Discover feature provides a panel in which you can read popular articles from the web based on your interest. Another new feature is "Speed Dial", a service that is similar to a bookmark folder, but streamlines the process of organizing favorited websites.

 

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Like similar browsers, the search and URL bar are now combined, tabbed browsing is present, and users are able to save websites to their phone for viewing when not connected to a data source. Browsing history has also been simplified making it easy for the end-user to quickly find and revisit previously viewed sites.

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Hands-on video with the ASUS Pro BU400 Pro 14-inch business Ultrabook

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 1:41 pm

CeBIT 2013 - Johannes Knapp is on the ground for us at CeBIT 2013 in Germany and is back again with another hands-on video.

 

 

This time he spends some time to get acquainted with the new ASUS Pro BU400 14-inch non-glossy display laptop. This laptop confines to Intel Ultrabook guidelines and is designed for business users on the go.

 

It features an Intel Core i5 CPU at 1.5GHz along with an NVIDIA NVS 5200M GPU and the screen is capable of a 720p resolution. There is a good sized touchpad along with a fingerprint reader for added security. It also includes a bunch of I/O options including three USB 3.0 ports, ethernet, HDMI, SD card reader and VGA output.

 

One of the downsides is that the battery is built into the unit and cannot be replaced. The laptop was actually launched at IFA, but it's going on sale now.

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Tt eSPORTS announce the Level 10 M Headset, their third collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 12:33 pm

Tt eSPORTS has a very unique product announcement today, with their Level 10 M Headset now known to the world. The Level 10 M Headset is Tt eSPORTS' third design collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

 

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Managing Director of Tt eSPORTS, Tony Liu, said:

 

Its mission is to extend the Level 10 experience to the headset that users can directly interact with. With the Level 10 design, the headset now also functions as the experience itself. And it's a huge part in the world of E-Sports as well - always exciting, always emotional, and full of challenges - exactly the same as Tt eSPORTS' brand mission and the Level 10 M Headset.

 

Tt eSPORTS' new headset is set to launch in the following days at CeBIT 2013 in Hannover, Germany.

Intel's Haswell chips reportedly having issues with USB 3.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:32 am

There's some bad news coming out of the cracks of the Internet today, with Hardware.info reporting that they have talked with a "reliable source" who says that the next-generation processor from Intel named Haswell, is having issues with USB 3.0.

 

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The site claims they've taken a look at a document that Intel reportedly sent out to inform system builders of a bug surrounding USB 3.0 and Haswell - the bug specifically has issues with waking from sleep and using a USB 3.0 device. If the system exits S3 level sleep while a user is accessing data on a USB 3.0 drive, their session with that data will end.

 

This would mean if you're working on a document open before you put your PC to sleep, or it went to sleep after a period of time, when you come back that document could be just blank. Intel is reportedly aware of this issue and are said to be trying to make partners accept the flaw before purchasing the affected CPUs.

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Denmark officials consider $1 billion tax bill for Microsoft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 10:31 am

It looks like Microsoft could be hit with a large tax bill if the Danish authorities have anything to do with it, where Denmark officials are considering a tax levy of 5.8 billion kroner, or around $1.01 billion. This is all in relation to Microsoft's acquisition of financial software maker Navavision back in 2002.

 

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Microsoft have reportedly been using Caribbean-based shell companies to operate their acquired company's enterprise planning and account units. This has allowed Microsoft to push profits away from Denmark where tax rates are 25%, compared to the effectively 0% in the Caribbean. Obviously they aren't the first company to do something like this, with most big corporations and companies funnelling cash into places like Bermuda to save on tax.

 

It's being reported that Microsoft and Danish officials are in talks regarding the bill, which includes back taxes, penalties and fees, too.

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