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Apple lands camera patent that lets you focus images after capture

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 8:06 pm

News surfaced today that says that Apple has been awarded a patent on technology for a digital camera that includes a refocusing imaging adapter. The technology works similar to how a Lytro-style camera works, but switches things up a bit by also allowing the picture quality and image resolution to be modified after capture as well.

 

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This functionality is also similar to what Microsoft and Nokia use in the camera apps for the Lumia PureView series of smartphones, but their technology is software based where as Apple's appears to be optical and mechanical with supporting software. This could be Apple's chance to catch up with Android and Windows Phone in the camera department, something it has not been able to do for a few years now.

Unlocked Motorola Moto G released in the US, starts at $179

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 7:03 pm

Motorola has just released an unlocked version of its budget friendly Moto G smartphone to the US market. This version of the Moto G features no contract, no SIM lock, and an unlockable bootloader. This means that the phone will work on any network, and custom ROMs will be easy to upload to the device.

 

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This unlocked version will compete with the locked GSM version already on sale at various carriers, and comes ahead of the CDMA version that is set to launch in January. The device features a 4.5-inch 720p display, a 5-megapixel camera, and Android 4.3. The devices processor is a dual-core SoC from Qualcomm, with 1GB of RAM to keep things running. The unlocked version is available on Motorola.com with the 8GB version retailing for just $179, and the 16GB model selling for just $20 more at $199.

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Ozone unveils the new Strike Pro mechanical gaming keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 5:56 pm

Today Ozone launched an new mechanical gaming keyboard to its lineup of gaming peripherals. The all new Strike Pro is a mechanical keyboard designed for the serious gamer in mind. The utilization of Cherry MX switches in red, blue, brown, or black flavors lets gamers chose which keystroke profile will give them the edge over their competition.

 

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The Strike Pro features white LED back-lit keys with the gaming specific keys being back-lit by red LEDs for quick and effortless acquisition of gaming keys when gaming in the dark. The Strike Pro also features 30 macros across five profiles, which can be customized to suit your gaming style. Profiles are stored on 64k of internal memory.

 

Additionally, the keyboard can be configured to have a response time of between 1ms and 16ms. A built-in USB hub and Audio ports are also featured. "For me there is no other option for a keyboard than mechanical, and there is no other option than the Ozone Strike Pro. Cherry MX Switch, HUB & Audio inputs, LED back-light, good design ... So, yes, I have many reasons to choose Strike Pro to my sessions as a professional gamer," said Cho "Mata" professional gamer on the Samsung Ozone Team.

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NZXT unveiles the new Kraken G10 GPU mounting kit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 4:46 pm

Cooling your CPU use to be the most important part of your PC if you wanted to extract any extra performance from the machine, but now CPU cooling is easy and very efficient. The hardest component to cool in a modern PC is the discrete GPU. There are aftermarket air coolers available, but they are few and far in between.

 

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Liquid cooling your GPU is another option, but is expensive and something only advanced users should tackle, until now that is. Today NZXT unveiled a new mounting bracket kit for its Kraken G10 liquid All-in-One CPU Cooler that allows the G10 to easily mount to many of the popular discrete GPUs on the market today. The mount allows the Kraken G10 to directly attach to the GPU chip while a built-in fan keeps the rest of the card cool.

 

I feel that this is a great idea and wonder why no one has thought of it before now. Many PC enthusiast have at least one All-in-One cooler laying around from previous machines and they could be put to use quite easily if mounts were available. The mounting kit is available in red, white, and black finishes, and retails for just $29.99 at NZXT's armory store. For a list of compatible video cards, head over to the NZXT source link below.

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ZTE to unleash a cheap smartwatch mid next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 12:35 pm

ZTE's marketing boss has confirmed the Chinese company will release its own smartphone mid next year, but the details on this wearable device are non-existent, unfortunately.

 

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One big point we do know is: that it will be much cheaper than the smartwatches on the market now, like Samsung's Galaxy Gear. The device will be aimed at the mainstream market, and will begin by only working with ZTE handsets, a nail in its unreleased coffin. But, to keep it fair, Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is limited to just a few of Samsung's handsets, but for a smaller company to come in and try to make waves in the smartwatch market, I would make it work with all devices.

 

ZTE is also working on other wearable devices, such as a augmented reality device, like Google Glass. It should be an interesting year for wearable devices next year.

Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition also receives Android 4.4 update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 9:30 am

I've been running my Nexus 5 for around a week now, and I love it - Android 4.4 KitKat is a very nice upgrade to the Android ecosystem, and now Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition owners can get some of that KitKat lovin'.

 

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It's good timing, as the HTC One Google Play Edition received its update a few hours ago, and now the second Google Play Edition handset, and premium smartphone has received it. If you haven't received your update yet, it should roll through in the next couple of hours hopefully. Do comment and let us know what you think about the new deliciously-named OS!

RAW file support, native burst mode camera mode coming to Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 8:37 am

Google has confirmed it will be providing RAW file support for Android, as well as native burst shot for the Camera application on Android, too. These functions have been rumored, but now confirmed.

 

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The news has been announced by Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano, who said: "Android's latest camera HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography. We will expose a developer API in a future release to expose more of the HAL functionality." RAW support will allow users to create professional-style photos by using photo editors, just like people who snap photos with a DSLR can.

 

Sure, it won't be as good as using a DSLR camera, but RAW support will only be embraced, not pushed away.

Valve announces Steam Reviews, a crowd-sourced review system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 7:34 am

I can see it now: countless keyboard warriors attacking a game because "it has lag" or the "graphics are crap", but Valve has just announced Steam Reviews, a crowd-sourced review system on Steam.

 

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Gamers can review any game on Steam, where Steam Reviews will show ratings from those reviews, and is in beta right now. Better yet, you'll be able to do some Review Inception, where you can rate other gamers' reviews. This could work well, but it could also open Pandora's box, too.

This Steam Machine prototype has me excited, what do you think?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 6:32 am

Next year, there are two companies that have me the most excited: Valve and Oculus VR. The latter, for its awesome virtual reality device, Rift, and the former, for its multiple product releases, and software releases.

 

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One of these, is the Steam Machine. The latest Steam Machine prototype has been teased by Engadget, which has had the first look at iBuyPower's prototype for a Steam Machine. It looks awesome, and looks nothing like a PC - which is exactly what Valve, and PC makers, need right now. There's a gorgeous light bar through the center of it, which looks like it changes color, an awesome touch.

 

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There's a gigantic Steam logo on top, which is nice to see on a console. Better yet, it'll be just $499 and include a decent GPU in the AMD Radeon R9 270 - which is an $180 GPU on its own. One top of this, there'll be a multi-core AMD processor inside, and a Steam Controller. We're talking about specs that beat the next-gen consoles, with a price that matches them. This is what I know: I want one, and I want one now.

More Fallout 4 teases, now we hear 'nuclear winter is coming' soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 5:39 am

It looks like we really could expect Bethesda to unveil Fallout 4 very soon, right on the Thanksgiving holidays and Black Friday sales - perfect for consumers to get all excited for a new Fallout title.

 

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A teaser site has popped up, dubbed "Survivor 2299" and it teases the game big time. There's a countdown timer included, stating that nuclear winter is coming in 5 days and counting. Are you excited about Fallout 4? I'd love to see a next-gen Fallout game released, I'd better start putting time aside to it now, I guess.

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