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LeakedTT: Motorola Droid Ultra leaks again, this time in red carbon fiber trim

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 1:03 am

Colored smartphones seem to be all the rage this year, and Verizon's upcoming flagship Droid Ultra is no exception. A photo posted today by @evleaks shows the smartphone in a bright red carbon fiber finish. The Droid Ultra is just one of three new Droids that are coming to Verizon. It's highly expected that we will see the Droid Ultra as well as two other models unveiled at next week's press conference that is being held by Verizon.

 

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The Droid Ultra is said to feature a full 1080p 5-inch display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM. A 10-megapixel rear camera will handle the imaging duties, which is said to be comprised of a super high-end imaging sensor that handles low light situations exceptionally well. It appears that black and red will not be the only colors as the Ultra will be in white according to a SKU that has also been spotted.

Dell to release a "Precision" laptop later this year with 3200x1800 display

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 12:37 am

A report from Dutch website Tweakers.net just arrived that says Dell may be working on a laptop that will compete with Apple's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro with Retina display. The report says that a 15.4-inch Dell Precision mobile workstation is in the works and features a whopping 3200 x 1800 display. This is a pixel density much higher than the 2880x1800 Retina display featured on the MacBook Pro's.

 

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Reportedly named the "Precision M3800," the device will feature a matte black surface with aluminum edges. The device will be powered by an Intel Haswell Core i7 4702MQ, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB HHD or 512MB SSD. Graphics crunching duties will be handled by an NVIDIA Quadro GPU, and the entire device will weigh in at just 4.5 pounds.

 

Engadget was able to confirm the existence of the Precision M3800 from Dell, but the company declined to reveal any other details saying that everyone can "stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks." The report from Tweakers.net suggests that the new device will cost between $1699 and $1999 which puts it in at $200-$800 cheaper than the equivalent Apple device.

VLC Media Player will return to iOS tomorrow after almost two years of absence

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 12:06 am

After some licensing issues arose back in 2011, VideoLAN decided to pull their popular VLC media player app from Apple's App Store until all the issues were sorted out. Over the past two years, the developers have been working hard at bringing VLC back to iOS and making it better than ever.

 

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Tomorrow, July 19, VLC Media Player will make its triumphant return to the App Store and will be accompanied by both the Mozilla Public License Version 2 as well as the GPL V2 license which will alleviate any further questions on its legality. VideoLAN says that the app will be 100 percent free and have new features that will be sure to put a smile on everyone's face.

 

The app has been completely rewritten from the ground up and will play all of the file types that its PC and Mac version already does. The company says that getting files into VLC will now be much easier thanks to Dropbox integration, Wi-Fi syncing, and web downloads. Reports are coming in that say the app is much faster than the previous version which should negate streaming issues.

Virgin Mobile sees LG's Optimus F3 land in its ranks, includes LTE and $180 price tag

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 11:28 pm

Today, Virgin Mobile announced that it would be adding LG's Optimus F3 to its lineup of contract-free phone. Featuring a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2, and 4G LTE data connectivity, the Optimus F3 is one of the more powerful phones offered by the Sprint-owned company.

 

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Costing just $180 up front, the Optimus F3 is available today from Virgin Mobile with a Beyond Talk monthly no-contract plan which offers unlimited data and messaging for just $35 per month. LG says that "the Optimus F3 blends intelligent tools with collaborative sharing features that enable thoughtful self-expression and greater multitasking functionality."

 

"Virgin Mobile customers appreciate value for their wireless solutions," said Mark Lederman, director-Virgin Mobile USA. "Adding the LG Optimus F3 further enhances Virgin Mobile's strong smartphone portfolio and continues to offer choice and flexibility in consumers' no-contract wireless plans."

Google releases Q2 2013 earnings report, misses analyst expectations

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 11:02 pm

This afternoon, Google released its earnings report for the second quarter of 2013. The company reported a total revenue of $14.11 billion, $3.23 billion of which accounted for net income. Unfortunately, these numbers equate to earnings of $9.56 per share which misses Wall Street's expectations by about $1. During the same quarter in 2012, Google managed to bring in a total revenue of $12.21 billion of which $2.79 billion was income. So year-over-year, Google has managed to grow 19 percent which is nothing to scoff at.

 

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Wall Street analysts did have high hopes for Google this quarter with the industry leader Morgan Stanley predicting revenues would be up 20 percent higher than they were a year ago. They had expected YouTube to perform much better as it had begin upping payments to partners by 60 percent which everyone thought indicated higher revenue growth than expected. I feel that the third quarter or the fourth quarter will be Google's best for 2013. With the Moto X releasing soon as well as a new Nexus 7 and Google Glass set to hit the market, big things should be on the way for the search giant.

XSPC issues safety notice on D5 Dual Bay Reservoir

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 10:32 pm

Today, XSPC released a safety notice regarding its D5 Dual Bay Reservoir in regards to the top of the reservoir warping and allowing a tiny gap to open up. The company says that in most cases this warping will not cause a leak and is purely a visual issue, but there have been a few cases where it led to a very slow leak of coolant. XSPC says that it appears that this issue is only present in 2.5 percent of the first batch of reservoirs it shipped and is due to a flaw in the material used.

 

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XSPC says that it believes the issue was caused by water temperatures beyond normal limits which caused the top plate to warp. The company says it has fixed the issues it had by changing the material used on the top plate and revising the mold. They have put the new model through rigorous testing which placed it far beyond normal usage temperatures and pressures and have found no further warping or leaks.

 

The revised design started shipping in April, so all current stock at resellers will already be version 2. If you have bought the product recently, it's likely you already have the revised model. The photos below show the difference between version 1 and 2. You can check the back of your reservoir against the photos above. If you see a leak from the highlighted area, you will need to get the reservoir replaced. If you are affected by this issue, please contact your local reseller to arrange a replacement, or contact technical support at support@xs-pc.com

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Windows RT tablets continue to flop as Lenovo drops IdeaPad Yoga 11

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 10:03 pm

Windows seems not to be able to gain any traction with its RT-based tablets. Today, we learned that Lenovo has dropped the Windows RT-based IdeaPad Yoga 11 from its lineup. Despite Microsoft including Office apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and One Note for free on RT devices, the tablet's lack of legacy desktop application support as well as Outlook appear to have doomed the operating system from its inception.

 

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Unfortunately, this may be one of the final nails in the coffin for Surface RT as its rapidly aging NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and a booming Android tablet market appear to be working together to put the tablet in the grave. This move comes after Microsoft sliced the prices on its own Surface RT tablets by $150 across-the-board.

OUYA to match Kickstarter funds raised for games exclusive to its console

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 9:27 pm

OUYA has announced that it will match some of the funds raised on Kickstarter for games being developed on its Android-powered console beginning next month. Dubbed the "Free the Games Fund," OUYA will match donations up to $1 million total for eligible game projects that are posted on Kickstarter between August 9 and August 10.

 

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The project owners can set funding goals at any level they wish but to receive the extra funding that OUYA has promised, the game developers will need to meet their Kickstarter goals and raise at least $50,000. OUYA says that they will match every dollar raised beyond that amount up to $250,000. There is, however, a small little catch to receiving the funding: the game must be exclusive to the OUYA for at least six months after launch. Additionally, the company will give a $100,000 bonus to whichever eligible game raises the most funding.

 

I really hope that this incentive will create some really good games for the OUYA as my experience so far has been less than satisfying. I have played several games on the device and clocked in a few hours of total game play. To me, everything seems laggy with some games being virtually unplayable due to the near half second pause between pushing a button on the controller and it causing a reaction on the screen.

Scientists finally capture video of the pitch dropping in 69-year-old Pitch Drop Experiment

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 9:04 pm

86 years ago, the University of Queensland in Australia began conducting an experiment in which the flow rate of a piece of pitch was measured. For those of you who may not know what pitch is, it's a highly viscous liquid which, for all intents and purposes, appears to be solid. Bitumen is the most commonly used form and at room temperature, this tar pitch flows at a very slow rate sometimes taking up to a decade or more for a single drop to fall.

 

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The University of Queensland is not the only institution studying this phenomenon. Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland has also been conducting their own experiment since 1944. Finally after 69 long years, the first drop of pitch has finally fallen. The drop occurred on July 11, 2013 at 5 PM local time and webcams that were set up last April were on hand to catch this extremely rare occurrence.

 

While some of you may not understand the excitement, I find in things like this let me break down how many times human eyes have missed seeing this event take place. According to Prof. John Mainstone of the University of Queensland, he has missed several opportunities to witness the drop happening with his own eyes. First in 1979, Mainstone said that he skipped one of his usual Sunday campus visits and coincidentally the drop happened the same day. Then again in 1988, Mainstone left his lab to grab a snack and apparently missed the drop by just five minutes. Finally in 2000, fed up with missing the drop, Mainstone set up a camera but unfortunately a glitch at the moment of the drop prevented any video of the event occurring.

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Microsoft offers 12 free months of Xbox Live Gold if you subscribe to Office 365

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 8:31 pm

Microsoft is really making a push to build subscription levels of its Office 365 Suite. Today, we learned that Microsoft will start bundling one year of Xbox Live Gold with any purchase of Office 365 Home Premium or Office 365 University that is made before September 28.

 

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Once signed in for the first time, the Xbox Live code will be provided during the initial setup process for Office. Sadly, those of us in the US are not eligible for this freebie, but our readers in Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada will be happy to know that the offer does apply to them. When you combine this with Microsoft's recent promise of giving away two free games per month to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, this deal virtually pays for itself three times over.

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