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Dell says that Microsoft will let Xbox One run Windows 8 apps

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 21, 2013 4:21 pm

According to Dell, Microsoft will allow the Xbox One to run Windows 8 apps shortly after launch. The announcement comes in the form of a listing on Dell's website that states that the next-gen console will be able to run apps created from the desktop OS without any issue.

 

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The official text on Dell's website reads, "With all your favorite Windows 8 apps able to be run on and synced to your Xbox One, now your phone, desktop, tablet and TV can all give you a unified web and entertainment experience." Since the Xbox One runs a heavily skinned version of Windows 8, this revelation makes perfect sense. This allows Microsoft to cash in on existing, and upcoming apps from thousands of app makers like Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Hulu, LinkedIN and more. Now developers will only have to create a single app for Windows and Xbox users will be able to use that app as well.

LeakedTT: Nokia's NFC supported Guru music player surfaces in photo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 21, 2013 3:00 pm

Tomorrow during Nokia World, the company is expected to unveil several new mobile devices including the all new Lumia 1520 phablet, Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet, and several budget friendly Asha devices. What was not expected however, was the Nokia Guru, a iPod Shuffle-like music player with NFC capabilities.

 

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TweakTown's favorite leakster @evleaks posted a photo this morning via his Twitter account which shows off the new Guru music player in a very Lumia blue color. At the moment, the only solid piece of information we have on the Guru is that it will feature NFC connectivity, a 3.5mm headphone jack, volume buttons and a microUSB port for charging and possible data syncing.

 

What is unclear is whether this device stores MP3 files, or if it is just a streaming device for the Lumia line of phones. My bet is on the latter if you are wondering. A streaming device such as this only makes sense as the MP3 player as we know it is dieing and is being replaced by bulky smartphones which always have an issue with cord length when placed in a pocket. This device could pair with your phone, and mount easily on your arm or shirt for a workout experience where one does not fight headphone cords constantly.

ASUS launches Transformer Book T100, features detachable tablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 19, 2013 1:30 am

Ultra-portable and convertible laptops have never been hotter than they are right now, and ASUS has just added fuel to the fire buy launching its new Transformer Book T100. The new convertible features a detachable 10.1-inch tablet running full Windows 8.1. Weighing in at less than 2-pounds the screen detaches to reveal a tablet weighing just 550g.

 

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The new Transformer Book T100 is powered by an Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor and features 2GB of RAM to keep everything fluid and smooth. 32GB of storage is standard with 64GB being optionally available. The 10.1-inch screen boast a resolution of 1366x768 and is built on IPS technology to provide a very wide 178-degree viewing angle.

 

The T100 also features USB 3.0, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Transformer Book is also bundled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 with full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. No pricing or availability were giving at the time of this writing.

Lenovo is considering buying BlackBerry as a whole

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 19, 2013 12:30 am

If a new report is correct, BlackBerry's knight in shining armor could be coming out of the far east. A new report from Digital Trends is suggesting that Lenovo is seriously considering purchasing BlackBerry as a whole. This deal would provide Lenovo a cheap and easy entry point into the US smartphone market, something it has been eyeballing for sometime now.

 

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While Fairfax Financial has experienced issues securing the $4.7 billion it would need to purchase the company, Lenovo would have no such issues and could offer up cash on very short notice. The only thing standing in the way of the deal would be BlackBerry's co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fredin who are also considering buying the company. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Lenovo has signed a nondisclosure agreement that allows them to look at BlackBerry's books, so this offer could be more serious than originally thought.

NVIDIA announces 2013 holiday game bundles, includes Shield discount

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 11:32 pm

NVIDIA has announced its holiday game bundle packages for its mid to high-end video cards. The announcement came during the company's Montreal game showcase and this years bundle is going to be a tough one to beat. Unlike its current bundle which features Batman: Arkham Origins as the standalone bundled game, the new bundles will feature more games and a big discount on NVIDIA's Shield.

 

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This fall, those who purchase an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770, GTX 780, or GTX Titan will receive 3 game bundle of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Additionally, this package includes a $100 discount on an NVIDIA Shield handheld gaming device. Those who purchase a GeForce GTX 660, GTX 660Ti, GTX 670, GTX 680, or GTX 760 will receive Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Splinter Cell: Blacklist with $50 off Shield.

Archos unveils new Titanium line of Android smartphones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 10:32 pm

Today Archos added four new smartphones to its Platinum line of mobile devices. Each of the new smartphones run Android 4.2.2 and feature a MediaTek dual-core 1.3GHZ processor and 512MB of RAM. Continuing with the low-end phone theme, the devices house just 4GB of internal storage which can be augmented by a microSD card.

 

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Each of the four phones feature a 5-megapixel rear camera and the obligatory LED flash. Wi-Fi, FM Radio and Bluetooth are available as well, but 4G LTE connectivity is missing from the list. The major difference between phones is in their screen size. The 40 Titanium features a 4-inch, 400x800 display, while the 45 Titanium boast a 854x480-pixel 4.5-inch screen. As you could guess, the 50 Titanium houses a 5-inch, 960x540 resolution screen. The flagship is the 5.3-inch 53 Titanium model which has a resolution of 854x480.

Lenovo unveils the IdeaPad A10, its first Android-based laptop

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 9:32 pm

Today Lenovo announced the all new IdeaPad A10, the companies first ultra-portable, dual-mode laptop to run Android 4.2. The A10 holds to its description of being ultra-portable too, the laptop weighs in at less than 2.5-pounds and measures just 17.3mm thick. Lenovo says that the new A10 was designed with users on the go in mind and that its new dual-mode feature will greatly enhance the user experience.

 

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"With the recent explosive growth in Android-based, smart connected devices, customers are relying more on Android apps for both work and play. Why should they be required to switch and duplicate to use their laptop? Lenovo's A10 brings ultra-portability and dual-mode benefits to Android users at a reasonable price," said Bai Peng, vice president and general manager, notebook business unit, Lenovo Business Group. "Thin and light, with multiple modes and user-inspired innovations for an outstanding user experience ? the A10 is uniquely Lenovo."

 

The laptop features a 10.1-inch 1366x768 resolution display which can be flipped 300 degrees to enter "stand mode" allowing for a comfortable viewing angle when watching video content. The A10 is powered by an RK3188, a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor which gives the device the power it needs to function as a productivity device as well as an entertainment hub.

ROCCAT releases its new Ryos mechanical gaming keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 8:36 pm

Earlier this week Roccat releases its highly acclaimed Ryos mechanical gaming keyboard to the US market. Roccat says that the Ryos sets a new standard for Gaming Keyboards and features some innovative features you will only find on the Ryos. ROCCAT has released three varying models including the Ryos MK, Ryos MK Glow, and Ryos MK Pro.

 

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"PC gamers all over the world have been wishing for ROCCAT to come up with a mechanical keyboard - and finally here it is" says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. "Congratulations to everyone who has been waiting patiently, you are now able to get the most advanced mechanical keyboard on the market".

 

The Ryos MK is the first board in the series, and features Cherry MX switches. The MK is powered by an ARM Cortex processor which makes the device super responsive. Featuring 2MB of flash memory, the Ryos MK can store over 500 Macros and ROCCAT Easy-Shift[+] and ROCCAT Talk are onboard as well.

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Apple issues recall on 2012 MacBook Air notebooks due to SSD failure

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 7:36 pm

Today Apple issued a recall on all MacBook Air models sold between June 2012 and June 2013 that have a 64GB or 128GB SSD inside. These smaller SSDs were manufactured by Toshiba and have a defect from the factory that could cause users to lose all of their data. MackBook Air's with 256GB SSDs are not affected as their SSD was manufactured by Samsung.

 

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Apple has determined that certain 64GB and 128GB flash storage drives used in the previous generation of MacBook Air systems may fail. These systems were sold between June 2012 through June 2013. To see if your drive may be affected, go to the Mac App Store, click on Updates and choose the MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1. The firmware update will test your drive to see if it is affected.

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NVIDIA shows off 4K Surround technology, a huge 6480x3840 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 7:08 pm

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - If you thought current generation consoles barely being able to render their games at 720p, and most PC gamers enjoying 1080p, then 4K is a big leap. But what about three 4K displays? That would result in NVIDIA 4K Surround, something the company was showing off in Montreal, Canada.

 

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4K Surround runs triple 4K displays obviously, pushing out a retina-busting 6480x3840, which requires some serious GPU horsepower to even provide 30FPS or so. NVIDIA was running Assassin's Creed on the triple ASUS 4K displays, which was absolutely, jaw droppingly beautiful. What do you think? This type of setup is purely for the 1%, but those 1% would have a beautiful experience.

 

We thought we'd show off a 84-inch 4K-capable TV blasting away with Star Citizen. Swoon.

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