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RumorTT: Guy Kawasaki hints that Motorola X Phone will be customizable

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 9:04 pm

A fairly large rumor is making the rounds today. Guy Kawasaki, a former Apple evangelist who now advises Google and Motorola, dropped a pretty large hint that Motorola's rumored X Phone will feature customizable hardware. He posted up a Porsche promo video that talks about the customizable features of the vehicle:



Kawasaki posted the video with the following comment: "Wouldn't it be great if you could personalize your phone like this?"


This is obviously hinting towards a future phone that can be modified, at least partly. Other rumors have suggested that the X-Phone will come with customizable hardware, so coupled with this new hint it's looking like the X-Phone might just come with customizable features. We still expect to hear more at Google I/O in May.

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High-profile Xbox Live accounts hacked, former and current Microsoft employee accounts compromised

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 8:33 pm

Microsoft is currently dealing with some high-profile hackings that have compromised the Xbox Live accounts of former and current Microsoft employees. The attack apparently used a series of stringed social engineering tactics that collected social security numbers and other information necessary to gain access to the accounts.




A group of attackers are using several stringed social engineering techniques to compromise the accounts of a handful of high-profile Xbox Live accounts held by current and former Microsoft employees. We are actively working with law enforcement and other affected companies to disable this current method of attack and prevent its further use.


It's not clear what Microsoft will be able to do to prevent this from happening in the future. Microsoft needs a way to properly identify an account's owner, but they can't prevent third-parties from giving out that private information.

Headphones that can read your mind and pick what music you want to hear

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 7:45 pm

Neurowear's new Mico headphones are capable of reading your mind and playing music that your subconscious "wants" to hear. The headphones read your brainwaves to figure out what mood you are in and then select the corresponding song (out of a library of about 100) from the company's app.




The headphones connect up to your smartphone via Bluetooth. While they may not be the most stylish headphones ever deceived, they do show a cool step forward in reading brainwaves. If your mood (or brainwaves) change, you can switch the song to your new mood by shaking your phone. Hit up the source for a cool video demonstration.

Samsung releases pricing for its massive 85-inch S9 Ultra HDTV, do you have a spare $39,999?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 6:30 pm

During this year's CES trade show in Las Vegas we saw a massive 4K Ultra HD TV from Samsung. The beast was perched in a welded metal frame and boasted a massive 85-inch 4K compatible LCD.




The 85-inch monster will hit store shelves (or floors, more likely) at the end of this month and will retail for a reported $39,999, making it one of the most expensive televisions on the market. Also expected to release soon is Samsung's Smart Evolution Kit which will retail for $300 and will connect to Samsung Smart TVs via Bluetooth to keep them updated with the latest software and firmware.


Also set to release around the same time is the HW-F750 Sound Bar, which features old school vacuum tube technology for a true HiFi sound experience. I do not know about you, but paying $300 for a device that updates my TV just seems a bit excessive. For $39,999, I would expect my TV to at least be capable of updating itself through it's built in Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet connection.

Adblock Plus circumvents Google Play Store ban by making app update through the web

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 5:33 pm

A few days ago Anthony reported on Adblock Plus being removed from the Google Play Store. The ban was implemented on the grounds that ad blocking software interferes with other apps functionality and therefore breaks Google's TOS.




Today we got word from the developers behind Adblock Plus that they have retooled the app and users may now download it directly from their website. In addition to this, the Adblock Plus team has also circumvented the need to update through the Google Play store.


The new app features a new UI, fixed some issues with Chrome, implemented automatic updating and fixed issues with URLs that contain apostrophes. While I do not advocate the use of ad blockers, I fully believe that everyone has the right to use them. Some websites survive solely on advertising and those Google AdSense ads and others that you are blocking are the reason that website is able to bring you content.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 costs a mere $244 to build in parts and labor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 4:36 pm

In a recent report from IHS, senior analyst for cost benchmarking, Vincent Leungh, broke down Samsung's new Galaxy S4 part by part and came to the conclusion that the S4 cost a mere $244 to manufacture.




According to the virtual tear down the Galaxy S4 cost about 15 percent more than its predecessor, the Galaxy S III. Most of that extra cost is in the S4's larger Super AMOLED LCD, which cost a full $10 more than the model used in the S III.


The HSPA+ Galaxy S4 come to $236, with $8.50 of manufacturing costs then added on top. The LTE version cost just a little less to manufacture costing $241 overall. Does this mean that the Galaxy S4 will retail 15 percent higher? That is left to be seen.

RumorTT: Amazon developing a $99 7-inch class Kindle Fire HD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 3:45 pm

Amazon hit a home-run when they launched the original Kindle Fire HD, and now if rumors are true, they are looking to knock another one out of the ball park. A $99 Kindle Fire of the 7-inch class is said to already be in production and could ship later this year.




The new 7-inch Kindle Fire would be a direct competitor to Apple's iPad mini, as well as other small tablets such as Google's Nexus 7, as well as offerings from ASUS, Samsung and Sony. It would also offer competition to the flood of off brand Chinese Android tablets that have been popping up in the sub $100 range.


We are not finding any reports on hardware specifications yet, but we know that the device is said to feature a 1280x800 LCD and it could contain similar hardware to Amazon's current $99 7-inch Kindle Fire HD.

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New under-skin implant beams back blood test data to your smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 3:08 pm

Researchers just released information on a new half-inch long medical sensor that is implanted under the skin, and can send data back to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This technology will greatly benefit those who have to test their blood on a regular basis like diabetes and cancer patients.




The device is capable of streaming back information on things like blood glucose levels, monitoring cholesterol and even predict heart attacks before they occur by sensing minute changes in blood chemistry. The sensor is also able to aid in the treatment of cancer patients by monitoring chemotherapy treatments using five built in sensors.



The device has already been successfully tested on animals, and researchers are hoping to begin human trials soon. The first patients to trial the device will be those whose treatment requires a large amount of blood testing to be done. As someone who has some blood sugar issues, I would love to be able to test my glucose levels without having to stick my finger ever again.

ASUS unveils ROG GX1000, touts it as "the first mouse for hardcore gamers"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 2:31 pm

ASUS has just unveiled its first "hardcore" gaming mouse, the Republic of Gamers GX1000. The new mouse features an aluminum top plate and ergonomic styling that is tuned to lessen hand fatigue.




The ROG GX1000 is capable of an 8200dpi resolution thanks to precision laser optics. The mouse buttons can be individually programmed and remapped according to game genera. Users can also adjust the mouse weight by removing or installing included weights.



To finish things off, the GX1000 features custom lighting in four colors to ensure even the most picky gamer can match their style. In addition, the custom lighting can be set to different presets to indicate which profile the mouse is on. ASUS says that the mouse is available now and retails at an MSRP of $100.

Introducing Tweakipedia, our new home to all things tweaking at TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 2:11 pm

Today we are very excited to be announcing a new part of our website called Tweakipedia. Tweakipedia will be an amusement park of technology, filled with guides from how to overclock your computer to installing Windows from a USB drive. Not only that, but we will be taking in reader submissions on tweaks and guides.



This means that if you have a tweak recommendation, then you can submit it to us and we'll get it into Tweakipedia. We'll also love to hear suggestions on what you'd love to see next, so if you are itching to see how a certain GPU (or three) performs in a particular game, then you can request that. If you didn't know how to do a particular task - for example, building a system with Corsair's Obsidian 900D case - then we would secure that part and write a how-to build guide on it.




The idea is that the reader is heavily involved in Tweakipedia. We want you to submit ideas, requests, your own guides and tweaks - everything. This way, you're directly contributing to Tweakipedia and seeing it slowly morph into a gigantic source of great tech information. That is the next point - Tweakipedia will be a source we can continue to come back on in future reviews, articles and more.

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