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Samsung unveils HomeSync at MWC, an Android-powered TV-connected device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2013 8:54 pm

MWC 2013 - Samsung have used Mobile World Congress to let the skinny slip on their latest device, HomeSync. It's not a smartphone, it's not a tablet, but rather a TV-connected device running the same type of specs that we see in our mobile devices.




This means we're greeted with a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash, a 1TB HDD for storage, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, optical audio and finally, HDMI 1.4. Samsung's HomeSync even supports up to eight individual password-protected and encrypted user accounts, which can each individually sync content from other devices, and share it through various accounts.


HomeSync is mostly a media hub capable of pushing out your content at 1080p, as well as streaming it from local Galaxy-branded devices. There's no news on whether this is anything to do with Google TV, but it does have the ability to grab content from the Play Store, as well as run its own apps. Another nifty feature is the ability to use your smartphone as a remote control with HomeSync.

Samsung launches their Galaxy Note 8.0 at Mobile World Congress 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2013 8:32 pm

MWC 2013 - Samsung have unveiled a new member of their Galaxy family of devices, the Galaxy Note 8.0. We've had a hands-on experience with it a little while ago, but now we have some more details to report on Samsung's latest device.




The new Galaxy Note 8.0 slides between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II smartphone and the 10-inch Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, but has some nice abilities for a middle child. We're looking at Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean as the OS, an 8-inch 1280x800 display with a pixel density of 189ppi. This makes the Galaxy Note 8.0's screen slightly better than Apple's iPad mini which features a 7.9-inch 163ppi display.


Cranking along inside the device we have a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, Samsung's own Exynos 4 - backing this up we have 2GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. There will be LTE-capable Note 8.0's in the wild, but at first there will be 3G connectivity on offer through HSPA+. Thanks to being part of the Note family of devices, we will have the S Pen stylus, which is really useful for the included apps from Samsung.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 S Pen tablet hands-on video from MWC 2013

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2013 8:01 pm

MWC 2013 - Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona doesn't officially start till tomorrow, but it didn't stop Samsung getting the action started with the launch of its latest tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0.



Johannes Knapp, our correspondent at the event, was able to get some hands-on time with the new device and we've embedded the video above.




We'll have further details on the device shortly. For now, enjoy the video.

Battlefield 4 confirmed for next-gen consoles, we will see more in the next two months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 4:11 am

If there's a single game I'm excited for in the next couple of years, it has to be Battlefield 4. Battlefield 3 really pushed the boundaries within the first-person shooter in terms of graphics, but the next one should amp that up considerably.




EA labels president Frank Gibeau has said:


We've been investing and innovating on new technology for months. Console partners who have seen our early work agree, EA's next-gen software is nothing short of astonishing. At a GameStop company meeting earlier this week, we gave 500 store managers a sneak peak at Battlefield 4. The game received a huge ovation and thousands of fans reacted to a single enthusiastic Tweet by GameStop's CEO.


At the end of last month, Gibeau told investors that EA would share the first official details of Battlefield 4 in "about 30 days". We're now 30 days into those 90, so we're just two months from hearing this information. The game is coming "next year" and will reach next-gen consoles and PC.

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Gaming in 4K tested out on Windows 8 and Max Payne 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 3:29 am

Something we will be getting more into this year is 4K Ultra HD technology, this is the next-gen of PC and it's some seriously hot stuff. The Windows blog got their hands on a 55-inch 4K-capable Ultra HD TV and ran some DirectX 11 games on it.




They tried Max Payne 3 with an AMD Radeon HD 7970 and saw some great details from the game. The one thing to remember here is the insane amount of pixels being pushed from the 4K Ultra HD TV set. At 1280x720, you're barely scraping 1-megapixel of information at 0.91 megapixels. The standard now, 1920x1080, pushes 2.07 megapixels - but 4K? An insane 8.2 megapixels... a huge, huge jump. That jump requires some serious GPU horsepower.


The TV being used was set to just 30Hz, so the maximum frames per second will be 30. The 4K display wasn't the only one being used, with the GPU driving 3 other displays, too. There's a video on the site which you should check out, too.

Apple seeking new 'Maps Ground Truth Data Specialist' in Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 2:10 am

Apple are looking for someone in Australia for a new position, the position open is for a 'Maps Ground Truth Data Specialist'. This position has been up for a couple of days, and comes just months after Apple's Maps app failing to provide correct mapping data in Australia.




The position will check "changes to map data, provide feedback on unique local map requirements, collect ground truth information, and evaluate competing products." But what is 'Ground Truth'? Well, that is information collected on location versus the data being collected remotely, such as data from satellites.

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Google releases Chrome 25, comes with voice recognition support

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 1:31 am

Google has released the latest stable version of Chrome. This new version comes with the typical bug fixes, improved security, and performance updates that we have come to expect from updates. Also included in this latest version of Chrome is the ability to add voice recognition via the Web Speech API.




The Web Speech API allows Chrome to send snippets or continuous speech to Google's Voice service. Google's servers then send back the text version of what was said. This is incredibly useful for users who can't type do to physical disabilities or are slow typists.


Google has also disabled silent extension installs as they announced they were going to do back in December. Google says that too many third-parties were taking advantage of the opportunity to install extensions that users didn't want or didn't even accept.


You can download Google Chrome 25 from Google's website.

Google wants to get Glass on sale by end of this year for less than $1,500

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 1:03 am

Google is looking to get a "fully-polished" version of Glass on sale by the end of this year. The search giant has said that the augmented reality headset will cost "less than $1,500" when it eventually goes on sale. The headset has already been available for pre-order for $1,500, though those versions aren't the same as what will be released to the general public.




As with all technology, the early adopters end up paying a premium to remain an early adopter. The Project Glass headset was announced last year and got a demonstration at Google I/O. The headset will be able to record pictures and video, provide directions, and much more, all controlled by your voice.

Vine Flip turns your Vine videos into a flipbook

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 12:33 am

If you're one of the many people who made flipbooks in their youth, there is now a much easier way to do it. A new website, called Vine Flip, will turn your six-seocnd Vine video into a flipbook. The founders got the idea after thinking about how awesome it would be to pass a flipbook of a Vine video they had just taken around the office.




We were goofing around our office shooting our friends being foolish and thought, how funny if we could make this into a flipbook and secretly pass them around the office. And then the ideas of other ways we'd like to flip our Vines came flowing out - from marriage proposals to parties. We knew we had to roll this out if nothing else to entertain ourselves


Turning a Vine video into a flipbook has lots of cool uses, but it really is just an awesome demonstration of the digital world becoming physical once again. For $14, you can turn a Vine video into a pair of flipbooks, though you can order as many as you want. They will take five to ten business days for them to be created and delivered.

Industry officials expect Microsoft to unveil next-gen Xbox in April

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2013 12:02 am

Numerous industry sources, including some Sony employees, expect that Microsoft will unveil the next-generation Xbox at an event in April. A senior Sony official stated he was informed that the PS4 unveiling had "at first caught Microsoft off-guard. We definitely ruffled some feathers."




Another indication that the next-gen Xbox is just around the corner is that a Microsoft media partner, Ustechs, has registered the internet domain Microsoft continues to decline to comment about the next-gen Xbox.

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