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RumorTT: HP is building a 7-inch tablet to be sold in the $99 price range

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 10:03 pm

Today, reports have begun surfacing on a new 7-inch tablet that is being designed by HP and will release just in time for back to school season in the US. DigiTimes is reporting that sources from within HP's supply chain have confirmed that a 7-inch $99 tablet is already deep into mass production. The report goes on to state the the device will be sold exclusively in Walmart stores alongside a list of other sub-$100 Android tablets.

 

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The tablet is said to feature a single-core Medfield Atom processor from Intel, but no other specifications have been leaked. We expect the display to be of the very low quality TN type as anything remotely close to HD or a high pixel density would automatically place this tablet out of the $99 range. Most likely RAM will be 1GB or lower, while advanced features like Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and nice speakers will be left out. We expect the tablet to run Android 4.1 or 4.2.1, but we could be wrong.

Samsung is said to be building second-generation Nexus 10 tablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 6:31 pm

Hot on the heels of yesterday's second-gen Nexus 7 launch, rumors have begun to spread about when and where we might see a next-gen Nexus 10 pop up. A new report from a Wall Street Journal reporter suggests that Google's new Nexus 10 will arrive at some point in the "near future" and will be manufactured by Samsung.

 

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The report comes from Amir Efrati, a reporter for the WSJ who is said to have learned of the details from Google's Android and Chrome Boss, Sundar Pichai. This means that relations between Samsung and Google may not be as strained as some would like us to believe. Last year, Google released the Nexus 10 three months after the Nexus 7, which could mean that we could see the second-gen Nexus 10 arrive just in time for the holiday season.

BlackBerry ship continues to sink as it lays off 250 more employees

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 5:39 pm

Last year, BlackBerry laid off over 500 employees in an attempt to lower overhead and operating costs and in more recent months, the company has seen several of its top-level management depart for one reason or another. Yesterday, Anthony Garreffa reported that the head of the now failed Playbook, David Smith, had resigned from the company as well. Call it what you want, but I call it a sinking ship.

 

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Today we have learned that things are continuing to look darker for the once king of smartphones as the company lays off 250 more employees, this time from its New Product Testing and R&D Department. CEO Thorsten Heins says that these layoffs are part of the company's "complex transition phase."

 

A statement from BlackBerry's Lisette Kwong said:

 

I can confirm on the record, that BlackBerry on Tuesday informed 250 employees of their termination in Waterloo. These employees were part of the New Product Testing Facility, a department that supports BlackBerry's manufacturing and R&D efforts.This is part of the next stage of our turnaround plan to increase efficiencies and scale our company correctly for new opportunities in mobile computing. We will be as transparent as possible as those plans evolve.

Intuitive Aerial use Oculus Rift to control a drone through the VR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Drones | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 12:21 pm

I truly do love Oculus Rift, and I think it's going to change the entire face of technology and gaming as we know it in the years to come. But, what are developers doing with it right now?

 

 

Well, one developer, Intuitive Aerial, have used the virtual reality headset to control a real-life drone. The first flight of Oculus FPV, gives a user the Rift headset, where they see a birds-eye view of the drone. This isn't just a virtual reality headset anymore, it's almost like you're physically flying in the air, kind of like Superman, but a drone.

 

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The drone itself is carrying a laptop to give the users on the ground communications to Oculus' Rift, so it's stuck to just using Wi-Fi at the moment. This means they're locked down to a 50-100m radius, but this will only improve with time. Give me real-life Superman, now.

The first test footage of Avatar 2 was shown off at SIGGRAPH 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 11:26 am

For years, most have been wondering when we'd start properly hearing about James Cameron's sequel to Avatar. Well, James' partner, Jon Landau, took the stage of SIGGRAPH, showing the public their first test footage for the upcoming movie.

 

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The test footage unveiled a "noticeable improvement" in their virtual camera techniques, with a much higher quality output in a scene that involved a human and a Na'vi walking around on the surface of Pandora. The presentation happened at the Autodesk Users Group event during SIGGRAPH, with Landau stressing that this test footage was from several months ago, and it isn't at the point that they'd like to be.

 

There's much more to read about the test footage at SIGGRAPH at The Hollywood Reporter. I'm hoping for a huge leap in special effects, considering the entire movie pretty much happens inside of a 'virtual world'.

NVIDIA show off Project Logan at SIGGRAPH 2013, providing near GeForce Titan GPU performance on mobile

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 10:42 am

NVIDIA have had something quite impressive to show off at SIGGRAPH this year, Project Logan. Project Logan is an upcoming Kepler-based mobile SoC, which should really provide mobile devices with a serious punch in performance.

 

 

Kepler is great for NVIDIA, as it scales from the best super computers, right down to mobile devices. NVIDIA have been able to scale the GEFORCE TITAN's 250W performance, down to Project Logan, where it only uses between 2-3W. Of course, we don't have TITAN performance in the size of a mobile, but with the right compromises, we're getting there.

 

 

We have Full HD video support, with NVIDIA saying: "game developers can develop awesome graphics for desktop and more easily bring those capabilities to mobile." NVIDIA used their reference tablet design to show off the power inside Logan, with the demos including full HDR lighting, FXAA, bloom, tone mapping, auto exposure, same environment, moving light, deep tissue scattering. With the videos above for your viewing pleasure.

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AOC's E1659FWU is a 16-inch USB 3.0-powered portable monitor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 10:08 am

We checked out DisplayLink's technology at Computex Taipei 2013, and fell in love with it so much we awarded it with our Best of Computex 2013 for Technology.

 

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Well, the company have teamed up with AOC and made the AOC E1659FWU, which is a portable 16-inch monitor that is completely powered over USB 3.0. The AOC E1659FWU includes its own monitor carry case for total ease of use, which allows it to fit into most notebook bags. It is compatible with both PC and Mac, and has a 15.6-inch viewing window with a resolution of 1366x768 at 60Hz.

 

The peak power consumption of AOC's new E1659FWU is just 7W. AOC even throw in the carry case for free, which is great considering it is available for pre-order right now through Amazon for just $139.

Guess who EA's top retail partner is... too late, it's Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 9:31 am

This week, Electronic Arts reported their first-quarter earnings, stating that digital sales have now passed the numbers of physical store sales. This is a huge turn for EA, but considering they now have 50 million+ gamers on Origin, not so much.

 

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Who are EA's top retail partner? We kinda spoiled it in the title, but it's Apple. Most would point their fingers at companies like Walmart, Amazon, GameSpot, but it's Apple. EA's COO, Peter Moore, explains: "Our quarter was notable for its strong digital sales. To that end, Apple was EA's biggest retail partner as measured by sales. That is a first."

 

Out of $495 million in total revenue that EA pulled in over the three-month period, $378 million of that was thanks to digital sales. $90 million or so of that came from smart devices, such as smartphones and tablets. $90 million isn't going to break records, but considering EA are the third-largest gaming company in the world, and we all know how big Apple is, this is quite interesting.

Facebook enjoy their Q2 2013, pulling in $333 million in profit from $1.8 billion in revenue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 8:49 am

Facebook have just reported their Q2 2013 earnings, which saw the social networking pulling down a nice $1.8 billion in revenue, and enjoying $333 million in profits from the three-month period.

 

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Investors are enjoying this news, with stock in the social network rising 17% in after-hours trading. Facebook's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission tells us that they're seeing daily active users of "699 million on average for June 2013, an increase of 27 percent year-over-year." When talking mobile numbers, their daily active users are sitting at "469 million on average for June 2013."

 

Facebook managed to beat analysts' expectations, leading most to believe that the social network might be making more money than previously thought. Michael Pachter, a Wedbush Securities analyst told the Wall Street Journal: "The revenue beat is huge. They are clearly doing a great job with local ad sales."

Here's a list of the US Congressmen who voted for, and against the amendment to stop the NSA spying on the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 5:27 am

Ah, US politics - it's all a House of Cards. Well, the NSA nearly had their funding cut earlier today, but there were more 'for' votes than 'against' votes with Congress today.

 

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Representative Justin Amash presented an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill, which would have seen the NSA lose their ability to use tax payers money to spy on everyone. TechCrunch embedded a Scribd document, where you can see all of the members' votes. It's interesting, to see just who is with the Americans, and who is not.

 

We're not trying to start anything here, but any Congressmen who votes for the spying of the American people doesn't sound too patriotic now, do they? Check out the list here.

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