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RumorTT: Intel Haswell-based Apple Macbook Pro's scheduled to arrive in October

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 27, 2013 1:02 am

A new report from the China Times is suggesting that we may see Haswell-based Apple MacBook Pros arriving in stores and online in October. The report claims that supply chain sources said the production has been moving forward at a steady pace and everything is on schedule for the devices to arrive in the fall.

 

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The update to Haswell will not offer much in terms of a performance gain, but users will see a massive increase in battery life over the previous generations of MacBook Pro. These rumors seem to confirm an earlier report from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities who said that:

 

Retina MacBook Pro to be slimmer slightly, along with a camera upgrade. We expect the 13" Retina MacBook Pro will have a slightly slimmer form factor for increasing its portability. Also, we think the camera spec will be upgraded from HD to full HD. This will improve Facetime and video conference quality in the high resolution Retina display.

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RumorTT: Nintendo is said to be planning a The Legend of Zelda: Wind Walker HD hardware bundle

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 27, 2013 12:37 am

Nintendolife.com is reporting today that a source who has access to the inventory system at a "major systems retailer" has informed them that Nintendo is putting together a Wii U hardware bundle that will feature The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker HD. The report comes in the form of a tweet which says the bundle will retail for $199, but no release date was given.

 

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NintendoLife seems to think that this report is credible and Nintendo releases major title bundles for its flagship console every year just before holiday season. Additionally, the tweet alluded to a red and blue Pokémon X&Y bundle that would retail for the same price. Interestingly enough, the tweet also mentioned a 12 GB PS3 that would retail for $199 as well.

Pinterest unveils enhanced tracking, allows users to opt-out

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 27, 2013 12:05 am

Pinterest announced today a new addition to its popular image collecting service that allows users to edit their feed to provide them with content that is related to what they have been pinning. Dubbed the "Edit Home Feed" option, users can now opt out of letting Pinterest track your activity on other sites.

 

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Pinterest now tracks you on sites that have a "Pin It" button whenever you pin something from that website. It then uses this data to suggest boards based on your interests. Opting out is a simple as ticking a box in your account settings. Pinterest added this feature to help ease concerns over online tracking which is been at the forefront of the news for the past few months now.

Final renders of the Moto X leaked, shows molded glass front

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 11:16 pm

Motorola's Moto X is expected launch on August 1 at an event being held by Motorola and Google, but new leaks today show off the final renders for the device as well as what appears to be a "Magic Glass" molded front.

 

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This so-called "Magic Glass" is said to be a sheet of Gorilla Glass that has been molded to create a one-piece continuous surface that wraps around the entire front of the device including the edges. In some leaked images, we can see that this appears to be true and the glass even includes molded clips to hold it to the phone chassis.

 

Additionally, we saw today the final PR renders for the device leaked by everyone's favorite leakster @evleaks. The devices appear to have lost the carbon fiber backing we saw on the original renders and appears to have adopted a more original Nexus 7 like finish on the back plate. Stay tuned to TweakTown next week for full coverage when Motorola and Google officially unveil the Moto X.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admits the company built too many Surface RT tablets

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 10:32 pm

Earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that the company had in fact built too many Surface RT tablets and that they were not selling as many as previously expected. The announcement came during an internal town hall event where Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner attended to address concerns over the $900 million write off Microsoft recently had to make on its Surface tablets.

 

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"We built a few more devices than we could sell," admitted Ballmer. "We're not selling as many Windows devices as we want to." In an attempt to shore up losses, Microsoft recently cut the price of all of its Surface RT tablets by 30 percent worldwide, but we will not know if this has had any effect on sales for quite a few months.

 

With Apple's iOS devices, and all of the many of the companies with Android devices posting record numbers, it is beginning to look like Microsoft's foray into the mobile devices market may have become one of the biggest mistakes in the company's history.

LeakedTT: Sony's 20-megapixel Honami smartphone images leak alongside Xperia Z

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 9:44 pm

Today, more images leaked of the upcoming Sony Honami, a 20-megapixel smartphone that could challenge Nokia's Lumia 1020. In the image, Sony's Xperia Z was placed side-by-side for comparison. The leak comes from website GadgetHelpline, and the device is said to have a 20-megapixel Cybershot imaging sensor in the back.

 

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The Honami appears to share the same design cues as the Xperia Z but features a larger and thicker frame to accommodate the larger screen and extra imaging hardware. Rumored specs for the device include a Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch 1080p Triluminos Opticontrast display. Water and dust protection are also said to be present and a 3000mAh battery should keep things powered up for many hours. Sony is said to have chosen Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as the operating system of choice. No word has yet leaked on a possible release date, but stay tuned to TweakTown for all the updates on this new phone from Sony.

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Nokia's 41-megapixel Lumia 1020 arrives for sale at AT&T

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 9:04 pm

Today, Microsoft announced that Nokia's Windows Phone-based 41-megapixel Lumia 1020 is now available for both online and in-store purchases. Microsoft says that the 4G LTE smartphone will cost customers $299 with a standard 2-year contract and is available in yellow, white, and black.

 

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The Lumia 1020 features a 41-megapixel camera that sports a lens aperture of f/2.2 and a super wide focal length of 6.2mm. The device also features a true Xenon flash for amazing illumination of low-light scenes. A 1.5GHz dual-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon S4 handles the processing duties, while 2GB of RAM keeps things running smooth. 32GB of internal storage is also present which should allow for quite a few photos to be stored on the device. The screen is a 4.5-inch AMOLED PureMotion HD+ unit comprised of Gorilla glass.

ScienceFriday: Hubble captures breathtaking image of Comet ISON, one of the greatest comets humans will ever see

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 8:33 pm

It has been several months since I have made a Science Friday post here at TweakTown and I have been wanting to bring it back. So many of you have mentioned how much you enjoyed them, so I am going to attempt to make 1-2 science related posts every Friday. Today, NASA released a breathtaking image of Comet ISON taken with the Hubble Space Telescope back on April 30. The image shows ISON streaking through our solar system with many stars and faint galaxies in the background.

 

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The image is comprised of five photos that the researchers at NASA stitched together to form such a wide field of view. "The result is part science, part art," Josh Sokol of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., which operates Hubble, wrote in a blog post last week. "It's a simulation of what our eyes, with their ability to dynamically adjust to brighter and fainter objects, would see if we could look up at the heavens with the resolution of Hubble."

 

Comet ISON, is a sungrazing comet discovered on September 21, 2012, by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok. The discovery was made using a 0.4 meter--16 in--reflecting telescope. As the comet warms as it moves closer to the sun, its rate of sublimation (a process similar to evaporation in which solid matter transitions directly into gas) will increase. The comet will get brighter and its tail will grow longer. The comet is predicted to reach naked-eye visibility in November.

Apacer shows off new ARES DDR3-3000 series RAM

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 8:03 pm

Today, Apacer introduced us to some new RAM that they say will "once again bring overclocking techniques to a new level." The new ARES DDR3-3000 series is the same APACER RAM that broke records at Computex Taipei 2013 with a pair of modules reaching 3225MHz. The series includes 2800MHz, 2933MHz, and 3000MHz modules that are available in two different capacity packages. A 2x4GB and a 2x8GB kit are available to bring extreme overclocking to extreme players.

 

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In order to achieve the most excellent and stable effect of overclocking, Apacer's ARES series overclocking memory adopts professional cooling system specially designed for overclocking which uses pure copper with thermal conductivity to conduct waste heat. Highly efficient cooling liquid would be vaporized after absorbing heat, and conduct waste heat to the large cooling fins through capillary action and the phase change principle of function. ARES series' advanced cooling system not only provides outstanding and permanent cooling effect, with no need to clean and no operating noise, thereby creating a perfect overclocking environment for game players!

 

Apacer says that every module of ARES RAM has been thoroughly checked to ensure that they conform to the highest standards. The ARES series features an 8-layer PCB that was specifically designed for overclocking efficiency and to provide better noise and interference reduction which can otherwise prevent world class overclocks from happening.

T-Mobile updates its "Un-Carrier" strategy to stay ahead of the competition

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 7:03 pm

T-Mobile USA announced today that it is updating its popular Un-Carrier strategy tomorrow to now offer all devices for $0 down. This means that customers can now upgrade their smartphones for free without signing a contract and just pay a monthly payment on the phone for 24 months. For example, you could upgrade to a new Samsung Galaxy S4 tomorrow for $0 down and just pay $25 per month over the next 24 months. That works out to $600 for the phone with 0% APR.

 

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"The number of reasons not to switch to T-Mobile this summer is ZERO," said John Legere, president and chief executive officer, T-Mobile US. "This is a fantastic offer and we're making it easier than ever for customers to get the latest amazing devices. Adding Zero Down in addition to JUMP!, and Simple Choice with no contract is all about making wireless work for consumers and shaking up this industry."

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