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WD announces 2TB external storage with the My Passport Slim

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 2:13 pm

Today, Western Digital has announced the latest in its My Passport line of external storage solutions. The My Passport Slim features 2TB of capacity in a slim 18mm all-metal casing for added durability.




Included with the Slim is WD Smartware Pro data protection software, which we have had the chance to look at on a number of occasions. This software is one of the more full featured applications available in that it allows users to back-up their data straight to the My Passport while maintaining an additional copy on their Dropbox account.


The My Passport Slim will be available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, with the 1TB model measuring just 4.3"x3.1"x0.48" and 2TB coming in at 4.3"x3.1"x0.7". Each of these external storage solutions come with a very nice three year warranty from WD. The 1TB model will be immediately available from the WD Store and online retailers. The 2TB will follow in the next quarter.

Seagate unveils Seagate Ultra Mobile, 500GB storage for smart devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:01 pm

Thought the 32GB or 64GB of internal flash storage was never enough? Well, Seagate might have just announced something that will surprise you - the Seagate Ultra Mobile. This is the industry's first purpose-built 500GB storage solution for Android-based devices.




This means that consumers can take around countless hours of music or video, or tens of thousands of images everywhere they go. Seagate has used a Dynamic Data Driver that "intelligently manages the data between the devices' on-board flash and the HDD to provide comparable power and performance of flash-only solutions."




Seagate has also used zero-gravity sensors (ZGS) that will protect the device if it's dropped, as well as improved shock and tolerance for gyroscopic motion supports even when the device is being moved around quickly when you're playing games. This all comes in at just 3.3 oz, which is about the weight of a light bulb. It's built on the 2.5-inch standard, and is just 5mm thick. Power consumption is ultra-low at just 0.14W in standby or idle.

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LG sends its G2 smartphone to infinity, and beyond, films it all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 11:32 am

LG's G2 smartphone is the company's latest flagship smartphone, but just how do you celebrate your latest smartphone's launch? Well, you launch it, into the stratosphere, that's how.



The South Korean giant wanted to show off the G2's 13-megapixel camera, in style, so it used a weather balloon to get the LG G2 to around 18 miles up. This is enough to get to the stratosphere of Earth, where the G2 snapped some gorgeous imagery using the much-hyped optical image stabilization and low-light functions of the 13-megapixel camera on the rear of the G2 smartphone.




The LG G2 is a 5.2-inch smartphone which features a 1920x1080 IPS panel. The rear-camera shoots 1080p video, with optical image stabilization which keeps everything shake-free. Check out the footage above, it's actually quite impressive.

Instagram to start annoying you with ads very soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 10:29 am

It looks like Instagram wants to do something with the 150 million active users it has, where the company has told The Wall Street Journal it will soon be introducing advertising to the popular app.




Instagram's director of business operations, Emily White, said that Instagram would be ready to sell ads before the year is wrapped up. Since Facebook acquired Instagram last year, the service has added more than 100 million users. Right now, there's no date on when the service will be adding ads, but the Journal has said that White is talking with advertisers right now.


White reportedly met with some advertising heavyweights last week, which included Ford and Coca-Cola. White told the Journal: "We want to make money in the long term, but we don't have any short-term pressure."

LG unveils the world's largest curved 4K OLED, sizing up at 77 inches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 9:25 am

It feels like every other week there's a new 'world's first' in the world of largest OLED TVs, but here we are once again. This time we have LG claiming it has the world's largest curved Ultra HD TV.




Just how big does it take for you to be the world's largest these days? 77 inches, that's how big. LG claims the top spot, and better yet its with a 4K-capable set. The South Korean giant hasn't said when this will be hitting store shelves, but if it does, expect it to come at an equally large price.

NSA has hacked into Android, BlackBerry and iPhones, accessed data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 8:28 am

Der Spiegel is at it again, reporting that it has NSA documents in its hands that state that the US spy agency accessed data from Apple iPhones, BlackBerry devices and Android-based devices.




Der Spigel stated that most smartphone data can be accessed, including users' contact lists, text message logs and information on geographical locations. The NSA has set up working parties that makes sure each of the main mobile OS' had a "back door" that was accessible to spies. This has stirred memories in Germany, where the paper is based, of the Nazis and the communist era from decades ago.


The one company that has the most at stake would be BlackBerry, who has proudly sold devices on the fact that they the encryption in them is too strong for anyone to crack. Google and Apple, we both know have worked with the NSA previously, so this news should come as a shock to no one. This news also comes on the heels of our latest report where we talked about common encryption protocols were nothing for the NSA.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon sells over 1 million copies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 7:31 am

Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, said during an interview at Gamescom 2013 that the digital-only copy of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon had sold over 1 million copies so far. Considering Blood Dragon was very much an experiment of a game, this is a great step for the company.




Blood Dragon took a chance by using the theme of an action movie set in the 80s, which took place in a futuristic island that had enemies like the Cyber Shark and the Metal Mantaray. Blood Dragon never took itself seriously, but gamers on the other hand, took it seriously with their wallets. Guillemot said that the digital-only format allowed a lower profit point, which allowed them to stretch out the experiment.


Obviously with less risk involved, the bigger the chance they can take. The Ubisoft CEO hinted that Blood Dragon might make it to a full retail release, which would see sales jump even more so.

Toshiba's Encore tablet is powered by an Intel Atom processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 6:30 am

IFA 2013 - We have taken a look at Toshiba's Encore tablet at IFA 2013, which is an interesting device. The Encore is powered by Intel's Atom processor, as well as Windows 8.1.



This means it can run all Windows software thanks to its x86-based processor, and is quite portable with an 8-inch display. The 8-inch display has a resolution of just 1280x800, which will do for most people. Backed up in those specs we find 2GB of RAM, and two storage options: 32GB or 64GB, which are both expandable by microSD cards.




On the back of the Toshiba Encore we find an 8-megapixel rear shooter, which is sans an LED flash unfortunately. Connectivity wise we have microUSB and microHDMI, but the best part of this is the touch button on the side of the display which will take you directly to the desktop, or the usual Windows UI, depending on where you are at the time.

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We take a look at Toshiba's new Satellite W30T convertible Ultrabook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 5:26 am

IFA 2013 - Johannes Knapp, our man on the ground at this year's IFA conference, has taken a hands-on look at Toshiba's new Satellite W30T convertible Ultrabook.



The Satellite W30T is a 13.3-inch Ultrabook, which converts into a 13.3-inch tablet in the same way that ASUS' Transformer Pad range of slates does, but Toshiba has opted for Windows 8 in this case. It can detach from its keyboard dock, turning into a 13.3-inch tablet running a 1366x768 HD IPS display. It's also based on Intel's fourth-generation Haswell range of processors, too.




We have HDD choices of a 500GB mechanical drive, or an SSD option. As for graphics we have Intel's HD Graphics 4200 Series, and the usual connectivity through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WiDi and HDMI. Ports on the side are plentiful with microHDMI, microUSB, microSD (for both expandable storage and as an SD card reader) and a USB 3.0 port on the keyboard dock.

Formula 1 racing sees the use of thermal imaging

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 9, 2013 4:50 am

Thermal imaging is getting quite popular, but it looks like Formula 1 racing could be one of the sports it really excels in. At this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, the technology was used to see Paul di Resta's car involved in a crash.



A thermal imager was set up behind the cockpit, which gave us his point-of-view in thermal imaging of the crash. We can see the front tires heat up, glowing bright orange after numerous times around the track. As he hits another car, we can see one of the orange-colored tyres fly upward, which looks quite amazing compared to real-life footage.

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