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iFixit gives the new iMacs the teardown treatment, finds soldered CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 11:29 am

The new Apple iMacs were released just days ago, but iFixit has already ripped it apart for its usual teardown treatment. Both the 21.5- and 27-inch models feature the new 802.11ac wireless standard.




The 27-inch model features PCIe-based flash storage, which was first introduced into the MBA in June. The 21.5-inch model has a couple of changes from its bigger brother, where we have a new empty PCIe SSD, so that consumers can upgrade the based model iMac to the awesome Fusion Drive combination HDD/SSD drive that Apple released last year.


The CPU on the 21.5-inch model is soldered onto the logic board, which means there will be no upgrades on the smaller model. iFixit didn't seem too impressed with the 21.5-inch model, giving it a 2 out of 10 score for repairability for the soldered processor. The 27-inch model received a 5 out of 10 score.

Humble Mobile Bundle 2 is now available, 6 games available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 10:38 am

The Humble Bundle is back with the Humble Mobile Bundle 2, which offers up 6 games for mobile devices. As usual, you can choose just how much you donate to charity, and which games you receive. All of the titles are DRM-free, with some of them including soundtracks in the price which is quite the scoop. The following games are included in the Humble Mobile Bundle 2:



  • Star Command (new to Android)
  • Time Surfer (new to Android)
  • Punch Quest
  • Bloons TD 5
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands
  • Carmageddon

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Google intros same-day local delivery in San Francisco

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 9:31 am

Google has pushed out same-day delivery to the general public in the Bay Area peninsula, which spans from San Francisco to San Jose. The service is called Google Shopping Express.




Shopping can browser inventory through a web-based shopping portal, or through a new mobile app that will soon be made available to iOS and Android devices. Google will be working with participating retailers like smaller local retailers and grocers, as well as bigger retailers such as Target, Walgreens and REI.




The Mountain View-based giant is offering a promotion for free unlimited delivery for six months, with standard pricing set at $5 per store, per order.

RumorTT: Surface mini to be announced very soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 8:28 am

We've been introduced to the new Surface slates from Microsoft, but the company is missing out on the money with smaller slates, like the Nexus 7 slates and the smaller Galaxy range from Samsung, and the iPad mini.




But according to IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander who spoke with CNET who says an upcoming Windows RT-based slate would arrive with a 7.5-inch display and a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 1400x1050-pixel resolution. We should expect 3G/4G LTE connectivity, which would be a first for the Redmond-based giant.

Microsoft now accepts iPhones for its in-store exchange program

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 6:38 am

Microsoft has debuted its latest Surface tablets to the world, where we see them trying to forge a new, exciting path in the world of slates. But what about its smartphones?




Well, it looks like Microsoft is wanting to lure more customers in by expanding its in-store exchange program, which now accepts iPhones. According to Forbes who has "an inside source at Microsoft" that as of this Friday, Microsoft will accept the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 as part of its in-store exchange program.


This will only be applicable to the US and Canadian Microsoft Stores, which will reportedly offer a minimum of $200 for an iPhone.

Samsung's 'premium' smartphones will be metal 'Galaxy F' smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 5:29 am

We've been hearing about Samsung moving toward a more premium material for its smartphones, but we didn't know that this might prompt the South Korean giant to unleash yet another range of Galaxy devices.




The latest report comes from Korea's ETNews, who says that Samsung will release a new line of "premium" smartphones that we'll come to know and love as the "Galaxy F" series next year. The Galaxy F series will reportedly be made of metal to keep up with other premium smartphones like the iPhone 5S and HTC One.


When Samsung do this, it could really change things. If HTC thought it had problems now, one of the only things on its side right now is that it is making premium quality smartphones. Once it's biggest competitor starts doing so, what will HTC do?

ASUS slides unknown tablet through the FCC, what could it be?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 4:35 am

ASUS has been quite busy on the tablet front this year, especially in the last couple of months, but now the Taiwanese giant has just sent the FCC yet another tablet.




We don't know what it is, but we have the TF502T model, which gives credit to it being another Transformer tablet. It could be the upcoming Transformer Pad, but we don't know much yet. We do know that it features 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC, but so do virtually all mobile devices these days. We'll have more information on this mystery ASUS slate soon enough.

Amazon unveils next-gen Kindle Fire HDX slates, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 3:31 am

Amazon has announced its third generation Kindle Fire slates, which bring the Kindle Fire HDX branding with it. The US retail giant has also unveiled a refreshed version of its Kindle Fire HD tablets, which have seen a drop in price.




The Kindle Fire HDX arrives in two sizes: 7-inch and 8.9 inches, with both slates seeing some nice increases in horsepower and specs. Both HDX models feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC (2.2GHz quad-core processor), 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of on-board flash storage, and high resolution displays. The 7-inch model sees a 1920x1200-pixel display (323PPI) but the 8.9-inch features a gorgeous 2560x1600-pixel panel which provides 339PPI.


The 8.9-inch HDX also features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, too. Better yet, the 8.9-inch HDX is 34% lighter than its predecessor. Moving onto the software side of things, the new HDX slates are running Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito" which provides a bunch of new features such as X-Ray for Music, Prime Instant Video downloads and updates to all of the pre-installed apps.

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Samsung wants to shower you with its golden Galaxy S4, LOLs at Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 2:31 am

Some people were paying upwards of $10,000 for a golden iPhone 5S, so it seems like perfect timing for Apple's biggest competitor to unveil its own gold-colored smartphone.




Samsung has announced a couple of golden colored Galaxy S4 models, with the new Gold Edition Galaxy S4. The two options are: Gold Pink or Gold Brown, which Samsung is currently showing off on its United Arab Emirates social media outlets. We shouldn't see these phones go mainstream, but the thing to take away from this is that Samsung can also play ball, and go for gold.


I think the addition of the second version, Gold Pink, is a huge deal here. If this Gold Pink Galaxy S4 was unleashed to the rest of the world, it could be a really hot seller.

VideoTT: AMD GPU14 - Battlefield 4 Angry Sea level demo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 12:28 am

AMD GPU14 - As AMD was closing out its opening day keynote at its GPU14 event in Hawaii, EA took the opportunity to show off a never before seen demo of the single player level Angry Sea in the upcoming Battlefield 4 game. The level is split between a battle on a sinking aircraft carrier and then, as the ship sinks, combat is switched to the sea and attack boats.


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