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Google to begin shipping Google Glass Explorer edition sets in the next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 9:27 am

If you were lucky enough to jump into the Google Glass Explorer program, you'll get your Google Glasses before Google I/O. They may have cost you $1500, but it looks like you'll have your wearable Glass product within the next month.

 

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The news comes from TechCrunch during today's "Glass Collective" event with Google Ventures. This means we should see some quick apps thrown together in time for Google I/O, and enough time to wish that I plonked down $1500 last year, sigh.

ZTE unveils Geek, a 5-inch smartphone that features an Intel Clover Trail+ processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 8:20 am

ZTE have just unveiled an interestingly named smartphone, "Geek". Geek is an Android-based smartphone that runs Intel's Clover Trail+ platform. Geek is set to walk out onto the market with some impressive specs.

 

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Geek will be a 5-inch device with a 1280x720-pixel display, Intel's Clover Trail+ SoC at 2GHz, 8GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 1-megapixel front-facer, and a 2300mAh battery. Intel have claimed that the CT+ processor is twice as fast as the previous solution, with three times the graphical performance, all while being better on the battery.

 

There's no ETA on Geek, nor is there any pricing details. We should expect this phone to be a mid-range handset, and will be pushed into emerging markets.

Chrome Beta for Android lets users go full-screen for browsing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 7:35 am

Google released Chrome Beta version 27 today, which includes a bunch of updates. The biggest feature is the ability to go into full-screen mode, which allows users to scrolls down and see the toolbar scroll up with the rest of the page so that it doesn't take up the top of the browser - this gives users more room for reading, without the toolbar getting in the way.

 

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There's some client-side certificate support, with the tablet version of Chrome Beta for Android getting updated and now having the ability to long press on the back button to check out the tab history. There are a bunch of bug fixes in this release too. You can grab Chrome Beta for Android right here.

Google makes Nexus 10 flip cover available on Google Play Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 5:37 am

Google have now made that little removable strip along the rear of the Nexus 10 usable by releasing a flip cover for the 10-inch slate. The Nexus 10 Cover is now available from the Google Play Store.

 

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It's available in two colors, scarlet or dark gray, and folds over to protect the screen on your Nexus 10, as well as putting your tablet to sleep when it is closed. The Play Store states that the cover will ship in three to five days, and it's priced at $30. Not bad at all to protect your precious tablet.

 

You can get it right now from the Play Store.

"Always-on" tweeter, Adam Orth, is no longer working for Microsoft - Internet pitchforks work, it seems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 4:37 am

We heard Microsoft's Adam Orth talking about the always-on debacle that is sure to light up Internet messageboards and social networks across the world in the coming months and years, but it looks like the Microsoft creative director is no longer working with Microsoft.

 

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A close source of Orth has told Kotaku that he resigned from the company, and wasn't fired. Microsoft were asked to confirm the news, with a spokesperson for the company responding with "we do not comment on private personnel matters". Microsoft did apologize because of Orth's comments, hours after his rant on Twitter.

 

One would gather that all of the publicity he received from the Internet has caused the former MS creative director to resign from his position. I'm sure he'll talk about it soon enough.

RumorTT: Microsoft to release 7-inch Surface tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 4:34 am

Well, well, Microsoft - game on. The Wall Street Journal are claiming that Microsoft are working on a new generation of Surface tablets, which will include a 7-inch variant.

 

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We know that Microsoft weren't just stopping with one generation of Surface, and I'm sure the next-gen Surface devices are going to be much better than the ones we have right now. Also keep in mind the rumors of a 7-inch gaming tablet under the Xbox brand from last year, and the news from Microsoft begins to get a little more exciting.

 

What would you want from a 7-inch Surface? We should expect it to only come with a 1024x768 display, which isn't mind-blowing, but it's good enough.

Disney Australia announce Wreck-It Ralph Blu-ray release

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 4:24 am

The local arm of Disney has announced the multi-tiered home video release of 2012 CG animated flick Wreck-It Ralph for the 24th April, available on DVD, Blu-ray double play (with DVD) and 3D release featuring the 3D and 2D versions on two discs, along with a DVD.

 

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Wreck-It Ralph, utilizing the voices of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman was released to both critical and financial acclaim and features cameos from video gaming history's most beloved characters such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Bowser, Zangief and Q*bert.

 

Both Blu-ray releases feature a number of worthwhile additional features, such as behind the scenes featurettes, faux video game commercials, and the Disney short Paperman which appeared before the theatrical release. On the 3D release, the short is also featured in 3D.

 

In the coming weeks, we'll take a closer look at the Blu-ray, but for now you can read our review of the theatrical release here and watch the trailer below.

 

Quantic Dream, the developer of Heavy Rain, looking to hire staff for future multiplayer projects

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 3:33 am

The developer behind the PlayStation 3-exclusive game Heavy Rain, is hiring staff for some upcoming multiplayer title(s). A job listing spotted by Kotaku states that the developer is looking for a "creative lead online programmer with a passion for online gaming in order to be with us for our future AAA projects."

 

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Quantic Dream says they're looking for an experienced programmer with a "strong understanding of the multiplayer genre". Up until now, Quantic Dream's games have been single-player experiences, driven heavily by their story. Next-gen consoles might help all of this, where we might see some multiplayer elements.

 

The thing is, Quantic Dream are no normal developer - they don't just release a game, they invest so much time into the details within the game world, that this multiplayer news should excite all gamers. Multiplayer within a Quantic Dream game could see gamers playing characters, within the single-player world. What if it was your job to play a detective, and you could lie or tell the truth, kill the main character or not, and have multiple choices through an open-world game?

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Intel's 2013 update to their Xeon family isn't being rushed, but it will pack quite a punch when it arrives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 2:26 am

With no real competition in the server/workstation space, Intel aren't just rushing out their 2013 update to their Xeon platform of processors. Toward the end of this year, we should expect the Ivy Bridge-based Xeon E5 and E7 processors, while the Xeon Phi MIC/co-processor/accelerator gets segmented into more SKUs and thanks to a new stepping, we're seeing clock speeds pushed from 1.1GHz to 1.238GHz with nearly the same TDP and form factor.

 

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What we will see when the new Xeon processors arrive, is a 12-core part with 30MB of cache and quad-channel DDR3-1866 server memory paths per socket with clock speeds pushing 3GHz and Turbo Boost to boot. Power consumption on these insane 12-core processors should see a helping hand from its 22nm FinFet '3D transistor' process.

 

Toward the end of the year, we should expect the E5-4600 v2 series, which is the same as the above solution, but 4-socket-enabled where the dual QPI links make a square interconnection layout between the CPU. At around the same time, we should see the 15-core IVB-EX enterprise Xeon processors - the E7-4800 v2 and 8800 v2 - which will replace the Westmere-EX processors we have had for the past couple of years now.

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Code in OSX 10.8.4 confirms Macs will be getting 802.11ac wireless

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 12:59 am

Code in the latest OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 beta seed seems to confirm that future Macs will be coming with support for the super-fast 802.11ac wireless protocol. Within the systems WiFi-frameworks folder, the following code can be found, supporting previous rumors Apple is working on getting 802.11ac into future Macs:

 

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This means that most, if not all, future Macs will be produced with the 802.11ac wireless standard supported. We'll probably see a refresh of the MacBook Air sooner rather than later and I imagine 802.11ac will be included at that time. This means Apple will likely be releasing 802.11ac compliant AirPort routers and iOS devices.

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