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NAND flash vendors preparing for a world of 3D NAND chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 1:30 am

Prepare yourselves for another dimension of NAND flash storage, with Samsung Electronics, Toshiba and Micron Technology all recently talking about their 3D NAND flash memory developments.




The three vendors' 3D NAND flash chips are expected to reach early stage production during 2014-2015, where we'll see a commercial release in the years to follow, according to market sources. The success of 3D NAND will of course come down to market adoption of new end products featuring the flash memory, which will dictate when it's ready to take center stage for commercial-scale production.


South Korean-based giant Samsung is said to be ahead of the pack in terms of the development of 3D NAND flash memory, with Samsung claiming it has begun mass production of 3D NAND flash for consumer electronics and enterprise applications such as embedded NAND storage and SSDs this month. The South Korean giant has a new 12-inch fab in Xian, northwestern China, which will also take care of the 3D NAND production.

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Samsung confirms Galaxy Gear smartwatch, says no flexible display

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 1:28 am

The rumors surrounding Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch have been numerous and frequent over the last couple weeks, and today, Samsung's vice president of mobile business, Lee Young-hee, sat down with the Korea Times to debunk one of those rumors.




Young-hee confirmed that Samsung would be launching the Galaxy Gear at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, on September 4 at Samsung's UnPacked event. "We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on September 4," she said. Unfortunately, she also confirmed that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch would not feature a flexible LCD like earlier patent applications have shown.


"The Gear won't have a flexible display," she said, but added that Samsung has "intellectual properties for patents related to the next wearable devices. Those are concepts for future products." She finished off the interview by saying that the Galaxy Gear will be a paired device, and "The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways," she said. "It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications."

The Origin Humble Bundle breaks record by double, breaks $10 million

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 1:02 am

When Humble Bundle released its Origin Bundle that was packed with high quality games, including Battlefield 3, Mirrors Edge, and The Sims 3, everyone knew that it was going to be big. Just how big was unclear until earlier today.




Today with just 24 hours to go, The Origin Humble Bundle surpassed $10 million in sales, breaking the platform's previous record by more than $5 million. At the time of this writing, more than 2 million Humble Bundles have been sold with an average donation of $4.93. Total payments amassed more than $10,143,000, and that figure continues to grow at the rate of more than $200 a minute.


I have bought every Humble Bundle that has been released since the program started, and have actually purchased 4 of the Origin bundles, three of which have been given out to friends. So if you haven't picked up your copy of the Origin Humble Bundle yet, head over to the source below and donate $5 to some awesome charities and score some incredible games for yourself.

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Iron Man powers up our latest Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 12:09 am

Thanks to Walt Disney Pictures, we have two copies of Iron Man 3 on Blu-ray to give away to two lucky readers.




The first Marvel stand alone release following the release of the phase one finale The Avengers in 2012, Iron Man 3 finds Tony Stark pitted against two formidable enemies.


To go into the running, correctly answer the following question:


Name the historical figure portrayed by Ben Kingsley in the 1982 film of the same name


Send your answers to before the competition closes on Friday the 30th of August. The competition is open to the world, with TweakTown covering shipping.


Iron Man 3 is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Walt Disney Pictures from August 28.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, a 7-inch Android tablet for kids

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 12:02 am

Today, Samsung officially announced the existence of its rumored Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, a 7-inch Android-based tablet designed specifically for kids with education in mind. The tablet comes pre-loaded with many "top ranked" kid-friendly applications as well as a brand-new Kids Store that features kid-friendly apps.




"It's no secret that kids are using technology more than ever before," said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. "We saw an opportunity to create a device just for kids that provides them with an intuitive, fun and kid-friendly user experience filled with rich, interactive and educational content that parents will love."


The tablet features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a three-megapixel front-facing camera. A 1.3-megapixel rear-facing camera is also present as is a kid-friendly grip that doubles as a stand. No pricing information was given, but the tablet will first become available in Korea early next month and will then slowly roll out to the rest of the world over the holiday season.

Kickstarter headed to Australia and New Zealand, no launch date yet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 10:59 pm

Everyone's favorite crowdfunding website Kickstarter will be heading to the land down under in the coming weeks! That's right, Kickstarter is coming to Australia and New Zealand and is expected to be ready for Aussie and Kiwi campaigns by the end of September.




Kickstarter is preparing some training events in Sydney and Melbourne on the first and second of September. The crowdfunding website extended an open invitation to all Aussies and New Zealanders wishing to use the service in a post on the website that read: "We'll be in Australia the next few weeks hosting Kickstarter Schools with Australia-based creators interested in Kickstarter. If you have a project in mind and want to run it by us, or if you just want to learn more about Kickstarter, we hope you'll join us!" Those looking to attend these events can head over to the Kickstarter source listed below.

RumorTT: Windows 9 and 10 specs leak as 8.1 nears retail launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 10:18 pm

Everyone loves a good tech rumor, right? More so, everyone loves a good tech rumor regarding future releases of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Today, website WinBeta has managed to beat all the odds and gain insider information on what we might expect to see in Windows 9 as well as Windows 10. Of course, with Windows 8.1 not even officially released to the public, it would be best to take everything you're about to read with a very fine grain of salt.




The leaks come from a source simply named "WZOR" that the website claims has been correct on countless Microsoft leaks in the past. The mysterious--and apparently infamous--WZOR states that Windows 9 will be more closely related to Windows 7 than it will to Windows 8, but no explicit details were given. He says that Windows 9 will continue the Aero-based desktop OS that so many of us techies missed gratefully.


"According to WZOR, Windows 9 will be similar to the desktop OS we know today. He claims that Microsoft is planning to bring the old Aero interface back, but not as we all know it. That's all he teases regarding the Aero interface, but he also claims that Windows 9 will make an appearance in a years time, much sooner than expected," reads the WinBeta article.

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Logitech releases new G602 gaming mouse and two matching mouse pads

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 9:40 pm

Today, Logitech announced the release a new wireless gaming mouse that boasts a massive 250 hours of continuous, lag-free use while in gaming mode. The mouse features Logitech's precision Delta Zero sensor technology, which the company says gives players the ability to dominate boss after boss. The mouse also features a non-gaming mode labeled Endurance mode, which offers users up to 1400 hours of use on a single charge.




"When I play, I don't want to think about anything other than my game and what my next move will be. When you look at the wireless gaming mice out there though, their primary flaw is the uncertainty of having to interrupt your game to replace batteries. Not anymore," said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business group. "We set an outrageous goal, and we hit it. Doubling, tripling or even quadrupling the battery life of ordinary wireless gaming mice wasn't enough. We wanted to bring gamers an innovation that would change the face of wireless gaming forever. With 250 hours of battery life, the G602 does exactly that. It's time for gamers to get real science behind them so something as fundamental as a battery doesn't get in the way of winning."


Logitech says that the mouse is built around an ultra-durable standard with primary mechanical switches rated to 20 million clicks. The mouse also features 11 programmable controls that users can custom tailor to fit their gaming style using Logitech's gaming software. The Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse will be available soon at a suggested retail price of $79.99.

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Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 officially ready to launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 8:03 pm

Microsoft confirmed today that it has completed Windows 8.1 and has started releasing it to manufacturers. This means that Windows 8.1 can now be loaded onto systems slated for launch on October 18. Unfortunately, Redmond is still going to make everyone wait until the 17 for their digital download or upgrade.




Unfortunately, those with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions will also have to wait until the general release date of October 18 to download Windows 8.1. And although the updated operating system is technically "finished," Microsoft will use the next few weeks to put the "finishing touches" on the new OS. A Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge that the software giant is "working with a limited set of partners who are building apps that will showcase the new functionality of Windows 8.1; however, we have nothing more to share at this time."


So there you have it; Windows 8.1 is finished and for all intents and purposes is ready to be installed on millions of PCs worldwide. It will be interesting to see what "polishing" Microsoft does to the OS between the preview copy and the released copy. But to be quite honest, Windows 8 still does nothing to excite me.

Samsung begins teasing BlackBerry Messenger on its Galaxy devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 7:03 pm

We've known that BlackBerry Messenger is making its way to Android for quite some time now, and while we had hoped for an OS-wide launch sometime in July, it appears that the first Android devices to get BBM will be of Samsung origin. Earlier today, website CrackBerry spotted a teaser ad that was posted on both YouTube and Samsung's Ghana Facebook page.




Unfortunately, the YouTube video has since been removed, but the Facebook posting is still up at the time of this writing. It makes sense that the company's Ghana page would be the first to post as BlackBerry Messenger is a major form of communication in many African countries.


So what does this mean? I think we may see the app officially announced by Samsung or BlackBerry at the IDC trade show in Berlin, Germany, next week, and with a working port for Android-based Samsung devices now in existence, it is only a matter of time before BlackBerry Messenger is in the Google Play Store for all Android devices. That is, unless BlackBerry did something stupid like sign an exclusivity deal with Samsung, but then again this is BlackBerry were talking about and weirder things have happened in the past.