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LeakedTT: Another look at the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 2:31 am

We were greeted with quite the tease a few weeks back of the Nexus 5, at the time when Android 4.4 KitKat was announced. But between now and then the teases have slowed down, that is, until now.

 

 

The latest news on the Nexus 5 smartphone is a quick video of the device, which seems to be running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and not what most expected: Android 4.4 KitKat. We should still expect to see a 5-inch (or bigger) Full HD display, mixed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC and Android 4.4 KitKat. I'm guessing that the Nexus 5 in this video is running an older OS because it's an older prototype of the N5, maybe?

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Nokia launches the Nokia 108, a $29 basic camera phone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 2:02 am

Earlier today, Nokia announced the launch of a new, very budget friendly camera phone that comes equipped with everything you need for talking, texting, and taking photos. The new Nokia 108 comes equipped with a small LCD, a number pad, and a VGA camera for just $29.

 

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Taking cues from its Lumia line of smartphones, Nokia has given the 108 colorful cases to match your personal style. Additional features include an FM radio, MP3 player, microSD slot for storing up to 32GB of music or photos, and a built in LED flashlight. And for those who are feeling nostalgic, the old school Snake game we all grew up loving is present as well.

 

A dual SIM and single SIM version of the 108 is expected to ship during the fourth quarter of this year and will be initially available in black, red, and white, with cyan and yellow following shortly thereafter. No information was released on which carriers might feature the phone in their lineups, but we can expect at least a few of them to offer the phone as a free option to those who do not want an expensive smartphone.

Google acquires mobile startup Bump for $30 million

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 1:27 am

Today, the tech startup Bump announced that it has been acquired by Google in what industry analysts say is a deal worth between $30 million and $60 million. Bump was the first app that allowed users to "bump" their iPhones together to automagically transfer files from one phone to the other.

 

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The original app has been downloaded over 100 million times. In the years, the company has expanded to feature a group photo sharing app called Flock. While the price tag of $30 million seems to be a home run for the company, it had already raised about $20 million from backers including Sequoia Capital, making the deal not so sweet.

 

"Bump and Flock will continue to work as they always have for now," Bump CEO David Lieb wrote in a blog post today. With the company now being owned by Google, it leaves many industry insiders to believe that we will see deep integration of Bump's IP into Android 5.0

 

"The Bump team has demonstrated a strong ability to quickly build and develop products that users love, and we think they'll be a great fit at Google," said a Google representative. Google declined to comment further on where it will integrate the Bump team at Google.

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Nokia's upcoming Sirius tablet is quite serious if new leak is true

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 1:02 am

Today we learned just a little bit more about Nokia's upcoming RM-114 tablet. It appears that the device will be renamed to the Sirius and will feature a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor with graphics being augmented by an Adreno 330 GPU.

 

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Recently leaked benchmark results point to the name change and lead us to believe that the tablet will in fact run a version of Windows 8. Additionally, rumors are surfacing that suggest the tablet will sport a 10.1-inch 1920x1080 resolution screen with technology allowing it to be viewed under bright sunlight. 2GB of RAM is said to be present alongside 32GB of internal storage, which can be augmented by a microSD card.

 

Rumors also suggest that the tablet will optionally feature a QWERTY keyboard-equipped cover with an embedded battery that will increase the tablet's uptime from 10 hours to 15+ hours. Industry experts are widely expecting to see the Nokia Sirius released on September 26 during the Lumia 1520 phablet launch event.

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NVIDIA shows off amazing new PhysX effects in Batman: Arkham Origins

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 12:38 am

Today, a demo video that showcases some of the special effects that NVIDIA's PhysX API powers in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins video game popped up online. The video covers the PhysX used to animate Batman's cape, but honestly the soft shadows and particle-based weather are much more interesting to me.

 

 

Unfortunately, the video features pretty poor quality even when set to 720p resolution and does little to show the minute effects that NVIDIA's PhysX will bring to the game. Honestly, this video actually makes me feel little let down as I was looking forward to some killer graphics and a massive new level of real-time rendering. The textures appear to lack detail and I really cannot tell that much difference in the hand-to-hand combat between Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum.

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Amazon mistakenly launches GTA V days early in the UK

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 12:17 am

It appears that Amazon UK has accidentally shipped out copies of Grand Theft Auto V days earlier than the official launch date of September 17. A new report from the BBC suggests that not all Amazon pre-order customers got a copy of GTA V early, but more than a few did.

 

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This release has caused some problems for Rockstar as videos and spoilers have already began popping up online. This mistake marks the third strike for GTA V in content leaks over the last month. Earlier in the month, Sony offered pre-order customers a link that led to the game's soundtrack online as well as some gameplay secrets. Additionally, last week we saw the game's map leaked onto the web from yet another industry insider.

 

GTA V will be available for in-store purchases and online ordering tomorrow, September 17. Rockstar has disclosed that GTA V was the most expensive video game ever made, costing a whopping $265 million. Many of us here at TweakTown expect this to be one of the greatest games released in the history of gaming, but are still a little miffed by the title not been released on PC.

Garmin launches new Forerunner 220 and 620 GPS running watches

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 12:03 am

Today, Garmin announced the launch of two new items to its Forerunner line of GPS smartwatches. The new Forerunner GPS 220 and GPS 610 running watches take Garmin's involvement in wearable technology to an entirely new level.

 

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Both of these wearable GPS's act as a personal coach by alerting you of your distance traveled, lap times, and even recovery times needed before attempting another strenuous run. Both models feature color screens, with the 620 being touch-enabled. The 620 also predicts your race time and gives you personalized oxygen consumption estimates. When combined with Garmin's HRM-Run technology, the 620 is able to measure how long your foot is on the ground rather than in-flight, which lets you compare your time per step to previous events.

 

"Whether running indoors or out, Forerunner 620 and 220 will change the way runners look at training," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. "Advanced features in the 620 such as recovery advisor, VO2 max estimate, race predictor and stats on running economy, combined with connected features and training plan options found in both the 620 and 220, make these watches must haves for runners of all levels. To keep runners motivated the watches also notice if runners hit any personal records on that run, like their fastest mile, 5k, 10k, half or full marathon or their longest run to date."

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Beam Down Into Darkness with our latest Blu-ray competition!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 16, 2013 11:43 pm

In our latest Blu-ray promo, we have an awesome pool of Star Trek: Into Darkness prizes to give away. Where ten lucky readers will each take home a Triple Play edition of Star Trek: Into Darkness on Blu-ray disc, valued at $49.95 each and filled to the brim with extra features.

 

The first sequel from J.J. Abrams 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise, Into Darkness finds Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise pitted against a genetically enhanced and wholly superior adversary.

 

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

 

Name the Star Trek: Into Darkness actor who also appeared as the titular character in RoboCop

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Rockstar releases "iFruit" companion app for GTA V, iOS only for now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 16, 2013 11:42 pm

Today, Rockstar Games released a new companion app for Grand Theft Auto 5 ahead of tomorrow's launch. The aptly named Grand Theft Auto: iFruit app is an apparent jab at Apple's iDevices, but it does actually serve a purpose within GTA V.

 

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The new iFruit app allows users to create and customize vehicles that can be used in game, with the ability to make changes to almost every aspect of the vehicles in the game. Vehicle appearance as well as performance is upgradable via the app and users can even customize license plates that can be used in the online portion of the game.

 

"The Los Santos Customs app offers players the freedom to create their ultimate vehicle in Grand Theft Auto V from anywhere. At the bar, on the beach, on the toilet. This is the future, we're almost sure of it." Said Rockstar. "Depth of content, high production values, defecation. It's the app that has it all. Because who doesn't love tending to a virtual pet? Chop is Franklin's canine sidekick in Grand Theft Auto V. Look after him well in the "Chop the Dog" app and you will reap the benefits when playing as Franklin in Grand Theft Auto V. Pet him, feed and water him, play fetch and tug-of-war, teach him tricks."

 

Additionally, the app features options for caring for Chop the Dog, the player's in-game sidekick in GTA V. This virtual pet system reminds me somewhat of the Tamagotchi's of the mid 90s, but by taking good care of Chop, he can perform tricks and locate hidden items within GTA V. Additionally, the app provides access to the Rockstar Games Social Club. For the moment, the Grand Theft Auto: iFruit App is only available on iOS, but Rockstar says that Android support is coming soon.

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HIS accidentally leaks SKUs for AMD R-200 series graphics cards

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 16, 2013 9:49 pm

Early this morning, video card manufacturer HIS accidentally leaked the SKUs and details on seven new GPUs the company will be offering from AMD's upcoming R-200 series. It appears that with the pending 4K refresh happening in the video resolution world AMD is looking to dump the Radeon HD name for its video cards and replace it with a new system that makes it easier to identify which cards are which.

 

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The new simplified naming scheme works something like this. R9-280X stands for Radeon Generation 9 Model 280 Variant X. AMD says that this new naming scheme will make it easier to classify future generation cards and will enable consumers to quickly chose the right card for their needs.

 

Now that we have the naming scheme covered, let's move on to the leaked cards. It appears that the HIS R9-280X iPower IceQ X2 will be at the top of the list and will sport 3GB of GDDR5 Memory. The HIS R7-240 iCooler will round out the list with 1GB of GDDR5. Not much is else is known about the new R-200 series, but the complete leaked list can be seen after the jump.

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