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RumorTT: Microsoft testing its own "translucent aluminum" smartwatch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 9:32 pm

Today is shaping up to be smartwatch rumor day with this morning's report that the Apple iWatch has been delayed by at least a year. Now, a new rumor that Microsoft is testing a "translucent aluminum" smartwatch has cropped up. The report comes from The Verge and states that the company is now prototyping a smartwatch device under the supervision of the Surface team.

 

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Apparently, the company was previously testing variations of a smartwatch design which was built by the Xbox accessories team. The report says that the new device features a Surface Connector and a 1.5-inch display. Tech site AnandTech said that Microsoft is working on a number of removable wristbands based around the Windows 8 color schemes of blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey.

 

The Verge says that Microsoft is testing prototypes with a modified version of Windows 8 that is focused on integrating the device with other Windows-powered devices. This could lead to your watch sinking up to your Surface tablet, Windows Phone 8 devices, and Windows 8 laptops and PCs. This plan is very similar to what Apple wishes to do with their iWatch and what Samsung has planned for its GALAXY smatwatch.

Elon Musk to publish Hyperloop Transport designs by August 12

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 9:05 pm

Over the last year so, Space X founder Elon Musk has been carefully dropping hints about a transportation project that could change the future of the world. Of course I'm talking about the Hyperloop Transport System that would take passengers on an underground rail ride that would transfer them from Los Angeles to New York City in just 45 minutes.

 

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Today, Musk posted a tweet to his Twitter account that said he intends to publish the alpha designs for the Hyperloop Transport System by August 12. His tweet went on to ask that, once published, everyone supply him with critical feedback. For those who are out of the loop, the Hyperloop System will be comprised of vacuum-sealed tubes underground which will allow a magnetically levitated train to be hurled at high speeds without any wind resistance.

 

Initial reports suggest that the vehicle would be able to travel at 4,000 mph and since it's underground, it would be crash proof. Theoretically, there can be tunnels that break away from a main trunk tunnel and visit every major city in America. This could effectively mean that someone who resides in the low-cost areas such as Augusta, GA could work in an area with higher wages such as New York City. This would drastically change the economic landscape for America. Until August 12, we're left to speculate as to what really can happen.

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Intel's "black box" TV service will be called OnCue

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 8:33 pm

We've been reporting on a rumored TV service from Intel for a couple months now, and today we finally found out what the service will be named. GigaOM has reported this morning that Intel's TV streaming service will be called OnCue, with the report being based on trademark filings around the globe and the hiring of an ad agency to prepare the official launch of the brand.

 

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GigaOM also said that Intel plans to launch the TV service before the end of the year and that Intel plans to compete with traditional cable TV and satellite services by offering a live TV feed as well as a catch-up service that will allow users to watch missed shows a la carte. The service will also reportedly feature an on-demand service that will allow users to watch the latest new releases without having to rent them from services such as Netflix, Amazon, or RedBox. There's no word yet on what channels will be featured upon launch, but we're sure the offering will be substantial.

Angry Birds Star Wars II did not arrive today, set to launch on September 19 instead

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 7:31 pm

On Friday, I wrote an article that speculated that Angry Birds Star Wars II would launch today based on an image released by the developer Rovio. Unfortunately, I speculated wrong on the release date, but did hit the nail on the head about a sequel to Angry Birds Star Wars. This morning, Rovio released a short video teasing of the upcoming game.

 

 

As seen in the video above and link provided below, Angry Birds Star Wars II will launch in about two months on September 19. Additionally, we learned that Hasbro will be launching new "Telepods" which are physical controllers for the game. These are seen in the video and the company says they will be available wherever toys are sold.

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RumorTT: Apple enters "aggressive" hiring phase for iWatch project, 2014 launch looks likely

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 6:31 pm

It appears that the rumors of an Apple iWatch arriving this year are holding less credence than we originally assumed. Recent reports suggest that Apple is still in the hiring phase for design engineers as well as electrical engineers to take on the project. Apparently the delays and additional hires are because there are some pretty tough engineering problems that need to be solved before the project can move forward.

 

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In a recent report from the Financial Times, we have learned that Apple has been in an "aggressive hiring phase" for the last few weeks and that this is an indication that Apple has stepped up the development on the iWatch platform. Sources close to the matter also state that Apple has been experiencing some "hard engineering problems that they've not been able to solve" leading the bosses to believe that its in-house engineers are just not up to the task of designing wearable technology.

 

All of this leads up to the fact that we most likely will not see a smartwatch from the Cupertino-based company anytime this year. While 2014 is still an option, these recent developments lead me to believe that it will be 2015 or 2016 before Apple creates a design that they deem acceptable to launch to the public. With so many companies readying launches for this year such as Samsung and Sony, and with the Pebble already on the market, I think that Apple may be a little late to the party this time.

Koolance unleashes EXC-800, a portable recirculating liquid chiller for PC liquid cooling enthusiasts

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 5:28 pm

Koolance is at it again with another product launch this morning. The new EXC-800 Portable Recirculating Liquid Chiller is a water cooling enthusiast's dream featuring a rated 800W, or 2730 BTUs, an hour of cooling capacity. The chiller features Koolance's popular PMP-500 pump providing 42.9 gallons-per-minute of reliable flow of chilled liquid.

 

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The chiller is able to adhere to one of four configurable temperature methods which includes an option to set the temperature to ambient to avoid condensation, or through the use of an external K-type thermocouple to chill the water to a desired temperature. The EXC-800 is capable of reporting the internal coolant flow rate, pump RPM, and condenser fan RPM which is displayed on a two-line organic LED display. The $1400 chiller is available at Koolance's website. (Source #1)

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20nm NAND SSD shortage affects OCZ, misses first quarter predictions

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 4:57 pm

The current NAND shortage, first reported by Chris Ramseyer, continues to punish SSD manufacturers who are reliant upon other companies for their supply of NAND flash. OCZ announced their preliminary first quarter revenue at $50-$55 million compared to the markets estimation of $81 million. This is significantly off-target, and resulted in OCZ shares falling 8.4% in the premarket.

 

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The NAND shortage is just another in a long list of OCZ's woes, but the timing could not be worse for OCZ. OCZ has not released financial results for a full three quarters due to accounting inaccuracies from the previous CEO's team and is in the midst of a restructuring to save the company. The tight NAND market has left OCZ with an estimated $23 million in shippable backlog in Q1. Unfortunately, the NAND flash shortage is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

 

The loss of revenue from the NAND shortage has also hurt OCZ's cash reserves, which fell to $6-$7 million dollars. This has left OCZ strapped for cash and searching for a new source of capital. The previous loans taken by OCZ during the restructuring carried high interest rates, and with the NAND shortage continuing we expect more of the same from whomever loans OCZ the cash to keep in operation.

Microsoft slashes all US Surface RT prices by $150

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 4:27 pm

As rumored last week, Microsoft has slashed the prices of its Surface RT tablet line in an effort to reduce stock of a device that has not met Microsoft sales expectations. This price drop comes amidst rumors of a refresh to both the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets which could see both devices getting a bump in processing power, battery life, and other features and design cue changes.

 

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The $150 price drop means that you can now pick up a 32GB surface RT for $349 or the 64GB version for just $449. If you are of the type who fancies a touch cover version, add $100 to the price of each tablet for a $449 and $549 price tag respectively. Additionally, Microsoft is now offering the 32GB Surface RT to schools for just $199 or with the Touch keyboard addition for just $249 and the Type keyboard cover costing the school $289 each.

Koolance offers up three new radiators designed for a true push-pull setup

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 3:27 pm

In the custom liquid cooled PC world, it is generally recognized as a bad idea to sandwich a radiator between two rows of fans. With most radiator designs, this actually creates a restriction of airflow as most radiator cooling fins are too tightly spaced for the fans to create a proper push-pull effect. Koolance recognized this problem and has designed three new radiators for its XC-Series that actually love being sandwiched between fans.

 

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The new XC-Series Radiators come in three versions, the HX-120XC, HX-240XC, and HX-360XC, and feature a 2.1-inch thick copper core. They have a fin density of 30 fins-per-inch and are built around what is known as a Dual Pass design. This allows the use of high RPM fans in a push-pull configuration that actually increases airflow for added cooling ability.

 

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The HX-120XC is a single radiator designed to fit a 120mm fan on each side, while the HX-240XC can fit two 120mm fans. Likewise, the HX-360XC can accommodate three 120mm fans on each side. MSRP is $49, $67, and $85 respectively.

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Samsung announces ATIV Book 9 US launch date

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 2:38 pm

Today, Samsung announced the US launch date of its highly anticipated ATIV Book 9 Lite. The ATIV Book 9 Lite is built around the same strikingly beautiful design features as the ATIV Book 9 but is designed for customers on a budget. The ATIV Book 9 Lite comes in a stylish white marble finish or black ash trim for a sleek and modern look.

 

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"With the ATIV Book 9 Lite, we created a device that fits the needs of a larger consumer base, while preserving the remarkable design and overall experience delivered by the Book 9 lineage," said Mike Abary, senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "To further streamline the computing experience and offer convenience to users, we built an integrated solution, SideSync, to bring together the mobile and PC ecosystems."

 

The ATIV Book 9 Lite features a touchscreen LCD that is able to receive input from up to 10 points at once as well as a quad-core processor and a 128 GB SSD. The device weighs in at just 3.5 pounds and measures in at under an inch thick. The ATIV Book 9 Lite is available for pre-order now through major online retailers at a pricing point of $799.99. In-store purchasing will begin on July 28.

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