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Samsung's Tizen-based GT-I8800 and GT-I8805 leak in new benchmarks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 3:36 pm

With uncertainty floating around in the air about an actual launch date for Samsung's first Tizen-based smartphones, some new benchmarks have surfaced that are said to be from the first two devices. Someone has managed to get their hands on both phones and run the Browsermark benchmarking utility from Rightware, and the results are interesting to say the least.

 

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Browsermark 2.0 test your device for real-world performanced based on how well it handles resource intensive protocols inside a web browser. In the results listed on the utility's top score list, the Tizen-based GT-I8800 managed to score 2828.29 points which is slightly lower than Samsung's own Galaxy S4 which scored 2834.70 points. Additionally, the GT-I8805 scored 2499.92 points which is about on par with the Galaxy S3 and higher than LG's new G2 and the original iPhone 5 from Apple.

Lenovo's goal is to sell devices in markets where Apple has failed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 11:47 am

I don't think anyone knows what Apple was thinking when it made, and priced the iPhone 5C, but Lenovo wants in on that action. The iPhone 5S is quite expensive when compared to the $349 smartphone from Google: the Nexus 5.

 

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But it looks like Lenovo is wanting to get in on markets where Apple hasn't done so well, according to Lenovo's CEO, Yang Tuanqing. Yuanqing has said that Lenovo's goal is to serve markets where "the iPhone is probably not the best-selling product" because it's simply too expensive. This means that Lenovo can begin expanding beyond it's currently dominated Chinese market, and into other emerging markets.

 

We've already seen other smartphone makers attempt this, but not many have the brand recognition that Lenovo do. Yuanqing explains: "We have seen the first wave of success in Asian countries. We provide affordable products for emerging markets. That's very important."

Apple says iPad Air didn't explode in Vodafone AU scandal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 10:30 am

Last week, we reported that an iPad Air had 'exploded' inside of a Vodafone store in Australia. Well, according to Mashable's sources, this isn't the case, and it was actually an older iPad, not the new iPad Air.

 

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A Vodafone Australia spokesperson told Mashable: "It was an earlier generation iPad with Retina display model - not one of the more recently launched devices. Apple is investigating the cause." Another Vodafone Australia rep told a similar story, explaining that the incident is a first: "Can confirm it was not an Air; all I know it was a Retina model, so a 3 or 4. Apple has taken the device for investigation, so we won't know any more until they do."

Yet another 720p title on the Xbox One: Dead Rising 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 9:29 am

I have to give props to KitGuru, who have called this huge resolution debacle surrounding the Xbox One "resolution-gate" and I'm going to use it from now on, too. We have yet another game that has joined the "we can only pump 720p out on next-gen consoles" club, Dead Rising 3.

 

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The Xbox One exclusive title will not run at 1080p, and just 720p, but the more disappointing part of this, is that it's 720p, at just 30FPS. Executive Producer at Capcom Vancouver said during an interview with Eurogamer that 1080p wasn't their main target, he continued: "It was not really something we actually set as a mantra. When we first started there was no platform, it was PC and we were just targeting next-gen. It's more important that the end image looks awesome - look at how much stuff is on screen, that's always been a Dead Rising sort of brand. That still looks really good, and that's been our goal. I hope it shows - just look at how much insane stuff is going on screen."

 

This starts to beg the question, where did the resources go into, if Dead Rising 3 can't run at 1080p, or even 720p at 60FPS? Well, it looks like improved AI, and more on-screen actions in terms of the number of on-screen zombies, and objects.

Harman Kardon unveils its NFC-capable Nova desktop speakers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 8:30 am

If your desktop is feeling a little bare, then maybe you could check out Harman Kardon's latest Nova stereo system. The new speakers are compatible with pretty much anything that pumps out audio, either wired, or wirelessly.

 

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Harman Kardon's Nova system features 2.5-inch drivers and 1.25-inch tweeters, with the company stating it will provide a richer listening experience. Not only that, but the Nova speakers have passive radiators with a turbine enclosure, that will provide an extended bass response. This means that the frequency response is 70Hz to 20Hz, with Harman Kardon's DSP technology paving the way for improved soundstaging and voicing.

 

Not only do they have the usual 3.5mm audio jack, but the Nova speakers feature NFC capabilities, and a quick-paring feature that lets users activate the Nova by simply touching the mobile device near the speakers. How much is it going to cost you? $300, which isn't too bad, but it is a Harman Kardon device after all.

RumorTT: Next-gen iPhone to be bigger, curvier and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 7:40 am

Apple used to be a company that was on the bleeding edge, but it looks like the Cupertino-based iPhone maker is preparing a new iPhone, which we knew about, but now we know some more details on what it could be.

 

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Bloomberg is reporting that there are set to be two new models unleashed next year, with the company preparing a curved screen for the new iPhones. Rumor has it, that Apple is working on two curved models - like the LG and Samsung models we have seen - for 2H 2014. We should expect screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches.

 

Not only that, but Apple is reportedly working on a new pressure-sensing technology that would better detect your light, or heavy tough. We should expect this technology in 2015 and beyond, unfortunately.

Xbox One needs 15 minutes to install COD: Ghosts before you can play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 5:38 am

André Weingarten is one lucky guy, who received an Xbox One weeks early, and is known online as the "Moonlight Swami" who unleashed a bunch of content from the Xbox One onto the Internet, but got into trouble with Major Nelson after playing six hours of Xbox One games.

 

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We reported this yesterday, but one of the more interesting facts I found while reading about it, is that Call of Duty: Ghosts takes around 30 minutes to install. This isn't too bad, considering its a 39GB installation, but you can't play the game for 15 minutes (or around half way through the installation). I find this quite the point, as you can't just plug-and-play - by inserting the Blu-ray disc and playing right away.

 

This is one of the major points in the whole console vs. PC battle, that PC's require an installation of games. But, pre-loading games through Steam is much easier, and with an SSD system and a backup of your games on another SSD or a HDD, you can transfer your games at 100MB/sec+ without a problem. 15 minutes to begin playing the game seems like a long time, or is that just me? I'd expect 'next-gen' consoles to have gotten you into the game quicker - or are my expectations too high? What do you think?

Russia to open the Commercial Space Station hotel, in space, by 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 4:35 am

I haven't traveled too much in my life, but if there's one place I'd love to visit it would be space, and it looks like it's becoming more of a reality each day, especially thanks to Russia.

 

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Orbital Technologies, a Russian company, has announced plans to build a hotel... in space. The hotel would be for commercial use, and is officially known as the Commercial Space Station, which will be capable of housing 7 guests throughout 4 cabins. The Commercial Space Station will float about the Earth at 350km, with guests enjoying the zero-gravity feel.

 

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There'll be no flowing water, so if you want to shower, you'll have to use wet wipes. What about going to the bathroom? Well, that will be carried through flowing air, with both water and air being filtered and recycled in the satellite itself, and then reused by the occupants of the hotel. There is a strict no-alcohol law on the space hotel, too.

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Suit up! Canadian tailor takes orders on bulletproof suits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 3:31 am

It looks like Canadian tailor shop Garrison Bespoke is about to get a slew of orders from Wall Street, as the tailor shop is now taking orders for a bulletproof suit. Yes, a suit that is capable of taking a few bullets, if you want to look good while doind so.

 

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Garrison specializes in luxury, so you shouldn't be surprised with the bulletproof suit starting price of $20,000. The bulletproof suit features carbon nanotubes in a layer under the fabric of the suit, which harden on impact to both stop bullets and knife blades. Of course, the technology was originally developed for US military applications.

 

Tailor, Michael Nguyen, says: "After receiving requests from high-profile clients who travel to dangerous places for work, we set out to develop a lightweight, fashion-forward bulletproof suit as a more discreet and stylish alternative to wearing a bulky vest underneath."

 

The material is reportedly more flexible than Kevlar, and it also weighs half that of Kevlar, too. What good is the suit, if you don't know it's bulletproof until you're shot, or stabbed? Well, Garrison hosted an event to show off the bulletproof suit, firing 9mm rounds into the suit that didn't penetrate the vest.

Kim Dotcom's Mega service is no longer in beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 10, 2013 10:18 am

Kim Dotcom's cloud storage service, Mega, has exited its 'beta' label and is now featuring huge improvements, optimizations and a fresh new look. The new interface is said to have lowered CPU consumption, as well as some snips here and there within the code that should make it load faster.

 

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The new, non-beta Mega also allows your session to be cached within your web browser, which should increase the speed of logins, as it'll only require the most recent of changes to be loaded from the Mega servers. Not only this, but you can now set your profile picture up, which will reflect in the contact lists of your friends in real-time.

 

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Mega users can also dive in and check the progress of just how many files a specific user is sharing with you, as well as each file's last modification date, and time. Later this month, iOS users can expect a Mega app which will also be accompanied by a sync client, which will be nice. Early next year, we can expect Mega to unleash its encrypted messaging and chat services.

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