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RumorTT: Nexus 10 tablet to get updated to quad-core CPU, eight-core GPU at MWC 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:01 am

BirghtSideofNews is reporting that the Nexus 10 tablet will be getting a horsepower upgrade. If what they overheard and saw at CES 2013 proves accurate, the next generation Nexus 10 tablet will be coming with a quad-core CPU and a GPGPU capable of packing up to eight cores.

 

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The current iteration of the Nexus 10 is a bit underpowered, or so people have commented. This is due to Google not upscaling anything to the native 2560x1600 resolution. The updated Nexus 10 is expected to make use of the new quad-core CPU and the T628 GPU, meaning that this could be the first device packing the Mali T678 GPGPU chip.

 

BrightSideofNews is predicting that the device could be launched as early as Mobile World Congress 2013, which takes place in February. Availability is expected to be closer to the back-to-school rush, so sometime in July. If this holds true, Google could have the most powerful tablet on the market.

First 2014 Corvette off the production line sells for $1.1 million

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 11:31 pm

I, along with most guys, have a thing for cars. However, not all of us have the money to do what Rick Hendrick did. Rick Hendrick, the owner of a NASCAR team, ponied up a $1.05 million bid for the first 2014 Corvette Stingray to come off of the production lines. The auction took place at the Barrett-Jackson car collector event.

 

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The money will be donated to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. That aside, the price is about 20 times higher than what the sticker price is expected to be. The new Corvette is expected to be priced about the same as the current Corvette, roughly $50,000, so why someone would pay this much is unknown.

 

Apparently this isn't the first time he has laid out big amounts of cash for Chevrolet vehicles fresh off of the production line. He paid out $350,000 for the first 2010 Camero SS as well as winning the first 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition. Was a $1.05 million bid worth it to get model 0001? You be the judge.

Samsung Galaxy S III mini gets NFC in Finland for a 50 euro premium, coming to UK this month

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 11:02 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S III mini has gained the near-field communication ability in Finland. The updated device will set you back an additional 50 euros, but for that you'll get the ability to communicate with devices just by bringing them close together. However, if it is worth 50 euros is something you'll have to decide.

 

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The device should be available in both blue and white finishes. It's possible that the device could eventually make its way to the US, though Samsung has not confirmed that this is the case.

 

Simon Stanford, Vice President, Telecommunications & Networks, Samsung UK and Ireland said: "NFC technology and the digital wallet started to gain significant traction in 2012, particularly in the run up to the Olympics. It's an exciting time in the mobile market watching the next phase of its evolution take shape, so we're happy to announce that we are bringing these new experiences to our customers through our growing number of NFC-enabled devices."

Google-commissioned survey shows that US P2P users buy 30 % more music, another study showing P2P users not bad

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 10:31 pm

As much as the RIAA and MPAA would like to convince lawmakers and citizens that pirates and people who illegally download movies and music are harming the industry, study after study suggest quite the opposite. Take, for example, a study commissioned by Google, which shows that US P2P users buy 30 percent more music.

 

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Google commissioned Columbia University's American Assembly research center to survey Americans on file sharing and copyright enforcement. In the survey, data suggests that Americans are generally against the use of bandwidth throttling and disconnection as punishment for illegal downloading.

 

The most important piece of information to come from the study is the finding that US P2P users tend to buy 30 percent more music than their non-sharing brethren. More studies are needed, however, but this study can join the pile of others that show file-sharing doesn't harm sales.

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Temple Run 2 sees massive success, amasses 20 million downloads on iOS in just four days

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 10:04 pm

Temple Run 2, the follow-up app to the massively popular Temple Run, was released recently. In the four days since its launch, the app, only available on iOS currently, amassed 20 million downloads. Not only has it rocketed to the top of the Free Apps list, it has also shot up to number 2 on the Top Grossing list.

 

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Temple Run 2 serves as another example that the free-to-play game model does work, though it doesn't transfer to every game. Comparing the download numbers, Angry Birds Space managed to get 10 million downloads in three days, though it was available on multiple platforms. Google Maps managed to get 10 million downloads in 48 hours.

 

Temple Run 2 managed to pull in six million of those downloads on day one alone. Temple Run 2 is set to come to Android this week, so it will be just a few days until we see if Android users will be downloading the game in the same quantities. It will also be interesting to see if Android users spend the same, or more, on in-app purchases.

Facebook's Poke continues to fall from the list of top free apps

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 9:33 pm

Facebook's Snapchat competitor Poke is continuing to be hammered in the iOS list of top free apps. Facebook released the app December 21 and it made it to number one just the next day. Within a week, it had dropped out of the top 25, while Snapchat actually went up in the listing.

 

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Now a month has passed, so it's time to take another look at how the Poke app is doing. The answer? Not well. The app has dropped down to number 706 on the list of top apps, according to data from App Annie. Snapchat, meanwhile, is still in the top 20 and is currently at number 14, which is quite a bit better than Poke.

 

Either people are upset with Facebook for trying to push Snapchat out of the market, or Snapchat has done something right, while Poke has something users don't like. If you've tried both apps, which do you prefer more: Poke or Snapchat? Let us know in the comments!

Nokia nods to the maker community, releases free case designs that can be 3D printed at home

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 9:03 pm

3D printing is the way of the future and Nokia clearly wants to be on board. In a nod to the whole maker community, Nokia has released some plain schematics for cases that can be printed at home. They probably aren't very cost effective right now, but it will allow users to more easily design custom cases and print them at home.

 

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The schematics would allow anyone with a 3D printer to make a case for the Nokia Lumia 820. According to Nokia, "[we] have become the first major phone company to begin embracing the 3D printing community and its incredible potential, and continue to be the leading phone company in this exciting field."

 

This is just the beginning of the 3D printing revolution. Imagine being able to craft a case that was modeled to your hard. The future is here and the future is awesome.

Intel Ivy Bridge goes budget, gets pushed into Pentium and Celeron models

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 8:29 pm

Intel has pushed the 22nm microarchitecture Ivy Bridge down into the budget line of processors. Launching seven new CPUs, Intel has finally transitioned the Celeron line from the older Sandy Bridge architecture to the latest and greatest. However, this transition comes just a few months before the release of Intel's next architecture, Haswell.

 

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With the change, performance of these lines are improved. All of the new chips feature two cores and two threads, save for the new Core i3-3210, which features 4 threads via HyperThreading. Prices for the new chips start at $42 and run all the way up to $117 for the Core i3 model.

 

All of the processors are supported by existing LGA 1155 motherboards. If you're in need of a new budget CPU, Intel now has you covered with the latest architecture, though it won't remain the latest for much longer.

RumorTT: Apple gearing up to launch 4.8-inch iPhone in 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 7:37 pm

The Apple rumor mill seemingly never runs out of fresh rumors to serve up to the public. This time we are hearing reports of not one or two new iPhone's this year, but we could see as many as three new iPhone devices launch in 2013.

 

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The China Times is citing sources from within Apple's supply chain, saying that a next-generation iPhone will be seen this year along with a 4.8-inch screen version called the iPhone Math. They also stated that a model with a 12mp camera is set to launch sometime in Q4.

 

These rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, as the first of the year, post CES, always brings out a ton of rumors from all points of the tech world. Either way, are you looking forward to a new iPhone model? Does a 4.8-inch iPhone excite you? Let us know in the comments below.

RumorTT: Intel's upcoming Core Haswell to launch in June, just ahead of Computex

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 6:49 pm

Intel's fourth generation processors, Core Haswell, missed an expected CES launch, but word on the street is that we will see Haswell at Computex Taipei later this year.

 

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As it turns out the official launch of the processor line has been set for June with a press conference taking place just a few days ahead of Computex Taipei 2013, the largest tech trade show in Asia. The press conference will announce the processors downstream partners and maybe layout the new processor line.

 

The Haswell architecture is designed specially to optimize the power savings and performance benefits from the move to FinFET transistors on the improved 22nm process node. Intel is optimistic about the new chips, estimating them to make up 14-16 percent of its CPU shipments by the end of Q3 2013.

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