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Xbox 360 season passes will jump over to the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 4:29 am

Microsoft has come out and confirmed something its calling the Season Pass Guarantee. Microsoft's Season Pass Guarantee offers consumers the ability to have their season passes purchased on the Xbox 360 carry over to the Xbox One, as long as you own the same game for both consoles.




Microsoft has partnered up with Activision, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, who will offer exclusive content for season pass holders on both systems for games like Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4. Microsoft seem to be doing quite a lot in the run up to the Xbox One launch, but is it enough to make you buy one?

Android dominates, accounts for 79% of smartphone shipments in Q2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 3:21 am

Apple is most likely crying into its upcoming iPhone 5S at this news, but Google's mobile OS, Android, is just dominating. Gartner has confirmed a recent report from the IDC that Android-based devices accounted for 79% of all smartphone shipments in Q2 2013.




This represents a record share for Android, that just continues to grow each and every day. Gartner found that vendors across the world shipped 178 million Android-based smartphones, with 40% of those being Samsung devices. Apple's market share on the other hand, shrank year-over-year from 19% in Q2 2012 to just 14% this year.


I've said it before, but I think Apple has jumped the iShark and these numbers prove it. Even Microsoft's mobile OS, Windows Phone, is increasing its market share, jumping from 2.6% in Q2 2012 to 3.3% in Q2 2013 shipping over 7.4 million devices.

Hyetis unveils new smartwatch with 41MP camera, retails for $1,200

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 2:39 am

Swiss watchmaker Hyetis has unveiled a new smartwatch with a built-in camera that is said to rival Nokia's Lumia 1020 smartphone in imaging resolution. The Hyetis Crossbow is a titanium encased, sapphire crystal watch that features everything you would expect from a Swiss watchmaker, and so much more. The front crystal features a digitized touchscreen, while a 41-megapixel camera is placed at high noon.




The watch has the ability to connect to Android, iOS and even Windows Phone 8 devices and includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity. A built-in GPS allows for the device to track its location, ambient temperature, altitude and depth while biometric sensors collect data about the wearer. The company is releasing the Crossbow in limited quantities with a retail price of $1200.

RumorTT: Nexus 5 to be based off the LG G2, feature Android 5.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 2:16 am

Something that will put a snake in Apple's boot would be for Google to launch its Nexus 5 smartphone, and price it like the Nexus 4. Well, it looks like Google may just do that according to some news from MyDrivers.




The Chinese publication reports that the Nexus 5 will arrive at the same price as its predecessor, at just $299. In order to get the price down that low, Google will have to make some compromises. First, we should expect the internals to include Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and a 10-megapixel rear-facing camera.


We should expect a 5-inch (or so) 1920x1080-pixel display, and Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie." When compared to the LG G2, it won't be as powerful, as LG's G2 features a 5.2-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization.

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Google unveils new behind the scenes site dedicated to Street View

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 2:13 am

Google has really been stepping up their game when it comes to what they capture using their Street View cameras. With recent treks to the top of mount Fuji, the tallest building in the world, and even the Eiffel tower, the company has taking thousands of photos that were never used or were shots of behind-the-scenes activities.




Instead of letting these images go to waste, Google has put together a behind-the-scenes site that offers a plethora of extra information about the shoots which include photos, videos, audio tours and actual accounts of how the imagery was gathered by those who put in the footwork.


"Our first two multimedia adventures enable you to experience the Canadian Arctic in Iqaluit, Canada, and the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE," Street View program manager Deanna Yick says in a post introducing the new material. "We also invite you to enjoy photos and videos from our past journeys to the Grand Canyon, the base camp of Mount Everest, the Amazon Basin, the Great Barrier Reef and the NASA Kennedy Space Center - minus the extreme temperatures and long plane rides!"

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Nintendo launches new Facebook community app for Mario Kart 7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 1:49 am

Mario Kart 7 is undisputedly one of Nintendo's best-selling games of all time, and with such a massive fan base Nintendo has decided to launch a new Mario Kart 7 Facebook application which will allow fans to post and share about their latest Mario Kart races.




Unlike other console game based Facebook apps, Nintendo will hold weekly races to compete in as well as time trial leaderboards to compete against. Additionally there will be chat facilities via the community page. And to keep the non-gamer spam down users must enter their Mii name into the application which automatically link your Facebook profile allow you to start tracking your time for sharing your results within special events.

Samsung's Galaxy Mega 6.3 is making its way to Canada

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 1:23 am

Today Samsung announced that its monstrous sized phablet, the Galaxy Mega 6.3, which will soon arrive in Canada and bring along with it LTE connectivity and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung is aiming the Galaxy Mega 6.3 at Canada's back-to-school season saying that it "it is the back-to-school accessory of choice."




No hardware changes have been made and device still features a 720p 6.3-inch screen and a dual-core 1.7GHz processor. 1.5GB of RAM is available alongside an 8-megapixel rear camera. Front imaging duties are handled by a 1.9-megapixel shooter and 16GB of built-in memory will be sure to store all of your photos. Additionally an microSD slot is available to increase file storage.


Wi-Fi, HSPA+, NFC and IR are available for connectivity while a 3200mAh battery keeps everything powered up. The phablet will be available at Rogers, Bell and TELUS and will each carry the LTE-enabled version. No information on pricing or a specific launch date was confirmed, we just know that it will arrive sometime in the coming weeks.

MyDigitalSSD introduces new Super Cache 2 mSATA III SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 1:04 am

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Today, MyDigitalSSD announced its newest offering, the MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2, a mSATA III 6GB/s SSD that features a free FNet HybriDisk Caching software code. Features include a brand-new PHISON S9 controller, Toshiba 19nm Toggle MLC NAND Flash, and a free license code for FNet HybriDisk Caching software.




MyDigitalSSD says that it delivers where others cannot. The all new Super Cache 2 SSD is the world's fastest low density Cache Drive and/or Boot Drive and delivers up to a 50X boost in performance over a standalone HDD for less a cheap dinner for 2. Get a 24GB for $39.99, 32GB for $42.99, 64GB for $62.99, or 128GB for $99.99.

HDD manufacturers team up to form the Storage Products Association

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 12:07 am

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Mechanical data storage may be getting somewhat overlooked these days in favor of the faster, more energy-efficient SSDs that are flooding the consumer and enterprise markets, but as one would expect, the major hard drive manufacturers have taken notice. Announced this week at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, HGST, Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital have all teamed up to form the Storage Products Association (SPA).




"HDDs are a crucial technology for storing the ever expanding data that humans and our machines are generating," said Tom Coughlin, president of storage industry analyst firm Coughlin Associates. "Hard disk drives combined with flash memory can provide users the speed they need while providing affordable mass storage. With continued development of advanced storage technology and storage architectures these amazing storage devices will provide a home for the world's accessible data and serve every type of content users for many years to come."


The Association says that the SPA will serve as a new voice for the storage industry, which will help promote the importance of the mechanical hard disk drive and technology that is now over 60 years old. The Association says that one of the most pressing needs at the moment is to inform customers about how hard drive technology and solid state technology can be combined to efficiently scale up mass storage for the consumer and enterprise markets.

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Samsung may unveil Galaxy Gear smartwatch next month at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 11:02 pm

Today, website VR-Zone is confirming the existence of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch. A newly released report says that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Gear on September 4 at the 2013 IFA show in Germany.




VR-Zone says that the Galaxy Gear, model number SM-V700, will function as an accessory to Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets and will feature a flexible display. A recently filed patent says that the device will feature a power button, menu buttons, a USB port for data transfer and charging, and a capacitive back which will sense heart rate and other biometric data.


The patent went on to describe the Galaxy Gear as a "wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band, or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls , electronic mails, and messages." While no official confirmation has been released, VR-Zone is usually spot on with their predictions and as such, I to fully expect to see the Galaxy Gear unveiled at IFA 2013.