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We go hands on with Acer's new Iconia A3 tablet at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 8:48 pm

IFA 2013 - Today, Johannes Knapp had a chance to sit down and go hands-on with Acer's new Iconia A3 tablet. This new slate from Acer features a 10-inch display with an unknown 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. The device features a 1280x800-pixel IPS screen and will come in Wi-Fi and 3G variants.



A 5-megapixel camera and Dolby Sound are present. Unlike some recent Android tablets, the new Iconia A3 features 32GB or 64GB of storage and can be increased thanks to a microSD card slot built into the side of the device. The Wi-Fi only version is expected retail for about $330, while the 3G version will set you back roughly $400.

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IFA 2013: NVIDIA demos Project Logan, a mobile Kepler-based SoC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 8:11 pm

IFA 2013 - TweakTown's Johannes Knapp was on hand earlier today for a live demonstration of NVIDIA's upcoming Project Logan. Project Logan is of course NVIDIA's next-generation System on a Chip (SoC) Tegra Processor that is based off of the Kepler architecture.



In the video, we can see that the renderings on the tablet are very close to the same quality you would see on a high-end GPU inside of a PC. Of course, however, when the number of polygons being rendered is increased, the frame rate takes a hit, but as the demo shows, this can be compensated for using tessellation. Check out the video above for more information on NVIDIA's Project Logan.

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Kim Dotcom resigns from Mega to focus on new political party

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 7:02 pm

Today, the infamous Kim Dotcom announced that he will be resigning from Mega, the encrypted cloud storage service he created after having his home raided and his brainchild Megaupload seized. The resignation took place on August 29 and Bonnie Lam took the managing director seat on the same day.




Dotcom says that he resigned so that he could concentrate all of his efforts on his pending copyright case as well as the new political party he plans on forming next year. In a Twitter post, Dotcom said, "#Mega is in excellent hands. I resigned as Managing Director to focus on my copyright case & a new political party."

Sony unveils the highly anticipated Xperia Z1, Honami is here

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 5:34 pm

As expected in today's Sony press event being held at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin, Germany, Sony officially unveiled the long anticipated Xperia Z1 (AKA the Honami). The Z1 takes the reins as the company's flagship smartphone and is the direct successor to the acclaimed Xperia Z.




Just like in the teaser images Sony posted on Twitter leading up to today's event, the Xperia Z1 is indeed waterproof and features a high-quality BIONZ image processor. Rumors of a 21-megapixel imaging sensor were almost true, with the device featuring a 20.7-megapixel camera. Additionally, this sensor is much larger than what you would find in other flagship smartphones, coming in at 1/2.3 inches.


Other features include a 5-inch 1080p screen, quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor that is clocked at 2.2 GHz, and 2GB of RAM. A 3,000mAh battery is on hand to help keep things powered up for quite some time. LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 are all along for the ride, with the ride being ran by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Hynix DRAM plant erupts in flames, entire industry affected

By: Charles Gantt | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 4:36 pm

We're following a breaking story this morning coming out of Wuxi, China, where two DRAM production facilities owned by SK Hynix Semiconductor were destroyed in what is being described as a massive chemical explosion. Hynix is the world's number two maker of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and, as of the second quarter of this year, had a 30 percent market share.




The fires began around 0750 GMT during a routine install of equipment and quickly spread to other production facilities. While the fire damage was contained within two hours, massive smoke damage throughout both facilities caused the most damage. Manufacturing of silicon at today's nanometer scale is a highly precise science that requires impeccably clean and dust free environments. One can imagine the type of irreversible damage that can be done to a clean-room facility when trillions of smoke particles enter the atmosphere.


With one third of the world's DRAM production suspended, consumers can expect increases in all products that utilize any form of flash memory. The facilities reportedly also manufactured all of the DRAM used in Apple products, as well as a significant portion of the GDDR5 memory used by AMD and NVIDIA in their graphics processing units. With this revelation, this could mean that production of next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony could be affected negatively.

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Xbox One will hit store shelves for retail sales on November 22

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 3:06 pm

Today, Microsoft announced the official release date for its upcoming Xbox One console. November 22 is the magical "day one" on which the next-gen console will hit retail shelves across the US and 13 other countries. It is unclear as to why Microsoft chose such a late date, and many thought that Redmond would launch before Sony launches the PS4 on November 15.




Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the USA will all get the Xbox One on November 22. The rest of the world will see a slow roll out beginning in 2014, but no date has been given on which countries will get the console next. Have you pre-ordered an Xbox One,or will you be heading to the store on November 22 to fight the crowds? Let me know in the comments.

Microsoft provides support for 8 controllers on the Xbox One, why?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 12:31 pm

I've been asking myself this question for a while, but Microsoft continue to give me more and more reasons to not buy the Xbox One, but today's news takes the cake: Microsoft is support support for 8 controllers on the Xbox One, yes, eight.




The PS3 can support seven controllers, so it's not new - but really, who uses seven controllers on their home consoles? Sony haven't announced how many controllers the PS4 will be capable of accepting, but I'm sure it'll be the same. Which developers will build support in their games for 8 controllers? That's yet to be divulged.


Sports and casual games would most likely enjoy the 8 controller support, but it is still quite overkill.

Panasonic teases 65-inch 4K LCD with HDMI 2.0 connectivity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 11:32 am

This is something quite unexpected, but Panasonic has teased it's upcoming WT600 television ahead of IFA 2013 which supports the HDMI 2.0 specification. The Panasonic WT600 is a 65-inch 4K-capable TV, that features HDMI 2.0 which handles 4K at 60FPS.




HDMI 1.4 is only capable of handling Ultra HD resolutions at 30FPS, which is a pathetic frame rate for such a high-resolution display. Panasonic's WT600 TV will also include support for DisplayPort 1.2, as well as 4K specific features such as a web browser, media player, rendering engine and THX certification.


We saw the HDMI Licensing group announce HDMI 2.0 just minutes ago, which has some very nice super-powers, including the aforementioned 4K at 60FPS. Panasonic's press conference is penciled in for later on today, where we should hear more about the WT600.

Google Glass App Store reportedly launching in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 10:34 am

Google hasn't launched its wearable computing device, Glass, just yet, but the Mountain View-based giant is reportedly set to launch a dedicated Glass App Store for the wearable device.




Google has confirmed to Marketing Land that it will indeed support Glass by providing the Glass App Store, after it was reported over the weekend through a first-person Glass user essay in the New York Times. The Times' author, Clive Thompson, wrote: "The company says an app store is coming next year, when Glass is available to the general public."


We don't know much more than this, but it's good to see that Google won't just be dumping Glass apps in the usual Google Play Store, but will instead open up an entire shop for Glass.

iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C shipments to reach US shores before September 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 9:33 am

Apple has confirmed its September 10 event, sending invites out to various media outlets, but now there's some more interesting news about its upcoming smartphones.




MacRumors is reproting that Apple has begun shipments of its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models to the US preparing for a possible September 20 launch. Apple has previously shipped smartphones ahead of its announcements of them, so this is all the norm. Will you be picking up one of Apple's new smartphones in a couple of weeks time?