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LeakedTT: Motorola Moto G gets listed on Amazon UK early for $255

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 12:30 am

With just a couple of days left until Motorola unveils the all new Moto G Android-based smartphone, has accidentally leaked the phone's specs and pricing. Amazon somehow managed to list the device for same under its model number of DVX/XT1032, and features like "Sharpest 4.5 HD Screen," and "All day quad-core speed."




If the listing is real, then we will see the Motorola Moto G 16GB smartphone retail for just $200-$257 stateside, and that includes Android 4.4, and a custom design made with the MotoMaker. While the Moto G may not be the most powerful phone out there, it will definitely be one of the shining gems in the Android lineup for 2014.

Google's Nexus 5 scheduled to hit T-Mobile on Nov. 14th for $450

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 11:00 pm

The Nexus 5 is undoubtedly the best Android phone ever made, and rightfully so since it is the brainchild of Google. Today T-Mobile has announced that it will see the Nexus 5 on its online shelves beginning November 14th, while physical stores will get the device six days later.




For T-mobile subscribers or anyone looking to make the switch, T-Mobile is offering a pretty good deal on the Nexus 5. The 16GB model will cost customers $41.99 upfront which will be followed by 24 monthly payments of $17 each. This effectively means you are paying $450 for the Nexus 5 on a 24-month contract that T-Mobile says is not a contract. Unfortunately, no information has been given on whether or not the 32GB Nexus 5 will be making its way to T-Mobile.

Samsung's first Tizen phone delayed until Q1 2014 says executive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 9:39 pm

Earlier today I reported on leaked benchmarks that show 2 of Samsung's upcoming Tizen-based smartphones are almost as fast as its Android-based Galaxy S4. In the article I stated that it was unclear as to when the phones may launch, and now we have a better understanding of when that might happen.




Speaking with the Korea Herald, a Samsung executive has said that the company will not be releasing a Tizen-powered smartphone until at least the first quarter of 2014. That put's the Intel / Samsung mobile OS off schedule by several months, and the Tizen-based smart TV OS off by even more. No reason was given for the delay, but I suspect that hardware issues are to blame. It could be anything though, and Samsung could be falsely delaying the new OS until it launches its Galaxy S5 with both Tizen and Android.

Sony releases interesting PlayStation 4 unboxing video

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 8:47 pm

Sony releases an unboxing video just less than a week before the console's release date. Along with being an unboxing video, the video itself is quite mysterious. It looks like it takes place in a dark server room. The video shows everything included with the PlayStation 4. It comes with the manual, network voucher, HDMI cord, USB cable, power cord, mono headset, the DualShock 4 controller, and finally the console itself which has a massive beam of light coming off of it in the video.



At the end of the video you will see that the mysterious man is Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Worldwide Studios. He finishes off the video with "greatness awaits." Both consoles are just around the corner. The PlayStation will be available this Friday on the 15th in the U.S, and the 29th in Europe also the Xbox One will be available on the 22nd in the U.S and Europe.

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Amazon strikes deal with struggling USPS to begin Sunday delivery

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 8:09 pm

On November 17th, and the United States Postal Service will launch a new initiative that will see Amazon customers receiving packages in the mail on Sundays. Initially, this service will only be offered in Los Angeles and New York City, with the majority of the country receiving the service later in 2014.




Amazon says that Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix will be amongst the first additional cities to receive the service in 2014, and further rollout will take place as it grows in popularity. Amazon will deliver its packages from shipping centers to USPS facilities on Saturday evenings, and will then hand things off to USPS for Sunday delivery. At the moment, it is unclear if this service will cost extra or not, but the truth is that USPS could use a financial boost at the moment.

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GIGABYTE's G1 Sniper 5 board gets some love from EK's new waterblock

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 6:40 pm

There are some enthusiast out there who says that custom watercooling peaked a few years ago before the invention of the all-in-one liquid cooling solution. Then there are enthusiast like myself who feel that the golden age of liquid cooling our PCs has not even began to arrive yet. With the recent inclusion of things like full motherboard waterblocks and rigid acrylic tubing, we have only begun to see the best of what the water cooling industry has to offer.




Today EK Waterblocks has released its latest complete coverage motherboard waterblock for GIGABYTE's G1 Sniper 5 motherboard. The new EK-FB GA G1 Sniper 5 waterblock directly cools the motherboard's Intel Z87 southbridge, PLX PEX 8474 PCIe Lane Splitter, and the power regulators such as the VRM and MOSFETs. The block is constructed out of nickel plated electrolytic copper and is capped by high-quality POM Acetal. The block is fed and evacuated by just two G1/4 fittings, and employs a high-flow internal design.


As a GIGABYTE G1 Sniper 5 owner and extreme water-cooling enthusiast, I can not wait to get my hands on one of these waterblocks. While I will miss the military themed styling of the motherboard's stock air/water blocks, I feel that this block makes it even more badass! The block is available now for $172.

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Apple releases stunningly detailed renderings of new spaceship campus

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 5:11 pm

Back in 2011 when Steve Jobs first released renderings of its future headquarters in Cupertino, California, the entire tech world was taken back at the sheer beauty of what the new campus might look like. Fast forward two years and the structure has gained approval of the Cupertino City Council, who has just released new highly detailed renderings of what the structure will look like.




Affectionately known as the "Spaceship," the new campus is the definition of modern design, and contemporary minimalism. The new renderings show a very open workspace that is designed to promote co-working, and environmentally friendly construction. Images depict cheery trees blossoming, and plant covered walls in the parking structure. Courtyards are packed with employees chatting, eating, and collaborating, while the main reception desk looks like the control center for the spaceship.


I may not be much of an Apple fan, but as someone who appreciates fine architectural and minimalistic design, this new campus is truly a thing of beauty. If the end result is anything like these new renderings, I can not wait to visit for a tour. More of the high-detail renderings can be found at the source link below. What do you think about Apple's "Spaceship" campus? Is it an example of modern design, or just a big waste of money? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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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.




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.




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.




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."