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LG shows off 2013 notebook, all-in-one lineup ahead of CES

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 12:02 am

LG is teasing us with some information about their 2013 lineup of PCs and notebooks ahead of their CES 2013 debut. All of the machines are Windows 8-powered and use LG's IPS display technology, which should make them ideal for users who need accurate color reproduction, such as photographers.

 

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The first is LG's hybrid notebook, the H160 Tab-Book, which features an 11.6-inch display and QWERTY keyboard that is hidden beneath. It weighs in at 2.3 pounds and is only 0.6 inches thick. It reportedly has 12.5 hours of battery life, though the processor isn't detailed. I would venture to guess an Atom will power the machine. A second model, the Z160, comes with all of the same specifications, but comes with an i5 processor and higher specifications.

 

LG's Ultrabook, the Z360, comes in at 2.5 pounds and 0.5 inches thick and will be powered by a core i5 processor. It features a full HD IPS display. Finally, LG is showing off the AIO V325, which will have a 23-inch display. The screen will feature 10-point multitouch support and will be powered by an i5 coupled with a GT 640M. Interestingly, it will feature a TV tuner and picture-in-picture so that you can watch both TV and your desktop at the same time.

RumorTT: Grand Theft Auto V releasing on March 26, 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 11:39 pm

Amazon may have let slip a piece of information gamers have been after ever since the announcement of Grand Theft Auto V: when will it be released? Well, according to Amazon, the game could be showing up on March 26, 2013. Of course, this date has not been confirmed and could be completely wrong, but let's take a look at it anyway.

 

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The date fits into the Spring 2013 timeframe provided by Rockstar. Amazon's listing page is where the piece of information was posted, though it has since been removed. There are really only two options for why it was removed: it was either dead on the money or completely wrong.

 

An e-mail, pictured above, was also sent out to everyone who pre-ordered the game. In the e-mail, the estimated arrival date is set as March 27, 2013. Of course, take all of this with a grain of salt, but I'd be inclined to lean towards the game launching around that date (possibly on that day). We will, of course, keep you up-to-date with the latest GTAV news.

ASUS P1801-T takes a tour of the FCC, not much is known about the device

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 11:19 pm

A device made by ASUS with the product name of P1801-T has taken a tour of the FCC. Not much is known about the device, but Engadget suspects that it could be the Transformer AiO prototype that was seen back at Computex in June. Their reasoning behind this suspicion is solid and based upon the naming convention.

 

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The prototype ran dual OSs, but these sorts of details aren't revealed in the FCC filings. It's expected to have an 18-inch screen. Benchmarks have surfaced on GLBenchmark showing the device running Tegra 3 graphics and a Cortex A9 CPU. The screen resolution is put at 1920x1080.

 

It appears, from the original PR, that the device could be paired with an x86 desktop counterpart and operate as a wireless display. If done right, this could allow the tablet to function as a desktop PC whenever you are home (or in your office). This would make an 18-inch tablet a bit more palatable.

Great idea: Generate a QR code with your WiFi information that you can post on your wall

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 10:28 pm

Here's a great idea that has turned up on the internet: produce a QR code with your WiFi login information, print it out, and frame it. It will allow easy access to your WiFi for visitors, or in case your forget what you set it to. The idea was offered up by Redditor "thatshitischurchyo" and is something you could consider doing at home.

 

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There are plenty of generators on the Internet that will create these QR codes for you, so I'll leave you to your own devices to locate one. I know this is something I'll be doing in my house!

Apple continuing to falter, online customer satisfaction drops to lowest point in four years

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 10:02 pm

A new survey of more than 24,000 customers shows that Apple's online customer satisfaction for the Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping season to be the lowest in the past four years. The study, conducted by Forsee, found that Apple scored 80/100, three points lower than 2011. Amazon, at the top spot, scored 88/100.

 

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The full study can be seen above. The rankings are based upon "appeal of merchandise, website functionality, and the quality of website content."

Ouya dev consoles ship a day early, "Ouya, baby!"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 9:33 pm

The Kickstarter-funded Ouya console that raised $8.5 million from over 63,000 backers has started shipping the development consoles a day earlier than originally announced. Those who backed the console at the required level should have their development console and two controllers by January 10.

 

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One backer has received a shipping confirmation e-mail showing the console being shipped via DHL Express Worldwide, with the estimated delivery date being between December 31 and January 10. A majority of Kickstarter campaigns have been failing to meet the shipping guidelines that they originally offered up, so kudos to the Ouya team for getting this out on time.

 

If you backed Ouya, the March ship timeframe is still looking to be accurate. Earlier this month, Ouya announced 10 new games that would be available at launch. The titles include Fist of Awesome, MechKnight Chronicles, Syder Arcade, KidElectro, Space Runner, Legend of Dungeon, iMech Online, DustyRevenge, HolyShield! and Starbound.

Samsung bringing multiple windows, Jelly Bean to the original Galaxy Note

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 9:02 pm

Samsung is being a good manufacturer and is updating the original Galaxy Note product to Android Jelly Bean. Along with the update, the original Note will be getting the Premium Suite upgrade, which brings with it many of the features users have come to love on the Galaxy Note II.

 

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While an official date has not been set for the release, the fact Samsung has confirmed it should point to a release in the not-too-distant future. The Note will now have Air View, multi-window apps, and Easy Clip function. Users will also be getting access to Google Now, since the device is being updated to Android Jelly Bean.

 

All-in-all the original Note owners should be happy that Samsung is continuing to support their device. The new features coming to the device are sure to please the power-users and common-folk alike. If you have the Galaxy Note, we'll be sure to let you know when the update becomes available.

Christmas Day big for smartphones, sees record 17.4 million Android and iOS devices activated

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 8:38 pm

Smartphones were apparently a top gift this year, with Christmas Day seeing a record 17.4 million Android and iOS devices activated. This figure is 2.5 times that of the Christmas Day 2011. We have gained this information thanks to Flurry Analytics, who use a database of over 260,000 apps to detect upwards of 90 percent of all new activations every day.

 

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When compared to the baseline number of activations for December, Christmas Day saw a 332 percent increase. Tablets were a large contributor to this figure, with around half of new activations being tablets. On the normal days of December 1 to 20, tablets only accounted for about a one-fifth of activations.

 

The information might not be perfect, but it should be pretty close.

LG adding more games to its Cinema 3D Smart TVs in 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 7:45 pm

We live in a world where we almost constantly have video games at our fingertips, ready to play at a moments notice. LG's Cinema 3D units already have game apps, but the company feels that games like 2D Angry Birds is just not enough.

 

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LG has announced that in 2013 it will begin adding more featured games such as The Sims Free Play, Air Penguin and Mini Motor Racing (amongst others) that you can control with the Magic Remote.

 

The above games also been tweaked to offer three-dimensional gaming, and, thanks to the company's FPR 3D tech, two players can battle each other without having to glare at a split screen.

Facebook files to trademark "Poke"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 6:47 pm

Facebook has filled for trademarks for Poke, the app similar to Snapchat. The application was filed on Friday with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, the day before the app went live.

 

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This is not the first time the company has trademarked the word "Poke" however. Since the early days of Facebook, the company held the trademark from 2006 until July 2011 when it let the trademark lapse.

 

Poke is the social network's latest app in which users can send text, videos and photo messages that self-destruct within 10 seconds, which is functionally very similar to the app Snapchat. That company's co-founder Evan Spiegel acknowledged Facebook's Poke with a brief statement on Friday: "Welcome, Facebook. Seriously."

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