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We get a chance to go hands-on with Corsair's new mousepads

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:15 pm

PAX PRIME 2013 - Corsair unveiled two new gaming mousepads at this year's PAX Prime expo in Seattle, Washington. The MM200 is an extra-long cloth mousepad that is perfect for staking your space out at a LAN party. It's also useful to keep your keyboard stationary on an otherwise slick surface such as a plastic table.

 

 

The MM400, on the other hand, features a hard plastic texture designed for optical mouse tracking and extreme precision. The size of the pad is also smaller than the MM200, allowing it to be used in more locations.

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Digg for Android arrives in the Google Play Store, features Reader

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 9:00 pm

Today Digg launched its first Android App, which very closely matches its iOS counterpart. The new app features support for Digg's new Reader service, a RSS feed importer designed to replace the now defunct Google Reader. The app is available for download now in the Google Play Store.

 

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The new app also allows users to share their Diggs, and RSS stories on read-it-later apps as well as social networks. Unfortunately those who like to use the "unread-only" filter will be a little disappointed as it is not present in the android application. Personally I feel that this Digg is a little too late to the party with its App as Feedly is doing a wonderful job on my PC, Tablet, and HTC One at serving up content from my 100+ feeds.

Microsoft poised to be investing in Foursquare, could add to Bing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 7:29 pm

Today a report surfaced that says Microsoft is in talks with Foursquare over a deal that could see the Redmond, Washington based company investing in the social check-in service. Unfortunately for Microsoft Foursquare, American Express is also interested in investing in the company which could see massive gains and profit over its new advertising business model.

 

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Recently Foursquare was valued at $600 million after it raised $41 million from venture capital firms to aid in the company's expansion. Its new advertising business model would allow companies to place targeted ads directly to the consumers when they check-in at an establishment where an advertisers products may be served. The company has dubbed this new business model "Geo-Aware Advertising."

 

Some people are not a fan of targeted advertising, but I have to say that honestly I don't mind it that much. I would much rather see ads about products that I'm interested in over products I could care less about. This new advertising model actually excites me a little because I feel that it may help introduce me to new things in establishment I frequent.

NVIDIA begins offering Batman: Arkham Origins with GPU purchase

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 6:20 pm

Today NVIDIA announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment that will give those who purchase new NVIDIA GeForce-based GPU's the highly acclaimed Batman: Arkham Origins video game. The new title in the Batman series features an expansive Gotham City, and introduces a new original prequel storyline set several years before the events that took place in Batman; Arkham Asylum, and Batman Arkham City.

 

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"The Batman: Arkham games are visually stunning and it's great that we are able to continue building upon the amazing graphics with Batman: Arkham Origins," said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "With NVIDIA's continued support, we are able to deliver an incredibly immersive gameplay experience."

 

And if you're attending PAX PRIME this weekend, anyone attending the sneak peek of Batman: Arkham Origins will also have the chance to purchase a bundle package at the special kiosk inside the NVIDIA booth, and will receive a limited-edition Batman lithograph. Eligible GPU's include the GeForce 660, 660TI, 670, 680, 760, 770 or 780 high-end graphics cards.

Yahoo updates Flickr for iOS app, now includes 100% more filters

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 2:30 pm

This morning Yahoo rolled out an update to its Flickr for iOS app that ushers in several new photo filters as well as the ability to customize filters and tailor them to suit your taste. Additionally the application has a new feature which the Flickr team is calling "Live Preview"

 

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Live Preview is a new concept that we have not seen on many apps in the past. This feature allows you to preview the selected filter in real-time before taking the photo. This allows you to see which filter looks best for the scene you are composing before you press the shutter button. Rounding things out, the app now includes a few handy features such as a grid, focus and exposure locks, pinch-to-zoom, and even includes new tools like sharpening, color balancing, and levels adjustments.

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks again, new specs and battery

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 1:30 pm

Earlier this morning I covered a new leak that showed off the Android app that is said to control Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Now, additional details of leaked surrounding the device's hardware, and what kind of battery life users can expect to see. This morning GigaOm is reporting that the galaxy gear will have up to 10 hours of battery life.

 

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Additionally the smartwatch is said to feature a 320 x 320 pixel, 2.5-inch OLED display alongside 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Rumors are also circling that the Galaxy Gear will feature a 4-megapixel camera that is capable of shooting 720p video. Finally the Gear will run a version of Android 4.2 and as we saw earlier will pair with other Galaxy devices using near field communication (NFC). The gear will launch next week on September 4th at the IFA trade show in Berlin Germany.

GIGABYTE launches new H81.AMP-UP motherboard aimed at audiophiles

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 12:00 pm

Early this morning GIGABYTE unveiled the latest addition to its 8 series motherboards. The GIGABYTE H81.AMP-UP supports the latest 4th generation Intel Core processors and is aimed at appeasing audiophiles who enjoy the ability to tune the audio output to fit their personal taste.

 

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The motherboard features and upgradable operational amplifier (OP-Amp), A small chip that users can replace with varying models. This is something that GIGABYTE says has never been seen before on a mainstream platform motherboard. The board's audio circuit is designed around GIGABYTE's exclusive USB DAC-UP circuitry which is said to provide a noise-less USB power to the digital two-to analog converters, and slide switches to boost overall game levels. Additionally high-end Nichicon capacitors are used to help smooth out the audio signals.

 

"The GIGABYTE H81.AMP-UP is like no other motherboard currently available, addressing the important market of audio enthusiasts that don't necessarily require high-end PC gaming features," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "Delivering a potent combination of our exclusive audio technologies, and backed by our signature Ultra Durable design philosophy, the GIGABYTE H81.AMP-UP has certainly upped the ante in terms of must have features for mainstream H81 motherboards."

 

The board also features 2 DIMM slots, 4 SATA connectors, 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, and a single PCIe x16 connector. Overall the board is pretty plain featuring a black on black color scheme with the gold plated audio circuitry being the main focus. Pricing and availability details were not provided but we expect it will go on sale sometime this coming month.

Android set to get Aereo's internet-based TV service in September

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:00 am

The popular Internet-based television service Aereo will be headed to Android devices next month if a report from the International Business Times is correct in which Aereo's CEO Chet Kanojia confirmed the pending Android launch. By expanding to Android, Aereo would greatly expand its reach to US viewers as android has a significantly larger market share that Apple's iOS.

 

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Aereo works by using an array of small antennas to capture broadcast TV signals and then stream them for the Internet to its users. Of course as you can imagine, this business model has not done much to please the broadcast TV industry. Nevertheless Aereo has managed to become successful in New York City, Boston and Atlanta, and is expected to be a hit in Miami, Houston, Dallas and Chicago when it launches in those markets later next month.

Control app for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks in screenshots

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 10:00 am

Everyone's favorite leakster is at it again! This time the infamous @evleaks has posted a pair of screenshots that show off the new management app for Samsung's upcoming smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. The images show that the smartwatch will pair to Samsung Galaxy devices via near field communication (NFC) instead of the assumed Bluetooth 4.0.

 

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As expected the Apple also let users change the clock face, manage their Samsung apps, and even help users find their misplaced or lost watch. This system is quite similar to that on Sony smartwatch, as well as be quite successful Pebble smartwatch. Not much else is known about the Galaxy Gear, but all will be revealed in just a few days when Samsung launches the Galaxy Gear at the IFA trade show in Berlin Germany. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of IFA 2013 and the Galaxy Gear from Samsung.

Samsung begins mass producing "industry's most advanced" DDR4 memory

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 8:47 am

Today Samsung announced that it has began mass-producing what it says is the most advanced DDR4 memory being made for enterprise servers in next-generation data centers. Designed run a 20nm-class process the modules facilitate demand for 16Gb and 32GB capacities.

 

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"The adoption of ultra-high-speed DDR4 in next-generation server systems this year will initiate a push toward advanced premium memory across the enterprise," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "After providing cutting-edge performance with our timely supply of 16GB DDR3 earlier this year, we are continuing to extend the premium server market in 2013 and will now focus on higher density and added performance with 32GB DDR4, and contribute to even greater

growth of the green IT market in 2014."

 

Samsung says that the new 4Gb-based DDR4 has the fastest DRAM data transmission rate of any other module available. At 2,667Mb/s, they represent a 1.25-fold increase in performance while lowering power consumption by more than 30-percent. Samsung remains committed to advancing the development of next-generation green memory devices and solutions in IT markets. With innovative developmental approaches directed at systems, solutions and software the company will continue to reinforce its green memory strategy and maximize the creation of shared value for its customers, while facilitating further expansion of the green IT marketplace.

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