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Samsung won't have any Windows RT-based tablets for the US market anytime soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 4:05 am

Windows RT-based tablets aren't quite making the splash that Microsoft wanted, with a big player already pulling out of the US market. South Korean electronics giant Samsung have confirmed to CNET that their ATIV Tab will not be sold, nor distributed throughout the United States.

 

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Samsung's decision comes from feedback from retail partners which have suggested that a Windows RT-based device in the US wouldn't be successful to launch from Samsung. The South Korean company have also said that the lack of education about Windows RT is a factor, and that it would be too much of an investment to inform customers of the differences between Windows RT and Windows 8.

 

Samsung will now wait and see how to tackle the Windows RT market, where they'll watch it from a distance and see how it develops.

Micron displays world's first working DDR4 memory at CES 2013, videos here

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 3:50 am

CES 2013 - Micron today had the first working samples of DDR4 memory in action, putting on a demo that not only shows the new RAM working, but also being simultaneously tested by a Teledyne LeCroy analyzer.

 

 

The new DDR4 spec operates at voltages as low as 1.2V, which is roughly 20% lower than previous generations, and yet still manages to run twice as fast as DDR3. The stock timings for DDR4 will weigh in at a hefty 2133MHz, compared to the old DDR3 starting at 1066MHz. This will speed up users' applications, improve responsiveness, increase multi-tasking, handle data-intensive programs and overall increase the speed that the computer processes data.

 

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This new DDR4 module looks like standard fare for a stick of RAM, but it packs a serious performance punch, with speeds expected to be much higher when overclocked at lower voltages.

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Central Standard Timing raises full $200k in funding in just two days for its CST-01 smartwatch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:28 pm

The CST-01 is Central Standard Timing's first smartwatch and their first watch in general. The company launched a Kickstarter campaign just two days ago and has already met its goal of $200,000.

 

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Already being billed as the thinnest watch in the world, the CST-01 is not the first e-paper display based watch we have seen this year, but it is undoubtedly the fastest to reach its crowd-sourced funding goal. It's already gotten 1,600 backers that have pledged either $99 or $129 to receive a watch of their own when the company begins shipping in September.

 

The campaign still has 43 days to go and the number of backers seems to be growing by 20 or so an hour judging by the public stats on its Kickstarter page. What do you think of all of the new "Smart Watches" that are popping up everywhere? Could these new wrist accessories revive the watch industry and make them popular with the younger Smart Phone crowd?

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Amazon beginning to "Auto Rip" digital files when you purchase music CDs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:32 pm

Today Amazon announced that it will begin giving free digital music files when customers purchase physical CD versions. The AutoRip program is basically Amazon's plan to get the older generation to begin migrating from CD players to MP3 players.

 

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The program gives CD customers a digital version of their purchase at the exact time of purchase when buying CD based music. As an added incentive, any music purchased since 1998 on Amazon is also available to be downloaded in MP3 form.

 

Not all music will be available for AutoRip though, not all albums and even some songs on specific albums will be omitted from the program as Amazon is still working out deals with music labels. We are sure that Amazon will eventually sort things out though, so that we can all enjoy both our CD's and digital files at the same time.

Olloclip provides the iPhone 4/4S/5 with wide-angle, macro, and fish-eye lens

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:28 pm

CES 2013 - The camera in the iPhone is quite capable. You probably haven't even realized that most of the pictures I've posted to our Facebook page for CES this year have been taken with an iPhone 5. While it has a versatile sensor, you are limited to just the lens built into the device, meaning no fish-eyes, macros, or wide angles available.

 

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That was the case, but then the Olloclip came out and changed it. In a single device that fits over the corner of the iPhone, users can quickly take macro, wide-angle, and fish-eye pictures, as you can see above. The left image is the normal iPhone camera, the next is the wide-angle lens, from the same position, and on the right is the fish-eye lens, again from the same position.

 

The lens system is available online and will set you back $69.99 from B&H Photo Video. I'm definitely considering picking one up for my iPhone. How about you? Let us know in the comments below.

Sony demos its SteadyShot technology by mounting two cameras to a moving platform, see the results for yourself

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:09 pm

CES 2013 - Sony is pretty proud of it image stabilization technology and was showcasing the latest of their SteadyShot tech at CES 2013.

 

The demo consisted of two video cameras mounted to a shaking platform, with the video being fed out to two TV screens below. Look at the video below and check out the stunning results:

 

 

Wow!

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LG unveils Smart Activity Tracker at CES, time to get fit?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:55 pm

CES 2013 - Fitness and lifestyle have always been huge at CES. Every year we see a myriad of new products that are supposed to help us better track our workouts to make them as efficient as possible. This year LG has decided to jump into the fitness game with its new Smart Activity Tracker.

 

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Still in the prototype stage, the Smart Activity Tracker bears a very similar resemblance to Nike's FuelBand with one key difference. The Smart Activity Tracker has a touch screen, and will sync up to your phone via Bluetooth to display things such as incoming calls, message contacts, etc.

 

It also tracks the normal features one would expect such as steps taken, distance walked or ran, and it has a stop watch feature. LG wouldn't comment on pricing, but did say that the device should release sometime this coming summer.

Google's Nexus 7 dock finally arrives, set to ship in two weeks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:59 pm

CES 2013 - Google's Nexus 7 which is manufactured by ASUS is finally getting a docking station after six months of dock-less misery. It looks like the dock, which was unveiled this week at CES, will begin shipping in roughly two weeks and will be set at a price point of just $39.99 in the US.

 

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That price seems very reasonable when you compare it to the UK MSRP of 79 pounds (approx. $126) which is only $70 cheaper than the tablet itself. The dock is already showing up on NY City retailer B&H's website, and it should pop up on retailer's sites nationwide shortly.

 

The dock includes a mini USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, and not much else. The dock still allows your tablet to charge and reports that the tablet's on-board speakers sound just fine while on the dock. ASUS isn't saying why this dock took so long to bring to market since other Nexus 7 accessories have been out for months, not that it matters much anyway now.

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Nokia does better than expected with nearly 4.4 million Lumia phones sold in Q4 2012

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:24 pm

Nokia has made it's investors proud by announcing that they have "delivered better than expected results" in Q4 2012 and have sold a whopping 4.4 million Lumia phones.

 

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Q4 2012's 4.4 million sold is a whopping leap over the mere 1 million Windows phones it sold in Q4 2011. The sales are also 1.5 million units better than what was sold in Q3 of 2012.

 

This year marks the first year of the Windows based Lumia with an astounding 14.3 million of the phones being sold worldwide. The company also revealed that its Devices and Services division also achieved profitability, which beat the gloomy outlook Nokia set for itself at the beginning of Q4.

Samsung revives Galaxy S II with Jellybean, names it S2 Plus

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 10, 2013 4:58 pm

CES 2013 - Samsung has shown off a revamped Galaxy S II at CES and is targeting the budget minded smartphone user. The Galaxy S II Plus is essentially a Galaxy S II that is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

 

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Sporting a 4.3-inch 480x800 screen, 1.2GHz dual core processor, 2 megapixel and 8 megapixel front and rear camera respectively, the S II Plus is still a very viable smartphone. It also features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage that can be augmented via SD card.

 

Samsung has not released pricing info as of this posting, but given its mid-range specs, it should prove to be very affordable. There is no word yet either on when existing Galaxy S II's will get the Android 4.1 upgrade.

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