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Google editions of Galaxy S4 and HTC One are now available for pre-order in the Google Play Store

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 9:02 pm

A few weeks ago, we learned that Samsung would be releasing a stripped-down Nexus-like version of its galaxy S4 which would be called the Google Edition S4. Shortly thereafter, HTC announced that they would be doing the same with their flagship smartphone, the HTC One.

 

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Today, Google has launched both of the stripped-down android smartphones for preorder in the Google Play Store. Both devices run stock versions of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will begin shipping to customers on July 9.

 

The Google edition of HTC's One retails for $599.99 while Samsung's Galaxy S4 Google Edition retails slightly higher at a price of $649.99. For Android purist, these two phones represent the holy grail of smartphone technology, but they are not just for those who wish for a pure Android experience; they represent a way for more consumers to buy high-end smartphones without a contract and without all the added features that manufactures normally bloat smartphones with.

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Motorola logo gets updated to reflect Google ownership, now comes with 100% more colors

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 8:33 pm

Just over a year ago, Google finalize a deal to buy Motorola's Mobility division, and today we're finally seeing Google officially welcoming Motorola into the family. The Motorola logo was updated this afternoon to reflect a more Google-like appearance and inform the whole world that it is a Google owned company.

 

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The new logo features the original Motorola "M" but it is now surrounded by a circular rainbow of colors similar to the ones used in Google branding. Now that Google has the new logo out-of-the-way, let's hope they can do the same with the crappy phones Motorola has been releasing for years now.

 

I say that because of the news today surrounding the Motorola X Phone. It appears to be nothing more than another rehash of the Atrix, Photon 4G, and Razr Max. Those of us who were loyal to Motorola were really hoping to see something innovative with the new X phone but it appears that will not be the case.

Square breaks out of its mobile payments shell and opens Etsy-like online market

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 8:05 pm

When Square launched a few years ago, they changed the mobile payments market overnight with their little white plastic device that you to plug in your smartphone or tablet. Now Square is setting its sights on the online marketplace as well and is attempting to compete with Etsy, Amazon, and eBay by launching its own online marketplace called Square Market.

 

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While the step from a mobile payment gateway to a online marketplace may seem a bit odd to some, this is actually part of Square's push for the company to deliver a product that answers each aspect of online commerce. At the moment, the company has a mobile wallet for consumers, a payment app for businesses, a $300 stand that turns your iPad into a point-of-sale system and it even has a project in the works that will compete with PayPal known as Square Cash.

 

"Creating an online marketplace is our next step in making commerce easy for everyone," said Ajit Varma, Square's director of discovery, in a statement. "The idea behind Square Market is to make local businesses accessible to Square users nationwide. Creating a storefront on Square Market is free, and sellers can manage list items, add product photos, manage inventory and create an online profile for their businesses that the company hopes will essentially eliminate the need for sellers to have standalone websites."

 

The online storefront itself is free, but transactions aren't. Square will take a 2.75 percent cut of revenue off each item sold, which is much less than what Amazon or eBay charges. It is even less than the $0.20 Etsy charges to list an item.

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Facebook finally lands an official app on Windows 8, will default searches to Bing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 7:45 pm

During today's Microsoft Build conference, CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Windows 8 is finally getting an official Facebook app. This announcement comes almost a year after the new Windows operating system was announced.

 

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Facebook and Microsoft have partnered up to build a native app for the company's flagship operating system, and as a result, Facebook will default searches to Microsoft's Bing search engine. In return, Microsoft will deeply integrate Facebook into Windows 8.

 

There are also reports coming in that Facebook-owned Instagram will also be getting a Windows 8 app and that tMicrosoft hopes Twitter's Vine will follow suit. Ballmer also announced that Windows 8 will be getting an official version of Flipboard as well as an NFL Fantasy Football App.

BIWIN debuts Half Slim H6201 embedded SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 7:27 pm

BIWIN has just announced a new business class SSD that is aimed at the digital signage market. The new Half Slim H6201is being billed as the perfect SSD for public and outdoor environments because it is scalable, efficient, and provides a low maintenance cost.

 

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BIWIN says that the "SATA II Half-slim SSD H6201's MTBF of 2,000,000 hours is more than doubled comparing with mechanical hard drives, leading to lower maintenance costs. H6201 is extremely fast with the ability to handle high I/O data throughput such as multiple data streams suitable for graphics and video in a very small package."

 

The H6201 comes in several levels of density, including 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, which allows for all signage storage needs. The new Half Slim SSD is an ideal solution for deployments where heat, cold, dust, humidity, and even shock and vibration are common.

Good guy Razer is giving their Surround Virtual 7.1 software away for free, asks you to donate to charity if you like it

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 6:28 pm

Razer has just announced a new software package targeted at gamers that will allow them to turn their boring old normal headphones into a 7.1 channel surround beast. Razer Surround, according to the company, goes above and beyond existing multi-channel simulation packages by giving users a calibration system that tunes the effect for individual listeners.

 

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The software is designed as an add-on for the Razer Synapse 2.0 software package and the company has plans to offer it for sale in 2014 for $19.99, but the company is offering a pretty sweet deal to early adopters. Anyone wishing to purchase Razer Surround before January 1, 2014 will receive an unprecedented 100-percent discount.

 

Razer simply asked that if you find the software useful that you donate some cash to the Child's Play charity (source #2). The software is compatible with Windows Vista and higher and provides preconfigured calibrations for all razor audio products. Custom configurations can be built to calibrate for third-party headsets and users will need to register for Razer Synapse 2.0, so an online connection is needed.

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Sony loves developers, proves it by launching indie game channel for PS Vita

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 5:32 pm

Sony has continued its support of independent game developers by launching a new indie game channel for its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console. This new channel is the direct result of Sony launching a similar channel on the PlayStation network last month.

 

 

With 53 titles already, Sony has begun highlighting new releases such as Hotline Miami, Thomas Was Alone, and Limbo. Sony says it has plans in the coming months to showcase highly anticipated Vita-only releases such as Spelunky, Luftrausers, and Hohokm.

 

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In a blog post Sony said:

 

At PlayStation, we're proud to support indie development, and our unrestrictive policies make it easier than ever for developers to launch games on PS Vita. We recognize that the unique perspective that indie developers deliver contributes to the success and future of the gaming industry. And we've learned as much from working with talented indie developers over the last several years as (we hope) they have learned from us.

Maingear unleashes liquid-chilled EPIC series of custom PCs that use EKWB water cooling hardware

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 4:29 pm

This morning, MAINGEAR announced the launch of an entirely new series of custom liquid cooled PCs. Knowing that hard-core enthusiast preferred custom liquid cooling over all-in-one solutions, MAINGEAR teamed up with EKWB to create the new EPIC series of custom liquid cooled desktop PCs.

 

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The EPIC series is comprised of the full-tower Force and mid-sized Rush models that both feature a "BiTurbo" pump design that ensures your system stays cool in the event one pump should fail. Also present are Intel's fourth-generation Core i7 or AMD's FX processors. On the graphics side, the force model can be packed with up to four NVIDIA GTX Titans or four Radeon HD 7970, with the Rush model only featuring a maximum of two GPUs.

 

As with all other MAINGEAR offerings, a plethora of memory, storage, fans, lighting, and paint combinations are available. At the moment, no information has been released on pricing or availability, but you can expect the prices to be fairly stout based on the hardware specifications listed above as well as the attention to detail MAINGEAR puts into every PC it builds. On a side note, how sexy is that Corsair 900D in lime green?

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LeakedTT: Motorola X Phone spotted in the wild while being tested on Sprint's LTE network

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 4:01 pm

Motorola's X phone just might be the most anticipated phone of the year; after all, we've been talking about it since before January. We have posted more than half a dozen leaks on the mystified X Phone and it appears that this morning we're getting our first real glimpse of what it will actually look like.

 

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Mobile device website, Phone Arena, has reportedly received the above photo from a source who is said to be testing the X Phone on Sprint's LTE network. This leak comes hot on the heels of the official FCC documents (source #2) pointing to the phone's application for approval on Sprint's LTE network.

 

Surprisingly, it appears that the phone might arrive with a 4.7-inch 720p screen which is a really big letdown if true. Hardware-wise we expect a 1.7GHz QUALCOMM Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of system memory. The phone does appear to be running Android 4.2.2 and there is still no official word on a release date or pricing.

 

Unfortunately, I have been sort of holding out for the X Phone since it was announced. I have been a loyal Motorola phone customer since the early 2000s and currently use a very worn out and glitchy Photon 4G. When Google blasted Motorola for not being innovative enough and producing boring phones, I thought that the X Phone would appear as something new, innovative and awesome. Sadly, it appears that none of that is true and the Motorola X Phone is just another Atrix, Photon, or Razr in the same boring plastic case with the same boring colors.

Digital Storm unveil the Aventum II - a 'steel and copper dream machine'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 4:00 pm

Digital Storm are back once again with a new gaming PC that will send your credit card bill through the roof, introducing the Aventum II. The Aventum II steps it up considerably, as it was built by Digital Storm's in-house team of engineers, taking ten years worth of customer requests to build the dream machine.

 

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No off-the-shelf components chassis or cooling was used, it all had to be custom built from the ground up. Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development says: "We (Digital Storm) unveiled an Aventum II prototype at CES 2013 and have been working to prefect the design since. The final product is a unique system, completely designed from the ground up featuring a bold look and packing enough power to go toe to toe with any PC on the planet."

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