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NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 770, a $399 graphics crunching monster

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

Yesterday we saw a leak on the GeForce GTX 770 that claimed a memory clock of 7GHz and a price tag of $400, and this morning I can confirm that rumor was true. NVIDIA has just announced the GeForce GTX 770 and it appears that all the rumors are true.




The GeForce GTX 770 does run the same chip as the GTX 680 and does have the higher 7GHz memory clock. NVIDIA says that it is about five percent faster than the 680 overall but retains the 1,536 cuda cores. The rumors also were correct on the cooling hardware. The GTX 770 features the same style cooler as seen on the GTX 780 and GTX TITAN.


NVIDIA says the GTX 770 will retail for $399 for a 2GB model. It is available now at all major retailers. Our own Shawn Baker has had his hands on the GTX 770 for a while now and his review can be found here. What do you think about the new GeForce GTX 770? Personally, at the $400 price tag, I want three!

HTC One Google Edition confirmed, seen on stage at D11 conference

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2013 6:01 pm

In "shut up and take my money already" news, HTC has confirmed that a Google edition of its flagship HTC One does exist and will be available for purchase on June 26. This morning at the D11 conference, Google's Sundar Pichai revealed the stock Android 4.2.2 running device.




Unlike Samsung who called their stock Android S4 the "Google Edition", HTC is giving the One a subtitle of "Nexus user experience" version. The phone will retail for $599 at T-Mobile and AT&T in the US and will support LTE data on both networks. It will retain all of the features of the original HTC One, but will feature 32GB of storage.


Now time for my rant. While I absolutely love manufactures releasing their flagship smartphones in a stock Android flavor, I simply hate the fact that they lock them down to specific networks. If you are going to sell a phone running stock Android that features an unlocked bootloader, then for God's sake unlock the phone to all carriers as well. There are some of us who are committed to other networks (Sprint) who would love a stock Android HTC One or Galaxy S4.

Pirate3D smashes through their funding goal on Kickstarter in under 10 minutes

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: May 30, 2013 5:01 pm

I have been following Pirate3D for quite a while now and have watched their 3D printer, the Buccaneer, evolve into something refined and elegant. This is something most other 3D printers miss the mark on because they put a lot of time into function over form.




The guys over at Pirate3D put just as much thought into their aesthetics as they did the functional side of things and the result is something of beauty. The Buccaneer is an additive deposition 3D printer meaning that it uses melted plastic filament to build the object layer by layer. This is the same way the RepRaps, Makerbots, PrintrBots, and Lulzbots handle their printing as well.


The Buccaneer uses 1.75mmm PLA filament which means there are dozens of colors available for about $40 per 1kg spool. "Current 3D printers have a very unfinished feel to them. By improving the aesthetics of a 3D printer as well as making the device more user friendly, we felt this could bridge the gap to mass adoption of 3D printing. Along with that, we want to also keep final price affordable so it would make economical sense to purchase a Buccaneer," the company said.

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SpeedUp to unveil super slim SpeedUp Pad, thinnest, lightest Android tablet of its class

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2013 4:29 pm

This morning SpeedUp announced that it will be unveiling a new 7.85-inch class Android tablet at Computex next week. Dubbed the SpeedUp Pad, the new Android tablet boast a thickness of just 7.9mm and weighs just a mere 300 grams.




The SpeedUp Pad features Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, a 1024x768 7.85-inch IPS display, and a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor. 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage round out the important internal specs. The tablet supports 3G HSPA 7.2Mbps, and EVDO Rev A. A 5MP rear camera, and 2MP frot camera are present with a 4000mAh battery keeping things powered up.


Rahmad Widjaya Sakti, Vice President Product and Marketing at SpeedUp Technology said that "Speedup Pad is a statement of beauty in technology. Every detail is designed with extreme precision. With a 7.85 inch, the thinnest, lightest tablet with SpeedUp Studio, SpeedUp Pad will be highly competitive in the market, bringing a brand new experience to consumers, app developers and distributors as like."


The SpeedUp Pad will retail at a MSRP of $249 and will launch in August in various markets including Indonesia, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Dubai, Sri Lanka, India, USA, Timor-Leste, and Hongkong.

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Samsung officially confirms Galaxy S4 Mini

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2013 2:08 pm

We have been hearing rumors and getting tips on a smaller Samsung Galaxy S4 phone for weeks now. This morning, Samsung has officially confirmed those rumors by announcing the Galaxy S4 Mini. This announcement comes well ahead of what was widely suspected to be the S4 Mini launch event on June 20.




Specifications are very close to previous rumors, with the Galaxy S4 Mini sporting a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display and a dual-core 1.7GHz processor. The Mini features 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a Micro SD slot. Imaging is taken care of by an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing unit.




The full accompaniment of Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and an IR LED are included alongside optional LTE. The Galaxy S4 Mini ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and features all of the Galaxy S4 apps such as Group Play, S Translator, Samsung Hub, ChatON, and S Voice. A 1900mAh battery is housed inside the case which comes in either Black Mist or White Frost. No info on pricing or availability was included in the press release, but we should learn more on June 20.

RumorTT: Galaxy S4 Mini specifications reportedly leak out in benchmark screenshots

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2013 12:27 am

We still expect Samsung to unveil the Galaxy S4 Mini at their event on June 20, but we don't quite know what the specifications will be. Thanks to some leaked screenshots obtained from an unnamed source, we at least have an idea of what to expect. See the screenshots of the AnTuTu benchmark below:




The Galaxy S4 Mini will reportedly run a dual-core processor, likely the Snapdragon 400, coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. It will sport an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera that is capable of 1080p video. The display will pump out a resolution of 960x540 at 240dpi. It's said to be running Android 4.2.2.

Motorola CEO confirms the X Phone is real, says it will be made in the US

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2013 11:47 pm

Motorola's CEO, Dennis Woodside, has confirmed that the rumored X Phone is real. He adds that the device will be made right here in the United States. The device will be Motorola's flagship device and is called the Moto X. It will make use of an OLED screen.




The device will be built-in Texas in a 480,000-square-foot facility currently making Nokia devices. Woodside cheerfully announced that the Moto X will be the first smartphone to be built-in the United States. He added that breakability and battery life are two main focuses for the device.


Woodside had the phone in his pocket while doing the interview, but refused to show it. Android's Sundar Pinchai has seen the device, but Woodside said that Motorola is the same as any Android vendor. "We're hiring out of Google, but once you come to Motorola you give up your Google badge. It really is separate."


Other details still remain unknown. We'll bring more Moto X news to you as it happens.

HTC says Samsung uses component supplies as "competitive weapon"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2013 11:30 pm

HTC has accused Samsung of using its supply of smartphone components as a "competitive weapon." Citing Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia, Focus Taiwan reports that Samsung "strategically declined" to fill orders for an AMOLED display used in HTC's Desire smartphone. These orders were only declined after the Desire started to take off in sales.




"We found that key component supply can be used as a competitive weapon," said Tong. HTC redesigned the Desire to make use of a non-Samsung display and the company has since stayed away from Samsung displays. Samsung has seemingly hurt some of its business by weaponizing its component supplies as HTC, Apple, and others have moved away from the giant electronics conglomerate.


Since moving away from Samsung, HTC has suffered the occasional component shortage. However, the HTC One and One X have both had best-in-class displays when launched, proving HTC doesn't need Samsung's display technology.

ReportTT: Apple looking to Pegatron to produce low-cost iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2013 11:02 pm

Apple is reportedly looking towards Pegatron to produce their rumored low-cost iPhone. The Wall Street Journal reports that Pegatron will be the primary producer of a new low-cost iPhone as Apple looks to diversify its supply chain. Up until 2011, Foxconn was responsible for all iPhone production.




According to the report, which cites people familiar with the matter, Apple is making the shift in order to reduce risk. They note the issues Foxconn had with the iPhone 5, including scratches on the metal casings. Apple will also be producing more product lines and product, meaning they'll need more capacity.


Analysts also believe Pegatron is willing to accept lower profit margins while attempting to gain Apple's business, meaning higher profit for Apple.

Huawei officially confirms the Ascend P6 is coming June 18

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2013 10:34 pm

Huawei has confirmed through their Facebook page today that the often leaked Ascend P6 smartphone will be making an official launch on June 18. Huawei has scheduled an event in London for June 18, just two days before Samsung is set to take the stage in London, rumored to be launching Galaxy S4 variants.




On June 18th, Huawei will unleash an intimate experience to consumers. We do everything to the fullest. The Huawei Ascend P6 challenges all phones to be the thinnest, smallest, and one of the most compact smartphones with a screen that can rival it's competitors. Care to guess how large the screen to body ratio is?


We don't know the answer to the question, but we do know that it is said to be just 6.2mm thick, an impressive feat. This slimness will make it the thinnest phone on the market when it launches June 18. Other rumored specs are a 4.7-inch display. 1.5GHz quad-core, 2GB of RAM, and a 5MP camera.


We'll have all the latest on the device when Huawei takes to the stage June 18 from London.

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