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Meet the OFF Pocket, a cell phone pouch that blocks all signals

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 6:06 pm

In the wake of multiple scandals involving the US government's mass surveillance of its citizens, a new project has popped up on Kickstarter with the goal of allowing you to keep your smartphone on your person without the threat of it becoming a personal tracking device.




Dubbed the OFF Pocket, this wallet for your cell phone is able to block all cellular, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth signals from being sent or received by the device. The company behind the OFF Pocket says that it has the ability to block over 100dB for the frequency range between 800MHz and 2.4GHz. They say that this is a better solution than just turning off your phone because that does not always ensure wireless signals are not being sent or transmitted.


The company is hoping to raise $35,000 in crowdfunding to get a second-generation model to market. In their first few days, they raised just over a third of their goal and have about 22 days left before the campaign ends. Currently, a pledge of $85 will get you a unit which is expected to begin shipping late next month. Head over to Source #1 to find out more!

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Samsung will most likely launch Galaxy Note III on September 4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 4:04 pm

Today, Samsung announced their next launch event which will be held in Berlin, Germany on September 4. Thanks to an invitation sent out to the media this morning, we learned that "the next Galaxy" will be launched at what the company is calling "Samsung Unpacked"...big surprise there!




It is widely expected that we will see the Samsung Galaxy Note III live during the event. Last year, the Galaxy Note II was launched at the IFA conference which begins on September 6. With this unveiling taking place just two days before, we're almost positive Samsung will use the event to show off the new Note III.


Lending further credits to the speculation that we will see the Galaxy Note III, analysts are pointing out that the invitation the journalist received this morning appears to be hand-drawn / written with something similar to a Wacom stylus which is one of the major features of the Galaxy Note series. The device is said to feature a 6.3-inch screen and either a Samsung Exynos 5 octa-core processor or a QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 chip.

First tri-SIM smartphones will be offered by LG and GooPhone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 3:06 pm

With high-speed mobile networks becoming the primary form of telecommunication, there is a growing need for mobile devices to access different networks around the world. Dual-SIM smartphones have filled this niche for sometime now, but being able to access two separate networks is just not enough for some.




Today, reports have surfaced that show off the world's first tri-SIM smartphones running MediaTek chips. The phones come from LG and GooPhone and can manage three separate phone lines at once without a noticeable drop in battery life thanks to MediaTek's Triple-SIM chip. The GooPhone X1+ features a 5-inch FWVGA display and a dual-core MT6572 processor, which puts it in the high side of low-end.


LG's just released L4 II boasts a rather small 3.8-inch 320 x 480 pixel HVGA display and an unnamed 1GHz processor. 4GB of storage is present along side 512MB of RAM. These specs put the LG L4 II into solid low-end territory, but with either phone being capable of utilizing three different networks simultaneously, we are sure that there are many who will look over the poor hardware specs for the tri-SIM capabilities.

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ADATA busts a move with their new 3100MHz DDR3 memory

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 10:29 am

Just when we were thinking 3000MHz DDR3 RAM was quick, ADATA had to add another 100MHz to the table. ADATA's new XPG V2 DDR 3100 memory under the XMP Profile 1 runs at 3100MHz with CAS latencies of 12-14-14-36 at 1.65V.




Not too bad at all, eh? This will give users 24,800MB/sec in bandwidth, too. The kit comes in 8GB (2 x 4GB sticks) and features Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT) thermal technology for heat dispersal. With its huge bandwidth, it could be the right choice for video and image editing professionals who need some seriously high RAM bandwidth.

GTA V to run at the retina-busting resolution of... 720p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 9:40 am

One of the most anticipated games of all time is nearly here, but Grand Theft Auto V is only hitting current generation consoles meaning we're going to see the games vast open world clamped down by the ageing hardware in the PS3 and Xbox 360.




Gadget Mill have found out, through GTA V's official website, that the game won't be running at 1080p. They're claiming that the website didn't include any in-game screenshots above 720p. To me, the screenshots look fantastic, which means we're seeing it rendered on a PC, or super amounts of AA at 720p.


Rockstar's previous titles, such as Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3 and GTA IV, all ran at 720p. Current generation consoles are really holding games back, and GTA V is one of them. Let's hope that Rockstar unleash the open-world game onto next-gen consoles.

AMD release Catalyst 13.8 Beta drivers, fixes frame latency issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 8:30 am

AMD have been promising a huge driver update for a little while now, and before we receive this new wonder driver, AMD have released the Catalyst 13.8 Beta drivers.




The new AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta drivers fix the frame latency issues that are apparent on Graphics CoreNext (GCN) GPUs, meaning micro-stuttering issues with CrossFire configurations should see some big improvements. The driver also includes a fix that ensures frames generated by member GPUs of a CrossFire configuration are displayed in an even and regular pace.


AMD have also provided full support for the OpenGL 4.3 API in the latest Catalyst 13.8 Beta drivers. Once you've downloaded them, you can create application profiles within Catalyst Control Center for OpenGL applications, with CAP updates now pushed out for such apps.

3G-enabled Raspberry Pi could soon be a reality

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 7:30 am

If you've been wanting 3G connectivity on the super-cheap Raspberry Pi, your dreams could soon come true. A company called SparqEE are developing an add-on for Raspberry Pi that would allow a SIM card to be inserted.




The startup are going to launch their project on Kickstarter for crowdfunding, with the unique ability of selling users low-cost SIM cards that they could use in their Raspberry Pis since the company has "contracted with a worldwide SIM provider" that can deliver global SIM cards on the cheap.

Samsung to launch Galaxy Note III, Gear smartwatch on September 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 6:26 am

It looks like Samsung are going to launch their Galaxy Note III smartphone before IFA Berlin next month, with the South Korean giant to surprise the crowd by unveiling their new smartwatch, which should arrive as the Samsung Gear.




Samsung's Gear should be capable of providing users with alerts and notifications from their smartphone, as well as the ability to control music playback, and more. As for the Galaxy Note III, we should expect a 5.7-inch screen, but there's rumors we could see a second device launched with a bigger screen, something like 6-inch or so.


We should expect it to arrive with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC, or Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa processor, something Qualcomm thinks is a laugh. We should also see a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera in the Note III, something that the Galaxy S4 enjoys.

HTC One Max headed for Chinese market with a 5.9-inch screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 5:35 am

The HTC One has been good for the Taiwanese company, but it looks like they want to make a splash in the Chinese market with a bigger, faster model: the HTC One Max. We've heard rumors on this before, but it looks like these rumors are now turning into facts.






The HTC One Max includes a 5.9-inch screen, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, a removable back cover, dual-SIM version, and an SD card slot for expandable storage. There's no word on whether this bigger, faster smartphone will reach the western market, but if it's popular enough I don't see why they wouldn't.

Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price to just $799 for the 64GB model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 4:25 am

We know that Microsoft had a huge $900 million write down on their Surface RT slate, but how have the sales been going on the higher-end Surface Pro? Well, over the weekend Microsoft took $100 off both the 64GB and 128GB models.




This means the price has been reduced to $799 and $899 for the 64GB and 128GB models, respectively. The discounted price on the Surface Pro will only last until August 29, where I'm sure Microsoft are hoping sale numbers will spike, upwards. A Microsoft spokesperson told Engadget: "We've been seeing great worldwide success with Surface RT pricing and keyboard-cover promotions over the past several months and our proud to offer Surface Pro at more affordable prices starting today."


The spokesperson continued: "People who buy Surface love Surface, and we're eager for more people to their hands on Surface and share their excitement." It's not a huge price cut, but it's something that will drag consumers' attention to it, that's for sure.