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Samsung sees a slow down in 10.1-inch tablet sales, cuts orders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 5:38 am

It looks like Samsung isn't having a good time with larger tablets, with the South Korean giant reporting cutting down component orders for its 10.1-inch tablets because so far, sales have been "far below expectations."

 

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The news comes from unnamed sources within Samsung's supply chain who spoke with DigiTimes recently, with the report stating that the South Korean giant is seeing slow full-size tablet sales, which is due to the strong competition in the smaller tablet space, such as the Nexus 7. Samsung told an estimated 17 million tablets during the first half of this year.

 

According to DigiTimes' sources, 70% of these tablets were 7-inch devices. The report also notes that Samsung's recently price cuts on its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 haven't helped shift more units, which has resulted in a cut to component sales.

Nintendo unveils the 2DS, compatible with both 3DS and DS games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 4:36 am

This kinda come out of nowhere, but Nintendo has announced its latest handheld device, the 2DS. Nintendo's 2DS provides most of the 3DS' features, all without the three-dimensional whizz bang.

 

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Nintendo is even making its new 2DS backwards compatible with its 3DS and DS games, with the camera still supporting 3D photo-taking, but you obviously can't look at those 3D photos on the 2DS. Nintendo is aiming the 2DS at the younger gaming crowd, with a decent price of $130. We should expect the Nintendo 2DS on October 12, which makes it the perfect Christmas lay-by for those parents out there.

LeakedTT: iPad 5 front panel gets caught on camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 3:52 am

We should expect Apple to unveil the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at its event on September 10, but before that we have some high-quality photos of the next generation iPad's front panel.

 

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The photos in question come from Sonny Dickson, who is known for leaking images of components in upcoming Apple devices. The photos we have today are from the rear panel of Apple's iPad 5, which takes on a redesign that makes it look similar to the iPad mini.

Samsung's Galaxy Note III stands proud next to a Note II

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 3:45 am

We aren't far off from having the Samsung Galaxy Note III unveiled to the world, which should happen at Samsung's press conference slated in for September 4, where we should also meet the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, too.

 

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Now we have a photo of the Galaxy Note III's display assembly (on the right), which was posted by Japanese blog 'Ringer Blue' who shows the Note III's display sitting next to the smaller Note II. As you can see from the photo, above, the Note III is slightly larger, but it looks like it's getting rid of the ugly plastic surrounding the screen.

 

We should expect the Galaxy Note III to feature a 5.7-inch display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC (a 2.3GHz quad-core part), or depending on the region, Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa chipset. Filling out the specs, we should find a 13-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a huge battery and the S Pen. I'm looking forward to the Note III, I just hope that Samsung unveil a "Google Edition" of it on the day.

VP of Android leaves, heads for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 3:22 am

Big news for the Mountain View-based giant tonight, with its VP of Android product management leaving the company and headed for Chinese cellphone maker Xiaomi.

 

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Barra has been with Google since 2008, but get ready for the juicy part: Barra was rumored to be in a relationship with a Google employee who is now seeing Google co-founder Sergey Brin. AllThingsD is reporting that the relationship issues are not part of why Barra left the company.

 

You might be thinking 'just who in the hell is Xiaomi?' but they are quite the force in the Chinese market right now, recently shipping more handsets than Apple did iPhones in the country, according to Canalys' latest numbers. Google has released a statement regarding Barra's departure, where it said: "We wish Hugo Barra the best. We'll miss him at Google and we're excited that he is staying within the Android ecosystem."

RumorTT: NVIDIA launching more GPUs this year, GTX 800 series in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 2:38 am

Now this is some exciting news from VideoCardz.com, who is reporting that NVIDIA is working on two new video cards that we should see in the very near future. The first of which brings back the Ultra moniker, something I've been missing for years, and a dual Kepler GPU.

 

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The two GPUs in question would land as the GeForce GTX Titan Ultra, and the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 790. The GTX Titan Ultra would be a GK110 part, which is the same silicon found in the GTX Titan and GTX 780, but it would have all of those 2880 CUDA cores enabled for some serious graphics bench pressing. RIght now, the GTX Titan has 2688 CUDA cores enabled, and the GTX 780 has just 2304 CUDA cores enabled. This should give the GTX Titan Ultra a nice boost over its predecessor.

 

NVIDIA isn't stopping there though, as we should expect a GeForce GTX 790 sometime in the future. This would pack in two GK110 cores, but we don't know how many CUDA cores NVIDIA would enable per GPU. We should expect two fully-enabled GPUs on the GTX 780, as they'd need to be cut down to not leap over the 300W threshold.

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HTC looks to take on Android by building a new mobile OS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 1:32 am

With Android adoption growing at a never before seen rate, you would think that companies will be scrambling to offer as many devices as possible to the various markets that demand them. However, HTC is looking to do just the opposite. A new report released today by the Wall Street Journal says that HTC is working with the Chinese government to create an entirely new mobile operating system that is not based on Android.

 

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The operating system will most likely be exclusive to China and will be "deeply integrated with Chinese apps like the Twitter-like microblog Weibo." The article says that China is quite eager to have an alternative mobile operating system that is not developed by American companies so that it can more thoroughly control it. Let's face it, control is what this is entirely about, and if China can take this new opportunity to further lockdown on its citizens technological lives, you can bet it will.

Possible final Apple iPhone 5C colors spotted in new leaked photo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 12:27 am

With every day that passes, Apple's launch event for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C grows closer, but that does not stop the leaks from continuing to flow into the newsroom here at TweakTown. Today, new images surfaced on the website Tinhte that depict what is most likely the final color palette for the upcoming plastic-bodied, low-cost iPhone 5C.

 

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The photos depict a more vibrant hue of colors than we've seen in recent weeks, with the pastel blue and yellow being a bit more saturated than previously spotted. The phones also appear to be fully assembled instead of just plastic cases, with one shot showing one of the phones powered on. With only 13 days left before Apple debuts both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to the world, it will be interesting to see how much more of these products can leak.

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Evernote comes to Windows Phone 8, includes new, exciting features

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 11:29 pm

Today, Evernote updated their app for Windows Phone 8, bringing it more in line with its Android and iOS versions. The update ushers in several new features, including a new multi-shot camera that allows users to take multiple snapshots per note without exiting camera mode.

 

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To complement this feature, Evernote has also included a new slideshow that can be accessed by tapping on a photo while looking at the note. This will pop up the slideshow, which you can then swipe to view the other images. Speech-to-text is now also featured in the phone. Simply tap on the speech bubble from within a note and begin talking. The app will then transcribe your words into notes and add an automatically generated title so that users no longer end up with a bunch of untitled notes.

Dell releases new touchscreen monitors that fit any budget

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 10:17 pm

Today, Dell announced the launch of three new touchscreen monitors that have been priced to fit within anyone's budget. The Windows 8 friendly displays come in three different sizes, including 19.5 inches, 23 inches, and 27 inches.

 

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The Dell E2014 is a 1600 x 900 pixel, 19.5-inch screen with a 2ms response time and a high dynamic contrast ratio of 8,000,000:1. The monitor features a plethora of connector ports, including DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and USB, which allows direct display of content from your smartphone or tablet as well as from other devices.

 

The Dell P2314T 23-inch and P2714T 27-inch monitors both feature an intuitive 10-point touch experience in Windows 8 on a full HD display. Both monitors feature the same 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio as well as a 178-degree viewing angle. This provides an exceptional viewing experience from virtually any angle.

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