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LG's G Flex smartphone is physically flexible, it's not just a name

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 4:31 am

When you first heard about LG's flexible smartphone, the G Flex, you probably thought it was just a name and that the physical device was unbendable. But, you'd be wrong: it is flexible.

 

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Engadget has a 14-second video where you can see that when a 'reasonable amount of force' is pressed on the G Flex, it can actually bend. This is a great feature when you mix it with the "self-healing" coating on the rear of the device, which can automatically fix hairline scratches that might be cuased in your pocket, or handbag.

Steal some Man of Steel swag in our Blu-ray Promotion!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 4:28 am

To celebrate this week's release of the epic reboot of the Superman franchise with Man of Steel on Blu-ray, we have a huge pool of prizes to give away, thanks to Warner Bros Home Entertainment.

 

Five lucky winners will each take home a copy of Man of Steel on double play Blu-ray, a brushed metal keychain, laptop skin, pen, Daily Planet mug, city of Metropolis T-Shirt and a cap, valued at $110!

 

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To go into the running, simply answer in 25 words or less the following question:

 

If you could have any of Superman's powers for one hour, what would you do and why?

 

Send your answers, along with your shipping address to ben@tweaktown.com before the competition closes on Friday the 8th of November.

 

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Man of Steel is available on 3D Blu-ray, double play Blu-ray and DVD from Australian retailers starting Wednesday the 6th of November.

 

MAN OF STEEL, SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

Samsung and Google facing massive lawsuits over Android

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 4:26 am

On Halloween, the same day that Google launched its next-gen flagship, the Nexus 5," and Android 4.4 KitKat, several of the company's biggest rivals filed lawsuits against the company and some of its partners. This consortium of foes include Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Ericsson, and Sony.

 

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The filings include at least 15 lawsuits that claim that Google and its handset partners infringe on several patents that cover basic smartphone functionality including email and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. Some of the patents date all the way back to 2000, and it appears that Google and Samsung have known about the lawsuits since 2012. As past patent wars have shown, there will be no quick resolution to these claims, and the only ones who will win anything will be the lawyers who will spend the next month or years battling this out in conference rooms.

Google's floating barges are actually up-scale showrooms

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 3:53 am

The mysterious floating barges being built by Google are a mystery no more. A new report from CBS San Francisco cites sources who claim the floating structures are actually "Dazzling Showrooms" that are being designed to showcase the Google's X line of products. Furthering the mysterious feel, the sources say that the showroom will be open by invite only.

 

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The floating showrooms are being constructed of over 40 interchangeable shipping containers which have been built with a modular design that will allow Google to ship them around the world and truck them over land to bring the attraction to more than just coastal communities. Other reports suggest that the the entire roof will be fashioned into a party deck where Google will host launch parties for VIPs and members of the media.

Nintendo's Wii Mini set to arrive in the USA later this month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 3:30 am

Nintendo announced this morning that it will be releases its Wii Mini Console to the US in November. The Wii Mini strips away online functionality as well as other features, and allows fans of the system to play the Wii's vast library of games without the need to purchase a Wii U console.

 

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The US bundle will include a red Wii Remote, and Nunchuck and a copy of Mario Kart Wii. This does mean that users will have to race against the console or others in their home since online gameplay has been stripped from the console. In my opinion, it would be much more beneficial to pick up a used Wii console for $100 and be able to play the same games online, but there must be a market out there for such a device or Nintendo would not have released it. What do you think about the Wii Mini? Let us know in the comments.

The first Steam Machine prototype looks sleek and sexy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 3:22 am

Valve has shown off its first Steam Machine to The Verge, which featured a Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN GPU. Not too badly specced for a prototype if you ask me, especially considering the size of the thing... with a TITAN GPU rocking along inside of it.

 

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You can read more on it here, but the biggest news here is that we will hear first hand at CES 2014 in just two months time the proper Steam Machines from Valve's hardware and software partners. We'll also know which games will shift over to the Linux-based Steam OS which will be another interesting and exciting part of the show.

 

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The box you see above is just one of many Steam Machines we'll see, with the Valve team stating: "You can get far smaller, and that's what many OEMs are doing... I think it's safe to say less than a quarter of the size."

IBM files patent lawsuit against Twitter days before IPO

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 2:30 am

With Twitter just days away from its Initial Public Offering, tech powerhouse IBM has threatened to filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the social networking service. Before heading off to the court system, IBM has offered Twitter a shot at a "business resolution," which most likely equates to an expensive licensing deal.

 

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IMB says that Twitter is infringing on three of its patents including: U.S. Patent No. 6,957,224: Efficient retrieval of uniform resource locators, U.S. Patent No. 7,072,849: Method for presenting advertising in an interactive service and U.S. Patent No. 7,099,862: Programmatic discovery of common contacts. These patents are all very broad in what they actually cover, and represent exactly what is wrong with the US Patent system.

 

In a statement Twitter had the following to say. "Based upon our preliminary review of these patents, we believe we have meritorious defenses to IBM's allegations, although there can be no assurance that we will be successful in defending against these allegations or reaching a business resolution that is satisfactory to us."

Twitter raises its IPO price to $23-$25 ahead of Thursday's launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 12:38 am

Twitter's Initial Public Offering (IPO) is fast approaching and is scheduled to kick off this Thursday, November 7th, and the company could offer as many as 80.5 million shares. This morning the company announced that ahead of the IPO, it has raised the per share price to $23 to $25 per share.

 

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If the company does offer 80.5 million shares instead of the 70.5 it initially filled for, it could raise more than $2 billion in just a few days. Twitter will finalize everything Wednesday night and trading will open Thursday morning. Let's hope that this IPO turns out better than Facebooks IPO last year, and investors begin seeing returns much faster than they did with Facebook.

LeakedTT: Nokia's Lumia 525 gets shown off in newly leaked images

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 4, 2013 11:09 pm

Nokia fans will be happy to hear that there is at least one more Nokia branded Lumia coming down the pipes before Microsoft completes its acquisition. The new Nokia Lumia 525 has just been leaked via the Chinese certification agency TENAA, and other than hardware updates, it appears to look just like the Lumia 520.

 

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If rumors are true, the 525 will feature a dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera. Other rumors are suggesting that the device will be based around portable music and will feature pre-installed apps to facilitate music streaming. If this is truly the successor to the popular Lumia 520, Nokia / Microsoft can expect to see a major boost in sales in 2014.

 

The Lumia 520 is the best selling Windows Phone from Nokia with more than a 23-percent market share of all Windows Phones sold. That equates to more than 2 million Lumia 520s sold since its release based on the 8.8 million Lumia devices Nokia says it has sold. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, and it is still unclear when Nokia might launch the device.

OCZ stock rebounds slightly before falling again as markets close

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 4, 2013 9:40 pm

Earlier today, I reported on OCZ's stock taking a nosedive earlier today which saw the stock dip by almost 40-percent. While company stocks rising and falling is the nature of the stock exchange, it is quite unusual for a company to not release a statement in times of extreme fluctuations such as what OCZ saw today, and we are left wondering what is going on.

 

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"OCZ has been dogged by liquidity/solvency fears for some time. The company ended its August quarter with just $10.6m in cash, in spite of raising $13.1M during the quarter. It has also declined to provide November quarter guidance, citing "uncertainties in being able to procure forecasted flash amounts and credit constraints," read an email alert from investor advisement website, Seeking Alpha.

 

While it is still unclear what is going on, we do know that OCZ is in the midst of major financial troubles and todays dip represents a new 52 week low for the SSD manufacturer. The dip down to $0.65 per share equates to more than 6x OCZ's daily average and the only thing I see happening from this is the company filing bankruptcy within the next week or two. I have dispatched an email to OCZ requesting a comment on today's market decline and have yet to receive a reply, I will update this post if and when more information comes in.

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