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LeakedTT: Naked photos of Samsung's Galaxy Note III surface

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 12:30 am

There are times when it feels like I have been reporting on Samsung's Galaxy Note III for months now; maybe that is because I have. Today, leaked photos surfaced of the device with its rear cover removed. There is not much for identification of the components other than listing what their generic names are.

 

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Rumors suggest that the upcoming phablet will feature a 6-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, 2.3Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor, and 3GB of RAM. Imaging will be handled by a 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.3 will be implemented. Analysts are also suggesting a new version of the S-Pen will be included as well.

Apple employees file suit after alleged frisking incidents

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 12:07 am

Apple is once again coming under fire from former employees of its retail stores. This time a group of ex-employees have filed suit against the Cupertino giant as a result of TSA style security searches that were performed daily by managers who were searching for stolen merchandise.

 

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According to the employees, they would have to stand in line for 30 minutes a day without pay while their managers searched their bags and persons in an attempt to discourage theft of devices. The employees have filed a class action suit that claims that they were cheated out of $1,500 per year in unpaid wages due to the unlawful searches.

 

The court documents say that Apple managers were not just looking for Apple devices either; apparently, they were searching for and confiscating other "contraband" without the permission of the employees being searched. Apple's official "personal package and bag search" policy routinely results in staff being forced to stand around for 5-30 minutes each day without pay, each and every time they clock out for a break or meal. How do you feel about this policy? Let me know in the comments.

RumorTT: Google may switch to Lenovo or Samsung for 2014 Nexus 7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 11:29 pm

The second-gen Nexus 7 may only be a week old at this point, but that does nothing to stop rumors of the third-gen Nexus 7 from spreading like a wildfire. Today, we are hearing reports that the next Nexus 7 device could be built by LG, Lenovo, or Samsung.

 

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The reports are coming in from DigiTimes as well as Android Beat, though neither show any concrete evidence of why Google would chose to dump its current manufacturing partner, ASUS, for either of the three companies. The only reason we could possibly come up with would be that ASUS wants to raise the price of the device and that Google is having none of it. I think that ASUS will retain the manufacturing contract and the Nexus 7 III will be ASUS branded.

LG unveils new cover for upcoming G2 smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 10:46 pm

Well ahead of its August 7 launch date, LG has began unveiling accessories for its upcoming G2 smartphone. The South Korean electronics giant has just debuted a new case for the flagship phone named the QuickWindow case. The case gets its name from an opening on the case that lets you see a portion of the screen without having to open the case.

 

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The window can display a lot of information including incoming calls, text messages, date and time, as well as a host of other widgets. The QuickWindow is available in seven different colors including black, white, pink, purple, blue, mint and yellow, and LG says that even more colors will debut before launch.

iBUYPOWER & Computer Logic Gaming unveil competition gaming systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 10:33 pm

Today, iBUYPOWER and Computer Logic Gaming (CLG) have teamed up to launch several new custom-designed, high-performance gaming systems that are sure to give any gamer the advantage needed when competing in competition level events. iBUYPOWER says that the systems were designed from the ground up and built around the needs of a hardcore competition gamer and that all of the new systems have been tested by teams from iBUYPOWER and CLG to ensure that every aspect of the systems were tweaked to perfection.

 

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The new systems come in three unique configurations and are encased in a "Custom Laser-Etched Chassis" which bears the CLG logo on the case's side panel window. "We've stayed true to our mission since day one of committing to the eSports scene. We want to support and give back to the community," said Darren Su, VP of iBUYPOWER. "CLG told us that fans demanded something competitive and we listened."

 

Available with up to an Intel Core i7-4770K CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 graphics, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, and sealed-loop liquid-cooling, each of the CLG systems will most definitely plow through any game you chose to throw at it. "I'm a computer enthusiast, and as the owner of CLG, I care a lot about what we put our brand on. The specs to price ratio on the CLG edition iBUYPOWER computers are great, which makes me happy to be working with them," said HotshotGG, Owner of CLG. "Plus, have you seen the custom case designs?"

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Mach Xtreme unveils LX USB 3.0 affordable flash drives

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 10:05 pm

Today, Mach Xtreme announced the launch of its new LX series of USB 3.0 compatible flash drives. The MX-LX series is aimed at those who are looking for a fast USB 3.0 thumb drive but still want high-capacity and affordability. Mach Xtreme says that the new flash drives are based on a native USB 3.0 controller chip and implement advanced dual-channel technology.

 

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There is a wide range of high-end USB 3.0 flash drives available on the market. These thumb drives typically carry a relatively high price tag compared to traditional USB 2.0 flash drives. MX-LX series utilizes the latest USB 3.0 specification and delivers blazing fast performance at an extremely competitive and affordable price. MX-LX USB 3.0 flash drive is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, at USB 2.0 speeds. Its dual-chip design and compact size makes it easy to carry virtually anywhere. The aluminum housing is also extremely durable, making it an ideal upgrade flash drive for users with busy and active lifestyles.

 

Mach Xtreme says that the LX flash drives reach up to 190MB/s read and 85MB/s write performance and are available in capacities of 8GB all the way up to 64GB. No information on pricing or availability were given at the time of writing, but you can head over to the company's product page (Source #2) for more information on pricing as it becomes available.

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Yandex launches 1TB cloud storage service for $30 per month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 9:32 pm

Russian search giant Yandex announced today that it would be expanding its Google Drive-like cloud storage service to include more storage based on a new pricing structure. 20GB of space is currently free and users can now buy an additional 10GB for just $1 per month, or $10 per year. 100GB will cost you $5 per month or just $50 per year, and those who need a lot of cloud storage can purchase 1TB for $30 per month or $300 per year.

 

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The company says that even though this cloud service is based in Russia, Yandex.Disk is available internationally and already has apps for Windows, Mac, Android, Windows Phone, and a browser-based UI. Yandex has also reported that the service has over 12 million unique users per month, with the majority of the traffic coming from within Russia and about 7 percent from the rest of the world.

Phanteks unveils PH-F140XP and PH-F140SP series PC cooling fans

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 9:04 pm

Today, Phanteks introduced two new lines of PC cooling fans, the PH-F140SP and PH-F140XP series of premium case and radiator fans. The PH-F140SP includes two models, the PH-F140SP_BK and the PH-F140SP_BK_LED, while the PH-F140XP series features a single unit that is designed to work with PWM control for those who want the most out of their system.

 

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The PH-F140XP features a unique Maelstrom concept and PWM functionality for those who need fast speed for performance but wish to turn things down when a more silent approach is justified. This 140mm fan is designed to be used in both stand-alone PC case cooling setups as well as the primary radiator fans on PC liquid cooling setups. The fans are designed to overcome high static pressure, blade deflection, and noise challenges.

 

The PH-F140SP series is also designed to overcome high static pressure, blade deflection, and noise challenges, but does not feature the PWM functionality that the PH-F140XP series does. The PH-F140SP_BK_LED model features 4 LEDs to help illuminate your high performance machine. Both series feature UFB bearings, pre-installed rubber vibration dampening rubber pads, and the MVB 9-blade design. MSRP on the PH-F140XP is $17.99, while the PH-F140SP_BK and the PH-F140SP_BK_LED run $14.99 and $15.99, respectively. Each fan comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Ex-Mozilla Chief to head up antivirus giant AVG Technologies

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 8:33 pm

Today, Gary Kovacs announced that he has been named the new CEO of AVG Technologies. The former CEO of Mozilla said that he wanted to join AVG and help them further their expansion into the mobile space. He will be taking on a company that has over 150 million users globally, which include the consumer and small business markets, and with 25 percent of its users already using the company's mobile solutions, Kovacs should have no problem kicking things into high gear.

 

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"AVG currently has a big footprint on desktop, but it also wants to be leading in mobile," said Kovacs in an interview yesterday with All Things D. "As more and more people access the Internet via these devices, what AVG does in this area will become ever more important." Kovacs comes to AVG after about three years at Mozilla and Adobe before that. AVG says that Kovacs is a good fit because of his strong mobile background and that they also feel he will help them usher in a new open source era at the company.

Marvel shows ARMADA 1500 Mini SoC, the chip that powers Chromecast

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 8:03 pm

Today, Marvel unveiled the new ARMADA 1500 Mini SoC that Google used in its hugely popular Chromecast. Being billed as "Game-Changing," the ARMADA 1500 Mini has been optimized for low-power applications such as TV Dongles like the Google Chromecast. Marvel says that the new chip has been "designed to provide instantaneous and seamless access to applications such as YouTube, Netflix and other cloud-based content, and deliver a ground-breaking multi-screen experience across smart mobile devices, laptops and HDTVs transforming any big screen into a smart and immersive entertainment device."

 

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Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell:

 

I am very excited to see the brilliance of the tiny and beautiful Chromecast. I believe this is truly a game-changing solution to drive the new era of the 'Connected Lifestyle' by enabling easy access to online entertainment for an immersive, interactive multi-screen experience across any smartphone, tablet, laptop and big screen. I am very proud of Google's leadership in driving the ecosystem partners to deliver more powerful and very affordable solutions to serve the world of consumers for better lives. 2013 has been a phenomenal year for bringing online entertainment to TV. I am so thankful for and proud of the joint hard work and innovation by the Marvell team, the Google team and other partners in the ecosystem.

 

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Marvel said that the ARMADA 1500 Mini platform has been purpose built from the ground up to enable high-quality audio, video, and graphics, while still being extremely energy efficient. It was also designed to be featured in ultra small form-factor packages such as USB / HDMI dongles and it supports 1080p video decoding. The chip is also compatible with multiple DRM solutions such as Widevine and Playready. With this new SoC solution being released, we expect to see other companies releasing similar dongles in the future. Who would you like to see an HDMI dongle from? Samsung? Apple? What about a Windows 8 Solution from Nokia? Let us know in the comments.

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