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8-core Galaxy Note III won't launch in the US unfortunately

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 8:35 am

If you were hoping to hold the 8-core Galaxy Note III in your hands when it launches later this year, you might want to not be living in the United States according to SamMobile.




The site is reporting that they have their hands on a report that reveals a complete list of which markets will receive specific models of the upcoming Galaxy Note III. The Note III will be arriving in three main variants, one with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, one with Samsung's 8-core Exynos 5 Octa SoC and a third model with dual-SIM support.


The US models will receive the 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 4G LTE support, while France, Germany and Italy will see the Exynos 5 Quad-based Galaxy Note III launched in their countries. The UK and other markets will have the option of either model, which is what all countries should enjoy, in my opinion.

Apple is looking for engineers for a new iPhone R&D center in Taiwan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 7:33 am

It is being reported that Apple is looking for a bunch of engineers to fill a new iPhone R&D center that will be based in Taiwan. The Cupertino-based company has posted up job listings for engineers who will work at a facility based in Taipei.




Taiwan-based DigiTimes are behind the report, who claim they have heard from sources that Apple might also set up a maintenance center in Taiwan that would provide after-sales services. The engineers that Apple is looking for are being recruited for the Taiwan-based facility will reportedly work on next-gen iPhones.


Apple are also reportedly looking for a senior packaging engineers, senior software instrumentation engineer and senior AC-DC design engineer. This will be an interesting step for both Apple, and the entire of Taiwan.

RumorTT: Refreshed iPad mini display production is ramping up

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 6:32 am

We are to expect a refreshed, high-res "Retina" iPad mini later this year, with a new report stating that the production on these display units is getting close to the 2012 launch level.




This means that we should be close to mass production of the refreshed slate from Apple, hopefully. The original iPad mini was unveiled to the world in November 2012, and in Q3 of 2012, it was reported that production had been increased for the slate's display. IHS iSuppli are now reporting that production volumes on the Retina panel for the refreshed iPad mini are similar to the launch levels from 2012.


IHS iSuppli thinks that LG are going to be the primary supplier of the high-res panels, with Sharp joining the supply chain shortly after.

Google Translate abilities now includes Hindi and Thai handwriting

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 5:29 am

Google has just added some more goodness to Translate, which now includes some very important languages. The two new languages can be used for handwriting recognition, with the Mountain View-based company adding Hindi and Thai.




These languages are important for Google, and its users, as they include a non-Roman character set that is hard to use on a standard keyboard layout. The latest update to Translate includes a beef-up of Google Translate's "camera input" abilities, which now reads languages that you capture from physical objects with your smartphone's camera, to Afrikaans, Greek, Hebrew and Serbian.

Razer launches the Tartarus gaming keypad, available now for $79.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 4:31 am

Razer has launched a new gaming keypad dubbed the Razer Tartarus, which is a successor to the Razer Nostromo. The Tartarus features 15 face buttons with 25 programmable keys and an 8-way directional thumb pad.




Razer says that games will be able to use the thumb pad to move with more precision, while at the same time the thumb pad doubles as a modifier key. This, in reality, makes the Tartarus add eight more keys to its keyset, which ramps up to a total of 128 different command options. Anti-ghosting is of course featured, as well as a braided USB cable. Backlit keys are on offer, which makes gaming in the dark easy.


The Tartarus allows for unlimited macro lengths and unlimited game profiles through Razer's Synapse 2.0 software. The Razer Tartarus is available through Razer's online store, as well as a few retailers across the world for $79.99.

RumorTT: Prey 2 being worked on at Arkane Studios in Austin

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 3:33 am

It looks like the Austin, Texas-based branch of Arkane Studios, the developer being Dishonored, have just started work on a reboot of Prey 2. The news is coming from a report by Kotatu, going off of a leaked internal e-mails from Arkane Studios' creative director, Raphael Colantonio.




One of the e-mails reads: "Austin has officially been green lit for its own project. Doing a new IP was not a possibility because it's adding risk to the challenge of growth, so after going back and forth with Todd, Harvey, Ricardo, we decided that Prey 2 presented an interesting opportunity if we could reboot it. Zenimax accepted our pitch which was 'the spiritual successor to System Shock 3."


This should come as a surprise, because Bethesda's VP of PR and marketing, Pete Hines, has said that Human Head's work on Prey 2 was "not up to our quality standards."

RumorTT: Sony 'Honami' smartphone to shoot video in 4K resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 2:27 am

For my first piece of the night, I have a juicy rumor concerning Sony's upcoming smartphone codenamed "Honami." The rumor comes from a user China-based social networking site, Weibo, who posted a presentation on Honami.




The presentation included a slide of the smartphone itself, stating it would be capable of shooting 4K videos. Sony's Honami smartphone could really put them in the spotlight, with rumors pegging the device to feature a 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel display, as well as the speedy and capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC.


There were also rumors that Honami would sport a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, which would be more than capable of shooting Ultra HD video. The presentation also said that the Honami would support a 4000x2000 resolution, but 4K televisions have a resolution of 'just' 3840x2160.

Rockstar unleashes new GTA V Online gameplay footage

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 1:04 am

Today, Rockstar Games released an all-new trailer of online gameplay footage from his upcoming title Grand Theft Auto V. With the official launch of the game growing closer, the company is doing all it can to generate as much hype as possible. Earlier this week, we saw Rockstar release a website parody of a municipality tourist site, and today the company released a three minute long trailer of gameplay footage.



I have never been more excited for a game to launch than I have for Grand Theft Auto V; the online feature appears to be everything we have hoped and dreamed it would be. The trailer alludes to a completely open world filled with hundreds of online players who can do everything from fly planes, drive cars, and even team up to form a band of thieves to rob a bank. Users can earn money by completing online missions and then use that money to buy weapons, vehicle upgrades, and even houses at which your friends can visit when they come online.


I have been hoping for months now that Rockstar would officially announce that Grand Theft Auto V would be released on PC, and after getting my hopes up earlier in the week, I have pretty much accepted the fact that I will be buying an Xbox 360 so I can play the game on launch day. Rockstar, if you're out there listening, please make the decision to put this game on the PC!

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Facebook testing out its own PayPal-like mobile purchasing system

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 12:03 am

According to a report from website All Things D, Facebook is working on a system that will allow users to make payments via their mobile device in similar fashion to how PayPal and Google allow users to pay with their smartphone. The report says that the new mobile payment solution is in a very limited test at the moment and will let shoppers make purchases with credit card information stored in their Facebook account.




Of course, this will only work if you have a credit card already on file with Facebook that you have used in the past to purchase gifts, in-game purchases, or even targeted advertising. The new one-click mobile payment system will use the same information and will allow shoppers to quickly navigate around entering details such as billing addresses, expiration dates, and even security codes found on the back of their cards. For the moment, it is unclear if Facebook will expand the mobile payment program beyond its current test, and with all of the security and privacy concerns already surrounding Facebook, this may be one tough cookie to sell to its members.

Acer announces new Ultra High-Resolution monitors for the US market

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 11:06 pm

Today, Acer announced the release of three new ultra high-resolution monitors aimed at enhancing the quality of your computing experience. Of the three new monitors released, two of them are being dubbed as highly ergonomic, while the third is a Windows 8-compatible touchscreen. All three models feature IPS panel displays that offer 178 degrees of uninhibited viewing as well as 100,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.




Up first is the 27-inch Acer T272HUL that boasts an impressive 2560x1440 pixel resolution, which is officially being given the term "extreme definition." This monitor is able to display 1.07 billion colors across its 10-point touchscreen. Featuring a silver asymmetrical stand and a clear plastic edge that extends always down to the desktop surface, this sleek, ultramodern monitor is the perfect choice for Windows 8 users looking for that ultra high definition experience.


Up next, we have the two more normal looking monitors, the B276HUL and the B296CL. The smaller 27-inch model features a 2560x1440 pixel resolution, while the much larger 29-inch screen features a smaller resolution of 2560x1080 pixels. Both models are capable of displaying 16.7 million colors and feature a base that allows the screen to rotate into portrait orientation. Both monitors feature DVI-D, Display Port, and two HDMI ports. Additionally, a four port USB 3.0 hub is present.


Both of the latter models retail for $599, while the 27-inch touchscreen will set you back about $1000. No information has been released yet on availability, but I think I may be in line for three of the 29 inch models when they hit store shelves.