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Google unveils new behind the scenes site dedicated to Street View

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 2:13 am

Google has really been stepping up their game when it comes to what they capture using their Street View cameras. With recent treks to the top of mount Fuji, the tallest building in the world, and even the Eiffel tower, the company has taking thousands of photos that were never used or were shots of behind-the-scenes activities.




Instead of letting these images go to waste, Google has put together a behind-the-scenes site that offers a plethora of extra information about the shoots which include photos, videos, audio tours and actual accounts of how the imagery was gathered by those who put in the footwork.


"Our first two multimedia adventures enable you to experience the Canadian Arctic in Iqaluit, Canada, and the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE," Street View program manager Deanna Yick says in a post introducing the new material. "We also invite you to enjoy photos and videos from our past journeys to the Grand Canyon, the base camp of Mount Everest, the Amazon Basin, the Great Barrier Reef and the NASA Kennedy Space Center - minus the extreme temperatures and long plane rides!"

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Nintendo launches new Facebook community app for Mario Kart 7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 1:49 am

Mario Kart 7 is undisputedly one of Nintendo's best-selling games of all time, and with such a massive fan base Nintendo has decided to launch a new Mario Kart 7 Facebook application which will allow fans to post and share about their latest Mario Kart races.




Unlike other console game based Facebook apps, Nintendo will hold weekly races to compete in as well as time trial leaderboards to compete against. Additionally there will be chat facilities via the community page. And to keep the non-gamer spam down users must enter their Mii name into the application which automatically link your Facebook profile allow you to start tracking your time for sharing your results within special events.

Samsung's Galaxy Mega 6.3 is making its way to Canada

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 1:23 am

Today Samsung announced that its monstrous sized phablet, the Galaxy Mega 6.3, which will soon arrive in Canada and bring along with it LTE connectivity and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung is aiming the Galaxy Mega 6.3 at Canada's back-to-school season saying that it "it is the back-to-school accessory of choice."




No hardware changes have been made and device still features a 720p 6.3-inch screen and a dual-core 1.7GHz processor. 1.5GB of RAM is available alongside an 8-megapixel rear camera. Front imaging duties are handled by a 1.9-megapixel shooter and 16GB of built-in memory will be sure to store all of your photos. Additionally an microSD slot is available to increase file storage.


Wi-Fi, HSPA+, NFC and IR are available for connectivity while a 3200mAh battery keeps everything powered up. The phablet will be available at Rogers, Bell and TELUS and will each carry the LTE-enabled version. No information on pricing or a specific launch date was confirmed, we just know that it will arrive sometime in the coming weeks.

MyDigitalSSD introduces new Super Cache 2 mSATA III SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 1:04 am

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Today, MyDigitalSSD announced its newest offering, the MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2, a mSATA III 6GB/s SSD that features a free FNet HybriDisk Caching software code. Features include a brand-new PHISON S9 controller, Toshiba 19nm Toggle MLC NAND Flash, and a free license code for FNet HybriDisk Caching software.




MyDigitalSSD says that it delivers where others cannot. The all new Super Cache 2 SSD is the world's fastest low density Cache Drive and/or Boot Drive and delivers up to a 50X boost in performance over a standalone HDD for less a cheap dinner for 2. Get a 24GB for $39.99, 32GB for $42.99, 64GB for $62.99, or 128GB for $99.99.

HDD manufacturers team up to form the Storage Products Association

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 12:07 am

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Mechanical data storage may be getting somewhat overlooked these days in favor of the faster, more energy-efficient SSDs that are flooding the consumer and enterprise markets, but as one would expect, the major hard drive manufacturers have taken notice. Announced this week at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, HGST, Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital have all teamed up to form the Storage Products Association (SPA).




"HDDs are a crucial technology for storing the ever expanding data that humans and our machines are generating," said Tom Coughlin, president of storage industry analyst firm Coughlin Associates. "Hard disk drives combined with flash memory can provide users the speed they need while providing affordable mass storage. With continued development of advanced storage technology and storage architectures these amazing storage devices will provide a home for the world's accessible data and serve every type of content users for many years to come."


The Association says that the SPA will serve as a new voice for the storage industry, which will help promote the importance of the mechanical hard disk drive and technology that is now over 60 years old. The Association says that one of the most pressing needs at the moment is to inform customers about how hard drive technology and solid state technology can be combined to efficiently scale up mass storage for the consumer and enterprise markets.

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Samsung may unveil Galaxy Gear smartwatch next month at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 11:02 pm

Today, website VR-Zone is confirming the existence of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch. A newly released report says that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Gear on September 4 at the 2013 IFA show in Germany.




VR-Zone says that the Galaxy Gear, model number SM-V700, will function as an accessory to Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets and will feature a flexible display. A recently filed patent says that the device will feature a power button, menu buttons, a USB port for data transfer and charging, and a capacitive back which will sense heart rate and other biometric data.


The patent went on to describe the Galaxy Gear as a "wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band, or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls , electronic mails, and messages." While no official confirmation has been released, VR-Zone is usually spot on with their predictions and as such, I to fully expect to see the Galaxy Gear unveiled at IFA 2013.

Google updates G+ app for Android, drops messenger and adds more

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 10:02 pm

Today, Google rolled out a major update to its Google+ application for Android. Some of the updated features include the ability to easily switch between multiple Google+ accounts with just a couple of taps from your fingers. This is similar to how account switching works in Gmail for Android. Google has also built in Google Apps for Business, which will allow users to share content if their apps administrator has enable Google+.




Google Drive photos and videos are now also accessible from within the Google+ app and will allow users the option to view and/or share them straight from Google+. The company says that Drive photos in particular will get enhanced and Awesome'd automatically now. Additionally, Google has improved location sharing by adding even more controls that allow you to share your pinpoint or city-level location with others on a circle-by-circle basis.


Finally, Google announced that Messenger is going away for good and that Hangouts will now become the de facto Google messaging service. At first, you will see messenger disappear on Android, with iOS soon following. Beginning later today, Google will allow all users to download the entirety of their messenger conversations--including text and photos--from Google Takeout. The refresh also includes other updates like pull-to-refresh and several other UI and backend enhancements. Google said that they will leave it up to us to figure out what those are.

RumorTT: LG will launch its G Pad 8-inch tablet in September

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 9:04 pm

It appears that LG is planning a return to the tablet market and is planning a 8.3-inch Android-based slate under its premium G series name. Originally leaked through the blog, the new device will allegedly be named the G Pad. This will be LG's first foray back into the tablet world since its failed Optimus Pad back in 2011.




The G pad is said to feature an 8.3-inch touchscreen that packs a pixel resolution of 1920x1200, an unnamed quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. Some industry analysts are speculating that the overall dimensions of the device will be 8.3 inches with the actual screen only being 8 inches. This would put it in the same class as Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0, which has an overall measurement of 8.3 inches wide.


The screen resolution of 1920x1200 lands it alongside other tablet such as ASUS' Transformer Pad and Google's newly released next-gen Nexus 7. If LG can manage to keep the cost down and can price it similar to the Nexus 7, we can see this new tablet flying off the shelves. No information has surfaced on a possible launch window, but we will be sure to keep you up to date on things as it unfolds.

Nokia Lumia 625 will arrive in the UK on Aug 28 for 179 euros

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 8:03 pm

Our European readers will be happy to hear that Nokia will be releasing its Lumia 625 in the UK at the end of this month. This Windows Phone 8 based smartphone will be available from O2, Vodafone, EE, Carphone Wharehouse, and Phones4U on August 28.




The 4.7-inch screen Lumia 625 features LTE, 7GB of free SkyDrive storage space, and comes in black, green, yellow, and orange. Those looking to sign a new contract will get the device for a 21 euro-per-month deal, while those wanting a SIM-free pay as you go (PAYG) option will have to fork over 179 euros to see the device land in their pocket.

RumorTT: Facebook is developing a VIP app for public figures

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 7:03 pm

Celebrities are an odd on bunch. One moment they accost the public and demand privacy, but just a few minutes later, they will jump onto Facebook or Twitter and post about every moment of their daily lives. Apparently posting to Facebook is not easy enough for celebrities and the company is said to be developing a new VIP app that would allow them extended access to the social network.




The new VIP app will allow celebrities and public figures to better manage their content and engage with their followers. Some see this as an effort on Facebook's part to lure celebrities away from Twitter and back into the white and blue social network. The app will supposedly let celebrities jump into conversations about them even if they are not following one of the commenters or are not a part of the group of friends having the conversation. Website TechEYE says that Facebook is even briefing celebrities on "best practices" for interaction with their fans on Facebook.