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Google's 'Wi-Fi balloons' are currently being tested in California

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 5:29 am

Google has finally started the testing of its Project Loon Wi-Fi balloons in California's Central Valley, where they are "to research various approaches for improving the technology, like the power systems (solar panel orientation and batteries), envelope design, and radio configuration."

 

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The Wi-Fi balloons have previously been tested in New Zealand and various parts of Africa, but there's no concrete date when we could expect them to float across other skies just yet.

Samsung infringed on Apple patents, ITC acts with an import ban

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 4:29 am

The US International Trade Commission has ruled that Samsung infringed on two Apple patents, which comes just a few days after the Obama administration vetoed an earlier ruling by the ITC that banned the import and sale of older iPhones and iPads.

 

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In December of last year, ITC Administrative Law Judge, Thomas Pender, suggested that certain Samsung smartphones be banned as they infringed on four different patents owned by Apple. Less than a month after this, the ITC said they would review the decision. This new ruling is the result of the ITC's review of the matter.

 

The patents that are causing all of these issues are US Patent No. 7,479,949, which relates to a touchscreen and user interface. The second, US Patent No. 7,912,501, which is in relation to detecting when a headset is connected. The ITC ruled that the South Korean giant didn't infringe on the other two patents.

Samsung Galaxy Note III mentioned in Samsung support documents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 3:33 am

We know it's coming, but an Android Central reader has noticed mentions of the Galaxy Note III in documentation for Samsung SideSync, which connects your phone to a computer and uses it as a second screen.

 

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The phablet should be unveiled at IFA in Berlin next month, or even before that, but until then we can stare at the photo above in anticipation. The Galaxy Note III shouldn't be much better than the Galaxy Note II, apart from a bigger screen and a few more features, but maybe I'm expecting too much these days? Is innovation that hard?

RumorTT: Apple to unveil the next-gen iPhone at September 10 event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 2:30 am

We know it's coming, but we haven't had a date, until now. All Things Digital are reporting that Apple will unveil their next-generation iPhone at an event being hosting on September 10.

 

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We should expect two iPhones to be unveiled on the day, the possibly larger, faster and next-gen iPhone - which could arrive as the iPhone 5S, or if Apple are smart, they will unveil something new and refreshing, and push it out as the iPhone 6. On top of that, we should see a budget-minded iPhone 5C, if previous rumors are correct.

 

This new event is to be focused purely on the iPhone and iOS, so we should expect some great things for the iPhone in the next month. Are you excited? If Apple only show off a slightly refreshed iPhone 5S running iOS 7, I will be very disappointed. They need to unveil something revolutionary to stop this constant attack from all fronts that is Google, Samsung, LG, Sony, and co.

RumorTT: Google Glass to cost just $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 11, 2013 1:30 am

Toward the end of the year we can expect the consumer version of Google Glass to arrive, but what sort of price should we expect? Most have been expecting $500+, but according to a local researcher at the Topology Research Institute, we should expect a price of an affordable $299.

 

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The display on Glass will most likely be supplied by Taiwan-based Himax Display Inc. and will cost between $30 and $35, which will be the most expensive part of building Glass. On July 22, Google announced they had acquired a 6.3% stake in Himax Display, who make liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) chips and modules that will be used in devices such as Google Glass, heads-up displays and handheld projectors.

 

Topology Researcher, Jason Tsai, also said: "We believe wearable devices will face the first wave of growth in the coming one to three years due to their innovative features, and will then experience a rapid growth in the next phase when the market becomes more mature."

Google pushes out digital textbooks, allows students to buy or rent

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 10, 2013 7:29 am

Today, Google launched a digital textbook section in Google Play Books. The new section is only available in the US and is available through the Google Play website, Android, and iOS apps. Many of the textbooks are available for rental, but most must be purchased outright.

 

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Website GigaOM is advising returning students to be cautious and still shop around as both Amazon and Barnes & Noble also rent digital textbooks and prices varied across the stores on the same books. They found that a psychology textbook rented for $66 for 180 days, while a print version from Amazon can be rented for $25.23 per semester with the option to extend the rental period by 15 days for $5.

Samsung Wallet makes its way to Google Play on certain Galaxy devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 10, 2013 6:45 am

While Samsung's Wallet app has been available in the US in beta form for several months now, the company has just launched the full version of the app on the Google Play Store for select Galaxy devices. Unlike Google's Wallet app, Samsung's version allows users to store items such as plane tickets, membership cards, coupons, and other important items.

 

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At the moment, the app is limited to Samsung devices and will only run on the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Note, and Note II. Additionally, the app is only currently supported by Walgreens, Major League Baseball, Expedia.com, Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Lufthansa.

Mad Catz begins shipping Tritton Kunai headset for PC and Mac

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 8:04 pm

Today, Mad Catz began shipping its highly anticipated TRITTON Kunai stereo gaming headset for PC and Mac. You may remember our coverage of the Kunai during the E3 Expo back in June. Available in red, black, and white, this new headset features 40mm neodymium drivers as well as an in-line remote offering easy access to the audio controls.

 

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Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., stated, "Our TRITTON Kunai range proved popular at E3 thanks to its clean aesthetics and impressive audio. We are confident that passionate PC and Mac gamers will appreciate the performance and value synonymous with the brand." The TRITTON Kunai is available for PC and Mac at major electronics retailers for about $80.

G.Skill reclaims world record for fastest DDR3 - 4400MHz reached

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 7:05 pm

Today, G.Skill announced that its RAM has once again broken the world record in overclocking. Professional Overclocker "YoungPro" from Team AU set a new record for DDR3 memory at 4400MHz using G.Skill's Trident X RAM.

 

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YoungPro used a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4770K and an ASUS Maximus 6 Impact motherboard alongside an ample amount of LN2 to take a factory spec 4GB stick of G.Skill's Triden X DDR3 3000MHz C12 up to the world record with an overclock of 4400MHz CL13. Validations can be found at Source #1 and #2 below.

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LG launches Optimus L1 II, a budget friendly Android smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 6:03 pm

Today, LG launched its latest budget friendly Android-based smartphone, the Optimus L1 II. Unlike its much more powerful sibling the G2, this phone features some very low-end hardware specs. Featuring a 3-inch 240x320 pixel QVGA display, the L1 II is powered by a single-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon processor.

 

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The Optimus L1 II packs in 512 MB of RAM, which may keep things running smoothly but it's highly doubtful. 4GB of internal storage is available to store all your photos, apps, and files and can be augmented with a microSD card up to 32GB. The phone features the usual compliments of 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPRS, and A-GPS.

 

The rear-facing camera sports 2-megapixels, while an unspecified front camera is featured to handle all the self shots one could possibly want. Surprisingly, the Optimus L1 II runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, making it the most affordable Jelly Bean-based smartphone sold by LG. Finally, a 1,540mAh battery is on deck to power the device. This new offering from LG will set you back $95 and is expected to launch in Vietnam first with a worldwide rollout following shortly thereafter.

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