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Droid Turbo rumored to feature 21MP camera, 'Ultra HD' display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

It looks like the cat is out of the bag when it comes to Motorola's forthcoming Droid Turbo, a new smartphone that has popped out of nowhere with its new User Manual.

 

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The Droid Turbo is teasing an impressive specs list, which includes a 5.2-inch "ultra high-definition display", "high-capacity long last battery", 21-megapixel rear-facing camera, Qi wireless charging, NFC, and support for Motorola's Turbo Charger, which should be included in the box for the Droid Turbo. The smartphone should also include most of the best features that were baked into the Moto X, which include Moto Voice, Display, Actions, Assist, and Connect.

 

One of the standout features is the fact that it looks to be running a very vanilla version of Android, without much UI changes splashed on top. We should hopefully hear more on this Verizon-bound smartphone soon.

Study: Siri, voice activation distracts drivers and pose safety risks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

As new technologies continue to roll out in new vehicles, distracted driving is still a major hazard, including the use of Siri and other voice-activated technologies. Using voice-activated services on a smartphone and in-car infotainment systems can be fun, but studies indicate participants struggled to safely and effectively complete cognitive tasks.

 

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Despite many U.S. states adopting hands-free laws - or considering future legislation - conversations and a growing number of other tasks are becoming common place. Automakers are following increased demand from drivers to boost in-car technology, despite the threat of distracted driving.

 

"Infotainment systems are unregulated," said Deborah Hersman, National Safety Council president, when speaking of in-vehicle technology. "It is like the Wild West, where the most critical safety feature in the vehicle - the driver - is being treated like a guinea pig in human trials with new technologies."

HTC unveils its Desire Eye smartphone, dual 13-megapixel cameras

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

HTC has made its Desire Eye smartphone official, confirming that the best selfie-taking smartphone is now here, featuring dual 13-megapixel cameras. That's right, a 13-megapixel camera graces the rear, which isn't too special, but the 13-megapixel up front should have selfie-taking lovers opening their Eyes at this smartphone, geddit?

 

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The new Desire Eye features a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM. 16GB of flash storage expandable by microSD, and then of course, the dual 13-megapixel cameras. Both of the 13-megapixel cameras feature wide-angle lenses, and dual-LED flashes. Stereo BoomSound speakers are found on the Desire Eye, three microphones, a 2,400mAh battery, and Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

 

HTC wasn't scared of the fact that the new Desire Eye is made from plastic, but it's not cheap according to BGR who attended the Double Exposure event. The site reports that "the Desire Eye has a smooth and sleek design that is surprisingly impressive. There are no seams despite the band of color that surrounds the perimeter of the handset, and it feels good in the hand despite its large size". One of the stand out features on the Desire Eye is the new camera software, which comes with six main add-ons which make the selfie-taking experience, well, better.

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Samsung Begins Production of 3-bit V-NAND Flash Memory - 850 EVO Soon

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Today Samsung announced mass production of 3-bit per cell 3D vertical NAND (TLC V-NAND). This shouldn't come as a surprise since Samsung first started talking about the new TLC version just days after releasing the 850 Pro SSD with MLC V-NAND. Even though the surprise is lost, that doesn't mean this isn't a technical achievement that can profoundly impact the consumer and enterprise cold storage SSD markets.

 

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The press release doesn't mention by name the long rumored 850 EVO SSD but does say that something, maybe even a couple of somethings are coming.

 

"With the addition of a whole new line of high density SSDs that is both performance- and value-driven, we believe the 3-bit V-NAND will accelerate the transition of data storage devices from hard disk drives to SSDs," said Jaesoo Han, Senior Vice President, Memory Sales & Marketing, Samsung Electronics. "The wider variety of SSDs will increase our product competitiveness as we further expand our rapidly growing SSD business."

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Apple announces October 16 event, says 'It's been way too long'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Apple has announced a new media event scheduled for next week, with the October 16 event to be held at the Town Hall auditorium at Apple's Cupertino-based HQ. The company has now sent out media events, but probably not ComputerBild.de, with the tagline of "It's been way too long".

 

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What can we expect Apple to unveil at the event? We should see some new iPads unveiled, with the iPad Air 2, and maybe a new iPad mini. Updated iMacs should also be introduced, sporting a high-resolution Retina display. We should also see the company tease the final overview of OS X Yosemite, before it hits the public.

The first teases of the iPad Air 2 leak, should include Touch ID

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Apple has announced its latest media event for October 16, next Thursday, where it looks like we'll be greeted with the new iPad Air 2 according to these new leaked videos and shots of Apple's thinned-out slate.

 

 

The updated iPad Air 2 should feature a redesigned look, a new speaker grill that has just a single row of holes versus the two sets of holes on the first-gen iPad Air. Not only that, but the recessed volume buttons look like the ones we have on the iPhone 6, and now we have a gold ring around the Home button which should arrive as Touch ID, allowing for mobile payments with Apple Pay, as well as fingerprint security on your iOS-based tablet.

 

We should also expect the iPad Air 2 to arrive with Apple's new A8 processor, the same silicon found in the new iPhones, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and improved Retina display. The new iPad Air 2 will reportedly be made available in gold, the first time that any iPad has been made in the alluring color.

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Grand Theft Auto V on the PS4 requires 50GB of HDD space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto V is nearly here, with the latest report that the PS4 version of the game is going to require a massive 50GB of HDD space free for the installation.

 

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The news is coming from the GTA Forums, where someone has taken a screencap of GTA V's European listing, where it mentions "50GB minimum save size". With the PS4 featuring a 500GB HDD, that is 1/10 of the HDD gone for a single game. The biggest game installs on the PS4 so far have been Wolfenstein: The New Order clocking in at around 43.7GB, while The Last of Us: Remastered requires around 40GB of HDD space.

 

Something else that is listed on the details for GTA V on PS4 is a tease of PlayStation Move support, for "motion control features". We don't know what this means yet, whether we're going to get some physical movements within the game for using a bat or gun, or driving a car, but this is an exciting time for GTA V fans - free up some HDD space though, PS4 users.

Sharp unveils its new 85-inch 8K TV, with a resolution of 7680x4320

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 9, 2014 5:27 am

Just as I'm writing an article on Acer's new NVIDIA G-SYNC powered 28-inch 4K monitor, I read about Sharp's new 8K TV that is preparing to enter the market in 2018. This is when Japan Broadcasting Corporation will begin broadcasting content in 8K.

 

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Sharp's 8K-capable TV is a mammoth 85-inch set, with a 120Hz refresh rate, with the company being the first in the world to have an 8K TV that is compliant with NHK's requirements. NHK has been working on 8K, which by the way is a crazy 7680x4320 - four times as many pixels as 4K, and 16x the amount of pixels as 1080p, since 1995.

 

NHK has plans to start testing 8K Super Hi-Vision broadcasting in 2016, with the first translations of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. NHK will start commercial 8K broadcasting at 7680x4320 with multi-channel audio in 2018. What good is this TV without proper content, apart from TV broadcasts? Well, both Sony and Panasonic are working on a new optical disc technology which will have 300GB of space on it, at least, which is set to be released late next year.

Man sues Red Bull because the energy drink didn't give him wings

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 9, 2014 5:14 am

Ever enjoyed a Red Bull, but wondered why you didn't grow wings? Well, so did Benjamin Careathers, who has sued the energy drink company. Careathers filed a lawsuit last year with the US District Court of the South District of New York, arguing that Red Bull mislead him and consumers about their claim that "Red Bull gives you wings", as well as the claims of increased performance, concentration and reaction speed.

 

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His suit argued: "Such deceptive conduct and practices mean that (Red Bull's) advertising and marketing is not just 'puffery,' but is instead deceptive and fraudulent and is therefore actionable". The result of his lawsuit? Red Bull agreeing to pay $13 million to settle the US class-action lawsuit, for his claims of false and misleading advertising.

 

The settlement includes many millions of people who had purchased at least one Red Bull in their life, over the last 12 years. Red Bull has offered class members the option of either a $10 reimbursement, or $15 worth of Red Bull products, which probably won't give you wings. This means that if you've purchased one if their energy drinks between January 1, 2002 and October 3, 2014, you can claim either of the two options from Red Bull, without proof of purchase required.

30FPS lock on The Evil Within for PC? Unlocked with debug commands

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 9, 2014 4:31 am

Earlier on today we reported about The Evil Within on PC being locked to 30FPS for the reason of it "Makes more sense for a survival horror game" but now Bethesda has come out and discussed the upcoming horror game on PC, and much more detail.

 

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Bethesda has now addressed the 30FPS lock on the PC version, saying that the developers have locked the frame rate at such a low point because the game was built around that, as the quote above says, but it can be unlocked through debug commands. A FAQ on the game reads: "Shinji Mikami and the team at Tango designed The Evil Within to be played at 30fps and to utilize an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 for all platforms. The team has worked the last four years perfecting the game experience with these settings in mind. For PC players, we'll provide debug commands on how you can alter the framerate and aspect ratio, but these commands and changes are not recommended or supported and we suggest everyone play the game as it was designed and intended for the best experience".

 

The developer has aimed for 1080p as its resolution, but 4K is supported. PC gamers have the option of turning off the cinema-like letterboxing in order to render it at full screen, but this option is not fully supported. PC gamers do get a few additional graphical options to play with, which include fullscreen or window support, AA settings (FXAA, MLAA and SMAA), Shadow Quality (High, Medium, Low), Motion Blur, SSAO, and Reflections.

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