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Galaxy Note 4 rumored to feature 4GB RAM, 2K display and 20.7MP camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Before the Galaxy S5 has even reached consumers' hands, we're already hearing whispers of the Galaxy Note 4. CNMO has a report out, stating that the Galaxy Note 4 could feature a 2K display, which means we'll see a resolution of 2560x1440.


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On top of that, the rumor mill is hot on the display - where it might actually arrive with an Ultra HD-capable, 4K display. On the rear of the device, we should see a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera that should shoot 4K video. Building on those specs, we should see 4GB of RAM, a 64-bit processor, Android 4.5, 4G support, dual-band Wi-Fi, handwriting-recognition technology in order to unlock the device, and a bigger battery hovering somewhere between 3600-3800mAh.


The Galaxy Note 4 will reportedly be offered with up to 128GB of internal storage included, and we should see the Note 4 be water- and dust-proof, and have a price of under $800 if the report is correct.

UCONN Wins National Title, Napier named Most Outstanding

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

It was only a year ago, when the UConn Huskies were entering their first season in the new AAC after leaving the Big East, or rather being booted. To make matters worse their leader and long time head coach, Jim Calhoun left the team citing health reasons, and to put the icing on the cake the Huskies were banned from the 2013 NCAA Tournament before the season even started.


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Monday night was different for the Huskies staying one step ahead of their opponent the Kentucky Wildcats all night. Springing out to a 15 point lead and managing to stave off every comeback attempt and even a late run by the Wildcats. UConn guard Shabazz Napier scored 22 points,6 boards and 3 assists and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.


When asked about Napier, former coach Jim Calhoun replied "When they say Ray, Rip, Ben, Emeka, Kemba -- they'll soon say Shabazz."

NVIDIA pushes out a new update for its SHIELD device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

NVIDIA has just pushed out its second update for its SHIELD device, upping the OS to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and a bunch of new features. We have beta support for the out-of-home use of GameStream, as well as beta compatibility with GameStream from laptops.



The new update includes improvements to SHIELD's interface for managing your games library and buying more titles, expansions of SHIELD's feature set in console mode. These new features include compatibility with Bluetooth keyboards and mice, as well as upgrades to the Gamepad Mapper. Also, remember that NVIDIA is offering up the SHIELD for $199 at the moment, $50 from its regular price of $249.

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Qualcomm is ready to kick some mobile ass in 2015 with new Snapdragon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Qualcomm already power countless smart devices, but the competition is heating up with Intel, NVIDIA, Apple, Samsung and much more wanting to change the game with their own devices.


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The company behind the Snapdragon range of system-on-chips (SoC) has already announced its 64-bit capable Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors, which are high performance hardware designed for the best of the best Android-powered devices. Both chips are baked on a 20nm process, meaning they will use less power, will be lighter and smaller, and deliver more performance.


The eight-core Snapdragon 810 is the star of the show, featuring four Cortex-A57 cores for power-hungry tasks, while four lower-power Cortex-A53 cores will be used for everything else. We will have LPDDR4 RAM show up for the party, as well as 4K display support. There'll also be voice activation and dual Image Signal Processors for better imaging.

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Apple is scared its consumers "want what we don't have"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

This time last year, Apple's executives were worried that "consumers want what we don't have" when it comes to smartphones - more specifically, larger screens or much cheaper handsets - both of which are plentiful in the Android camp.


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Apple execs had noticed a rapidly decelerating growth in its sales, even while the company was selling record numbers of iPhone's. Thanks to the Apple vs. Samsung trial, we're seeing much more information about the company, and its plans to release a bigger iPhone.


The one thing Apple is going to have against itself when (and not if) it releases a bigger iPhone, is that in its previous ads and sales pushes for the previous iPhone's, is that you could use it with one hand. Apple seemed content with the 3.5- and 4-inch screen sizes on the current and previous iPhone's, but when it comes to the next-gen iPhone, all of that talk of using it with one hand is going to be thrown out the window. So when Apple says it is scared its consumers want something it doesn't half - they are right - consumers do want something different.


Ripped from a presentation note, Apple says: "Competitors have drastically improved their hardware and in some cases their ecosystems". and that its competitors are "spending 'obscene' amounts of money on advertising and/or carrier/channel to gain traction".

Leading website compromised, turns users into "DDoS zombies"

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

A major global website was recently hit by cybercriminals, with the hacked website turning visitors into "zombies" that in turn launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. A Persistent XSS vulnerability gave cybercriminals the chance to embed malicious JavaScript code, according to enterprise security company Incapsula.


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Each user that views a compromised profile image with the malicious code then ends up sending a GET request to targeted websites. The group responsible also posted comments on large quantities of other videos, to ensure the profile image was viewed as many times as possible.


"As a result, each time a legitimate visitor landed on that page, his browser automatically executed the injected JavaScript, which in turn injected a hidden with the address of the DDoSer's C&C domain," according to Incapsula. "Obviously one request per second is not a lot. However, when dealing with video content of 10, 20 and 30 minutes in length, and with thousands views every minute, the attack can quickly become very large and extremely dangerous."

Update will allow Xbox One owners to upload game footage to YouTube

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Microsoft is planning to release an update to the Xbox One tomorrow that will bring a feature to the console that many of its users have been asking for. The update will install the ability for Xbox One owners to upload captured in-game footage directly to their YouTube account without the need to download it first.


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"Game DVR and Upload are among the most used apps on Xbox One. We know how important it is to be able to easily watch and share video clips, and starting tomorrow we're rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One that integrates Game DVR and Upload with YouTube**, making it easier than ever to capture and share game clips with the world," Microsoft said in a blog post. "Now, use Game DVR to capture epic gaming moments, edit them in Upload Studio, and, with the simple click of a button inside the YouTube app (look for My Uploads**), share them instantly to your YouTube channel. The updated YouTube experience also allows you to watch YouTube videos in Snap Mode, earn Media Achievements, and adds YouTube channels to OneGuide for instant access to YouTube videos right next to your favorite TV listings or App Channels."

Captain America to go head to head with Batman and Superman in 2016

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Sadly, this isn't quite the Marvel vs. DC Comics grudge match that geeks dream of, but following the successful premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios has announced the release date of the as-yet untitled third Captain America feature film, which will go head to head with the premiere of Zack Snyder's Batman VS Superman.


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Launching in US cinemas on May 6th 2016, both films are expected to be blockbusters hits for Disney and Warner Bros., coming off the back of huge consumer awareness and fevered fan-ticipation. Barely a week into its worldwide release, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has grossed over $300 million dollars, tracking well above it's predecessor and on its way to a billion dollars.


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The second Captain America sequel will be the fourth film of star Chris Evan's six film contract, but first he will return in next year's Avengers sequel, The Rise of Ultron. The role of Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman VS Superman will be played by Ben Affleck, re-cast from Christian Bale's performance in Chris Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, whilst Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman.

Reflowster turns your toaster oven into managed solder reflow oven

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Discrete electronic components such as resistors, capacitors and even larger IC's are shrinking down smaller every year, and that makes it harder for the average home maker or hobbyist to create their own DIY circuit boards. The difficulty comes in melting the solder paste that is used to affix the components to the PCB's circuitry. Why something as simple as a hotplate can do this, certain pad configurations and joint specifications require the "Reflow" process to be done in stages of varying temperature. In the past toaster ovens have been used for this and manually controlled, but that process was time consuming.


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Reflowster is a new product which has just went live on Kickstarter that aims at making the toaster oven reflow method much more accurate while automating the temperature ramping process. Reflowster is basically a smart-outlet that is controlled by an Arduino-compatible microcontroller that utilizes a thermocouple temperature probe to turn the power to the toaster oven on and off to regulate the temperature. This allows the user to create custom temperature ramp profiles based on the instructions provided by various solder paste manufacturers. $100 is all it takes to get your own Reflowster which will begin shipping at the end of the year.

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Bruce Lee revealed as the mystery fighter in EA Sports UFC

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

EA sports have finally revealed the mystery fighter for the upcoming MMA title EA Sports UFC is none other than the father of mixed martial arts Bruce Lee himself.


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EA's development team worked with Lee Enterprises who provided digital references, life-cast of Bruce's body and behind-the-scenes photos of Bruce Lee for developing the character. EA wanted the most accurate resources they can get to create a representation of the legend as much as possible.


UFC President Dana White said,"There's no debate, Bruce Lee is the father of mixed martial arts. He believed not one style of fighting was the best and that you had to have a little piece of everything to be a complete fighter. He was proven right when the first UFC event took place in 1993."

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