Gorilla Glass is something that isn't really talked of often, it has blended right into the backgrounds of our lives, living on millions of smartphones across the world. Corning has just announced the latest version; Gorilla Glass 4.
The new cover material is meant to survive large drops onto very rough surfaces, like concrete. Most soda-lime glass will shatter if its dropped from a decent height, but Corning says that Gorilla Glass 4 should remain unshattered up to 80% of the time. Corning has said that it is already sending out test samples and shipments of Gorilla Glass 4, but didn't reveal which companies its working with just yet.
You can be assured this will be something we'll hear more about, and which devices will have it, at CES 2015 in just six weeks time.
High-definition TV and display manufacturer AOC has announced its 34" Ultra-Wide Quad HD U3477PQU monitor, featuring a 21:9 display and 3440x1440 resolution. The 34" monitor has a 5ms response time, and the HD display is equivalent to two 20" displays side by side.
"IPS technology offers extended range for brilliant and consistent color, and wide viewing angles for natural transitions between hues delivering exceptional realism," the AOC press release says. "The display also includes picture-by-picture mode, which is ideal for displaying two sources of content on the same screen, while picture-in-picture is optimized for video chat. The display comes equipped with a wide range of connectivity options, including DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, and MHL to easily connect to devices, peripherals, smartphones, and even a second computer."
The AOC 34" UltrawideQuad HD monitor will launch on December 8 and will have an $899 MSRP price tag.
A scam that allowed customers to purchase Sony PlayStation 4 consoles from $50 to $100 by creating fake ads online, has been nixed by Walmart. It's not surprising to hear Walmart moved quickly to prevent further lost revenue, especially as more satisfied customers boasted their success via social media.
"We can't tolerate fraud or attempts to trick our cashiers," Walmart said in a statement. "This kind of activity is unfair to the millions of customers who count on us every day for honest value."
However, Walmart will match rival sales listings from Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers on Black Friday, as retailers fight for consumers. It will be curious to see how Walmart decides to verify price matches, to better prevent future scams.
When Dell teased its 5K monitor, we expected an MSRP of $2499, but according to the latest reports, it might be priced much lower than that. The latest rumor is that Dell will price it at under $2000, making it all that more enticing.
To refresh your memory, the Dell UltraSharp UP2715K is a 27-inch monitor with a 5K resolution, of 5120x2880. At this resolution, it has a pixel density of 220DPI, which is (for a PC) retina-busting. Dell isn't just pushing the resolution to 5K to hit headlines, as the color accuracy is also extremely good, with a 10-bit IPS panel providing 99% Adobe RGB and 100% of sRGB coverage.
On top of that, we have 178-degree viewing angles, an 8ms response time, 350 nits of brightness and 1000:1 static contrast ratio. The 5120x2880 resolution requires not one, but two active DisplayPort connections, so that it can hit 5K at 60Hz.
Just how much data does Netflix stream every month? A damn lot, that's how much. The US-based streaming company in the first quarter of 2014, streamed some 6.5 billion hours of videos, equating to over over 19.5 million terabytes of video streamed. With Netflix streaming 6.5 million terabytes per month, the company will have streamed 78 million terabytes before the end of the year.
Last year, Netflix streamed just 4 billion hours of video, with over 12 million terabytes of data in Q1 2013, so we're seeing quite the uptick in the amount of people using Netflix. But how will the company deal with things going into the future, as we move toward more 1080p streaming, and then 4K? HD uses around 3GB per hour, but if 4K is used, that goes right up to 7GB per hour. This would increase the total data streamed every three months to around 45.5 million terabytes.
The amount of times that I've misplaced my keys, without a way to find them, but Motorola has just unveiled something that we all need: Keylink.
Motorola's Keylink is a tiny little device that attaches to your keyring, emitting a noise from your connected smartphone when you want to find your lost keys. What if you have your keys, but not your smartphone? Motorola has thought of that, too, with a button on Keylink that can be pressed which will play your smartphone's ringer.
Keylink is also capable of unlocking certain Motorola smartphones when you're in a specific range, with the second-generation Moto X, Droid Turbo, or any other Android 5.0 Lollipop-based smartphone capable of this. You'll need to alter the Trusted Devices settings on your smartphone, so that it will keep it unlocked while the Keylink is within range, re-enabling it with a passcode, or any other security if the two devices are separated.
After ten years in business, Wicked Lasers has a new owner. The company hasn't stated much other than what you see below, a new own and unfortunately, no more sales to the USA for products over 5mW.
The company has come under fire over the last few years from safety groups, people that don't like fun and even George Lucas. Without an official statement we don't know if the unwanted attention played a role in the decision to end US sales.
Wicked Lasers will no longer be shipping >5mW handheld lasers to US-Based cutomers starting Jan 1, 2015.
If you are a fan there could be something bright in your future though. The company has setup a 40% off coupon code. If you are missing a few products like me, now is the time to get them.
Pirated versions of Far Cry 4 are making the rounds on various sites and services around the world, but it is missing a very important part of the game: field-of-view adjustments. FOV controls are completely missing from the pirated versions of Far Cry 4 on the PC.
Why? Well, Creative Director on the game, the now infamous Alex "Low Res FTW" Hutchinson took to his Twitter account, saying: "PC players! If you're online complaining about the lack of FOV control ... You pirated the game". The proper copies of Far Cry 4 feature an FOV slider, but it's nice to see Ubisoft trolling pirates with taking a simple, but important version of the game out.
Many consumers filed complaints about companies who gave false promises of cleaning up PCs and taking take of other PC-related problems in ads from websites and through other means. Such scams sugar-coat their lies in the name of PC cleanup service, removal of unwanted and/or malicious files and even PC 'speed boost' services.
According to consumers, they said that the 'service' offered to help them remove malicious software and system errors in an over exaggerated manner for either free, trial or minimal cost... at first. But as the 'support' progresses, the consumer falls down the rabbit hole where the tech support and sales agents use scare tactics to extort more money under the name of 'service plans'.
The FTC and the State of Florida said that many of these PC clean up service scammers were able to earn more than $120 million. The FTC was able to get a court order which will enable them to temporarily shut down tech support scams. Some of these companies were named, such as PC Cleaner Inc, Netcom Global Inc, Netcom3 Software Inc, PC Vitalware LLC and few others.
Now that Grand Theft Auto V has splashed down on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we're getting a better look at the refreshed version of the game on the more-powerful consoles.
DigitalFoundry's video, above, shows off that the next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto V looks much better on the Xbox One and PS4 versus the older Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. Better yet, is the PS4 version, which looks nicer on the PS4 than it does on the Xbox One.