Samsung has teamed up with Swarovski, announcing a new "crystal collection" edition of its Galaxy S5 smartphone. The limited edition flagship smartphone will be covered in Swarovski crystals, and will debut in May in South Korea.
We don't know if the new Swarovski-covered Galaxy S5 will be made available outside of Samsung's home market, but I would not doubt it. This should be quite the hit in most markets for women, I just hope that my wife doesn't see this post - if she did, I'm going to have to tell her they sold out - sorry, dear.
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions has announced that it is installing the largest 4k display in the world at Churchill Downs in the US. Churchill Downs is a horse racing track where the Kentucky Derby is held each year. Panasonic is installing a gigantic 4k screen at the track so that people can see the races up close along with other details.
The giant screen will have 15,224 square feet of space. Overall dimensions of the screen are 171-feet wide by 90-feet tall. Panasonic says that the screen will stand 80 feet off the ground and promises viewing angles that will let anyone in the park get a good view.
ASRock has quickly grown to be one of the foremost motherboard manufacturers in the custom PC world and with Intel's pending release of its new 5th Generation Haswell Processors for 2014, the company has prepared an entire line of Z97-based motherboards for 2014. While we are sure that ASRock will be showing them all of at Computex 2014, TweakTown has been given a special look into the line in the form of 19 photos.
No information was given on each specific motherboard except that they are Z97 based, and will accept Intel's 5th Generation Haswell Processors. Some of the boards will feature the new M.2 SSD connector and will allow the use of M.2 SSD drives with the boards. "M.2, formerly called "Next Generation Form Factor" (NGFF), is the latest I/O solution of replacing Mini-SATA (abbreviated as mSATA) and breaking through the speed limit of the current SATA3 6Gb/s. Leading by Intel Inc., M.2 technology is based on the PCI Express interface and also compatible with the SATA interface," ASRock said in a release.
Apple has quite a few iPhones under its belt now, but why exactly does it keep its low-end iPhone 4S and not-so-great iPhone 5C on its roster? Well, Apple CEO Tim Cook has something to say about that.
He said that 62% of iPhone 4S consumers, and 60% of iPhone 5C buyers were switching from Android. Cook said that this is why Apple keeps its lower-end devices available, as it drags in the lower-end Android consumers. Personally, I have no idea what Cook was on when he said that, considering a "low-end" smartphone like the iPhone 5C is close to double the price of the Nexus 5 - or even the just-announced OnePlus One smartphone - which has flagship hardware at just $299.
Toshiba has pulled the wraps off a new wireless hard drive that allows you to back up all the data from your camera or smartphone while on the go. One of the cool things about this storage solution is that it is wireless and you can stream content to your smartphone or tablet a wireless network. The drive is called the Canvio Aeromobile Wireless SSD.
Inside the rugged aluminum enclosure hides a 128GB SSD optimized for performance. The portable drive weighs 4.2 ounces and has a battery inside large enough to power it for up to eight hours of use per charge. Toshiba also builds-in a SD card so you can transfer images from a camera to the drive without needing a PC.
The numbers are in for Facebook's Q1 2014, with the social networking site posting $2.5 billion in revenue, beating analysts' expectations, with an operating income of 43%.
Net income reached $642 million, with earnings per share of $0.25, representing a 70% gain in profits in twelve months. Advertising delivered revenues of $2.27 billion, which is an 82% increase year-over-year. Mobile advertising was also big business, which made up 59% of advertising revenue for the first three months of 2014, up from 30% of the advertising revenue of the first quarter of last year.
Costs and expenses to Facebook for Q1 2014 sat at $1.43 billion, which is a 32% increase year-over-year. This is mostly for the headcount and infrastructure Facebook requires. Income tax expense for Q1 2014 was $433 million, delivering a 40% effective tax rate.
Earlier this month specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series of tablets and some specifications leaked online. This week we have official word from Samsung that all thee tablets in that range will hit the US on May 1. That is only a handful of days from now.
Samsung will offer the Galaxy Tab 4 in 7, 8, and 10.1-inch sizes. The tablets all share pretty much the same specifications with the main difference being screen size and battery. All use a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and the screen resolution for all is 1280 x 800.
Skylanders has been around for several years and was the first game to allow the player to take real-world action figures into the video game to play. The player could buy a number of Skylanders action figures, set them on a portal device, and play them in the video game. Activision has turned Skylanders into one of its most profitable franchises.
A new Skylanders game will land this fall called Skylanders Trap Team. It will have the normal ability to let gamers place an action figure on the portal and play the character in the game. It will also have another interesting feature that is a first for the franchise.
Sharp has finally unveiled its flagship smartphone, something that it will be launching on Japanese Softbank. The new Sharp flagship handset is known as the Aquos Xx 304SH, which sports a close to bezel-less, IP57-certified water and dust-proof body.
The screen that Sharp has baked onto its smartphone is its own 5.2-inch 1920x1080-pixel IGZO-based panel, which is baked into a beautiful aluminum frame. The Aquos Xx 304SH is powered by Qualcomm's fast Snapdragon 801 SoC clocking in at 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Expanding on those specs we have 32GB of on-board storage which is expandable, a 2600mAh battery, 13.1-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/1.9 aperture, while the front sees a 2.1-megapixel camera.
Moving onto connectivity, we have Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 4G LTE, and an IR blaster. Google will be providing Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box for the OS.
There are two basic types of TV shoppers. The sort that wants the largest screen they can afford and the sort that will get a smaller screen if the TV looks cool. Sceptre makes a wide range of budget TV offerings and has announced a new line of TVs that will go down well with the crowd wanting a TV that looks cool.
The line is called the X322XV-HDR Color and the big feature is a case bright enough to make the 80's wince. The TVs come in pink, purple, or white cases. They all share the same hardware with 32-inch LED backlit screens.