Sony has been pushing into the smartphone market for a while now with its very well-built Xperia line of devices, but now we're hearing about the purported Xperia Z3, which looks like it might come with a slightly modified design.
The Xperia Z3 from these leaked photos looks a little different, which might make it slightly more comfortable in the hand thanks to its curved sides. We can see a magnetic connector, microSIM slot, microSD card slot, rounded power button, dedicated camera shutter button, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. We should expect the same water- and dust-resistant goodness from the previous Xperia smartphones, too.
On the rear, we have the incredible 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, which was a real treat on the Xperia Z2. We should hopefully hear more about the Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014 later this year.
Samsung is on the offensive lately, taking a stab at Apple iPhone users calling them "wall huggers" but in its latest ad for the Galaxy Tab S, it takes a swipe at the iPad's inability of multitasking.
You can see in the first video a father and his baby, where the baby gets upset because the tablet is only capable of displaying one thing at once. But when the dad puts on a kids movie, the baby becomes happy - because the Galaxy Tab S can multitask, and do two jobs at once. The second advertisement, below, sees the Galaxy Tab S display (which is a 2560x1600 panel) versus the Retina display on the iPad Air (which runs a 2048x1536 display).
This ad concentrates on the Super AMOLED panel, where the iPad user can't see a character within a movie. But on the Super AMOLED-based Galaxy Tab S, that man appears in plain sight. The ads don't do much to convince customers to buy the Galaxy Tab S (well, to me anyway), but it's a good way to show that the Galaxy Tab S has some specs that punches right into the iPad category.
What may come as a surprise with few gamers, free porn video website YouPorn is interested to sponsor an E-sports team who are playing either League of Legends, DOTA 2 or HearthStone.
League of Legends, DOTA 2 and HeartStone are few of the games that are played on the professional level in many countries, with a large userbase of players, spectators, fans and even sponsors. The Prize pool is also equally large. Hearthstone Blizzcon Tournament had a prize pool of $250,000. Valve's 'Ther International' 2014 tournament reached a prize pool of a jaw-dropping $10.5 Million. Many smaller events were held in many countries, both as either a city-wide or a national tournament held every year.
YouPorn recently posted a Twitter message (NSFW Warning) asking opinion about the website sponsoring an e-sports team. As one would expect, this attracted a lot of comments, including those who have been asking if YouPorn would be interested in sponsored an E-sports team for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and even for Starcraft 2 team.
It looks like things could get quite good at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in September, according to DigiTimes' sources. These sources have said that Intel will show off its 14nm processors in September, but it will also be teasing its 10nm wafers at the event, too.
DigiTimes' sources said: "Intel will release its 14nm Core M-series processors in the fourth quarter and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015". Intel is expected weaker-than-expected yields, and has a lot of 22nm-based processors in its inventory, and mixed with poor PC demand right now, Intel has reportedly "postponed 14nm processor production, which is planned to be conducted at its Fab 42 in Arizona, the US", according to these sources.
According to these sources, we should expect TSMC to pump up the mass production of its 20nm process in Q3 2014, where it will announce its 16nm FinFET process in 2015, followed by a 10nm process that will enter mass production in 2016.
It seems that AMD is working on a new APU using 28nm process and stacked DRAM, codenamed 'Carrizo'. It is said that these APUs will benefit from HBM (Higher Bandwidth Memory) implementation compared to current DIMM slot counterparts.
Though the reports are unconfirmed, it is known that AMD is collaborating with Hynix to make stacked DRAMs. The HBM provides higher bandwidth which will benefitted by the APU especially by the onboard graphics core. The APU will be made with 28nm process, but the onboard HBM die will be based on 20nm process. Its speculated that Carrizo's APU core die size is smaller than Kaveri.
HBM can provide maximum bandwidth of 128-256GB/s, which will prove to be a better implementation over DDR4 support. These APUs will most likely use the FM2+ socket and maintains 65w TDP envelope. If AMD incorporates on package DRAM solution, it will allow higher speeds for the memory and have lesser latency even compared to DDR4 implementation and it would cost lesser than integrating L3 cache. Whether the stacked DRAM be implemented in all of Carrizo APU lineups and feasibility especially for low-cost APUs is currently unknown.
Battlefield 4 fans, get your trigger fingers ready for the month-long event that is Battlefest. This event is geared for all BF4 gamers, getting them read for the launch of Battlefield 4's new DLC coming this week, Dragon's Teeth.
The new Dragon's Teeth expansion rolls out this week with five new weapons, a new unlockable gadget in the form of a Ballistic shield, a new game mode, 10 new assignments, and a new Battle pickup. Gamers can now also submit their in-game screenshots for a daily contest known as Battleshots. Battleshots will see a daily winner taking home an AMD Radeon GPU (!), a $50 gift card to the DICE store, and a Battlefield 4 Premium membership for the platform of their choice.
The goodies continue, with the daily contest not the only thing that BF4 gamers have access to, but gamers will also receive a free camo in-game unlock each week, and another double XP weekend early next month. Battlefest also includes weekly community missions and a stunt video competition where the top 12 submissions get selected by DICE for some truly great prizes. These prizes include the nine finalists receiving an AMD video card valued at $300, while the top three winners get voted by fans, each receiving an AMD-powered PC worth over $3,000.
Ubervita, the company that manufactures testosterone boosters, weight loss supplements and other body enhancement pills filed a case claiming that many phony negative reviews were posted on Amazon to disrupt its sales of products.
A federal judge ruled in the company's favour, giving them the right to issue a subpoena Amazon and even Craiglist of cough up the details of those reviews who allegedly posting fake negative reviews.
What ruled in Ubervita's favor is that ads were found in Craiglist which offered cash to post negative reviews about Ubervita products by posing as a dissatisfied customer. Ubervita said that it is necessary to get access of this information to catch those who are running a 'campaign' against Ubervita and place them under a disadvantage. U.S. District judge Marsha Pechman said that Amazon and Craiglist must reveal information such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, IP addresses and even credit card details and bank account information.
If you think that using the factory reset function on your smartphone will clear your data, you're in for a pleasant surprise! Czech-based security company Avast purchased several phones via eBay to evaluate if they can extract data from it, especially the ones that had a factory reset done by the previous owner.
The factory reset is supposed to be a one-touch feature which should secure erase all the data, settings and other user-related details from the photo and return it to a 'rolled out of the factory' state. But the experiment by Avast proved that this is not entirely true.
The company conducted this experiment by purchasing 20 smartphones from eBay. The experts at Avast were able to extract data from these smartphones, though the company didn't disclose if that was the case with all the smartphones. The experts were able to extract 40,000 photos, out of which 1,500 of those were family photos and others included selfies with their manhood.Other data included emails, text messages, Google search history and even browser history. Avast also added that the factory reset feature does not wipe out the data from the phone. Rather, it only erases the index information.
For those who have been watching every match of the World Cup, you might not know who made the final... well, North Korea did. Yes, North Korea has made the final of the World Cup, according to the country, which has told its citizens over a newscast that the country has been kicking some serious ass at the event.
An unverified video was posted to YouTube channel Korea News Backup, which has other state-run media posted to it, showing a newscaster reporting that North Korea has been very successful at the World Cup. The newscast says that the country led by its Dear Leader has won its match against Japan 7-0, won the US with 4-0 and China too with 2-0. Even though none of these countries made any of the final matches.
So while this might be news for you, don't be thinking its Germany vs. Argentina, because that's hogwash. North Korea are playing in that match, but probably only because they have the smarts to land a man on the Sun.
Symantec is working with the Chinese government so a reported ban of its software is lifted by the Ministry of Public Security, according to Chinese media. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures of widespread surveillance activity has increased political tensions of cyberespionage between China and the United States.
The Ministry sent notices for department PCs to have pieces of Symantec software uninstalled, according to the China Daily news source. There is no official reasoning explaining why Symantec poses a security threat to China - and the company is discussing the problem with Beijing.
"Symantec takes the privacy and security of our customers' information very seriously and our products do not have so-called 'Data Theft Backdoors,'" said Colleen Lacter, Symantec spokesperson, in a recent statement. "We believe (this) is an insolated incident to the Ministry of Public Security."