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Samsung launches PRO Plus and EVO Plus memory cards with 4K in mind

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: May 5, 2015 11:27 pm

Today Samsung has pushed its new range of SD and microSD memory cards to the public, in total what is on offer includes the PRO Plus, PRO, EVO Plus and EVO families, explained in their latest press release as necessary "to address the rapidly growing consumer need for advanced multimedia memory solutions."

 

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The new PRO Plus model is capable of working with 4K UHD video applications and is created for use in DSLR cameras, smartphones and tablets alike. Boasting read speeds of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of 90MB/s, these models come backed with UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) and Class 10 performance levels.

 

The PRO Plus series has seen a debut in 32GB and 64GB capacities, touching on their ability to record around 110 minutes of 4K UHD video or 490 minutes of full HD.

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NVIDIA offers GTX 900 series "Two Times the Adventure" game bundle

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2015 10:28 pm

In a bid to increase sales and show off some features, NVIDIA is offering The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight as a bundle with their GeForce GTX 970 and 980 model cards from participating retailers. If you're looking into the GTX 960 or a notebook containing the GTX 980M or 970M you'll receive a code for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt only.

 

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The codes for these games can be activated through Steam and are counted as pre-orders, meaning you can download and install the game before the official launch date.

 

These titles have been chosen due to them allowing NVIDIA's GameWorks technology, enabling new features such as HairWorks in The Witcher 3, PhysX-accellerated cloth effects and destruction plus HBAO+ in both available games.

Company seeking way to create eyes-free texting while driving

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 5, 2015 9:48 pm

It's no secret that texting while driving is a dangerous - and often illegal activity - but it's something that occurs regardless of possible safety risks and being pulled over by the police. A new service from RayGo uses voice prompts to interact with your smartphone, and will automatically pause if the driver is going too fast.

 

 

RayGo hopes to give drivers a safer method to interact with text messages, as the app connects to a five-key Bluetooth controller mounted to a driver's steering wheel. In addition to text messages, users can interact with Gmail, Spotify, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp, with messages being read through the vehicle's speakers.

 

"RayGo is a product for the many of us who use their phones even though we know it's wrong, providing a much safer way to engage with your smartphone while driving," according to the RayGo on its Indiegogo page. The company wanted $30,000, and has raised $31,900 with 11 days left.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 video game coming later this year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2015 8:36 pm

Last November, game publisher Activision confirmed a new Tony Hawk video game was in development, and word comes today of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. Developer Robomodo and Activision want to give gamers the classic game play of the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater series, and will include single-player, competitive play, and online co-op.

 

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Pro Skater 5 will hit the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 before the end of 2015, and an Xbox 360 and PS3 version will be released later.

 

The new title will feature Nyjah Huston, Ishod Wair, Aaron Homoki, Lizzie Armanto, Riley Hawk, David Gonzalez, Chris Cole, Andrew Reynolds, and Leticia Bufoni.

Microsoft: 'Google ships a big pile of... code' for Android updates

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 5, 2015 4:50 pm

Google provides an open ecosystem with its Android mobile operating system, but that has led to fragmentation due to multiple versions of the OS running on such a large number of different products. Android is trying to close the gap, however, it's something that rivals such as Microsoft have picked up on while criticizing the OS.

 

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"Google ships a big pile of... code, with no commitment to update your device," said Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, when speaking during the Microsoft Ignite conference keynote. "Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices, leaving end users and businesses increasingly exposed every day they use an Android device."

 

Microsoft has had a rather dismal showing in the mobile space, but hopes Windows 10 will power a growing number of smartphones and tablets. The company also didn't disclose how it will deliver its updates to Windows 10 phones as needed in the future.

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Save 63% on Veho's Retro Wireless Leather Speaker

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: May 5, 2015 4:15 pm

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If asked to choose between quality sound and a sleek look, we choose sound...but this retro-style Bluetooth speaker from Veho doesn't make you compromise. Get it for $65 at TweakTown Deals.

 

This Veho is impressive inside and out, with six watts of high-fidelity sound and two powerful speakers built into a sleek aluminum body finished with a retro leather strap. The battery gives you eight hours of playback time, while the built-in microphone makes it easy to switch to a hands-free call.

 

Get the best of both worlds-grab the Veho wireless speaker for $65 at TweakTown Deals.

Mayweather-Pacquiao proves popular on Meerkat, Periscope

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 5, 2015 3:40 pm

The boxing super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao may have left many boxing fans disappointed, but it proved extremely popular among Internet pirates. It wasn't difficult to find a live stream of the fight on Periscope and Meerkat, with users sharing streams directly from their TVs into the services before the opening bell.

 

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High demand for the pay-per-view, available for $90 or $100 in the United States, led to Charter, Time Warner and other cable providers enduring service outages shortly before the main event. Piracy likely increased due to the problem, which actually temporarily delayed the start of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.

 

Both Meerkat and Periscope have been used to stream Game of Thrones, live sporting events, and other high-profile subscription cable TV shows. Obviously, streaming a PPV broadcast violates the terms of service for both HBO and Showtime, and likely breaks some form of copyright law, but holding users accountable is difficult.

Samsung begins promoting the idea of wearables in the B2B sector

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 5, 2015 2:25 pm

The wearables market seems to have captured the attention of the consumer market, but Samsung wants to remind us that the B2B market also has great potential. There is hope that wearables will be able to boost efficiency and productivity in the workplace.

 

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It is expected to take time and patience, though Samsung believes wearable technology will increase in the workplace faster than smartphones. The difference being users can quickly glance at actionable information, such as emails, text messages, and work-related alerts while remaining hands-free.

 

In a blog post, Samsung point to wearables being used in hotels, high schools, restaurants, sales, hospitals, and warehouses - an appealing aspect as more promising applications become available.

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Report: Mobile gaming to surpass rivals, becoming $45B market by 2018

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2015 1:30 pm

Mobile gaming is an absolutely huge business, as smartphones and tablets continue to reach new phone owners across the world. Game software revenue is expected to generate $88 billion revenue in 2015, and surpass $110 billion in 2018, according to the Digi-Capital intelligence firm.

 

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The mobile market is expected to draw more interest than console games, but Steam PC titles and free-to-play game titles weren't included in the research.

 

"Where mobile games will take $3 of every $10 spent by gamers on software in 2015, that figure will go up to $4 out of every $10 by 2018," said Tim Merel, founder and managing director of Digi-Capital, in a report. "Mobile games revenue will grow from $29 billion in 2015 to $45 billion by 2018 at 15 percent annual growth."

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TomTom: Company hopes to be main provider of maps for autonomous cars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 5, 2015 12:35 pm

Navigation company TomTom wants to prepare for autonomous vehicles, trying to evolve into the top provider of technology to help self-driving cars get around.

 

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TomTom was best known for its personal navigation devices, but struggled to keep up with Garmin and cheap competitors cutting into the market. To make matters even worse, smartphones with data plans exploded onto the market, hurting TomTom's financial outlook even more.

 

Google, which is developing its own autonomous vehicle, also has big ambitions in helping carmakers navigate self-driving vehicles. Expect additional partnerships to be forged in an effort to find new solutions to compete with Google - even if no one is entirely sure what will happen.

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