When Apple announced the two new iPhone 6 smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, they included NFC which most, myself included, presumed it would 'just work' with any other NFC-enabled devices. Well, we were all wrong - the NFC on the new iPhone is locked purely to Apple Pay.
Apple has confirmed the news directly with The Verge, with Apple's new mobile payments platform being the sole receiver of the NFC technology on the new iPhone. There are plenty of NFC-powered speakers and other devices that simply won't work with the new iPhone, with The Verge saying that "there's still hope for the future though".
I don't think we'll see support for NFC opened up to other devices, and even if we do, the question remains: why is Apple locking down NFC to Apply Pay, there's absolutely no reason for them to do this. What do you think?
NVIDIA is positioning itself to launch its new Maxwell-based GPUs within the next couple of days, with two new products to be launched: the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970, but now we're hearing more details on pricing.
We should expect NVIDIA to start the price of its GeForce GTX 980 at $599, while the GTX 970 is rumored to be priced at a damn competitive price of just $399. At $399, NVIDIA could start cutting into its own GTX 780 pricing, which could be seriously good for consumers and gamers. We are expecting a slew of non-reference GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards to be made available, with varying cooling setups.
When it comes to the specifications of the new GeForce GTX 980, it will be a Maxwell-based card on the 28nm process, with 2,048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. The GTX 970 will feature 1,664 CUDA cores, and 104 TMUs. Both variants will feature a 256-bit memory bus with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM.
With Google's recent acquisition of Titan Aerospace, many have wondered what it would do in our skies - well, now we have somewhat of an idea what the Mountain View-based giant will do. Google has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to take to the skies with experimental drones that would provide Internet access to remote areas.
Google wrote to the FCC on Friday, asking it to keep most of the testing details under wraps, but it did write: "Google recently acquired Titan Aerospace, a firm that specializes in developing solar and electric unmanned aerial systems ('UAS') for high altitude, long endurance flights. These systems may eventually be used to provide Internet connections in remote areas or help monitor environmental damage, such as oil spills or deforestation. The STA [Special Temporary Authority] is needed for demonstration and testing of [REDACTED] in a carefully controlled environment".
Starting on October 6, 2014, Google wants to start testing out its drones for 180 days. We should see the site of these tests "in a square east of Albuquerque and south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, centered roughly on the unincorporated community of Stanley", according to consulting engineer Steven Crowley. Google will transmit at frequencies between 910MHz and 927MHz, and from 2.4GHz to 2.414GHz. What will Google be transmitting at those frequencies? No one knows, as this information was redacted from the document, with the company refusing to comment on its application.
We know Windows 9 is coming, but it looks like Microsoft is going to unveil its next desktop operating system on September 30, at a "Windows event" in San Francisco.
Microsoft has started emailing out its invites, with Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson to lead the talks about the future of Windows. The event itself will also cover enterprise and power users, with a "Windows Technical Preview" expected to be unveiled shortly after, or hopefully even at the event itself.
We already know that Windows 9 will feature a new, new Start menu, virtual desktops, and a Notification Center. I'm sure we'll see some surprises in Windows 9, something we'll find out much more on in just a few days time.
DisplayMate has one of the first Galaxy Note 4 smartphones in its possession, calling it the best display on a smartphone, ever. Samsung sent the company a pre-production model of its upcoming 'phablet' to test out, with its new 2560x1440 display.
DisplayMate played with the pre-production Galaxy Note 4, where it said: "It provides lots of image detail - it can display four complete HD 1280x720 images at once. The display has Diamond Pixels and Sub-Pixel Rendering with 518 pixels per inch (ppi), providing significantly higher image sharpness than can be resolved with normal 20/20 Vision at the typical viewing distances of 10 inches or more for Smartphones, so the display appears perfectly sharp".
By the end of its piece on the Galaxy Note 4, DisplayMate said that the display on the Note 4 "matches or breaks new records in Smartphone display performance".
Phanteks has just taken the wraps off of its new Enthoo EVOLV, the latest member of its Enthoo Series. The new EVOLV is an mATX/mITX chassis, with a very nice looking aluminum exterior. EVOLV features a tool-free release system for its outer panels, and much more inside of it - the video below explains the EVOLV.
On the side we have two USB 3.0 ports, but it's the cooling and design inside that is what is worth talking about. We have support for two 120mm or 140mm fans up top, on the front, and one on the rear. A 200mm fan at the front is included, too. When it comes to liquid cooling, the Enthoo EVOLV has plenty of options. The EVOLV can handle a 240mm radiator up top, or on the front, and up to 120mm on the rear.
Phanteks' new chassis can also take in quite a long GPU, measuring up to 318mm, so you shouldn't have any problems throwing in virtually any video card on the market into the new EVOLV chassis. As for expansion slots, it can take five 2.5-inch drives, or three 3.5-inch drives, and a single 5.25-inch drive. All of this weighs in at 9kg, or 19.8lbs.
According to the latest rumors, Google will finally announce its new Nexus 9 tablet at a media event on October 8. Various media are being invited to an event with the title "Double Exposure".
This event falls in place with HTC's event, where the company is expected to unveil a GoPro-like camera, as well as a new super selfie smartphone - also teasing Double Exposure. What will be powering the Nexus 9? For starters, NVIDIA's more-than-capable Tegra K1 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 9-inch 1920x1080 display, 16GB of flash storage, 100GB of Google Drive storage and much more.
The biggest part of the Nexus 9 will be its 'tube-shaped' 16-megapixel camera, and possible waterproof abilities. We will also see Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as the ability to control the 9-inch slate from an Android- or iOS-powered smartphone with an app developed in-house by HTC.
Just like the Christmas gift you received from your crazy old uncle that neither understands, nor cares what you want, Apple's unsolicited 'gifting' of U2's latest album 'Songs of Innocence' to users worldwide has upset many fans who crave a clean collection of music, unsullied by Bono's self-righteous lyrics.
Now Apple have sought to quell the unrest by releasing an online tool which permanently deletes the album from your iTunes account and can be found online here. After logging in with your account details, the album will be as forgotten as U2 were before last week.
According to those in the know, the "free" album cost Apple somewhere in the vicinity of $100 million dollars. Chump change to be sure, but perhaps fans would have wanted something else. Or donated to Ebola research. Or something. Anything.
When Apple announced its first wearable, Watch, people were excited for a good reason. It's Apple's first wearable, and it is a great offering in the same-old-same-old wearable market we see materializing in front of us right now. Well, now there's rumors of the Watch 2, already.
Reuters is behind the rumor, talking with its "insider sources" on the upcoming successor to Watch, Watch 2. Reuters' sources say that development of Watch 2 is well under way, but beyond that there's not much to report on. Health and fitness activities will continue to be the cornerstone of the Watch, and its successor, which is something we can take away from this.
Apple seem to be covering the entry into the smartwatch market with Watch, with its successor probably drilling into the areas it does well, and improving on the things it doesn't. Health and medical experts aren't too sold on Watch right now, but Apple is probably taking all of their opinions and recommendations on board, mixing it into the melting pot for Watch 2. But the question remains: with the rumors of a successor to the Watch being talked about months before Watch is even released, would most people skip Watch to wait for Watch 2?
Samsung had a few days ahead of Apple when it announced its new Galaxy Note 4, but we didn't know of a release date, that was however, until Samsung's latest ad that took yet another poke at Apple.
In the ad above, Samsung teases that its larger-than-life smartphone has a release date of October, while Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones are already on their way to consumers, landing in their hands-on September 19. Apple has already seen a record-breaking weekend of pre-orders, with over four million next-gen iPhone smartphones ordered by consumers across the world.
But Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 seems like a more versatile smartphone, with its stylus and compatibility with the Oculus-powered Gear VR headset.