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Samsung could unveil its Galaxy Note 4 on September 3, trumps Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 7:35 am

We only just reported that Apple would be unveiling the 4.7-inch version of its iPhone 6 on September 9, but Samsung is jumping in early with a rumored reveal date for its Galaxy Note 4: September 3, six days earlier than Apple's rumored unveiling on the next-gen iPhone.


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Samsung has reportedly sent out invites to the media, asking if they were "ready" and to "note the date". We should expect that it's for the Galaxy Note 4, which is going to be a monster of a smartphone according to the various leaks and rumors. Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 will take place in three cities across the world simultaneously: Berlin, Beijing and New York.

Lenovo teases more of its VIBE Z2 Pro, with a 6-inch 2560x1440 display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 6:28 am

We knew it was coming, but today it is teasing more of its gorgeous VIBE Z2 Pro smartphone, something that features a pixel-crushing 6-inch 2560x1440 display. This display is something that Lenovo teases as an "ultra-rich 6-inch 2KHD display".



Better yet, all of this will arrive with a massive 4000mAh battery, something that should provide some serious battery life. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 3200mAh battery, and the HTC One Max includes a 3300mAh battery. Lenovo has spent considerable time on the body, which is just 7.7mm thin and made from a metallic brushed-weave unibody design which looks beautiful. Android 4.4 KitKat makes an appearance, with VIBE UI 2.0 splashed on top.


Inside, we have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip which provides a 2.5GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and optical image stabilization. Dual SIM abilities are here, and 32GB of internal flash with no expandable storage unfortunately. Lenovo will make the VIBE Z2 Pro available in titanium, gold and black, starting in September. We don't know what price you'll be looking at, but we should hear more in the coming weeks.

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Diablo 3 has sold over 20 million copies since it launched in 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 5:33 am

Since Diablo 3 launched back in 2012, the game has sold over 20 million copies as of June 30, 2014. The news comes from Activision-Blizzard's second quarter earnings call, where the company released a press release announcing the milestone.


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The 20 million copies includes expansions and digital sales, as well as the usual brick-and-mortar retail sales. At the end of 2013, Diablo 3 had sold 15 million copies, which means Activision-Blizzard have sold five million copies since the beginning of the year, and are sitting on an average of five million copies sold every six months or so.

Wing Commander III is free on Origin right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 4:26 am

With all of the hoopla going around right now with Star Citizen, people forget that it all started with Wing Commander for Chris Roberts. Well, EA and Origin are giving away Wing Commander III on Origin right now, one of the big games form the 90s.




Wing Commander III being free is part of Origin's "On The House" deals, where it randomly gives away PC games. Today, that game is Wing Commander III. For those who never played it, it stars Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame, Biff from Back to the Future and even Malcolm McDowell. You can grab Wing Commander III for free on Origin from here.

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Apple rumored to launch its new iPhone on September 9

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 3:46 am

Re/code is reporting that Apple is scheduling a massive media event for September 9, where we should see the next-generation iPhone unveiled. September is usually the time Apple unveils its new iPhone, where we should see it unveiled on September 9, with availability starting on September 19.


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We should see Apple unveil the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 at this event, with the 5.5-inch version reportedly to be announced either later this year, or early 2015. Re/code reports: "Apple has scheduled a big media event for Tuesday, Sept. 9 - a date to which Apple numerologists will strain to attribute significance. As with September events past, the focal point of this one is to be Apple's next-generation iPhones, which are expected to feature larger displays of 4.7 and 5.5 inches and run speedy new A8 processors. Apple declined comment".


Apple will hopefully bake in its next-gen A8 processor, with a thinner and lighter chassis on the new iPhone. An improved rear-facing camera should be on the cards, and hopefully a few new surprises.

Resident Evil remake to be released next year on consoles, PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 2:34 am

Capcom has officially announced that it will be re-releasing the original Resident Evil game next year, with Producers Tatsuya Kitabayashi and Yoshiaki Hirabyashi saying that they were trying their best to not mess anything up when rebuilding one of the survival horror games that started it all.


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Hirabyashi said: "We have been very careful to preserve the original atmosphere of the game, and are ensuring that no unnecessary changes will be made. The tempo and flow of the original game are an inherent part of its scary atmosphere so we have made the decision not to disrupt this tempo". Most of the changes to Resident Evil will be in the graphics department, and not in gameplay. Kitabayashi chimed in with: "When it comes to graphics, we didn't just want them to look better, we have taken the game apart, polished up all the different elements and carefully reassembled them in such a way that its original atmosphere shines through".


Resident Evil will be launched once again next year for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.

Dell is actively working on tech that can read your emotional state

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 1:04 am

A top Dell Research and Development executive has claimed the company is working on technology to read people's moods, and a commercial application may be on the shelves by 2017.


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According to Jai Menon, Dell is actively developing software that can interpret brain activity and register when a user is in different emotional states. He expects this kind of technology to find potential applications at home and at work. "If I can sense the user is working hard on a task, an intuitive computer system might then reduce distractions, such as allowing incoming phone calls to go directly to voicemail and not letting the user be disturbed," he told the BBC. "Similarly, if they've been concentrating for a long time, maybe it could suggest a break."


The claims will certainly have privacy advocates on edge, as critics suggest some computer companies already know too much about users. But Menon insisted there will be positive uses for consumers, such as in the gaming sector. "If someone is playing a game and it sense they are bored, it could ratchet up the level of challenge automatically," he said.

Billions of credentials stolen in largest criminal data theft ever

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 12:02 am

An American web security company, Hold Security, claims Russian criminal rings have built enormous databases of 1.2 billion stolen usernames and passwords, along with half a billion email addresses.


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This heist will be the biggest identity theft of data in the history of the internet, according to Hold Security, and it is thought to have compromised roughly 420,000 websites. Hold has not named the companies it believes were hit but asserted brands both big and small are among those affected.


"We were amazed when 10,000 passwords went missing," company founder Alex Holden said. "Now we're in the age of mass production of stolen information. These guys did nothing new, they just did it better and on a mass level so it affects absolutely everybody."

Sony gives up on e-book market as it axes Reader devices in Europe

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am

Sony has abandoned its e-reader business in Europe after being thoroughly trounced by products like Amazon's Kindle, it has emerged.


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The Japanese company launched its e-book Reader devices to a largely tepid response from consumers in Europe. Its last model, the PRS-T3, will stay on sale in the continent but only until supplies run out, with the company confirming to the BBC that it has "no plans" to develop a successor. Existing customers have been pointed towards the Kobo e-reader device since February in North America and since May in Europe and Australia, according to a spokesperson. Sony's Readers will continue to be available in the company's native Japanese market, where the Sony Reader Store remains functional.


The overall e-reader market is totally dominated by Amazon and its kindle, although the sector is predicted to be on the wane in general as it is cannibalized by tablets and smartphones.

Thousands rally behind lawsuit that claims Facebook broke EU data law

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 11:03 pm

Over 17,000 Facebook users have rallied behind and joined in on an Austrian man's lawsuit against the social network, which alleges the service breaks data protection laws.


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Max Schrems, 26, filed a lawsuit on 1 August and invited anyone else who so wished to join in. An app created specifically for the lawsuit helped interested users file the personal details of their Facebook account into the lawsuit, along with scans proving their identity and addresses - by Monday this week 5,000 had joined, and now the figure's approaching 20,000. The case is filed against Facebook Ireland. Schrems insists the division of the company has insisted in supporting the NSA's spying programme, as detailed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and in doing so has broken European data protection laws. Each user's personal data is being set at 500 Euros - roughly 660 USD.


20 percent of any damages will be awarded to a litigation funding company backing the suit, Roland Prozessfinanz, with the rest going to the users. If the amount awarded is under five Euros, the balance will be donated to a charity. The app created for the complaints underlined that the strength of the lawsuit is in its numbers, and that if enough people join in it will present enough of a financial risk to Facebook for the company to take notice.

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