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Samsung Galaxy Alpha specs leak, pre-order for $923

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 5:02 pm

Samsung fans who are in the market for a new phone might want to check out the specs for the leaked Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone. The specifications have leaked online via a UK reseller. One retailer, called Mobilefun, is also taking pre-orders for the unlocked device already for the equivalent of $923 USD.

 

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It's unclear what the release date will be for the device, but we know it has 32GB of storage and an octa-core Exynos processor. The smartphone will run Android 4.4.2 Kitkat and features a 12MP rear camera along with a fingerprint scanner.

 

The screen is tipped to be a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED with resolution of 1280 x 720 and 320 ppi pixel density. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and more. Rumors suggest that the phone will be announced officially on August 13.

Gannett tipped to buy remainder of Cars.com for $1.8 billion

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 4:00 pm

Cars.com is a website where millions of people in the US go when they are looking for a new or used vehicle. A part of Cars.com is owned by the Gannett Company and it looks like Gannett now wants the entire pie. A person familiar with the deal says that Gannett is ready to plunk down $1.8 billion to buy all of Cars.com.

 

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The person claims that the deal could be announced as early as today. If the deal goes through for $1.8 billion, it would value Cars.com at $2.5 billion. Cars.com has been around for 16 years and is one of the biggest online markets for buyers and sellers of cars.

 

The website claims to have 11 million visitors monthly. No official comments have been offered from Cars.com or Gannett at this time.

NFL Now app rushes onto Apple TV this month

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 3:07 pm

Apple TV owners who also like NFL football games and content will get a new channel to enjoy this month. The NFL Now app is heading to the Apple TV according to an image that was leaked by a NFL employee during testing for the app. The app will offer personalized NFL content along with other content.

 

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That other content includes on-demand highlights, extensive archives, and news broadcasts. The channel will also feature content produced by NFL teams with locker room interviews and player features. NFL Films content will also be included on the channel.

 

Live events and press conferences will be featured as well. The NFL Now app will hit Apple TV in time for fans to enjoy it during the 2014-2015 NFL season. NFL Now app will also be landing on other platforms includes iOS devices, Xbox, and Roku set top boxes.

Weekly Giveaway: Win a 960GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD (Global Entry!)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:38 pm

We have teamed up with SanDisk who is giving away one of its latest performance solid state drives.

 

This week one lucky winner gets the chance to win a new SanDisk Extreme Pro 960GB SSD. Yep, you read right! Almost a 1TB full-of-speedy-goodness flash storage drive, enough so you can even store your games on it for getting into your game quicker.

 

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Here is what Chris Ramseyer had to say about the drive that scored 96% from his review:

 

If you're looking for high performance and high capacity, the SanDisk Extreme PRO is the only real product ready for your hard workload tasks. The drive IS the fastest SATA option available, and it delivers PCIe-like performance consistency today without an adapter or special motherboard. As the fastest SATA SSD on the market, the drive fits into a wide range of use cases, and without a doubt, this is the one you want to buy if you can afford the $599 price point.

 

 

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SpaceX Falcon Rocket launch successfully places AsiaSat 8 in orbit

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:03 pm

Elon Musk's SpaceX has recorded another success for placing a satellite in orbit above the Earth. SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket after an early delay this week. The Falcon rocket placed the AsiaSat 8 satellite into orbit without further issues.

 

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The launch of the rocket was delayed from 1:25 am EST to 4am EST due to a last minute issue with the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. The first stage issue was fixed, and the launch went off without a hitch. AsiaSat 8 was placed in orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth.

 

At that altitude, the satellite will be used to provide satellite TV service and telecom service to customers in China, India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East for the next 15 years. SpaceX will launch another AsiaSat later this month.

Scientists observe three massive volcanic eruptions on Io

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 1:05 pm

The Earth is one of the most volcanically active bodies in our solar system, but it's not alone in having volcanic activity. Jupiter's moon Io is one of the most volcanically active bodies scientists have ever observed and three massive eruptions were discovered on the surface of the moon. These three major events were imaged in August 2013, but the images have only now been released.

 

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The trio of eruptions was recorded in a two-week span, surprising researchers because only 13 major eruptions have been recording between 1978 and 2006. Scientists expect a massive outburst once every one or two years. This event recorded three extremely bright outbursts in a span of two weeks.

 

The scientists believe that these outbursts show that if they looked at Io more frequently, more outbursts would be noted. Io is only 2300 miles wide, making it about the same size as the Earth's moon. The volcanic activity is the result of Jupiter and neighboring moons pulling on Io causing its insides to heat up.

US DOT may stop plans to allow in-flight cell phone use

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 12:05 pm

Anyone who has flown on a commercial airline knows how annoying it can be when someone near you refuses to put up a gadget when asked to by the crew. I can only imagine how annoying it would be if airlines allowed people to use their mobile phones all they want while on a flight. As airlines are considering allowing phone calls during flights, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering weighing in on the subject.

 

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The DOT is considering the implementation of rules that would enforce a ban on in-flight cell phone calls according to the WSJ. The DOT is seeking comments on whether or not it should adopt a rule that restricts mobile calls on flights to and from the US.

 

The DOT is clear that there are no bans on in-flight calls in the works yet. Many of the major airlines operating in the US have already said they aren't inclined to allow phone calls in-flight. Things like texting or email would probably be allowed even if phone calls are banned.

Comcast offers poor families six months of free internet access

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 11:00 am

Comcast has revamped its low cost internet program that is in place for poor families to ensure that they have access to the web for education and other uses. The original program that Comcast offered was criticized for being too hard to sign up for. After the criticism, Comcast has revamped the program and is offering up to six months of internet access for free to new subscribers.

 

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The program gives poor families access to Internet Essentials for $10 per month if there are school age children in the house. Comcast is also offering existing customers with unpaid bills an amnesty program where they can be reconnected in some instances.

 

The catch with the amnesty program is that the overdue bills and unreturned equipment has to be over a year old to be eligible. For bills that are less than a year old, Comcast wants the debt settled before the customers can sign up.

Xiaomi outpaces Samsung in China to become first in market share

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 10:28 am

Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone vendor that has been offering its wares on the Chinese market and in other places. The company has been fighting to get to the top of the smartphone market and has made a significant increase in sales to overtake Samsung in China. By surpassing Samsung's numbers, Xiaomi has become the largest smartphone vendor in the Chinese market.

 

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The stats for the quarter come from research firm Canalys, and the firm says that Xiaomi saw its market share in Q2 increase to 14%. Behind Xiaomi were three major smartphone manufacturers that all tied for second spot with 12% market share each including Samsung, Lenovo, and Yulong.

 

Xiaomi increased its market share considerably between Q1 and Q2, in Q1 the company held 10.7% of the market while Samsung had 18.3%. In the same quarter a year ago, Xiaomi held only 5% market share. Analysts point to high quality products and aggressive pricing for the impressive growth.

Cyberith Virtualizer hits $250k funding goal, still has 26 days to go

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 10:18 am

After just a few days on Kickstarter, Cyberith has reached its goal of $250,000 for the Virtualizer. The Virtualizer still has 26 days to go, so we could see this be another large Kickstarter success story.

 

 

The Virtualizer is "an award-winning locomotion device for Virtual Reality that allows the user to move freely in virtual environments. Step inside the game and become one with your character". It is one of the biggest talked about devices that is coming soon, especially when the world's of the Virtualizer and the Oculus Rift combine.

 

Cyberith had 150 of its 'Virtualizer Early Bird' pledges up for offer, at $699, with them now all gone. There were also 750 of the 'Virtualizer Standard (Full Package)' that were all sold out, priced at $799 each. The $949 pledge, which is known as the 'Virtualizer HT (Early Bird)' still has 56 left of 150. There are plenty of other levels available on the Virtualizer Kickstarter, but with its $250,000 funding goal met and 26 days to go, I think we might see this edge closer to $500,000 without a problem.

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