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Intel fully embracing Internet of Things transition to connected tech

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 10:05 am

Intel isn't sure what will happen with the booming Internet of Things (IoT) market, but the Silicon Valley company wants to make sure it is involved.




During CES last month, Intel unveiled the Curie chip designed for wearables and other connected technologies - which it hopes will be introduced in a variety of different future products. Intel predicts there will more than 800 million Web-connected homes over the next three years, and that number will only grow higher.


"What we see in that segment of the market, the Internet of Things, there's lots of innovation going on," said Stacy Smith, CFO of Intel, in a statement to CNET. "If anybody tells you they know who's going to be the winner three years from now, they're making it up, because nobody knows."

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Millions of Facebook users think the Internet doesn't exist

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 10:00 am

There are millions of people that use Facebook, that think that everything outside of it - you know, the Internet - doesn't exist. According to Helani Galpaya, who surveyed a large number of Indonesians, they said that they didn't use the Internet.




But, when they were in focus groups, these same people talked about how much time they spent on the largest social network on the Internet; Facebook. Galpaya works at LIRNEasia, a think tank, who said: "It seemed that in their minds, the Internet did not exist; only Facebook". QZ has a large piece on the matter, but diving into it, the article says that Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg says that in the developing world, "people will walk into phone stores and say 'I want Facebook'".


Continuing on that statement, Facebook's Head of Localization and Internationalization, Iris Orriss, says that "Awareness of the Internet in developing countries is very limited. In fact, for many users, Facebook is the internet, as it's often the only accessible application".

John Carmack will talk about 'The Dawn of Mobile VR' at GDC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 9:35 am

GDC 2015 isn't too far away now, with John Carmack announcing that he will be speaking about "The Dawn of Mobile VR" on March 4, for at least 1.5 hours (or longer, knowing Carmack).




The CTO of Oculus VR and co-founder of id Software will be talking about the technical aspects of seeing mobile VR turn into a reality, from techniques and strategies for maximizing the quality of your VR games, applications and experiences, to his thoughts on the future of VR, as well as what it means for the mobile ecosystem.


After "The Dawn of Mobile VR" session, there will be a Q&A session that will last until "all questions are answered or everyone is chased out", so if you're at GDC 2015 and want to ask the legendary John Carmack a question, there's your chance. Carmack is hoping that game developers will not only walk away with a better understanding of mobile VR, but the techniques and strategies for developing mobile VR content, and what the future of consumer VR might end up being.

Netflix releases House of Cards season three, then pulls it quickly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 8:40 am

The third season of House of Cards floated up onto Netflix yesterday, but it was quickly pulled by the streaming giant, put back in its slumber until its February 27 release date.



Netflix has said that a "technical glitch" saw House of Cards' third season arrive early, but reiterated that the entire 13 episode run will be launched on February 27. The official House of Cards Twitter account tweeted: "This is Washington. There's always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27". If I had to make a guess, I'd say this was elaborate marketing to remind us that the third season of House of Cards is coming, and it's coming very soon. Knock on wood.

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Samsung promises 'the future of cameras' in its next flagship handset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 7:42 am

We only just reported about the Galaxy S6 Edge and its soon-to-be awesome benchmarking abilities, but the boss of Samsung's Camera R&D, DongHoon Jang, has teased that its upcoming 2015 flagship smartphone will have "the future of cameras".




Jang also said that the new flagship handset "will be intelligent and do all the thinking for users, allowing them to take amazing pictures under any conditions, without having to worry about anything more than just pressing the shutter button". Rear-facing cameras don't need to have the most megapixels, as we've seen with Apple's iPhones over the years. Let's hope that Samsung doesn't just throw in a 20-megapixel camera and hope to win, and that the software, speed, and the entire package is ready to be "the future of cameras".

NVIDIA's secret unveiling at GDC 2015 to be an Android-powered console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 6:51 am

We know that NVIDIA will be hosting a special "Made to Game" event on March 3 during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015, but the company hasn't said anything outside of the new product will "redefine the future of gaming". No details, not even so much of a tease of what it could be.




We know that it has been five years in the making, but what we're going to report is that it will be an Android-powered console. We're sure that it will be powered by a Tegra processor, most likely the Tegra X1 that NVIDIA unveiled at CES 2015 earlier this year. It would make sense, as NVIDIA has been pushing in that direction with its Shield line for a while now.


It wasn't long ago that we reported on a Tegra X1-powered Shield Tablet, but maybe it is the new Android-powered console that we here at TweakTown think it will arrive as? We have a Shield Tablet that would be close to an Android-powered console as it is, the Shield Controller which could connect to it, but a new 4K-capable gaming box that could bake down to 1080p 60FPS? Yes, please. This is all speculation until NVIDIA unveils the new device on March 3, which isn't too far away from now.

NVIDIA to host 'Made to Game' special event during GDC 2015 on March 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 5:59 am

NVIDIA has started teasing a new event that it will host during GDC 2015 called "Made to Game", which the GPU giant will host on March 3. NVIDIA will have its President, CEO tough guy Jen-Hsun Huang at the show, with a major announcement.




Huang's invitation to the media teases: "More than 5 years in the making, what I want to share with you will redefine the future of gaming". Huang has also referred to the event as a "very special event" but nothing else has been shared. What could we see? A new GPU? A new portable gaming device? A specialized Steam Machine? Who knows, but I'm excited for whatever NVIDIA will be showing off.

Purported Galaxy S6 Edge thrashes Apple iPad Air 2 in new benchmarks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 5:31 am

We are expecting a few new handsets to be unveiled at Samsung Unpacked 2015 on March 1, but there's a lot of time between then and now so we can enjoy some leaks regarding performance numbers in the meantime.




PhoneArena has noticed a new multi-core Geekbench result that sees the Galaxy S6 Edge, something Samsung hasn't even announced yet, beating the Apple iPad Air 2, which is the current champion of that benchmark - even though it's a tablet, the new Samsung smartphone beats it. PhoneArena reported: "[The Galaxy S6 Edge's] octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset managed to crush it with 1,492 points in the single-core, and 5,077 points in the multi-core test. To put things in perspective, this multi-core result is way higher than any other mobile at the moment, including the iPad Air 2, the reigning champ, which scores 4,532".


Switching the conversation over to the Galaxy S6, it was spotted on an AnTuTu benchmark where it blew the pants off of anything else on AnTuTu's database. We should expect the Galaxy S6 to rock Samsung's own Exynos 7240 processor clocked at 2.1GHz, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing snapper, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and a 5.1-inch display with a resolution of 2560x1440.

This sticker-bombed project PC is like nothing we've ever seen

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 4:25 am

Thanks to sponsorship through AK Informatica, Seasonic, Kingston HyperX and Bitspower this HEX GEAR R40 modded build by Corsaronero333 is beautiful and different.




'Sticker-bombing' is somewhat common in the Japanese car modding circles, seeing people cover panels, guards or entire cars with overlapped stickers of various different things - be it memes, anime or miscellaneous objects. Corsaronero333 has set out to do this with a case - choosing a black, grey and white color scheme spanning stickers related to clothing culture and popular brands.


Packed full with an ASUS Z97 Armor Edition, an Intel i7 4790K and 16GB of Avexir RAM - this build also features stunning rigid tubing as is so common with builds of today.

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This phone doesn't do much and that's the point - OwnFone's US version

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 2:33 am

With 37 days to go on their Kickstarter and £9,658 ($14,700 US) pledged out of a £200,000 ($304,880) goal - The OwnFone has an uphill battle to face. This device isn't exactly a new thing, seeing success in the English market - however they're now wanting to expand globally and are using this campaign as a launching platform. But what exactly is it?




Described as "the world's first 2D/3D printed mobile phone that calls the numbers you need," the OwnFone is a small, light and portable device that allows you to customize the face to suit exactly who you wish to dial. You can throw in pictures of your friends, simple catchwords like "Mum" and "Uncle" or even a short list of names.


With no screen, internet connectivity or text messaging services, the OwnFone sets out to be a great child phone or emergency alternative. It's perfectly safe for your children, meaning if they're stuck or lost they can take out the phone, press the "Dad" button and chat away.

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