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Stephen Hawking to visit space aboard Virgin Galactic

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 8:26 pm

Stephen Hawking, a well-known English physicist, and cosmologist has announced that he has accepted Sir Richard Branson's invitation to fly to space on board Virgin Galactic's new spacecraft.

 

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In an interview on Monday with the British program Good Morning Britain, Hawking said he's been waiting to visit space for a while.

 

"My ambition is to fly into space. I thought no one would take me, but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes", said Hawking.

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Samsung officially unveils virtual assistant Bixby

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 7:22 pm

Samsung's virtual assistant Bixby has been rumored for a while, and now the company has officially announced it.

 

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In the official announcement, InJong Rhee, Executive Vice President, Head of R&D, Software and Services, explained that Samsung wants the machines to adapt to customers, instead of the other way around. He went on the elaborate that the interface of the smartphones has to be natural and intuitive, which will enable users easier usage of the phones. This is where Bixby jumps in.

 

Bixby will be a new intelligent interface on our devices. Fundamentally different from other voice agents or assistants in the market, Bixby offers a deeper experience thanks to proficiency in these three properties: completeness, context awareness, and cognitive tolerance.

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Latest Galaxy S8 rumors reveal color options and pricing

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 6:18 pm

Less than ten days before Samsung will officially launch the Galaxy S8 and S8+, famous leaker Evan Blass has unveiled the European pricing and color options of the devices.

 

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According to Blass, the devices will come in black, gray, and silver. Earlier rumors suggested that the phones would be available in gold and purple, but even if those colors aren't available at the launch, it is possible that Samsung could introduce them in the following months.

 

As for the pricing, Blass claims that the Galaxy S8 will start at 799 euros (around $860) while the Galaxy S8+ will be priced at 899 euros (around $966).

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HTC's big 'surprise': U Ultra with a steep price

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 5:06 pm

Last week, HTC teased an "unexpected" announcement. Many jumped to the conclusion thinking that we would see the new HTC 11, but as we reported, the chances of that were almost non-existent.

 

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HTC has announced their surprise today, and it may leave some a bit...disappointed. The Taiwanese company has unveiled a limited edition of the U Ultra with a sapphire glass screen, something that they had already mentioned in the past.

 

The limited edition also comes with 128GB of internal storage.

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Xiaomi launches Redmi 4A, priced at $91

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 2:39 pm

Xiaomi has launched their entry-level Redmi 4A smartphone in India, for a price of mere $91.

 

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The device comes with a 5-inch 720p display and is powered by Snapdragon 425. The phone has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.

 

The Redmi 4A features 13MP main camera with f2.2 aperture and a 5MP selfie shooter. Other features include 3,120 mAh battery and 4G dual-SIM support with VoLTE.

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Sony announces a new budget smartphone - Xperia L1

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 1:28 pm

Sony has announced a new budget smartphone, the Xperia L1.

 

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The Xperia L1 has a 5.5-inch 1280x720 LCD and is powered by MediaTek MT6737T chipset. The phone comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card.

 

The device features a 13MP main camera with f2.2 aperture and a 5MP selfie shooter. The phone comes with a 2,620 mAh battery, but there is no fingerprint sensor aboard.

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Qualcomm 205: 4G tech for entry-level feature phones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 7:00 am

Qualcomm recently announced a major strategy shift with its Snapdragon branding, and we're seeing the first results of those big changes with the new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform.

 

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The new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is designed to deliver 4G connectivity and 4G services to entry-level feature phones, yeah - not smartphones, but the more basic handsets. The new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is powered by the Qualcomm 205 (which you'll now notice it's not Snapdragon, but Qualcomm 205) - featuring 4G baseband, RF front end, Wi-Fi, power management, audio codec, speaker amplifier, and software - all inside of the one chip.

 

Qualcomm's new processor will provide 4G and other advanced features to emerging markets like India and Southeast Asia - providing 4G technologies and more to small businesses, meaning they can offer tech-based financial transactions in-store. It's something we take for granted, but in emerging markets, Qualcomm can rapidly change the everyday things in India and Asia - thanks to the new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform and its entry-level feature phone market.

 

It'll also let users in those emerging markets step up into the on-demand video/music markets - as they'll eventually have the 4G speeds to make use of these platforms.

 

Qualcomm 205 SoC Features/Tech Specs:

 

  • LTE Cat 4 modem with up to 150 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload
  • Support for 4G, 3G and 2G networks
  • Support for 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, FM radio
  • Dual Core CPU at 1.1GHz
  • Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU
  • 3 megapixel rear camera/3MP selfie camera
  • VGA display at 480p 60 frames per-second
  • HD Video streaming
  • Support for Linux based OS
  • Support for dual SIMs
  • Pin-compatible with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 210/212

Enter the 'Underworld' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 5:15 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Underworld: Blood Wars' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 15 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.

 

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The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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AMD going after LG, Vizio, more for patent infringement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 4:27 am

We reported back in January that AMD was gunning after LG, Vizio, MediaTek, and Sigma Designs - but now the US International Trade Commission has agreed to begin an investigation in alleged GPU patent infringement.

 

 

The four companies have allegedly used visual processing in their various products, including smartphones, TVs, and mobile processors - that infringe on AMD's concepts for unified graphics shaders and parallel graphics pipelines. If AMD is victorious in the USITC's investigation, it could see product sales bans on LG devices, and Vizio TVs.

 

USITC uploaded a press release a few days ago alerting that it would investigate "certain graphics systems, components thereof, and consumer products containing the same' under 'section 337'. The USITC says that it has "identified the following as respondents in this investigation":

 

  • LG Electronics, Inc., of Seoul, Republic of Korea;
  • LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, NJ;
  • LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc., of San Diego, CA;
  • VIZIO, Inc., of Irvine, CA;
  • MediaTek Inc., of Hsinchu City, Taiwan;
  • MediaTek USA Inc. of San Jose, CA; and
  • Sigma Designs, Inc., of Fremont, CA.

 

They finish by saying: "The USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. USITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period".

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Uber boss quits, jumps onto pile of ejecting executives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 3:06 am

Uber has been experiencing some serious issues in the last few months, but now Recode is reporting that Uber President Jeff Jones is leaving his position, just 6 months after joining the ridesharing giant.

 

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Uber has been fighting law enforcement, sexual harassment allegations, one of its self-driving cars running a red light in San Francisco, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick leaving Trump's newly-formed advisory council, and then Kalanick busted raging down one of his own drivers about rumors of reduced income for Uber drivers. This has all happened in the last few months, and it's now reaching boiling point where executives seem to be jumping ship.

 

And now... Uber President Jeff Jones leaving has an Uber spokesperson saying: "We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best". Jones arrived to Uber after leading Target's new business model, and was a big score for Uber. Right now, Uber is in huge trouble - leaving many wondering what their future now holds.

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