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Amazon Fire smartphone teardown reveals hardware origins

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 11:00 am

Amazon's Fire smartphone has been on the market for a short while and it has finally been granted the teardown treatment by iFixit. Once the smartphone was pried open, we were able to see what hardware the device used for the first time.

 

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Under the skin, Amazon's Fire smartphone is using chips from Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductors NV, and Samsung Electronics. Other hardware inside the smartphone comes from Synaptics Inc and Skyworks Solutions. The main processor inside the phone is a Snapdragon 800.

 

One of the major features of this smartphone is the four cameras that are designed to track the user's head. The smartphone also has the ability to take a photo of just about any product and then take the user to that product on Amazon. Samsung makes the NAND storage inside the Fire smartphone and the 2GB of DRAM as well.

Google approves only about 50% of right to be forgotten requests

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 10:20 am

Google has found itself in hot water over how it is handling the right to be forgotten requests it receives in Europe. Google lost a case not too long ago that meant it has to remove links to some stories about people, if asked by the person the story is about.

 

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Google has reportedly only granted half of all right to be forgotten requests sent in by consumers so far. Requests to have content forgotten have been coming in since May and so far 91,000 requests have been made, with only about half granted according to a source.

 

Google reportedly believes that the ruling on the right to be forgotten case strikes the wrong balance between the right to be forgotten and the right to know for other consumers. Google has been notifying publishers when a link to a story is removed under the right to be forgotten ruling to give the publisher a chance to fight the removal.

YouTuber takes to Kickstarter to raise funds for a GeForce GTX 780 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 10:12 am

What better way to fund your PC upgrades than hitting Kickstarter, eh? Alex Schank is a YouTube video creator who has content on channels such as AStereotypicalGamer or BasementPresentation, but his video card just died and he has "no where else to turn".

 

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Schank's NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 died recently, and he wants to raise $350 to buy himself a new GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Right now Schank has received absolutely no money toward his goal, with 14 days left to raise $350. He has promised that if he receives the $350, he will "be making regular videos again and streaming on Twitch.tv once more".

Oculus SDK 0.4.0 beta released, includes a new display option and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 9:29 am

For those of you with an Oculus Rift, you might want to grab the just-released Oculus SDK version 0.4.0 beta. The new Rift SDK includes some great new features, starting with DK2 support obviously.

 

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The new SDK includes an Oculus Runtime that is installed separately from the SDK itself. The runtime package includes the Oculus Config Utility, service and drivers. We also have the star of the show, an Oculus Display Driver under Windows, something that routes the rendering output directly to the Rift headset, offering up an option to mirror this display output in a window.

 

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There's also a new Health and Safety Warning screen that will display in front of you once an application starts up. You can grab the new Oculus SDK 0.4.0 beta package from the Oculus VR developer website, which requires a login.

Apple to spread out next-gen iPhone releases, learns from 5S/5C issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 8:58 am

Apple is still reportedly preparing two next-gen iPhones, with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch version. It looks like we could see the 4.7-inch version launched first, with the larger 5.5-inch model to be launched several months later. Why? Well, there's a good reason for that, in Apple's eyes anyway.

 

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DigiTimes is behind the new report, citing their usual anonymous supply chain sources, where they said: "The different timetables have been set as Apple does not want to repeat the mistake it made in 2013 when it launched the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c simultaneously, said the sources". There are still conflicting rumors that Apple will launch both new iPhones at the same time, but I think we will see a staggered release.

 

Apple won't want to cannibalize its own sales, and it knows that releasing two new bigger iPhones at the same time will do just that. There are a lot of people who have been waiting for a 'bigger iPhone' and being torn between two models won't help. One will sell more than the other - I'm banking on the 4.7-inch version - which will allow Apple to do a Samsung. Samsung launches a Galaxy Note around six months after its flagship Galaxy S smartphone, where Apple could start doing the same thing - releasing the 4.7-inch version, waiting six months to launch the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

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Alienware announces it now accepts bitcoin as payment, offers $150 off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 7:33 am

It was only a few days ago that the now privately-owned Dell opened up another payment option: bitcoin. Now the company has announced that its subsidiary arm, Alienware, also accepts the digital currency as payment for its custom-made goods.

 

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Alienware took to Twitter to announce the news, with @Alienware saying: "Alienware now accepts Bitcoin! For a limited time, get up to $150 off when using this payment method! http://www.alienware.com/". As you can see, Alienware is actually offering $150 off any purchase on its goods when using bitcoin, which is a nice way of attracting some new customers.

Oculus VR begins shipping out Rift DK2 units to gamers, developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 6:29 am

Oculus VR has started shipping its Development Kit 2 unit of its VR headset, the Oculus Rift. Oculus VR had tens of thousands of orders of the Rift DK2 unit, with many placing their orders at around 8 AM PDT, with a first come, first serve basis being placed on shipping.

 

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The Oculus VR developer forums are filled with many happy gamers and developers who have had their DK2 units shipped, but some aren't so happy as they ordered a little later than some others, so their DK2 units haven't been shipped yet. I personally ordered my DK2 unit at 4:06 PM PDT, and my order is still unfortunately pending, so I'm guessing I'm in the second batch of shipments, hopefully.

 

Oculus VR will be shipping out a huge 10,000 units this month, with over 45,000 orders on its DK2 unit being placed.

Samsung Gear VR Manager software leaked in new screenshots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 5:29 am

Samsung's venture into virtual reality has becoming slightly more real today, with a tease of its new Gear VR software platform. Sam Mobile is behind the latest leaked screenshots, showing off Gear VR Manager, Samsung's software that is required with its Gear VR hardware.

 

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The Gear VR Manager includes some core apps like VR Panorama, VR Cinema and an early version of the HMT Manager. Once you've got it all paired and setup, there's a tutorial that will show you how you can slide your Galaxy smartphone into the VR headset, connecting it with Gear VR using a USB 3.0 connection. Sam Mobile has confirmed that there is a touchpad and back button being built into the Gear VR headset itself.

 

How will you be able to control Gear VR? Thanks to Samsung's S Voice, you'll be able to speak voice commands into Gear VR. The rumors are that Samsung will launch Gear VR sometime this year, most likely alongside the launch of its upcoming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

Our first look at Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming digital series on Halo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 4:28 am

Thanks to San Diego Comic-Con currently underway, we've just received the first look of the upcoming Ridley Scott-produced digital series, Halo: Nightfall. Microsoft, 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions have been working together, unleashing this trailer to the world just hours ago.

 

 

Halo: Nightfall is a live-action digital series with its story taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. At the center of it, is Agent Locke, who is a character that is new to the Halo universe. Locke leads a team of soldiers from the Office of Naval Intelligence as they are investigating terrorist activity on a distant planet known as Sedra.

 

The trailer doesn't inspire much, but we might just be seeing a bare tease of Nightfall, but let's hope things get better from here.

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Facebook to 'continue investing heavily' into Oculus VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 1:08 am

Even though Facebook has spent $2 billion so far on its acquisition of Oculus VR, the money won't stop flowing. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said during the week: "We've mostly been a company that has played on top of the different mobile foundations other people have built".

 

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He continued talking about his social network, explaining: "One of the things I care really deeply about on a 10-year arc for the company is having a different relation to what the next set of computing platforms are. We can help define what the next generation of computing is going to be". When pressed about Oculus VR, Zuckerberg said: "We're really excited to welcome that team. They're extremely talented and have pulled off something that people have been talking about for a really long time and now is possible thanks to the technology that team has developed".

 

When it comes to the future of computing, Zuckerberg said to investors: "Expect us to continue investing heavily, and our costs will increase. There are huge opportunities to build the next generation of computing platforms". Oculus VR and virtual reality itself isn't Facebook's only interest, with Zuckerberg telling investors that augmented reality, vision technology and AI are things that the social network is looking into. Zuckerberg added that whether they pay off in a "five or 10-year time frame" or even "further out than that".

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