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iPad Air 2 features Touch ID, A8X processor, 120FPS camera and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 9 hours ago

Ubisoft is nowhere to be found when it comes to the new iPad Air 2 from Apple, especially with crazy, insane numbers like 120FPS. But, the full specs on the new iPad Air 2 show that there are some big upgrades in Apple's thinner iPad Air, especially when you consider there was nothing but a Touch ID addition to the 'new' iPad mini 3.

 

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We have an iPad Air 2 that is 18% thinner than the iPad Air, at just 6.1mm, Apple's new A8X processor backed up by the M8 co-processor, 120FPS video recording abilities with its 8-megapixel iSight camera, Touch ID, and more. We have it at 9.4 inches high (or 240mm), and 6.6 inches wide (or 169.5mm), up to 10 hours of battery life, and AirPlay Mirroring (photos, audio and video out) to Apple TV (second-generation or later).

 

Apple's new iPad Air 2 will be available for pre-order on Apple's website starting tomorrow, October 17, starting at $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 64GB model, and $699 for the 128GB model.

Google to lay down fiber connection between Florida and Brazil

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 5 days, 9 hours ago

Google has signed an agreement to start laying down fiber optic cable connection from Florida to Brazil, with the agreement made with Brazil's telecom company Algar Telecom, along with African company Angola Cables.

 

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The cable will be covering 6,560 miles and will have six fiber pairs which should provide a network bandwidth up to 1Tbps. The undertaking of this project is said to cost about $60 million. TE Connectivity SubCom is the one who received this contract for construction and said to complete its work by late 2016. Google Latin America head Cristian Ramos said, "As more people get access to the Internet, more capacity to the infrastructure that keeps the Internet running is needed, so that everyone can have a fast, safe and useful online experience."

 

It is being speculated that the reason for Google to choose Brazil is to bring more Internet connectivity that can greatly benefit from high-speed connections. Many countries in South America are deemed as emerging markets according to analyst from J. Gold Associate Jack Gold. On the other side, as expected not many companies are happy with Google's entry as an Internet service provider. The CEO of Allied Fiber Hunter Newby said that companies will want to control costs, provisioning, quality and repair. He also said, "Those that have control can impose their will."

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The only difference between iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3: Touch ID

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 10 hours ago

Apple unveiled its new iPad mini 3 earlier today, but one of the things missed that most don't seem to be reporting on, is that it doesn't have much in the way of changes from its predecessor, the iPad mini 2.

 

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Sure, it has Touch ID, but other than that, the only other difference is a $100 increase in price. It has the same A7 and M7 chips inside of it, just like the iPad mini 2, the same display size and resolution, the same camera, and is even the same weight and dimensions as last year's model. This means that Apple didn't touch anything on the inside, or outside of the new iPad mini 3, apart from providing fingerprint security - something it is charging $100 more for.

 

For a company that is always about thinner, lighter, better, this is a very odd step for them. Why even bother with the iPad mini 3? Why not wait until the resolution could've been increased, or slap in the A8 processor inside? What do you think about this? $100 more and Touch ID? Good enough? A misstep by Apple?

AMD partners with ASUS to boost upcoming desktop APU sales

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 5 days, 10 hours ago

Reports pointed out that AMD is strengthening its partnership with Asustek Computer, one of the tier 1 manufacturer of many components. In this case, AMD is apparently pairing itself with Asustek to boost the sales of its AMD-based products.

 

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In exchange, Asustek gets an exclusive price cut of AMD products. According to sources, AMD's desktop processor currently holds 30% of the desktop processor market. While by theory it looks favourable for AMD, the amount of success from this partnership is something that only time will prove. It is also pointed out that AMD will be using the word 'Zen' to name its next-generation desktop APU that will be coming out in 2016. Of course, the popularity of these hardware components can only stand out if the performance justifies the price against its competition. AMD doesn't have any new architecture for their FX series lineup at the moment, but have been concentrating on APUs.

 

Of course, that would also mean that it might create issues with other motherboard manufacturers. It's not clear the amount of 'special discount' or what special services that Asustek gets from AMD, or how this would benefit AMD once their upcoming APU is released. That will simply create a friction between AMD and motherboard manufacturers, while other manufacturers may even start to reduce AMD-based projects, which defeats the purpose of having a special alignment with a single tier-1 motherboard manufacturer.

Nexus 9 benchmarks are comparable to entry-level Mac Pro from 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 11 hours ago

It looks like the new Nexus 9 tablet could be quite the beast, with the HTC-made tablet creating some serious numbers in Geekbench. These benchmarks are showing single-core results of 1903, which is what a 2012 Mac Pro is capable of.

 

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Considering the Nexus 9 is just $399, this is quite the show for the NVIDIA-powered slate. Talking about NVIDIA, the company provided HTC and Google with its impressive Tegra K1 processor, clocked at 2.3GHz, with its Kepler DX1 GPU. Pre-orders open up later on today for the Nexus 9, and at $399, it should be a hot new device for people to snap up.

Ghost In The Shell live action feature moves forward

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

It seems that Hollywood live action adaptations of cult anime classics 'Akira' and 'Ghost In The Shell' have been stuck in development hell for years now.. because they have. Well, at least for the latter, it seems the train is moving forward.

 

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According to reports today, Dreamworks Pictures have offered the title role to Scarlett Johansson, who has proved her action skills in the 'The Avengers', 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'Lucy'. Rupert Sanders, who helmed 2012's 'Snow White and the Huntsman' is on board for directorial duties. Marvel honcho Ari Arad is producing.

 

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'Ghost In The Shell' currently doesn't have a release date, but would be expected to be 2017 at the earliest.

Sony will be delivering Android 5.0 to the 'entire Xperia series'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

Google unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop yesterday, with NVIDIA already stepping forward promising the new delicious-sounding mobile OS for its gaming tablet, the Shield Tablet. Now, it's Sony's turn.

 

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Sony has promised that it is in the beginning stages of its Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade plans, promising that the "entire Xperia Z series" will be upgraded to Android 5.0. This includes the following devices: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

 

The first Sony device to receive Android 5.0 will be the Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition, with most of the devices receiving their Lollipop updates early next year, starting with "the core Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series".

Google still learning about mobile ads, as clicks increase, not money

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 days, 15 hours ago

Google is still trying to sort itself out in the mobile advertising market, with cost per click advertising rates dropping 2 percent year-over-year, according to Google's financial results. Despite an increase in mobile advertising clicks, the average cost-per-click has declined, and it appears the Silicon Valley company is unsure what to do moving forward.

 

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As more users head to smartphones and tablets, Google wants to try to win over advertisers about the future of mobile advertising - but marketers aren't willing to spend the same amount for both desktop ads and mobile ads - and this problem won't suddenly go away.

 

Google currently holds 83 percent mobile search market share, according to StatCounter, but must continue to develop new strategies.

FBI director not happy with Apple, Google encryption on smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 16 hours ago

U.S. FBI Director James Comey isn't a big fan of the encryption technologies used by Google Android and Apple iOS devices, saying they could interfere with police investigations. The FBI were able to use court orders to gain access to devices, but there is a growing number of law enforcement unable to crack into phones, tablets and laptops.

 

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"If this becomes the norm, I suggest to you that homicide cases could be stalled, suspects walked free, child exploitation not discovered and prosecuted," Comey said.

 

Comey's comments are ill-timed, as American smartphone owners aren't impressed by government surveillance and snooping - revelations made public by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year.

Apple's new iMac has 'the world's highest resolution display' at 5K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 5 days, 16 hours ago

Apple held its second media event in the space of a month today, unveiling the new iPad Air 2, iOS 8.1, OS X Yosemite, and the new 27-inch iMac with Retina display.

 

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Apple's latest desktop PC is something the company was excited about, as it features the Retina 5K display, boasting a resolution of 5120x2880. At 5120x2880, we have 14.7 million pixels, or 7x the resolution of 1080p, and even a big 67% more pixels than 4K. Apple now claims this is "the world's highest resolution display". Remember though, Dell has a 5K monitor it unveiled last month, too.

 

The company has said that it had to create new technologies in order to drive the display, which included a custom made timing controller, and specifically engineered oxide-based TFT. Apple is also pushing some of its tech from the Retina iPad, such as organic passivation to allow the sheer amount of pixels blasting onto the screen. Even though we have a 5K display, it uses 30% less energy than previous models thanks to high efficiency LEDs. Even at 5120x2880, it is just 5mm at the thinnest edge, which is the same as the previous generation iMac.

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