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Samsung could partner with Qualcomm again for the Galaxy S7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 4 hours ago

Samsung and Qualcomm had a very public breakup over the Galaxy S6, with Samsung opting to use its own Exynos processor inside of the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. But it looks like Qualcomm is coming back for some more, after Samsung sent them some flowers, of course.




For the upcoming Galaxy S7, it looks as though Samsung could see Qualcomm powering its latest handset, with rumors flying that Samsung is testing out Qualcomm's next-generation Snapdragon processor. The SoC in question is the Snapdragon 820, which is expected to reach handsets and tablets in early 2016, just in time for Samsung to get it into the Galaxy S7.


Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 will include custom Kryo or Hydra cores for the very first time, as well as the Adreno 530 GPU which will provide 40% more horsepower and reduced power consumption.

'Star Wars' fans propel Anakin to list of most popular baby names

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

By my reckoning there's four types of Star Wars fans. Casuals who might enjoy the film, more committed fans who watch the films and buy the merch, even more committed fans who watch the films at least a few times a month and buy all the merch and fans who should be committed for naming their kids after 'Star Wars' characters.




According to Entertainment Weekly's analysis of the latest U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name 'Anakin' has just hit the list of top baby names at number 957 after 218 kids were named after Luke Skywalker's father, the nice-but-bad kid who changed the destiny of the galaxy.


Perhaps even more shockingly, there was 368 girls born with the name 'Khaleesi' last year. This is why society is doomed, people.

GTA V video editor arrives on the Xbox One and PS4 next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 6 hours ago

While PC gamers have been enjoying the video editor in Grand Theft Auto V for a while now, the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Rockstar Games' open-world game will be able to enjoy the video editor, as of next month.




Rockstar did promise the video editor as a PC exclusive feature, but the developer has most likely bent to pressure from console gamers to bring over the video editing fun to the Xbox One and PS4, which it's doing in September. The Rockstar Editor will include a slew of new features including new music and sound effects, an expanded "director mode" that will make video creation even easier, more fonts, and more.


This new Rockstar Editor will also reach the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V next month.

BBC's 'Blackadder' return 'on the cards'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 6 hours ago

Fans of the classic BBC period comedy 'Blackadder' which starred a pre-'Mr. Bean' Rowan Atkinson might be a little bit excited, but even more cautious after news that the show might be coming back after nearly two decades off TV screens.




Quoted in The Telegraph, actor Sir Tony Robinson who portrayed Baldrick stated that he thinks "a new series of Blackadder is on the cards. I have spoken to virtually all the cast about this now", but that it all hinged on whether the station can still afford Hugh Laurie. "He's a huge star now - or so he'd like to think." During the latter seasons of 'House', the British actor commanded a fee of $400,000 USD per episode - clearly out of the spectrum of the public broadcaster.

ASUS ZenFone 2 said to be the fastest-charging smartphone in the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

The new ZenFone 2 smartphone from ASUS is making waves, with Tom's Guide recently publishing an article that has three smartphones competing against one another to see which one recharges the fastest.




Many of the biggest and best smartphones out were tested, including iPhone 6, Nexus 6, LG G4, OnePlus 2, ASUS ZenFone 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Motorola Droid Turbo. The ASUS ZenFone 2 was the winner, hitting 53% from 0% in just 30 minutes, and was the fastest to reach 80% and full charge. When battery capacity is factored, the ZenFone 2 still beat the Galaxy S6, but not by much.

Comcast wants 1Gbps Internet across the US within the next 2-3 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 5 days, 8 hours ago

Comcast wants to provide every American it can with gigabit Internet goodness within the next two years, with the company hoping it can push 1Gbps nationwide within 24 months.




Comcast said back in April that it was upgrading its entire network to the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard, with some customers switching on by early 2016. Comcast's intent is to scale their network through their footprint over the next 12 months, with the force behind it seeing the company upgrade its entire network over two years, with areas that Comcast already serves receiving 1Gbps speeds.


Robert Howland, Vice President of Network Infrastructure said that it could take up to three years, but it hopes to get millions onto a gigabit service as soon as possible. Better yet, the DOCSIS 3.1 standard isn't limited to 1Gbps, as it is capable of supporting downstream speeds of up to 10Gbps, and uploads of 1Gbps.

It looks like Google could be working on a Nexus 8 tablet

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

We know that there's a new Nexus smartphone coming soon, but it looks as though Google is working on the Nexus 8, which should arrive as an 8-inch tablet rocking Android 6.0 Marshmallow.




The information is coming from a new Geekbench 3 result, which shows that the model is 'Nexus 8', yet its running Android 5.1.1. Inside, purported Nexus 8 is rocking an 8-core processor - but we don't know which company makes it just yet. We could have Samsung, Qualcomm, MediaTek or NVIDIA for all we know.


Expect more information on the Nexus 8 in the coming weeks if this Geekbench 3 result is true.

Acer shows off Aspire Z3-710 All-in-One with Windows 10

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 5 days, 11 hours ago

Acer today announced the Aspire Z3-710 Series all-in-one desktop PC, running the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.




The AIO features a 23.8-inch display full HD (1920x1080) LED display, and is powered by an Intel Core Ci5-4590T CPU, up to 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and DVD super multi optical drive. The Aspire Z3-710 also has three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, with 802.11ac wireless capability.


The Acer Aspire Z3-710 starts at $749.99 with an Intel Core i3 4170T CPU, 6GB RAM, and 1TB HDD.

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Russia wants to ready new technology to prepare for space wars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

There is growing concern that space nations may show increased interest in militarizing space, creating an awkward situation between the United States, Russia, China, and other agencies currently conducting space research.




"If the United States starts developing and launching its battle stations into space, Russia will have to respond in kind - namely with the development of high-performance Electronic Warfare (EW) tools on different types of bases; the use of these tools will be a distinct advantage," said Igor Nasenkov, the Russian Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (RETC) department, according to the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.


Nasenkov reportedly noted Russia already has plans for EW tools, but is waiting for allocated funds - and a political motivation - to begin developing such weapons.

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Microsoft rolls out beta for Cortana on Google Android devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 14 hours ago

Making good on its promise earlier this year to roll out Cortana to Google Android and Apple iOS, Microsoft has started a beta run of Cortana for Android devices.




Not surprisingly, the Android version of Cortana doesn't offer full features available to Windows users, with some apps left out - and you can't say "Hey Cortana" to get instant access. Microsoft also limited this beta phase to consumers in the United States only, and hasn't detailed international rollout just yet.


It looks like Microsoft has plenty of beta users, as the signup page offers the following message: "Thanks for your interest in becoming a beta tester for Cortana. At this time, the beta program has enough testers and isn't accepting more users."

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