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We've been hearing about the next-gen Shield device from NVIDIA for a while now, something that should come to us in the form of a new tablet. The latest rumor is that NVIDIA will launch its Shield Tablet on July 29, starting at a competitive price of just $299.
The new NVIDIA Shield Tablet will come in two sizes, 16GB and 32GB, with the 16GB version being Wi-Fi only at $299. The 32GB version will feature LTE connectivity, with an additional $100 cost for a total of $399. There will reportedly be two accessories sold alongside it, the first being the Shield Controller for $59 and the second being the Shield Cover for $39.
NVIDIA will cram in some great technology and options into the Shield Tablet, starting with an 8-inch 1920x1200 IPS LCD display, microSD card support up to 128GB, Stylus support and it will also be 4K/Ultra HD ready. Inside of the Shield Tablet we should find NVIDIA's very capable Tegra K1 processor, which will feature 192 CUDA cores. Other than that, we have 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel cameras are featured up front and back, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.
A lack of interest has forced Chinese vendor Lenovo to stop selling Microsoft Windows-powered tablets with screen sizes 10 inches or smaller in the United States. The decision means the ThinkPad 8 and Miix 2, which have been available for less than one year in the U.S., will be halted for the foreseeable future.
It's an unfortunate issue for Lenovo, the No. 1 global PC manufacturer, as sales simply haven't been strong enough. Lenovo is heavily promoting tablets to consumer and business users, trying to present an appealing alternative to the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab series. The company will still offer the tablets to foreign markets, because demand has been stronger outside of the United States:
"In North America, we're seeing stronger interest in the larger screen sizes for Windows tablets and are pleased with initial customer demand for the ThinkPad 10," said Raymond Gorman, Lenovo spokesperson, in a statement to the media. "In other markets, particularly Brazil, China, and Japan, the demand for ThinkPad 8 has been much stronger, so we are adjusting our ThinkPad 8 inventories to meet increasing demand in those markets."
The Apple iPhone 6 smartphone, with a 4.7-inch screen, is reportedly going to enter mass production starting next week. Not surprisingly, Apple's manufacturing partners have remained fairly silent about the iPhone 6, but the rumor mill continues to stay busy.
Earlier in the year, it was rumored Apple reportedly ordered 90 million iPhones from Foxconn, which will hire as many as 100,000 temporary works to help meet expected demand. Another Apple partner, Pegatron, has hired 10,000 temporary employees for its manufacturing facilities, also expecting to be slammed with orders.
Apple plans to launch the 4.7-inch device by the end of the year - in time for the 2014 Christmas holiday shopping season - while the 5.5-inch iPhone "phablet" could be released at the same time,[del][/del] but may face production problems.
It's not uncommon to walk into a restaurant and see customers using their smartphones, taking photos of the dinner party and of their food, or communicating via phone, text, or email. However, there is some concern that heavy smartphone use can be a disruption that interferes with how the restaurant runs smoothly.
Some chefs and restaurant managers have complained that smartphones and social media "ruin the dining experience," and some establishments have banned patrons from using phones while at the table. However, being so heavy handed could drive patrons to other restaurants, because banning smartphone use seems a bit over the top, restaurant industry experts warn.
Restaurants need to find a way to ensure they are able to cater to customers, while also ensuring service runs smoothly. As Patrick Duxbury, TAO Downtown restaurant general manager noted: "Those pictures go up on social media, some of them instantly on Instagram and Facebook, and it gets out there."
EXCLUSIVE - We just received photos that appear to be of Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 smartphone from a source who will remain anonymous.
The quality of the photos aren't great, but as far as we can tell, they appear to be accurate images of Apple's soon-to-be-released new 4.7-inch smartphone. If rumors are correct and based on historic data, Apple is set to launch the iPhone 6 in September to major countries around the world.
Additionally, if rumors are correct, this is the smaller version of the iPhone 6, Apple also plans to release a larger 5.5-inch model.
LG hasn't even properly rolled out its impressive G3 smartphone around the world yet, but the South Korean giant isn't sleeping on its watch, either. The company has just announced the new G3 Beat, as it'll be known in Korea, but in Europe and the CIS, it'll be known as the G3 s.
The new G3 Beat or G3 s features a 5-inch 720p display, and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. We also have a 2540mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. As for its style, it falls in line with the impressively sexy G3 smartphone. The new, smaller G3 Beat, or G3 s will be made available in South Korea on July 18, and then onto Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in the coming weeks.
Japan Display Inc. (JDI) and MediaTek are working together to provide the market with 120Hz-capable mobile displays that will see ultra-smooth gaming on mobile devices, but the smartphones that will house these new super-fast displays will be chewing down some serious battery life, too.
With most flagship smartphones, we have 50Hz or 60Hz displays, which is absolutely fine for most video playback, gaming and everything else you throw at it. But for the next-generation of mobile games, and in my opinion virtual reality headsets, 120Hz is vital. MediaTek's MT6596 and MT6795 system-on-chips are both capable of 120FPS.
Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit said: "120Hz mobile displays are not only a pleasure to view and use, but they also ensure mobile users can see every aspect of detailed screen action with the maximum possible fluidity. We are pleased to have partnered with Japan Display to revolutionize the mobile experience for consumers to experience premium technology". I think we've just seen the future of VR displays unveiled, and I would be confident in saying that this is the type of display that Oculus VR is waiting for its Rift CV1 (Consumer Version 1) headset.
Apple and IBM have teamed up to help bring iPhone smartphones and iPad tablets into the consumer workplace, with the former rivals also creating almost 100 enterprise mobile applications. Both companies will team up on data analysis, mobile technology development, and cloud computing, providing both the iPhone and iPad enhanced corporate offerings.
IBM once manufactured its own PCs, but after selling the PC unit to Lenovo in 2005, transitioned to B2B software and IT support. Apple is best known for its iPhone and iPad mobile devices, and wants to generate new revenue by selling products directly to consumers - and avoid potential "bring your own device" problems.
"In '84, we were competitors," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a joint statement with IBM. "In 2014, I don't think you can find two more complementary companies. This is a really landmark deal."
VIA has launched its 10.1" Viega tablet, designed for business and enterprise users that need a durable tablet for use out in the field. Mobility is increasingly important for many businesses, but trying to take an Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab, for example, is risky business in factories, on job sites, and other locations where it could be damaged.
The tablet features a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip, 1GB DDR3 DRAM, Mali-400 DP GPU, and 16GB eMMC flash that powers a 10.1" LED blacklit screen. The tablet also has a micro SIM and micro SD card slot, 2 USB micro USB ports, 1 micro HDMI-output, along with an optional 2-megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear camera. The tablet runs Google Android 4.2, and can be customized based on customer needs. VIA also included Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connectivity support for its Viega tablet.
"As more and more enterprises seek to increase productivity and improve customer service by equipping their staff with mobile devices, they are quickly learning that it is critically important to deploy customized solutions built to withstand the demands of their target environments rather than standard off-the-shelf products," said Epan Wu, VIA Embedded Platform Division head, in a statement. "With its rugged design, enhanced security features, and customization support, the VIA Viega addresses this need and provides the longevity support that enterprise level customers require."
According to some news from the BBC, NVIDIA's upcoming refreshed Shield device might be capable of playing both Android and high-end PC games. In order to play high-end PC games, the new Shield would be linked up to a GeForce-powered PC, similar to how existing Shield's currently work.
The new Shield will reportedly have a cheap controller made available as a separate add-on, something that would make it a bit more accessible to gamers. It looks like we should expect NVIDIA's more-than-capable Tegra K1 chip to be powering the new portable gaming powerhouse, with an NVIDIA spokesperson claiming that the launch will take place soon for an "awesome new gaming product".