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Apple launching wearable next month, but it won't ship until next year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Aug 2014 23:54

Apple launching wearable next month, but it won't ship until next year Earlier this week, Apple sent out invites for their biggest event in years, in which the company will unveil the iPhone 6.

More importantly, many reliable sources say Apple will also reveal their long-awaited wearable device (likely the iTime watch), at the same event.

Despite unveiling it soon, Re/code claims it won't ship until early next year, as Apple works on mass production delays and final software and hardware tweaks.

Regardless, Apple is expected to have their most robust pipeline in years, including two iPhone 6, a watch, iOS 8, HealthKit and a larger iPad.




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Nintendo unveils two updates to 3DS line, the 'new' 3DS and 'new' 3DS LL

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Aug 2014 23:33

Nintendo unveils two updates to 3DS line, the 'new' 3DS and 'new' 3DS LL As is standard, Nintendo has refreshed its handheld line, introducing two new updates to their 3DS console.

The 'new' 3DS and 'new' 3DS LL are slightly larger than their predecessors, and also lighter. Nintendo has also added a new "C-Stick" above the ABXY button that is a small nub of an analog stick and should prove handy for games that allow you to work the camera.

In addition, Nintendo has added new ZR/ZL buttons on top, and the 3DS even has colorful ABXY buttons, a throwback to the old SNES/N64 controllers.

Finally, the company improved the processor to allow for more efficient eShop browsing and downloading, added NFC for figurine integration, and better 3D functionality. Battery life is also improved (albeit slightly).

Available only in Japan, the "new" 3DS will sell for 16,000 yen ($154) and the "new" LL will sell for 18,800 yen ($181) starting on October 11th.

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Samsung unveils new Gear S smartwatch with curved screen, 3G radio

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Aug 2014 23:38

Samsung unveils new Gear S smartwatch with curved screen, 3G radio Samsung has continued their official trend of making anything and seeing if someone will buy it, launching the Gear S smartwatch based on their own modified Tizen operating system.

The Gear S features a 2-inch curved screen (see the photo) with 360x480 resolution and a built-in 3G modem, allowing you to make phone calls without a synced device.

On the software side, the Tizen OS comes with a few goodies. Real-time map navigation is provided by Nokia (HERE) and the awesome Spritz speed reading software is built-in as well, although I cannot imagine you would ever need to speed read on a two-inch display on your wrist.

Powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM, Samsung says the 300mAh battery should give you two days of usage per charge. Just like the newly announced G Watch R, the Gear S has a compass, accelermometer, gyroscope, barometer and heart rate monitor. It is also IP67 dust and water resistant.

Pricing has not been announced, but the watch will launch in October.

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The LG G Watch R is official, with round face, heart rate monitor

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Aug 2014 23:17

The LG G Watch R is official, with round face, heart rate monitor LG's new Android Wear-powered smartwatch is here, the G Watch R.

The company teased the device last week, and quickly launched it today, featuring a round face and a number of new features to separate it from the pack. The launch comes just ahead of Motorola's Moto 360, which is the first smartwatch to have a round display. Motorola is expected to make their watch official on September 4th.

Besides the retro look and round face, the G Watch R will also be water and dust resistant, include a gyroscope and accelerometer for motion, a barometer for temperature, and a heart rate monitor. LG is also including a few fitness related apps in addition to Google's own.

Sadly, there was no word on the specs or pricing, but LG says it will available in the Q4.

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Mint condition Action Comics #1 from 1938 sells for $3.2 million on eBay

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2014 21:35

Mint condition Action Comics #1 from 1938 sells for $3.2 million on eBay There is a new king of the comic book world, with a mint condition 1938 Action Comics No. 1 (Superman's debut) selling for $3.207 million on eBay.

The former champ was also an Action Comics No. 1, which sold for $2.16 million in 2011. The seller, Pristine Comics owner Darren Adams, put the comic up for sale with a minimum bid of $1 million, and any bidder required a pre-qualification.

"It's a historic moment that not only speaks to the greatness of Adams' Action Comics No. 1, but also the overall health of the comic book market," noted Harshen Patel, director of operations for the Certified Guaranty Company. CGC rated the comic 9.0 out of 10, the highest ever for a non-restored copy, due to its white pages and bright colors. "You see it with collectors enjoying record sales, with the performance of Guardians of the Galaxy at the box office, and with the attendance at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con this past week. It's a dynamic time for the comic book industry and its future is very bright."

The book is said to look and feel as if it had just came off the newsstand in 1938, a very impressive feat.

Adams discusses how the comic stayed so perfect, and how he came to own it, here:

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Microsoft slashes price of Surface 2 (Windows RT) to $349

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2014 20:03

Microsoft slashes price of Surface 2 (Windows RT) to $349 Microsoft has slashed the price of its Windows RT-based Surface 2 tablet by $100, dropping it to $349 for the base model.

The year-old tablet is the last device to run Windows RT, and this price cut makes it clear that the company is looking to phase out the unpopular operating system.

Microsoft had put most of their marketing muscle behind the Surface Pro 3, which runs a full Windows 8.1 and includes a stylus and other notable features, leaving its older models to fend for themselves.

At $349, however, the Surface 2 can be a bargain despite its junky OS. The tablet has a 10.6-inch 1080p touchscreen, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, dual cameras, a microSD slot and a full USB 3.0 port.




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'Swing Copters' is a little less tough now

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2014 19:41

'Swing Copters' is a little less tough now Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has already updated his sequel game, Swing Copters, to make it a little less hard and "distracting."

The game, which was released a week ago, was maddeningly tough, even more so than Flappy Bird by some accounts, and Nguyen has already pushed an updated for the mobile game that should help gamers out.

With the update, the game will still be tough, but getting a score of just 2 (yes, 2) won't be as impossible as before. The character's movements have been made more subtle, so earlier rounds will be easier.

"Most of people don't find the game entertaining because it was too difficult," Nguyen added. "However, I believe the game is still challenging enough when people want the final medal or compete with their friends."

The game has a few high scorers above 75, but that is likely to go up now with the update.

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Link, Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Animal Crossing villager to be new characters in Mario Kart 8

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2014 19:22

Link, Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Animal Crossing villager to be new characters in Mario Kart 8 Mario Kart 8, already the best game in the series and one of the only reasons to get the Wii U, is about to get a little better.

A couple of new DLC packs will add more vehicles, playable characters and new colorways for some existing characters.

Coming in November, the DLC will cost $7.99 each, or $11.99 together, and will add Link (from Zelda), Tanooki Mario, a villager from Animal Crossing, Dry Bowser and Cat Peach, 8 new vehicles and "As a bonus for purchasing both packs -- as a bundle or separately -- you can get eight different-colored Yoshis and eight different-colored Shy Guys that can be used right away."

The game recently just got an update that makes a new Mercedes vehicle available in the game free from the eShop.

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Dropbox Pro gets a major update, better security, 1TB space for all

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2014 18:36

Dropbox Pro gets a major update, better security, 1TB space for all Dropbox has announced today a major update for their Dropbox Pro product, including better security and better collaboration tools.

First:

"Simple collaboration is one of the reasons people choose Dropbox Pro, but we've heard you ask for more ways to protect the stuff you share. That's why we're bringing new sharing controls to Dropbox Pro.

Passwords for shared links create an additional layer of security so only people with the password can access your link. Expirations for shared links safeguard your sensitive files by letting you set how long your links stay up. View-only permissions for shared folders let you pick whether recipients can edit or just view files within your shared folder."


Fans of the service have been asking for the extra password layer for some time, and from quick testing, Dropbox has not disappointed.

Second:

"Remote wipe lets you delete your Dropbox files from a lost or stolen device while keeping them safely backed up in Dropbox. For example, if you've ever left your laptop on a plane, you're not just worried about the laptop -- you're worried about the stuff that's on it."

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Report: Motorola Nexus X leaked by French retailer, confirms Android Lemon Meringue Pie

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2014 18:19

Report: Motorola Nexus X leaked by French retailer, confirms Android Lemon Meringue Pie Thanks to a new blog post, we have a few screenshots of the alleged Nexus X built by Motorola.

The pre-order pages were posted and quickly removed from the fnac.com retailer website, showing off the Google reference device and some basic specs.

If accurate, the pages revealed a 5.2-inch display, a 2.7Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 805 SoC, a 13MP camera and Android L (now revealed as Lemon Meringue Pie).

Additionally, the pages only showed a 32GB and 64GB model, so perhaps Google has done away with the more popular (and cheaper) 16GB model. The price tags also seem extra high compared to past Nexus devices, starting at 419.99 (usually a 1-to-1 conversion to USD, so $415 off-contract for 32GB).

Finally, take the report with a large grain of salt, as the source also notes that the fnac site is "very open to hacks and modified pages" so someone could have just been having a little fun. Regardless, we will know by October about the new device, the standard launch window for the reference devices.

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Report: Apple building 12.9-inch iPad for release next spring

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2014 18:00

Report: Apple building 12.9-inch iPad for release next spring According to a new report, Apple is preparing a new, large 12.9-inch iPad for launch next spring.

Much larger than current iPads, which are 7.9 inches or 9.7 inches, the new iPad would compete directly with Samsung's 12.2-inch Pro series and Toshiba's 13-inch Excite line.

Apple's tablets have seen a decline in sales for two straight quarters, worrying analysts that believe that the market for iPads could be close to saturation as consumers stick to their laptops and 5-inch or larger smartphones.

The company is also looking to get into that market, and is expected to launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and potentially a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 phablet next month during their annual launch event.

A 12-inch iPad could be particularly useful for businesses and consumers really love their HD movies but hate watching on tiny screens.

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HP recalling over six million power cords due to possible fire hazards

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2014 15:12

HP recalling over six million power cords due to possible fire hazards The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has said this week that HP will be recalling over six million power cords as fire hazards.

The Commission received 29 reports of the LS-15 AC cords melting or charring. There were two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of property damage although all were minor.

LS-15 cords were sold with HP and Compaq notebook and "mini notebook" PCs and also came with docking stations and other accessories.

"Customers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled power cords and contact Hewlett-Packard to order a free replacement," the Commission said.

The cords were made in China and 5.6 million of those recalled were sold in the U.S. Nearly 500,000 were sold in Canada. The PCs and accessories were all sold between September 2010 through June 2012.

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Instagram's Hyperlapse: The easiest way to make time lapse videos, ever

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2014 14:06

Instagram's Hyperlapse: The easiest way to make time lapse videos, ever Ever wanted to create cool time lapse videos? Don't have expensive hardware or software or the time to learn how? No problem says Instagram, who has launched their new Hyperlapse app for iOS.

The minimalist app let's you quickly create smoothed out time lapse videos right from your phone, with just two clicks.

After selecting where you want to start, you hit start and begin recording video. For time lapse videos to work the best, you must record at least a few minutes of video (working from fast moving objects are extra cool), and then Hyperlapse allows you to jack up the playback speed by up to 12x when you are done. The final video could be just a few seconds long but show a full sunset or even a full train ride.

Of course, the video can then be run through filters and shared right to Instagram, although the company warns the quality will not translate well to the big screen. There is also no sound recorded, but there are plenty of other apps to add a soundtrack.

Check the examples here:

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LG confirms cheap G3 Stylus model

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2014 13:51

LG confirms cheap G3 Stylus model LG has officially introduced their previously leaked G3 Stylus smartphone, looking to possibly take some phablet customers away from the Galaxy Note in developing nations.

The G3 Stylus has the full 5.5-inch display of the G3 but rather than the high-end QHD resolution, it has a much cheaper and worse qHD IPS (960 x 540). From a design standpoint, the device also has the same "Floating Arc" tapered edges and "metallic skin" as its more expensive brother device. The Stylus model includes a stylus and programs and apps that make use of the digital pen, making it a comfortable device for note taking.

"With its exceptional hardware and exceptional price that can't be beat, the LG G3 Stylus is in a category all by itself," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "The LG G3 Stylus is the perfect tool for consumers who don't want to be bogged down carrying a laptop, tablet and smartphone. It gets things done and lets you have fun while doing without having to compromise on quality, style or user experience."

Among the other specs are a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (microSD expandable), 3000mAh removable battery, and 3G (no LTE support), making the device a low to mid-range specced phone.

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Huawei: We are discontinuing Windows Phones

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2014 13:39

Huawei: We are discontinuing Windows Phones Chinese smartphone giant Huawei has said they will be discontinuing development of Windows Phone-based smartphones.

Richard Yu, Huawei's consumer business group chief, says the devices are unprofitable and it is hard to convince consumers to adopt the OS. "We have tried using the Windows Phone OS. But it has been difficult to persuade consumers to buy a Windows phone," Yu noted.

Does that mean Huawei will create their own OS or move to the fledgling Tizen? Absolutely not. "We feel Tizen has no chance to be successful. Even for Windows Phone, it's difficult to be successful," Yu said. "We have no plans to build our own OS. It's easy to design a new OS, but the problem is building the ecosystem around it."

Android remains the undisputed king of the smartphone world, controlling over 81 percent share, according to nearly all research firms. Apple controls anywhere between 11-15 percent, depending on the source, and the two operating systems have a ridiculous 96 percent share, leaving Windows Phone with just 3 percent and everyone else with the other percentage point.

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