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WebOS TV team moves to Pebble for next-gen smartwatches

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Aug 2014 0:15

WebOS TV team moves to Pebble for next-gen smartwatches Smartwatch startup Pebble has made some impressive hires this week, announcing that Itai Vonshak will be their new head of product and UX and Liron Damir will be head of design.

Both executives just worked at LG on the webOS TV operating system and user interface, and previously they designed updates for webOS after HP acquired original creator Palm.

Vonshak says that Pebble wants to "focus heavily on a product-focused philosophy alongside a spirit of openness that's appealing to his webOS roots."

Pebble remains a popular option in the smartwatch market, although Android Wear devices are slowing creeping onto the scene, and Apple's iTime is expected early next year.

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Asus teases smartwatch launch for September 3rd

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Aug 2014 23:13

Asus teases smartwatch launch for September 3rd Asus has posted a teaser picture for their IFA event on September 3rd in which the company will reveal their rumored smartwatch.

The Android Wear-powered device is rumored to be priced at under $150, making it easily the cheapest of its kind in the market.

Although unconfirmed, the new Asus watch is expected to have specs on par to the LG G Watch and Gear Live, but that sadly includes the poor battery life of those devices, as well, which range from 1-2 days depending on use.

There is not much else known but the teaser seems to show a watch with a curved rectangular face, different than the boxy G Watch and the round Moto 360 watch.

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'Swing Copters' is the new followup to Flappy Bird

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Aug 2014 0:11

'Swing Copters' is the new followup to Flappy Bird Developer Dong Nguyen is back, following the success and ultimate shut down of 'Flappy Bird,' with a new game for iOS.

Named "Swing Copters," the game is set for release on Thursday and will be completely free (with ads) or purchased for $1 with no ads.

Basically, you take your character and his helicopter hat and fly vertically avoiding hammers. It is said to be as hard as Angry Bird was.

Touch Arcade has had a hands-on with the new game, and here is the video for those that are possibly interested in the game.

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LG to unveil 21:9 curved IPS display

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Aug 2014 23:57

LG to unveil 21:9 curved IPS display According to new reports, LG will be unveiling a new IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor at the upcoming IFA 2014 event in Berlin.

The 34-inch monitor has 3440 x 1440 resolution, supports Thunderbolt 2 for high-speed data transfers and as expected allows daisy chaining for multiple devices. In addition, the display has a built-in 7W stereo speaker system.

"Many people spend more time in front of computer monitors than they do in front of TV sets and yet the industry's biggest monitor manufacturers don't seem to innovate at the same pace as TV manufacturers," said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics' Home Entertainment Company. "At LG, innovation in display technologies isn't just limited to our market-leading TV products but are actively being implemented in our advanced PC monitors. And that's why we're particularly proud to be introducing at IFA the world's first 21:9 Curved UltraWide monitor with a curved IPS display which delivers a wide 178-degree viewing angle for an immersive viewing experience."

IFA 2014 starts on September 5th.




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HP unveils $199 Windows laptop, targeting Chromebooks

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Aug 2014 22:08

HP unveils $199 Windows laptop, targeting Chromebooks Microsoft and HP have teamed up to take on Chromebooks, launching the HP Stream 14 at just $199, even undercutting most of the Google-backed cloud-based systems.

The 14-inch notebook runs on Windows 8.1, giving it its first advantage over Chromebooks, has a 1366x768 resolution display, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (SDXC slot is available to add up 128GB more) and an AMD A4 Micro-6400T Quadcore SoC clocked at 1GHz. The SoC has an integrated Radeon R3 GPU.

Additionally, the laptop has the standard three USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI out and a webcam. The Stream 14 has four speakers, and takes advantage of Beats Audio software.

Since the internal storage may not be enough, Microsoft is throwing in 2 years of 100 GB OneDrive cloud storage for free.

The design isn't too pretty, and the laptop is heavy at 3.9 lbs, but for $199 HP may have a potential hit on their hands.

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Report: iPhone 6 Lightning cable to be reversible USB?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Aug 2014 21:50

Report: iPhone 6 Lightning cable to be reversible USB? According to new reports, Apple could be preparing to unveil a new Lightning cable for the iPhone 6 that can be plugged into a USB port with either way up, avoiding user confusion that has existed since the beginning of time.

Apple filed a patent in 2013 that described "reversible or dual orientation USB plug connectors" that can plug into any standard PC and "reduce the potential USB connector damage and user frustration."

Such a design would also be future-proof as long as the computer (or other device) has a full-sized USB port.

SonnyDickson also leaked a photo of the alleged cable:

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Pokémon cards are back, this time for the iPad

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 19:45

Pokémon cards are back, this time for the iPad If you are in your late 20's then you probably spent at least a year of your life collecting, trading and playing Pokémon cards. You will now be able to do so again, with your iPad.

The makers of the Pokémon Trading Card Game have confirmed the game is set for release later this year, although from the screenshots it looks like a port of the PC game that has been available for some time. Regardless, this will be a touch enabled game, and if it is like its PC counterpart, it will allow you to import your physical cards to your digital deck.

It may be time to take out the old binders that are collecting dust.





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Best Buy leaks Motorola Moto 360 price, specs, features

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 19:18

Best Buy leaks Motorola Moto 360 price, specs, features Expected to be officially launched on September 4th, Best Buy has let the cat out of the bag on the upcoming Motorola Moto 360, the highly anticipated Android Wear smartwatch.

According to the retailer's listing, the watch will cost $249.99, more expensive than current Android Wear devices, but less than the rumored $299.99.

The device will have a 1.5-inch backlit round LCD with 320x290 resolution (205ppi) and will be protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The watch is powered by an unspecified Texas Instruments processor, weighs 2.1oz, has 512MB RAM, an ambient light sensor, water resistance up to 1 meter, a pedometer and a heart rate monitor.

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Premier League: Stop posting goal videos online

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 17:38

Premier League: Stop posting goal videos online The Premier League has confirmed they will be actively shutting down fan videos posted online of goals from League games.

For every game, hundreds of goal Vines and YouTube videos are posted online, and thousands more are expected now that the new season has started this weekend.

Dan Johnson, director of communications at the Premier League, added: "You can understand that fans see something, they can capture it, they can share it, but ultimately it is against the law. It's a breach of copyright and we would discourage fans from doing it, we're developing technologies like gif crawlers, Vine crawlers, working with Twitter to look to curtail this kind of activity."

Understanding that fans will be angry, Johnson added, "I know it sounds as if we're killjoys but we have to protect our intellectual property."

Many major media companies paid hundreds of millions of pounds/euros for exclusive rights to Premier League games, and understandably don't want the same content available for free without them getting a cut.

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New tool lets you turn YouTube videos into GIFs right from the URL

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 15:29

New tool lets you turn YouTube videos into GIFs right from the URL The developer team behind the messaging app Glyphic have created a new way to easily make GIFs from YouTube videos, creating the site gifyoutube.com.

You don't even have to go to the site to use the service, however, as you can add the word "gif" to theURL, right before the "youtube.com."

For example, "https://www.gifyoutube.com/watch?v=TLzhlsEFcVQ"

Google hasn't officially sanctioned the tool so who knows how long it will last, but it is cool while it exists.




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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station now available, turning the tablet into a full desktop

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 15:07

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station now available, turning the tablet into a full desktop Microsoft's hotly anticipated Docking Station for the Surface Pro 3 tablet is now available in North America.

The Docking Station turns the tablet into a fully-fledged PC, as it can connect to 4K monitors, mouse/keyboard, printers, speakers and more.

Microsoft has included 6 USB ports, 4 of which are 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and a mini Display Port, as well.

The accessory is available directly through Microsoft or through many retailers.

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Amazon doubles storage of Kindle Paperwhite in lieu of full hardware update

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 14:49

Amazon doubles storage of Kindle Paperwhite in lieu of full hardware update Although Amazon has not released an updated Kindle Paperwhite this year, the company has confirmed that its recent inventory now has double the internal storage of previous models.

If you purchased a Paperwhite in the last month you will have 4GB of internal storage, compared to 2GB.

By adding more storage but not updating anything else, it appears that Amazon may be holding off an full Kindle Paperwhite hardware refresh this year although there is still plenty of time left. Amazon had been rumored to be building a new Paperwhite with a 300ppi display for clearer text rendering and an overall thinner design.

The extra space may feel good for consumers, but will have little real-world use since most ebooks are 1.3MB or less. Amazon also has free cloud backup of all your ebooks, so really, unless you plan to have thousands of books on your device at one time, 2GB compared to 4GB really means nothing.

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Warner Bros. in talks with Microsoft to buy Xbox Entertainment Studios

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 14:04

Warner Bros. in talks with Microsoft to buy Xbox Entertainment Studios Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it was shutting down its Xbox Entertainment Studios division, after investments for the past few years led to just one original program.

Sources are reporting now that Microsoft has been shopping the studio, and that Warner Bros. has emerged as a potential suitor. If accurate, the reports say Warner would merge XES with its YouTube network Machinima, which currently specializes in gaming-based content.

The talks are in very early stages, and there are no guarantees that the talks move forward to an agreement of any kind.

Although the studio has been shut down, a couple of projects will continue to be developed, including the Steven Spielberg-produced Halo series, the digital "Halo: Nightfall," and the documentary series "Signal to Noise." XES was first launched in 2012, and was run by longtime TV exec Nancy Tellem who came from CBS. The point of the studio was to create exclusive projects for the Xbox 360 (and eventually Xbox One) but only one series ever made it, the newly launched "Every Street United" soccer reality show.

The two teams would be a good fit, especially given XES' pipeline of shows that are almost sure to be hits. Microsoft also worked with Machinima in the past to distribute the Halo 4 digital series last year.

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Lenovo purchase of IBM servers gets U.S. regulatory approval

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Aug 2014 20:16

Lenovo purchase of IBM servers gets U.S. regulatory approval The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has approved IBM's sale of its x86 server business to Chinese PC and smartphone giant Lenovo.

Originally announced in January, the deal saw no progress for months due to national security concerns. The $2.3 billion sale will give Lenovo IBM's x86-based servers, blade networking and maintenance operations.

Chinese regulators approved the deal last month, after similar scrutiny.

The main concerns of the deal is the fact that the servers are used in the data centers of the Pentagon, putting extremely sensitive data in a potentially compromised situation. It appears the worries have been overblown if the deal was approved.

Source:
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Microsoft Windows 9 tech preview set for launch next month

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Aug 2014 19:40

Microsoft Windows 9 tech preview set for launch next month Microsoft is said to be preparing a "technology preview" of the upcoming Windows "Threshold" (Windows 9) operating system, which will be available to anyone who is interested by the end of the next month.

The operating system itself is expected to launch in full sometime during the spring of next year and will include a scrapping of many unpopular Windows 8 features, including the confusing "Charms Bar." Most importantly, Microsoft will continue to improve on mouse-and-keyboard functionality, taking the OS back to its roots.

Additionally, "Modern/Metro" apps will be able to run on the desktop, virtual desktops will be integrated and the Start Menu will make an honest return. Potentially, Microsoft's voice-support assistant Cortana could be integrated, as well.

Sources say if you install the tech preview, you will have to agree to have monthly updates pushed automatically, which should not be a problem given how Microsoft pushes updates currently.

There have been rumors that Microsoft will make Threshold free to anyone with Windows XP, Vista or 7, in an effort to move them away from the older OS's.

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