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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

More iPhone 6 details surface as production ramps up

Every year around this time, the rumors about Apple's next-generation iPhone begin to flow in what can only be described as a monsoon of information. Usually many of those rumors never pan out, but when Securities Analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo speaks, we usually stop what we are doing and listen to what he has to say. This is because his track record for Apple leaks has been flawless, and his predictions always come true.

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In a statement today, Ming-Chi Kuo says that the iPhone 6 model will feature a 4.7-inch screen, and will not feature a full 1080p resolution but rather, a pitiful 1334x750-pixel resolution. This means that Apple has yet again failed to see that consumers want HD screens, and as Android makers prepare 1440p-screens for phones later this year, Apple is once again several years behind the curve.

Additionally, Kuo said that the new iPhone 6 will feature an Apple A8 processor and just 1GB of RAM, further limiting iOS developers in how resource intensive they can build their apps. Accompanying the larger screen will be a thinner profile, with the new device losing a few millimeters in thickness. Kuo also states that based on supply partners, Apple will finally bring NFC to the iPhone.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Samsung Gear teardown shows a very repairable smartwatch

Samsung started taking pre orders on its new wearable devices, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit not long ago. The wearable products all have compatibility with certain Samsung smartphones and offer fitness tracking tech and smartphone notifications. The most feature packed of the devices is the Gear 2.

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The gang at iFixit has taken a new Gear 2 and torn the smartwatch apart to see what it looks like on the inside and to get an idea what it would take to fix the device. We know the Gear 2 is waterproof and that waterproofing comes in the form of a gasket between the two halves of the case and around each of the screw holes.

One of the good things the teardown found was an easily removable battery. If that battery stops taking a charge you can open the case and replace it with no trouble at all. In fact, one of the only parts that isn't easy to take apart is the LCD assembly. It looks like that entire assembly has to be replaced in one piece if you break a screen. The overall repairability score for the watch is 8 out of 10.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Learning programming the easier way

Ever tried programming and found it hard to grasp what exactly the whole concept behind it? There are just so many programming languge out there that leaves one puzzled on how to program one program. The easier solution has arrived with the new simplied way of programming. The concept is similar to that if the Raspberry PI whereby it is a modular way of learning programming and you would be able to have experiential learning by seeing the works happen right in front of your eyes. It is a system based off the Raspberry Pi actually :).

Highlighted features:

- nice, easy and clean learning environment
- simple code examples with full documentation
- keychain with 7 digital sensors
- smart mobile app

Check out their Kickstarter page today to take a look. 

Out of the box:
  • Measure almost anything
  • Draw nice and clean graphs - Play and tweak games such as Snake, Space invaders, Breakout and have fun
  • Detect movement and ambient parameters
  • Build a simple weather station
  • Simple to prepare best Green Tea 
  • Use it as KeyFob
  • Construction measurement tool
  • Build a wireless server

Or realize your own ideas..

What else can you do with it:

  • Share your captured data remotely
  • Code your own game
  • Work and share projects with your friends remotely
  • Real-time graphics print

You are limited only with the extent of your ideas..

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New iWatch rumors suggest two models, one that would cost 'thousands'

The wearable game just got very hot, with Google announcing it will sell its Glass headset starting April 15, but what about Apple's place in the wearable market? New rumors of its iWatch suggest that we could see two versions of Apple's smartwatch released, including a high-end version that would cost thousands of dollars.

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is usually on the ball with most Apple rumors, said in a research note to clients on Thursday morning that Apple was preparing two iWatch models for this year. The first of which would be a smaller 1.3-inch device for people with smaller wrists, and another model that would feature a 1.5-inch screen.

Both models would feature a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire crystal display covers. Kuo said that Apple's iWatch would have a host of sensors that would monitor multiple things like motion, heart rate and more. The analyst noted the iWatch would have deep integration with iPhone and iPad, and would include an NFC chip, wireless charging capabilities, and a "fashionable appearance".

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Amazon acquires comiXology, a digital comic provider

Amazon has just announced it is acquiring comiXology, a digital comics platform. There's no details available on what Amazon shelled out for the company, but comiXology was one of the best places to source comics from, so it makes sense for Amazon to bolster its comic business.

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ComiXology said: "ComiXology's mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms. There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novel". Amazon's Vice President of Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing, David Naggar, said:"Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world. We've long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers".

No one knows what is going to happen in the immediate future, but we should see Amazon make a move in the comic space this year thanks to the acquisition of comiXology.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Digital Storm launches four new gaming notebooks for growing market

Boutique PC gaming company Digital Storm today announced four new gaming laptops, with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models available and different configurations to choose from.

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The 15.6-inch models are named Javelin and Lance, while the 17.3-inch models are Krypton and Behemoth - all powered by the NVIDIA GTX 800M GPU.

"We've wanted to refresh our notebook line for a while and the NVIDIA GTX 800M series launch provided the perfect timing," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm Director of Product Development, in a press statement. "The cards' ability to deliver gaming performance comparable to a desktop system allow our notebooks to dominate anywhere."

The Javelin is the most affordable unit out of all four, and provides a full 1080P display, and the Lance notebook has increased sound quality using the Sound Blaster X-Fi MP3 platform. The 17.3-inch Krypton has three storage drives and is fully customizable, while the Behemoth has dual SLI GTX 880M GPUs.

The Javelin starts at $1,196; Lance starts at $1,430; Krypton starts at $1,478; and the Behemoth begins at $2,289, respectively.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ridley Scott confirmed to produce Halo digital feature

If you are a fan of the Halo game franchise, you may be like me and get a little angry each time you think of the big screen movie based on the game that was cancelled years ago. The upside is that we have seen some cool live action in the Halo world with Forward Unto Dawn.

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Not too long ago rumors were circulating that Microsoft was working on a Halo film that would be produced by Ridley Scott. Scott is the man behind films like Prometheus, Aliens, and Blade Runner. A Microsoft rep has now confirmed that the production the software giant denied was in the works not long ago is indeed happening.

Scott will be the executive producer on a new Halo digital production. The digital production is going to be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan best known for direction Battlestar Galactica, Pillars of the Earth, and Heroes. Between these two they should certainly, be able to do a digital Halo production proud.

Another interesting tidbit offered up by Microsoft is that the partnership with Steven Spielberg for a live action TV show has nothing to do with the Ridley Scott digital production. That means that there are two Halo productions coming and that is something fans should be excited about. There is no indication of when either of those productions will air.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gartner offers advice on companies struggling to leave Windows XP

Millions of users will remain on Microsoft Windows XP following the OS end of support deadline on April 8, with security experts providing input to try and keep users safe from increased security threats.

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Research firm Gartner offers several steps for companies still running XP, though recommends having a plan to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 as the most pressing step. Furthermore, user rights on XP machines should be restricted and only a select few applications should be available, with critical applications migrated to a newer platform.

"Even in organizations without Windows XP, a user that puts an unpatched Windows XP machine on the network can introduce problems," noted Michael Silver, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst, in a recent blog post.

Ideally, Microsoft and security vendors want to see users leave XP behind, as malware and coordinated attacks are expected to begin after end of support is lifted.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How We Use Mobiles & Facebook: Women Play More Games, Men Use QR Codes

Social Media has been an integral part of our life. We would spend hours on such sites on a daily basis. So how exactly do we use social media? Let's say if we divide it via the different gender strata.

Financesonline has created this infograph on how different groups of people use Social Media sites for different purposes.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

G5 Entertainment releases new games this coming week!

G5 Entertainment releases new games this coming week!

On April 17th - Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Lair  will be launched on iOS;

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek will be available on Mac;
On April 16th - Inbetween Land comes in a full version to Google Play and Kindle Fire;

Virtual City hits Windows Store as a full app;
From April 14-20th, we are giving away Twin Moons on iOS, Google Play, Kindle Fire and Mac.

Follow Mina once again to find the lair of the evil spirit called Strix in Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Lair. It has been years since brave Mina Lockheart defeated Lord Strix. But dark shadows are rising once again, and restless mythical creatures beseech Mina's protection! Join Mina and her best friend Malik in their dangerous trip to turn up clues and locate Lord Strix's lair. Meet different creatures along your journey, help them and have them help you. Hurry! Lord Strix and his ruthless army are getting stronger every minute! 

Save your best friend and an entire 1950s town from a terrifying threat in 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek! Your dearest friend, the journalist Helen Hunter, traveled to the coastal town of Serpent Creek to report on the Serpent Festival. Now she's missing, and the last phone call she made was to you. As a paranormal private investigator, Helen wanted you to weigh in on some frightening things she'd discovered. She asked you to come immediately...

Investigate mysterious locations and solve challenging puzzles to piece together clues about what happened to Helen. Reveal the evil that clutches this crippled town and stop a nefarious plot to bring the Snake God back to our world!

Inbetween Land acquaints you with the plight of a missing childhood friend, possibly aboard a mysterious flying island hovering just above our world. Through mini-games and fragmented hidden object areas, you piece together the details of your friend's disappearance and how it ties into floating Sky Island. The game begins as a science-fiction story and soon involves players in the rescue mission for alien creatures.

If world domination is your thing, Virtual City is a great city simulator to get you started. Build your own city and manage it. Jobs are the lynch pin of the economy. As mayor, do everything you can to make sure industry is running. Fuel the city's economy by forming transport routes and developing a public transit system. Explore five states on the U.S. map and find perfect balance between key parameters of your success: Time, Income, Environment, Population, and Happiness. Make your dream city your people's paradise!

In Twin Moons, Jack, a researcher at the isolated Twin Moons Institute, has no memory following a car accident. But a few fuzzy flashbacks suggest he participated in some kind of dangerous experiment. Help Jack find answers to his numerous questions and decide whether his friends, colleagues and even his fiancĂ©e are worthy of his trust.  Explore eerie locations and piece together the truth about a mysterious portal that could change the world as we know it!

Google Glass to go on sale April 15 for $1,500

It looks like Google is pushing up the release of its Glass headset, where it will begin selling the wearable device to consumers on April 15. The search giant will make Glass available to the US public for a limited time, starting Tuesday.

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Google hasn't said just how many Glass units it will make available, but the quantity would be very limited. The company said in a blog post: "Every day we get requests from those of you who haven't found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too. That's why next Tuesday, April 15th, we'll be trying our latest and biggest Explorer Program expansion experiment to date. We'll be allowing anyone in the U.S. to become an Explorer by purchasing Glass".

Most people, myself included, expected Google to push Glass out later in the year - so this feels like an extension of the Explorer program, and not the real consumer version. I'm expecting the real release to be much more powerful in terms of hardware, something the current Glass device lacks.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Casetop updates from Livi Design

For those interested parties who are waiting for the launch of Casetop, here are some updates for the product.

We are moving steadily towards final manufacturable design and production of the Casetop. Since the strong showing at our Kickstarter campaign last summer (thanks again!), there have been many challenges overcome and goals accomplished. Firstly, I have joined John on his journey to create the first universal work dock for your pokedex. I am currently completing my MBA in technology commercialization and I bring with me many skills in business that will benefit Livi Design moving forward. In addition, Henry Choy has also joined the team and brings accounting and financial knowledge with his CA and experience working with startup companies previously. 
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 Secondly, we have moved from the proof of concept stage to the production prototyping stage. We have engaged a technical institute and other board manufacturing companies in order to design a customized motherboard that will contain all the functionality we envision the Casetop to have and more. Update

We have a new redesigned website to become more accessible and informative. We invite you to check out the new website and tell your friends to sign up for our newsletter and updates. So you are probably wondering at this point when you will get the Casetop in your hands. We apologize for the delays so far but we want to be able to deliver a high quality product. In striving for that, inevitably there will be challenges we need to overcome and resulting delays. While it is difficult for us to give you an exact date, we are hoping, if the design and prototyping goes smoothly, to have units ready to ship during Quarter 3 of 2014. We understand your disappointment in this news, and as Kickstarter fans, we’ve been on your side many times as well. We’d love to have you all along on this wonderful adventure in changing the world, one Casetop at a time.