Archive for May 31, 2013

iPad 5 panel leak tips iPad mini-style slim bezels

iPad 5 panel leak tips iPad mini-style slim bezels

An image supposedly showing the front panel of the next full-sized iPad has emerged, lending weight to rumors that Apple will continue with the thinner bezels of the iPad mini. The front glass and button section shared by Apple.pro is obviously not confirmed as an official part, but would at least fit in with speculation that the fifth-gen iOS tablet's side bezels will be trimmed dramatically.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 dissed by Microsoft over high price

Samsung Galaxy S 4 dissed by Microsoft over high price

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is a neat device and all, but like a lot of flagship devices, the off-contract price can be a little off-putting to those not willing to shell out the cash for it, which is why subsidized pricing is a lot more attractive to consumers. However, that isn't stopping Microsoft from taking a whack at the Galaxy S 4, saying that its off-contract price is just way too expensive.

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Microsoft defends Xbox One design

Microsoft defends Xbox One design

Just as vocal as the enthusiasm around the new Xbox One reveal were those who thought the console looks like an old VCR; now, Microsoft is fighting back with an explanation as to why, exactly, the next-gen hardware is designed the way it is. Billed as "a new approach to design", the process of crafting the Xbox One, the matching Kinect, and the wireless controller involved 200 gamepad models, over a hundred sensor-bar mock-ups, and "dozens and dozens" of console prototypes, before the so-called "liquid black" finished product was arrived at.

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Self-driving cars might demand new license tests for drivers

Self-driving cars might demand new license tests for drivers

Owners of self-driving cars may have to undergo extra testing in order to "upgrade" their license to handle the next-gen vehicles, the NHTSA has suggested. Tentative enthusiasm for self-driving cars by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration comes with the possibility of more stringent drivers license testing, with the new challenges of safely interacting with autopilot systems deemed sufficiently novel that the existing test would be insufficient.

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One Platform Foundation targets end to Android appstore fragmentation

One Platform Foundation targets end to Android appstore fragmentation

There's no shortage of places to get Android apps, and while that can be confusing to users, it's also frustrating for developers who have to manage multiple versions of their software depending on which of the 36+ download stores they're distributing through. Into the fray steps the One Platform Foundation, with the backing of Yandex, Opera, and SlideME, with a new archive wrapper for Android apps - dubbed AppDF - that will, the goal is, eventually allow the same software to be submitted to multiple stores simultaneously.

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Buffalo DriveStation DDR claims SSD speeds with HDD hardware

Buffalo DriveStation DDR claims SSD speeds with HDD hardware

Buffalo has revealed its latest external drive, the DriveStation DDR HD-GDU3, slotting more RAM into the USB 3.0-connected enclosure so as to rival SSD speeds, allegedly, with HDD pricing. The new drive, available in 2TB and 3TB capacities, uses traditional spinning-platter disks to keep prices down, but Buffalo claims that thanks to a combination of caching and other tweaking it'll reach write speeds of up to 400 MB/s.

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Cadillac’s first 2014 ELR pulls off production line (but it’s not for showrooms)

Cadillac’s first 2014 ELR pulls off production line (but it’s not for showrooms)

Cadillac's first 2014 ELR hybrids have been snapped leaving the production line, though the "range-extended" car itself still isn't expected to arrive in showrooms until early in the new year. The initial ELR cars - which borrow much of their mechanical and technological magic from the Chevrolet Volt, but wrap it up in a coupe shell with various luxury extras - are destined for further testing, similar to the cold-weather conditions tests GM put the ELR through back in February.

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Sky apps return to Google Play following hack

Sky apps return to Google Play following hack

Broadcaster BSkyB has returned its Android apps to the Google Play store today, after pulling them earlier this month following the hacking of its Twitter account and Play listings by the Syrian Electronic Army. The hack, which took place on May 26, saw the official Sky Twitter account advise subscribers to uninstall the apps - which include Sky Go for on-demand streaming, and Sky+ for remotely managing DVRs - as they had been compromised. However, it was later revealed that there had been no such issue, though BSkyB still pulled its vandalized listings from the store.

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ASUS PQ321 Ultra HD 31.5″ display brings IGZO to the desktop

ASUS PQ321 Ultra HD 31.5″ display brings IGZO to the desktop

Ultra HD may be gaining momentum, but we're still not used to seeing it packaged so neatly for the desktop as in the new ASUS PQ321 display. Offering 3840 x 2160 resolution spread across 31.5-inches, the new "True 4K" Monitor not only delivers four-times the pixels as regular Full HD, but does so using an IGZO panel that promises improved brightness and detail while sipping less power and coming in thinner than any other Ultra HD display.

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Galaxy Tab 3 packs Atom not ARM tip sources as Intel ramps mobile push

Galaxy Tab 3 packs Atom not ARM tip sources as Intel ramps mobile push

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will use an Atom processor rather than an ARM-based chip, multiple sources claim, marking a high-profile win for Intel and a perhaps surprising move for Samsung, which makes its own Exynos ARM silicon. The new 10.1-inch Android tablet will use a Clover Trail+ processor in at least one of its variants, both Reuters and Korea Times report, with insiders at Samsung and Intel supposedly confirming rumors about the architecture switch that had been circulating for the past weeks.

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