Archive for Aug 30, 2013

LG G2 Hands-on with benchmark tests

LG G2 Hands-on with benchmark tests

With the LG G2 the ante has been upped by LG - and not just by the addition of backside-facing physical buttons. Here we're taking an early look at the smartphone in its international iteration with a series of benchmark tests, ranging from internet-based to processor-based - but beware: this device does not have an absolute final market-ready software build aboard. Instead we've got a unit straight off the assembly line, so to speak.

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NVIDIA gives Batman: Arkham Origins a bump with GPU team-up

NVIDIA gives Batman: Arkham Origins a bump with GPU team-up

With the launch of the next blockbuster gaming title Batman: Arkham Origins, NVIDIA has decided to team up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to package the game with their newest series of Graphics Processing Units. This is the sort of bump that NVIDIA has been known to give to only the highest-quality and graphics-intensive games in the past, most recently giving such a bump to Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist - also free with qualifying pick-ups of GeForce GTX processors. Here with Batman: Arkham Origins, codes will be packaged with a series of NVIDIA graphics cards for instant download of the game.

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iPhone trade-in program launching at Apple retail today [UPDATE: official statement]

iPhone trade-in program launching at Apple retail today [UPDATE: official statement]

It's been confirmed this morning that Apple retail stores will be launching their first iPhone trade-in program today. This program will allow iPhone owners to bring in gently used iPhones to Apple retail locations to receive credit at the Apple store that'll be good for use in purchase of a new iPhone model. This trade-in program is said to be good only with a new cellular contract in-hand - that is, you can't just head in to an Apple store and expect to leave with an Apple gift card.

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Nokia HERE Auto brings end-to-end solution to the dash

Nokia HERE Auto brings end-to-end solution to the dash

With HERE Auto, Nokia has made it clear that they're not going to be left behind in the smart automobile business. They've introduced a full end-to-end solution in a variety of apps that takes the work they've done with navigations systems and applies it to a collection of services, both in-dash on next-generation cars and from your smartphone - Nokia Lumia smartphone, that is* - right from your pocket. *Of course part of this system isn't just limited to Lumias - HERE Auto Companion also works on Android.

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iPhone 5S release signaled by Walmart iPhone 5 price drop

iPhone 5S release signaled by Walmart iPhone 5 price drop

This week the folks at Walmart have decided to join the iPhone 5S party early with a cut in the price of the iPhone 5 well below any minor discount we've seen before. This sort of price drop generally indicates the impending launch of a device from a company that's rumored to have a press event in the near future - and wouldn't you know it? Apple has a press event rumored to be taking place on the 10th of September.

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Amazon to alter price policy banning third parties from selling cheaper elsewhere

Amazon to alter price policy banning third parties from selling cheaper elsewhere

Amazon is undoubtedly keeping an eye on the legal drama surrounding Apple and price-fixing when it comes to digital books. Amazon has reportedly altered its pricing policy for third-party traders amid investigations being conducted in the UK and Germany. Amazon will be dropping a clause that prevents traders that are registered for its Marketplace platform from offering their goods at cheaper prices elsewhere.

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Crytek Warface to hit Xbox 360 in 2014

Crytek Warface to hit Xbox 360 in 2014

Crytek is the company behind some of the most popular PC and console games ever launched including hits such as Crysis. Another of the popular games that Crytek offers is the free to play title Warface. The downside for Xbox 360 gamers in the past was that the game was not available on consoles.

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World’s fastest train resumes testing in Japan

World’s fastest train resumes testing in Japan

Japan is already home to some of the fastest trains in the world with a fleet of bullet trains crisscrossing the country at incredibly high speeds. However, the current crop of bullet trains isn't fast enough for Japan and Central Japan Railway has resume trials of its incredibly high-speed maglev train. The train is expected to begin operating commercially by 2027.

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Chinese Xiaomi Red Rice smartphone has $85 BOM

Chinese Xiaomi Red Rice smartphone has $85 BOM

China is definitely one of the biggest growth markets in all of the mobile phone and smartphone world. While Europe and the US are very developed when it comes to the smartphone market, China is still growing rapidly. A low-cost smartphone from a Chinese company called Xiaomi has taken China by storm and has an impressively low bill of materials.

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