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Intel unveils quad-core Haswell-based microprocessors

Intel debuted the chips based on its fourth-generation Core microarchitecture, previously codenamed Haswell. Today’s first batch of microprocessors include quad-core processors for laptops and desktops.<p>The world’s biggest chipmaker has been teasing the chips for a year, as they features the biggest …

Chrome Mobile events scheduled for June 7 and June 13

Not long after Google I/O, two livestreams have been scheduled on the Google Developers website. Both events are specifically created for Chrome Mobile, but beyond that, there’s a lack of details. However, you’ll be able to find out what they’re all about soon, with one of them set for June 7 at …

Google

[UPDATED] Crunching The Numbers: Can Intel's Haswell Graphics Run Your Favorite Video Games?

I fired up Codemasters’ new racing game <i>GRID 2</i> this weekend, and the usual barrage of splash screens was preempted by Intel‘s iconic 4-note chime and the words “Intel HD Graphics” emblazoned on my screen. It’s clear that with their fourth-generation Core processors (code-named “Haswell,” the …

Mozilla Readies Major Firefox Redesign As It Ponders What The Browser Of The Future Should Look Like

“Maybe we shouldn’t even call it a browser anymore,” Mozilla’s VP of Firefox engineering Jonathan Nightingale told me a few days ago. “‘Browser’ is really an antiquated word. People don’t really browse all that much anymore.” Instead, he argues, we now mostly use our browsers to access …

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S4 Mini Ahead of June 20 Premiere Event

A little more than a month since the launch of the Galaxy S4, Samsung has unveiled its smaller brother in the form of the Galaxy S4 Mini, a new mid-range Android smartphone with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display (16:9 aspect ratio).<p>The device is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, alongside …

Blizzard resets development of Titan, its next-generation MMO (update)

Blizzard Entertainment is going back to the drawing board for its next-generation massively multiplayer online game, codenamed Titan, according to a report from VentureBeat that says development on the game has been "reset."<p>According to the report, Blizzard has whittled down the 100-person <i>Titan</i> …

Foxconn and Mozilla join hands over Firefox OS, may show off new devices next week

In a Chinese invitation we received earlier today, Foxconn Technology Group and Mozilla confirmed an upcoming press conference that will detail and make their Firefox OS partnership official. The event will take place in Taipei next Monday (just a few days before Computex truly kicks off), and …

The After Math: An Xbox One special

<i>Welcome to</i> <i>The After Math</i><i>, where we attempt to summarize this week's tech news through numbers, decimal places and percentages.</i><p>We doubt you missed it, but Microsoft unveiled its new games console this week, and it even showed off some Xbox One hardware to prove it. While the new name is offering …

Tapping 'noise canceling' data signals for faster Internet

At the moment, sending data via fiber means blasting a light signal down the line. The farther you want the data to travel, the more power you need …

InterAct

Samsung official reportedly confirms Note III in the works, muses on potential camera upgrades

Given the success of the original Galaxy Note and its sequel, there's little doubt a third installment of the super-sized handset line is on Samsung's to-launch list. Korean site <i>ETNews</i> claims to have heard the first legitimate confirmation of the Note III's existence, however, citing a Samsung …

Nexus 5 not an LG job, Google Edition phone not in the works either

An LG exec revealed in an interview with a publication that the company will not make the LG Nexus 5 and that a Google Edition version of one of its flagship devices isn’t planned either.<p>LG Mobile Europe vice president Won Kim told <i>All About Phones</i> that while the Nexus 4 was a great marketing …

Android News

Nexus 7 running Android 4.3 goes through Bluetooth SIG

An Asus-made Nexus 7 running Android 4.3 has been recently spotted in a Bluetooth SIG filing.<p>Dated May 27, the filing includes some very interesting information. Although the documentation doesn’t specifically say that the device is the Nexus 7, the “7” tablet” described in it features a familiar …

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Microsoft, Samsung to do glasses, prices to range from $200 to $500

Watch out, Google. Even with a headstart in developing wearable computing devices through Glass, there are two major competitors possibly on the horizon, waiting for the right opportunity to pounce.<p>Reports indicate that Microsoft and Samsung are both keenly interested in competing against Google in …

Wearable Tech

HTC One Google edition: It's real and coming in summer

HTC is planning a Sense-free version of its flagship phone, CNET has confirmed.<p>The HTC One will indeed get the Nexus treatment.<p>HTC will sell a Google Edition version of its flagship One smartphone with the stock Android operating system, CNET has confirmed.<p>Word of a version of the phone without its …

Android News

NASA Inspects Ion Engine Prototype For Asteroid-Hauling Rocket

A look at possible propulsion for NASA's plan to bring an asteroid home for study.<p>When NASA sends a rocket out to tow an asteroid into Earth orbit, it'll be ion propelled.<p>Ion propulsion engines harness magnetic fields to create thrust, instead of depending on chemical explosions the way chemically …

Intel: Haswell will boost laptop battery life by 50 percent

When Intel launched Haswell, it promised a generational leap in battery life, and now the chip giant's talking numbers to back that up. Architecture Group VP Rani Borkar said that laptops packing the chipset should get 50 percent more battery life than current Ivy Bridge models and go up to 20 …

HTC One 'Google Edition' in the works -- report

The device will apparently run the standard version of Android 4.2.2 to appeal to those who want the stock version of Google's OS.<p>HTC is planning to take a page out of Samsung's book by launching a "Google Edition" of its One smartphone.<p>That's the word, at least, from unidentified sources for …

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Microsoft reportedly to take cut on used Xbox One game sales

Each sale of a used Xbox One game will profit Microsoft and the original publisher, at least according to U.K. gaming news site MCV.<p>Microsoft's policy concerning used Xbox One games has proven a bit confusing, but a new report may have spilled more concrete details.<p>Citing information from "retail …

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Xbox One preorders point to Nov. 30 arrival

A day after the next-gen console's unveiling, U.K. tech retailer Zavvi is asking for a whopping 400 pounds, or about $608, for the next-generation Xbox One.<p>Gamers desperate to splash out on Microsoft's blocky new Xbox One console needn't wait until Christmas, as U.K. retailers have already started …

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Windows that double as cell signal boosters? Yes, please

Ericsson showed off a prototype of a transparent antenna built into the glass of a window, part of an exhibit featuring different kinds of "smart windows."<p>LAS VEGAS -- Windows that only let in sunlight and provide a view to the outside world? That's so yesterday's news.<p>Ericsson believes it can do …

Touchscreens

Google Glass apps: everything you can do right now

Google Glass isn’t ready for prime time. Even Google knows this, which is why it hasn't shipped to the masses yet. Instead, Google floated a few units to “Explorers,” glorified guinea pigs who can enjoy the joys and trials of this cuttingest edge of cutting edge technologies. But nascent or not, …

Hangouts is 'the future of Google Voice,' full calling functionality will return to desktop soon

Google's new unified messaging platform, Hangouts, has made some worry about the future of Voice, the company's web-based phone service. Google has now clarified that full Voice functionality will soon be part of Hangouts. Users discovered that an update to the Gmail web app disabled the ability to …

Apple Reportedly Testing 1.5-Inch OLED Displays for Smart Watch

Japanese blog <i>Mac Otakara</i> points to a pair of reports in today's edition of Taiwanese newspaper <i>Economic Times</i> addressing rumors surrounding Apple's smart watch effort. According to the first report [Google translation], Apple has begun sampling 1.5-inch OLED displays from RITEK subsidiary RiTdisplay.<p>…

Samsung to unveil 13.3-inch 3,200x1,800 LCD display

The new 13.3-inch WQXGA+ display would pack 276 pixels per inch, surpassing the pixel count found on existing notebooks.<p>Samsung will demo a new LCD screen that would top similar displays in resolution and pixel density, the company said Monday.<p>Geared for notebooks, the 13.3-inch WQXGA+ LCD display …

Gear & Gadgets

5th Gen iPad To Enter Production In July Ahead Of September Release [Rumor]

Apple’s fifth-generation iPad, which is set to feature an all-new design much like the iPad mini’s, will enter production in July ahead of its September release, according to supply chain sources. Trial production of the device will reportedly begin soon and will ramp up to 2-3 million units this …

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Sony teases PlayStation 4 hardware ahead of Xbox event, says you'll 'see it first at E3'

Sony has teased the hardware design for its upcoming PlayStation 4 for the first time, after a February reveal that kept the device completely under wraps and left fans guessing about how Sony's next-generation console would look. In a new video, shown below, the company teases the PS4's hardware …

LG to demo bendable, unbreakable smartphone screen

One of the products taking the stage at Display Week 2013 will be a flexible, 5-inch OLED smartphone screen.<p>LG Display is preparing to demonstrate a new, flexible smartphone panel that promises to be unbreakable.<p>The new screen is set to pop up at the Society for Information Display's annual …

OLEDs

Xbox next: What to expect at Tuesday's Xbox reveal event

Microsoft is bound to play up the non-gaming entertainment features of the new console, focusing on streaming video, Skype calling, and deeper integration with other devices and services.<p>Much has changed in the video game landscape since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox 360 in 2005.<p>Back then, Microsoft …

Xbox

Android 4.2.2 firmware leaks for Galaxy S3, brings Galaxy S4 features

<i>A leaked Android 4.2.2 firmware for the Galaxy S3 surfaced online. Features like a new Settings UI, a new lockscreen, and more are coming to the Galaxy S3 in the future.</i><p>It’s no surprise that Samsung is planning to bring some of the software features launched on the Galaxy S4 to the Galaxy S3. The …

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