Galaxy Smart Dock can turn your Note 2 into a PC but lacks options

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Lately these days we have been hearing that Samsung has already sold three million Galaxy Note 2 units of its smartphones. If you’re one in all these phone owners, have you ever dream about taking your Note and turning it into a PC replacement? This may sound like a crazy notion doesn’t it? Samsung on the other hand has already thought of that.

A innovative Galaxy Smart Dock has currently been created by Samsung that permits you to hook your note up to an HD monitor and use an additional USB accessories to make it a PC. The dock was 1st shown off at IFA 2012 in Berlin however is currently becoming a reality.

So what’s included with the dock? A speaker accompanied by a 3.5mm jack, the already mentioned HDMI port and a pair of USB ports. At $99 it’s reasonably we feel and it simply adds some additional ports but however doesn’t increase the RAM or any other extras found already in the Note itself.

So its fair to say hospitals or people on the go might have a use for something like this? that’s a reasonable question. Honestly, the Note paired up with this dock can be a capable phablet, however it in all probability it isn’t powerful enough to give up your desktop just yet. For traveling it would be helpful if you come across an HDTVs at hotels, still most folks have laptops which will do a number of features already built in, when compared to the Galaxy Smart Dock.

Probably one in all the foremost helpful places where we can see it becoming useful is when you are at your living room. If you’ve got the dock you are able to use its HDMI port to connect it to your flat screen or if you want to be the talk of a party. What do you think about the $99 price tag is it fair ? or is Samsung asking too much?

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The Samsung Galaxy S III can now be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean

For a few hours, a good part of the Galaxy S III users in European countries such as Poland and Croatia can now update their phones to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the most widely used mobile operating system in the world and was presented by Google in the past Google I/O back in June.

Some users report that they are not able to receive it via OTA so to make sure everything’s working ok its probably best to connect the phone to the Samsung desktop software, Samsung Kies, so we can update the device.

It is anticipated that in the coming hours it will available also for other countries, if it is not here already. Jelly Bean brings several new features like a new notifications center that has new functionality s but remember that a major goal of Google was substantially to improve performance, stability and fluidity of the whole system. I’ve been testing a Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean for a while and I can say that they have succeeded in many levels.

Hopefully the Samsung integration with Jelly Bean has also been improved, the interface changes are not expected on this occasion and falls towards TouchWhiz by Samsung, with a menu of options and functions reorganized such as the interesting Google Now, the old S Memo is now renamed S Note.

Samsung S IV may come very soon

After launching the Samsung Galaxy S III, which had a resounding sales success, the company has began to work on its successor, the Samsung S IV.

Samsung S IV is on its way.

The only surprise with this successor is found on its release date, which would be a little earlier than expected, and that this smartphone would be launched at the Mobile World Congress, so that shipments could begin as early as in March of next year(2013) providing we survive the Mayan calendar, just nine months after the debut of the Galaxy S III. This would imply a very aggressive product cycle.

About the specifics not much is known for now. Some rumors say that will have a 5-inch screen and a quad-core Exynos processor.

We know the full specifications of the GTX 660 and GTX 650

The next graphics cards based on Nvidia Kepler architecture set to arrive will be the GeForce GTX 660 and GeForce GTX 650, to be announced on Thursday the 13th. Although we know almost all its features, it did have an important fact that we did not know, and now at last we know, the graphics core that will be equip in the new GTX 660 is the GK 106.

In addition to the GTX 660, Nvidia is also preparing the GTX 650, which is a version of the GT 640, but with a higher frequency and with GDDR5 instead of GDDR3. The GTX 650 will feature graphics core with GK 107 with 384 CUDA Cores, has a frequency of 1058 MHz (900 MHz in the GT 640), without GPU Boost, there will be two versions 1 GB and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory with a 128-bit interface, the 5 GHz frequency will have a 6-pin connector and TDP will 65W. As video outputs will include two DVI and one mini HDMI, will have a price to be around $150. 

Data table via Videocardz

The GTX 660 will be equipped with the core GK 106, with 960 CUDA Cores and its frequency will be 980 MHz to 1032 MHz to increase with the use of GPU Boost, will have a total of 2 GB GDDR5 memory running at a frequency 6 GHz and a 192-bit interface.

It will also have a single 6-pin connector and its TDP is 140W. Like its older sisters incorporate two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort. Its price is $229. The GTX 660 will have a performance similar to the Radeon HD 7870.

We just need to wait till the 13the for new bets for midrange from Nvidia to be available in the market, with prices of 150 and 229 dollars.

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These are the new Kindles

The family of Kindle digital readers and tablets has three more members staring this week. The first, called Kindle Fire, is an improvement over the previous version: a 7” inch tablet with ability to surf the web, play music and movies and of course, read digital books.

The second is the HD version of Fire, a powerful tablet, for $500, becomes an interesting competitor for the iPad.

The last of the devices is a digital book reader e-ink, but also takes orders by touch. All devices will show advertising for products sold by Amazon to be blocked or at rest. According to the company, this is the reason we can sell the devices at a lower price than the competition.

The new Fire

During their press conference in Los Angeles this week, Amazon introduced the new version of its Kindle Fire tablet, with notable hardware improvements, and the not-so-pleasant surprise is that they will now implement a system of ‘compulsory advertising’ when the equipment is not in use.

In terms of technical features, the new Kindle Fire has a multitouch 7” inch screen, dual-core processor and a battery that lets you play 7 ½ hours of video. Unfortunately for readers, the battery life is only half an hour longer when the device is used to read eBooks.

The tablet, which has double the memory than its predecessor, weighs 410 grams, as opposed to 650 grams of the Apple iPad 3, and 565 grams for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The price of the device, available in presale from Thursday, is $160, $40 less than the previous version.

Subsidized by advertising

The high-definition version of the Kindle Fire has a multitouch 8.9” inch screen, and a much higher price. Available for Pre-order this week, the device costs $500 or $600, depending on if you buy the 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage. But the value becomes attractive when compared with other high definition tablets, like the iPad 3, the cheapest version with 32 gigabytes of storage, costs $730.

Those who buy a Fire HD will find that the device also shows special offers and sponsored listings of movies, books and music on your screen when idle, or in locked mode. Amazon, however, said that advertising does not hinder the use of the device.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, says his company is different from companies like Apple trying to make money by providing services, not selling their devices. So this is how they can can offer them at a competitive price without obsessing over them for huge profits.

Indeed: the reduction of the company’s net profit during the third quarter of last year made Amazon think that they where losing money for every Kindle Fire it sells.

(Almost) no distractions

The third and final version of the Kindle that Amazon will launch in the coming weeks is called Paperwhite: a tablet that can not play videos or pictures in color, and only uses its battery when a user moves a page or access a menu.

This is possible because it has an LED screen but with digital ink, a white surface where the dots that make up the letters and pictures are magnetically ordered, and then remain in that position naturally.

Although this model has a feature missing from previous versions: lighting of its screen, you can read even with no external light sources.

Priced at $70, The Paperwhite is also the cheapest version of the Kindle, designed for those with reading as a priority to access over the Internet or buying items from Amazon.

With regard to advertising, the model also shows product announcements from online store offers, but Amazon said that in the future will give your users the option of paying for to disable advertising in the device.

Pi: a PC for $25

The Raspberry Pi is not the first computer with a price less than $100 in the market, and the first with a price below $50, but promises to be one of the most popular. This week, the makers of the PC announced that its prototype is ready to be mass produced, and that the production will take place in the UK.

Last year, a team of British engineers discovered that they could buy the parts needed to build a incredibly small PC for just over $20.

After joining the team and prove they could run a modern version of Ubuntu, an operating system completely free, the team calculated that the system could hit the market at a price of $25, with a version a bit more powerful for $35 dollars.

While the Raspberry Pi became popular on the Internet, its creators discovered that the only way to maintain the desired selling price, the equipment was to be manufactured in China. But this week the team announced it will begin manufacturing the computer in England, keeping its cost unchanged.

Unfortunately, managing to make the Raspberry Pi in the West delayed the release of the computer almost a year. The team, which could become a favorite among governments and educational institutions, faces competition from models such as the Cubieboard, which for $50 gives four times more RAM, and a faster processor.

Samsung unveiles the Galaxy Note II

The South Korean company unveiled the revamped version of its hybrid between tablet and smartphone, with a design similar to Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes a year after the first model, with completely redesigned: bigger screen (5.5”) and an improved S Pen.

The layout resembles the Galaxy SIII. In fact, it is made from the same materials and colors. Its dimensions are 151.1 mm x 80.5 x 9.4 mm. The company did well to narrow the housing and reduce the weight to 180 grams.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II has a Super AMOLED HD screen of 5.5”, with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels.

The interior carries a quad-core Exynos processor at 1.6 GHz and a Mali-400MP GPU.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II, which follows the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, will be offered in three versions: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. The storage space can be expanded with a microSD card up to 64GB.

The device has two cameras: 8MP rear and 1.9 MP front for video conferencing. Both record video in Full HD.

You can connect to 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.

The stylus that comes with the device, the S Pen, added enhancements related to ergonomics and accuracy. It is longer and thicker for more comfortable use.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II rolls out with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google’s operating system for mobile devices.

The dedicated device adds new software. The main programs are highlighted by Air View to preview documents by placing the S Pen over (Photo) Popup Note opens a window at any time to write a quick note. This can be done even when you are in the middle of a call; Quick Command to launch applications with a flick of the S Pen, and Screen Recorder to record screen activity and screen sharing.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will go on sale from October at a price not yet confirmed.

They present the Samsung Galaxy Camera at IFA 2012

Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

Samsung made ??the official presentation of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, which features innovative and interesting optical properties.

Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera comes as a smart device with the ability to connect to the cellular network. The presence of Android will allow users to install applications to communicate, edit photos and upload them directly to Instagram, if desired.

The 16MP sensor camera technology has BSI (Backside Illuminated) to improve light capture, and a 21x optical zoom. The device is equipped with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean from the factory and has 3G, 4G and WiFi, to share images immediately.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera has the option to backup immediately via their mobile connection and has exclusive applications designed for the device


We put a face to the Galaxy N7100 Samsung Note II

From GSMArena comes the first photo of N7100 Samsung Galaxy II Note that, for now, shows the front of the phone. It can not be announced as the official photo, but it was expected that the Galaxy Note II have a design inspired by the Galaxy S III, and the picture is aligned with the rumors.

Its official announcement will arrive within two weeks, when Samsung is expected to announce a Galaxy Note II AMOLED featuring a 5.5 inche screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels with a regular RGB array. The rumor indicate it has full HD, but it would be a very bad for its battery.

The Galaxy Note II would be powered by a Samsung SoC Exynos 4 with four nucleus @1.5  GHz, while the 8-megapixel camera is the same as the Galaxy S III. Jelly Bean is still in development for the Note II, so it is very likely it will come with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 series and will subsequently be updated.

On the other hand, the Samsung press conference to be held on August 29, will not only announce the Samsung Galaxy Note II, if not the Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Mass Effect 3 PC Review

Mass Effect 3 PC Review

So this week I decided its finally time to put out my review for Mass Effect 3, but why so late you ask? Well with all the fuss that surrounded this game at its time of release, I decided to look the other way for a while and let things die down, not to mention muscle my way through my backlog of titles that I haven’t finished yet. I figured it wasn’t worth playing the third title of this grand trilogy until I can spare the time to do the game justice, not just because I wanted to review it, but because I wanted to enjoy it, so here goes.

Mass effect 3 has of course been with us since March this year, going from strength to strength in sales with its multi-format release, despite the controversy about its conclusions, re-released endings, patches and DLC packs, none of which I will be discussing beyond this paragraph, given that is already ground well trodden, because in my opinion, if you put 100+ hours (200+ in my case) into a trilogy that you love only to debunk it as rubbish because of the last scene, then I don’t know what to make of that.

Love it or hate it, this game, its developers, or its publishers, you can’t deny the numbers, Mass Effect 3 is one of the biggest sensations of this gaming generation, a multi-million selling masterpiece of modern RPG, so lets take a look at what’s new in Mass Effect 3 and see how far Shepard has come in his many fights across the galaxy.

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Nokia set announce next month WP8 devices

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One of the biggest bets made by ??Nokia in recent times is the deal with Microsoft. The time to start thinking about Windows Phone devices 8 is closer and now has began to spread that the Finnish company will launch its first devices with the new OS next month.

A source of Bloomberg, who usually has good information, revealed that the plans of Nokia are in relation to devices based on Windows 8. If this is correct we will see them next month at Nokia World, an event that is expected to be days after the launch of the iPhone. Also, if all goes as revealed by this source, the device would be on sale before the end of 2012.

Announcements related to Nokia in relation to Windows 8 are expected to be super, but the company tried not to allude to this issue because they want people continuing to buy devices that are sold today. If they say that next month Nokia will launch new products certainly the drop in sales would be remarkable. After all, who wants a gadget that will be old in a matter of months? No one.

All this is rumored when the mobile market is about to change and is modified in recent times. Recently the Galaxy S III was launched as is one of the promises of the South Korean company. Meanwhile it is expected that very shortly the new iPhone will be released, as we know, it will be a workhorse and set to sell millions of units as is the case each time a new iPhone is announced. We will see what Nokia will bring to the table, apparently, within a month.