Windows Phone 8 release date set for October 29th

Windows Phone 8 release date set for October 29th

Microsoft has sent out invitations for an October 29 Windows Phone 8 launch event. This will come a mere four days after the official Windows 8 OS launch.

The invitations themselves show a Windows Phone 8 device and the now-familiar Windows Phone lock screen. On it is a calendar reminder to “Save the Date” of Monday October 29 at 10am for an event in San Francisco. Sure enough, the high definition picture in the background is of the sunny west coast city.

This event will be chiefly aimed at showing off the full range of the Windows Phone 8 software, which is built on the same foundations as the Windows 8 OS. Still, we’d hazard a guess that Nokia’s new Lumia handsets will be on display as the host for this new software.

October 29 puts the Windows Phone 8 release date just four days after the recently announced Windows 8 launch event. This will be held on the other side of the US, in New York, and will show off the new mobile and tablet OS as well as Microsoft’s new Surfacetablet.

Source: Hexus

Lucid demonstrate Thunderbolt external graphics solution

Lucid demonstrate Thunderbolt external graphics solution

When we first brought you our guide to external graphics on notebooks back in January of this year we said that Thunderbolt would change everything. Now that has started to happen.

Today, Lucid –  the company who makes Lucid Logix Virtu and MVP, has demonstrated their Thunderbolt based external graphics solution.

When your Thunderbolt capable notebook or ultrabook isn’t being used on-the-go you can connect it up to a graphics card docking station that supports Thunderbolt connectivity. With Lucid’s new software installed, the Integrated Intel graphics work with a discrete GPU to generate images on the notebook display. Most of the intensive rendering and 3D workload is done by the discrete GPU and the data is transferred back and forth using the 10gbps Thunderbolt connection.

Currently, Lucid’s external Thunderbolt graphics card docking stations are still in development and no release date has been announced. But for those with a Thunderbolt enabled notebook of some variation you look set to be able to bring discrete class gaming to your screens.

The demonstration used a HD 6700 series GPU with a mini-ITX LGA 1155 motherboard, but you could easily swap our the motherboard for a notebook as long as it has that crucial Thunderbolt connection.

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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.

Video: Progress on new features in Adobe Dreamweaver CS6

Video: Progress on new features in Adobe Dreamweaver CS6

Video: Progress on new features in Adobe Dreamweaver CS6

With all the variety of electronic devices on the market, designing web pages can be a problem when it is displayed in them, as people visualize them from computers, some from tablets and more from smartphones. This is why websites where created with so called responsive designs, because they are adapted to operating systems and screen sizes for ease of navigation is many different devices, so Adobe has been working on some responsive improvements that include tools for Dreamweaver according to what was announced today on their blog.

Recently Adobe released the beta version of Photoshop CS6 and even reached the 500,000 downloads in a week, which is a company strategy to reveal the progress of their new software, so a video was made ??available prior to the release of Dreamweaver CS6, which is the software dedicated to web design.

Many new Dreamweaver web designers see this as a great tool because it is a sort of cross between generic web editors  (WYSIWYG) and an integrated development environment (IDE), plus the interface is very simple and easy to use.

Among the new tools of Dreamweaver is called Fluid Grid Layouts, that forms part of the responsive design than we talked at the beginning of the post. This company is showing an opening to facilitate creativity and innovation among designers and among those who begin to make their first steps in that world.

Source: Blog of Adobe