Toshiba Announces New 4K Laptop

Toshibahas a spectacular lineup for 2014. They have officially announced their newest laptop for this upcoming season; and next up to be released in July is the Satellite P50t. This new laptop is getting all its attention from its stunning 4K resolution. These fantastic 4K screens offer the highest

possible quality with images and resolution in technology. Thus far, 4K screens were popular with TV’s and professional monitors, but will start to make their way to laptops and eventually tablets.

Toshiba’s Satellite features a 15.6-inch screen with a 282 PPI pixel density, giving the screen twice the resolution and sharpness. It will also come with Windows 8.1 64-bit,

and the 4K is also 10-point touch capable. But the P50t is way more than just a pretty screen, it offers users many more perks packed with: an AMD Radeon R9 M265x graphic card, 16GB of ram, 1TB of hard drive space and four USD 3.0 inputs.

So all of that power will be compacted in to a 4.8 pound laptop. As of now, Toshiba has yet to announce its pricing for the P50t, but looking at all the perks, it will cost more than your average laptop. More updates about Toshiba’s new laptop model will be released later this summer.

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Google Glass… For Our Soldiers?

The best of the best is usually saved for our soldiers right? Well some may thinks so, but it’s not always glorious battle out on the front lines. War is an ugly thing, no matter how you slice it. We, as a nation, have the largest and most advanced military in the world. It may not be the best thing we can to make their lives more luxurious out there, by giving them new weapons and tech, but it will help save their lives if used correctly. We’ve seen way too many science fiction movies, and played way too war shooters, such as Ghost Recon and Call of Duty, to see all of the possibilities to make our soldiers’ lives safer. If you are familiar with some of these games, you may have noticed the visor gadgets that some of them wear. It oddly looks like a military version of… Google Glass?

While they are just games, and should not be taken too seriously, the technology so becoming more and more of a reality.

Recently, the idea of having a military version of something like Google Glass has been tossed around. As our reputation precedes us, we are known for giving our soldiers only the best in high-tech equipment. The new “Q-Warrior” has been designed as an army soldier’s very own Google Glass visor attachment. The attachment itself is mounted to the soldier’s helmet and will cover only one eye. The visor will then be able to bring up valuable information on the battlefield, and even add to the soldier’s situational awareness. Just by looking at this plus the other features of it just show how far we are going to protect our troops.

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These new tech-specs for our troops can do basically anything that a soldier would find useful on the battlefield. They offer a translucent, yet high resolution display. The visor can offer a video stream over the all of what the soldier can see, all while overlaying important data. This new gadget also boasts some remarkably enhanced night vision. The Q-Warrior can even offer way points and routing information, along with the ability to identify (and tell the difference between) friendlies and hostiles. The ability to coordinate a small unit plan is also remarkable in terms of how big the device actually is.

The ability for the device to tell the difference between hostile and non-hostile people could tremendously cut down on civilian and friendly fire casualties. Being able to have your Q-Warrior maintain a sense of balance in extremely volatile situations could save more than the life of the soldier using it. It will only be given to specific military units currently involved in counterterrorism or high level reconnaissance missions, just to see how they will fare. Should they prove useful and beneficial, the Q-Warrior could see its way worked onto military units like the Marines.

It may be a ways away, but the sooner this particular piece of army tech comes, the better. Added situational awareness coupled with

the identification software installed with the glasses just show how far our army could go in protecting themselves and others. Here’s to hoping the Q-Warrior comes sooner, rather than later.

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Lenovo Buys Motorola from Google as Apple Shakes in Its Boots

Google literally just announced that it is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for an estimated $2.91 billion, which is less than a quarter of what Google paid for Motorola a couple of years ago. The purchase, which seemed like a plus for Google, turned out to be the opposite with Motorola losing money and market share. As a result, a lot of tension accumulated between Google and other Android makers, particularly Samsung.

Not only did tension grow, but these other companies decided to start developing their own software and services as opposed to getting the ones from Google. This only further fragmented Android’s place in the mobile market, which Apple saw as an opportunity to take

center stage. Unfortunately for Apple that all may be about to change.

Without Motorola dragging it down, Google can now start focusing on doing what it does best, making operating systems and apps that are far above every other company. In addition to that, Google can also start to fix its relationship with Samsung, which has suffered severely. What this means is that Apple may not have such an easy time winning over customers like it has done in the past.

According to Analyst Avi Greengart with Current Analysis, “Getting rid of Motorola helps Google, and anything that Google can do to create a more cohesive user experience across vendors is competitive to Apple.”

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However, Google isn’t the only threat to Apple. As far as smartphones are concerned, Samsung has been the only real challenger to Apple’s iPhone. Sure the Windows Phone and other smartphones, like ones from HTC or Droid, have come out with remarkable devices, only Samsung has posted the sales numbers and the hardware to challenge the iPhone.

When you combine Lenovo and Motorola you get an entirely new beast that could take a sizable chunk out of Apple’s pie. Obviously it won’t come anytime soon and it certainly won’t be an easy fight for Lenovo/Motorola, though Lenovo has a tendency to dominate almost every market it enters into. For example, shortly after buying PC operations from IBM, Lenovo became the largest PC maker in the world.

In China alone Lenovo is already the fastest growing smartphone maker with the company becoming last year’s second largest smartphone vendor in mainland China. As a result, Lenovo boosted its position in the global market in 2013, giving it the fifth spot behind Samsung, Apple, Huawei and LG. Apple has only been able to watch as its market share in China has dropped.

As usual, Apple has offered no public statement about this purchase by Lenovo but I think it’s safe to say that if the company isn’t careful, we could very well see a Lenovo/Motorola device on the top of the international smartphone market instead of an iPhone.

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Microsoft And FBI Cracking Down On Digital Theft Malware

Having a computer virus can be a scary, expensive, and sometimes, even dangerous thing to deal with. A virus can cause serious damage to your computer, corrupting files on your hard drive, and slowing down your computer’s processor by adding pop-ups or other malicious software that could render your computer, virtually, unusable. There are plenty of different viruses out there, but one is making headlines now due to theft!So what is the new malware that is corrupting peoples’ computers across the internet? It is a software called “Sirefef botnet, or ZeroAccess. The malware was designed to steal from advertising companies that pay to have their advertisements on different sites. While the virus itself is not technically putting the money anywhere, such as in a Swiss bank account or into a some shady company located in the Caribbean Islands like you see in the movies, yet it’s still costing advertisement companies quite a lot of money. The virus will infect the computer, and will the direct the computer to click on some 48 ads, or so, per hour. With the infected computers causing the clicks on ads to continue to jump, it is causing the advertising companies to pay fees for the fake clicks as they are not real human traffic. The virus has already costed companies an estimated $2.7 million for each month that the virus has been active.In case you were a bit concerned about where the virus has been lurking, it has been affecting any device that is running a Windows OS. It’s been hijacking various search results, attaching itself to the link, and then downloads itself onto the victims computer after the link has been clicked. Well Microsoft and the FBI are not taking this crime sitting down.Microsoft does, in fact, have a digital crime unit for situations just like this and the division has technically “successfully disrupted” the malware. “How?”, you may ask. Well based off of what both Microsoft’s digital crime unit division and the FBI have done in tandem, that have effectively increased the cost and risk for cybercriminals and hackers to continue conducting their fraudulent business. The have effectively halted the botnet program’s efforts, for now at least.Research on the virus done by the University of California showed that roughly 1.9 million different computers were infected with the virus back in October. The other frightening fact was that 800,000 out of those 1.9 million get on the internet daily, which is in turn costing many of the online advertisers more and more money.

While yes the virus has been disrupted, it is not yet fully out of sight. The FBI and Microsoft are still using all of their resources to crack down on these cybercriminals and hackers that have infected many home and business computers already.

Getting a computer virus is no laughing matter. If you feel that your computer, or other device running windows, may be infected, be sure to have it tested and update your anti-virus software if you have not done so already. It could mean the difference between a clean computer and an infected one.

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New Gmail Update Lets You Save Attachments Straight to Google Drive

Gmail has a new update out now that will let you save attachments directly to Google Drive from within your message.

Google announced news of the update on its official blog and showed off the new feature with an accompanying GIF to show it in action.

There is more than one cool thing about this new update. First, attachments can now bee seen as previews at the bottom of a email. This means instead of just seeing a bunch of file names that you have to download in order to figure out what they are, you can now “preview”. The previews conveniently open up in a separate browser tab as well. This way you see a preview of the files within the message itself. Previewing brings up a full screen view of the file, and you can navigate through several attachments the same way you flip through a slideshow.

Gmail users on smartphones with the iOS and Android operating systems have been enjoying these features for some time already. It’s really nice and refreshing to see it introduced to desktop users as well now.

The bigger deal here though, is that now you can save attachments directly to your google drive. All you do is click on the Google Drive icon that you see when you hover over the attachment and choose where to send it! This is extremely convenient and sure to be a huge help for all gmail users.

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Comparing File Sharing Services

File Sharing ServicesAs our world begins to revolve more and more around digital communications and online data sharing, file sharing services and cloud storage providers are becoming more and more important for various markets. From massive businesses and online companies, to teachers, students and small businesses, to individuals and freelance workers, the need for secure, convenient and reliable online file sharing is paramount. For this reason, we’ve seen a number of different services crop up and evolve in recent years – some from established tech companies, and others from independent providers.

Despite the availability of these services, however, it can be difficult to choose which one to trust for your business or personal needs. With that in mind, here’s a brief look at 5 of the most popular file sharing and cloud storage providers on the market.

MediaFire

This is basically a system that simplifies large-scale file distribution without any tie to a larger service to manage all your files. With MediaFire, you can upload files up to 200MB in size and send them out to pre-organized lists with “drag-and-drop” ease. It’s a great tool for administrators of any kind who want a simpler way of emailing and sharing with lists.

Dropbox

Known by many as the most convenient name in cloud storage, Dropbox simply offers you a folder in which you can drop files for immediate syncing across your devices. Drop a file into your Dropbox app on your Samsung Galaxy S4 and access the same file seamlessly on your Apple computer – device doesn’t matter at all. Strategic distribution and sharing options are also available.

Hightail

This is a fairly strong service previously known as “YouSendIt” that covers various tiers of file sharing needs. From simple uploading to mass distribution, as well as user login security, the service covers all the bases. One factor worth noting, however, is that while the free version offers 2GB worth of storage, individual files cannot exceed 50MB.

Citrix Sharefile

ShareFile is a file sharing service meant largely for use in business, as it is an exclusively paid service meant to handle massive documents and files with the industry’s highest standard of security. The service is also highly regarded for its ease of use, with desktop widgets meant to easily translate to an existing business online interface.

Google Drive

Similar in use and function to Dropbox, Google Drive is great for personal use. It is however somewhat limited in the services with which it is compatible. However, for Google users who prefer Google’s services, “Drive” is a very handy and easily implemented file sharing and cloud syncing service.

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One X Successor Hinted at by HTC

HTC One XHTC has already started prepping the launch of yet another flagship Android handset, one whose cutting-edge components will reportedly be firsts in multiple industries. So far, the only name the new smartphone has is the codename M7, though it is said that this device will debut at a critical juncture for HTC as the company looks to reverse a series of disappointing quarters.

The M7, much like the One X, is rumored to be headed for a Mobile World Congress debut. Even though it won’t match the One X and its groundbreaking inclusion of a quad-core processor, the M7 will be one of the first full HD handsets in the 4.7″ class, which will give it a reported pixel density of 468PPI, which is 40% higher than the iPhone 5.

In addition to that, the “SoLux” display, as it is being called, will also offer a number of visual improvements over the previous generation Super LCD2, boosting viewing angles, outdoor visibility and color accuracy.

The M7 is supposedly powered by a second-generation quad-core processor from Qualcomm, clocking in at 1.7GHz per core. There is also rumored to be 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal flash storage included in the M7 as well. The device, which will run on 4G LTE, is expected to ship running Android Jelly Bean and be skinned with the latest iteration of HTC’s UX enhancement, Sense 5.

Other features/enhancements include a dedicated, Beats-designed amplifier along with a feature to increase call clarity called Clear Words. There is also support for the next-generation WiFi standard, 802.11ac, whose theoretical through put it three times that of 802.11n WLAN networks.

As far as carriers go, the M7 is said to be hitting Verizon and Sprint in the United States and may very well be the first HTC handset to hit the top four American operators since the Touch Pro 2. We will have all the information on this mystery device as it arrives so keep checking back.

Source: UnwiredView.com – HTC M7, successor to the One X, detailed: 4.7-inch 1080p, Sense 5, much more

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Microsoft Possibly Opening Retail Stores in Europe

Microsoft retail storeWhile I can’t speak much for the economy in the United Kingdom (being a Yankee and all), word on the street is that the streets over there are full of empty shops and “Going Out of Business” signs. However, it appears as if there is a beacon of hope that could bring prosperity to the area, one with a good financial record too. I’m referring to Microsoft.

Apple started opening its own retail stores over 10 years ago and it seems as if Microsoft is ready to jump on board with that business model. Microsoft stores are still few and far between here in the United States. There is only one that I know of in my little corner of Ohio and it only opened up within the past few months.

However, it seems that the Redmond-based company is looking to expand its physical stores quickly as it is already planning to open stores in Europe. The most logical location for the first European Microsoft store would be London, though there is no word aside from a single source that claims that the company has been talking to landlords overseas.

In addition to that, Microsoft may also mimic Apple’s model by expanding to stores in larger cities as well as in small college towns. The timing of this, however, significantly depends on an assessment of the performance of the current Microsoft stores in the United States.

Microsoft has rapidly expanded its U.S. stores to about 70, with the company’s Surface tablet and Windows 8 operating system leading the charge. It appears as if Microsoft is trying to develop a closer relationship with its customers. The Apple stores have had success allowing people to come in and get hands on time with the devices and expert opinions and information about the products, something that may work wonders for Microsoft.

Source: PC World – Microsoft mulls opening UK stores to push consumer brand

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Xbox World Claims Insider Details on Future Xbox Console

Xbox World Xbox 720According to details supposedly leaked by Xbox World, the Xbox 720 (or whatever they are going to call it) will debut with a brand new version of Kinect, a Blu-ray drive and an A/V port for watching and recording broadcast TV. It makes sense that Microsoft would throw in a Blu-ray player as well as an updated version of Kinect, though the TV watching and recording is a little surprising for me.

The latest issue of Xbox World promises “next-gen secrets inside” and has reportedly uncovered several specifications on the next generation of the Xbox gaming console. Microsoft has been extremely tight lipped about the next generation of Kinect, as it has been about all aspects of the new console. However, a company document supposedly leaked back in June talked about a higher level of accuracy, stereo imaging, better voice recognition and the ability to track four players simultaneously.

In addition to that, other features are said to include directional audio, an input and output for watching and recording TV shows and an “innovative controller”. Last February Xbox World said that the redesigned controller would come with a built-in HD touchscreen, though no further information about that has been leaked.

Microsoft has also been playing around with the idea of AR, or Augmented Reality, glasses for the new Xbox at some point in the future. The new Xbox is code-named Durango and is rumored to be powered by a CPU with “four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores” and 8GB of RAM.

Xbox World’s Editor in Chief Dan Dawkins recently reported to CVG saying, “Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Durango coverage for over 12 months. Unless something really dramatic changes, everything…will be revealed long before E3 in June.”

Source: CNET – Xbox 720 to offer Kinect 2.0 and Blu-ray drive, says Xbox World

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