Samsung announced today the first mSATA SSD drive of 1TB capacity. The drive is from the EVO 840 family and is destined to find a new home in ultrabooks, but will also fit virtually anywhere you place it – be it your home PC or a laptop.
The 1TB mSATA EVO 840 SSD is capable of reaching 540MB/s and 520MB/s of read and write, respectively. Random read/write speeds are rated at 98,000 and 90,000 IOPS. Read more »
Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed: Pirates for Android and iOS yesterday turning a hard shoulder to Windows Phone users hoping to get access to the game. However, according to Assassin’s Creed France team, the game is actually coming to WP.
On its Facebook page, the member of the Ubisoft’s team confirmed that the Windows Phone version of the game is in development. Despite not providing a specific time frame of the game’s release, the news is definitely good for fans of the franchise. Read more »
Nokia has published a new ad with the sole purpose of boasting about the build quality of its phones. More specifically, Nokia has decided to show how much of a torture its Asha and low-end basic phones can take without breaking.
The message that the company wants to send is that it aims for impeccable build quality and attention to the little things that make phones durable. The video itself is very well made, as you’d expect from Nokia. Read more »
Car manufacturer Honda knows a thing or two when it comes to airbags. As a result, the company has decided to put an end to the shattered displays and cracked bodies of dropped smartphones with its brand new airbag-stuffed Smartphone Case N.
Quite bulky and virtually impractical at this point, the Honda Smartphone Case N features six airbags that fire off whenever a sensor detects the phone is in a freefall to the ground. Read more »
The final and stable version of CyanogenMod 10.2 is ready for prime time. The developer team behind the most popular Android ROM is now shifting its focus primarily on CyanogenMod 11, which will bring Android 4.4 KitKat to the CM masses.
The CyanogenMod team will also continue to provide hot fixes and security patches as they are needed. This is quite an important milestone for them as this stable CM 10.2 release marks the end of Jelly Bean-based development. Read more »
Huawei has launched a new promotional campaign called “Unlock Possibilities”, which gives you the chance to win the grand prize – one of the two Mercedes-Benz Coupes. The promo game is on Huawei’s Facebook page and is free to enter.
Apart from the grand prize, you can also snatch an Ascend P6 smartphone, vouchers, in-game points and E-Points. The latter can be exchanged at Huawei’s website for vouchers at select retail partners. Read more »
Nokia has launched a new promo video for its affordable Lumia 1320 phablet to help build some hype ahead of its launch. Sadly, the phone won’t make it for the Christmas holiday season, but it will become available early next year.
The video is less than a minute long and shows the Lumia 1320 in cool 360-degree shots highlighting some of the main software features of Windows Phone 8. It also shows the different color options for the phablet – black, yellow, orange and white. Read more »
Google Now is ever evolving and with Android 4.4 KitKat it recognizes even more commands than ever before. It’s understandable if you don’t know all of them – we doubt anyone can remember them all. However, many don’t know even the basic things you can ask Google to do for you.
That’s why the folks over at TrendBlog have composed a neat infographic listing the cool tasks, commands and requests you can handle to Google Now. The infographic is broken down into categories each listing a set of commands. Categories include Notes & Reminders, Time & Date, Communication, Weather, Web browsing, Maps & Navigation and there is even an Easter Eggs one. Read more »
The Nokia Lumia 525 is now official. Being the successor of the most successful Windows Phone 8 device ever it has some big shoes to fill. Understandably Nokia is trying to build some hype around it by releasing its first promo video.
With funky music and great choreography, the video demonstrates some of the Nokia Lumia 525′s main features. The colorful glossy plastic, updated internals as well as advanced music capabilities are just some of the phones key selling points. Read more »
Nokia has launched a beta version 1.3 of its Chat powered by the Yahoo! messaging app. Available for Nokia Lumia smartphones, the messaging app brings a few new features and a boost in performance.
Naturally, the newer version also fixes some glitches of the previous iteration of the app, and improves the startup times. Upon launching the app users will immediately have access to the contacts list and will be able to read old messages. Read more »
MediaTek announced its latest true octa-core MT6592 chip last week and now the company has teamed up with Gameloft to showcase what the hardware is capable of.
More specifically, Gameloft has enhanced its Modern Combat 5 shooting game to take advantage of MediaTek’s latest octa-core CPU. Because of the additional oomph, the game maker is capable of adding a lot more textures, visual candy and effects to the gaming engine. Read more »
The next generation of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-Book reader is going to feature a 300ppi screen and a lighter shell, insider sources claim. The higher pixel density display of the next Kindle Paperwhite is also going to be complemented by enhanced typography.
In comparison, the current Paperwhite packs a 212ppi display, so the update should definitely make a difference. Moreover, there will be additional hardware improvements over the current model. Read more »
Samsung will be releasing an official Android 4.4 KitKat software update for its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. Nevertheless, if you don’t want to wait until January, today a CyanogenMod 11 ROM based on the latest version of Android has been released for the phone.
The ROM is in currently in Alpha, so it’s only suitable for enthusiasts and people who are willing to help with finding (and fixing) bugs. Read more »
Following the launch of the popular photo sharing app Instagram for Windows Phone, popular traffic and navigation app Waze has gone out of closed beta and is now available for download from the platform’s app store.
Waze, which was acquired by Google, brings crowd-sourced real-time information for road conditions, shortcuts, traffic jams and gas prices. Read more »
According to several tweets published by Nintendo software engineer Nando Monterazo, the company is hard at work creating an Android tablet with a focus on education. Judging from his writings, the Android slate is going to be used by kids, who will get access to various educational games.
Those games, naturally, will have classic Nintendo characters in them. However, Monterazo points out that old-school Nintendo games won’t be coming to the upcoming tablet. NES, Super Nintendo, and Game Boy games will not be available for the unnamed Nintendo tablet, as “educational games only” will be the focus. Read more »