While we've seen the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 officially draped in white and leaked in a golden brown variation, Samsung may have also given it the two-tone treatment. Techtastic recently got some photos from Mr. Blurrycam showing the tablet with a black face that's complimented by a white bezel and home button. Spec-wise it's reported to sport the same 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1,200 x 800 pixel touchscreen we've handled before, but there's no denying its penguin tuxedo looks are in a class of their own. We have our doubts as to whether this color combination will actually hit retail (is it merely a developmental prototype?), but don't let that stop you from grabbing a better look at the source link.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
Monday, September 9, 2013
The world is under attack once more, and it's up to your squad of elite, turn-based soldiers to keep humanity safe. We've just gotten word that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is headed to a wide variety of iOS devices come this Thursday, June 20th. Everything from the iPad 2 to the fifth-gen iPod touch is getting a taste of Firaxis' XCOM effort -- should users choose to fork over the $19.99 asking price, that is.
Aside from multiplayer (which is coming via free update post-launch), the iOS version is just about the same as its console and PC counterpart -- you build up resources and strike back against the alien menace threatening to tear apart Earth, with the occasional break to torturously study the enemy via "dissection." Whether the enemy is still alive at that point, well, that's a question for your science team. For a full list of supported iOS devices, head below the break. As for Android and Windows Phone 8 support? "We've only announced plans for iOS devices at this time," was all a 2K Games rep would tell us. Not exactly a hard no, but not a confirmation either.Show full PR text
2K and Firaxis Games are happy to announce that the award winning XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be coming to iOS devices this Thursday, June 20th. The game will be available via the iTunes App Store for $19.99 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (complete list of supported devices is below). XCOM: Enemy Unknown for iOS takes the complete XCOM experience of the console and PC version of the game and optimizes it for the touch interface of iOS devices. XCOM: Enemy Unknown for iOS is a universal app that includes GameCenter support and utilizes iCloud functionality so players can save games across their iOS devices. While not included at launch on June 20th, the popular head-to-head multiplayer mode in XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be added to iOS at a later date as a free update.
Complete list of supported iOS devices includes the iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th Generation.
Now that Haswell's available in consumer-grade laptops, it's time to look at what's next on Intel's to-do list. A leaked slide-deck is claiming that Haswell-E, the enthusiast version of the chip, is coming in the second half of 2014. The documents also promise that Intel will axe the 4-core base model in favor of 6-and-8-core editions of the CPU, which can pack up to 20MB of L3 cache. At the same time, the company is likely to release the Wellsburg motherboard chipset, which can support DDR4 RAM with a clock speed of up to 2,133MHz. If it's all to be believed, then we have one word of advice to the overclocking community -- best start stocking up on liquid nitrogen.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
While running between booths at Computex earlier this month, we were momentarily distracted by these vegetable boxes (maybe it was lunch time as well). As it turned out, this product was launched by Taiwan-based Home Lohas around the same time as when the expo started. The company pitches its hydroponic gardening appliance -- so the vegetables rely on nutritious water instead of soil -- as a hassle-free, low-power solution for growing your own greens, plus it's apparently the only solution in the market that doesn't need water circulation. With its full spectrum LED light, air pump and timers, harvest time can apparently be reduced by about 30 percent. It's simply a matter of filling up the water tank, adding the necessary nutrients and placing the seeded sponge on the tray (the package includes three types of organic fertilizers and some seeds).
The only downside is that this system costs NT$15,800 (about US$530) in Taiwan, and for some reason, it'll eventually be priced at US$680 in other markets. If that's too much, then stay tuned for a half-size model that's due Q4 this year. Home Lohas brings hydroponic gardening into your room, rabbit guard not included See all photos 11 Photoswhen.eng("eng.galleries.init") when.eng("eng.perm.init")
Inhabitat's Week in Green: underwater Discus Hotel, mold-detecting bowl and a terrarium for edible insects
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.
By now "reinventing the wheel" has become a tired euphemism -- but that's exactly what skateboarder David Patrick did when he created the SharkWheel, a cube-shaped wheel that's surprisingly smoother and faster than conventional skateboard wheels. Patrick isn't the only inventor to challenge conventions this week, though. In an effort to develop a more sustainable source of protein, designer Mansour Ourasanah developed a terrarium for growing edible insects in your home. That invention might be a tough sell for some people, but this one is sure to be a crowd-pleaser: English telecommunications company Vodafone unveiled a sleeping bag that uses body heat to charge your gadgets as you sleep and a pair of shorts that harness kinetic energy to charge your cellphone. Meanwhile architect Richard Moreta Castillo unveiled plans for a solar-powered, man-made island that will clean up the ocean while generating renewable energy, and Tokyo installed an impressive bicycle elevator that can store as many as 144 bikes underground.
Three years ago, a team of architects, artists and engineers teamed up to create the Exbury Egg, a self-sustaining, floating office in England. The egg-shaped pod was finally completed last month, and it looks pretty amazing. In other architecture news, London-based design firm Baharash Architecture has been selected to design a massive green residential community in Dubai that will be powered by 600,000 square feet of solar cells. Vincent Callebaut just unveiled plans for the Swallow's Nest, a new zero-energy cultural center in Taiwan that will be shaped like a Möbius ring. Dutch architecture firm MVRDV completed an impressive renovation of a Seoul eyesore, transforming it into a modernist icon that glows from within with colorful LED lights. And Deep Ocean Technology received the green light to move ahead with construction on its underwater Discus Hotel in the Maldives.
In what could prove to be a major breakthrough for renewable energy, a team of scientists in Australia has developed a way to turn seawater into hydrogen, effectively generating a virtually unlimited clean energy source. Mongolia's first major wind energy project, which consists of 31 turbines, just switched online for the first time, hopefully marking the start of a new trend in the windswept country. Wind energy company McCamley has developed a new solar / wind turbine that generates energy from both the wind and sun, and in an effort to replace hazardous kerosene wick lamps, the company d.light has created a series of affordable solar LED lamps for people in rural Asia and Africa.
Bad news for coffee drinkers: A disease known as coffee rust fungus is spreading across coffee plantations in Central America, threatening to wipe out coffee crops. Chodha designed a brilliant mold-detecting bowl that can tell you when your fruit is beginning to go rotten. In 3D printing news, the company Bespoke Innovations has developed a line of beautiful 3D-printed custom covers for prosthetic legs that do away with the one-size-fits-all mentality. And NYC officials have introduced a bill that calls for regulating the production of 3D-printed guns. Things are getting desperate as bee populations continue to dwindle. To address the problem, researchers at Washington State University are creating a bee sperm bank to help diversify the bee gene pool. And a reminder: Don't forget to enter Inhabitat's latest giveaway for a chance to win a $400 electric composter from NatureMill.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
If you didn't get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we've opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week, the Lumia 925 touched down in Germany, a popular RSS client for Android broke free of its Google Reader shackles and BBM Channels received some sorely needed features. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore all that's happening in the mobile world for this week of June 10th, 2013.Lumia 925 hits shelves in Germany
The Nokia Lumia 925 touched down in Germany this week as a kickoff to its eventual rollout in other European countries, along with China and the US. The phone comes bundled with a beta version of Nokia Glance Screen, which allows users to get an immediate look at the time and battery level -- all without waking the device. The Lumia 925 arrives as a slimmed down variant of the Lumia 920, with differences that include an aluminum enclosure, an improved camera and an AMOLED display. As for Glance, other Lumia owners will be able to get in on the fun with the arrival of Nokia's upcoming Amber software update. [Nokia Conversations]Press for Android gains Feedbin and Feed Wrangler support
With only a couple of weeks to go before Google Reader receives the axe, the creators of Press -- an RSS reader for Android -- have updated the app with support for Feedbin and Feed Wrangler. Neither service is free, however, as you'll pay $2 per month for Feedbin or $19 per year for Feed Wrangler. On the upside, Press users can look forward to future integration with Feedly (free) and Fever ($30). [Android Police]New searching and sharing options arrive in BBM Channels beta
BBM Channels is still in its early days as a social network, but users will now find a number of changes that make the Tumblr-like service more useful and approachable. A new beta version of the BBM Channels app was released this week, which allows users to search -- rather than just browse -- for channels, and the ability to repost content from others into one's own channel. Other minor improvements include the ability to share a clickable version of your Channel PIN to Facebook and Twitter, support for animated GIFs and the ability to view subscriber counts of a channel. Should you decide that BBM Channels isn't your thing, the latest version also allows users to delete their channel. [BlackBerry]Other random tidbitsA dual-SIM version of the HTC One was announced in Taiwan, where it's known as -- wait for it -- the HTC One Dual. Pomp and circumstance aside, the phone is a rebranded version of the 802d, which has been available in China for a few months now. [ePrice]As speculated, the LG Optimus L4 II is now available in Russia and Ukraine for 5,490 rubles ($172). Rumored specs have also proven accurate, as the phone combines Android 4.1, a 3.8-inch HVGA display, a 1GHz single-core processor and a 3-megapixel BSI camera. [Unwired View]The beta version of Facebook for Windows Phone 8 received support for German and Italian in its latest update. [WMPoweruser]Skype for BlackBerry received an update that's designed to improve performance and stability, and allow users to purchase Skype Credits from within the app. [CrackBerry]Consumer Cellular introduced a home phone service that runs $10 per month for its current subscribers. As a necessary component, users must also purchase the Wireless Home Base Device, which works with existing landline equipment and costs $35. [PhoneScoop]The Samsung Galaxy Ace II E made its debut at Eastlink and Videotron in Canada, which combines a 3.8-inch WVGA display, a dual-core 1GHz CPU, a 5-megapixel camera and Android 4.1. Eastlink is currently offering the better value of the two carriers, which sells the phone for $249, as opposed to $300 at Videotron. [MobileSyrup]The Huawei Ascend Y201 is now available at Virgin Mobile in Canada for $80 outright. The entry-level smartphone features a 3.5-inch HVGA display, a 3.2-megapixel camera and runs Android 2.3. [MobileSyrup]Huawei has put the Ascend P6 up for pre-order today in China, which comes a mere three days before the phone hits general availability. [Engadget Chinese (translated)]Must-read mobile storiesNokia Lumia 925 review: lots of changes, but not much differenceSamsung Galaxy S4 Active coming to AT&T June 21st for $199.99, pre-orders begin tomorrowHuawei Ascend W1 review: the company's first WP8 device is promising, yet flawedReuters: Apple considering 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhones, $99 modelNokia ships its last Symbian phones this summerThis is the HTC One MiniSprint testing LTE cell sites in San Francisco, we pay one a visitSamsung officially announces Galaxy S4 zoom with 16MP camera, 10x optical zoomWWDC 2013 keynote roundup: OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, new Mac Pro, refreshed Airs and iTunes Radio
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