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Hardware

The folks over at TheTechReport seem to have spotted something interesting regarding AMD’s FreeSync technology. It would appear that not all AMD GPUs are supported and the only confirmed entrants are Hawaii and Tonga, namely R9 285, R9 290 and R9 290X.  Needless to say Nvidia GPUs won’t be supported either.AMD Freesync TechSpot Image

Only Latest AMD Silicon Will Support FreeSync Technology – R9 285, R9 290 and R9 290X Included

You will probably remember that FreeSync is AMD’s literal answer to Nvidia’s Proprietary G-Sync technology. It was previously thought that FreeSync would be supported on any silicon once the display port was standardized but it looks like there are some architectural changes that matter as well. Which would mean that FreeSync is not entirely code and port standards. Here is a quote I copied from TTR “That means brand-new cards like the Radeon R9 280, 280X, 270, and 270X won’t be FreeSync-capable. Nor will any older Radeons in the HD 7000 and 8000 series. AMD tells us these prior-gen GPUs don’t have the necessary support for the latest DisplayPort standard.

G-Sync and FreeSync are very important to the PC Gaming scene primarily because technologies such as these mean game changing mechanics in different portions. For example, lower frame counts are easier to digest and look more natural if the GPU output rate matches the screen exactly. Though both have different approaches, the idea remains the same, with one being proprietary and the other being open and free. Variable Refresh Rates are undoubtedly trending in Display Technology, probably right there with 4K. Though there hasn’t been a show down between the red tinted and green tinted technologies yet, FreeSync was (and still is) a really great effort to standardize perfect syncing. However by the looks of it, there might be some time left before that happens. I mentioned previously that the total cost of FreeSync is around $10 but that is the MSRP and the AIBs are completely free to charge you any amount of premium they want.

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Gadgets

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is set to be launched at IFA on September 3. The super rumored phablet is often considered as the primary device to beat in the category as others are following the lead to launch their own larger smartphones. With a brilliant 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is set to keep its fans moving for one more year. While we await the release of the Super Phablet, here is a high-res Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wallpaper.

– Relevant read: Samsung Teases S Pen and Handwriting on the New Note!

Download Galaxy Note 4 wallpaper:

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Gadgets

The iPhone 6 is going to be with us soon. Within weeks as a matter of fact. That doesn’t stop us from speculating about Apple’s next flagship device though. There have been a couple of leaks related to Apple’s upcoming flagship over the past couple of days. They put the iPhone 6 to have a resolution of 828 x 1472 from the iOS 8 SDK and 960 x 1704 through microscopic analysis and a report.

Today’s speculation isn’t based on any leaks but rather comes courtesy of iPhone journalist John Gruber. Mr. Gruber has something to say about the resolution of the iPhone 6. His method is not based on leaks or any information but rather follows a very scientific approach towards figuring out the specifications of the iPhone 6. They are based on the fact that Apple has continuously stuck to 326 ppi for iPhones 4 and 5, even though iPhone 5 saw a 0.5 screen size increase from the iPhone 4. So let’s try to see if Mr. Gruber actually has a point here as well.

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Industry

September is bringing a lot of products in the computer sector but even that pales in comparison to the amount of mobile products launching in September. From Sony to Samsung to Microsoft, we have tons of mobile devices and gadgets coming in so we take a look at what we are expecting from different brands in the next month.Microsoft Sony Motorola September Mobile Releases

September to See Many Mobile Launches – Sony, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft and Motorola Included

Lets begin chronologically, the first date of interest is September the 3rd. Sony will be ready to announce some new phones and maybe even a phablet. If Sony’s past record is to be any indicator then it will push these products very actively in the US Markets, and should be readily available to the US consumers. The next day, September 4th, is the day any technophile and gadget lover should note down in their calenders because we have announcements from across the board. Samsung, Motorola and Microsoft are all queuing up for big announcements.

Samsung and Microsoft will be hosting events in Beijing and New York while Motorola has scheduled an event in Chicago. Samsung is expected to officially announce the Galaxy Note 4 according to latest reports. The rumored devices are 4K OLED TVs and maybe even a competitor to the Google Glass. Motorola will be teasing the new Moto G and ofcourse the anxiously anticipated Moto 360 Smart Watch. And also we will finally get to see the Moto X replacement which might be called the Moto X+1 or the Moto X2. The exact specifications are unknown but it will probably have a larger screen and more TDP overhead.

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Hardware

AMD’s FreeSync technology was one of the widely discussed techs at the time of its unveiling. The question that everyone seemed to be asking (and debating) was whether AMD could truly provide the capability of the G-Sync Monitors with no apparent additional cost. Well, so far the only samples that had been available were on AMD demos but it looks like the release date of AMD FreeSync Compliant Monitors is finally in sight.AMD VESA DisplayPort 1.2a Standard

AMD Free Sync Monitors Shipping in 2015 – Debuting in DisplayPort 1.2a Standard

All this is happening over at the SIGGRAPH conference and it was revealed there that the monitors will start sending out samples by next month so they can be tested in third party labs. Basically the ‘engineering samples’ of these displays will ship by September while the official release happens sometime in 2015. Since there were no samples of FreeSync available to the press or public before (booths excepted) this should more or less put an end to the FreeSync vs. G-Sync debate once the jury comes in.

AMD FreeSync, unlike Nvidia G-Sync is completely and utterly royalty free, however, that does not automatically mean you will get Free-Sync without charge because the choice of adding premium lies with the manufacturers. And somehow I sincerely doubt manufacturers would go through the trouble of making models FreeSync compliant and not introduce any premium to the MSRP. The cost of making a monitor FreeSync compliant is quite marginal though, somewhere in the range of $10-20, so that should give you an idea of how much Premium a brand is charging on any “FreeSync compatible” monitor. The refresh rate of these monitors is going to range from 24Hz to 144Hz. Needless to say there is a very huge verdict coming and one side of the Red-Green war is going to be disappointed. I for one can’t wait to see how these two products fare against each other.

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Hardware

Resolution is a pretty interesting subject. Since it is a case of diminishing returns, the field is inevitably divided into two camps: the purists and those who can never have enough resolution. Most of the enthusiasts and gamers lie somewhere between these two points but probably the most agreed upon resolution is 1080p (or atleast currently anyways). It is therefore, quite troubling that the Oculus Rift, the visual gaming device of next generation only has a resolution of 1280×800 or atleast unless Nvidia’s R&D department can do something about it.nvidia cascaded display

Innovative LCD OverLapping Method Devised by Nvidia’s R&D Department to Increase Oculus Rift’s Resolution

So Basically, the concept is called Cascaded Display and it tries to offer a very cheap solution to the problem that not only Oculus Rift but all head mounted VR Displays faces: increasing resolution without adding an insane price tag. And I am pretty sure, nearly every one would agree that 1280×800 is too low a resolution with 1080p being the bare minimum. Well, Nvidia’s R&D department claims it can raise the ‘perceivable resolution’ to 2560×1600 and very cheaply at that. All they would need to do is stack 2 LCDs together. The method is really quite ingenious and surprisingly very simple. So simple in fact that anyone with reasonable DIY experience could make the hardware at home, although where they would get the software to run that is any body’s guess.

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After the release of a report claiming that OS X Yosemite will see a delayed public release in October and will share the event with a new 4K thunderbolt display, we are seeing a leaked images and concepts getting a new life. Apple kept up with yesterday’s buzz by releasing the first OS X Yosemite public beta to the users. Earlier report came from a trusted source which has managed to successfully predict – or report – a number of bits related to Apple in the past too.

With this revived expectation of Apple working on a new 4K Thunderbolt desktop (there is also an indication that this could be a new iMac with 4K support instead of the Thunderbolt 2 display), here comes the first concept of the beautiful 4K thunderbolt display. This Apple 4K cinema concept comes from Edgar Rios who has designed a rather gorgeous new 4K Thunderbolt Display. With minimal bezels on the right and left sides and curved design, the new 4K thunderbolt display does look quite sleek. 

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Gadgets Industry

Different Apple products’ launch dates are getting leaked today thanks to an insider source. We earlier reported that Apple is getting ready for a tentative iPhone 6 launch event in mid-September along with iOS 8. With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite aiming for a consistent platform and offering many similar features, one expected both the mobile and desktop operating systems to have a single launch event. However, turns out Apple is delaying the launch event of OS X Yosemite which will be a month later in October along with a new 12-inch Retina MacBook and an Apple 4K desktop!Apple 4K desktop

Apple 4K desktop, Retina MacBook and OS X Yosemite

iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is set for a September launch event. On the other hand, the Mac OS X Yosemite is pushed a month ahead for October release according to sources. With Developer Previews coming every two to three weeks as planned, OS X Yosemite developers will receive a final Preview build on September 29th followed by a Golden Master build on October 10th, according to the sources close to 9to5mac. The site shares authoritative bits of Apple’s news and leaks and have previously correctly broken a few rumors.

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Gather around, gather around. With Apple due to launch its next smartphone this September, details and images of its alleged parts have already started to appear all over the internet. One of the oldest leaks related to the phone was that Apple was reportedly going to switch to a Sapphire glass display for the iPhone 6. The material is said to beat the currently used gorilla glass in terms of well, everything. Ever since pictures surfaced claiming to showcase the smartphone’s front facade, it was only a matter of time before the internet got around to doing what it does best i.e. to brutalize the material. And we were not disappointed. A video appeared a couple of days back showing the flexibility of the material, but it seemed incomplete. Well folks, a new video has surfaced in which our friends from China carry out a range of ‘tests’ on the alleged front panel of the iPhone 6.

Alleged Front Panel Of The iPhone 6 Brutalized – Set On Fire Amongst Other Things

The Chinese testers in the video above do everything in their capability to punish the front panel. Starting from a simple coin being used to test the screen, they move on towards other, more extreme methods to punish the display. The front panel of the iPhone 6 is then scratched with keys and a paper cutter, which it bears bravely. Next on the list of the testers is a hammer which also fails to impress both us and the front panel. Same is the case for a nail being hammered into the display. The display however seems to have had enough once the testers run it over with a car. It even suffers the wrath of a flame with perseverance, with not facing a single deformity when a lighter is held under it. Thats all we have for you today on the iPhone 6 folks. Stay tuned for more, and let us know in the comments box about the video. Cheers.

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With the increasing popularity of smartphones, there have been a lot of choices for users to pick from. Plus, with LG just having introduced it’s flagship G3 handset, the choice has gotten even more complicated. The G3 has strong competitors along the likes of Samusng’s Galaxy S5, Apple iPhone 5S and others. Phonearena.com has done an in depth comparison of one of the most important aspects of a smartphone i.e. it’s display. The contenders for the race of having the best display are the Galaxy S5, iPhone 5S, Xperia Z2 and the HTC one.

Brightness And Outdoor Visibility:

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As the period in which Apple is expected to launch the next iPhone 6 gets nearer, we get to see more and more mockups of the device. We’ve covered several of these ourselves as well. But, whatever the case may be, mockups will remain to be mockups. What we have for you today is what webiste 9to5Mac claims to be actual pictures of the upcoming iPhone 6. Not of the entire device of course, but of it’s front facade. The pictures are both in black and white variations. They allow us to get a much better look at what the upcoming iPhone 6 can be expected to look like. In fact, appearance of these pictures might also be able to provide us with the ability to guess at the launch date of the device.

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Pictures Show Completely Different Facade From Previous Models. FaceTime Camera Also Possibly Relocated

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Gadgets

Latest reports suggest that Apple is set to begin production of its 2014 iPad Air this month. The report claims that next gen iPad Air‘s display components are going into mass production in the middle of this month. It is also being suggested that Apple’s 2014 iPad Air will have similar design, an improved A8 chip, and an 8MP shooter. 2014 iPad Air

2014 iPad Air going into production:

Apple traditionally releases the new iPad models in October every year. With the latest report claiming that display panel are going into mass production this month, Cupertino giant seems to be in time to produce iPad Air

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Software

Apple just released the very latest Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 publicly after a number of beta releases. The beta were seeded to Mac developers from time to time in order to further improve the update. The latest Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 brings some major updates and fixes to the OS. download os x mavericks 10.9.3

In the highlights, this latest OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 brings better support for 4K displays and the gives you the ability to sync contacts and calendars with your iOS devices using USB connection.

Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 changelog

Here are the complete release notes of this latest update:

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Industry

Planning to buy an Apple iMac, MacBook Air or an iPad Air? Well, here are some good Apple deals on various models offered by retailers this week. Check out the ones on your favorite product and save some good hundreds of dollars!Apple deals

Apple deals on iPad Air:

If you were planning to get your hands on Apple’s thinnest tablet, the iPad Air, now might be the best time. Amazon is offering some amazing Apple deals on many models. Discounts vary from a few dollar to a hundred! Here are some of the Apple deals on iPad Air models by Amazon:

  • iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB: $929 [Discounted price: $849]
  • iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 32GB: $729 [Discounted price: $685]
  • iPad Air Wi-Fi 32GB: $599 [Discounted price: $555]
  • iPad Air Wi-Fi 16GB: $499 [Discounted price: $481]
  • iPad Air Wi-Fi 64GB: $699 [Discounted price: $679]
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Hardware

Touch screen based smartphones and tablets aren’t really very sensitive to scratches. They are designed and produced to be scratch-resistant and strong enough to tough the regular wear and tear. However, if you don’t protect touch screen of your smartphones or tablets, it is fairly easy to damage them too.

Considering the cost of replacing the display screens, and also the loss of crisp viewing experience that comes with a shining new display, it is often advised to consumers to protect touch screen before they are ruined to bricks. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you protect touch screen based gadgets – don’t forget to share your own tips with us!protect touch screen

– Relevant Android tips and tricks: How to Unfreeze a Frozen Android Smartphone or Tablet

Tips to protect touch screen:



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