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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: in anteprima dal MWC 2013 [VIDEO]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 è ufficiale, come da pronostici. Direttamente dal MWC 2013 alias Mobile World Congress 2013 di Barcellona, la società sudcoreana toglie i veli da questo tablet di medie dimensioni – 8 pollici appunto – che monta il sistema operativo Android 4.2 Jelly Bean e non Windows 8 come rumoreggiato nei rumors dei mesi scorsi (vedi giù). L’estetica e il design sono molto semplici e lineari con una sottigliezza non male (sotto gli 8 millimetri), angoli dolcemente smussati e colore bianco candido. La scheda tecnica è potentissima con un processore quad core da 1.6GHz accompagnato da 2GB mentre lo schermo Super Clear LCD ha una risoluzione non esagerata da 1280×800 pixel ed è proprio questo, probabilmente, il particolare meno entusiasmante. Scopriamone di più.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 scheda tecnica ufficiale

La scheda tecnica di Samsung Galaxy Note 8 parte dal sistema operativo Android 4.2 Jelly Bean e prosegue con lo schermo Super Clear LCD con diagonale da 8 pollici a risoluzione 1280×800 pixel, le dimensioni sono di 210.8mm x 135.9mm x 7.95mm per un peso di 330 grammi, c’è un processore quadcore da 1.6 GHz con 2 GB di RAM, una memoria interna da 16 o 32 GB espandibile via microSD, porta USB 2.0, moduli WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 e A-GPS, infine fotocamera posteriore da 5 megapixel, frontale da 2 megapixel e una batteria da 4600 mAh. Lo specchietto:

  • Sistema operativo Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Schermo Touchscreen Super Clear LCD con diagonale da 8 pollici a risoluzione 1280×800 pixel
  • Dimensioni di 210.8mm x 135.9mm x 7.95mm per un peso di soli 330 grammi
  • WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 e A-GPS
  • Memoria da 16 o 32 GB espandibile via microSD
  • Processore quadcore da 1.6 GHz con 2 GB di RAM
  • USB 2.0
  • Batteria da 4600mAh

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 i rumors della vigilia

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 potrebbe essere il nuovo tablet con sistema operativo Android che uscirà allo scoperto al MWC 2013 (Mobile World Congress 2013) di Barcellona il prossimo mese di febbraio. Le voci indicano la società sudcoreana come propensa a presentare questo nuovo dispositivo con diagonale da 8 pollici (circa come iPad Mini), ma con una scheda tecnica più vicina a un notebook. Il display con tecnologia S-Pen avrebbe infatti risoluzione 1280×800 pixel, dovrebbe trovarsi un processore quad core Exynos 5 Octa con 2GB di Ram, una consistente memoria interna, doppia fotocamera da 5 e 1.3 megapixel, connettività HSPA, Wi-Fi e Bluetooth. Dorebbe inoltre essere compatibile con una custodia con tastiera inclusa che lo trasformerebbe proprio in un portatile.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 al MWC 2012

Il Mobile World Congress non sarebbe infatti una novità come teatro di presentazione di un tablet della gamma Galaxy Note. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (foto su) era infatti stato ufficializzato al Mobile World Congress 2012 (foto giù). Dopo i rumors e le foto rubate dai cataloghi, vi avevamo anticipato in assoluta anteprima la conferma. Uscendo dalla metropolitana in Placa de Catalunya siamo infatti stati accolti da una gigantografia grande quanto uno degli storici palazzi affacciati sulla popolare Piazza. E come da aspettative, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 era la commistione tra Samsung Galaxy Note e Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 era una versione più grande di Samsung Galaxy Note che ricordiamo porta la diagonale di schermo a una dimensione di 5.3 pollici. Raddoppia quasi la superficie totale mantenendo la stessa tecnologia di base. Quale? Quella di riconoscimento evoluto della scrittura che permette di poter agire con un pennino sul touchscreen per appunti, note e disegni. Una versione muscolosa, insomma, con sistema operativo Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich oltre che l’interfaccia proprietaria. E ora sembra il turno di Samsung Galaxy Note 8 che sarà un modello più compatto che andrà a combattere frontalmente – in quanto a dimensioni – con iPad Mini (che misura 7.9 pollici), ma che si rivolgerà al confronto direttamente con i netbook e ai notebook compatti – in quanto a potenza – grazie alla scheda tecnica che promette performance niente male. Attendiamo nuove informazioni, che sicuramente non tarderanno ad arrivare prima del Mobile World Congress 2013 di Barcellona.

Article source: http://www.tecnocino.it/2013/02/articolo/samsung-galaxy-note-8-in-anteprima-dal-mwc-2013-video/37303/

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Pandora establishes 40-hour mobile listening cap for free users

Remember the good ol' days of Pandora? Well, it turns out that you were living in it until today. Just this afternoon, the music streaming service revealed that it's become necessary to return to the 40 hour caps from times long ago -- only this time around, it applies only to mobile users. If you may recall, Pandora dropped these caps in September 2011, but steeper royalty costs have forced the company's hand in the matter. What does this mean for you? Well, unless you fit within the four percent of Pandora listeners that jam out on a mobile device for more than 40 hours per month, you're unlikely to ever notice the change. Meanwhile, heavy users will need to pay $0.99 to continue listening for the remainder of the month. Naturally, you can also lay down $3.99 per month (or $36 per year) for Pandora One, which will kick both those limits and pesky ads to the curb.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/27/pandora-establishes-40-hour-mobile-listening-cap/

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The Daily Roundup for 02.27.2013

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

Editorial: Google Glass contest elicits mild uses for wild tech

Google's #ifihadglass contest advertises for "bold, creative individuals" to start carrying pre-production builds of Glass later this year.

The Engadget Show 41: 'Space' with NASA, SETI, Liftport and Mary Roach

"Space," a great man once said, "is the place." Over the centuries, the cosmos have inspired mankind's imagination and innovation, in pursuit of that final frontier.

Adobe outs Photoshop Touch for phones, ready to outfit pockets for $4.99

Jealous about your mates' ability to edit photos and whatnot via their mid-sized slates? Well, Adobe has just announced a solution that's ready to equip your handset of choice.

Samsung announces Android Wallet app for tickets and coupons

If your heart bleeds Android, but your eyes occasionally wander in the direction of Apple's Passbook, good news. Samsung has announced "Wallet," a ticketing and coupon app of its own.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/27/the-daily-roundup-for-02-27-2013/

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Bomberman gets unofficial web-based version, crams in up to 1,000 online players

This is about to ruin any hopes you had of a productive day. Bombermine, an unofficial version of SNES throwback, Super Bomberman, is a web-based gift that lets you face-off against up to 1,000 players in a single game. Borrowing the same scoresheet setup of a first-person shooter, you'll auto-generate within an existing game once you've picked a username. Beta servers in Europe, the US and Japan all went live earlier this week. The gameplay is unaffected by the transition, although there are some new additions, like a chat window and even a Nyancat-tainted power-up to bring this terrible, terrible time-sink up to date. Get your work in order, then meet us on the servers at the source link.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/27/bomberman-unofficial-web-based-version/

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE ships to US Cellular

U.S. Cellular Launches The 4G LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Note™ 10.1

Portable, lightweight tablet is available online and in stores, delivering premium productivity and creative capabilities

CHICAGO (February 27, 2013) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States, announced the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note™ 10.1 is now available in U.S. Cellular stores and at uscellular.com. The 16GB Galaxy Note 10.1 is $499.99 when paired with a plan with 2GB or more of data.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 joins U.S. Cellular's innovative line-up of 4G LTE devices that includes the Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Note® II and the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1. Customers who purchase the Galaxy Note 10.1 from U.S. Cellular receive benefits no other carrier offers, including a valuable rewards program that recognizes customer loyalty.

"The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 makes it easier to get more work done and stay connected while you're away from the office, and enhances the moments you share with your family too," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "Its speed and performance are even better when backed by the 4G LTE network, which delivers data up to 10 times faster than 3G."

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1's integrated S Pen offers users with the precision of a pen and the control of a mouse. With S Pen, users can take meeting notes, personalize emails, edit documents and more. The S Pen can also be used as a tool for PC-like shortcuts and to preview content simply by hovering. There's also a multi-window capability to browse the web, check emails, watch videos and work on office documents at the same time. The Galaxy Note 10.1 includes a free preloaded version of Adobe® Photoshop Touch and 2GB of free file storage in Adobe's Creative Cloud. Consumers and artists alike can use Adobe Photoshop Touch to create presentation graphics, works of art, or simply modify photos. With the S Pen, it's a breeze to cut away layers or paint new backgrounds.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 also includes Samsung's Smart Remote, leveraging a universal remote control application and integrated infrared (IR) blaster to optimize TV watching experiences. Control any TV from your Galaxy Note 10.1 and get a personal guide that makes it easier to find something everyone wants to watch.

With the powerful Android™ 4.1 operating system, users can browse swiftly and smoothly through apps and all of the functions and features of the Galaxy Note 10.1. Google Now sends automatic and real-time notifications such as traffic alerts, sports scores and weather bulletins customized to the user's location and interests. Google Voice Search allows you to get search results on-the-go by simply speaking the question directly you're your phone.

* Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
* Quad-Core, 1.4 GHz Exynos processor, 2 GB RAM
* 16GB internal storage
* 5 megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera
* 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera

U.S. Cellular, in partnership with King Street Wireless, currently offers 4G LTE service covering 61 percent of its customers in select cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. By the end of this year, 87 percent of U.S. Cellular customers will have access to 4G LTE speeds. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/27/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-lte-ships-to-us-cellular/

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Astro Gaming officially unleashes A30 & A40 PC editions, drops prices to $100 & $150



Critically Acclaimed ASTRO Gaming A30 A40 Headsets Deliver Most Accurate Audio Ever; Feature Updated Cabling System, Re-tuned Drivers

Prices Permanently Reduced for PC Editions of ASTRO A40 Pro-Gaming Headset, Now $149.99;

ASTRO A30 Cross-Gaming Headset, Now $99.99

SAN FRANCISCO – Feb. 26, 2013 – ASTRO Gaming, a division of Skullcandy, Inc. (Nasdaq: SKUL), and creators of premium video gaming equipment for professional and hardcore gamers, today announced a major update to two more of brand's most innovative and best-selling products with the 2013 PC Editions of the ASTRO A30 Cross-Gaming Headset and the ASTRO A40 Pro-Gaming Headset. The PC Editions of the ASTRO A30 and ASTRO A40 are standalone headsets designed for use while gaming on a PC, Mac or mobile phone. ASTRO Gaming also announced significant permanent price reductions for both of the new 2013 PC Edition products: the ASTRO A30 Cross Gaming Headset will drop from $129.99 to $99.99; while the ASTRO A40 Pro-Gaming Headset will be reduced from $199.99 to $149.99.

The 2013 PC Editions of the ASTRO A30 and ASTRO A40 Headsets feature an update to the company's highly popular Quick Disconnect Cabling System as well as re-tuned drivers and enclosures that make the audiophile-grade headsets the most accurate and detailed ASTRO Gaming has ever produced, with improved low-end response and less distortion at peak volume.

2013 PC Edition ASTRO A30 and A40 Headset Features Include:


New Quick Disconnect Cabling System: Updated version of the ASTRO Quick Disconnect system, offering the same flexibility of using multiple cable types and lengths, but now plugging directly into the headset via a 3.5mm 4-pole jack instead of the original mid-cable release. This increases reliability and durability while also making it easier to change to preferred cable lengths and update cables as desired.

Media Controller Cable: Designed to move freely between mobile, console and PC gaming, ASTRO A30 and A40 PC Edition Headsets feature a unique Media Controller Cable providing total audio control featuring: an in-line mic; an in-line mute; a switch that toggles between in-line and boom mics; a multi-use call/pick-up/music track control button; and, a volume control wheel.

Best Sounding ASTRO Headsets Ever: The 2013 Edition ASTRO A30 and A40 have re-tuned drivers and enclosures with improved low-end response and less distortion at high volumes making them the most accurate ASTRO headsets ever


ASTRO Audio Experience - Engineered specifically for gaming, ASTRO Audio delivers audiophile-grade sound in a richly detailed positional audio experience. ASTRO A30 and A40 headsets are designed for extended game playing, movie watching and music listening sessions and feature superior fit and finish.

Removable Mic System: Both the ASTRO A30 and A40 feature a removable boom mic; the A40 mic can be removed and swapped from ear to ear while the A30 also features an in-line mic suited for conversations on the go.

Customizable Speaker Tags: ASTRO A30 and A40 headsets feature a magnetic, removable and customizable Speaker Tag system. Tags can be designed online to create a unique look for teams, clans, guilds or simply for pure personal expression.

2013 PC Editions of the ASTRO Gaming A30 and A40 Headsets are now available directly from www.astrogaming.com.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/27/astro-gaming-officially-unleashes-a30-and-a40-pc-editions-drops-p/

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LG Cinema Beam short-throw laser projector and 100-inch screen released in Korea

One of LG's more surprising product introductions at CES 2013 was its "HECTO" laser projector, which -- when combined with its accompanying 100-inch screen -- is capable of tossing a 1080p image from just 22-inches away. While we'd heard it's coming to the US in March, the projector is out in Korea today branded Cinema Beam TV, available for those ready to drop 9 million won ($8,322) on the package. It has a claimed 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and can accept video via WiDi or Miracast for wireless streaming from a PC or mobile device, while LG also says its laser light source is eco-friendly thanks to a mercury free design and extra long lifetime. The price tag is said to be around $10K when it ships here, apparently the company feels its unique capabilities make it a perfect fit for commercial installations like sports bars, or just high-end home theater customers that value its small footprint.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/27/lg-cinema-beam-hecto-laser-projector/

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Huawei Ascend G710 reportedly spied touting a 5-inch, 720p screen

Just because Huawei has already launched a small torrent of smartphones two months into 2013 doesn't mean the company is taking a vacation anytime soon. Evleaks has spotted what's purported to be the Ascend G710, a not-quite-high-end smartphone that would sit just below the Ascend D2. While it would preserve the 5-inch screen and 1.5GHz quad-core processor, it would dip to a 720p resolution. There's hints that it may be more a step sideways, however, through some less performance-minded changes: the G710 would have a premium-looking metal (or metal-effect) back, free up screen real estate with capacitive navigation buttons and talk to both CDMA and GSM networks. When the camera, storage and the all-important launch plans are still missing, though, there's a long way to go before we know where this latest Ascend might sit in Huawei's catalog.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/27/huawei-ascend-g710-reportedly-spied-touting-5-inch-720p-screen/

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Libratone speakers get an Android app to call their own

Libratone's speaker line hasn't been convenient at all for mobile users who don't swing the iOS way -- not unless they've got a very long audio cable. The audio designer hasn't quite achieved the Holy Grail of full wireless control for other platforms, but its new Android app provides the next best thing. The release lets Android 2.3 and beyond set up Live, Lounge and Zipp speakers on the WiFi network, and it can tune their sounds to match a physical space or musical tastes. There's still a distance to go when the speaker needs an aux-in connection just to change the volume. Still, we'll take a free app if it saves us a few walks across the living room.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/28/libratone-speakers-get-an-android-app-to-call-their-own/

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France mulls extending piracy laws to include streaming and direct downloads

ISPs in the US are just getting around to enforcing a "six strikes" policy against illegal P2P sharing, but France is now contemplating a crackdown on the streaming and direct downloads of pirated content. Hadopi, the government organization behind the country's existing "three strikes" law, released a new report that proposes websites take a page from YouTube's book and actively monitor content by using recognition algorithms and the like to take down things that are presumed illegal. If a site weren't to cooperate after a round of warnings, it might face penalties including DNS and IP blocking, domain name seizures and even financial repercussions that involve having their accounts with "payment intermediaries" (think PayPal) suspended. As for enforcement of this potential government mandate, the dossier posits that it could lean on internet service providers instead of hosting services, which according to EU law, can't be forced to conduct widespread surveillance. For now, these suggestions aren't being made policy, but Hadopi is mulling them over.

[Image credit: keith.bellvay, Flickr]

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/28/france-considers-extending-piracy-laws-streaming-direct-downloads/

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