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Aug 17, 2014

Nexus 6 to Be the First Android Silver Device, Called Moto S on Verizon [Video]




One of the smartphones that have been long rumored to arrive on shelves before the end of this year is the Nexus 6, and some more info on it is now available.

The handset, said a few times before to be coming from Motorola, is now rumored to also be the first device included in the Android Silver series, which should be replacing the Nexus lineup. We’ve already heard a lot of rumors on the Android Silver program, yet no official confirmation on the matter has been provided as of now. The new family of devices should include top-of-the-line smartphones coming from multiple mobile phone makers, and will replace both the Nexus series and the Google Play Edition phones, it seems. According to a recent post on TK Tech News, the Nexus 6 will arrive on shelves at Verizon Wireless in the United States under the name of Moto S and will be the first device in the new Android Silver series. The phone, spotted online before under the codename of Motorola Shamu, or Google Shamu, is said to feature a 5.2-inch or larger touchscreen display, one that should be able to deliver a Quad HD resolution.

Moreover, the handset is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 805 processor and to include a 13-megapixel camera on the back, along with a 2.1MP front camera. A video that shows allegedly leaked screenshots coming from Motorola Shamu is also available for your viewing pleasure, accompanied by a photo with the screen protector that the upcoming device will supposedly sport. Apparently, it will feature dual front speakers, the same as another forthcoming smartphone from Motorola, namely the Moto X+1. None of the details above has been confirmed as of now, and there’s no telling whether they will pan out or not, so take all of them with a grain of salt for the time being.

Undoubtedly, a Nexus 6 smartphone will be coming later this year, most probably being the first handset to run under the Android L operating system version, but it remains to be seen if it will indeed be the aforementioned Motorola Shamu. According to TK Tech News, the handset detailed above will certainly be released on Verizon’s network, yet the model name could not be verified. Hopefully, it won’t be long before Google makes an official announcement on the matter and we’ll learn more on this phone, be it Moto S, Nexus 6, or however Motorola and Google decide to call it, so stay tuned for more on this.

Moto S screen protector
Image credits to TK Tech News
In this video I was able to cast my surface 3 display to show you guys confirmed screenshots from the upcoming nexus 6 aka the motorola shamu. We show the specs and we confirm the device on verizon wireless.
Also early today we received another leak that there may he two nexus devices. A 5.2 and a 5.9 inch model
We havent got 100% confirmation on this as of yet. But we have confirmed the Nexus 6 5.9
stay tuned for more details as it comes available today.
TK
oh and no the device isnt rooted its not a build prop edit. as confirmed by the imei.
Video credits to TK Tech News

BBM for Windows Phone Exits Beta, Download Now Version 1.0




Good news for Windows Phone fans who have been patiently waiting for BlackBerry to keep their promise and bring BBM on Microsoft's mobile platform, as the Canadian company has just released the final version of their instant messenger.

Windows Phone is the fourth major operating system that gets BBM, after the application landed on BlackBerry, Android, and iOS a long time ago. Anyway, for those unaware, BlackBerry kicked off the beta program for BBM for Windows Phone a few weeks ago, but given the fact that the beta version of the application was open for everyone, anyone with a compatible device could have download it. Obviously, there were lots of things that needed to be fixed and a few new features had to be implemented, but BBM was working well enough on Windows Phone devices. BlackBerry even released a few updates for the beta version of BBM for Windows Phone that would further improve user overall experience. Today, however, the Canadian company announces that BBM for Windows Phone has exit beta and the final version is now available for download via Windows Phone Store.

Version 1.0 of BBM for Windows Phone brings another set of improvements and bug fixes, which should make it more stable for those who have experienced any issues with the application during beta testing. Here is what the developers had to say about this first version of BBM for Windows Phone:  “We're excited to offer BBM to Windows Phone users! V1 focuses on bringing the speed, privacy and security of BBM – loved by millions around the world – to chatting and sharing through 1:1, multi-person and BBM Group chats. We're already working hard on V2 where we'll introduce additional features to BBM for Windows Phone.” And as mentioned earlier, the newest version of BBM for Windows Phone packs a few improvements and bug fixes over the previous ones.

For example, the developers confirm that the update should feature improved application launch times. A certain issue that some users faced where BBM would display in English when the device language was set to Spanish, has been addressed as well. Last but not least, BlackBerry stated that other bug fixes and performance improvements have been included in the update as well, but no additional details on any of these have been shared yet. You can now download BBM for Windows Phone 1.01 for free via Windows Phone Store. Keep in mind that the application should be fully compatible with all devices powered by Windows Phone 8 and up.

BBM for Windows Phone (screenshots)
Image credits to BlackBerry
BBM for Windows Phone Now Available
Video credits to BlackBerry

Intel's Best Haswell-EP Xeon CPU Has 18 Cores, Full Series Detailed




We've been writing a lot about Intel's upcoming Haswell-E collection of central processing units. We still don't know exactly when the Core i7 Haswell-E will debut, but it seems like there is finally an actual roadmap and price list for the new Xeon-branded processors, Haswell-EP.

At the moment, you won't find any chip with more than 15 cores out on sale anywhere, and even that particular Xeon chip is very rarely used. Mostly, the 6-core units are employed worldwide, as well as the occasional 12-core. The matter of core number is an iffy one. More cores do increase the computing capabilities of computers, but most programs aren't coded for more than four. That's why only servers and data centers, which run many operations at once, use them. And even there, ludicrous core counts aren't needed overmuch because the systems are composed of a high number of different sub-systems, like server blades with one or two CPUs of their own. With such computers working in tandem, chips of up to 12 cores have been holding the fort just fine. That isn't going to stop Intel from launching an 18-core Haswell-EP chip though. According to ChipLoco and MacWorld, that is the number of cores sported by the flagship Xeon chip set for September 9 release. The processor will be called Xeon E5-2699 v3 and will have a clock of 2.3 GHz, a TDP of 145W (thermal design power), and a price of €3029 / $4,058.

The greater number of cores means a higher parallel computing power, reducing the need for NVIDIA Tesla or AMD FirePro/FireStream add-in PC Express compute accelerators. Right below the Xeon E5-2699 v3 is the Intel E5-2698 v3, with 16 cores, 2.3 GHz frequency, 135W TDP, and price of €2,379/ $3,187. The list continues with three 14-core processors, four 12-core units, three 10-core chips, three 8-core processors, and four six-core Xeon E5-series CPUs. Most of them are “normal” chips, but the E5-2650L v3 stands out thanks to its TDP of only 65W, in spite of the 12 cores. Its clock is of 1.8 GHz and the price is €989 / $1,325. The cheapest CPU is the 6-core E5-2603 v3: €169 / $226.

Dell Precision workstations will be the first systems equipped with Haswell-EP chips, according to reports on the net. The Apple Mac Pro should receive them as an upgrade as well, though probably not the 18-inch one. 4K video editing is the most obvious possible use for super-systems like these, but 3D game production should benefit greatly as well. If ever there will be another sequel to, say, the Dragon Age franchise, Dell's computers, or rival systems of similar make, will quite possibly play a part.

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5 CPU
Image credits to ChipLoco

Motorola Moto X+1 Specs Leaks: Snapdragon 801 CPU, 5.2-Inch FHD Display




There have been many rumors surrounding the next Motorola flagship smartphone, the rumored Moto X+1, but little was known about specs until recently.

We know the Moto X+1 is likely to be officially unveiled during IFA 2014 trade fair, as Motorola has just confirmed a press conference scheduled for September 4. The US-based company is expected to announce more than one smartphone during the launch event and one of them might be the Motorola Moto X+1. Another piece of information we know about the upcoming Moto X+1 is the fact that it will be picked up by major carrier Verizon Wireless in the United States. According to the latest hearsay, the Moto X+1 should go on sale at Verizon on September 25, but keep in mind that these are just rumors coming from various sources more or less close to the matter so take it with a grain of salt.

Motorola fans considering the Moto X+1 as their main phone may want to read further in order to get more info on what's the smartphone could offer in terms of hardware and software configuration. The smartphone recently popped up in GFXBench database, so here are some of the specs listed in the benchmarking application. First of all, the Moto X+1 will be powered by Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system out of the box, which is no surprise considering this is the last version of Google's mobile platform. When it comes to hardware, there's a bit of a confusion as the Moto X+1 appears listed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset inside, which is clocked at 2.5GHz. This is a clear indication that the smartphone is in fact powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor.

Moreover, the smartphone packs an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, but only 10GB user available. On the back, the Moto X+1 will boast a 13-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and 4K video recording. There's also a secondary 2-megapixel camera in the front for video calls and selfies. Last but not least, Motorola Moto X+1 sports a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) capacitive touchscreen display. It's unclear whether or not the unannounced handset will also pack microSD card slot for memory expansion, but we will keep an eye out for any additional details on the matter so stay tuned. In related news, Motorola is expected to announce the Moto X+1 in early September along Moto G2 and Moto 360 smartwatch.

Motorola Moto X+1 specs sheet
Image credits to GFXBench

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