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NVIDIA Officially Unveils The Tegra-K1 Equipped Shield Tablet for $299

Posted by dgstorm July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

It looks like all of our NVIDIA intel was true in one way or another. The company just officially took the wraps off their brand new Tegra-K1 equipped Shield tablet. The new gaming tablet/portable console device will ship in North America July 29th. It will hit Europe August 4, and other regions of the globe later this fall.

Before we jump into the nitty gritty of its specs and features, we also have pricing details. The Shield Tablet 16GB/Wi-Fi version will cost $299, and the 32GB/LTE model will sell for $399. Additionally, the optional Shield controller will cost $59.

Now for the juicy parts… here’s the primary spec-list:

  • 8-inch Full HD IPS LCD display
  • Built-in stylus that works with Nvidia’s new DirectStylus 2 tech
  • Tegra K1 SoC – 192 Kepler-based GPU cores (with support for some desktop class graphics)
  • Quad-core Cortex A15 processor spinning at 2.2GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi only version with 16GB of built-in storage, and an LTE-equipped version with 32GB of storage
  • Both feature an expansion card slot for up to 128GB of additional storage space

That’s not all though. This new tablet is more than just internals. NVIDIA have gone all-out by including what they claim are some "world’s first" features for this super-gaming tablet. Here’s a quote from their presser with the details,

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String of World Firsts

The SHIELD tablet provides a range of firsts for a tablet:

  • PC Streaming: First to stream games from a PC desktop or notebook, from anywhere in the home – using NVIDIA GameStreamTM technology to stream from systems powered by an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 6xx series or greater GPU.
  • Cloud Streaming: First to stream PC games from the cloud. Gamers can access the NVIDIA GRIDTM cloud gaming beta, available exclusively to SHIELD owners in Northern California, to instantly stream a library of high-quality PC games, and then save them in the cloud.
  • Twitch and NVIDIA ShadowPlayTM: First to feature Twitch – the leading video platform and community for gamers – which is also integrated with ShadowPlay, an advanced game-capture tool that lets users save and stream their greatest gaming moments. Gamers can stream titles from the SHIELD tablet to friends and foes worldwide. SHIELD Tablet also includes a 5MP front camera to enhance the image of the gamer overlaid on the Twitch gamecast.
  • Console Mode: First to feature NVIDIA Console Mode, which takes your tablet gameplay to your big screen TV. Console Mode transforms the device into a full living-room gaming and entertainment experience. Gamers can set up their SHIELD wireless controller, sit back on their couch and play Android games, browse the web and watch their favorite movies — all in native 1080p HD.

It looks like this puppy is crammed full of awesome gaming features. For some folks, this might just be the an amazing step forward in portable gaming technology. Share your thoughts!

Pics of The NVIDIA Shield Tablet are Leaked

Posted by dgstorm July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Earlier this week we shared some rumint regarding a potential NVIDIA Android gaming console. We don’t have anything new to report on that front, but we do have a solid leak regarding NVIDIA’s upcoming gaming Android tablet.

It’s called the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, and it could be one of the best things to come to Android gaming. In fact, it’s entirely possible their won’t necessarily be an Android gaming console from NVIDIA because, with the proper input/outputs, this could easily become a portable gaming console.

For now that is mostly speculation on our part, but the technology points to this as a possibility. We do know that this device is supposed to come with the NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC. If the newly leaked NVIDIA gaming controller is meant to pair with this device, then we might be on the money with this guess.

Either way, it’s still too early to count NVIDIA out of the fight. Android gaming is only just now evolving to reach a more mainstream gaming audience. This device could be a big step in that direction.

Source: @evleaks

Google Glass Founder, Babak Parvis, Leaves Google to Work for Amazon

Posted by dgstorm July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Even though Google is consistently rated as one of the best places to work on the planet, that doesn’t mean that sometimes someone else won’t make you a better offer. That is the case for Google right now. Babak Parvis, the founder of the Google Glass project, has left Google to work for Amazon.

Babak has done much more than just Glass for Google though. He was also…

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NVIDIA May Jump Into the Fray Against Xbox & Playstation with Their Own Tegra K1 Powe

Posted by dgstorm July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

With the silly fan-boy politics creating a ridiculous opinion war between fans of Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, it seems like the market is saturated with negativity. It makes you wonder why anyone would want to wade into this contentious arena. However, that’s something NVIDIA may actually be doing very soon.


The above screenshot is supposedly from a NVIDIA Tegra K1 console device and is meant to showcase its visuals.

It’s no secret that AMD won the contract to produce the internal hardware for both the PS4 and the Xbox One. This possibly rankled NVIDIA just a tad, since they previously provided some of the internal hardware for the Playstation 3 and the first Xbox. Rather than grousing about it, they may have decided to actively do something about it by wading into the console wars themselves with their own console.

According to the latest intel, NVIDIA recently had a gaming console controller pass through FCC testing. It’s entirely possible this device could simply be meant to work with some of NVIDIA’s other products, like the Shield and/or their gaming tablets, but the BBC is reporting it is meant for some form of gaming console.

This new console will be powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset and will hook to your TV through HDMI. Not only will it be designed to handle Android games using the Android TV interface, it will supposedly also stream PC games by connecting to your existing PC graphics system.

When analyzing this strategy, it actually makes some sense. First, if you can’t get manufacturers to use your chipset in their consoles, then why not just make your own competing device to use your own hardware? Second, NVIDIA’s Shield product turned out to be a consumer market dud. Using the Android TV UI will simplify the process for NVIDIA and provide them with some additional marketing leverage.

Alternatively, this move could be a huge waste of resources for NVIDIA. It will be interesting to see how things work out as the once mighty titan of graphics struggles to regain its dominance in an ever-changing technological landscape.

Leaked Pics of New Material Design-Styled Google Play Store Hint at the Future

Posted by dgstorm July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

We have a few leaked pics worthy of your attention today. Apparently, Google plans to use their new Material Design concept on the Play Store eventually. They must be hard at work on it already, because the pics we have to show you give us a great early view.

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New Battery Tech Breakthrough Could Triple Battery Life for Smartphones and Tablets

Posted by dgstorm July - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Sometimes it’s the obvious things which go unnoticed for a while yet turn out be be the perfect solution to an old problem. Such is the likely the case with a new scientific breakthrough in battery tech. Researchers at University of California and the Bourns College of Engineering may have just figured out an easy and cheap way to triple the battery life of our smartphones and tablets.

One of the researchers, graduate student Zachary Favors, came up with the idea to add…

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‘No, I said…’ New Google Now Feature Let’s You Try Your Voice Command Again

Posted by dgstorm July - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Google Now is currently the smartest and most responsive voice activated software on the planet, but that doesn’t mean it is flawless yet. It still has some learning to do before it can evolve to a higher level of intelligence and take over the world. In the mean-time, on the rare occasions when it doesn’t quite get things right, the Google engineers gave it a new feature which gives it another chance to do better.

Now, Google Now lets you say "No, I said… XXXXX" to try again. You simply need to restate what you were trying to do or search for after saying that "No, I said… " line. This word correction feature isn’t the only new trick taught to this not-so-old dog. Google Now also lets you…

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Time to Update Flash Again; Google, Microsoft, Twitter & More Scramble to Plug New Se

Posted by dgstorm July - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It’s that time again… time to update Flash Player because another new security bug has been found, and it’s a doozy. Google engineer, Michele Spagnuolo found a Flash exploit that lets the bad guys to steal cookies and user data using malicious .SWF files. This vulnerability can help hackers “take control” of computers when users visit various sites.

The exploit is called Rosetta Flash, and some of the major companies like Microsoft, Google, Instagram, eBay, Twitter and more have ben scrambling to fix the leak. Of these, Google, Tumblr and Twitter have already dealt with the issue on their sites. Adobe issued a statement and here is a summary from it,

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Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 14.0.0.125 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh and Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.378 and earlier versions for Linux. These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.


With so many security flaws, it’s amazing the entire web hasn’t already dumped Flash in favor of the more secure HTML5. What do you think?

Source: Adobe

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LG Reveals G Pad 10.1 Details

Posted by dgstorm July - 8 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Fans of LG’s products who were considering picking up an Android tablet of the larger variety will find this news useful. LG just revealed details on their upcoming G Pad 10.1 Android tablet.

Although they didn’t reveal pricing details, the device is scheduled to hit this month, and LG typically offers these devices at a fairly affordable price. Here’s a quote with the full presser,

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SEOUL, July 7, 2014 — LG Electronics (LG) announced today the global launch of the LG G Pad 10.1, its largest tablet in the G Pad series (LG G Pad Series : Product Movie – YouTube). The LG G Pad 10.1 is perfect for on-the-go media consumption as it boasts an expansive, widescreen display powered by an 8,000mAh battery that gives users an immersive multimedia experience and endless hours of entertainment.

The LG G Pad series offers just the right balance of performance, personality and price to fill the gap between entry level and premium tablets. In an effort to give consumers the best experience across its entire portfolio of devices, the new LG G Pad series will come preloaded with the best of the G series’ premium user experience(UX), including a host of features carried over from the LG G3, such as Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot, Smart Keyboard and Dual Window.

Highlights of the LG G3’s advanced UX features included in the G Pad 10.1 are:

■ Touch & Shoot: Tapping anywhere on the display will focus and activate the shutter in a single step, saving time and that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

■Gesture Shot for Selfies: Simply clenching the free hand into a fist within the shot frame will automatically begin a three-second countdown before snapping the picture for a blur-free photo.

■Smart Keyboard: Reduces input errors by up to 75 percent by tracking and analyzing typing habits and intuitively “knowing” what word the user intended to type.

■Dual Window: Splits the tablet screen and runs two applications at the same time, dragging and dropping content from one window to the other for effortless multitasking.

LG G Pad devices include unique features to deliver easy connectivity and security. LG makes connectivity more convenient with QPair 2.0, which provides seamless convergence between Android-powered tablets and smartphones via a simple Bluetooth connection. With QPair 2.0, users can receive notifications of calls and messages on a smartphone and reply or answer the call directly from the G Pad.

Knock Code™, the popular and acclaimed security feature that combines powering on and unlocking into one quick step, allows up to four users to register their knock patterns so family members can share the same tablet while still being able to keep their data and photos private.

“Consumers use tablets differently from smartphones and we wanted to highlight the important role of entertainment in the new LG G Pad 10.1,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Tablets are increasingly being used as companion devices, which is why we made connecting the LG G Pad 10.1 to other devices so easy and convenient and why LG G Pad 10.1 offers the best core technologies of our G series smartphones.”

The LG G Pad 10.1 will make its debut in the United States followed by other markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America later in the month. Prices and retail availability will be announced locally in each market.

G Pad 10.1 Key Specifications:

• Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-CoreQualcomm® Snapdragon™

• Display: 10.1-inch IPS (1280 x 800, WXGA)

• Memory: 16GM eMMC / 1GB RAM / microSD slot

• Camera: Rear 5MP / Front 1.3MP

• Battery: 8000mAh

• Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat

• Size: 260.9 x 165.9 x 8.9mm

• Weight: 523g

• Connectivity: Wi-Fi

• Color: Black/Red

• Other: QPair 2.0, Smart Keyboard, Knock CodeTM


Source: LG

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Game Developer Interviews – React! Games

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

As you may recall I took a road trip yo do interviews with Game Developers. Presented for your consideration here is the next installment in a continuing series on the Game development process; My interview with Chad Lee of React! Games, makers of Super Dungeon Bros, Dragons Adventure, and re-makers of Archon.

*Once again, these interviews can take quite a bit of time to set up, so don’t expect these to come out super frequently, but as quickly as I can have Devs sign on, Ill make more.*