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Submission + - Apple announces a trade-in program for 3rd party chargers 1

EliSowash writes: In response to recent reports of safety concerns around 3rd party chargers for iDevices, Apple announced today that beginning August 16, 2013, you can trade in your 3rd party adapter and purchase an official Apple charger at a “special price” — $10 USD.

From their website: “To qualify, you must turn in at least one USB power adapter and bring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to an Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorized Service Provider for serial number validation. The special pricing on Apple USB power adapters is limited to one adapter for each iPhone, iPad, and iPod you own and is valid until October 18, 2013.”

Submission + - Tesla's Elon Musk Envisions 4000MPH 'Hyperloop' Transportation System (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Think the future of transportation has us all in flying cars like the Jetsons? Think again. That's not something we're likely to see in our lifetime, however we may witness the completion of several "Hyperloop" transport systems designed to get you from point A to point B at breakneck speeds. This is the dream of Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk, who describes Hyperloop as a "cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table." Alternately, you can think of it as an enclosed tube that's propped way up off the ground. It would use a magnetic levitation system similar to high-speed bullet trains, except passengers would travel in capsules across a surface with almost no friction. A Colorado company called ET3 (Evacuated Tube Transport) is already working on making Musk's dream a reality by building a similar system and is planning a 3-mile trial run before the end of the year. This is just the beginning of bigger and faster things to come, According to ET3, a six-passenger capsule about the size of an automobile could hit speeds of 4,000 miles per hour on longer distances, such as going across the country or even continents.

Submission + - Rogers Moto X Demo Video Reveals Google's Android Superphone Coming in August (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: A leaked tech demo posted to YouTube shows off Motorola's upcoming Moto X smartphone, a seemingly high-end device that is sure to win over a few fans with its wealth of new tricks and features. The Moto X handset, which is launching exclusive to Rogers in Canada (no mention of US market carriers) this August, will be available in black and white, but a key selling point of the device comes from its voice activated features. The tech demo heavily emphasizes Google Now, which Moto X users can engage without touching the device. In the demo, a woman is shown asking Google Now what the weather will be like in Toronto while she types away on a computer, never having to reach down to tap the handset. It was also previously leaked that the Moto X will ship with a 4.4-inch display (1280x720), 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 10MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and of course Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Submission + - Gorilla Glass: Smartphones Could Have Antibacterial, Anti-Glare Displays (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: It's not too often that upcoming glass technology is worth getting excited over, but leave it to Corning to pique our interest. During a recent talk at MIT's Mobile Technology Summit, Dr. Jeffrey Evenson took to the stage to reiterate what it is about Gorilla Glass that makes it such an attractive product (something well evidenced given the majority of smartphones out there today implement it), as well as to give us a preview of what's coming. Having pretty much mastered Gorilla Glass where strength, scratch-resistance and general durability are concerned, the company is now looking to improve-upon it (possibly for Gorilla Glass 4) by making it non-reflective and germ-resistant. Imagine your smartphone sporting this — you'd finally be able to see the screen regardless of how bright the sun behind you is. Unfortunately, it appears that it won't be hitting our phones or tablets that soon. The estimate is "in the next two years."

Submission + - 14nm Intel Skylake To Integrate PCIe 4.0, SATA Express and DDR4 Memory (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Intel’s Skylake processors won’t launch for some time (the company still needs to release Broadwell at some point, which won’t be out until sometime next year at the earliest), but according to a leaked roadmap slide, we can see some juicy details about Skylake. The chips will be built on Intel's 14nm process node (which we’ll see first on Haswell-E processors), and they’ll also feature AVX 3.2. DDR4 DRAM interface support will be included, as well as support for PCIe 4.0, and Intel’s HD graphics will hit version 9 with reportedly significantly more robust performance.

Submission + - Samsung Unveils Galaxy NX 20MP Android Camera With Interchangeable Lens (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy NX, purportedly the world's first interchangeable lens camera with 3G/4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity baked in. According to Samsung, the Galaxy NX combines cutting edge optical performance with connectivity capabilities and a bevy of Android applications, all in a single handheld device. Not only does the Galaxy NX connect to Wi-Fi hotspots and offer support for 3G/4G LTE, it also boasts a Photo Suggest feature that provides location-based recommendations of popular photography spots, which itself is sourced from a massive library of images taken by fellow photographers around the globe. As to the actual hardware , the Galaxy NX sports a 20.3-megapixel (effective) APS-C CMOS sensor, 4.8-inch HD TFT display, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, DRIMe IV Image Signal Processor, Advanced Hybrid Auto Focus (AF), 1/6000 sec shutter speed, 8.6fps shooting, 100-25600 ISO range, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, 4360mAh battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Submission + - First Yahoo, now Best Buy bans telework (networkworld.com)

bednarz writes: "Is telecommuting the new scapegoat for poor performance? Best Buy, in the midst of a corporate restructuring, has canceled its flexible work program http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/030513-best-buy-telework-267403.html and expects corporate employees to put in traditional 40-hour work weeks at the retailer's headquarters (they used to be able to work whenever and wherever they wanted). The announcement comes on the heels of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to end telecommuting, which ignited a http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/022813-yahoo-telework-267219.html firestorm of criticism. It also follows news of Best Buy's plans to lay off 400 corporate workers as part of a plan to cut $725 million in costs and restructure its business."

Submission + - Info on Intel Bay Trail 22nm Atom Platform Shows Out-of-Order Design (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "New leaked info from Intel sheds light on how the company's 2014 platforms will challenge ARM products in the ultra light, low power market. At present, the company's efforts in the segment are anchored by Cedar Trail, the 32nm dual-core platform that launched a year ago. To date, all of Intel's platform updates for Atom have focused on lowering power consumption and ramping SoC integration rather than focusing on performance — but Bay Trail will change that. Bay Trail moves Atom to a quad-core, 22nm, out-of-order design. It significantly accelerates the CPU core with burst modes of up to 2.7GHz, and it'll be the first Atom to feature Intel's own graphics processor instead of a licensed core from Imagination Technologies."

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