There has been a lot of speculation about the Nexus 10 2013, particularly about its release, because Google hasn’t dropped any hints about the tablet as yet. So far the company has released refreshed models of its Nexus smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet, it is yet to unveil a refreshed Nexus 10. Some believe that the tablet might be manufactured by LG, and previously a codename had emerged which was attached with the tablet. Though as per a service manual that has surfaced in China, the LG V510 might be the much rumored Nexus 8 and not the Nexus 10 as initially believed.

The service manual reveals that LG V510 has an 8.3 inch display, so this can’t obviously be the Nexus 10 if the manual is indeed legitimate. The V510 is said to have a 1,920×1,200 pixel resolution display with a 2GB RAM, 4,600mAh battery, 5 megapixel rear and 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. The dimensions of the V510 are quite similar to LG’s G Pad 8.3 tablet, so there’s a possibility that this might be regional variant of that tablet, because the leaked service manual doesn’t contain any Nexus branding. Google hasn’t even confirmed the manufacturing partner for the Nexus 10 tablet, it was rumored that the tablet might be unveiled today on Cyber Monday, but so far nothing has come out from Mountain View. [Image via Weibo]

thresholdMicrosoft has seemingly taken the move to work with a rapid release cycle for its Windows operating system, and ‘Blue’ happens to be one of their end results. Well, what comes after ‘Blue’? One thing is for sure – Microsoft has not decided to fall on a range of colors, but rather, has chosen the name “Threshold”, and Microsoft intends to target a release date sometime later in Spring of 2015.

Mary Jo Foley was the one behind this particular bit of news, but apart from the name “Threshold”, it remains to be seen just what will be revealed in the updates. One thing could very well happen though – the release might just work to make sure that the family of Windows-based products will be brought closer, and among them will include the likes of Windows Phone, Windows, and the Xbox One game console. According to Mary Jo Foley, “Threshold” will build upon cross-platform commonality for “high value activities”, as Microsoft works to make sure that its key platforms will be able to interact with one another better than before. This sure as heck sounds like quite a plan, but will Microsoft be able to see it through eventually? Only time will be able to tell.


Throughout this holiday weekend various retailers have offered significant discounts on a wide variety of products, which is why there has been a lot of shopping activity over the weekend, as it traditionally is every year. The last round of deals to round off the weekend are Cyber Monday deals, Motorola already announced its deals for today recently, it is offering a significant discount on its latest flagship smartphone, the Moto X. Amazon today unveiled its Cyber Monday deal, the company’s Kindle Fire tablets can be purchased today for as much as $50 off.

Even if you’re not looking to buy a tablet for yourself, the discounts can entice you to purchase for someone else as a gift. It is likely that a lot of customers will buy gifts they intend to give out during the Christmas holidays right now, taking advantage of the special pricing being offered. For today only, Cyber Monday that is, the 16GB Wi-Fi only Kindle Fire HDX tablet can be purchased for $179, a full $50 off its usual retail price. The discount also applies to the tablet’s 32GB and 64GB variants as well, which can be purchased for $219 and $259 respectively. Amazon is offering a $40 discount on the 16GB 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD, it can be purchased today for $229.

When it comes to the world of mobile operating systems, you will find that having periodic updates from time to time is essential to keep up with the times, not to mention making sure that your users will remain happy. Well, it seems that Microsoft has decided to throw in a slew of features in their new Windows Phone 8 update, where the first would be the ability to make use of the memory card which will stash your apps as well as attachments, so that the internal storage will not get filled up too quickly. Apart from that, Windows Phone 8 might just see another feature that Windows 8 users have long enjoyed – the ability to flick down an app so that it will close.

Apart from that, there will also be an update that is arriving sometime next summer that will see the introduction of an integrated file manager for Windows Phone, which will most probably be part of the features found in Windows Phone 8.1. Who knows? It could also be thrown into the mix as part of a tiny GDR update. Either way, it points to Microsoft being less strict about its mobile operating system, which is a good thing according to certain quarters.

santa-grottoEver wondered just how much richer we are all off thanks to Google’s Street View? In fact, it is less than a week ago when we brought you a story on how Google’s Street View would bring us to more than 65 airports and train stations, giving you a look at places that you might never step in throughout your entire life. Well, this time around, here we are with news of the first ever Google Street View of Santa’s Grotto.

As with other Street View adventures, this particular one would bring you on a very special virtual tour of one of Notcutts’ 18 UK garden centres into the Grotto, where you will also have the privilege of being greeted by Father Christmas. Notcutts believe that they are also the first to use Google Street Map technology so that just about anyone with a decent Internet connection will be able to check out the Santa Grotto. Never mind if you think that you are going to miss Santa this year, you will still be able to check him out in his Grotto right in front of your computer. Having said that, it will be far from being there in person. How do you like the Street View of Santa’s Grotto so far?

gsnote3-rose-goldThe gold iPhone 5s has proven to be quite the best seller ever since it was introduced, and this goes to say something about folks’ tastes in design and colors, doesn’t it? Samsung must have caught on pretty quickly here, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be yet another smartphone that hooks up with the rest of the golden posse, where it will soon arrive in shades of Rose Gold Black and Rose Gold White.

These two color variants will also be complemented by a stylish golden finish that will go all around their sides, not to mention having gold accents sparkling on the handset’s back as well as front. These models have been specially designed to look stunning whether it is a standalone device, or if you happen to use it with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch – yep, you’ve guessed it, where it will arrive in a Rose Gold edition as well. Apart from all of that golden goodness, there is also a Merlot Red Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variant which will be thrown into the mix. Expect the Rose Gold edition to arrive in China later this month, which is no surprise there. A Stateside release remains to be confirmed. [Press Release]

HTC-M8-back-coverWe have seen our fair share of rumors surrounding the HTC M8 for quite some time already, with the recent rounds of rumors happening just in the middle of November. Still, there has been nothing official revealed, we only have bits and pieces to pick up the details from. The latest round of rumors have been sparked from an AnTuTu benchmark score, which in all probability, points to the HTC M8.

What do you think of the HTC M8 rumors? The AnTuTu benchmark score was covered by us nearly a week ago, and in there, it pointed to the model number HTC 0P68120, with Android 4.4 KitKat as the operating system of choice, a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AB 2.2GHz processor that is accompanied by an Adreno 330 graphics chipset. There will be two cameras available, with a front facing 2.1-megapixel shooter, while the back will hold a 4-megapixel camera that will in all probability feature Ultrapixel technology, so do not get turned off by the seeming lack of megapixel count. Oh yeah, there is also a very high chance of this being the first Sense 6.0 device.

What are some of the hardware features that you would have liked the HTC M8 to arrive with, assuming all that we have read are true to form?

meizu-mx4gDo you agree that records are meant to be broken? Of course, this particular saying goes both ways – it could be for the good, as well as for the bad. In the world of smartphones, we have seen displays get larger and larger over the years, that nowadays, anything that is less than 5” is deemed to be “small”. Well, having a Full HD display on your smartphone does not quite cut the mustard any more, as Meizu’s CEO J. Wang has already begun to tease the successor to the Meizu MX3, which would be known as the Meizu MX4G.

The Meizu MX4G gives the game away concerning the inclusion of 4G LTE connectivity, but one would also need to take into consideration that its display would be a surefire killer. Word has it that the Meizu MX4G will ship with a 5.5″ 1536 x 2560 pixels display, which would clearly place it in Ultra HD category, while being an exclusive member of the 500+ ppi pixel density club.

Just how high do you think the pixel density on smartphone displays should go before it does not make any difference? After all, your eyes can only take in so much, no? We do wonder when will the rest of the pack catch up.

xbox-one-hdd-upgradeIf you happen to own the Xbox One, I am quite sure that you already know that it would have arrived with a 500GB hard drive underneath the hood, and unlike the storage of the PS4 which can be accessed in a jiffy, the hard drive in the Xbox One was specially included so that it would be difficult for the owner to access or replace it. Still, that has not stopped some people from taking a peek around in the “forbidden territory”, where iFixit noted in their teardown that underneath the hood, you will find a 2.5” Samsung hard drive that is hooked up via a SATA II cable, so swapping it should not to be too big of a deal.

A certain Brian Williams has already attempted using a 500GB Samsung EVO SSD and a Seagate 1TB hybrid SSHD as replacements, only to figure out that the boot time had a slight improvement. For instance, a test involving Call of Duty: Ghosts saw the SSD take 27 seconds to load the game, while the hybrid drive was a wee bit behind at 27.7 seconds, shaving off 6 seconds or so from the 33.5 seconds for a stock model. Since the performance gains are not that significant at all, it would be better to leave your Xbox One alone.

samsung-touchwiz-patent-2While large screen phones are great for surfing the web, watching videos, and playing games, there are times when it might actually be a hindrance. For example one handed use might not be possible for those with small hands, which is why Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 actually comes with a tiny screen mode which actually shrinks the user interface for when one handed use is necessary. Well it looks like Samsung might be thinking of taking this to the next level, thanks to a patent which shows one of the ways users can interact with a device one handed.

According to the patent, this system would allow smartphone users to define an area of comfort which is basically how far their thumbs are able to stretch as you can see in the drawing above. From there apps will be reduced to fit into that comfort zone. The patent goes beyond just vertical mode and will look into various orientations as well, including angled use. This is a particularly good idea because while the tiny mode on the Note 3 can be handy, perhaps there are those who wish for it to be slightly bigger at the same time, so by adding a comfort zone, it will be able to cater to hands of all sizes.

Of course there’s no telling if Samsung will ever realize this patent, but it’s still a good idea nonetheless. What do you guys think?