Nvidia Outs Next-Gen Tegra 4 Quad-Core A15 LTE-Enabled Mobile Chip; Also Unboxes ‘Project Shield’: Open Gaming Handheld That Supports Android, PC Titles
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Nvidia has outed its next-gen Tegra 4 mobile CPU at CES. As expected, the chip packs 72 GPU cores, offering a 6x bump on the Tegra 3′s graphics processing performance — to make the most of higher resolution displays — along with the first quad-core ARM Cortex-A15, to boost web browsing speed by 2.6x and deliver improved app performance. Also on board: LTE support.
Nvidia is talking up the computation photography capabilities of the Tegra 4, with automatic support for HDR photos and video, and also its power efficiency — claiming it consumes up to 45 per cent less power than the Tegra 3 in “common use cases”, thanks to features such as a battery saver core for low power during standard use. The Tegra 4 supports up to 14 hours of HD video playback on phones.
Also today at CES, Nvidia has launched an open gaming handheld — dubbed ‘Project Shield‘ — powered by the new Tegra 4 chip. The handheld can download Android games from Google Play and Nvidia’s TegraZone game store, and also wirelessly stream Windows PC STEAM games — provided you have a PC powered by Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs elsewhere in the home. The use-case here is presumably if you want to flop out on the sofa to play to play PC games, rather than sitting at your desk.
Originally posted on TED Blog:
This talk from TEDxBrussels felt like a breath of fresh stage. A collaboration among science writer John Bohannon, choreographer Carl Flink and the dance troupe Black Label Movement, the talk is illustrated with dance, not slides.
“I think that bad PowerPoint presentations are a serious threat to the global economy,” Bohannon says. “As you’re all aware, we face difficult economic times. I come to you with a modest proposal for easing the financial burden … Let’s use artists instead of PowerPoint.”
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Facebook’s next messaging move is all about voice. Today it released an update for its standalone Messenger for iOS and Android apps that lets users send up to one-minute voice messages. It’s also testing open source VoIP calling between Canadian iOS Messenger users that runs over a user’s existing data plan. Both power hands-free communication between friends, which helps drivers and reduces mobile typing.
The updates to the apps should be available in the app stores later today.
Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth explain Ubuntu’s mobile strategy and what it offers industry partners.
Apple released the first update to iOS 6 on Thursday. From Apple’s release notes:
- Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air.
- Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard.
- Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off.
- Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks.
- Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances.
- Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match.
- Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen.
- Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings.
Warning for those who wish to install OTA: Since iPhone 5 users might be suffering from the first issue, those users must install an updater app on their device before being able to install this update OTA.