Google acquires Nest Labs for $3.2 Billion

  • 14/01/2014 at 01:27 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google Nest LabsNest Labs, the company known for reinventing the thermostat and recently the smoke detector, has been acquired by Google for $3.2 Billion. The deal is expected to close in a few months after the usual regulatory review.

Nest will continue to work independently from Google, even though both Co-Founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers now working for Google.

So there you have it, a company that build a smart thermostat and last year a smart smoke detector is now sold for $3.2 Billion. For some tech insiders this is not a surprise, since Google Ventures already invested tens of millions of dollars in Nest Labs over the last years.

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What is 4K (Ultra HD) and why you might not need it yet

Sony 4K TV CES 2014If you read news from from CES 2014, you should probably know by now that 4K was one of the most used term out there. This year at CES tech companies came with TV’s, Projectors, Camcorders stuffed with 4K feature. But what is 4K exactly ? Some of you probably know, but regular people that are not into technology might not.

What is 4K ?

4K, also known as Ultra HD or UHD is a term widely used for describing a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 Pixels or 4,096 x 2,160 Pixels. This resolution has four times more pixels than a FullHD (1080p) resolution.

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Samsung announces Galaxy NotePro and TabPro tablets

  • 07/01/2014 at 01:51 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Samsung Galaxy NotePROExciting news for Samsung fans as the brand has announced the NotePRO and TabPRO, the latest tablets of the Samsung Galaxy series. The devices were unveiled at the CES 2014 show in Las Vegas, Nevada today.

In all, there will be four tablet to choose from. The NotePRO 12.2″, and three TabPRO models at 12.2″, 10.1″, and 8.4″. All types will have an impressive 2560×1600 resolution, with 16:10 ratio widescreen display. Showing Samsung’s continued desire to lead the way in high definition screens, something they have already regularly shown in their mobile phones and past tablets.

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Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU unveiled at CES 2014

Nvidia Tegra K1 CPUNvidia has been among the most anticipated brands in the lead up to CES 2014, mainly due to their tantalizing hints about coming processors for more powerful smartphones. Yesterday, they finally revealed their new Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU, which will be the next generation of power for the Android.

What makes this such an exciting release is that it isn’t, as expected, merely a chip for coming “superphones”. It is instead a multi-purpose processor that will be going in everything from Android mobile phones, to computers, to televisions, and even cars.

Though it is the latest in the Tegra family, CEO Jen-Hsun spoke out against media reports calling it the Tegra 5.

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LG and Samsung plan to release curved HD TV’s at CES 2014

  • 19/12/2013 at 18:50 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Samsung CURVED UHD 2014Manufacturers LG and Samsung have both revealed that they will be releasing enormous HD TV’s in the coming year. Both will be higher definition than other models on the market, and will feature curved screens.

According to both companies, which released statements this morning, they are launched the first ever 105″, HD TV’s with curved screens. Amusingly, they are both claiming this victory as their own, despite the two models unveiling on the same day, during the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas. So there will be two “first ever” 105″ curved HD TV’s, technically.

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NSA former employee offers inside view of his job as cyber spy

  • 16/12/2013 at 16:58 by It's a Gadget Staff
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NSA Spy ViewAn interesting blog post has been making the rounds on Twitter this morning. It was written by Loren Sands-Ramshaw, a self-proclaimed former employee of the NSA. In it, he offers an inside look over agency’s policies, and how he feels about everything currently going on related to the spying scandal.

“I was a spy for the US government,” Loren explains. “Not the Bond/Alias type of agent, but the electronic type – a cyber spy. I helped build small pieces of the global systems that gather electronic intelligence.”

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AllSeen Alliance looks to standardize framework for all devices

  • 10/12/2013 at 20:14 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Allseen AllianceAnyone who has ever been frustrated by the lack of compatibility between technology products can now rest easy knowing those same brands are on the case. AllSeen Alliance is a group of tech companies that are banding together to create an open source framework that makes their smart TVs, phones, computers and other devices inter-compatible.

The internet should make things more connected, not further apart. At least that is the idea behind AllSeen Alliance, headed largely by Qualcomm. Under the Linux banner, they are bringing together twenty four names in the gadget biz to start the work on a common online framework.

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