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Alleged metal frame of Samsung Galaxy S5 pictured

Add this to the list of "maybe, but maybe not" rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S5. Leaked images show a metal frame for a smartphone, allegedly the Galaxy S5.

The frame measures 143.8 x 72.3mm, compared to 136.6 x 69.8mm for the current Galaxy S4 and 151.2 x 79.2mm for the Galaxy Note 3. This, of course, leads to speculations that the Galaxy S5 will have a larger screen (any S phone so far has).

It should be noted that a metal frame does not necessarily mean metal exterior – the frame can easily be covered in plastic panels.

Also, the camera hole is in one of the corners, even though Samsung puts cameras on the center line of the back (not always though, the camera on the original Galaxy S was in the corner). Also, the 3.5mm audio jack is at the bottom, while Samsung design dictates it should be on the top.

Anyway, this could be a frame for the metal-clad Galaxy F line, which isn't official yet. Or it might really be for the Galaxy S5, which some rumors say will launch in January next year. Then again, until we see the frame with a Samsung logo stamped on it, we're not getting our hopes up.

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Huawei aims to ship 20 million phones in Q4

Standing tall as the sixth largest smartphone manufacturer (as per Gartner data) Huawei is now aiming to ship 20 million smartphones in Q4 this year. That's a significant boost from the 13.5 million smartphones that the Chinese company shipped in the...
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Black Friday Offers for PS3, PS Vita, and PS Plus

November has been a huge month for PlayStation, and there's never been a better time to join PlayStation Nation. We’ve got some incredible Black Friday deals for PS3, PS Vita, PS Plus and more, to keep November going strong.
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ARM’s CMO on reports of 128-bit chips: “this is not true”

“Did you hear the joke about the 128 bit processor?” asked Ian Drew, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Business Development at ARM, in a blog post earlier today. This comes as a response to the Korea Herald article claiming that ARM is working on a 128-bit chip for 2015.

Mr. Drew firmly discounts any reports that 128-bit chips are in the cards or that ARM execs will in any way reveal what ARM’s partners are doing.

“News reports have suggested that ARM is developing 128-bit processor technology: this is not true. 64-bit processors are capable of supporting the needs of the computing industry now and for many years to come. There are absolutely no plans underway for 128 bit ARM-based chips because they simply aren’t needed. Rumors to the contrary are simply incorrect,” says Drew.

He goes on to say that the current 32-bit family of ARM chips will be at the core of 10 billion chips this year. ARM is also launching its new ARMv8-A based 64-bit designs, which will soon hit the market.

Note that there’s already an ARMv8 64-bit chip, the Apple A7, that’s a custom Apple design. Drew is referring to the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 (those are replacements for the current A7 and A15 and will support big.LITTLE too).

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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 specs leak, live pictures in tow

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 has been in the works for quite a while. In the end of August we saw the first clue on the Huawei's next phablet - pictures of device's front glass. Back then we didn't really know much about the Mate 2 aside of the display size -...
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Flexible Tech Gifts for Everyone in Your Life

Yoga Tablet is a great holiday gift - use it in stand, tilt or hand mode. Seen here in hand mode, perfect for reading.

Yoga Tablet is a great holiday gift - use it in stand, tilt or hand mode. Seen here in hand mode, perfect for reading.

Stumped for gift ideas this holiday season? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

The coveted Lenovo Yoga Tablet is the hot new device of the season, available on Lenovo.com and at Best Buy. With an innovative cylindrical battery allowing up to 18 hours of battery power, and the iconic Yoga hinge enabling three different modes – stand, tilt and hand – this device has it all.

Available in 8” and 10” models, and starting at just $249, the Yoga Tablet is perfect for travel mavens, moms and dads, college students, anybody and everybody. It is lightweight and preloaded with the Android Jelly Bean operating system (fully ready for future versions of Android). Playing games, watching videos and connecting with others during the holiday season has never looked so good, or felt so comfortable in your hand.

Take the Yoga Tablet Product Tour.

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Looking to gift a laptop?Look no further than the Yoga 2 Pro, starting at $929 on Lenovo.com and at Best Buy. The Yoga 2 Pro is a 13” multimode Ultrabook with a super high-resolution QHD+ touchscreen display that can fold back 360° thanks to its dual-hinge design. Use Yoga 2 Pro in stand, tent, tablet or laptop mode for the most efficient, mobile and flexible computing experience – whether designing a presentation or video chatting with family and friends.

Take the Yoga 2 Pro Product Video Tour.

For an affordable and svelte tablet gift, we have the IdeaTab A1000 tablet starting at just $99 – the perfect stocking stuffer that is sure to impress. This tablet runs on Android 4.1 and features a 7” display, with up to 8 hours of battery life for WiFi browsing/6 hours of video watching. It’s perfect for the music lover, primed with features for an enhanced music-listening experience.

Take the IdeaTab A1000 Tablet Tour.

For more details on these and other Lenovo devices for your gift-giving needs (and to get ideas for your wish lists) head to Lenovo.com.

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Tearaway Out Today on PS Vita

Tearaway is out today! You can buy it from your local store, or download it straight to your PS Vita from PlayStation Store -- the choice is yours. There's also a free trial available to download, leaving you Vita owners no excuse to miss out on the fun.
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Xbox One: Microsoft’s latest bid to lead the transformation of media consumption

Microsoft Corp aims to upstage rival Sony Corp with a console that goes well beyond gaming and helps transform media viewing, a long-cherished but elusive goal.

The software giant is betting its first new video game console in eight years, which goes on sale on Friday, will help sustain its position as a dominant player in gaming hardware. It also hopes to build a high-margin, rapid-growth business that plays a bigger role in how people watch television and consume media content.

(Also see: Microsoft unveils Xbox One gaming console with live TV and sports integration)

The console has received early positive reviews for its performance, interface and exclusive launch games. Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing and strategy officer for Xbox, said preorders for Xbox One (Review) were running at twice the rate of 2005's Xbox 360 but declined to elaborate.

"We continue to be on track for the biggest launch in Xbox history," Mehdi said. "We're building the largest volume of consoles that we've ever done." He added that the company is anticipating an adequate supply to meet demand.

Revenue from Xbox games and consoles, including the blockbuster "Halo" game franchise, yielded 10 percent of total Microsoft sales in the last fiscal year. A successful launch could give a much-needed lift to the software titan, which is trying to become a significant player in hardware.

Microsoft wants to become a "devices and services" giant as it struggles to find the right formula and hire a new chief executive to take on Google Inc, Apple Inc, and Amazon.com Inc in a mobile-computing era.

Japan's Sony, which launched its new PlayStation 4 gaming console last week, and Nintendo Co Ltd, which has struggled with slow sales of its next-generation Wii U console, have also crammed media apps and content onto their machines, but analysts say Microsoft is taking it a step further.

The Xbox One, which will launch in 13 markets worldwide, will cater to its loyal gamer fan base with exclusive titles like "Forza Motorsport 5" and "Ryse: Son of Rome." Beyond that, the company hopes the device crosses over to the mainstream and becomes a family entertainment center.

(Also see: Microsoft Xbox One will go on sale November 22 in 13 countries)

Money in the living room
To entice TV viewers and simplify their viewing experience, the new device comes with features like voice control via its Kinect input device - ostensibly in place of a remote - and the ability to integrate it with cable boxes.

As with the PlayStation and  Nintendo's Wii U, the Xbox One comes loaded with Netflix and other popular media apps. But Microsoft has started its own studio to produce exclusive video content, meaning the new device could become a gateway to much more than games.

To bolster its entertainment offerings, Microsoft launched its Xbox Music app, a digital music service that vies with Apple's iTunes, last year.

"The profit margin of that business is more defensible than the current PC business. Microsoft has a more solid shot at the living room, by way of Xbox, than it does through PCs," said Roger Kay, an analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates.

"There's a lot of monetization possible if you can take over the living room, so Microsoft is highly motivated to make that game platform as versatile as possible."

Microsoft is battling Sony, which sold 1 million of its PlayStation 4s within the first 24 hour of its November 15 release in the United States and Canada, and is currently sold out in many retail stores and online. At $499, the Xbox One costs $100 more than its rival console.

(Also see: PS4 priced $100 cheaper than Xbox One)

Tank of sharks
Robert W. Baird & Co analyst Colin Sebastian has said he expects shipments of 2.5 million to 3 million units for both the Xbox One and PS4 in the fourth quarter.

Microsoft is pulling out the stops on marketing, producing creative stunts such as immersing the first Xbox One console to go on sale, in New Zealand, in a tank of 20 sharks.

"With everything they're going through one shining light there that they really feel good about" is the Xbox franchise, said Peter Moore, chief operating officer of Electronic Arts Inc, who led the launch of the Xbox 360 when he was at Microsoft.

"It's a great company with a lot of good businesses, but the real sparkle right now, particularly this week on campus right now will be the launch of the Xbox One."

Microsoft hopes to avoid the glitches that plagued Sony, whose PlayStation 4 launch was marred by problems while booting up the machine and units being damaging during shipping.

Selling something more than a game console is imperative, with more and more potential customers gravitating to free online and mobile games, analysts say.

Over the last eight years, Sony and Microsoft both sold more than 80 million PS3 and Xbox 360 units each, while Nintendo sold over 100 million Wii consoles. The industry has debated whether the console heyday is over, with hardware sales in decline for the past four years.

But analysts expect new consoles to reignite the sector. The PS4 is currently in short supply at many retail stores and online after a robust launch.

"All of those questions have been put to rest by the strong pickup this weekend of the Sony platform, and we're very confident Xbox will have a strong launch this weekend as well," EA's Moore said.

EA games like "Battlefield 4" and "FIFA 14" had strong sales as PS4 machines flew off store shelves, Moore said. The same titles will be released for Xbox One, in addition to some upcoming exclusive titles like sci-fi shooter "

In a rare display of solidarity, Xbox sent a congratulatory tweet to Sony shortly after the PS4 hit store shelves.

"This isn't so much a competitive effort. It's really about how we grow the broader market that should really be the focus and a little bit of that was the spirit behind congratulating Sony for the good work they've done," Microsoft's Mehdi said.

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Archaeologists discover largest, oldest wine cellar in Near East: 3,700 year-old store room held 2,000 liters of strong, sweet wine

Nov. 22, 2013 — Would you drink wine flavored with mint, honey and a dash of psychotropic resins? Ancient Canaanites did more than 3,000 years ago.

Archaeologists have unearthed what may be the oldest -- and largest -- ancient wine cellar in the Near East, containing forty jars, each of which would have held fifty liters of strong, sweet wine. The cellar was discovered in the ruined palace of a sprawling Canaanite city in northern Israel, called Tel Kabri. The site dates to about 1,700 B.C. and isn't far from many of Israel's modern-day wineries.

"This is a hugely significant discovery -- it's a wine cellar that, to our knowledge, is largely unmatched in age and size," says Eric Cline chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of at The George Washington University. Cline and Assaf Yasur-Landau, chair of the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa, co-directed the excavation. Andrew Koh, assistant professor of classical studies at Brandeis University, was an associate director.

The team's findings will be presented this Friday in Baltimore at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Koh, an archaeological scientist, analyzed the jar fragments using organic residue analysis. He found molecular traces of tartaric and syringic acid, both key components in wine, as well as compounds suggesting ingredients popular in ancient wine-making, including honey, mint, cinnamon bark, juniper berries and resins. The recipe is similar to medicinal wines used in ancient Egypt for two thousand years.

Koh also analyzed the proportions of each diagnostic compound and discovered remarkable consistency between jars.

"This wasn't moonshine that someone was brewing in their basement, eyeballing the measurements," Koh notes. "This wine's recipe was strictly followed in each and every jar."

Important guests drank this wine, notes Yasur-Landau.

"The wine cellar was located near a hall where banquets took place, a place where the Kabri elite and possibly foreign guests consumed goat meat and wine," he says.

At the end of the season, the team discovered two doors leading out of the wine cellar -- one to the south, and one to the west. Both probably lead to additional storage rooms. They'll have to wait until 2015 to find out for sure.

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Colossal new predatory dino terrorized early tyrannosaurs

Nov. 22, 2013 — A new species of carnivorous dinosaur -- one of the three largest ever discovered in North America -- lived alongside and competed with small-bodied tyrannosaurs 98 million years ago. This newly discovered species, Siats meekerorum, (pronounced see-atch) was the apex predator of its time, and kept tyrannosaurs from assuming top predator roles for millions of years.

Named after a cannibalistic man-eating monster from Ute tribal legend, Siats is a species of carcharodontosaur, a group of giant meat-eaters that includes some of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever discovered. The only other carcharodontosaur known from North America is Acrocanthosaurus, which roamed eastern North America more than 10 million years earlier. Siats is only the second carcharodontosaur ever discovered in North America; Acrocanthosaurus, discovered in 1950, was the first.

"It's been 63 years since a predator of this size has been named from North America," says Lindsay Zanno, a North Carolina State University paleontologist with a joint appointment at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and lead author of a Nature Communications paper describing the find. "You can't imagine how thrilled we were to see the bones of this behemoth poking out of the hillside."

Zanno and colleague Peter Makovicky, from Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, discovered the partial skeleton of the new predator in Utah's Cedar Mountain Formation in 2008. The species name acknowledges the Meeker family for its support of early career paleontologists at the Field Museum, including Zanno.

The recovered specimen belonged to an individual that would have been more than 30 feet long and weighed at least four tons. Despite its giant size, these bones are from a juvenile. Zanno and Makovicky theorize that an adult Siats might have reached the size of Acrocanthosaurus, meaning the two species vie for the second largest predator ever discovered in North America. Tyrannosaurus rex, which holds first place, came along 30 million years later and weighed in at more than twice that amount.

Although Siats and Acrocanthosaurus are both carcharodontosaurs, they belong to different sub-groups. Siats is a member of Neovenatoridae, a more slender-bodied group of carcharodontosaurs. Neovenatorids have been found in Europe, South America, China, Japan and Australia. However, this is the first time a neovenatorid has ever been found in North America.

Siats terrorized what is now Utah during the Late Cretaceous period (100 million years ago to 66 million years ago). It was previously unknown who the top meat-eater was in North America during this period. "Carcharodontosaurs reigned for much longer in North America than we expected," says Zanno. In fact, Siats fills a gap of more than 30 million years in the fossil record, during which time the top predator role changed hands from carcharodontosaurs in the Early Cretaceous to tyrannosaurs in the Late Cretaceous.

The lack of fossils left paleontologists unsure about when this change happened and if tyrannosaurs outcompeted carcharodontosaurs, or were simply able to assume apex predator roles following carcharodontosaur extinction. It is now clear that Siats' large size would have prevented smaller tyrannosaurs from taking their place atop the food chain.

"The huge size difference certainly suggests that tyrannosaurs were held in check by carcharodontosaurs, and only evolved into enormous apex predators after the carcharodontosaurs disappeared," says Makovicky. Zanno adds, "Contemporary tyrannosaurs would have been no more than a nuisance to Siats, like jackals at a lion kill. It wasn't until carcharodontosaurs bowed out that the stage could be set for the evolution of T. rex."

At the time Siats reigned, the landscape was lush, with abundant vegetation and water supporting a variety of plant-eating dinosaurs, turtles, crocodiles, and giant lungfish. Other predators inhabited this ecosystem, including early tyrannosaurs and several species of other feathered dinosaurs that have yet to be described by the team. "We have made more exciting discoveries including two new species of dinosaur," Makovicky says.

"Stay tuned," adds Zanno. "There are a lot more cool critters where Siats came from."

All fieldwork was conducted under permits through the Bureau of Land Management and funded by the Field Museum. Research was funded by North Carolina State University, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Field Museum.