Yes! PlayStation 4 To Be Announced On Sony’s February 20th Event [VIDEO]

According to the WSJ, it looks like that Sony has finalized a press conference in New York on 20th February for next PlayStation announcement and they already saw in Sony’s slick video teaser for its upcoming FEB. 20 event. Sony will be announcing the PS4.

WSJ says, yes! the PlayStation 4 will be announced on February 20th and be released later this year. Apart this, if you remember when Sony’s Vice President of Home Entertainment revealed that the PlayStation team were hopeful of making an announcement before the Electronics Entertainment Expo? Which was originally predicted that we might expect to hear about the alleged PlayStation 4 a month before the start of E3 in May. but an unexpected announcement from Sony could mean that we get the inside scoop three months early. Great to hear!

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Although Sony has announced a PlayStation themed event that will take place on February 20th, and we already got much more information than that, the general consensus seems to be that we will get an early look at the future of the company’s console variant. The official announcement of the event comes from the PlayStation Twitter account and promises to allow us all to “see the future”. The future of what wasn’t disclosed yet. The WSJ also reports that Sony will try to throw in more “social gaming aspects” in the PS4, focusing more on how people “interact with the machine” than the sheer hardware power of the system.

The inclusion of a number of high-definition teasing images doesn’t really give much away, but also raise the excitement levels of gamers and technology fans just that little bit higher. Now, it is possible to trick yourself into believing that they contain the outline of new PlayStation hardware.

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The Wall Street Journal is pretty confident that the gathering won’t be all smoke and mirrors in an attempt to generate excitement ahead of E3. Their own sources are suggesting that PlayStation 4 – or Orbis, if you prefer to stick with the internal codename – will surely make an appearance, with the intricate aesthetic and technical details being talked ahead of a launch later on in the year.

Sony had considered ditching the disk drive and using game downloads but decided that video game file sizes would be too large and Internet connections may be too slow to handle the load. Which means we can still expect the ol’ disk bay to be in the PS4. Suggestions that Sony have put their heart and soul into producing a powerhouse of a next-generation console that will see them through the next 5-10 years, but sources are also suggesting that the hardware will focus heavily on social gaming aspects. So, we’ll be going to see a piece of kit that pays a lot of attention to how potential gamers actually interact with it, potentially spawning a new ear to play and be a part of the games.

Unclear about the event and still believed that Sony is planning on unveiling their next-generation gaming console during the E3 conference in June of this year.

While, Sony’s own Chief Executive Officer has even dropped some fairly interesting hints that his company could be planning on following their PlayStation 3 release plan and wait until Microsoft introduces the new Xbox before going public with the PlayStation 4.

Facebook Phone Running FB OS Could Be Announced On Januaray 15, As Reported!

Tuesday is the day when Facebook has invited members of the press to a special phone debut event at its corporate headquarters in Mento Park, as sheduled for January 15 is once again fueling rumors that the social networking giant plans to unveil some kind of mobile hardware, the Facebook phone. The rumor regarding the potential existence of a Facebook smart device that just won’t go away actually seem to have any merit?  Thanks to an event being held by the company and the overheard murmurings of words like “mobile” and “this is going to be a big deal”. There are number of different sources expecting Facebook to show off a mobile device this coming Tuesday, in one form or another.

The speculation has ranged from a new Frank Gehry-designed engineering building to plans for a Facebook-branded smartphone, all based on the company’s invitation to reporters, which teased: “Come see what we’re building.” Several analysts who follow the company are discounting the smartphone rumours and say it’s more likely Facebook will unveil a new consumer-oriented mobile service — perhaps a search engine that would combine friends’ suggestions and other information, which would be a major challenge to Facebook’s much larger rival, Google. Facebook isn’t commenting on this news yet!

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When talking about Facebook – on one hand they have over one billion active global members, a large portion of which include being active on the social network in their day-to-day activities. Secondly, a whole lot of people seem to be growing frustrated with the site and want nothing to do with it. A custom Facebook mobile offering of sorts could eventually revamp things, but we still dont know what we could be actually getting on Tuesday (JAN. 15).

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It’s not entirely clear if this will be an actual piece of Facebook branded hardware or if they will simply use hardware from a phone maker, while according to the past speculation toward the back end of 2012 that suggest Taiwan based HTC were in the process of producing a Facebook branded smartphone that would be dedicated to running the social network. Till now, we haven’t seen and kind of hardware leak or a potential for that to happen but considering the nature of the business and the interest surrounding such a device. The alternative is of course that Facebook won’t be introducing any branded hardware on Tuesday and that the event will focus on a Facebook OS of sorts.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook’s mobile platform is his top priority, as research shows a majority of the network’s one billion active members use Facebook on their smartphones and tablets. Since the new year began, Facebook shares have risen above $US30 for the first six months, which the stock might return to the level of its $30 initial public offering price in 2013. The raise continued last week after Facebook announced Tuesday’s event.

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The prospect of Facebook announcing its own smartphone — has fuelled a wave of breathless posts on tech blogs. Facebook reportedly has explored the idea of building its own smartphone or mobile operating system in the past, as a way to compete with the leading mobile platforms built by Apple and Google Android. If the latter is true then we could see a custom-built mobile operating system that we imagine would be of a similar ilk as Firefox OS.

Such option would of course seem to make sense in the immediate future as it would allow Facebook to run their own operating system on a number of devices from varying manufacturers rather than place all of their elements in one basket with their own hardware.

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What Facebook will officially announce on Tuesday? Now, it should be extremely interesting announcement on January 15th, 2013. Stay tuned with you Phones!

BlackBerry 10 Already Got 15000 App Submissions Just In Two Days [REPORT]

Research In Motion is already getting ready for a big announcement of BlackBerry 10 operating system, which is officially scheduled to launch on 30th January, 2013. Now, it seems like App submissions for BlackBerry 10 are off a good start, with over 15,000 applications already submitted in under a couple of days, and it said that BB10 OS will get 70,000 more apps available by the end of January.

Developers have submitted a total of 15,000 apps for BlackBerry 10 in just 37.5 hours of time, and it appears to have some intensives to submit applications. In fact, RIM will be facing an uphill battle when it does eventually launch BlackBerry 10 to the world, however the company is making sure it’ll have a healthy selection of apps from the get-go by incentivizing developers.

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We also heard that RIM has recently hosted two Port-a-Thon events to encourage developers to submit their games and general apps for BlackBerry 10, offering $100 for any application approved to the BB Store. Naturally, that promise and offering cash seems to have worked perfectly to build and submit 15,000 apps over the course under 48 hours.

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For unknown about this offering from RIM. There was also a BlackBerry hardware on offer with develops who submit between two and five applications approved will be getting a free PlayBook tablet. However, those writing more than five approved apps were entered into a random draw to receive a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device.

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There’s no doubt that any / every app will be approved for the store, but Research In Motion (RIM) needs as many submissions as possibvle if the company aims for a successful launch.

BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Official Release Date Is Out? [REPORT]

As we know that RIM’s latest iteration of this new year would be the BlackBerry 10 operating system and could officially launch with some BB 10 sporting smartphones in just a few weeks from now. We admit that we have got some titbits here and there, and also had a firm date, and all the major carriers over at U.S. and Canada have already confirmed their support for BlackBerry 10 handsets.

Now, according to this image that leaked out and making rounds says, Research In Motion’s first BB 10 device could arrive in Canada as early as February 28th. The leaked image below shows the details of the yet to be named BlackBerry 10 smartphone and we’ve seen that in the heading to Bell Canada. So, Canadians would be the first to grab RIM’s BB10 device!

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Not only that, it also shows the price tag which is $799.99. The image which was surfaced comes directly from the Best Buy Canada’s internal inventory system.

BGR contacted RIM for a statement and they apparently responded, “We understand that there is a lot of excitement for BlackBerry 10. We will launch the platform on January 30th and until then we won’t comment on speculation.”

Honestly, I am a big fan of BlackBerry handsets in the past and there are still many out there in the US and Canada, for its QWERTY keybaord technology and a small screen with some great inclusions. Stay tuned to get more information of the official launch date of RIM’s BlackBerry 10 OS and BB 10 smartphones soon here at Vsszone.

Transform Your iPad Into A MacBook Using ClamCase Pro [VIDEO]

Don’t go with the name “Clamcase”, it’s just a new Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad landed on the market as a tablet accessory that aims to turn your iPad into a MacBook Pro. Clamcase iPad gadget has managed to gain lot of interest by being tagged as something of a game changer. Padding an external keyboard and a multi-position stand all-in-one iPad accessory was an inevitable move by the makers, but however didn’t gross up rather got pretty negative reviews. After eradicating and attempting to right the wrongs, Clamcase is back with their Pro version of the shield that is lighter, thinner and packs in even more punch for your $169.

The Clamcase Pro is more accurately built on the same fundamental design concepts of the original product. To date that accessory is being billed as the Clamcase company’s thinnest and lightest product, but still managing to provide the iPad with all of the protection it deserves while allowing the user to achieve maximum productivity. The product is extremely versatile by packing in the ability to transform into a number of different modes, which makes it pretty gorgeous to look at.

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This iPad transformer could be the one sleek and stylish package with the aluminum case has unmatched viewing capability with its patent pending 360 degree hinge and the keyboard keys are comfortable, roomy and in familiar modern design. Users can opt to slot in their iPad and use the Clamcase Pro as a makeshift laptop, with the display of the iPad being held front and center with a MacBook inspired keyboard. The product also works as a touchscreen stand with the keyboard folded out of view as well as a perfectly capable carrying case and with the 360-degree hinge that allows the back cover to fold away.

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This new Clamcase Pro includes built-in Bluetooth connectivity to allow the iPad and the attached keyboard to connect with one another. This is the first ClamCase model to feature the unique autowake which conserves its power when not in use.

The case that also comes with little presents for the user, like a rechargeable battery and the ability to put itself to sleep when not in use and immediately wake up as soon as the full QWERTY keyboard is interacted with. More off as mentioned it’s made up of an aluminum casing with a polycarbonate shell and soft touch surfaces to give it that extra polished feel. There are other companies competing against the Clamcase Pro designs, but it looks like Clamcase is obviously sitting on top of the pile with the Pro option.

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Features:
? 360° Hinge: Patent pending hinge offers unmatched versatility.
? Bluetooth Connectivity: One-touch easy pair makes syncing quick and easy.
? Rechargeable Battery: Do more, charge less. The lithium-ion battery allows for months of use on one charge.
? Unparalleled Protection: Aluminum enclosure and polycarbonate shell provide unmatched durability.
? Full QWERTY Keyboard: Elevated island style keyboard creates a comfortable natural typing experience.
? Auto Wake and Sleep: Instantly turns on when you start typing and powers down when you’re done.

Interested in getting this Bluetooth keyboard – Clamcase Pro cover? Please make yourself free to order it directly from Clamcase’s official website.

Sigma DP3 Merrill Announced: A 46 Megapixel Camera Packs Foveon X3 Sensor, Features A fixed F2.8, 75mm-Equivalent Lens

Good news for fans of Sigma’s compact series will be delighted by the news of this new camera, which the Sigma has updated its DP-series of high-end, APS-C sensor cameras with the introduction of the DP3 Merrill. This compact camera comes with the same 46-megapixel (15.3-megapixel equivalent) Foveon X3 APS-C sensor as seen on its two other DP Merrill siblings as well as the SD1 DSLR. Sigma has unveiled a new addition to their range at CES 2013 this week, announcing the arrival of the new Sigma DP3 Merrill is – equipped with a 50mm F2.8 lens.

The Sigma DP3 Merrill would be the next-generation of compatct cameras from the manufacturers and offers a Foveon X3 image sensor with a 46-megapixels to hand, offering 4,800×3, 200×3 layers and 44 recording megapixels 4,704×3, 136×3 layers as reported.

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This new DP3 packs the focal length might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it can still do macro at down to 22.6cm (with up to 1:3 magnification), and at 400g, this should still catch the interest of Foveon fans.

The Foveon X3 direct image sensor captures all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location with 3 layers, ensuring the capture of full and complete color. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and color are captured by the 46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm full-color X3 Merrill sensor with a three-dimensional feel.”

Apart this, the DP3’s other features include a Dual TRUE II image processing engine and boasts a ISO 100 to 6400, and it offers nine focal points, 7fps continuous shooting, a 3-inch 0.92-megapixel LCD and a more intuitive UI. To name just a few:

ISO sensitivity can be set from ISO 100 to ISO 6400. By setting the range to 1/3 EV steps from the default 1 EV steps, it is possible to set the sensitivity to ISO 125 or ISO 160. ISO AUTO, where the camera automatically sets the ISO sensitivity according to brightness of the shooting environment enables you to set the upper limit and lower limit depending on your shooting style.

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Although for video recording – it’s still stuck with VGA resolution, not yet upgraded and we’ll let you know guys about the pricing and release date officially. Stay tuned!

(Source: Sigma)

Check This Out – Gorilla Glass 3 Strength Demoed By Corning At CES [Video]

At Las Vegas, Corning has introduced its third-generation Gorilla Glass – shown off with its toughness and unveiled its popular line of scratch- and crack resistant screens at the Consumer Electronics Shown (CES 2013). Earlier this week Corning has officially announced the launch date of its new Gorilla Glass 3, which was exclusively built on technology used in their previous Glass products and has now had the chemical and atomic composition of the raw materials of the glass tweaked even further. Details can be checked after the jump!

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Gorilla Glass 3 now offering more strengths, and in three times more scratch resistant, and also offers a 40% reduction in the number of visible scratches, with a 50 percent boost in retained strength after the glass becomes flawed. Watch the video below to see how the Gorilla Glass 3 performed.

Corning has provided a welcome degree of damage resistance for a critically important component in a portable computing device — the display. Gorilla Glass for the first time seen in the original 2007 iPhone, it’s now widely used in smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. With over a billion are now out there, according to the company at CES in Las Vegas on Monday, Corning has unveiled the third-gen of its flagship product – the Gorilla Glass 3.

Engadget has a chance to put the new Corning Gorilla Glass 3 through a few tests, which included dropping a 130 gram ball bearing on to the glass.

Gorilla Glass is an alkali-aluminosilicate glass that’s chemically strengthened via a process called ion exchange: the untreated glass is immersed in hot molten salt at around 400°C, causing smaller sodium ions to be replaced by larger potassium ions; as the glass cools, a layer of compressive stress is formed on the surface that gives it increased resistance to scratches and drops.

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Now this latest Gorilla Glass 3 is designed to resist scratches even better and retain more strength when it is scratched. Corning overall clams that this new Gorilla Glass 3rd version is three times more damage-resistant than its previous – a feature it’s calling Native Damage Resistance (NDR).

It will be pretty interested to see exactly what Gorilla Glass 3 brings to the smartphone table when it appears in shipping products later this year, but we’re not expecting the bumper case industry to fold just yet.

NVIDIA Introduces Tegra 4 Processor – First Quad-Core Cortex A15 Chip With 72 Custom GPU Cores, 4K Video Playback Capabilities And More

The graphic card enhancer – Nvidia has used CES 2013 at Las Vegas as an opportunity to announce its next-generation mobile CPU – the Tegra 4 is here. The next biggest, baddest mobile processor, the silicon monster that’ll power your next coveted super-smartphone. Nvidia, the company behind this fastest processor claims that the processor is faster than anything in the market out there right now, it packs 72 GPU cores, 4 A15 CPU cores, and built-in LTE. More details can be grabbed after the jump!

The new Tegra 4 processor is exclusively designed to play nice with the optical NVIDIA Icera i500 processor, which can add worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support capabilities to the mobile phones. The Tegra 4 mobile processor as said comes with 72 custom GPU cores, which gives it six times the GPU horsepower of its predecessor, the Tegra 3.

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The Tegra 4 is also presented with a Cortex-A15 CPU core, which the company claims will deliver 2.6x faster web browsing, and a second-generation battery saver core for low during standard useage. At its pre-CES launch event, NVIDIA spent a considerable amount of time demoing Tegra 4’s HDR capabilities, which implements a technology that NVIDIA calls Computational Photography Architecture. CPA delivers HDR photos and video by fusing together the processing power of the GPU, CPU and the camera’s image-signal processor.

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Now, Tegra 4 also includes 4K or ultra high-definition support, which hereby means Tegra 4-powered devices will be able to play content that carries four-times the quality of full 1080p HD video playback. The Tegra 4 will also have supercharged HDR photo rendering, Nvidia says, beating out the iPhone 5?s abilities with better capture speeds thanks to all of those aforementioned cores working at once.

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“Tegra 4 provides enormous processing power and efficiency to power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto systems and PCs,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. “Its new capabilities, particularly in the area of computational photography, will help improve a whole range of existing products and lead to the creation of exciting new ones.”

Nvidia also says that it’ll be the difference between two seconds of rendering on the iPhone and 0.2 seconds on a Tegra 4-powered mobile camera. In particular – a nifty feature is “live HDR,” which actually shows a video preview of the difference between a shot with and without HDR.

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NVIDIA claims that the Tegra 4 consumers up to 45 percent less power that its predecessor in common cases of use. Finally, we got no official word on the availability and when its retailing to the public globally. Stay tuned! (Via Gizmodo)

Look At How Best This Google Smart Watch Concept Is, Complete with Home Screen, Voice Web Search And More

The ideas behind such designs are great to watch in a complete video like this one below the post from the technology industry – related to smart watches in particular, which isn’t a real thing. Just being a concept design called “Google Time” by Adrian Maciburko, looks kind of, pretty nice thereafter.

Although, the Pebble E-Paper watch managed to raise a staggering $10 million through its Kickstarter funding, a total that all but confirms consumers are ready for an minding watch that can adapt and change depending on the owner and the devices that they own. We have been seeing some great number of smart watches appearing in recent months from the past year, now we’ve got to see a Google dreamed concept design coming from design Adrian. Check out this smartwatch concept complete with home screen, voice search and many more integrated into it after the jump.

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The creation called “Google Time” watch was named by Maciburko and it’s immediately evident that it has been hugely inspired by Google’s clean, light and fair applications that found themselves on the iOS App Store during 2012. Google Now, with its attempts (and reasonable success) at getting to know you better than you know yourself, you could get something that’s actually interesting. Like a Google Smartwatch like this?

Talking about Pebble E-Paper watch – successful due to the high level of customization that it provides through the downloading of purpose built apps as well as coming with the ability to change what is displayed at any given time on the display. The Google Time concept creation takes a few steps back toward minimizing and simplicity that includes a limited number of features.

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Obviously the first and major one the Google Time smart watch provides the current date and time by default. After all it’s a watch but created in a smarter way. Maciburko also envisages the watch coming embedded with voice powered search functionality that we imagine would allow web based searches along with locally for contacts or appointments that were stored internally on the wrist hardware. While the display appears to be a multi-touch capable and capacitive to allow users to pinch in and out to unveil additional features and menu options such as the ability to check a Google+ account or view the weather forecast.

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A nice idea for a super-simple take on the kinds of features such a device might have, including voice and touch interfaces. This is how a smartwatch from Google would be a perfect fit for working with Google Now. A Google Now-equipped watch would be in sync with your Google account, notifying you about upcoming meetings, flight delays, birthdays. The potential for native apps out of the equation for the time being it would actually seem to make perfect sense for Google have a watch of this nature that integrates with Google Now.

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Synchronization features from Google account would be seamless and with Google taking large steps to improve Google Now, with the announcement of boarding passes and real-time destination based information, the Google Time concept seems to fit that progression perfectly, just as Google Now does on recent versions of Android. But it just coming with speculation surrounding a potential Apple and Intel iWatch. (Source: Adrian Maciburko | Via: Gizmodo)

LG Optimus G2 Officially Teased In A Video

In this new year big companies tries to show off their latest iterations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013), LG will be in the list to unveil their newly generated Optimus range handset. Today, before CES announcement has officially teases a video that shows their upcoming device to be introduced at the event next week – the LG Optimus G2.

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Actually, the smartphone that you’re going to see is called as LG Optimus G2, rumored to feature 5-inch full HD 1080p display and equipped with a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. Below is the embedded video that gives you detailed information about the unannounced LG device in 0.17 seconds clip.

You can grab some more information on the official LG Optimus G2 announcement due for next week CES 2013 event in Los Angles.