Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Rumored to Have 6GB of RAM

Modern mobile phones usually sport a very impressive specification and the technology continues to progress at a rapid pace. It’s common for relatively affordable models to have 2-3GB RAM, and an octa-core CPU. For example, the Hauwei Honor 7 is frequently discounted to £209.99 and utilizes a Hisilicon Kirin 935 processor with a quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 configuration. This exemplifies how capable modern smartphones are even if you’re on a very limited budget. Arguably, this means there really isn’t a need to spend a fortune unless you enjoy using a top-of-the-range model.

The Samsung Galaxy Note popularized “phablet” devices and there’s been a growing trend to gradually increase the screen size on various handsets. So far, Samsung has experimented with screen sizes ranging from 5.7 to 6 inches to gauge the market reaction. The Galaxy Note has traditionally featured a 5.7-inch display and some users feel this is far too cumbersome for daily use. However, according to a rumour posted on a Chinese blog, the screen size could be increased to 5.8-inches.

Not only that, the source suggests Samsung will use a Quad-HD Super AMOLED display, and include a 12-megapixel camera. Oddly enough, the camera utilizes something entitled, “Super OIS” but we’re not entirely certain what this means. Perhaps, it’s a special software suite to help with image stabilization. The handset is also rumoured to come in two models; one with 64GB of storage while the higher end unit incorporates 128GB. On another note, the blog predicts Samsung will opt for 6GB of RAM in their latest Note device. This is an unbelievable amount of memory, and I’m not sure why anyone would need that much on an Android phone. Obviously, you can never have too much RAM, but I don’t really see a purpose for it. Furthermore, this will impact on cost.

Rainbow Six Siege Open Beta Postponed

Rainbow Six is a long series containing both books and games. Rainbow Six is a fantasy group formed from numerous armed forces and groups from around the world all with the intention of forming a united front against terrorist and organised crime around the world. Primarily strategy based shooters meaning that just running in and firing would end badly for your teams, strategies that have pulled Rainbow Six into a unique category of gaming. The problem is though that the game has been plagued by doubts in regards to several areas, such as announcing microtransactions or the large price or even the lack of single player. The latest problem though is a recent announcement on their forum, stating that their open beta will be postponed.

In the post, Ubisoft stated that due to “matching making times and connection on all platforms” they will be postponing the open beta until a later time. Just in case you were wondering why this might be an issue, the primary issue is that not only will the game remain on closed Beta for now but PC Gamer have received confirmation from Ubisoft that the release date will not be pushed back.

The release date is currently set for December 1st, meaning that the game has less than a week to go from closed Beta to full release. With them already having issues for a multiplayer only game, are you worried about what could become of the game?

Fake GTA6 Teaser Trailer Fails to Convince Us

A new game trailer is making its rounds, promising to show off the next generation engine and tease for Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA6), but we have to burst the bubble right away as it isn’t real. Well, the video is real in the way it exists and can be watched, but it isn’t GTA6.

The people behind it, whoever they might be, have put quite a bit of work into the video, but they blew it right away by uploading a version where they didn’t even spell Rockstar right. That has now been edited out, but not before people noticed and screenshotted it.

The video in itself is somewhat a mix of everything and nothing. The description for the video mentioned a trip back to Vice City, but there’s only a very short clip actually showing the city. Instead, we see a muscle car drifting along a desert road as well was clips from what appears to be random cities from around the world. The language is clearly not English, as it can be seen on street signs for example.

The video was uploaded by a YouTube account called RockstarGamesBETA, which in itself speaks for a fake. It was a nice try and quite a few people fell for it – but you need to do better to convince us. There is no doubt that Rockstar will make a GTA6 and there is a good chance that it will come in 2017, but they are far from done milking GTA5 and they surely wouldn’t announce it this way. That said, we can still enjoy the work that was put into this fake teaser trailer.

Thank You VG247 for providing us with this information

MSI Z97A Gaming 6 LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging

The Z97 chipset is undoubted the king of the consumer chipsets; featured in almost all pre-built systems from the likes of OverclockersUK and PC Specialist, it is a safe yet, powerful base for even the most formidable gaming computers. Thanks to the Z97 chipset being released on the ‘tock’ cycle of the Intel production, it features all of the best bits from previous generations along with more features such as SATA Express being more widely used and M.2 support becoming common among almost every motherboard.

MSi have taken the Z97 range with both hands and stamped it well, producing some of the best-looking and best-performing motherboards on the market. Even though they offer the highest quality in terms of components and performance, the price is very conservative, almost undercutting the comparable competition by 10%.

Today on the test bench, we have the MSi Z97A-Gaming-6 motherboard. The Gaming 6 is considering to be ‘middle of the road’ in terms of MSi branding, with the Gaming 3 and M being below and Gaming 7 and 9 being above. This motherboard is poised to offer the best performance at the best possible price, while offering more features than you could possibly ever need or use.

Key Features

Manufacturers nowadays need to find innovative ways to stand out from the crowd, MSi is no exception and has crammed a huge array of features into this motherboard.

  • Audio Boost
  • Military Class 4
  • Oc Genie 4
  • Click Bios 4
  • Sound Blaster Cinema 2
  • Total Fan control
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Smart Utilities
  • Command Center
  • ECO Center

For more information on these functions, please visit the MSi Z97A Gaming 6 product page.

Packaging and Accessories

The box follows a similar design to the rest of the gaming series. Black and red with the MSi Gaming dragon.

Inside the box is a huge amount of accessories; consisting of more manuals than I ever would have thought I’d need, cable labels, door hanger, 2x SATA 6Gb/s cables, I/O shield, MSi SLi brdge, MSi Gaming plaque, button header extensions and an audio power adapter.


Leaked iPhone 6C Photos Leaked!

The next new iPhone may have just had pictures of it leaked by Future Supplier, that claim to show the rear casing of the rumored iPhone 6C. The authenticity of the photos has not been confirmed as yet, and there are noticeable differences to the back of the device compared to previous models.

The noticeable differences are the cutout for the camera flash, as well as the microphone and speaker holes, which are obviously in a different configuration. Setting this “6C” back from the current 6 models is the lack of a camera bump. As these are leaked photos that can’t be verified as of yet it is best to take them with a grain or two of salt, though many Apple leaks have turned out to be true in the past.

Source: 9to5 Mac

Apple Acquisition of AuthenTec Meant No Nexus 6 Fingerprint Scanner

Back in 2012, Apple purchased biometrics company AuthenTec with the intention of including their fingerprint scanning technology in future iPhones and iPads. That technology became Apple’s Touch ID, first included with the iPhone 5s in 2013 and all iOS devices since. What we didn’t know, was that Motorola intended to incorporate this into their Nexus 6, but Apple’s acquisition left all but a tiny remnant of the company’s plans.

That remnant, according to former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, is the indentation that now holds the Motorola logo on the rear of the Nexus 6. Yes, that small dimple you see in the picture above.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Woodside says that Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec meant no biometrics for the Nexus 6.

“Indeed, the 6-inch Nexus 6, he can now admit, was stymied by just one of those big players. A dimple on the back that helps users hold the device should, in fact, have been rather more sophisticated. “The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier. So the second best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren’t there yet,” says Woodside.”

At least we all know what the dimple was for now.

Source: The Telegraph Via: 9to5Mac

Unglued-Gate? Complaints of Nexus 6 Back Covers Becoming Unglued

It has been noted that there have been a rise in Nexus 6 owners complaining about the back covers of their phones becoming unglued. A number of publications have written about the issue, while users have been complaining on Reddit and Twitter.

Users in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom have all complained of the problem, where the rear shell appears to become disconnected from the phone’s casing. While an exact cause has not yet been found, a number of users have suggested that it could be caused by the battery expanding.

The Times of India says that Motorola have acknowledged the issue and users have been reporting that the company has offered them replacement devices. For some users however, including the one seen bellow and another on Reddit, both their original and the replacement have had the issue.

Source: 9to5Google, The Times of India

Unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Goes on Sale in US

Although the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been on sale since September, the new phones have always been connected to a carrier somehwhow in the US. Well not anymore, you can now buy the two phones unlocked in the US for the first time.

While getting them unlocked was the only way to get the phones from the Apple Online Store in many other countries like the UK for example, Americans have always had to purchase them connected to a carrier in some way. Practically every network offered the phones with a plan, and you could only visit T-Mobile to actually purchase the handset without a contract, but now they can be bought free of those pesky mobile network ties.

The 6 starts at $649 and the 6 Plus at $749 and can be purchased in-store or online at

Source: The Verge


Report: Apple to Release New 4-Inch iPhone

The Electronic Times of Taiwan reports that Apple will be reintroducing an iPhone with a 4-inch display next year. 4-inches is the same size display as with the 5, 5s and 5c, and the new phone would be seen as a replacement for the ‘low-cost’ 5c.

It may seem odd initially that the company would want to continue producing new phones with such smaller displays, but it comes as no surprise when you consider the fact that some people just do not like massive phones. The report suggests that the new phone would be “for the convenience of single-handed operation of female users”, but in reality there are many people, male and female, who simply prefer the smaller display.

Apple was initially against the use of bigger displays, even making fun of them. But in traditional Apple fashion, the company decided to wait it out to see when a larger phone would be more appropriate. It seems that they pulled that off too, as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with their significantly larger displays, both received rave reviews.

This news suggests that Apple sees larger displays as a preference rather than a killer feature, and it appears that they plan to cater to all tastes in smartphone display sizes.

Source: Electronic Times of Taiwan

iPhone 6 Sales Over Triple iPhone 6 Plus in the US

Over the last 30 days, Americans have voted with their wallets – showing that they find the iPhone 6 much more favorable to their needs. Apple’s iPhone 6 has amounted for 68% of total iPhone sales in the US, when compared to the iPhone 6 Plus sitting at 23% – with the remaining 9% being split throughout the iPhone 5c and 5s.

Comparing this to the iPhone 5 release, the iPhone 5c and 5s amounted for a total of 84% of iPhone sales, compared to the 6 release sitting at 91% – this goes to show that the iPhone 6 is a seemingly more worthy upgrade than Apples previous product release.

So why is the iPhone 6 almost 3 times popular than the iPhone 6 Plus? A few possibilities include the release price of the 6 Plus being likely to set you back a few extra hundred dollars, there was the major recent PR disaster of their iBend fiasco – seeing this premium device bend slightly in users pockets.

This latest gen release also saw Apple do away with their 32GB models – only providing 16, 64 and 128GB options into the market. According to market analyzers, this has drawn more people to spend a little extra coin on the 64GB editions and driving up a bit of extra profit for apple.

We’ve been told however that it’s a little hard to tell exactly what consumer demand is for the 6 Plus as there has been some supply issues worldwide. We might see these numbers become a little more even once this issue is fixed.

What’s your opinions on the 6 vs. the 6 Plus, is it worth the extra investment?

Image courtesy of Chiphell

iPhone 6 Plus Hammered by new Samsung Advertisements

[youtube width=”854″ height=”480″][/youtube]

Samsung have come out of the blocks with both arms swinging – producing a series of advertisements targetting competitor Apple’s latest technology.

Samsung has a long standing battle with Apple. Not only are they the main competitors on the telecommunications market, but Apple and Samsung have a legal history to boot.

What better way to get back at Apple than a funny ad campaign targeting their champion product? This advertisement takes no time in pointing out the similarities between Apple’s new iPhone 6 plus and Samsung’s long-standing Galaxy Note series, alongside showing that the note was ridiculed for its size and proudly displaying negative initial reviews of the series. One quote had us chuckling – “you’ll look like you’re talking into a piece of toast”.

The message of the video as a whole conveys the fact that Apple have “followed” or “copied” Samsung in making a bigger device to try and keep up with their developing technologies. All of this is backed up by supplying a few Apple skeptic tweets from the public, further reinforcing their innovative Samsung technology and then finally promoting their “next big thing”; the Galaxy Note 4.

It doesn’t quite matter which side of the fence you sit on, it’s always quite funny to watch two heavyweight companies battle it out in an ad campaign.

How will Apple reply? Will Apple reply? Here’s hoping that it all goes to plan.

Featured image courtesy of Phandroid

New Photos and Video of Running iPhone6 with iOS8

Once again we see more leaks ahead of the upcoming Apple iPhone6 launch, and this time with the device turned on. Microblogger Rui remember shared this new set of photos on his blog and gave cnbeta first exclusive on the last one.

It’s the 64GB model pictured here and the boot screen ins’t the same on both devices, and it isn’t known whether it’s two different versions at the moment.

We clearly see the design and size differences here, though subtle. It’s larger and more curved, while the buttons are inserted rather then sticking out.

There wasn’t any problem logging into the iTunes store, so Apple hasn’t posed any restriction on the version number prior to release.

The new phone should run the updated iOS system version 8.0, and it sure looks that way from the new icons on the picture.

A shot of the rear side of the new iPhone6

Sadly I could not embed this video, and it’s short. But it’s there and you can all watch it here.

Thank you cnbeta for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of cnbeta.

Apple Announcing Two iPhones along with the iWatch!

Thanks to The New York Times, we’ve learned that Apple will be soon announcing two different sized iPhones next week alongside their wearable smartwatch – the iWatch.

The New York Times mentioned in their article of the iPhone 6’s screen sizes being “4.7 diagonal inches and the other 5.5 diagonal inches”, also making note to point out Apples special consideration given towards those who have trouble handling big phone screens:

“To deal with concerns that a bigger phone will make typing with one hand difficult (the current iPhone has a four-inch screen), some changes to the design of the iPhones’ user interface will allow people to type or use apps with just one hand; there will be a one-handed mode that can be switched on and off, two employees said.” 

Apples new wearable device is something that we’ve covered before – it’s nice to finally put the rumors to rest and have comfort in the fact that we know that all the information will be available and confirmed soon.  It’s obvious that Apple need to get this device out in the public ASAP, as so many competing brands are already announcing and releasing their latest plea to the smartwatch audience.

The iWatch will feature sensors which track movement and vital signs, a flexible screen and wireless charging support. It’s said that solar charging was tested for the iWatch without much luck.

This new product will also be Apple chief executive Timothy D. Cook’s first brand-new product release – after he took the throne shortly before the late Steve Jobs’ passing.

Image courtesy of Lots Sports

iPhone6 Stock Might Be Limited upon Launch

It has come out that there might be a possible shortage, or limited amount, of available iPhone 6 upon release, as supplies to Apple are scrambling to meet the demands for the new top model of fruit.

The shortage, or rather where the problem occurred, is in the panel production for the new device. In an attempt to make the new iPhone as thin as possible, Apple only designed the display to have one layer for the background lighting. This however wasn’t enough and the display was to dim, so the engineers had to get back to work to design a new display with two layers like in the current models.

Since Apple is readying two new devices this time and at the same time is preparing for the holiday sales, stock might be limited in some areas or for a time period. These news come from two independent display manufacturer, but we never know if it originates from Apple directly to increase the hype and first-day sales.

Output is said to be back on track now and suppliers are working flat-out to make up for lost time. All three suppliers and Apple declined to comment on the news.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information.

iPhone 6 Set To Feature A Dual-Core A8 CPU Clocked At 2GHz

News surrounding the iPhone 6 is unsurprisingly fruitful as ever and even though Apple themselves are keeping their cards very close to their chest, so-called leaks and rumours are circulating around very freely.

The latest information that we’re now hearing with the upcoming iHandset is in relation to the processor that will be at the heart of everything. Interestingly enough it seems that, according to Chinese site Cnbeta, the iPhone 6 will follow in the footsteps of its older siblings with a dual-core processor, although the clock speed has been ramped up to 2GHz – a full 700MHz increase over the 5S.

In addition to the faster clock speed, the sources also suggest that the A8 CPU will be running on a 20nm architecture, down from the 28nm architecture of the current A7 – we all know Apple like to save space so why the hell not shrink the CPU.

Even though the A8 processor will be smaller and faster than the A7, it is still only dual-core and with most Android based phones today featuring quad-core chips, deciding whether or not this is a bold more or not is yet to be decided – sure Apple are likely to move to quad-core in the future, but when exactly is anyone’s guess.

As with all rumours and supposed leaks, we don’t know if this is the definite specification that will be seen at launch so lets just continue sitting where we are, looking at information trickle in as we make up a picture of what could be the real deal.

Source: T3

Foxconn Confirms Foxbots Will Be Making the iPhone 6

With the launch of the anticipated iPhone 6 rumoured to only be a few months away, Apples manufacturer of the iPhone – Foxconn have announced that they will be using a number of autonomous robots to help them ramp up the production rate over the hands of manual workers.

Priced at around $20-25,000 each, the robots known as ‘Foxbots’ have the ability to produce around 30,000 units per year and considering the fact the Foxconn are supposedly planning to install a fleet of robots that are 10,000 strong, we are looking at a system that has the theoretical capacity to churn out a whopping 300 million iPhones in a year – more than enough to cover the demand of the grown Apple cult.

In addition to raising the rate of production by a huge amount, each bot will work out far cheaper than manual labour in the long run – a matter of which has troubled Foxconn before after a number of employees sought a drastic demonstration by throwing themselves off the roof of the factories in protest against wages, housing and a number of other workers rights. Simply put, Foxconn won’t have any troubles with misbehaving robots.

Although this line of robots will take over the work of a large number of people, manual labour will still be key to the production of the latest iPhones with word flowing around that they are likely to be hiring another 100,000 staff to aid in the ramp up of production prior to the launch of the iPhone.

Source & image courtesy: MarketWatch

Warning: Latest HTC Sense Update Reportedly Screws Up Your Smartphone

If you have a HTC and already updated to the HTC Sense Version 6, then you might have already noticed your contacts deleted from both your phone and SIM, leaving the header on your text messages filled with numbers instead of names and your WhatsApp contact list empty. However, if you still haven’t updated to the latest HTC Sense rolled out over the weekend, our advice is to skip it until a fix is available.

Another issue related to the update has been described to be linked to the theme, having it default back to the Green Theme. This might not seem a major issue as you can go into the Settings and change it right back. Not this time apparently, having users reporting that although the theme changes, some loading bars and status messages will still appear in green, having it screw up the user’s preferred theme in some cases.

There have been discussions with HTC Customer Support regarding the ‘failed’ update, where they stated it is already being discussed and investigated. The customer support has also stated that nobody can roll back the smartphone in order to avoid the faulty update, meaning that users who already updated their HTC smartphones to HTC Sense Version 6 can only remain at the mercy of the company and their technical support.

Also, when asked about who was responsible for testing the update, the customer support team has pointed to the developers. This comes as a huge surprise since all software products, especially from big corporations such as HTC, must undergo strict testing cycles performed by a highly qualified Quality Assurance department in order to prevent such issues from occurring. However, HTC might have skipped this step (and we even wonder if they have such a department apparently).

What the HTC Sense 6 should have brought is an updated color palate and multiple themes for the UI, an updated interface and more news sources for the HTC BlinkFeed, an updated and simplified interface for the Camera, Galley and Apps Tray, as well as other features noted on HTC’s page. The company has not released any official news regarding the issues present in the update, nor stated when a fix would be available.

HTC And Google Join Forces For Upcoming Nexus 6

As far as Android mobile handsets go, to me there is only one model series that should be taken in to consideration. This is of course the Nexus line. At the start of last year and after a lot of research and recommendations, I jumped onto the Android bandwagon and to be honest I don’t know why I didn’t do it beforehand. The sheer power that is at your fingertips is leaps and bounds ahead of many rival handsets that are part of the Android family, but also Windows and Apple.

The Nexus 5 is Google’s current flagship handset and like its older sibling – the Nexus 4, production was awarded to LG and this partnership has seen one of the biggest success stories that as been seen in the Android market in the last couple of years.

With the latest generation of the nexus family currently in development and many rumours about the specification circling around, word is now spreading that HTC are likely to be the lead partner in the Nexus 6’s production. If these latest rumours do transpire to be true then we are looking at some grass-roots heritage coming through as HTC themselves were the first brand to bring an Android phone to market.

With a speculated launch to be around the end of this year we are still a long way off seeing any confirmed specifications, but that is not to say that word is about. Upgrades to the processor, display, camera and operating system are all standard things to expect and like the current Nexus 5 we are expecting to see a minimum of a 5.2″ full HD display topped with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass creation – this latest generation of glass along with an improved body may even give the handset water and dust resistant properties. Under the surface a quad-core 800 series Snapdragon processor paired with around 2-3GB of RAM would kick the Nexus 6 into gear, an upgraded 16MP camera would boost the already great picture quality, whilst 16 or 32GB of storage would match the current specification of the N5.

With rumours being what they are we have also caught word from a couple of sources that there may be 64 or 128GB models forecast, although I think a 128GB is taking things a bit too far at this moment in time. We will get the usual array of connectivity options such as Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and 4G although it would be good to see full USB-OTG support to make an appearance as well.

Obviously the specifications are all an unknown entity at this moment in time and if you look at a wide number of sources, the specifications will vary quite considerably – and we don’t even have word on the pricing ladder either. All we can say is that if HTC are the official partners for the Nexus 6 then we may be seeing some inspiration come in from the One X+, giving the Nexus 6 and the new release of the Android OS – dubbed to be called Lollipop to edge it needs to take things to the next level.