Leaked Images Reveal Nokia Android-Powered Smartphone UI

A few weeks back, @evleaks released a screenshot of a Nokia handset codenamed Normandy, which was said that will run on a modified version of Android OS. The handset specs were rumored to be fairly mid range, though it remains to be seen what the actual specs will be. However, it appears that we get more insights on the handset’s UI from @evleaks again, with the addition of three more screenshots detailing the UI look.

The device has just one physical button, which looks like a back button. Other than that the user interface will rely on on-screen navigation keys. In the pictures we can see Viber running, Skype running and the lock screen. The phone is a dual SIM according to the icons on the notification bar.

The user interface looks like a cross between the Asha UI and stock Android. To be honest it doesn’t look that bad. Nokia has never been known for their software aesthetic sense, but this looks like a rather impressive attempt. Now we will just have to see if the handset will actually be released.

Thank you Chip Loco for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of @evleaks

“Quad-HD” 2560×1440 Panel Rumored To Be Featured In The New LG G3

According to a report from ZDNet Korea, LG is rumored to have leaked the specs of its LG G3, the next generation smartphone. The report shows the handset boasting a 1,440 x 2,560 pixel quad-HD display.

The Quad HD is the name for 2K resolutions, which refers to a display that has a horizontal resolution of more than 2,000 pixels. In the case of smartphones, the resolution refers to the vertical side resolution size. The rumor does not specify how large the display will be, but LG showed off a new 5.5-inch quad HD display this August. ZDNet Korea’s report also says that the G3 will feature a 16-megapixel rear camera and an eight-core processor. The G3 isn’t expected to launch until the second half of 2014.

The LG G2 shows some impressive specs, however it suffers from a focus on useless features such as its awkwardly placed buttons. As a result, the G2 has struggled, only selling 2.3 million units to date, which is far below the company’s expectation of 3 million units.

Thank you BGR for providing us with this information

Apple’s iWatch Rumored To Arrive Next October

China-based report might indicate that the long rumored Apple iWatch will finally be launched in October 2014. According to a source who is said to have a good track record with leaks involving Apple, the Cupertino based tech titan is testing two different prototypes of the iOS powered timepiece. Both are equipped with a 100mAh battery, which is roughly one-third of the 315mAh capacity of the cell on the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. And despite an update last month that improved the Galaxy Gear’s battery life, it still is the subject of some complaints. In other words, if a 315mAh battery doesn’t provide enough battery life on Samsung’s smartwatch, what can 100mAh bring to the iWatch?

The report insists that the Apple iWatch will be able to support wireless charging from 3.2 feet away. This would mean that the wireless charging would not be based on Qi’s standards, but would use a magnetic resonance system similar to what Samsung is rumored to be using for its smartphones starting in the middle of next year. If you had enough chargers, you could set them up in certain areas of your home or in your car or office, and the watch could recharge once you were within range.

The report should however be taken as a rumor and nothing more, reports about what the iWatch will look like or its functions are just speculation. Even those who claim to have seen the watch with their own two eyes don’t know if what they were looking at was a prototype that could be changed before it is released.

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Two New Nokia Asha handsets Have Been Leaked

Two Nokia handset images have been leaked a few hours ago, according to a post by UnwiredView. The most interesting part is that Nokia kept their existence on the low-key and the following images can at least confirm the rumor of their presence.

One of them is codenamed Nokia Normandy, and its design suggests that it may be a Lumia. However, it’s does not show running a Windows Phone OS, as its home/back button is similar to the Nokia’s latest Asha models, including the 500, 501, 502 and 503. Therefore, the conclusion is that the two handsets are powered by the Nokia Asha software platform.

Information regarding the handset specs has not yet been revealed, and the same goes for availability details. However, the pics are confirmation that the latter information is soon to be revealed as well.

Thank you UnwiredView for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of UnwiredView

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer Leaked

Doctor Who television programme is one of the most anticipated shows, and a 50th anniversary trailer appears to have been leaked online. A BBC Latin America Facebook Page received a post with the video. New footage from the series dubbed in Spanish can be viewed when playing it.

Previous trailers have teased huge revelations in the upcoming special, including the reappearance of Rose and the possible revelation of the Doctor’s name. The new trailer also features David Tennant, the 10th Doctor, with the special promising to be Matt Smith’s last episode playing the character, pending the hand-off to Peter Capaldi.

The BBC has stated that Day of the Doctor will truly be a global event, having the special episode air simultaneously in more than 75 countries across the globe. In the UK it’s scheduled for November 23rd at 7:50PM. Fans can have a sneak peak at the leaked trailer below.


Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information
Video courtesy of Daily Motion and image courtesy of BBC America

GeForce GTX 780 Ti Specifications Have Been Leaked

NVIDIA introduced a new card called the GeForce GTX 780 Ti during last week’s announcements, but at the time we were left with little more than a mid-November release time frame. It seems that now we may have a peak inside the new card.

Some forum members at Chip Hell have leaked an image that may show specs for the Titanium 780 variant. If accurate, they’re really amazing and according to the slide, the 780 Ti is equipped with a GK110 Kepler GPU with 2,496 CUDA cores, 208 texture units, 48 ROPs, and 3GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6008MHz. This all gives it a base core clock speed ticking in around 902MHz and 954MHz when boosted.

Given the above specs, the card should run at more frames per second, have better shaders, and bigger explosions from a lower-end card. In terms of price, there are also unconfirmed rumors that the GTX 780 Ti will end up selling around the $650 / £401 / $641 price range. This means that it puts the GeForce 780 Ti above the rumored price of AMD’s Radeon R9 290X, which is said to be priced around the $549 / £339 / $541 range.

Thank you Tech Radar for providing us with this information.
Images courtesy of Tech Radar

Google Nexus 8 Tablet Seen On Android’s Official Web Page

Google might have accidentally leaked an image of their upcoming Nexus tablet, circulating under the name “Nexus 8”. Originally spotted on The Verge forums, a strange tablet was pictured in Google’s own promotional material for the revamped Android page promoting Android 4.4 KitKat. The picture is found at the bottom of the Apps & Entertainment page, and reveals a woman holding a tablet with very thin bezels.

The bezels are much thinner than the ones found on the Nexus 7 – 2013 Edition, and the device also appears to be running Android 4.4 KitKat due to the white status bar icons shown in the image. The tablet looks to keep to a similar overall size when compared to the Nexus 7 – 2013 Edition, leading us to believe that Google could be readying a Nexus 8 tablet.

Do not get your hopes up too soon as it could just be a marketing mistake, and the device in cause could even be a Nexus 7 with a poorly simulated screenshot on top. If Google is preparing such a device, we will hear more news on the topic at hand or maybe even see it released sooner than anybody could expect.

Thank you Android Authority for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Android.com

Samsung 12.2-inch Tablet To Have Specs Revealed And Get Bluetooth Certified

Thanks to benchmarking specialist AnTuTu, we now know that the plus-size slate could boast an impressive set of hardware specifications, including a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB RAM.

The Galaxy Note 12.2 will also reportedly run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and pack an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixels front camera. While the tablet should have at least 32GB internal storage with 3GB RAM and measure in at 12.2 inches, much will be expected of the screen resolution. Benchmarks show that it consists of 1,600 x 2,560 pixels. Considering the size of the tablet, we should expect a pixel density as sharp as the top 10-inch models, if not more so.

In terms of performance, the tablet scored a staggering  35,901 points in AnTuTu Benchmarks, and it also has been spotted in BluetoothSIG under the model number “SM-P905”, where it received its Bluetooth certification.

It’s not clear when we might see the Galaxy Note 12.2 make its debut, especially since the company just started selling 2014’s edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1. However, Samsung is a fan of releasing tablets and phones of multiple sizes, so a number of potential launch venues spring to mind. As is the case with every new year, the first few months of 2014 will give way to CES and Mobile World Congress. Then again, Samsung could host its own Unpacked event or simply shoot out a press release.

Thank you Cnet and NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of NextPowerUp and AnTuTu.

Call of Duty Ghosts Extinction Mode Leaked (Spoilers)

Call of Duty is one of this years most anticipated games, and while I’m sure there are a many people out there that couldn’t care less about the next itteration of this series, you cannot ignore that face that it is going to sell millions upon its release and that there are many fans out there that are dying to see more information on the game.

If you want a few spoilers, read on, if you do not want any spoilers, stop reading right now.

A load of off screen images have been taken by IMGUR user “smtkz”. The user has shared a load of images of the Call of duty Ghost’s multi-player mode, Extinction.

The new enemies known as “Space Bugs” are shown, we get a sneak peak at the new loadouts, new equipment and what we can only assume are challenges.

The new loads outs look fairly decent and even a new weapon “drill” which is apparently used to destroy the Space Bug hives.

The challenges are fairly straight forward but should add to the gameplay quite nicely with objectives such as “do not take any damage” or “kill X number of aliens before hive is destroyed”.

That’s all we have for now, but feel free to pore over the image below and see if there is anything else you can discover about the new mode.

Thank you PlayStation Magazine for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of smtkz.

Google Play Store 4.4.21 APK leaked

Google Play Store APK version 4.4.21 has been leaked, and is available to download for most android devices right now. If you’re tired or waiting for Android 4.4 KitKat in particular, then you can now at least get a piece of the pie without having to wait for Google to make the whole package available to all. Today, the Google Play Store 4.4.21 update is available to anyone who wants to download it, giving users the chance to upgrade ahead of Google’s own planned  road-map.

In terms of updates to the Play Store, there’s nothing really all that interesting to report as yet. The most noticeable change here is that Google has done away with menu-accessible navigation buttons in favor of a slide-out panel, which is certainly the design angle that most mobile developers seem to be going for these days. It’s something that was perhaps first really prevalent on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but both Android and iOS now take advantage of slide-out panels in order to reveal menus and the like.

The date regarding an official release of the Google Play Store 4.4.21 is unknown at this point, but it’s a fairly safe bet that it will launch alongside Android 4.4 at the latest, and perhaps even before that. It’s compatible with everything running Froyo and beyond though, so everyone can install it right now on your device from the link here.

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Nexus 5 3000 mAh Battery Not Applicable According To New Leak

It appears that today we are having a Nexus 5 leak  frenzy, and here’s another one which puts at least one rumor to rest. As we found in some leaks earlier, Google planned to bring multiple variants of their next-generation Nexus Smartphones with varying battery capacities. The leak appears to have been misleading, so there is no point hoping for a 3000 mAh battery packed in the new handset. The Nexus 5 is confirmed to carry a 2,300 mAh battery unit, which we feel is quite good already. Sure, it doesn’t match up to the Xperia Z1 and LG G2, both of which have 3,000 mAh batteries, but owing to the lack of OEM overlay and extra background apps, we expect the Nexus 5 to come close to the battery life on offer by rivals.

Also, it has been once again confirmed that the Nexus 5 will come in only two variants, 16 GB and 32 GB, without a micro SD card slot as expected. It is good to know that Google isn’t launching an 8 GB variant, as we found that to be completely useless. According to the latest reports, and deductions based on the teaser images being posted by KitKat’s Twitter account, Google will announce Android 4.4 KitKat, and most probably the Nexus 5 alongside it, on October 21st.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of NextPowerUp.

Sony Xperia Z1 f And Samsung Galaxy J Revealed In Latest Docomo Leak

Thanks to an NTT Docomo brochure leak, the Sony Xperia Z1 f, which is a smaller version of Sony’s current Android Z1, was revealed. And today we’re seeing further evidence of the miniaturized handset’s existence from what looks like a similar Japanese carrier leak. Today’s brochure images shows the Z1 f, codenamed “Itsuki”, in black, white, lime green and pink colors.

The Z1 f is likely to have the internal hardware almost identical to the full-sized Xperia Z1: a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel camera and IP58-rated water and dust-resistance, with only the screen being downscaled to a 4.3-inch 720p panel.

In the meantime, the same leak revealed a  glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy J, which seems to be a Japan-centric version of the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy S4 we’ve seen up until now. The chassis’ appearance is a bit of a departure from the current Samsung design language, and the specs have been bumped up somewhat, too. The Galaxy J sports 3GB of RAM, compared to the regular S4’s 2GB. Leaked images show the handset in “coral pink,” “satin white” and “lapis blue.”

Nothing is certain if we will see either device released internationally, the Galaxy J in particular, which is likely to be a Japan-specific model. We will just have to wait and see what information arises regarding the Sony Xperia Z1 f and Samsung Galaxy J.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Android Central.

Lavabit Gave FBI 4pt Font 2560 Character SSL Keys, FBI Didn’t See The Funny Side

The Lavabit secure email service played a vital role in the NSA leaks released by Edward Snowden. The service was heavily investigated and taken offline last August and while the FBI have the files Snowden used, they can’t open the hefty security that was used to encrypt them.

Lavabit founder, Ladar Levison, shut down the site after pressure from the FBI, but he has been determined to walk a fine legal line and make the FBI’s investigation as difficult as possible. Recently unsealed records reveal just how difficult he made it.

When asked to hand over the SSL decryption keys for Snowden’s emails he printed them out. Five keys in total, in 4pt font size. Each key containing 512 characters and taking up 11 pages despite their incredibly small for size. How small might that be? Go print something in 4pt font, it’s pretty much unreadable to the human eye, let alone digital scanning devices. The picture at the top is a scan of one of the pages, yes it really is that hard to read.

This meant that the FBI would have to manually squint at each character of the 2560 character long password, entering each by hand, of course should they make a single error on one of the 11 pages of the key, nothing would happen and they would effectively have to start over!

The FBI have since requested a digital copy of the passwords, stating that he would be fined $5,000 a day from August 6th until keys were handed over. Levison responded by shutting down his site and service, making attempts at continued surveillance moot.

Check out the full court document here, the Appendix contains the actual encryption key, see if you can read it!

Thank you Vyralize for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Vyralize.

More PC Code Found In GTA V! DX 11, x64, Bloom Effects And More

Grand Theft Auto V has been leakier than a sieve when it comes to secrets. Not only did the game leak early, including all its cheats, maps, secrets and even bits of the source code. Then some nosy people managed to dig through the data of the game looking for even more secrets, uncovering references to next-gen and PC editions of the game for their troubles.

Rockstar are standing firm, they still deny the PC edition of the game and say it doesn’t exist, regardless of the fact that around half a dozen major global retailers have leaked release dates, box art and now we see even more evidence of PC features found in the code of the PlayStation 3 edition of the game.

Lets put it simple, Rockstar don’t want you to know yet because they want you to buy the console edition, then maybe buy the game again when it comes out on PC / Next-gen.

So what code did Hall9000 find then? Have a  look below at these references from the games code.

  • 985459 – PC – [PT][PB] Crash – > game_win32_beta_dx11.exe!strRequest::Release() Line 47 + 0xf bytes C++
  • 614622 – [LB][PT][LDS][DX11] Blooms too much on smog weather setting.
  • 632447 – [PC] All the phones are very dark and hard to read
  • 496009 – [PC] Debug picker seems to be non-functional
  • (no x64 prebuild cover) – Boot checks completed only.
  • Base AudioCL#s: Playstation 3 and XBOX: 3772801; PC CL 3773483

DX11 is the first major alarm bell, plus we already know Rockstar ported their last two PC games – Max PAyne 3 and L.A. Noire using DX11 features. Bloom lighting, X64 (support for more than 4GB of memory) and more. So given the rate that these leaks are coming, check out eTeknix tomorrow and we’ll most likely have in game footage that Rockstar can deny.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of ProductReviews.

Microsoft Xbox Next “Durango” Will Be “Always On, Always Connected”.

The Xbox Development Kit or XDK for short, the development kit software behind Microsoft next console outing, currently codenamed “Durango” has had quite a big leak this week. While this isn’t normally anything that fancy, it has revealed some very interesting specifications (or should we say, capabilities?) for the next gen console, some of them quite worrying indeed.

From the new screenshots of the XDK we see that the hardware capabilities of the new Xbox are quite interesting indeed, an always on internet connection, mandatory HDD installs, blu-ray?

VGLeaks let the cat out of the bag on this one, and while they have had a bit of hit and miss with rumours in the past, they’ve been pretty much bang on the money with recent console leaks and information. Add to this that industry insiders are confirming this is the XDK, but of course, we can’t tell you who those people are, its a secret.

Aside from featuring 50GB blu-ray disc capability, rumoured always on internet connection requirements (not likely, regardless of what other sites say), HDD installs for games, there are two other major features, the first is multiple power states, that will allow the console to have an effective standby mode that can handle downloads, enable “instant on” style features and it would certainly live up to the always connected ideals that seem to be floating around.

Source: VGLeaks

SuperDAE Raided over Next-Gen Xbox Leaks?

For those of you who don’t recognise the name SuperDaE, I’m talking about the online user who listed an Xbox Durango (next-gen) developer unit on eBay, he was also the first to leak a few details about the upcoming hardware and nothing much came of it all.

Yet recently he has been getting more and more ambitious, once again listing a developer kit on eBay and leaking massive amounts of information to the gaming press, most of which has been confirmed to be accurate thanks to a 90 page document that SuperDaE had in his possession and industry sources close to game development for the upcoming hardware have been giving their nod of approval, from the shadows of secrecy of course.

Normally this kind of thing is dealt with quietly, Microsoft will do anything in their power to brush it all off as rumour and generally keep tight lipped, that is until they raid his house.

It’s said that a member of the FBI and several police have raided his house, with a warrant that mentions “Microsoft, eBay & Paypal” in the terms. Taking his phone, computers and likely any documentation as evidence, as well as giving him a stern telling off.

What do the eTeknix readers make of all this?


Xbox 720 GPU specifications leaked

The same source that leaked the specs of Xbox 720’s cpu 2 weeks ago have now leaked the GPU specification of Microsoft’s next generation console; the Xbox 720.

According to the specs, the gpu uses a clock speed of 800MHz and 32MB of fast embedded ESRAM which is free from restriction in Xbox 360’s EDSRAM.  The console will also be using a 2-stage cache system which consists of 4x L2 caches with 128KB write-back cache. According to VGleaks, the GPU supports 2x, 4x and 8x MSAA.

It is anticipated that Microsoft will début the new console during E3 expo in June. As of now, Sony will be hosting their PlayStation media event on 20th of this month where it’s speculated that we will get to see their next gen console.

Via: Techspot

AMD Richland APU specifications and lineup leaked

Details about the AMD’s next generation of APU is set to be released during Q2 2013, however the leaked specifications from a source has given some good idea about the AMD “Richland” APU lineup. AMD’s second-generation A-series Fusion “Richland” APUs use up to 4 Piledriver cores with 3 models of AMD Radeon HD graphics core. These processors are essentially a 32nm process.

According to the leak, the Richland APU will have Dual and Quad core K and non K series SKUs. The base model is the A4-6300, a dual core processor with a 65Watt TDP and 3.7GHz base clock with 3.9GHz boost and a HD 8370D GPU clocked at 760MHz. The Flagship model within the Richland lineup is named the A10-6800K, a quad core processor with a 100w TDP, 4.1 GHz base clock and goes up to 4.4GHz with Boost, with a HD 8670D GPU clocked at 844MHz.

Do note that the HD8000 series is based on GCN architecture which will allow dual graphic support with the HD7000 series GPU.

APU Model TDP Cores CPU Base/Boost Clock Speed (GHz) GPU and Clock Speed (MHz)
A10-6800K 100W 4 4.1/4.4 HD 8670D/844
A10-6700 65w 4 3.7/4.3 HD 8670D/844
A8-6600K 100W 4 3.9/4.2 HD 8570D/844
A8-6500 65W 4 3.5/4.1 HD 8570D/844
A6-6400K 65W 2 3.9/4.1 HD 8470D/800
A4-6300 65W 2 3.7/3.9 HD 8370D/760

Source: VR-Zone China