Samsung’s Octa-Core Processor Supports LTE, But Isn’t Coming To The U.S.

snapdragonApparently, someone at Samsung thought it was a genius idea to put an eight-core (!) processor inside of a smartphone, namely the Galaxy S IV, but decided to leave it out of the United States release, on all major carriers, with support of 20 different LTE radio bands. Instead, the U.S. release will see the new 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, while international 3G models will use a Exynos chipset.

So, while disappointing the tech press and consumers, Samsung also outsourced its processors (again) to Qualcomm. But, the Galaxy S IV still has an awesome amount of power at its disposal with the Qualcomm processor setup, just not as much if it were Samsung’s Exynos 5 chip.

Via: Samsung (Twitter)

Brevity Review: Skullcandy Navigator Headphones

skullcandynavigatorThere’s nothing like the $100 headphones price point. It’s the sweet spot between completely sucking or being the best headphones you’ve ever had. Since I use a $300 headset for gaming, a $350 headset for noise-cancellation, and other hardware for various listening or communicating needs, it can feel somewhat awkward to go down to the $100 range, where you sacrifice materials for a enriching sound.

Skullcandy is very experienced with producing budget headphones that sound great, but to hit the $100 range for over-ear headphones is something newer to them. So, it begs one to ask the question: are they any good?

Exclusive: An Interview With Sony VP of SCEA Marketing, John Koller!

ps4-controllerIt was only right that with all the great news being put out by Sony’s news pipes in the past few weeks that I interview one of their executives, specifically in the Sony Computer Entertainment America sector. Enter, John Koller, Vice President of Hardware Marketing at SCEA.

In the phone interview, which you can listen to, there’s talk about all of Sony’s past, present, and possible future attempts at inter-connected systems and the “Second Screen” terminology; people that are interested in what happens on the move, rather than in any stationary place.

Listen to the interview, past the break!

DNA-Based Transistor Gets Us Closer To Human Computers

dnaIt’s not the complete package, but it’s one variable of the equation: Stanford University’s recent announcement that scientists have successfully created the first truly biological transistor made entirely out of genetic material. Transistors are the bringers of nearly all of modern technology.

What the scientists actually researched and tested pertains to DNA and RNA, which make up the newly dubbed “transcriptor.” First, embedding a microscopic portion of a DNA molecule inside of a living cell, Standford researchers were able to control the flow of RNA, which translates DNA’s instructions to the living cell, much like the digital transistor which regulates electrical currents, the researcher-controlled “transcriptor” can essentially direct an entire living cell.

Practical uses of this technology almost have no limits: the commanding of cancerous cells to stop multiplying, monitoring general health levels, or perhaps even (malicious or otherwise) control of the living cell. This is awesome stuff, to say the least.

Via: Stanford

iFixit Tears Apart The HTC One, Till There’s Zero Left

htconeifixitwhooooThe engineers/destroyers at iFixit have taken apart the upcoming HTC One. Since there are no screws used in the construction of the body (thanks, unibody aluminum), the fearless dudes needed to turn to a heat gun (gasp!), a suction cup and a metal spudger to gain access to the internals. Once inside, they were greeted by every single component — which for some reason was covered in a difficult to handle foil, plus fasteners for the 2,300 mAh battery.

As a result, iFixit awarded the HTC One a score of 1 — it’s nearly impossible to take apart and repair.

Via: iFixit

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Will Debut For $250 On AT&T, Pre-Orders Come April 16th

galaxys4Here’s the only catch about AT&T’s recent presser for the price of the Galaxy S 4: we don’t know if the $250 price tag is for the 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB model. What we do know, however, is all the specs of the GS4 remain the same, 4G LTE included, and that AT&T hasn’t issued an exact release date, instead issuing a pre-order date of April 16th; something of which they promise to elaborate on in the coming weeks.

Via: AT&T’s Consumer Blog