Samsung to Build Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820

Samsung is pretty big. I mean really big. They have been contracted to build processors for Apple devices and in fact make their own processors for TVs, mobile phones, tablets and Chromebooks. After some issues with the Snapdragon 810 and over-heating (at the very least running really, really hot) issues, Qualcomm has opted to go with Samsung as the semiconductor manufacturer for the Snapdragon 820. It's interesting that they had to talk to the competition to build a chip for them. I'm sure Samsung is making a fair bit of money by agreeing to make the competitor's product.

The giant processor company has traditionally employed Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) to manufacture its chips, which power a large number of our smartphones and tablets. However, according to a report from Re/code, Qualcomm will be switching suppliers and partnering with Samsung for its next batch of high-end SOCs.

Source: Neowin

Apple's Definition of 'Fixed' is Different Than Security Researcher

Sometimes computer repair is a lot like taking your car to a mechanic. While the mechanic says that the problem is fixed, you know very well that your brakes still don't work. The same is true with Apple this week as they claimed that they fixed a major OSX security issue, but research shows that it's still as broken as it was a few weeks ago. If you have an Apple product, for the love of all that's holy, get some security software. The days are past when Apple was secure.

According to a recent finding by an independent researcher, the company from Cupertino failed to fix the problem. Objective-See, a website that provides tools to prevent OS X malware, reports that the backdoor security flaw, known as "RootPipe," can still be exploited.

Source: Engadget

New Round Samsung Gear Watch?

At Mobile World Congress this year Samsung was about the only company not to show off a new lineup of smartwatches and instead played a wait and see game and let their previous Samsung Gear products continue to compete in a crowded market. It now appears that Samsung is going to be jumping back into the smartwatch market with a new round smartwatch, and if the rumors are true, we could be seeing this new Samsung Gear product in September. Not a ton of details are known but Gizbot has all the rumors over here.

Apparently, the next-generation Samsung Gear watch will have a round face, according to Samsung's media materials, relating to the release of a new SDK.

The SDK for the Samsung Gear Ecosystem encourages users to "get ready for the next gear," notes Trusted Reviews.

Another Smartwatch Coming 'Round

With Apple releasing a new smart watch, it is no surprise that Samsung has one on the workbench. There are a few surprises with this one though; first the SDK is being released before the new watch is. And second; the new watch will have a rounded face.

That's right, it sure looks like the long-rumored circular Samsung Gear watch might finally come to fruition. The move to a rounded watch face would explain the need for Samsung to open up the SDK to developers ahead of launch day, as the move away from a rectangular face would be a significant change for Samsung's seventh smartwatch.

New Gear

Source: Android Central via Samsung

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum


Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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