The Galaxy S4 flagship device is having a dust and water resistant counterpart and is said to bear the “Active” moniker. Though at first glance the GS4 Active looks identical to its predecessor, it actually has several added new features which can be noticed through serious and thorough scrutiny.
Officially dubbed as Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active, the device features a quad-core processor of 1.9GHz that comes with a GPU of Adreno 320. This means it has a chipset of Snapdragon 600. While the screen size (5.0 inch) and resolution (1080p) are said to be similar with the Galaxy S4’s, it’s not clear whether it belongs to the Super AMOLED variety or not. Moreover, the device is said to have a pixel density of 480ppi.
Camera buffs would also be glad to know that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has a rear camera of 8MP built-in which is a downgrade version of the Galaxy S4’s 13MP shutter. It’s covered with a metallic cache and laid with bolts on the rear. You can also find three hardware buttons embedded beneath the screen.
There’s no information yet on the phone’s pricing, partner carrier, and exact date of release. The device has been recently flaunted in Croatia which could mean that a formal announcement may be given real soon.
Hardcore gamers who want to increase their gaming performance probably need a good dose of electric current passing through their brains. Straight from comic books, see how this latest gizmo could excite your brain.
Michael Oxley claims that his latest headset creation called Fo.cus could help gamers improve their brain performance, and therefore their gaming abilities, by applying a process called transcranial direct-current simulation (tDCS). It’s a form of neurostimulation that is used for patients who suffer from brain injuries caused by strokes. Normal individuals could also employ tDCS, although unapproved by the FDA, to improve cognitive performance.
Fo.cus utilizes four copper electrodes that passes low-intensity current on a strategic area of your brain – the prefrontal cortex. Each node is equipped with saline-soaked sponges to prevent your skin from burning while it is on your forehead. The idea isn’t to let it sit on your head for the entire day to see reap the benefits. Around 5 to 10 minutes of use per day is all you need to improve your working and short-term memory.
Although the results may vary from each user, its creator remains optimistic that many users will see the benefit from long-term use. If you think this gizmo could help your everyday gaming activity and lifestyle, the Fo.cus headset will be available starting July in the US and the UK for quite a hefty price of $ 249 in the US and £179.
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One surprising device that captured people’s interest in this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was NVIDIA’s Project Shield, a project that showcased the company’s foray into gaming consoles. But now, that project has become an eagerly anticipated product. Now officially called the NVIDIA Shield, it’s a very handy and portable 5” Android game console & controller that can run games that are available on Google Play, TegraZone and Valve’s Steam.
The Shield is NVIDIA’s crack at giving gamers a superior gaming experience, and it might have succeeded. Unlike other portable game consoles, the Shield boasts of a 5”, 720p HD screen, a powerful bass reflex speaker system, a d-pad, two analog sticks and the usual buttons. The clamshell shaped console runs on Android 4.2.1 and is powered by NVIDIA’s new, high-end Tegra 4 processor. It also has 2GB of RAM, a GPS chip, and a mini-HDMI output.
The flagship console has a price tag of $ 349 and will be carried by retailers Canada Computers, GameStop, Micro Center and Newegg. The product is admittedly more expensive than the PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS XL and time will tell if there’s a niche for it. Pre-orders for the Shield will start on May 20 but those who sign up for NVIDIA’s email list can pre-order earlier than the rest. Shield units are expected to be shipped by June.
Konami has finally revealed the release date for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’s upcoming DLC pack ‘Blade Wolf’. This add-on content will hit PS3 ($ 6.99) and Xbox 360 (560 Microsoft Points) on may 14th. [Gematsu]
The much-awaited Xbox event of Microsoft is finally coming on May 21st and will be held at the Xbox campus. It expected to concentrate on the next-gen Xbox codenamed “Durango” (which could be named “Xbox Infinity/ Xbox 8“). There will be a free streaming of the event for Xbox users (Xbox Live) and owners of Spike TV. Other things to be featured are innovations on TV and entertainment and a new generation of games.
Microsoft intends to share about the latest gaming console and its vision for Xbox along with giving participants “a real taste of the future”. This will be followed 19 days later by the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) to be held in Los Angeles where the company is expected to continue its talk about the next-gen Xbox with the added feature of upcoming blockbuster games. As to users’ reactions on the Xbox, only three things can satisfy their needs – backward compatibility, network-free, and the ability to play used games.
This may proved to be challenging for Microsoft especially with the upcoming release of Sony Entertainment’s PlayStation 4 in the fourth quarter. The May 21 event is known as “A New Generation Revealed” according to the invitations sent by the company. So far, nothing has been revealed yet of the next-gen Xbox so it’s better to adopt a wait-and-see attitude for now.