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Jul 22, 2014 - 10:04 AM - by dgstorm

It looks like all of our NVIDIA intel was true in one way or another. The company just officially took the wraps off their brand new Tegra-K1 equipped Shield tablet. The new gaming tablet/portable console device will ship in North America July 29th. It will hit Europe August 4, and other regions of the globe later this fall.


Before we jump into the nitty gritty of its specs and features, we also have pricing details. The Shield Tablet 16GB/Wi-Fi version will cost $299, and the 32GB/LTE model will sell for $399. Additionally, the optional Shield controller will cost $59.

Now for the juicy parts... here's the primary spec-list:
  • 8-inch Full HD IPS LCD display
  • Built-in stylus that works with Nvidia’s new DirectStylus 2 tech
  • Tegra K1 SoC - 192 Kepler-based GPU cores (with support for some desktop class graphics)
  • Quad-core Cortex A15 processor spinning at 2.2GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi only version with 16GB of built-in storage, and an LTE-equipped version with 32GB of storage
  • Both feature an expansion card slot for up to 128GB of additional storage space

That's not all though. This new tablet is more than just internals. NVIDIA have gone all-out by including what they claim are some "world's first" features for this super-gaming tablet. Here's a quote from their presser with the details,

String of World Firsts

The SHIELD tablet provides a range of firsts for a tablet:

  • PC Streaming: First to stream games from a PC desktop or notebook, from anywhere in the home – using NVIDIA GameStreamTM technology to stream from systems powered by an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 6xx series or greater GPU.
  • Cloud Streaming: First to stream PC games from the cloud. Gamers can access the NVIDIA GRIDTM cloud gaming beta, available exclusively to SHIELD owners in Northern California, to instantly stream a library of high-quality PC games, and then save them in the cloud.
  • Twitch and NVIDIA ShadowPlayTM: First to feature Twitch – the leading video platform and community for gamers – which is also integrated with ShadowPlay, an advanced game-capture tool that lets users save and stream their greatest gaming moments. Gamers can stream titles from the SHIELD tablet to friends and foes worldwide. SHIELD Tablet also includes a 5MP front camera to enhance the image of the gamer overlaid on the Twitch gamecast.
  • Console Mode: First to feature NVIDIA Console Mode, which takes your tablet gameplay to your big screen TV. Console Mode transforms the device into
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Jul 18, 2014 - 12:09 PM - by dgstorm

Earlier this week we shared some rumint regarding a potential NVIDIA Android gaming console. We don't have anything new to report on that front, but we do have a solid leak regarding NVIDIA's upcoming gaming Android tablet.

It's called the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, and it could be one of the best things to come to Android gaming. In fact, it's entirely possible their won't necessarily be an Android gaming console from NVIDIA because, with the proper input/outputs, this could easily become a portable gaming console.

For now that is mostly speculation on our part, but the technology points to this as a possibility. We do know that this device is supposed to come with the NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC. If the newly leaked NVIDIA gaming controller is meant to pair with this device, then we might be on the money with this guess.

Either way, it's still too early to count NVIDIA out of the fight. Android gaming is only just now evolving to reach a more mainstream gaming audience. This device could be a big step in that direction.

Source: @evleaks
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Jul 14, 2014 - 3:47 PM - by dgstorm

Even though Google is consistently rated as one of the best places to work on the planet, that doesn't mean that sometimes someone else won't make you a better offer. That is the case for Google right now. Babak Parvis, the founder of the Google Glass project, has left Google to work for Amazon.

Babak has done much more than just Glass for Google though. He was also...

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Jul 14, 2014 - 3:01 PM - by dgstorm

With the silly fan-boy politics creating a ridiculous opinion war between fans of Sony's Playstation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, it seems like the market is saturated with negativity. It makes you wonder why anyone would want to wade into this contentious arena. However, that's something NVIDIA may actually be doing very soon.


The above screenshot is supposedly from a NVIDIA Tegra K1 console device and is meant to showcase its visuals.

It's no secret that AMD won the contract to produce the internal hardware for both the PS4 and the Xbox One. This possibly rankled NVIDIA just a tad, since they previously provided some of the internal hardware for the Playstation 3 and the first Xbox. Rather than grousing about it, they may have decided to actively do something about it by wading into the console wars themselves with their own console.

According to the latest intel, NVIDIA recently had a gaming console controller pass through FCC testing. It's entirely possible this device could simply be meant to work with some of NVIDIA's other products, like the Shield and/or their gaming tablets, but the BBC is reporting it is meant for some form of gaming console.

This new console will be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chipset and will hook to your TV through HDMI. Not only will it be designed to handle Android games using the Android TV interface, it will supposedly also stream PC games by connecting to your existing PC graphics system.

When analyzing this strategy, it actually makes some sense. First, if you can't get manufacturers to use your chipset in their consoles, then why not just make your own competing device to use your own hardware? Second, NVIDIA's Shield product turned out to be a consumer market dud. Using the Android TV UI will simplify the process for NVIDIA and provide them with some additional marketing leverage.

Alternatively, this move could be a huge waste of resources for NVIDIA. It will be interesting to see how things work out as the once mighty titan of graphics struggles to regain its dominance in an ever-changing technological landscape.
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Jul 14, 2014 - 2:32 PM - by dgstorm

We have a few leaked pics worthy of your attention today. Apparently, Google plans to use their new Material Design concept on the Play Store eventually. They must be hard at work on it already, because the pics we have to show you give us a great early view.

Continue Reading @: Leaked Pics of New Material Design-Styled Google Play Store Hint at the Future | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
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Jul 10, 2014 - 10:18 AM - by dgstorm

Sometimes it's the obvious things which go unnoticed for a while yet turn out be be the perfect solution to an old problem. Such is the likely the case with a new scientific breakthrough in battery tech. Researchers at University of California and the Bourns College of Engineering may have just figured out an easy and cheap way to triple the battery life of our smartphones and tablets.

One of the researchers, graduate student Zachary Favors, came up with the idea to add...

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