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Toshiba's new Chromebook 2 features Full HD display, priced at $329

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 2:22 pm

Toshiba has announced its new Chromebook 2, which comes in two configurations. The first is an entry-level model with modest specifications, while the higher-end models amps it up a little, with both configurations featuring a 13.3-inch display.

 

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The entry-level model features a 1366x768 resolution on its 13.3-inch panel, while the higher-end model features a Full HD IPS-based 1920x1080 resolution. The $249 model features 2GB of RAM and Intel's dual-core Celeron N2840 processor. The $329 model increases the specs to 4GB of RAM and a higher-clocked Celeron processor.

 

Both of the new Toshiba Chromebook 2 models will include Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, a full-sized HDMI output, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and an SD card reader. Toshiba will make the Chromebook 2 available as of October 5, with three colors available: Charcoal, Aqua, and Rose.

Oculus VR announces the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 2:04 pm

Samsung only unveiled the Galaxy Note 4 and Gear VR at IFA 2014 a few moments ago, with the Gear VR "Powered by Oculus". Oculus VR has just announced the new Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, which is a new mobile VR headset powered by the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

 

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The Gear VR was "created by Samsung and powered by Oculus" and over the "last 12 months, we've been collaborating with Samsung on the future of mobile virtual reality," according to Oculus. The Facebook-owned VR startup continues: "The project actually began as an experiment to see if great VR was possible on next-generation mobile hardware. Oculus CTO John Carmack and the mobile team at Oculus were able to blow everyone away in an extremely short amount of time, quickly proving that we were on to something special."

 

The Galaxy Note 4's internal GPU and CPU to power Gear VR, using the 2560x1440 low-persistence 5.7-inch AMOLED panel as its display. John Carmack's role as the CTO of Oculus VR is becoming more clear, as he has worked with the mobile team at Oculus on Gear VR. The year was spent between developing a new Oculus Mobile SDK, as well as optimizing Android and the GPU drivers for VR.

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Samsung announces Gear VR, works with Galaxy Note 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 1:44 pm

Something that wasn't too much of a surprise, but is an interesting new step for Samsung, is the just-announced Gear VR. Samsung has been rumored to have been working on a VR headset for a while now, but it is now official.

 

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The South Korean electronics giant has teased that Gear VR works with the just-announced Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which features a 5.7-inch 2560x1440 display, so it'll be interesting to see what Gear VR looks like against the Oculus Rift DK2 which features a 1920x1080 display.

 

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The one big note here is that the Gear VR doesn't work with any other smartphone other than the Galaxy Note 4. The Note 4 will snap into the Gear VR, in front of dual-lenses that provide the 3D effect in the VR headset. There's a trackpad and back button on the right side of the Gear VR, with most of the movements and menu navigation to be performed through head movements and taps on the side-mounted trackpad. The Verge has already enjoyed some hands-on time with Gear VR, with some shots of the Gear VR teasing "Powered by Oculus".

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Samsung expands the Galaxy range with the Galaxy Note Edge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 1:41 pm

Samsung unveiled two new Galaxy Note smartphones at IFA 2014, with the Galaxy Note 4, but the surprise here was the Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge features a sloping, curved OLED display.

 

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The display itself is a QHD Super AMOLED display, the same panel that is found in the Galaxy Note 4, except that it is a 5.6-inch panel compared to the 5.7-inch panel found on the Note 4. Samsung uses specific software to join the two parts of the 5.6-inch display, which allow them to be simultaneously independent and connected.

 

What does the sloping screen on the Galaxy Note Edge offer? The default status has it sitting there as a kind of quick launcher, where it is home to your most-used apps. Samsung provides a bunch of widgets, and much more. The edge can also act as a toolbar, where it will provide quick access to various menus and camera modes, or in-app settings. For example, at night time, it can be used as an alarm clock, with the time being displayed on the edge of the panel.

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Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 4, with 2560x1440 display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 1:25 pm

Samsung has made its Galaxy Note 4 official at IFA 2014, something that we've known was coming for quite a while now. We don't know much about this smartphone, but we're going to fill you in on that very shortly.

 

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The Galaxy Note 4 features a premium metal frame with a slight curve to its 2.5D glass, which is now stronger and more durable. The star of the Galaxy Note 4 show is the 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, meaning we have 2560x1440 panel here with 3.7 million pixels compared to the 2 million pixels of the Full HD display on the Galaxy Note 3.

 

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Samsung will be offering two different models of the Galaxy Note 4: one model with a 1.9GHz octo-core processor, and another with a 2.7GHz quad-core processor. We have 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal flash storage and a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of expandable storage. Samsung cranks up the 4G speed with LTE Category 6, capable of 300/50Mbps. LTE Cat 4 is also here, as well as the usual 2.5G and 3G connectivity options. We have Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, MHL 3.0, and more.

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ASUS surprises at IFA 2014, launches the EeeBook X205 priced at $199

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 1:12 pm

For those with fond memories of the Eee PC range, ASUS is bringing it back with the new EeeBook X205. The company unveiled the cheap new system at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany today.

 

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The ASUS EeeBook X205 features an 11.6-inch 1366x768 display, and runs Windows 8.1, but the best bit here is the price: just $199. Inside of the EeeBook X205 we have the quad-core Intel Atom T3735 Bay Trailer processor, 2GB of RAM, a VGA webcam, a microSDXC slot, and a micro HDMI port. All of this comes in a light package, weighing a total of 980g (or 2.16lbs).

 

On the storage side of things, ASUS is offering either 32GB or 64GB of flash memoy, with some cloud storage options: 15GB of Microsoft OneDrive for life, as well as 100GB of OneDrive, and 500GB of ASUS WebStorage for two years. ASUS hasn't provided a date for the new X205, but we should expect it to drop before the end of the year.

ASUS announces the ZenBook UX305, with a 13.3-inch 3200x1800 display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 12:20 pm

ASUS has just unveiled its latest Ultrabook at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany: the ZenBook UX305. The ZenBook UX305 is similar to the already gorgeous UX301, but it now features a 13.3-inch 3200x1800 display, providing a pixel density of 276PPI.

 

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The new ZenBook UX305 is only 12.3mm thick, making it one of the world's thinnest Ultrabooks to pack a 3200x1800 display. It weighs just 1.2kg (or 2.64lbs) compared to the already light Apple MacBook Air which weighs 1.35kg (or 2.97lbs). ASUS has crafted the ZenBook UX305 with its diamond cut highlights and signature spun-metal finish which comes in two varieties: "Obsidian Stone" or "Ceramic Alloy".

 

Inside, we don't know much, but Engadget is reporting that it has an Intel Core M processor, 10 hours of battery life, and a choice of 128GB or 256GB SSDs. We should hear more about this new ZenBook in the coming months.

ASUS makes its ZenWatch official, powered by Android Wear for $260

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 11:58 am

ASUS has finally taken the wraps off of its ZenWatch, the company's first wearable, at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The new ZenWatch is powered by Google's wearable OS, Android Wear, and features a 1.63-inch, 320x320 AMOLED touchscreen.

 

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The body of the ZenWatch sports a curved stainless steel case which is surrounded by a rose-gold-colored inset, with the top of the smartwatch featuring a piece of 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3. It includes a genuine stitched-leather strap with a quick release clasp in the box, but this can be swapped out with your own 22mm band.

 

Inside of ASUS' first wearable is the same processor that powers some of the smartwatches from Samsung and LG: a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC. We also have 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal flash storage, a 1.4Wh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, a microphone and a biosensor that can monitor your heart rate and activity. ASUS has splashed an IP55 rating on the ZenWatch, so you don't have to take it off if you're going to jump in the shower. The Taiwanese manufacturer has also ported some of its ZenUI elements onto the ZenWatch, with some pre-loaded functions making the cut.

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NVIDIA announces GAME24, an event for celebrating PC gamers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 11:47 am

NVIDIA will be holding an event for PC gamers on September 18 called GAME24. GAME24 is 'the first global celebration of PC gamers' and will take place in multiple locations across the world: Los Angeles, Shanghai, Stockholm, London, and more.

 

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Better yet, is that if the reports are true, NVIDIA will officially launch its new GeForce GTX 900 series on September 19, the day after GAME24. VideoCardz.com has done some detective work, where they found the main page to be titled "NVIDIA Maxwell Teaser homepage" that the Twitter hashtag of #maxwelliscoming in between the lines of some javascript.

 

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Whatever happens, you can be sure we'll be on it here at TweakTown, giving you the details on NVIDIA's next-generation GPU launch, and GAME24, as it happens.

Intel's new Core i7-5960X overclocked to 6.45GHz on LN2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 10:32 am

If you thought the previous attempt at overclocking Intel's just-released Core i7-5960X was good, hitting 6.2GHz, HiCookie's achievement is a little better, hitting 6.45GHz.

 

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HiCookie used GIGABYTE's X99 SOC Force motherboard to hit the massive milestone, with 6451.88MHz to be exact. He disabled most of the 16 threads on the CPU, down to just two cores. Windows XP Professional was his OS of choice to get the record, with 1.847V being used, and a single stick of DDR4 memory.

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