The latest happenings from around the web - September 1st, 2011
- Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 @ XSReviews
- GIGABYTE Z68XP-UD3P @ Vortez
- Dell S2330MX Ultra-Slim Monitor @ Hot Hardware
- Faster Than Radeon HD 6970: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB Toxic Edition @ XBit Labs
- AMD Eyefinity and Nvidia Surround Technologies Reviewed @ XBit Labs
- Sapphire HD 6950 @ HT4U
- PAX 2011 (PAX Prime) Seattle (Video) - AMD Shows Off Support for Eyefinity and HD3D in Deus Ex @ Futurelooks
ZOTAC have just released a pretty cool looking mini-PC in the form of the ZBOX nano AD10 mini-PC which is powered by AMD's E350 APU platform. It features a dual-core processor clocked in at 1.6GHz, AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics, support for 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 GBps HDD/SSD and finally, includes a remote control! Full specs and a picture are below/in the full news post:
ZOTAC Debuts Palm-Sized ZBOX nano AD10 series
AMD E-350 APU platform
1.6 GHz, dual-core
AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics processor
80 unified shaders
Engine clock: 500 MHz
ZBOX nano AD10
1 x DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM slot
Support 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gb/s HDD/SSD
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia have today revealed that the PlayStation 3 sales have surged over 400% in the week following the price drops across the 160GB and 320GB models in Australia. This information is from the official NPD Group Australia sales data from retailers nationally. Michael Ephraim, Managing Director of Sony Computer Entertainment Australia says:
This new price point really represents fantastic value for money as PlayStation 3 delivers full HD games, Blu-ray capability, plus music, movies, catch-up TV and more on demand. Australians love not only games, but also the quality home entertainment PS3 provides. Sales are booming because PlayStation 3 is the best device to connect to your TV, at incredible value, to provide the ultimate home entertainment experience.
The new RRP of the PlayStation 3 is AU$349.95 and $449.95 for the 160GB and 320GB models respectively. This represents a $150 saving on the former recommended retail pricing. Sales momentum is expected to continue with huge AAA releases such as Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception, Resistance 3 and even PlayStation Move enabled games such as DanceStar from the people behind SingStar.
Don't have an Internet connection? Well, until now, the Google Chromebooks were pretty useless to you. But, Google are now taking steps in addressing problems with offline access to services such as Gmail, Calendar and Docs. Quoting the Gmail blog:
Gmail Offline is a Chrome Web Store app that's intended for situations when you need to read, respond to, organize and archive email without an internet connection. This HTML5-powered app is based on the Gmail web app for tablets, which was built to function with or without web access . . .
Google Calendar and Google Docs let you seamlessly transition between on- and offline modes. When you're offline in Google Calendar, you can view events from your calendars and RSVP to appointments. With Google Docs you can view documents and spreadsheets when you don't have a connection. Offline editing isn't ready yet, but we know it's important to many of you, and we're working hard to make it a reality.
This will make the Chromebooks an actual, realistic laptop replacement. Nice work, Google.
HTC are ready to launch their first true Android-based, 10.1-inch tablet, called HTC Jetstream. Previously known as Puccini, the tablet will sport Android 3.1 and LTE support, with a fallback to HSPA+ 3G if needed. It comes with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon which is capable of both recording and playing back 1080p video. The Jetstream will rock HTC's custom Sense interface and will be a first for a tablet-native OS and includes many of the famous HTC Sense widgets.
Jetstream sports a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera and also features a microSDHC slot for increase storage capacity. Price wise, we're looking at US$700 for the cellular-capable Jetstream, with obvious bundles available from AT&T. Early buyers get an optional Scribe stylus for free.
Skype have just released some new products, FREETALK® ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter for Skype and a New Skype-enabled Cordless Phone from GE. Currently Skype powers calls through a large range of devices, on computers (Windows, Mac or Linux), iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and even Skype-enabled HDTV or Blu-ray players. Today, Skype are talking about their FREETALK ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter for Skype.
The FREETALK ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter for Skype allows hassle-free, plug-and-play simplicity that uses your existing handset to make free Skype-to-Skype calls, including low-cost calls to landlines and mobile phones worldwide at Skype's great low rates. All that is requires is to connect this to your home phone, broadband and landline and after, enjoy making Skype calls anywhere.
Sony is trying to push music players in a new direction with the introduction of a prototype, Android-based Walkman. The new Walkman prototype is designed "for music lovers by music lovers," said engineer Shinichiro Torii in an interview at the IFA electronics show. The new Walkman does have a few tricks up its sleeves, unlike normal Walkman's where they only played music, the new Android-based Walkman has the ability to run thousands of Android applications from the Android Market.
This new ability pushes into line with Apple's iPod Touch which has the ability to run apps, as well as the large market of smartphones which run Android or iOS. The prototype has been dubbed Walkman Mobile Entertainment Player (for now).
General manager of digital music player product planning (what a job title!), Toshimichi Nagashima says:
This is our first try to make convergence between Android products and our own technology," said Toshimichi Nagashima, general manager of digital music player product planning, but more appear likely in the future. After reviewing the customers' acceptance, we'll decide how to expand this kind of product. We have some confidence for this product. We may expand this kind of product in the future after getting some feedback.
Amazon's 10.1-inch tablet PC will go into mass production in early 2012 with Foxconn Electronics handling orders according to sources from upstream component suppliers. Foxconn also handles Amazon's Kindle e-book readers with estimated volumes sitting at around 15-18 million units which accounts for 60-70% of the entire global e-book reader shipments from the total of 25-30 million units in 2011.
Amazon's 7-inch tablet PC, which is supplied by Quanta Computer, is expected to start shipping in October.
The latest happenings from around the web - August 31st, 2011
- MSI CX640 Back to School Laptop @ Madshrimps
- Asus U36JC Laptop @ Tech-Reviews
- Dell Vostro V131 @ BusinessComputingWorld
- Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 @ TechReviewSource
- Zotac's Zbox Nano AD10 Plus nettop @ Tech Report
- Zotac ZBox Nano AD10 Plus @ Kitguru
- Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
IFA 2011 - Sony just got done with one of the first major press conferences of IFA 2011 in Berlin, Germany where as expected they unveiled two Android tablets.
While few hardware specs were discussed during the announcement, the Sony tablet S will go on sale in September in Europe and cost 479 euros. And a little later on in November, Sony will bring out the Sony tablet P which will come in at 599 euros.
Some of the big featured discussed is that both tablets will come with full Playstation certfication. The big nosie being made by Sony during the announcement were that Sony tablets are "simple and beautiful to use". A feature called "Simple App" was mentioned brefiedly that is a new way by Sony to organise app which is said to "help users spend less time navigating the app store and more time to just use and play wat they want".
Additionally, both tablets will come with cross-device connectivity that allows you to use your tablet to control your Sony Bravia television and stream movies etc to it from within your house. Clearly Sony has worked hard to leverage all of its business units into its tablet line including games, movies, TV shows and Sony brand music. One of the last lines delivered was, "so much to enjoy". It seems like it - you'll have to wait a little bit longer and then we'll find out for sure.