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Canonical announces Ubuntu for tablets, developer preview available Thursday

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 8:31 pm

Canonical has shared a busy press day with NVIDIA and HTC to announce that they are bringing a version of Ubuntu to tablets near you. The operating system is very similar to that of the recently announced Ubuntu Phone OS, but is also very similar to the desktop version of Ubuntu.



The new operating system joins the fray of available tablet operating systems. However, Canonical is doing something different with the Ubuntu stack of mobile operating systems: the OS will be the same across all platforms. This means that apps written for Ubuntu Desktop will run fine on tablets and smartphones.


It also will allow you to plug in a mouse and keyboard into your tablet and interact with it in a traditional desktop manner with multiple windows and a cursor. Unplug the mouse and you're back to working with the touch controls and interface.


Here's the awesome part of the announcement: developer preview code is coming Thursday. That's right, developers will be able to get a copy of the source code on Thursday and install it on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. I can't wait to put it on my Nexus 7.

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ORIGIN offers the first liquid cooled NVIDIA GTX Titan based system

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 8:04 pm

ORIGIN has announced that they are the first to bring a liquid cooled NVIDIA GTX Titan system to market. The graphics card, just announced earlier by NVIDIA, is the single fastest consumer GPU on the market with over 2,600 CUDA cores, 6GB of RAM, support for 4-way SLI. It's a beast of a card with over 7 billion transistors.




ORIGIN worked closely with EK Water Blocks in order to be able to offer a liquid cooled system right at launch. It's important to keep such a large card cool and there is not many better ways than water to do it. The system, named the CRYOGENIC liquid cooling solution, keeps the GPU cool, even when overclocked.


"When NVIDIA first showed us TITAN, we were simply blown away by its single GPU performance on even the most demanding games and applications." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and cofounder. "Just wait until you see it running on an ORIGIN PC. With support of our CRYOGENIC Liquid Cooling Solution, Professional Overclocking and up to 4-WAY SLI, TITAN brings us the first true gaming supercomputer."

Apple releases iOS 6.1.2, contains fixes for Exchange calendar bug

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 6:28 pm

Apple has released an update to iOS 6.1 that patches the Exchange bug that has plagued many users and resulted in shorter battery life. iOS 6.1.2 is the update that was just pushed out by Apple and is currently available OTA and through iTunes to patch all of your Exchange woes.




No word has been given about whether or not the update patches the exploits used by the Evasi0n jailbreak tool, so you probably shouldn't try updating until an official word has been given by the developers. We'll be sure to let you know as soon as we hear something.


Another question is whether or not this update fixes the lock screen bug that would allow people to bypass a password lock with a couple of simple steps. An announcement saying that it is fixed is curiously absent from the release notes, though that doesn't mean it hasn't been patched.

NVIDIA announces Tegra 4i with integrated LTE processor, features 60 GPU cores, quad-core CPU

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 5:45 pm

Alongside today's GTX Titan launch, NVIDIA announced a new integrated Tegra processor that features LTE. The Tegra 4i is the first chip from NVIDIA to feature LTE and should allow the GPU giant to enter the smartphone market. Previously, Tegra chips had been relegated to tablets due to the lack of an LTE radio.




NVIDIA claims that the new Tegra 4i is the fastest and most efficient mobile chip. Jointly developed by ARM and NVIDIA, it makes use of the R4 Cortex-A9 CPU for its four cores and features a fifth battery saver core. The GPU features 60 custom NVIDIA GPU cores, so graphics performance should be stellar for a mobile device.


"NVIDIA is delivering for the first time a single, integrated processor that powers all the major functions of a smartphone," said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. "Tegra 4i phones will provide amazing computing power, world-class phone capabilities, and exceptionally long battery life."


Along with the Tegra 4i announcement, NVIDIA debuted a reference smartphone platform known as "Phoenix." NVIDIA hopes that smartphone manufacturers will be able to quickly bring devices to market using the Tegra 4i. They can consult the reference device to enable quicker development and deployment.

HTC One smartphone hardware specs released - this isn't your old HTC phone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 4:58 pm

During this morning's press conference, HTC didn't really touch on the hardware specifications of its new flagship the HTC One, and that lead some of us to believe that it may not pack the punch we were hoping for. The HTC One's webpage just went live and "wow" did they deliver on performance.



The HTC One features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor running at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage and built-in NFC capabilities. The display is a 4.7-inch Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI density LCD that is the company's brightest, sharpest and most vibrant display to date.




Other notable features include GPS, Digital Compass, Gyro, Accelerometer, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, DLNA and an IR blaster that lets your phone function as a remote control for all your home theater devices. It also features a completely redesigned camera that is built on HTC's exclusive Ultrapixel technology. The camera is set at f/2.0 with a 28mm lens, is capable of full HD 1080p video capture as well. A front facing 2MP camera with an 88 degree field of view is also placed on the phone.

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HTC One features and specs unveiled, gets all aluminum unibody and new technology camera

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 4:27 pm

During this morning's launch event, HTC design lead Jonah Becker, walked us through the new and exciting design specifications of the new HTC One. It appears that HTC has beaten Apple to the punch when it comes to an all-aluminum uni-body smartphone.




Before we get into the body though, let's talk about some exciting new hardware featured in the HTC One. First off, the new flagship phone was given an entirely new design with front facing speakers, which HTC is calling BoomSound. The speakers are said to offer a much more rich and vibrant sound than previously seen on other HTC devices. HTC has also included an IR blaster into the phone for full home media control.




Up next is a completely re-imagined camera, that bucks the trend of packing more pixels into a smaller package. "The new HTC One makes the camera experience better", Becker said. "I saw an opportunity to shake things up with the camera experience. It starts with a new approach about camera technology, it's not about megapixel count, but pixel size." he continued.


HTC is calling the new exclusive technology "Ultrapixel" and from my understanding, HTC focused on pixel quality, light sensitivity and pixel size, to create a new image sensor that performs better than any smartphone camera previously seen. Becker then introduced the HTC One's new image and video capture software dubbed HTC Zoe, which will be able to simultaneously capture HD video and still images at the same time.

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HTC unveils long anticipated One (formerly M7) smartphone, also introduces new feature 'BlinkFeed'

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 3:50 pm

At this morning's launch event, HTC president Jason MacKenzie, said the company has been on an "amazing ride" over the last few years. He said that smartphone users "snack" on information from their phones in 10, 20 and 30 second intervals.




MacKenzie said that HTC "saw a massive opportunity to bring some excitement back to phones" and that "this isn't a set of incremental improvements I'm talking about a bold step forward for something new and fresh".


MacKenzie then introduced the HTC One, the company's latest flagship smartphone. "The HTC One improves every part of the smartphone experience," he said. "It has a complete visual redesign so it looks cleaner and more modern. No matter your age, we all rely on our smartphones, and rely on the constant flow of content".




He then went into talking about the exclusive new feature that makes the HTC One unique, BlinkFeed. BlinkFeed is a constantly updating stream of info with news, images and updates from friends. BlinkFeed delivers with the biggest brands like AP, MTV and many more. ESPN has teamed up with HTC to tailor their content to fit BlinkFeed perfectly.

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HTC One smartphone launch event has started, devices spotted in the wild already

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 3:09 pm

HTC has just started the launch event for its long anticipated M7 or HTC One smartphone. The US launch event is being held at the Cedar Dance studio on the west side of Manhattan, which is a much smaller venue than previously seen at other events.




Earlier this morning, before the event even started, Engadget spotted HTC reps outside the venue taking photos with their HTC One's, so we obviously know that the phone does exist.




I will be covering the event in my next few posts so stay tuned for a full breakdown of the new flagship phone for HTC.

LG releases video teasing four new smartphones it will release next week at the MWC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 2:42 pm

LG is up to its clever marketing schemes again. In an attempt to build hype about its upcoming smartphones, the company has released a video that gives us a few glimpses of four of its newest smartphones that will be released at next week's Mobile World Congress.



The video above teases us with four new phones, each assigned a letter. The letters each appear to stand for a name or style: L - Style, G - Greatness, V - Vu and F - Freedom. If this is any indication, we should see a good showing from LG next week.




You might have noticed that "Tags" was referenced quite a bit in the video. Our best bet is that LG is vaguely referring to the "Tag On" stickers that were shown off at last month's CES show, and each of the new phones will include some form of NFC. As a smartphone junkie, I am quite excited about the next several days and what we will see unveiled.

Digital Storm unveil the Bolt Titan Edition PC, sports NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX Titan GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 2:00 pm

Digital Storm have just unveiled their latest addition to their award-winning Bolt line, the Titan Edition. If you don't remember what Digital Storm's Bolt PC is all about, well, it's only the slimmest gaming PC ever.




The new Titan Edition chucks in the just-announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan GPU - the world's fastest graphics card - which features the same technology that powers the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan - the world's fastest supercomputer. Digital Storm's Bolt PC is one of the only small form factor PCs on the market that is designed to house the GTX Titan, thanks to their custom ventilation system.


The custom designed chassis features vents near each critical part of the PC, with large top and rear vents to get all of that hot air out of the system quickly, backed up by a dedicated air channel created by a slotted side vent in order to cool down your power supply.

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