Cox Communications has had wireless plans in the works for well over a year now, but it has taken until now to finally make the move official. Hampton Roads, VA, Omaha, NE, and Orange County, CA are going to be the first three markets to test drive Cox's new wireless offerings. Cox will be piggybacking Sprint's airwaves for 3G networking.
Customers will be able to get up to 20 dollars cash back for unused minutes, free usage alerts that let you know when you are about to hit plan overages, and tie-ins for those with Cox cable as well with DVR controlling software and a free premium movie channel upgrade. Android phones like the HTC Desire, Motorola Milestone (Droid), and the LG Axis will be available at pretty reasonable prices, so there are some decent phones available for a startup. These seem like some pretty sweet deals for those who have it available; no word on expansion plans yet.
I am a big fan of my iPad. I use it for reading mostly, but it's nice to know that the thing can play some cool games and surf the web when I want it to as well. A normal eReader can't do that. The iPad is mostly aluminum on the outside today, but future versions may be made from high tech carbon fiber that is generally found in high-end sports cars and racing vehicles.
A patent application has surfaced that shows Apple is considering carbon fiber for the frame of the iPad. The app is called "Reinforced Device Housing" and outlines a method that Apple would use for creating the carbon fiber housing in the form we are already familiar with. The outer shell for the iPad would be made from "layered fiber-in-matrix type material, such as CFRP."
Panasonic was one of the first companies to start offering the smaller interchangeable lens cameras that sat in the gap between point and shoot cams and the DSLRs we all know and love. Not so long ago Panasonic was showing off a cool and very compact lens for the G-series cameras that allowed the cameras to shoot images in 3D. The lens is called the H-FT02 and sells for around $250.
If you own a G2 camera from Panasonic you may have been bummed that your camera didn't support that cool 3D lens. The lens has dual optics inside and allows the shooting of 3D images that can be viewed on 3D TVs from Panasonic and other firms. Panasonic has announced a new firmware for the camera that adds support for the 3D lens.
The new MacBook Air notebook computers are undeniably cool and look great. The machines perform decently enough as well for most users. Some folks with the new MacBook Air notebooks have reported video issues that are noticed when the machine is woke from sleep. When the machine comes back on, the screen flickers and fades among other symptoms.
Apple has already noted that it is aware of the issues and has been working on them. Last week the OS X update to version 10.6.5 was released and a new support page has now turned up on the Apple site that says the update fixes the video issues for the users.
I would bet all the readers of TweakTown are familiar with 3DMark. This benchmark has been around for a very long time and is used in our reviews of video cards and computers here and all around the web. Anytime a new version of 3DMark comes out, we all get excited and sit up to find out more. We already know most of the details of the new benchmark, but we now have the final pieces of the puzzle.
Futuremark has now revealed that the final version of 3DMark 11 will ship on November 30, which is only a few weeks away. The real-time 3D graphics benchmark will sell for $19.95 for the Advanced Edition. Along with new screen shots showing off some of the really cool looking benchmarks, Future Mark has also posted a number of videos to YouTube that show off the new GPU tests.
I am sure lots of the gamers and PC enthusiasts out there remember when we moved from the AGP slot over to the first PCIe slot. The performance improvement coming from an AGP video card to the PCIe cars was very impressive. Later the PCIe 2.0 slot came out with about twice the bandwidth of the original and again brought video cards that had more performance. Now there is a new specification for PCIe that is ready to be downloaded by PCI-SIG members.
The new specification is PCIe 3.0 is backwards compatible with PCIe and PCIe 2.0 devices so your old cards will work with the new spec once it starts showing up on the market. The 3.0 specification has a new 128b/130b encoding scheme and has a data transfer rate of 8GT/s. The original PCIe spec has 2.5GT/s and the PCIe 2.0 spec has 5GT/s transfer rates.
Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011 (17.20).
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.
Deal of the Day: Vostro 230 Slim Tower Computer with 3GB of Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, 18.5" LCD Monitor and More for Only $399!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Vostro 230 Slim Tower Computer with 3GB of Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, 18.5" LCD Monitor and More for Only $399!.
Offer: Features include a Dell E1910H 18.5" LCD monitor, Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400 with VT processor, 3GB of DDR3 SDRAM memory, 320GB SATA 7200 rpm hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit and a 1 year warranty. Expires TOMORROW at 10 AM in the morning.
The latest happenings from around the web - November 19th, 2010
- Asus ENGTX580 GeForce GTX 580 @ Techspot
- AMD Radeon HD 6870 @ Technic3D
- GIGABYTE GV-N480SO-15I Super Overclock @ Techpowerup
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 @ Ultimate Hardware
- Sapphire HD6850 Toxic @ LANOC
- Cougar GX 1050W + power supply architecture comparison @ Planet3DNow
- BitFenix Colossus Case @ ComputingonDemand
The Android 2.3/3.0/456.78 Gingerbread rumor mill has really been pumping lately. Although Google themselves have stayed relatively mum on even what the version number will be, leaks galore are seeping out. The latest? A mass overhaul of the Android Market.
This app submission screenshot above found by Android Police New fields shown include the ability to upload higher res icons, a 1024x500 high-res "feature graphic," and the ability to upload up to eight screenshots as well as a YouTube promo video. These features look to be targeted at larger devices like tablets and internet connected TVs, where current features seem a bit stretched on larger platforms. Hopefully Google hooks us up soon with some official info so that we don't have to get our Gingerbread info one crumb at a time.