Norwegian-based start-up FXI, has unveiled their new prototype, codenamed 'Cotton Candy', a cloud-client on a USB stick. Cotton Candy sports a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9, as well as a quad-core ARM Mali-400MP GPU, 1GB RAM, MicroSD reader, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB and HDMI outputs.
This is virtually the same hardware that powers one of the best smartphones on the market, Samsung's Galaxy S II. What is different with Cotton Candy is software. It acts as a cloud-client on-the-go. You could be running a PC with Windows, Linux, or a Mac, an Embedded device or just a TV, you'll be able to plug the Cotton Candy stick into a USB port of a PC or into the HDMI port of a TV. After you've plugged it into the device, that device turns into a portal to the cloud, allowing you to carry your own personal OS on you at all times, whilst having the experience that is identical no matter the device you're next to.
HTC are reportedly preparing a quad-core tablet that is set to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in late February, with the rumors being flared up due to a leaked picture and spec sheet of the unofficially-named HTC Quattro.
HTC Quattro is rumored to be sporting NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch display with 1280x720 resolution. We also have a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, all snuggled with 16GB of on-board storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and Beats Audio. It is also rumored to include a HTC Scribe pen to prevent fingerprints on the screen.
While HTC are being quiet about the tablet, we should state that they've also confirmed (but also unannounced) the HTC Edge, which sports an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC, 1GB RAM, 4.7-inch display with 1280x720 resolution, it would make sense we'd see a tablet from HTC with similar specs.
I've been playing Battlefield 3 a few hours here and there and I just love it. It's an amazing achievement from DICE and the new DLC pack Back to Karkand is set to kick some serious ass. A new gameplay trailer is out and it looks like it's been done on PC this time.
In the video above, Strike at Karkand is shown off, with the streets recognizable from the fan-favorite Battlefield 2. If you pre-ordered Battlefield 3, you'll get Back to Karkand for free, if not, it will set you back $15. Back to Karkand DLC includes four maps, Gulf of Oman, Sharqi Peninsula, Strike at Karkand and my personal favorite, Wake Island. New weapons, vehicles and special assignments are also featured.
Nintendo has a grand PR stunt for the launch of Mario Kart 7 which launches on December 4 on the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming console; real-life replicas of the classic Mario Kart and Luigi Bumble V Kart. Yes, real-life replicas!
The replicas were built by West Coast Customs, who are known for their awesome work on the MTV series "Pimp My Ride." Mario's shiny red go-kart comes complete with its glider attachment for flying. Luigi's go-kart includes a cool rear propeller that's used for underwater navigation. In the below picture is Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America:
The karts will sit on display at the LA Auto Show, November 18-27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. But, there's a really good thing coming from Gamespot here. A competition for the chance to take one of these bad-ass looking go-karts home! The competition is through GameStop's PowerUp Rewards program, where a PowerUp member must make a purchase or trade in a game at GameStop in the month of December.
Google have been on a stampede of change lately, first Google+, then the updated looks of Gmail and Reader have made their way to most of us, and now, YouTube.
The new design is currently rolling out, but if you want to jump ahead of the queue, there are some instructions below to help you. The downfall? This trick only sets a temporary cookie which is removed upon the browser closing.
The new look is definitely slick, with the left navigation panel very clean and simple, videos from your subscriptions or YouTube trends list fill the middle up, while related or recommended videos are on the right. It looks very, very swish.
iiNet have just made their acquisition of Canberra-based TransACT official. The deal included iiNet scooping up the company for $60 million, and TransACT happy with the deal as they were reportedly keen to sell because of the impending rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
iiNet CEO Michael Malone was quoted:
iiNet's acquisition of TransACT represents an attractive strategic opportunity to build scale in the ACT market quickly and efficiently. In particular, TransACT's experienced and passionate management team will allow iiNet to grow its presence in the SME, corporate and government market segments, a key growth area for the Company. We are also excited about the strong existing relationship between TransACT and ActewAGL, the leading utility provider in the region, and the resulting growth opportunities for both companies.
PayPal are always looking for new ways to make financial transfers between companies and friends easier. Today, they've announced their new Send Money application on Facebook which allows users to turn those wall posts into actual gifts.
PayPal wants to be at the center of their customers' financial lives and with nearly 80-percent of active PayPal users actively using Facebook, it's just a smart decision to release Send Money. The app has the ability to send money to anyone, anywhere at anytime. Be it a special occasion, anniversary, birthday or just because, you can send money to loved ones with an e-card, photos, videos and a message.
The way it works is quite simple, visit PayPal's send money app page on Facebook, select a card for your occasion and of course, the recipient. Log-in to your PayPal account within the app, choose a dollar amount and then click send. The card is immediately posted to the recipient's Facebook wall, the message of the card is kept private. Would you like to just send money? You can just enter the amount of money and login to PayPal to complete the payment.
Amazon are on fire lately. First we have the release of their tablet, Kindle Fire and now we have the rumor goodness of an Amazon-branded smartphone to be released in 2012. According to a research note from Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney, Amazon are looking to release the smartphone for 2012's holiday season.
On a positive note, the smartphone would even make Amazon a profit, compared to the Kindle Fire which is currently being sold at a loss. Mahaney has checked supply chains in Asia which has led him to believe that Amazon will develop a smartphone next year. They're reportedly working with Foxconn International to develop the phone and the memo goes into detail that Foxconn won't actually manufacture the phone, that task will be passed through to Hon Hai's TMS business group.
Mahaney believes that the phone will sport a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor and is set to include Qualcomm's dual-mode 6-series baseband chip. Mahaney thinks that Amazon could produce the phone for $150 - $170 and could sell it at cost.
With all of the X79 news coming out on the 14th you may have missed the Revisiting the Legend: OCZ Vertex LE article that was posted. Our friends at MyDigitalDiscount.com uncovered a batch of drives in a warehouse and are blowing them out.
TweakTown has teamed up with My Digital Discount to offer a coupon code to get the legend for right around $1 per GB on the 240GB model. The coupon code, TT30off240LE is still in effect but only a few drives remain.
The Vertex LE is one of the fastest SATA II drives ever released and was ahead of it's time. It featured 3Xnm flash with 15K P/E cycles, a rarity these days in a world filled with 25nm flash rated at just 5K P/E cycles. After the coupon you can't find a better deal and the 285MB/s read, 270MB/s write speed is pretty nice too:)
The latest happenings from around the web - November 18th, 2011
- GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD5 @ Vortez
- ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z @ Pureoverclock
- ASUS Sabertooth X79 @ Ocaholic
- ASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard @ OCIA
- ASRock A55 Pro3 @ Overclockers Club
- ASUS P9X79 Deluxe @ Ocaholic
CPU & APU
- Intel's NEW X79 LGA2011 Socket Platform and Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E Processor @ Futurelooks
- Intel Core i7-3930K, Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Processors for LGA 2011 @ ixbtlabs