The latest happenings from around the web - August 16th, 2011
- Dell XPS 8300 @ tbreak
- ASUS U46S Notebook @ tbreak
- Asus U31SD-A1 13-inch Laptop @ Techreviewsource
- Alienware Aurora R3 System Autopsy @ Hot Hardware
- back-to-school system guide @ Tech Report
- G.Skill Ripjaws X 16GB Kit @ Overclock3D
- Kingston HyperX PnP KHX1600C9S3P1K2/8G 2x4GB DDR3 SODIMM @ Aphnetworks
- EXCELERAM EP3001A PC3-10666 RAM @ Techwarelabs
Google didn't just have news today of purchasing Motorola for $12.5 billion, Larry Page also announced that Android has a total of 150 million (that's 150,000,000!!) activated devices worldwide. That's up from the 130 million mark that they hit last month, and Google are continuing to activate over 550,000 new devices each and every day!
To compare this Oranges to... Apples... Apple have only sold a total of 222 million iOS-based devices to date, including the iPod, iPhone and iPad! If we look at the numbers between last month and this month, 130 to 150 million, that would edge closer to 650,000 activations per day... very nice Google. A pat on the green back for you, my friend. Now, release Android 4.x already!
Microsoft are ditching the glossy outer shell on select Xbox 360 consoles for a black matte finish. Major Nelson broke the news, with a 250GB unit in glossy finish and a 4GB model featuring a matte black finish being the current models on the market. Microsoft from now on will not be continuing the manufacturing of the glossy 360, instead it'll use the new matte-finish system. There will still, however, be glossy-based 360s in the form of the limited edition Gears of War 3 console and Star Wars console.
The transition from glossy to matte has already started and the new consoles will be available in a few weeks. So if you want to get in with a glossy model, you'd better run to your nearest electronics store and get some of that gloss on, because soon they'll all be matte.
Apple has increased their orders for iPhone's for the 2H of 2011, included in this order is the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA and of course, the next-gen iPhone 5. They've increased their order by 12% to a staggering 56 million units. The iPhone 5 is said to consist of roughly half of that, so between 25.5 and 26 million handsets. DigiTimes' source has said that the iPhone 5 orders for the 3Q of 2011 have been lowered from 7 million units to 5.5 - 6 million, whilst 4Q order have been raised from 14 to 20 million.
Total iPhone shipments in 2011 will now tally at roughly 95 million units. That sure is a lot of iPhones.
Dedicated Android partner, Motorola Mobility, have been acquired by Google today in an announcement that was music to my ears. Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011.
Google CEO, Larry Page has a few things to say about the acquisition:
Motorola Mobility's total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.
Here's a lovely candidate for pairing with the SVD-NC11-4 we mentioned a little earlier, as well as being a quick eye opener for HTPC or LAN builders looking to get a compact, budget build underway. A new Mini-ITX sized A75 chipset motherboard has reached shelves in Japan from ASRock, dubbed the A75M-ITX.
Japanese tech site Akiba PC has managed to get some hands on with it and ascertain what ASRock have packed onto this confined space. It's got a 4 phase power arrangement with two DDR3 memory slots, four SATA 6Gb/s ports and a dedicated x16 PCI-E slot.
The I/O area doesn't look to be lacking for a board of this stature with a combo PS/2 port, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, both VGA and HDMI (w/ 1.4a support) display output and ASRock's XFast USB technology on tap.
We're yet to see it emerge in other markets, but to give you an idea on price, it's now shifting in Japan for about 8980 Yen ($116 US).
More details, while unconfirmed, are starting to paint quite an attractive picture on HTC's T-Mobile bound 'Ruby' smart phone, which reports are indicating could be launched as early as late September.
The Ruby Android handset is looking to be quite the feature packed number with rumour of a 1.5GHz dual core processor lurking inside and a 4.3-inch qHD display running a resolution of 960 x 540.
Other reported specs include 1GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, as well as an 8 MP rear-facing camera (with dedicated, separate buttons for video and image taking) and front facing 2MP camera.
It has just come to light that Intel does not intend to ship its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E (LGA2011) Core i7 processors with a heatsink/fan (HSF). Instead, Intel plans to offer the certified HSF for these processors as a separate, standalone purchase through the same retail channels.
While there's no doubt some people are satisfied with, or even prefer an Intel certified cooler for these high TDP processors, Intel would be banking on the majority of the target users wanting to use third-party cooling options, as it is expected that many of the big name CPU cooler makers will have lineups of LGA2011-ready coolers readily available upon the Sandy Bridge E series launch.
Sandy Bridge E processors have a rated TDP of 130W, but early testing on engineering samples has proven that it can reach as high as 180W under load (and that's at stock speeds).
A newish german provider of storage products and accessories, EOLIZE has issued out a press release today detailing its new SVD-NC11-4, a compact NAS/home storage enclosure with four hot swappable 3.5-inch (2.5-inch supported) SATA drive bays, making it possible to add up to 12TB of storage space.
With its dimensions of just 300 x 200 x 250 mm, this tidy little unit is designed to accept a mini-ITX based motherboard and includes a built-in 200W PSU. It ships with a 120mm (1400RPM) fan and and provides enough space to accomodate a full-size PCI or PCI-E add-in card.
Our Download of the Day today is Miro 4.0.3.
Miro is a free HD video player. It can play almost any video file and offers over 6,000 free internet TV shows and video podcasts.
Miro has a simple, gorgeous interface designed for fullscreen HD video. Since Miro downloads most videos, you can take your shows with you, even on an airplane. Quite simply, Miro is a better way to watch all the video you care about.
Unlike your browser, Miro's built for HD. The built-in Miro Guide connects you to thousands of free High Definition video shows. Miro downloads video fast and stores it on your local computer for a level of quality that is often impossible on streaming video websites (even the ones that call themselves 'HD').
Can't open a video? Now you can, with Miro. Miro can play virtually any type of video file - Quicktime, WMV, MPEG, AVI, XVID, and more.
When it comes to video podcasts, Miro goes far beyond iTunes by letting you subscribe to BitTorrent RSS feeds, with one of the fastest torrent downloaders in the world. Miro makes BitTorrent RSS dead simple-- when a new episode is available, it will download automatically and be ready to watch.