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ASUS unveil ROG sound cards, Xonar Phoebus PCIe sound card, ThunderFX USB external sound card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 1:33 pm

CES 2012: The Republic of Gamers team is pretty damn awesome, not only do they make some truly kick arse motherboards, but they also have gaming accessories like keyboards, mice and headsets and are now set to enter the sound card market, too.

 

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ASUS teased at CES the ROG Xonar Phoebus (the God of Music and Light) and is a standalone product (not bundled with a motherboard). Xonar Phoebus is rated at 118db SNR and includes the regular outputs, a dedicated amplifier for driving up to 300ohm headphones and a volume control/wire extender for gaming headsets.

 

It sports the usual ROG black/red theme and looks insanely sexy for a sound card. I/O wise we have headset connectors, power for the volume control, line-in, 5.1 audio and SPDIF-out as pictured below.

 

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Nokia and AT&T introduce the Nokia Lumia 900, sports 4G LTE support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 12:29 pm

CES 2012: Nokia have just announced the first Nokia smartphone specifically for the U.S. features LTE, a large display and exclusive applications. Nokia and AT&T both announced the Nokia Lumia 900, which is the first Nokia Windows Phone-based smartphone that sports high-speed LTE connectivity.

 

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The Lumia 900 features a very nice 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack Display for "rich, bright images both indoor and out", faster connection speeds thanks to 4G LTE technology, and a long-lasting 1830 mAh battery. Lumia 900 sports Nokia's exclusive Carl Zeiss optics, featuring a large aperture (F2.2) and wide-angle focal length (28mm) for high-quality, uncropped images, even in low-light conditions.

 

Chris Weber, president of Nokia Americas said:

 

The introduction of the Nokia Lumia 900 with AT&T is another significant milestone in the ongoing rollout of Nokia's global smartphone strategy. The Nokia Lumia 900 is designed specifically with the US in mind and the announcement of this collaboration with AT&T, in addition to other recent announcements, signifies a new dawn for Nokia in the US.

Samsung unveil new Smart TVs, sport dual-core CPUs, cameras and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 11:32 am

CES 2012: Samsung's president of consumer electronics took the stage of CES in an Apple-like fashion to tell the world the future of where Samsung's Smart TV's are headed. He said that they will eventually be able to "listen, see, and do" without any interaction with a remote control.

 

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Samsung showed off a demo video which teased the motion control capabilities, with Kinect-like controls of the TV. Tim Baxter, president of Samsung America then introduced something we should be seeing and hearing much more of: the Samsung ES8000 Smart TV. This isn't just a name, either, "Smart TV". The Samsung ES8000 Smart TV includes a dual-core processor and support for multi-tasking. It also sports a built-in camera and microphone.

 

It also includes a revamped Smart Hub with a "cleaner, more intuitive design" for navigating, and finding apps. There's also a new U-shaped stand as well, that got quite a few gasps from the CES crowd. Baxter also announced something that will keep the casual gamers happy: Angry Birds will be available on their Smart TV platform, as well as a free channel featuring Angry Birds cartoons.

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Samsung unveil 13- and 14-inch Series 5 ultrabooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 10:29 am

CES 2012: Ultrabook, ultrabook, ultrabook. Say it three times in front of mirror and it'll haunt you for this entire year. I think that's all we're going to see from companies this year, and it's not necessarily a bad thing, either.

 

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Samsung unveiled their Series 5 line of ultrabooks, which include a 13-inch model and a 14-inch model which sports an optical drive. Both Series 5 ultrabooks are powered by Intel Core i5 processors, sport 4GB of RAM, eight-hour batteries and Intel integrated graphics. They also feature the same matte, 300-nit (1366x768) display that was in the Series 5 Chromebook.

 

The 13-inch model includes a 128GB SSD option, but both the 13- and 14-inch models feature a standard 500GB 5,400RPM drive, with 16GB of express cache for that faster boot time you all want, as well as speedy application launches. The Series 5 ultrabooks from Samsung weigh in at 3.5 and 3.95 pounds for the 13- and 14-inch models, respectively. While they may weigh in a bit heavier than other ultrabooks we've seen lately, they do sport a tonne of connectivity.

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Kodak announce Easyshare M750, includes instant uploads over Wi-Fi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 9:33 am

CES 2012: Cameras are finally catching up with smartphones and their ability to upload pictures through WiFi instead of yanking out the memory card, or plugging it into a computer. Kodak have introduced the Easyshare Wireless Camera M750, sporting a 16-megapixel camera and built-in Wi-Fi sharing.

 

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Through the Wi-Fi sharing, you can upload images through Facebook, e-mail, Kodak Gallery and more, anytime, anywhere. You can also share the pictures through compatible smartphone, tablet or other connected devices such as Android, Apple or BlackBerry-based products with the Kodak Easyshare Camera App.

 

Kodak's camera sports 16-megapixel stills, and HD videos, powered by Kodak's Retinar HD 6x wide optical zoom (26mm). You can review and edit video directly from the camera on its 3.0-inch touchscreen. At 16-megapixels, the Easyshare M750 can take shots at an insane 4624x3472, but as usual, it's not all about "the megapixels! the number is higher, zomg!", but I'm sure this camera will suite most people as a good point-and-shoot camera.

 

It includes just 18MB of internal storage and includes a SD/SDHC slot for your storage needs.

ASUS Transformer Prime TF700T, Tegra 3, and 1920x1200 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 8:21 am

CES 2012: The original ASUS Transformer Prime has barely gotten into the hands of many users, and if you were still in the market for one, this news will make you want to wait. ASUS showed off a brand new Prime, with some drool-worthy specs.

 

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Transformer Prime (TF700T) is the model, and it still sports the usual NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip (1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A9), a 10.1-inch display with an insane 1920x1200 resolution, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing cam, support for 1080p playback, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a micro-HDMI port, microSD card reader, a 25WHr Lithium-Polymer battery and weighs in at just over one pound.

 

It'll rock some of that sweet Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.1) instead of being released with Honeycomb ala original Transformer Prime and will be compatible with the same keyboard dock that the current Prime uses. ASUS is aiming at retail pricing of $599 and $699 for the 32 and 64GB models, respectively.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 7:19 am

The latest roundup from around the web - January 10th, 2012.

 

AMD Radeon HD 7970 reviews:

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Review - Technic3D

XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Black Edition and CrossFire Results Review - PC Perspective

PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire Review - Hardware Heaven

HIS Radeon HD 7970 Review - Hardware Heaven

HIS Radeon HD 7970 Review - Overclockers.com

XFX R7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation Review - Benchmark Reviews

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NVIDIA announce DirectTouch technology for Tegra 3, will provide a smoother touch experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 6:29 am

CES 2012: Just when we thought NVIDIA's Tegra 3 was all fleshed out and even after a conference call with the company, so did I. But, NVIDIA have just unveiled at CES, "DirectTouch". DirectTouch is a Tegra 3-exclusive technology that uses the fifth companion core to improve touch detection.

 

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What does NVIDIA's DirectTouch do exactly? Well, apps that use DirectTouch will be able to have much higher touch responsiveness, and a more streamlined experience on the Tegra 3-based devices. What I find weird is that only NVIDIA are doing this.

 

What does this mean for non NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered devices? Well, they'll still have a little bit of lag. I think the DirectTouch technology is something we'd need to have a hands-on and not just an eyes-on, although a video demo will be nice.

Ford tease Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, can drive electrically for 20 miles before starting its engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 5:24 am

CES 2012: It's not all consumer electronics to be used indoors at CES, there's also ourdoor-y type in the form of a car from Ford. Ford have just announced their 2013 Fusion, which is an all-new car packed to the rim with gadgets and tech like adaptive cruise control and comes in gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.

 

Effiency for the mid-sized sedan ranges from 26MPG city and 37MPG highway in the gasoline variant to 44MPG city and 44MPG highway for the lithium-ion-packed hybrids. The Fusion Energi plu-in sports an estimated 100MPGe, which is 7MPGe better than the Volt and 13MPGe better than the Prius plug-in. Not only that, the Fusion is actually bigger than the two models mentioned.

 

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It can also drive for 20 miles on electricity before starting its engine, and will accelerate all the way up to 62MPH on battery power alone. This is a great feature for those who just want to duck out to the shops, or go out to dinner or see a movie.

 

Infotainment is something worth mentioning, too. It sports the latest, more-simple version of MyFord Touch which is paired with SYNC. Like the Focus Electric or C-MAX Energy, charging, heating and cooling can all be controlled remotely with MyFord Mobile.

 

Pricing hasn't been mentioned, but Ford has said it will show up in stateside showrooms later this year.

Maingear taps some of that sweet AMD Radeon HD 7970 power for its Shift, F131 and Vybe desktops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 3:29 am

CES 2012: We all knew that when AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970, that it would find itself plugged in and abused in the best of systems and Maingear is doing just that.

 

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They've just announced that they will be offering the Radeon HD 7970 in their Shift and F131 desktops as well as the Vybe in the future. Maingear will offer the setups with CrossFireX-based configurations, which should whet the appetite of the most power-hungry users.

 

Backed up by lifetime warranty, Maingear systems also include phone support in the U.S. as well as three-year hardware warranty options. Also keep in mind that the new GCN (Graphics Core Next) from AMD can be very power-concious, by either powering the cards off (when only one is required) or down to very low idle power states. Even better value for money if you ask me.

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