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NVIDIA has confirmed Tegra 3+, as well as 4G LTE-powered devices and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 6:00 am

NVIDIA have finally started discussing Tegra 4 or "Wayne" in more detail, as well as covering Tegra 3+ at HTC's Freqs event in Seattle on Thursday. NVIDIA didn't give much info on it, but we should expect a clock speed increase or other minor updates to the chip.

 

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Another device 'Grey' should also launch side-by-side with Tegra 4, and will be the first Tegra-based device to sport LTE support. It would also be the first device from NVIDIA to benefit from the company's acquisition of Icera. Original roadmaps pegged NVIDIA to hit up to 2GHz for the Tegra 3+, but the newer roadmaps point to it hitting mid-range smartphones rather than high-end devices.

 

Tegra 3+ devices should be made available by the end of this year, but Wayne and Grey are not expected until next year. Android- and Windows 8-based devices should sport the ability to have Tegra 4, but Grey is most likely going to be limited to Android. It will be good to see what NVIDIA can do for Windows devices, I'm getting more excited by the day for smart devices with news like this.

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 hits Amazon, is available on April 22

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 5:26 am

ASUS' Transformer Pad 300 should arrive in the US on April 22 if Amazon's site is correct, where it has been listed to be available for $489.99. For those in Europe, it will arrive mid-May for EUR 400 (roughly $525).

 

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The ASUS Transformer Pad 300 (TF300) sports a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280x800 screen resolution, 1.2GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and software-wise rocks Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Compared to the Transformer Prime's specs of a 1.3GHz processor, it's not too far behind. It is however thicker and heavier: 0.39-inch thick and 1.4lbs in weight, compared to the Prime's 0.33-inch and 1.29lbs in weight.

 

There's no word on the keyboard dock yet, but it should be around EUR 149 (or $195) when it hits.

What's in a name? That which we call an Ivy Bridge by any other name would perform just as well

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 21, 2012 8:42 pm

Naming things can be difficult. Think about how hard it was to name your kids. If you don't have kids, think about how hard it was for your parents to name you! A similar crisis plays out when the Intel engineers are trying to come up with the codename for upcoming Intel CPU architectures.

 

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I have to take a moment and apologize for the corny Shakespearean title. It's just that from Intel's perspective, it's true. It doesn't really matter what they call the chip as the name has no influence on the design. The codename just has to be something "nice name that could pass the legal test."

 

Usually Intel codenames are based on locations in North America, so Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge actually break this mold for, what I can tell, the first time ever. To understand how Intel came up with Ivy Bridge, we actually have to look at Sandy Bridge first. Arie Harsat is the Intel engineer who came up with Sandy Bridge.

 

Now, Sandy Bridge wasn't always Sandy Bridge. First it was "Gesher," the Hebrew word for "bridge," because Harsat saw the new architecture as "a bridge into the future." However, this name didn't pass the legal test because Gesher is also a former political party in Israel. The name was changed to its English meaning and the word "Sandy" was tacked on. Harsat doesn't remember where the word Sandy came from. It could be a reference to beach sand, which is one of the main ingredients in silicon.

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Want to buy stock right from Facebook? Soon you will be able to

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 11:09 pm

Do you currently own stock? If not, is it because of all the fees and difficulties associated with buying and selling it? Well, it appears that shortly after Facebook goes public, you could be able to purchase stock in companies straight from their respective Facebook page without any fees or brokers. The minimum amount would be $10, so it's not like you have to spend a fortune to start.

 

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All of this is according to former Facebook executive and current director at Loyal3 Chris Kelly. Loyal3 would like to point out that only 18% of American families own stock, a number which they hope to change with this CSOP, or customer stock ownership plan. Direct purchase isn't new, but few companies use it since it isn't cost efficient to oversee millions of tiny share holders.

 

Loyal3 hopes that by making ownership easy and without fees the average person will be more inclined to purchase stock. CEO Barry Schneider points out that ownership changes a persons point-of-view regarding an item. People usually care more about something they care than something they don't. Think about it, have you ever washed a rental car?

 

The ability to buy stock is believed to be available as early as June, but there will be a $2500 cap to discourage people from being daily traders. The idea looks good on the face. I mean, I would buy stock in companies if I didn't have to pay fees.

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Facebook opens half of new datacenter in Forest City, NC

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 10:34 pm

With construction completed on Facebook's new datacenter in Forest City, NC, Facebook has flipped the switch in one of the buildings and now it is serving Facebook traffic. The new datacenter broke ground in November 2010 and should be fully operational by the end of the year.

 

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The datacenter is composed of two buildings which house the first major deployment of the v2 Open Compute Project web servers. These servers are based on Intel's lower power Sandy Bridge architecture. The whole of the datacenter was designed to conserve energy, hence the new web servers. The climate in North Carolina will test Open Compute's outdoor air cooling system, as the humidity and temperature is outside of what is normally needed inside a datacenter.

 

The datacenter stands as a trophy to Facebook's ongoing success as the servers are needed to power Facebook for its 845+ million users. The timing of the opening of the facility is almost perfect because Facebook is nearing an initial public offering which could value the company somewhere around $100 billion.

Hulu plans four new original shows

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 9:39 pm

In a move designed to further differentiate itself from its competitors Netflix, Amazon and HBO Go, earlier this year Hulu announced it would spend $500 million on original content. Today brings Hulu's announcement that it is creating four new original shows to add to its vast library of online shows.

 

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The announcement provided a brief synopsis for each of the upcoming shows that it plans to create. It also includes release dates for 2, and names and talent that will be involved with each show. The first two shows have release dates of 2012 and 2013 whereas the latter two have yet to receive a set date.

 

Hulu does have some competition in the original online show area. Netflix, too, is funding the creation of original content for its subscribers. This year, Netflix released Lilyhammer and plans to add House of Cards. They also are bringing back Arrested Development which happens to be a favorite of mine. I might just have to get Netflix after all.

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Navizon releases new tech that can track you by your smartphone's wireless

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 8:34 pm

Yet another assault on users' privacy has occurred today. Navizon I.T.S. (Indoor Triangulation System) is a system similar to what Google is using for indoor navigation at large venues. It, however, locates you for the owners of the establishment, rather than you locating yourself for directions.

 

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Aimed at retail stores, shopping malls, museums, office buildings, and similar spots, the technology can be used for a couple of different purposes. One way is to use it as a security and surveillance system, as it could track approved Wi-Fi devices in a secure area or locate wireless devices on a campus.

 

Another way that it can be used is to study traffic patterns in certain areas or just generally see how many smartphone users there are at a given trade show. These ways are a bit less intrusive than using it for security, but it still raises concerns. Think about all of the pressure Apple and Google have gotten over WiFi geolocation.

 

Luckily, the system can't identify who you are. Rather, it can only get the signature of your device. It could, however, keep track of that signature and use it to track you every time you come back and then start to look for patterns. This is just one more way that smartphone users can be tracked, and many of these ways are without our knowledge.

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RumorTT: Samsung readying iCloud competitor for May 3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 7:33 pm

Let's face it, Samsung doesn't like Apple. Apple is in Samsung's sights and it will do anything possible to beat Apple out of its market share. On May 3, in London, a press event is being held to release Samsung's new Galaxy S III phone. The launch is shrouded with Apple-like security and secrecy, so what I'm about to tell you is a rumor.

 

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At the launch, in addition to the Galaxy S III, Samsung could be launching a new cloud service to compete with Apple's iCloud. Dubbed S-Cloud, it would be Samsung's competing service. They will be almost the same in what they do (sync data to the cloud and across devices), but it is rumored that S-Cloud won't come with the content-uploading limitations found in Apple's offering.

 

Samsung is continuing in the Apple-like security and secrecy and has not said anything about S-Cloud or if it will launch at the May 3 event. However, there have been several reports that have surfaced recently claiming that Samsung is working towards this goal. Originally it was thought that it could launch in August.

 

It's further rumored that Samsung could have partnered with Microsoft to ensure a smooth global launch of the new service. I wonder if S-Cloud will come to old devices like mine. I guess it's true what they say, if you can't beat them, join them.

Diablo III beta opens to the public today, but only for the weekend

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 6:02 pm

Remember how Blizzard accidentally posted that Diablo III demo up on Battle.net? Well, it's because they were working on putting it up for today. In order to stress test the Diablo III servers in advance of the May 15 launch, Blizzard has opened up the Diablo III demo from now until 12:01 PM PDT (3:01 PM EDT) today until 10 AM PDT (1 PM EDT) Monday.

 

 

You can start downloading the client ahead of the start time by going here and logging in with your Battle.net account. The file is 44MB, so with decent internet, it shouldn't take long at all to download. Everyone except players in Korea can try this open beta. Korean players will get the demo sometime next week, along with Hong Kong and Taiwan.

 

The demo, according to Blizzard, will let you "log in, team up with friends, and play each of the five heroic classes to level 13 as you fight to save the world from the impending demonic invasion." If you're having trouble waiting until Noon PST, feel free to watch the latest trailer, posted above, to pass the time.

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Crysis 3 trailer is out on YouTube--take a look!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 5:14 pm

For all of you Crysis fans out there like me, we have a treat today. The official Crysis 3 trailer has been put on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. The graphics look incredible, as the series is known for, and the game play doesn't look half bad either. The video is only 19 seconds long, so it won't take but a minute of your time to watch.

 

 

At the end of the video is a teaser, I'll assume, for another video that will come out of April 24 with actual game play footage rather than just these teaser trailer. I'm liking what I see so far, but I'm afraid my computer will need an upgrade to play it. How about you? Can your computer run Crysis 3?

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