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Sony patents way of turning TV ads into interactive mini-games

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 6:29 pm

Advertising is never going to go away. If it did, how would we know where to go to buy a hamburger or who to vote for in the next election? More importantly, if advertising were to go away, users would end up paying quite a bit of money in order to support creating the content that they have come to love.




That's why Sony, and many other companies, are working on making advertising more personal and entertaining. The latest development by Sony is described by their patent which describes a "commercial overlaid on frames of the television program allowing the user to play the game while the television program is displayed."


A more interesting portion of the patent describes how different input devices can be used, including a microphone on the device. This would allow users to vocalize whether they wanted an action or romantic ad. Or, the microphone could be used as described in the image above, allowing a user to shout out a brand name to continue watching.

PowerCooler unveils Devil 13 HD7990, only dual Tahiti in world

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:31 pm

It's about time that someone went and made a 7990. We've been hearing that AMD has them coming for a long time now, but they have failed to deliver. That is, until today. PowerCooler has announced the world's first dual-Tahiti GPU and is calling it the 7990. Does this mean that we may finally start seeing them from other manufacturers?




For right now, PowerCooler is billing this card as the first and only 7990 in the world. The specifications are pretty beefy and really provide what everyone was expecting. The Devil 13 HD7990 has default settings at 925MHz engine clocks and 1375MHz memory clocks and sports 6GB of GDDR5.


Solidly-Built Design

The Devil 13 HD7990 is built with high efficiency thermal solution and solid components onboard. With trio fans and 10pcs U-shape heat pipes, maximizing the heat dissipated ability to cool down the Devil 13 board. Also, it includes 12+2+2 phases, digital PWM, super cap, UHB and PowerIRstage-all these platinum power kit enhances stability and reliability voltage for GPU with minimum conduction losses and lower temperatures at load, delivering the steadiest and most secure power to boost for performance.

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GIGABYTE breaks Core i7 3770K OC World Record at 7102MHz with upcoming Z77X-UP7

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 1:01 pm

Earlier on today we were invited to the GIGABYTE headquarters here in Taipei where we were told we would see the Taiwanese motherboard maker and its in-house professional overclocker HiCookie try to set a new world record for the Intel Core i7 3770K processor.



Overclocking was done on the upcoming GA-Z77X-UP7 motherboard that is due to be released this coming Monday - GIGABYTE at the time of writing were not prepared to comment on pricing as it is yet to be 100% confirmed. However, you can expect the price to be fairly high as this is a board designed for overclockers and it has plenty of top notch features to help overclockers around the world set new performance records. In the video above I mentioned that the Z77X-UP7 is much like a Formula One car in its design theory. Every little tweak has been included and high-end components such as 32 CPU phases are included to help set said new records.




Besides the massive amount of power phases and its all-digital power system, GIGABYTE has included some new handy switches this time around. There are two switches at the southern end of the motherboard. One is to control which BIOS is used (master or backup) since this board like all other GIGABYTE boards support Dual BIOS. The second switch disables the Dual BIOS function as sometimes overclockers get into a kind of loop issue that has the motherboard looping between both BIOSes to figure out which one to use...

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Tablet shipments expected to pass 100 million this year, iPad leads the pack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 9:29 am

According to analyst firm ABI Research, tablet shipments are expected to exceed 100 million units for this year, with this number led by the most popular of all, Apple's iPad. The quarter from April to June is said to have set a new record, seeing 25 million units shipped, with 36% growth from the first quarter, and a 77% jump from the same quarter of 2011.




Apple dominates these shipments, where their iPad makes up 69% of tablet sales in Q2, with other competitors seeing just modest gains. Samsung's tablets have reportedly grown by 8.1%, but ASUS only saw a 4% increase. ABI analyst, Jeff Orr says:


Most impressive about Apple's 17.0 million tablet shipments in 2Q'2012 was it nearly matched 2010 total worldwide shipments of 17.3 million for all vendors.

South Korean court rules that Samsung didn't violate the iPhone design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 8:28 am

Apple and Samsung may be at each others throats in the US courts, but in South Korea, a court has ruled that Samsung didn't violate on Apple's iPhone design. A judge at the Seoul Central District Court said:


There are lots of external design similarities between the iPhone and Galaxy S, such as rounded corners and large screens ... but these similarities had been documented in previous products. Given that it's very limited to make big design changes in touch-screen based mobile products in general ... and the defendant (Samsung) differentiated its products with three buttons in the front and adopted different designs in camera and (on the) side, the two products have a different look.




The judge also cited that it is difficult to say that consumers would confuse the iPhone with the Galaxy, considering they both sport completely different logos on the back of each model. Consumers also factor in operating systems, brand, applications, price and services when buying a smartphone.

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LG unveils 84-inch 4K-capable TV, just in time for my Christmas present

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:29 am

LG have just unveiled their latest beast of a TV, measuring in at 84 inches, and sporting the wonderful 4K resolution, four times higher than the current standard Full HD resolution of 1920x1080. Sharp still have a 90-inch model, but it doesn't match LG's 4K res.




LG's 4K TV sports an insane eight million pixels per frame, which definitely lets LG use the term "ultra-definition". LG's CEO, Havis Kwon, has said "it was important for LG to claim a stake in this space". LG's competitors, Toshiba and Panasonic, have both got 4K-capable displays out, but they're only available in 20- and 55-inch models.


This 84-inch screen from LG blows those sizes out of the water, and thanks to its 4K resolution, it's plenty future proof. How much does LG's 84-inch 4K-capable cost? Not so bad, at $22,010. Hopefully my wife reads this and orders me one for Christmas.

FMS 2012: SMART Storage Demonstrates The Optimus SSD With 1.6TB

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:15 am

FMS 2012 - SMART Storage has been making waves lately in the enterprise SSD space with an entire line of drives for every type of application.




The focus at the Flash Memory Summit was on the Optimus SSD, which sports a dual SAS connection. This allows this SSD to pull off 1GB/s in sequential read speed and 500 MB/s in write speed.




A closer look reveals that the SSD has two SAS connectors connecting into the device, which allows the high power of the SSD to be unleashed. This also allows for several types of enterprise features, such as failover and multipath data access.




In another demonstration the SSD is pulling off 102,000 4k random read IOPS from a single device.




The specifications reveal that the Optimus packs 1.6TB in a 2.5in form factor SSD. This is currently the highest capacity SSD of its size on the market. This allows for large increases in capacity and

performance in very small packages.




Taking a look at the internals of the 1.6TB SSD we can see the proprietary SMART storage controller, and the fact that there are dual PCBs that sandwich together to allow for such high capacity points.

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FMS 2012: Marvell Unveils New DragonFly NVRAM Solution

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 6:45 am

FMS 2012 - Marvell has revealed their new DragonFly NVRAM solution for servers at the Flash Memory Summit.




As we can see this card comes in a small package and sports a PCIe Gen2x8 connection to the host.




Getting down under the cover we can see some of the components that allow the DragonFly to reach its impressive specifications of 200K+ IOPS, 3.2GBps and .22us latency. The DragonFly connects to SSDs via a typical SFF connector, and acts as a front end for the attached storage. The data is cached to the DRAM chip that is located towards the top right of the card. The battery near the bottom is used to write the data cached into ram to the NAND, on the rear of the card, in the event of power failure.




The DRAM chips and the Marvell that controls them are located to the upper left of the card. This is where the data is flushed to in the event of power loss. The device caches both read and write data, and utilizes de-duplication and write coalescence to mitigate performance degradation and endurance of the underlying array that will be connected.

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Flickr for Android gets updated, receives freshly painted UI, new features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 6:26 am

Facebook for the iPhone received its much needed update a few hours ago, and it looks like photo sharing service, Flickr, have updated their Android application. Flickr for Android hasn't been updated for close to twelve months now, and it has needed an update to catch up to its iOS counterpart.




Flickr for Android now sports a new UI which features a navigation menu, and the Explore menu now sorts photos out much better, where it sorts them according to location and level of interest. Within the photo library search, the menu also sports notifications, profile, camera and upload options.


A pull-down refresh function keeps it feeling fresh like most other socially-orientated apps, and when the camera tab is tapped, you'll be prompted to either choose your camera, or your personal camera app of choice to take that photo. The ability to edit details/metadata on pictures and HTML content in comments and descriptions.

Samsung offers up some free apps for Galaxy Note 10.1 owners

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:30 am

Usually it doesn't pay to be an early adopter of technology, but in the case of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, it does. The company have teamed up with a bunch of high-profile developers, where they've provided some free apps to the Note 10.1 tablet.




I thought there'd only be two or three, but there's actually quite a good list. Samsung have also said that all of the free apps on offer have been optimized for use with the Note 10.1's Wacom-based S Pen.

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