It was back in early June that Steve Jobs revealed what his plans were for the large piece of land Apple purchased from Hewlett Packard, located in its home district of Cupertino. At that point we were just given a brief rundown on what was on the cards; a large campus designed like none other, resembling a large, spaceship/UFO like object that has landed when looking from above.
Fast forward a couple months and the Cupertino City Council has just made more details available about the "Spaceship" Campus. Here are some measurements and inclusions to paint a bit of a picture on things :-
An Office, Research and Development Building comprising approximately 2.8 million square feet;
A 1,000 seat Corporate Auditorium;
A Corporate Fitness Center;
Research Facilities comprising approximately 300,000 square feet;
A Central Plant; and
The latest happenings from around the web - August 12th, 2011
- Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 Laptop @ Techreviewsource
- Sony Vaio S - VPC-SB1S1EW @ Ocaholic
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3 Motherboard @ Ocaholic
- ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Series Gen 3 @ Kitguru
- GIGABYTE G1 Sniper 2 Intel Z68 @ Vortez
- Contemporary Graphics Cards in Crysis 2 DirectX 11: Crysis 2 Revisited @ XBit Labs
- ASUS HD6670 1GB GDDR5 with DisplayPort DirectX11 Video Card @ HiTechLegion
Acer have today launched the industry's first 7-inch tablet powered by Google's Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS in the US and Canada. The A100 sports an incredibly portable sub-one pound design, a vibrant 7-inch multi-touch display and a sleek, thin design that is comfortable to use and take virtually anywhere. The A100 features a 7-inch TFT WSVGA screen that has a 1024x600 resolution and high-color contrast, with a 75-degree wide viewing angle.
The Iconia Tab A100 also has Adobe Flash Player 10.3 pre-installed so that Adobe Flash games and websites can be viewed and enjoyed right out of the box. The A100 also includes a HDMI port so that customers can share and enjoy their tablet on a TV in 1080p, the A100 also supports dual-display. If supported, a game can use the A100 as a controller, while watching and experiencing the game on the larger display thanks to its HDMI output.
Google's got the gaming bug as of today with the launch of a new games section. There's a stack of decently mixed up titles already available to help reel in folks and spend more time on its social project.
By clicking on a button at the top of your stream, you'll get to the list of titles now on offer, including some bigtime favourites like Angry Birds as well as being able to get info on game updates from circles, invites from friends, titles being played by your contacts and a shared high scores system to add to the competitive, addictive nature of the section.
Google says it's still in the process of rolling out the games page to everyone, so some of you might not yet see it, but it should be a quick rollout and you'll be able to let your fb farms wither away in favour of a new lease of life on the other side.
Despite this news heavily circulating the web recently, it turns out that apparently AMD has no definitive plans to dabble long term in the DDR3 memory market. This comes as quite the surprise, though, given AMD even had a dedicated page on their own site indicating three new Radeon branded memory series in the lineup that looked to be aimed directly at the consumer market.
As it so turns out, the AMD Radeon branded modules spotted in random stores in Japan and even reports of some having been seen in Canada, were supposedly entered into the retail market in minimal quantity to ascertain whether or not it was a viable venture for AMD to distribute the series' through channel partners in the future.
Acer's beefy Iconia Smart smartphone with 4.8-inch sized touch screen is finally looking to launch around mid-September, this after much anticipation for months since its Europe unveiling back in February.
The 4.8-inch screen is the biggest, boldest feature of the phone, with a resolution of 1024 x 480 (21:9 aspect ratio). With that said, it looks pretty darn decent across the board really, packing a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear facing camera with LED flash, front facing 2MP camera for video chatting etc, built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA support and 14.4Mbps HSDPA support.
Running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the Iconia Smart is said to be launching at 499 (around $705 USD) without any service agreements.
A new trailer for upcoming gravity-defying third person shooter, INVERSION has just come out which showcases its intensive "drop-in, drop-out" co-op multiplayer mode.
This game looks to be polishing up extremely well and is expected to make quite the impact on he third person shooter genre upon release; scheduled for February 7, 2012 on PS3 and 360 in the states, and February 10 in Europe.
NVIDIA have published their earnings for their latest fiscal quarter (ending July 31) and have done a glorious job amongst all the rubble that is the stock market right now. With a revenue of $1.017 billion and an income of $151.6 million, that gives them a gross margin for Q2 2011 of 51.7-percent. Compared to last year in the same time where they saw a $141 million net loss.
NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang says that the revenue growth is from "consumer demand for notebooks powered by our GeForce GPU, with its unique Optimus technology" - surprisingly, not the Tegra 2 processors that seem to be powering virtually every iPad competitor. NVIDIA expects revenue for the ongoing quarter to be up 4 to 6-percent from the previous quarter.
We are very happy to announce that TweakTown's very first eBook is live and now on sale.
It is titled "TweakTown's Ultimate Guide to PC Cases" and was written by our very own case and cooling expert Chad Sebring. The extensive book goes into detail about all things cases and which is the best to buy and much more.
Ice Cream Sandwich has been getting some sweet action lately and now it seems there are some leaked screenshots showing the next-gen OS from Google. As you can see from the below shots, the notification bar has received an overhaul, as well as leaving room for bigger icons and updates. The app drawer has gotten an makeover, with different headers for apps and widgets and an integrated link to the market for easy access.
The IRK36b build packs the following:
Brand-new launcher and app drawer interface
Will launch with Google Shopper and support NFC-capable devices
Gmail has been totally re-themed to match ICS (not pictured)
Nexus S will be receiving ICS via update, but the "Nexus Prime" will be getting it first
Mostly UI changes - many older devices should be able to run it
The apps on the homescreen may be "stackable"
Google search bar embedded at the top of the homescreen, a la Honeycomb