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DisplayLink show off USB-powered monitor technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 10:17 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - If we weren't impressed with DisplayLink's technology powering four monitors from a single USB port on an Apple MacBook Air, then you'd better sit down for this one, folks.





The video above shows an ASUS monitor being powered by a single USB cable, from a notebook - impressive. The delay from plugging it in to the monitor working, which is 1920x1080 by the way, its mere seconds. This is such a great idea for people on the go, for someone like myself who would cover an event I can have this in my bag and when I get back to my hotel I can plug it in and have a Full HD monitor ready, all from a single USB port.






DisplayLink, you have impressed me so much today - one of the best technologies shown at Computex hands down.

Hands-on video with the awesome Steiger Dynamics LEET Core chassis

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 10:06 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Earlier on today we stopped by the WD booth here at Computex where we saw some amazing new slim hard drives, but we also spotted the Steiger Dynamics LEET Core chassis. This is the case that is the case category winner of TweakTown's Best of Computex 2013 awards.



Hit play on the embedded video above to get a close-up look at its awesomeness. Basically I'll mention it's made out of a full block of aluminum and machined with perfectly even sides and edges.




The workmanship is just amazing and it also looks really impressive as well, hence the reason for taking away our case award at the show this year. Start saving though, this is not a cheap case.

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Avexir Blitz II Memory Module Development - from Conception to Final, kick ass RAM lighting

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 9:38 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - We stopped by the Avexir booth today where we finally had a chance to bump into Hans Cheng, the General Manager, of this fast growing enthusiast memory company. He briefly introduced me to their new Blitz II memory that will hit the market soon.



In the video embedded above you can see Avexir had a nice display that shows the development of Blitz II from conception all the way up to final design, well really close to the final design.




The effect of the Blitz II lighting atop the RAM was quite simply amazing. While we haven't had a chance to test Avexir RAM yet for its performance numbers, if the lighting is anything to go by, we're quite excited. We'll have some reviews up of Avexir in the next few weeks - stay tuned for those.

DisplayLink impress us with their 4-monitor USB-based display expansion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 9:27 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - We had a meeting at the gorgeous W Hotel here in Taipei today with Andy from DisplayLink, and boy did he have some ultra impressive tech to show us. DisplayLink have some output technology that is baked into various products, with the Targus device shown in the video below.





As you can see, it is running four - yes, FOUR monitors from a single USB 3.0 output. This is beyond impressive considering the MacBook Air outputs are usually limited to DisplayPort. The dock used can provide with HDMI or DVI output, with another USB dock daisy-chained in to provide another two monitor outputs for a total of four. We were very impressed with what we saw, and can't wait to get our hands on some of these for review, and general day-to-day use!

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Intel shows Clover Trail vs. Snapdragon power consumption at Computex on video

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 2:26 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - As our computing evolves and our time spent on always on, mobile devices increases, component power consumption becomes more relevant.


In a private showing at Intel, the company put their Clover Trail Atom processor out front and center.



In the demo above, an Intel engineer walked us through a device using Intel's Clover Trail processor and another tablet using a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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Windows Phone finally gets Jetpack Joyride game

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 2:04 am

Windows Phone users will finally get access to the hit game Jetpack Joyride. Android, iOS, BB10, and Windows 8 have all had access to the app, though for varying amounts of time. However, why it's taken so long to get to Windows Phone is a mystery. After all, Microsoft originally announced that the game would be coming to Windows Phone seven months ago when Windows Phone 8 was launched.




While it's not too important what the hold up was, it's still interesting that it took seven months to arrive. But now that it is here, gamers can rejoice. The Windows Phone version of the app comes with Xbox Live integration, allowing challenges, acheivements, and other Xbox Live features to be utilized in game.


You can download Jetpack Joyride from the Windows Phone Store.

Are you really getting what you pay for with the Google Nexus 10? Intel questions clock speeds

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 1:46 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Yesterday we had a meeting with Intel at the Grand Hyatt where they showed us some interesting Haswell and power consumption demos, but Intel products were not all that was focused on.




Intel had a Google Nexus 10 tablet setup with direct measurements of heat and power consumption. In the measurement chart demo we saw that the N10 would start off would start off with normal power consumption on the CPU rail and then after just a second or two the CPU line power consumption would drop right down and then a few seconds later, pick right back up again, and then go back down again. This was happening with basic operation of the N10, HD video playback.


It didn't take much for us to see that this was due to the dual-core A15 CPU throttling. Due to heat issues, it was quite clear to see that the N10 was not running at its main clock speed all of the time.




Intel created this demo so that it could alert media that you may not always be getting what you pay for with competing products using processors from other companies. In fairness to Google, I have the N10 product tech specs webpage open now and no clock speed is listed, just the CPU model itself. Intel's whole point was that its Haswell chips will not clock down, they will only clock up. Intel will sell the CPU to you and you'll know it will run at x MHz or GHz and it won't go below that speed.

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AMD willing to create custom chips for Android, Chrome OS

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 1:28 am

AMD has stated that they are willing to work on semi-custom chips that are capable of running Android or Chrome OS. AMD believes that a market is emerging for the operating systems and their CPUs or APUs could be perfect for the job. This would mark the end of their Windows x86 exclusivity.




"We are very committed to Windows 8; we think it's a great operating system, but we also see a market for Android and Chrome developing as well," said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of global business units at AMD.


AMD would like to work with companies to provide semi-custom chips tailored to that customer's needs. AMD has already shown their ability and willingness to do this with the three design wins in next-gen consoles. AMD is looking to expand their custom chip manufacturing business as the PC market slows.


The new chips would make use AMD's upcoming designs that combine x86 and ARM architectures onto a single chip. Add in one of AMD's powerful Radeon GPUs and you get a combination that could be hard to beat.

Microsoft to update Surface Type Cover and Touch Cover

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 1:03 am

Microsoft has been exceedingly good about providing monthly updates to the Surface tablets ever since their respective launches. This month's update will bring improvements to the Surface Type Cover and Touch Cover via a software update. "Surface is great and only getting better," Microsoft's Brian Hall wrote.




The updates will come next week as part of June's monthly updates for the Surface tablets. The changes are rather minimal, but still important as it shows Microsoft's dedication to the Surface line of tablets. Microsoft is adding the ability to toggle the functionality of the top row of keys between their primary and secondary uses. Users currently have to hold down the Fn key to access the secondary function. To toggle between users, simply press Fn + Caps.


Microsoft is also adding a few extra commands to the keyboard, which are below in bullet form:


  • Fn + : Print Screen
  • Fn + + Alt: Print Screen for the in-focus window only
  • Fn + Del: Brightness Up
  • Fn + Backspace: Brightness Down
  • Fn + : Home
  • Fn + : End
  • Fn + : Page Up
  • Fn + : Page Down

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ReportTT: Apple will sell audio ads for rumored iRadio service

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 12:37 am

Reports of Apple planning to sell ads for an upcoming iRadio music streaming service have surfaced. Some expect Apple to unveil what many are dubbing iRadio as soon as next week at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference. These ads would likely be extremely targeted, making them valuable to advertisers and Apple.




Highly targeted advertising would fetch higher prices for Apple and would be in demand by marketers. if this is the case, it could be all doom and gloom for the already-struggling Pandora. According to a former Apple executive, the ads will be sold via Apple's existing iAd mobile ad network.


As Apple has access to more than just a user's listening tastes, ads could be even more targeted than those provided by Pandora. Pandora is only able to target ads based upon music listening preferences, gender, and zip code.


Of course, all of this is just speculation up until Apple actually unveils the service. If it makes an appearance at next week's WWDC, you'll be able to read about it here on TweakTown.

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