The latest happenings from around the web - August 1st, 2011
- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard @ Motherboards.org
- AMD A8-3850 & Gigabyte A75M-UD2H @ Overclock3D
CPU & APU
- Socket 2011 Futures: A Difficult Road to Perfection @ VR-Zone
- Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz CPU @ Legit Reviews
- Plantronics GameCom X95 Wireless Xbox 360 Headset @ Kitguru
Having only just passed through FCC certification, it's a little surprising to find Sony Ericsson's new mini Xperia headsets on sale so soon, albeit only in Taiwan at this time.
The new Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro are both minature Android based phones with their 3-inch screens. The Pro includes a slide-out QWERTY keypad, but is otherwise much the same as the non-Pro model.
Quickly running over the specs on tap here, they use a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8255 SoC with Adreno 205 graphics, 512MB RAM, 320MB storage space (hmmm, bit small Sony?!), 480x320 3-inch display, 5MP rear camera capable of 720p video recording, 802.11b/g/n WiFi with DLNA support, Bluetooth 2.1, HSDPA at up to 7.2Mbit/s speed and HSUPA speeds of up to 5.76Mbit/s.
Some recent reports have been indicating the launch of Apple's fifth-gen iPhone to be as early as September which has no doubt got many of you super excited, but as the days roll on, we're finding that to be just a little out of whack.
Unfortunately while we wish we could say it's even sooner, it's looking more like a bit longer of a wait for the unveiling; the second half of October so it seems. AllThingsD's John Paczkowski seems to be fairly sure of this and other sources have also mentioned an October release date, but we are yet to get any real idea of an exact date.
At this point sources have only revealed limited details on the iPhone 5 in that it will use the faster A5 processor (which the iPad 2 uses), a Qualcomm dual mode GSM/CDMA baseband and a higher res 8MP rear camera.
Almost 8 months since its introduction at CES, ViewSonic is finally preparing its V3D245 3D Vision-ready 23.6-inch for the market with it hitting North American shelves mid to late this month.
The monitor while being a 120Hz, 3D capable panel bundled with a pair of active shutter glasses, does depend on NVIDIA's 3D Vision experience with its built-in wireless emitter, meaning you'll of course need to be using an NVIDIA based graphics card.
The rest of the monitors specs is much of a standard fare with a native resolution of 1920x1080, dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1, 2ms response and 2W SRS Premium Sound speakers.
ViewSonic has tacked on a $499 USD price tag for the V3D245, which is backed by a 3 year warranty. Refer to the source link below for the official announcement.
ASUS has just dished up a standout graphics card under its DirectCU family with an all-passive cooled HD 6770 powered model.
The first thing that catches your eye with the HD 6770 DirectCU Silent is indeed that chunky passive cooler, which ASUS claims to be 16% more efficient than the reference cooler, while of course being completely silent.
To help with the coolers efficiency, it uses four direct touch copper heatpipes pulling heat away from the GPU. Meanwhile, the card itself boasts a Super Alloy Power design which basically means higher-grade componentry in terms of the capacitors, chokes and MOSFETs, while the rest of the specs shape up with 800 Stream processors, a 128-bit memory interface, 1GB of GDDR5 memory and D-Sub, DVI and HDMI outputs. The out of the box frequencies on the model are not yet known.
After launching initially to the Korean market alone back in June, word's come out today that LG's 3D-capable all-in-one-PC will be available elsewhere very soon, including Europe, Africa and other parts of Asia.
The V300-DE10K is quite a nicely rounded all-in-one unit with the added bonus of sporting a 3D capable (relying on polarized glasses) LED-backlit (1920x1080) 23-inch IPS panel with multi-touch support.
Internally it uses a Sandy Bridge Core processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 500GB HDD (with Windows 7 pre-installed), Radeon HD 6650 GPU, built-in 2.1 speaker arrangement, DVD or Blu-ray ROM, TV Tuner, 802.11b/g/n WiFi (with DLNA support), Bluetooth, HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports.
No word on pricing at this time. We'll keep you posted on that and when they're starting to hit stores.
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Have an iPhone 4? Want some of that hawt NFC action? If your bank provides smaller credit cards with NFC chips, you can add one to your iPhone 4 right now. All you have to do is remove the back cover of your iPhone 4, position the card behind the battery and you're all systems go. The glass backer is said to be thin enough for credit card terminals and the source says that they've had success scanning it with thick cases.
So if you'd like to get your NFC on (why is it when I type NFC, I automatically type KFC and have to re-type it... nicely played, NFC) then do so at your own peril. If you do the NFC upgrade, please let me know how you went!
Nintendo have been having a hard time with their Nintendo 3DS portable gaming console, it hasn't been selling well and is not seeing the sales they were expecting. Last week they dropped the price of the 3DS to drive more sales and the latest news on top of all of this is that Nintendo employees will also face some form of salary reduction.
It's not just employees either, Satora Iwata, Nintendo's President will be accepting the same punishment as staff with his salary being reduced from £1.2 million to £600,000 a year. Other chiefs will take a 30-percent reduction to reduce overall costs. He said:
For cuts in fixed salaries, I'm taking a fifty percent cut, other representative directors are taking a 30 percent cut, and other execs are taking a 20 percent cut.