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Images surface of HTC One Mini, could debut on the same day as the Galaxy S4 Mini

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 5:03 pm

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the HTC One is most likely the nicest Android handset on the market at the moment, and I have long thought that if HTC released a smaller version that packed the same features, it could easily become the dominant handset in the Android arena.




This morning, images surfaced on the Internet of what appears to be the HTC One Mini, which just might be the greatest Android phone ever made. The device packs a 4.3-inch 720p display alongside a dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage.


A 4-megapixel UltraPixel rear facing camera will handle all of your photographic needs and we are assuming the front facing camera is the same 2.1-megapixel that is the on its larger twin. At the moment unnamed sources say the phone will launch in August in the European market at a price tag of €400 but no word yet on a US release date.

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GeIL spice things up with their new Haswell ready DDR3 RAM

By: Shawn Baker | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 4:49 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Following the trend of most memory companies; GeIL had some new Haswell ready memory kits that are due to hit soon. While information on the modules was a little scarce; we know that the new EVO POTENZA memory modules will offer speeds of up to 3000MHz DDR; a number that we're seeing a lot of companies offer.




Outside of 3000MHz DDR we'll see the company offer the modules in a number of other speeds but as we mentioned the exact numbers weren't on display at the moment. Looking above, though, you can see some of the color combinations the new kit.






As soon as the kits are available we'll be sure to get some samples and let you know how GeIL is going with Haswell memory in the coming weeks

G.Skill ramp up DDR speeds with new Haswell memory kits

By: Shawn Baker | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 4:27 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Memory is pretty big this year at Computex thanks to the new Haswell platform which is offering us some truly insane speeds out of the box. G.Skill was showing off its new 3000MHz DDR with a 12-14-14-35 setup. What's really impressive, though, is not just the out of the box speed but also the fact that we're dealing with a 16GB kit instead of an 8GB one.








Showing that the memory was more than capable on multiple boards we saw the new kit running on both the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC and ASUS Maximus VI Extreme with both boards of course running the new Haswell-based Core i7 4770K processor.

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G.Skill listen in with new Ripjaws audio gear

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 4:06 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - This year at Computex we've really seen companies expand into some new areas. When you hear the name G.Skill you think fast high-end performance memory; over the coming months they're hoping that name also becomes known with high quality audio as the company shows of two headsets due in Q4 of this year.






Consisting of two models the upcoming Ripjaws R71 Gaming Headet carries with it 7.1-channel surround sound audio via USB. In a really stylish blue which really looks great. Build quality on the unit feels good and playing a bit of Counter-Strike on the headset found for a good quality audio experience that came off very comfortable.



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Pandora debuts new HTML5 app for smart TVs and consoles

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 3:59 pm

This morning, Pandora announced a new way of accessing the service through television when it unveiled its new website which is built using HTML5. Pandora says that the new HTML5 app offers easier navigation and controls than previous designs.



According to Pandora, you can access the new site today from TV web browsers such as those featured on smart TVs and consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The company says it plans to expand into the next-generation consoles as well as future smart TVs.


"We imagine a future where web-based standards can be the answer to that question," Tom Conrad, Pandora's CTO said in an interview. "We're pointing the industry in that direction with this announcement." This new offering comes as Pandora operates without a CEO and as revenues plummet as services like Spotify and Google Play Music All Access rise in popularity.

Intel Baytrail Android reference tablet running SkyCastle 2 at 2560 x 1440

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 3:50 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - We got a chance to visit some folks at Intel at the Grand Hyatt earlier today where we were of course given a media tour of some of Intel's new Haswell solutions and upcoming Baytrail systems, that is the chip that is likely to become the next-generation Atom.




Towards the end of the media tour, Intel's engineer Francois Piednoel pulled out a prototype Intel Baytrail Android reference / mock-up tablet showing that Intel mean business when it comes to graphics for the next-gen chips. Intel is often mocked for its graphics performance on its processors, and they know that, but it seems like they are working hard to change that trend.




Francois's baby was shown running SkyCastle 2 fairly smooth at I'd estimate an FPS of around 30 - 40 FPS - he actually had the FPS ticker blocked with an Intel sticker, so we couldn't check for sure. Take FPS out of the equation for a moment and get this fact - the game was running fairly well at a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440.




Yeah, we can mock Intel for its graphics against GeForce and Radeon, but when we look at the mobile space, that's no laughing matter.

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ADATA show color changing RAM heat spreader and more

By: Shawn Baker | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 3:46 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - ADATA had some cool new memory modules on show but none where as cool as the new Chameleon series from the company. While only being shown off at lower 1600MHz DDR, the new Chameleon series has a new heatsink design like nothing we've really seen before.








Depending on the heat being generated by the modules we can see that the heatsink design color changes; much like a chameleon, hence the name. On the left you can see what the kit looks like normally while when we're up and running a little warmer you can see the difference on the right hand side. This is something very cool and we're looking forward to taking a closer look at the kit.

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BitFenix and TweakTown's record-breaking system gets caught on video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 3:39 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - TweakTown worked with various companies to break the PCMark storage world record, but one of them was the awesome BitFenix and their Prodigy case which we've called the TweakTown Blue Prodigy PC, you can read more on that here.





We thought we'd capture it on video, as sometimes pictures just aren't good enough. The machine looks beautiful in person, and inside the machine we have a world record setting 16 SSD's that give some truly, truly insane performance. Of course, BitFenix's Prodigy is a beautiful case to begin with, and with the magic of our own Chris Ramseyer, TweakTown were etched into the record books.



Crucial and Micron give us the low-down on the current state of DDR4 memory, with nice pictures of course

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 3:28 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - One of our meetings at Computex today was with Crucial and Micron who not only had some of its new RAM to show off to us, but also we had a good chance to sit down and talk about its current state of DDR4 memory, among some other interesting topics.




While pictures of Crucial's DDR4 memory is nothing new, during our meeting we were updated on the current state of affairs for Crucial and Micron memory. Crucial is already producing DDR4 memory in limited quantity at the moment with what sounded like no issues in the yield department, even though that wasn't specifically disclosed. They are producing DDR4 memory at this moment for their own internal validation tests and to hand out to companies like Intel who are using its memory for validation of upcoming platforms that will support DDR4 memory next year on future chipsets.




As for the DDR4 memory itself, while it's not a hard and dry fact at this stage of the game, Crucial sees its DDR4 memory coming in at clock ranges anywhere from 2400MHz DDR all the way up to 3200MHz, at launch. Crucial pointed out that they are quite pleased with the extra performance users will get from jumping from current DDR3 based systems to DDR4 systems, the jump from 1600MHz DDR to 2400MHz is rather positive.

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Sapphire have a crazy insane 18-monitor setup running from three GPU's at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 3:18 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Ok, so here I was at Computex thinking that I saw it all with a few multi-monitor setups, but we walked into the Sapphire room at Computex and they had a mind- and wallet-blowing 18-monitor setup.





The 18 monitors were running from three FirePro W9000 graphics cards, and it truly is a sight to behold. Seeing that many monitors setup together running from a single system was glorious, and makes me jealous of it. How do you think gaming would be on that many monitors? It would be hard, but it would look truly incredible and you'd probably get 3 FPS, too.





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