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We go hands-on with the Intel Clover Trail+ powered Lenovo K900 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 2:39 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Something I haven't played with as the Mobile Devices Editor for this awesome website we all know and love, is an Intel-powered smartphone. Nor have I played with a Lenovo device, but that's what Computex is here for, right?

 

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We stopped by the Intel booth earlier today in the Nangang halls, checking out their wicked touchscreen-capable bus shelter, but something else that caught our eye was Lenovo's K900 smartphone. What is the Lenovo K900 you ask? Well, it's the first smartphone in the world to feature Intel's Clover Trail+ processor, which is a dual-core processor clocking in at 2GHz. The K900 has 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch 1920x1080-pixel display, 16GB of internal flash storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel front facer, and runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

 

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Impressions? Not that great. It felt, to me, sluggish, and that was just sliding between the home screens. I think I'd need a true play on it, but it's hard to get a "feel" for smartphone performance without using it on a day-to-day basis. Hopefully we'll get some Lenovo samples in the near future and we can bring you a full review on the Clover Trail+-based smartphone.

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Thermaltake unveil an awesome digital PSU that lets you monitor and control things in real-time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 2:24 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Thermaltake continue to impress the world, and myself especially, with their new digital power supply unit (PSU). The new Toughpower DPS range of power supplies are all-digital, and allow users to do real-time performance monitoring and control.

 

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You can save records and view ultra-detailed data at anytime, and something I truly love is that it is really social - you can share records with friends through the usual social networks like Facebook and Twitter, or even go e-mail if you want. The Toughpower DPS 850W we took a look at has an ultra-quiet 14cm fan with smart fan control, and the new Toughpower DPS line of PSU's are fully modular with low profile and flat cables, another nod to Thermaltake's eye in detail.

 

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Thermaltake's new all-digital, fully modular power supplies are Haswell ready, just in case you were worried.

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Galaxy unveils two non-reference GeForce GTX 7-series video cards

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 2:07 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Galaxy has just unveiled two GeForce GTX 7-series cards at Computex 2013. While there is nothing special about a new GTX 780 and GTX 770 at this point, both cards are non-reference design which makes them kind of special.

 

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As far as I know, Galaxy's new GeForce GTX 780 Superclock Hall of Fame is actually the world's first non-reference GTX 780 available to consumers. The card features a bright white PCB with a very strong VRM design to support higher factory-overclocked speeds. Cooling is handled by a very robust triple-slot air-cooler that utilizes a dense aluminum fin-stack, copper heat pipes and two large 92mm fans.

 

Galaxy also introduced a new GeForce GTX 770 Super Overclock (SOC) this week at the show. Unsurprisingly, this new GTX 770 SOC appears to look very similar to the GTX 680 SOC edition which is expected since there are very few differences between the two cards. You get the same white non-reference PCB as well as the triple fan cooler, which should do well to cool the card despite the higher clock speeds of the GTX 770 over GTX 670.

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Thermaltake's new Level 10M gaming headset is a work of art

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 1:42 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - I'm really digging Thermaltake's relationship with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, as they're coming out with some absolutely gorgeous products lately. Their new Level 10M gaming headset is no different, so let's get right into it.

 

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First off, it looks amazing, but looks are only half of the story, right? The Level 10M gaming headset has an adjustable headband that can lock in place, a sleek microphone design that blends in with the earcup when it's not in use, a noise-cancelling microphone for crystal clear communications, and here's where things get really unique - the headphone cable can be connected on either the left, or right earcup. This feature alone had me clapping to Thermaltake, and I don't know how I didn't think of this, and thus want this feature, a very long time ago. Kudos, Thermaltake!

 

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The Level 10M gaming headset comes in a variety of cool colors, with Diamond Black, Iron White, Blazing Red, Military Green and Amber Yellow.

Thermaltake's latest Poseidon keyboard will illuminate your gaming keyboard requirements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 1:18 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - We stopped off at the Thermaltake booth today at Computex to check out a few of their new products, the first of which was their new mechanical gaming keyboard, the Poseidon.

 

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Tt eSports' work in the Poseidon is shown in virtually all areas, with the Poseidon featuring Cherry MX Blue switches, the Windows key can be disabled for gaming, and a beautiful dynamic pulse-break backlight system that has four levels of adjustable brightness, and N-key rollover support. There's a nice cable track on the rear of the Poseidon where you can hide your cable instead of having it snaking across your desk.

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Lian Li's PC-D600 chassis is beautiful, and huge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 12:47 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - I've been a fan of Lian Li for as long as I can remember, but checking out their latest case today at Computex has me falling in love all over again. They were kind enough to walk us through their latest beast, the PC-D600.

 

 

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Lian Li's PC-D600 chassis can house six 5.25-inch drives, six 3.5-inch (if you use the 5.25-inch slots) and six 2.5-inch drives. It has support for E-ATX, ATX and micro-ATX motherboards, has two 120mm fans and three 140mm fans. There's four USB 3.0 ports and HD audio on the PC-D600 chassis, and as for dimensions, we have 382mm x 495mm x 412mm (W/H/D).

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Intel displays interactive touchscreen bus shelter displays at Computex 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 12:06 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - The halls of Computex are filled with some truly wonderful things, and one of those things was at the Intel stands of Nangang today. It was an interactive bus shelter, which is just a huse touchscreen-capable advertisement.

 

 

You can see how it works in the video above, and better yet, it is controllable from anywhere. This means an advertiser could tweak their advertisement, all from their smartphone, tablet or PC. The display was responsive, and we did ask how strong it was - and it's not that strong. The one thing I have a problem with is its strength in the real-world, one random act of violence or an accident, and thousands of dollars of tech goes down the drain.

 

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We should see Intel's new technology in train and bus stations, airports and other places in the near future.

Intel Capital offers up $100M fund for perceptual computing investments

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 1:33 am

Relating to a story published earlier, Intel's push for perceptual computing has led the company to create a $100M investment fund through its Intel Capital subsidiary. The $100M will be used to fund perceptual computing projects, such as the 3D-depth camera we reported about earlier today.

 

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Intel Capital typically invests in up-and-coming technologies, basically ensuring that Intel's PC chips will continue to be in demand. This announcement was made during Intel's keynote speech at Computex Taipei 2013:

 

Devices with human-like senses--the ability to see, hear and feel much like people do--has long been a subject of science fiction but is now within reach given recent innovations in compute power and camera technology. This new fund will invest in start-ups and companies enabling these experiences, helping them with the business development support, global business network and technology expertise needed to scale for worldwide use.

 

Intel has previously used Intel Capital to create a $300 million fund to push Ultrabook development. Intel Capital has been investing since 1991 and has spread $10.8 billion across 1,284 companies in 54 countries.

AT&T selling BlackBerry Q10 for $200, preorders start June 5

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 1:04 am

AT&T users will about to get another mobile device option in the form of the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10. QWERTY-equipped devices have become increasingly rare, so having options is always a good thing. AT&T will sell the device for $199.99 with new two-year contract.

 

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AT&T will be putting the device up for preorder tomorrow, June 5. The actual release date is still unknown as AT&T has not yet provided a firm date. The Q10 features a 3.5-inch display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 2,100mAh battery.

Android Jelly Bean at 33% adoption, Gingerbread still has over 36%

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 12:37 am

One of the main issues with Google's Android operating system is the lack of after-purchase support. Manufacturers aren't required to keep devices up-to-date with the latest versions of Android. This means app developers have to write code that works on various different versions of the operating system, making it harder or impossible to do certain things on older devices.

 

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That's why it's both good news and bad news that Jelly Bean's adoption rate has hit 33 percent. It's good that more users are adopting the latest Android version, but it's also bad because only 33 percent of users have the latest version. 25 percent are still on Ice Cream Sandwich and a whopping 36 percent are still on Gingerbread.

 

It's important to note that Google changed the way it calculates usage percentage:

 

Note: Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store. Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.

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