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LeakedTT: Nokia PureView Windows Phone is a reality

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 4:04 pm

Rumors have long been circling of Nokia working on a PureView camera-based Windows Phone. Now, it appears those rumors were true. This morning, images leaked of Nokia's next flagship phone codenamed EOS.

 

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While a new Windows phone would definitely be cool as the EOS is said to pack a whopping 41-megapixel PureView camera. GSM Arena obtained photos of the device, which show a very bulbous camera on the rear, while the front retains the typical Lumia appearance.

 

Another website also published photos of the red version of the EOS shell that appear to be taken straight from the production line. Word on the street is that the phone will come with the next Windows Phone 8 update and will include Nokia's "Amber" additions as well as a custom camera application for the PureView sensor.

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LG's mid-range Optimus F7 makes its debut on US Cellular, $100 with two-year agreement

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 3:04 pm

This morning, US Cellular launched the LG Optimus F7 without so much as a peep from their marketing department. You may have seen one of the many rumor posts that popped up last week when an internal company document leaked information on the mid-range Android smartphone.

 

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The Optimus F7 features a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of storage space, and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The device is running Android 4.1 and there is no word from LG on whether or not a 4.2 update is in the works. The new F7 will cost consumers about $100 with a two-year agreement.

Amazon launches new store front for independent game developers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 2:21 pm

This morning, Amazon has announced the launch of a new Indie Games Store that features more than 400 titles from at least 100 independent game developers. This new addition comes at a time when the Indie game market couldn't be any hotter with promotions like The Humble Bundle and Steam pushing indie games hard.

 

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A representative from Amazon has told TweakTown that the new storefront has several features aimed at helping indie game developers get discovered, such as the Indie Gamers Choice Program, where to indie games go head-to-head for gamers' votes.

 

Another interesting feature is the Indie Spotlight which features Bios and Q&As that offer insight into the developers behind great independent games. A new Indie developer Spotlight will be released every Thursday and to kick things off Amazon has featured Mike Roush and Alex Neuse from Gaijin Games, the developers behind the BIT.TRIP series.

 

To celebrate the launch of this new storefront, Amazon is offering several deals throughout the month of June on PC, Mac, and browser-based games. The deals include $9.99 game bundles, 75 percent off select titles, and three free pre-selected titles on any purchase made from the Indie Game Store during the months of June and July. You can head over to Source #1 below to check out all the great indie games.

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Rosewill shows us their new PSU's including a passively cooled model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 1:14 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Rosewill showed off some truly cool things at this year's Computex, but something that also caught our eye was their new digital PSU and a nice passively cooled power supply.

 

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Starting with the Rosewill Epoch, their new digital PSU, which has a USB dongle on the back which shoots your information out to your PC, with the usual statistics like temperature, etc. The passively cooled PSU named "Silent Night" comes in both 500W and 600W flavors, and includes no fan. This is a great purchase for those who are wanting to keep the noise down in their new system. We should hopefully have some of these to review in the coming months.

 

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ASRock hit the start line with BMW Designworks Barebone

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 12:24 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Walking around for a solid third day we continue to find ourselves bumping into cool things we missed in the past few days. Hanging around the ASRock stand for a while this afternoon and being a general nuisance to the overclockers Chris decided to make sure we did something a little more useful with our time.

 

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He took me over to the new ASRock M8 Series barebone system which looks fantastic. Designed by the BMW Designworks USA team they've put together a great looking chassis that comes in red and black. The sides of the case are magnetic and come out very easily making access to the main area good.

 

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Inside you'll find the new Haswell based Z87-ITX motherboard from ASRock along with a SFX 450W PSU. Being a barebone means that the rest of the system will have to be filled out with CPU, RAM, Video Card, Storage and the other normal bits and pieces. Video Card support is also very strong thanks to a riser card included making cards as large as the GTX 780 an option.

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There is NGFF and then there is ADATA 1800MB/s NGFF at Computex

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 12:01 pm

Computex 2013 Taipei - I wanted to bring you this story yesterday, but one of the images didn't turn out too well so I swallowed by pride and returned to the ADATA booth at Computex Nangang to do it right today.

 

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Less than 24 hours ago we published a short news story about ADATA's new enterprise products, among them included another 1800MB/s part. This gumstick sized piece of engineering marvel (but not from Marvell) uses four PCIe 2.0 lanes just like the enterprise SX2000, but it uses the consumer m.2, known around these parts as NFGG interface.

 

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Just like the enterprise part, this unit has the same bandwidth as the higher cost server model. In years past we've seen enterprise products come to market first but that isn't the case this time around. Several new Ultrabooks and at least one motherboard is ready for NGFF in some form or another today.

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ASRock gets us wet with their Z87 OC FORMULA motherboard

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 11:50 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Having found ourselves already impressed with the upcoming ASRock Z87 OC Formula/AC we today got a chance to test one of the features that we really wouldn't get to test ourselves. While not something that we would really make use of as we deal with just standard cooling setups. The new Waterproof by Conformal Coating is a really cool feature that protects the board from moisture when it comes to the most extreme overclocking.

 

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While we were actually at the event today we heard from an overclocker that a couple of boards had died today due to the humidity in the air. When the benchmarking was finished the board was just dripping in water. Thanks to this new feature from ASRock it's really something overclockers won't have to worry about.

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Rosewill's new Neutron case is a cousin to BitFenix's awesome Prodigy case

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 11:18 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - I think all of us here at TweakTown are huge fans of the Prodigy, as we've used their case for many system builds and guides. Rosewill though, aren't as well known, but their Neutron case could change all of that.

 

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The Neutron is a beautiful case with some unique features, such as the ability to install a huge PSU - something the Prodigy isn't capable of. There's a swivel HDD installation method, as you can see in the pictures below. There's lots of cooling options and watercooling is no problem for the Neutron, with the radiator capable of being installed at the top, or the front. Another unique feature is the ability to shift the USB and power buttons around, where Rosewill said it's as easy as undoing a few screws and shifting it around.

 

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It's nice to see them thinking outside of the box, once more.

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Areca ARC-1883 RAID Controller series coming soon with SAS 12Gb/s

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 11:12 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Just a few days ago we set a PCMark Vantage world record with an Areca ARC-1882-ix-16 and 16 Mushkin Chronos Deluxe drives in a BitFenix Prodigy system, you can read about that over here.

 

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We can't help to imagine what might have been possible with a new 12Gb/s Areca controller. With a 12Gb/s expander, we could have the same performance for less cost.

 

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The two top ports you see are part of the new SAS cable standard that shrinks the connector size. From these two ports, each with four 12Gb/s channels, we could go to what's called an expander. The expander would take a 12Gb/s channel and divide it by two, thus giving us performance equal to 16 6Gb/s channels.

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