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Acer announces new Ultra High-Resolution monitors for the US market

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 11:06 pm

Today, Acer announced the release of three new ultra high-resolution monitors aimed at enhancing the quality of your computing experience. Of the three new monitors released, two of them are being dubbed as highly ergonomic, while the third is a Windows 8-compatible touchscreen. All three models feature IPS panel displays that offer 178 degrees of uninhibited viewing as well as 100,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.




Up first is the 27-inch Acer T272HUL that boasts an impressive 2560x1440 pixel resolution, which is officially being given the term "extreme definition." This monitor is able to display 1.07 billion colors across its 10-point touchscreen. Featuring a silver asymmetrical stand and a clear plastic edge that extends always down to the desktop surface, this sleek, ultramodern monitor is the perfect choice for Windows 8 users looking for that ultra high definition experience.


Up next, we have the two more normal looking monitors, the B276HUL and the B296CL. The smaller 27-inch model features a 2560x1440 pixel resolution, while the much larger 29-inch screen features a smaller resolution of 2560x1080 pixels. Both models are capable of displaying 16.7 million colors and feature a base that allows the screen to rotate into portrait orientation. Both monitors feature DVI-D, Display Port, and two HDMI ports. Additionally, a four port USB 3.0 hub is present.


Both of the latter models retail for $599, while the 27-inch touchscreen will set you back about $1000. No information has been released yet on availability, but I think I may be in line for three of the 29 inch models when they hit store shelves.

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Interview with LSI's Kent Smith

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 9:11 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - LSI's Kent Smith stopped by the TweakTown booth at this week's Flash Memory Summit to discuss a new piece of technology that will be part of the company's third-generation SandForce product.



Named SHIELD Advanced Error Correction, the technology is made up of Hard Decision LDPC and Soft Decision LDPC to form a more advanced error correction solution.


Smith went on to discuss LSI's decision to stay away from DRAM caching in its products, and how this decision affects such smaller packages as M.2. Smith finished up the interview by elaborating on LSI's ongoing initiative to provide lower power consuming controller chips.

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Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Interview with Samsung's Steve Weinger

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 7:50 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Last week when Samsung announced the world's first 3-D V-NAND based SSD storage, the entire tech world took notice.



During this week's Flash Memory Summit, our own storage guru Paul Alcorn had a chance to sit down and discuss this new breakthrough technology with Samsung's Steve Weinger when he stopped by the booth to say hello.


Weinger said that Samsung was extremely excited about the new 3D V-NAND technology, and that the 20-percent increase in performance and 40-percent increase in power efficiency is backed up by a major increase in reliability. The new 3D V-NAND technology is rated up to 35,000 PE cycles where typical MLC drives today are only rated for around 3,000 PE cycles.

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YouTube experiencing massive outage, servers appear to be down

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 6:56 pm

YouTube appears to be experiencing issues today after a site-wide global outage this afternoon. We were first alerted to the issues while trying to upload a video to the TweakTown channel about 45 minutes ago. At first, the videos manager page was down and a few minutes later the entire site was unreachable.




When visiting the site, users were prompted with a 502 error which translates into "the server is broken". The full error reads "502. That's an error. The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request. Please try again in 30 seconds. That's all we know". We have confirmed that YouTube was not displaying in the US nor in Taipei, Taiwan. As of this posting, YouTube appears to be back up, but issues could still arise throughout the day.

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Interview with Micron's Scott Shadley

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 6:09 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Earlier this week, Micron's Scott Shadley stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk about the latest and greatest products from Micron. He talks about how Micron can offer more value in their product because they control the entire product creation process from the NAND creation all the way to the controller software.



He went on to say that Micron's goal is to make the product fit the customer's needs and not force the customer to work around the product like other manufacturers.


Shadley also took a moment to show off the company's new flagship P420m PCIe SSD module and talked up the fact that the entire product is Micron IP. TweakTown is currently testing the Micron P420m PCIe SSD, so stay tuned for a full review.

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Philips new unannounced 65-inch 4k UHDTV wins award ahead of launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 5:37 pm

Philips is set to launch a new 65-inch 4K ultra high definition television next month at the IFA 2013 show in Berlin, Germany. How do we know this? The company announced today that the new TV has already won an award from the EISA for best product of 2013-2014.




Phillips notes in the press release that the Ambilight XL hardware package will be offered at a significantly lower price point than the current Ultra HD smart TVs the company sells, which retail beginning at $7,000. The company did not, however, release any official numbers. We fully expect the TVs to retail in the $6000 range.

Verizon's variant of LG's G2 gets exclusive wireless charging feature

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 4:33 pm

During the launch event for its new G2 smartphone, LG made no mention of the device featuring wireless charging. With that feature being such a hot ticket item these days, you would think that if their device included it, it would be one of the hot topics of discussion. Today, Verizon announced that its CDMA version will feature an "exclusive wireless charging feature."




Also spotted in the Verizon G2 offering is what appears to be redesigned rear buttons that look a little more flat than the model that was debuted during the launch. So why would LG give Verizon exclusive rights to such a popular feature? With today's mobile networks getting better and better, companies like Verizon have to strike deals with handset manufacturers to bring exclusive features like this to their version of the phone in an effort to keep customers from jumping ship. Verizon most likely made some pretty big promises or shelled out a hefty sum for the exclusive rights to the wirelessly chargeable G2.

LeakedTT: New specs arise for Nokia's upcoming Windows RT 8.1 tablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 3:18 pm

We've heard rumors in the past that Nokia is preparing a Windows 8 based tablet, but the actual specifications of the device have been a little fuzzy until today. Previously the device was thought to run an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, but new information suggests that the device will be featuring much more modern hardware.




Rumors are beginning to spread data suggesting that the new Nokia Tablet will run a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 Processor with a clock speed of 2.2GHz with 2GB of RAM. The report also says that the tablet will feature a keyboard dock for a Surface-like keyboard cover. Windows RT 8.1 is the alleged operating system and USB 3.0, HDMI, and 802.11 n Wi-Fi is also said to be present. The device will also feature a 10.1-inch full 1080p display.

Intel's MXC is an optical interconnect for servers, pushes 1.6Tbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 10:32 am

Intel has teased its latest MXC format, which will combine silicon photonics and a new form of Corning fiber, which will see servers linked at an incredible 1.6Tbps.




The chipmaker is using connectors that are very small, but Intel won't talk about MXC anymore until the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco next month. We can expect supercomputer operators to be on the floor, with huge smiles on their faces. We will be posting all sorts of news during IDF, so be sure to check back soon!

Sony stops pre-orders of the PlayStation 4 in certain regions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 9:27 am

UK-based Toys R Us and Amazon stores have been told by Sony to stop taking pre-orders of the PlayStation 4 in case they run out of consoles on launch day. In the coming weeks, some retailers are expecting Microsoft to make a similar move.




There has been one good thing coming out of this, in that Toys R Us accidentally posting an availability date of the PS4 of December 13 and for the Xbox One, November 29. Are you in the UK? Have you tried to pre-order a PS4 in the last couple of days to no avail? Let us know in the comments!