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Weekly Giveaway: Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X Motherboards - Three to be won

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 6:58 am

This week we have teamed up with Biostar who are giving away some brand new Intel Z77 Express based motherboards.

 

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Up for grabs are three Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X motherboards that were only released to the market last week. In addition, each of our three winners will also receive a Biostar HDMI 1.3 cable to go along with the motherboard.

 

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BIOSTAR, major manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards, industrial computer systems and other peripherals, officially launches their latest edition to their high-end motherboard lineup, the Hi-Fi Z77X. This newest ATX form factor motherboard supports all Socket 1155 CPUs and offers native support for SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and dual-channel memory up to DDR3-2600 in overclocking mode. But what sets the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z77X really apart from all the rest of the competition is exactly the integrated BIOSTAR Hi-Fi technology called "Puro Hi-Fi Technology", targeting audiophiles, HTPC enthusiasts and high-end gamers alike, Puro Hi-Fi sports an integrated independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier...

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Qantas set to offer iPads to passengers as in-flight entertainment

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 6:25 am

Australian airline Qantas are set to provide Apple iPads to use as in-flight entertainment, the move follows a successful test run from late-2011. Qantas would put iPads in their entire Qantas 767 fleet starting from Q4 this year, starting on flights based on Australia's east-coast routes.

 

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Qantas have 23 Boeing 767-300 aircraft, meaning the company is looking at providing at least 5,000 iPads, without including units for spare tablets in case of one malfunctioning. The in-flight content is set to be provided by Panasonic's eXW solution dubbed Qstreaming. Qstreaming uses an onboard server to stream over 200 hours of on-demand entertainment to the iPads via strategically placed Wi-Fi access points.

 

Part of the test run late last year included the suggestion that Qantas would allow customers to use their own iPads with the service, but the company is still assessing whether or not to allow the option. I don't see why they should hold back, just allow them to download the app itself onto their iPad.

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EA's CEO talks of next-gen consoles coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 5:25 am

With EA stock trading at a 52-week low, EA CEO John Riccitiello said during an interview with CNBC that the fundamental problem is not with the company itself, but with investors understanding the business.

 

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Julia Boorstin sat down with the CEO for an exclusive interview at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference, where the Riccitiello said that he's currently in the process of shifting EA from being about packaged goods to digital revenue. We reported just over two weeks ago that EA saying it's "inevitable" that they'll become a 100-percent digital company.

 

Riccitiello said during the interview that the industry's focus on NPD's packaged game sales numbers is misguided, and overlooks the massive growth EA have been seeing in digital revenue. EA have had a number of social and mobile gaming acquisitions, with the company saying it had found success on the Facebook social games platform, as well as Apple's game store.

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MSI's reflexes are great, doctor approves their entry into the SSD market with the MSI Reflex Series of SSD's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:32 am

There were rumblings of this just days ago, but it appears that MSI are officially entering the solid-state drive (SSD) business. Enter MSI's Reflex Series of SSDs. Reflex will come in three sizes, 60GB, 120GB and 240GB with model numbers of RX-60, RX-120, and RX-240 for the respective sizes. MSI's Reflex Series of SSD's are based on the SandForce SF-2281 processor.

 

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All drives will be based on the SATA 6Gbps standard, with the RX-60 capable of 525MB/sec read, 495MB/sec write and 85k IOPS, the RX-120 is slightly faster with 550MB/sec and 515MB/sec for read/write, respectively, backed up by 90k IOPS. Finally, the RX-240 sports 560MB/sec and 525MB/sec for read/write, respectively, with the same 90k IOPS.

 

Unfortunately, no information is available regarding price, or availability. As soon as we get one of these bad boys into our labs you can be sure we'll put it through some testing.

RumorTT: Galaxy Note II benchmarks show off impressive 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 3:27 am

We had a another RumorTT post on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II last month, where we heard it would have Samsung's quad-core Exynos processor inside, but it looks like those rumors are now materializing as we get closer to its impending release.

 

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Some numbers have just shown up in the form of some test results uploaded to GLBenchmark, which let's us report that the Galaxy Note II should sport a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, clocked 200MHz above its little brother the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S II was clocked in at just 1.2GHz and was only a dual-core chip, while the original Note was clocked in at 1.4GHz and also just a dual-core chip.

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Beats repurchases 25% of its shares back from HTC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 2:28 am

It looks like some internal cat fights between HTC and Beats have caused the partnership to go a little sour, with a company note to investors, HTC have announced that they've agreed to let Beats buy back 25-percent of its total shares from HTC. HTC have said:

 

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HTC and Beats today announced a realignment of their business agreement that provides Beats with more flexibility for global expansion while maintaining HTC's major stake and commercial exclusivity in mobile.

 

Under the terms of the agreement, the founding members of Beats will buy back 25% of its total shares for a total of approximately 75% ownership, with HTC remaining the largest outside shareholder with approximately 25%.

 

Over the last year, HTC and Beats have made great progress in sound innovation, product integration and brand awareness with successes like the HTC One. HTC and Beats will continue to work closely, including a joint global marketing campaign later this year.

 

We should see how this fares for HTC in the coming months, they did just recently acquire streaming music service MOG.

Samsung could start producing their flexible AMOLED displays this quarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 2:21 am

We heard about Samsung's flexible AMOLED technology a couple of months ago now, called "Youm". But it seems that new reports from Korean website DDaily are suggesting the production of these panels could be any day now.

 

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Samsung were rumored late last year to have these flexible AMOLED displays in mass production by Q2 2012. The first production run of these displays won't be too flexible, as the displays will be fixed to a rigid sheet of "protective" glass, at first. DDaily's sources claim that Samsung has an internal goal of mass-producing fully flexible screens by 2014.

 

Producing some of them now would give Samsung a head start on the competition, as they can get the screen tech working now, and get to work on the devices shrinking down (power sources, chips, PCBs, etc). This means we could see flexible smart devices sometime after 2014. We should see new forms of fashionable technology such as watches, headware, and others. The future is flexible.

Google forced to halt orders on 16GB Nexus 7, didn't expect this much demand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:30 am

It looks as though Google didn't expect this much demand for the 16GB version of their Nexus 7 tablet, with the tablet selling out from stockists and other sources, whilst demand for the 8GB variant remains comparatively low.

 

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Google have stopped further orders for the 16GB variant across their US and UK Google Play stores, with orders placed up to the end of last week looking to be fulfilled, but a shortage in stock now means a stop in sales, temporarily. If you're after a Nexus, and don't mind the smaller 8GB version then you can still grab one, with a 3-5 business day wait.

 

If you still want that 16GB version, you'll have to "sign up to be notified by e-mail" when it becomes available, according to Google's Play Store. Even though the Nexus 7 is sold out in its 16GB flavor, the company haven't released any sales numbers, so its unknown whether this "sold out" number is just 500,000 or a few million.

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RumorTT: OCZ to be scooped up by Seagate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 22, 2012 1:51 pm

Well, ain't this a big rumor! The water cooler has been hot over the weekend, with talks that storage giant Seagate would acquire OCZ. According to Fudzilla's "unnamed industry sources", Seagate could purchase OCZ and would be willing to pay over $308.5 million.

 

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Considering that Seagate is worth $11 billion, it is but a drop in the ocean to purchase one of the best SSD makers in the business right now. If the deal were to go through, OCZ would continue as its own brand within Seagate, even possibly continuing to operate as a separate company.

 

Another buyer rumored to be eyeing OCZ is Micron. Since the rumor starting flying, OCZ's shares have had a very nice surge of around 22-percent, increasing their market cap by $68 million. We reached out to OCZ and had the following response regarding the rumor:

 

We can't comment on market rumors.

Mobile App of the Day: Reqvu for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 20, 2012 12:28 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day today comes in the form of Reqvu for iOS.

 

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Video for Facebook made simple.

 

Your life is full of sound and motion, so why limit yourself to photos? The all new Reqvu is the video app made for Facebook that simplifies and adds more fun ways to make and share videos directly with your friends, and even Facebook groups.

 

See something your friends would like? Dedicate it to them.

Want to see what your friends are seeing? Make a video request.

See something all your friends would like? Make a video update.

 

You know what you like and what your friends like. Life is full of moments you can capture and share with the people you care about. Use the richness and vitality of video to share fun and interesting experiences that others will enjoy. Reqvu brings friends closer through video.

 

You can download Reqvu for your iOS-based device directly from the App Store, or here.

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