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RumorTT: Apple iPod Touch set for redesign, according to report

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 5:32 pm

It's been about two years since the last iPod Touch refresh was released and rumors are saying another one is coming. Back in 2010, the iPod Touch fourth-generation was released and brought with it a front and rear camera and a Retina display. Since then, the iPod Touch has proved popular with a wide variety of users but has seemingly been neglected by the media and Apple.

 

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a person who has been very accurate on previous predictions for Apple products, has said that the iPod Touch refresh will be released in September-October alongside the iPhone 5 and an updated iPod Nano. Kuo predicts the fifth-generation iPod touch will use in-cell technology, something rumored to be used in the iPhone 5.

 

In-cell technology allows the screen to be thinner. However, a thinner screen doesn't mean a thinner device. Apple could completely rework the internals or use the extra space for a larger battery, something most users would surely appreciate. It's also likely to get a 4-inch screen to replace the current 3.5-inch one and will probably be upgraded to the A5 SoC.

MSI G Series gaming laptops with NVIDIA GTX 680M now available in the US

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 4:35 pm

MSI, a manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, has updated two laptops, the GT60 and GT70, with the NVIDIA GTX 680M, which just happens to be the fastest mobile GPU to date. The laptops also sport some other incredible specifications which turn these rigs into a powerhouse gaming rig.

 

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The two rigs also include a Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor, Killer E2200 Game Network, Dynaudio Tech speakers with THX Surround Sound and SteelSeries Programmable Backlit Keyboard. "The addition of NVIDIA's latest GPU adds the extra power to boost the already acclaimed G Series over the top," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI US. "MSI is committed to the gaming community and we believe that exceptional gaming experience and performance start with outstanding components."

 

The flagship 17-inch model GT70 0NE-276US also comes with 16 GB of DDR3 at 1600 MHz, two 128 GB of SSD storage at RAID 0 with 750 GB of additional HDD storage, Blu-ray Burner, Gold Flashed Audio ports with Headset AMP, 3 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports to ensure maximum performance. Pricing on these machines are well over $1,000.

Lenovo begins selling IdeaTab S2110 for $400

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 3:53 pm

Tablets seem to be a dime a dozen these days. Almost every major player in the computer market has one on sale and this includes Lenovo who has begun selling their IdeaTab S2110 for $450. However, the device is currently available for $343.20 and you can snag the optional keyboard accessory for only $56 more.

 

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This pricing has Lenovo's competitors beat by a small margin. ASUS charges $150 alone for the keyboard for their Transformer tablets and the tablets start around $400-500. The S2110 comes with a very nice specification list which is sure to not disappoint. It runs Android 4.0, and has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and 1.3-megapixel front webcam.

 

It also comes with stereo speakers, optional 3G connectivity, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16-32GB of internal flash storage, and gets 8-9 hours of battery life (Lenovo says 10 hours). The screen seems to be the only place "lacking" as it is only 1280x800. While that's not bad, it's no longer impressive like the iPad Retina or other displays on tablets.

Seagate announces new range of external hard drives, for social media backups

By: Matthew Wu | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 3:37 pm

Seagate Australia today announced their new range of external hard drives targeted to the consumer market. The new Backup Plus external hard drives come in both 2.5-inch (Portable/Slim) and 3.5-inch (Desktop) form factors with the same Universal Storage Module (USM) adopted in 2010 by Seagate. USM allows the user to switch between USB 3.0 (included), Firewire 800 (purchased separately) or Thunderbolt (also purchased separately) input connections with a modular connector attached to the hard drive. These USM connectors work interchangeably with the previous GoFlex line from Seagate.

 

A lot of people do not backup their data regularly, data that may hold a lot of value to us. According to Seagate's research on the average Australian's backup strategy; 69% do not regularly back up content from home computers and notebooks, 77% of consumers do not backup the data on their phones & tablets and a huge 93% of Australians do not backup their photos and videos from social media websites.

 

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The reasons behind these statistics are varied and explaining these reasons will probably call for another article. However, the biggest obstacle is probably the lack of knowledge from the public and also, the notion that backing up data is complicated to do...

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RumorTT: Retina-powered 13-inch MacBook Pros coming in September-October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 9:25 am

A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlines his estimates to Apple's product launch schedule for the second half of 2012, where he notes we should see an all-new iPod touch and iPod nano models, as well as a new iPhone and iPad mini models, and tweaked internals for the full-sized iPad.

 

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Kuo's report also mentions Apple's Mac range, where he believes Apple will launch their 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in the Sept-Oct time frame. He notes that the launch of this 13-inch Retina MBP would be a little on the quiet side, because it would launch close to the new iPhone and iPad mini models:

 

We think consumers who initially planned to purchase the 13" MacBook Pro and Air will turn to the 13" Retina MacBook Pro instead because it has an attractive panel, its price is similar to MacBook Pro and it has a better balance between power consumption and form factor. However, as supply is limited due to panel and assembly yield rate issues, shipment of the 13" Retina MacBook Pro won't be able to satisfy demand. And we think consumers' budgets will transfer to new iOS products after Apple launches them, which suggests that overall MacBook shipments will not grow meaningfully on the 13" Retina MacBook Pro.

Netflix welcomes their new CMO, ex-Warner Bros. executive Kelly Bennett

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 8:28 am

Netflix have just announced their new chief marketing officer, Kelly Bennett. Bennett previous held a position as an executive over at Warner Bros. Netflix have just shuffled the CMO position after six months, after Leslie Kilgore left.

 

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Kilgore sat on the CMO throne for over 12 years, and stepped down from the position just this past January. Bennett enjoyed nearly a decade over at Warner Bros. where he worked at the pictures group, where he was VP of Interactive, Worldwide Marketing. He led international online campaigns for Warner Bros. movies.

 

Before that gig, he ran digital marketing for the studio in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This means that Bennett could be just the thing to spice things up for Netflix not only in the US, but internationally.

Samsung aiming at mid-range market with Galaxy Stellar, shows up on Verizon document

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 7:23 am

Samsung may be enjoying some seriously nice success with their high-end Galaxy S III smartphone, but it looks like its time for the Korean electronics maker to hit the mid-range market running, too.

 

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Although the company is ready to unveil the "newest Galaxy" on August 15, this device is not it. It looks as though the Stellar, teased in the above Verizon document is a mid-range device, and not on the same playing field as their high-end Galaxy S III.

 

We should hear more about Samsung's Galaxy Stellar, so for now this is merely a tease. Samsung have plenty of phones, as you can see from the above picture, but this is definitely a new one.

NVIDIA's 'A New Dawn' GeForce GTX tech demo looks mighty pretty

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 7:05 am

NVIDIA have released the tech demo for their latest and greatest GeForce GTX 600 series of GPUs dubbed 'A New Dawn'. It features the ever-so-gorgeous Dawn, looking (or is that rendered?) better than ever.

 

 

I don't have any GTX 600 series cards myself, but if I did you'd be hearing my personal thoughts on it. But, The Tech Report, er, reports that that on their test rig, which is powered by SLI GTX 680's at 2560x1600 looks "incredible".

 

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You can check it out yourself by downloading it here (a shave under 800MB). I've heard it runs on GTX 500 series cards, so let us know how you go, and what you think of NVIDIA's 'A New Dawn'.

RIM's 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook to launch on the last day of July, retails for $550

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 6:30 am

It looks like Research in Motion (RIM) are getting into the news today with something positive, instead of job losses, negative finance reports, or delays on BB10.

 

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Mobile Syrup is reporting that they've been informed that the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook is set to launch via Bell, and most likely on other Canadian carriers, next Tuesday, the 31st of July. According to an internal Bell document, the price of the 4G-capable PlayBook will be $549.95.

 

Spec-wise, we're looking at the usual 7-inch display with a 1024x600 resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE (and HSPA+), OS 2.0, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing cam capable of shooting 1080p video, 3-megapixel front-facer, 4800 mAh battery and only comes in one size: 32GB.

Thunderbolt's bandwidth to double in 2014 with Falcon Ridge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 5:26 am

Thunderbolt may not be everywhere yet, but we are still waiting on mechanically-driven hard disk drives to die their mainstream death, for speed reason anyway, but it looks like Thunderbolt has a future filled with speed.

 

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Intel isn't slowing down their rampage of Thunderbolt, with the company already planning more than one new controller, including a Falcon Ridge part that is said to double the current throughput from 10Gbps per channel, to 20Gbps per channel.

 

Current-generation controllers, codenamed "Cactus Ridge", arrived earlier this year starting with Apple's latest Mac products. Cactus Ridge-based parts combined DisplayPort and either two or four PCI Express lanes (depending on the chip used) over a single cable, with 10Gbps of bidirectional bandwidth per channel.

 

Falcon Ridge is a fourth-generation controller and is set to be unleashed in 2014, offering 20Gbps per channel. At the moment, it's not clear whether Intel will be able to hit those speeds while using the current copper cables, or if they'll need to bake in some more expensive optical variety.

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