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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean OTA update leaks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:31 pm

If you're an owner of a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III, then you can now pick up a leaked version of the Jelly Bean update. XDA user LuffarJoh posted up the leaked ROM for users to install on their phones, but judging by some of the bugs and other issues with the ROM, it would appear to be an earlier version of the ROM.




To upgrade, users are required to be running the stock T999UVALH2 build. Furthermore, you may lose root when applying the update. These are just a couple of the caveats. The ROM appears to have bugs with Wi-Fi calling, stock browser and video player. Google Now may or may not work and there could be some general performance or lag issues.


That said, it's always nice to get upgraded to the latest OS, especially if it's ahead of the official launch. If you can deal with these bugs and want to try out the operating system for yourself, you can pick it up at the XDA forum post. Just make sure you're willing accept the bugs and potential risks before upgrading.

Upcoming Intel server parts revealed, details chipset and processor plans

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:02 pm

Intel's server parts are expensive, but they are worth it if you're running a mission critical application. Currently, the server chips are based off of the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture and it looks as though it will be staying that way for a while longer. Ivy Bridge-based server parts aren't due out until 2013, according to the latest roadmap.




The upcoming server platforms are called Brickland and Grantley and which one you use will be dependent on what sort of applications and processing power you are looking to utilize. Brickland will be used for mission critical applications and is set to support three generations of CPUs all the way through to Broadwell in 2015.


Grantley will be for efficient performance and won't debut until after the Ivy Bridge generation. The first chip that Grantley will support is the 22nm Haswell server variant. They will also be introducing a new storage controller which will bring performance and feature improvements. We should learn more as of Intel's upcoming meeting in San Francisco.

Facebook forcing employees to use Android app so they will be interested in fixing it

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 9:31 pm

We may just have a piece of good news here for users of the Android Facebook app. As most of you know, the thing sucks. I'm not going to use pretty language like "subpar" or other sanitized language when describing it. Facebook updated the iOS version of the app with a completely rewritten version that is faster, more stable, and generally better than the previous iteration--and the previous iteration was still better than the current Android app.




Facebook management has come to realize just how bad the Android app is and is working on getting their employees to fix it. But, if they don't use it, they won't really know just how bad it is or where the problems are. This is where Facebook's new "policy" comes into play. I say "policy" as it's not an official policy, rather a suggestion (with some coercion).


Facebook is suggesting employees, and has even ordered a few, to give up their iPhone and use an Android phone and the Facebook app all day, every day. Hopefully if they are stuck with the terrible app, they will become more interested in fixing it up to where it is at least competitive with the iOS version.


Android users, rejoice! Facebook appears to finally be taking their Android app seriously. Now we will just have to wait for an update.

New camouflage face paint that 'resists intense heat from bombs'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 8:30 pm

If you've ever been camping and sat around a campfire, you know how hot your face can get. While in war, many soldiers wear camouflage face paint. The issue with the current face paint is that it is a concoction of oil and wax which, when exposed to high temperatures such as a bomb blast, melts and burns the skin.




Furthermore, any face paint is required to have Deet, an insect repellent, included in the formula so that soldiers don't get bitten to death in jungles and other settings. The problem with Deet is that it is highly flammable, not exactly something you want exposed to high heat. This is where the scientists come in.


Scientists have invented a new face paint which "resists intense heat from bombs" and can resist temperatures of up to 600*C for up to 15 seconds. Considering bomb blasts last just two or three seconds, this face paint can protect soldiers' skin from the heat produced by the blast.


The new paint is produced using silicone, something that reflects heat rather than absorbing it. The Deet problem was solved by mixing it with a water-rich hydrogel substance to keep it from catching fire. Scientists are now working on producing a clear version for firefighters so they don't have to wear warpaint when running into a burning building.

Kickstarter Friday: Planetary Annihilation, a new, next generation RTS

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:33 pm

"Planetary Annihilation brings RTS gameplay to a new generation of players in a way that's never been seen before." Sick of all those games that are produced by massive publishing companies? Thankfully, Kickstarter has come along and provided a way for games to get funding without having to get the OK from these giant companies.




This allows games such as Planetary Annihilation, a game which the developers have said likely wouldn't get funding from a big studio, to be created, the way the developers and players want them to be. At their Kickstarter page, the developers, Uber Entertainment Inc, have provided a video and full description of the game:

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XtremeSystems and TweakTown set PCMark Vantage World Record at FMS 2012

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:04 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2012 - Since we just happened to be in town at the world's only dedicated NAND flash event, we decided a little extracurricular overclocking was in order. Corsair provided us with some of the hottest new technology on the market today, AX1200i, the world's first all digital power supply, eight Neutron GTX SSDs, the world's first Link_A_Media Devices SSDs and two Dominator Platinum 2400C9 kits. Areca tied it all together with a brand new, unreleased ARC-1882ix-12 with 4GB of DDR3 cache, a true PCIe 3.0 RAID controller.


We managed to smash the record with a result of 55,340 PCMarks. PCMark Vantage is the premier storage benchmarking suite used worldwide, so to break the overall record isn't easy.




As per usual when we set out for taking a record there is a large amount of Liquid Nitrogen used, bringing us down to -130C on the processor to allow for much higher CPU clocks.

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Sony patents way of turning TV ads into interactive mini-games

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 6:29 pm

Advertising is never going to go away. If it did, how would we know where to go to buy a hamburger or who to vote for in the next election? More importantly, if advertising were to go away, users would end up paying quite a bit of money in order to support creating the content that they have come to love.




That's why Sony, and many other companies, are working on making advertising more personal and entertaining. The latest development by Sony is described by their patent which describes a "commercial overlaid on frames of the television program allowing the user to play the game while the television program is displayed."


A more interesting portion of the patent describes how different input devices can be used, including a microphone on the device. This would allow users to vocalize whether they wanted an action or romantic ad. Or, the microphone could be used as described in the image above, allowing a user to shout out a brand name to continue watching.

PowerCooler unveils Devil 13 HD7990, only dual Tahiti in world

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:31 pm

It's about time that someone went and made a 7990. We've been hearing that AMD has them coming for a long time now, but they have failed to deliver. That is, until today. PowerCooler has announced the world's first dual-Tahiti GPU and is calling it the 7990. Does this mean that we may finally start seeing them from other manufacturers?




For right now, PowerCooler is billing this card as the first and only 7990 in the world. The specifications are pretty beefy and really provide what everyone was expecting. The Devil 13 HD7990 has default settings at 925MHz engine clocks and 1375MHz memory clocks and sports 6GB of GDDR5.


Solidly-Built Design

The Devil 13 HD7990 is built with high efficiency thermal solution and solid components onboard. With trio fans and 10pcs U-shape heat pipes, maximizing the heat dissipated ability to cool down the Devil 13 board. Also, it includes 12+2+2 phases, digital PWM, super cap, UHB and PowerIRstage-all these platinum power kit enhances stability and reliability voltage for GPU with minimum conduction losses and lower temperatures at load, delivering the steadiest and most secure power to boost for performance.

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GIGABYTE breaks Core i7 3770K OC World Record at 7102MHz with upcoming Z77X-UP7

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 1:01 pm

Earlier on today we were invited to the GIGABYTE headquarters here in Taipei where we were told we would see the Taiwanese motherboard maker and its in-house professional overclocker HiCookie try to set a new world record for the Intel Core i7 3770K processor.



Overclocking was done on the upcoming GA-Z77X-UP7 motherboard that is due to be released this coming Monday - GIGABYTE at the time of writing were not prepared to comment on pricing as it is yet to be 100% confirmed. However, you can expect the price to be fairly high as this is a board designed for overclockers and it has plenty of top notch features to help overclockers around the world set new performance records. In the video above I mentioned that the Z77X-UP7 is much like a Formula One car in its design theory. Every little tweak has been included and high-end components such as 32 CPU phases are included to help set said new records.




Besides the massive amount of power phases and its all-digital power system, GIGABYTE has included some new handy switches this time around. There are two switches at the southern end of the motherboard. One is to control which BIOS is used (master or backup) since this board like all other GIGABYTE boards support Dual BIOS. The second switch disables the Dual BIOS function as sometimes overclockers get into a kind of loop issue that has the motherboard looping between both BIOSes to figure out which one to use...

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Tablet shipments expected to pass 100 million this year, iPad leads the pack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 9:29 am

According to analyst firm ABI Research, tablet shipments are expected to exceed 100 million units for this year, with this number led by the most popular of all, Apple's iPad. The quarter from April to June is said to have set a new record, seeing 25 million units shipped, with 36% growth from the first quarter, and a 77% jump from the same quarter of 2011.




Apple dominates these shipments, where their iPad makes up 69% of tablet sales in Q2, with other competitors seeing just modest gains. Samsung's tablets have reportedly grown by 8.1%, but ASUS only saw a 4% increase. ABI analyst, Jeff Orr says:


Most impressive about Apple's 17.0 million tablet shipments in 2Q'2012 was it nearly matched 2010 total worldwide shipments of 17.3 million for all vendors.

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