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Samsung introduces slate PC with detachable keyboard, Windows 8

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 5:29 pm

If you are shopping for a new laptop, your choices just got a bit harder. With the slew of Windows 8 laptops and tablets starting to be announced, you know have more choices than ever and you have to decide whether or not to wait until the end of October to purchase a new machine, not always something a college student can do.




"With the introduction of our new Slate PCs, we are providing customers with greater choice while maintaining the power of a traditional PC," said Todd Bouman, vice president of marketing at Samsung's Enterprise Business Division. "We created our Slate PCs with a focus on beautiful design, powerful performance and ease of use, attributes that our customers have come to expect in their Samsung computing experience. Our mobile PC business has grown significantly over the past year, which is a testament to our ability to meet customer needs in this space, and we expect strong growth to continue with our new Slate PCs."


The new devices by Samsung weighs in at less than 2 pounds, so it is really pretty portable. The Series 7 slate also features a full Core i5 processor, so it should perform beautifully, if not a bit on the hot side. In the press release, Samsung says, "Samsung's renowned design inspiration is evident through the device's curved edges and smooth lines"--I just hope these lines and curved edges don't get them sued by Apple.


The Series 7 features a 1920x1080 11.6-inch display. The Series 5 both feature a 1366x768 11.6-inch scre

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HP unveils Windows 8 Ultrabooks including a convertible one

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 4:29 pm

Today must be the day given by Microsoft for manufacturers to announce their new Windows 8 products, because we are seeing a slew of new Windows 8 based devices being announced today. HP joins the party with three new models, one of which is a convertible Ultrabook, meaning the screen comes off and becomes a tablet.




The HP ENVY x2 is the convertible offering previously mentioned. If you need to head out on the run, just pop it off of the keyboard dock and take off. The screen portion becomes a full-blown tablet that features a 1366x768 IPS screen and x86 processor, thought to be one of Intel's upcoming Clover Trail ones.


Then we have the HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook and the HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4. The former features a 15.6-inch IPS screen and Intel's Thunderbolt technology. The latter features a 14-inch screen, a backlit keyboard, and up to 8 hours of battery life. Furthermore, an AMD graphics card can be configured in the machine.

Acer Aspire S7, the first of Windows 8 Ultrabooks breaks cover

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 3:28 pm

Brace yourselves, Windows 8 devices are coming! Today, the Acer Aspire S7 has broken cover and are we glad it did. This thing is absolutely gorgeous. Thin, stylish, and constructed from aluminium and magnesium, this device could be in the running for best looking laptop ever, if there were such a competition.




Of course, since it features Windows 8, this super sleek notebook features a capacitive touchscreen. According to The Verge, who got their hands on the device at IFA, "it's the prettiest laptop I've come across since first laying eyes on Apple's 2010 MacBook Air redesign." However, that's not to say it's perfect.


While using it, they experienced issues open the lid due to the stiff hinge, something that is required to have a touchscreen notebook, and the weird cutout that was supposed to aid lifting the screen. In a world of ever pushing the envelope, machines have gotten larger and less portable while just squeaking by Intel's specs.


This machine doesn't just squeak by. It is a true Ultrabook.

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Western Digital unveil the Thunderbolt-powered My Book VelociRaptor Duo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 12:00 pm

Western Digital are ready to shake up the external storage industry with their latest Thunderbolt-powered storage product, the My Book VelociRaptor Duo. The My Book VelociRaptor Duo comes with two 1TB 10,000RPM drives in RAID.




This means that the VelociRaptor Duo is capable of an astounding 760MB/sec write and 800MB/sec read. One of the better features that the new My Book VelociRaptor Duo sports is that it's user-serviceable. If you want to replace a drive, simply open the case, pull the existing drive out, and replace it with a new one.


The VelociRaptor Duo is also capable of daisy chaining with Thunderbolt, as the Thunderbolt technology has much more room to move within its architecture. USB 3.0 limits at around 350MB/sec of real-world performance, but Thunderbolt scales right up to 1GB/sec, meaning that you'd need to have some seriously fast internal storage to get close to that 1GB/sec mark.


MSRP on the 2TB WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo is $899.

WD unveils USB 3.0-powered My Passport drives for Mac

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 12:00 pm

WD have today unveiled some USB 3.0-powered HDDs for Mac. The drives arrive in the form of WD's My Passport for Mac range, and range up to 2TB in size. The added addition of USB 3.0 gives the My Passport for Mac drives a serious injection of speed, if you have an appropriate USB 3.0-powered Mac.




There aren't many on the market at the moment, but if you do have one, you'll enjoy much higher speeds than the USB 2.0 on most Apple systems, and with its small footprint, you can take it anywhere without having to worry about it being a nuisance.


My Passport for Mac drives also include password protection and hardware encryption features, which will protect your precious data in the case that someone steals it, or you were to accidentally lose it. WD's My Passport for Mac drives also slide nicely into the company's Nomad rugged case which protects your drive from dirt, dust, moisture, and sudden impacts.


Pricing on the My Passport for Mac is not bad at all, with MSRP pricing on the 500GB, 1TB and 2TB at $99.99, $129.99 and $199.99, respectively.

Apple offering up to $345 for your old iPhone 4S ahead of the new iPhone launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 10:33 am

Current rumors peg Apple at announcing their new iPhone in a matter of days, and now we have some news that might delight iPhone 4S owners. Apple are looking to help you out with pricing on the new, yet unannounced iPhone, with their Reuse and Recycle program.




Using the program, you can select the model, color and condition of your iPhone 4S, or other Apple-branded devices, which will then give you a price that Apple believe your device is worth. Apple's top-end iPhone 4S 64GB model is worth $345, for example.


Before Apple announced the iPhone 4S, they were offering $200 for an iPhone 4 16GB model, so it would make sense that the new iPhone is just days away from being announced. We've previously reported that the new iPhone would be announced on September 12, with the smartphone shipping on September 21.

RumorTT: Motorola to unveil Intel-powered phone on September 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 9:26 am

Motorola have announced they are holding a joint event with chipmaker, Intel, on September 18. Considering the two announced a collaboration back in January at CES, could see see the first Intel-powered smartphone from Motorola announced on September 18?




Motorola have an invitation out, it doesn't say much, apart from "let us take you to the edge". Edge seems highlighted, so could we expect a new phone from Motorola with an 'Edge' branding? There's been rumors of the handset for a little while now, but nothing concrete.


Rumors pointed to it running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but I'd expect a flagship, Intel-powered phone to be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean if it's being announced in mid-September. In any case, it's all exciting for the smart device industry right now!

LG unveil the Optimus L9 smartphone, features 4.7-inch IPS display, built-in translator

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 8:30 am

Where was this when I was in Taiwan for Computex, eh? LG have just unveiled their Optimus L9 smartphone ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin. LG's Optimus L9 sports a 4.7-inch high-def IPS display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear snapper, and 2,150mAh battery.




But, there is a new feature on the block here, and that feature is LG's QTranslator app. QTranslator uses OCR technology and has the capability of translating words and sentences from 44 difference source languages to over 60 user languages.


LG haven't unveiled any pricing, or availability yet, but it does look like a hot piece of smartphone. LG are definitely in their stride right now, with the Optimus L9's announcement hot on the heels of the in-cell-based Optimus G.

IBM announces next-gen mainframes, 'zEnterprise' sport 5.5GHz processors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 7:29 am

IBM has bragging rights at the moment, with the world's fastest server chip clocking in at an incredible 5.5GHz. IBM's new zEnterprise EC12 mainframe cost the company $1 billion in development, and offers 25% more performance courtesy of their hexacore processors.




IBM's zEnterprise EC12 mainframes are available in multiple configurations, with as many as 120 cores available. All models will include transactional execution support, as well as Enhanced-DAT2, allowing 2GB page frames for more efficient utilization of huge quantities of RAM.


Another jewel of the newly-introduced zEnterprise EC12 mainframe is IBM's cryptographic co-processor, Crypto Express4S. It's quite special as its tamper-proof, providing privacy when handling transactions, and other similarly sensitive data. Crypto Express4S also offers multiple security configurations to support the requirements, and needs of bankers and other organizations handling sensitive data. This includes the information on smart passports and ID cards.

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Sony introduces Xperia Tablet S, includes Surface-like optional keyboard cover

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 6:28 am

The IFA technology show in Berlin kicks off today, and Sony have shown off their Xperia Tablet S which looks like a Sony-branded Microsoft Surface tablet. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the Xperia Tablet S sports a Surface-like cover, with a keyboard built-in.




The cover is an optional accessory, coming in at $100. Xperia Tablet S has some decent specs, sporting a 9.4-inch 1280x800 display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, an IR blaster that can control your TV, Blu-ray and DVD players as well as cable boxes, NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor, an 8-megapixel rear snapper and a 1-megapixel front-facer for video chats and Facebook selfies. The 9.4-inch tablet rocks Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its OS.


Sony's Xperia Tablet S weighs in at just 1.26 pounds. Sony will also offer a $100 standard docking stand, as well as an upgraded model that would include built-in speakers for $129. As for pricing, the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models will be priced at $399, $499 and $599, respectively. Pre-orders are available right now, and the tablet will begin shipping on September 7, just over a week from now.

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