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Apple iPad 3 prototype platform, sports 3D display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 3:41 am

Rumors have been circling that the upcoming iPad 3 will include a 3D display. What we do know is that the next-gen iPad will include an upgraded display, but rumors have been firing that the iPad 3 will sport a brighter, higher-resolution Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode AMOLED display screen that is also capable of 3D.

 

 

Wow. Most people would dismiss this news, but Netbook News have reported that the iPad 3 might actually include a 3D display. At Display Taiwan display manufacturer CPT had an Apple iPad device (whether it was the third iteration or not) sporting a 3D display.

 

The iPad 3 is due in Q2 2012 and if CPT stick to their guns, we might actually see a high-resolution, very high-quality, 3D-capable iPad within the next year!

PhotoFast releases i-FlashDrive, UltraDock and GDock power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 3:31 am

PhotoFast Global Inc. have released three new Apple products today. First up they have introduced the i-FlashDrive which is a two-way storage device between iOS-based devices and Mac/PC. The device doesn't require your iOS-based device to be jailbroken, the i-FlashDrive is a two-way file transfer accessory for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The product is Apple-approved and allows users to copy files from desktop to iOS devices and vica versa.

 

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This allows greater flexibility in the form of backups, allowing receiving and backup of files for business trips, copy documents in class or even on an airplane. All it requires is to be plugged in, then disconnected - simple! It also includes built-in contact backup, importing photos from camera roll which allows users to keep a copy off-device. It also features the iCloud API which will be included in later updates of the device. MSRP pricing for 8, 16 and 32GB is USD$95, $115 and $185 respectively.

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Apple start selling unlocked iPhone 4, $649, no contracts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 3:00 am

It has been rumored but the day is here, Apple has started selling the iPhone 4 unlocked, supported by GSM networks. The outright 16GB versions retails for $649 while the outright 32GB model sells for $749. Outright, no contracts. Both black and white models are available and include free shipping from the Apple Store only.

 

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Right now the black model has an estimated shipping time of 1-3 business days whilst the white model amps it up to 3-5 business days. Apple will ship the iphone 4 without a micro-SIM card, but "requires an active micro-SIM card that you obtain from a supported GSM wireless carrier."

 

Apple have done this for customers who don't want to be on contract or for overseas travellers. There is a drawback, because of 3G incompatibilities, the iPhone 4 will only work over the T-Mobile EDGE (2G) network, this limits the data transmission speed of the phone. The upcoming iPhone 4S/5 is reportedly going to receive "global" 3G radio which allows it to operate on CDMA networks and a wider range of 3G GSM networks.

Doom 4 multiplayer locked at 60fps, single player gets 30fps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 2:40 am

John Carmack, the id Software god himself has revealed that once RAGE is completed, the core tech team behind it will focus their entire energies on Doom 4. Whilst Doom 4's single player is said to have a single player frame rate limit of 30fps, this is to allow "30 demons crawling all over" to keep the frame rate steady. Multiplayer however, gets bumped up to 60fps which should be a standard in multiplayer gaming in my opinion.

 

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John has been quoted saying:

 

As soon as Rage ships, the core tech team moves over to start making things happen on the Doom 4 project. There's me and the systems programmer types that have been on Rage for so long. We're going to move over to the Doom team and a lot of resources are going to migrate over there. The only thing I've really talked about on Doom 4, technology-wise, is that we did make the decision that...well, my biggest pride and joy about Rage is that I won the fight for 60 frames per second on there, but it involves significant trade-offs.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jun 14, 2011 11:50 am

The latest happenings from around the web - June 14th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- AMD A-Series Llano APU Sabine Notebook Platform @ PC Perspective

- AMD Llano A-Series APU Sabine Notebook Platform @ Legit Reviews

 

Motherboard

 

- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

- MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ASUS UEFI BIOS @ Neoseeker

 

Video/Monitor

 

- ASUS ENGT430 @ Ocaholic

- ASUS Geforce GTS 450 DirectCU OC 1GB Video Card @ ThinkComputers

- PowerColor Radeon HD 6790: Affordable Gaming @ InsideHW

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WD Nomad Rugged Case, even Superman can't break it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 14, 2011 11:30 am

WD have just announced the WD Nomad Rugged case, designed to protect your precious My Passport storage drive from virtually anything including water, mud and dust. The case includes a hard outer casing and inner cushion that protects the drive against drops and other problems when in the great outdoors. These days people carry external storage when travelling so it would be a great idea to take a look at this new case.

 

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The My Passport drive is a great device that allows people to quickly download, store or back-up precious digital content such as videos, photos and music with capacities available up to 1TB in size. Designed to fit the lifestyle of active users, the My Passport drive's USB port is accessible without having to bust open the super-protective Nomad Rugged case, keeping it nice and safe.

 

The Nomad Rugged case is a perfect fit for hikers, travelers, outdoor and travel photographers and other users who want their digital content in a much safer shell.

AMD Fusion A-series, 10.5-hour battery life, DirectX 11-powered, USB3.0 support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 14, 2011 5:59 am

AMD Llano, we finally meet. AMD has officially donned the Llano chips with the Fusion A-Series name and are 32-nanometer APUs designed with desktops and mainstream laptops, taking a glaring stare at Intel's Core 2011 processors. AMD are claiming superior processing, discrete-level graphics and a whopping 10-plus hour battery life with Fusion A-Series.

 

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AMD is also looking to take a break from the CPU plus GPU paradigm, this is not to say they're ditching Radeon cards, because they too can be coupled with an APU for a 75-percent boost in graphics performance, something AMD calls "Dual Graphics." The Fusion A-Series chips come in at just 228 square millimeters, quite tiny, ain't it?

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More iOS 5 features named from beta, FaceTime over 3G included?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 14, 2011 3:27 am

Apple debuted iOS 5 earlier this month at WWDC and whilst they showed off some pretty cool features, the beta build of the new iOS is being thrashed by thousands worldwide and the hundreds of new features in iOS 5 are finally coming out of the wood work.

 

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Included in the current iOS 5 beta; Apple have added the ability to use FaceTime over 3G - rumors that it might be a beta-only feature where carriers get to decide whether to enable it or not over data concerns. AirPlay Mirroring, allows users to display video from an iPad 2 on an HDTV through AppleTV. iOS 5 also allows users to sync 1080p video to iOS 5-based devices. Also, iOS 5 is capable of transferring audio information such as album, track and artist names over Bluetooth to your car stereo. Cool, huh?

LulzSec strikes again, Bethesda and US Senate hacked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 14, 2011 3:05 am

LulzSec have struck again with the hacking of Bethesda, Bethesda resulting in encouraging users to reser their passwords following a hack on their servers. In their latest blog post they advise that no personal financial information or credit card data was stolen, but hackers had access to usernames, email addresses and passwords for all of the company's websites including community forums and Brink statistics site.

 

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Strangely, Bethesda did not blame one party for the hack, only saying a "hacker group" was responsible. LulzSec have stepped forward fresh from their Sony hacking to claim responsibility for the attack. Through their Twitter account saying that they had set their sets on Bethesda and admitting they had been probing in Bethesda's network for over two months.

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Nintendo 3DS reaches 1 million units sold in Japan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2011 2:27 am

Nintendo's 3DS has finally topped the one million milestone in domestic sales. Getting to that one million mark was not easy, taking thirteen weeks to get there. Considering that the DS only took four weeks, the DS Lite and DSi both taking eight weeks, it's quite a long time.

 

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Nintendo have admitted that the sales of the 3DS have been below their expectations with Satoru Iwata, president and CEO of Nintendo being quoted on April 26th financial results briefing:

 

Nintendo 3DS started very well but, on the other hand, did not perform as expected after the second week. The initial sales were healthy; however, the sales speed slowed down from the third week after its launch which is not what we had expected for the start-up transition. Of course, it is obvious that the great earthquake largely affected the sales, but I should not blame this situation just on the impact of the earthquake. There are other challenges that have shown up; therefore, we have revised our scenario for diffusion and are making efforts to get the popularity of Nintendo 3DS back on track for the upcoming summer season.

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