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Samsung Galaxy S III coming to the US this month, T-Mobile on June 21, pre-order from Verizon from June 6

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 4, 2012 2:01 pm

Are you a US resident sad that the rest of the world is getting the Samsung Galaxy S III before you? Well, you won't have to wait much longer as T-Mobile and Verizon have confirmed that they will be getting the devices just hours after Samsung announced it would be coming to 5 carriers in the US this month.




The kickass new device will be available on T-Mobile from June 21 and come in Pebble Blue and Marble White. Verizon was actually the first to announce the availability, but T-Mobile has set an actual date. T-Mobile has not announced pricing for the new device as of yet, but you can be reminded by signing up on their website.


Verizon, on the other hand, will be accepting pre-orders from June 6 on. The device will make it into stores and online in the following weeks, but no specific date has been given. We do know that it will come in 16GB and 32GB versions for $199 and $249 respectively. The new device will also require a 4G LTE data package which starts at $30/month for 2GB.

Marvell unveils world's first 802.11ac Mobile MIMO Wi-Fi solution, includes Bluetooth and NFC

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 4, 2012 12:01 pm

I got a chance to speak with the Director of Marketing over at Marvell and got the scoop on their new wireless chip. What can only be described as the way of the future, the new Avastar 88W8897 is an incredible chip. Marvell is often the wireless provider for smartphones, gaming consoles, and other embedded systems, but is targeting the PC market with this new chip.




The new chip is the world's first MIMO 802.11ac wireless solution. MIMO is used on products which feature multiple antennas. The 88W8897 features two antennas and two spatial streams which provide an incredible 867Mbps transfer rate. The new solution also provides Bluetooth support and near-field communication (NFC).


The Director of Marketing explained to me the usefulness of having NFC support in a wireless chip. In case you don't know, NFC is what is being used in those credit cards that don't have to be swiped or in phones that allow you to pay by waving them over a sensor. I won't bore you with how it works, but I will explain the usefulness in having it in a wireless chip.


Basically, Marvell envisions a world where a wireless device can be swiped over an access point to authenticate and join the network. The same idea goes for Bluetooth in that a device can be swiped over the other to be paired. This makes it so people don't have the tedious process of pairing or the need to remember wireless keys.

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Ford is driving toward a more interconnected future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 4, 2012 9:09 am

Computex 2012 - We've just finished with the Ford press conference where they've unveiled their Evos concept car, which is fully Internet-connected and intertwined with the cloud. It's also powered by Microsoft's SYNC technology which can do more things than you can poke a stick at.




Ford is committed to be an electronic leader and working with Microsoft in the new Ford Focus. The new Focus features Sync powered by Microsoft, with better fuel economy, newer design safety features and interiors. Sync connects the car with the driver's personal devices and controls those devices via voice. So far Sync is powered in 4 million units all around the world now it will be available in Taiwan with traditional Chinese and Mandarin language support. Ford hope to see this number increase to 9 million by 2015.


Ford is also introducing App Link that controls apps in drivers personal devices and lets the driver control the device via voice.


Ford Evos concept car features cloud computing give a boost to driver's experience and performance with devices powered by iOS, Android and Blackberry- anything between tuning in radio to syncing with your clock, meeting schedule, getting a new shortcut tagged by your friends, tagging your car's present location and also mapping direction to your Facebook profile's events.



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GIGABYTE launches Ultra Durable 5 at Computex, shows much lower temperatures on video

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 4, 2012 7:10 am

Computex 2012 - Besides Thunderbolt, the other big thing for GIGABYTE at Computex 2012 is Ultra Durable 5. The Ultra Durable name has been going strong for the Taiwanese motherboard maker for many years now. Ultra Durable basically stands for the high quality parts that GIGABYTE decide to place on its motherboard that try to make their boards stand out from the competition in terms of stability, life, cooling and more.



The latest addition to the series Ultra Durable 5 adds single package "power stage". It's different from a regular and traditional MOSFET in that the solution from IR (the PowIRstage IR3550) combines all of the parts into a single package chip. Usually the driver IC, high side and low side MOFSETS are separate individually chips. The IR3550 is able to deliver 60 amps of power were power stage chip and is said to deliver and much cooler, cleaner and efficient power supply.




The results really do speak for themselves as you can see in the video above. GIGABYTE had some competitor boards on display that use a traditional 6 phase and 8 phase power design. All systems on display were configured with the exact same hardware and settings with all except the middle boards running the CPU at 100% load...

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GIGABYTE shows off new boards in Taipei 101 VIP Media Suite

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 4, 2012 6:51 am

Computex 2012 - Before I head out of the VIP Media Suite here at Taipei 101 for GIGABYTE we had a quick look at some of the upcoming motherboards that we'll see over the coming weeks and months. Three boards managed to really steal our attention with the first being a refresh of the high end X79 chipset. The new GA-X79S-UP5 WIFI comes in as part of the new UP series.








Along with that we've got 8 SAS Ports offering us support for a large amount of storage while 3-Way CrossFire and SLI support means that it's a great option for gamers as well who want some serious horsepower. In typical fashion we can also see that Black / Blue design that we've grown to love from Gigabyte over the years...

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GIGABYTE bring first Thunderbolt motherboard via GA-Z77X-UP5 TH

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 4, 2012 6:13 am

Computex 2012 - Thunderbolt is going to be a big thing this year at Computex with Intel having one of the first press events showing off the technology. Over at the Gigabyte suite in Taipei 101 we got a chance to check out the upcoming GA-Z77X-UP5 TH Thunderbolt motherboard which brings with it two onboard Thunderbolt ports offering 10 Gbps transfer each.






What good is a Thunderbolt board without Thunderbolt devices. Alongside the upcoming motherboard we got a chance to look at a number of Thunderbolt devices that Gigabyte are testing from Apple, Blackmagicdesign, Lacie and Promise to name just a few of the companies. You can also see that we had a chance to see some Thunderbolt cables from SUMITOMO including an upcoming 10m / 20m cable.


No doubt this is one of many Thunderbolt setups that we'll see throughout Computex and we look forward to seeing more and more companies show off teh technology over the week.


The GA-Z77X-UP5 TH is the first product of Computex 2012 to be awarded our Computex Recommended Award.

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Intel shows Thunderbolt adoption is doing well at Computex, plenty of products on display

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 4, 2012 5:57 am

Computex 2012 - Our first stop for Computex 2012 was at the Intel Thunderbolt event where Intel had walls full of Thunderbolt based products on displays from its partners.



We saw a full wall of storage based products that support the fast 10Gbit interface that is slowly but surely gaining more and more market adoption. Judging by the amount of products on display at the Intel event, the market is going to get somewhat flooded with new Thunderbolt toys soon.




Also on display were a range of Z77 based motherboards that support the Thunderbolt interface from companies such as MSI, GIGABYTE, ASUS and more. Intel also had some Ultrabook's and other laptops on display that support Thunderbolt. For a close up look at some of these products, hit the play button on the video above.

GIGABYTE shows off AMD based FM2 GA-F2A85X-UP4 mobo

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 4, 2012 5:49 am

Computex 2012 - Hanging out at the VIP Media Room at Taipei 101 we've had a chance to check out a couple of new motherboards that Gigabyte has launch or are launching over the coming weeks and months. The first motherboard we got a chance to look at is the upcoming GA-F2A85X-UP4 which falls into the new UP series from Gigabyte




Supporting next generation FM2 A Series APUs from Intel the GA-F2A85X-UP4 brings with it support for Dual Channel DDR3 2400MHz DDR+, 8 SATA3 ports, 6 USB 3.0 ports and Lucid Virtu technology.




You can see we've got the same black color scheme we've grown to love from Gigabyte along with our quick access power button in the top right corner and our debug reader on the bottom right.




Gigabyte had the board on display running three monitors and we should get a chance to take a closer look at the board when it becomes available soon.

Acer unveils 27-inch all-in-one PC, Ultrabook, get ready to be impressed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 4, 2012 4:49 am

Computex 2012 - We're live here in Taipei and we've just sat in on the Acer press conference where a fair amount of exciting gear was unveiled. Without going into a tonne of details [just yet], what we can tell you is that Windows 8 is a central part of not just Acer's future, but the industry's future. We saw some devices being shown off in the form of a few Ultrabooks, and a 27-inch all-in-one Windows 8-based PC, the Acer Aspire 5600U.




I've got to admit, before this event, I didn't have much faith in Acer going forward into the future, say, 5 years from now, but what they showed off gives me the utmost confidence that they have what it takes to win not just confidence in the industry, but consumer confidence. The all-in-one desktop they displayed was pretty insane, being capable of going into portrait, and swivelling completely horizontal, so it would feel like a super big tablet.


Standing there with our competition winner Roshan (amazing guy btw!), we listened to the presence-bringing J.T. Wang take the stage, where he reiterated how much Windows 8 will change Acer. Normally this would be just press talk, but the room filled with applause when he talked, and his aura took the room into his world. Acer showed off the Aspire 5600U which was very, very impressive, sporting a Full HD display and the ability to tilt completely horizontal. While this may sound unimpressive in text form, it was very cool to see this happen on-stage.

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RumorTT: Sony to acquire cloud gaming firm Gaikai

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 2, 2012 8:27 am

MCV is reporting that Sony could acquire high-profile cloud gaming firm, Gaikai. It was revealed to MCV exclusively that Sony were looking at acquiring either Gaikai, or OnLive. Either company would bolster Sony's efforts into the cloud gaming universe.




Just yesterday, Gaikai sent out invitations to journalists for what they're calling a game-changing announcement, it reads:


Gaikai has some major announcements in store for E3 that have the potential to change the future of video games, game consoles and how we play.


Now, one would think that Sony could be pushing itself away from their PlayStation brand, so what would happen to the PlayStation 4? Well, things are changing... 10-year life cycles for consoles just can't be done as the technology is in a stand-still after 2-3 years max. But, a system that could borrow from the cloud, would let Sony dump out a console say, next year, and then 2-3 years from now they'd have this acquired company doing some magic behind the scenes, and maybe the PS4 would end up just being a streamed-to device for your console gaming needs.


This is just my opinion, but it's definitely something interesting to think about. Hopefully we see some announcements soon, and an unveiling of the next-gen consoles at E3 2013.

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