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Razer introduces new 17-inch gaming beast known as the Blade Pro

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 31, 2013 12:37 am

Razer took to the stage today in San Fransisco to unveil two new gaming systems, the first of which is their new Blade Pro. The Blade Pro is "designed for work and play" and Razer is placing a bit of emphasis on billing these machines for the working professional, specifically graphics designers and the like.

 

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The Blade Pro weighs in at 6.5 pounds, which Razer claims makes it the most portable 17-inch gaming laptop in its class. It's powered by a still-unannounced 47W TDP Intel Haswell chip, which is the most powerful CPU ever fitted into a Razer system. It's 10 watts higher in TDP than the previous Razer Blade.

 

It's graphics are provided by NVIDIA's new GTX 765M GPU, which we covered earlier today. Between the GPU and CPU, the Blade Pro is packing quite a bit of power--and heat--into its chassis. The system comes with 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM and a 128GB SSD, which can be upgraded to 256GB or 512GB. The Blade Pro goes on sale June 3 and starts at $2,299.

 

Also at today's event, Razer introduced a 14-inch Blade notebook. This features a 14-inch LED-backlit HD+ display and is also powered by Intel's upcoming Haswell CPU and NVIDIA's new GTX 765M. 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD complement the system just as they do in the big brother discussed above. It too, will be available for pre-order June 3.

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Education pricing for entry-level MacBook Pro dropped to $999

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 31, 2013 12:12 am

If you're a student looking to score a deal on a MacBook Pro, Apple has just enticed their offering. They've discounted the student price on the entry-level MacBook Pro to just $999. This represents a $200 discount over the price that the general public pays, though deals of this level aren't unheard of for sales.

 

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The upgraded MacBook Pro has also been discounted to $1,299, which also represents a $200 discount off of retail pricing. It's interesting to not that these deals have not been transitioned to the Retina models. The MacBook Pros are excellent laptops and these deals are available to those who quailify for Apple's special education pricing.

Corsair sponsors Computex OC Main Event

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 30, 2013 11:32 pm

Corsair is sponsoring the Computex OC Main Event in conjunction with Intel. Top overclockers from around the world will be competing to see who can overclock the new Haswell CPUs and next-gen Corsair memory to the max. Prizes will include $20,000 in cash and the event will be broadcast live.

 

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Thi La, Senior VP and GM of Memory and Enthusiast Component Products at Corsair:

 

We are excited to be hosting the premier overclocking event of Computex 2013 with our friends at Intel. Together we'll be unleashing the world's top overclockers for the first time on the latest Intel processors and our new line of Corsair memory. With the sheer level of overclocking talent and the capabilities of the new hardware, I anticipate seeing groundbreaking levels of performance.

 

The event can be watched live at Corsair's website on June 3 from 13:00-18:00 GMT+8. Overclockers competing for the top prize include well-known favorites, including 8-Pack, Andre, Coldest, Coolice, Der8auer, Dinos22, Elmor, Hazzan, HiCookie, Lin222, lucky_n00b, Mad222, Nick Shih, Pt1t, Slamms, Smoke, Splave, tor_za, ZoLKoRn, and Zzolio.

Crysis 3: The Lost Island multiplayer DLC coming June 4

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 30, 2013 11:03 pm

Crysis 3 is getting its first DLC pack in the form of The Lost Island, a new multiplayer DLC pack that brings four new maps, two new gameplay modes, and an unspecified number of new weapons. The DLC will be available for the PLayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on June 4 for just $14.99, or 1,200 Microsoft Points, if you use Xbox.

 

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Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli:

The gameplay in the Crysis series has always been deeply connected to the unique environments in which the action takes place. By transporting players out of the Liberty Dome and into the Lost Island setting, we're not only returning to Crysis' spiritual roots, but also introducing fresh ways to play that provide Crysis 3 fans with genuinely game-changing new tactical options, game modes and weapons.

 

Details are still a bit slim, but we should find out more on June 4 when the DLC actually launches. It's worth noting that this multiplayer DLC actually has a story line to it. A mysterious alien presence has been detected on the island and you're there to destroy it. This story line likely ties in with the two new game modes.

Apple releases new iPod touch sans iSight, discontinues fourth-gen model

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2013 10:32 pm

Apple has discontinued their fourth-generation iPod touch model. The company has replaced the aging device with a new 16GB iPod touch that is available for just $229. The new iPod touch comes without an iSight camera, which seemingly is a big omission. The device is also available in fewer colors than the new fifth-gen models.

 

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It features the larger Retina display currently used on the fifth-gen iPod touch. It's powered by a dual-core A5 processor and comes with just 16GB of internal storage. It's only available in black and silver. It's price is $30 higher than the older generation iPod touch and likely comes as Apple prepares to launch iOS 7 at WWDC next month.

 

We still feel that the lack of an iSight camera--or any rear-facing camera for that matter--is a big deal and a deal breaker.

LeakedTT: Are these the specs for the Samsung Galaxy Active and Zoom?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2013 10:02 pm

Specifications for the rumored Samsung Galaxy Active and Zoom, two Galaxy S4 variants, have leaked out online. These models are widely expected to be announced at Samsung's London event scheduled for June 20. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 Mini earlier today, which was another device expected to be unveiled next month.

 

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The Galaxy S4 Active is said to feature a 5-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display, as would be expected. It's said to be powere dby a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and Adreno 320 GPU. RAM comes in at 2GB and internal storage measures up to 16GB, plus whatever you slide in the micro-SD slot.

 

The Galaxy S4 Zoom, meanwhile, will focus on its camera abilities. It's said to pack a massive 16MP rear-facing camera with a 10x optical zoom, hence the zoom name. It's said to feature a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with just a 960x540 resolution, which matches the Galaxy S4 Mini. The Zoom is reportedly powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz processor.

NVIDIA debuts new 700M series, offers up great gaming performance from laptops

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 30, 2013 9:26 pm

NVIDIA is pushing ahead full-steam with its 700-series of graphics cards. Last week, NVIDIA launched the GTX 780. Earlier today, NVIDA launched the GTX 770. Now, the green graphics card maker has debuted its new line of mobile 700-series GPUs. The range is powered by Kepler from bottom to top and brings great performance to mobile platforms.

 

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The new GTX 780M is the world's fastest mobile GPU. It rocks 1536 CUDA cores clocked at 823MHz. It can be paired with as much as 4GB of RAM, providing quite the gaming experience. The RAM and core are connected via a 256-bit interface. NVIDIA is also launching a new GTX 760M, 765M, and 770M.

 

NVIDIA says these new mobile chips are at least 30 percent faster than their last-generation counterparts. The 770M rocks just 960 CUDA cores connected to up to 3GB of RAM through a 192-bit memory interface. The 760M and 765M both use 768 CUDA cores, but the 765M is clocked almost 200MHz faster.

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Google will continue producing Nexus hardware, says Android head

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2013 9:02 pm

According to Google's Sundar Pichai, Google has no plans of stopping production of Nexus hardware. Google intends to continue "pushing hardware" in addition to the stock Android experience that is delivered by Nexus devices. Google will also continue partnering with companies to offer a stock Android experience.

 

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"The idea with Nexus is to push on hardware as well, so that will continue," Pichai said. The last Nexus hardware that was released by Google was the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, all of which were announced and released last year. This year, Google has announced two partner device versions--the Galaxy S4 and HTC One--that both use stock Android.

 

Pichai didn't say when we could expect the new Nexus hardware, but we doubt it will be much longer. Maybe a white Nexus 4 with upgraded hardware?

Google to bring Music All Access to iOS 'soon', could come in a few weeks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 30, 2013 8:23 pm

During Google I/O this year, Google launched a new music streaming service to go head-to-head with Spotify, Pandora, and others. Unfortunately for iPhone users like myself, the streaming service isn't accessible on iOS...at least not yet. A Google executive has come out at the D11 conference and said that it will "soon" be available for iOS users.

 

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Google's Sundar Pichai has stated that All Access is due for iOS in a "couple weeks," which is a bit vague. A Google spokesperson was even more vague, offering just that "Google Play All Access is coming to iOS this summer." Pichai added, "[T]he teams are working like crazy to do it."

 

This is good news for iOS users as you have to sign up before June 30 to get the reduced $8 per month introductory rate. After that, All Access will set you back $10. All Access is currently only available in the United States, though you can expect Google to work to expand that.

Palit announces GeForce GTX 770 JetStream 2GB with triple fan cooler

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 30, 2013 7:04 pm

This morning, Palit released its version of the GeForce GTX 770 and unlike other GPU manufacturers, Palit chose to toss away the reference design cooler and add their own JetStream cooler into the mix. The result is said to be a 10 percent gain in overclockability as well as some snazzy good looks!

 

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The Palit GeForce GTX 770 JetStream 2GB ships with a 10 percent higher core clock, which Palit says equates to 10 percent higher gaming performance. Like other video cards in Palit's JetStream line, the GTX 770 comes equipped with the company's signature JetStream 80mm,90mm,80mm triple fan bank that cools the GPU by 15 Celsius lower, and is 9dB quieter than the reference design.

 

Palit attributes these performance gains to several upgraded features on the GTX770 JetStream 2GB. These include:

 

  • Copper Based Heatsink - Efficiently dissipate the heat from GPU and make 20 percent cooler
  • 8 Phase PWM - Stabilize the voltage level the improve overclocking ability.
  • MasterMode - GPU Overvoltage and Memory Overvoltage to increase extra 5+ percent performance.

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