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New AMD A-Series APUs win 2012 Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI award

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 29, 2012 3:26 pm

AMD's new APUs are pretty awesome. They combine great graphics with pretty good compute performance into a single chip. They are ideal for laptops, desktops, and embedded solutions. Today's award announcement, which brings them to their second consecutive win, is given by Taipei Computer Association after being judged by a panel of esteemed government officials, academics, research analysts, editors-in-chief of key media outlets and industry experts.

 

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"We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the Taipei Computer Association for the second consecutive year," said Chris Cloran, corporate vice president, AMD Client Products. "The overwhelming market reception and industry accolades for the AMD A-Series APUs demonstrate that AMD is uniquely meeting the needs of our customers and a new generation of PC buyers."

 

According to the press release:

 

The second generation AMD A-Series APU combines the company's latest multi-core x86 CPU core architecture and award-winning AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series graphics to provide an increase in performance of up to 29 percent on productivity applications (as compared with the first generation AMD A-Series APUs), an increase of graphics performance up to 56 percent, and deliver up to 12 hours of battery life. Its unique features enable improvements in the areas that matter most to consumers today, including entertainment, gaming and mobility, through a growing ecosystem of APU-accelerated applications.

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RunCore releases Rocket Air SSD, designed for mid-2011 MacBook Air

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: May 29, 2012 2:02 pm

Some of the hardware in the Apple MacBook Air is designed specifically for the MacBook Air so that everything would fit inside that tiny chassis. An example of that is the solid state drive which doesn't follow a traditional 2.5-inch form factor. Thankfully there are companies out there like RunCore who will build to such a niche market.

 

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The drive itself is small. According to the RunCore press release it is "almost a half-size of conventional 2.5" SSDs without case." Usually when a device is shrunk down performance and storage capabilities take a hit, but that is not the case here. In this instance, this SSD offers up to 4 times the original storage amount of the MacBook Air.

 

It manages to have all that storage while performing better. Testing shows that the SSD is capable of over 500MB/s transfer thanks to its SATA III interface. It also offers Tier 1 Toggle Synchronous NAND which adds to its performance. The key features, as RunCore says, are as follows:

 

  • Compatible with Late-2011 MacBook Air perfectly
  • SATA III interface and Tier 1 Toggle Synchronous NAND
  • Data Encryption: 128-bit AES-compliant
  • ECC: Up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector (BCH)
  • Wear Leveling: Enhanced endurance by dynamic/static wear-leveling
  • Trim supported
  • Dimension: 108.9(L) x 24(W) x 3.2(T) mm

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Deal of the Day: 15.6" HP dv6t Laptop w/Intel i7-3610QM, 8GB RAM for $749.99 Shipped!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 29, 2012 12:19 pm

Our Deal of the Day is 15.6" HP dv6t Laptop w/Intel i7-3610QM, 8GB RAM for $749.99 Shipped!

 

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HP's new $100 off $999+ STACKABLE coupon code lets you save up to $300 on the best-selling HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition Laptop PC! The HP dv6t has recently been upgraded with the new Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs and the well-performing NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M GPUs. Get it for just $749.99 shipped free! Check out the specs: 3rd Gen Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor (2.3 GHz w/ Turbo to 3.3 GHz), 1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M Graphics [HDMI, VGA], 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm), 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery - Up to 6.0 hours of battery life, 15.6" HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768), Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner, HP TrueVision HD Webcam, 802.11b/g/n WLAN, Standard Keyboard w/ Number Keys, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

 

Get it from HP: HP PAVILION DV6T QUAD LAPTOP PC W/ IVY BRIDGE INTEL I7-3610QM 8GB RAM 1TB HDD BLU-RAY DEAL

 

Use coupon code: NBW9325 for the $100 off $999+ STACKABLE discount. Expire after 1000 uses or on 06/02/2012.

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Download of the Day: Fraps 3.5.3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 29, 2012 11:19 am

Our Download of the Day is Fraps 3.5.3.

 

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Fraps is a great tool for not only benchmarking, but frame rate monitoring. It's the perfect overlay for your gaming. The update to version 3.5.3 brings the following changelog:

 

  • Fixed micro-stutter in recorded video after temporary framerate drop
  • Fixed missing video frames in some games after rendering paused
  • Fixed bug causing error message on startup for some users

 

You can download Fraps 3.5.3 here.

Samsung announces that the GALAXY S III will hit 28 markets across Europe and the Middle East today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2012 10:25 am

Samsung have just announced that the GALAXY S III, their latest Exynos 4 Quad-powered smartphone will hit 28 markets across Europe and the Middle East today, arriving in 145 markets worldwide by July.

 

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Today's launch is the company's largest single device push ever, with the July extension pushing the number of carriers offering the phone to a very tidy 296 across the world, which will include U.S.-based carriers.

 

The smartphone has already been immensely popular, with Amazon Germany seeing it become their biggest selling smartphone before it was even released, and Samsung have speculated that they've secured more than 9 million pre-orders. Considering the GALAXY S II saw 20 million shipped in 10 months, the S III is already half way in terms of beating its predecessor.

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UHDTV gets two specifications, UHDTV 4K and UHDTV 8K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 29, 2012 9:27 am

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have just become my new best friends as they have "agreed a draft new Recommendation on the technical details for 'Ultra High Definition Television'", but have decided something for UHDTV, that both 3840x2160 and future 7860x4320 screens keep the same UHDTV moniker.

 

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While that sounds simplistic, it is confusing. Because 4K is not 8K, and vica versa, yet they share the same 'UHDTV' name. 4K sports eight megapixels, where 8K features an eye-busting 32 megapixels.

 

What are your thoughts on this? Why would they name UHDTV and jam both 4K and 8K standards into it? Why not have UHDTV 4K and UHDTV 8K? How hard would that be? Adopting two ultra-high def TV specs into a single moniker is just confusing, and annoying. "Hey, what UHDTV do you have?", "Oh, I have an HDTV". Hopefully this gets changed, but I highly doubt it will.

 

All I know is that I want an 8K TV, 8K games, 8K movies and TV shows, not tomorrow, but now.

One of only six remaining working Apple-1 PCs to go to auction, estimated to sell at up to $180,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 29, 2012 9:01 am

The Apple-1 sported a circuit board hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and first went on sale in July 1976 for $666.66. Roughly 200 units were produced, and according to Sotheby's catalog listing, there are roughly 50 surviving Apple-1 computers, with six of them known to be in working condition.

 

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This means it's a great time to throw one of those six working Apple-1 PCs on sale, right? Well, the auction house is estimating the motherboard will sell for between $120,000 and $180,000. Crazy!

 

Mike Willegal, an engineer with a major technology company who has identified and indexed 41 Apple-1 computers says:

 

That's probably a pretty good estimate of original Apple-1s that have been operated in the last four or five years. If a unit hasn't been powered up in more than five or 10 years, it probably shouldn't be counted as currently working. These old computers tend to fail over time, even if they are just sitting on a shelf.

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World IPv6 Day is just over a week away

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: May 29, 2012 8:20 am

The Internet Society has organised an event for a week from now, World IPv6 Day. The event is being held on June 8, which is a little over a week from now. It may seem insignificant, as there's no product launch, and nothing to show, but the behind-the-scenes of it is going to be quite mind-blowing, eventually. According to the website:

 

World IPv6 Launch represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6. As the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4, IPv6 is critical to the Internet's continued growth as a platform for innovation and economic development.

 

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Who is participating? Well, just a few large companies such as Akamai, Comcast, Google, AT&T, Google, Time Warner Cable, Cisco, Facebook, Microsoft Bing, Yahoo! and more. Even a local ISP from my puny little state here in South Australia, Internode, are participating.

NVIDIA takes out Best Choice Awards from Computex for GEFORCE GTX 680, Tegra 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2012 7:30 am

NVIDIA's super-powerful GEFORCE GTX 680 as well as their 4-PLUS-1-sporting Tegra 3 SoC have both taken home Best Choice Awards ahead of Computex in Taipei next week.

 

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The Tegra 3 was part of the Smart Handheld Devices Innovation, with the GTX 680 being part of the IC Components. As NVIDIA walks away with Best Choice Awards, it marks the fourth consecutive year that the company has been awarded.

 

The mobile industry reflects the effectiveness and efficiency of the Tegra 3 chip, which has given smart devices more power, as well as more battery life thanks to its 4-PLUS-1 design. The same thing goes for the GEFORCE GTX 680, which offers lower temperatures, quieter running operation, and of course, high performance all in a single-GPU package.

Self-driving cars hit the highways of Europe

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 29, 2012 7:29 am

The future is here, nearly. After Google's try at an autonomous car driving the streets of Las Vegas, Volvo have done something even more impressive. Volvo were impressive in the way that they platooned three cars behind a lorry for 200 kilometers on a busy Spanish motorway.

 

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Don't know what platoon means outside of a first-person shooter like Battlefield 3? The term "platooning" means, in effect, queueing cars behind e ach other with a lead car as a pace setter. The technique is also known as road-training.

 

It involved several research partners alongside Volvo, with the latest version of the project codenamed SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment). The first public road test for the SARTRE took to the roads outside of Barcelona, Spain at the end of last week. The cars travelled at 85 kilometers per hour (roughly 52 miles per hour) at varying distances from each other.

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