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Samsung unveil new Smart TVs, sport dual-core CPUs, cameras and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 11:32 am

CES 2012: Samsung's president of consumer electronics took the stage of CES in an Apple-like fashion to tell the world the future of where Samsung's Smart TV's are headed. He said that they will eventually be able to "listen, see, and do" without any interaction with a remote control.

 

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Samsung showed off a demo video which teased the motion control capabilities, with Kinect-like controls of the TV. Tim Baxter, president of Samsung America then introduced something we should be seeing and hearing much more of: the Samsung ES8000 Smart TV. This isn't just a name, either, "Smart TV". The Samsung ES8000 Smart TV includes a dual-core processor and support for multi-tasking. It also sports a built-in camera and microphone.

 

It also includes a revamped Smart Hub with a "cleaner, more intuitive design" for navigating, and finding apps. There's also a new U-shaped stand as well, that got quite a few gasps from the CES crowd. Baxter also announced something that will keep the casual gamers happy: Angry Birds will be available on their Smart TV platform, as well as a free channel featuring Angry Birds cartoons.

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Samsung unveil 13- and 14-inch Series 5 ultrabooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 10:29 am

CES 2012: Ultrabook, ultrabook, ultrabook. Say it three times in front of mirror and it'll haunt you for this entire year. I think that's all we're going to see from companies this year, and it's not necessarily a bad thing, either.

 

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Samsung unveiled their Series 5 line of ultrabooks, which include a 13-inch model and a 14-inch model which sports an optical drive. Both Series 5 ultrabooks are powered by Intel Core i5 processors, sport 4GB of RAM, eight-hour batteries and Intel integrated graphics. They also feature the same matte, 300-nit (1366x768) display that was in the Series 5 Chromebook.

 

The 13-inch model includes a 128GB SSD option, but both the 13- and 14-inch models feature a standard 500GB 5,400RPM drive, with 16GB of express cache for that faster boot time you all want, as well as speedy application launches. The Series 5 ultrabooks from Samsung weigh in at 3.5 and 3.95 pounds for the 13- and 14-inch models, respectively. While they may weigh in a bit heavier than other ultrabooks we've seen lately, they do sport a tonne of connectivity.

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Kodak announce Easyshare M750, includes instant uploads over Wi-Fi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 9:33 am

CES 2012: Cameras are finally catching up with smartphones and their ability to upload pictures through WiFi instead of yanking out the memory card, or plugging it into a computer. Kodak have introduced the Easyshare Wireless Camera M750, sporting a 16-megapixel camera and built-in Wi-Fi sharing.

 

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Through the Wi-Fi sharing, you can upload images through Facebook, e-mail, Kodak Gallery and more, anytime, anywhere. You can also share the pictures through compatible smartphone, tablet or other connected devices such as Android, Apple or BlackBerry-based products with the Kodak Easyshare Camera App.

 

Kodak's camera sports 16-megapixel stills, and HD videos, powered by Kodak's Retinar HD 6x wide optical zoom (26mm). You can review and edit video directly from the camera on its 3.0-inch touchscreen. At 16-megapixels, the Easyshare M750 can take shots at an insane 4624x3472, but as usual, it's not all about "the megapixels! the number is higher, zomg!", but I'm sure this camera will suite most people as a good point-and-shoot camera.

 

It includes just 18MB of internal storage and includes a SD/SDHC slot for your storage needs.

ASUS Transformer Prime TF700T, Tegra 3, and 1920x1200 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 8:21 am

CES 2012: The original ASUS Transformer Prime has barely gotten into the hands of many users, and if you were still in the market for one, this news will make you want to wait. ASUS showed off a brand new Prime, with some drool-worthy specs.

 

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Transformer Prime (TF700T) is the model, and it still sports the usual NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip (1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A9), a 10.1-inch display with an insane 1920x1200 resolution, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing cam, support for 1080p playback, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a micro-HDMI port, microSD card reader, a 25WHr Lithium-Polymer battery and weighs in at just over one pound.

 

It'll rock some of that sweet Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.1) instead of being released with Honeycomb ala original Transformer Prime and will be compatible with the same keyboard dock that the current Prime uses. ASUS is aiming at retail pricing of $599 and $699 for the 32 and 64GB models, respectively.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup for January 10, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 7:19 am

The latest roundup from around the web - January 10th, 2012.

 

AMD Radeon HD 7970 reviews:

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Review - Technic3D

XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Black Edition and CrossFire Results Review - PC Perspective

PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire Review - Hardware Heaven

HIS Radeon HD 7970 Review - Hardware Heaven

HIS Radeon HD 7970 Review - Overclockers.com

XFX R7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation Review - Benchmark Reviews

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NVIDIA announce DirectTouch technology for Tegra 3, will provide a smoother touch experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 6:29 am

CES 2012: Just when we thought NVIDIA's Tegra 3 was all fleshed out and even after a conference call with the company, so did I. But, NVIDIA have just unveiled at CES, "DirectTouch". DirectTouch is a Tegra 3-exclusive technology that uses the fifth companion core to improve touch detection.

 

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What does NVIDIA's DirectTouch do exactly? Well, apps that use DirectTouch will be able to have much higher touch responsiveness, and a more streamlined experience on the Tegra 3-based devices. What I find weird is that only NVIDIA are doing this.

 

What does this mean for non NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered devices? Well, they'll still have a little bit of lag. I think the DirectTouch technology is something we'd need to have a hands-on and not just an eyes-on, although a video demo will be nice.

Ford tease Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, can drive electrically for 20 miles before starting its engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 5:24 am

CES 2012: It's not all consumer electronics to be used indoors at CES, there's also ourdoor-y type in the form of a car from Ford. Ford have just announced their 2013 Fusion, which is an all-new car packed to the rim with gadgets and tech like adaptive cruise control and comes in gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.

 

Effiency for the mid-sized sedan ranges from 26MPG city and 37MPG highway in the gasoline variant to 44MPG city and 44MPG highway for the lithium-ion-packed hybrids. The Fusion Energi plu-in sports an estimated 100MPGe, which is 7MPGe better than the Volt and 13MPGe better than the Prius plug-in. Not only that, the Fusion is actually bigger than the two models mentioned.

 

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It can also drive for 20 miles on electricity before starting its engine, and will accelerate all the way up to 62MPH on battery power alone. This is a great feature for those who just want to duck out to the shops, or go out to dinner or see a movie.

 

Infotainment is something worth mentioning, too. It sports the latest, more-simple version of MyFord Touch which is paired with SYNC. Like the Focus Electric or C-MAX Energy, charging, heating and cooling can all be controlled remotely with MyFord Mobile.

 

Pricing hasn't been mentioned, but Ford has said it will show up in stateside showrooms later this year.

Maingear taps some of that sweet AMD Radeon HD 7970 power for its Shift, F131 and Vybe desktops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 3:29 am

CES 2012: We all knew that when AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970, that it would find itself plugged in and abused in the best of systems and Maingear is doing just that.

 

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They've just announced that they will be offering the Radeon HD 7970 in their Shift and F131 desktops as well as the Vybe in the future. Maingear will offer the setups with CrossFireX-based configurations, which should whet the appetite of the most power-hungry users.

 

Backed up by lifetime warranty, Maingear systems also include phone support in the U.S. as well as three-year hardware warranty options. Also keep in mind that the new GCN (Graphics Core Next) from AMD can be very power-concious, by either powering the cards off (when only one is required) or down to very low idle power states. Even better value for money if you ask me.

Hands-on with new GIGABYTE T1132N notebook, tablet and desktop PC

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 3:19 am

CES 2012 - During the "Meet the Executives" event at the GIGABYTE suite here at CES we ran into Nick from the notebook department where he was kind enough to introduce us to the new T1132N. It's similar to the older T1125N except it comes with a newer and faster CPU and CPU and some other nice bits such as USB 3.0.

 

 

The device is rather unique in that it can act as a notebook, tablet and desktop PC thanks to its functionality. The screen can twist 180 degrees and pushed down to become a slate-like device and when in tablet mode it can be installed in the included dock to turn into a desktop PC. The dock comes with a DVD player (which can also be removed and connected to the system via USB) and also some additional connectors such as gigabit LAN and USB 3.0 ports.

 

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This 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch device comes with the Intel Core i502467M processor clocked at 2.3GHz, Intel HM65 Express chipset, NVIDIA GeForce GT520M 1GB graphics and a 500GB 2.5-inch HDD.

 

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Fatal1ty makes sneaky appearance at NVIDIA CES event

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 10, 2012 3:16 am

CES 2012 - So as Jen-Hsun Huang gets into the gaming segment of their CES press conference, a FPS is loaded, and the camera for the big screen moves over to a couple of guys off to the side of the stage are connected via LAN, but it seems there are three actual players!

 

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As the discussion continues, Jen-Hsun Huang starts talking smack to the two individuals, and asks them why are you getting hit so much, who is doing all that damage, who is doing all the PWN'ing on this match? While this is going on, the large screen was showing the odd man out's view of his screen, and the player in question was handing out punishment with little damage to his own character.

 

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A few seconds later Jen-Hsun Huang spills the beans and informs the audience that he has enlisted the help of the World's top FPS gamer, Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel! As you can see he was sitting in the audience with a lady holding his tablet as he delivered the pain to the other two LAN combatants.

 

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One other cool thing about the time with Fatal1ty is when they brought him on stage. With the use of Splashtop on the Asus Transformer Prime, they booted Bethesda's latest title and even were able to take his level 27 character through a bit of dragon slaying in Skyrim. Of course it needed a base system to run from initially, but in the end, Fatal1ty discusses how flawless the feel and gameplay experience is with these devices...

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