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New iPad estimated to cost $310 to build

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 12, 2012 1:28 am

If the current estimated BOM (bill of materials) from UBM TechInsights is anything to go by, we're looking at Apple cutting their profit margins ever-so-slightly for the new iPad when compared to the previous two models.




UBM TechInsights estimate shows a BOM of $310 for the new iPad - the 4G LTE 16GB model. The retail pricing on this model is $629, which gives Apple a very nice margin of 51-percent. Compared to previous models, this is down 6-percent or so.


The firm does note that a proper teardown is required to get their numbers more refined, but preliminary estimates typically match more accurate teardowns to within just a few dollars. More precise number should be available by the end of the week when the new iPad ships.


The first iPad had a margin of 57-percent, the second with a margin of 56-percent, so if the third launches with its estimated 51-percent margin, it is still great. Considering it has a more expensive display, estimated at $70 per device, compared to the iPad 2's $49.50 display, this represents a great profit margin for Apple.


Another expensive component is the new battery, the iPad 2 had a 6580mAh battery, where the new iPad rocks an 11,180mAh battery. This ends up costing $22 and $30 for the iPad 2 and new iPad, respectively.

RumorTT: Xbox 720/Next will ship without an optical drive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 12, 2012 12:29 am

An MCV-exclusive article has said that Microsoft have been telling their partners that the next-generation Xbox will ship without an optical drive. MCV's source has described the briefings and associated NDA's "the strictest NDA's" they've ever encountered. Obviously not strict enough if this news is leaking out.




The new Xbox would ship without an optical drive, but would sport some form of interchangeable solid-state card storage, where it's not known if this would be a proprietary format, or something more familiar and wide spread like SD.


More news was available apart from the no optical drive business, where it has been "confirmed" that the new Xbox will see a release in 2013, with an announcement of the console at this years E3.


No optical drive would usher in a new way of gaming, simultaneously making it better for games themselves, as over time Microsoft could have a streaming service for games. Something along the lines of what Valve have with Steam, but they could do it with a pre-load, and then as you go through the game, it requires an always-on Internet connection, where it would stream the rest of the game to you.

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Introducing TweakTown version 2012!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Mar 10, 2012 10:20 am

As long as we didn't break the internet, you should be seeing our brand new design! Over our 13 year history we haven't properly kept track of design version changes, so we are just going to call this version 2012.




We would like to send out a big thank you to Nathan Davison who spent a lot of time creating this wonderful new design for us.


The new design offers a more modern, simple yet stylish feel over our previous designs. It uses some pretty impressive web technologies too including HTML5 elements and CSS3 for many of the effects you see. We also included many jQuery and AJAX effects for a more interactive experience. You can now disable the alert bar if you don't want to see it as well as hover over certain icons which provides a tooltip for where the link goes to. You can now also quickly see our latest content by using the back and forth buttons on the front page under the latest new content area.


Our new site also loads very fast as a result of extensive tweaking and use of the aforementioned web technologies. There still many a few bugs here and there and we encourage you to contact us if you find any and we will get them taken care of as soon as we can. Enjoy our new design and we welcome your feedback!

Weekly Giveaway: Three BitFenix RAIDER Mid-Tower Computer Cases

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 6:05 pm

This week we have teamed up with the folks over at BitFenix and Mwave who are giving away not one, but three RAIDER mid-tower computer cases.




Defeat system-crashing heat with Raider - the all-new performance chassis design from BitFenix. Unlike most other chassis that include run-of-the-mill fans, Raider comes equipped with three premium 120mm BitFenix Spectre™ Fans and a contoured mesh design for unstoppable cooling performance. The first chassis to offer four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, Raider is ready for the future, offering all the connectivity you need for your SuperSpeed peripherals. The integrated fan controller controls up to five fans, allowing you to customize your system's cooling profile to suit the task at hand.

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Friday Morning Roundup for March 9, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 3:24 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 9th, 2012.


Cases, Cooling and PSUs:


Antec One Case - Hardware Heaven

Zalman Z11 Plus Case - Hardware Secrets

Kingwin Lazer Platinum LZP-1000 1000-watt Power Supply - TweakTown

Cougar Evolution Enthusiast Mid Tower - Pro-Clockers


Motherboards & CPUs:


Asus P9X79 Motherboard - Ninjalane




HIS 7750 iCooler 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E - TestFreaks

Intel next-gen Ultrabook reference design with touchscreen display hands-on

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 2:41 pm

Earlier on today we were invited to an Intel Ultrabook event at the Sherwood hotel here in Taipei where we got a run-down on Intel's Ultrabook technologies including Intel Rapid Start Technology, Smart Response Technology, Smart Connect Technology, Anti-Theft and Identity Protection Technology. All of the demos Intel ran at the event were actually rather impressive and paint the Ultrabook platform to be a very solid product in my eyes.



After the event we were allowed to go hands-on with all the Ultrabooks on display from ASUS, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, HP and Toshiba. Since many of you would have already seen these covered before, we opted not to focus on them, but what we did find was a brand new prototype / reference design next-generation Intel Ultrabook with a touchscreen display. That spiked your interest, right?




This is just a system built my Intel to show the capabilities of next-gen Ultrabooks and you won't actually be able to buy it. As I mentioned, it comes with a touchscreen display which bodes well for Intel's vision to build a platform which is premium portability, style and performance.


The video above gives you a rundown of the next-gen Ultrabook running Windows 7 along with Zinio beta software which provides the eBook touch software. Intel mentioned that the Zinio software is still in beta and not perfected yet, but from what we saw, the experience was pretty good...

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Deal of the Day: TWO Dell Vostro 260 Mini Tower Desktops, $399ea with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 2:31 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Dell Small Business - TWO Dell Vostro 260 Mini Tower Desktop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Media Card Reader and More for $399 Each with FREE Shipping!




Great deal for those of you who want two computers (or want to split the order with a friend) and already have a monitor. $798 total ($399 each) thanks to $550 worth of instant discounts and $100 worth of coupon discounts buys you TWO Dell Vostro 260 Mini Tower desktop with 2nd Gen 3.1Ghz Intel Core i5-2400 (with Turbo Boost 2.0 to 3.4Ghz), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, Dell Wireless 1502 802.11b/b/g/n wireless, 19-in-1 media card reader, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, 15-month antivirus, and a 1 year warranty.


Start here for this configuration: DELL VOSTRO 260 MINI TOWER DESKTOP DEAL


When you finish configuring it like you want, your cart, change the Qty from 1 to 2, or, if you want a slightly different config for the second unit, hit the back button on your browser and make the changes. When you get back to your cart, it'll have both.

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Mobile App of the Day: iPhoto for iOS 5.1 or later

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 1:35 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is iPhoto for iOS 5.1 or later.




With iPhoto for iOS, Apple brings Multi-Touch to photography in a breakthrough way. Browse, edit, and share your photos from your iPad or iPhone, like never before - all the powerful tools you need are at your fingertips. And with iCloud, you can share your experiences as stunning photo journals.


Use simple gestures to quickly sort through photos and find your best shots. A powerful set of Multi-Touch tools helps you perfect color and exposure, crop, straighten, and retouch images. Enhance pictures by adding beautiful, Apple-designed effects with just a tap. Or use fingertip brushes to apply adjustments exactly where you want them. In addition to posting photos to Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, you can beam photos between your iPhone and iPad, stream photos and slideshows to your Apple TV with AirPlay, and use iCloud to publish photo journals to the web to share your stories with friends and family in a whole new way.


Smart Browsing

• Use simple gestures to quickly sort through dozens or even hundreds of photos

• Automatically find similar photos, so you can quickly make comparisons

• View multiple photos side-by-side to help you choose your best images

• Tap to mark any photo with a flag, select a favorite, or hide an image

• Resize and reposition scrollable thumbnail grid for optimal browsing in any orientation

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Download of the Day: Firefox 11.0 Beta 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 12:35 pm

Our Download of the Day is Firefox 11.0 Beta 6.




The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.


User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.


Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.


Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.


Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

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Epic Games' "Cliffy B" says that new developers should make for PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 11:32 am

Epic Games' Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinksi B has just grabbed a huge crowd of developers at 2012's GDC, and told them how it is. He has said that when starting up as a developer, forget Xbox Live, PSN, iOS, Android and Windows Phones, and instead, create games for PC.




Cliffy B talked down Microsoft and Sony's way of treating indie developers, dismissed mobile gaming, and said that the PC was the only place to start. He only had a five-minute microtalk, but he went through it quite quick, according to Rock, Paper, Shotgun. He heavily emphasised the need to focus on PC, and jokingly suggested that they should use the Unreal Development Kit (UDK) to do it.


He also stated that early games will definitely suck, but added that persistance and passion were necessary for eventual success. He cited Rovio had made 50 games before they hit the big time with Angry Birds. Cliffy B did state that developers should move onto different platforms over time, but primarily said to stick with PC, and consider iOS if you can get the touch controls to work properly. The Xbox and PlayStation he still qualified with warnings that Microsoft or Sony may not give you the promotion you deserve.


He did give one quote at the finish, which is exactly how it should be:


Do it because you love it, but make sure you get paid.


Cliffy B - you're now, my hero.

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