The latest happenings from around the web - September 29th, 2010
- ASUS ROG ARES: Limited god of war @ HT4U
- PNY GeForce GTS 450 1GB @ Pureoverclock
- NVIDIA 3D-Vision Multimedia Resource Guide @ Benchmark Reviews
- GPU Super Computing a Benefit for the Masses @ HiTechLegion
- Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum @ Overclockers Club
- Lucid Hydra Technology and why you, as a consumer, should stay away from it @ Hardware Heaven
- Zotac GTX 460 AMP! Edition @ Technic3D
- Corsair Graphite Series 600T Chassis (Video Review) @ PC Perspective
Today Telstra reported the company's performance for the 2010 - 2011 financial year, one of the golden goose in that report was that Telstra has sold around 100, 000 T-Box and T-Hub fixed phone tablet devices since they launched in June and April.
100k may not seem like alot when held up against other similar devices (iPhones, iPads, Xbox 360's etc) but for a Telstra product, in this amount of time - it is definitely impressive. Specifically 64, 000 of both devices were sold in the first 2 months of this financial year - which in itself is impressive.
Telstra also announced a 6% increase in customer satisfaction scores and a 30% reduction in complaints to the ombudsman so far this year.
The new customer focused Telstra is looking like it's swinging things around and actually hugging customers, instead of rocking on a rocking chair with a shotgun in hand every time someone walks by...
Third party apps like GV Connect have started popping into Apple's App Store to restore Google Voice function to iOS devices, but there had been no word whether Apple's revamped app restriction would actually allow the official Google-approved app to show its face on iTunes. It looks like Google Voice fans may not be waiting too much longer as the official app has reportedly already been given the go-ahead by the folks at Apple.
After the initial scrape over a year ago when Google Voice in all its forms was dumped from the App Store, GV fans with iOS devices have not had the ability to take advantage of the free calling and other features, most likely because they didn't want VoIP calls cutting into the potential profits on their calling plans. It seems like everyone's willing to play nicely together now, which is great for customers. Since most people have cell phones and most plans offer free mobile to mobile, it's not like a lot of customers are burning up high amounts of premium minutes anymore anyways.
The Roku media player has added a big name to its lineup: Hulu Plus. The $59-$99 players are looking to add the premium subscription service this fall which will help it compete against the likes of Apple TV and Google TV amongst the other media setups coming through the line. The $10 a month Hulu Plus offers an expanded library of TV episodes not available on Hulu, which makes dumping your expensive cable or satellite a more likely option every day with these media streamers.
Panasonic has launched their Toughbook S9 series of ultra-portable and impact resistant laptops. Touted as "the world's lightest 12.1" laptop with a DVD drive," the S9 weighs in at 3.0 pounds and boasts 11 hours of battery life.
With a magnesium alloy case and shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive, the S9 is rated to handle drops of up to 30 inches and the spill resisitant keyboard offers protection against liquid-based mishaps as well. A 2.4 GHz Core i5-520M CPU, 2 GB of RAM, a 320 GB hard drive, a DVD writer, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 round out the specs. The Panasonic Toughbook S9 retails for around $2,499 depending on final specs.
You've got a remote control for all your other electronic gadgets; why not your smartphone? Sony Ericsson has released the LiveView Screen to work as a tiny "second screen" to keep up with calls, music control, and other apps all without having to take your phone out of your pocket.
The LiveView connects with compatible Android-powered Sony-Ericsson phone via Bluetooth to give access to your music player, Android apps, and look at incoming calls without breaking stride. It can be worn in a watch strap, clipped to your laptop, or on a keychain. No price has been released, but Sony Ericsson expects the LiveView to become available by the end of the year.
Remember when AOL was known for sending you thousands of free dial up internet CDs and "You've Got Mail?" AOL is now making their move to consume tech media outlets, and TechCrunch is the latest to join the fold.
AOL has acquired TechCrunch, a popular tech news outlet, and their related properties like MobileCrunch for a reported $40 million. The deal was officially announced and signed at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today in San Francisco between AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and TechCrunch Founder and Co-editor Michael Arrington. TechCrunch joins Engadget, Switched, and Download Squad as major tech media players now flying under the AOL flag.
Intel's Larrabee just won't die, will it?
Intel are adamant of entering into this market, and with the money they have - there's obviously no stopping them.
Intel are planning for a release in 2012, codename is "Knight's Corner", it's a 22nm HPC part and will hopefully compete with NVIDIA's Kepler and Maxwell GPGPU parts.
Intel has currently planned for it to have more than 50 cores, once they get down to 22nm. The TDP's will hopefully be good and "Knight's Corner" should at least come out before NVIDIA's Maxwell part. Intel plan to hit 22nm before the second half of 2011 while TMSC and GloFo won't be climbing the 22nm wall anytime before 2012.
All this talk of the 6xxx series from AMD, NVIDIA can get a little left out, not now.
NVIDIA have the new Fermi rumours at a nice sizzle - a mid-life kicker Fermi could be coming out. It would help bridge the gap between Fermi's half-baked 40nm release and 2011's Kepler, 28nm.
At the moment, "Fermi 1.5" looks to be the 6xxx competition - there are no firm details on it yet, all we know is that "it's coming". But, I'm sure, like me and the rest of the TT team, being a fan of technology is great right now, and if you're a fan of GPU's - then the next 6 months is going to be great times.
New 6k series from AMD, and a possible Fermi 1.5 from NVIDIA - a tonne of new games to play them on out over the next few months!
Again, as we hear things - we'll keep you informed.
Toshiba are set to show off a 3D TV on Monday that doesn't require 3D glasses.
3D TV's have been out for less than a year from the big manufacturers, all of them require the user/s to wear special glasses to see the 3D content. At the moment the technology involved in the glasses are presented with similar images, then rapidly change between each eye - this is how the 3D effect is shown to your eyes, but because it's going so fast - you don't notice the flicker, you just enjoy the 3D effect, albeit - with glasses on.
Toshiba's new technology throws the glasses away. Exact details of the technology won't be unveiled until Monday - but research by other companies has relied on a filter being placed on top of the TV screen - this filter sends a slightly different image to each eye.