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Corsair launches new Force Series GS SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 4:32 am

Corsair's Force Series of SSDs are some of the best in the world, and decently priced, so Corsair have added another member to the Force Series family. Corsair have just announced the Force Series GS, which sports the current-generation SandForce SF-2281 controller with Toggle DDR NAND in order to create Corsair's fastest SSD yet.

 

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Corsair's Force Series GS sports a maximum random 4K write of up to 90K IOPS, features SATA 6Gbps connectivity, TRIM support and continues its 2.5-inch form factor. Corsair have made the Force Series GS available in four capacities, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB with prices ranging from $189.99 to $489.99, depending on the capacity. Performance varies a little bit depending on the drive, too:

 

  • 180GB: 555MB/s read, 525MB/s write, 90,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS
  • 240GB: 555MB/s read, 525MB/s write, 90,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS
  • 360GB: 555MB/s read, 530MB/s write, 50,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS
  • 480GB: 540MB/s read, 455MB/s write, 50,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS

RumorTT: Sony to release super-slim PS3 at Gamescom next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 3:40 am

The PlayStation 3 is quite old now, and was refreshed for the first time back in 2009 as a slimmed down version of the popular console, and right now, it's the only model that is in production. But, according to some documents that were filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), we could expect a "super-slim" version to be announced at next months Gamescom in Germany.

 

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When Sony announced the current slim model, they did so at Gamescom three years ago. The above FCC sketches don't really show much, but they do show a different FCC label position as well as confirming that Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and 802.11 g/n have become standard once again.

 

Eurogamer took some time at E3 to speak to Sony executive Shuhei Yoshida, where they asked him if Sony had any plans to release a super-slim PS3. Yoshida told Eurogamer to never say never, which is a strong hint toward the move to a super-slim PS3. Considering that the PlayStation 4 could be out within the next 1-2 years, this would be the perfect time to cash in on the ageing console. What could its name be?

 

PS3 Mini? Mini PS3? Super-slim PS3? What are your thoughts? What would you name a super-slim PlayStation 3?

Google to earn $15 for each Nexus 7 tablet sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 3:33 am

Google's $199 Nexus 7 tablet arrives in the next week or so, and we've previously reported that Google and ASUS were selling them for around cost price, $199. But, research firm UBM TechInsights believes that it costs Google $184 per Nexus 7 tablet to be manufactured, leaving $15 in profits.

 

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Compared to Amazon where they make around $46 per Kindle Fire sold, and Apple make around $170 for each and every iPad sold. So the question asked is why would Google even bother with making a tablet if there's hardly any profit margin?

 

Well, first off, it gets their tablet into more hands than if it were more expensive, and Google getting their Nexus 7 into as many hands as possible is good for generating revenue elsewhere. From their Google Play store, the use of Gmail, Maps, YouTube and more.

BIOSTAR announces the world's first AMD FM2-based motherboard, sports WHQL certification for Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 1:35 am

Windows 8 still has a while until it gets released, but BIOSTAR have a world's first on their hand. BIOSTAR today announce its AMD FM2 motherboard, the Hi-Fi A85X, which has received Windows 8 hardware certification from Microsoft.

 

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Now that BIOSTAR's Hi-Fi A85X sports the Windows Hardware Qualification Labs (WHQL) certification, BIOSTAR can guarantee to deliver the mot reliable, performance-driven solutions to power a Windows 8-based system, as well as setting a standard for future Windows 8 certified motherboards.

Introducing TweakTown's Ask the Experts - ask us tech questions, we answer!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 3:15 pm

Today we are introducing (or re-introducing if you've known TweakTown long enough) our newest section, Ask the Experts.

 

TweakTown's Ask the Experts

 

As the name implies, it gives you our readers the ability to submit tech questions and we'll do our best to try and help you solve them. Or it may not be actual problems you are facing, buy having trouble deciding on what product to buy. We are here to help and offer our advice and opinion. Hey, you even get your name and country up on the site as well!

 

Anthony Garreffa is manning our Ask the Experts section and is all set to receive your questions right now. He'll do his best to answer them. Sadly we won't be able to post and answer all questions, only the best ones will be selected. From time to time, we may also run a giveaway for the best questions - so, stay tuned.

 

Starting asking us your questions, right now!

HTC beats Apple in swipe-to-unlock patent dispute

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 9:26 am

Last year, HTC launched a London-based lawsuit as part of an effort to invalidate European patents that Apple had referred to in a German court case. Apple countersued, and here we are today. A judge has ruled that HTC has not infringed on four technologies that Apple claim as their own.

 

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The judge has said that Apple's slide-to-unlock feature was an "obvious" development in the light of a similar function on an earlier Swedish handset. Apple has used this patent in disputes against other companies using Google's mobile operating system, Android. The four patents discussed were:

 

  • Unlocking a device by performing a gesture on an image.
  • The use of a multilingual keyboard offering different alphabets on portable devices, including mobile phones.
  • A system to determine which elements of a screen were activated by single-finger touches; which were activated multi-finger touches and which ignored touches altogether.
  • Letting a user drag an image beyond its limits and then showing it bounce back into place to illustrate that they had reached its furthest edge.

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Point Grey have a 4K-capable USB 3.0 webcam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 8:26 am

If you've ever wanted to get into 4K video, which comes in resolutions of 3840x2160 or 4096x2160, up until now it has been an expensive adventure. Usually you'd grab one of the RED One, Scarlet or Epic cameras, but they're many thousands of dollars, and not really consumer-based hardware.

 

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But, a Canadian company, Point Grey Research Inc. is designing, researching and manufacturing the 4K-capable Flea3 webcam all in Canada. The camera is poised to become the next-generation of technology in surveillance, while providing some insane levels of details for those who need it in a security setting.

 

Flea3 is one of the world's first USB 3.0-based webcam, capable of delivering 1920x1080 at up to 150 frames per second, or 4096x2160 at up to 21 frames per second. Flea3 sports Sony's Emor R (IMX121) 8.8 million CMOS sensor, and captures 4K video, and not just a megapixel-riden gimmick of a number. For a sub-$1000 4K camera, this definitely looks like the goods. You'd want to have a 4K-capable screen to go with it, though.

Motorola Atrix HD sports 4.5" Colorboost HD display and ICS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 7:40 am

Motorola have just outed their next Atrix phone, known as the Atrix HD. The listed specs show the Atrix HD will sport a 4.5-inch HD Colorboost display with a resolution of 1,280x720, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and the swish look of the Droid RAZR.

 

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Filling out the sepc we find a 1,780 mAh battery, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and measures in at just 8.4mm thick. Motorola make it "business ready" as the Atrix HD features Gorilla Glass and Kevlar fused together, so it should be tough as nails.

 

There's no news on when the Atrix HD will hit stores, but if you want to find out more about it and sign up for updates, check out this link.

Anonymous announce #OpBlackout Phase 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 7:11 am

While most American's are sleeping off yesterday's July 4 festivities, Anonymous have just announced a new operation. Anonymous' goals aren't really known, but we're getting closer to their end game it seems with the newly-announced #OpBlackout Phase 3. I've just sat here and watched the 18-minute video, and it should really hit home for not just Americans, but for any human on this planet.

 

 

Anonymous use the video to reiterate that they do not want chaos, they do not want anarchy, they just want to restore power to the people. The power that has been taken out the American citizens' hands, and into the corporately-owned governments. Anonymous say that over the coming months, they'll be releasing videos detailing their reformation plans.

 

The video goes over various topics, with footage from various events, showcasing the power the police, military and government use to surpress the people. It covers the bankers, and Wall Street who have all but fleeced the United States, and even features celebrities chiming in with their words toward the end. Check it out and let us know what you think. #OpBlackout Phase 3 is a go.

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The ratio of PCs to Macs has fallen, back to levels not seen since the 90s

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 7:01 am

According to analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco, who has used a chart to show the ratio of PCs to Macs sold each year since the early 1980s. The chart shows Apple's temporary victory, as well as teh meteoric rise Microsoft took in the mid-2000s. But, we're seeing Apple's resurgence over the last 8 years or so.

 

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This chart shows that the ratio has fallen back to level not seen since the mid-90s. A very important note, is that this chart only shows PCs vs. Macs, actual full-fledged computers that Apple doesn't really sell that much of. Another fact is that if the chart included iPhones and iPads, which given the constantly blurred lines of "what is a PC", the chart would be much more interesting.

 

We know PCs thrash Mac sales, but this would be more BYO (build your own) versus off-the-shelf systems from Dell, HP, and co. We know that Apple are definitely on their way back, but I think we have a long time before they'll ever see the numbers that Windows-based systems do.

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