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Sony launches new VAIO Fit notebooks with aluminum casing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 7, 2013 5:17 pm

This morning Sony unveiled a new line of VAIO Fit laptops that have a unique aluminum case design. The VAIO Fit will come in two variants; a 14-inch model will cover the low-end, while a 15-inch version will serve up the high-end.

 

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The new Fit notebooks feature Sony's Extreme R imaging sensors that allow the built-in webcam to capture exceptional images even in very low light situations. The devices also support near field communication, which allows the laptops to wirelessly sync with other NFC compatible devices, such as smartphones.

 

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The 15-inch Fit features a full HD 1920x1080 display, while the 14-inch model boasts a 1600x900 resolution. Both models have full sized backlit keyboards and both include Sony's ArtRage Studio, which is a touch oriented painting program. The Fit 14 and Fit 15 are available in black, silver and pink, and will retail for $649 and $699, respectively.

Shhh... NZXT launches its next-generation silent PC chassis, the H630

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 7, 2013 4:46 pm

Last week the team over at NZXT released a microsite that teased of the upcoming arrival of a new PC chassis. Many, including myself, speculated that the new case would in fact be the NZXT H3, and we were right, but wrong at the same time. This morning NZXT announced the launch of the H630 silent PC chassis, the next generation in the H series of quiet PC cases.

 

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The H630 is engineered to offer comprehensive liquid cooling support in a clean and silent package, the new H is capable of supporting 360mm radiators in both the top and front positions without any modifications. In addition, the H630 allows for maximum airflow without the removal of sound dampening material.

 

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Alongside the launch of NZXT's H630, the company is also launching a completely redesigned website which will better showcase NZXT's products. The H630 will be available at major hardware retailers in the coming weeks for $149.99 and comes skinned in either white or black.

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Rovio introduces new "Account" feature, now save your Angry Birds progress and resume on any device

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 7, 2013 4:18 pm

Today Rovio announced a new feature being added to its widely popular Angry Birds series that will allow users to create an account to save their in-game progress.

 

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While saving your games progress is something that Angry Birds has had since the beginning, this new feature will let users resume playing their game on any device that has Angry Birds on it. Rovio has also extended the account save process to its latest game, The Croods.

 

When you register, your game progress from the device will be saved to the cloud. If someone has already registered an account on that same device, it will ask you if you want to save the device's progress or not. If you choose not to save it, you will start the game as new, blank... When you sign in on a device for the first time, you will be asked if you want to add the scores, stars and feathers from that device to your account. If you say yes, the game progress from that device will be merged with the one already in the cloud.

AMD announces new and improved hardware acceleration features for Adobe Photoshop CC and Premier Pro CC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: May 7, 2013 3:40 pm

AMD has announced that it has significantly improved hardware acceleration for Adobe's Photoshop Creative Cloud and Premiere Pro Creative Cloud services. The company says that the collaboration between Adobe and AMD to provide high-quality, impressive performance to creative professionals everywhere has been achieved by fully tapping into AMD compute and graphics processing leadership through cross-platform open standards like OpenCL and OpenGL.

 

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"AMD and Adobe are working together to help provide powerful solutions that enable creative professionals to speed workflows and increase throughput, boost productivity and creativity, and fully realize their creative vision," said Neal Robison, senior director, Software Alliances at AMD. "AMD APUs and graphics coupled with Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC push the boundaries of what's possible and help artists of virtually all talents and disciplines make the imagined real."

 

At the moment, the biggest improvements can be seen in an all new "Smart Sharpen" feature and updated Blur Gallery. There is no word if the CS6 versions of Photoshop and Premiere Pro will get these updates, but I am willing to bet that they will not be seen on any version of any Creative Suite products.

Google launches interactive YouTube Trends Map, shows most popular videos across the US in real-time

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 7, 2013 3:20 pm

This morning Google launched a new feature on YouTube called Trends Map, which displays the top trending videos across the US. The YouTube Trends Map is updated in real-time and the data can be broken down by gender or age of the viewer.

 

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The map shows a mass of small thumbnails which represent the trending video for that particular region. While the accuracy of the overlay may not be that good, I would say that the actual data is very precise and could be used as a solid resource in reports. To the right is a list of the top trending videos in the US at the moment, and when hovering over a thumbnail, some quick info about the video is displayed, including some country wide popularity statistics.

 

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The user interface is very basic at the moment, and it is unclear if Google plans on continuing to improve it or not, but the data sets that are presented are sure to capture the interest of marketers and video makers. As of this posting the trailer for True Blood Season 6 is holding the #1 trending spot in the country with a teaser of The Clood's upcoming EP coming in second place. Interestingly enough, True Blood sweeps the board across the age ranges, the 13-17 age bracket is topped by a Family Guy trailer.

Seagate enters the SSD market with client and next-gen enterprise SSD's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 7, 2013 12:01 pm

The day is finally here, when Seagate enter the solid state drive arena, in a big way. Seagate have just announced their first client SSD and their next-generation enterprise SSD's.

 

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The first SSD is the Seagate 600 SSD, which includes the usual SATA 6Gbps standard. The Seagate 600 SSD is available in multiple z-heights which includes an industry-first, diminutive 5mm-high drive which makes it perfect for ultra-slim devices. The Seagate 600 SSD is available at up to 480GB.

 

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The second SSD in Seagate's announcement is the Seagate 600 Pro SSD is a low-power server and storage solution, perfect for cloud system builders, hyperscale datacenters, cloud service providers, content delivery networks, and virtualized environments. The Seagate 600 Pro SSD features the industry's highest IOPS/watt to improve system performance, as well as reduce power consumption.

 

The Seagate 600 Pro SSD uses 2.8w of power in typical use, and can reduce energy consumption by automatically adjusting the power consumption to workload I/O levels, using less power for lighter workloads. The Seagate 600 Pro SSD is available at up to 480GB, on the SATA 6Gbps standard.

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Barclays analyst claims Apple 'is about to change the narrative' with a bunch of new products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2013 10:41 am

Apple have had a tough last six months, but it was somewhat predicted by some - well, myself mainly - but now they need to come back, and they need to do it in a huge way.

 

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The Cupertino-based company haven't had much buzz from consumers and the media after the launch of the iPhone 5, or the iPad mini, and according to a Barclays analyst, Apple's future might just change once they release a slew of new products over the next few months.

 

Ben Reitzes, an analyst with Barclays, has said that "Apple is about to change the narrative and get investors, analysts, customers and the media finally talking about new products again - starting with a software/services/Mac event on June 10th and a likely iPhone/iPad event in September".

 

I don't think we'll see a huge change from their buzz, unless iOS 7 is drastically different, and unless the next iPhone is a huge departure from what the iPhone 5 was. We'll see, and I have confidence Apple can do this, but it'll be a big change for them to change themselves.

Apple are having issues with carriers in emerging markets over iPhone terms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2013 9:33 am

Apple are having problems getting wireless carriers to agree to their terms on selling iPhones, with Bloomberg reporting that Apple "is missing out on a chance to court as many as 2.8 billion new smartphone customers, many of them in Asia, as wireless-service providers balk at conditions imposed by the iPhone maker and drag their heels in signing on as partners".

 

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Bloomberg has estimated that Apple have agreements with around 240 carriers across the world, but main competitor Samsung has agreements with over 800 carriers. Big carriers such as China Mobile and Japan's NTT DoCoMo have objected the "high costs of subsidies needed to make the device affordable or other terms they find unacceptable".

 

This will mean that Apple will have to make the deal more appealing, or risk losing out on countless customers in emerging markets. This is where a cheaper iPhone would help, or if Apple decide to change their ways. Up until now they've not had to worry about this, but with their stock prices absolutely tanking, and sales sputtering to a stop, this is the time when Apple needs to change.

Google could roll their paid subscription channels on YouTube any day now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 7, 2013 8:23 am

Google are reportedly close to rolling out their paid subscription service for a bunch of channels within YouTube. The Financial Times' report with people familiar with the plans have said that this will apply to around 50 existing channels, with subscriptions costing as little as $1.99 for each channel.

 

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Google will be able to do some great things by adding paid subscription content to YouTube, which will include TV shows and movies. YouTube is the biggest source on the Internet for video, so why not go full steam ahead on this? YouTube have reportedly spent around $200 million on advances to dozens of start-up channels.

Grand Theft Auto V teased on PC again, listed on German gaming retailers website

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2013 7:31 am

Grand Theft Auto V has been announced for consoles, but PC gamers have been left to the side with this game, or have they? We've heard the rumors before, but now there's a German retail that is listing the PC version of GTA V.

 

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This could be a simple error, but both Amazon Germany and GamesOnly.at have listed the PC version of GTA V, with the latter actually displaying the Games for Windows box art for GTA V. GamesOnly.at has also listed the Special Edition of GTA V, but has been removed, someone on NeoGaf pulled the details, which should see the GTA V: Special Edition include:

  • SteelBook with exclusive artwork
  • World map
  • Stunt planes challenges
  • Online store concessions
  • Bonus outfits
  • Bonus tattoos
  • Special abilities booster
  • Exclusive weapons

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