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ASUS' new Zenbook UX301 features 13.3-inch 2560x1440 WQHD display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 11:19 pm

IFA 2013 - ASUS did tease us quite a lot with its high-end Zenbook, but now we know all about it and boy, is it looking nice. There are actually two Ultrabooks announced today, the Zenbook UX301 and Zenbook UX302. Both Zenbooks feature the same sleek, gorgeous design, with a lid that is protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and Native Damage Resistance.




The UX301 features three CPU options, the Intel Core i5-4200U, i7-4500U or i7-4558U and two display choices, which are both 13.3 inches. You can choose between 1920x1080 or 2560x1440, both being based from IPS panels. The UX301 features an option of either 4GB or 8GB of DDR3L memory running at 1600MHz, an SSD at up to 512GB (RAID0) in size and Intel HD Graphics 5100. All of this arrives in an Ultrabook that measures in at just 325 x 226 x 15.5mm, and weighs 1.38kg.




Moving onto the Zenbook UX302, we have two CPU choices, between Intel's Core i5-4200U and i7-4500U. The UX302 has a single display choice: the 1920x1080-pixel IPS-based panel. 4GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM is the only choice on the UX302, but we have a big storage change on the little Zenbook brother. There's no huge SSD, just 16GB SSD cache with the option of up to 750GB of HDD storage. ASUS have delivered the Zenbook UX302 in at nearly the same measurements as the UX301, at 325 x 226 x 17.2mm, with a weight increase to 1.5kg.

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ASUS announces refreshed Fonepad 7, features Intel Atom processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 11:08 pm

IFA 2013 - ASUS has announced a refreshed version of its Fonepad 7 smartphone, which features a new non-slip finish, as well as faster HSPA+ 3G which is capable of delivering up to 42Mbit/s download speeds.




Inside the Fonepad 7 we have Intel's Atom Z2560 dual-core processor clocked in at 1.6GHz which features Hyper-Threading technology, a 7-inch 1280x800-pixel IPS display, dual front speakers with ASUS' SonicMaster audio technology. Filling out the rest of the specs, we find 1GB of RAM, 8/16/32GB of on-board flash storage which is expandable through microSD, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.2-megapixel shooter up front.


ASUS has provided all of this in a smartphone that is only 10.5mm thick, and weighs just 340g. Considering it's a 7-inch smartphone, it shouldn't weigh your hand down too much. Currently no pricing or ETA has been announced, but I'm sure we'll hear about that soon.

Industry analyst still unsure of the significance of Hynix fire

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 10:20 pm

Earlier today, I reported on a fire that took place at a Hynix DRAM facility in China. As the day has progressed, more information has come in about the fire, but not much else is known about where in the facility the fire actually took place. Some sources are reporting that the fire took place in a chemical storage warehouse, while others are reporting that the actual manufacturing facility where the silicon is fabricated was consumed in the fire.




When news of the fire broke, I reached out to Jim Handy of Objective Analysis and asked for his thoughts on the impact the fire may have on the tech industry as a whole. Handy then issued a statement that says that until the full details of the fire are released, and we know for a fact what role the plant had in the manufacturing process, no speculation can be given on what the full impact may be.

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We go hands on with the Acer Liquid S2, first 4K video handset

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 9:25 pm

IFA 2013 - 4K video is huge at the moment and we fully expect it to be a major factor in the future of the mobile devices market. Earlier today, TweakTown's Johannes Knapp had a chance to sit down with what Acer is calling the first handset in the world capable of recording 4K video.



The Acer Liquid S2 features a 2.3GHz quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. A 13-megapixel camera is featured on the back of the device that is surrounded by a very cool LED ring to help out in those low-light situations. Acer says that the phone is capable of shooting 4K video and is the world's first device to bring 4K video recording to the handset market.

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We go hands on with Acer's new Iconia A3 tablet at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 8:48 pm

IFA 2013 - Today, Johannes Knapp had a chance to sit down and go hands-on with Acer's new Iconia A3 tablet. This new slate from Acer features a 10-inch display with an unknown 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. The device features a 1280x800-pixel IPS screen and will come in Wi-Fi and 3G variants.



A 5-megapixel camera and Dolby Sound are present. Unlike some recent Android tablets, the new Iconia A3 features 32GB or 64GB of storage and can be increased thanks to a microSD card slot built into the side of the device. The Wi-Fi only version is expected retail for about $330, while the 3G version will set you back roughly $400.

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IFA 2013: NVIDIA demos Project Logan, a mobile Kepler-based SoC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 8:11 pm

IFA 2013 - TweakTown's Johannes Knapp was on hand earlier today for a live demonstration of NVIDIA's upcoming Project Logan. Project Logan is of course NVIDIA's next-generation System on a Chip (SoC) Tegra Processor that is based off of the Kepler architecture.



In the video, we can see that the renderings on the tablet are very close to the same quality you would see on a high-end GPU inside of a PC. Of course, however, when the number of polygons being rendered is increased, the frame rate takes a hit, but as the demo shows, this can be compensated for using tessellation. Check out the video above for more information on NVIDIA's Project Logan.

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Kim Dotcom resigns from Mega to focus on new political party

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 7:02 pm

Today, the infamous Kim Dotcom announced that he will be resigning from Mega, the encrypted cloud storage service he created after having his home raided and his brainchild Megaupload seized. The resignation took place on August 29 and Bonnie Lam took the managing director seat on the same day.




Dotcom says that he resigned so that he could concentrate all of his efforts on his pending copyright case as well as the new political party he plans on forming next year. In a Twitter post, Dotcom said, "#Mega is in excellent hands. I resigned as Managing Director to focus on my copyright case & a new political party."

Sony unveils the highly anticipated Xperia Z1, Honami is here

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 5:34 pm

As expected in today's Sony press event being held at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin, Germany, Sony officially unveiled the long anticipated Xperia Z1 (AKA the Honami). The Z1 takes the reins as the company's flagship smartphone and is the direct successor to the acclaimed Xperia Z.




Just like in the teaser images Sony posted on Twitter leading up to today's event, the Xperia Z1 is indeed waterproof and features a high-quality BIONZ image processor. Rumors of a 21-megapixel imaging sensor were almost true, with the device featuring a 20.7-megapixel camera. Additionally, this sensor is much larger than what you would find in other flagship smartphones, coming in at 1/2.3 inches.


Other features include a 5-inch 1080p screen, quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor that is clocked at 2.2 GHz, and 2GB of RAM. A 3,000mAh battery is on hand to help keep things powered up for quite some time. LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 are all along for the ride, with the ride being ran by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Hynix DRAM plant erupts in flames, entire industry affected

By: Charles Gantt | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 4:36 pm

We're following a breaking story this morning coming out of Wuxi, China, where two DRAM production facilities owned by SK Hynix Semiconductor were destroyed in what is being described as a massive chemical explosion. Hynix is the world's number two maker of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and, as of the second quarter of this year, had a 30 percent market share.




The fires began around 0750 GMT during a routine install of equipment and quickly spread to other production facilities. While the fire damage was contained within two hours, massive smoke damage throughout both facilities caused the most damage. Manufacturing of silicon at today's nanometer scale is a highly precise science that requires impeccably clean and dust free environments. One can imagine the type of irreversible damage that can be done to a clean-room facility when trillions of smoke particles enter the atmosphere.


With one third of the world's DRAM production suspended, consumers can expect increases in all products that utilize any form of flash memory. The facilities reportedly also manufactured all of the DRAM used in Apple products, as well as a significant portion of the GDDR5 memory used by AMD and NVIDIA in their graphics processing units. With this revelation, this could mean that production of next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony could be affected negatively.

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Xbox One will hit store shelves for retail sales on November 22

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 3:06 pm

Today, Microsoft announced the official release date for its upcoming Xbox One console. November 22 is the magical "day one" on which the next-gen console will hit retail shelves across the US and 13 other countries. It is unclear as to why Microsoft chose such a late date, and many thought that Redmond would launch before Sony launches the PS4 on November 15.




Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the USA will all get the Xbox One on November 22. The rest of the world will see a slow roll out beginning in 2014, but no date has been given on which countries will get the console next. Have you pre-ordered an Xbox One,or will you be heading to the store on November 22 to fight the crowds? Let me know in the comments.

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