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Samsung unveils home theater products ahead of CES 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 1:21 am

Samsung have unveiled some of their new home theater products ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas, included with the announcement is Samsung coming out with what they're claiming to be the world's first sound bar system to sport a vacuum tube. We're also greeted by a new way of Bluetooth for TV audio reproduction, gyros that improve sound quality and finally an all-in-one home theater system that features an amplifier made with Gallium Nitrade.

 

HW-F750 Vacuum Tube Soundbar

 

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Samsung's HW-F750 Vacuum Tube Soundcar is a sound bar and wireless subwoofer product, and is the South Korean company's latest digital audio product that sports a vacuum tube in the pre-amp stage. Not only does it look great, but it should sound great too. The sound bar will also sport Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming from supported Samsung TVs, and also comes with a built-in gyroscope which is used to help adjust the speakers' sound for optimal results based on the speaker's positioning.

 

HT-F9750W 7.1 Home Theater System

 

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Samsung's 2013 flagship all-in-one home theater also sports a vacuum tube in the pre-amp stage, as well as an amplifier that is made from Gallium Nitride. The system is capable of some 1330-watts, and its included Blu-ray player is capable of 4K/Ultra HD upscaling and an audio override feature which powers the system up and mutes the Samsung TVs speakers with a single press of a button - simple!

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IBM loses Senior VP after 36 years on the job

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 6, 2013 5:36 am

After 36 years on the job, Mike Daniels has left IBM according to a spokesperson from the company. Erich Clementi who currently serves as Senior Vice President for Global Technology Services, and Bridget van Kralingen, who is the current Senior Vice President for Global Business Services will be filling in for Daniels' spot when he leaves.

 

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Clementi and Kralingen will report directly to the CEO. Daniels was once the head of Global Services in the Asia Pacific region, and also acted as IBM's Sales and Distribution operations in the US, Canada and Latin America. Daniels' other positions included responsibility for sales in regards to IBM's IT products, marketing and services. He was also seen by most as an economizer in regards to saving money for IBM, and secondly as a trailblazer in regards to computer management services.

 

Daniels missed out on the CEO position, but was passed over for Ginni Rometty just over twelve months ago. Rometty ended up becoming IBM's first female in charge of operations.

RumorTT: Disney working on their own... console?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 6, 2013 4:34 am

'Disney' and 'console' are not two words that I would've thought I'd be writing together about, but here we are. Disney all the way back in June 2011 filed an application for a patent, but it was only recently that the Patent and Trademark Office logged it.

 

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Disney's patent suggests that the behemoth company are working on their own console that would sport 3D augmented reality, including a handheld device. The patent has teased that it is, or will be called 'Toy Box'. The description of Toy Box sound intriguing: "It's gameplay involves various Disney and Pixar characters interacting with each other".

 

Considering Disney have a plethora of characters under their name, including the Pixar name and now Star Wars - this could be truly game-changing news. It might not directly compete with the Xbox and PlayStation, but it wouldn't need to. Also remember that Pixar and Apple are BFFs... so this could be the work of Apple, or they've at least got their finger in the pie here.

 

What do you think of a possible Disney console?

Android stats: 40% of all Android devices are running Android 4.0 ICS or higher

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2013 3:34 am

Android adoption continues to expand at rapid rates, but as quick as it's expanding with new devices sporting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, or older devices coming with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, older revisions of Android are seeing declines in market share.

 

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It wasn't too long ago that Android 2.3 Gingerbread enjoyed more than 50% of the Android market share on devices, but that has now shrunk to 47.3%. Android 4.1 has scooped up 9% of the market share, with Android 4.2.1 seeing just 1.2%. Gingerbread's share of the Android OS market is expected to decline in the future as more devices ship with updated versions of the Android OS. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (and higher) versions of Android now represent over 40% of the entire Android OS market share.

 

Google, and their partners like Samsung, LG and more will continue to push out Jelly Bean-based devices which will only see Jelly Bean's numbers increase. As consumers upgrade to these devices, Gingerbread's market share will continue to drop - which is great, as it's a very old OS. Android has come a very long way since Gingerbread, and it looks like users are noticing this, and upgrading.

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SuperRumorTT: NVIDIA to unveil their first desktop SoC at CES

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:10 am

CES 2013 - This is a huge rumor right now, and I'm just the messenger so holster your weapons, please. According to FanlessTech's sources, NVIDIA could unveil their first desktop SoC (system on a chip) at CES.

 

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NVIDIA's "Project Denver" could be announced, with multiple reference designs to be shown off tomorrow night, reports FanlessTech. I would not be surprised, and I've said it before that NVIDIA should enter the desktop CPU game in some form - it's one of the biggest markets right now.

 

Does this news surprise you? Excite you? Personally, it excites me - I think years from now the CPU as we know it will be vastly different, as they're already doing so now - APUs and the such. A SoC that could be built into a motherboard would only cost $20-$50 (in that range) more and could give users a huge upgrade in terms of graphics performance out-of-the-box.

Google confirms we should expect ASUS Google TV device for CES

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:45 am

CES 2013 - There are some incredibly exciting things to be unveiled at CES in a few days time, with another product joining this table - an ASUS-made Google TV device.

 

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The Mountain View-based search giant confirmed the news, saying that we should expect Google TV products from Chinese manufacturers Hisense and TCL, as well as big players like LG, Sony, Vizio and "others". The ASUS device expected could arrive as the "Qube", which is a Google TV dongle that went through the FCC last month.

 

We don't know much more about it, but we should know more in just a few days time where I expect Google TV to make a considerable splash with multiple devices.

LeakedTT: Sony Xperia Z promo video confirms Full HD display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:01 am

We've reported that you should expect Sony to unveil a 5-inch smartphone at CES, the Xperia Z, but according to a leaked promo video, we should definitely expect it to rock up with a Full HD (1920x1080) display.

 

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We should expect the device to rock the above mentioned 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel display, but previous rumors have pegged it to sport a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM which would definitely be a nice addition in this quad-core smartphone world we now live in.

 

The slide also teases a "skeleton frame structure" which definitely sets the Xperia Z from the rest of the smartphone crop. Previous rumors have also teased of a 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera which should provide some fast capture and HDR tricks on-board. The Xperia Z should also be water-resistant, too.

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HP's EliteBook Folio Ultrabook getting screen upgrade option in March, will offer 1600x900 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:55 pm

The Windows 8-based HP EliteBook Folio looks great on paper, but really loses out on its screen res with just 1366x768. In this day and age - hey, we're in 2013 now - that resolution is just ridiculously low.

 

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It seems as though HP has come to their senses in the new year after a few drinks, and are now set to offer a 1600x900 option to US and European customers starting in early March. There's no information on how much the screen res upgrade will cost, but it shouldn't be too much more than the offering price, maybe $100-$150 extra.

Rosewill unveils new mechanical keyboard, THRONE and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:16 pm

CES 2013 - Rosewill have debuted a world first at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Rosewill Helios RK-9200 Dual LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard sports Cherry MX switches in Blue, Red, Brown or Black. It supports both Red or Green Backlit LEDs and also allows users to control the WASD and 4 directional arrow keys independently, giving you the freedom you want.

 

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Rosewill have also taken the time at CES to unveil their new gaming case, THRONE, which will be available in both black and white and sports a "sleek, angular appeal and aggressive appearance". Rosewill's newly-announced ARMOR Evolution mid-tower case is the first mid-tower chassis to support E-ATX motherboards and have 2 x USB 3.0 front ports.

 

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There will also be a new line of 802.11n dual-band network accessories on show, with the Rosewill L600N Wireless Router, N900UBE wireless USB adapter, N600PCE and N900PCE dual-band PCI-e wireless adapters.

SATA Express enters the ratification process, will arrive later in the year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:25 am

The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has announced that SATA Express has begun the ratification process. Firstly, if you didn't know about SATA Express, it's the specification that will standardize PCIe as an interface for client storage. Secondly, if you didn't know who SATA-IO are, they are the industry consortium that are dedicated to "sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of SATA technology".

 

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SATA Express entering the ratification process is big news, as this process is the last one before it will be available to the general public in the next version of the specification which is expected to be completed sometime this year. The new standard will enable an ecosystem for client storage which will see SATA and PCIe solutions fuzed together which will usher in a new low-cost solution for the next-generation of SSDs and hybrid drives.

 

PCIe technology is capable of speeds of up to 1GB/s per lane in the client space compared to SATA's current technology which is limited to just 0.6GB/s (SATA 6Gbps spec). Mladen Luksic, President of SATA-IO, has said:

 

SATA-IO members have worked together to create the SATA Express specification to bring the scalability of PCIe to client storage. This industry-wide effort has made a new level of performance available to client applications and enables connectivity to SATA Express enterprise hosts via the SFF-8639 multifunction connector.

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