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Valve say they have no near-term plans for Steam Box, dreams across the world crushed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 5:37 am

Rumors started floating around last week, thanks to The Verge, of a possible Steam Box from Valve. We all dreamt about it, and thought it could really change the gaming scene as we know it, but today those dream are crushed, as least in the short-term.

 

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Kotaku spoke to Valve's marketing director, Doug Lombardi, where he has been quoted:

 

We're prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we're building boxes to test that on. We're also doing a bunch of different experiments with biometric feedback and stuff like that, which we've talked about a fair amount. All of that is stuff that we're working on, but it's a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware.

 

But, Lombardi did reduce to flat-out say whether Valve isn't working on a console. Stephen Totilo from Kotaku asked - "What you're saying is, there's definitely nothing coming any time soon, nothing at GDC or E3, but what you're not ruling out is the possibility that, hey, maybe some day Valve would make hardware", to which Lombardi responded with just "I think that's accurate".

NVIDIA is pissed: they want proof that the new iPad beats Tegra 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 4:36 am

Apple is NVIDIA's kryptonite right now, making more sense because NVIDIA has lots of green in their logo and products, and their Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip is codenamed "Kal-El", being Superman's Kryptonian birth name.

 

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Well, Apple have caused quite the stir when it comes to the new iPad, their third-generation tablet. Apple have claimed that they have a four-fold increase in performance over NVIDIA's Tegra 3, but couldn't verify the authenticity of such a bold claim. NVIDIA representative, Ken Brown, told ZDNet that it was "certainly flattering" to have Apple reference the company, but there were "so many issues" to hash out with Apple's claims.

 

The other problem to remember is, Apple have their own OS, their own hardware, on their own product. NVIDIA ship chips to other companies, such as ASUS, and then require game developers to code specifically for Tegra 3 to see a huge leap in performance. Apple require the same, developers to make new products for the new iPad. Considering the new iPad is, well, very new, how could Apple have let developers have enough time to make a game that scales on the new A5X chip?

IBM's Holey Optochip is capable of 1 terabit per second transfer speeds, holey transfer speeds, Batman!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 3:26 am

IBM have reached quite the milestone, with researchers at the company demonstrating a prototype optical chip that is capable of transmitting up to 1 terabit of data per second. Engineers managed to built the Holey Optochip using readily available components, meaning that the chip could actually be manufactured in high volumes for commercial implementation sooner, rather than later.

 

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IBM created the Holey Optochip as part of their continued efforts to use light rather than electronics over wires to transmit huge amounts of data. Surprisingly, the Holey Optochip was created using a standard 90nm-based CMOS chip, which they then drilled 48 tiny holes through the back of it.

 

What this allows is for 24 receiver and 24 transmitter channels, with each capable of moving 20 gigabits of data per second. This results in a product that can move 960 gigabits (nearly 1 terabit) of data per second. For this next bit, I hope you're sitting down: this means you could transfer 30,000 HD movies in 60 seconds. 30,000 in 60 seconds.

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Samsung Galaxy S II (GT-i9100 models) to get Ice Cream Sandwich updates on March 10th

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 2:35 am

Samsung should start pushing out their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update to their Galaxy S II (GT-i9100) models on March 10. Yes, we're that close. The update should be pushed out via Kiez, and should sport Samsung's TouchWiz UI.

 

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The first and only version to get the ICS update (for now) is the global version of the Galaxy S II, the GT-i9100. According to Samsung's notes, we should expect Face Unlock, Android Beam, and data usage included. On top of this, multi-tasking and some apps will be "improved".

 

Samsung's site also states that because of "ICS OS feature", Flash and Bluetooth 3.0 HS won't be supported. The update should roll on to individual carriers, and their own GS II variants over time, after a fair amount of testing. I for one, cannot wait and I'm anxiously sitting here waiting to get my first lick of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich.

NVIDIA intro new GeForce logo, brings sexy back, yeah!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 1:25 am

NVIDIA has had their current GeForce logo for quite a while now, and most of you won't remember how long, so here we go: since the introduction of the GeForce 8800 GTX. Even I forgot how long it had been until now.

 

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Pictured above, is the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX logo, and as we can see, there's some serious capitilization there to emphasize the name itself, so instead of saying "NVIDIA GeForce GTX", it'll be the "NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX". If this were a forum or Reddit, people would be telling NVIDIA to turn off their caps lock, because they're shouting.

 

The new GEFORCE GTX logo is NVIDIA's new way of pointing out that these graphics cards are for serious gamers, with the GPUs starting at around $150, going all the way up to the dual-GPU GK110 card that we should see in the coming months. I love it, personally. It looks 'new', compared to the older logo, and feels very 2012 for some reason.

 

Nice job, NVIDIA.

Thecus N2200EVO and N4100EVO NAS Unboxing Video

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 2:56 pm

Thecus sent us over a video they made unboxing the new N2200EVO and N4100EVO NAS devices which have only just been released onto the market recently.

 

 

The Thecus rep on the video above tells us that "EVO" stands for evolution and is what these devices stand for with plenty of new features. The N4100EVO supports up to four 3TB drives providing a brilliant 12TB of storage to store all of your po... sensitive data, videos and so on. Soon Thecus will begin supporting new 4TB drives hence providing a maximum capacity of 16TB, which is surely going to last even the most extreme downloader quite some time.

 

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The N2200EVO is a cut-down version compared to the bigger N4100EVO NAS and it supports two hard drives with up to 6TB of storage capacity. Thecus claim that the N2200EVO is completely silent, which is something pretty major for a NAS device, as most tend to make quite an audible amount of noise.

 

We should have both these new NAS devices in for review soon where Chris Ramseyer will put them through their paces in a full TweakTown review.

Thursday Morning Roundup for March 8, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 1:34 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 8th, 2012.

 

GPUs:

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Dual-X 3GB OC - TweakTown

Sapphire HD7750 Ultimate Edition - KitGuru

 

Storage:

 

Corsair Force Series GT 180GB SSD - circuitREMIX

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB - Techreaction.net

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler - Hi Tech Legion

Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850W Power Supply - KitGuru

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G.Skill "rams" CeBIT show floor with a heap of new RAM

By: Shawn Baker | More News: RAM | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 1:08 pm

CeBIT 2012: G.Skill has shown off a bunch of new RAM at CeBIT this week and it all looks great. The first kit we see is an expansion to the Ripjaws Z series with a 4x 4GB kit sitting on the much loved ASUS Rampage IV Extreme motherboard running at a blistering 2666MHz DDR.

 

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The massive speed does come at the cost of some more relaxed timings, but CL10-12-12-31 at 1.65v isn't anything to turn away from. Considering the speed and the sheer amount of RAM that's on offer, this is no doubt a kit for people who want both speed and a large amount of RAM...

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ECS adds Golden Touch to upcoming Z77H2-AX Intel Z77 mobo

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 1:00 pm

ECS has shown up with some pics of the new Z77H2-AX motherboard that is due in the coming weeks and the first bit that stands out is the epic gold and black color scheme on the board which looks awesome.

 

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The socket looks especially fantastic; it's such a pity that it's going to be covered by a cooler. At least the fancy heatsinks are going to stand out and the I/O ports which have also got the Midas touch.

 

Alongside some fancy gold heatsinks we can see three PCIe x16 Gen3 slots, two legacy PCI slots and two PCIe x1 slots. There is also four DDR3 DIMM slots, mSATA, SATA, DEBUG, power and reset buttons and the normal line up of connectors we'd expect to see.

 

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This is a fantastic looking board, though. Fingers crossed performance is also strong. Expect a review in the coming weeks when the NDA officially lists on the new Intel chipset and we can finally take the board for a spin.

Deal of the Day: HP Folio 13 Ultrabook, Core i5, 128GB SSD, $799 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 12:28 pm

Our Deal of the Day is HP Home & Home Office Store - HP Folio 13 Ultrabook w/ Intel i5-2467M, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, 13.3" HD Screen - $799.99 Shipped Free!

 

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HP has finally released a coupon code for its ultra sleek and compact Folio 13 Ultrabook PC! The HP Folio 13 is one of the more aggressively priced ultrabooks on the market! Check out the specs:

 

2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz)

4GB DDR3 System Memory (1 Dimm)

128GB Solid State Drive (SSD) Flash Module

13.3" HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768)

6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery - 6+ Hour Battery Life

HP Webcam w/ Integrated Digital Microphone

Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN & Bluetooth w/ Wireless Display Support

Full-size Backlit Keyboard

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

 

These are great specs for this HP Folio 13 Ultrabook! With the new coupon code, it is just $799.99 shipped free!

 

HP FOLIO 13 ULTRABOOK PC DEAL

 

Use coupon code: WEEKLYDEAL301 for the $500 discount, expiring 3/7/12.

 

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