Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,469 Reviews & Articles | 43,192 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 2141

LG show off monster 84-inch TV, includes voice and gesture control

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 4:31 am

CES 2012: LG have announced during CES 2012 that it is adding voice recognition and 3D gesture control to their Cinema Screen range of 3DTV products in 2012. Not only are LG putting the Smart in TV, but they're adding interactivity.

 

lg_show_off_monster_84_inch_tv_includes_voice_and_gesture_control_09

 

They unveiled an 84-inch "ultra-resolution" TV that has a 1mm bezel, other displays will arrive in 55- and 60-inch and will be slimmer than 5mm. The new Cinema Screen lineup sports an upgraded LG Smart TV platform with a redesigned Magic Remote and touch-screen plasma. It will also include voice recognition and a 3D gesture interface to enable gaming and searching by gesture. You'll be able to talk to the TV and gesture commands at it, too.

 

LG didn't stop there with the unveiling and announcements, they also mentioned Smart Share Plus with Wi-Fi, which lets you watch whats on your TV, directly on your mobile device. The new platform will also reportedly make it easier for developers to create new apps for the TV.

Continue reading 'LG show off monster 84-inch TV, includes voice and gesture control' (full post)

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme pulls rabbit from magic hat, hidden feature unveiled for HD 7970

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 4:06 am

Shamino has posted a thread on the kingpincooling forum, where the ASUS R&D have figured a way to publish voltage modifications for graphics cards.

 

asus_rampage_iv_extreme_pulls_rabbit_from_magic_hat_hidden_feature_unveiled_for_hd_7970_24

 

These include control of the VGA loadline, switching frequency, OverCurrent Protection and core voltage. The picture above shows what to solder with the Rampage IV Extreme. These headers are then plugged into the video card, in the below shot. There are some steps you should follow:

 

asus_rampage_iv_extreme_pulls_rabbit_from_magic_hat_hidden_feature_unveiled_for_hd_7970_25

 

Do Not plug in the header before boot.

After Boot and go into OS, plug in header

Open Digipower CNTRL (install from CD)

Continue reading 'ASUS Rampage IV Extreme pulls rabbit from magic hat, hidden feature unveiled for HD 7970' (full post)

Internode FRITZ!Box rentals launched, prices cut

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 3:55 am

Internode have today begun its first program to rent industry-leading FRITZ!Box broadband routers and accessories to customers, and at the same time, have slashed pricing across its range of FRITZ!Box equipment. Internode customers can save themselves up-front costs from the AVM FRITZ!Box 7270 and 7390 routers, and FRITZ!Fon DECT handsets, by opting to pay a monthly rental fee within a 24-month contract.

 

internode_fritz_box_rentals_launched_prices_cut_23

 

Internode will then rent customers the 7270 for $9.95 per month, the 7390 for $14.95 per month, and the DECT handset for $4.95 per month. If customers choose to purchase the equipment outright, Internode has slashed pricing of the two FRITZ!Box routers by $50, and taken $20 off the FRITZ!Fon handset.

 

Internode product manager, Philip Dempster has said:

 

Many customers prefer the affordability and convenience of renting their broadband hardware. This has proved popular with the Set Top Box for Internode's FetchTV IPTV service, so we've introduced it as an option for customers who prefer to rent FRITZ!Box routers and hardware.

Continue reading 'Internode FRITZ!Box rentals launched, prices cut' (full post)

PlayStation Vita 3G arrives on February 22 with AT&T, data pricing confirmed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 3:15 am

CES 2012: Sony's PlayStation Vita has been confirmed by Sony's Kuni Suzuki to arrive on AT&T's 3G network come February 22, 2012. The PS Vita is set to include the biggest software lineup in the history of the PlayStation, with the biggest amount of apps available to the device as it launches.

 

playstation_vita_3g_arrives_on_february_22_with_at_t_data_pricing_confirmed_11

 

Both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity are included, as we already know. The PS Vita will have two data plans with AT&T, with no term contracts. The two plans include 250MB and 2GB of data for $14.99 and $25 per month, respectively. Both plans will be month-to-month, which can really excite those who don't want to feel locked in with a 1- or 2-year contract.

 

Glenn Lurie, president, emerging devices for AT&T says:

 

The data plans for the PlayStation Vita will give gaming enthusiasts a convenient and seamless path to connect to a nationwide mobile broadband network while gaming on the go. We are looking forward to providing PlayStation Vita users the ability to experience a new era of portable gaming through wireless integration. This introduces an entirely new gaming experience, with access to popular social networking sites, right on the device.

Continue reading 'PlayStation Vita 3G arrives on February 22 with AT&T, data pricing confirmed' (full post)

Intel's Ivy Bridge will include support for NFC, also shows off DirectX 11 gaming but fakes it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 2:27 am

CES 2012: Intel's upcoming 22nm die shrink of Sandy Bridge, dubbed, Ivy Bridge has been confirmed to bring support for Near Field Communication (NFC). Intel's Moole Eden even went as far as demoing a transaction using a laptop and PayPass-enabled MasterCard.

 

intel_s_ivy_bridge_will_include_support_for_nfc_also_shows_of_directx_11_gaming_but_fakes_it_10

 

Not only was the confirmation of NFC support for Ivy Bridge discussed, shown on-stage was a demo running DirectX 11 on the upcoming Ivy Bridge tech. Intel showed off the DirectX 11 capabilities of Ivy Bridge's HD Graphics 2500 GPU by showing off F1 2011. But, Eden cheated. He pressed play on a pre-rendered video in VLC.

 

Naughty, naughty.

 

 

In the clip above, you can clearly see that the VLC control panel pops up and the car continues to drive itself even when Eden leaves the steering wheel. Eden even stated, in front of press and financial analysts, that the demo was running live from an Ivy Bridge chip. Since the demo, Intel issued an official statement, admitting that Eden used a video "for expediency".

 

All is well though, as AnandTech saw an actual, live demonstration of F1 2011 running on an Ivy Bridge GPU and has said that it runs just fine, as the video below shows:

 

AMD Radeon HD 7970 Quad CrossFireX tested, Battlefield 3, 1080p with Ultra details - 199fps average

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 2:04 am

VR-Zone have done some testing that really gets me excited: 4-way AMD Radeon HD 7970s with Battlefield 3. Oh boy. It's time to pull out my wallet. Before we get into the thick of it, some back story. VR-Zone upgraded their CPU cooling to an XSPC RX360 kit, and clicked it at 4.8GHz (Core i7-3960X).

 

amd_radeon_hd_7970_quad_crossfirex_tested_battlefield_3_1080p_with_ultra_details_199fps_average_12

 

They couldn't get any of the available overclocking tools to adjust voltages or core clocks on the HD 7970's beyond 1125MHz on the 4-way CFX setup, so they settled for AMD Overdrive to run their cards at 1100/1500MHz. First up they did some 3DMark 11 testing, with the the following results:

 

amd_radeon_hd_7970_quad_crossfirex_tested_battlefield_3_1080p_with_ultra_details_199fps_average_13

Continue reading 'AMD Radeon HD 7970 Quad CrossFireX tested, Battlefield 3, 1080p with Ultra details - 199fps average' (full post)

LG intro four new IPS monitors, ranging in 23 to 27-inch, 2D to 3D conversion included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 1:42 am

CES 2012: LG just never stop with monitor releases, where at CES 2012 they've just announced four new series of monitors, all sporting IPS-based panels for your quality, and viewing angle needs. On top of this 2D to 3D conversion is included, wow.

 

lg_intro_four_new_ips_monitors_ranging_in_23_to_27_inch_2d_to_3d_conversion_included_08

 

At the top of the pack, we have the DM92 which is a 27-inch screen with slim bezels that is optimized for gaming, but there are currently no details such as refresh rates, etc. Oh, and by "thin bezels", I mean just a super-slim 1mm. Second off the rank is the 23-inch DM82 which has a "chic and futuristic design" and includes 7-watt speakers.

 

The DM52 has both 27- and 23-inch models with "versatility and efficiency", which should equate to budget pricing and lastly we have the D43 which is "optimized for cinema" with its "Super resolution" upconversion technology. At the moment, there's no full spec list, so we're unable to confirm resolutions or the pixel density compared to others. Pricing, as usual for CES is unknown but as it flies through, we'll let you know.

ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS, workstation board with support for dual Socket LGA 2011 CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 1:11 am

CES 2011: CES is a time where technology porn is at its highest. ASUS stepped up their game by showing off their ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS motherboard which supports the soon-to-be-released Intel Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon E5 platform.

 

asus_z9pe_d8_ws_workstation_board_with_support_for_dual_socket_lga_2011_cpus_02

 

As you can see in the above shot, the board looks insanely hot, sporting no less than seven PCIe slots, and eight DIMM slots. It also has ten SATA ports, and of course, dual Socket LGA 2011 support. The board is powered by a single 24-pin ATX power connector backed up by dual 8-pin connectors.

 

asus_z9pe_d8_ws_workstation_board_with_support_for_dual_socket_lga_2011_cpus_03

 

Considering how feature-packed the board is already, it's surprising that on the rear panel we only see two USB 3.0 connectors. On top of using Intel PHYs and Realtek audio, there's an ASPEED AST2300 2D VGA controller and also provides management over IP. Also spotted on the board is a swappable LOTES 'X-Socket' which is also used on the X79 ROG boards and CHiL PWMs.

Continue reading 'ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS, workstation board with support for dual Socket LGA 2011 CPUs' (full post)

Thermaltake Gets Their Bang on With New Headphones

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 12:38 am

CES 2012 - We met with Thermaltake today and will be covering them over the next couple of days. Before I dart out to meet with Seagate I wanted to show you how Thermaltake rocks your dome.

 

thermaltake_gets_their_bang_on_with_new_headphones_01

 

There are several model names shown in the image, Dracco, Hyperion and so forth. From afar they don't look all that impressive (poor lighting for taking images at a distance). Once you get closer though the craftsmanship comes out.

 

thermaltake_gets_their_bang_on_with_new_headphones_02

 

As you can see there are textures all over the place and these headphones all felt good on my head. On the right side we even see a big pimpin version with a gold chrome and red stitch model.

 

Click inside for more images.

Continue reading 'Thermaltake Gets Their Bang on With New Headphones' (full post)

Remedy says Max Payne 3 is "phenomenal"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 12:12 am

As a huge, huge fan of original two Max Payne games, I can't help but think this is pure marketing speech here, but I have my fingers crossed anyway. VG247 had a quick quote from Remedy Entertainment's Oskari Hakkinen praising Rockstar's work on the new entry into the Max Payne series, Max Payne 3.

 

remedy_max_payne_3_is_phenomenal_01

 

Rockstar threw a copy of Max Payne 3 over the Remedy, who made the original two games, to see if it lived up to the franchise, where Remedy said:

 

We've been blessed with being able to actually see the game and give some feedback. We've been meeting with Rockstar and looking at Max 3 - it looks absolutely phenomenal - the nice thing is we've been giving our feeling on the game but at the end of the day we don't have to do any of the heavy lifting, which is nice. Rockstar don't make bad games, so you already know it's going to be good. Just like we hope the Remedy brand is a seal of quality, you know that Rockstar's brand is a seal of quality. It's been nice to be part of the process, but we don't want to take any of the limelight. From what we've seen it's going to be absolutely fantastic.

Continue reading 'Remedy says Max Payne 3 is "phenomenal"' (full post)

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Or Scroll Down