Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,091 Reviews & Articles | 50,906 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 2141

ASRock's Z87 motherboard series gets unveiled, some boards will feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 6, 2013 10:49 am

We're seeing more and more details from motherboard manufacturers and their upcoming Haswell-capable motherboards, with ASRock walking into the spotlight today with a bunch of details on their entire Z87 lineup of motherboards.

 

asrock_s_z87_motherboard_series_gets_unveiled_some_boards_will_feature_802_11ac_wi_fi_01

 

ASRock will be releasing 11 motherboards in the Haswell range, with top three of these boards featuring the Z87 Express chipset: the Z87 Extreme11, Z87 Fatal1ty Professional and Z87 OC Formula. The Z87 Extreme11 is available in the /ac option, which is on-board 802.11ac Wi-Fi for some seriously high-end wireless networking. This is ASRock's best board, and features everything you'd need - Thunderbolt, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, SLI/CrossFire compatibility, and more.

Continue reading 'ASRock's Z87 motherboard series gets unveiled, some boards will feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi' (full post)

The next version of Android will be another iteration of Jelly Bean, will arrive as Android 4.3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 6, 2013 10:30 am

Most have been expecting Google to unveil Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie" at Google I/O in a couple of weeks, but ahead of that HTC have teased an event scheduled for May 16 in San Francisco, where HTC developers will talk about new features on Android 4.3.

 

the_next_version_of_android_will_be_another_iteration_of_jelly_bean_will_arrive_as_android_4_3_01

 

These new features will include Bluetooth Low Energy and Open GL ES 3.0. The members of the group will be receiving "an overview of the BLE specification and take us through the new APIs with some hands-on demos with various devices, heart rate monitors, key finders, and multi-sensor kits (temperature, pressure, humidity, accelerometer)".

 

We should see a new Neuxs phone unveiled at Google I/O with Android 4.3 inside, as well as LTE capabilities and hopefully, expandable storage. I'm guessing we'll also see a screen bump from 4-inch to 4.7-inch or so.

Left 4 Dead 2 becomes available on Linux in beta form

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 6, 2013 8:26 am

Valve have just made Left 4 Dead 2 available to Linux users, in beta form. The first-person zombie shooter is now available under the Ubuntu OS, if you'd like to go ahead and try it out.

 

left_4_dead_2_becomes_available_on_linux_in_beta_form_07

 

Early reports pegged the earlier versions of the game running at single-digit frame rates, which is obviously not good enough. There's now a fully functional beta client available on Steam.

Anti-child abuse ads go next-gen, use lenticular printing to show different ads based on the height of the person

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 6, 2013 7:31 am

A very interesting new awareness campaign is hitting the streets, in the hope of stopping child abuse, as well as help their victims find support. The ANAR Foundation have begun using lenticular printing, which has allowed them to create outdoor ads that appear differently to adults and children.

 

 

If an adult walks past, the display will read "sometimes, child abuse is only visible to the child suffering it". But, if viewed from the average height of a ten-year-old child, the advertisement is very different. The image of the child is changed to that of an abused child, and includes ANAR's hotlin number, telling kids "if somebody hurts you, phone us and we'll help you".

 

anti_child_abuse_ads_go_next_gen_use_lenticular_printing_to_show_different_ads_based_on_the_height_of_the_person_06

 

This type of advertisement seems perfect for kids who are in danger at that moment, where they might have been kidnapped for example, or if their parents or guardian, or someone close to them, has been abusing them and they didn't know how to reach out to someone.

Gigabyte's Z87X-UD3H smiles for the camera, Haswell is getting close!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 6, 2013 5:57 am

PC & Tech Authority have just posted a bunch of pictures of their exclusive look at Gigabyte's Z87X-UD3H motherboard, and boy does it look good. The Haswell-capable board features a slick color scheme consisting of black, grey and blue.

 

gigabyte_s_z87x_ud3h_smiles_for_the_camera_haswell_is_getting_close_10

 

gigabyte_s_z87x_ud3h_smiles_for_the_camera_haswell_is_getting_close_09

 

The Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H comes with three full-sized x16 PCIe slots, three x1 PCIe slots, and still, a PCI slot. There's eight SATA ports, 4 DIMM slots, on-board power/reset/CMOS clear buttons, and a SATA power connection that will give the motherboard more power if needed. Gone are the usual molex connectors for some more power, thankfully.

Continue reading 'Gigabyte's Z87X-UD3H smiles for the camera, Haswell is getting close!' (full post)

BlackBerry R10 leaks see a cheaper Q10 forming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 6, 2013 5:31 am

BlackBerry aren't letting the smartphone war pass them by, with leaks of their new handset appearing on the Internet. DGtle have a report, claiming they have some specs on the upcoming mid-range BB handset.

 

blackberry_r10_leaks_see_a_cheaper_q10_forming_04

 

The new BlackBerry R10 will keep it's bigger brother's 3.1-inch screen and 2GB of RAM. Dropping what the Q10 had, the R10 will have a slightly less capable camera, a 5-megapixel shooter, 8GB of storage and 1,800mAh battery. This isn't too bad, but it is a step down from the Q10 specs. We should hear more on this smartphone during the BlackBerry Live conference next week.

Galaxy S4 ad takes another swipe at the iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 6, 2013 4:30 am

Samsung's latest ad for the Galaxy S4 aimed at the American market is here, taking some swipes at Apple's iPhone. The ad centers around a high-school graduation party by the pool, where the graduates are using Galaxy S4 smartphones.

 

 

Their parents, the 'oldies' are using iPhones, while the youngsters show off their cool features on the Galaxy S4. These features include the ability to swipe your hand in front of your S4 to answer the call, or use your S4 to turn on and control your compatible TV. They also touch phones together to transfer photos, all making the iPhone look like it's stuck in 2007.

Continue reading 'Galaxy S4 ad takes another swipe at the iPhone' (full post)

Xbox 360 disc changer made from Lego, controlled by a smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 6, 2013 3:30 am

Someone has a little too much time on their hands, but has made something unbelievable cool - a disc changer for the Xbox 360 made from Lego. Yes, Lego. The Changer uses 3 x NXT's and is controlled through Bluetooth.

 

 

The Changer is made from 3 NXT's, 7 NXT servos, an RC motor, a light sensor, two color sensors and around 3000 parts. The claws of The Changer are operated with a pneumatic system with the disc selected by the user sending The Changer a message between 1 and 32 as The Changer holds 32 discs. The average change time for discs sits at around 42 seconds.

Continue reading 'Xbox 360 disc changer made from Lego, controlled by a smartphone' (full post)

US citizens' phone calls, and all electronic data is captured and recorded by the FBI, accessible by the government

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 6, 2013 2:26 am

Tim Clemente, a former FBI counterterrorism agent claims that there is a 'Person of Interest'-type surveillance network used by the US government to monitors their citizens. Clemente talked about this when he appeared on CNN Wednesday night.

 

us_citizens_phone_calls_and_all_electronic_data_is_captured_and_recorded_by_the_fbi_accessible_by_the_government_01

 

The discussion turned to the Boston Marathon attack, and past telephone calls with Katherine Russell and her deceased husband, suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The former FBI agent said those conversations would be available to investigators. Clemente discussed the issue in an exchange, below, with host Erin Burnett:

 

BURNETT: ' Tim, is there any way, obviously, there is a voice mail they can try to get the phone companies to give that up at this point. It's not a voice mail. It's just a conversation. There's no way they actually can find out what happened, right, unless she tells them?'

 

CLEMENTE: 'No, there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It's not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out.'

 

BURNETT: 'So they can actually get that? People are saying, look, that is incredible.'

 

CLEMENTE: 'No, welcome to America. All of that

Continue reading 'US citizens' phone calls, and all electronic data is captured and recorded by the FBI, accessible by the government' (full post)

Ouya shipments are ahead of schedule, all backers will receive their consoles before the end of May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2013 8:39 am

Ouya have pushed out 'Project Update #25' and included inside is an update on the shipping status of their Android-powered console. For the week just gone, they have "successfully eclipsed 50 percent of units shipped and remain ahead of schedule to complete all shipments by the end of May".

 

ouya_shipments_are_ahead_of_schedule_all_backers_will_receive_their_consoles_before_the_end_of_may_06

 

Because they are this far in the game now, Ouya have completed their first production run, with all of their tools operating as needed to get all of the Ouya units to consumers. Other events this week for Ouya include the Limited Edition consoles rolling off the production line. International shipments have been slowed down because of an issue with the power adapter, which was caught early enough to be rectified before units began shipping.

 

The Limited Edition Ouya consoles should begin shipping in the coming days, meaning I should get mine in the next couple of weeks!

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts
View Our Latest Videos

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
loading