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Acer Iconia Tab A510 begins hitting retailers in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 9:31 am

Acer's NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered tablet, Iconia Tab A510, has begun its life on retailer shelves in America. It's currently in stock from Acer, and other retailers, and is priced at $450 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model. Acer's Iconia Tab A510 comes with Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

 

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If you buy the tablet from Acer, you'll get the Olympic Game Edition, which has the competition's logo on the back, but is pretty much identical to the reference design. Acer's A510 sports NVIDIA's Tegra 3 which clocks in at 1.3GHz and is a quad-core, if you didn't already know. Other than that, it is nearly similar to its predecessor, the A500, including its 1280x800-pixel display, and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.

 

The front-facing camera is just 1-megapixel, which is good enough for self-portraits (duck faces and all), and video chat. Acer still have their Iconia Tab A700 to launch, which will be their high-end model, and will be specced similar to the A510, apart from sporting a Full HD 1080p display.

RumorTT: Samsung could skip GALAXY S III name for 'next GALAXY' device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 8:26 am

The latest rumor to hit about Samsung's next GALAXY device is that they might drop the GALAXY S III name. This would be a move that would allow Samsung to not scare off customers with a new device, that might not be the huge leap some are expecting from the GALAXY S III.

 

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Apple did a similar move with the iPhone 4S, which wasn't a big jump from the iPhone 4. Samsung hit a home run with the GALAXY S II, as it has become their most successful smartphone ever. Samsung will most likely not change the overall look of the phone, and just beef up some of the components and features instead.

 

We should still expect Samsung to bake in their quad-core Exynos processor, beef it up to a 1080p HD display, and integrated 4G LTE should make an appearance, too. Storage is said to be topped out at 32GB, with a 16GB model optioned. Storage has never been a problem on non-iPhone smartphones, as SD cards play a big part of upgradeable storage giving the customers much more room to move within the phone itself.

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IKEA unveils Uppleva, all-in-one TV, Blu-ray, surround sound and subwoofer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:28 am

IKEA, how do you do it? Well, anyone familiar with the Sweden-based company would agree that their designs are simple, cheap and effective. You don't go walking into IKEA expecting the world for chump change. You expect your chump change to change your world. Your world being defined by the change in your pocket, and IKEA, have done it again.

 

 

Enter "Uppleva", an all-in-one TV and stand with storage built-in cooperation with China's TCL Multimedia. It also sports a Blu-ray/DVD player, surround sound and a wireless subwoofer. Details and specs on the TV are not available at the moment, but Uppleva also features USB ports, four HDMI ports, FM radio and internet connectivity.

 

Uppleva should come in various colors and designs, and should be popular for smaller houses, units, apartments, etc. Uppleva starts at 6,500 Swedish crowns (roughly $960). Not too bad considering what you get in the package itself.

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Microsoft veteran says that ALL Windows Phone 7 devices would get an upgrade to 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:24 am

Microsoft Evangelist Nuno Silva was involved in a video interview that has been posted by Portugese site Zwame, where it's been suggested that ALL Windows Phone devices, even those from the first-generation will get an upgrade to the next-gen OS.

 

 

Outside of this interview, Microsoft have barely whispered about the future of Windows Phone, whether its even in development or not. It's believed that Windows Phone 8/Apollo could break the mould on how Windows Phone 7 behaves. There could be enough code compatibility with the desktop that its apps could run on Windows 8 with minimal porting. Wouldn't that be nice?

 

Of course, we should expect new features in the next-gen OS that would require next-gen hardware. But the underlying OS should work on lower-end devices, but would most likely include restrictions. Apple does this on their devices with iOS versions, same with Google's Android OS.

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Dishonored gets its debut trailer, looks very impressive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:08 am

The debut trailer for Dishonored is out, and for those of you who haven't heard about it (like me until just now) it's a new first-person stealth action game from Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks. Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. Sounds good, doesn't it?

 

 

Bethesda and Arkane Studios explain Dishonored as:

 

Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with strange technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man.

 

Dishonored features a creative, and flexible combat system where you can combine many supernatural abilities, as well as weapons and unusual gadgets to take our your foes. You can go after your enemies under the cover of darkness, or go head-on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each missions plays out based on the choices you make throughout the game.

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Alienware M18X R2 specs have been leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 6:26 am

Dell's upcoming Alienware M18X R2 gaming notebook is nearly upon us, and what a beast it is. First up the Alienware M18X R2 is an 18.4-inch beast of a notebook, with a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution LCD White-LED Glossy screen.

 

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Filling this out are three CPU options, all Intel Ivy Bridge-based Core i7 models, with the i7-3610QM, i7-3720QM and i7-3820QM at 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and 2.7GHz, respectively. Storage-wise, we have normal HDD options and SSD options, the HDD options come in either 500 or 750GB, both at 7200RPM. SSD-wise, we have three options, 256/512GB Samsung PM830, 32/64GB Samsung PM830 or 512GB Micron C400. The SSDs are all SATA 6Gbps standard.

 

RAM options are not too bad either, with 1600MHz on offer in 2, 4 and 8GB as well as 1866MHz for 2GB options. Let's get onto the juicy stuff, shall we? GPU options are quite kick arse, with 3 different options. Radeon HD 7970M in CrossFire, GeForce GTX 675M in SLI, or a GeForce GTX 660M (it's unknown if this will be a single-GPU or SLI offering).

 

AC Adapter will be either 240W or 330W. All I can say, is I want one. This would make a pretty killer notebook. The one thing I'm disappointed in is that they're still only sporting 1920x1080 displays. We really should see these being bumped up to 2560x1xx0 displays (1440 or 1600).

Intel's Chief River Ivy Bridge-powered laptops arrive on June 5, thanks, Mr. Lenovo roadmap

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 5:33 am

Wanted to know when Intel's Chief River Ivy Bridge chipsets would be made available, well thanks to a product roadmap from Lenovo, we should expect them on June 5. Lenovo lists the date as the official on-sale date for its upcoming, yet unannounced slew of laptops sporting the new silicon.

 

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Intel isn't offering anywhere near that level of information, but it would be nice of Intel to make this stuff official, instead of keeping their customers guessing. But, guessing customers, are customers who aren't fully aware of what's just around the corner, and you've got to move that inventory somehow, right?

 

The full document can be found here, but we're looking at June 5 as the day to keep our eyes peeled.

RumorTT: Samsung stops production of GALAXY Tab 2 10.1, will upgrade it to a quad-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 4:20 am

According to NetbookNews' Korean Samsung insider, Samsung have stopped the production of the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 so that they can upgrade it to a quad-core processor. Previous specs pointed toward the next-gen GALAXY tablet to sport a dual-core processor, but it seems Samsung have come to their senses.

 

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Samsung's internal codename for the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 is "Espresso", and this quad-core processor will sure give it the... shot.. it needs to compete with other tablets. No specifics were given on the new upgraded quad-core processor, but it will most likely be one of Samsung's Exynos chips.

 

Samsung are also updating the GALAXY Note 10.1 to a quad-core, and we should hopefully see more of this rolling through Samsung's smart devices. Remember, their "next GALAXY" is unveiled in just over a fortnights time, and I'm pegging my bets on that sporting a quad-core processor too.

In Arizona, you're pregnant two weeks before conception - this is now the law

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 3:41 am

Normally, one is considered pregnant after conception, but not so according to a new law in Arizona. The law now states, that women are now legally pregnant two weeks before conception. I've bolded before, as I really need to emphasize this.

 

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The new law named "Women's Health and Safety Act", was signed by Republican Governer Jan Brewer. This new legislation is designed to reduce the amount of time a woman is allowed to have a legal abortion, and is one of the most absolutely insane bills to enter America. The bill was sponsored by Arizona State Rep. Kimberly Yee (pictured above), who last month penned an op-ed titled "No drug test, no welfare", where she wrote:

 

States have an obligation to hold those on public assistance accountable for their actions. Receiving a public benefit is a privilege, not a right. The debate on drug testing welfare recipients is simply about the responsible use of tax dollars.

 

Surely there's something in the water in Arizona? Another point, is its two women pushing this... they should really know better, especially on the going ons of a females reproductive system.

Halo 4 will launch on November 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 3:23 am

Halo 4 now has a release date, Microsoft have announced that Master Chief will return with a worldwide launch beginning on November 6. Halo 4 is set four years after the events in Halo 3, with Master Chief returning to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.

 

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Halo 4 will be the first outing in the Halo universe to be developed by a company other than Bungie, with 343 Industries taking the wheel. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios says:

 

We are beginning a new saga with 'Halo 4' and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of 'Halo' games and experiences. Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and, with 'Halo 4' leading the charge, we're confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history.

 

That's not all. Tonight, Conan O'Brien will help celebrate this fall's launch of Halo 4 with a special segment on CONAN on TBS at 11pm PDT/10pm CDT.

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