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ReportTT: BlackBerry Z10 returns outnumber sales

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 10:32 pm

Things aren't looking so good for BlackBerry. According to various analysts, BlackBerry's flagship Z10 suffered from weak sales. Now analysts are suggesting that the number of returns are actually outpacing the number of sales. This is not good news for BlackBerry.

 

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"We believe key retail partners have seen a significant increase in Z10 returns to the point where, in several cases, returns are now exceeding sales, a phenomenon we have never seen before," Detwiler analyst Jeff Johnston wrote.

 

BlackBerry responds:

BlackBerry wishes to respond to media coverage today regarding speculation that there have been abnormally high levels of returns of BlackBerry Z10 devices. This is absolutely false. Our data shows that return rates for BlackBerry Z10 devices both in the U.S. and on a global basis are in line with or better than our expectations and are consistent with return rates for other premium smartphones in the market today.

NVIDIA shows off Kepler Mobile by displaying incredible graphics rendered using the new chip

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 10:02 pm

Today, NVIDIA is hosting its investor day at which CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed off graphics produced with its next-generation mobile GPU. The new GPU is currently known as Kepler Mobile and Huang said that NVIDIA made a huge investment to take its high-end Kepler products and shrink them down for use in mobile devices.

 

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The interesting benefits of this is that smartphones and tablets could soon be able to play games that utilize DirectX 11. "We want to get multiple years ahead of the competition. It was worth the sacrifice," Huang said.

 

To show what Kepler Mobile is capable of, Huang demoed Kepler Mobile playing Battlefield 3. The future of tablet gaming looks bright indeed.

Psy's new single Gentleman to debut April 13 on YouTube

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 9:03 pm

We know you all loved Psy's hit single Gangnam Style. After all, it was the first YouTube video to surge past one billion views on YouTube. Not wanting to be forgotten, Psy has announced that his next single will be livestreamed from Seoul World Cup Stadium via YouTube on April 13 at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

 

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If you're not going to be awake at that time, YouTube will rebroadcast the event for 24 hours after it first airs. Psy has promised that Gentleman will feature a new dance move. "I can't tell you about the dance but all Koreans know this dance - but [those in] other countries haven't seen it," Psy said.

 

If you want to hear the song ahead of the live event, you can check it out on Soundcloud. Let us know what you think of the song in the comments.

Google introduces tool to plan digital afterlife, will allow you to delete data after your death

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 8:25 pm

Google has introduced a new tool that Facebook and other sites with lots of personal information should take note of. Called Inactive Account Manager, the new tool allows you to decide what to do with your data after your death or inability to access Google's services.

 

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Like the name implies, the tool keeps track of how long it has been since you last logged in to a Google service. Once it passes a certain threshold set by each user, Google will either delete the data, allow someone else to access it, or something else. Before the inactive period time is up, Google will warn you with a text message and e-mail.

 

For example, you can choose to have your data deleted - after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. Or you can select trusted contacts to receive data from some or all of the following services: +1s; Blogger; Contacts and Circles; Drive; Gmail; Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams; Picasa Web Albums; Google Voice and YouTube. Before our systems take any action, we'll first warn you by sending a text message to your cellphone and email to the secondary address you've provided.

 

The Inactive Account Manager can be accessed via your Google Account settings page. I'll now patiently wait for Facebook to introduce a similar feature.

Intel details Haswell overclocking at IDF Beijing, not too much different from Ivy Bridge

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 7:53 pm

Intel has detailed overclocking the new Haswell architecture at IDF Beijing and not much has changed from overclocking Ivy Bridge. One major difference between Ivy Bridge and the upcoming Haswell architecture is that Haswell features just one voltage input that can be as high as 3.04v. Ivy Bridge had numerous different voltage inputs that were controlled externally.

 

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The one new rule of thumb for overclocking Haswell is that the input voltage (VCCIN) needs to be at least 400mV higher than the core voltage (VCORE). This yields VCCIN >= VCORE + 400mV.

 

Other changes include an increased max multiplier--80x vs 63x--though this doesn't mean Haswell will be able to achieve 8Ghz. Intel has also included BCLK ratios that are present on the X79 platform.

 

There are plenty of other nuances for overclocking the new Haswell CPUs and HWBot has done a great job of detailing all the ins and outs, so head over to source #1 below to check it out!

LeakedTT: Apple has the good vibrations with new dual head motor, new iPhone's already in production?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 6:30 pm

Images have popped up on the internet this morning that are rumored to picture some of the hardware components for the next-generation iPhone. Obtained by iLab Factory, the image shoes off the vibration and button controls for the upcoming low-cost iPhone.

 

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In the photo we can see a dual-head vibration motor, which is said to be a cheaper solution to a larger counter weighted single head motor. Also featured is three push buttons and some form of a sensor.

 

Electronista says that the motor is actually more similar to that used in the forthcoming iPhone 5S, and that the report could have been misinterpreted, or that both products could be using the same motor and button hardware.

 

Either way, images of production parts could mean that all of the rumors of a pending new iPhone along with a redesigned iPhone 5 could be launching in the near future.

Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox suspends trading admits massive fluctuations in price

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 5:24 pm

The most popular Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, has suspended all trading for the next 12 hours amidst massive fluctuations in Bitcoin value. Yesterday we saw Bitcoin's reach a record value of $260, which was quickly followed by a massive crash, that resulted in the virtual currency loosing half of its value in minutes.

 

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When the market reopened this morning, prices quickly recovered to about $190, which was soon followed by another big drop back down to $120. With speculation most likely driving the roller coaster ride, Mt. Gox decided to close trading for 12 hours in hopes that things would settle down.

 

In a statement, Mt. Gox said:

 

"Market Cooldown for 12 hours

 

Orders will not be accepted for the moment as we need to upgrade our database to accommodate the trading volume. However, you may still cancel your pending and open orders. Trading will resume at 11.00 am JST. Our apologies for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this issue."

Samsung releases Series 9 Premium Ultrabooks with full HD resolution

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 4:31 pm

This morning Samsung announced the release of its much anticipated Series 9 Premium Ultrabook with full HD resolution. Featuring a 1920x1080 SuperBright display, the Series 9 laptop reproduce 16 million colors, giving users a photo and video experience like never before.

 

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Weighing in at just 2.5 pounds and slimming down to half an inch thick, the Series 9 looks to be a formidable contender in the ultra-portable class of Ultrabooks. The weight saving and slim size are attributed to an all-aluminum uni-body design that rivals the MacBook Air in beauty.

 

The Series 9 not only looks good, but it packs a punch as well by sporting hardware such as an Intel Core i7 processor, 128GB SSD and an Intel Integrated HD 4000 graphics chipset. A battery life of 5.8 hours will get users through most domestic flights, as well as any situation where connectivity to the power grid is not feasible.

 

Retailing at $1399.99, the Series 9 Ultrabook is now available for purchase through major retailers.

Weekly Giveaway: Win a speedy Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB SSD

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 4:10 pm

This week we have teamed up with Plextor who are giving away one of its new and fast M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB SSD drives.

 

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When our own Chris Ramseyer reviewed the M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB he awarded it with our TweakTown Best Features Award, and gave it a high rating of 92%. He had this to say:

 

"The M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB does cost less than 840 Pro and Vector and that makes up for the slight decrease in performance. All three drives in this capacity size are smoking fast and I doubt anyone would feel a difference while in use. The benchmark tests highlight the micro differences and they appear much larger than what you would notice in the real world, but for some that matters.

 

Plextor did raise the bar of their products with the new Xtreme drives. The new NAND flash also produces a nice increase in sequential performance, but at the cost of random performance. The sequential increase easily outweighs the small loss of random performance though since you will actually notice the sequential boost."

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Twitter's URL shortening service went down this morning, everything is working again now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 4:01 pm

This morning Twitter users found themselves unable to navigate to any links that were shortened by Twitter's own URL shortening service. AllThingsD reported that the company had no comment on the issue, and Twitter's status blog had no information on the outage either.

 

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At one point in the morning, Twitter switched over to the URL shortening service Bit.ly, which fixed the situation temporarily. At the time of this writing, the service has been restored to Twitter's in-house URL shortener and several test confirm that everything is back to normal and working fine.

 

We just noticed an issue with our link to our Twitter account from TweakTown, which doesn't work with the trailing slash in the URL, whereas it did before this morning. We're not sure what happened to Twitter, but we'll report back if details come to hand.

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