Today brings reason to celebrate for Google, marking Chrome's third anniversary since the open source web browser was first launched. This is a browser that needs no introduction with it being a widely favoured choice across the globe, in businesses, at home and on the go.
Things have certainly come a long way even in the three years since Chrome graced the web, making significant strides in speed, simplicity and security.
At this special time, to give insight to the evolution of major web technologies and browsers, Google has also put together a fantastic interactive infographic built using HTML5 that looks at all things web/browser wise as far back as the early 1990s when Netscape was king.
Hello again TweakTown - this week's been an odd one, with our News Ed taking a trip to Silicon Valley for the first time for GTC 2011 - so here's some of that and more.
At GlobalFoundries' GTC 2011, TechEye heard a lot about GloFo blowing its own trumpet on all of its achievements with High-K Metal Gate manufacturing. Several top execs claimed it has "tamed the beast", which will give it a real edge on other competitors, including top rival TSMC. Meanwhile, the upstart assured us that it's sitting on a treasure-trove of patents in the semiconductor industry and it has plans for the 14nm process just around the corner. We spotted some bunnies, too.
Gigabyte outs Bulldozer speeds on GA-990FXA-UD7, AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz will want to be on your motherboard
Gigabyte has updated their CPU support page for the GA-990FXA-UD7 and with F4 BIOS and above, it will support the AMD Bulldozer range of CPUs. But with this information in hand, we now know the top to bottom clock speeds of the chips. First up we have the FX-4100 which will have a clock speed of 3.6GHz and a 95W requirement and the top of the pile FX-8150 with the same clock speed (double the cores) and a 125W requirement.
As you can see above, the full listing is shown. We're inching closer til the Bulldozer arrives!
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.5.5.
TechPowerUp today announced the latest version of GPU-Z, the graphics hardware information and diagnostic utility trusted by the PC enthusiast community at large. Version 0.5.5 comes with support for the latest graphics processors, makes the interface a little more accessible to users, and improves stability and reliability.
To begin with, GPU-Z 0.5.5 adds full support for AMD A-Series accelerated processing units (the Radeon GPU component embedded in them), a load of new and lesser-known GPUs from NVIDIA including GeForce GT 560 Ti OEM, GT 545, GT 530, GeForce GTX 580M, GT 555M, GeForce 520MX, GT 520M, 410M, 305M, Quadro 5000, Quadro 4000M, Quadro 400; from AMD including Radeon HD 6290, Radeon E6760 & E4690, FirePro V8800, FirePro V3700, FirePro 2460 (FireMV); and the recently launched ASUS ROG MARS II, which probably got Santa's inbox flooded by now.
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Nokia Australia has just announced that their MeeGo-based Nokia N9 will be available through Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and all major retailers next month. The suggested price is AUD$799 before subsidies and taxes. Retailers that are set to receive the Nokia N9 are Allphones, Big W, Crazy John's, Dick Smith, JB Hi-Fi, Fone Zone, Harvey Norman, Leading Edge Telecoms, Network Communications, TeleChoice and Virgin Mobile.
Ross Parker, general manager of Devices and Pricing at Vodafone said:
The N9 will be Nokia's flagship device for 2011 with good reason, and we are thrilled to be delivering the N9 to our customers on Australia's best value mobile plan range, Vodafone Infinite.
Sony has shown off their new 720p OLED 3DTV with 5.1 virtual surround is the equivalent of a 150-inch screen and costs $US800. The thing comes in at under 500g and you put it on your head and wear it like the coolest person on the Earth. It's selling point is obviously gamers, movie lovers and all-out geeks like myself and I'm sure, half or more of our readers. The eye-sized display appears to be roughly 150-inches and because there are two distinct displays (one for each eye) there is no crosstalk and therefore, no need for active shutter glasses.
All I can say is I want one of these and I want them now, shut up and take my money, Sony.
Creative have unleashed the ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player. The ZEN X-Fi3 sports the apt-X codec which brings superior Bluetooth transmission, and also features X-Fi technology which restores rich detail and retains high level of clarity for audio tracks. It's housed in a stylishly-designed player which delivers the best wireless audio while you're on the move. ZEN X-Fi3 also supports a huge range of audio formats inclusive of FLAC for die-hard lossless audio fans.
The player also includes video output so you can share movies and photos with family and friends on your big-screen. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to easily connect to compatible stereo Bluetooth speakers and headphones. The ZEN X-Fi3 also features responsive touch keys for easy navigation and playback control and surprisingly, a microSD card slot for additional storage. An integrated FM radio is also included.
Samsung have sure been busy, they've just announced two new products in the GALAXY-branded family at the IFA trade show in Germany. First up we have the GALAXY Note smartphone which is a 5.3-inch, 1280x800-pixel Super AMOLED crazy looking smartphone. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted it. It will be powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core, include an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a huge 2,500 mAh battery and software wise we have Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well as Samsung's dab of paint with their TouchWiz UI.
On the tablet front, the GALAXY Tab 7.7 is you guessed it, a 7.7-inch Android-powered tablet. It will sport a 1280x800-pixel Super AMOLED Plus display, the same 1.4GHz dual-core chip, embedded HSPA+ connectivity, up to 64GB of internal storage, dual cameras, a 5,100 mAh battery as well as Android 3.2 Gingerbread as well as the Samsung TouchWiz UI layer.
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