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ASUS Transformer Prime release in US on December 12 online, December 19 retail

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 6:37 am

ASUS' awesome looking Eee Pad Transformer Prime is set to be released in just under two weeks from now, with a release date for online purchases on December 12, and retail shelves one week later on December 19.

 

ASUS could change these dates slightly, depending on how pre-orders go, but if you're after one, you should be able to get your hands sticky with some goody Ice Cream Sandwich before Santa arrives.

 

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In regards to price, the 32GB version is $499, 64GB will sell for $599 and if you'd like the keyboard dock, it will set you back $149. Quick and nice news on the Prime today, hopefully ASUS send us one or thirty to review, keep and rub against our faces making lovey sounds against.

Apple TV is coming, details are finally worming out of the apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 5:12 am

I didn't think this would be this soon, details on Apple TV, but here we go. Apple analyst Gene Munster has reiterated his belief that Apple is set to launch a TV in 2012.

 

Munster made the comments at Business Insiders' IGNITION: Future of Media conference this morning. Gene is so sure that Apple TV is coming he told anyone thinking of buying a new TV set to actually wait, because Apple's TV is going to be that awesome.

 

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Samsung announces Exynos 5250, Cortex-A15, 2GHz, dual-core

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 4:23 am

Samsung have today announced their first Cortex-A15 System-on-a-Chip (SoC), the Exynos 5250. The chip is clocked at 2GHz and is built on a 32nm process, which should offer competitive per core performance as the Qualcomm and TI designs that will come out in 2012.

 

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Compute performance is set to be doubled over the current 1.5GHz Cortex-A9-based Exynos processors, and memory bandwidth is quoted at 12.8GB/sec. Samsung haven't mentioned the on-board GPU, where performance is expected to be four-fold over their earlier Exynos models, which should kick some ass against Apple's A5 SoC.

 

New power-saving technology involves a low-power frame buffer for static screens, which should allow the GPU to be fully powered down when displaying just the home screen or another static image. Next-generation tablet screens are expected to hit WQXGA (2560x1600), which means the GPU will have to be suped up to handle it.

UN hacked, details of over 1,000 accounts released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 3:14 am

Teampoison are reportedly behind an intrusion into the United Nations, in which they gained access to at least one of the UN's servers, where they stole over 1,000 e-mail addresses, usernames and passwords during the hack.

 

Teampoison posted their hacked goodies online through Pastebin, along with messages explaining the reasoning behind the attack, where they've said:

 

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A Senate for Global Corruption, the United Nations sits to facilitate the introduction of a New World Order and a One World Government as outlined by Brock Chisolm the former Director of UNWHO.

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Lenovo set to launch Windows Phone-powered smartphone in 2H 2012, LePhone is not a reddit joke

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 2:23 am

Le news of today is LePhone S2 which has been teased as a Windows Phone, but Lenono have confirmed this news yesterday that an upcoming product will be released powered by Microsoft's mobile OS.

 

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LePhone was released in May 2010 and enjoyed 700,000 sales, nothing to brag about, but better than nothing. Product manager Chen Yue told iMobile that Lenovo is now aiming to release a Windows Phone in the second half of 2012.

 

But that's it - no other information. No specs, no prices, no mention of an international launch. LePhone. It has a nice ring to it.

AMD Catalyst 11.11c performance drivers are out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 1:45 am

It is a great time for AMD graphics card owners, with releases of new drivers for what seems every few days. Today AMD have released the Catalyst 11.11c performance drivers.

 

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The new Catalyst 11.11c drivers include AMD CrossFireX performance scaling for the AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The drivers include everything the Catalyst 11.11b did, with a list of features below:

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Meg Whitman, CEO of HP, set to make WebOS decision within a fortnight

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 2, 2011 1:25 am

WebOS, it's gone. WebOS, it's back. Now HP is set to announce the fate of WebOS within the fortnight, according to CEO Mig Whitman in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro.

 

Whitman hasn't hinted at what direction HP might take with WebOS, but she has said that HP have a team of roughly 600 people in limbo and that they need to have another operating system. WebOS has been up in the air, which I'm sure most of you all know about. HP's TouchPad tablet had its priced slashed to $99 and enjoyed some huge sales in that time.

 

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HP did acquire Palm in April 2010 for the tidy sum of $1.2 billion, with WebOS a key part of that deal. HP have recently announced plans for Windows 8 tablets, which will arrive next year with Windows 8. More news as it comes.

Zynga lowering IPO valuation to $10 billion range

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 12:47 pm

Social game developer Zynga are set to start talking with potential public investors on Monday ahead of a mid-December IPO. Reuters have some early details, with reports of Zynga wanting to raise around $900 million by selling 10-percent of its stock at a range between $8 and $10 per share, for a valuation of around $10 billion, according to the report.

 

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It was speculated previously that Zynga would be eyeing down the hallway of between $15 and $20 billion, but those estimates are quite off from what we've recently seen. What is contributing to the scale down in valuation? Well, Zynga have concerns over larger economic issues such as the ongoing financial crisis in Europe, and the poor reception that other tech IPOs have had recently.

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PlayStation 3 System Software Update is out, v4.00 is live

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 12:10 pm

Sony have release a new system software update, version 4.00 for some. Not all users, but some at this stage. This new version is in preparation of the NGP launch, PlayStation Vita in Japan.

 

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This update will prepare the PS3 to serve as a content management device, allowing users to copy over media such as games, music, photos, and videos between the PS Vita and PS3. It will also allow the backing up of PS Vita save data to your PS3 hardware, and update the system software for your PS Vita using the network features of your PS3.

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Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablet arrives, in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 11:14 am

If you want an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is your only real choice. Well, so you thought. An Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablet has surfaced in China, and looks to be a Xoom clone.

 

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It uses dated hardware, but still runs Android 4.0.1. The device is a 10.1-inch tablet, and sports an NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, dual cameras, GPS, HDMI, a 7000 mAh battery, and a 3G SIM card slot.

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