In knowing it's where much of the activity is of late, Cyberlink, makers of one of the most popular DVD and Blu-ray playback softwares of all time have acknowledged the massive uprising of Android powered devices, thus making efforts to produce "PowerDVD Mobile" which it has just now made available on the Android marketplace.
PowerDVD Mobile is an all-in-one media player suited to tablets running Android Honeycomb (3.x). With it you can create playlists, organize your media collection, stream media from a PC that also has PowerDVD installed, wirelessly save MP4 videos, photos and music from PowerDVD on the PC, and of course provide video, music and photo playback. There is also a function for one-click photo enhancement and slideshow creations.
Think you'll be able to make good use of a neat, compact portable Blu-ray writer? Samsung has just launched one dubbed the SE-506AB. It features a sleek, slim design using a hi-gloss anti-scratch coating.
While Samsung's announcement does not mention exact dimensions, they say it's a good 12% smaller than their conventional Blu-ray drive, making it a much more friendly Blu-ray partner on the go. Conveniently, the drive only needs USB connectivity, also sourcing its power from the same cable.
Samsung has implemented error-safe features such as Buffer UnderRun technology to prevent errors regardless of any possible heavy multi-tasking going on during the burning phase that may otherwise result in a coaster. Samsung ODD's exclusive AV connectivity tech is also featured on the SE-506AB that gives users the ability to plug it directly into a multimedia TV's USB port for direct playback of content.
Along with the launch of their new ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player, Creative has also extended its Sound Blaster family of audio products with the Recon3D today. This is a USB bases audio device which gives cross-platform support for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac.
Running dimensions not much different to your typical gaming mouse, the Sound Blaster Recon3D is a compact USB audio solution which promises a dramatic improvement in audio playback quality and immersion thanks to THX StudioPro, a full suite of audio enhancements developed by Creative and THX audio engineers.
The Recon3D also features Dolby Digital via its optical input, giving full 5.1 surround decoding, which combined with THX TruStudio Pro promises excellent accuracy and positional audio playback in conjunction with a gaming headset.
The crew over at Engadget have been reporting live from IFA in Berlin which kicked into full swing today and share with us some hands-on time with a new slim and sexy Ultrabook offering from Acer on the horizon, the 13mm-thin, 13.3-inch sized Aspire S3.
Acer made promise of some pretty impressive specs and features during the press conference including seven hours of battery life, just 1.5 seconds to resume out of sleep mode, 2 seconds to connect to WiFi and solid performance thanks to the range of low voltage Core i3, i5 or i7 processors to choose from.
As mentioned, in efforts to compare their views to all the press hype, Engadget got some much anticipated hands-on time with the Aspire S3 which you can watch via the source link below. Further down the page you will also spot a second streaming video that focuses on Acer's claims of super fast resume from sleep (albeit slightly exaggerated).
MeeGo's future is looking a little grim at this time with little to no takeup from partners which has resulted in Intel apparently putting its in-house OS on hold well into 2012, if not eventually choosing to bomb it entirely.
With Nokia choosing to stick to variants of Symbian (Belle being a newly launched revision) and setting its sights ahead on Windows Phone (apart from the N9, the only phone Nokia chose to use MeeGo on), and most other smartphone and tablet makers opting for Android or WP7, it's become a case of 'can't beat 'em? Then join 'em' for Intel which Digitimes reports is looking to transfer efforts into Android and WP work.
However, with that said, Windows Phone raises a question in that it currently only runs on ARM processors; even more specifically, due to chassis guidelines from Microsoft around what WP7 partners are allowed to use, a Qualcomm Snapdragon.
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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