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32 Windows 8 tablets to launch in 2012, some for under $300

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:25 pm

The iPad currently accounts for somewhere in the neighborhood of 70% of all tablets worldwide. Microsoft is desperate to claim some of this market share and push Apple and the iPad down to only 50% by mid 2013. To do this, Microsoft is planning on unleashing 32 Windows 8 based tablets before the end of the year is up.

 

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The main part of this strategy seems to be based on the idea of flooding the market with tablets. Some of these tablets could hit the market as entry-level and come with a price tag of under $300...before tax. This would put them in the range of Amazon Kindle Fire and the rumoured Google Nexus tablet.

 

Apple could have some tricks remaining in order to combat these new tablets. There is that undying rumor of a smaller, cheaper iPad. Also, Apple makes quite a nice profit on the iPad. The profit is somewhere around 50%, so Apple has a large amount of leeway in the pricing of the regular iPad, if the rumor of the smaller iPad proves false.

Intel Core i7 3770K overclocked to a whopping 6.616 GHz

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 6:24 pm

hWhile the upcoming Ivy Bridge chips (think 3770K, etc) may suck on air, with a little bit of love and some extreme cooling solutions, it looks like these chips could prove to be pretty darn good overclockers. Chinese overclocker x-powerx800pro has managed, with the help of liquid nitrogen (LN2), to achieve a massive overclock of 6.616Ghz!!!! DAMN!

 

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That blows the socks off of my previous record of 5.5Ghz on my old 655K (note: I used a chilled water setup). Using a 63x multiplier and a base clock of 105.03MHz, he was able to achieve the massive overclock of 6.616GHz. Thank you 22nm goodness. However, pay no attention to the reported 'Core Voltage' in the following CPU screenshot.

 

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The core voltage reported is actually a bug. The real core voltage is much higher and comes in at a large, but not ridiculous, 1.85v. This chip is also showing up as an 'ES' which means engineering sample. This means that the retail version could clock much differently. And contrary to the rumor posted previously today, the screenshot does say 77W for the TDP.

 

It could disprove the rumor, or the TDP could be reported wrong due to it being an engineering sample or CPU-z may not have been updated to include updated numbers from Intel yet. I wouldn't count the rumor out just yet, but I would start scrounging for more exotic cooling solutions if you plan to overclock.

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Windows Phone marketing GM out after 5 months

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 5:34 pm

Apparently selling Windows Phone is not as easy as some people seem to think it is. Maybe this explains why Gavin Kim has left Microsoft just 5 months after he joined in as General Manager of Windows Phone Product Marketing. Before Microsoft, he was a vice president with Samsung.

 

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"We can confirm that Gavin Kim has made a personal decision to leave Microsoft," a Microsoft spokesperson said in an e-mail. "We feel very good about the work he has done to set the team, and its new lead Eugene Ho, up for success. We wish him all the best." No actual reasons for his departure have been given.

 

It will be interesting to watch and see if the marketing strategy of Windows Phone changes now that he is not with the company anymore. I'm sure he found the job difficult to stomach, what with the high expectations and poor results and all. "No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone," said a European telecom executive quoted in a Reuters report on Tuesday. The executive added, "If the Lumia with the same hardware came with Android in it and not Windows, it would be much easier to sell."

Nicki Minaj closes Twitter account to protest Web piracy

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 4:06 pm

The state of internet piracy, I'm sure, is at unprecedented levels. I think you would be hard-pressed to find a single household in the United States that hasn't done some sort of copyright infringement or straight illegal music downloading. Nicki Minaj has had enough after tracks from her upcoming, unreleased album ended up online.

 

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So she took the protest to her fans via Twitter, or rather, the lack of her having a Twitter anymore. In silent protest, she closed her Twitter account on Sunday. "Like seriously, it's but so much a person can take," Minaj wrote Sunday on Twitter just prior to closing down her account. She told fans, "Good f---ing bye," according to multiple reports.

 

This whole tirade came after Minaj accused the fan site NickiDaily.com of posting some of the tracks from her upcoming album online. More and more artists are speaking out against web piracy. In her defense, studies have shown that rap music is among the most pirated genres. However, it could just be a marketing ploy since leaking copyrighted material before it reaches market is a criminal offense.

First Intel smartphone launching later this week, according to CEO

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 3:11 pm

Mr. Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, spent yesterday briefing investors on first-quarter earnings. But it's not so much the earnings that we enjoyed finding out about. Rather, we much more enjoyed the comment about how "the launch of our first Intel architecture-based smartphone" will occur "later this week."

 

 

However, you may not be able to get your hands on the first one, since we last heard that the Lenovo K800 will be the first Intel phone and it is slated for China only. There are other rumors now that are saying that the Lava Xolo X900 will be the first Atom-powered smartphone and it is set to launch in India April 19.

 

Which ever is the case, it is unlikely that any US customers will get their hands on an Intel smartphone, at least for some time. Over the upcoming year, it is likely that other OEMs will be launching Intel-powered smartphones and these should end up being available for US customers. More as it comes.

RumorTT: Ivy Bridge top parts come with 95W TDP, worse overclocking than Sandy Bridge

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 2:05 pm

With the launch of Intel's Ivy Bridge getting extremely close, it's impossible to keep these retail chips out of the hands of people who haven't signed NDAs. More and more people are getting a hold of the chips and overclocking them. Someone has finally managed to snag a boxed retail version of the chip and found something interesting.

 

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As you can see in the picture above, the rated TDP is 95W. Intel has been telling us along the way that the quad-core Ivy Bridge parts were to be rated at 77W TDP, so this is quite the discrepancy. The only possible reason for this, other than it being the true TDP, is if there was a misprint on a large batch of processors, because sources are saying all of the boxes are marked this way.

 

Additionally, people overclocking the new part have found it to be a worse overclocker than Sandy Bridge. The main issue with overclocking is that because of Intel's new Tri-gate transistors, they are packed so tightly together that the die size is tiny and doesn't allow adequate heat removal. As such, overclockers are reporting that Ivy Bridge looks to be 200 - 300 Mhz worse than Sandy Bridge.

 

Somewhere between 4.6 - 4.7 Ghz the temperature gets so high the processor throttles. Of course, once we finally get a chip in to review, we will either be able to confirm this rumor or bust it. As for right now, take it with a grain of salt, however true it may appear to be.

Wednesday Morning Roundup for April 18, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 1:29 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, April 18th, 2012.

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower Case - Hi Tech Legion

Antec One Gaming Chassis - Techreaction.net

BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Case - BCCHardware

Silverstone Precision PS07B Micro-ATX Case - KitGuru

 

GPUs:

 

HIS Radeon HD 7770 iCooler 1GB Ghz Edition - TestFreaks

Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 2GB - PC Perspective

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Mobile App of the Day: Cut the Rope: Experiments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:30 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Cut the Rope: Experiments for Android.

 

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Cut the ropes, deliver candy to Om Nom, collect stars, and unlock new levels.

The follow-up to the award-winning mobile game Cut the Rope has arrived for Android! ZeptoLab's Cut the Rope: Experiments features the familiar and loveable little monster Om Nom who is discovered by a mad (but not bad) scientist determined to study his candy-loving behavior through a series of experiments.

Cut the ropes, release candy into Om Nom's mouth, collect shiny gold stars, and unlock new levels.

Join millions of people around the globe and help the Professor and Om Nom get through these wacky experiments!

 

Key Features:

 

- 125 new experiments (levels) across 5 colorful new settings, with more to come!

- 5 level packs: Getting Started, Shooting the Candy, Sticky Steps, Rocket Science, and Bath Time

- New gameplay elements like rope guns, suction cups, rockets, and water!

- New characters

- New storyline featuring commentary from the Professor

- New social integration: find hidden evidence for the Professor's photo album to share on Facebook.

- Scoreloop achievements and leaderboards - compare your progress to other rope cutters around the world!

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Deal of the Day: Dell UltraSharp U2711 LCD w/Dell XPS 8300 system for $1299.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 11:31 am

Our Deal of the Day is 27" Dell UltraSharp U2711 LCD Monitor Equipped Dell XPS 8300 with 2nd Gen Intel Core i7, 8GB Memory, 1TB HD for $1299.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Dell Home has a huge $887 off coupon on this configuration, taking the price from $2186.99 clear down to $1299.99 with FREE shipping. It includes the normally $999 27" Dell UltraSharp U2711 IPS based LCD monitor, with huge WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440), 80,000:1 dynamic contrast, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 6ms response, 110% color gamut, built-in 4-port USB 2.0 hub, 8-in-1 media card reader, and 3 year warranty). The Dell XPS 83000 computer also comes quite stacked with 2nd Gen 3.4Ghz Intel Core i7-2600 (with Turbo Boost 2.0 to 3.8Ghz), 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, AMD Radeon HD 6770, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, 2 USB 3.0 ports, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty.

 

Start here for this configuration:

 

DELL XPS 8300 DESKTOP WITH 27" DELL ULTRASHARP U2711 LCD MONITOR DEAL

 

Use coupon code: SFG4N?06$23$29 for the $887 discount on this computer, expiring 4/16/12.

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Download of the Day: FurMark 1.10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 10:20 am

Our Download of the Day is Geeks3D's FurMark 1.10.

 

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Version 1.10 adds formal support for real-time monitoring of frequencies and power figures for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680. It also includes an improved interface, relocation of some key settings, support for new resolutions, and support for GPU-Z 0.6.0 API.

 

A complete change-log from the developer:

 

  • New: added list of detected GPUs in the main interface.
  • New: stress test options are now in the settings box.
  • New: support of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 (clock speeds and power monitoring).
  • New: support of latest AMD Radeon (HD 7900, HD 7800 and HD 7700) cards.
  • New: added resolutions 4096×1152 and 6144×1152 for 2048×1152 monitors.
  • New: display of the true clock of the GPU when available (NVIDIA only).
  • Update: GPU monitoring moved in a separate system thread.
  • Update: GPU data monitoring report updated (Log GPU data in Settings box).
  • Update: minor changes in the way GPU monitoring information is displayed.
  • Update: ZoomGPU 1.8.2 (GPU monitoring library).
  • Update: GPU-Z 0.6.0 and GPU Shark 0.6.1

 

You can download FurMark 1.10 here.

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