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Monday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 12:39 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 10th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook @ Techspot

- Arctic MC001-E Entertainment Center Barebone @ Madshrimps

- Video Perspective: AVADirect $1000 Gaming System @ PC Perspective

- Samsung Series 9 Ultra Portable Notebook @ SilentPCReview

- Fujitsu Lifebook AH530 (Core i3-380M, Radeon HD 6530M 1GB) @ AU-Ja

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 LGA 1155 Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks

- ASRock A75 Extreme 6 and A55 Pro 3 @ Pureoverclock

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Nexus Prime passes through the FCC, now we just need an official announcement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 11:12 am

The Samsung and Google event may have been postponed, but the leaks have not stopped. Today we have the wonderful news of the Nexus Prime being passed through the FCC, with the model number of 'I9250'. It includes a GSM radio compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's HSPA networks.

 

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It's also sporting dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth and NFC. Surprisingly, LTE is missing on the handset, but this might be something unveiled at a later date. Whatever it is, I just want it now and I'm sure the entire mobile industry is wanting to get their hands on some Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung Galaxy Nexus goodness.

 

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RumorTT: Intel to drop Core i7 2700K, wants to bulldoze the Bulldozer launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 10:14 am

Intel is currently staying quiet on whether there will be a new Core i7 introduced to combat the impending launch of AMD's Bulldozer, but it seems there is going to be a bigger, badder brother released in the LGA1155 lineup. It is rumored that Intel is going to drop the 2700K onto the market, which will be a minor clock speed increase over the already available Intel Core i7 2600K. The 2600K is a 3.4GHz part with the 2700K set to be a 3.5GHz part, with Turbo enabled those speeds will be 3.8 and 3.9GHz, respectively.

 

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The 2600K known is for its super high overclocking ability, with 4.5GHz+ achievable with decent air cooling, so the 2700K should achieve the same type of overclock as its just a 2600K with an extra 100MHz in the trunk. The conservative speed bump will keep the gates open for a future 2800K, as Intel need to keep a space between regular Sandy Bridge and the Extreme chips. We should soon what happens, but there are already people who have cranked up an engineering sample of the 2700K to an impressive 5GHz on air cooling.

 

Impressive? It's impressive, with a silent K.

Swype being eyed at for $100+ million, Nuance swypes their hands together with glee

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 9:32 am

A source with knowledge close to the deal is claiming that Nuance has scooped up Seattle-based Swype for $100+ million. Swype is an amazing application and would be a great addition to Nuance's lineup. Swype first launched at a TechCrunch conference back in 2008 and is software for mobile devices which helps people input text far quicker than normal typing. It will soon be on over one hundred million devices.

 

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Nuance already owns T9, which if you didn't know is a predictive text application which first popped up in the 90s and directly competes with Swype. Co-founder of Swype, Cliff Kushler, also founded T9 funnily enough. This acquisition should let Swype expand a fair bit, with the power of Nuance behind them, who knows where they'll Swype to next.

LG shows off Optimus LTE, 329ppi, 4.5-inch 1280x720 True HD IPS display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 8:50 am

Current Android-based smartphones in the high-end market sport 800x480 (WVGA) or 960x540 (qHD) displays, but Google's next-gen OS, Ice Cream Sandwich is set to change that. ICS should embrace higher resolutions including 1280x720. Samsung are already showing off a 720p version of the Galaxy S II, and the upcoming ICS launch phone from Samsung is boasting a 720p display as well.

 

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LCD panel vendor LG, who are also in the smartphone making market are now hopping on the 720p Android train with the Optimus LTE. LG is calling the Optimus LTE's display True HD IPS display. The True HD IPS panel boasts a 4.5-inch screen with a pixel density of 329 ppi thanks to its 1280x720 resolution display (which is slightly higher than Apple's Retina Display at 326 ppi). Today's news and details about the Optimus LTE doesn't give any details, but the screen details are enough to make us salivate with desire.

Crytek also looking at Flash support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 8:04 am

Last week we heard from Epic Games showing off the Unreal Engine 3 in Adobe Flash and this week we have rival game engine maker Crytek "investigating" support for Flash. Crytek's Carl Jones says:

 

It is an interesting approach we've been investigating as well. We're developing a unifying technology to create high quality social and gaming experiences on all platforms including browser, smartphones, tablets, etc.

 

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It will be interesting to see how this develops, considering Apple don't support Flash on their iOS-based devices, throwing away hundreds of millions of potential customers. Considering Crytek is currently developing Warface, a free-to-play multiplayer shooter for the Korean and Asian markets, this might be a huge bit of news that turns into something quite interesting over time.

Mirror's Edge sequel, well, DICE thinks you're ready

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 6:34 am

DICE has heard the call for a sequel to their Parkour FPS-adventure-crazy new genre game and says that "people are ready" for Mirror's Edge 2. DICE producer Patrick Liu says:

 

I think it's something that people are ready to get into again. We see that there's a huge fan following, it's almost like a cult! And we know what strengths we had, and what weaknesses we had in that game. If we were to release a new game, we'd know what to improve and how to reach a broader audience. So I definitely think there's a market there.

 

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There's nothing concrete on whether the game is in development, or pre-production. But, DICE just talking about it is getting me and many others excited. Especially if its going to be powered by the gorgeous engine that powers Battlefield 3, Frostbite 2.

Google release Chrome Remote Desktop, remote access directly from the browser

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 5:44 am

Google have released a new extension for their popular web browser Chrome, the new extension is called Chrome Remote Desktop BETA and is the first instalment on a capability allowing users to remotely access another computer through Chrome. The BETA is just that, a beta and Google want feedback on the core Chrome Remoting technology included.

 

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This version of Chrome Remote Desktop BETA allows users to share with or get access to another computer anywhere in the world (as long as its connected to the Internet) by providing a one-time authentication code. Access is given only to the specific person the user identifies for one time only and the sharing session is completely secure.

 

A potential of Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is support roles, a helpdesk can use the Chrome Remote Desktop BETA to help another user, while the user can receive all the help they need all at the comfort of their chair. Additional use cases such as being able to access your own computer remotely are coming soon. Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is fully cross-platform which means you can use it on any computer that has a Chrome browser including Windows, Linux, Mac and Chromebooks.

RAGE gets updated, fixes many of the games issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 4:24 am

RAGE has had its first patch and with it brings many, many bug fixes and improvements. Because RAGE changes the graphics quality on-the-fly to maintain that silky smooth 60fps, there are some hiccups. This is part of what has been addressed in the patch and the list of issues fixed is quite long.

 

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Here is a list of Patch Changes / Fixes:

 

- Implemented workaround for AMD driver crash right after intro cinematic

on Win 7 32-bit systems.

- Disabled UBOs because they are causing animation issues with AMD drivers.

- Don't allow swap-tear to be enabled on AMD while the extension is not

exposed because it may crash.

- Support for new video settings: "texture cache", "vsync" and

"anisotropic filter"

- Automatically adjust vt_maxPPF based on the number of available cores.

- Improved performance for SLI cards when GPU transcode is enabled.

- Fix for GPU Transcoding option being disabled after exiting gameplay.

- Added safe mode to restore video settings to default values.

- Allow g_fov to be changed from the RAGE launch options in Steam.

- Server now forwards text chat from clients to all other clients while

in-game.

 

Take a look at the Steam page for more details.

Qualcomm releases Snapdragon S4 SoC deets, sports improved battery life, true world compatibility

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 3:42 am

Qualcomm has laid an egg, and from that egg we have some details on their upcoming System-on-a-Chip the S4, their next-generation beauty. It'll bring with it a 28nm manufacturing process as which will have on it Qualcomm's Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU. The move from 45nm to 28nm promises smaller components, lower power consumption and improved thermals.

 

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Krait on the other hand will bring a new pipeline architecture that promises a full 60% boost over the current Scorpion lineup with clock speeds ranging between 1.5GHz and 2.5GHz - along with support for asynchronous multiprocessing and dual-channel memory. The new GPU is set to sport 50% greater performance over the current Adreno 220, and is also set to have support for DirectX 9.3 for Windows 8, in addition to OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0.

 

On top of all these whizz-bang specs, the new S4 MSM8960 sets to provide multi-mode world capabilities with support for all the commonly used frequencies from 700 to 2600MHz. It handles Cat. 3 LTE (up to 100Mbps) and Cat. 24 HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), along with EV-DO Rev. B, 1x Advanced and TD-SCDMA, as well as GSM, GPRS and EDGE. Quite the mouthful of connectivity options, huh?

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