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Intel committed to ultrabooks, plan to help smaller companies build them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 9:43 am

Good Guy Intel has decided to help smaller companies build ultrabooks, with their end goal of making sure that the customer base has a wide selection of options to choose from. Flooding the market with ultrabooks will only combat the bigger players like Apple, but if Apple are selling next-gen 22nm Ivy Bridge-based notebooks, who is winning here? Oh wait, Intel, and... Intel.

 

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Intel plan to help smaller companies build relationships with partners such as Foxconn, Quanta, and Compal. CNET published an article claiming this, and have also said that Intel will be wanting more machines released from Onkyo, Viewsonic, Mustek, Epson, Motion Computing, Positivo, and WiPro. Smaller brands don't always have the capabilities or resources to build ultrabooks, and this is why Intel are lending a hand to offer their support, contants and guidance.

 

Big players such as Dell, ASUS, Toshiba and Acer are already well on their way to the ultrabook goodness. Intel have also put $300 million into an "ultrabook Fund", which is set aside to develop critical features such as battery life, chassis design and the touch interface.

iFaith allows downgrade to iOS 5.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 8:24 am

Apple are on the constant offensive against jailbreaking, but at the same time, they must know it sells their iOS-based units like golden hotcakes made by Christina Hendricks, in the land of Unicorns and rivers that flow Coca Cola. They must.

 

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Enter hacker iH8sn0w, who has found a way around the firmware block, with his app iFaith, a custom Windows tool. This allows devices to restore to the old 5.x firmware. Prominent iOS hackers MuscleNerd and pod2g have both stated that the first untethered jailbreak will arrive on iOS 5.0 and, as such, may require iFaith's downgrade process to facilitate user restores.

 

To check more details out, watch the video below:

 

Angry Birds ported to yet another platform, something you'd never have guessed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 7:20 am

By platform, I mean a dress. And by ported, I mean made into a dress for Rovio CMO's wife Teija. Rovio's CMO, Peter Vesterbacka, was invited to an event at the Finnish Presidential Palace (my invite was lost in the mail, obviously) where he required to dress up and not don his usual Angry Birds sweatshirt.

 

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His wife looks quite the Bird in her dress, as one of the birds from the super successful game, Angry Birds. The eye is in the perfect position for her, uh, Janet Jackson legal issue area. For someone not familiar with Angry Birds, it would just look like a styled dress. But to anyone who has played the most awesome game, you'll instantly recognize it as soon as your eyes land on it.

 

It's a great move from Vesterbacka, the more marketing and PR this thing gets, the better for Rovio. I think she pulled it off pretty well, I'd just like to know if she was flung at a bunch of pigs later in the night...

BF2 vs BF3 - Back to Karkand, how does Frostbite 2 look?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 6:45 am

Want to see a comparison of Strike at Karkand between Battlefield 2 and the current Battlefield 3 - Back to Karkand? Well, look no further. Sure, back when Battlefield 2 was out, the graphics were great... but a smartphone or tablet could do that now.

 

 

How does Frostbite 2 help? Well, a lot is an understatement. The video flicks between BF2 and BF3 and the differences are just mind blowing. It's not subtle, it's huge. Colors, particle effects, destruction, animation, body detail, gun detail, the atmosphere of the game is completely different.

 

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Am I excited? Well, think of a little kid at Christmas and then multiply that by eleventy trillion.

Popcorn Hour C-300 set to launch, is BDA licensed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 6:28 am

Syabas have just announced the Popcorn Hour C-300, which is a BDA licensed unit that can play commercial Blu-rays and DVDs. The C300 sports Sigma's SMP 8647 SoC, USB 3.0 slave functionality, the usual NMT apps such as a BT downloader, Usenet downloader and NAS functions.

 

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The Popcorn Hour C-300 goes down a different path with its BDA licensing, which costs quite a bit more over the A-300 player. If you want full Blu-ray support, you'll pay $349 compared to the A-300 which has a price tag of $219. A fair bit of a difference, but that's what the price is for the full Blu-ray license.

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Intel Micron announce 20nm 64Gb NAND and 128Gb sampling, expect 1 and 2TB SSDs in the future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 5:25 am

Intel Micron have just announced the world's first 128Gb NAND device, as well as the mass production of 64Gb 20nm NAND. The new 128Gb device is a perfect compliment for small form factor tablets, smartphones, SSDs and high-performance compute devices.

 

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The new 20nm 128Gb MLC NAND device doubles the storage capacity and performance of the companies' existing 20nm 64Gb NAND device. Intel and Micron continue to lead the industry with the most advanced NAND production process technology. The industry's first monolithic 128Gb part can store 1 terabit of data in a single fingertip-sized package with just eight die.

 

Doesn't sound exciting yet, does it? Well, 128Gb 20nm parts are set to go into mass production in Q2 of next year, where we should see SSD makers use octal (8) die packages using 128Gb NAND, this means we should see 1TB SSDs with just eight chips, or dual-sided 2TB SSDs. Excited now? For a more detailed breakdown of what to expect, check out the source.

Two HP notebooks pop up sporting AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 5:03 am

Two new HP Envy notebooks have just turned up on HP's website, Envy 15-3000 Notebook PC series. There are two separate models, the first one: 15-3000tx while the second one is donned 15-3021tx.

 

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The 15-3005tx is specced well, powered by an Intel Core i7-2670QM at 2.2GHz, 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, but most surprisingly, an "ATI" Radeon HD 7670M with 1GB of DDR5 memory, a 15.6-inch LED 1920x1080 resolution screen, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and lastly, the usual 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and features a Matte Black and Silver finish.

 

The 15-3021tx on the other hand, is identical in most specs, except the screen and HDD. The 15-3021tx has the same 15.6-inch screen size, but lower resolution at just 1366x768, and only a 750GB HDD for storing your important data.

 

Both notebooks include HP's TrueVision HD Webcam, Beats Audio Quad speakers, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort and VGA outputs, as well as a card reader.

Intel is currently playing with 14nm test circuits, releases teaser info

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 4:27 am

In an exclusive interview with NordicHardware, Managing Director of Intel Northern Europe, Pay Bliemer, revealed that Intel is currently playing with 14nm circuits and have them actually "up and running" in a lab.

 

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Bliemer also states that whilst manufacturing technology is becoming much more complicated, Intel is still full steam ahead with their current roadmaps. Intel were the first to tap into the 32nm technology for mass production of microprocessors and by the end of Q1 2012, they will roll out their Ivy Bridge architecture sporting a 22nm process with "3D Transistors", also known as Tri-gate transistors.

 

Bliemer also says that by the time Ivy Bridge launches, Intel will be one and a half nodes ahead of the competition. He adds:

 

I wouldn't say that we have problem but there's no denying that it's getting more complicated the smaller you make something, so you're running into limitations - but our R&D as well from an architectural point of view are the guys making the manufacturing and that's within the same company - which makes Intel unique still. So we can really work extremely close with these teams. We are the same team, the guys who are going to manufacture the parts and the ones who will be designing the parts.

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Apple is being investigated by the European Commission, e-book cartel won't be happy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 3:18 am

This is something that should develop into 2012, but early reports are that the European Commission just announced a few hours ago that they have opened a formal antitrust proceeding to investigate whether a number of international e-book publishers have engaged in anti-competitive practices affecting the sale of e-books in Europe, "possibly with the help of Apple."

 

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Publishers that were identified in the antitrust investigation include Hachette Livre (Lagardère Publishing, France), Harper Collins (News Corp., USA), Simon & Schuster (CBS Corp., USA), Penguin (Pearson Group, United Kingdom) and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck (owner of inter alia Macmillan, Germany).

 

The Commission says it will investigate whether these publishers and Apple have engaged in illegal agreements or practices that would "have the object or the effect of restricting competition" in the European Union or in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Commission isn't stopping there, either. They're also looking into "agency agreements" between the publishers and e-book retailers, in collaboration with the UK Office of Fair Trading.

Microsoft's Windows Store will offer "a bigger bite of the apple"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 2:47 am

AllThingsD have some live coverage from a just-held Microsoft event, where they talked about their upcoming Windows Store that features in their next OS, Windows 8. Windows President Steven Sinofsky was on hand, as well as Windows Web Services VP Antoine Leblond.

 

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Both took the stage and talked up the Windows Store, where a fair amount of information was unleashed onto the public. First off, Microsoft are promising the best economics of any app store by saying "we're going to give you a bigger bite of the apple". I don't know if that could be put in better words, but I love it.

 

Leblond recapped that Microsoft is proud to have Windows 8 working on ARM and x86 chips, small and big computers, with "it's the biggest and most significant developer opportunity ever", he promised. Windows Store is set to offer some differences to what the Apple App Store and Google Android Market offer, by giving free trial versions of apps, Leblond says "the best advertisement for your app will be the app itself," and I totally agree.

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