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AMD's Radeon HD 7990 is here, wants you to shut up and give it your money

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 4:02 am

AMD are back yet again with the monster of Radeon GPUs, the dual-GCN rocking Radeon HD 7990. The Radeon HD 7990 features a number-busting 8.6 billion (that's with a B) transistors, 4096 stream processors and a total of 8.2 TLOPS of compute power.

 

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6GB of GDDR5 is baked onto the HD 7990, four miniDisplayPort connectors and a dual-link DVI connector back it up to provide five monitor support through AMD's EyeFinity technology. There's three fans on the front of the HD 7990 to keep those two GraphicsCore Next GPUs cool, which it does so without making too much noise at all - 37.8dBA compared to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 690 (NVIDIA's dual GPU) which cranks along at 47.5dBA (tests used with sound pressure at 50cm running Furmark).

 

AMD's ZeroCore power technology is at play, where it switches off the second GPU when not in use to save power (and heat). You can check out our own review on the Radeon HD 7990 right here.

Apple aren't going to release a larger iPhone until display 'tradeoffs' disappear

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 3:32 am

For years, Apple and more specifically, the late Steve Jobs, defended the 3.5-inch display on the iPhone. It wasn't until Apple were getting kicked all over the market by consumers demanding a bigger display that Apple shifted gears and increased the display to 4 inches on the iPhone 5.

 

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Apple aren't looking to make the iPhone screen bigger right now, with company CEO Tim Cook claiming that competitors have had to make sacrifices in multiple parts of the screen, such as resolution, white balance, color quality, screen longevity and portability in order to deliver consumers a larger screen. He continued:

 

My view continues to be that the iPhone 5 has the absolute best display in the industry, and we always strive to create the very best display for our customers. We wouldn't ship a larger iPhone while these tradeoffs exist.

 

Considering Apple released the iPad mini with its god awful low resolution screen (when compared to the Retina display in the third- and fourth-generation iPads), I truly have no idea where Cook is coming from there. Unless they're having issues securing large numbers of high-resolution, bigger panels from their partners.

Apple have had their 'best quarter ever' in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:33 am

Apple just reported their Q2 2013 earnings, where they saw a hefty $9.5 billion in profits over $43.6 billion of revenue - they also sold bucket loads of iPhones and iPads, but how is their market over in China? Booming, that's how.

 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer took some time from the earnings call to talk about the increasing market in China - where they were presented with a question about Apple's present, and future access in the country. Even with Apple not selling the iPhone on the biggest carrier in the country, the Cupertino iPhone maker claimed to have their "best quarter ever" regionally.

 

Chinese revenue for Apple was $8.8 billion, up 11% year-over-year. Sales of the iPad grew a huge 138% in the same time frame. Both the iPhone and iPad have seen record sell-through rates in stores throughout China. Apple maintain 11 stores in the country, a number that is set to double in the next two years.

Study suggests that voice-to-text apps aren't any safer than manually texting

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:03 am

Mobile device use has come under fire more and more in recent times, with numerous states outlawing talking on the phone without the use of a hands-free device. I've always contended that the action of holding a conversation is more dangerous than the act of holding the phone to your ear, but states apparently don't agree.

 

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A new study finds that using a hands-free voice-to-text app is as distracting and dangerous as texting manually. The study showed that drivers who utilized hands-free texting apps didn't spend any less time looking at the screen. The study also found that drivers were just as distracted as users who manually input the text message.

 

This means that the act of composing the text message, not the act of physically inputting it, is what is the distracting part:

 

We did not find any differences between manual texting and the two voice-to-text apps that we tested in terms of driver response time and the amount of time looking at the forward roadway. The amount of time that drivers spent looking at the roadway ahead was significantly less when they were texting, no matter which texting method was used.

 

This means you should think twice before using that voice-to-text app as you are just as likely to have an accident. However, voice-to-text apps remain legal to use while manually inputting a text message has been outlawed in numerous states.

BitTorrent releases Alpha version of Sync app to general public

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 1:34 am

BitTorrent Sync, a new piece of software that operates like Dropbox in that it syncs files on different systems, has been released to the general public in its unpolished Alpha form. BitTorrent Sync makes use of the BitTorrent protocol to sync files across different systems without the need for a centralized server.

 

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The best part is that it does all of this for free. There's no need to pay for a centralized server to host your files or manage the syncing. There are some downsides to not having a central server, but for the most part, BitTorrent Sync fills a much needed gap. You can check it out at BitTorrent Labs.

Apple's Q2 results released, Apple pulled in $9.5bn in profit, $43.6bn in revenue

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 1:02 am

Today was a big day for Apple as they released their second quarter financial results. Apple's stock has been in a free fall as of late and this quarter's earnings needed to be good for Apple to stop their stock from falling any further. The official numbers are in and Apple pulled in a quarterly revenue of $43.6 billion, up from $39.2 billion for the second quarter of last year.

 

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While revenue was up, profit was down. Apple pulled in a net profit of $9.5 billion, down from $11.6 billion from the same quarter last year. Apple sold 37.4 million iPhones and 19.5 million iPads. During the same period last year, Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones and just 11.8 million iPads. Mac sales continue to be flat, with Apple selling just shy of 4 million units during the quarter.

 

Apple's stock price increased by roughly 5 percent during the conference call. It will be interesting to see how the stock fairs tomorrow during normal trading.

 

Tim Cook:

We are pleased to report record March quarter revenue thanks to continued strong performance of iPhone and iPad. Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software and services, and we are very excited about the products in our pipeline.

HTC selling unlocked HTC One directly to customers, initial batch already sold out

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 12:35 am

The long-anticipated HTC One was officially put on sale by HTC today, who began selling unlocked versions of the premium Android device. Both 32GB and 64GB versions of the device were put on sale directly by HTC, possibly signalling that supply chain issues had been resolved. We do know that HTC could face issues over the microphone used in the device.

 

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As quickly as they went up for sale, the device sold out. HTC says that the next batch of unlocked HTC Ones will be coming in two to four weeks. An unlocked 32GB One will set you back $574.99 and the 64GB "Developer Edition" will set you back a hefty $649.99. You can pick yours up from HTC's website, or place an order with your carrier.

Apple puts refurbished 7th generation iPod nanos up for sale, drops price on iPads

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 12:02 am

Apple has started selling refurbished seventh generation iPod nanos, meaning that Apple has finally built up enough stock of refurbished units to keep a good supply. The 16GB seventh generation iPod nanos are available in a variety of colors, including blue and yellow, for $129, or $20 cheaper than retail pricing.

 

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This means customers can save 13 percent of the purchase price by going refurbished. Along with putting refurbished seventh generation iPod nanos on sale, Apple dropped the price of several refurbished iPad products. The 16GB iPad 2 with WiFi and 3G now starts are $349, which is $180 off of retail. A refurbished iPad 3 with WiFi and 3G can be had for $409, which is $170 off of retail.

iPad users get Google Fiber TV app, allows users to browse, record, and buy content

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 10:34 pm

Google has finally released a Google Fiber TV app for the iPad after having an app available for Android devices for around a month. Much is unchanged between the Android app and iPad app as both allow you to browse, watch, buy, and record content...provided you live in Kansas City and have a Google Fiber TV subscription.

 

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The app is available for iPad users from the Apple App Store. Google has not said whether the Google Fiber TV app will be coming to the iPhone or iPod touch, though it makes sense that it would. After all, Google allows the Android app on any Android-powered device.

Thanks to slow LTE rollout, T-Mobile could be first to offer LTE-Advanced, or '5G'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 10:07 pm

We covered T-Mobile's 4G LTE launch and Uncarrier event pretty closely. At the time, all of the other major networks in the country already had operating LTE networks in multiple markets. T-Mobile now believes that it could end up being the first carrier to roll out 5G LTE-Advanced.

 

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In a recent interview with Venture Beat, T-Mobile's head of radio network and evolution strategy, Yasmin Karimli, said that this is due to their slow rollout of 4G:

 

I think we'll probably be able to move faster [to LTE-Advanced] because we have the latest hardware in place. Others may have hardware that's two years old, so they may have to rip and replace.

 

We don't fully know what it will take for the other networks to roll out 5G LTE-Advanced, though what Karimli says makes sense. 5G LTE allows for theoretical speeds of up to 300Mbps, around three times faster than LTE. T-Mobile plans to cover 100 million people by mid-2013 and 200 million by the end of 2013 with 4G LTE.

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