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LG unveils its Optimus 3D mobile

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 13, 2011 9:00 pm

The Mobile World Congress 2011 is set to start in Barcelona any hour now and LG has announced it's Optimus 3D smartphone ahead of the event. LG will also be showing off their new Optimus flagship devices - Optimus Pad, Optimus 2X and Optimus Black.

 

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The Optimus 3D P920 will come packed with a dual-core 1GHz processor and a 4.3-inch display, it will also run Android 2.2 and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 along with the Optimus Black and Optimus 2X. Optimus 3D is also capable of recording 3D content with the help of it's dual-lens camera as well as HDMI-output.

AMD to abandon its Sempron, Athlon and Phenom brand names?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Feb 13, 2011 8:00 pm

AMD are rumored to can the Athlon, Sempron and Phenom brand names in favour of its AMD Vision trademark. AMD are set to introduce their codenamed Llano and Zambezi microprocessors later this year but, will not introduce a brand-name for them. Instead, AMD will put them into different classes of Vision platforms.

 

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Zambezi-based processed which are built on the Bulldozer micro-architecture will include four, six or eight cores will be branded under the FX-series and sold under AMD's Vision Black and AMD Vision Ultimate labels. Llano on the other hand will include two or four cores as well as sporting Radeon HD 6000 series graphics cores and will be known as A-series processors. These chips will be part of the AMD Vision Ultimate and AMD Vision Premium platforms.

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Issue 13 of the OverClocker magazine now online

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Feb 12, 2011 11:13 am

Neo of The OverClocker online magazine has just given us the heads up that issue 13 is now online for your reading pleasure.

 

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The highlights of this month's issue include a view of Intel's Sandy Bridge platform from a different angle, written by Massman; an in-depth interview with Tim "T_M" Marshall, a full review of Sapphire's new X58 Pure Black motherboard and more.

 

Click here to catch all the excitement in the OverClocker's latest issue.

Weekend Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 12, 2011 10:55 am

The latest happenings from around the web - February 12th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini-ITX Preview @ HiTechLegion

- MSI Big Bang Marshal P67 - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic

- AMD Fusion E-350 @ tbreak

- ASUS P7P55D Premium Intel P55 Express Motherboard @ PCStats

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Sapphire HD6870 Vapor-X @ Overclockers Club

- GIGABYTE HD6970 2GB @ Vortez UK

- Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Golden Sample" Goes Like Hell @ ixbtlabs

 

Audio/Media

 

- D-Link Boxee Box (DSM-380) @ Technic3D

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Slacker Radio looks to invade your vehicle

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 12, 2011 6:15 am

Slacker Radio, a popular online music streaming service, is looking to expand their services into automobiles. Thanks to a windfall of around $3 million, Slacker hopes to further their services beyond free and paid radio as well.

 

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Slacker could be putting that money not only towards automobile implementation, which would have a leg up on competing sites like Pandora due to their license to cache music, but also could be bringing on-demand music sometime very soon. On-demand was supposed to hit at the end of January but has been pushed back due to unknown reasons. The newest expected realse date is sometime around the SXSW conference in March.

Webbox from Vodafone looks to bring the internet to emerging markets

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 12, 2011 2:35 am

The internet is obviously a global phenomenon, but there are many countries in the world without access due to cost and infrastructure concerns. Many companies are finding creative ways to deal with this problem, and Vodafone's Webbox keyboard looks to be a solid solution.

 

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This around $100(749R) keyboard plugs into a TV via a set of standard RCA cables and is plug and play. Powering the Webbox up gives the user access to an Opera mini-browser, games, local news, and a text editor among other items via a 2G or 3G wireless connection. Data downloads at 90% compression and is a simple alternative to more expensive PCs. A 2GB SD card, 100mb of data, and a prepaid SIM are included in the $100 bundle.

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1,000 free rollover minutes being given away by AT&T

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 12, 2011 1:59 am

Verizon's iPhone 4 has officially hit the market, and AT&T is showing their extreme gratitude to those who did not jump ship with a little treat: 1,000 free rollover minutes.

 

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All AT&T customers can text "yes" to 11113020 to score the free rollover minutes which apparently will take about a month to process. This is a fine little gift and all, but is it really that exciting? With so many calls being free anymore, minutes are almost an afterthought to many customers. Oh well, free stuff is free stuff; especially if the only reason you aren't switching is that you can't afford to buy out of your current contract.

Wacky camera on the back of my head teacher removes cam citing pain

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 8:00 pm

You may have seen some of the stories about the college professor at New York University that was doing an art project that had him mount a camera on the back of his head. The camera was going to shoot a photo every few minutes to post in a museum sponsoring the art.

 

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The professor was Wafaa Bilal and he has announced that he had to have the camera on the back of his head removed because his body rejected it. One of the three titanium posts that was holding the camera on his head had to be removed via surgery last week.

 

The removal of the camera from his head has forced him to seek other means to take the photos. Might I suggest a backpack, or a necklace, or a Scarf, or just take the photos like a normal artist. "I'm determined to continue with it," Bilal told the Chronicle about "3rdi" which is described on his website as "a statement on surveillance, the mundane and the things we leave behind."

Sonos unveils new Android app for controlling music systems

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 7:00 pm

People that are really into music like to have tunes everywhere they go inside the home and outside. Many users take advantage of whole home audio inside their homes so they can get all the music they have stored on their computer in any room they happen to be in. One of the more popular systems for whole home audio is Sonos.

 

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Sonos has announced today that it has launched a new Android controller app. The app allows Android smartphone users to control the Sonos S5 system in any room using their smartphone. The app allows the person to access and play any tracks they want from the web or their personal music library on any of the Sonos systems in the home using WiFi.

 

The controller will also allow the user to play the same song on each Sonos device in the house or play different tracks on each device. The Sonos controller will work on any Android 2.1 or later handset as long as the screen is HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854.

USA Today adds Microsoft Tags to print newspaper

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 11, 2011 6:00 pm

The print publishing world is finding that more and more of their advertising dollars and readers are heading to the web to get their news and information. That means that many print publications are hurting very badly today and some have even gone out of business.

 

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Print publications are trying all they can think of to lure readers in and to get more interactive so people will want to read again. USA Today has announced that it has started adding Microsoft Tags to its paper with at least one Tag in each print section of the paper.

 

The readers can get a free app for just about any software platform and the app will allow them to scan the Tag and get multimedia content related to the tag. The Tags can shoot the user to information like video or photos and more when scanned by the phone app. The Tags are 2D barcodes.

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