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The latest happenings from around the web - November 7th, 2010
- ASUS Rampage III Formula - Less Bling, Same Sting @ Techreaction
- Specs and Pics for Gigabyte Sandy Bridge Motherboards @ tbreak
- Gigabyte GA-EX58A-UD9 @ Ocaholic
- 12 Threads: Intel Core i7-970 @ Hardware-Mag
- AMD Bulldozer production to begin April 2011 @ eTeknix
- HIS Radeon 6850 1GB @ Viperlair
- PowerColor HD5770 Crossfire @ Overclockers Club
- MSI R6870 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
NVIDIA fan? Yes? Want the deets on the GTX580 from Asus?
Leaked specs of the upcoming Asus branded GTX580 have given everyone something to talk about - their model number being ENGTX580/2DI/1536MB. It is described as the "Standard Edition" which leads us to believe there will be higher clocked or better editions of the card to be released eventually - with the "Standard Edition" having 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4008MHz on a 384-bus.
With so many smartphones coming with integrated navigation abilities, it's hard to imagine these people using a standalone GPS if they don't have to. But with these apps sucking down the battery juice and needing the GPS up high to see without taking your eyes off the road, what's a single-device user to do? Parrot's Minikit Smart is trying to answer these questions in a slick, all in one package.
The Minikit Smart is a windshield mount that can handle any smartphone between 56 and 70mm in width. An integrated speaker and telescoping microphone are implemented for improved sound and hands free calling. A USB pass-through is also implemented to keep your phone and the Minkit Smart charged on long trips. It comes with a hefty $129 price tag, but if it works as well as the specs say it may just be worth it for traveling smartphone owners.
Samsung is pushing for some serious sales next year - and with Samsung holding hands with Google's Android OS - it might just happen.
Samsung has said previously that it expects to sell 10 million Galaxy Tabs by next year - and now mobile biz president J. K. Shin expects to sell a million of them before the years end - considering there's not even 2 months of 2010 left, that's 1 million sales in under 60 days.
After what has seemed like forever for Skype loving Mac owners, the Skype 5.0 beta has now been made available to all of you OS X lovers out there. The biggest improvement made? Group video calling! Here's Skype's Mac product manager with the details:
The new Skype beta also has a completely redesigned interface with a single window paired with a control bar and floating dial pad for Mac address book integration. The window is large and early reports are showing high CPU usage and a lot of unused white space. Hopefully future releases handle some of these issues; it is a beta release after all.
Did you hear that? It's the sound of new apps pitter pattering little feet running around the room.
Windows Phone 7 app submissions are now open for all developers. Full details, info and instructions can be found at the official App Hub. Get to it! Let's see how great the apps for WP7 can be!
Let me know when someone has Angry Birds up on it!
It looks like the Enterprise sector, RIM's bread and butter, may be slowly edging away from the BlackBerry platform. Several major companies are making the switch, with more possibly on the horizon.
Dell released today that their 25,000 employees are being offered the Venue Pro, a Windows Phone 7 powered device, to replace their BlackBerries. Bank of America and Citigroup, two major players in the banking industry, are seriously considering leaving BlackBerry for the iPhone. A couple of major factors in RIM losing what used to be a fairly solid grasp on the enterprise market is their lack of apps when compared to other platforms as well as the increased focus on enterprise accessibility by the competition.
"We have seen that the giants are all awakening in the mobile space and other players like Microsoft have incredible software presence in the enterprise, and no doubt they will leverage that to win," said Al Hilwa, director of applications-development software at IDC.
Could you imagine a Kinect-enabled iMac? It really could have happened. Inon Beracha, CEO of the company that developed the PrimeSense sensor that is the brains behind Microsoft's upcoming Kinect technology, originally approached Apple with the technology when trying to get it off the ground in 2008.
So why didn't Apple end up with the tech? It sounds like the same reasons anyone gets grumpy about dealing with Apple: contractual demands, NDAs, and piles of paperwork that made it a pain to do business. Apple's insistence on secrecy forced Beracha to go elsewhere; therefore giving Microsoft the ability put together the Kinect package that so many of you are waiting for.
Although the rumor mill is warning us to take this bit of news with the usual amount of skepticism, a source at IntoMobile is stating that a trusted source is circling November 11th as the date for the Android 2.3 SDK to be released. The fact that this is only three days after Samsung's secret launch party, where some believe a Gingerbread based device will be unveiled, make it a semi-likely target date.
The SDK release doesn't mean that regular users will start seeing it on their phones; it merely means that the Gingerbread code will be available to developers and those who decide when you get your updates. Then again, those in the hacking community will likely bring Gingerbread to devices within days, if not hours, of the SDK hitting developer hands.