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LeakedTT: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 specs surface, pricing may be cheaper than previously thought

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 29, 2013 10:42 am

Things are looking good for NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 770 this morning as new specifications and pricing information has leaked. The GTX 770 appears to be identical to the GTX 680 in hardware but will feature higher clocks and faster memory frequency. The leak comes from retailers located in Tokyo's Akihabara shopping district in the form of photographs taken of the sales sheet on a monitor.

 

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The chip is said to be clocked at 1046MHz and will feature a massive 7GHz memory clock. If these specifications are true, then the GTX 770 will be the highest clocked GPU ever made, albeit with a power draw of 230 watts. The card will feature the same cooling solution used on the GTX 780 and GTX TITAN. Combining the speed with good looks and topping things off with a pricing point of $400 makes the GTX 770 the best bang for your buck GPU on the market.

Silicon Power unveils new portable hard drive dubbed Stream S03

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: May 29, 2013 10:29 am

This morning storage company Silicon Power released its latest portable hard drive, the Stream S03. The new portable hard drive features design cues that were inspired by how folded pages may look in a book.

 

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The Stream S03 features a matte finish which does well to hide fingerprints and stains while still maintaining the sleek and stylish streamlined design the Stream series is known for. In addition, the portable storage device utilizes rounded corners that allow users to handle the device with ease.

 

Located on the "page fold" corner is the LED status light which turns red when a USB 2.0 port is used and Blue when connected to USB 3.0. The Stream S03 is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities and features a free backup utility as well as a three-year warranty.

AMD launches new x86 chips aimed at the microserver market

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 29, 2013 9:59 am

AMD has just launched a new line of new super low-power processors that are aimed at the NAS and microserver markets. The quad-core and dual-core processors, code-named Kyoto, are designed for high density servers where computer makers try to jam as many processors in a small amount of space as possible.

 

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The new processors include the Opteron X2150 which is the quad-core variant which consumes about 11 watts of power while the Opteron X1150 features dual cores and consumes about 9 watts of power. Both processors are clocked at 2GHz and are said to run faster than similar Intel Atom processors.

 

A spokesperson for AMD said:

 

The data center is at an inflection point and requires a high number of cores in a dense form factor with integrated graphics, massive amounts of DRAM and unprecedented power efficiency to keep up with the pace of innovation of Internet services. AMD has a proud history of server innovation, and the AMD Opteron X-Series processors challenge the status quo by providing unmatched capabilities to drive the most energy-efficient servers in the industry.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says that iOS could open up to third party customization

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 29, 2013 9:30 am

During a talk at the D11 conference this afternoon Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, hinted at the possibility of opening up iOS a little more to developers. Apple's software is more closed than its biggest rival Android, which hinders what developers can and cannot do with iOS based devices.

 

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"On the general topic of opening up APIs, I think you'll see us open up more in the future," Cook said, "but not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience. So there's always a fine line to walk there, or maybe not so fine."

 

Cook was also asked about Facebook Home, specifically about rumors that Facebook had first approached Apple who shot the social networking giant down. Cook did not confirm or deny the rumor but said "We think the customer pays us to make choices on their behalf. I've see some of these settings screens, and I don't think that's what customers want. Do some want it? Yes."

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Plex 3.0 released for Android and 3.2 update for iOS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 29, 2013 8:03 am

A Plex refresh for Android has been in the works for sometime now. The popular media streaming application gets an entirely new look for Android while the 3.2 version for iOS gets some bug fixes.

 

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The refresh provides a much more polished and elegant interface while improving access times to larger libraries. The initial 3.0 release had a bug forced the app to require a MyPlex account as well not allowing the remote control widget to function properly. iOS users have had Plex 3.0 for some time now and the 3.2 update brings forth some tangeable improvements including speedier media access, fixes for Plex Sync. Other improvements include letting the iOS app serve as a remote playback target for other Plex equipped devices.

 

 

As a user of Plex for some time now, this update is a most welcome one. I love Plex's ease of setup and use and the ability to not only stream content hosted on local servers, but the ability to watch web based content from hundreds of free sources such as Revision3. I will be covering how to set up Plex in an upcoming how to article in which we will build a small form factor home media server, so stay tuned to TweekTown for that.

Transformers 4 begins filming, includes a look at the new cars featured in the film

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 29, 2013 7:25 am

We all thought the Transformers franchise would end with Dark of the Moon, the third outing in Michael Bay's CG-filled movies, but Transformers 4 has begun filming. Principal photography has started for Transformers 4, which sees Bay behind the camera once more, but Shia LaBeouf is replaced by Mark Wahlberg.

 

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Wahlberg is joined by a whole new cast, including Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Li Bingbing, Sophia Myles, and Jack Reynor. T.J. Miller also joins Transformers 4 as "Wahlberg's best friend, a fellow mechanic". What most people will be interested in, however, are the cars, which we have some pictures to tease you with. There's a 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, and a Corvette Stingray, which is based on Corvette's upcoming 2014 production car.

 

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RumorTT: HTC to release 'Liquidmetal' smartphone this year, won't be called the T-1000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2013 6:29 am

HTC are up and down right now, as the company have been bleeding employees for a while, but have seen a horizon of success with their One smartphone. But if DigiTimes' article is correct, maybe we could see HTC turn things around with a new smartphone made from amorphous metal alloy.

 

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The 'Liquidmetal' smartphone would debut later in the year, and will see HTC partner up with Taiwanese chassis maker Jabon International to help manufacture the device. If HTC can make it to the market with their Liquidmetal smartphone, it could light a fire under Apple who were interested in using Liquidmetal for future iPhone's. HTC have reportedly started hiring chassis manufacturing experts to help incorporate the technology into future products.

PC market is still in trouble, new projections see the market continue to tumble into 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2013 5:33 am

We all know the PC market isn't doing too well, but new projections from the IDC think that we haven't seen the worst of it just yet. According to the IDC's latest numbers, PC shipments will continue to decline, by 7.8% in 2013 and will fall by another 1.2% in 2014.

 

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IDC are projecting that 2014's numbers are a little stronger as companies that continue to use Windows XP will shift to Windows 8 once Microsoft halts support for the older OS next year. The drop in PC sales are of course thanks to the constantly surging numbers for smart devices such as smartphones and tablets. IDC analyst Loren Loverde says:

 

Many users are realizing that everyday computing, such as accessing the Web, connecting to social media, sending emails, as well as using a variety of apps, doesn't require a lot of computing power or local storage. Instead, they are putting a premium on access from a variety of smaller devices with longer battery life, an instant-on function, and intuitive touch-centric interfaces. These users have not necessarily given up on PCs as a platform for computing when a more robust environment is needed, but this takes a smaller share of computing time, and users are making do with older systems.

Apple may grovel back to Samsung for future display production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2013 4:32 am

Last year it was reported that Apple would switch from their reliance on their biggest competitor, Samsung, for their displays and shift to others like LG Display or AU Optronics. Well folks, it seems that Apple is considering new contracts with Samsung for displays in the future.

 

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Korean site ETNews.com is reporting that Apple would resume purchasing LCD's from Samsung Display, as the South Korean giant are better equipped to keep up with Apple's high demand:

 

As the thin glass process was adopted to the production of touchscreen panels, the related industry is expected to show stiff growth every year - there are very few Japanese or Taiwanese competitors in the thin glass market.

 

The industry is guessing that one of the reasons Apple decided to come back to Samsung Display is because of the thin glass. Samsung Display's thin glass vendors have made a very visible growth in the industry, because Samsung Display, unlike LG Display, relies on its vendors for most of the thin glass processes.

 

It's an interesting twist of events, as it falls in line with Apple preparing their fifth-generation iPad, and sixth-generation iPhone. The latest reports peg Apple to start production of the new iPhone next month, with the fifth-generation iPad to begin production the month after, in July.

Dotcom has Hollywood in tears over Mega, movie studios are asking Google to censor Mega

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2013 3:27 am

Kim Dotcom has Hollywood's feathers rustled over his new Mega service, with Warner Bros. and NBC Universal asking Google to remove Mega from their search results, claiming that Dotcom's service is hosting copyrighted material on its servers.

 

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Dotcom has hit back, as usual, where he responded to the requests in a statement to TorrentFreak, where he said the requests are the same "unreasonable content industry behavior" that he has put up with for years now. Google haven't complied with the movie studio's requests just yet, with the Mega domain continuing to show up in Google search results. Dotcom does note that a lot of these requests are actually false alarms, which happen from an automated and abusive system:

 

During the Megaupload days over 20% of all takedown notices were bogus. We analysed big samples of notices and most were automated keyword based takedowns that affected a lot of legitimate files. The abuse of the takedown system is so severe that no service provider can rely on takedown notices for a fair repeat infringer policy.

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