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Acer Aspire R7 video hands-on from press event in New York

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 3, 2013 5:11 pm

Johannes Knapp is over in New York for us at the moment covering an Acer press event, which introduced several new mobile products today.

 

 

He has first delivered us with a hands-on video of the Aspire R7 laptop. What's interesting about this laptop, and the first thing you'll no doubt notice, is that the keyboard and touchpad have been switched of their usual locations. That of course means the touch pad is on top and the keyboard is below. Acer has done this since the unit features a special hinge that allows you to position the screen at different angles and also flip it over to show your lunch date what's on your screen. You can set the screen down to act like a tablet, it's rather nifty indeed.

 

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There are several different configurations of the R7 including one with an Intel Core i7-3537U CPU or Intel Core i5-3337U CPU. Storage options are aplenty including 500GB, 750GB or 1TB HDD or if you like speed, a 120GB or 256GB SSD. There is support for up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM and you can opt to add in an NVIDIA GeForce GT750M 2GB GPU over the standard embedded Intel HD 4000 graphics.

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LeakedTT: LG Optimus G2 may have shown up in new benchmark results not once, but three times

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2013 3:19 pm

While the rest of the world waits on the Googlerola X Phone, rumors of LG's next-generation Optimus G2 are growing every day. This morning we are learning a little more about the G2, which LG teased at the Mobile World Congress, a couple of months back.

 

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The leaks which were first spotted by Blog of Mobile come in the form of a set of benchmarks made on the Android benchmarking app Antutu, the same app that recently brought us the Motorola X Phone benchmarks. If you believe the leak, the Optimus G2 will come in three flavors that are most likely tuned to respective regions they will be sold in.

 

The F320L and F340L appear to be higher-end models that feature Android 4.2.2 and 2GHz processors, while the F320K houses a slower 1.5GHz chip and Android 4.1.2. While it is not unheard of to tweak models based on region, the jump from a 2GHz processor to a 1.5GHz model personally leads me to believe that the F320K is a different phone than the G2.

Warner Bros sued over unauthorized use of Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 3, 2013 2:34 pm

The two popular internet memes, Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat, are both making even more internet headlines this morning after word that their trademark holder has filed suit against Warner Bros for unauthorized use. The memes were featured in the popular online children's game Scribblenauts.

 

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Scribblenauts is developed by 5th Cell Media, which is a subsidiary of Warner Bros, and is said to have used the memes without any permission from the trademark holder. While this is a very serious matter, one cannot help but sit back and laugh as they watch Warner Bros get a taste of their own copyright lawsuit medicine.

 

Since it is Friday, I have included a video below of the original Keyboard Cat below for your enjoyment!

 

Google's Schmidt says that YouTube has "crushed" traditional TV

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 3, 2013 2:06 pm

During a meeting with advertisers earlier this week, Google's Eric Schmidt said that YouTube has "crushed" the traditional television competition. Schmidt was of course alluding to the recent news that YouTube now has more than one billion unique visitors a month.

 

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While most would be satisfied with a billion unique visitors every month, Schmidt is keeping his eye on the prize and holding out until YouTube launches in more third world countries. "Wait until you get to 6 or 7 billion," Schmidt said, according to the Associated Press. "It's not a replacement for something that we know. It's a new thing that we have to think about, to program, to curate and build new platforms."

 

Google's attack on mainstream television will take a step forward later this year when YouTube plans to begin offering select partners the option to begin charging users to view their content, in addition to offering episodic programming and pay-per-view events. "TV is one-way, but YouTube talks back," said YouTube's global head of content, Robert Kyncl.

Take a look at the UEFI DualBIOS on Gigabyte's new Haswell motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 3, 2013 12:28 pm

We had a very nice look at Gigabyte's Z87 G1-Killer motherboard yesterday and now we get to have a glimpse at their UEFI DualBIOS, which is looking absolutely gorgeous. It features the orange and black theme that we know and love from Gigabyte's high-end boards, which looks amazing.

 

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There seems to be something I think Gigabyte should patent here, something along the lines of 'everything but the kitchen sink' when it comes to BIOS options. The new UEFI DualBIOS looks incredibly detailed, and should cater perfectly to enthusiasts and power users. I can't wait to get my hands on a few of these bad boys.

OWC offers an incentive, upgrade your Accelsior to new Accelsior E2

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Storage | Posted: May 3, 2013 12:20 pm

It seems our friends over at Other World Computing (OWC) are pushing out the new Mercury Accelsior E2 and want current Gen 1 Accelsior users to upgrade to the latest and greatest. If you purchased your original Accelsior before 12/31/2012 OWC is offering a 100$ rebate if you upgrade to the latest E2. For those of you that purchased the Gen 1 Accelsior on or after 1/1/2013 you will receive $150 in rebate.

 

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  1. Purchase the 0GB Accelsior_E2 Card
  2. Transfer the original Accelsior's SSD blades to the new E2 card (The original Accelsior SSD blades are 100% compatible with the Accelsior_E2)
  3. Send in the original card to receive rebate check.

 

The new Accelsior E2 offers all the great performance benefits you've enjoyed with the original Accelsior with the addition of two 6Gb/s eSATA expansion ports for transferring data for backup or archival purposes.

Apple now offering 256GB and 512GB SSD storage options on iMacs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 3, 2013 11:28 am

Apple has updated the selection of available storage devices on the iMac product. The new options are a 256GB SSD and 512GB SSD. Previously only a 5,400RPM 1TB drive or a 1TB Fusion Drive was available. The new options cost an additional $300 and $600, respectively, but should bring a noticeable bump to performance.

 

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These additional choices mostly effect the 21.5-inch iMac. The 27-inch iMac did already have a 768GB SSD option available, though it came in at a costly $900. Some users don't require mass amounts of storage and only require speed. Apple is now catering to those users with some reasonable SSD choices.

Barnes and Noble Nook HD and Nook HD+ get full access to Google Play Store

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2013 10:34 am

Barnes and Noble has announced that their Nook HD and Nook HD+ will gain full access to the Google Play Store. One of the long-running complaints has been that the Nook HD, often touted as an excellent Android implementation, has a limited selection of apps due to the use of Barnes and Noble's own app store.

 

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That's all going to change now that the Nook HD and HD+ have full access to the Google Play Store. The selection of apps for these excellent devices has just increased by a massive amount. Barnes and Noble will be issuing a software update that will bring Google Play directly to the desktop.

 

William Lynch, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble:

By adding Google Play to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, we are offering our customers even more great entertainment on our award-winning tablets. Now with access to more than 700,000 apps and the best reading experience available, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ are must-see products for entertainment lovers looking for high-quality tablets at incredibly low prices.

Functional Apple 1 computer signed by Steve Wozinak to be put on auction, get your checkbooks ready!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 3, 2013 9:34 am

One of an estimated six working Apple 1 computers will be going up for auction at the German auction house Breker. This rare PC, signed by Steve Wozinak himself, is expected to bring in between $240,000 and $400,000 at auction. And you thought your new iPhone was overpriced!

 

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The Apple 1 was originally released back in 1976. Only 200 were produced and somewhere between 30 and 50 are still in existence, though as mentioned above, only six are believed to be working. Apple 1's have a history of fetching large sums of money, regardless of whether or not they are working.

 

Back in December, a working Apple 1 sold for $640,000. Before that, a non-working Apple 1 went to auction with an estimated value of $125,000. Finally, before that, an Apple 1 sold for $375,000.

Pentagon approves Samsung Galaxy S4, makes history as Samsung's first DoD approved device

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 3, 2013 8:28 am

Samsung has made company history by getting its new Galaxy S4 approved by the Department of Defense (DoD). For a long time, BlackBerry has had a stranglehold on government contracts, especially in the security sensitive areas such as the DoD. The security clearance also covers Samsung's Knox security system.

 

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We recently told you about how the DoD also cleared BlackBerry's new line of BlackBerry 10 devices and PlayBook tablets. Now, however, BlackBerry will face some competition. The competition couldn't really come at a worse time for the faltering company. As of late, BlackBerry has been facing declining sales and market share as Android and iOS devices have taken over.

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