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Apple's iPad mini supply catches up to demand, device now 'In Stock' in most countries

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 11:02 pm

It looks like the iPad mini's constrained supply has finally caught up to the high demand. The device is now showing as "In Stock" in most countries around the world, showing that Apple's supply has either increased to meet the high demand, or the high demand has dropped off slightly.

 

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In all reality, it's probably the latter option. People are probably seeing the rumors of a new iPhone 5S and are starting to think that an updated iPad mini could also be just around the corner. There have also been rumors of an iPad mini with Retina display coming soon and this could be contributing to a decrease in demand.

 

European customers are still seeing 1-3 days as the quoted shipping time, but those should soon change to "In Stock." If you want to pick up a new iPad mini, now is definitely a good time as you shouldn't have to wait for them to ship out.

Google's stock hits record high of $800

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:02 pm

Google's stock continues to perform incredibly well, even while Apple's stock falters. Google's stock increased over 1 percent earlier this morning, topping out at $804.00. This is the first time the stock price has been over $800 and it shows no signs of stopping growing.

 

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The boost has come from renewed investor confidence that Google can continue to increase revenue and profit, even as cost-per-click continues to decline. What's really funny about this whole thing is that Google would actually like the stock price to be lower. They attempted to split the stock last year, but have been unable to due to a lawsuit alleging that a split unfairly gives too much power to co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

New Gears of War game leaked ahead of official launch, Microsoft threatens pirates with permanent Xbox Live ban

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:40 pm

The latest installment in the Gears of War series has leaked out into the wild this morning. Copies of Gears of War: Judgment were spotted on torrent sites early this morning, leading Microsoft to threaten some harsh ramifications to anyone who downloads and installs a pirated copy.

 

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A spokesperson for Microsoft said:

 

"We are aware of isolated cases in which Gears of War: Judgment content has been propped on the web and are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation immediately. Consumers should be aware that piracy is illegal and we take vigorous action against illegal activity related to our products and services. Playing pirated copies of games, such as Gears of War: Judgment, is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use and will result in enforcement action, such as account and console bans."

 

Redmond has threatened similar action before, most recently when copies of Halo 4 began to surface on torrent sites. Some of those who installed the pirated copy had their console and accounts permanently banned from Xbox live.

AVADirect jumps on the GTX Titan bandwagon

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:02 pm

System integrator AVADirect has jumped on the NVIDIA GTX Titan bandwagon and announced that they will be offering the new NVIDIA GPU in some of their custom configured machines in the coming days. The new GPU is a beast of a card, at $1000, and will be available in limited quantities.

 

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AVADirect would like to help get the GPU into the hands of as many customers as possible, so it will be available in some builds that have a relatively cheap starting price. According to their announcement, "The NVIDIA GTX TITAN is provided in all respectable and compatible configurations listed on AVADirect.com"

Canonical announces Ubuntu for tablets, developer preview available Thursday

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 8:31 pm

Canonical has shared a busy press day with NVIDIA and HTC to announce that they are bringing a version of Ubuntu to tablets near you. The operating system is very similar to that of the recently announced Ubuntu Phone OS, but is also very similar to the desktop version of Ubuntu.

 

 

The new operating system joins the fray of available tablet operating systems. However, Canonical is doing something different with the Ubuntu stack of mobile operating systems: the OS will be the same across all platforms. This means that apps written for Ubuntu Desktop will run fine on tablets and smartphones.

 

It also will allow you to plug in a mouse and keyboard into your tablet and interact with it in a traditional desktop manner with multiple windows and a cursor. Unplug the mouse and you're back to working with the touch controls and interface.

 

Here's the awesome part of the announcement: developer preview code is coming Thursday. That's right, developers will be able to get a copy of the source code on Thursday and install it on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. I can't wait to put it on my Nexus 7.

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ORIGIN offers the first liquid cooled NVIDIA GTX Titan based system

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 8:04 pm

ORIGIN has announced that they are the first to bring a liquid cooled NVIDIA GTX Titan system to market. The graphics card, just announced earlier by NVIDIA, is the single fastest consumer GPU on the market with over 2,600 CUDA cores, 6GB of RAM, support for 4-way SLI. It's a beast of a card with over 7 billion transistors.

 

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ORIGIN worked closely with EK Water Blocks in order to be able to offer a liquid cooled system right at launch. It's important to keep such a large card cool and there is not many better ways than water to do it. The system, named the CRYOGENIC liquid cooling solution, keeps the GPU cool, even when overclocked.

 

"When NVIDIA first showed us TITAN, we were simply blown away by its single GPU performance on even the most demanding games and applications." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and cofounder. "Just wait until you see it running on an ORIGIN PC. With support of our CRYOGENIC Liquid Cooling Solution, Professional Overclocking and up to 4-WAY SLI, TITAN brings us the first true gaming supercomputer."

Apple releases iOS 6.1.2, contains fixes for Exchange calendar bug

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 6:28 pm

Apple has released an update to iOS 6.1 that patches the Exchange bug that has plagued many users and resulted in shorter battery life. iOS 6.1.2 is the update that was just pushed out by Apple and is currently available OTA and through iTunes to patch all of your Exchange woes.

 

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No word has been given about whether or not the update patches the exploits used by the Evasi0n jailbreak tool, so you probably shouldn't try updating until an official word has been given by the developers. We'll be sure to let you know as soon as we hear something.

 

Another question is whether or not this update fixes the lock screen bug that would allow people to bypass a password lock with a couple of simple steps. An announcement saying that it is fixed is curiously absent from the release notes, though that doesn't mean it hasn't been patched.

NVIDIA announces Tegra 4i with integrated LTE processor, features 60 GPU cores, quad-core CPU

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 5:45 pm

Alongside today's GTX Titan launch, NVIDIA announced a new integrated Tegra processor that features LTE. The Tegra 4i is the first chip from NVIDIA to feature LTE and should allow the GPU giant to enter the smartphone market. Previously, Tegra chips had been relegated to tablets due to the lack of an LTE radio.

 

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NVIDIA claims that the new Tegra 4i is the fastest and most efficient mobile chip. Jointly developed by ARM and NVIDIA, it makes use of the R4 Cortex-A9 CPU for its four cores and features a fifth battery saver core. The GPU features 60 custom NVIDIA GPU cores, so graphics performance should be stellar for a mobile device.

 

"NVIDIA is delivering for the first time a single, integrated processor that powers all the major functions of a smartphone," said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. "Tegra 4i phones will provide amazing computing power, world-class phone capabilities, and exceptionally long battery life."

 

Along with the Tegra 4i announcement, NVIDIA debuted a reference smartphone platform known as "Phoenix." NVIDIA hopes that smartphone manufacturers will be able to quickly bring devices to market using the Tegra 4i. They can consult the reference device to enable quicker development and deployment.

HTC One smartphone hardware specs released - this isn't your old HTC phone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 4:58 pm

During this morning's press conference, HTC didn't really touch on the hardware specifications of its new flagship the HTC One, and that lead some of us to believe that it may not pack the punch we were hoping for. The HTC One's webpage just went live and "wow" did they deliver on performance.

 

 

The HTC One features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor running at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage and built-in NFC capabilities. The display is a 4.7-inch Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI density LCD that is the company's brightest, sharpest and most vibrant display to date.

 

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Other notable features include GPS, Digital Compass, Gyro, Accelerometer, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, DLNA and an IR blaster that lets your phone function as a remote control for all your home theater devices. It also features a completely redesigned camera that is built on HTC's exclusive Ultrapixel technology. The camera is set at f/2.0 with a 28mm lens, is capable of full HD 1080p video capture as well. A front facing 2MP camera with an 88 degree field of view is also placed on the phone.

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HTC One features and specs unveiled, gets all aluminum unibody and new technology camera

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 4:27 pm

During this morning's launch event, HTC design lead Jonah Becker, walked us through the new and exciting design specifications of the new HTC One. It appears that HTC has beaten Apple to the punch when it comes to an all-aluminum uni-body smartphone.

 

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Before we get into the body though, let's talk about some exciting new hardware featured in the HTC One. First off, the new flagship phone was given an entirely new design with front facing speakers, which HTC is calling BoomSound. The speakers are said to offer a much more rich and vibrant sound than previously seen on other HTC devices. HTC has also included an IR blaster into the phone for full home media control.

 

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Up next is a completely re-imagined camera, that bucks the trend of packing more pixels into a smaller package. "The new HTC One makes the camera experience better", Becker said. "I saw an opportunity to shake things up with the camera experience. It starts with a new approach about camera technology, it's not about megapixel count, but pixel size." he continued.

 

HTC is calling the new exclusive technology "Ultrapixel" and from my understanding, HTC focused on pixel quality, light sensitivity and pixel size, to create a new image sensor that performs better than any smartphone camera previously seen. Becker then introduced the HTC One's new image and video capture software dubbed HTC Zoe, which will be able to simultaneously capture HD video and still images at the same time.

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