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RumorTT: Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 3 to feature Exynos processor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 1:04 am

Recently I posted a news article that suggested that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 3 would feature a quad-core 2.3 GHz QUALCOMM Snapdragon processor, but a recent report from the generally considered reliable website SamMobile suggests I may be slightly wrong.

 

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The report says that there will be at least two variants of the third iteration of Samsung's popular phablet. The first will be the model SM-N900, which is the international variant and will feature Samsung's own octa-core Exynos 5420 processor running at 1.8GHz and will not feature LTE radios.

 

The second variant will be the SM-N9005 and will be the North American model, and possibly arrive in some European markets as well. This model will most likely feature the quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor, which will be paired with an Adreno 330 GPU, running at 2.3GHz and will be LTE equipped.

LeakedTT: Yet another flip phone from Samsung is spotted

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 12:47 am

At this point, no one really knows what Samsung's reasoning is behind developing new flip phones, as we all previously thought the flip phone craze died out sometime around 2007. Apparently, Samsung did not get the memo as a second Samsung-branded, dual-screen flip phone has been leaked by site SammyHub.

 

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This new flip phone, dubbed the Samsung Hennessy, features dual 3.27-inch 320x480 resolution screens, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and a five-megapixel camera. Additionally, the phone is able to support dual-SIM cards and will be sold with a "Luxury Gold" color trim option. While we're sure that both this new offering as well as the previously launched Galaxy Folder will both be only available in Asian markets, let's cross our fingers and hope that this new flip phone trend does not make it back to the US.

Google said to be investigating multi-touch issues on new Nexus 7s

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 12:31 am

It appears that users of Google's latest generation Nexus 7 have started reporting issues with the tablet's multi-touch features. Multiple videos have popped up on YouTube that show the touchscreen registering inputs that are not real and then proceeding to spaz--it's a technical term--out before returning to normal.

 

 

Google says that "The Android team is aware of this issue and investigating." It is still unclear at the moment whether the issue is software related or hardware related, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that I hope it is software related. A mass recall would be very costly in both terms of repair as well as consumer trust for the recently released 7-inch slate.

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RumorTT: NVIDIA's Tegra Tab 7 pops up again in new benchmarks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 12:14 am

Today, some newly leaked benchmark metrics have surfaced that point to NVIDIA preparing a seven-inch tablet of its own. Branded the Tegra Tab 7, today's leaked benchmark results come courtesy of the blog Techkiddy, which posted up AnTuTu benchmark results that were labeled TegraTab7 Premium.

 

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The results show that the tablet in question runs an 1.8GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean being the operating system of choice. The tablet is said to feature a seven-inch display that boasts a 1280x768 pixel resolution and a five-megapixel rear camera.

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Apacer unveils new high-speed 22PIN SATA 3 Modular SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 11:47 pm

Today, Apacer unveiled the newest generation of its SDM5 modular SATA SSDs. The new SATA Disk Module 5 adopts the SATA 3 6GB/s high-speed interface standard and features Toggle DDR2.0 NAND Flash. The module incorporates a specifically designed 2-channel bidirectional structure that allows the device to reach read/write speeds of up to 315MB/s and 145MB/s, respectively.

 

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Jeff Lin, Embedded Application Product Division Senior Director of Apacer indicated, "In order to satisfy the user-specific needs for various mechanisms, we will introduce perpendicularly and parallel modularized solutions at the same time. Thus, the customer will have diverse choices in accordance with the motherboard design demands, without being limited to the joint direction of solid state drive, and develop more diversified top products at the lowest cost."

 

The Apacer SDM5 uses standard 7-pin signal and 15-pin SATA signal and power connectors and are featured in two different configurations with one having the connectors perpendicular to the board at 90 degrees, while the other is parallel at 180 degrees. Apacer says that the new SDM5 features a capacity of 128GB and complies with the MIL-810F certification, which is the toughest standard required by the US military regulations.

Rockstar unveils new GTA V site following PC confirmation by NVIDIA

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 10:02 pm

Earlier, I clued you in on a statement made during an earnings call in which an NVIDIA executive confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V would be coming to PC later this fall. Continuing on with GTA V news, Rockstar Games today released a new website for the highly anticipated title.

 

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The new website appears to be a parity of the typical tourist friendly public relations site many municipalities use around the country to inform would-be visitors of what their city has to offer. The page is titled "Visit Los Santos & Blain County" and has a slogan that reads "Where cultural apocalypse meets environmental disaster." If that's not true Grand Theft Auto style, nothing is.

 

The page then displays 20 different clickable tiles that attempt to showcase all the various features one might be interested in when visiting Los Santos. At the moment, only 10 of the tiles are active, and we suspect the other 10 to become available in the coming weeks. Clicking around the tiles shows never before seen screenshots and clues us in on some interesting features of the game.

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NVIDIA confirms GTA V will come to PC this fall

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 9:16 pm

For months now, the PC community has been in an uproar over reports that Rockstar games would not be releasing its highly anticipated title Grand Theft Auto V for the PC. Today, it appears that all those worries were for nothing as NVIDIA has apparently confirmed that GTA V will be headed to PC this fall.

 

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Website KitGuru noticed that during NVIDIA's earnings call a senior official mentioned that Grand Theft Auto V would in fact be coming to the PC this fall. I have posted an excerpt of the statement in question below. If you would like to read the full transcript, head over to Source #2 below. If this is true, today might very well be one of the happiest days PC gamers have had all year long.

 

Chris Evenden, Senior Director, IR said "The PC market is evolving. As entry-level laptops face pressure from tablets. Yet sales of specialty PCs like gaming systems and work stations continue to grow. The disparity reflects how consumers use these different classes of PCs. Many consumers look for PC as a general purpose device they can use for browsing, email, social media video. But much of this can be better served by a tablet. In contrast, gamers are preparing their systems for a strong roster of games coming this fall, including blockbuster franchises, such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin's Creed IV."

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Mushkin will unveil Scorpion PCIe SSD and more at Flash Memory Summit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 8:34 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Today, Mushkin announced that it would be unveiling two new highly anticipated products during the 2013 Flash Memory Summit. The company will show off its Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD and the new Ventura Ultra 240GB USB 3.0 flash drive.

 

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"Participating in the Flash Summit is a great opportunity for us to show just what we are getting ready to release and how we continue to innovate. We are confident in the Scorpion Deluxe and Ventura Ultra, and there is no better way to express that than to display just how fast and powerful they are," said Nicolas Villalobos, Director of Global Marketing at Mushkin, Inc.

 

The Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD boasts an impressive 2165MB/s read speed and a 1990MB/s write speed, while hitting 100,000 4K read IOPS. The Ventura Ultra 240GB USB 3.0 is said to be the world's fastest flash drive with a 455MB/s read speed and a 445MB/s write speed. Both devices will be available at the end of this month and we will bring you more information on them as it becomes available.

EVGA shows off Pro SLI bridge that will bring the bling to your GPUs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 6:35 pm

If you've ever stared at your multiple graphics cards set up and thought to yourself "man that SLI bridge sure is ugly," then a fresh announcement from EVGA is sure to put a smile on your face. Earlier today, EVGA announced what amounts to a cosmetic upgrade for enthusiasts who run multiple NVIDIA graphics cards.

 

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The EVGA Pro SLI Bridge is an aesthetically pleasing replacement for the typical ribbon cable-based SLI bridge that comes with all NVIDIA SLI compatible graphics cards. While it offers nothing in terms of better performance, it should really clean up the look of multiple GPU setups and give enthusiasts just a little more bragging rights about the bling in their case.

 

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The bridge appears to be made out of plastic and features brushed aluminum panels on top with the EVGA logo front and center. Things are accented by backlighting that is provided by small LEDS shining through EVGA logos on each panel. This backlighting will only work when the bridges are used on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700-series or later graphics cards, including the GeForce GTX Titan. EVGA says that the bridges are compatible with all brands of NVIDIA graphics cards and will be available in the coming weeks.

Mad Catz launches Triton Pro gaming headset for PC and Mac

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 5:39 pm

Hot on the heels of last week's Tritton Kunai launch, Mad Catz today announced that it has began shipping the Tritton Pro gaming headset for PC and Mac. The company says that the Tritton Pro is a true 5.1 surround sound headset that features four separate drivers in each ear cup for a true 5.1 surround sound experience.

 

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The headset also features an in-line remote that allows selectable voice monitoring that allows users to choose if they hear their own voice in the headset or not. "The TRITTON Pro+ headset received a warm reception with the passionate gamers at E3 thanks to its advanced feature set and multiple speakers, delivering highly accurate sound separation, ideal for online gaming," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. "We believe the TRITTON Pro+ for Windows PC and Mac will enable us to further diversify our platform base within the high-end audio category."

 

The Tritton Pro is available in white, black, and gloss red and is available in the US, Canada, UK, France, and Germany for around $199. The headset will be available at all major electronics retailers that carry the Mad Catz brand. For more information on the Mad Catz Triton Pro, head over to Source #2 below.

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