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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Unboxing Video

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 2:26 pm

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 8.9 is said to become available sometime today over at Best Buy, but Netbooknews has already managed to get its hands on one in Taiwan for an unboxing video and lookover.



This is the tablet Samsung is claiming to be one of the thinest in the world, measuring only 0.34-inches thick. It runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb, but is set back a bit by a rather disappointing TouchWiz interface that is said to slow down the system quite noticably.




As for the rest of the specs, it uses an 8.9-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 display, dual core 1GHz processor and has 16GB internal storage. There's a 2MP front facing camera, and 3MP autofocus rear facing camera with flash on the rear. 1080p HD video playback is said to be supported with no issues, and the other usual forms of connectivity are in place including 802.11b/g/n WiFi, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 3.0.

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Intel Core i7-2700K gets a launch date (and a big price tag)

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 1:37 pm

After recently hearing of Intel's plans to release a new, top end entry in its LGA1155 Core i7 line, the i7-2700K, new information has come out not only confirming its soon to be existence, but also covering pricing and availability.




Where Intel usually has a tendancy to roll in new top end parts at the same price point as what the predecessor sat at, this time things are expected to be different and apparently the i7-2700K will carry a higher price tag than the 2600K. While the exact price isn't allowed to be revealed at this time, a source has made it clear the i7-2700K will in fact be significantly higher than the 2600K's current $317 price tag - most likely somewhere around the ball park of US$340 to $350.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for September 22, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 12:26 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - September 22nd, 2011




- Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC @ eTeknix

- Dell Precision M4600 15-inch Laptop @ TechReviewSource

- Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC @ Techwarelabs

- Dell Precision M6600 - extreme powerful notebook for professionals @ AU-Ja




- VisionTek Ultimate Performance EX Memory @ Neoseeker

- ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 @ Vortez




- LGA 2011 and Sandy Bridge-E News from IDF 2011 @ Xbit labs

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Download of the Day: Google Earth Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 11:40 am

Our Download of the Day today is Google Earth Beta.


Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.


Google Earth's features include:


See global changes with decades of historic imagery


If you've ever wondered how your neighborhood has changed throughout time, Google Earth now gives you access to the past. With a simple click, check out suburban sprawl, melting ice caps, coastal erosion, and more.


Dive beneath the surface of the ocean


In the new ocean layer, you can plunge all the way to the floor of the sea, view exclusive content from partners like BBC and National Geographic, and explore 3D shipwrecks like the Titanic.


Track and share your paths with others


Take placemarks a step further and record a free-form tour in Google Earth. Simply turn on the touring feature, press record, and see the world. You can even add a soundtrack or narration to personalize the journey.




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Deal of the Day: Element ELGFW551 55" 1080P LCD HDTV for $599 with Free Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 10:29 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - Element ELGFW551 55" 1080P LCD HDTV for $599 with Free Shipping.


Offer: A great price on a large 55" LCD HDTV that will give you 1080P. Factory refurbished, it looks like even shipping is free for this 86lb TV! At $599, it won't last so get it now.






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James Cameron still wants Avatar sequels filmed at 60 fps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 5:00 am

Ah, James Cameron. I really hope you can make this happen. The infamous director of such movies as Terminator, Aliens and Avatar, is pushing the film industry toward using higher frame rates than the current industry standard of 24 frames per second. Cameron wants to see digital cinema projectors enabled for higher frame rates. He started pushing for higher frame rates at CinemaCon earlier this year where he argued for the use of 48 and 60 fps.




Cameron talked to THR about his need for higher frame rates, saying he would favor 60 fps:


The reason I went down that path is because I believe it makes for better 3D...There were lots of arguments for why 48 and why 60. My feeling is if it is a software upgrade (for digital cinema projectors), do both. It doesn't change anything at the projector; you don't have to change the lamp house or the lenses. If you are uploading software you can upload it for 48 and 60 and let the filmmakers decide.

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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango rolls out over the next week or two

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 3:46 am

Microsoft has announced that Mango, or Windows Phone 7.5 will roll out in the next week or two. Microsoft have said that Mango has been "painstakingly tuned" for every device from every manufacturer so that the update and all the new features work as planned once its pushed out to everyone. Microsoft have not given an exact date of when people can expect to receive Mango, but they will refresh the "Where's My Phone Update?" page to reflect the worldwide rollout status.




The only downside is that Mango won't be pushed to your phone over-the-air, so download the latest version of Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac, or if you're on a Windows-based machine, Zune. Mango will also need proper firmware on the device to function as designed, so Microsoft have warned users against installing unofficial or leaked copies of Windows Phone software.

Eee Pad Transformer 2 benchmarked, Kal-El stands proud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 3:00 am

The Kal-El-powered second-generation ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer has not been shy from the news lately and now the benchmarks for the "ASUS Transformer TF201" have floated up from the depths of the unknown and onto the Internet. The results have been taken down, but the magic involved in Google's cache have bought them back to life and they paint a glorious picture. When benched against the Acer Iconia Tab A500, which sports a Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip, the Transformer 2 scores 40.6 fps versus the 17 fps of the A500 in the "Egypt Standard" test in the GLBenchmark site.




Not only that, the "Offscreen 720p test" saw the Transformer 2 score 65 fps versus 21 fps which is not too bad at all. Considering that Kal-El's power consumption is meant to be lower than the Tegra 2, it offers much more performance as well as better battery life.

Microsoft ditches the 80's style boot, instead uses streamlined UEFI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 2:00 am

I'm sure you dear readers don't like the old-school, 80s style boot-up sequence that has plagued Windows since, well, forever. This is all set to change with the old BIOS system being replaced by a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) which gives users a high-resolution logo and graphical menu to look at whilst booting up their PCs. Not only does it look pretty, but the menu will allow booting to a different disc, OS or USB drive with pictures and words as prompts.




The command prompt will still be there if you would like to get your black and white, text thrashing on. For everyone else, they get the super-pretty, super-fast boot up sequences we've all been dreaming of for a very, very long time. Microsoft will continue to support the legacy BIOS interface, but systems using the UEFI interface will have "significantly richer capabilities". Other nifty things built-in is ease of use for performing troubleshooting in Windows RE.

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Bing has cost Microsoft $5.5 billion since 2009

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 12:52 am

Microsoft's two-year old search engine, Bing, is losing close to $1 billion per quarter. Since Bing launched in 2009, Microsoft have lost $5.5 billion, but their losses actually pre-date that. And while we're at it, did you know that Microsoft's online services division has never made money? Since Microsoft began breaking out that unit's finances in 2007, they've lost a total of $9 billion. In the past 27 months, Microsoft has proudly claimed that it has gained search market share from Google.




Bing as it stands, has 14.7% of the search share market, up from 8.4% when it launched. Google currently has 64.8% down just two-tenths of a percentage point from the 65% it had when Bing launched. Microsoft has clawed market share traction from third-place rival, Yahoo. The rest of it has come from and AOL. Also remember that Yahoo's search is Bing-powered, meaning that half of Microsoft's share growth has come from its search partner.


Microsoft President of Online Services, Qi Lu, said that Microsoft could not and would not try to "out-Google" Google. Instead they must "change the game fundamentally".

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