The latest happenings from around the web - August 17th, 2010
- Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Stacked LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard @ SilentPCReview
- MSI Big Bang XPower Review: X58, Military Style @ Hot Hardware
- Asus P6X58D-E @ Neoseeker
- Gigabyte HD 5670 1GB @ tbreak
- Lost Planet 2 Performance Benchmarks: DirectX11 and 3D Vision Tested @ HiTechLegion
- Lost Planet 2: DX9 vs. DX11 @ Techgage
- XFX Radeon HD 5830 XXX Edition Graphics Card @ Hardware Heaven
Looking for the next big jump in smartphone processing power? It may be coming sooner than you think. Qualcomm's VP Mark Frankel stated that their dual-core Snapdragon processors with clock speeds up to 1.5GHz have been shipped to manufacturers and we could be seeing them in smartphones and tablets as early as the end of this year.
The 45nm QSD8672 Snapdragon has two cores that can each be used independently and could possibly improve battery life up to 30% over their single core predecessors. These chips also allow for full 1080p playback which will be great on the tablet front. It is expected that HTC will be at the front of the line to bring devices with the new dual-core processor due to their strong ties with Qualcomm.
Apple's new addition to their staff has already started fueling rumors about possible iPhone 5 specifications. Benjamin Vigier, Apple's new head of m-commerce, has an extensive background in near field communications (NFC) technology, which handles applications like turning a mobile device into a credit/debit card.
The big thought is that the iPhone 5 will include NFC technology which will allow the iPhone to act as a purchasing device. While Apple has filed quite a few patents regarding NFC, including apps like iTravel for automatic boarding passes, iPay, and iBuy, none of these have actually made it to market yet. This technology makes sense with so many companies looking to streamline and automate purchasing options.
Apple has become one of the most influential and profitable technology firms in the world on the back of devices like the iPod and the iPhone among others. The company has been in the news of late for all manner of issues stemming from the design of the new iPhone 4 and the antenna troubles plaguing users of the device.
A new controversy surrounding the iPhone and the iPod has surfaced today. A mid-level manager at Apple named Paul Shin Devine has been arrested on charges of taking kickbacks, wire fraud, and money laundering. Apple has also filed a separate civil suit against Devine. According to the charges filed, Devine and his partner in the scheme Andrew Ang from Singapore took kickbacks amounting to $1 million.
Onkyo makes some of the most popular home theater receivers on the market for enthusiasts. The receivers range from feature packs units selling for over $1000 to cheap units that sell for only a few hundred dollars. Onkyo has debuted a pair of new mid-range offerings called the RC270 and the RC260.
Both of the new receivers have many of the same functions like 7.2 channel surround sound, HDMI 1.4a ports for 3D programming, support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs. The receivers also have Audyssey DSX, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, and a Faroudja DCDI cinema Video processor. That video processor is able to upscale any source resolution to 1080p.
For most of us at home and in the office the fastest networking speed we have to work with is Gigabit. In most homes and many small offices you are going to be stuck with plain 100Mbps Ethernet for the most part. There are lots of computers that support Gigabit networking today so that is becoming more and more common in many environments. In some enterprise settings Gigabit networking is not fast enough and for those folks a new 10Gb networking protocol is coming.
Thecus has unveiled a new network card made for the 10Gb spec called the C10GT. The card slips into the x4 or x8 slot on the mainboard and supports multiple 10Gb standards including IEEE 802.3ae, IEEE 802.3ak, and IEEE 802.1q VLAN. The network card also supports dual cable interfaces.
The Sony PS3 Slim has been on the market for a while now and if you have been waiting to buy one or to upgrade your existing fat console, this may be the time to do it. I know I am eyeing one of the new PS3 slim bundles after my first generation 60GB fat PS3 died a premature death recently. Sony is offering a free game bundle good now through August 21 if you buy directly from Sony online.
The games that you can choose from cost up to $59.99 on their own. Titles you can choose include MAG, Uncharted 2, White Knight Chronicles, MotorStorm Pacific Rift, Heavy Rain, and ModNation Racers. Those are all some of the better titles that have landed for the console in a while. The price for the bundle with any of those games is $299.99.
For some people a tablet computer is just a cool bit of tech and for others depending on the way they normally work a tablet can be integral to actually being able to work. Those who work in an environment where they are standing without a desk most of the time will find typing on a normal laptop to be very difficult to do. A tablet on the other hand can be used effectively with a single hand.
Fujitsu has announced new additions to the line of Lifebooks with a few new tablet computers. The new machines are the Lifebook T730 and the TH700. Both of the models have optional GPS and sport embedded 3G connectivity, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Both of the machines have 12.1-inch screens and are designed for portability weighing in at about 1.8kg.
Intel's next-gen X25 series of solid state drives aren't far away now with word of a Q4 2010 release. There is said to be four new models coming out in the new series, all of which use the latest IMFlash Technologies 25nm NAND flash memory chips.
The four drives will span across their X25-M and X18-M (mainstream) as well as the X25-V (value) lineups. The same feature set will be given to the new drives as the existing 34nm 'Postville' drives except for a few additions; native data encryption, SMART and of course higher performance from the new 25nm NAND flash chips.
iiNet appears to be moving full steam ahead with its annual report for the year to June 30, 2010 showing a very healthy rise in revenues, EBITDA and NPAT.
The major ISP's revenue took a 13% rise to $473.8m and its subscriber services rose by a whopping 27%, almost hitting the 1 Million mark at 960,000. Naked DSL looks to be notably popular with subscriber numbers growing a whopping 59% to 106,400.
Aquiring Westnet and more recently Netspace looks to have paid off, too, with the company's total broadband customers sustaining 539,000 to the years end, a rise of 28% since the aquisition. If you didn't catch it in recent news, iiNet is also in the process of aquiring AAPT's consumer division which should be completed in September this year.