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Dell announces XPS One 27 all-in-one machine, sports 2560x1440 screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 30, 2012 4:32 am

Dell have just outed the XPS One 27 all-in-one PC, which sports a 27-inch screen with a resolution of 2560x1440. One of the good things with the XPS One 27 range is that all configurations ship with third-generation Intel Core processors in the Ivy Bridge flavor.




They ship with either Core i5 or i7 offerings, with up to 16GB of RAM, a standard 1TB 7,200 RPM hard drive which can be upgraded to either a 2TB drive or a 32GB SSD. Adding to this we find Waves MaxxAudio 4, Infinity-branded speakers, a Blu-ray drive and optional 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT640M GPU.


An optional TV tuner is available, and finishing things off we have four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports with power charge, audio out, HDMI, VGA, mic and headphone jacks an an 8-in-1 memory card reader. Dell's XPS One 27 starts at $1,399 and is available in Asia starting today, expect it to his the US in the next month or so.

Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook and Series 3 Chromebox are here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 30, 2012 3:16 am

Google and Samsung sitting in a tree, C-H-R-O-M-I-N-G. Yeah, you get the point. Samsung have released two new Chrome OS-based products today, the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and the Series 3 Chromebox. What makes these products stand out from the crowd? The cloud-based OS UI has been updated, and now sports multitouch trackpad support.



Coinciding with the new OS update, are Samsung's two products. The updates OS now sports an app-focused user interface that lets you select which programs you use the most, for easier access. Google Drive is now the data storage system, and deeper integration should come through in the coming weeks.


A revamped media player peeks its head up, too, as well as a brand new photo editor and uploader, as well as remote desktop support for both Windows and Mac. What hardware is inside the new system? According to The Verge's review on the units, the Chromebook sports a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 867 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 12.1-inch screen, 1200x800 resolution, multitouch trackpad, Wi-Fi and 3G, two USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 card reader and more than eight hours of battery life.

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Watch the live stream of the GALAXY S III launch on Thursday, thanks to Vodafone Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2012 2:14 am

Europe and the Middle East may have enjoyed their Samsung GALAXY S III launch yesterday, but come Thursday, it's Australia's turn. Vodafone Australia is set to live stream the Samsung GALAXY S III launch event from the Vodafone Australia website.




The live stream will start at 09:50 Sydney time, and for anyone around the world, you'll require some time changes, so here you go:


UK Time - 00:50

Eastern - 19:50 (Weds May 30)

Pacific - 16:50 (Weds May 30)


Excitement is definitely building, and it's not long now until the phone splashes down in more countries. Will you watch the live event?

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Verizon and Google nearly ready to update GALAXY Nexus to Android 4.0.4, finally

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 30, 2012 1:12 am

Verizon Wireless have finally done it, they've released a new software update for the GALAXY Nexus from Samsung, 'IMM76K'. Verizon and Samsung both encourage the update, which fixes a heap of e-mail and text problems, calendar issues and more.




The IMM76K Android 4.0.4 update comes in at approximately 39MB in size, and can be manually updated if you choose to do so, an instructional post for it can be found here. Strangely, this is the same update that popped up in early-May, but was yanked by Google.


If you're rocking a GALAXY Nexus on Verizon, you'll probably want to grab this update. Be sure to let us know how you go with it!

Twitter improves performance, lowers page load times to 20% of what they were before

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 29, 2012 11:42 pm

Twitter has announced updates to its website which they claim has decreased page load times down to 20% of what they were previously. The old system used the browser to render JavaScript which was groundbreaking at the time. It does have a disadvantage, however, in that it misses out on optimizations only available to the server.




As such, Twitter is bringing some of the front-end grunt work back onto the servers in order to speed up load times. As Twitter says, "To connect you to information in real time, it's important for Twitter to be fast." Part of the change is not using # (hashbang) in the permalink URLs to improve initial load times.


Another update is to decrease the "time to first Tweet." This is where Twitter has managed to decrease page load times to 1/5 of what they were previously. The general, watered down version of how this works is to take the JavaScript out of the equation and render the content on the server. This removes the slowdown from old browsers or slow machines.


There are many other improvements discussed in the post on Twitter's engineering blog, so I encourage you to check it out for yourself if you are interested. The Twitter blog post can be found on Twitter's engineering blog here.

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Sergey Brin lets someone new wear the Project Glass augmented reality glasses

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 29, 2012 10:27 pm

That small little project being worked on by Google is gathering more publicity. In a recent interview with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Sergey allowed Newsom to put the glasses on to see a picture that Sergey had taken with the glasses. When asked, Sergey wouldn't say how the picture was taken, but we do now know that there is a touchpad on the side behind the display.




In the picture above, you can see Mr. Brin operating the touchpad with his finger while looking for the picture he had taken previously. After being found, Newsom got to wear the glasses and commented on them: "You can easily forget you have them on, and sense the capacity of use in the future."


Newsom expressed that he was impressed with the quality of the image taken, especially since the stage isn't ideal for demoing a display. He even commented that the "image was remarkably clear." Brin also let everyone know that those are a rough prototype: "I have some hopes to maybe get it out sometime next year, but that's still a little bit of a hope."


It's likely that the final product will be a fair bit different than the current version, but with the prototype being so well received, it speaks volumes for just how great this product will be. Newsom expressed that the glasses are "a heck of a lot further along than people have imagined." Brin explained Google's view on the glasses: "The idea is that you want to be free to experience the world without futzing with a phone."

Zune is officially dead, Xbox becomes music and video solution for all Microsoft products

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 29, 2012 9:35 pm

With Windows 8 Zune is out and Xbox is in. Zune will be no more, that Microsoft has made abundantly clear. We finally have an answer as to what is replacing it: Xbox. Increasing from its humble roots as a gaming platform, the large brand will become an entire entertainment center for Windows 8 on phones, PCs, tablets, and TVs.




From Microsoft:


This year, Xbox becomes the premium entertainment service for Microsoft. Whether on your PC, tablet, TV or phone, Xbox will be a gateway to the best in music and video, your favorite games and instant access to your friends.


With the launch of Windows 8, we'll bring Xbox entertainment to everyone. With Xbox on Windows 8 devices, we rapidly accelerate the reach of Xbox entertainment from more than 60 million people to hundreds of millions of people worldwide.


This makes sense as Microsoft is working on a new music service for Xbox. Xbox is continually getting new and more varied services so it was only a matter of time before an announcement like this came. I can see where it soon could be an unlimited music, movie, and gaming platform for a single price. Seems simple and the likely way to go.


RIP Zune.

Softbank unveils smartphone with radiation detector following the Fukushima disaster

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2012 8:34 pm

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster many Japanese people are concerned about lasting radiation. The memory of the atomic bomb and its effects is all too recent in their minds. As such, many are worried that the government's numbers about the radiation levels from the disaster are wrong or purposefully changed.




Japan's third largest mobile carrier has announced a smartphone that will be capable of measuring radiation. The smartphone will be easier to carry then a traditional Geiger counter and more stylish too. The device has been designed to allay fears of radiation. The phone, which is set to launch in the summer, will be available in 8 different colors.


Softbank president Masayoshi Son said, "The threat from the nuclear accident cannot be seen by the human eye and continues to be a concern for many people, especially for mothers with small children." This new phone is also a great example of how smartphones can adapt to specific needs. In many ways a smartphone is more powerful than a traditional computer.

Blizzard talks Diablo III update plans

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 29, 2012 7:33 pm

Diablo III has been a massively successful game. It's also been a buggy game which has kept users from being able to play. As such, Blizzard is needing to release patches to fix these issues. The first patch that is coming is version 1.0.2 and launches next week. This patch will focus on service issues and hopefully fix the issues that have kept players from playing.




Players are probably more interested in patch 1.0.3 which is the patch that will bring the first in-game balancing. The patch includes changes to the Inferno difficulty mode, blacksmith changes, and item levels shown on 60+ weapons. The developers feel the Inferno difficulty mode has too much spike damage and want to lower the cost of training blacksmiths.


Player-vs-player has also been delayed and is set to come in patch 1.1. Patch 1.1 isn't just about player killing, however, as it will also bring buffs to legendary items. Along with talking updates, Blizzard has released some stats about Diablo III and its players. Players usually create three characters, 80% of which are between level 1 and 30. Only 1.9% of characters have unlocked Inferno difficulty mode.

RumorTT: Leaked iPhone casing pictures validate some rumors about the upcoming Apple device

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2012 6:34 pm

Let me qualify this with the following: While these appear to be legitimate, valid pictures of the upcoming iPhone case, I am still skeptical due to the fact Apple is ridiculously tight-lipped about products and slips like these don't usually happen. However, with a new CEO the secrecy of Apple could be in decline. If that is the case, I would have so many fewer rumors to post.




The first picture is courtesy of 9to5Mac. In it are two shells, which appear to be larger than the iPhone 4S. The casings show the smaller dock connector along the bottom of the phone along with what appear to be speaker grills and a headphone jack. The larger speaker grills are to accommodate better, larger speakers.


Also, the provider of the picture has said that there are two additional colors that the iPhone will be available in. What those colors are are not known. Again, I would attribute the new colors to the new CEO and the change that comes with a new leader. Engadget has supplied additional photos which depict a device which looks identical to the first set in the first picture. The higher quality pictures indicate that the device is not two-tone but rather just covered in a protective plastic covering.

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