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Google+ grows 27% in March, enjoyed visits from 61 million users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 10:26 am

Google saw 61 million visits to their social networking site Google+, which is a 27-percent month-over-month increase from February to March. The results come from Experian Hitwise, where they provided chart (pictured below) showing the growth Google+ has enjoyed since June 2011.

 

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This data comes after Google CEO Larry Page claimed in a state-of-Google blog post that Google now has 100 million active users, this is 10 million more than the figure he shared with analysts in January. But, what defines the word "active", to Google?

 

According to some comScore data, users spent just 3.3 minutes on Google+, compared to 7.5 hours on Facebook. Quite the difference. Google asserted that 50 million users access "Google+-enhanced" products daily, and that 100 million do so once per month. Google+-enhanced includes YouTube, Google Play and google.com.

Samsung to upgrade GALAXY Note 10.1 to quad-core, wants to one-up Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 9:30 am

Samsung could delay the release of their GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet due to wanting to show up Apple at the tablet game they're fiercely competing in. At the moment, specs for the unreleased GALAXY Tab 10.1 have pointed toward the recycled Galaxy Note chip, which is a dual-core 1.4GHz part, to the quad-core 1.5GHz Exynos 4412 chip.

 

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Would anything else be changed apart from upgrading from the dual-core 1.4GHz chip to the quad-core 1.5GHz chip? We don't know yet, but in order to "outsmart" Apple's new iPad that sports the A5X processor, Samsung would have to bake a full quad-core processor into their GALAXY Note 10.1, according to claims from industry insiders.

 

At the moment, Samsung has their lips sealed when it comes to revealing information on the GALAXY Note 10.1, which we don't even know the official release date on it yet. More news as it comes.

HTC One X prototype for AT&T hits eBay, gets purchased by XDA Developers forum member

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:26 am

A prototype HTC One X for AT&T has been sold on eBay and promptly purchased by an XDA Developers forum member @voteccow. The device itself clearly shows that it was not meant for sale, and was most likely used by an AT&T technician for network verification and device testing.

 

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The device was being tested for AT&T, and is the One X handset that sports Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, and not the International version which features NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor. @voteccow showed off several pictures as well as offering the XDA Developers forum members a tease of the pre-release OS built t hat might help in hacking efforts to root the device. Currently, the bootloader installed on the device is locked.

 

HTC's One X has been received well lately, where the dual-core Snapdragon S4 really kicks some ass, as well as having a great display. The processor also beats out NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3, which is quite the feat considering the S4 is only a dual-core. The other highlights filling out the HTC One X is that it sports a unibody polycarbonate body and high-resolution 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD display.

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Intel Ivy Bridge notebook chips go through benchmarks, flex some serious muscle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 7:26 am

Intel's Ivy Bridge notebook chips have been tested, and have shown up with some impressive results. Bulgaria's Laptop.bg was given a reference notebook with an unreleased 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM which has shown some serious power over the current 2.2GHz Core i7-2670QM.

 

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For the CPU tests in Cinebench 10 and 11, the performance increase was eight and 22-percent, respectively. Photoshop didn't show the same improvements, but that could be because it was wanting some of that graphical power for some of its filter. The upgraded HD 4000-series graphics still isn't enough to keep up in current games, but this is an integrated solution, so it's to be expected, for now.

 

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Gaming wasn't too bad on the HD 4000, details needed to be dropped, but that still doesn't put the HD 4000 in the box of "it can't run games", because it can. Just not amazingly well. Intel is expected to launch their first Ivy Bridge-based CPUs on April 29, with all first mobile processors to be the quad-core Core i7 models, and should hit mid- to large-size notebooks, including Apple's MacBook Pro or Dell's XPS15.

RumorTT: New iMacs, MacBook Pros could arrive in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 6:20 am

The latest rumors to come from DigiTimes, who quotes a report from China's Economic Daily News, says that supplier checks are now indicating that due to the late-April availability of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs, Apple now plans to push back the launch of the refreshed MacBook Pro and iMac models to near the end of the company's fiscal second quarter, which ends in June.

 

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But, these new rumors could prove to be real as earlier speculation points to Apple beginning to use new glass tech a company called G-Tech for the display screens, which are said to be less reflective and reduce glare.

 

Manufacturers of the new units are said to be handed over to Foxconn and Quanta, which will benefit from the smaller and more energy-efficient, but faster Ivy Bridge chips, as well as support for internal PCI-Express 3.0, USB 3.0 and faster graphics. Other reports are pointing toward the new iMac being thinner, which could then point to the new iMac losing its optical drive, just like the MacBook Air.

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NVIDIA Tegra 4 might hit 2GHz, would arrive in Q3 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 5:25 am

VR-Zone Chinese has leaked spec sheets on NVIDIA's upcoming system-on-a-chip (SoC) detailing the next-generation of Tegra chips codenamed "Wayne". We should expect four different Tegra 4 models in 2013, all using the same 4-PLUS-1 tech from NVIDIA.

 

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We have two "Flagship" models, the first of which should drop in Q1 2013 dubbed "T40" and will clock in at 1.8GHz and be made from the Cortex-A15 architecture, the second Flagship model is the "T43" and clocks in at 2GHz, this is from the same Cortex-A15 tech. We then have two "Mainstream" products that should arrive in Q3 2013.

 

These two models are "AP40" and "SP3X", with the latter coming in between 1.2-1.8GHz, and the former arriving in 1.2-2.0GHz. They will be based off of Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A9 designs for the AP40 and SP3X, respectively. One thing to note of the SP3X chip, is that it will finally bring with it LTE connectivity in the form of LTE100/HSPA42 tech, it will also be designed for 7-inch tablets, with the other three models made for 10-inch designs.

 

It's pretty far out, and having to wait over twelve months to see LTE connectivity on an NVIDIA Tegra-based smart device is pretty lame in my opinion. The tech world will change so much between now and then.

Coolaler breaks previous memory OC record on Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 5:05 am

Gigabyte have come along way over the years. Gone are the years of motherboard manufacturers not endorsing overclocking, to employing, listening and catering to the entire enthusiast and overclocking market. It's a great move, and I applaud Gigabyte for doing so.

 

 

The latest news comes from Taiwanese power user "Coolaler" who has smashed Gigabyte's previous memory overclocking record with his Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H motherboard. He pushed his memory up to an insane 1530MHz (which is 3060MHz in dual-channel) with 4 DIMMs.

 

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I will add that it's not too hard to hit high overclock results on 1 or 2 DIMMs, but 4 DIMMs? That's another challenge altogether. Nice work, Coolaler!

Samsung trademarks a few more GALAXY device names

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 4:32 am

Future Samsung devices under the GALAXY branding have just had an injection of new names as Samsung have just filed trademark applications for three more GALAXY devices with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The names in the filings were the GALAXY Lift, GALAXY Perx, and GALAXY Sire. Nothing else is known but the classification of them being under "Mobile telephones; Smartphones."

 

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Samsung have filed trademark applications for quite a few new phones over the last few months, with January seeing the Joy and Fresh, and February seeing Awaken, Axiom, Heir and Rite. The latest three filings include GALAXY in their name, which would indicate the phones will be Android-based devices, the special names are the sort that would normally be reserved for a US-specific phone, as most international models keep their names if they stay intact.

 

On top of this, filing for trademark protection for a name is no guarantee we'll even see the devices, but we get to see the thought process and somewhat of a direction from Samsung. We should see at least a couple of these models released eventually.

World's second largest porn site talks facts and figures, doesn't need to measure up against the rest

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 3:29 am

Porn. We all know the Internet is filled with it, and would be a contributing factor toward cloud storage upgrades for many porn sites, and many, many more home users. ExtremeTech talked to YouPorn who are the second largest porn site, about their backend, and how many people use their "services".

 

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Some of the figures are pretty insane, which we've listed below:

 

  • YouPorn has over 100 terabytes of porn on its server.
  • The site delivers over 100 million page views each day.
  • That amounts to almost a petabyte of a data transfered each day.
  • When people are exceptionally busy on the site, it can deliver 4,000 pages a second. ExtremeTech calculates that that adds up to 800Gbps, or 100 gigabytes per second.
  • Here's the kicker: that's about 2% of the Internet's total traffic.

 

At it's peak, YouPorn makes up 2-percent of the Internet's total traffic. It may not sound like a lot, but 2-percent of the entire Internet traffic is quite amazing. If it were inches, then it'd be a different story altogether.

Google inks deal with Paramount, will allow 500 more films to be added to both YouTube and Google Play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 2:29 am

The Internet is the future, and the future is Google. We all know this, but how will it happen? Well, YouTube have just announced a content deal with Paramount which will see 500 new movies being made available to the popular video-sharing site. Google Play, which is formerly known as the Android Market, will also enjoy the boost in additional content.

 

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We don't know which movies will be included in the new content deal, but the content is said to be added over the next few weeks to both YouTube and Google Play's movie libraries. At the moment, U.S. and Canada will benefit from the injection of flicks, which means there should be some exclusivity, for now.

 

YouTube can now rest easy, being capable of boasting that they have content deals with five out of the six major movie studios, and its rental library now proud parents to over 9,000 movies.

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