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Apple iPad 2 recieves updated 32nm SoC, improves battery life

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 4, 2012 3:29 pm

Apple loves to do minor, and sometimes major, tweaks under the hood and not give a consumer any way to tell which product they are buying until they have opened the box. In this case, Apple has shrunk the 45nm SoC in the original iPad 2 down to 32nm and are still calling it the iPad 2. Unfortunately, there is no marking on the box and you won't know until you open the box and turn it on.




This is a bit unfair to customers as the new iPad revision brings with it lower operating temperatures and better battery life due to the updated SoC. But from a manufacturing standpoint, it's quite understandable. It allows Apple to get used to Samsung's 32nm process and prepare to use it for the next iPhone.


At the same time it also allows stock to be cleared of the old iPad 2 and will allow Apple to keep up with demand should something go wrong with the new process. AnandTech ran some web browsing tests on the new iPad and found an increase of 1.6 hours of battery life, or almost 15.8% better. In gaming, it nears 30% more battery life. Do yourself a favor, return the iPad 2 you buy if you don't get the 32nm SoC.

Facebook names its stock price range, nets company up to $13.6 billion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 4, 2012 2:01 pm

With Facebook expected to go public on May 17 or 18, we have finally heard what the expected stock price range will be. Ranging between $28 and $35, the IPO could potentially bring in $13.6 billion in profit, with $1 billion going straight to Zuckerberg. Along with this profit, the IPO will value Facebook at the most valuable US technology company at the time of an IPO.




The IPO will value the company somewhere between $77 billion and $96 billion which well outpaces the current record holder Google who managed $23 billion. Zuckerberg is expected to personally sell 30.2 million shares which could net him the above $1 billion. But don't worry, he'll retain 57.3% voting power, so changes like Timeline will continue to happen.


In the lead up to the IPO, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Chief Financial Officer David Eberseman will spend just over a week out and about convincing potential investors of the value of investing in Facebook. Zuckerberg will make selected appearances, but also appears in a video presentation talking about his history with the company. I hope it's a good video as $1 billion is riding on it.

Mobile App of the Day: SwiftKey X Keyboard for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 4, 2012 1:01 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is SwiftKey X Keyboard for Android.




  • Android typing has never been this easy.
  • * Global Mobile Awards Most Innovative App 2012 *
  • SwiftKey X Keyboard makes typing much easier on your phone, replacing your touchscreen keyboard with one powered by smarter natural language technology.
  • SwiftKey X understands how words work together, giving much more accurate corrections and predictions than other keyboards. Very sloppy typing will magically make sense, and SwiftKey X also powerfully predicts the word you may want next.
  • SwiftKey X learns as you use it to make typing easier and even more accurate over time, and you can also personalize it using your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or blog posts.
  • This app is among Android's best selling apps for a reason -- it genuinely transforms your keyboard, making typing a breeze and saving you hassle every day.

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Download of the Day: ICQ 7.8.6800

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 4, 2012 12:47 pm

Our Download of the Day is ICQ 7.8.6800.




ICQ has been updated to version 7.8.6800, and with it, brings a few changes:


  • # New
  • * File Transfer
  • - With ICQ you can send photos, videos and files to all your contacts including mobile phone, Facebook and Google Talk friends. All they have to do is click on the web link you sent them, and start downloading the file - as simple as that!
  • * Easy Login
  • - Use your Facebook account or mobile phone number to sign in to ICQ and start chatting with all of your mobile phone contacts, Facebook, Google Talk and ICQ friends.
  • * Multi Instance Support
  • - With ICQ you can stay connected on any platform simultaneously. Chat with all your friends while on the go and stay online no matter what device you are using.


You can download ICQ 7.8.6800, here.

Why we didn't have an NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 690 launch review at TweakTown

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 4, 2012 12:18 pm

*** Our GEFORCE GTX 670 review has been posted! ***


AnandTech described the beasty and impressive new NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 690 dual-GPU video card rather well with just three adjectives in its review yesterday - Expensive, Rare and Fast. They along with a bunch of other websites like ours got a review sample directly from NVIDIA. We didn't, but that was no surprise to us at all.




We have attempted for years to work with NVIDIA, but it hasn't worked. Some years ago we started breaking NVIDIA GEFORCE launch dates and posting our reviews early on purpose because NVIDIA would not support us properly. We didn't expect any more or less than the treatment that other media get. They would never send us review samples of new video cards. Our response was simple - you don't play nice with us, we won't play nice with you. We posted many GPU reviews well ahead of the launch time. Some will say you broke the NDA, but let's make it very clear - you have to have an NDA to begin with to break it. We haven't signed an NVIDIA NDA for a very long time. They'd have to firstly communicate with us for that to even happen...

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Microsoft partners up with Dolby for Windows 8 tablets, PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 4, 2012 12:11 pm

Microsoft and Dolby have just inked a new deal which will see Dolby Digital Plus' audio technology introduced to Windows 8 tablets and PCs. This will allow Windows 8-based devices to play Dolby-encoded content without an issue.




Microsoft have previously used Dolby encoding since Windows Vista in 2007, but in 2008, Dolby raised the possibility that we might not see Windows 8 with Dolby technology. It's incredibly exciting as Dolby Digital Plus 5.1-channel decoding and two-channel encoding will now be incorporated into all PCs and tablets that are licensed to run Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 RT.


This new partnership also allows for both x86- and ARM-based Windows 8 machines to access Dolby's high-quality audio standard.

Apple and Samsung are enjoying 99% of profits amongst top mobile phone vendors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 4, 2012 11:01 am

We all know Samsung and Apple pretty much dominate the smartphone industry, but just how much have they been dominating it in the last year or so? Quite well, it seems. Apple and Samsung secure 99-percent of the profits, according to Asymco's Horace Dediu and his recently released data.




Out of this 99-percent, Apple take 73-percent, with Samsung taking 26-percent in Q1 2012. Comparing the previous quarter, Q4 2011, Apple were enjoying a nice 75-percent, with Samsung having 16-percent. This means that Samsung has pretty much absorbed the rest of the market share from the other mobile phone vendors such as HTC, Research in Motion, LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia.




What's more surprising is the 1-percent that is left. HTC managed to scoop that up, leaving the other vendors RIM, LG, SE, Motorola and Nokia failing to make a profit on their handset businesses. Surprising to say the least, and quite shocking. I wonder what 2012 has in store for the eight vendors.

TSMC announces a 28nm ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor that can run at over 3GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 4, 2012 10:26 am

If you thought the dual-core processor in your smart device was fast, I bet you thought the quad-core processors we're seeing in smart devices like the Samsung GALAXY S III which sports the Exynos 4 Quad is impressive, well, not so much.




TSMC have just announced a 28nm ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor which can run at over 3GHz. These processors are from the high performance for mobile applications (HPM) process node, but will also be made to operate at lower speeds between 1.5GHz and 2.0GHz, for less demanding user markets. The high performance chips are to be baked into tablets, mobile products and networking applications.


TSMC has said that the resulting SoC designs will have the lowest PPA landmark (which is a ratio measure of power to area) available in the market. When compared to the 40nm TSMC-made ARM chips, Cliff Hou, TSMC Vice President of R&D has said:


At 3.1 GHz this 28HPM dual-core processor implementation is twice as fast as its counterpart at TSMC 40nm under the same operating conditions. This work demonstrates how ARM and TSMC can satisfy high performance market demands. With other implementation options, 28 HPM is also highly suited for a wide range of markets that prize performance and power efficiency.

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Activision are promising "disruptive innovation" for COD: Black Ops 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2012 9:21 am

Activision aren't letting themselves get kicked down by claims by EA that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 looks like a "tired" game, where they've promised it will be "groundbreaking and visceral" and will feature "disruptive innovation".




With both companies going head-to-head for the Christmas season sales, EA with their Medal of Honor: Warfighter launching weeks before COD:BLOPS 2, Activision is putting up a fight. Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision says:


Hands down, this is the most ambitious Call of Duty ever. We are bringing disruptive innovation to the franchise and we are doing it on several fronts. We're pushing the boundaries technologically, graphically, and from a narrative and gameplay perspective.



Activision are promising "an experience that Call of Duty fans have never seen before", where they also add that it is challenging assumptions in relation to the single player campaign and its multiple setting, where the multiplayer side of things will sport zombies and more ways to play. Activision tap their storyline, which is set to feature multiple branches and meaningful choices that will impact the narrative, which is something that will set it apart from the competition.

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