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NVIDIA gets partners for their DirectTouch platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 7:31 am

The big players in touch-based devices, Synaptics, Atmel, N-trig, Raydium, Cypress and Focaltech, have all just donned the Team Green shirts and agreed to get on board NVIDIA's DirectTouch platform.

 

 

DirectTouch offloads some of the work required to track and process finger input from the controller on the Tegra 3 chip, which then improves battery life and response. DirectTouch was talked of a few months ago, but at the time there was no mention of partners, or support.

 

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Two of the biggest makers of touchscreen controllers, Synaptics and Atmel, are putting their support into DirectTouch, and N-trig is going as far as using the processing power to improve the response of capacitive styli by combining DirectTouch with DuoSense.

Samsung beams about their new Galaxy Beam, sports an integrated projector

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 6:19 am

This week should be jam-packed full of Mobile World Congress 2012 news, and it's starting off quite well indeed. We've already heard about Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich-packing Galaxy Tab 2, but now we're hearing about the projector-packing Galaxy Beam.

 

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Yes, an integrated projector... in a smartphone. The Galaxy Beam sports Android 2.3, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The integrated projector is not bad at all, capable of 15 lumens of brightness, which is said to be enough to throw up a high-definition image up to 50-inches wide.

 

Included, is a dedicated app that activates the projector, which lets video and photos be thrown onto it, as well as the ability to interact with games on the projector, you know, in case the 4-inch WVGA screen isn't enough.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 2, available in both 7.0 and 10.1-inch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 5:31 am

Samsung have just taken the invisible robe off their just-announced Galaxy Tab 2 range, which includes both a 7.0- and 10.1-inch model. The Galaxy Tab 2 tablets sport Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and are both available in 3G and Wi-Fi models.

 

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Both tablets feature 1GHz dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM and while the 7.0-inch models only has a 1024x600 display, the 10.1-incher sports a 1280x800-pixel screen. Both tablets feature a 3-megapixel rear-facing cam, a VGA front-facer, and the 10.1-inch model features a great 7,000mAh battery (up from the 4,000mAh battery in the 7.0).

 

Both models come in either 16 or 32GB, and can be upgraded with the usual microSD slot. Samsung plan on putting these on retail shelves in the UK in March, and everywhere else shortly after (hopefully).

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Windows 8 SKUs supposedly leaked, now just three versions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 4:38 am

Thanks to some documentation on HP.com, there's now some well-placed rumors out on the Internet of the Windows 8 SKUs. ZDNet reported two documents on HP's website, pointing to the Windows 8 SKUs.

 

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Both documents are said to be revision notes for the Alcor Micro Smart Card Reader Driver, where next to a section called "operating system(s)" the following is listed:

 

Microsoft Windows 8 32 Edition

Microsoft Windows 8 64 Edition

Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 32 Edition

Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 64 Edition

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 32 Edition

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64 Edition

 

They've updated their story, with HP having modified their two incriminating files and the Windows 8 SKU info now gone. Should we expect just three different SKUs for Windows 8? If it were my guess, I'd say yes. It would streamline their confusion between all the different versions, that's for sure.

Dropbox for Android gets updated, now includes the ability to auto-sync photos and videos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 3:33 am

Dropbox just updated their Android application, and have baked in some new cool features. Dropbox is now capable of automatically uploading your devices photos and videos in the background, over your choice of just Wi-Fi only, or Wi-Fi and mobile connectivity.

 

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What is a bonus, is it keeps your original resolution, and the quality of the photo untouched. Similar functions on Google+ for example reduce the resolution of photos any wider than 2,048 pixels. This is a great feature, considering phones like Samsung's Galaxy S II sport 8-megapixel cameras.

 

Dropbox have also updated the Windows and Mac versions of their program, and now includes the ability to automatically upload from virtually every camera, smartphone, tablet or SD card that is directly connected to your machine. Just plug the device in and auto-sync takes control and does its thing. Now that's some seriously cool magic from Dropbox.

 

Also, Dropbox included just one last, small thing: Dropbox have prevented the means to install the app onto an Android devices SD card in efforts to retain "more secure credential storage".

AMD said to be baking GPUs into PlayStation 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 2:31 am

We all know Sony is working on their next-generation console, the PlayStation 4. They may deny it, not talk about it, or completely refuse to even acknowledge its existence, but we're not fools. According to a Forbes article, an ex-AMD employee says that Sony are working on an "as-yet-announced new gaming consoles", and AMD might play a key role in the product.

 

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AMD already have their goodies in the Xbox 360, and are also the GPU providers for the upcoming next-generation Xbox, as well as the Nintendo Wii U. So far, and not surprisingly, AMD have declined to comment, and so has Sony's Chief Transformation Officer George Bailey declined to firstly, talk about it, and secondly, even acknowledge its presence.

 

We do have a very small nugget of information here: at AMD's analyst day last month, AMD's Chief Financial Officer Thomas Seifert said that gaming will be one of the "several trends" that will drive revenue growth at AMD in 2012.

France's Amazon site teases 10th anniversary Xbox 360 bundle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 1:35 am

France's Amazon.com marketplace has listed something that should please Xbox fans, a 10th Anniversary Bundle for the Xbox 360, which celebrates the 10-year anniversary (although it missed it by a few months) of the original Xbox's launch.

 

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The new bundle includes digital versions of three full games, with those games being Halo: Reach, Gears of War 2 and Fable 3. Not too shabby. A disc copy of Halo: Anniversary is also included, as well as a three-month Gold subscription to Xbox Live and two wireless controllers. It costs €280, and if it hits the US, we should expect it to retail for a little less than $400.

 

According to Amazon France, the new 10th Anniversary Bundle for the Xbox 360 will be made available in Europe on March 9th.

Friday Morning Roundup for February 24, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:31 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 24th, 2012.

 

Storage:

 

OCZ Octane SATA 6GB/s Indilinx Everest SSD - Benchmark Reviews

Kingston SSDNow V+200 120 GB - Allround-PC

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB - t-break

 

GPUs:

 

Gigabyte 7950 Windforce - PureOverclock

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Cards in CrossFire - TweakTown

 

Cases & Cooling:

 

AZZA Fusion 4000 - Neoseeker

Antec One Mid-Tower Chassis - eTeknix

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Deal of the Day: Lenovo Y470P Laptop, 14" display, Core i7, $799 with Free Shipping

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:25 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - IdeaPad Y470P Laptop with 14" Display, 2nd Gen Core i7, 8GB Memory, AMD Radeon HD 1GB and More for Only $799 with Free Shipping.

 

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A huge savings on this very well equipped IdeaPad Multimedia laptop. You get the following:

 

14" HD LED display with integrated 2.0mp camera

2nd Gen Intel Core i7-2670QM processor

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

AMD Radeon HD 7690 1GB graphics

8GB DDR3 1333MHz memory

Dual layer DVD+/-RW drive

6 cell battery

Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

1 year warranty

 

Use ecoupon: 7DAYDEALS0223 (expires 2/29/12)

 

LENOVO IDEAPAD Y470P LAPTOP ECOUPON DEAL

 

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Mobile App of the Day: Cut the Rope: Experiments for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:28 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Cut the Rope: Experiments for iOS.

 

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What on earth is Om Nom?! That's what millions of fans of the widely acclaimed game, Cut the Rope, have been asking about the cute little monster who eats candy like its his job!

That same question has a mad (but not bad) scientist studying the little creature that mysteriously arrived outside his house. Intrigued by Om Nom's insatiable appetite for sweets, the Professor puts him through a series of experiments in this all-new game, a follow-up to one of the most original and fun-filled games on the App Store.

 

A NEW TWIST ON THE FAMILIAR AND HIGHLY ADDICTIVE GAMEPLAY

Cut the Rope: Experiments combines the same rope-cutting and monster-feeding action that millions of people around the globe have come to love, with new features and gameplay elements including Rope Shooters and Suction-cups. Can you help the Professor and Om Nom get through these wacky experiments?

- 125 new experiments (levels) across 5 colorful new settings, with more to come!

- New musical tracks, sounds and Om Nom animations

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