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Amazon set to release Android-powered tablet by October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 14, 2011 2:21 am

The WSJ is reporting that Amazon have plans to release an iPad competitor, as well as two new Kindle models, a touch-screen device and a cheaper model said to be an improved version of the current Kindle. The Amazon tablet is rumored to be a 9-inch tablet, similar in sizing to Apple's iPad. The upcoming Amazon tablet is to be powered by Google's Android OS with the design of the tablet being outsource to an 'Asian manufacturer', funnily enough it won't have a camera.

 

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The two new Kindle devices will feature the same e-ink technology as the current Kindles, if the touch-screen model is using e-ink, then it's most likely using infrared touch technology. An Amazon tablet has been rumored for a while now and some say it [Amazon] are the only company that could have a chance of rivaling the iPad in popularity.

PayPal enables NFC support for Android-powered smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 14, 2011 1:35 am

MobileBeat 2011 conference is currently underway and payments leader PayPal have announced that they are supporting NFC (near field communications) on mobile as a new way to both shop and pay. PayPal demonstrated their NFC solution in the form of a new NFC-enabled Android widget that lets people send payments by just tapping two phones together. The widget is expected to arrive later this summer.

 

 

A video of the demo is available above and it shows that a PayPal user can either send or receive money using the PayPal NFC widget. Once a person initiates the request, both people just tap their phones together until they buzz, the buzz indicates that the data transfer is complete. There are security measures if required, users can enable an option which requires the entry of a PIN or password to complete the transaction.

 

The above demo was achieved by using the Samsung Nexus S handsets, but there are other NFC-enabled handsets in the wild and coming soon. The upcoming BlackBerry Bold (9900/9930), Nokia's Astound and variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Hard Reset, PC-exclusive, a mash up of The Matrix, Painkiller and Blade Runner

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 14, 2011 1:12 am

Well this came out of nowhere, I was looking through my Twitter feed when Logan Decker, Editor-in-Chef of PC Gamer Magazine tweeted about a new PC-exclusive FPS, Hard Reset. Polish-based developer, Flying Wild Hog, have released a teaser for their upcoming PC-exclusive, Hard Reset. Hard Reset is a cyberpunk, first-person shooter like no other, set for release in September 2011. Not much more is known about it, but it definitely looks cool. Being a PC-exclusive doesn't hurt either. Could this be the next Far Cry? Could Flying Wild Hog be the next Crytek?

 

 

We'll have to wait and see, but for now check out the official teaser!

Mega Weekly Giveaway: AMD Fusion Llano A75 Computer System

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 13, 2011 8:54 pm

This week we are going all out, hence the "mega" part of the giveaway. We have teamed up with AMD to giveaway a Fusion Llano A75 computer system. Yes, you read right!

 

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The system includes an AMD A8-3850 (Llano) quad-core APU running at 2.9GHz along with a Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 motherboard - it's not in the picture above since it's that new! Additionally there is a Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate video card, which can be teamed up in CrossFire with the IGP from the APU, for solid gaming performance. Look here to find out where you can buy Sapphire products.

 

Corsair also come to the party in a big way with the inclusion of a Force Series GT 60GB 6Gb/s SSD (how does a crazy-fast maximum read speed of 555MB/s sound?!), an 8GB XMS dual-channel kit running at 2000MHz with 9-10-9-27 timings at 1.65V, a Professional Series HX750 80 PLUS Silver modular power supply and a Hydro Series H80 liquid CPU cooler. Look here to find out where you can buy Corsair products...

 

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AT&T indicates possible iPhone 5 launch date - October 4th

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 13, 2011 3:52 pm

While in no way confirmed, some internal AT&T information that has leaked out via 9to5mac gives a possible hint that Apple's iPhone 5 might be launching October 4th.

 

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The segment surrounded by the red border above indicates that AT&T is changing its monthly fees for iPhone insurance from $4.99 to $6.99 at this time, also noting that this is in conjunction with a new tier, "Device Tier 3" which is being speculated as 'most probably the iPhone 5'.

 

At this time we still don't know a great deal about what changes it will bring over the iPhone 4, though sources have said that it will be powered by the A5 processor and include an 8MP camera.

I-O Data combines SSD w/ USB 3.0 in latest portable drives

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 13, 2011 2:36 pm

If you're after speedy, ruggedized portable storage on the go in capacities of up to 256GB, I-O Data combines a couple of much loved technologies with their latest GH-SSDE-U3A Series released today; that being SSD + USB 3.0.

 

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The new drives sport a solid metal casing running dimensions of 79 (W) x 137.5 (D) x 12.5 (H) mm and weighing in at 141 grams. The drives inside use MLC NAND Flash and come in three capacity sizes of 64, 128 and 256GB. Performance wise, I-O Data claim read and write rates of up to 220MB/sec and 180MB/sec respectively.

 

The GH-SSDE-U3A will hit the Japanese market first later this month and the drives are backed by a 1 year warranty. Pricing info is yet to be disclosed.

LG take a new approach in glasses-free 3D with D2000 LCD

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 13, 2011 1:46 pm

With a vision toward what is inevitably the future in 3D viewing, LG has managed to bring it closer to reality here and now with the launch of its new D2000 panel today.

 

The inevitable future for 3D? Glasses-free of course, and that is what the D2000 is all about. This 20-inch monitor boasts glasses-free parallax barrier 3D technology in conjunction with the world's first eye-tracking feature that maintains an optimal 3D image from multiple viewing angles.

 

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Unlike other existing glasses-free 3D technologies, LG's D2000 allows much more freedom in terms of not having to be positioned within a tightly restricted angle and distance for the effect to work properly.

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ASRock unveils entire "Gen3" Series PCI-E 3.0-ready motherboard lineup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 13, 2011 12:57 pm

Folling an announcement from ASRock a couple weeks back which unveiled the world's first PCI-E 3.0 equipped motherboard in the form of the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional, ASRock has now provided us with some details of their entire new "Gen3" lineup sporting next-gen PCI-E 3.0 architecture.

 

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As you can see, PCI-E 3.0 provides up to double the amount of bandwidth possible from the current 2.0/.1 standard, with a raw bit rate of 8.0GT/s.

 

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As you can see above, ASRock is kicking out five Gen3 Series boards.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for July 13, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 13, 2011 11:51 am

The latest happenings from around the web - July 13th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- AMD E3850 + GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H Motherboard @ Vortez UK

- ECS HDC-I E350 Fusion CPU/GPU/motherboard combo @ Pureoverclock

- Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX Motherboard and Core i5-2390T @ MissingRemote

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Bitcoin Currency and GPU Mining Performance Comparison @ PC Perspective

- PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 PCS+ Vortex 2 @ Hardware Heaven

 

Audio/Media

 

- Audio Codec Comparison Table @ Hardware Secrets

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 14.0.814.0 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 13, 2011 6:32 am

Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 14.0.814.0 Beta.

 

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

 

One box for everything

 

Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

 

Thumbnails of your top sites

 

Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

 

Incognito mode

 

Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.

 

Safe browsing

 

Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.

 

For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.

 

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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 14.0.814.0 Beta

 

* Updated V8 - 3.4.7.0

 

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