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RumorTT: Sprint to offer a Galaxy S III for $50 on Black Friday

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 11:16 pm

If you're a Sprint user looking to pick up a cheap Samsung Galaxy S III, it could be in your interest to wait the extra two months until Black Friday. Engadget has received a snapshot of a Sprint Black Friday ad from a tipster. In that ad, the Samsung Galaxy S III is offered up for $49.99, with two-year contract.




The offer is good for both new and existing customers, so this could be a perfect time to jump ship if you've been thinking about it. After all, Sprint offers up unlimited smartphone data, and they've been using this fact to draw customers away from the other carriers. Couple unlimited data with a cheap Galaxy S III and the plan will work that much better.


It is expected that quantities of the discount Galaxy S III will be limited, so you may consider lining up outside your local store in the wee hours of the morning to guarantee you get a device. If lining up early isn't your cup of tea, I'm sure they'd be happy to offer it to you at normal price or one of their other smartphones.

Dish unveils dishNET broadband, uses sattelites to provide high-speed internet to rural areas

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:02 pm

Users who live in rural parts of the United States will soon be able to get on the internet quite a bit quicker. DISH, one of the large US satellite TV providers, has launched a new internet service under the dishNET brand. Incredibly, the new service provides internet speeds of about double the average residential connection.




"Many unserved and underserved markets are years away from a telco or cable broadband build out, but dishNET is available today," said Brian McIntyre, vice president of Broadband at DISH. "These services will have powerful, positive impacts for kids, educators, businesses, farmers and families -- no matter how far out of town they may choose to live."


As of October 1, users will be able to obtain a 5Mbps down/1Mbps up data connection for $39.99 a month with two year contract. That price does not include equipment fees. Unfortunately, there is a 10GB data cap on that line. Stepping up to $49.99/month yields a 10/1Mbps connection with a 20GB data cap.


To get the pricing shown above, you'll need the previously mentioned two-year contract. You'll also need to bundle the service with Dish's "America's top 120" package, or any more expensive TV package. Installation is free for any customer, new or existing, as long as the service is bundled with TV. Otherwise, you'll be looking at a $99 charge.

RumorTT: iPhone 5 appears to be clocked at 1.1GHz in the UK

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 8:45 pm

Even more discrepancies over the frequency of the new A6 processor have appeared. Originally, GeekBench showed the new iPhone 5 processor clocked at 1GHz. The makers of GeekBench updated their algorithm to better detect the frequency of the new chip and all of a sudden the US models all received a speed boost to 1.3GHz.




However, when TechRadar installed the updated version of GeekBench on their UK iPhone 5, they found a different speed reported: 1.1GHz. The US model iPhone is reported as iPhone5,1 whereas the UK model used by TechRadar showed up as iPhone5,2. So, why the discrepancy? It's not exactly clear what is causing the change, but the obvious reason would be that Apple chose a different speed for the UK model.


People commenting on the TechRadar story have seen both 1.1GHz and 1.3GHz reported on their UK model phone. If only Apple would come out and tell us the tech specs that we all want to know, we'd be in a much better position of knowledge. Until then, we'll keep you updated regarding any iPhone 5 news.

Intel unveils the Atom Z2760, formerly codenamed "Clover Trail"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 7:30 pm

Intel has announced today the details regarding their new Atom processor, the Z2760, which is "built for Windows 8 tablets." The new device remains under the Atom market name as it is a lower power part, designed to sip power in thin and cool devices, such as the upcoming Windows 8 devices.




It comes with the following key features and capabilities:


  • High-Performance Dual-Core Processor - The Intel Atom processor Z2760 is a dual-core, four-thread, up to 1.80 GHz processor featuring Intel® Burst Technology and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology.
  • Intel Burst Technology - Enables the processor to dynamically burst to higher performance, making it possible to provide on-demand, higher performance in small device form factors.
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology - Intel Hyper-Threading Technology provides performance and support for multi-threaded applications, helping to deliver increased performance and system responsiveness in today's multitasking environments by enabling the processor to execute two instruction threads in parallel.
  • System-on-Chip (SoC) Process Technology - The Intel Atom Processor Z2760 uses 32nm process technology with second-generation high-k metal gate transistors.

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Intel and company show off range of new tablets running Windows 8 and Atom Z2760

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 7:30 pm

People looking to get a Windows 8 x86 tablet at launch will now be able to start researching just which one they would like to buy. Intel and its partners have unveiled a wide array of tablet designs and experiences with the only common factor running through all of them being Windows 8 and an Intel Atom Z2760.




"This is just the beginning of Intel's effort in the tablet market, and our goal is to deliver products that fit the spectrum of evolving needs of both consumers and business users without compromising on compatibility, experience or battery life," said Erik Reid, general manager, Application Processor Platforms for Intel's Mobile and Communications Group. "When people or corporations buy a device with Intel Inside, they're getting the best of Windows 8 features with a computing experience that just works."


New tablets being shown off today come from the likes of Dell, Acer, ASUS, Fukitsu, HP (seen above), Lenovo, Samsung, and ZTE. The designs vary from business models to consumer models, but Intel is saying they can go as thin as 8.5mm (nearly as thin as the iPhone 5!) and as light as 1.5 pounds.


Intel's testing model reportedly allows for 3 weeks of connected standby and more than 10 hours of local HD video playback. Of course, production models will vary, however, it looks like Windows 8 x86 tablets may just be able to compete with the iPad and other Android tablets. And considering this is Intel's first tablet chip, it will only improve from here.

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Nokia Lumia 920 pricing is higher than Galaxy S III

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 6:31 pm

Users looking forward to the Nokia Lumia 920 might be shocked to learn that the device will be priced higher than the competing Galaxy S III, at least in the European market. To be fair, Windows Phone 7 and the Lumia 900 have performed better abroad than they have here in the United States, so this pricing could work.




For example, in Sweden, the Lumia 920 will sell, without contract, for around 5,700 crowns, whereas the Galaxy S III looks to get 4,515 crowns. Germany sees the Lumia 920 retailing for 549 euros and only 530 for the S III. Italy has the closets prices with the Lumia 920 coming in at 599 euros and the the S III at 530 euros.


While the two devices are rather similar in hardware, the Lumia 920 implements several new technologies which are likely driving the cost to manufacturer up. For instance, it features wireless charging, which isn't new, but building it into a device is. It also features a screen that works with gloves and fingernails. The phone is likely priced as low as they possibly can without affecting profit margins.

Weekly Giveaway: Win a MDSSD TweakTown Chris Ramseyer Signature Edition by SuperSSpeed 128GB SLC SSD

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 6:17 pm

This week we have teamed up with, well... ourselves. We are giving away one MDSSD TweakTown Chris Ramseyer Signature Edition by SuperSSpeed 128GB SLC SSD to a lucky person.


The actual drive we are giving away is hand signed by Chris Ramseyer (our storage editor here at TweakTown) and it is numbered three out of 50. Sorry, but Chris is of course keeping 1/50 and I'm keeping 2/50. I think I'll frame it - yes, we're proud.


This SSD is designed by Chris Ramseyer and is one of the fastest on the planet right now. It also uses SLC flash meaning it will last longer than a regular SSD using MLC flash. Did I say it's super fast? But who am I kidding, let's let Chris explain it, below is a copy and paste of his final thoughts of the drive in his full performance article of the drive.


Head on over to our forum contest thread for the full details on how to enter!



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Top 5 iPhone 5 deaths

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 5:27 pm

Have a love for the latest Apple device? So do these people, but not for the same reason. It appears that many of the iPhone 5s procured on launch day were procured with the intention of destroying them for YouTube videos. Wasteful? Sure. Entertaining? Definitely. Take a look as we go through our favorite 5 iPhone 5 deaths.



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Bad Piggies rockets to top spot in US App Store, takes just 3 hours

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 4:51 pm

Rovio appears to have done it again. Early this morning, around 12AM PT, Rovio launched their new game Bad Piggies, a spin-off of the oh-so-popular Angry Birds series. This new game features many similar characters from the older Angry Birds series, but focuses on the pigs' point of view.




Players build vehicle-style contraptions to get through the map, as opposed to flinging, well, angry birds. Just three hours after its launch, Ville Heijari tweeted that the game had rocketed to the top spot in iTunes for the US. This is an incredible rate of adoption, considering that most of the US should have been sleeping at launch.


Comparing the success of Bad Piggies to Angry Birds Space is a bit difficult. There isn't an exact time frame available for how long it took Angry Birds Space to hit number one. Remember that Angry Birds Space achieved 10 million downloads in 10 days and 50 million downloads in 35 days, both impressive feats. Let's see if Bad Piggies can beat it.

AMD joins forces with BlueStacks, produces AMD AppZone Player

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 4:18 pm

Computer, Android. Android, Computer. Now that you two have met, maybe we can move on to bigger and better things, such as allowing Android's games to play on the computer. Well, that's exactly what AMD has done with the help of BlueStacks. The two have worked together to produce AMD AppZone Player, which will enable hundreds of thousands of Android apps to be used on AMD PCs.




The new app is a really cool program that uses BlueStack's "award-winning LayerCake Technology" to bridge Android and x86 application ecosystems. I'm pretty confident that the AppZone Player features an Android emulator, though I can't be 100 percent confident. If you want to check it out, the apps, and player, are available on AMD's AppZone website.


Rosen Sharma, CEO of BlueStacks said "As the engine behind the AMD AppZone Player, we are providing a potent combination of award-winning software optimized for AMD's industry-leading hardware. Consumers can now enjoy their favourite mobile apps on the larger, more immersive screen of their PC"


Mr Sharma added, "This helps AMD leapfrog Intel by making Windows 8 more attractive on their tablets and PCs. We've worked closely together to optimize the performance of the apps for AMD's unique 'graphics and computing on one chip' setup. The result is awesome - mobile apps run beautifully on their machines."


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