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Red Bull teams up with Vodafone, wings included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2011 2:40 am

Are wings enough to save Vodafone and Red Bull? Well, we'll find out later this year when another mobile reseller enters the market in Red Bull branding. Vodafone has announced that it has signed up an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) with a difference. The difference? Red Bull branding. This will bring Red Bull branded handsets, "competitive" tariffs" and access to Red Bull TV services through the handset, as well as exclusive ticket access to Red Bull events. Oh and probably, wings.

 

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Red Bull isn't new to this mobile game however, they operate Red Bull MOBILE in Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium, Poland and South Africa. Red Bull MOBILE is slated to launch later in the year with pricing and handset offerings to follow.

iOS 5 to include early earthquake warning notification for Japanese iPhone users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2011 2:00 am

Here's something useful from iOS 5! Following the devastating earthquake and following tsunami on March 11 of this year in Japan, Apple has added a new early earthquake warning notification option in their upcoming iOS 5. Japan-based iOS 5 users can turn on early earthquake notifications at the very bottom of the iOS 5 Notification Center settings pane. All that is required is the flick a switch (as shown below in the picture) and if an earthquake hits, you'll get anything from a few seconds to one or two minutes warning before the earthquake hits.

 

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Time profiled Japan's earthquake warning system this year and explains the history of the system:

 

Japan has the most advanced earthquake early-warning system in the world. A nationwide online system launched in 2007, it detects tremors, calculates an earthquake's epicenter and sends out brief warnings from its 1,000-plus seismographs scattered throughout the country, one of the most earthquake-prone nations on the planet.

 

For those of us who can't read Japanese, the picture above also says that the feature may reduce your battery life as it is always connected to Japan's earthquake warning system.

Intel ready to pounce with next-gen Itanium, 32nm, 8-core Poulson chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 23, 2011 1:29 am

Intel's next-gen Itanium is looking like a thing of beauty with some impressive specs. The last update to the Itanium line saw a 2-billion transistor chip dubbed Tukwila, which sported a 65nm design, up to 24MB cache, 4-cores and a clock speed of up to 1.73GHz. The 2011 refresh of the Itanium will see a bump up to 8-core, up to 32MB cache, 3.1 billion transistors and a TBA clock speed. The die size has also shrunk from 699m^2 down to 544mm^2.

 

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Poulson also adds a new feature called Intel Instruction Replay Technology, which is said to add a buffer for more quickly recovering from errors, allowing the chip to pick up from the last known good instruction instead of having to completely flush the pipeline. Another feature of Poulson is that it's pin compatible with Tukwila, which means existing Itanium-based customers can just buy the new chip, drop it in and go.

HP outs new business All-In-One PC - Compaq 8200 Elite

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 7:36 pm

While things are a little up in the air as to what exactly is on the cards for HP following this news late last week, it hasn't stopped them releasing new models just yet, with a new all-in-one PC becoming available in stores from today under their Compaq series.

 

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The new Compaq 8200 Elite is a business oriented all-in-one PC which uses a 23-inch LED-backlit 1920x1080 display. Packed inside is a 2nd Gen Intel Core (Sandy Bridge) processor, up to 8GB of system memory, a HDD (or optionally, SSD), webcam, SRS Premium Sound and highly efficient power supply (up to 89% efficiency).

 

HP backs the Compaq 8200 Elite with a 3 year warranty (honored, regardless of what becomes of the company in its volatile future) and bears a base price of $999 USD.

AMD polishes off Brazos with three new APUs

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 6:32 pm

While inevitably not bringing anywhere near the amount of excitement the upcoming FX-Series will once launched, AMD has just kicked out three new APUs catering to its Brazos platform - the E-450, E-300 and C-60.

 

Using AMD's Bobcat x86 architecture, all three models are dual-core, built on the 40nm process. The new top dog "Zacate" E-450 APU clocks in at 1.65GHz (where the previous top model, the E-350 ran at 1.60GHz). The integrated Radeon HD 6320 GPU has its core clocked at 508MHz and with its TurboCore tech it can be driven at up to 600MHz.

 

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THe E-300 lacks TurboCore on both its CPU and GPU components, with the CPU clock at a fixed 1.30GHz, and the Radeon HD 6310 GPU at 488MHz. As for the C-60, this is AMD's latest ultra low power APU with a TDP of only 9W (the other two are double that). The C-60 does have TurboCore technology embedded for both its CPU and GPU components. The CPU's stock clock rate is 1.00GHz, but with the help of TurboCore can head north to 1.33GHz, while the Radeon HD 6290 GPU has its core clocked at 276MHz, but TurboCore can increase it to 400MHz.

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Creative's Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset finally sees light of day

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 6:08 pm

After months and months of waiting following its official announcement back in January, Creative is finally getting its Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset shipped to stores and etailers worldwide.

 

The headset (supporting PS3, Xbox 360 and PC) while looking somewhat contemporary by design, features a steel core providing high endurance, customizabe earcups (that are illuminated while in use) and houses full spectrum 50mm drivers that promise excellent bass and crispy highs. It has an integrated volume control, mute and connection controls, as well as a detachable noise-cancelling microphone and VoiceFX functionality for live voice morphing.

 

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Creative has obtained official support from THX with several of its technologies including THX TruStudio Pro Crystalizer, THX TruStudio Pro Surround, THX TruStudio Pro Smart Volume, THX TruStudio Pro Dialog Plus and THX TruStudio Pro Speaker.

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New Alpenföhn Triglav CPU cooler holds "biggest heatpipe" record

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 4:44 pm

Euro based mob EKL is readying up a pretty beefy looking CPU cooler under its Alpenföhn brand for release early next month, the Triglav. While looking like your traditional tower-style design, it's very non traditional in the sense that it uses whopping 10mm-thick heatpipes (!!); three of them.

 

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The heatpipes are made of nickel-plated copper and make their way through 46 aluminum fins that are arranged in a turbulence-inducing pattern (improving heat dissipation, thus giving the ability to safely lower fan speed).

 

The fan included with the Alpenföhn Triglav is 120mm in size, a "Hydro Bearing" fan operating between 850 and 1500RPM via PWM (with up to 21.4dB of sound output).

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Intel's "Cedar Trail" Atom platform delayed due to DX issues

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 3:36 pm

Late last week news hit the web that Intel was pushing back its new netbook platform, Cedar Trail-M from a September release to November, with the reason given that the platform had encountered some graphics driver hiccups resulting in a failure to meet Windows 7 certification.

 

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Fast forward to the other side of the weekend and we're now finding out that there's unsurprisingly more to it than that. Where it was initially thought to be just some video decoding issues holding them back, it's actually a different, more alarming element of the driver that Intel can't rustle out at this time, one directly relating to DX9 (not a typo).

 

The story goes that while the graphics core in Cedar Trail is based around DX10.1, Intel wasn't going to have supporting DX10.1 drivers ready in time for the platform's launch as it was, so that's where (what was supposedly) easier to build DX9 drivers came into play, to give a working base for the launch until such time as Intel can produce the DX10.1 drivers.

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Skype acquiring GroupMe to provide solid group messaging services

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 2:48 pm

Word is now circulating that Dominant VOIP provider, Skype has just agreed to an acquisition of New York based start-up "GroupMe", which has been operating for about a year now.

 

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With GroupMe's recognition primarily stemming from free mobile applications that enable quick and easy group conversations, the acquisition makes sense in that it helps Skype make a firm step toward the increasingly growing business of offering group messaging services via smartphones.

 

Once the acquisition has been completed, it is said that GroupMe will continue to operate from its New York base (for the time being), working on standalone applications.

 

Tony Bates, Skype's Chief Executive Officer said :-

 

Skype and GroupMe have a shared vision of creating applications and experiences that are the daily communications choice for a billion people. We will continue to seek the top talent and technology to make that vision a reality. The GroupMe team has created an incredibly sticky group messaging experience that works across mobile devices and platforms, making this a perfect addition to the voice, video and text products in the Skype family.

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Ukrainian champions hold a cool $1M following fierce DOTA 2 battle at Gamescom

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 2:10 pm

After five days of intense competition in the International DOTA 2 Championships at Gamescom, six Ukrainian kings have emerged victorious, known as team Na'vi (yes, Avatar fans). And along with the immense pride in securing their #1 result, they also get to walk away with a cool $1M in prize money.

 

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Chinese team EHOME came in a close second, securing their runner up prize of $250,000. The remaining top six teams (out of 16 teams in total for the event) that were awarded include :-

 

1. Scythe.SG - $150,000

2. MYM - $80,000

3. (tied) M5, iG - $35,000 each

4. (tied) OK.Nirvana.int, Mith-Trust - $25,000 each

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