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Microsoft demos Windows 8.1 Start button at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 5:04 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - We've seen many images of the Windows 8.1 Start Button surface over the last few weeks, which has led to much speculation on what it will actually do. Thanks to a recently surfaced video, we now know exactly what it does.

 

 

During a demo the company held at the 2013 Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft briefly showed off the new Start button. It appears that clicking the button will launch the Windows 8 Start Screen, but will launch it from within the desktop environment.

 

This frees the consumer from having to switch between the "Metro" UI and the desktop environment constantly to perform different tasks. A proper Start menu is still not present, but users will be able to launch desktop apps from the start screen without being forced to search for the apps.

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LeakedTT: Verizon adds two new LG phones to prepaid device lineup

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 4:03 pm

This morning, Verizon posted two new LG Optimus smartphones to its pre-paid device catalog. The LG Optimus Zone is a rebranded version of the Optimus L3, while the Optimus Exceed appears to be a rebranded Lucid. Oddly enough, the devices have disappeared shortly after the posting.

 

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The Optimus Zone is quite the low-end Android phone, featuring Android 2.3, a single-core 800MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. The device also features a 3.2-inch QVGA display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a 1540mAh battery.

 

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The Optimus Exceed is nothing more than a rebranded Lucid that we saw last year. It features Android 4.0, a 4-inch WVGA display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 1 GB of RAM. On the rear, a five-megapixel camera handles the photo taking duties and internal storage is set at what appears to be 8GB. The Zone will sell for $80 off-contract, while the Exceed will retail for $130.

LeakedTT: Video of the Nokia EOS surfaces online

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 3:02 pm

Video of Nokia's rumored--well, it's hardly a rumor anymore--EOS device has shown up online. The video of the device shows off the enormous camera bulge and the camera itself. Specifically, the EOS features a mechanical shutter and image stabilization. Take a look for yourself:

 

 

Rumors say that the Nokia EOS will feature a massive 41-megapixel PureView camera, easily beating the 16MP shooter in the Galaxy S4 Zoom. ViziLeaks omitted any specifications that they know to protect the person who provided them access to the device, though they note the specifcations floating around the web are mostly accurate, with GSMArena's being the closest.

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Mad Catz CEO unwraps Project M.O.J.O, a new Android gaming console, will debut at E3 next week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 1:43 pm

During next week's E3 Expo, we will undoubtedly see many new games as well as gaming accessories unveiled. We all expected Mad Catz to show off its upcoming line of Xbox One accessories, but what was unexpected was the announcement that it will be showing off a new Android gaming console.

 

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During a recent earnings call Mad Catz CEO, Darren Richardson, announced Project M.O.J.O, the latest so-called micro-console to enter the Android gaming realm. Richardson claims that M.O.J.O. is like a supercharged flagship smartphone without a display. So basically it's like an OUYA.

 

Mad Catz says that Project M.O.J.O. focuses purely on hardware performance and will be an open platform and will rely on existing Android developers to create content for the console. While no hardware details have been leaked, we are almost positive that M.O.J.O. is the fruit of a recent partnership between NVIDIA and Mad Catz, which means it should be fully compatible with Tegra Zone, and therefore will have a bookstore of games available at launch.

ASUS shows off some military themed motherboards at Computex 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 12:15 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - ASUS were showing off their TUF motherboards at Computex 2013, with four boards in the range. The first of which is the Mecha TUF, which uses the TUF Sabertooth Z87 motherboard with a striking design that is very robotic.

 

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Moving on, we have the Thermal Universe Finder, which again uses the TUF Sabertooth Z87 motherboard and was designed by Tod's Factory Custom Studio and has loads of gears, rocket exhausts and all sorts of tank-themed goodies. The next board is the MATX Ranger, which uses the TUF Gryphon Z87 motherboard, Gryphon Armor kit and was designed by Lee Han-Sheng and Han-Sheng Environmental Art.

 

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The final board in the range showed off at the show was the Winger Charger, which uses the TUF Gryphon Z87 motherboard with the Armor Kit and was designed by Tod's Factory Custom Studio.

Acer wants to clean the world... with one bike at a time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 11:42 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Acer had something that was probably hands-down the most unique thing I saw at Computex, the Bicyclean. What is the Bicyclean? Well, it's a three-part process to combat the issues of the growing electronic waste problem.

 

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The first step is that it pulverizes and grinds down circuit boards to the consistency of sand, second it extracts ferrous metals using a magnet, then it separates nonmetals from nonferrous metals with an eddy current rotor. It's an impressive concept, and I'd love to see Acer pushing this across the world. Unfortunately, I didn't hop on for a ride!

 

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Sapphire gives Apple some love with their Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 11:13 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Something Apple Mac users have long waited is the ability to play games at high resolutions, with high details, but until now their GPU offerings haven't been impressive. Sapphire's HD 7950 Mac Edition is here to help.

 

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It has been out for a while, but we actually had a Mac Pro in front of our eyes for the first time with Sapphire's GPU sitting inside doing it's thing. They've given it a nice white heatsink and fan cover, which looks great. If you're a Mac Pro user and want to play something like Team Fortress 2 with everything cranked up and maintain 60 FPS strong, Sapphire has your back with the HD 7950 Mac Edition.

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We take a closer look at Sapphire's beautiful Atomic HD 7990 GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 10:40 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - We took a closer look at Sapphire's beautiful Atomic HD 7990 GPU in their room at Computex, and wow does it look great. Not only does it feature two Tahiti XT2 cores, but the cooling system on it is really something else.

 

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There's six miniDisplayPort outputs, for some serious multi-monitor work and the power going into it is quite insane: 12 Phase/50 amp per phase to provide 600 amps total. This is provided by three 8-pin PCI Express power connectors. The water cooling on the Atomic HD 7990 is great, too, with a full copper water block on offer, with an ultra low noise pump and for the reservoir we have a front 5.25-inch reservoir with one pump pre-installed with the option of upgrading to a dual pump system.

 

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The radiator is 240mm and fan wise we have two 120mm fans capable of 1200 RPM.

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Antec's new mobile charger range will give you the PowerUp you need

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 10:11 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Something at the Antec booth caught my eye in the halls of Nangang, and that is their new PowerUp mobile chargers. They come in up to 9000mAh, which is enough juice to charge the average high-end smartphone 3 to 4 times over.

 

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This is impressive, as it is also slim, very slim. It runs Antec's TruePower Mobile Technology and features two USB ports to boot. I hope to get my grubby hands on these bad boys in the near future and bring you a review. The color range, including pink, is a perfect present for your mobile happy female friend or wife.

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We take a look around Epic Gear's booth at Computex 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 9:34 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - For our last day at Computex 2013, we decided to take a look at some of the wares that gaming peripheral maker Epic Gear had on show. There's not much to talk about, so let's gush over the pictures, shall we?

 

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They are continuing to make great looking products, and I'm really in love with their new keyboard. Their mouse lineup continues to impress, with those mouse cords look especially attractive.

 

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