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Sony's waterproof Xperia Tablet Z hands-on video from MWC 2013

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 2:55 pm

MWC 2013 - Sony also made waves at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona this year with the announcement of its newest tablet, then 10-inch Xperia Tablet Z.



As far as specs go, it comes with the Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and includes LTE 4G support. Its 10-inch screen is capable of Full HD 1080p resolution and it will come in black or white versions with a non-flossy back, which our correspondent Johannes Knapp seemed impressed about, in his hands-on video, which is embedded above.




The unit is rather thin and light, actually thinner than the Apple iPhone 5. It is also waterproof - not to say you could go swimming with this tablet, but it can take some basic spills. All of the ports on the tablet have doors to protect it from liquid spills. It's debatable who actually needs a waterproof tablet, but it's a nice feature nevertheless.


Many have written off Sony in the tablet game in the past, do you think the Tablet Z can turn things around for the Japanese electronics giant?

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Microsoft finally releases Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, download it now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 2:37 pm

Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) has been available for Windows 8 since the OS launch, but Windows 7 users were stuck with IE9 until now. This morning Microsoft released Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, which brings forth greater support for HTML5, improved speed and better privacy protection for users.




IE10 is said to be about 20% faster than its predecessor IE9, and utilizes DirectX 11 for the browser's graphics hardware acceleration speed-ups. HTML5 support is improved by more than 60% bringing forth a wealth of new feature rich web elements that developers will be sure to take advantage of.


Another feature worth noting is that Do Not Track is enabled by default. This feature blocks certain sites from tracking your browsing habits, such as Google who uses your browsing history to serve up targeted ads. Users must be running Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 installed in order to install Internet Explorer 10. You can download IE10 from the source link below.

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LG unveils tiny WCP-300 wireless charger, claims it is world's smallest

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 1:36 pm

Wireless charging of mobile devices is the next big thing, and we will definitely see more of it this year. Foreseeing the future, LG has released a tiny yet powerful wireless charging base.




Being billed as the "world's smallest" wireless charging device, the WCP-300 is a 6.9cm, round little pad that is compatible with any standard 5-pin micro-USB charger. Unfortunately at the moment there are only two devices available in the US that support wireless charging: the LG Spectrum and the Nexus 4.


The recently announced LG Optimus G Pro will support wireless charging as well as a few other smartphones released this week at the Mobile World Congress. The WCP-300 will hit shelves in South Korea next week with a worldwide roll-out to follow. MSRP is said to be $60 USD, but that number is unofficial.

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Micron Announces the New P410m SAS 25nm MLC Enterprise SSD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 1:00 pm

Today Micron is unveiling their new P410m SSD. This is Micron's first SAS SSD, and is designed for data center servers and storage platforms. Providing a SAS solution rounds out Micron's impressive portfolio of enterprise SSDs. This new SAS SSD comes hot on the heels of the, mainstream SATA P400m, the entry level SATA P400e, and the high end PCIe P320h. A quick click of each link will take you to our full product evaluations of the entire Micron Enterprise SSD line of products.





The P410m adds another facet to the Micron line of products by providing a high endurance 25nm MLC SSD for SAS customers. The robust feature set of SAS is rooted in its early origins in aircraft, providing bulletproof reliability in an environment that requires always-on accessibility. The P410m features SAS's standard dual-port functionality which provides multipath and failover capability.

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Foursquare now accepts Visa, Mastercard and debit cards with its check-in program

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:34 pm

Foursquare have just announced that they're accepting credit and debit cards with their check-in program, which is somewhat obvious, but when the check-in program was launched it was only open to a very select few cardholders.




The new program opens up new relationships instead of just American Express, which joined up with Foursquare a little under two years ago, which allowed Foursquare users to redeem special discounts and deals by checking in to local businesses after linking their Foursquare accounts to their AMEX cards. Foursquare's goal was to remove the awkward feeling when whipping out that paper coupon, instead you could just tap and go.


Foursquare Product Manager, Noah Weiss, when talking to AllThingsD said "When users are having a great experience, and merchants earn more money, we earn more money in the process."

Dell Latitude 10 gets released once again, with an 'Enhanced Security' edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 11:34 am

Dell have updated their Latitude 10, releasing the "Enhanced Security" version of their 10.1-inch slate. Dell's updated Latitude 10 Enhanced Security is the only dual-authentication Windows 8-based tablet on the block, providing an integrated SmartCard and fingerprint reader.




If you thought they were the only two security measures, the tablet boasts Dell Data Protection, Trusted Platform Module 1.2, Microsoft BitLocker full-drive encryption, Computrace, and a Noble Lock slot. Inside the updated Latitude 10 Enhanced Security we find the aforementioned 10.1-inch 1366x768 IPS display with five-finger touch support and Gorilla Glass, an Intel Atom Z2760, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 64GB SSD, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+ support, a 720p front-facing camera backed up by an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and finally, a swappable 30Whr battery.


As for price, it is $200 more than the standard Latitude 10, at $779. Dell have also mande a point of their testing with Principled Technologies, which compared how easy it was to implement the Latitude 10 against the iPad in large scale environments. Their testing reported that the Latitude 10 is 17% faster and 94% less expensive to deploy, saving an incredible 580 hours in system preparation and installing applications.

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The OverClocker Issue 23 is out, the first issue of the year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 10:34 am

The OverClocker has seen its first release of the year, with issue 23 now available to all. Issue 23 sees KINGPIN sealing a motherboard permanently for some LN2 fun, as well as a talk with veteran overclocker "Chispy" and his thoughts on the hardware industry.




There's the usual reviews, which include ASUS' Rampage IV Gene, OCZ's Vertex 4 512GB SSD, Corsair's H100i cooler, ASRock's 990FX Extreme9 motherboard, Cooler Master's Seidon 240M, Intel's 335 240GB SSD and finally, MSI's GeForce GTX 660 HAWK GPU.


You can read the latest issue right here.

Sony Mobile will "explore the development" of a Firefox OS-based device, would launch in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 9:35 am

We've already heard that ZTE are working with Mozilla on a Firefox OS device, but it looks like Sony Mobile are looking into it too. They've announced a new multi-year deal with Telefónica which will "explore the development" of a Firefox OS-based device.




Sony Mobile's Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Products Business Group, Bob Ishida, has said that engineers are already working on a new device with the mobile OS, and that their goal is to "bring a product to market in 2014". There's not much else to report, but we should hear more on Sony Mobile's Firefox OS device in the coming months, with a possible unveiling at MWC 2014?

G.SKILL team up with EVGA & KINGPIN for an awesome giveaway, win an NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 9:17 am

In order to celebrate the launch of the new GeForce GTX Titan GPU from NVIDIA, G.SKILL have partnered up with EVGA & KINGPIN to give one of the incredibly fast GPUs away! Not only that, but the first prize includes a bunch of other high-end hardware, too.




As you can see above, the prizes on offer here are pretty awesome and all you have to do is enter the giveaway right here. The competition starts today and ends the day before my birthday - Friday, 11th March 2013. The only prerequisite is that you 'like' the fan pages of KINGPIN Cooling & G.SKILL on Facebook. If you recommend your friends to enter, you'll receive one bonus entry for every friend that enters the event through a shared link, so get sharing!

Respawn Entertainment will be at E3, what should we expect?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 8:28 am

You might not know who Respawn Entertainment are right now, but in a few months time, I'm sure they're going to blow most of our minds away with some next-gen first-person shooter. Vince Zampella and Jason West are the brains behind Respawn Entertainment, the two guys who were the co-founders of Infinity Ward - the developer behind Call of Duty.




Zampella told the world Respawn was attending E3 2013 through his Twitter account, where he said "I've gotten a 'few' questions about @e3expo plans this year. Yes, we will finally be at E3!" There's no details on what we should expect to see, but I think we should get ready for some mind-blowing next-gen FPS on the next-gen consoles and PC. The time for gaming to really change is here, and with the guys who bought us the first, and arguably best Call of Duty titles, we should be nothing but excited right now.