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The new iPad reviews are glorious, reviewers are falling in love

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 3:09 am

Apple's third-generation tablet, the new iPad, is getting some seriously glowing reviews. A few big tech sites have gotten their hands on the Retina Display-sporting iPad and have given it the once over, with some pretty powerful quotes below:

 

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The Verge:

 

Yes, this display is outrageous. It's stunning. It's incredible. I'm not being hyperbolic or exaggerative when I say it is easily the most beautiful computer display I have ever looked at. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that you hold this in your hands, or maybe it's the technology that Apple is utilizing, or maybe it's the responsiveness of iOS - but there's something almost bizarre about how good this screen is. After the launch event, I described the screen as "surreal," and I still think that's a pretty good fit.

 

Let's be clear: the new iPad is in a class by itself, just as its predecessor was. As the latest product in a lineage of devices that defined this category, the iPad continues to stand head and shoulders above the competition. With the addition of the Retina display, LTE, more memory, and a more powerful CPU, Apple has absolutely held onto the iPad's market position as the dominant player and product to beat.

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Google+ gets updated photo management, now includes an album organizer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 2:19 am

Google have added another notch to their social networking belt by updating their Google+ service, where it now handles photos better. Google have added an album organizer, which can sort, reorder, move and delete photos, if you wish.

 

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The organizer can be access by the top level icon above the photos themselves, and once in the organizer, the images can be rearranged by ascending or descending upload date. The photos can also be reordered by selecting, dragging, then dropping them into a new position. Once selected, multiple images can be easily pulled into a different album or deleted from an album in bulk.

 

The Google+ changes apply to the desktop web version only, with iOS and Android users having a totally different interface.

Sony Xperia S now sports the PlayStation Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 1:21 am

Sony only just launched the Xperia S, but it didn't launch with PlayStation support before it hit retail shelves. But, the placeholder link on the Xperia S app drawer now loads a webpage where the PlayStation Store and PS Pocket app can be downloaded. The same good news applies to Xperia S's Japanese counterpart, the Acro HD, which launched in late-February.

 

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Before you can do any of this, you'll need to enable non-Market applications by going into Settings, then Applications, then run "Let's start PS store" in the app tray. After that, download the two apps, which will then let you buy and play the games. At the moment, Android Central is reporting that they can see around 12 titles available on their review unit, but some of them are only playable on the Xperia Play.

 

Of course, in order to receive access to the above-mentioned goods, you'll require a PlayStation Network or Sony Entertainment Network account. Sony also plan to being PS certification to all of its 2012 phones, including the Xperia P, U, Ion and the recently-announced Xperia Sola.

NVIDIA Kepler is here, at least in Acer's latest Ultrabook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 12:34 am

NVIDIA's Kepler GPU may not be available for the desktop yet, but Acer has let their latest Ultrabook, the Acer Aspire Timeline M3, go on sale, and the company has decided to lift the embargo early for the mobile part. Yippee!

 

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This Ultrabook marks the first time NVIDIA's Kepler-based GPUs have been included in an Ultrabook. Acer's Aspire Timeline M3-581TG is a 15.6-inch Ultrabook that sports a full-sized keyboard. The M3 still sits within the constraints of Intel's Ultrabook restrictions, but still packs quite a huge punch in terms of performance.

 

Acer's M3 features an Intel Core i7-2637M (1.7GHz dual-core, 4MB of L3 cache), 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, a 256GB SSD, a 3-cell Li-Polymer battery, and the standout feature: NVIDIA's GeForce GT 640M 1GB. The GPU in question is known as the GK107 which sports 384 cores and operates at up to 625MHz. When idling the GPU clocks down to 135MHz, with the standard clock rate sitting at 405MHz, while it can scale up to 625MHz, when needed.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for March 14, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 3:13 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 14th, 2012.

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Rosewill Thor V2 White Edition Full Tower Case - ThinkComputers.org

NZXT Source 220 Mid-Tower Case - Hi Tech Legion

Streacom FC8 Fanless Case - Hardware Secrets

 

Storage:

 

MyDigitalSSD 32GB Super Cache mSATA SSD - The SSD Review

Intel SSD 710 Series Solid State Drive - HotHardware.com

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Deal of the Day: Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Ultraportable Laptop, $499 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 2:23 pm

Today's Deal of the Day is Microsoft - 12.5" Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Ultraportable Laptop with Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, Webcam, and More for $499 with FREE Shipping!

 

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The Microsoft Store dropped the price of the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 3.04lb ultraportable laptop all the way down to just $499 with FREE shipping (thanks to a big $300 instant discount)! This magnesium covered 0.71" thick laptop features a 12.5" LED-backlit 1366 x 768 TFT, 1.33Ghz ultra-low voltage Intel Core i5-470UM processor (with Turbo Boost to 1.86Ghz), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth, Webcam, HDMI out, 4-cell battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. Deal ends 4/8/12 or while supplies last.

 

LENOVO IDEAPAD U260 ULTRAPORTABLE LAPTOP DEAL

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 19.0.1068.0 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 1:26 pm

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 19.0.168.0 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame.

 

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This build contains following updates:

 

Users of Chrome for Android who have tab sync enabled can use the "Other Devices" menu on the new tab page to open tabs from other devices.

Several fixes and improvements in the new Settings, Extensions, and Help pages.

Fixed the flashing when switched between composited and non-composited mode. [Issue: 116603]

Fixed stability issues 116913, 117217, 117347, 117081

 

Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

 

Download it, here.

Marvell unveil third-generation SSD, is powered by high-performance embedded processor technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 1:01 pm

Marvell have just announced their third-generation SSD which has gone into mass deployment, the Marvel 88SS9187 SATA controller is powered by high-performance embedded processor technology and sports a 6Gbps SATA III interface.

 

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Marvell have said that a number of high-profile SSD manufacturers are set to deploy Marvell's 88SS9187 controller immediately, with more partners to jump on board over time. Marvell's latest and greatest technology offers an open, world-class architecture that supports industry-standard, high-speed NAND flash interface with up to 200MB/sec per channel.

 

The new Marvell 88SS9187 controller also offers something new, a ground-breaking correction capability thanks to its high-performance ECC engine with Adaptive Read and Write Scheme and on-chip RAID functionality to allow use of the latest generation of NAND flash devices in the fast-growing SSD markets.

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Mobile App of the Day: Draw Something for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 12:28 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Draw Something for iOS.

 

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***The #1 Free App, #1 Paid App and #1 Word Game in over 40 countries!***

 

Play the Free version of Draw Something, the most popular social drawing and guessing game in the App Store with over 100 millions drawings created! Experience for yourself the laugh-out-loud game your friends are raving about!

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PRAISE FOR DRAW SOMETHING FREE

 

"★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Keeps me entertained for hours." - Jspronk

 

"★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Awesome!!! My New Addiction" - Paul B

 

"★ ★ ★ ★ ★ BEST GAME IN IPHONE HISTORY" - Brian R

 

ADDICTIVE FEATURES

 

★ Play with Friends on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

Challenge friends on Facebook or Twitter, or be automatically partnered with new gaming buddies.

 

★ No Drawing Skills Required!

Stick figures and a sense of humor are welcome! Just wiggle you finger to create a doodle masterpiece!

 

★ Color Craze - Over 50 Vibrant Colors!

Turn simple doodles into rich masterpieces with color packs.

 

★ Turn-based Gameplay

Perfect for gamers-on-the-go! Take turns drawing and guessing at your own pace.

 

★ Leaderboard

Rally back and forth with friends for the most "Turns."

 

★ Bombs

Stumped by a difficult word? Exchange it for a new one by exploding it with a bomb.

 

★ Push Notifications

Be alerted when it's your turn to draw or guess.

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HTC announce that the Sensation 4G and Sensation XL will be the next to receive Ice Cream Sandwich updates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 11:23 am

HTC have announced that the next phones in their lineup to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be the Sensation 4G and Sensation XL. HTC have already committed themselves to upgrading a very long list of devices, but the release timing has been leaking out ever so slowly.

 

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HTC have also confirmed that they are in the early stages of releasing ICS for its original Sensation and Sensation XE handsets. Reports have floated onto the Internet that unlocked devices in European-based counties are the first to have received the official updates, head of a more international rollout.

 

HTC are still yet to announce a detailed time frame for their Android 4.0 updates, where its Global Community Manager, Darren Krape, has cautioned that "it will take time for all carriers in each country to get the update". So a little patience is required, but the update should be worth it.

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