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LeakedTT: Intel Ivy Bridge desktop chip prices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 20, 2011 9:24 am

Intel's Ivy Bridge processor prices have been leaked thanks to CPU World, with another leak today. It looks as though the Intel Core i7-3770K will replace the current Core i7-2700K at the same $332 pricing.

 

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Core i7-3770K will bt the most expensive, and fastest Ivy Bridge chip at launch. There are three other Core i7 chips that will be released, i7-3770, i7-3770S, i7-3770T. We also have a slew of Core i5 processors, ranging from $184 through to $205. Ivy Bridge-based Core i5 processors will continue the tradition of Sandy Bridge by offering just four physical cores, 6MB of L3 cache and no hyper-threading.

 

The Core i7 processors will include hyper-threading, and 8MB of included cache.

AMD FX-8150 with Microsoft KB2592546 put through "before and after" patch tests

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 20, 2011 8:23 am

There was a patch that was released by Microsoft last week (KB2592546) for Windows, where it was claimed it would improve performance of systems powered by AMD's latest processor architecture, Bulldozer.

 

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What the patch did, was make the OS aware of the way AMD's Bulldozer cores are structured, so it could effectively make use of the parallelism at its disposal. Microsoft a few days later, pulled the patch. But, this is the Internet.

 

SweOverclockers' had enough time to do a "before and after" performance test of the new AMD FX-8150 processor, with the now pulled patch. The results of SweOverclockers' tests are in the picture above. "tidigare" is before, "nytt" is after, and "skillnad" is change. The chip has been put through a fair amount of tests, some synthetic CPU-intensive tasks, and real-world gaming performance tests.

 

The results are actually, not that good, and this is most likely the reason the patch was pulled.

Android 4.0.3 to be released "in the weeks ahead"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 20, 2011 7:41 am

Google last week announced Android 4.0.3 as the next incremental update to arrive for Ice Cream Sandwich. The update includes the usual bug fixes, optimizations and a handful of new APIs for developers, some of the new things included are:

 

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A "Social stream API in Contacts provider" which leverages social networking for developers, allowing them to show users what their friends are doing while tying in photos and contact information.

 

Improvements for calendar providers: Apps can now color calendar events and utilize ne attendee types and states.

 

Add camera capabilities: Apps can now manage and check for video stabilization. They may also use QVGA resolution profiles.

 

Improved accessibility: Screen readers can access more content and will enjoy text-to-speech status and error reporting.

 

Improve user experience: Small improvements and bug fixes for graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more.

Google feels festive, gives employees Galaxy Nexus handsets for Christmas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2011 6:23 am

This is what all companies should do, even amazing tech sites like TweakTown [hint, hint]. GOogle have stepped up for Christmas 2011 by giving its staff customized Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones for Christmas.

 

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The smartphone isn't just the stock Galaxy Nexus handset, it has been outfitted with a customized back cover that has various Google+ and Android icons, so it is a one-of-a-kind handset, just for Google employees. TheNextWeb confirmed with Google's London and Zurich-based offices that they are in fact giving out handsets to employees, which require the staff to line up and claim their free handset as shown in the photo below:

 

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LeakedTT: AMD Radeon HD 7900 key features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 20, 2011 6:16 am

We've had a fair amount of news on AMD's next-generation GPUs over the past six weeks, with the first news that the cards would be launching in January, then we had some rumored pricing, and then a few days ago we posted some leaked info on the AMD Radeon HD 7970 specs. Today, we have news of the feature-set that will be included on the GPU when it launches.

 

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There are three main categories of feature updates: Graphics CoreNext, AMD Eyefinity 2.0 and AMD APP Acceleration. AMD have claimed that CoreNext will be a "revolutionary" new architecture that changes the way the GPU crunches numbers. Also keep in mind that GCN is the first new architecture since the HD 2000-series launches all those years ago.

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ITC sides with Apple, some of HTC's products face sales and import ban

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 20, 2011 5:31 am

Apple's patent trolling has striked once again today, with the ITC siding with the Cupertino-based company. HTC was on the other side of the stick, where they will have certain models of their products either banned from sale, or imported.

 

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The ITC found that HTC violated a pair of patents held by Apple regarding the formatting of data (such as phone numbers) in otherwise unstructured documents (such as e-mails) allowing users to interact with them.

 

The ban isn't set to strike until April 19th of next year, which gives both HTC and Google enough time to work through it. In the meantime of this news going to air (or to keyboard), HTC have said that they have a plan in place to not face the ban. The ITC did not find that HTC violated two other patents that were in question, which related to real time signal processing and would've been much harder for HTC to circumvent.

Google's Eric Schmidt teases Google Nexus tablet, could be here in 6 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2011 4:28 am

It looks as thought Google could have their own Nexus-branded tablet on the market within the next six months, according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt. Schmidt told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sea:

 

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In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.

 

Schmidt also praised Apple co-founder Steve Jobs for his work in transitioning the tablet from vertical and enterprise markets to a consumer-centric product. He said:

 

Steve Jobs was the Michelangelo of our time" he told the newspaper, "[he] realized the revolutionary potential of the tablet and has created an amazing product like the iPad.

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Saudi Prince invests $300 million in Twitter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 20, 2011 3:23 am

His Aunty didn't throw him in a cab and send him to Bel-Air, but Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the nephew of the Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, has invested a cool $300 million in social-networking site, Twitter. Alwaleed is one of the richest people in the world, ranked at No. 26 on Forbes' billionaire list, with a net work of $19.6 billion.

 

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He made the investment through his 'Kingdom Holding Co.', where it was announced through a press release, and confirmed by Twitter. Twitter's last round of funding, valued the company at $8.4 million and was led by Digital Sky Technologies (DST) of Russia. DST founder Yuri Milner, has stakes in Twitter, Facebook and Zynga.

Witcher 2 developers going after pirates, have a trade secret way of tracking them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 20, 2011 2:26 am

CD Projekt, developers behind the successful currently PC-only game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is going after pirates. The game has sold over one million copies so far, and while they are confident behind these sales numbers, they are also confident in going after pirates of their hard work.

 

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CD Projekt are going after pirates, claiming that only people who they are sure downloaded a copy of the game illegally are receiving a threat of legal action. Michal Nowakowski, CD Projekt's VP of Business Development says:

 

We're addressing only 100% confirmed piracy causes that are 100% possible to prove. We are not worried about tracking the wrong people. As this is the trade secret of the company working on this, I cannot share it. However, we investigated the subject before we decided on this move, and we aware of some past complications. The method used here is targeting only 100% confirmed piracy cases. No innocent person was targeted with the letter so far. At least we have not received any information as of now which would indicate something like that.

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Battlefield 2143 hinted in an Easter Egg

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2011 1:24 am

DICE like to tease us all with Easter Eggs on their maps, especially little, vague ones that tease upcoming games. For example, DICE included some Easter Eggs back in 2006 with Battlefield 2: Euro Forces and Armored Fury map packs, which at the time hinted at "2142", way before Battlefield 2142 was officially announced.

 

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If we look at the above picture, it would seem a sequel to Battlefield 2142 is in the making. You've got to remember, that number would've been put there, it can't be randomly generated or imagined. Battlefield 2143 done on the Frostbite 2 engine would look very impressive indeed.

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