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RumorTT: New iMacs, MacBook Pros could arrive in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 6:20 am

The latest rumors to come from DigiTimes, who quotes a report from China's Economic Daily News, says that supplier checks are now indicating that due to the late-April availability of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs, Apple now plans to push back the launch of the refreshed MacBook Pro and iMac models to near the end of the company's fiscal second quarter, which ends in June.




But, these new rumors could prove to be real as earlier speculation points to Apple beginning to use new glass tech a company called G-Tech for the display screens, which are said to be less reflective and reduce glare.


Manufacturers of the new units are said to be handed over to Foxconn and Quanta, which will benefit from the smaller and more energy-efficient, but faster Ivy Bridge chips, as well as support for internal PCI-Express 3.0, USB 3.0 and faster graphics. Other reports are pointing toward the new iMac being thinner, which could then point to the new iMac losing its optical drive, just like the MacBook Air.

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NVIDIA Tegra 4 might hit 2GHz, would arrive in Q3 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 5:25 am

VR-Zone Chinese has leaked spec sheets on NVIDIA's upcoming system-on-a-chip (SoC) detailing the next-generation of Tegra chips codenamed "Wayne". We should expect four different Tegra 4 models in 2013, all using the same 4-PLUS-1 tech from NVIDIA.




We have two "Flagship" models, the first of which should drop in Q1 2013 dubbed "T40" and will clock in at 1.8GHz and be made from the Cortex-A15 architecture, the second Flagship model is the "T43" and clocks in at 2GHz, this is from the same Cortex-A15 tech. We then have two "Mainstream" products that should arrive in Q3 2013.


These two models are "AP40" and "SP3X", with the latter coming in between 1.2-1.8GHz, and the former arriving in 1.2-2.0GHz. They will be based off of Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A9 designs for the AP40 and SP3X, respectively. One thing to note of the SP3X chip, is that it will finally bring with it LTE connectivity in the form of LTE100/HSPA42 tech, it will also be designed for 7-inch tablets, with the other three models made for 10-inch designs.


It's pretty far out, and having to wait over twelve months to see LTE connectivity on an NVIDIA Tegra-based smart device is pretty lame in my opinion. The tech world will change so much between now and then.

Coolaler breaks previous memory OC record on Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 5:05 am

Gigabyte have come along way over the years. Gone are the years of motherboard manufacturers not endorsing overclocking, to employing, listening and catering to the entire enthusiast and overclocking market. It's a great move, and I applaud Gigabyte for doing so.



The latest news comes from Taiwanese power user "Coolaler" who has smashed Gigabyte's previous memory overclocking record with his Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H motherboard. He pushed his memory up to an insane 1530MHz (which is 3060MHz in dual-channel) with 4 DIMMs.




I will add that it's not too hard to hit high overclock results on 1 or 2 DIMMs, but 4 DIMMs? That's another challenge altogether. Nice work, Coolaler!

Samsung trademarks a few more GALAXY device names

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 4:32 am

Future Samsung devices under the GALAXY branding have just had an injection of new names as Samsung have just filed trademark applications for three more GALAXY devices with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The names in the filings were the GALAXY Lift, GALAXY Perx, and GALAXY Sire. Nothing else is known but the classification of them being under "Mobile telephones; Smartphones."




Samsung have filed trademark applications for quite a few new phones over the last few months, with January seeing the Joy and Fresh, and February seeing Awaken, Axiom, Heir and Rite. The latest three filings include GALAXY in their name, which would indicate the phones will be Android-based devices, the special names are the sort that would normally be reserved for a US-specific phone, as most international models keep their names if they stay intact.


On top of this, filing for trademark protection for a name is no guarantee we'll even see the devices, but we get to see the thought process and somewhat of a direction from Samsung. We should see at least a couple of these models released eventually.

World's second largest porn site talks facts and figures, doesn't need to measure up against the rest

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 3:29 am

Porn. We all know the Internet is filled with it, and would be a contributing factor toward cloud storage upgrades for many porn sites, and many, many more home users. ExtremeTech talked to YouPorn who are the second largest porn site, about their backend, and how many people use their "services".




Some of the figures are pretty insane, which we've listed below:


  • YouPorn has over 100 terabytes of porn on its server.
  • The site delivers over 100 million page views each day.
  • That amounts to almost a petabyte of a data transfered each day.
  • When people are exceptionally busy on the site, it can deliver 4,000 pages a second. ExtremeTech calculates that that adds up to 800Gbps, or 100 gigabytes per second.
  • Here's the kicker: that's about 2% of the Internet's total traffic.


At it's peak, YouPorn makes up 2-percent of the Internet's total traffic. It may not sound like a lot, but 2-percent of the entire Internet traffic is quite amazing. If it were inches, then it'd be a different story altogether.

Google inks deal with Paramount, will allow 500 more films to be added to both YouTube and Google Play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 2:29 am

The Internet is the future, and the future is Google. We all know this, but how will it happen? Well, YouTube have just announced a content deal with Paramount which will see 500 new movies being made available to the popular video-sharing site. Google Play, which is formerly known as the Android Market, will also enjoy the boost in additional content.




We don't know which movies will be included in the new content deal, but the content is said to be added over the next few weeks to both YouTube and Google Play's movie libraries. At the moment, U.S. and Canada will benefit from the injection of flicks, which means there should be some exclusivity, for now.


YouTube can now rest easy, being capable of boasting that they have content deals with five out of the six major movie studios, and its rental library now proud parents to over 9,000 movies.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin gets caught wearing Project Glass prototype in person

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 1:32 am

A little situation of 'why him and not me', Google co-founder Sergey Brin was testing out their Project Glass augmented reality HUD out in public. He was spotted sporting the glasses at a Dining in the Dark charity event for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.




Robert Scoble and Thomas Hawk were lucky enough to be at the same dinner, where they spotted Sergey wearing the glasses. Sergey explained that the glasses were a prototype, where they could see a "bluish light" flashing off his right eyeball. Scoble guesses the light meant that his Google+ profile was pulled up on Sergey's glasses, thanks to its augmented reality and always-on Internet connection.


He continued saying that most people around them had no idea that the glasses are actually different to normal specs. All I can say is, I want them and I want them now. So jealous.

Samsung's GALAXY Tab 2 10.1" gets priced, just $399.99 for the 8GB model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:33 am

Samsung's iPad competitor, their GALAXY Tab range has a new entry and it has better pricing than ever, the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1-inch tablet will start at just $399.99. The $399.99 pricing is coming from Office Depot of all places, but hey, no one can complain about that price.




Considering most 10.1-inch tablets are at the $499-or-so mark, this is a great price bracket to hit. It's only 8GB, but the GALAXY Tab 2 range has expandable storage through microSD card, and its not like they're overly expensive for an 8, 16 or 32GB card.


You can hit up the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 right now at that price, and be sure to let us know how she performs. Strangely, when I looked, it wasn't there. We'll keep an eye on it for now.

Noctua gets you ready for Spring with April TweakTown BF3 Contest

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 7, 2012 2:38 pm

TweakTown and Noctua are teaming up for the April Battlefield 3 contest. Noctua, market of premium grade CPU heatsinks, fans and thermal paste will give away three prize packages to the top three point scores spread across the two TweakTown Battlefield 3 game servers.




This contest is a little different than last month's contest that only took place on the Air Maps Server. TweakTown now has the Infantry Server up and running. The combined scores of both servers will be combined to determine the top three players by server score.


  • 1st Place: Noctua NH-D14 + 2 NF-F12 Fans
  • 2nd Place: Noctua NH-14 + 1 NF-F12 Fan
  • 3rd Place: Noctua NH-L12


This is an amazing prize package donated by Noctua!


The fine print: Winners cannot have won a TweakTown sponsored Battlefield 3 Prize Package in the last 6 months. You will also need to post your in game name in this forum thread. This contest runs throughout April and scores will be calculated April 30th at 11:59 PM. Winners will be contacted by May 5th.

Samsung announces record profits

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 11:27 pm

In stark contrast to the bleak news regarding HTC's financials, Samsung has reported record profits today as the first-quarter revenue is reported. Samsung close to doubled its profits from this time last year by bringing in $5.1 billion in profits which is up from $2.95 billion last year.




The figures have been helped along by the sales of the hot Galaxy lines of smartphones and tablets. The two main devices that aided these record profits have been the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Note. Sales of TVs, such as my own, have also helped propel the figures into the record setting range. "Sales of new models of smartphones, such as the Note, were better than expected," analyst James Strong told Bloomberg.


"They have a good line-up of new products, so they will be able to keep the momentum alive for two or three quarters, at least." Another analyst speculates that Samsung shipped 44 million smartphones during the first 3 months of the year. This would make Samsung the biggest manufacturer in the world for that time period.


That figure would be three times as many smartphones as last year, and beat out Apple iPhone sales by a significant margin. With the Galaxy S3 in the works and the hype surrounding it, it would appear that Samsung's profits won't be taking a downward turn for a good while.

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