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RumorTT: Galaxy Nexus II is the GT-i9260, could end up being the 'Galaxy Premier'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2012 9:30 am

More Nexus-branded smartphones are meant to be hitting this year, but we have only seen the ASUS Nexus 7 tablet for now. But, Samsung, Sony and LG are all reportedly working on Nexus-branded smartphones, and now we have a rumor regarding the Galaxy Nexus II.

 

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Pocket Now is reporting that the User Agent Profile of the GT-i9260, which has been mentioned previously with Galaxy Nexus II rumors. If the rumors are correct, it would sport a 1280x720 display and an 'ARM11' CPU. One of the weirder things with this rumor is that the ARM11 processor is old, and is something that was found in one of the earliest Android-based devices released, HTC's Dream.

 

The Nexus II should arrive with, at a minimum, a fast dual-core, or quad-core processor. Previous Nexus II rumors have pegged the device to include a 1.5GHz dual-core A9 CPU. Of course, it's just a rumor for now, but we should hear more information on it after the iPhone 5 launch has died down slightly.

People are already lining up for the iPhone 5, 8 days from release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2012 8:33 am

If I were in New York City right now, I'd be lining up for the new iPhone 5 - not just because it will be a great phone, but the lining up is an event, within the event. iNCEPTION?!

 

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Now we have people not only lining up for the sixth-generation iPhone 5 eight days early, but they're using it to their advantage. The first two in line are Hazem Sayed, and his marketing manager Sage, promoting a social media startup called Vibe. Sayed says Vibe is a tool "to create ad hoc communities of people who happen to be in the same place" -- like an iPhone line.

 

Number three and four in line are Jessica Mellow, and Keenen Thompson, who have been here, done that. They lined up in October for the iPhone 4S launch, and were in number one and two positions, this year they were a little late to the punch.

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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer: Surface tablets to cost between $300 and $800

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2012 7:34 am

Pricing on the upcoming Surface tablets from Microsoft has eluded many, until now. Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, talked with The Seattle Times regarding the Surface, saying that the starting price will "probably $300 to about $700 or $800." adding, "that's the sweet spot."

 

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In the $300 (or so) range, we're probably going to see the Surface RT, which is the consumer-based version running Windows RT. The upper-end of the pricing structure will probably mold around the Surface Pro, which runs the full-blown Windows 8 OS.

 

Microsoft have already said Windows 8-based tablets will be aimed at replacing cheaper notebooks, but the entire line should compete with the likes of Apple's iPad, and most Android-based tablets.

Netflix: Canada has 'third-world' Internet access - #firstworldproblems, though

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 17, 2012 6:27 am

Canada is said to have bandwidth caps that are too low, and too expensive, according to a Netflix executive Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, took a stab at Canadian ISPs at the Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment conference last week.

 

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Sarandos talked of Canadian ISPs bandwidth limitations, saying "it's almost a human rights violation what they're charging for Internet access in Canada". There are Canadian ISPs with download caps as low as 15GB for a month, with excess billing charges if you burst through the 15GB limit.

 

Sarandos continued, adding "the problem in Canada is... they have almost third-world access to the Internet".

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Black Mesa Source is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2012 5:25 am

It's here, it's finally here! After years and years of being stuck in development hell, Black Mesa Source is available for download. Black Mesa Source is really just Half-Life, redone on the Source engine with some incredibly upgraded graphics.

 

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Black Mesa Source features all-new music, voice acting, choreography, and added dialogue, making the game much more immersive. Best of all, Black Mesa Source is completely free! Yes, FREE!

 

There are plenty of download mirrors to choose from, and you can read more about it, as well as download Black Mesa Source, right here.

iPhone 5's A6 processor is a dual-core 1GHz chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2012 4:51 am

We know that Apple's new iPhone 5 sports an "A6" processor, that was custom-designed by the company itself, but clock speeds and core count were left out and pushed into the dreams of tech junkies and customers across the world - all we could do was guess.

 

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Now there are some Geekbench scores to ponder over, where we can see some benchmarks of the new A6-powered iPhone 5. The results show that the iPhone 5 is an 'iPhone 5,2' device, which runs iOS 6 and is powered by a dual-core 1.02GHz ARMv7 processor, with 1GB of RAM.

 

The Geekbench 2 score from this is 1601. Considering the average score of the iPhone 4S is just 629, the iPhone 5 really is twice as fast as its predecessor. The A6 processor is also clocking in higher than its A5 counterpart found in the iPhone 4S, which runs at 800Mhz. So there we have it, the iPhone 5 sports a very, very impressive dual-core processor.

 

These tests should be 100% confirmed upon release, as there is a slight chance that these pre-release results could be faked, but most seem to believe that the results are indeed true.

Nintendo's Wii U is selling out online in the US, better get in while U can

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2012 4:31 am

It's not even near the holidays yet and Nintendo's Wii U is already thrashing through the sales, with pre-orders of the Deluxe and Basic bundles sold out at most online retailers.

 

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The Deluxe bundle features a black, 32GB Wii U for $350, whilst the Basic bundle gives you a white, 8GB Wii U for $300. Best Buy, Toys R Us and Target are all sold out of both version of the Wii U, with Sears and Kmart only offering the Deluxe version which is sold out.

 

GameStop is all out of 32GB versions, but the 8GB bundle is still available for pre-order. Wal Mart still has stock, in both editions, available standalone, or as part of the Wal Mart Solution Bundle. This bundle throws in a Wii Remote Plus, as well as a choice of a Wii U game. The Solution Bundle is $400 for the Basic set, or $450 for the Deluxe.

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Galaxy S III LTE to reach Singapore, feature Jelly Bean as stock OS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2012 3:37 am

Samsung are looking to release a LTE-powered Galaxy S III in Singapore, but that isn't even the best bit, it looks like the Singapore version of the S III will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

 

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Samsung is looking to release the Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy S III by the end of the month, which is not too far away at all. Singapore's version of the S III will feature the quad-core Exynos processor, as well as 2GB of RAM.

 

Comparing this to the US version which sports the dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, this is a great upgrade on an already impressive smartphone. Samsung have also announced the Jelly Bean update for the non-LTE version of the Galaxy S III for next month.

Intel's 22nm manufacturing process is 'exceeding expectations', talks of 5nm tech for 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 17, 2012 3:11 am

Intel's 22nm manufacturing process is shaping up much better than what the chipmaker said, according to talks at last week's IDF. Director of Process Technology, Mark Bohr, has said that the company's 22nm manufacturing process has exceeded their expectations.

 

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Intel's Ivy Bridge line of processors bought forth the company's tri-gate transistor technology, which has been praised by technology enthusiasts alike. Bohr talked about the transistors' leakage and sub-threshold slope were more efficient than Intel had expected, and the technology will now see an extension of life into a few more generations.

 

We should hopefully see 14nm sometime next year, but 2015 looks like its the year for big amounts of change. Not only should we expect hoverboards (BTTF reference here) but we should see 10nm, 7nm and 5nm technologies researched. These technologies will see some amazing techniques used, as you can see in the picture above.

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Oppo CEO teases that their upcoming flagship Find 5 smartphone will sport 1080p, 441ppi display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2012 2:18 am

Oppo Mobile's CEO, Chen Mingyong, has teased that the company's upcoming flagship phone, Find 5, will sport a 1920x1080p display, with 441 pixels per inch (ppi). It'll also feature a non-removable, but "certainly big enough" battery.

 

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Considering the new iPhone 5 only has a 1136x640 display that has 331ppi - on its 4-inch screen, this is quite the achievement for Oppo's new Find 5 smartphone.

 

It'll be interesting to see what comes of this new smartphone, and just how good its 441ppi display will look like in the eyes of buyers. There's plenty of competition for high-res, high-ppi displays now, with the iPhone 5, as well as Sony's Xperia acro S which sports 342ppi, as well as Nokia's Lumia 920 which features a 4.5-inch, 1280x768 display with 331ppi.

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