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Apple iPhone 4S reviews begin floating around the Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 4:04 am

The recently announced iPhone 4S had pre-orders last Friday and they should start hitting retail stores and customers door steps on this Friday. But, while industry-folk were mostly underwhelmed by the iPhone 4S, Apple still managed to break sales records by scooping up over one million pre-orders in 24 hours, impressive. Now that the initial first week wave of buzz is over, we can move onto the juicy bits: actual reviews.

 

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The iPhone 4S packs a new dual-core A5 processor (like the iPad 2 sports), an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p recording capabilities, the swish new Siri voice recognition technology and 14.4Mbps HSDPA support. It is also the hero standing in the wind for iOS 5. Now we have reviews, maybe not real-world, in-the-hands-of-real-customers reviews, but closer than the marketing magic that Apple sprinkle onto their followers.

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Samsung Galaxy S II wins Phone of the Year award against Apple's iPhone at T3 awards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 3:09 am

Samsung's current flagship Android-based handset, the Galaxy S II has won Phone of the Year award at the T3 awards. This is the first time in three years that Apple or HTC have not won the prize, so Samsung really are shining bright right now. The Galaxy S II packs a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, an 8-megapixel camera and 1GB of RAM. Luke Peters, editor of T3 talked about the GSII:

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S II is a gorgeous looking phone with slick operation, a great social hub and the best camera on any smartphone to date. It has great integration with Samsung's TVs and a screen that matches the iPhone 4.

 

Even though Apple missed out on Phone of the Year, Apple did take home three awards. First of all, the MacBook Air 11-inch took out the T3 Design Award and Computer of the Year, whilst the iPad took home Tablet of the Year. Microsoft actually didn't too bad, as they won Gaming Gadget of the Year and overall Gadget of the Year for their motion-sensing gizmo, Kinect.

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China's Great Firewall blocks Android market, not the first time either

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 2:20 am

Due to "Government restrictions", Google's Android Market has been blocked, again. This is not the first time Google's app store has been rejected, as it happened back in 2009. Android users now only have the chance to use China's local app stores. The move could possibly have been to funnel money into Chinese Government's own app store, rather than Google. China's local app stores offer most of the content for free and Android devices are often not synced with the Android Market, so users usually use them.

 

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Google is facing fierce competition in China as they have their local search engine butting heads with them, Baidu. There are reports floating around that Baidu is also planning an OS of their own, Quishi, which funnily enough is meant to be similar to Android. The Android Market is not the only big thing China blocks right now, the Great Firewall black list also includes Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

Want to run Android Apps on Windows PCs or tablets, well, BlueStacks App Player provides the magic

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 1:07 am

Start-up company BlueStacks has rubbed their hands together and produced some magical app that allows Android apps to run on all Windows PC, as it is ready to start publicly testing its software. BlueStacks is making an alpha of its software available to the public. But their long-term goals are to have both a free and a paid version of its software and to have it loaded onto new PCs. The alpha version of the software allows most (not all) Android apps to be loaded onto a PC, but prohibits some games such as Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja - which will be left for the paid version of the app.

 

 

BlueStacks VP, John Garguilo said in an interview "We're very happy with the degree to which apps work, not every app will work perfectly." That I agree with, we can't expect every app to work perfectly, but for just an app to appear [for what seems] out of nowhere, this is a magic day indeed. BlueStack's app will actually ship with several Android apps already preloaded and users will have the ability to push programs from their phone or tablet to the PC from a program that will be on the Android market.

 

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Apple releases iTunes 10.5, includes support for iOS wireless syncing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 12:28 am

Apple have just dumped iTunes 10.5 onto the Internet and with it, includes support for wirelessly syncing your iOS-based devices running the soon-to-be-released iOS5. iTunes 10.5 is available as a download from Apple, and interestingly, iTunes 10. no longer requires or includes QuickTime. The release of iTunes 10.5 is just one day ahead of the public release of iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Users will require iTunes 10.5 before they can upgrade any iOS device to iOS 10.5.

 

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The full list of features is below:

 

iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.

Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your PC and iOS devices.

Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.

Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.

Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they're both on the same Wi-Fi network.

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Futuremark and ECS kick off a new 3DMark 11 Overclock Shootout Competition

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 4:19 pm

In collaboration with ECS, Futuremark has just announced the birth of a new competition inviting all overclockers with whatever hardware they feel competitive enough to place some fierce competition into the mix and push for top scores in 3DMark 11. If you're quickly discouraged by the inevitable overclocking elite that will no doubt get in on the action, you'll be glad to know Futuremark has set up a separate precision contest segment to make your chances of winning much more realistic.

 

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The worldwide competition starts October 10 and runs until November 7. It is open to overclockers with all brands of commercially available PC hardware. The competition will award weekly high score and lucky draw winners.

 

You can get the full scoop on prizes along with rules and how to participate etc. at the official contest page here.

Ads for Nokia's Windows Phone based "Nokia 800" leak out

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 3:48 pm

Some ads from Nokia have popped online early displaying the upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 running "Nokia 800" smart phone. The leaked ads of the phone (previously referred to as Sea Ray) show up with two weeks to go until Nokia World winds up and the phone is formally announced (along with other models most likely).

 

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The ads show the phone physically looking much like the MeeGo-powered N9. What we can ascertain about the phone to date from prior information is that it runs a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) AMOLED touchscreen with a 1.4GHz single core processor and is said to sport 16GB of built-in storage.

 

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Patriot compliments Pyro SSDs with synchronous flash

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 3:04 pm

When we checked out Patriot's new mainstream Pyro series of SSDs back in early August we were overall quite impressed with the performance on tap considering the associated pricing. These weren't meant to go up against the heavy hitting SandForce drives running more expensive, faster performing synchronous flash, but still gave you very impressive performance at a lower price point.

 

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Nonetheless, Patriot has just stepped things up with a new line of Pyro series drives that push performance to new heights thanks to the use of synchronous NAND. Dubbed the Pyro SE series, the new drives are otherwise much the same as the original Pyro ones except for the aforementioned change.

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Benchmarks indicate iPhone 4S to be 68% faster than iPhone 4!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 1:56 pm

Some Geekbench benchmark results have shown up on the web showing off the performance on tap with Apple's new iPhone 4S and it's looking like quite the speedy smart phone indeed.

 

If you were impressed with the iPhone 4's performance, you'll be astounded by the iPhone 4S' thanks to its dual core A5 processor running at 800MHz. While still packing the same 512MB RAM, the processor pushes the Geekbench result to a very impressive score of 623, versus the original iPhone 4's score of 360.

 

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This equates to the new iPhone being a whopping 68% faster than its predecessor, and only 17% slower than the iPad 2 with the same processor used, but running 200MHz quicker at 1GHz.

Tuesday Morning Roundup for October 11, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 1:03 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 11th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- HP TouchSmart 520xt @ TechReviewSource

- GITEX '11: Hands-On MSI GT 780 Laptop @ tbreak

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- AMD A75 3-way Motherboard Shootout @ Techspot

- Asus Crosshair V Formula Motherboard @ Ninjalane

 

Audio/Media

 

- Edifier M3300SF 2.1 Speaker Set @ Overclock3D

- Plantronics Audio 995 Digital Wireless Stereo Headset @ Kitguru

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