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The new HP TouchSmart 10 mini notebook is launching for $299

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 7:59 pm

HP has launched their new mini notebook, the HP TouchSmart 10 Windows 8.1 mini notebook. The TouchSmart 10 comes with a 10 inch touchscreen display. HP's TouchSmart 10 is the cheapest and smallest Windows 8 laptop that HP offers. The TouchSmart 10 is powered be an AMD A4-1200 Temash processor with a low power technology that gives its 3-cell battery a 5 hour runtime.

 

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It also includes an AMD Radeon HD 8180 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The TouchSmart 10 comes equipped with 350GB standard or a 500GB option. Other Specs on the HP TouchSmart 10 mini notebook include; a HDMI output, SD card reader, one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 slots, as well as Wi-Fi along with an Ethernet slot. If ordered directly from HP you can add the option of having Bluetooth and a HDMI to VGA adapter for $30. The HP TouchSmart 10 will be available to purchase before the end of the year for $299 from Microsoft or $350 from HP.

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Logitech launches the PowerShell, a gaming controller for iOS 7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 7:16 pm

Today Logitech has officially launched its PowerShell game controller case designed for iPhones and iPod touch devices running iOS 7. We first heard about the device during Apples WWDC event earlier this year, and have seen several leaks of the device since.

 

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The new PowerShell is designed to encapsulate your iOS device and offer up traditional gamepad controls including a D-pad, 4 face buttons and 2 shoulder buttons that function similar to those on a PlayStation or Xbox controller. Inside the case is a 1500mAh battery that will both charge and power you iPhone or iPod Touch during extended gameplay sessions.

Sony says replacement PlayStation 4s will not take six weeks

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 6:46 pm

The PlayStation 4 was released last Friday in the US. There have been a few issues users have been running into, such as HDMI problems, bricked consoles, and the troublesome blue light issues. Sony says that 1% (10,000) of their PlayStation 4 units have been affected. A Sony representative speaks with IGN and assures that Sony is working on getting users their replacement PlayStation 4 units. Although that's 10,000 unhappy customers, 10,000 out of a million units isn't too bad. Sony's representative also mentions that the rumor of replacement consoles being shipped in 2014 is false, and that customer support is immediately replacing units with expedited shipping.

 

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Sony representative speaking with IGN: "We understand the frustration of consumers that have had a problem and are working with them and our retail partners to help troubleshoot issues and ensure affected units are exchanged. Rumors' online stating that PlayStation customer service is informing people that it will take six weeks to get a replacement unit. Those rumors are false. Our customer support team is exchanging units with new replacements immediately and with expedited shipping."

Toshiba tosses its hat into the small tablet arena with the Excite 7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 5:53 pm

It has been a while since we have seen a fresh tablet offering from Toshiba, but the wait is finally over. Today Toshiba announced a new 7-inch Android-based addition to its Excite line of tablets. The all new Excite 7 joins the ranks of the 10-inch Excite Pure, Pro, and Write tablets, and fills the small tablet void the line has been plagued with.

 

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The new Excite 7 is a little disappointing however, with a display resolution of just 1024x600 and just 1GB of RAM. The tablet does feature Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean though, and up to 12-hours of battery life. Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and SRS-powered audio are present as well. The device's cameras leave much to be desired with the rear packing in a lackluster 3-megapixel sensor and the front being of the sub-half megapixel class. 8GB of onboard memory is present and it can be augmented via a microSD port. The Excite 7 is available now at retailers for $170.

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The age of 4K is upon us as Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon processor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 4:47 pm

Qualcomm is without a doubt the biggest and most well known name in mobile processing, and today the company unveiled a new processor that is even faster than its flagship Snapdragon 800 SoC. The all new Snapdragon 805 is not a minor upgrade as its name would suggest, but is rather a powerhouse that packs a new GPU and Ultra High-Definition capabilities.

 

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The new Snapdragon 805 features "system level" support for video resolutions all the way up to 4K, and with its new Adreno 420 GPU, mobile gaming, and video performance will never be the same again. With this being the first flagship chip from Qualcomm that natively supports 4K resolutions, you can bet that we will be seeing it in everything from the Samsung Galaxy 5, Nexus 6, LG G3, and a vast range of other devices. Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 805 is 40-percent faster in processing and GPU power than the Snapdragon 800, so expect to see the mobile world shaken up yet again in 2014.

LSI announces Nytro XP products for the datacenter

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 4:36 pm

LSI has gained significant traction with their Nytro line of products, becoming one of the world's largest suppliers of PCIe flash cards in a very short time. In fact, they are already shipping into 6 of the top 10 Hyperscale companies. This success has given LSI a deep understanding of the market and the needs of their customers.

 

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One of the fastest growing segments of the flash market are the value-oriented mainstream users. These users aren't in need of solutions with extreme performance specifications or ultimate endurance; they require a solution friendly to the bottom line.

 

Hyperscale deployments require the most value per dollar, low power usage, scalability and the ability to extract value from their data as quickly as possible. The Nytro XP 6209 and 6210 are designed to meet the needs of the mainstream user. These cards both feature proven LSI SandForce controllers in tandem with the LSI 2308 Falcon SAS I/O controller.

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Over 10,000 PS4s sold on eBay over the launch weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 1:37 pm

We've been covering the PS4 as much as can here at TweakTown, but it looks like some keen shoppers have been slapping down their plastic over at eBay for the next-gen console, with over 10,000 consoles sold over the launch weekend alone.

 

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Retailers (who sell over eBay as well as in-store) and some everyday people (who bought the PS4 and re-sold it on eBay) accounted for over 10,000 PS4s to be sold over the weekend just gone. eBay has said that "more than two PS4s [were] sold on eBay every minute." That is an insane number of PS4s over a 48-hour period!

Yahoo plans to encrypt all data by the end of Q1 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 12:41 pm

Google is a step ahead of Yahoo here, where it has upgraded all of its SSL certificates to 2048-bit, but now Yahoo is pushing ahead with some hopefully NSA-proof encryption to its information.

 

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Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, has reiterated the fact that Yahoo has never handed over information from its datacenters to the NSA, or any other government agency for that matter. The CEO said there is nothing more important than users' data and privacy, and that the company is extending the SSL encryption with a 2048-bit key for Yahoo Mail, and all Yahoo products.

 

The 2048-bit goodness should encrypt all Yahoo datacenter information by the end of Q1 2014, so around 4 months from now. From here, it will offer users an option to encrypt all of their data in and out of Yahoo by the end of March next year. The company will also work close with their international Mail partners to make sure that co-branded accounts are also 2048-bit protected.

Star Citizen reaches for the stars, has raised close to $30 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 11:31 am

If there's one game that should be on all PC gamers' calendars, it needs to be Star Citizen. The crowdfunded game from the gaming god himself, Chris Roberts, has reached an incredible $28 million in funding.

 

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Thanks to hitting the $28 million goal, a new ship has been unveiled, the Mustang personal spacecraft. With the introduction of the Mustang, there'll now be two starter ships for Star Citizen's to get into the game with, joining the Aurora spacecraft. Now that the $28 million stretch goal has been met, the developer is doing something different with the next goal.

 

Cloud Imperium Games' latest blog post on the Roberts Space Industries website says that they are always asked where the extra funding from stretch goals goes... well, every dollar goes toward hiring new talent to build Star Citizen, as well as giving the team better development tools, and expanding the talent outside of the studio itself. The new stretch goal is now $31 million, where gamers can decide which ship will be introduced when it hits the new goal.

NVIDIA unleashes new GeForce 331.82 WHQL drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 10:33 am

There are some huge games out right now, with Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Need for Speed: Rivals, just to name a few. Well, NVIDIA has your back, with some new GeForce drivers in the form of the 331.82 WHQL set.

 

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The new drivers also have support for ShadowPlay and GameStream for SHIELD owners, which is a nice touch. Optimizations are included for the biggest, latest games, including BF4, COD: Ghosts, and Batman: Arkham Origins. You can get the new NVIDIA drivers right here.

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