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Intel says 75 Ultrabooks will arrive in 2012, 50% of them will be 14- and 15-inch screens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 6:09 am

CES 2012: Intel had quite a few announcements at CES 2012, and one of them was from Intel PC chief Mooly Eden where he says that so far, there are 75-plus Ultrabooks set to launch this year. Yes, more than 75 different Ultrabooks!




Out of these 75, 50-percent of them will sport 14- and 15-inch displays. This is a move to take some of those customers away from buying an Apple MacBook Air, as they'll be just as, if not more thin, light and inexpensive than their fruit-logo'd counterparts.


On top of this, Intel is kick starting one of their biggest marketing campaigns for the Ultrabooks. This new marketing campaign has been dubbed "A New Era in Computing". This will be Intel's biggest marketing campaign since 2003, so you can see they mean business. They haven't planned a launch this large since they introduced Centrino chips for Wi-Fi-capable laptops eight years ago.


Intel also stated that they will also team up with Nuance Communications, where they'll create voice recognition technology for Ultrabooks based on Nuance's Dragon voice command technology. The news just doesn't stop flowing from Intel, it seems.

ASUS release Ice Cream Sandwich update for Transformer Prime

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 5:43 am

ASUS are rolling out their eagerly-awaited Transformer Prime update, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). This is actually 48 hours earlier than previously known, with a few sites and people already updated to the new OS, the first impressions of it seem to be that the Prime is vastly-improved with ICS, especially with web browsing.




Sites that usually took 10-20 seconds, now reportedly take around 6 seconds. A very nice, and free, improvement. Another nice UI update that comes with ICS is the Roboto font scheme Google have introduced. Swipe-to-dismiss notifications are now baked in, which is much better than trying to squeeze your finger down to a smaller pin size to hit that 'x' next to the notification you want to dismiss.


But, it feels like a bit of a sour update. Considering ASUS teased the super-Transformer yesterday in the form of the TF700T Transformer Prime that sports the 1920x1200 display and is overall, much better - the OTA update feels... stale. But, you can't complain about getting something for free. If you've got a Transformer Prime and haven't updated to ICS, you should really do so. Once you're done, let us know how you go. I'm interested on your thoughts between Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, which one tastes better?

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Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, flies into AT&T, sports 1.5GHz dual-core, LTE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 5:01 am

CES 2012: Not only has AT&T announced multiple 4G LTE devices in the form of the Sony Xperia ion, Samsung Galaxy Note and budget-friendly Pantech Burst and Pantech Element, but the diamond in the rough there is the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD.




The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD is a follow-up to the current AT&T Galaxy S II variant, but instead of sporting the 4.52-inch display, it'll rock along with a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED screen with a 1280x720 resolution. It'll be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and have Android 2.3 baked in.


A removable battery is included, as well as LTE support all stuffed into a 9.27mm thin chassis. No more details are available on the device, but the specs announced are sure enough to get people talking. I can't wait to see how that 4.65-inch display looks, personally. As usual, pricing and launch dates are not yet available.

Razer unveils Project Fiona, a proof-of-concept prototype, PC gaming tablet with handles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 4:38 am

CES 2012: Razer are a hardware PC gaming orientated company and are constantly living life on the edge by releasing new product after new product. At CES, they unveiled Project Fiona. It is handheld PC gaming, made by Razer. The possibly future of portable PC gaming.




Project Fiona is a proof-of-concept design shown off at CES as part of Razer's strategy to stand out from the crowd of been-there-seen-that smartphones and tablets. Last year they unveiled the Razer Switchblade and now, Project Fiona. Switchblade never really made it to the market, but elements of the technology were baked into Razer's Blade gaming laptop.


Razer's Project Fiona may just be a proof-of-concept, but Razer CEO and creative director, Min-Liang Tan has said that they plan on shipping an actual project by the end of the year, and what will be sold as an actual product, will differ to just shipping a tablet PC with handlebars. Min-Liang Tan said to Kotaku, "I love my iPad," as he explained Project Fiona to them. He went on to say:




It's great for Words with Friends or Plants Vs. Zombies, but it's pretty much only good for casual gaming. You get a high score, you blast it out to your friends and say 'Hey, can you beat my Bejeweled score?' That's tablet gaming.

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LG show off monster 84-inch TV, includes voice and gesture control

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 4:31 am

CES 2012: LG have announced during CES 2012 that it is adding voice recognition and 3D gesture control to their Cinema Screen range of 3DTV products in 2012. Not only are LG putting the Smart in TV, but they're adding interactivity.




They unveiled an 84-inch "ultra-resolution" TV that has a 1mm bezel, other displays will arrive in 55- and 60-inch and will be slimmer than 5mm. The new Cinema Screen lineup sports an upgraded LG Smart TV platform with a redesigned Magic Remote and touch-screen plasma. It will also include voice recognition and a 3D gesture interface to enable gaming and searching by gesture. You'll be able to talk to the TV and gesture commands at it, too.


LG didn't stop there with the unveiling and announcements, they also mentioned Smart Share Plus with Wi-Fi, which lets you watch whats on your TV, directly on your mobile device. The new platform will also reportedly make it easier for developers to create new apps for the TV.

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ASUS Rampage IV Extreme pulls rabbit from magic hat, hidden feature unveiled for HD 7970

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 4:06 am

Shamino has posted a thread on the kingpincooling forum, where the ASUS R&D have figured a way to publish voltage modifications for graphics cards.




These include control of the VGA loadline, switching frequency, OverCurrent Protection and core voltage. The picture above shows what to solder with the Rampage IV Extreme. These headers are then plugged into the video card, in the below shot. There are some steps you should follow:




Do Not plug in the header before boot.

After Boot and go into OS, plug in header

Open Digipower CNTRL (install from CD)

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Internode FRITZ!Box rentals launched, prices cut

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 3:55 am

Internode have today begun its first program to rent industry-leading FRITZ!Box broadband routers and accessories to customers, and at the same time, have slashed pricing across its range of FRITZ!Box equipment. Internode customers can save themselves up-front costs from the AVM FRITZ!Box 7270 and 7390 routers, and FRITZ!Fon DECT handsets, by opting to pay a monthly rental fee within a 24-month contract.




Internode will then rent customers the 7270 for $9.95 per month, the 7390 for $14.95 per month, and the DECT handset for $4.95 per month. If customers choose to purchase the equipment outright, Internode has slashed pricing of the two FRITZ!Box routers by $50, and taken $20 off the FRITZ!Fon handset.


Internode product manager, Philip Dempster has said:


Many customers prefer the affordability and convenience of renting their broadband hardware. This has proved popular with the Set Top Box for Internode's FetchTV IPTV service, so we've introduced it as an option for customers who prefer to rent FRITZ!Box routers and hardware.

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PlayStation Vita 3G arrives on February 22 with AT&T, data pricing confirmed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 3:15 am

CES 2012: Sony's PlayStation Vita has been confirmed by Sony's Kuni Suzuki to arrive on AT&T's 3G network come February 22, 2012. The PS Vita is set to include the biggest software lineup in the history of the PlayStation, with the biggest amount of apps available to the device as it launches.




Both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity are included, as we already know. The PS Vita will have two data plans with AT&T, with no term contracts. The two plans include 250MB and 2GB of data for $14.99 and $25 per month, respectively. Both plans will be month-to-month, which can really excite those who don't want to feel locked in with a 1- or 2-year contract.


Glenn Lurie, president, emerging devices for AT&T says:


The data plans for the PlayStation Vita will give gaming enthusiasts a convenient and seamless path to connect to a nationwide mobile broadband network while gaming on the go. We are looking forward to providing PlayStation Vita users the ability to experience a new era of portable gaming through wireless integration. This introduces an entirely new gaming experience, with access to popular social networking sites, right on the device.

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Intel's Ivy Bridge will include support for NFC, also shows off DirectX 11 gaming but fakes it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 2:27 am

CES 2012: Intel's upcoming 22nm die shrink of Sandy Bridge, dubbed, Ivy Bridge has been confirmed to bring support for Near Field Communication (NFC). Intel's Moole Eden even went as far as demoing a transaction using a laptop and PayPass-enabled MasterCard.




Not only was the confirmation of NFC support for Ivy Bridge discussed, shown on-stage was a demo running DirectX 11 on the upcoming Ivy Bridge tech. Intel showed off the DirectX 11 capabilities of Ivy Bridge's HD Graphics 2500 GPU by showing off F1 2011. But, Eden cheated. He pressed play on a pre-rendered video in VLC.


Naughty, naughty.



In the clip above, you can clearly see that the VLC control panel pops up and the car continues to drive itself even when Eden leaves the steering wheel. Eden even stated, in front of press and financial analysts, that the demo was running live from an Ivy Bridge chip. Since the demo, Intel issued an official statement, admitting that Eden used a video "for expediency".


All is well though, as AnandTech saw an actual, live demonstration of F1 2011 running on an Ivy Bridge GPU and has said that it runs just fine, as the video below shows:


AMD Radeon HD 7970 Quad CrossFireX tested, Battlefield 3, 1080p with Ultra details - 199fps average

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 2:04 am

VR-Zone have done some testing that really gets me excited: 4-way AMD Radeon HD 7970s with Battlefield 3. Oh boy. It's time to pull out my wallet. Before we get into the thick of it, some back story. VR-Zone upgraded their CPU cooling to an XSPC RX360 kit, and clicked it at 4.8GHz (Core i7-3960X).




They couldn't get any of the available overclocking tools to adjust voltages or core clocks on the HD 7970's beyond 1125MHz on the 4-way CFX setup, so they settled for AMD Overdrive to run their cards at 1100/1500MHz. First up they did some 3DMark 11 testing, with the the following results:



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