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Dell discontinues 7-inch Streak tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 9:19 am

Dell has just removed their 7-inch, Android Honeycomb-powered Dell Streak from the U.S. market, which followed the 5-inch Streak which was discontinued earlier this year. Dell's official product page for the 7-inch tablet now says that the "product is no longer available online."




Dell still plan to sell the Streak in China and other markets. Their decision to remove the Streak off the market comes to no surprise, as the product have experienced luke-warm reviews, slow sales, and competition from not only full-featured 7-inch tablets like Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but Barnes & Nobles Nook Tablet and Amazon's Kindle Fire.

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Battlefield 3's patch is LIVE! 3.9GB in size. Restart Origin for patch to start downloading

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 8:34 am

PC fans may miss out on Back to Karkand this week to PS3 gamers, but they gain a 2GB patch that fixes and balances so much of the game. The changelog includes the tactical lights which have been way OP (over-powered) and have now (with the patch) been scaled down at a medium distance.




The patch also includes most of the content for the upcoming Back to Karkand DLC, as well as dozens of other tweaks. The IRNV scope is now limited to close range, certain weapons are properly suppressed and conceal your minimap location, stealth air vehicles are less effective, firing a weapon on full auto is now less accurate, miniguns have been made weaker against jets and helicopters, and 12g FRAG ammo is now less effective and not so OP with auto and semi-auto shotguns.


[edited] - actually 3.9GB. Thank you Blair McClelland ‎for pointing this out on the Facebook feed. Also, restart Origin for the update to intialize!

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Apple loses against Samsung again, this time in the U.S., U MAD Apple?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 7:44 am

Apple and Samsung have butted heads once again, but this time, on U.S. soil. More precisely, a San Jose, Ca. court at the end of last week. In April of this year, Apple sued Samsung for "copying the look and feel" of its iPhone and iPad in its Galaxy range of phones and tablets.




Apple then expanded the suit to include another 13 models, such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Nexus S and Droid Charge. The full trial is set to go ahead on July 30, 2012, but Apple were pushing for a temporary sales injunction on the contested Samsung devices in the U.S. as that date arrived. It seems Apple are scared of Samsung, and so they should be.


U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh refused Apple's request, stating it was an "extraordinary remedy." She was unconvinced that Apple would suffer irreparable harm should Samsung continue to sell their devices pending the court case, where she continued:


Given the evidence Samsung presented, it seems likely that a major beneficiary of an injunction would be other smartphone manufacturers.

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Intel demonstrates 512MB Hybrid Memory Cube DRAM operating at 1Tb/s

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: RAM | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 6:35 am

Earlier today in Taipei we attended the Intel Innovation & Research Forum 2011 where bigwigs from Intel Labs were in town to showcase what they have in store for the future of computing. Besides announcing further cooperation with research institutes in Taiwan, they also had some super techy and nerdy demonstrates on display in the showcase area of the event.


One demonstration that quickly caught our attention was the Hybrid Memory Cube display which was showcasing potential future memory technology in the mainstream running at a stunning 1Tb/s or 128GB/s.




Not only is the memory able to operate super-fast at around 12 times faster than DDR3-1333 (10.66GB/s) and DDR4-2667 (21.34GB/s) at around 6 times faster, it also uses less power per bit. DDR3-1333 uses 53.98 pj/bit and Intel's HMC Gen1 512MB Cube uses just 7.78 pj/bit.




It gets super technical really quick, but what you can take away from this is that Intel and its partners such as Micron are working really hard on future processor and memory technology to feed the requirements of future extremely intensive applications in the years ahead.

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Samsung concept video shows off transparent flexible tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 6:26 am

I won't lie, I want this now. I don't want to wait, so if Samsung have to build a time machine before hand, I'm fine with that. Onto the news, though. Samsung have released a concept video which shows what they think the future of smartphones and tablets might look like.



The video begins with a ringing phone which is then rolled out which forms a video conferencing tablet as others look at it in sheer amazement. The remaining 30 seconds show off different uses for the concept device, such as the user taking a shot of text through the camera on a restaurant menu and the tablet displaying the dish in 3D.



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Get ready for The Hangover Part III

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 5:23 am

I still remember the first "Hangover" movie, I had read about it and heard good things pre-release, saw it at the cinema and thoroughly loved it. The second one was a bit "meh" and the third one whilst just confirmed is meant to "not adhere to the structure [of the first two movies]."




Hangover star Bradley Cooper confirmed with the National Ledger that a third "Hangover" movie could be coming soon. He said that the third installment should begin filming in September of 2012, and that he believes the movie will take place in California.


He told TV host Graham Norton:


I hope we'll start shooting next September. I know (director) Todd Phillips is working on the script. We stuck to the formula in the second one but the third would need to close the trilogy. I think it'll take place in L.A. and not adhere to the structure.

Apple's patent covers new iPhone camera technologies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 4:25 am

Last week, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a set of patent applications from Apple that reveal another series of iPhone camera technologies. Patently Apple covered this, as they're a site dedicated to Apple patents and have said:




One of Apple's latest inventions relating to a next generation auto exposure algorithm may have actually slipped into Apple's latest iPhone 4S. The second invention revealed this week relates to "Automatic Tone Mapping Curve Generation." Apple has made a number of great advancements in their latest iPhone 4S camera that now makes it even easier for consumers to capture those great at-the-moment photos that make everlasting memories. Other patented technologies that made it into this year's iPhone 4S include video stabilization and face detection. If you happen to be a camera aficionado, then you might just want to delve into an overview of Apple's latest goodies.

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PlayStation 3 owners get to go Back to Karkand tomorrow, PC and 360 owners in one more week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 3:19 am

Good news PlayStation 3 Battlefield 3 gamers! Back to Karkand launches tomorrow for the PS3, a week ahead of when PC and Xbox 360 games will get the B2K love. Back to Karkand features four old-school Battlefield maps reimagined using the Frostbite 2 engine.




It also includes three new vehicles (the VSTOL fighter jet, Desert Buggy, and an APC), ten new weapons that you can bring back to the base game, and a new layer of persistence with DICE's all-new "Assignments" make this a must-have for any Battlefield fan. DICE have also included some of the best maps such as Wake Island, Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman, and Strike at Karkand.

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ASUS Padfone will be Tegra 3-powered, debut in early 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 2:28 am

This is something we knew was coming, after the success ASUS have enjoyed with their Transformer line of Android-powered tablets, we now hear the news of the ASUS Padfone which is set to debut early next year.




ASUS' Padfone is expected at MWC 2012 in February and is reportedly going to sport NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC. This should mean it should be just as fast as ASUS' other Tegra 3-sporting Eee Pad Transformer Prime, which if you remember, is a quad-core (with a fifth companion core) rocking device.


Does this mean we're headed into quad-core smartphone territory as early as February 2012? Exciting times ahead for not only ASUS, but Google, NVIDIA and every single one of us tech heads!

RumorTT: AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series to debut at $449/$549

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 1:41 am

Juicy one today, folks! It is rumored that AMD's flagship single-GPU graphics card will hit a US$549 price, with the slower model having a price tag of $449.




Remember, that this is just a rumor and nothing is guaranteed, but it gives us a peak into what we could expect when the cards launch. Right now, the names being thrown around are the AMD Radeon HD 7970 and Radeon HD 7950, just like the previous variants of cards in the 6000 Series. The pricing is reportedly coming from AMD and not card partners.


We're expecting an early January shipping estimate, and should hopefully hear some more news on the subject soon. Is it too early to wish for two of these puppies? I'll take CrossFireX 7970's, thanks.

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