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HP unveils Slate 21, a 24.5-inch Android tablet for $400

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 7:42 pm

This morning, HP unveiled what has to be the largest Android tablet in existence. The 21.5-inch Slate 21 AIO is HP solution to a dwindling PC market which has seen a steady decline in sales ever since tablets became popular.




Not much is known about the hardware featured in the Slate 21 AIO at the moment, but we do know that it is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and runs Android 4.2.2. The display is a 21.5-inch full HD diagonal reclining IPS touchscreen with super wide viewing angles.


It has built-in DTS sound and HP TrueVision HD WebCam and wireless direct which enables users to share videos photos and data between devices without the need of a network connection. HP says the Slate 21 will be available in September with prices starting at $399.

RumorTT: Intel's Ivy-E to use solder not paste for die-heat spreader thermal transfer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 6:54 pm

When it was first announced that Intel was using thermal grease instead of solder to attach the CPU die to the heat spreader on Ivy Bridge chips, the overclocking world became very disappointed. The thermal interface material that was used really left a lot to be desired, and as such, Ivy Bridge chips were not as overclocking-friendly as previous generations.




This morning a forum post by user "Toppc" on the Taiwanese website Coolaler has unveiled what appears to be a next-generation Ivy-E ship, which has been delidded to unveil that Intel has once again switched back to solder as the connecting material between the heat spreader and CPU die.




The chip in question is said to be an Ivy Bridge-E Core i7 4960x, which should retail in the $1000 range on release. Fortunately for us, Toppc cared less about his expensive CPU and more by showing the world what was inside. With Intel switching back to solder, we can most likely expect very respectable overclocking numbers coming from Ivy-E this September.

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Microsoft unveils Bing for schools, removes ads and sets "SafeSearch" to maximum

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 6:23 pm

This morning Microsoft unveiled its new Bing for Schools initiative, a voluntary program that offers schools in the US a custom tailored version of its Bing search engine that is K-12 appropriate. The customization process removes all advertisements from the search engine you to Microsoft believe that schools "are fore learning and not for selling".




SafeSearch, brings built-in adult content filter is configured to the strictest settings by default and is locked down so students are unable to change it back manually. Microsoft says that there will also be many more enhanced privacy protections, but declined to elaborate further.


Bing for Schools will come with several bundled short lesson plans that the school can use to teach students basic digital literacy skills. "We see the program as something we can build alongside teachers, parents, and visionaries to create the best possible search experience for our children," Matt Wallaert, a Bing Behavioral Scientist said.

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Sony's PlayStation blog releases Gran Turismo 6 pre-order details

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 5:28 pm

Sony has announced pre-order details for the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 on it's PlayStation blog this morning. The company is offering a unique car pack with four cars to all who pre-order the game and has detailed out some pretty sweet exclusive pre-order packs from GameStop and




Up first, GameStop is offering not only the four cars pictured above, but for $59.99 gamers can pre-order the exclusive GT6 15th Anniversary Edition and get an additional 16 exclusive cars with exclusive paint jobs, race suits, helmets, and a PSN Avatar. Also included is a free copy of the Beyond the Apex II app. Other features are said to be included but will not be disclosed until closer to launch. Check out the awesome list of exclusive cars that come with the GameStop pre-order below.

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LeakedTT: Leaks abound of a new Sony Xperia Z ahead of tomorrow's launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 4:56 pm

We'll learn everything there is to know about the new Sony Xperia Z Ultra, as well as the new Sony SmartWatch, the Xperia C, and a new version of the Xperia SP, in less than 24 hours when Sony holds its event at the Mobile Asia Expo. Until then, we will have to settle on a couple of leaks that have popped up around the web this morning.




A new Xperia Z model has shown up that features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor instead of the previously seen Snapdragon S4. The leak comes courtesy of serial Russian smartphone leaker Eldar Murtazin via his Twitter account. Murtazin says that the upgraded Xperia Z is "really fast," and that the screen appears to be an upgraded LCD3-type, similar to the one featured on the HTC One.


This new version is being dubbed the Xperia Z Ultra and appears to come in white. A metal chassis also appears to be present and the screen seems to be pencil friendly. This would bolster rumors that the screen does not need a digitizer much like the Galaxy S4 from Samsung.

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Valve hints that Steam could kick off its Summer Sale in just two days

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 3:51 pm

Earlier this year, Valve announced a new rewards system that awards you virtual trading cards based on the games you play, with additional cards being obtained through trading with friends. That service is set to launch just two days from now on the 26th and the company has just teased that "an event we think everyone can be excited about," will also begin on the 26th.




Chances are that this "event" will be the highly anticipated Steam Summer Sale, which begins every year around this time. In the event that you are new to PC gaming, the Steam Summer Sale is a week's long sale in which Steam puts top titles on sale for as much as 70% off with different games being added every day.


While almost everyone looks forward to the Summer Sale, I usually get pretty nervous when it arrives. Last year I bought a total of 13 games and spent roughly $100 total. Of those 13 games I think I have installed and played maybe 6, and with so many great titles out right now, I am sure I will buy many more this year.

Apple's Siri to actually pronounce your name correctly in iOS 7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 3:01 pm

As an Android fanboy, when Apple first launched Siri, I will admit that I was a little jealous. Publicly, I stuck to the "Android has had voice search well before Apple" line whenever someone would show off Siri to me. While I secretly thought that Siri was cool, I did chuckle everytime the app got someone's name wrong, and I know several friends of mine actually stopped using it all together because of this bug.




9to5Mac is reporting that the name pronunciation issues have for the most part went away with iOS 7 and that Siri now has the ability to offer up several different pronunciations of a given name in hopes that one will be correct. All you need to do is say, "that's not how you pronounce [say name here]" and Siri will say your name in a different pronunciation.



RumorTT: HTC One could see a Windows Phone 8 refresh later this year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 2:10 pm

Windows Phone 8 fans could be getting what could amount to the holy grail of Windows Phones later this year if rumors are correct about HTCs upcoming plans. The Korean electronics giant is said to be preparing a Windows Phone 8 variant of its flagship One smartphone.




Citing undisclosed sources, Neowin is reporting that the phone, while not a true HTC One, will feature the same styling cues, aluminum frame and will feature a display in the 4-inch to 5-inch range. Beats audio will also be present alongside the company's UlrtaPixel camera technology.


This would make the third Windows phone from HTC within the last year with the 8X and 8S being launched during 2012. Industry analyst are expecting the phone to launch sometime this fall with an actual release date of mid December. No rumors on pricing have been released yet, but we expect it to be similar to the price of the Android HTC One.

Solar panels will be much cheaper by 2017, would cost around 36c per watt

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 1:24 pm

It looks like adoption rates of solar power are about to get much better, with the cost of photovoltaic solar panels expected to drop to around 36c per watt by 2017, according to new research by cleantech market research firm, GTM Research.




Solar panels are currently backed up by natural gas and other types of power plants on the electricity grid... but with solar panels costing just $0.36 per watt, this would make it a good idea to install many more solar panels to back each other up instead of relying on another, older, Earth- and human-harming way of generating power.


At 36c per watt, 1000W of solar power is only going to cost you $360. With these costs arriving by 2017, we're not far from a far brighter (pun intended) future. Read more on this at the source.

China Mobile closes registrations for their Skype competitor 'Jego'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 12:24 pm

Less than a month after China Mobile launched their Skype competitor, Jego, they've shut down registrations to it. China Mobile International, who is a global-focused China Mobile subsidiary, announced the closure of new account registrations for Jego.




They've also disabled Jego-to-Jego video and voice calls for customers who registered with a mainland China number and are located in mainland China. The company have posted up a message to the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store stating that new registrations for Jego have been suspended so that they can do "optimization" to the product and system, and will inform users of any changes.


Why the closure? Well, it could be because China Mobile have disabled Jego's new registrations because the service begun from its overseas subsidiary and not the mainland China company itself. This may have caused problems with regulations and the Chinese government on Internet-based telephone services in China.