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Intel's SSD 330 series could tempt users with great pricing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 9:25 am

Intel's upcoming mainstream consumer SSD line, the SSD 330 series, could have some great pricing according to a LaptopReviews report. Some online retailers have begun teasing with some listings of the new SSD series from Intel, where it will sport a SATA 6Gbps interface, and offer performance that actually takes advantage of the high-speed third-generation SATA spec.




The 120GB version of the SSD 330 was priced at US$149 on, but has since been removed. This gives Intel a huge selling point if the price is going to hit this point. The new SSD 330 series from Intel will be made available in 60, 120 and 180GB capacities. The 120 and 180GB drives will sport sequential transfer rates of 500MB/sec (read), and 450MB/sec (write). The 60GB drive offers 500MB/sec and 400MB/sec for read/write, respectively.


The new drives use IMFlash Technologies-made 25nm MLC NAND flash and offer the standard feature-set that includes TRIM, NCQ, 256-bit AES data encryption, and limited SMART attributes.

Sony teases with trademark for Xperia Duo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 8:19 am

Sony are not really power players in the market, but all it takes is one great phone that makes everyone fall in love. Apple did it. Samsung did it. Sony could do it with their unreleased and now trademarked Xperia Duo handset.




Initial reports on Sony's Xperia Duo had it featuring a 4.5-inch qHD screen, 1.5GB of RAM, and a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU. The rear-facing camera was meant to standout, considerably, at 12-megapixels. Something like this, if marketed right, and priced right, could really hit the ground running.


Sony have applied for a trademark with the USPTO for the Duo naming, which means the smartphone is beginning to take shape. Earlier reports had it pegged for a September release, and keep in mind that any filing with the USPTO can be one beast in the submission, and something else entirely when the finished product hits shelves.

Razer confirms there'll be a left-handed Naga mouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 7:21 am

Razer have announced their intentions to release a left-handed version of their popular MMO-built gaming mouse, the Razer Naga. We've already seen the gaming peripheral company release the Razer DeathAdder for left-handers, but most of their other products are mainly ambidextrous, or exclusively for right-handed gamers.




Razer chief executive and all-round cool guy Min-Liang Tan promised that the Naga would receive some left-handed magic, like the DeathAdder did, if the company received at least 10,000 'Likes' on Facebook before April 21, but to Razer's surprise, they exceeded the required 10,000 'Likes' before the end of March. The only problem with this? We probably won't see the left-handed Naga until early-2013.


When it does launch, left-handed gamers should expect the same specced device as we current see with the Naga: 17 buttons designed for MMORPGs, a 5,600dpi laser sensor and tracking speed of a claimed 200 inches per second. At the moment, we don't have a price on it, but we would expect it to be slightly higher than the right-handed Naga.

RumorTT: Persistant smaller 7.85" iPad talk won't go away, rumors of a prototype are bouncing around

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 6:17 am

Talk of a 7.85-inch iPad has been around for quite some time now, but now we're hearing more from John Gruber of Daring Fireball, where he comments in episode #86 of The Talk Show, at 1 hour and 19 minutes into the show. The information of the smaller iPad comes from a question from host Dan Benjamin:




Is Apple going to come out with a 7″ iPad, and if not: why not?


Gruber replies with:


Well, I don't know. What I do know is that they [Apple] have one in the lab…a 7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024×768…it's just like the regular iPad shrunk down a bit. I've heard from multiple people that this is something that they're kind of noodling with.


Gruber explains that you can get a feel for how a 7.85-inch iPad would feel, by taking a screenshot of a regular iPad in portrait, then turning it into horizontal mode to view the screenshot smaller. This allows you to experience the interface at roughly the same size as a 7.85-inch iPad.

HBO Go could hit Xbox 360 shortly for Comcast customers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 5:13 am

HBO Go hasn't exactly rolled out to connected TV devices too well over the past few months, but things could change for Xbox 360 and Comcast customers. They may already have access to some of the HBO Go content through the Xfinity TV app, but this could change soon enough.




Multichannel News sources are saying that access could open up this week, now that "other business issues" between Comcast and HBO including how subscriber information is handled with third parties has been solved. There's no word on streaming access for Time Warner Cable customers, or access on Roku and Samsung-based devices.


For now, the news should excite a few, and hopefully we see more of this type of rollout to connected TV devices. The future of TV is going to be things similar to this, so I'm enjoying the change we're experiencing right now. Even if I'm locked away all the way down in Australia without an Xbox 360, or Comcast, or HBO Go. Still good news for those of you with a 360 and as a Comcast customer.

Intel to throw DDR4 into the mix with high-end server CPUs in early-2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 4:08 am

DDR4 memory has eluded us for a while, but it seems the next-gen RAM should hit us in 2014, but not for the mainstream consumer market. It seems we should expect the new memory in the high-end Haswell-EX 4-socket platform, with each chip capable of sporting 16 or so cores.




These insanely high-end chips are capable of upward of 60 cores on each four-socket motherboard, will definitely impress most people. DDR4 will bring along with it lower power consumption with 1.2v power supply, as well as better parity protection and recovery from errors. Will we see DDR4 on the desktop side, and not server side in the same year? Probably not.


Both the 22nm Haswell and its 14nm Broadwell successor should share the same LGA1150 socket, thus, supporting DDR3 memory only. DDR4 support will most likely arrive with their 2015 successors, and a new micro-architecture at that time. This means we'll experience a one-year gap between the high-end and low-end for the new generation of memory support.

RumorTT: Foxconn to hire 18,000 new employees to help build the new iPhone for a June release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 3:21 am

A Foxconn recruiter has let slip in an interview with World Business Satellite via TV-Tokyo that Foxconn are hiring 18,000 new employees to help manufacture the next-generation iPhone. The representative continued, saying that he believes the new iPhone could go on sale as early as June this year.




You can actually see the conversation here, (fast-forward to around the 7:10 mark) and although its spoken in Chinese, the translation is said to be in Japanese. The recruiter says it "seems" like it will go on sale in June, not it "will" go on sale in June. But, in the land of Apple, nothing is 100-percent until they say so.


Another thing to consider is that the camera in the video is off in the distance, so it is completely possible they didn't know they were being filmed, and was simply talking about the product, or something else, or trying to get new workers in the door. Who knows. A launch in a few months would mean the last release from Apple, the iPhone 4S, has only enjoyed 8 or 9 months on the market, but Apple will need to combat any release from Samsung, like the GALAXY S III, if they don't want to see their market share slowly erode away.

More evidence on a Samsung GALAXY S III release, May 22 is still the day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 2:52 am

Samsung have just dropped the golden nugget of info leading us to believe we should expect a launch event for the GALAXY S III in London on May 22. We talked about this a few weeks ago, with a rumored May 22 event on London, and now it seems the event is taking form.




The new information comes in the form of a flyer, found on Daum by Phandroid, includes half of a device, which looks slick and slim, and the words being the most important bit here, which I'll quote:


Samsung Galaxy S III, New Generation Coming, May 22nd, London, United Kingdom


Not much else is given, but with most of rumors pointing to a May 22 event, and or launch, this seems like the real deal. I'm far too far away to attend the event, else I'd be there with bells and whistles on, and maybe even naked to get some attention from Samsung. Ok, maybe not naked, but you get my excitement factor here.

Draw Something passes 50 million downloads, earns the title of becoming the fastest-growing original mobile game of all time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 2:42 am

Pictionary-style drawing game, Draw Something, has surpassed 50 million downloads in just 50 days. This gives it the title of becoming the fastest-growing original mobile game of all time. Draw Something has also regained its top spot as the No. 1 paid app in the App Store, grabbing the title back from Angry Birds Space.




More than 6 billion drawings have been created, with around three drawings per second created on the day the game launched. You thought that was impressive? That number is now at 3,000 drawings per second. The five most popular words in the game are starfish, pregnant, hangman, six pack and boom box. The least popular word is latrine.


Zynga did well acquiring the makers of Draw Something, OMGPOP, for nearly $200 million a few weeks ago. Draw Something is either going to constantly expand and turn into the 'next' Angry Birds, or its going to hit a brick wall. There are various issues with the game that people talk about, and the words are quite limited, I've personally received the same words 5 or 6 times now.

Dubai Police monitor Facebook and Twitter 24 hours per day, want to catch out 'culprits'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 2:08 am

If you're living in Dubai, or plan on travelling there, you might want to not use social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, as the Dubai Police are keeping tabs on Twitter and Facebook to catch out 'culprits' who criticize the UAE. Dubai Chief of Police has called for legal action against Twitter, for users who do so.




Emirates 24/7 reports that the Dubai Police are keeping a 24-hour watch on both Twitter and Facebook, according to statements made Major Salem Obaid Salmeen, Deputy Director of Anti-Electronic Crimes of Dubai Police's Criminal Investigations Department. Salmeen says:


These electronic patrols are detecting and tracking all topics and materials written and presented on these websites.


Salmeen has made it quite clear that any violations of the law on the website would be as "punishable as in the real world". What could land you in trouble with the Dubai Police? Spreading rumors, defamation and even Facebook tagging without permission are all offenses that will get you in trouble, and following several instances, they've decided to make sure they catch each and every offender in the act.

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