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NVIDIA: Kal-El to pack fifth 'companion' core

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 21, 2011 3:11 am

Kal-El has had a lot of news since it was first announced, but now NVIDIA have said it will not only arrive sometime in Q4, but it will sport a fifth core which is a "companion" core. This is built using a "special low-power silicone process" which works on tasks at a low frequency. NVIDIA calls this approach "variable symmetric multiprocessing" and it basically allows it to use this extra core for handling low overhead tasks such as e-mail syncs, social media syncs, etc.




Each core is an ARM Cortex A9 CPU that is individually enabled and disabled based on the workload or task, but all five can't run at once. The low-power 'companion' core runs at a lower voltage than the other four cores and is only used when the performance state requested by the OS/apps isn't higher than a predetermined threshold. Once the threshold is reached, the low-power core is disabled and the high-performance A9 cores take over, enabling between 1 and 4 cores as needed.

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Logitech takes a new approach with Harmony universal remote options

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 5:30 pm

Logitech is thinking outside the box with its latest entry into the Harmony line of universal remotes with the new Harmony Link platform allowing people to use their existing iPhones, iPads, iPods and / or Android smartphones as their remote of choice.




The Harmony link unit itself simply connects to the tablet/phone via WiFi, which when paired up with the Harmony Link app will let you control up to eight devices about the place. With Logitech's Harmony range being so well embedded into the world of universal remotes, it's of no surprise that the Harmony Link can support over 5000 different devices straight out of the box, so setup should be fairly simple.

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Meizu MX dual and quad-core Android phones priced & ready for launch

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 4:18 pm

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu is set to launch its most impressive Android phone yet before the month is out which it dubs the MX.


The MX will enter the Chinese market in two versions; a dual-core and a quad-core processor model. The dual-core will include 16GB of built-in storage, whilst the quad-core will have 32GB.




Both models otherwise share the same characteristics with measurements of 121 x 63 x 10 mm and use a 4-inch (960 x 640) touchscreen. Converted pricing comes in at about $469 for the dual-core MX, and $626 for the quad-core.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution patch also includes in-game ads

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 3:40 pm

If you're one of the millions of folks glued to Deus Ex: Human Revolution at the moment, you may have noticed with the new patch that came out toward the end of last week, while it did address quite a large number of reported issues and roll in a number of tweaks, it also brought with it a bunch of in-game ads that you may have noticed during the loading screens in particular, with the current products being promoted including the Blu-ray re-release of Star Wars. It's been rumoured that adverts also appear on in-game billboards as well, but this is yet to be confirmed.




As I'm sure there would be very few of you happy about paying out for the game only to then start having advertisements pushed onto you, especially considering there is no warning about these intrusive ads when purchasing the game, you will be glad to know that you can get around it thanks to the ever lively hacking world, at least for now.

Shogun Bros. tweaks up its 2-in-1 gaming mouse + game pad

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 1:24 pm

Peripherals maker Shogun Bros. has just outed a tweaked version of its Chameleon X-1 2-in-1 peripheral - a one of a kind peripheral in that it doubles up as both a gaming mouse and a game pad. The new X-1's outer body is completely rubberised helping improve grip, while its internals have been improved to make the unit more efficient in power usage (as it is also wireless, using a USB nano receiver and requiring just a single AAA battery).




The button sets are also said to have been given some tweaking, with better tactile feedback and a more ergonomic layout. The X-1 has a 1600dpi optical sensor, 16 buttons total with 2 analog sticks and force feedback support when set to 'gamepad mode'. It is available in three color options of Essential Purple, Graphite Grey and Passion Red and is set for release at the beginning of next month at $59.99 USD.

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ColorFire intro Xstorm HD 6850 X2, sports 4GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 11:57 am

Colorful have unleashed a Radeon card under their ColorFire brand dubbed, ColorFire Xstorm HD 6850 X2 4GB. If you didn't already guess what it was from that ever so elusive name, it's a dual-GPU graphics card sporting two Radeon HD 6850 GPUs with a total of 4GB of memory. But that's not all, the designers of this card are trying out what they call "Silver-Plated Technology". All of the PCB's contacts, apart from the PCIe and CFBE interfaces are plated with silver. Silver being one of the best conductors, you can see why this card looks exciting.




ColorFire argue that the use of silver contacts reduces resistance and also helps with cooling. Next up we have DIP-switched based voltage control, which is an effective, yet old-school way of tuning voltages. Voltage measurement points are consolidated to a convenient location (next to the power connectors) and are angled for easy access. A pair of jumpers near the display output connectors allows the user of this card to switch between two sets of EEPROMs, each with different clock and voltage profiles.



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Download of the Day: Sandra Lite 2011 SP5 (17.80)

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 9:46 am

Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011 SP5 (17.80).


SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.


It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.




Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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Deal of the Day: Samsung SCX 4623F Monochrome Laser All-In-One Multifunction Printer for $89.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 7:51 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the - Samsung SCX 4623F Monochrome Laser All-In-One Multifunction Printer for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: has this Samsung monochrome laser all-in-one machines for just $89.99 with FREE shipping. It can print up to 1200 x 1200 dpi at up to 23 ppm, with first page out at less than 9 seconds. It can copy at the same speed, and can scan and fax too. Features USB 2.0 connectivity.






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Google tells Developers to save room for Ice Cream Sandwich

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 5:00 am

Google have offered some technical help for those who are looking to get ready for the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich release, which is due later this year. Google's Scott Main has said in a blog post:




Ice Cream Sandwich is coming, and with it, handsets will be able to install apps built on Honeycomb.


Main did not that although Google haven't released the software development kit for the new Android OS, developers can take steps now to help make sure that their Honeycomb apps work on smaller screens. Ice Cream Sandwich is something to get excited about, as it will be a singular OS for both smartphones, tablets, and "everything in-between" with Main being quoted:


Although Honeycomb remains tablets-only, the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) release will support big screens, small screens, and everything in between. This is the way Android will stay from now on: the same version runs on all screen sizes.

Two new iPhones this year, iPad 3 delayed until 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 3:46 am

J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz expects that two new iPhones will launch this fall, with the iPad 3 delayed into 2012. This speculations comes from conversations with industry insiders and was detailed in a note to clients, according to reports. The iPhone 5 is reported to sport a lighter, thinner form factor as well as packing a larger display and an 8-megapixel camera. It is also rumored to be both GSM and CDMA-capable, making it a "world-mode" smartphone. It is expected to not include LTE connectivity.




The second rumored phone is reportedly going to be the iPhone 4-plus and will launch alongside the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4-plus is based on the current-generation iPhone but will feature a few improvements. This handset could target the mainstream price point and focus on the China market, but it's reported to not be exclusive to that region.


The iPad 3 is said to be delayed until 2012, mostly because Apple is currently dominating the tablet market. While they're ahead, why not push further? Why wait just because you "dominate" the market. The iPhone market will only peak with Android phones coming in from left, right and centre. These lawsuits against Samsung aren't doing Apple any favours.

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