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Amazon could launch a 9-inch Kindle by mid-2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 10, 2012 2:09 am

Everyone is going to want to combat the upcoming slaughterhouse that will be the iPad 3, but Amazon has enjoyed great success with their Kindle Fire tablet. Pacific Crest analyst Char Bartley said this week that:

 

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We are raising our 2012 sales forecasts to 14.9 million from 12.7 million, but we believe there is an upward bias, particularly from the new 7- and 9-inch models, which we expect to launch in mid-2012.

 

Amazon have already said they're making more Kindle Fire's to meet demand, as well as reports of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rocking on the Fire. It seems that the fire the Kindle has burning, just can't be put out.

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New Call of Duty title is coming, Elite 2.0 on the way also

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 10, 2012 1:09 am

We literally just reported that Diablo III is coming in Q2, but in the same financial report from Activision, Bobby Kotick also announced a new Call of Duty title. I was going to wrap it into a single news post, but seriously, these game franchises are big enough to deserve their own special spot of news.

 

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Kotick has said that the company wants to expand the new 'Call of Duty: Elite' service throughout 2012, by introducing "Elite 2.0". Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision has said that new "features (are) to be included in the next Call of Duty release."

 

Are you excited for another Call of Duty title? I think they should just call them "Call of Duty 2012, Call of Duty 2013", it's easier than thinking of something to follow it. If the next Call of Duty comes out and looks the same (which it will, I doubt they'll opt for a new graphics engine since it still sells better than ice cream on a hot day, it will look worse than the 2011-released Battlefield 3.

 

Sad. But, exciting. Will Activision pull a rabbit from their Call of Duty hat? Only a few months until we find out I guess!

Diablo III to launch in Q2, the looting will begin soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 10, 2012 12:03 am

Activision have just given their quarterly financial report, with Bobby Kotick taking the time to announce that a new Call of Duty title is in the works (SURPRISE!) and also, a new launch window for the ever-so-delicious Diablo III.

 

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Kotick has said that Diablo III will in fact launch this year, and with a slideshow shown (pictured above) it could launch in Q2. The slideshow says "targeting Q2 launch", which means we could see some delays, but it's nice to see that they're expecting a launch, very soon.

 

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Kotick added:

 

Blizzard Entertainment plans to have multiple highly-anticipated titles to release, including Diablo 3, and Activision Publishing expects to release a new Call of Duty game. In addition, Activision Publishing expects to continue to grow Call of Duty Elite and launch Skylanders Giants.

Thursday Morning Roundup for February 9, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 1:19 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 9th, 2012.

 

GPUs:

 

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB OC - Hardware Canucks

 

Motherboards & CPUs:

 

ASUS Rampage IV Formula BF3 Edition Motherboard - Hi Tech Legion

ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB Motherboard - Hardware Secrets

GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD7 Motherboard - Legit Reviews

ASRock Z68 Extreme 7 - PureOverclock

 

Audio:

 

RHA SA-850 Headphones and MA-350 Earphones - Hardware Heaven

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Deal of the Day: Dell Small Business - Dual 20" Dell LCD Monitor equipped Dell Vostro 260ST Desktop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Media Card Reader, Win 7 Pro, and More for $599 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 12:20 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Dell Small Business - Dual 20" Dell LCD Monitor equipped Dell Vostro 260ST Desktop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Media Card Reader, Win 7 Pro, and More for $599 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Deeper discount and upgraded configuration! $599 after a massive $472.99 instant discount buys this originally $1049 Dell Vostro 260 slim tower desktop with TWO 20" Dell E2011H LCD monitors. This computer also comes with a 2nd gen 3.3Ghz Intel Core i3-2120 processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, Dell Wireless 1501 802.11n card, 8-in-1 media card reader, Windows 7 Professional x64, 15-month antivirus, and a 1 year warranty, plus a TrippLite HDMI to DVI gold video cable. Shipping is FREE. Unknown expiration date, may expire at any time (original expiration was 2/3/12 at 7AM CT).

 

DELL VOSTRO 260 SLIM TOWER DESKTOP DEAL

 

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 17

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 11:24 am

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 17.

 

With today's Stable release, Chrome now does the same thing. Except not with sandwiches. When you start typing in the omnibox and the URL autocompletes to a site you're very likely to visit, Chrome will prerender the page, so it will appear faster--sometimes, even instantly--as soon as you hit Enter. To learn more, check out the post from our latest Beta release.

 

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On the security front, Chrome now does even more to help protect you from malicious downloads. In addition to checking a list of known bad files, Chrome also does checks on executable files (like ".exe" and ".msi" files). If the executable doesn't match a whitelist, Chrome checks with Google for more information, such as whether the website you're accessing hosts a high number of malicious downloads.

 

In the near future, we will also begin rolling out updates to Chrome OS to further simplify the Chromebook experience. With a new image editor, Chromebook users will be able to quickly view, edit and share photos on the web. Users will also see an improved Verizon 3G activation portal, which includes the ability to set up a recurring purchase of mobile data.

 

If you don't have Chrome, download it now to check out the latest features!

NVIDIA and Rambus finally settle four-year memory patent dispute

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 10:16 am

NVIDIA and Rambus have been fighting it out for a while now, with four years of lawsuits and fighting, have resolved the matter privately. They've inked a new deal that is valid for the next five years, but other than that, no other details are provided.

 

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The PR statement is vague, just pointing out that the two companies have settled, and that there's a five-year agreement now:

 

The agreement covers the use of Rambus patented innovations in a broad range of integrated circuit (IC) products offered by NVIDIA. In addition, the two companies have settled all outstanding claims, including resolution of past use of Rambus' patented innovations. The term of this agreement is five years; other details are confidential.

 

"This is an important license agreement as it settles our differences and allows us to move forward with NVIDIA, the leader in visual and parallel computing," said Harold Hughes, president and chief executive officer at Rambus. "Looking forward, we have the opportunity to focus on developing innovative solutions in concert with our licensees to help bring compelling, innovative products to market."

 

It's good to see the issues resolved, now they can get back to business.

Android 4.0.4 ROM leaked for Verizon's Galaxy Nexus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 9:15 am

I'm sick of writing about Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 and not rocking it on my Samsung Galaxy S II, boo. Boo! Well, Android 4.0.4 has found its way onto the tubes this week, first hitting Sprint's Nexus S 4G, and now has hit the CDMA/LTE-powered Galaxy Nexus from Verizon.

 

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Obviously this isn't available over-the-air (OTA), but it's available to those who have unlocked their bootloader. The ROM is said to be very fast, with speed gains also reaching the web browser, and the device's boot times, too.

 

The release includes a new radio file that offers more seamless transitions between the CDMA and LTE networks. Most of the other baked-in changes are relatively minor, so this is only for those of you who want to live on the edge. If you too, want to live on the edge, check it out here.

DriverTT: Intel updates Sandy Bridge Graphics drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 8:13 am

Intel have just released some new drivers for their Intel HD-series of integrated graphics processors, including the newer Sandy Bridge, but not leaving out the older Nehalem-based chips in both notebook and desktop parts. The drivers have been made available for all versions of Windows Vista and 7.

 

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The drivers support the Core i3 desktop and mobile processors, Core i5 desktop and mobile processors, Core i7 mobile processors, and the Intel Pentium processors. There are a few resolved issues which should help some people, but is a driver release, finally, with the last one arriving in September of 2011.

 

The two drivers you can grab, are listed below:

 

15.22.54.2622 (32-bit)

15.22.54.64.2622 (64-bit)

Google begins build out of 1Gbps Internet to two U.S. cities, forgets my city

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 7:22 am

Direct from the Google Fiber Blog is news that they've starting laying the fiber for their 1Gbps Internet backbone. Google will be packing their bags and bringing thousands of miles of cables and connecting two cities together with a 1Gbps backbone.

 

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The two cities? Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Google have said that each cable contains "many thin glass fibers, each about the width of a human hair." Google will take these cables and weave them into a fiber backbone, which is a completely new high-speed infrastructure that will catapult Kansas Citians' data at more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.

 

Google have said as soon as the infrastructure is complete they'll be connecting Google Fiber into the homes across Kansas City.

 

So, if you're a Kansas-based Internet user, you should be just a little bit excited right about now. Your Internet speed is going bye-bye.

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