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Google Chrome 11 beta out, includes voice input

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 23, 2011 5:27 am

Google decided to not let Mozilla have the limelight today with their release of Firefox 4, so they've updated Chrome to Chrome 11. The Chrome 11 beta includes the new icon as shown below but that is not all. There is added support for the HTML5 speech input API.




This means you'll be able to talk to your computer (obviously via a microphone) and Chrome can interpret it. This is something very similar to what is on Google Android-based devices and it's great to use. It's also HTML5 spec, meaning any developer will be able to take advantage of it, not just Google.

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AMD employees Mike Wolfe as new CIO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 23, 2011 1:30 am

AMD have announced they've hired Mike Wolfe as AMD's chief information officer. Wolfe brings more than 30 years of engineering and information technology experience as well as being vice president of IT for product development and engineering at HP for the past five years.




Wolfe will be responsible for managing AMD's global technology infrastructure and will report to Thomas Seifert whom is senior vice president and chief financial officer and interim CEO.

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NVIDIA teases its "top secret" flagship GPU - new underwear and tear jar included in box

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 23, 2011 12:27 am

NVIDIA are loving it right now, teasing the world with a "top-secret" box which is so-obviously packing a dual-Fermi based GeForce GTX 590. There will be more information available on March 24, which meets the latest rumors of a launch on that day.



The video is quite short but gives you enough of a tease, Tom is even running Crysis 2 in the backround. I'm pretty sure he forgot to say "HA HA" in the video, but I'm sure you could imagine Nelson from the Simpsons doing this in your own mind. Not long to go now ladies and gents! GTX 590 should be ready to stick its green thumb in the air.

Mitsubishi drops LCD HDTVs to concentrate on 73-inch and above, has to buy bigger underwear

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 23, 2011 12:22 am

Good move, Mitsubishi. The LCD market right now is obviously over-crowded and my guesses are that margins are not that great because of it. Mitsubishi has decided to make it official by downsizing its TV operations, closing some of the offices and leaving the LCD TV business entirely.




Mitsubishi are also the only company still selling rear projection sets to customers and will now concentrate on pushing DLP and Laservue TVs in sizes above 73-inches where the competition barely compete. This is quite strategic as Mitsubishi will eventually be much stronger than anyone who even tries to compete and as prices on larger screens get cheaper, Mitsubishi will have the upper hand.

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Australian iPad 2 pricing announced - launches on Friday!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 23, 2011 12:00 am

Apple have finally confirmed some suspicions people had on the Australian pricing of the soon-to-be released iPad 2, it seems to be slightly cheaper than the original launch last year which is a good thing.




The iPad 2 is set to go on sale this Friday (but strangely at 5pm...) regardless of timezone or city. A breakdown of pricing is below.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hits stores Mid-April at $729

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 22, 2011 11:46 pm

The iPad (and its new big brother the iPad 2) have not really had any decent competition (apart from Motorola's Xoom) but this is set to change with the launch of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 - in just over a month from now.




The Honeycomb-powered, 10.1-inch sized Android tablet will be launched in Australia mid April and the only downfall is it will be exclusive to Vodafone at launch. There will be two pricing options for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Vodafone - a $729 outright purchase which includes 6GB of data with a 3 month expiry, or a $259 up front payment and $39 per month for 12 months (which does include 1.5GB of data every month).

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Apple's iPad 2 Cover Smart, ENKI's iPad 2 Cover "Genius"

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 22, 2011 8:48 pm

It occurs to me that with all of the tablets and post-pc devices landing on shelves in the next few months, tech accessory manufacturers are going to make a killing helping us protect all of our wonderful new gadgets. No wonder Apple made such a big deal out of its iPad 2 case.


ENKI, a delightfully creative tech accessorizer out of Detroit has released a solution to the colorful rantings of yesterday's iPad 2 Smart Cover Fail.




"We've released the Genius Case™ as one of our most innovative products. We feature cases for Apple iPhone, iPad, Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab," said Richard Jones, VP of Business and Product Development. "Our team recognized the need for an iPad 2 case that would work seamlessly with the Apple Smart Cover. We came up with the Genius Case™ and it's a great solution for the new iPad."


There are not a lot of details available just yet, but ENKI describes it as the first hard case available for the iPad 2, that it protects the back as well as the front of the device, and that it is completely compatible with the Smart Cover.


See Sascha? You don't have to be angry anymore.


For more information, and to get on the ENKI newsletter, check out their website.


(Press release below)

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Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Tab(s), Thinner Than iPad 2

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 22, 2011 8:26 pm

Everyone wants to take down the iPad 2, or at least make it remember them. Samsung's new Galaxy Tabs might at least make a dent with its pricing and size variety. Apple offers two options: extra small or extra large (iPod/iPhone or iPad), but in a year that has been all about the portables, Apple hasn't expanded much beyond the original iPad.




As of this summer, Samsung will offer a 7", 8.9", and 10.1" model of the Galaxy Tab, giving the consumer lighter, thinner, and more diverse selection when it comes to choosing a "post-pc" device (are we allowed to use that term to describe things that don't start with "i"?). With a resolution of 1280x800 (iPad 2 only has 1024x768), and a model that's $50 cheaper than most of the competition ($469 for the 8.9" 16g), this summer could see the iPad 2 take some hits.


Samsung Unveils GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9,

World's Thinnest Mobile Tablets


Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9

to feature the first customized Android™ 3.0 experience


ORLANDO, March 22, 2011 - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the global leader in Android™ mobile devices, announced two new additions to its family of GALAXY Tabs, the GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9, the world's thinnest mobile tablets, measuring just 8.6 millimeters.

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iPad 2 Available For Everybody Else March 25th

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 22, 2011 6:37 pm



Ohai, rest of the world- did you want an iPad 2? You're in luck! It ships this Friday to the following countries:


Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.


And if you live east of the Urals, sometime in April you can expect the post-PC device to be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and "additional countries" in the coming months. Unsurprisingly, iPad 2 shipments will see delays in Japan, undoubtedly due to the recent disasters.


Is it me, or is the "post-PC" terminology almost as pretentious as all uses of the term "postmodern"?


CUPERTINO, Calif.-(BUSINESS WIRE)-Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® ( beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.


"While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we've changed the game again with iPad 2,"

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