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Is NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 770 just a GTX 680 in disguise? GTX 680 can be BIOS flashed to a GTX 770

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 15, 2013 3:30 pm

NVIDIA is set to release their next-generation GPUs in the form of the 700-series next month, with some sources stating that you can flash your GeForce GTX 680 to a GeForce GTX 770 with a BIOS flash.

 

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If this is true, this means that the GTX 770 is going to be a simple rebrand of the current GTX 680, but we should be used to this by now. There's a post on Reddit with someone saying that they've uploaded a BIOS (.bin) file and the required driver information (.inf) file which will have a GTX 680 owner get a GTX 770 card, all for nothing. The post states: "The upcoming GTX 770 is a GTX 680 in disguise. NVIDIA has gently revised the GK104 architecture, mostly with process improvements, but the 770 is basically the same beast! Which is good for us enthusiasts".

 

But, don't get your hopes up just yet, as a post on TechPowerUp has said that the BIOS supplied to the Reddit user isn't a GTX 770 BIOS, but a "modified GTX 680 BIOS" that has increased clock speeds and the .inf file has been edited to change the card's descriptor string to 'GTX 770'.

Windows Phone won't be revamped until 2014, Windows Phone users feeling 'blue'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 15, 2013 2:29 pm

Windows 8 is receiving an update in the coming months pushing it to Windows 8.1, which was called Windows Blue. But, there have been questions of whether we would see an update to Windows Phone 8 or not, which was answered in a report by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet.

 

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The report states that we won't see an update version of Microsoft's mobile OS until 2014, with Foley's sources stating that Windows Phone will see three smaller updates to roll through before the end of 2014 in preparation of a bigger update that'll arrive in 2014. These updates will include "support for CalDAV and CardDAV, so that it will continue to work with Google contact and calendar syncing services" and will "reintroduce support for FM radio... a feature which was part of the Windows Phone 7 operating system platform, but which was cut for Windows Phone 8".

Sharp's Aquos Pad SH-08E features 7-inch 1920x1200-pixel IGZO display and 1.7GHz quad-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2013 1:36 pm

Sharp are preparing a new 7-inch tablet that is sure to impress, featuring a 1920x1200-pixel IGZO display and super-fast 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor. We should also see a 4,200mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 on top.

 

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On the rear of the 7-inch tablet is an 8.1-megapixel camera, with a 2.1-megapixel snapper on the front. Connectivity has been looked after, with Wi-Fi, NFC and TV tuning capabilities as well as waterproofing and dustproofing. The Sharp Aquos Pad SH-08E is headed to Japan's NTT DoCoMo, and is capable of 100Mbps down and uploads of 37.5Mbps. There's no word on pricing just yet, but it should hit the Japan carrier at the end of July.

Google Maps gets a makeover ahead of Google I/O

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 12:29 pm

Just hours before Google I/O begins and we go all Google crazy for days on end, a new look Google Maps for desktop has been unveiled by Droid-Life. The site noticed a description on the revised Maps landing page that reveals we should expect a "tailored map for every search".

 

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Not only that, but we should expect a new user interface (UI) which features the same kind of look as Google's recent mobile apps, a WebGL-powered overhead views borrowed from Google Earth, Flight Search integration, and the ability to compare multiple modes of transportation on the map itself. We should also expect some Google Now-like interactions such as your map suggesting restaurants you might enjoy on your way to your destinatiojn.

BlackBerry will come out with BlackBerry Messenger apps for iOS and Android this summer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 15, 2013 10:06 am

BlackBerry is attempting to stay relevant with its latest offering of smartphones. While there is some debate as to whether or not it's working, BlackBerry is charging ahead with other attempts at stay relevant. BlackBerry has announced that they will be releasing BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) apps for both the iOS and Android platforms sometime this summer.

 

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The app will be a free download for both iOS and Android. At the start, BBM will only support text communication, but BlackBerry has plans to add voice and screen sharing sometime down the road. Investors weren't too happy with this announcement and BlackBerry's stock price dropped by about 6 percent.

 

BlackBerry says the service currently handles around 10 billion messages every day, sent by over 60 million users. The mobile messaging market is heating up with WhatsApp being the messaging app currently on top. Why BlackBerry has just now decided to release BBM for other platforms isn't clear. It could be a good thing, or it could be the signal of a dying company.

Microsoft adds support for Google Chat to Outlook.com and Skydrive.com

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 9:04 am

Microsoft has gone and added Gchat support to Outlook.com and Skydrive.com. Users who are logged into their Microsoft account on Outlook.com or Skydrive.com will gain the ability to chat with their Google contacts over the next few days. This comes at an interesting time as Google is rumored to be launching its unified Babel chat platform at Google I/O, which kicks off tomorrow.

 

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It's rather interesting to see Microsoft build in support for a competitor's product, especially such a fierce competitor as Google. However, they say that they heard customers wanted support for Google Talk. Currently, video and voice isn't supported. Microsoft's Dharmesh Mehta says, "If it turns out a lot of people want the voice and video with Google, that's certainly something we'll go talk to them about."

 

It's nice to see a company working with a competitor to make their own product better for the consumer. Microsoft is still working on increasing its public image, and this is probably part of that push.

Nokia 'very interested' in tablets, according to executive

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2013 8:03 am

Earlier today, Nokia launched the Lumia 925, one of two successors to the Lumia 920. During the event, Nokia's executive vice president of smart devices said that Nokia is interested in tablets. "We're very interested in tablets and that's an area we're looking at," Jo Hawlow said.

 

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However, Nokia wouldn't divulge any additional information. "I don't have any product news I can share." We've been hearing rumors for several months that Nokia is working on a tablet. It looks as though those rumors could end up being true. We would expect the tablet to run a version of Windows, given Nokia's allegiance to Microsoft.

US Navy's X-47B marks the first unmanned plane to take off from an aircraft carrier

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 15, 2013 7:06 am

No longer do Navy drones have to be land-based. The United States Navy has officially tested the X-47B on an aircraft carrier and it is the first unmanned aircraft to be launched from an aircraft carrier. Even cooler, the X-47B was launched from the aircraft carrier using the steam-powered catapult.

 

 

To be fair, the system was piloted by a person located on the aircraft carrier. After taking off, the drone was piloted to a runway on land for landing. With this first test successfully completed, the X-47B will now have its automatic navigation and landing tested.

Continue reading 'US Navy's X-47B marks the first unmanned plane to take off from an aircraft carrier' (full post)

Microsoft pushes out update for both lines of Surface tablets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2013 5:11 am

Microsoft has issued patches for both of its existing Surface tablet lines as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday. The patches aim to boost wireless performance, enable PXE boot, and various other stability concerns. The updates continue Microsoft's current trend of releasing monthly updates for the Surface tablets.

 

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The Surface Pro is receiving the following updates and fixes:

 

  • UEFI firmware update enables the PXE boot feature. This feature is only available when using the Surface Pro Ethernet Adapter due to the UEFI integration needed to implement PXE boot.
  • Trackpad Settings driver for Surface Type Cover to enable interaction with the Trackpad Settings app for Japanese customers.
  • Continued improvement in Wi-Fi connectivity and stability.

 

The Surface RT is receiving the following updates and fixes:

 

  • UEFI firmware update that enhances Surface RT speaker volume and improves system stability.
  • Driver pack that improves performance and works with the updated UEFI firmware to enhance Surface RT speaker volume.
  • Trackpad Settings driver for Surface Type Cover to enable interaction with the Trackpad Settings app for Japanese customers.

ReportTT: Google to announce music-streaming service at this year's I/O event

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 15, 2013 4:31 am

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Google will unveil a music-streaming service at this year's Google I/O. The event, which kicks off tomorrow, will reportedly focus on services instead of hardware, which would tie in nicely with a new music-streaming service.

 

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Google already offers a music product, but it requires users upload their own music to stream or buy new songs. This new service would be more like Spotify's offering. According to people familiar with the matter, Google has already signed deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group. These deals will allow unlimited streaming of certain libraries for a fee.

 

It's not clear what the fee would be, though it would have to be competitive with current offerings. This means we could expect the fee to be less than $10 for unlimited streaming on any device.

 

If Google unveils a music-streaming service at Google I/O, you'll be able to read about it here at TweakTown.

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