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LeakedTT: Renders of Motorola's upcoming X Phone pop up along with rumored specs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 4:01 pm

Motorola's upcoming X Phone is no stranger to the rumor mill, but today we may be seeing the first image of the soon to be Googlerola flagship. A rendering of the X Phone has surfaced on the popular mobile phone site GSMArena, along with more specifications.

 

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The X Phone rendering shows off an almost concept-like rendering of what could be one of the best looking phones I have seen to date. The screen appears to be slightly convex and surrounded by an aluminum body or bezel. The superimposed Android UI is of course Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but it is highly believed that the device will run Android 5.0 when it goes on sale.

 

The X Phone is said to run a Snapdragon 800 chipset and will feature a 4.7" 1280x768 display. A 4000mAh battery will provide a super long life, which is in line with current Motorola policies. The phone is said to be IP57 compliant, which means that it will be water resistant up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to one meter. Unfortunately the tipster said that the phone will not feature an SD slot, which would be a major mistake on Motorola's part in my opinion.

RumorTT: Apple iTV to get 4K resolution, could launch as early as Q4 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 3:37 pm

In a weird twist of a rumor that is built off of another rumor, we are hearing reports this morning that the Apple iTV does exist and that it could be getting a 4K resolution. Reports are suggesting that the long-anticipated Apple iTV will arrive by the end of 2013.

 

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In an interview with Bloomberg, renowned Apple analyst Gene Munster said that we will see an iTV device launched in Q4 of 2013, stating that there is "no question whether it's a set-top box versus a TV, it's an actual TV".

 

Bolstering these rumors is DigiTimes who is suggesting that the iTV will be getting a 4K resolution refresh shortly after launch. The 3840 x 2160 resolution screen could make its way into the iTV sometime in the first half of 2014, if rumors ring true. Additionally, DigiTimes cited sources familiar with Apple's supply chain stating that the internet connected TV will be voice controlled and feature a Kinect like motion sensor.

Thermaltake unveils Urban S41, a "Sophisticated" chassis they say

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 3:24 pm

Thermaltake has been bringing us exciting new PC cases for years and they have hit a home run with its latest release. This morning Thermaltake announced its newest PC case in the Urban series, the Urban S41.

 

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It's being billed as having a "sophisticated and cutting-edge look; designed for users who looks for powerful performance and high expandability". A brushed aluminum front panel instantly commands your attention and then you begin to notice stubble features that really set this case off like the thin blue power bar at the top, or the sleek looking top mesh.

 

The Urban S41 comes in both windowed and windowless designs and is capable of holding three optical drives and up to six 3.5-inch / 2.5-inch storage devices. A HDD docking station is recessed into the top, and the chassis is designed with enough room above the motherboard to place a 240 size radiator such as the one used in Thermaltake's Water 2.0.

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Tablets shipments to begin taking over desktops this year, eyes on notebooks for 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 11:33 am

The IDC has some wonderful data we like to take a look at regularly, with their latest report talking about global shipments of smart connected devices breaking through a billion units in 2012.

 

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This marks an increase of 29.1% from 2011, and a mammoth value of $576.9 billion. There are multitudes of smartphones and other "smart" electronics shipped in the past twelve months, but this growth was thanks to a 78.4% year-on-year increase on tablet shipments, busting through 128 million units.

 

IDC now expects tablet shipments to overtake desktops this year, with their next target - notebooks - for 2014. The desktop market is expected to shrink consistently until 2017, with growth expected to be -1%. The IDC forecasts that companies will ship 190 million tablets across the world in 2013, which if true, would be an annual growth of 48.7%. Smartphone shipments are expected to bulge out by 27.2% to 918.5 million units.

Intel says we should expect Haswell-based Ultrabooks starting at $599

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 10:33 am

At the Intel Solutions Summit (ISS) 2013 last week, Intel teased the world that we should expect new Ultrabooks in the near future based on their fourth-generation Core processors, otherwise known as Haswell.

 

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Better yet, they'll start at just $599. The news came from Senior Vice President and GM of Intel's PC Client Group, Kirk Skaugen, who told an audience of top Intel parts that new Haswell-based Ultrabooks would not only arrive at cheaper price points, but with more compelling features. Skaugen said that early Ultrabooks were "just a retrofit of what was already on the market," but has promised that Haswell-based Ultrabooks will require touch-screen support and faster SSDs, high-resolution displays, voice and facial recognition technology and finally, "all-day" battery life.

 

Skaugen had some interesting things to say about Haswell and the future of Ultrabooks, where he said "we designed this chip from the ground up for the Ultrabook. You'll truly be able to leave your [Ultrabook] battery pack at home."

Havok unveils their free 3D game development engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 9:40 am

Havok have done the world of mobile game development some good today, announcing that their graphics engine, Physics and Animation suites, and their award-winning AI tools will now be free for "leading" mobile platforms.

 

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This is all thanks to their new Project Anarchy initiative, where Havok being the team behind some of the technology built into today's biggest games such as Assassin's Creed, Halo, Skyrim and by some of the biggest game developers like EA, Bungie and more. The download includes game samples and tutorials for would-be game developers, as well as a complete online community to "encourage free sharing and collaborative development of extensions and customizations by the community."

 

Havok's Project Anarchy will launch later in the spring with more details to follow in the coming weeks.

North Korean leader uses Logitech Trackman Marble, is the best Logitech advertising ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 9:03 am

Here I am, going on about my night, when our GPU Editor Shane Baxtor messages me on Facebook alerting me to the latest breaking news - what mouse North Korean leader Kim Jong-un uses, and if you didn't know - it's the Logitech Trackman Marble.

 

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The photo has floated onto the Internet as Kim Jong-un was inspecting the "latest combat and technical equipments" on a metal box with the help of a bunch of aides at all sides, rocking the Logitech Trackman Marble of all things. This picture definitely looks like the North Korean leader is rocking some seriously slick next-gen technology.

 

I mean, it's a consumer keyboard and mouse - so if he isn't a tech savvy person (which I'm sure he's not) then there's probably some HP desktop machine inside of that green monstrosity which his aides have cleverly skinned with a theme from Windows XP. North Korea have been saying they have nuclear missiles that could strike the US, but I'm sure it might be a little hard to aim with that Logitech Trackman Marble, dear leader.

ADATA puts their SSDs on a diet, gets them down to just 7mm thick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 8:38 am

ADATA have just announced the release of some new SSDs that are lighter and thinner than their predecessors. The models replaced were just 9.5mm thick, but these new drives are an astonishing 7mm thick.

 

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The standard thickness for 2.5-inch drives is 9.5mm, so getting them down to just 7mm with no loss of performance, capacity, or durability is a credit toward ADATA. The new SSDs come with 2.5mm plastic holders, so that you can continue to use them with existing 9.5mm drive slots.

AIDA64 version 2.85 released, includes AMD Radeon HD 8000 series support and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 7:34 am

FinalWire have released AIDA64 v2.85, which includes the usual slew of improvements and added support. This time around, we have support for AMD's Radeon HD 8000 Series of GPUs, AMD's A-Series "Richland" APU, and NVIDIA's latest and greatest GeForce and Tesla GPUs. The detailed new features and improvements:

 

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  • Optimized 64-bit benchmarks for AMD A-Series "Richland" APU
  • Improved support for AMD "Kabini", "Temash" and "Kaveri" APUs
  • Improved support for Intel "Haswell" and "Valleyview" processors
  • Preliminary support for AMD "Beema" APU
  • Preliminary support for Intel "Avoton" SoC, "Crystal Well" CPU, "Haswell-E" CPU, "Haswell-ULT" SoC, "Ivy Bridge-E" CPU, "Lynx Point-LP" PCH, "Wellsburg" PCH
  • Preliminary support for DDR4 memory modules and GDDR5 system memory
  • GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series and nVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan

 

You can grab AIDA64 Extreme Edition and AIDA64 Business Edition from the AIDA64 online store.

Battlefield 4 gameplay trailer is here, check out the 17-minute video showing off 'Fishing in Baku'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 5:44 am

EA and DICE have officially taken the wraps off of Battlefield 4, where it has been completely and utterly announced to the world. EA have confirmed it is indeed launching in Fall 2013, and will be powered by Frostbite 3, not Frostbite 2 as previously thought.

 

 

Today, we have a 17-minute gameplay demo unleashed upon us, which I'm about to check out once I click the submit button on this news. Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, EA Games Label has said:

 

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We are so humbled and proud to debut Battlefield 4 on a global stage with simultaneous events in San Francisco and Stockholm. To be this early in development, and to already be so polished is a huge achievement for the DICE team and reflection of their passion and commitment to driving the franchise forward. Today's demo was just the beginning -- we have so much more in store. It is thrilling to witness peoples' reaction when seeing the game for the first time. It really makes you realize that we are at the beginning of a whole new era for gaming. As artists and craftspeople, we are focused on creating a dynamic, open design that brings people together with amazing, surprising unscripted moments that they'll talk about for days. That's the beauty of Battlefield.

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