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NVIDIA says external graphics solutions are on the agenda

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 3, 2011 6:54 am

External graphics solutions for the mobile platform has been a talked about subject for several years now, and while we've seen a few forms of these on display at various trade shows and in prototype form around the web, the big players are yet to really make a firm jump into this area.

 

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However, it's still definitely on the cards according to NVIDIA. Fuad of Fudzilla was recently at NV headquarters where he got to have a chat with general manager of NVIDIA's notebook division, Rene Haas and while the finer details of what's planned were retained, he did say that external graphics is something they are working on and the word 'Thunderbolt' was also mentioned, possibly meaning it'll be the connection of choice to ensure enough bandwidth is provided.

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Saturday Morning Roundup for September 2, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 3, 2011 4:03 am

The latest happenings from around the web - September 2nd, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z @ TechReviewSource

- MSI GE620 Gaming Laptop Review (Core i7/Nvidia) @ Kitguru

- ASUS G74-SX-A1 Gaming Notebook @ Hot Hardware

- Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 Plus @ tbreak

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z @ Ocaholic

- Biostar TA75A+ LGA1155 @ Techpowerup

- Layout and Design: Gigabyte G1.Assassin @ Ocaholic

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iPhone 5 prototype reported lost in bar in San Fran. Police say "Huh?!"

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2011 3:24 am

Following an interesting piece of news that went up on CNET a couple days ago regarding the supposed loss of an iPhone 5 prototype at a bar (dejà vu anyone?), the smell of a rat is starting to surface as an updated report on the situation (or should we say, a lack of one) from the San Francisco police department gives hint that the events described leading up to, and post loss never actually took place.

 

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CNET reported that San Francisco police investigators, working with Apple personnel, had traced a recently lost iPhone 5 prototype to the home of a man in Bernal Heights, who denied possessing it or having any knowledge of it. The phone was never recovered.

 

There's just one problem: SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza says no records exist of any such activity by SFPD inspectors.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer World Premiere

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2011 1:22 am

The World Premiere of the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, I mean, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is out and whilst it looks good [for a COD game], it really brings nothing revolutionary to the FPS genre, or to the COD series whatsoever. To COD fans, it'll be great - but boy do those graphics look dated. Maybe it's because Battlefield 3 just looks so over-the-top phenomenal. Keep in mind I'm a COD fanboy at heart.

 

Anyway, check out the trailer below!

 

Say goodbye to X-Fi as Creative rolls in its new series - Sound Core3D

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 2, 2011 8:38 pm

Creative are back in the limelight once again today after previously announcing both the ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player and Sound Blaster Recon3D. The company has also rolled out a new line of PCI-Express sound cards that, while impressive by design, may bring on a bit of a sad panda face for some due to the obvious end of the X-Fi generation for good after its over half decade presence since August 2005.

 

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The new line-up is called Sound Core3D and it has one major difference to the X-Fi family of cards. Where X-Fi used high-performance native audio processing (through hardware) by making use of the processors on the card such as the CA20K series, the focus is now on the set of DSPs (digital signal processors) resident on the Core3D; there being four of these that give it a "quad-core" moniker, but this is not in the sense of there being four actual processing cores. These four DSPs are also not necessarily hardware-accelerated, but due to the presence of four of them, they work together in order to produce the best overall audio output.

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Toshiba outs three new compact Camileo series camcorders

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 2, 2011 7:52 pm

Three new models have entered Toshiba's long time running Camileo range of palm-sized camcorders this week, the Clip, X200 and X400. Focusing on the Clip to begin with, this is perhaps the more interesting of the refreshed Camileo trio with the clip on the back of the camcorder (hence, the name) allowing it to be clipped onto various objects for hands free shooting. The Clip runs measurements of just 46.5 x 80 x 16 mm, weighing about 85 grams. It sports a ruggedized, splash-proof casing and 1.5-inch LCD.

 

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Getting a bit deeper into the specs, it does Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording (at 30 fps in H.264 HD format), has a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor with BSI (back side illumination) technology, an electronic image stabiliser, 10x digital zoom, SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible memory slot and gives connectivity via both mini-HDMI and mini-USB 2.0 ports. The camcorder is capable of taking up to 16MP still shots and comes in four color choices - dark blue, hot red, bright yellow and snow white.

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App of the Day: Can't Wait! (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 2, 2011 7:40 pm

Our App of the Day today is Can't Wait! for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.

 

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I remember back in the day I was highly interested in catching new movie trailers as they were released in lovely HD on the Apple website; alright it wasn't that long ago, I'll admit.

 

Now comes a brand new app called Can't Wait! which lets you easily watch new trailers from your iOS device and more.

 

Be the FIRST to watch new movie trailers as they come out, get reminders when the movies you want to see hit theaters, see what your friends are excited about, and share your favorite upcoming movies! You can do that and more with Can't Wait!, the coolest upcoming movie app in the store. Best of all, it's FREE!

 

Watch Trailers:

* Updates when new trailers are released, faster than any other app.

* Keeps track of what you have and haven't watched, so you don't have to!

* High-quality trailers that work wherever you are.

* Easy browsing mode lets you go from trailer-to-trailer with ease.

Cyberlink spreads the love to Android users with PowerDVD Mobile

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2011 6:45 pm

In knowing it's where much of the activity is of late, Cyberlink, makers of one of the most popular DVD and Blu-ray playback softwares of all time have acknowledged the massive uprising of Android powered devices, thus making efforts to produce "PowerDVD Mobile" which it has just now made available on the Android marketplace.

 

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PowerDVD Mobile is an all-in-one media player suited to tablets running Android Honeycomb (3.x). With it you can create playlists, organize your media collection, stream media from a PC that also has PowerDVD installed, wirelessly save MP4 videos, photos and music from PowerDVD on the PC, and of course provide video, music and photo playback. There is also a function for one-click photo enhancement and slideshow creations.

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Samsung caters to portable users with slim, well featured Blu-ray writer

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 2, 2011 6:30 pm

Think you'll be able to make good use of a neat, compact portable Blu-ray writer? Samsung has just launched one dubbed the SE-506AB. It features a sleek, slim design using a hi-gloss anti-scratch coating.

 

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While Samsung's announcement does not mention exact dimensions, they say it's a good 12% smaller than their conventional Blu-ray drive, making it a much more friendly Blu-ray partner on the go. Conveniently, the drive only needs USB connectivity, also sourcing its power from the same cable.

 

Samsung has implemented error-safe features such as Buffer UnderRun technology to prevent errors regardless of any possible heavy multi-tasking going on during the burning phase that may otherwise result in a coaster. Samsung ODD's exclusive AV connectivity tech is also featured on the SE-506AB that gives users the ability to plug it directly into a multimedia TV's USB port for direct playback of content.

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Creative give cross platform love with new Sound Blaster Recon3D USB solution

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 2, 2011 5:38 pm

Along with the launch of their new ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player, Creative has also extended its Sound Blaster family of audio products with the Recon3D today. This is a USB bases audio device which gives cross-platform support for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac.

 

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Running dimensions not much different to your typical gaming mouse, the Sound Blaster Recon3D is a compact USB audio solution which promises a dramatic improvement in audio playback quality and immersion thanks to THX StudioPro, a full suite of audio enhancements developed by Creative and THX audio engineers.

 

The Recon3D also features Dolby Digital via its optical input, giving full 5.1 surround decoding, which combined with THX TruStudio Pro promises excellent accuracy and positional audio playback in conjunction with a gaming headset.

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