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Ice Cream Sandwich coming to Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note in Q2 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 22, 2011 3:31 am

Samsung have just confirmed through a post on Samsung Tomorrow, that they will roll out Ice Cream Sandwich to the various models of Galaxy S II smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Note, in the first quarter of 2012. This lines up with other manufacturers and their Android 4.0 rollouts.

 

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Other Samsung models would get updated afterwards, including the Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Stateside, carrier testing will play a role in when we see the updates. Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich updates should be baked in the best, as they've spent the most time with the update, having collaborated with Google for the first ICS-sporting smartphone, Galaxy Nexus.

 

I can't wait, as I'm dying for an Ice Cream Sandwich update to my Galaxy S II.

NVIDIA release GeForce 290.53 beta drivers, includes Skyrim tweaks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 22, 2011 2:33 am

AMD have been releasing a constant onslaught of drivers lately, but NVIDIA have stayed even with them, constantly releasing new drivers in this holiday season as there have been many AAA+ titles released. The latest release from the green team is the 290.53 beta drive, which includes performance optimizations for Skyrim, as well as other, miscellaneous enhancements.

 

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NVIDIA mentioned the Skyrim in their list of improvements, which is a good sign:

 

Increases performance by up to 25 percent vs. 290.36 drivers on indoor scenes (measured with GeForce GTX 560 at 19×10 Ultra).

Updates the NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support to a higher performance profile.

Adds new 3D Vision laser sight /crosshair options to better match Skyrim crosshairs.

 

Other bits included with the 290.53 beta drivers are SLI and 3D Vision profiles for a bunch of new titles, including Trine 2. NVIDIA says that GeForce 400- and 500-series GPUs should no longer see "random instances of triangular artifacts" when playing Battlefield 3.

Mozilla renew Google agreement, still the default search in Firefox

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 22, 2011 1:28 am

Mozilla have reportedly renewed their search partnership with Google for another three years. Mozilla haven't disclosed the financial details, but have said that it will be significant and mutually benefit both parties. For example, in 2010, Google contributed 84-percent of Mozilla's $123 million total revenue.

 

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The previous agreement, which lasted for three years, expired last month. Mozilla said at the time it was in "active negotiations" with Google, but with Chrome ramping up its market share, most believed that Google would use that as leverage to cut down on a competitor or just let them go.

 

There were doubts that Mozilla wouldn't tap Google for its search engine, with the end of October seeing Firefox offering a "Firefox with Bing". This of course started rumors that Firefox might use Microsoft as their default search engine, but this in the end, was not the case.

Wednesday Morning Roundup for December 21, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 2:44 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 21st, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Digi+ Power Control Rampage IV Formula @ Ocaholic

- Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Squeaky Wheel: NVIDIA Driver Fixes GTX 560 Ti 2Win and X79 Issue @ PC Perspective

- Sparkle GTX560 2GB OC Edition @ Kitguru

 

Cases/Modding/PSU

 

- Fractal Array R2 Mini ITX NAS Case @ LANOC

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Download of the Day: GPU-Z 0.5.7

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 12:58 pm

Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.5.7.

 

TechPowerUp today released GPU-Z version 0.5.7, the latest version of our popular graphics system information and diagnostic utility. This release of GPU-Z comes just in time for the launch of AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series. It packs tested support for Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7350. It packs an updated PCI Express 3.0 detection routine, with better detection reliability. It fixes a bug related to "APIC counter broken" on AMD Fusion APU platforms. Detection is improved for some rare GPUs, such as HD 6450A, HD 6470M, and the more popular HD 5570.

 

Several reliability updates were introduced. This includes fixed (improved) fillrate calculation on Fermi architecture, fixed ROP count on GT 420, GT 520, HD 5450, HD 6450; fixed random values showing as default clocks on some NVIDIA cards; fixed random value showing as shader clock on NVIDIA cards without shader clock; and addition of process size, die size, transistor count for Radeon E6760.

 

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700,000 - the number of Android devices activated each and every day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 12:25 pm

Google's Andy Rubin announced through Google+ and Twitter that "There are now over 700,000 Android devices activated every day." He also notes:

 

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…and for those wondering, we count each device only once (ie, we don't count re-sold devices), and "activations" means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service.

 

The last figures from Google were 550,000 devices per day when Chairman Eric Schmidt announced it in Germany earlier this year. To put these numbers into perspective, 700,000 devices per day is nearly 5 million per week, 21 million per month and an insane 250,000,000 (or a quarter of a billion) per year.

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Did you enjoy the 5th Fast and Furious movie, Fast Five? Well, start your engines, F&F 6 is coming, oh and F&F 7, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 11:27 am

Fast Five was a fairly big hit for Universal, considering it was the fifth movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise. It pushed the franchise beyond just car racing and car-based set pieces, to action-adventure crime films. The fifth movie also sported a decently large cast consisting of series regulars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, as well as bringing back favorites such as Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and Eva Mendes.

 

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There's now rumors floating around that there's a sixth movie in the works, and it could even be shot back-to-back with a seventh. They might even be one big interconnected story. Vin Diesel has gone as far as talking of the sixth movie, where he's been quoted:

 

With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn't have enough space...We have to pay off this story, we have to service all of these character relationships, and when we started mapping all that out it just went beyond 110 pages.

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Poll Results - Game of the Year (PC released) for 2011

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 10:34 am

Our latest poll had over 3,800 people who answered our question... Game of the Year (PC - released) for 2011.

 

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Battlefield 3 was well out in front when we first launched the poll with almost 40% of the votes, but as we closed up the poll, it still ended up being the Game of the Year for released PC games in 2011 for TweakTown readers with 29% of the votes.

 

In a very close second place was Skyrim with 28% of the votes. COD: Modern Warfare 3 took third place with 6% of the votes.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you... Which company made the best desktop motherboards in 2011? Let us know! Go here to vote!

AdMob saw 8 billion tablet ad requests in November

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 10:26 am

Got your calculator ready for some big numbers? Google have said that in November 2011 alone, AdMob saw 8 billion ad requests coming in from tablets, which is an increase from the 1 billion in December of 2010, and an increase of an astounding 700-percent in the past twelve months.

 

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To compare these numbers, AdMob sees nearly 3 billion ad requests per day, globally. So 8 billion over a month from just tablets alone, compared to hundreds of millions of desktops, is quite the achievement. In May of this year, Google introduced new formats for tablet-based ads, which allows advertisers and publishers to serve full-screen interstitial ads built with HTML5 on smartphones and tablets.

 

And just a few weeks ago, Google launched a number of new tablet ad formats, which include ways to interact with a specific product, feature a collection of products or promote foot traffic to a specific store location. Google have also revealed that AdMob saw a 440-percent growth in traffic from tablets from November 2011 when compared to December 2010.

AMD have updated their A-Series of APUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 9:26 am

AMD have today updated their A-Series line-up of desktop and notebook APUs (Accelerated Processing Units), which include not only speed and performance improvements, but AMD Steady Video update makes this unique feature more compelling than ever. AMD have also included the ability to overclock the APU, so for the first time users can now tune both x86 and graphics settings within the single processor for boosted performance.

 

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The new updated AMD A-Series APUs combine up to four x86 CPU cores with up to 400 Radeon cores, where it delivers DirectX 11-capable, discrete-level graphics and dedicated HD video processing, all on a single chip. The new A-Series APUs deliver a bigger performance punch when compared to the existing A-Series APUs.

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