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Popcorn Hour C-300 set to launch, is BDA licensed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 6:28 am

Syabas have just announced the Popcorn Hour C-300, which is a BDA licensed unit that can play commercial Blu-rays and DVDs. The C300 sports Sigma's SMP 8647 SoC, USB 3.0 slave functionality, the usual NMT apps such as a BT downloader, Usenet downloader and NAS functions.

 

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The Popcorn Hour C-300 goes down a different path with its BDA licensing, which costs quite a bit more over the A-300 player. If you want full Blu-ray support, you'll pay $349 compared to the A-300 which has a price tag of $219. A fair bit of a difference, but that's what the price is for the full Blu-ray license.

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Intel Micron announce 20nm 64Gb NAND and 128Gb sampling, expect 1 and 2TB SSDs in the future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 5:25 am

Intel Micron have just announced the world's first 128Gb NAND device, as well as the mass production of 64Gb 20nm NAND. The new 128Gb device is a perfect compliment for small form factor tablets, smartphones, SSDs and high-performance compute devices.

 

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The new 20nm 128Gb MLC NAND device doubles the storage capacity and performance of the companies' existing 20nm 64Gb NAND device. Intel and Micron continue to lead the industry with the most advanced NAND production process technology. The industry's first monolithic 128Gb part can store 1 terabit of data in a single fingertip-sized package with just eight die.

 

Doesn't sound exciting yet, does it? Well, 128Gb 20nm parts are set to go into mass production in Q2 of next year, where we should see SSD makers use octal (8) die packages using 128Gb NAND, this means we should see 1TB SSDs with just eight chips, or dual-sided 2TB SSDs. Excited now? For a more detailed breakdown of what to expect, check out the source.

Two HP notebooks pop up sporting AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 5:03 am

Two new HP Envy notebooks have just turned up on HP's website, Envy 15-3000 Notebook PC series. There are two separate models, the first one: 15-3000tx while the second one is donned 15-3021tx.

 

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The 15-3005tx is specced well, powered by an Intel Core i7-2670QM at 2.2GHz, 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, but most surprisingly, an "ATI" Radeon HD 7670M with 1GB of DDR5 memory, a 15.6-inch LED 1920x1080 resolution screen, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and lastly, the usual 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and features a Matte Black and Silver finish.

 

The 15-3021tx on the other hand, is identical in most specs, except the screen and HDD. The 15-3021tx has the same 15.6-inch screen size, but lower resolution at just 1366x768, and only a 750GB HDD for storing your important data.

 

Both notebooks include HP's TrueVision HD Webcam, Beats Audio Quad speakers, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort and VGA outputs, as well as a card reader.

Intel is currently playing with 14nm test circuits, releases teaser info

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 4:27 am

In an exclusive interview with NordicHardware, Managing Director of Intel Northern Europe, Pay Bliemer, revealed that Intel is currently playing with 14nm circuits and have them actually "up and running" in a lab.

 

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Bliemer also states that whilst manufacturing technology is becoming much more complicated, Intel is still full steam ahead with their current roadmaps. Intel were the first to tap into the 32nm technology for mass production of microprocessors and by the end of Q1 2012, they will roll out their Ivy Bridge architecture sporting a 22nm process with "3D Transistors", also known as Tri-gate transistors.

 

Bliemer also says that by the time Ivy Bridge launches, Intel will be one and a half nodes ahead of the competition. He adds:

 

I wouldn't say that we have problem but there's no denying that it's getting more complicated the smaller you make something, so you're running into limitations - but our R&D as well from an architectural point of view are the guys making the manufacturing and that's within the same company - which makes Intel unique still. So we can really work extremely close with these teams. We are the same team, the guys who are going to manufacture the parts and the ones who will be designing the parts.

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Apple is being investigated by the European Commission, e-book cartel won't be happy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 3:18 am

This is something that should develop into 2012, but early reports are that the European Commission just announced a few hours ago that they have opened a formal antitrust proceeding to investigate whether a number of international e-book publishers have engaged in anti-competitive practices affecting the sale of e-books in Europe, "possibly with the help of Apple."

 

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Publishers that were identified in the antitrust investigation include Hachette Livre (Lagardère Publishing, France), Harper Collins (News Corp., USA), Simon & Schuster (CBS Corp., USA), Penguin (Pearson Group, United Kingdom) and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck (owner of inter alia Macmillan, Germany).

 

The Commission says it will investigate whether these publishers and Apple have engaged in illegal agreements or practices that would "have the object or the effect of restricting competition" in the European Union or in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Commission isn't stopping there, either. They're also looking into "agency agreements" between the publishers and e-book retailers, in collaboration with the UK Office of Fair Trading.

Microsoft's Windows Store will offer "a bigger bite of the apple"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 2:47 am

AllThingsD have some live coverage from a just-held Microsoft event, where they talked about their upcoming Windows Store that features in their next OS, Windows 8. Windows President Steven Sinofsky was on hand, as well as Windows Web Services VP Antoine Leblond.

 

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Both took the stage and talked up the Windows Store, where a fair amount of information was unleashed onto the public. First off, Microsoft are promising the best economics of any app store by saying "we're going to give you a bigger bite of the apple". I don't know if that could be put in better words, but I love it.

 

Leblond recapped that Microsoft is proud to have Windows 8 working on ARM and x86 chips, small and big computers, with "it's the biggest and most significant developer opportunity ever", he promised. Windows Store is set to offer some differences to what the Apple App Store and Google Android Market offer, by giving free trial versions of apps, Leblond says "the best advertisement for your app will be the app itself," and I totally agree.

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Ainol's $100 tablet surfaces, is seen licking an Ice Cream Sandwich

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 2:25 am

China, where all things like this seem to start, has done it again. A first-of-its-kind tablet, which sports Google's latest Android 4.0 OS is priced under $100 and for sale right now. It will reach the shores of other countries in the coming weeks and months.

 

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The tablet comes from a company called Ainol, and is called the "Novo7". Novo7 sports a 7-inch capacitive screen and runs on just a 1GHz single-core MIPS processor. Battery life seems good, with claims of eight hours whilst watching video, seven hours if you're just browsing the web and six hours when playing games.

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Grand Theft Auto III set to car-jack your iOS, Android-powered devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 1:35 am

Rockstar have just come out of nowhere it seems with the announcement of a Grand Theft Auto III re-release for iOS and Android-powered devices. The re-release is not just some thrown together release, it is a full re-release of the original game.

 

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The game goes on sale on December 15 for $4.99 and is compatible with a bunch of smartphones and tablets which I have a list of below:

 

Apple iOS Devices: iPad 1 & 2, iPhone 4 & 4S, iPod touch 4th Generation

Android Phones: HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2x

Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive

Tuesday Morning Roundup for December 6, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 2:51 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 6th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Gateway ID47H07u 14" notebook @ TechReviewSource

- Sony VAIO VPC-YB35BX/B @ TechReviewSource

- Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2011) @ Tech-Reviews

 

Motherboard

 

- MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- Charts: 9 Socket 2011 Boards - Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 Update @ Ocaholic

- Asus P8Z68-V LX Motherboard @ Kitguru

 

Memory

 

- Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 Low Voltage 1600MHz @ Legit Reviews

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'24' feature-length movie is happening

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 12:42 pm

24 is a show I really loved on TV. Kiefer Sutherland played the role so well and while you really need to suspend your disbelief when watching it (why doesn't he eat, shower, go to the toilet, recover from gun wounds, the list goes on), it's still a great show.

 

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News of the movie has been rumored for quite a while now, but it seems that Imagine Entertainment and Fox have gotten the project off the ground and started the clock on '24'. Kiefer Sutherland is the key to this working and they're working around him and shooting when he's available, in April next year.

 

Nothing is known about the movie, but 24 finished its TV stint with Jack going on the run from the Government [again]. I'm guessing something will happen that requires him to come out of hiding, but how they'll get the "24 hour" feeling into a 90 - 110 minute movie is going to be the bigger question.

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