Today's Deal of the Day is Dell Small Business - 20-Inch Dell E2011H LCD Monitor equipped Dell Vostro 260 Desktop with Intel Pentium G630, 2GB Memory, 250GB HD, DVD Burner, for $399 with FREE Shipping!
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Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 18.0.1025.109 Beta.
The Beta channel has been updated to 18.0.1025.109 for Windows, Mac, and Chrome Frame.
This release changes to V8 back version 3.8. Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log. Interested in switching to the Beta channel? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.
You can get more information, and download it, here.
GPU season, here we come! One of the first online store listings of NVIDIA's GEFORCE 680 is here, with the ZOTAC-branded card making an appearance on the Dutch-based online store, ComCom.nl. The card is priced at 426.20 excluding taxes, and 507.18 inclusive.
The store is accepting orders, with shipping dates between 2-5 weeks. There's no limit on how many you can purchase, so if you want to hit up the reported 3-way SLI maximum, get on it. While you're at it, I'll take three of them too, just because you love me. The ComCom listing actually lists some specs too:
Core speed - 1006MHz
Memory speed - 6008MHz (effective)
RAM - 2GB
Display connectivity - two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort.
Team Green haven't even started waving the winning flag from their upcoming GEFORCE GTX 680 (it still feels weird typing it in ALL CAPS), but AMD are beginning to knock at NVIDIA's wall, and the cracks are falling to the ground.
If we rummage through the cracks and debris on the ground, we'll find news of AMD's upcoming dual-GPU monster, Radeon HD 7990. The new card is codenamed New Zealand, and is set to launch shortly after NVIDIA plants their GEFORCE GTX 680 flag into the ground. It's rumored that AMD are awaiting final benchmarks of the GTX 680 before they launch its competition.
There's no set date, numbers or more details, except for 'it should be here in early-April'. You can be sure that NVIDIA isn't just sitting on their hands, and they should counter with a dual-GPU Kepler-based card. Oh boy, graphics wars are on again, peeps!
Our unboxing video preview of the new iPad should be up shortly, and the full review should be up in the next week or so - with the below news something I totally agree with. You really can't tell the difference between the new iPad, and the iPad 2.
The Next Web have done this, where they actually set up a test with the new iPad and the iPad 2 set up side-by-side. Could anyone tell a difference between the near-identical iPads? Let's see:
Spoilers ahead! Virtually every single person guessed that the iPad 2 was the new iPad. Wow. Am I surprised? After my initial impressions/unboxing video - you'll see that my impressions were the same. Apple's marketing is just so powerful, they can pull this off and no one is going to really care. People will line up, buy the new iPad, and be happy.
Can they tell the difference between the screen? Probably not, but as long as they are happy with their purchase, that's all that matters.
Sony's Tablet S and dual-screen Tablet P were released not long ago, featuring NVIDIA's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip (SoC). Now it seems that Sony are working on their next-generation tablet, which should sport NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC. The new doesn't stop there, as it seems that a developer has run Nenamark 1 and the results have been unearthed by Japanese site, Ambelo.
If the news is true, it's called the Sony V150, according to the specifications of the Nenamark benchmark. The new Sony tablet rocks the quad-core Tegra 3, and is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The display resolution seems to be the same as the Sony Tablet S, at 1280x752. The device was tested just once, and scored a total of 59.70.
Now we just have to decide, or hope, that this is something new from Sony and will make an appearance soon. In a sea of tablets with higher resolution displays such as the newly-released iPad, or ASUS' Transformer range.. it's strange to only sport 1280x752. Maybe it will hit a different price point ($350 and lower), we should know soon enough.
Minority Report fans, check in, please. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has started up a new initiative, Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), where it aims to use sensor technology to detect cues "indicative of mal-intent", as defined by the DHS, as intent or desire to cause real harm, "rapidly, reliably, and remotely". They would use it to, "fight terror".
What is the FAST system capable of? Well, it has the features to monitor physiological and behavioral cues without contact. This means it is capable of capturing data such as your heart rate and steadiness of gaze of passengers that are about to board a plane. With said cues, FAST can then run through algorithms in real-time to compute the probability than an individual is planning to commit a crime.
According to the science journal, Nature, the first round of field tests for the program was completed at an "undisclosed location" in the northeast several months ago, where in lab tests, FAST reported a 70-percent accuracy rate. Not too damn bad for what would be a first-gen attempt/device.
PayPal have had the thirst for business for quite sometime now, and aren't just content with staying online, and so they should be. The company revealed their latest PayPal service: PayPal Here.
With PayPal Here, the service includes a free card processing app, as well as a unique triangle-looking thingo that attaches to most Android and iOS-based devices. From here, you can swipe a credit card at literally any location in the world, as long as you have Internet access.
This isn't something new in itself, but PayPal's transaction fee is: just 2.7-percent with no monthly fees. The 2.7-percent is universal to boot, which means you could use any card you like, including American Express, and you'll be charged just 2.7-percent of the total. At the moment, mobile card processing pioneer, Square, charges a universal 2.75-percent transaction fee.
It is being reported that Lenovo will be the first manufacturer to release a Windows 8-based tablet, according to insiders at the company, says The Verge. Lenovo reportedly want to release a Windows 8 tablet as soon as Microsoft unleash Windows 8, and they believe it will happen in October.
The yet-unnamed tablet would sport an Intel-powered chip, but specifications beyond "it'll use an Intel chip" are unknown. CNET believe we could see Lenovo release their first Windows 8 tablet, IdeaPad Yoga, which is a prototype device that first popped up at CES 2012, which I was very impressed with. It sported a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1600x900 with 10 touch points.
What makes the Yoga stand out from the crowd is its flexibility (see what I did there?), where its display can flip over, letting the user either opt to use it as a full-blown notebook, or a full-blown touchscreen tablet. It's electronic heaven!