Motorola have launched a new Android-powered PC in China, that is really quite a change from the usual computers we find on the market. Motorola call their new creation the HMC3260.
Motorola's HMC3260 sports an 18.5-inch LED-based touchscreen that is capable of playing TV shows, movies, playing games, browsing the Internet, and run all sorts of Android applications.
Motorola partnered up with cloud service provider WASU, which has pumped the HMC3260 full of content. Spec-wise, we're looking at:
- Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 1GHz
- Memory: 1 GB DDR RAM, 4 GB NAND flash memory.
- 18.5-inch LED display (1366x768 @ 60Hz, 16:9 widescreen)
- Android 2.3.4 operating system, customized Android Launcher with rich desktop experience
- TV and video client and integration
- Broadband internet access through EuroDOCSIS and LAN (PPPoE / DHCP +, etc.)
If you thought the Raspberry Pi was impressive, you ain't seen nothing yet. Intel have asked their engineers to build the absolute smallest fully-featured compute unit possible, which is something they like to call the Next Unit of Computing.
On a board measuring just 4 inches by 4 inches, you'll find an integrated Core i3 processor on a 7-series chipset, mini-PCIe slot, mSATA slot, two SO-DIMM slots and three USB ports. Power is supposed through an external AC/DC adapter, but there's also a header for an optional internal power supply. Filling out the external ports we have an ethernet port, and two HDMI outputs.
Intel's Next Unit of Computing isn't a standard form factor just yet, which means the chipmaker had to work with a chassis vendor in order to put together the reference platform. Intel are hoping to sell you a chassis, PSU and Core i3-powered motherboard for the $399 or so mark. This would also include an mSATA SSD of some description, but would be OS-less. $399 is impressive, at that size.
HP unveiled four new all-in-one PCs on Monday, starting with the SpectreOne. The SpectreOne is jut 11.5mm thin, making it HP's thinnest all-in-one PC yet. Sporting a 23.6-inch flush-glass Full HD display with a curved back, the SpectreOne looks swish.
Together with its wireless trackpad with multi-touch technology, with the ability of easily scrolling, swiping and tapping through Windows 8's tile-based OS, it is very, very Apple iMac-like. The SpectreOne is filled with an NVIDIA GPU, optional SSD and optional ExpressCache, two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports.
It also, surprisingly, sports NFC technology, where you can transfer pictures, videos and other goodies to the PC just by tapping a smartphone or NFC tag to its base. HP has also said that the SpectreOne sports "the latest Intel processors", but has left out any specifics. HP's SpectreOne desktop will be made available across the US in November, with a starting price of $1,299.
RumorTT: Apple's September 12 event will see the unveiling of new iMacs - we think we're going to see 5 products unveiled on the day
Fox News are reporting that "multiple sources" have teased that Apple will unveil new desktop iMacs next week at their September 12 event. I think we're going to see them, too.
The new iMacs would most likely sport third-generation Intel Core CPUs, as well as Retina displays. Right now there's no confirmation, but I think we're going to see more products unveiled at the event. Maybe a new iPhone, new iMac, new iPad mini, new iPod touch and iOS 6. Count those, that's 5 things. The shadowing on the last teaser posted showed the number 12, with the shadow reading '5'. Everyone thinks it's going to be the iPhone 5, but what if it's actually 5 separate, refreshed and brand spankin' new Apple devices? That would be quite the epic event, especially after what we've seen from Motorola and Amazon in the past week.
Think about it, there have been 6 iPhones, meaning that the new iPhone being called 'iPhone 5', would make it feel out of whack with Apple's numbering scheme. The new iPad dropped its number, and was just called the 'new iPad'. I really think we're going to see Apple do the same thing with the iPhone, and just call it the 'new iPhone'.
Windows 8 is nearly here, and partner to Microsoft, Samsung, have unveiled three new all-in-one PCs. They're known as Samsung's Series 5 and Series 7 PCs, and all of them are of course powered by Microsoft's nearly-here OS, Windows 8.
The Series 7 is the higher-end of the lot, sporting a 27- and 23.6-inch model coming in at $1,699 and $1,099, respectively. Both models include a 1920x1080 multi-touchscreen, meaning you can take full advantage of Windows 8 touch abilities. Just like smart devices, the new all-in-one PCs have the ability to zoom in on photos and web sites using the pinch-to-zoom gesture, as well as scrolling through pages by swiping the screen.
Samsung has also added five hand-gesture-recognition features that allow a user to perform functions without tapping the touchscreen. If you were to hold your hand in front of the screen and rotate it clockwise, it would turn the volume on a movie up, turn it counterclockwise, and the volume gets turned down. Swiping left or right would turn the pages of an e-book, with these functions working as long as you're no further than three feet from the PC.
CyberpowerPC has announced a new desktop PC called the Pro Gamer FTW. This new line of systems is "tailored for the seamless integration of gaming and live HD broadcasting." The new line features six different base models, the cheapest of which starts at a mere $1085. The systems also feature the option of NVIDIA or AMD graphics.
"They are powered by a choice of Intel's X79 Sandy Bridge-E platform, Z77 Ivy Bridge or AMD's FX Bulldozer processors; equipped with NVIDIA's overwhelming Kepler-powered GTX or AMD's astounding Tahiti series, and feature AVerMedia's innovative Live Gamer HD." This way, if you're in the Red, Green, or Blue camp, Cyberpower has you covered.
Cyberpower brags that "every system is meticulously built with precise cable routing to ensure optimal airflow and a clean aesthetic appearance" and this one should be no different. Housed in the massive Azza Genesis 9000, there's plenty of rooming for cooling and high-end components. The machines are also highly configurable:
All Pro Gamer FTW systems can be customized with a number of performance hardware and components such as CyberpowerPC's advanced hydro liquid cooling kit, Solid State Drives, Blu-ray drives, performance gaming memory, gaming peripherals, business and productivity software, and more.
For more information, or to order your own, head on over to CyvberpowerPC's website.
We know they're coming, but they're shrouded in the same secrecy that everything Apple makes... but it looks like we should expect new Mac Pro and iMac models soon. AppleInsider is reporting that internal configuration files found in the recently released Mountain Lion are pointing toward unreleased new-generations of Apple's iMac (iMac13,0) and Mac Pro (MacPro6,0).
Both have hinted at USB booting options, where we could see the first time in close to 20 years, with Mac desktops without built-in optical drives. The discovery was found by a keen-eyed AppleInsider source, who found the details in a configuration plist file used by the Boot Camp Assistant to designate Mac model versions capable of supporting either an optical boot disc, or a USB flash drive volume capable of installing Windows to a Boot Camp partition.
We've had hints at updated Macs, but I'm guessing we should expect a Retina-powered iMac, as it would make the most sense right now. The Mac Pro, I hope gets a serious injection of performance over previous generations of Mac Pro's, as it is much needed when compared to the competition from other vendors such as HP, and Dell.
A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlines his estimates to Apple's product launch schedule for the second half of 2012, where he notes we should see an all-new iPod touch and iPod nano models, as well as a new iPhone and iPad mini models, and tweaked internals for the full-sized iPad.
Kuo's report also mentions Apple's Mac range, where he believes Apple will launch their 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in the Sept-Oct time frame. He notes that the launch of this 13-inch Retina MBP would be a little on the quiet side, because it would launch close to the new iPhone and iPad mini models:
We think consumers who initially planned to purchase the 13" MacBook Pro and Air will turn to the 13" Retina MacBook Pro instead because it has an attractive panel, its price is similar to MacBook Pro and it has a better balance between power consumption and form factor. However, as supply is limited due to panel and assembly yield rate issues, shipment of the 13" Retina MacBook Pro won't be able to satisfy demand. And we think consumers' budgets will transfer to new iOS products after Apple launches them, which suggests that overall MacBook shipments will not grow meaningfully on the 13" Retina MacBook Pro.
DigiTimes has a nice rumor here today, where they're reporting that Apple's supply chain will begin supply components for the mass production of Apple's next-gen iMac, with a launch as early as October. The same sources have noted that Apple plans to bake the high-res Retina Display into all of their product lines, which means the iMac will get a beautiful new screen.
DigiTimes' sources state that Apple want to see Retina in all of their products, with hopes to overtake competitors in terms of screen resolution, since most other notebook and tablet PC makers are still catching up to the Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. With limited support for the Retina Display's resolution, it makes it more expensive to make, and adapt, than Full HD panels. Most PC makers have no plans to bump their screen resolutions up to the same spec, but things could change soon.
The all-in-one PC market is getting aggressive, and considering that Apple is the largest player in the all-in-one market, as well as a top-five vendor of the desktop PC market in terms of shipments, this should be something where Apple could really push some high-end products.
The Retina display-powered Apple MacBook Pro's may look awesome and all, but what of Apple's Mac Pro line? Well, according to an Apple spokesperson, we should expect the Mac Pro's to be refreshed next year.
MacRumors first posted about this last week, where they cited David Pogue from The New York Times vaguely stating that Apple's Mac line would get updated, and soon after MacRumors received a tip from a reader who had e-mailed Apple CEO, Tim Cook, about his disappointment in the lack of significant Mac Pro updates, where Cook replied indicating we should expect significant upgrades next year, saying:
Our pro customers are really important to us...don't worry as we're working on something really great for later next year.
The original stories included updated iMacs, but Apple PR contacted MacRumors stating that only the Mac Pro is expected to be refreshed next year. Apple had nothing to say of the iMac, so we could even expect an update sometime this year. It has been over twelve months since the iMac has received an update.
Small embedded systems are becoming more and more popular after being spurred on by Raspberry Pi. The new VIA system is cheap, but not quite as cheap as the Raspberry Pi system. The APC, VIA's new system, will set you back only $49 before shipping. But, after shipping to Europe, USA, or Canada, it will be a total of $87.
The VIA APC sports a VIA WonderMedia 875 800 MHz ARM11 processor, 512MB of memory, and 2GB of storage. And unlike the Raspberry Pi system, this new APC features quite a few more connectivity options. The list below details it's I/O offerings:
- 4 USB 2.0 ports
- mic input
- audio output
- 10/100 Etherent
- microSD card slot
There are other competitors in the small form-factor computing market, but none seem to offer quite the connectivity of the new APC. It ships with Google's Android version 2.3 and should be capable of running Linux and other operating systems. Just be sure to not try and put Windows 7 on this. And no, it won't run Crysis.
Computex 2012 - Walking around the show floor at ECS we bumped into our good friends at ECS who were showing off the latest All in One PC or AIO named the G24 Aura. The new Mini-ITX based AIO PC sports support for Intel 2nd and 3rd Generation Core CPU along with Celeron Processors. We've got support for two SO-DIMM DDR3 modules, one 3.5" HDD or two 2.5" ones along with support for a Slim optical drive or another hard drive.
Moving away from the main specifications we've got a 23.6" screen that offers us a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution with 10-finger multi-touch being an option. At the front we have a 1.3M Pixel webcam and microphone built into the screen. Across the bottom of the display we can also see two speakers.
Turning around to the back side we've got a place for a slim optical driver or another hard drive, we've got I/O connectivity on both sides along with our main buttons on the rear. Also present is a Kensington Lock along with a VESA stand support...
Computex 2012 - We've already seen quite a few multi-screen gaming PCs at Computex buy so far AMD takes the cake for the most impressive setup which we've seen.
At the booth in the Computex Nangang hall they had a system setup running Dirt Showdown on an AMD system running a single Radeon HD 7970 video card. We didn't get the details on the rest of the system. Hit the play button on the video above to see why you want one for your home.
We were a bit disappointed when one of the AMD managers on duty wouldn't allow us to place a TweakTown Computex Recommended sticker on the system. If anyone from AMD is reading, you may want to speak to whomever that manager was because you guys missed out. Nevertheless, a rather cool demo for sure!
Computex 2012 - ASUS took the stage earlier today unveiling a bunch of new Republic of Gamer-branded devices, first up we have their new desktop gaming rig, ROG Tytan. ASUS have crammed quite a few unique abilities into Tytan, so we'll start with the specs, shall we? Tytan sports Intel's Core i7-3960X 6-core processor with three O.C. modes, but we'll get into that a little later.
Backing up the 3960X we have Intel's X79 chipset, NVIDIA's dual-Kepler GEFORCE GTX 690 GPU, 16GB of DDR3 2133MHz RAM, two 128GB SSDs in RAID0 with a 2TB 7200RPM drive for storage, ASUS' Xonar DX sound card and a Blu-ray writer. Whilst the specs are impressive, its the housing that is the real feature here. I mentioned the three O.C. modes before, which to me is one of the stand-out features of the Tytan.
Overclocking can be quite difficult, and the results vary so much between hardware that it's hard to have a baseline of what to expect. ASUS have removed this effort for the user, with three O.C. modes all at the touch of a button. On the top of the case is a 'speed' button, sans Keanu Reeves and a bus rigged with explosives. The speed button can be pressed three times for 3 pre-defined O.C. speeds. The default stage is stock, then we have 3.8GHz, followed by 4.0GHz and finishing with 4.2GHz. It may not be the break-neck, needs-liquid-nitrogen-to-push-it-speeds, but hey, out of the box overclocking without the need to reboot is impressive.
ASUS have introduced a new all-in-one PC featuring Intel's third-generation Core processors. The new ASUS ET2411 is a 23.6-inch Full HD multi-touch LED-backlit beast, sporting Windows 7, HDMI, and much more.
The touch-screen alone is something that makes the ET2411 standout. The ET2411 also comes with ASUS' SonicMaster Technology which boasts louder volumes, and improved clarity. The all-in-one PC can also be used as a secondary display on another PC by connecting other PCs, laptops or tablets through its HDMI input.
ASUS' ET2411 is also wall-mountable for those with a smaller apartment or house, or those wanting to have it look stylish. It can be specced with a Core i5 or i7, comes with 2GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB), 500GB HDD, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, DVD/Blu-ray drive, two USB 3.0 ports on the side, 3 USB 3.0 ports on the rear, HDMI-in and out, VGA, card reader, GbE connectivity, and a Kensington lock.
The ET2411 weighs in at a total of 10.8kg. and comes in just one color, black.
Dell have just outed the XPS One 27 all-in-one PC, which sports a 27-inch screen with a resolution of 2560x1440. One of the good things with the XPS One 27 range is that all configurations ship with third-generation Intel Core processors in the Ivy Bridge flavor.
They ship with either Core i5 or i7 offerings, with up to 16GB of RAM, a standard 1TB 7,200 RPM hard drive which can be upgraded to either a 2TB drive or a 32GB SSD. Adding to this we find Waves MaxxAudio 4, Infinity-branded speakers, a Blu-ray drive and optional 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT640M GPU.
An optional TV tuner is available, and finishing things off we have four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports with power charge, audio out, HDMI, VGA, mic and headphone jacks an an 8-in-1 memory card reader. Dell's XPS One 27 starts at $1,399 and is available in Asia starting today, expect it to his the US in the next month or so.
The Apple-1 sported a circuit board hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and first went on sale in July 1976 for $666.66. Roughly 200 units were produced, and according to Sotheby's catalog listing, there are roughly 50 surviving Apple-1 computers, with six of them known to be in working condition.
This means it's a great time to throw one of those six working Apple-1 PCs on sale, right? Well, the auction house is estimating the motherboard will sell for between $120,000 and $180,000. Crazy!
Mike Willegal, an engineer with a major technology company who has identified and indexed 41 Apple-1 computers says:
That's probably a pretty good estimate of original Apple-1s that have been operated in the last four or five years. If a unit hasn't been powered up in more than five or 10 years, it probably shouldn't be counted as currently working. These old computers tend to fail over time, even if they are just sitting on a shelf.
If you're Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, there isn't much you can't afford. It appears like Microsoft has created a device that is meant for CEOs only, at least for now: "Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office. He's got rid of his phone, he's got rid of his note paper. It's touch-enabled and it's hung on his wall."
The description above was given by Microsoft VP Frank Shaw to Wired. This isn't just a Microsoft play-thing like Microsoft Surface is as they actually plan to offer this to the public. While it's probably not going to end up in many households at launch, Microsoft believes that in 2 years it very well could. As far as calling it a tablet, well, I have to disagree. 80 inches is not a tablet.
"It's not a consumer thing now, but we know historically that that's how all things start," he said. "The idea that there should be a screen that's not a computer, we'll laugh at that in two years." The device is powered by Windows 8 and does appear to be slightly stunt-ish, but I can see the benefits of having a device like that in my office. "It's his whiteboard, his email machine," Shaw said, "and it's a device we're going to sell."
The power of Facebook has allowed a disgruntled Apple fan to start a petition for the company to pay more focus to its Mac Pro line of systems. The maker of the page, Lou Borella, wants Apple to refresh its professional-level desktops, or at least be vocal with Mac Pro fans to let them know something is at least coming soon.
The maker of the page is said to be a professional editor and graphic animator in the New York City area, and initially posted a lengthy plea to Apple to update everyone on their Mac Pro plans, claiming that he didn't want to go to "the Dark side" by buying a Windows-based machine, and that hacked models combining more modern equipment with Apple's OS X operating system were insufficient to meet professional needs.
The page has more than 4,200 likes, and over 2,270 people talking about it. You know what, I love this idea. I have to hand it to Lou, this is one of the best ways to get attention from a usually secretive company. Apple has been concentrating more on slightly updating their iOS-based devices, than they have on their Mac Pro line. But, we can see the changes within OS X, and the upcoming Mountain Lion, where it's going more toward iOS. Maybe this is why Apple are being hush-hush when it comes to refreshing their Mac Pro.
Earlier on today we were invited down to the VIA headquarters where we met up with marketing director Richard Brown who introduced us to its new APC computer system.
The APC computer is a $49 Android system based on the brand new Neo-ITX form factor which measures in at roughly half the size of standard Mini-ITX based motherboards. It features an 800MHz ARM SOC (VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 SoC) with 512MB of DDR3 memory and 2GB of onboard flash memory for storage. A modified version of Google Android 2.3 uses up most of that 2GB of flash storage, but there are external storage options. On the back I/O is a microSD slot and of course you could hook in an external USB 2.0 drive. VIA spent a lot of time customizing Android to enable keyboard and mouse support which natively it does not support. The system also comes with the modified apps such as a YouTube player, Angry Birds, a file manager, web browser and more.
However, the VIA APC is not designed to be about local storage. It is designed to stream your content from the cloud and does so at an amazing price and within a very tiny footprint. The APC will fit in normal Mini-ITX cases with room to spare for something like a 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch hard drive. On the I/O panel you get VGA output, HDMI output (up to 720p playback with hardware acceleration), four USB 2.0 ports, gigabit LAN and audio out and microphone in...
Cyberpower has announced a new option to allow customers to configure new gaming systems around the newly released GTX 690. Systems in which the card can be used include the enthusiast Fang III series, Zeus series, and Gamer Xtreme and Ultra series. The GTX 690 is based on two GTX 680 cards and provides similar performance to them in SLI.
The entry-level system based around the GTX 690 starts under $1700, which with a $1000 card inside, isn't too bad of a price. Cyberpower has also optimized their liquid cooling system for the dual-GPU GTX 690. The computers, in addition to the GTX 690, can be customized with a wide range of features. The full text of the press release is below: