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TweakTown has arrived in Sunny California and it's a beautiful day here in Silicon Valley. For the next week Paul and I have several meetings planned to discuss a magnitude of topics covering both enterprise and consumer products. Flash Memory Summit is also where attendees learn of new standards and upcoming market trends. These often start out as enterprise products and trickle down to the consumer market.
As you can see we started off the morning right. Keeping with TweakTown tradition, afternoon Martinis on empty stomachs.
Then we were off to the convention center to pick up our press kits and have some one-on-one time with Toshiba, maker of our favorite 24nm and 19nm Toggle Mode flash.
While looking around we found a seminar taking place, SSDs 101, Introduction to SSDs for Noobs.
Flash Memory Summit should be a good event and we should come away from the show with a lot of new topics to discuss in the future.
We're still six months out from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, but its never too early to start planning your days for the event. This is what Samsung President, Stephen Woo has done, where he's announced that he'll be giving a keynote on day two of CES 2013.
Woo's talk should cover the little things, as in physically small, such as components. These are the components that are in most consumer electronics, such as phones, tablets, TVs and more. Woo will talk of the future of not just Samsung, their technology, but the industry itself.
Woo may even unveil something new, maybe a next-generation product? Could we close our eyes collectivity, right now, and wish for the Galaxy S IIII, come to think of it, those roman numerals are getting annoying as Samsung release new products. We should hopefully be at CES, and I would love to sit in on this keynote personally, which means we should bring you the news as it happens at CES in January 2013.
Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has come forward and said that CEO Larry Page has lost his voice. Page skipped yesterday's annual stockholder meeting, and Schmidt was left to explain why Page couldn't page it.
Schmidt has said that Page would most likely miss his next two expected engagements while he is resting his voice. The next two engagements are next week's Google I/O conference, their three-day developer event in San Francisco, as well as Google's quarterly earnings call next month.
In the picture above, you can see that there's a spare chair, which would point to the fact that it was a very last minute decision for Page to not attend. A Google spokeswoman also declined to comment further on Page's condition, reports AllThingsD.
I'm quite jealous of attendees of Google's I/O event, so if anyone from Google is seeing this, e-mail me for the 2013, I want to be there, bad. On with the news, Google's upcoming Google I/O 2012 conference app is now available and offers session listings, scheduling and more. A live streaming component will also go active, during the conference itself.
The app gives you the ability to browse through sessions and code labs, manage your schedule (if you're lucky enough to attend), find your way around the different rooms and events, and more. After the event itself, Google will be open-sourcing the app, which is an added bonus.
Google I/O runs from June 27-29 in San Francisco, and should unveil quite a few goodies during the event which we will definitely be posting about. Be sure to come back in a weeks time, folks!
Our latest poll had almost 900 people who answered, What new products do you most want to see at Computex 2012?
This probably wasn't a shock at the end of the day, 24% of the votes went to booth babes for the number one spot.
In second place was video cards with 18% of the votes followed by CPU, APU and chipsets in third place with 11% of the votes. Nevertheless, we hope you enjoyed our Computex Taipei 2012 coverage.
Apple are rumored to be refreshing their entire Mac lineup in the very near future, with more details arriving during the company's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC). 9to5Mac reports the Cupertino-based company are looking to update "at least four" of the five Mac families.
The MacBook Pro looks like the most obvious choice for an upgrade given the injection of Ultrabook's at Computex. We should see a slimmer MacBook Pro sans the DVDRW, and hopefully that Retina-powered high-res display. The MacBook Air would most likely receive the same treatment, with the iMac getting a good injection of extras, too.
I'm expecting to see the MBPs getting upgraded to third-generation Core processors from Intel, 8GB minimum RAM, SSD by default, Retina display and of course, Thunderbolt. It will be interesting to see what is announced at WWDC... not long to go now, folks!
Look over the pictures in this post and then go to our update on Facebook and vote for your favorite booth babe!
I've been taking my time and thinking these awards over carefully. You can't just run around tossing out Best of Show awards everywhere or they start to mean nothing. With that said, I've put much consideration into these and will only be giving them out in a few key categories.
Best upcoming game of E3 has to be given to Crysis 3. I know I have awarded them other awards this E3 and that is because it is such an amazing game. Period. Feel free to argue, but I was there and saw with my own eyes the beauty and quality that Crysis 3 is already sporting, and it doesn't even release until February 2013.
Most innovative game of E3 needs to be awarded to an IndieCade game called Tickleplane. It may not have the best graphics or the most in-depth story line, in fact it has none, but the controls of the game are so different that it wins the award. They take a while to get used to, but once you do, the game is a great time waster.
Best new piece of hardware has no other option but to go to Nintendo. The WiiU, as opposed to my original thoughts, is a great new console, albeit probably more suited for younger and older (read: kids and 40+) audiences. While it seems as though it won't win much favor with hardcore FPS players, it certainly innovates console gameplay yet again.
I could write plenty more about why the WiiU should win this award, but the shorter version is that no one really offered any competition to it on the hardware front.
Computex 2012 - A good friend of mine asked me to check out the Clevo stand, so we stopped by and they were surprisingly quiet, which was good for us to walk around and snap a bunch of pictures. Clevo's P270WM had some insane specs, sporting a third-generation Core i7 Extreme Edition, X79 chipset, NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 675M (in SLI!!) GPU, 16GB memory support, 17.3-inch Full HD display, 3 x HDD support, and more. No wonder this beast was so heavy.
Clevo's P370EM was specced nearly as good, same processor, but Intel's HM77 chipset, an option of AMD's Radeon HD 7970M GPU, or GTX 675M SLI, the same Full HD display, but just two HDD support, but ca be cranked up to support 32GB of RAM.
Computex 2012 - Here I was thinking Sparkle weren't really making VGA cards, but the Sparkle stand featured a bunch of cards, with a Calibre GEFORCE GTX 680. It looks quite good and was something I'd love to have in my rig.
Below we have a shot of some of the lower-end GeForce GT610 and GT620, as well as Sparkle's GeForce GTX 570. Pictures tell the story, and Sparkle had a PC build rocking a 3-monitor Surround system.