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HTC One X prototype for AT&T hits eBay, gets purchased by XDA Developers forum member

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Mon, Apr 9 2012 3:26 AM CDT

A prototype HTC One X for AT&T has been sold on eBay and promptly purchased by an XDA Developers forum member @voteccow. The device itself clearly shows that it was not meant for sale, and was most likely used by an AT&T technician for network verification and device testing.

HTC One X prototype for AT&T hits eBay, gets purchased by XDA Developers forum member 10 | TweakTown.com

The device was being tested for AT&T, and is the One X handset that sports Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, and not the International version which features NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor. @voteccow showed off several pictures as well as offering the XDA Developers forum members a tease of the pre-release OS built t hat might help in hacking efforts to root the device. Currently, the bootloader installed on the device is locked.

HTC's One X has been received well lately, where the dual-core Snapdragon S4 really kicks some ass, as well as having a great display. The processor also beats out NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3, which is quite the feat considering the S4 is only a dual-core. The other highlights filling out the HTC One X is that it sports a unibody polycarbonate body and high-resolution 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD display.

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Intel Ivy Bridge notebook chips go through benchmarks, flex some serious muscle

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Apr 9 2012 2:26 AM CDT

Intel's Ivy Bridge notebook chips have been tested, and have shown up with some impressive results. Bulgaria's Laptop.bg was given a reference notebook with an unreleased 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM which has shown some serious power over the current 2.2GHz Core i7-2670QM.

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For the CPU tests in Cinebench 10 and 11, the performance increase was eight and 22-percent, respectively. Photoshop didn't show the same improvements, but that could be because it was wanting some of that graphical power for some of its filter. The upgraded HD 4000-series graphics still isn't enough to keep up in current games, but this is an integrated solution, so it's to be expected, for now.

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Gaming wasn't too bad on the HD 4000, details needed to be dropped, but that still doesn't put the HD 4000 in the box of "it can't run games", because it can. Just not amazingly well. Intel is expected to launch their first Ivy Bridge-based CPUs on April 29, with all first mobile processors to be the quad-core Core i7 models, and should hit mid- to large-size notebooks, including Apple's MacBook Pro or Dell's XPS15.

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RumorTT: New iMacs, MacBook Pros could arrive in June

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Mon, Apr 9 2012 1:20 AM CDT

The latest rumors to come from DigiTimes, who quotes a report from China's Economic Daily News, says that supplier checks are now indicating that due to the late-April availability of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs, Apple now plans to push back the launch of the refreshed MacBook Pro and iMac models to near the end of the company's fiscal second quarter, which ends in June.

RumorTT: New iMacs, MacBook Pros could arrive in June | TweakTown.com

But, these new rumors could prove to be real as earlier speculation points to Apple beginning to use new glass tech a company called G-Tech for the display screens, which are said to be less reflective and reduce glare.

Manufacturers of the new units are said to be handed over to Foxconn and Quanta, which will benefit from the smaller and more energy-efficient, but faster Ivy Bridge chips, as well as support for internal PCI-Express 3.0, USB 3.0 and faster graphics. Other reports are pointing toward the new iMac being thinner, which could then point to the new iMac losing its optical drive, just like the MacBook Air.

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NVIDIA Tegra 4 might hit 2GHz, would arrive in Q3 2013

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Apr 9 2012 12:25 AM CDT

VR-Zone Chinese has leaked spec sheets on NVIDIA's upcoming system-on-a-chip (SoC) detailing the next-generation of Tegra chips codenamed "Wayne". We should expect four different Tegra 4 models in 2013, all using the same 4-PLUS-1 tech from NVIDIA.

NVIDIA Tegra 4 might hit 2GHz, would arrive in Q3 2013  | TweakTown.com

We have two "Flagship" models, the first of which should drop in Q1 2013 dubbed "T40" and will clock in at 1.8GHz and be made from the Cortex-A15 architecture, the second Flagship model is the "T43" and clocks in at 2GHz, this is from the same Cortex-A15 tech. We then have two "Mainstream" products that should arrive in Q3 2013.

These two models are "AP40" and "SP3X", with the latter coming in between 1.2-1.8GHz, and the former arriving in 1.2-2.0GHz. They will be based off of Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A9 designs for the AP40 and SP3X, respectively. One thing to note of the SP3X chip, is that it will finally bring with it LTE connectivity in the form of LTE100/HSPA42 tech, it will also be designed for 7-inch tablets, with the other three models made for 10-inch designs.

It's pretty far out, and having to wait over twelve months to see LTE connectivity on an NVIDIA Tegra-based smart device is pretty lame in my opinion. The tech world will change so much between now and then.

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Coolaler breaks previous memory OC record on Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H

Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Mon, Apr 9 2012 12:05 AM CDT

Gigabyte have come along way over the years. Gone are the years of motherboard manufacturers not endorsing overclocking, to employing, listening and catering to the entire enthusiast and overclocking market. It's a great move, and I applaud Gigabyte for doing so.

The latest news comes from Taiwanese power user "Coolaler" who has smashed Gigabyte's previous memory overclocking record with his Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H motherboard. He pushed his memory up to an insane 1530MHz (which is 3060MHz in dual-channel) with 4 DIMMs.

Coolaler breaks previous memory OC record on Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H | TweakTown.com

I will add that it's not too hard to hit high overclock results on 1 or 2 DIMMs, but 4 DIMMs? That's another challenge altogether. Nice work, Coolaler!

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Noctua gets you ready for Spring with April TweakTown BF3 Contest

Chris Ramseyer | Contests & Giveaways | Sat, Apr 7 2012 9:38 AM CDT

TweakTown and Noctua are teaming up for the April Battlefield 3 contest. Noctua, market of premium grade CPU heatsinks, fans and thermal paste will give away three prize packages to the top three point scores spread across the two TweakTown Battlefield 3 game servers.

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This contest is a little different than last month's contest that only took place on the Air Maps Server. TweakTown now has the Infantry Server up and running. The combined scores of both servers will be combined to determine the top three players by server score.

  • 1st Place: Noctua NH-D14 + 2 NF-F12 Fans
  • 2nd Place: Noctua NH-14 + 1 NF-F12 Fan
  • 3rd Place: Noctua NH-L12

This is an amazing prize package donated by Noctua!

The fine print: Winners cannot have won a TweakTown sponsored Battlefield 3 Prize Package in the last 6 months. You will also need to post your in game name in this forum thread. This contest runs throughout April and scores will be calculated April 30th at 11:59 PM. Winners will be contacted by May 5th.

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Samsung announces record profits

Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal | Fri, Apr 6 2012 6:27 PM CDT

In stark contrast to the bleak news regarding HTC's financials, Samsung has reported record profits today as the first-quarter revenue is reported. Samsung close to doubled its profits from this time last year by bringing in $5.1 billion in profits which is up from $2.95 billion last year.

Samsung announces record profits | TweakTown.com

The figures have been helped along by the sales of the hot Galaxy lines of smartphones and tablets. The two main devices that aided these record profits have been the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Note. Sales of TVs, such as my own, have also helped propel the figures into the record setting range. "Sales of new models of smartphones, such as the Note, were better than expected," analyst James Strong told Bloomberg.

"They have a good line-up of new products, so they will be able to keep the momentum alive for two or three quarters, at least." Another analyst speculates that Samsung shipped 44 million smartphones during the first 3 months of the year. This would make Samsung the biggest manufacturer in the world for that time period.

That figure would be three times as many smartphones as last year, and beat out Apple iPhone sales by a significant margin. With the Galaxy S3 in the works and the hype surrounding it, it would appear that Samsung's profits won't be taking a downward turn for a good while.

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Next Generation Of E-Ink Kindle To Sport New Front-Lit Screen

Trace Hagan | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Fri, Apr 6 2012 3:34 PM CDT

Someone who lives in Seattle has found a nice piece of information regarding the upcoming Kindle's screen. It would appear that the new Kindle will feature a screen that is front-lit as opposed to most LCDs theses days which are back-lit. Amazon, apparently, purchased a company which was the world leader in light-guide technology.

Next Generation Of E-Ink Kindle To Sport New Front-Lit Screen | TweakTown.com

The device which was seen by our friends over at TechCrunch was crudely camouflaged inside a cardboard box. The screen was, obviously, clearly visible from the box. I say obviously because it would be pointless to have the device if you couldn't use it. The viewer describes the screen as a soft glow as opposed to the harsh "flashlight" of a back-lit LCD.

Size and shape were impossible to tell due to the cardboard camouflaging it. This should be a nice change from the current generation of e-readers which feature an e-ink screen which isn't quite the same as paper. I still prefer my books in paper, but it looks like that could change with this new Kindle.

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Doom, Quake creator John Romero making MMO first-person shooter

Trace Hagan | Gaming | Fri, Apr 6 2012 2:33 PM CDT

The creator of the iconic 3D FPS game genre, John Romero, has discussed his plans regarding creating another first-person shooter after his notorious failure Daikatana. Work hasn't begun on the game quite yet, but Romero says that he knows what it's going to be like and he thinks it's pretty cool.

Doom, Quake creator John Romero making MMO first-person shooter | TweakTown.com

"I'm definitely going to be making another shooter and it will be on PC first. I don't want to talk about the details but I already know what it is," said Romero. "I've already kind of designed the thing and it's pretty cool-though of course, I am going to say that." He does go over some of the specifics of the MMO portion of the game:

It's a persistent game, it has persistent player data, the character grows and gets better over time. You will be playing the game as you would expect a shooter to feel, but the specifics of your situation, narrative wrapper and reward system are all unique.

He also says that it won't be like today's popular shooters. In other words, players won't be bullet sponges or able to tank:

I'm not a fan of cover systems or the player being a bullet sponge. I'm not that interested in the tank-like player; I like feeling that I have skill in the game. I love twitch 180s, fast targeting, fast firing, fast movement. So anything that's not like that-like current shooters that are basically a track going through a level to the exit and everything is closed off-is not interesting to me.

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Harmonix to release Rock Band Blitz this Summer

Trace Hagan | Gaming | Fri, Apr 6 2012 12:31 PM CDT

A new game from the studio that brought you Rock Band and Dance Central has been confirmed to be in the works. Harmonix is set to release another Rock Band brand game called "Rock Band Blitz" which will be released "this summer." We have no specific confirmation of the actual release date other than that.

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This game is different from the other Rock Band games in that it doesn't require any peripherals. Instead, it goes back to some of the earlier games which rely on frequency and amplitude, where players press buttons in time with the songs which span multiple lanes. The game will feature a new soundtrack of 25 songs.

Existing customers can import DLC from previous versions to the game and use the Blitz songs in any other Rock Band game. It's nice to see that Harmonix is working on compatibility between its games rather than leaving the customer out to dry. It would be nice to see Call of Duty do something similar with its maps and map packs.

The game will show up on Xbox 360 and PS3 as a downloadable title via PSN and XBLA. Once again, the release date is yet to be determined.

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