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Ericsson pushes LTE speeds to nearly 1Gbps

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 29, 2011 @ 12:30 CDT

LTE (or Long Term Evolution) wireless mobile speeds have been pushed faster than ever by Ericsson during a demonstration yesterday which tipped speeds of almost 1Gbps; around 10 times faster than today's current standard.


The demonstration was performed in the company's headquarters in Sweden in front of the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). These super impressive speeds were accomplished using existing commercial hardware along with a test frequency provided by the PTS to allow certain features of LTE Advanced to be witnessed for the first time; one of which is carrier aggregation, which combines signals from multiple carriers to give higher overall bandwidth.

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OCZ ignore speeding fine with new RevoDrive 3 X2

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: Jun 29, 2011 @ 10:46 CDT

While no more than a taunt for most of us given the associating price tags, OCZ has just let loose another super mean PCI Express based SSD under their RevoDrive family in the RevoDrive 3 X2.

All RevoDrives are drool worthy no matter which one you focus your attention on, but this new monster is SERIOUSLY, INSANELY awesome with its whopping 1.5GBps read and 1.2GBps write speeds.


To get the full gist of just what this beast of beasts is capable of delivering in a multitude of situations, there's now a bunch of coverage floating around the web with the below sites having reviewed it in detail :-

- Hot Hardware

- AnandTech

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Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 now out

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Jun 29, 2011 @ 9:40 CDT

As well as having just rolled out their Cloud based Office 365 service, Microsoft has just kicked out Service Pack 1 for Office 2010. This pack includes all public updates right up until now along with a handful of unreleased fixes which help improve stability, performance and security.


Here are some of the highlights :-

- Word 2010 SP1 includes a dialog box that warns users that the custom XML will be lost when files that use custom XML markups are saved in XML-based file formats.

- Outlook 2010 SP1 includes Office 365 support.

- Excel 2010 SP1 - Function names now maintain backward compatibility with earlier versions of Excel for the Czech, Dutch, Danish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish languages.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for June 29, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Jun 29, 2011 @ 8:58 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - June 29th, 2011


- Gigabyte X58A-OC - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic

- Asrock Z68 Pro3-M Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

- ASRock H61M/U3S3 mATX Motherboard @ BCCHardware

- Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Motherboard First Look Preview @ eTeknix

- Asus' P8H67-I Deluxe Mini-ITX motherboard @ Tech Report

- Sapphire Office Visit - X79 Revealed @ Ninjalane


- Radeon Driver Power Management Has Room For Improvement @ Phoronix

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Sapphire supes up the EDGE-HD with second iteration

By: Steve Dougherty | Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 29, 2011 @ 7:39 CDT

We really loved what the first iteration of Sapphire's EDGE-HD mini PC had to offer when checking it out around the time of launch. It was small, light, offered great performance with effortless HD playback and came in at a great price.


Fast forward near on five months later and Sapphire has introduced a revised, updated iteration of the unit, now dubbed the EDGE-HD2. While the unit itself looks much the same, running the same slim dimensions as the first and weighing in at a mere 530 grams, it packs a faster Atom 1.8GHz D525 processor for a start.

Further to the faster CPU, it sports a larger 320GB HDD (vs the 250GB on the original), 2GB of RAM, NVIDIA ION 2 GPU with 512MB VRAM, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, a couple USB 2.0 ports, card reader, D-Sub and HDMI outputs.

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Download of the Day: Thunderbird 5.0

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Jun 29, 2011 @ 5:12 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Thunderbird 5.0.

Thunderbird is a great email client from the same people who brought you the Firefox browser.

Thunderbird gives you IMAP/POP support, a built-in RSS reader, support for HTML mail, powerful quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, labels, return receipts, smart address book LDAP address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts.

• Tabbed email

• An Archive feature similar to the one in GMail

• Lightning fast search

• Smart folders


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Angry Birds smashes its way onto Windows Phone 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 29, 2011 @ 3:11 CDT

Windows Phone 7 user? Angry Birds fan? Well today is your lucky day, Angry Birds has just found its way to Windows Phone 7 devices and is available from the Marketplace for just $2.99. Of course there's a demo available that allows you to try out the bird-smashing super-fun-happy-slide game first. I don't know if theres anybody left out in the wilderness that hasn't already tried Angry Birds, but if you're a Windows Phone 7 user this news will be great!


DDR4 to make a 2014 debut, takes DDR3 over by 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Posted: Jun 28, 2011 @ 22:00 CDT

iSuppli have come out and said that DDR3 modules will remain the dominant DRAM tech throughout 2011 and flowing right into 2012, 2013 and even into 2014 before DDR 4 arrives in its next-generation glory. DDR3 RAM currently represents 85 to 90-percent of today's DRAM market and that will swell to 94-percent by 2013. But in 2014, iSuppli is predicting that DDR4 will emerge out of the flames of the DRAM market with a 12-percent share, within a year they expect this number to expand to 56-percent leading DDR3 with just 42-percent of the market.


As you can see from the above chart, DDR3 really is the current champion and with 4GB DIMMs available so cheaply these days, it'll be a very hard switch to DDR4 for most people. Keepign in mind that DDR3 launched in 2007, that makes it a seven year life span for DDR3 until it gets some proper competition. Also keep in mind that whilst DDR3 launched in 2007, it was just too expensive for most users to change over to, but we know this has changed considerably over the years. DDR4 will most likely debut at huge prices and eventually fall just like all tech.

Google's Swiffy converts Flash to HTML5, iOS users cry tears of joy

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 28, 2011 @ 21:00 CDT

A Google Labs-based project 'Swiffy' converts SWF files into HTML5 that will run in browsers that also support JavaScript objects, SVC and CSS3. The results? It allows pages to work in any modern browser, desktop or mobile. Product Manager, Marcel Gordons says the app is possible because JavaScript rendering and hardware-boosted web code is capable of giving the features of Flash.


Currently, it works best for ads and animations and may not port games or other complex SWF-based files. Google doesn't mention Apple by name, but the app seems designed for site owners and Flash developers to service iOS-based users without having to drop content or use a much more complicated conversion method.

Intel Cloverview platform should be arriving in time for Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Jun 28, 2011 @ 20:30 CDT

Intel's new x86 Atom architecture dubbed 'Cloverview', is set to launch before Windows 8 hits shelves early next year. Intel's Director of Product and Technology Media Relations, Bill Korcos has said the Atom Clover Trail and its Cloverview processor are designed to work with Windows 8 and it will be a "nice one-two chip-software punch."


He didn't give an exact month or quarter launch frame, but rumors of Windows 8 hitting RTM status in April would be a good indication of Intel's launch details. Kircos was clear that the upcoming x86 Atom architecture would power a bunch of new tablets, netbooks, slider devices and more.

Cloverview will be one of Intel Atom's first 32nm-based chips and is intended for tablets, which is great because the shrink is set to reduce power consumption and improve battery life. There is of course the Cedar Trail and Medfield which are prepped for netbooks and phones/tablets respectively. NVIDIA and ARM have some competition against their Kal-El and Cortex A15 products. Can Intel win? We will have to wait and see!