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RumorTT: Apple to unveil two new next-gen iPads in January

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 @ 3:22 CST

DigiTimes are reporting that Apple is going to unveil its next-generation iPad in January, where it will also unveil two different versions of the iPad. DigiTimes' sources claim that it is scheduled for iWorld which is being held on January 26, 2012.


The new models are set to join the existing iPad 2 to demonstrate Apple's iPad series targeting the entry-level, mid-range, and high-end market segments, the sources claimed. The sources said:

The iPad 2 will be competing directly with Amazon's kindle Fire in the price-sensitive market segment, while the new models will focus on the mid-range and high-end segments respectively.

The next iPad is expected to sport the same 9.7-inch screen, but boast a QXGA resolution of 2048x1536, which would be quite amazing. Dual LED light bars are designed for the new iPads to strengthen the brightness of the panels, DigiTimes' sources said. Samsung are will manufacturing the A6 quad-core processors that will be used in the next iPad, with the existing iPad 2 only being the dual-core A5 processor.

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Amazon sold over 4 million Kindle devices in December

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 @ 2:31 CST

Amazon have had a very Merry Christmas when it comes to Amazon Kindle sales over the holiday season. Amazon customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers. 2011 was the best holiday ever for the Kindle family, with one million Kindle devices sold each week.


Amazon CEO and founder, Jeff Bezos, says "We are grateful to our customers worldwide for making this the best holiday ever for Kindle." He continues pointing out the fact that the #1 and #4 best-selling Kindle books released in 2011 were both published independently by their authors using Kindle Direct Publishing.

Three Kindle-based products took the top three spots on Amazon's best seller list, with the Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch and Kindle taking out the top three spots, respectively. Amazon's latest, Kindle Fire, was the most gifted and wished for product on Amazon this season, and was also the top selling product in the UK, France, Spain and Italy. Kindle Fire also took out the best selling product on Amazon's mobile site.

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QNAP announce v3.6 Beta NAS software, includes support for VPN, LDAP and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | Networking | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 @ 1:31 CST

QNAP Systems, Ind. have just announced V3.6 Beta NAS management software for its Turbo NAS series, which provides some highly anticipated features such as a VPN Server, LDAP Server, and Proxy Server, cloud music and photo sharing with a web browser, enhanced backup features, and more. Firmware V3.6 beta also includes a new version of MyCloudNAS 1.2, QPKG center and more compatible IP camera.


Firmware V3.6 beta also bakes in some new business-class features, such as VPN Server. VPN Server offers businesses with a cost-saving way to create a secure and private network. LDAP Server simplifies mass account management and saves business' IT hardware expenditure, time, and stress. The Proxy Server provided with the "Squid" QPKG provides the IT administrator a great solution to manage network loading, yet maintain network security.

Jason Hsu, product manager for QNAP says:

Firmware V3.6 beta proves the Turbo NAS firmware is business-ready. Backup enhancements take an important role in this release, too.

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Biostar launch their first LGA2011 motherboard, welcomes TPower X79

By: Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 @ 0:26 CST

Biostar have officially launched their first Sandy Bridge-E (LGA2011) motherboard, after the previously-leaked TPower X79 made the rounds a few weeks ago. We posted about it last month and now the board has been made official.


The Biostar TPower X79 has the standard ATX form-factor and features support for Intel's latest LGA 2011 socket Sandy Bridge-E processors, a 9-phase power design, an 8-layer, 2 oz Copper PCB, four DDR3-2400 memory slots, and three PCI-Express x16 3.0 slots which enable Quad CrossFireX and 3-way SLI setups.

The TPower X79 also sports dual 8-pin EPS connectors, one PCI and two PCIe x1 slots, three SATA 3.0 Gbps and four SATA 6Gbps ports, one eSATA connector, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 3.0 ports on the back plate, 7.1-channel audio, a debug LED, UEFI BIOS, and on-board Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons. The board is aimed at the enthusiast/overclocking market and should be available next month.

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Galaxy enters SSD market, intros Laser GT Series SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 @ 23:28 CST

Yesterday, we had Zalman enter the market with their F1-series of SSDs and today Galaxy have marked the SSD territory with the announcement of the Laser GT Series of SSDs. Galaxy, usually known for their NVIDIA GeForce range of GPUs, have now entered the SSD market.


The drive is built on the usual 2.5-inch SATA form-factor, using the SATA 6 Gb/s and are powered by the SandForce SF-2281 SSD controller. The drive offers maximum sequential transfer speeds of 550MB/sec read, 500MB/sec write, with 4k random performance of 30,000 IOPS reads, 41,000 IOPS writes.

It uses the MLC NAND flash with 5,000 rewrite cycle life. The 120GB model of Galaxy's Laser GT SSD should sell for around $221. It's interesting to see how many companies are launching SSDs, but this is only a good thing. With more competition, the price is going to come down much quicker, which is great.

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Newegg and Amazon report their holiday best-sellers

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 @ 22:26 CST

With Newegg in one corner as the second-largest online retailer in the U.S. and the number one destination for tech-savvy shoppers, with Amazon the top U.S. e-tailer in the other corner, both releasing their holiday best-selling item reports.


Neweggs list contains:

Laptops/Notebooks: 15.6" Asus A53E-EH91

Televisions: Sceptre 32" 720p LCD HDTV

Video Games: Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle with Halo Reach and Fable 3

Digital Cameras: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47K 12.1 MP

Software: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Monitors: Acer G235HAbd 23" LCD

CPUs/Processors: Intel Core i5-2500K

Motherboards: Asus P8Z68-V Pro

Hard Drives: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 3.5"

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB (2 x 4GB)

Video Cards: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Microsoft to launch three LTE-capable Windows Phone devices next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 @ 21:28 CST

We should expect no less than three different LTE-capable Windows Phone devices next year. Paul Thurrott reports that all three of the LTE-capable handsets will launch only in the U.S. and only on AT&T.


The plans for this news will be officially revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. The three LTE-capable handsets are - the Nokia ACE, HTC Radiant and Samsung Mendel. Nokia's ACE handset is due on March 18, 2012.

Thurrott says that its still unclear whether the new LTE-based devices will come alongside a software update of some kind. There has been rumor of a "Tango" rumored to ship in early 2012, and is for low-end phones. So how that gels with a high-end feature like LTE, is anyone's guess. Windows Phone is finally getting something to fight against Apple with.

PlayStation Vita sales slump in second week, PS3 outsells the PS Vita

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 @ 20:31 CST

Sony's NGP, PlayStation Vita, enjoyed a first week of record sales, selling 321,400 Vita units in the first 48 hours on sale in Japan. Second unit numbers, however, are much, much lower.


According to research outfit Media Create, who track the Japanese console gaming industry, Sony sold just 72,479 Vita's during the most crucial shopping week before Christmas. A huge decline of over 75-percent versus the first week.

The numbers were so low that the PS3 actually outsold the Vita, with the PS3 pushing 75,943 units versus the Vita's 72,479. The decline reportedly stems from inventory issues, as well as early reports of issues with the Vita. Sony was quick to refuge the allegations, which ranged from laggy gameplay to crashes.

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RumorTT: Samsung to unveil Galaxy S III in February, as well as new line of 3D devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 @ 19:26 CST

Apple's biggest competitor, Samsung, will reportedly launch the Galaxy S III, the successor to the most popular Android smartphone on the market, Galaxy S II, at Mobile World Congress in February. At the same time they're said to be launching a new 3D-capable range of devices in the first quarter of 2012.


Almost a year after they launched the Galaxy S II, could Samsung really do it again? How could it be much better than the Galaxy S II? Well, it's expected to sport a quad-core processor and possibly even include 3D technology as Samsung look to differentiate their phone from the iPhone.

With 3D photo and video recording capabilities being baked into additional Samsung-branded smartphones next year, coming to a device being referred to as Galaxy S 3D, which helps users deliver 3D content to their 3D TVs. This device could be launched in Q2 2012. Right now, of course, the usual pinch of salt is required.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for December 29, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Dec 29, 2011 @ 7:23 CST

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


- HP Pavilion G6-1C77NR Laptop @ TechReviewSource

- HP Envy 14 @ Techspot


- Core i7-3960X und Core i7-3930K SLI, Triple SLI Performance Analyse @ Ocaholic

- AMD Fusion A8-3870K Overclocking and Dual Graphics Performance @ Hardware Heaven

- AMD A8-3870K Black Edition @ HT4U


- Samsung HW-D550 Speaker Bar @ BCCHardware

- HornetTek Fantasy Media Player @ LANOC

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