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LG's next-gen Google TV, sports motion control, dual-core CPU, 3D

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | May 15, 2012 at 4:28 am CDT

LG's G2 series of Google TVs were unveiled at an event in New York City called Internet Week New York, the event is an annual shindig, where NYC celebrates technology and digital culture. VentureBeat spoke to Georg Rasinski, who is the director of LG's home electronics brand management.

LG's new Google TV sports the company's motion-control, "Magic Remote". The remote features gesture control, and even includes a built-in microphone for voice commands. On the back of the remote is a full QWERTY thumb keyboard. The TV's interface is said to look much different to previous GTC devices that VentureBeat have used from Sony and Logitech. LG have heavily customized the homescreen with a 3D interface.

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From the user interface, you'll have quick access to a bunch of apps and bookmarks. The G2 series of LG Google TV's is powered by LG's custom ARM-based L9 processor, which is the first dual-core chip in a Google TV device. The L9 chip will eventually be baked into LG's other flagship sets, but it is making its debut here on the G2 series.

LG's G2 Series Google TVs will be made available in both 47- and 55-inch models beginning next week at $1,699 and $2,299 respectively.

Angry Birds reaches yet another milestone, this time passes 1 billion downloads!

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | May 15, 2012 at 3:24 am CDT

Rovio Entertainment has constantly been pushing milestones for their super-popular Angry Birds, but this milestone is quite significant. The Angry Birds series has now been downloaded over one billion times. Rovio celebrated the occasion with a video:

One billion downloads... did you ever think it would reach this far? A feature film, cartoons, pyjamas, and everything in between doesn't seem like such as stretch now, does it? I wonder what milestone Rovio will hit next.

The company said on its blog:

Angry Birds games have now been downloaded more than a billion times. THANK YOU to all of our incredible fans! This is only the beginning of our story, keep your eyes peeled for what's coming up next from Rovio!

Rovio does tease in the video that "more amazing things are coming soon", so we should keep our eyes peeled for more Angry Birds-related news!

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Blizzard and Valve reach a deal regarding the DOTA trademark

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | May 15, 2012 at 2:26 am CDT

With DOTA 2 being a 'new kind of free-to-play', the problems with the DOTA trademark still hovered over the heads of Valve, and Blizzard. But this is all sorted, thankfully.

Blizzard and Valve reach a deal regarding the DOTA trademark | TweakTown.com

Valve will come off with the better part of the deal, where they get to keep the name for their upcoming DOTA 2 title. Blizzard on the other hand will change the name of Blizzard DOTA to Blizzard All-Stars, which Blizzard say "ultimately better reflects the design of our game". Blizzard's EVP of Game Design, Rob Pardo, said that both studios recognize that "players just want to be able to play the games they're looking forward to".

This is a great move, and pissing off your fan-base is not how you get return customers. Blizzard must have known if they fought with Valve, they would look bad to their player base. At a time of launching Diablo III today. On the other hand, Gabe Newell, president of Valve says:

We're pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one.

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Toshiba outs 13.3-inch Regza tablet, features Android 4.0

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | May 15, 2012 at 1:28 am CDT

Have you been sitting there thinking that the current 10-or-so-inch tablets are not big enough? Well, Toshiba is here to save the day. Toshiba's latest tablet is a 13.3-inch beast, dubbed Regza AT830. While the 13.3-inch size may impress, not much else of it does.

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The screen resolution is just 1600x900, and with tablets already hitting 1080p, and Apple's hitting 2048x1536, it really is already dated. Filling out the Regza AT830 is NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC, clocking in at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC memory for storage, and Google's Android 4.0 OS. Other features are the above-mentioned 1600x900 13.3-inch IPS panel, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, support for the Japanese One-Seg TV standard, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facer, a micro HDMI port, an SD card slot, headset jack and micro USB port.

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How much does a 13.3-inch tablet weigh? Well, the Regza AT830 is 1kg on the scales, and measures in at 344x211x9.9mm (WxDxH). At this weight, it's not something you'd want to carry around with you at all times, or have in your hands for extended periods of time. But, it does sport 13 hours of continuous playback ability, or 5 hours of TV viewing. There is a huge negative, though.

Price. Toshiba has slapped a price of US$1000 on it, and personally, I just think that's too much for a tablet like this. But, there are some people out there who want a 13.3-inch tablet, and it's all about justifying a purchase.

Ivy Bridge-powered Mac benchmarks surface

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | May 15, 2012 at 12:29 am CDT

Ivy Bridge-powered Apple MacBook Pro and iMac benchmarks have leaked onto Geekbench, which show the new Macs sporting Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors. We should expect some new Ivy Bridge-powered Mac products in the coming weeks, or months.

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The latest MacBook Pro carries the model designation 9,1, whilst the 27-inch iMac is designated 13,2. Additionally, Best Buy has marked down its whole Mac range, which is another sign that Apple is poised to refresh their Mac line-up. How do the ivy Bridge-powered Mac's perform?

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Well, the MacBook Pro model was powered by a Core i7-3820QM quad-core chip clocked in at 2.7GHz, and scored 12,252 on the Geekbench test. Versus the second-generation Core i7 MacBook Pro, this is a 17-percent performance boost. The 27-inch iMac running a desktop-class Ivy Bridge processor was clocked at 3.4GHz, but only scored 12,183 as it only had 4GB of RAM. This puts it 9-percent faster than the current Sandy Bridge-powered iMac.

RIM shows off BlackBerry 10: sports gestures, smart keyboard and photo time-shifting

Anthony Garreffa | Operating Systems | May 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm CDT

I'm really hoping that struggling RIM (Research in Motion) and their next-generation OS, BlackBerry 10 (BB10) bodes well against the likes of Apple and Google. Just hours ago, there was a media briefing for RIM's next OS in London.

RIM shows off BlackBerry 10: sports gestures, smart keyboard and photo time-shifting | TweakTown.com

BB10's home screen has been hidden, until now. The media event showed off the swish looking home screen, which is now populated with widgets, but the change is that all of the on-screen widgets are actually active applications that will dynamically change based on your activities.

Most of BlackBerry 10's interface is gesture-driven, where you can quick swipe to the right to bring up the full launcher, where a swipe to the left will open the unified inbox. Definitely not revolutionary, or even resolutionary, but it's better than previous iterations of RIM's operating system. RIM have also updated the BB10 software keyboard, where RIM's Head of Software Portfolio, Vivek Bhardwaj has stated that the company spend a lot of time and effort trying to replicate the capabilities of the company's iconic plastic keyboards.

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Intel's R&D teases 10nm chips by 2015, already hard at work on 14nm

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | May 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm CDT

Intel have only just slipped the 22nm-sporting Ivy Bridge chips onto the market last month, and are already teasing us with the next advancements in process technology. Intel have teased a roadmap where they've shown 10nm, 7nm and 5nm processes already locked down.

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Intel are also preparing to upgrade fabrication plants in the United States and Ireland to make chips using the 14nm fab method. Slides weer posted to XbitLabs, as well as a quote from Intel CEO Paul Otellini reminding investors that Intel's research and development is quite deep and looks decades in advance.

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If it all goes to plan, Intel would start shipping 10nm processors in 2015, with work on 7nm technology starting shortly after. In order to stay a few steps ahead of the competition, process technology is not the only key to the customer puzzle. Intel will also have to break into the mobile space with powerful, but energy-efficient chips.

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ASRock unveils Z77 Extreme9, the first high-end Z77 motherboard is here

Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | May 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm CDT

ASRock has unveiled a high-end Z77 motherboard, the ASRock Z77 Extreme9, and when I say high-end, it's filled to the brim with features. First up, it sports the Z77 chipset which will give us compatibility for Intel's latest 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs. The Z77 Extreme9 sports 4-way NVIDIA SLI support as well as 4-way AMD CrossFireX support.

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As for the SLI and CrossFireX support, if all four PCI-Express 3.0 ports are filled, we're looking at x8 for all four slots, or if a 2-way setup is used, it will sport x16 speeds. With graphics out of the way, the board includes no less than twelve (12!) SUB 3.0 ports, with four on the front, and eight on the rear, as well as six SATA 6Gbps ports.

The ASRock Z77 Extreme9 comes with a single x1 PCI Express 2.0 slot, backed up by a mini PCI Express slot that takes a dual-band combo 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 card. On the back of the board along with the eight USB 3.0 ports, you'll find two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, a FireWire port, dual Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out, an HDMI-out port, and a clear CMOS button.

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Best Buy announces its founder and chairman will step down next month

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | May 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm CDT

Best Buy has announced that its founder Richard Schulze will step down as chairman of the company, following the company's annual shareholder meeting to be held on June 21. Schulze is set to be replaced by Hatim Tyabji, the current chair of the audit committee and chairmand and CEO of Bytemobile.

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A statement released today, Tyabji said that the story of Best Buy is a remarkable American success story and that Schulze's leadership and vision helped to change the landscape of American retail. But, Schulze's reputation could be hit, following an investigation of former CEO Brian Dunn. A story from CNET, says that Best Buy hired law firm WilmerHale to investigate the conduct of Dunn.

The investigation found that Dunn had an "extremely close" relationship with a female employee that negatively affected the work environment. This relationship between Dunn and the employee demonstrated poor judgment and a lack of professionalism but the report concluded that he didn't misuse any company resources. Dunn resigned as CEO only last month. The problem here is that Schulze found out about the incident back in December of last year, but failed to inform the board members.

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