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Google Chrome to overtake Firefox by the end of 2011

Anthony Garreffa | Internet Browsers | Oct 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm CDT

Chrome is very popular, and this popularity is winning them some serious users, with Firefox set to lose its title as the second most popular browser globally to Google, as soon as the end of this year. Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still way, way ahead of everything else right now with stats from September 2011 showing that Internet Explorer holds 41.7 percent market share, Firefox holding onto 26.8 percent and Chrome slightly behind at 23.6 percent.

Google Chrome to overtake Firefox by the end of 2011 | TweakTown.com

If we view the data over the last year, we see just how quick Chrome is jumping on Firefox's heels and also how many users are leaving Internet Explorer. In October 2010, Chrome had just 12.4 market share, Firefox sitting on 31.2 percent and Internet Explorer had almost half, at 49.2 percent. IE has lost 7.5 percent in a single year, where Chrome added 11.2 percent. If this trend continues, Chrome should be on top of Firefox before the end of the year.

Google Chrome to make Android debut soon

Anthony Garreffa | Internet Browsers | Oct 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm CDT

The development of Android and Google, to most peoples amazement is kept totally separate. They have different teams working on both and theres almost no interaction between the teams. There was even a time when they were both competing with each other for the future of personal computing. But, this is all set to change, according to a post on the Chromium Code website, Google Chrome for Android is right around the corner.

Google Chrome to make Android debut soon | TweakTown.com

The Chromium revision log indicates that Chrome for Android will bring most of its desktop features across, which will make a lot of people (myself included) very, very happy. The app will also support the Skia 2D graphics library that Google has been working on. This is all the information available at the current time. Remember that Google has something big planned for October 11, and maybe this is it. Google for Android to debut on October 11? Let's hope so!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus unveiled, 7-inch Honeycomb tablet

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm CDT

Samsung has expanded its Galaxy Tab range with the introduction of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. From the name, you would obviously guess its a 7-inch tablet, but it sports a PLS (Super Plane to Line Switching) display with a 1024 x 600 pixel display, running Android 3.2 Honeycomb and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, which is looking to be the Exynos 4120. Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus also sports quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support and tri-band 3G with 21Mbps HSPA as well as two cameras.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus unveiled, 7-inch Honeycomb tablet | TweakTown.com

First up there's a 2-megapixel, front-facing camera and a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera capable of taking 720p video. We also see 1GB of RAM and a 4,000mAh battery that is standard on all models. Honeycomb gets Samsung's splash of TouchWiz UI wonder, and size wise we get options of either 16 or 32GB. Both include dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS and Bluetooth. The 7-inch tablet is quite small, measuring in at 192.65 x 122.37 x 9.96 mm and weighs in at only 0.76 pounds, or just 12.16 ounces.

JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business chimes in with:

Samsung pioneered the seven-inch tablet market with the launch of the GALAXY Tab, marking an innovation milestone in the mobile industry. Building on the success of the GALAXY Tab, we're now delighted to introduce the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus reloaded with enhanced portability, productivity and a richer multimedia experience.

Microsoft to receive $444 million per year from Android patent licensees, making cash like a boss

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Oct 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm CDT

A few days ago, Microsoft signed a major licensing agreement with Samsung over the use of some its patents on Android-based smartphones and tablets. The deal is similar to what other manufacturers have agreed to, which avoid a court battle. But, there's a requirement of a fixed fee to be paid to Microsoft for every Android device sold. Goldman Sach's tech analyst team think that this number is around $444 million per year.

Microsoft to receive $444 million per year from Android patent licensees, making cash like a boss | TweakTown.com

Goldman estimates that Microsoft receives roughly $3 - $6 per Android device, and calculated the multi-million dollar figure based on the number of Android devices expected to be sold by Microsoft's licensees between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. The companies that Microsoft receive the (virtually free) dollars from are HTC, Acer, U.S. defense contractor General Dynamics Itronix, Onkyo, Velocity Micro, ViewSonic and Wistron, and Samsung, which yesterday became the latest licensee.

Microsoft claims that certain Android features contain technologies over which it owns patents. Considering that two of the largest Android device makers have agreed to pay royalties which puts some concrete into this claim. The only one in the US without a license from Microsoft is Motorola Mobility, in which the two are in court battling it out.

ASUS announce Ivy Bridge, PCI-Express 3.0 enabled motherboards

Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Oct 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm CDT

If you'd like to get your early adopter shoes on now, and head out the door, you could camp out at your local IT retailer and wait for one of the newly announced ASUS motherboards that are equipped with PCI-Express 3.0 The motherboards are capable of supporting Intel's Ivy Bridge chips which are set to debut next year.

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The three Z68-powered boards will be called P8Z68-Deluxe/GEN3, P8Z68-V Pro/GEN3 and finally, P8Z68-V/GEN3. All three boards will sport two PCI-Express 3.0 slots, LucidLogix's Vertu graphics-switching technology and of course, USB 3.0. The boards will hit shelves and e-tailers alike in October with the Deluxe model priced at US$310, V-Pro sets you back $250 or so and finally, the V with a price of just $220.

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QNAP intros "budget-friendly" Turbo NAS solutions

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Oct 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm CDT

QNAP have announced three new Turbo NAS models, with a four-bay, dual-bay and single-bay solution available. The models are TS-419P II, TS219P II and TS-119P II which are all aimed at corporate workgroups, SOHO and home users who are after a budget-friendly solution for backup and file sharing. No pricing has been announced from QNAP, so we don't know how "budget-friendly" they really are. But, the models closest to them (which sport 1.2GHz chips instead of the included 2GHz chips) are very decently priced.

QNAP intros budget-friendly Turbo NAS solutions | TweakTown.com

The new models look virtually identical to the predecessors, but they sport upgraded chips tech. QNAP have used a 2.0GHz Marvell CPU and also included 512MB of DDR3 memory which is a bit quicker than the 1.2 and 1.6GHz Marvell CPUs used in previous models. QNAP also say the added speed will enable Windows-based file transfers of up to 109MB/sec. QNAP claim idle power consumption is as low as four watts.

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HIS release Eyefinity-ready HD 6970 IceQ Eyefinity RTS card

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Oct 2, 2011 at 11:30 am CDT

Sapphire is now not the only cool kid at school where they have GPUs that can power three screens without DisplayPort. HIS have now walked in with a new HD 6970 graphics card that sports their IceQ cooler design, which features what HIS dub "Eyefinity RTS (ready to see)". This card allows the user to setup a 3-display Eyefinity setup without needing to connect any of the displays to the mini-DisplayPort connectors. The third connection can be plugged into the HDMI 1.4 port instead.

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This new feature really helps, as you no longer need to hunt Planet Earth for mini-DP active dongles, and with more monitors including native HDMI, this is a great step forward. The card sticks to AMD reference clocks, 880MHz core, 5.5GHz memory and features 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Pricing and availability is unknown at the moment.

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Samsung talks about the 32nm 1.5GHz Exynos SoC

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Oct 2, 2011 at 11:00 am CDT

Samsung's latest Exynos 4210 SoC is a great piece of tech, it powers their super smartphone, the Galaxy S II and is a very, very fast phone. The 4210 sports two ARM Cortex A9 cores running at 1.2GHz along with an ARM Mali-400 MP4 GPU. The A9 chip is equal to that of TI's outing, and a bit better than NVIDIA's Tegra 2. In various tests, the Mali-400 MP4 beats out all other smartphone GPUs that have been tested.

Samsung talks about the 32nm 1.5GHz Exynos SoC | TweakTown.com

Samsung have today announced a 32nm addition to the family, the Exynos 4212. CPU clock speeds get a nice bump up to 1.5GHz, but GPU clocks are unknown. Samsung is however claiming that GPU performance improves by up to 50% "over the previous processor generation". The move to 32nm could have allowed a 50% increase in clock speed. Samsung's 32nm process uses high-K + metal gate transistors, similar to Intel's transition to 45nm.

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Intel and IBM invest $4.4 billion in chip manufacturing plants in New York

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Oct 2, 2011 at 10:30 am CDT

Intel and IBM have announced a $4.4 billion investment which is being put into a manufacturing plant to create the next-generation of cutting-edge computer chip technology. It's all being done in New York, with a five-year investment expected to generated and retain 6,900 jobs paying an average of $100,000. Gov. Cuomo who was previously suing Intel, where he filed an anti-trust lawsuit against them, has done a 180-degree turn and has now called this new move "a really, really big deal" and part of his effort to "create a more confident environment for doing business in New York".

Intel and IBM invest $4.4 billion in chip manufacturing plants in New York | TweakTown.com

The aforementioned lawsuit included Cuomo - as attorney general - trying to sue Intel for trying to monopolize the computer chip industry. He charged Intel with violated state and federal anti-trust laws by trying to keep a monopoly over the market for microprocessors, which as most people know are the heart of computers and servers alike. The suit charged Intel with paying computer makers billions of dollars in exchange for using the company's microprocessors instead of competing products from AMD.

The suit is currently pending with Intel back in May filing three motions seeking to have the suit dismissed.

EVERCOOL unveil the Transformer S CPU cooler

Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Oct 2, 2011 at 10:00 am CDT

The best bit of this news isn't the cooler, but the wickedly cheesy video that goes along with it. Before you check it out, here's some details on EVERCOOL's latest cooler, the Transformer S. The Transformer S is only 13.5cm high which means it'll fit into most ATX cases. It sports dual 6mm heat pipes and one 9cm fan with special fan blade design which makes the Transformer S quieter and provides greater cooling efficiency.

Additionally, shock absorption rubber nail design can reduce the shake and goes further to reduce noise levels. EVERCOOL's Transformer S also includes compatibility for both AMD and Intel, including Intel's upcoming LGA 2011 socket. The nine fan blade design on the Transformer S can spin up to 2200 RPM and even at that speed, its noise is less than 20 dBA. All of this tech rolls into one great CPU cooling package, inclusive of a cheesy video which I'll now show you below:

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