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Apple orders 56 million iPhones for 2H of 2011

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Aug 15, 2011 at 9:06 pm CDT

Apple has increased their orders for iPhone's for the 2H of 2011, included in this order is the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA and of course, the next-gen iPhone 5. They've increased their order by 12% to a staggering 56 million units. The iPhone 5 is said to consist of roughly half of that, so between 25.5 and 26 million handsets. DigiTimes' source has said that the iPhone 5 orders for the 3Q of 2011 have been lowered from 7 million units to 5.5 - 6 million, whilst 4Q order have been raised from 14 to 20 million.

Apple orders 56 million iPhones for 2H of 2011 | TweakTown.com

Total iPhone shipments in 2011 will now tally at roughly 95 million units. That sure is a lot of iPhones.

Google to acquire Motorola Mobility, can we please have a phone called Googlerola?

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm CDT

Dedicated Android partner, Motorola Mobility, have been acquired by Google today in an announcement that was music to my ears. Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011.

Google to acquire Motorola Mobility, can we please have a phone called Googlerola? | TweakTown.com

Google CEO, Larry Page has a few things to say about the acquisition:

Motorola Mobility's total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.

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ASRock packs a tight punch with mini-ITX based A75M-ITX

Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | Aug 15, 2011 at 10:30 am CDT

Here's a lovely candidate for pairing with the SVD-NC11-4 we mentioned a little earlier, as well as being a quick eye opener for HTPC or LAN builders looking to get a compact, budget build underway. A new Mini-ITX sized A75 chipset motherboard has reached shelves in Japan from ASRock, dubbed the A75M-ITX.

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Japanese tech site Akiba PC has managed to get some hands on with it and ascertain what ASRock have packed onto this confined space. It's got a 4 phase power arrangement with two DDR3 memory slots, four SATA 6Gb/s ports and a dedicated x16 PCI-E slot.

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The I/O area doesn't look to be lacking for a board of this stature with a combo PS/2 port, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, both VGA and HDMI (w/ 1.4a support) display output and ASRock's XFast USB technology on tap.

We're yet to see it emerge in other markets, but to give you an idea on price, it's now shifting in Japan for about 8980 Yen ($116 US).

Specs on HTC Ruby looking very strong w/ 1.5GHz dual core

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Aug 15, 2011 at 9:16 am CDT

More details, while unconfirmed, are starting to paint quite an attractive picture on HTC's T-Mobile bound 'Ruby' smart phone, which reports are indicating could be launched as early as late September.

Specs on HTC Ruby looking very strong w/ 1.5GHz dual core | TweakTown.com

The Ruby Android handset is looking to be quite the feature packed number with rumour of a 1.5GHz dual core processor lurking inside and a 4.3-inch qHD display running a resolution of 960 x 540.

Other reported specs include 1GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, as well as an 8 MP rear-facing camera (with dedicated, separate buttons for video and image taking) and front facing 2MP camera.

Sandy Bridge-E shipping light without a heatsink/fan

Steve Dougherty | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Aug 15, 2011 at 7:58 am CDT

It has just come to light that Intel does not intend to ship its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E (LGA2011) Core i7 processors with a heatsink/fan (HSF). Instead, Intel plans to offer the certified HSF for these processors as a separate, standalone purchase through the same retail channels.

Sandy Bridge-E shipping light without a heatsink/fan | TweakTown.com

While there's no doubt some people are satisfied with, or even prefer an Intel certified cooler for these high TDP processors, Intel would be banking on the majority of the target users wanting to use third-party cooling options, as it is expected that many of the big name CPU cooler makers will have lineups of LGA2011-ready coolers readily available upon the Sandy Bridge E series launch.

Sandy Bridge E processors have a rated TDP of 130W, but early testing on engineering samples has proven that it can reach as high as 180W under load (and that's at stock speeds).

EOLIZE paves the way for terabytes galore in a DIY mITX based NAS

Steve Dougherty | Storage | Aug 15, 2011 at 6:24 am CDT

A newish german provider of storage products and accessories, EOLIZE has issued out a press release today detailing its new SVD-NC11-4, a compact NAS/home storage enclosure with four hot swappable 3.5-inch (2.5-inch supported) SATA drive bays, making it possible to add up to 12TB of storage space.

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With its dimensions of just 300 x 200 x 250 mm, this tidy little unit is designed to accept a mini-ITX based motherboard and includes a built-in 200W PSU. It ships with a 120mm (1400RPM) fan and and provides enough space to accomodate a full-size PCI or PCI-E add-in card.

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ASUS announce F1A75-I DELUXE motherboard, includes wireless USB remote control

Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Aug 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm CDT

ASUS today have announced the launch of their new Mini-ITX motherboard based on the AMD A75 chipset, the F1A75-I DELUXE motherboard. Powered by the Fusion APU, the F1A75-I DELUXE has the power to deliver amazing graphics performance when combined with a discrete GPU for Dual Graphics capabilities. Built on the Mini-ITX format, the board is only 170x170mm and ships with a convenient wireless USB remote control that also has a full keyboard for typing on the backside.

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A first, for sure and something like this is a huge bonus for HTPC builders. The F1A75-I DELUXE also fills out with DIGI+ VRM, a first on a Mini-ITX board. As well as ASUS throwing in its unique UEFI BIOS, flexible and user friendly, mouse-controlled graphical user interface and ASUS Exclusive EZ mode design can help tune a HTPC easier.

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The F1A75-I DELUXE also includes built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet. PCI-Express 2.0 16x slot is included as well as four SATA 6Gb/s connectors, with one an eSATA port and four USB 3.0 connections.

Mozilla unleash Firefox 6 early, ahead of August 16th release

Anthony Garreffa | Internet Browsers | Aug 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm CDT

Firefox 5 only came out a short while ago and Mozilla are not slowing down. Firefox 6 final is now available for download on Mac, Windows and Linux via Mozilla FTP servers. It's not available "officially", but will be available anytime next week. Firefox 6 does not introduce any UI changes, but the new version of Mozilla's ever-so-popular web browser does include some speed improvements while using the browser, almost 20% faster in some cases verses Firefox 5.

Mozilla unleash Firefox 6 early, ahead of August 16th release | TweakTown.com

As always, because this isn't the "official" release, the final build may be updated before it gets released to the public next week. The welcome page does still say "Firefox 6 Beta" but don't let this stop you, Mozilla just hasn't updated the page yet. Go forth and grab Firefox 6! If you'd like to get your download on, I've linked to the 3 flavours of Firefox 6 below.

Firefox 6 for Windows

Firefox 6 for Mac

Firefox 6 for Linux

ASUS Eee Pad Slider to hit shelves in September?

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Aug 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm CDT

The ASUS Eee Pad Slider has become quite elusive, the Transformer has been enjoying its time on the market against the iPad, I have one myself and love it to bits over my iPad. But the Slider that is soon to become noticed on shelves is looking quite interesting too. A recent report from Notebook Italia saw a new product page and it looks like the 10.1-inch Android QWERTY-sporting tablet might actually see a September launch, in Italy.

ASUS Eee Pad Slider to hit shelves in September? | TweakTown.com

The Slider is said to be coming in both 16GB and 32GB flavors and hitting possibly price points of €479 and €599 overseas, whilst US-based customers can expect $400 and $550 models hitting shelves. It's said to be shipping with Android 3.1 with a promised 3.2 upgrade, QWERTY keypad, 1280x800 WXGA display, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of memory, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, microSD card reader, WiFi and Bluetooth.

Cupertino City Council reveals more details on Apple's "Spaceship" Campus construction

Steve Dougherty | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 13, 2011 at 7:57 am CDT

It was back in early June that Steve Jobs revealed what his plans were for the large piece of land Apple purchased from Hewlett Packard, located in its home district of Cupertino. At that point we were just given a brief rundown on what was on the cards; a large campus designed like none other, resembling a large, spaceship/UFO like object that has landed when looking from above.

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Fast forward a couple months and the Cupertino City Council has just made more details available about the "Spaceship" Campus. Here are some measurements and inclusions to paint a bit of a picture on things :-

• An Office, Research and Development Building comprising approximately 2.8 million square feet;

• A 1,000 seat Corporate Auditorium;

• A Corporate Fitness Center;

• Research Facilities comprising approximately 300,000 square feet;

• A Central Plant; and

• Associated Parking.

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