BitFenix unveils new chassis dubbed Ghost, offers 'superb silence'

Trace Hagan | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Sep 7, 2012 11:28 AM CDT

Your options for a new computer case have just increased as BitFenix has just launched a new chassis dubbed Ghost. According to BitFenix themselves, it features "superb silence with powerful water cooling capabilities and flexibility for the latest hardware," something everyone wants in a computer case.

"After changing the way people think about the mini-ITX form factor with Prodigy, fans around the world have been wondering what would happen if BitFenix were to design a chassis with focus on silence. Today, it gives us great pleasure to reveal the answer to that question - Ghost," says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt. "Extremely silent yet surprisingly capable, we believe fans of silent chassis are going to fall in love with our newest creation."

The new case features:

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Wikipedia founder will encrypt the site if the UK passes their Communications Data Bill

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 7, 2012 5:32 AM CDT

The UK government proposed their controversial Communications Data Bill earlier this year, which would see British ISPs made to keep records of every website that their customers visit for 12 months. Of course, you can see where civil rights groups, and others, would have problems with this.

Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, has stepped up to the debate and joined the opposition to the proposed bill, saying:

If we find that UK ISPs are mandated to keep track of every single webpage that you read at Wikipedia, I am almost certain we would immediately move to a default of encrypting all communication to the UK, so that the local ISP would only be able to see that you are speaking to Wikipedia, not what you are reading.

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Foxconn forcing university students to work on the new iPhone

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 7, 2012 2:42 AM CDT

The new iPhone looks to be announced next week at Apple's September 12 event, and one analyst estimates the new iPhone could sell as many as 10 million in its first week. The question is, how do Apple amass 10 million (or so) new iPhone's in a short amount of time?

Simple. Force university students to work 12 hours per day, six days per week for around $243 per month on the new iPhone. This is what Foxconn is doing, reports the Shanghai Daily. Foxconn reportedly couldn't get their soul machine to work normally, so they secured more workers from universities, as classes were suspended at the start of the new semester.

Students began working on the new iPhone last Thursday, and are being "compensated" by the $243 per month wage. One student who wished to remain anonymous, claims that the authorities had ordered the schools to round up students to help Foxconn, with the company not informing parents, or signing agreements with students. Another anonymous student said that some universities would go as far as punishing students if they tried to leave the factory.

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Raspberry Pi revision 2.0 boards announced

The original $25 Raspberry Pi was a success, even though it had its fair share of manufacturing hiccups, but the Raspberry Pi Foundation have just announced revision 2.0 of the micro device. We're not looking at it featuring a new processor, or any massive changes, instead we're looking at smaller concerns from the first Raspberry Pi that the team received from the original device.

Revision 2.0 will sport changes to the GPIO pin out, which will add ARM JTAG support and to present a different I2C peripheral. Revision 2.0 also features a reset circuit which can be used by adding an appropriate header to P6. The Raspberry Pi team says that shorting P6 pin 1 to P6 pin 2 will cause the BCM2835M to reset. Resetable fuses that were used to protect the USB outputs on early revision 1.0 boards have been removed, and replaced with links.

Two GPIO pins have been interchanged, while the primary and secondary I2C channels have been reversed. Revision 2.0 has also seen the removal of four GPIO signals that were used for verification identification in revision 1.0, as they were said to be redundant. In their place, will be a new connector site, P5, which the foundation says is perfect for adding a third-party clock and audio codec board.

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G to get Jelly Bean updates today

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Sep 7, 2012 12:28 AM CDT

Yesterday we heard rumors that Sprint would be pushing out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G, where today this news has been confirmed. The updates should already be hitting handsets, or will any minute now.

Jelly Bean updates will provide a bunch of new features such as Google Now, which is a Siri-like assistant, an improved notification and voice search system, offline dictation, and more. One of the better features of Jelly Bean is 'Project Butter', which makes the entire OS' UI move at 60fps.

I've been using Jelly Bean for only two days now on my recently-acquired Nexus 7, and it truly is beautiful. If you're a Sprint-based Galaxy Nexus, or Nexus S 4G owner, keep checking your phone for that JB update!

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Amazon also unveils lower-end Kindle Paperwhite, revamped Fire's

Amazon didn't just keep their high-end fans happy today with the announcement of the Kindle Fire HD range of tablets, or the 4G LTE-powered version, but the retail giant also announced some new lower-end tablets, too.

First up we have the revamped budget fourth-generation Kindle, which is priced at just $69. The revamped Kindle is the company's best-seller, and is now $10 cheaper, while sporting new fonts, crisper text, and 15% faster page turns. This model should ship next Friday, September 14.

Next up we have the new backlit Kindle Paperwhite, which will be priced at $119 for the Wi-Fi-only model, and $179 for the 3G-capable model. Amazon is proud to announce the Paperwhite sports patented technology that distributes light evenly across the Paperwhite's entire surface, just like ambient light. The Kindle Paperwhite measures in at just 9.1mm thick, weighs 7.5 ounces and sports an insane 8-week battery life. Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite will ship on October 1.

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Amazon unveil 7- and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets, starts at $199

Amazon have unveiled two new tablets in the last couple of hours, dubbed the Kindle Fire HD. There'll be two sizes available, 7- and 8.9-inch. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD will sport a 1920x1200 display with 254ppi.

It measures in at 8.8mm thickness, and weighs 20 ounces, the screen is also said to feature a polarizing feature that should reduce glare on the screen for those heavy Fifty Shades of Grey reading sessions. Inside the Fire HD 8.9, we're looking at a TI OMAP 4470 processor, dual speakers, front-facing HD camera and HDMI out.

Amazon is happy to brag that the Fire HD 8.9 is the first tablet to sport dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi technology, which the company says makes the slate's Wi-Fi 41% faster than the new iPad from Apple. The 16GB model Fire HD 8.9 will set you back $299, and will begin shipping on November 20.

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Micron, SanDisk shares jump on warning of NAND chip shortage

Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 6, 2012 7:34 PM CDT

OCZ lowered their forecast for second quarter earnings due to a shortage of NAND chips that it uses in the production of its solid state drives. This was seen as a good thing on Wall Street and both Micron's and SanDisk's shares jumped. This is because a shortage in NAND chips would stop the sliding price of flash memory that has been dropping lower in recent days due to overproduction.

Micron increased by 5.97 percent to $6.55 and SanDisk managed an 8.0 percent increase to $43.85. "Supply and demand is coming into balance with the cuts and the industry rationalizing its capacity," said Kevin Cassidy, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus. Supply had previously been increased to meet the demand for Apple's iPad and other devices.

Decreased sales had created an overabundance of NAND chips which lead to decreased prices. Toshiba announced back in July that they would be decreasing their output by 30 percent in order to help stabilize prices. Citi analyst Glen Yeung said that the effects have yet to be fully felt across the industry.

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Kingston adds HyperX Red to product line perminately

Trace Hagan | RAM | Sep 6, 2012 6:20 PM CDT

Kingston, one of the world's largest memory manufacturers, produced a HyperX Red line as a limited edition product earlier this year. The HyperX Red line was designed to be a budget part, an offering to compete against "major on 3rd" products, which have dominated the budget market.

"Major on 3rd" means that a company has taken a major brand memory, such as Toshiba, and added it to a 3rd party vendor's PCB. This is where most of your budget memory comes from. Now, Kingston wants to take some of this market. That is why they have permanently added the HyperX Red product to their line up.

The HyperX Red brand is designed for system builders who want to use major brand memory or for enthusiasts who don't want to spend a lot of money on their RAM and still want to get some performance.

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Creative announces Sound BlasterAxx range of products

Anthony Garreffa | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Sep 6, 2012 6:22 AM CDT

Creative have just taken the veil off of their latest creation, the Sound BlasterAxx range of products. Creative dub this "a whole new generation of Sound Blaster" which is set to "dazzle the new mobile networked generation". In reality, just a handful of cool, new Sound Blaster-based products.

First up we have the Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20, which supports both PC and Mac, as well as iOS- and Android-based devices. SBX 20 sports Bluetooth connectivity, making it that much easier to hook these devices together and get your audio goodness on. Because we live in a world of network-connected devices, Creative Chairman and CEO, also the creator of the Sound Blaster, Sim Wong Hoo, had to really go back to the drawing board when envisioning the new Sound BlasterAxx range of products.

Creative's Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 is Bluetooth-enabled, features a unique patent-pending "stacked stereo" speaker design that can fill a room with sound, a high-quality, dual-microphone for great voice chat and conversation, hardware-accelerated SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice technologies, as well as featuring aux-in for wired connection from other audio-connected devices. The package arrives in a 410x91mm form factor.

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