Telstra to sell iPad 2 at retail stores from next week

Telstra are set to join Vodafone in the direct retail sales of Apple's tablet, the iPad 2. Telstra will directly retail Apple's iPad 2 from November 15, with monthly plans beginning from just $49. The iPad 2 will be available through Telstra Business Centres, Telstra Shops, online or over the phone at 132 200.

Telstra will offer the Wi-Fi + 3G model of the iPad 2, in 16, 32 and 64GB sizes, on two-year contracts and pre-paid data plans. Starting with the 16GB iPad 2, it will cost $0 upfront on $49, $59, $69 and $99 plans. Monthly data caps are 1, 4, 8 and 15GB, respectively.

The 32GB variant of the iPad 2 will also cost $0 upfront, with monthly costs of $54, $64, $74 and $104 with data allowances the same as the 16GB model. Finally, the 64GB model will come with an upfront cost of $24 and monthly pricing of $57, $67, $77 and $107 per month. Data allowances remain unchanged once again.

Continue reading: Telstra to sell iPad 2 at retail stores from next week (full post)

HTC Edge set to be the first quad-core smartphone, sports NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC

HTC Edge is set to be the world's first quad-core smartphone, powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 System-on-a-Chip (SoC). Edge is set to be a premium handset, incorporating the latest mobile technologies.

Edge will be a 4.7-inch smartphone that is just 10mm thick, and will sport a 1280x720 resolution. It will also contain 1GB of RAM, a backlit 8-megapixel rear-racing camera with a 28mm, f/2.2 lens. The biggest thing the Edge can brag about is that it sports an AP30 Tegra 3 CPU from NVIDIA which is set to pump out quad-core at 1.5GHz each.

Storage-wise, we should see it increased to 32GB and Bluetooth 4.0 is included, on top of this we have Beats Audio with the package. Edge is also rumored to include the rollout of the new or improved HTC content services, such as the HTC Listen music store, HTC Read bookstore and the HTC Play gaming hub, finally, the HTC Watch movie portal will reportedly begin to offer HD fare. Edge could also be one of the first to sport HTC's Sense 4.0.

Continue reading: HTC Edge set to be the first quad-core smartphone, sports NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC (full post)

EA president mentions Battlefield 4

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Nov 9, 2011 8:12 PM CST

This is something that isn't surprising, but EA president Frank Gibeau has been talking about Battlefield 4. Twitter user Brandon Winfrey posted that during a keynote at the University of Southern California, where Gibeau reportedly said "There is going to be a Battlefield 4."

This is pretty obvious considering the success the Battlefield franchise has had, and just how amazing Battlefield 3 has been. When Gibeau was asked about the statement, a rep for EA told IGN the following:

Frank was speaking broadly about the Battlefield brand - a brand that EA is deeply passionate about and a fan community that EA is committed to.

Continue reading: EA president mentions Battlefield 4 (full post)

Intel's next-generation processor architecture, Haswell, gets leaked details

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Nov 9, 2011 7:08 PM CST

Ivy Bridge isn't even here yet, and we're seeing details on Intel's next-generation processor architecture, Haswell. Haswell will be a brand new architecture based on a 22nm fan process which will be matured by Sandy Bridge's successor, Ivy Bridge. This is Intel's "tick-tock" product development model, where we see a "tock" being a new x86 architecture, and a "tick" miniaturizes it to a newer silicon fabrication process.

If Intel's 22nm process all goes to plan, Haswell has an ETA of Q2 2013, with Ivy Bridge taking the lead from Q2 2012 until then. Haswell will feature an all-new socket, LGA1150, which means it will not be compatible with LGA1155 boards. The reason behind this is that Intel have implemented drastic changes in the pin map of the package.

There has been a major change with the component arrangement in the platform that is affecting Haswell's pin map, more specifically, it's Haswell's higher bandwidth chipset bus, rearranged PCIe pins (with FDI pins), rearranged power pins, and miscellaneous pins. It also throws away the separate power domain for the integrated graphics controller.

Continue reading: Intel's next-generation processor architecture, Haswell, gets leaked details (full post)

US military weapons, "full of fake Chinese parts"

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Nov 9, 2011 5:43 AM CST

I wonder if you look under the latest Jet, Rocket Launcher or M16 if it would say "Made in China", because at the end of the day - a lot of the parts that go into the high-end military arms are built in China. A story has come about that the US Senate Armed Services Committee said its researchers had uncovered 1,800 cases in which the Pentagon had been sold electronics that may be counterfeit.

In total, the committee has said that they found more than a million fake parts that have made their way into warplanes such as the Boeing C-17 transport jet and the Lockheed Martin C-130J "Super Hercules." The problem with this is, it could be everywhere without the US military knowing, as they also found fake components in Boeing's CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter as well as the Theatre High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile defence system.

Senator Carl Levin has said:

Continue reading: US military weapons, "full of fake Chinese parts" (full post)

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition, now available on PC

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Nov 9, 2011 5:01 AM CST

L.A. Noire has enjoyed high praise on the console, but now its time for the PC to get some of that 40s-themed goodness. L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition has either launched, or will launch within the next day or so (depending on region) and includes a bunch of additions and highlights over the console counterpart.

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition includes all previously released DLC for the console versions (including additional outfits, weapons, and cases such as "Nicholson Electroplating", "Reefer Madness", "Naked City", "Slip of the Tongue", "Consul's Car" and more) and makes them available to players from the start.

New for the PC version is, support for NVIDIA's 3D Vision, enhanced resolutions and graphical performance, keyboard mapping and gamepad support. You can grab it from the Steam Store.

Continue reading: L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition, now available on PC (full post)

Patriot Memory launches Mac Series SSD and Notebook SODIMMs

Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Nov 8, 2011 10:30 PM CST

Patriot Memory have today announced their new Mac Series XT SSDs and SODIMM lines. Both are optimized for the latest and popular Mac-based products, with the new offerings from Patriot geared toward power users who demand the latest storage and memory technology to increase productivity and performance.

The Patriot Memory Mac Series XT SSDs sport the SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor and synchronous NAND which is quite popular in SSD technology and very, very fast. It's capable of delivering speeds of up to 520MB/sec read and 500MB/sec write, while also offering extended battery life and system responsiveness to MacBook owners. Patriot also ensure the best performance and stability available by testing all Mac Series SSDs at the Apple Developer Compatibility labs for both quality and reliability.

Patriot Memory's Signature Apple DDR3 Non-ECC Unbuffered SODIMMs deliver the quality, reliability, and performance expected for today's computing needs. These sticks are hand tested exclusively on Apple systems, with every module requiring a pass on strict standards to ensure compatibility, quality and reliability.

Continue reading: Patriot Memory launches Mac Series SSD and Notebook SODIMMs (full post)

Steam forums are currently down, security breach is to blame?

Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Nov 8, 2011 9:16 PM CST

Steam's official forums are currently offline with a message reading "The Steam forums are temporarily offline for maintenance. Your patience is appreciated." Is maintenance the actual issue, though? It is believed that the site's vBulletin forum software may have been hacked, with Valve not yet to comment on the issue, with some gamers noticing a suspicious message on the forum last night that leads most to believe it was a security breach.

Eurogamer was contacted by a Steam user who said a group known as fkn0wned changed the text on the forum and spammed some user's e-mail addresses. Below is what was said:

Ever wanted to dominate the servers you play on with guaranteed results, but you were too afraid to cheat because of ban risks? Visit Fkn0wned.com. It's safe, secure and undetected. Along with hacks, we've also got some general discussion sections, hacking tutorials and tools, porn, free giveaways and much more. This site has been conditioned to meet all of your needs in terms of resources so be sure to take a look and tell us what you think. Thanks again, the fkn0wned team.

Continue reading: Steam forums are currently down, security breach is to blame? (full post)

RumorTT: Xbox 720 is said to be smaller, cheaper than Xbox 360

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Nov 8, 2011 7:17 PM CST

Ah, RumorTT time, and today we have some news of the next-generation [gaming] console from Microsoft. Why did I put [gaming] in and not the actual word? Well, it might not be a hardcore gaming console after all. The Xbox 720 as its most commonly referred to, is reportedly codenamed "Loop".

Loop is said to be much smaller than the Xbox 360, will reportedly cost less to produce in the hopes of achieving higher Kinect adoption according to Microsoft leak blogger MS Nerd. The next-generation Xbox is also said to be based on a modified version of the yet-to-be-announced Windows 9.

Yep! Windows 9! MS Nerd also said that:

Continue reading: RumorTT: Xbox 720 is said to be smaller, cheaper than Xbox 360 (full post)

Sennheiser intros six new budget friendly sets of headphones

Steve Dougherty | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Nov 8, 2011 8:42 AM CST

Looking at picking up a new set of headphones over the xssy break? - You might be interested in one of six new pairs of headphones Sennheiser has just announced today. The new models in Sennheiser's line include the HD 219, HD 229, HD 239, HD 429, HD 439 and HD 449, all promising to deliver 'defined sound' in style.

HD 219

The HD 219 will set you back only $59.95 and feature closed ear cups with a padded head band for excellent comfort. For an extra $20 you can shift up to the HD 229 which include the use of powerful neodymium magnets that promise precise stereo sound output.

Continue reading: Sennheiser intros six new budget friendly sets of headphones (full post)