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All News for April 2012

Now that Intel’s 3rd-generation Ivy Bridge processors are finally here, builders can start offering them as options paired with Z77 chipset motherboards. CyberPowerPC certainly hasn’t wasted any time on that front--the company now offers Intel Core i7-3770K and i5-3570K processors in its custom Fang III Viper, Cobra, Zeus Thunder,... Read more...
MSI is busting out some spec-heavy gaming notebooks with the GT70 and GT60 series. The notebooks pair the Intel HM77 chipset and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M graphics and rely on an Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3-3.3GHz) processor for most of the systems’ horsepower. The systems also feature Killer E2200 Game Networking Gigabit LAN, Steel Series... Read more...
New networking gear? Oh, yeah, we've got that. Actually, Qualcomm Atheros has that, as today they're introducing both the Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth as well as the Killer E2200 gigabit Ethernet controller. You may remember the 'Killer' name from the prior Bigfoot Networks namesake, but that... Read more...
Patents seemingly make the world go 'round, particularly in the technology space these days. Android, iOS, Samsung, Google, AOL, Microsoft -- hardly a day goes by without someone's patent portfolio making the (positive or negative) news. Today, Microsoft and Facebook are the ones in the spotlight, announcing an... Read more...
One of the great things about Intel’s “Tick, Tock” release cadence is that it gives us all an early glimpse into the company’s future plans and potential product offerings, especially since they’ve been able to execute so well over the last few years. Seeing Conroe eventually evolve into Penryn, and Nehalem into... Read more...
You might say Intel has been absolutely killing it as of late.  Whether you consider their recent earnings announcement beating Wall Street's expectations, the Ultrabook craze, their re-entrance into the handset arena with their Medfield platform, or the proliferation of their 2nd generation Core i7 Sandy Bridge... Read more...
Asus is now shipping its Transformer Pad 300 tablet which features a starting price of $379.99 for the 16GB model. A 32GB version of this tablet is also available. Both models come with 8GB of Asus WebStorage. The Transformer Pad 300 features a 10.1-inch WXGA IPS capacitive pressure-sensing multi-touch display along with a 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra... Read more...
The 17-inch MacBook might not be long for this world. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities, there's a good chance Apple will decide to discontinue the 17-inch SKU following an upcoming refresh, MacRumors reports. As buyers look to go smaller and lighter, Apple may ultimately decide to stop selling... Read more...
Sprint customers who have been waiting for Android 4.0 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus won't have to wait any longer. The phone is currently available for $199.99 with a two-year contract. As you may recall, the Galaxy Nexus features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich along with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED contour display,... Read more...
Dell decided to don its enterprise cap today and introduced its new Precision tower workstation line. The new Dell Precision T1560, T3600, T5600, and T7600 all boast industrial designs with "superb power, dependability, and manageability" and will be available to purchase worldwide starting next month. More than just an aesthetics change,... Read more...
Acer today announced that it's now offering its AC100 micro-server commercially in the U.S. The AC100 attempts to squeeze server class performance and features into a compact footprint that's relatively affordable at just $999 (MSRP). Some of the key features include an Intel Xeon E3-1260L (standard), Core i3, or Pentium series processor;... Read more...
According to a South Korean newspaper, Samsung’s iCloud/Google Drive cloud storage competitor, S-Cloud, is due to be revealed at the company’s London event in early May. Apparently there will be no restrictions on the type of content you can deposit online, and users may have more than 5GB of storage space. The service may also... Read more...
You can probably chalk this one up to the dramatic change Microsoft introduced with its Metro user interface, but for what it's worth, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has attracted twice the number of users as the Windows 7 Beta did after the same amount of time went by. Microsoft made the statement on its... Read more...
Asus is getting ready to roll out its first 15.6-inch G-Series notebook for gamers. How do we know? Well, the aggressive looking laptop reportedly appeared (briefly) online at HID Evolution, a computer, electronics, and mobile devices e-store that started out by selling products on eBay. According to Laptoping, the Asus G55VW-DS71 went live... Read more...
Google Drive. Go ahead and get used to the name, because you'll be hearing about it quite frequently in the coming weeks. Google has largely avoided the cloud storage race thus far, leaving iCloud, SkyDrive, Dropbox and the rest to tend to their own fields. But soon, that playground will have another rival on it, and... Read more...
A decade ago, who would've believed that tablets would be all the rage? And more than that, really. These things have taken on a life of their own, replacing new laptop purchases, doubling as presentation tools, and evidently, tripling as TV-watching devices. According to "Tapping Into Tabletomics," a new study released by Viacom, tablets... Read more...
Do consumers really need yet another smartphone platform to consider when shopping a mobile device? We're about to find out. Perhaps you've heard of Mozilla's 'Boot to Gecko' (B2G) project, essentially an open source operating system that puts all its chips into HTML5. Well, it appears that the first phone to run B2G will be released in Brazil... Read more...
Some Nintendo 3DS owners have complained about the system's Home screen being too cluttered with no real way to clean it up without deleting items. Well, that's about to change. Nintendo is the mood for some spring cleaning and plans on releasing a firmware update later this month that will let 3DS owners wrangle... Read more...
For those of you who collect outdated electronics and currently own an HTC brand smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard, hold onto the thing, it could very well be the last of its kind. At a press event in Seattle recently, HTC's Creative Director, Claude Zellweger, reportedly told attendees that his company is... Read more...
Pandora's Box just keeps getting wider and wider. As the famed music streaming service stretches to new places, DISH Network is hoping to garner a bit more attention to its own products. This week, DISH expanded its in-home music experience with Pandora, adding the radio service to the Hopper whole-home HD DVR system. Pandora on Hopper gives... Read more...
A new day, a new controller accessory. That's a saying, right? At any rate, N-Control has launched a new Avenger Elite, which is expected to release at the end of this month. The device is designed to wrap around gamepads (on PS3 and Xbox 360)and provide actual levers and triggers, which is generally seen as more intuitive than buttons. The... Read more...
NVIDIA has made secret of the fact that it believes mobile gaming will meet and/or exceed console gaming in terms of graphics very soon. They even provided a handy chart (pictured below) in a blog post. To that end, the company offered a sneak peek at two new games that are optimized for NVIDIA’s Tegra 3... Read more...
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