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In this episode of Two and A Half Geeks, Marco, Dave and Iyaz discuss AMD's new low power Beema and Mullins processors for mobile devices, the HTC One (M8), Samsung's Galaxy S5, Micron's new M500DC SSD for enterprise applications, and the Alienware 17 and Samsung ATIV 9 Plus notebooks. We also reveal some of the components that'll be used in our next high-end gaming rig giveaway! Show Notes: 02:15 - AMD Beema and Mullins Low Power 2014 APUs Tested 09:30 - HTC One (M8) Android Smartphone Review 17:30 - Micron M500DC Enterprise Class SSD Review 22:10 - Alienware 17: AMD's R9 M290X Goes Mobile 28:45 - Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Review 31:06 - Upcoming contest hints. (Wow, we've got a good one... Read more...
Despite some fierce competition, Samsung has experienced an impressive level of success in the mobile space and has managed to nurture the Galaxy brand into a household name. Part of that success was due to the company unifying its ultra mobile products (phones, tablets, phablets, etc.) under the Galaxy brand, and thus, Samsung decided to take a similar route on the PC side earlier in the year. The ATIV brand is a relatively new one for Samsung, but it's definitely gaining traction. In addition, Samsung is pouring a ton of resources into industrial design, as evidenced by the ATIV Book 6. This particular machine is obviously aimed at the masses, and not hardcore gamers or tireless road warriors.... Read more...
Despite some fierce competition, Samsung has experienced an impressive level of success in the mobile space and has managed to nurture the Galaxy brand into a household name. Part of that success was due to the company unifying its ultra mobile products (phones, tablets, phablets, etc.) under the Galaxy brand, and thus, Samsung decided to take a similar route on the PC side earlier in the year. The ATIV brand is a relatively new one for Samsung, but it's definitely gaining traction. In addition, Samsung's pouring a ton of resources into industrial design, as evidenced by the ATIV Book 6. This particular machine is obviously aimed at the masses, and not hardcore gamers or tireless... Read more...
There are mobile devices and then there are mobile devices, and Samsung’s latest is a doozy. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus rocks an Intel Core i5-4200U (Haswell) processor and a 13.3-inch QHD+ touchscreen display with a superb resolution of 3200x1800. The rest of the choice components include 4GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, a 128GB SSD, and integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400. There’s also a 3-in-1 card reader, integrated webcam, built-in microphone and speakers, and for connectivity, the machine offers gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiDi. In terms of ports, the ATIV Book 9 Plus sports a pair of USB 3.0 ports, micro-HDMI, mini-VGA (via an optional cable),... Read more...
Samsung has a few new products up its sleeve that it's planning to unveil at its upcoming "Premiere 2013" event in London on June 20th. What exactly Samsung has in store remains to be seen, though the company did provide a few teaser shots and mention that it will entail new Galaxy and ATIV devices. There are three partial product photos to gloss over, one of which looks like a notebook lid. If we had to guess, we'd say the other two are smartphone and tablet devices, though it's tough to tell from the teaser shots. Since they're Galaxy and ATIV products, however, we can surmise that Samsung is continuing its focus on Android and Windows 8 product launches. The Samsung S4 Mini could make a debut... Read more...
Samsung has a lot of product in a lot of categories, and now the company is unifying a bunch of them--all of its Windows-based PCs--under the “ATIV” brand. Until now, ATIV was the moniker the company gave only to its convertible notebook line; the change starts today. If you’re worried that you’re going to be terribly confused about which products will become what, Samsung provided a helpful chart. The company also announced an ultrabook and a laptop today. The 14-inch (1366x768) Samsung ATIV Book 5 ultrabook runs on an Intel Core i5-3337U (1.8GHz) processor, 4GB of memory, a 500GB HDD paired with 24GB ExpressCache, and Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics. The 4.19-pound... Read more...
When Microsoft announced that it would build an entirely separate version of Windows for ARM processors in 2011, it galvanized the entire computing industry. For decades, Windows and x86 had been synonymous terms, so this move to support alternative architectures was seen as a fundamental change in how Microsoft would approach future product development and software compatibility. Fast forward to the present day, and the future prospects for Windows RT are dimming fast. Samsung -- already having decided not to bring its Ativ RT tablet to the US due to low sales -- has now given notice that it won't sell the device in Germany, either. Windows RT sales have generally been lower than expected; Microsoft's... Read more...
While Samsung has decided not to ship the ATIV Tab in the United States (nor any Windows RT tablet), there's evidently sufficient demand in other markets for Microsoft's ARM-friendly OS. A new edition of the ATIV Smart PC has popped up this week, with a sleek, shiny white shell that most definitely stands apart from the other grey/charcoal/black frames that are all too popular these days. Not surprisingly, this new hue will be held to South Korea for the time being, bringing an 11.6" panel (1366x768), a dual-core 1.8GHz Clover Trail processor, 64GB of storage, and a 4800mAh battery. It's on sale now in Samsung's homeland for around $1000, so if you're looking for a great excuse to visit Seoul,... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows RT Surface debuted with the launch of Windows 8, but the company kept its lips sealed on when the x86 version of the tablet, dubbed Surface Pro, would launch or what the price would be. The company has narrowed down the former (January) and given specific details on the latter. At launch, the Surface Pro will start at $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB edition. Included with the increased price tag (Windows RT Surface starts at $499) are a 10.6" 1920x1080 display, a USB 3.0 port (RT Surface uses USB 2.0), a mini Display Port capable of driving a 2560x1440 display, and a digitizer for pen-based input. The Touch / Type Covers will still be a separate accessory.... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface is going to have a little competition this winter. Samsung is going to be one of a few companies issuing Windows 8 and Windows RT-based tabled once the operating systems hit the shelves on October 26th, with the ATIV Tab being the first to be formally revealed. It's a 10.1" Windows RT tablet, with a 1366x768 screen resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, USB, microHDMI port and your choice of 32GB or 64GB of storage. There's also a bundled copy of Office 2013 (Home and Student), as well as an 8200mAh battery. Samsung's not saying when this slate will ship, but it'll need to price competitive with the Surface in order to even look halfway... Read more...
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now ShippingMilestone Release Radically Improves Creative Workflow Efficiency; Redefines Collaboration Between Designers and Developers SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oct. 15, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family, the highly-anticipated release of industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical breakthroughs in workflow efficiency - and packed with hundreds of innovative, time saving features - the new Creative Suite 4 product line advances the creative process across print, Web, interactive, film, video and mobile.Customers can... Read more...
Creative has just released the USB 2.0-based Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 audio adapter, making it now much simpler to get surround sound on laptops and cramped small-form-factor PCs (LAN party anyone?)--or allaying the fears of those who are hesitant to crack open their systems and start mucking around inside. While Creative calls it a "sound card," it is really a small external adapter, powered by the USB port."Why settle for basic, built-in sound? Your music and movies deserve Xtreme Fidelity. Simply connect the Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 sound card to your PC or notebook and turn your downloaded music into your own personal concert. Watch DVDs or downloaded videos with full cinematic... Read more...
Intel Education and WiMAX Initiatives Show Progress in Saudi Arabia Intel Chairman Cites Government-Industry Partnership as Successful Model, Advancing Education, Technology Innovation and Economic Development in Arab World RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 7, 2008 – Intel Corporation Chairman Craig Barrett kicked off his fourth visit to the Gulf region by pledging technical support for building a high-speed wireless network in the country using a long-range wireless technology known as WiMAX. He also dedicated a pilot project for e-learning at a Saudi Arabian school, which is becoming a top priority in many educational systems throughout the world. "Our joint commitment to technological innovation... Read more...
AMD Demos 45nm Native Quad-Core Processors for Server, Desktop — Customer Testing of Product Samples Underway — HANNOVER, Germany. -- March 4, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) demonstrated at the CeBit electronics exhibition its first 45nm quad-core chips running multiple operating systems and a range of processing intensive applications. The processors were produced in Dresden, Germany, in AMD’s Fab 36 300mm manufacturing facility, using an advanced 45nm process co-developed with IBM. AMD 45nm transistors are engineered to enable greater performance-per-watt capabilities in AMD processors and platforms. AMD combines new processes and materials with leading edge technologies, such as immersion lithography... Read more...
It has been quite a while since AMD launched a truly new CPU core architecture.  It was way back in September of 2003 that the first "K8" based desktop processors arrived in the form of the single-core Athlon 64 and Athlon 64-FX.  And while the company has launched a slew of new desktop, server, and mobile processors since then, there haven’t been any major changes made to the base CPU architecture.   AMD did make some modifications to the execution core as they introduced processors for different sockets or with different L2 cache sizes, but overall the architecture remained largely unchanged. Today’s Athlon 64 X2 processors have quite a lot in common with those initial Athlon 64s.... Read more...
AMD has officially taken the wraps off their new series of Opteron processors today and have released their first native quad-core processor to the wild.  Welcome to the jungle Barcelona.    We cover specific architecture details, processor model numbering, speeds and feeds of the new Barcelona core Opertons and even offer a glimpse of what's on the horizon with AMD’s Shanghai and Sandtiger cores.  Here's a snip from the piece... "In a move reminiscent of their campaign from long ago to debunk the "megahertz myth" with processor performance rating-type model numbers, AMD is announcing a new power consumption metric called "ACP" or "Average CPU Power".  AMD claims historically that they took a... Read more...
AMD Works with Novell to Accelerate Open Source Linux Driver Initiative Targeting Developers for ATI Radeon™ X1000 Series and ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 Series Graphics Processors Sunnyvale, Calif -- September 7, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a major strategic initiative to support the Open Source development community for ATI Radeon™ graphics processors. The week of September 10th, AMD plans to provide an open source information and development package supporting the ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 series as well as ATI Radeon™ X1000 series of graphics processing units (GPU) on Linux desktops. To accelerate... Read more...
AMD Demonstrates First Graphics Processors to Feature Native DisplayPort 1.1 Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) Commends AMD For the Successful Interoperability Testing of Its First Graphics Processor with a Native DisplayPort™ Interface SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- AMD (NYSE: AMD) reinforced its position as a leader in PC video and display with the successful interoperability testing of a next-generation graphics processor with a native DisplayPort™ 1.1 transmitter. The testing was completed with a Genesis Microchip DisplayPort receiver. AMD is currently attending the Video and Electronics Standards Association (VESA) PlugTest in... Read more...
EA is perhaps one of the most influential companies in the modern software entertainment industry.  The company owns some of the most popular gaming franchises on the market today: Sims, Madden,  C & C, and the list just goes on.  When EA speaks, the industry as a whole listens.What is EA talking about these days?  Innovation, or rather the lack of it in the industry today.  Sure, companies can make bundles selling rehashed sports games with limited improvements, but what about attracting new gamers?  That's why innovating is so important. “In his first in-depth comments since taking the job in April, John Riccitiello says he worries that the Redwood City, Calif., company and others in... Read more...
Apple Inc. has some good news for those who have been set back over $600 for its newest toy, the iPhone: customers will pay less in service fees as compared to other phone users. CEO Steve Jobs also announced that users can activate their iPhones via iTunes in minutes, as opposed to lining up in stores. The iPhone will be available in all of Apple’s 162 stores, in addition to 1,800 of AT&T’s outlets at 6 p.m. in each U.S. time zone on June 29. "AT&T Inc.'s calling plans for the phone will cost $59.99 to $219.99 a month, spokesman Michael Coe said. Similar plans for other phones cost $65 to about $225, according to AT&T's Web site.""AT&T's plans for the iPhone offer between 450... Read more...
Intel and Google Join with Dell, EDS, EPA, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, PG&E, World Wildlife Fund and Others to Launch Climate Savers Computing Initiative Broad effort organized to drive energy-efficient computing; goal to save $5.5 billion in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tons per year MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 12, 2007 – Intel Corporation and Google* joined with Dell*, EDS*, the Environmental Protection Agency*, HP*, IBM*, Lenovo*, Microsoft*, Pacific Gas and Electric*, World Wildlife Fund*, and more than a dozen additional organizations today announcing their intent to form the Climate Savers Computing... Read more...
If you're running Windows Vista, or thinking about it, then you might know what ReadyBoost is. If you don't, it's essentially a way to cache some of the system page file to a USB drive.  The result is typically better performance on machines with limited memory.  The only problem is that it requires a USB 2.0 port. That means it's external; and therefore subject to being disconnected when whiskers thinks it's a fun toy.  It also makes it one more thing to drag along to a LAN party.   While some might wonder why fate can be so cruel, along comes InnoDisk with an innovative solution: an internal USB drive. Yes, that's right; it resides inside your... Read more...
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