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Pandora is still a very popular streaming music radio service, but the company is dealing with a growing cadre of serious competitors; Windows Phone 8 has a similar problem in the mobile market with iOS and Android. Now, the two companies have partnered to offer Pandora ad-free on Windows Phone 8 at no cost, for the rest of 2013. The app itself looks smooth and pretty, and it offers users the ability to pin favorite stations to their Start screens, and a live tile shows what track is playing. There’s also a handy feature in Windows Phone 8 called Kid’s Corner that’s sort of a ”guest account” that sequesters all your kid-friendly content and apps; in Pandora, that... Read more...
Although it’s a TV that you’ll probably only find in exclusive high-end sports bars and supervillain lairs, Samsung’s S9 UHD TV (UN85S9) is up for preorder at the end of this month. The 85-inch monster boasts 4K high definition and will retail for $39,999. The Samsung S9 UHD TV, which wowed audiences at CES this year, features Samsung Black Pro technology for incredibly deep blacks and bright whites, upscaling technology designed to goose HD and Full HD content up to UHD quality, and 120W of sound pumped through a 3-way 2.2-channel system. Along with the debut of the S9 UHD TV, Samsung is coming out with a redesigned Smart Hub; the Smart Evolution Kit to help users upgrade their... Read more...
Philips is making a big splash in the HDTV market with the Philips DesignLine TV, which looks like just a large piece of glass with an incredibly thin “TV surface” taped on. (Yes, taped.) There’s no bezel, no body, and if the promotional photos and video are to be believed, no cables or wires. (We’re guessing the latter will show up when you install one of these in your home.) To say that the new Philips DesignLine TV is “striking” or “beautiful” is to almost do the design and engineering teams a disservice. It really just looks like a solid sheet of glass, and they added a bit of gradient color that gives the unit a bit of shape and form. The gradient... Read more...
Several boutique builders including MAINGEAR and Origin PC are announcing systems with NVIDIA’s new GTX Titan GPU (the latter of which includes liquid cooling for the cards) on board, and so we’re not surprised to see that Digital Storm is doing the same. However, it’s a bit shocking to see that Digital Storm has chosen its new small form factor PC, the Bolt, for NVIDIA’s latest and greatest graphics card. We’re seeing more and more horsepower from SFF gaming rigs, to be sure, but usually the biggest and baddest components wind up in builders’ biggest and baddest systems. Digital Storm apparently doesn’t feel that way and is confident that the Bolt’s... Read more...
Logitech announced a new webcam designed for business, the Logitech Webcam C930e, and like its predecessors (including the C920-C), it’s laden with high-end features to make videoconferencing a more efficient, less distracting, and nicer-looking affair. The C930e boasts a 90-degree field of view, which Logitech says allows viewers to see an entire whiteboard during a meeting. Further, the Carl Zeiss-certified lens is built to eliminate fish-eye distortion, which is a nice touch. To allow the camera to more smoothly zoom in and out and move around to focus on various people or presentation materials, the C930e has a high definition digital pan-tilt-zoom feature with 4x magnification. The... Read more...
We’ve been tracking Crysis 3 for a while, from the trailer a few months ago to the alpha multiplayer preview. The game is available for preorder ($59.99 for PC and console versions, $79.99 for the “Digital Deluxe” edition), and it will launch in February. Crytek has now listed the minimum system requirements for Crysis 3 on the game’s pre-launch page, and they’re as follows: • Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1Gb Video RAM • Dual core CPU • 2GB Memory (3GB on Vista) • Example 1 (Nvidia/Intel): Nvidia GTS 450         Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 Ghz (E6600) • Example 2 (AMD):    ... Read more...
Bezel? We don’t need no stinking bezel. AOC has a new monitor, the 23-inch i2367fh, and the unit’s facade is almost 100% screen; technically there is a bezel, but it’s just 2mm thick. In general, the monitor is a bit of a looker, with a brushed metal finish on the lower front part and rear of the unit and a slim brushed metal stand to complement the edge-to-edge look of the screen, and the display itself is a svelte 12mm thick. The IPS display features 1920x1080 full HD resolution, a 50,000,000:1 contrast ratio (which is substantially better than AOC's recently-released e2752Vh), and 5ms response time, as well as a WLED backlight designed to facilitate very low power consumption.... Read more...
Not to be outdone by AMD, NVIDIA announced its own new mobile and desktop workstation GPUs today designed for professionals with serious graphics processing needs. On the desktop workstation side, NVIDIA introduced the second generation of its Maximus platform, which now features Kepler architecture. Maximus employs parallel processing with the NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU computing accelerator and the NVIDIA Quadro K5000 GPU running graphics functions and automatically shifts workloads to the best chip for the job. NVIDIA Quadro K5000 The Quadro K5000 will be available as a standalone desktop GPU by October, and starting in December, the Tesla K20 ($3,199) and Quadro K5000 ($2,249) will be available... Read more...
In the press release announcing NXP’s new audio system that portends to jack up the output power of tiny mobile device speakers by a factor of 5, NXP director of marketing Shawn Scarlett hit the nail on the head with this quote: “Digital natives have come of age taking poor mobile sound quality for granted. As speakers have become smaller, the quiet, tinny sound we’ve come to associate with mobile devices has got even worse.” NXP is out to change all that with the NXP TFA9887 IC audio system, which includes an embedded algorithm that can drive over 2.6W RMS through speakers that, up to this point, were only capable of 0.5W without causing damage to the speakers. The system... Read more...
It can feel a little like Christmas when new drivers become available, as they typically promise performance upgrades, problem fixes, and improved all-around support; the latest beta drivers from NVIDIA certainly deliver. Version 304.79 of the R304 Verde drivers adds or updates support for SLI profiles for a number of games, including The Secret World, End of Nations, Nexuiz, Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Tornado Force, and Tribes: Ascend. The update will fix several known issues, including a power management settings mode problem, getting a black screen after a driver installation, and a bug that caused a system reboot instead of a shutdown. Those playing Civilization V on GeForce 400 and 500... Read more...
Dell kept in mind that everyone has different preferences for the size, angle, and feel of their monitors when creating its six new displays. The eco-conscious P-series and E-series displays come in 19- and 22-inch models with a variety of formats, including 1440x900 (16:10), 1280x1024 (5:4), and 1680x1050 (16:10). The displays are backlit LEDs with low-profile mounts and boast 16.7 million color depth, and both come loaded with Dell’s Display Manager, which offers color presets and PowerNap. The E-series displays feature DVI and VGA connectivity, while the P-series monitors have USB, DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort onboard. Dell E-Series monitor The P-series monitors also feature a stand with... Read more...
TUL brought a couple of new graphics cards to the market with the PowerColor PCS+ HD7950 and PowerColor HD7950. The two cards have almost identical specs. Both have 1250MHz memory speed; 3GB of GDDR5 memory with 384-bit memory bandwidth; support for CrossFireX; and DL-DVI-I, HDMI, and two mini DisplayPorts. The standard card has a core clock of 800MHz while the PCS+ is at 880MHz, and the latter has dual fans, as well. They also both feature PCI-E 3.0 support and AMD’s PowerTune, Eyefinity 2.0, HD3D, and APP Acceleration technology. POWERCOLOR ANNOUNCED HD7950 SERIES FOR NO-COMPROMISE GAMERS Design for the best HD Gaming Experience and Computing Performance Taipei, Taiwan –January... Read more...
It took a little over a month after the debut of the ATI Radeon HD 7970, but AVADirect now offers 7970 graphics cards from multiple manufacturers. The latest and greatest in graphics from AMD, the 7970 will offer a nice bump in performance for AVADirect systems. Although cards from more manufacturers will be added by and by, AVADirect customers can currently choose from ASUS ($651.92), Sapphire ($651.50), and XFX ($691.76) branded HD 7970 cards. The press release (below) notes that although it’s been tough to find 7970s thus far, AMD told AVADirect that availability will be increasing.    AVADirect Adds ATI Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Cards Twinsburg, OH - January 27th, 2012 - AVADirect,... Read more...
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