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| TechNews - Microsoft Surface Pro on Feb 9th - tech|
|(hx) 03:30 AM EST - Jan,27 2013 |
- Intel Announces Gradual Discontinuation of Desktop
Motherboards - In an announcement that will likely come as a shock
for some, Intel has announced they will be
ramping down their desktop motherboard business over the next three
- FX Vs. Core i7: Exploring CPU Bottlenecks And AMD
CrossFire - AMD and Intel continue serving up increasingly
faster CPUs. But graphics card performance is accelerating even faster.
Is there still such a thing as processor-bound gaming? The chaps over
at THG take two Radeon HD 7970s, high-end desktop CPUs,
and a few games to find out.
- Nvidia's GeForce Experience PC game optimizer enters open beta
- When the closed beta began last month, the GeForce Experience only supported 32 games,
and while that number hasn't increased by much, Nvidia has added nine
more titles to its database, including Far Cry 3, Mechwarrior Online
and Hawken. You'll still need a Fermi or Kepler-based graphics card,
though the software now offers limited support for Core 2 Duo and Core
2 Quad processors, which weren't backed before. Nvidia says other
changes since the closed beta include enhanced game detection logic,
support for optimizing games played on 2560x1440 displays, better
Chinese, Danish and UK English translations, improved client startup,
billboard display, game scan and communication with Nvidia's servers,
as well as with various bug fixes.
- Microsoft Surface Pro Arrives on February 9th, Starts at $899
- The Pro is the 'Windows 8' version of the tablet,
meaning it has the power to run all the Windows Store touch-optimized
apps as well as your legacy Windows apps for productivity and gaming.
So when is the Surface Pro coming? Microsoft has now confirmed the
tablet will touch down on February 9th for $899 for a 64GB version, or
$999 for the 128GB model. Neither of these configurations come with a
keyboard or touch cover, so theat will add you an extra $120 to the
mix. While $899 is a lot for a tablet, remember that it also can be
used as a "desktop" thanks to the added keyboard cover, though doing so
brings the price even closer to $1000. The Surface Pro is powered by an
Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. What do you think, is the
Surface Pro worth $899 or is the asking price too high for it to be
- Microsoft Testing Outlook App for Windows RT - Unnamed
sources have told ZDNet that Microsoft has completed and is now
internally testing an Outlook client for Windows RT. According to the
sources, Microsoft has not determined a commercial launch date for
Outlook RT because there's a good chance the client may never be
- WindowsAndroid lets you run Android natively within Windows - It's
already possible to run Android apps on Windows PCs thanks to a clever
little app called BlueStacks. But now a group of Chinese developers are
looking to take it a step further by actually allowing you to run
the entire Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, complete
with Google Play support, as a native application on your on Windows
Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 machine.
blames OEMs for slow Windows 8 sales, plans February "relaunch" - The
report claims that due to its underwhelming performance, Microsoft may be planning a February "re-launch" of
Windows 8. What that exactly entails is unclear, but the Surface
Pro and Office 2013 should also be landing on shelves that month. It
sounds as though February may be a particularly busy month for Redmond.
- Apple Cutting Back on 9.7-Inch iPad Screen Production - Sharp
Corp, a supplier of screens for Apple's iPad tablet, has slowed
production of the 9.7 inch panes used for the full-sized iPads,
according to a report by Reuters. The news agency quotes industry
sources with knowledge of Sharp's production plans, who told it that
Sharp's iPad screen production line at its Kameyama plant in central
Japan has "fallen to the minimal level to keep the line running this
month after a gradual slowdown began at the end of 2012 as Apple
manages its inventory".
- Oracle Installs Deceptive Software With Java Updates - Here's
a tip, just
treat Java and Flash updates the same as you would a suspicious
file that can potentially harm your system.
- MEGA, Megaupload's Successor, is officially live! - The cloud storage service
will take on the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive and others by offering
each user 50GB of free storage alongside three optional paid tiers at
£9.99, 19.99 and 29.99 per month for 500GB, 2TB and 4TB respectively.
The 500GB package comes with 1TB of bandwidth while the 2TB and 4TB are
each allocated 4TB and 8TB. For now the service is accesible via web
browser only. You'll see a Cloud Drive folder where you can drag and
drop files, as well as an inbox and a contacts tab that wasn't working
during an early peek offered to a handful of press outlets. That's
pretty much it for now. The company hasn't revealed what the individual
file size upload limit will be on Mega, and still isn't offering a
definite answer on whether users of the now-shuttered Megaupload
service will get their old files back -- that's up to the court
overseeing the case.
- Dotcom Wants To Encrypt Half The Internet - Kim Dotcom
wants to encrypt half the internet in the next five years!
- Facebook plans to replace cookies with OCPM - Facebook is
looking for ways to change the way we use the web, especially if it
will benefit them. So it should be no surprise that they want to replace the use of "cookies" with a
custom tracking method.
- Is Microsoft blocking Mega email registrations? - Last
Kim Dotcom launched his new Mega file-sharing service and claimed that
the first day it brought in over one million registered users for the
successor to MegaUpload. However, it's looking like people who have
email accounts on Hotmail and Outlook.com are having issues registering
as the emails are disappearing. Today, Dotcom took to Twitter to state, "Don't use hotmail to register
on #Mega. They have mysteriously black holed emails from our domain.
Gmail works fine."
- Facebook Offers Free Calls on iPhones - Do you use
Facebook's Messenger app? You can now make free calls if you have an iPhone.
Android phone owners are out of luck for now.
Declares 'War' On U.S. Government - Hacktivist
group Anonymous took over the United States Sentencing
Service's website earlier today to announce its intention to expose
government secrets in response to the US Department of Justice's
treatment of Aaron Swartz.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Tablet coming to MWC - Looking for an 8-inch Samsung tablet
with all the features of the Note series? Your wish is coming true it
seems. According to iNews24, Samsung's mobile chief JK Shin has
confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is coming to MWC in February.
Recently, there have been benchmark leaks for a mysterious Samsung
GT-N5100 tablet. Considering the timing of this new tablet, the
GT-N5100 could very well be the Galaxy Note 8. If true, then we do know
that the Note 8 will feature a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor and a
1,280 x 800 display
- Galaxy S IV confirms Exynos 5 Octa CPU - Samsung Galaxy S IV
makes an appearance in Antutu Benchmarks, both the Korean variant
(SHV-E300S) and the International variant (GT-I9500). According to the
benchmarks the Galaxy S IV has an Exynos 5 Octa processor clocked at
1.8GHz and it runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The Samsung
Galaxy S IV has been planned for the first half of 2013. The Galaxy S
IV is rumoured to feature an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU, Mali-T658
(8-Core) GPU, 4.99 SuperAMOLED Full HD Resolution Display, 2GB of
RAM, 13 Megapixel Rear facing Camera capable of shooting 1080p Full HD
Videos at 30FPS, 2 Megapixel front facing camera capable of shooting
720p HD Videos and run Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
- BlackBerry Z10 & iPhone 5 quick comparison Video - The BB Z10
comes with a 4.2-inch screen with a pixel density of 356ppi, and
the 1800mAh removable battery is standard (which Apple doesn't
practice, because... well, it's Apple). Something that is a selling
point for mobile users is the storage expandability, which the BB Z10
covers this nicely with its microSD slot, and as we all already know,
the iPhone 5 has neither a storage expansion option nor a removable
- Unlocking Of Smartphones Illegal As Of Tomorrow in USA - Starting this Saturday, it becomes illegal
in this great land to unlock a new smartphone without the permission of
the carrier that locked it in the first place. This all goes back to a
final rule issued in late October by the Librarian of Congress (PDF) --
the Library of Congress handles the rulemaking for the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act, which is the specific law we're talking about
- 20 Great Games for Your Android Tablet - The Tom's Guide team has put together a list of
some of the best games for Android tablets. Be sure to check out '20
Great Games for Your Android Tablet' to be sure you're not missing any!
- New Samsung BYOD Ads Pokes Fun of RIM Blackberry Devices - What do you
think of the new commercial?
Would you (or do you already) use a Samsung device for business or do
you think that Blackberry is still the better solution? Additionally,
what do you think of BB10, excited or not?
- Build Yourself a Robot with a 3D Printer - If you're
not quite satisfied with Asimo and you can't wait until Roboy
becomes a reality, maybe you need to make your own robot.
- Can Neanderthals Be Brought Back from the Dead? - In a SPIEGEL
interview, synthetic biology expert George Church of Harvard
University explains how DNA will become the building material of the
future -- one that can help create virus-resistant human beings and
possibly bring back lost species like the Neanderthal.
- Forget the Flu: The Norovirus Is Taking Over America - The
newest strain of the norovirus is not especially deadly, but it is
(it actually started in Australia) and makes even the healthiest
individuals quite miserable. Symptoms include dehydration, diarrhea,
and projectile vomiting. The latter problem is what make the virus so
difficult to contain, as the virus itself can live outside the human
body for an unusually long time. It spreads easily through hospitals,
schools, cruise ships, and anywhere that people are in close contact
and aren't as clean as they need to be.
- Volvo Trucks - Emergency braking at its best! - On a test
track in the new Volvo FH, together with test drivers you get to
experience how the Collision Warning with Emergency Brake system can avoid a
rear end collision, even if its tight! The tractor trailer is fully
loaded to 40 tons GCW.
- RARE: DeLorean Hovers on the Bay - DeLorean
Hovers by the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Jobs - Movie First Look (2013) Steve Jobs Ashton Kutcher Movie
- Toyota teases us with Kaley Cuoco Super Bowl ad - Penny,
Penny, Penny, said Toyota when they came to Kaley Cuoco to sign up
for an upcoming campaign. The soundtrack is the 1995 hit "I Wish" by
rapper Skee-Lo, the Big Bang Theory star may be promoting the RAV4 as
seen in this teaser. Being an avid fan of the show I am looking forward
to seeing the Super Bowl Ad.
- Older Brain Is Willing, but Too Full - Learning becomes
more difficult as we age not because we have trouble absorbing new
information, but because we fail to forget the old stuff, researchers
say. Mice whose brains were genetically modified to resemble those of
adult humans showed no decrease in the ability to make the strong
synaptic connections that enable learning - a surprise to
neuroscientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents
University, whose findings appear in the journal Scientific Reports.
- Every Arnold Scream From Every Arnold Movie - check it out
- Stop Breaking the Law! - check it out
- Scottie Pinwheel - Put some
coffee in there, they'll turn into a helicopter!! :D
- Mixed Nuts in Space - Everyday life in weightlessness
holds many surprises. CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield pulls the lid back
secret world of mixed nuts in space.
- Just Try and Make Your Own Gun (Coil Gun) - Learn how to
make a Coil Accelerator, just don't shoot yourself, or anyone else
for that matter! In the video I mentioned a "Rail Gun" by mistake. It
should have been a coil gun.
- Traffic Bikini Girl Dance - Here's some chick who
decided to dance in a thong bikini during traffic.
- Bikini Snowboarding - Check it out!
- Simple Bikini Abs Workout for Sexy Stomach! /for girls :P/ - Want Sexy
Then give this simple ab workout a try. Try 2 sets of each exercise for
as many reps as you can. Try to increase your reps each week. Do this
workout 3-5x per week.
- Bikini Model Workout Fail - Girl almost
lost her top! :-)
- Mercedes-Benz CLA stars in sweeping short with Karlie Kloss - The
earned itself a spot on our list of the top five unveils of the 2013
Detroit Auto Show, and for good reason. The German luxury compact is
the first small car from the Silver Arrow that looks suitably premium
inside and out. Nowness.com has turned out a new video of the CLA
featuring super model Karlie Koss in the lead role.
- Lena Katina Photoshoot for Maxim Russia - check it out!
- SEXY Girls Do Fastest Way to Drink Water Challenge (FAIL!) - Two SEXY
Girls Gone Wild hotties get wet and fail whilst trying the 'Fastest
Way to Drink Water' challenge.
- The best pics on the Internet #1 - All pictures
are carefully handpicked, you'll find lots of amusing silliness
|Stumpus||(04:49 PM EST - Jan,27 2013 )|
Intel Announces Gradual Discontinuation of Desktop
Motherboards - In an announcement that will likely come as a shock
for some, Intel has announced they will be
ramping down their desktop motherboard business over the next three
I had mentioned this in a previous post, Intel has hinted that it will sell CPU's integrated into their boards.
This of course means that it will be cheaper to buy an all-in-bundle and the fact a lot of people just don't upgrade anymore, means Intel will cut back on lot's of idle board manufacturing.
In my 22years of PC gaming, i've only upgraded about 2 mobo's in terms of CPU life before moving on to another board and setup. The board i have (Asus Maximus V Gene) and CPU i have, I5 3570K, can be clocked easily up a couple of CPU upgrades. That and it's PCI-E 3 means i wont be seeing another board for years!
The whole business of hardware is seriously toiling to cope with this dip and the world as a whole is just simply not buying or cutting back. This trend is all over from games,software to every household manufacturer around the globe. Nobody is immune.
|Csimbi||(05:33 PM EST - Jan,29 2013 )|
|Earlier a new OS meant a hardware upgrade.
I guess people/corporations are happy with the speed of PCs, they can complete everyday tasks painlessly.
So, what do you have left? Military/government, specialists and gamers.
Gamers update their graphics cards rather than their whole box. Even if they buy a new board, they buy one with several PCI-Express slots - a feat Intel has never bothered adding. Asus, EVGA do a great job here, Intel would not be able to compete.
Specialists have a different upgrade path - they buy thousands of processors but no motherboards (well, they use rack-mounts, not regular PC boards).
Military/government - these organizations require military-grade hardware/security most of the time. They buy them on tenders from specific manufacturers/suppliers. Again, definitely an area where Intel boards cannot compete.
You know, I always wondered who's buying Intel boards.
They're far from bad, but they're mostly just reference boards.
They are ok for home use and stuff, but if you have an educated person nearby, you'll be getting something more serious than Intel.
|Baconnaise||(12:33 PM EST - Jan,30 2013 )|
|Intel boards used to be one of the better choices if you wanted rock solid stability and driver support back in the day. Fond memories of the 440BX chipset that I used whenever I could.
I think besides the slow economy people aren't buying new hardware as much because they don't have to. Consumer and small business wise you really haven't needed to upgrade. Graphics are a different story but with consoles stagnating the market and keeping the industry on DX9 we see issues of being cpu bound on the PC. I personally still use gtx460s/465s which are sort of old but work just fine even with new titles. You can game on even a hundred dollar radeon these days at respectable levels. CPU/mobo market isn't much better since we get plenty of bang for the buck still and are more hindered by slow development in the software space. I have a couple phenom blacks I unlocked cores on which really isn't necessary and the i5's hardly get used anywhere near full potential in most cases.
Big business or enterprise customers have always been tied to leasing agreements and contracts in most cases so they always go through a cycle of upgrades after so many years.