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July 31, 2013

Xiaomi Red Rice gets official, packs 4.7″ HD screen and quad-core CPU for just $130

Xiaomi has officially announced its cheapest Android smartphone yet today. The Xiaomi Red Rice is even more affordable than the MI2A introduced back in April. As such, it’s the lowest-end handset the company has ever produced too, but don’t let that disappoint you – for this has some extremely decent specs.

Cooler Master Releases the CM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset

Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components and more, today announces the CM Storm Pulse-R aluminum gaming headset. The Pulse-R is the first modular headset that allows gamers to represent and brand their team in the growing e-Sports world while providing powerful sound to keep gamers immersed in the action.

MSI Announces GS70 Gaming Series Notebook

Who says that a top-of-the-line gaming notebook has to weigh a ton? Not MSI. Marvel at our newest feather-light GS70 Stealth gaming notebook. Measuring less than 2.18 centimeters thick, the GS70 is the industry's thinnest 17" gaming notebook powerhouse. At just 2.65 kilograms, the GS70 is even lighter than most 15.6" models, so you can conveniently take the action anywhere. With a big 17.3" Full HD monitor packed into a sleek 21.8 millimeters, this gaming platform is equipped with a long-lasting, high-capacity battery that can power nearly four hours of video. 

MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard Gets Support for AMD FX-9590 Processor

The world-renowned motherboard manufacturer MSI announces that its 990FXA-GD80 motherboard supports AMD's new FX-9590 processor. With the MSI 990FXA-GD80 motherboard everyone can enjoy the excellent performance of the new AMD FX-9590 processor simply by updating the BIOS. The 8-core AMD FX-9590 processor is the first commercially available 5 GHz processor and designed to power next-gen Gaming.

Core i7-4771 Tested, Performs on Par with i7-4770K

It's not just an unlocked base-clock multiplier that separates the Core i7-4770 from the i7-4770K, but also a lower clock speed. The i7-4770 is clocked at 3.40 GHz, with 3.90 GHz maximum Turbo Boost speeds, while the i7-4770K enjoys a higher 3.50 GHz nominal clock speeds.

Core i7 "Ivy Bridge-E" Pricing Surfaces

With Core i7-4770K "Haswell" and Z87-based motherboard combos going for as low as $450, Intel is shaping its upcoming Core i7 "Ivy Bridge-E" HEDT platform in a way that doesn't create a big pricing gap between the two platforms, and that those with the monies for an i7-4770K + Z87 platform are sufficiently tempted to drop in a few extra coins for an HEDT platform. 

Amazon Preparing New Kindle Fire Tablets

While the last generation of Kindle tablets from Amazon came equipped with better displays (with the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 packing a beautiful 1920 x 1200 display), a new report details the next-generation of Kindle Fire tablets to come with powerful processors inside. 

HP launches Android-based SlateBook 'PC'

After waiting for a few months, its finally here. HP‘s SlateBook x2 has appeared early in the company’s US sales website. The SlateBook x2 is HP’s entry into the Android convertible market that is currently dominated by ASUS.

July 30, 2013

Panasonic GX7 digital camera leaks in new batch of images

Last week, the Panasonic GX7 leaked in the German magazine Foto, giving us a decent look at the camera, as well as a roster of its specifications, most of which were in line with leaks that had previously surfaced regarding the digital camera. Now the camera has leaked again, this time on the Japanese website Digicame, complete with several new images of the camera.

ADATA Launches Newest XPG V2 3100 Overclocking Memory

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, announced today the launch of the latest XPG V2 series overclocking memory, running at a stellar 3100 megahertz. This new product's dual channel is designed to bring ultimate performance to gamers using Intel Core fourth-generation processors and the latest Z87 platform.

ORIGIN PC Deploys A New 13-inch High-Performance Gaming Laptop

ORIGIN PC announces a brand new member to their line-up of award-winning EON laptops, the EON13-S custom high-performance laptop; the perfect balance of power and portability for gamers, artists, professionals and enthusiasts! Slim enough at a weight of only 4.4lbs, the new EON13-S is upgradable and features a stunning IPS 1920 x1080 high-definition display, Intel's 4th generation mobile processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics and up to 3 storage drives including dual mSATA with RAID support; making this one of the most powerful, portable, and customizable laptops in its class. 

ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 Generally Available

ASUS announced the MeMO Pad FHD 10, its newest 10-inch class tablet. Available in black, white, and pink body color trims, the tablet features a piano-black front-bezel framing its 10.1-inch screen, and a monolithic curved out back panel that comes in either of the mentioned body color options. The body doesn't bulge out for more than 9.5 mm, and it tips the scales at 580 g.

Buffalo Launches TeraStation 3000 Series

Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced the availability of the TeraStation 3000 Series of high performance NAS and iSCSI unified storage. The new TeraStation 3000 Series delivers a feature-rich solution ideal for small offices and professional users requiring cost-effective network storage to easily share and safeguard assets with the reliability of RAID data protection.

Dual SIM Acer Liquid S1 to be launched in the UK on August 5. More Acer phablets could arrive soon

Acer’s first phablet – the Liquid S1 – was officially announced in early June. While it’s not available anywhere in the word yet, it will be soon.

July 29, 2013

Home Audio System SHAKE-5 Launched by Sony

There are plenty of audio systems up for order, each fancier than the other, and Sony wants to overshadow them all. To be honest, when that system has an audio power of 2400W RMS, I can't really fault the company for expecting to achieve such a lofty goal.

Sony and Panasonic to Develop Next-Generation Optical Discs

Sony Corporation ('Sony') and Panasonic Corporation ('Panasonic') today announced that they have signed a basic agreement with the objective of jointly developing a next-generation standard for professional-use optical discs, with the objective of expanding their archive business for long-term digital data storage.

Toshiba Announces New 14-Inch and 15-Inch Ultrathin Laptops

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today expanded its portfolio of ultrathin laptops with the new 14-inch Satellite E45t and 15.6-inch Satellite E55t/E55Dt models. Built with the latest technologies and intuitive touchscreen and voice controls, these ultrathin PCs offer versatility for both productivity and entertainment in a distinctively thin design.

ASUS Intros Ivy Bridge-E BIOS Updates for X79 Motherboards

ASUS began rolling out BIOS updates to its socket LGA2011 motherboards based on the X79 Express chipset, which lets them support Intel's upcoming Core "Ivy Bridge-E" processors, namely the Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition, the Core i7-4930K, and the Core i7-4820K. 

MacBook Pro with Core "Haswell" Processors Arrive This September

While Apple's MacBook Air got its direly needed hardware upgrade this June, it left its MacBook Pro lineup untouched. The company plans to hold a press event in September, when it plans to unveil its next MacBook Pro lineup.

AMD "Kaveri" Successor Codenamed "Carrizo," Arrives in 2015

Although ASUS scored some headlines by announcing the world's first socket FM2+ motherboards last week, and although those motherboards are designed to support current socket FM2 chips, it won't be before 2014, that the first socket FM2+ APUs, codenamed "Kaveri," will arrive.

LG Introduces Two New 21:9 Monitors

It looks like LG doesn't see the new 21:9 "ultra-widescreen" aspect-ratio as something that caters to a niche, and is bent on making it the next mainstream resolution. The company rolled out its second and third 29-inch ultra-widescreen monitors, the 29EA73-P, and 29EB73-P; pictured in that order below.

ASRock 990FX Extreme9 Officially Supports AMD FX-9590

Wouldn't it be great if your computer's CPU could be pushed over 5Ghz with no sweat? Unfortunately, not all CPUs are packed with enough punch to deliver insanely high frequencies. Moreover, you can't expect all motherboards to withstand such overwhelming power and heat. Luckily, AMD has just released its 5GHz FX-9000 Series CPUs and a list of minimum system requirements for building an AMD certified 5GHz computing monster, and ASRock's 990FX Extreme9 is no doubt one of the best choices for this arduous yet rewarding task.

Moto X shown off in official press shots

By now we know almost there is to know about the upcoming Moto X, which would be officially announced three days from now on August 1.

July 26, 2013

Palit Announces Closer Cooperation With EKWB

Palit Microsystems Ltd, leading graphics card manufacturer, is proud to announce a closer co-operation with EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana-based premium water cooling gear manufacturer from Slovenia. This decision has been mutually taken in order to offer best possible support to customers deciding to watercool their Palit engineered graphics card. Palit always takes it a step further and develops electrically improved versions of graphics cards offering substantialy higher performance and reliability out-of-the-box.

Sonnet Releases USB 3.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Sonnet today introduced the compact Presto Gigabit USB 3.0, a USB 3.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet adapter. The Presto adapter provides users with a simple way to add Gigabit Ethernet-wired networking connectivity to Mac and Windows computers with USB 3.0 ports, exploiting the 5 Gb/sec SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface to deliver full Gigabit speed performance with suitably equipped computers. This Sonnet adapter is also backward-compatible with USB 2.0.

12K gaming rig renders 1.5 billion pixels per second for just $17,000

Think your gaming rig's impressive because it can run Metro: Last Light with maxed out settings at 60FPS? Well, Microsoft rounded up a trio of Sharp PN-K321 32-inch 4K monitors and wired them to a Windows 8 PC stuffed with three ASUS 7970 GPUs. 

Apacer Unveils ARES DDR3-3000 Series Memory

Apacer the global leading memory manufacturer- will once again bring overclocking techniques to a new level! Apacer introduces the industry-leading ARES DDR3-3000 series with record-breaking clock rate reaching DDR3 3226 MHz at 2013 Computex Taipei. This series also offer 2800 MHz, 2933 MHz, and other specifications with strictly tested high-end guaranteed memory chips. Two packages (8 GB Kit [4 GBx2] and 16 GB Kit [8 GBx2]) are available to bring extreme lightning speed experience to overclocking players.

ASUS ROG Launches RAIDR Express PCI Express-based SSD

ASUS ROG today announced RAIDR Express, the first PCI Express-based SSD in the world with a DuoMode feature that allows it to work with either legacy (traditional) or modern UEFI BIOS. Aimed at hardcore gamers and PC enthusiasts demanding a faster and more reliable computer experience, RAIDR Express combines the best compatibility and great performance with incredible durability.

GIGABYTE Announces its First Intel H81 Chipset Motherboards

GIGABYTE announced its first socket LGA1150 motherboards based on Intel's new H81 Express chipset for entry-level desktop platforms, among the trio of H81-based motherboards launched today, are the H81M-DS2, H81M-D2V, and H81M-D3V. The three are based on a common compact micro-ATX PCB design measuring 226 x 170 mm, and differ with connectivity features. The H81 Express is basically B85 Express without SBA, and fewer SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and PCIe gen 2.0. 

Rosewill Galaxy Series Gaming Cases Launched

Rosewill, the leading brand of PC components and peripherals and award-winning power supplies, computer cases, and gaming peripherals, has released the Galaxy Series gaming cases. With top selling mid-towers such as Challenger, Blackbone, and Redbone, the Galaxy Series is expected to continue the budget gaming mid-tower success as Rosewill is increasing its product range to cover all bases between low, mid, and upper end brackets. 

Panasonic GX7 digital camera image and specs leak with on-sensor stabilization

Panasonic is gearing up to release a new digital camera – the GX7 – based on the Four Third L1 device. Little has been known about this upcoming device until now, with a leak having surfaced from the German magazine Foto Magazine showing both the front and back of the device, as well as a roster of its specifications.

Geeksphone Peak+ Firefox OS 1.1 handset available for pre-order

Back in April, the Geeksphone Firefox smartphone sold 1000 units in a day, and has since seen fairly regular demands for the smartphone. The Geeksphone Peak+ runs Firefox OS version 1.1, and is now available for pre-order from the Geeksphone website for €149, and will begin shipping out to those who nab their place in this batch in September.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Now Available at AT&T

Mobile phone users in the United States interested in the purchase of a Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone can now head over to AT&T’s website for that. 

Made official earlier this month, the Windows Phone 8 smartphone was put up for pre-order on July 16 through the carrier’s website, as well as via partner retailers.

July 25, 2013

EK Introduces Two New Custom PCB Type GeForce GTX 770 Water Blocks

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce two new Full-Cover water blocks for non-reference design NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 graphics cards.

Spire Announces Galex 24G Ergonomic Wireless Mouse

The Galex 24G is one of the latest additions to Spire's input devices. This state of the art mouse is designed ergonomic and functional. 

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, what’s new?

There are two major paths you might go down when you’re attempting to see what’s different in the change-over from Android 4.2 or 4.2.x over to 4.3 Jelly Bean: one is behind the scenes, the other – right up front. What we’re going to be doing is taking a mostly up-front approach, sourced straight from Google’s guides, tuned here for the common user while we keep the developer back end in mind: those bits and pieces are put in place for your machine to work well – here’s what you’ll be well off knowing.

Dell Precision M3800 Goes Official, 3200 x 1800 Display Confirmed

Last week we had reported that Dell is working on a new power-packed mobile workstation dubbed the Precision M3800. At SIGGRAPH, Dell will take the wraps off their next-generation portable workstation.

Deltatronic Rolls Out Silentium Fanless All-in-One Desktop

German PC maker Deltatronic announced Silentium, a completely fanless all-in-one desktop.

ASUS Launches World's First Motherboards for AMD FM2+ APUs

ASUS today announced the new A88XM-A and A55BM-A/USB3 motherboards, the first from any manufacturer to support new Socket FM2+ APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) from AMD. The A88XM-A with AMD A88X chipset and A55BM-A/USB3 with A55 chipset are both Micro-ATX motherboards for existing AMD 'Richland' and 'Trinity' FM2 APUs, and are hardware-ready for upcoming AMD 'Kaveri' FM2+ APUs that support DirectX 11.1 and PCI Express 3.0 natively. ASUS is committed to supporting the latest in PC technology. The new FM2+ motherboards offer customers the very latest in motherboard design, with the added flexibility of both backward and forward compatibility with AMD APUs.

ASUS Announces P1801-T Portable AiO with 18.4-inch Screen

ASUS today announced the P1801-T Portable AiO, a new kind of portable that combines the easy flexibility of an Android tablet with the broader productivity and entertainment options offered by an 18.4-inch multi-touch display with Full HD resolution.

Beats Studio next generation headphones slated for launch in August

Beats Electronics has rolled out the carpet for its next-generation Beats Studio headphones, announcing that they will be available for purchase in August with a price tag of $299 USD. With the latest version comes a promise of improvements across quality and design, as well as a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, something the original lacked.

Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 get Android 4.3 today

Google officially announced the latest version of Android operating system, 4.3, at its event today. The newest version of Android is a minor upgrade over the currently present Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and brings restricted profiles, a few other minor features along with a bunch of performance enhancements.

New Nexus 7 brings WUXGA screen, quad-core Krait CPU

The Google event brought the new Nexus 7 2. It's a 7" tablet running pure Android 4.3 and improves the screen and chipset over the first generation Nexus tablet. The base price is set at $230, a little higher than the $200 that the first Nexus 7 costs (both prices are for the respective 16GB model).

July 24, 2013

ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical Mouse and Sense Meteor Blue Mousepad Now Available

ROCCAT Studios, the Hamburg-based manufacturer of competition gaming peripherals, today announces immediate availability of the optical version of its award-winning Kone Pure gaming mouse. This release ensures that there is now a Kone for both breeds of gamer: those preferring the maxed out DPI of a laser mouse, and those yearning for the unique feel of an optical sensor gliding over their mousepad.

HARMAN Introduces the JBL WR2.4 Wireless Headphones

HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, announces the availability of great-sounding home headphones with unprecedented comfort and convenience. The most noticeable feature of the JBL WR2.4 headphones is a thing that is missing: the cord. Listeners will enjoy untethered freedom to move, as they enjoy JBL's signature great sound. These wireless headphones give the user a generous 100 feet (30 meters) of reception range. Built-in rechargeable batteries extend freedom from the AC outlet, as well, with over eight hours of continuous playtime.

MSI Launches the Adora24 Ultra-Slim All-in-One PC

MSI, the leading international motherboard, graphics card and All-in-One (AIO) manufacturer has launched an all new, ultra-slim AIO series. The Adora24 is the first AIO PC in the world to use flickerfree display technology. The casing has a thickness of just 21 mm at its thinnest point and the visual golden ratio achieved through the use of staggered lines make the Adora24 look even slimmer. The flowing lines down the sides enhance the feeling of crisp speed as well. 

Leadtek Unveils WinFast GeForce GTX 770 Hurricane III

Leadtek unveiled its premium non-reference design GeForce GTX 770 graphics card, the WinFast GTX 770 Hurricane III (model: WFGTX770-2GD5DF3). 

SilverStone Fortress FT04 Detailed, Goes On Sale

SilverStone's next-generation Fortress chassis, the FT04, is now available from Newegg for US $229. Attempting to warrant that price, this swanky new ATX full-tower from SilverStone comes in two variants, windowed and solid side-panel, each in two color trims - black and silver.

Acer Aspire S7-392 Launches In The US, Starts At $1,450

The Acer Aspire S7-392, successor to the original Aspire S7 which was unveiled back in Computex 2012, has finally landed in the states. With a beautiful design and an ultra-high resolution display along with packing Intel's newest 4th generation Haswell based Core processors, Acer's refreshed Aspire S7-392 turned quite a few heads this year at Computex 2013.

AOC Unveils New 16-inch Portable USB Monitor with USB 3.0 and DisplayLink

AOC, the worldwide leader in display technology, and DisplayLink, the leading provider of USB Graphics technology, announce the new AOC E1659FWU, a sleek and portable 16-inch monitor that receives both power and signal through a single USB 3.0 cable. The monitor easily connects to laptop and desktop computers to provide a quick, simple solution for dual monitor setups, which can increase productivity by up to 50 percent. 

Trio of New DROID Smartphones Coming to Verizon Wireless

Just as expected, today Verizon and Motorola have officially introduced three new Droid smartphones: Motorola Droid Ultra, Motorola Droid Maxx, and Motorola Droid Mini.