Online News June 24, 2012

  • [Techreport.com] Saturday Shortbread

    *_Eight is Enough_*
    1. Ars Technica: Write speeds for phase-change memory reach record limits (http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/06/write-speeds-for-phase-change-memory-reach-record-limits/)
    2. VR-Zone: Sapphire changes…
  • [Expreview.com] Microsoft 10.6-inch Surface Tablet May Start at $599

    According to the source from Digitimes, Microsoft 10.6-inch Surface Tablet will be outsourced to Pegatron Technology for assembly, the Windows RT-based model with NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 will be priced above US$599. In addition, the Windows 8 Pro-based Surface tablets with Ivy Bridge processor, which will…
  • [Techreport.com] Dishonored dev: for us, the PC is ‘a religion’

    I hadn’t heard about Arkane Studios’ Dishonored until our own Geoff Gasior wrote about those teaser (http://techreport.com/discussions.x/22818) trailers (http://techreport.com/discussions.x/23029), but now, I’m waiting impatiently for the game. The moody atmosphere and art direction reminds me of…
  • [Techreport.com] Deal of the week: Ever-cheaper SSDs and other bargains

    You probably got the memo by now: SSD prices are going down, down, down, and the deals are getting hotter. We have evidence in the form of fancy graphs (http://techreport.com/articles.x/23149), but all it takes is a look at SSD prices at Newegg, and you can confirm the trend for yourself.

    Just…

  • [Anandtech.com] Amped Wireless R20000G, SR20000G, and UA2000: Routers, Repeaters, and Adapters (Oh My!)

    A couple months back, we were contacted by Amped Wireless and offered a chance to look at their latest dual-band 802.11n router, the R20000G. Along with the router, Amped also sent their updated dual-band directional wireless adapter, the UA2000. Instead of your typical omnidirectional antenna, the…
  • [Techreport.com] High-DPI Acer tablet now available for $449.99

    Android tablets with high-DPI displays are finally breaking cover. As The Verge reports, Acer’s Iconia Tab A700 is now available (http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/22/3110019/acer-iconia-tab-a700-now-shipping) from Acer’s own online store (http://us-store.acer.com/category.aspx?catid=112). The device…
  • [Anandtech.com] The next-gen MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

    Apple makes the bulk of its revenue from devices that don’t look like traditional personal computers. For the past couple of years I’ve been worried that it would wake up and decide the traditional Mac is a burden, and it should instead be in the business of strictly selling consumer…
  • [Techreport.com] HDTV maker Vizio has intriguing ultrabooks

    I didn’t think much of the news that Vizio was getting into the PC business. The company is best known for its HDTVs, which probably line the shelves of your local Costco and Walmart. A popular line of big-screen TVs doesn’t exactly set up one for success in the PC industry, though.

    After…

  • [Techreport.com] Leaked slides tease Haswell-EP details

    Although server-grade CPUs based on Intel’s Ivy Bridge silicon have yet to arrive, rumors are already swirling about what’s in the cards for Intel’s next, next enterprise platform. Purported details about Haswell-EP have popped up in a series of slides leaked in the Chiphell forums…
  • [Legitreviews.com] BitFenix Shinobi XL Full Tower Case Review

    Image: http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/1953/icon.jpg (http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1953/1/)Today we take a look at the latest offering from BitFenix, the Shinobi XL. BitFenix took their proven Shinobi case and upsized it accomodate the largest of hardware today. This case…
  • [Hardwarecanucks.com] Is Microsoft Working on a Phone Handset?

    In the aftermath of the announcement that Microsoft plans to manufacture its own tablet, an analyst who has been closely following the company for nearly two decades believes the company could be working on its own phone handset as well. “Our industry sources tell us that Microsoft may be working…
  • [Expreview.com] Synology Introduces DiskStation DS112+ NAS Server

    Synology recently introduces its DiskStation DS112+ all-in-one NAS server, which offers high performance with energy-efficient and quiet design for small and medium business. Synology DiskStation DS112+ is powered by a 2.0 GHz processor and includes 512MB of memory, boasting read and write speeds…
  • [Expreview.com] New 3DMark Trailer Shows Off DirectX 11 Graphics

    Futuremark lately released its first trailer for the next version of 3DMark. Designed for measuring the gaming performance of everything from tablets and notebooks to high-end desktop gaming systems, the next 3DMark for Windows will be the world’s first unified graphics benchmark allowing testing…
  • [Hardwarecanucks.com] AMD Shows Commitment to Servers With New VP Appointment

    AMD announced Thursday it had hired long time networking executive Suresh Gopalakrishnan to be vice president and general manager of AMD’s server business unit, overseeing the company’s Opteron and cloud server efforts. Dr. Gopalakrishnan comes to AMD from Extreme Networks, where he served as vice…
  • [Hardwarecanucks.com] Samsung’s S-Voice Also Retains Audio on Server

    As Apple’s Siri voice command system grows in popularity, so have the privacy concerns stemming from the fact that Siri retains commands on Apple’s servers. IBM, for instance, banned its employees from using Siri for official business over corporate espionage fears. Apple doesn’t hide this fact, as…

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