Acer: Tablet fever already cooling down
Acer chairman JT Wang claims tablet fever is already starting to cool down and that consumers are being attracted by notebooks again, especially with the upcoming launch of ultrabooks and Windows 8.
Acer is already set to launch an Ultrabook in September with a price as low as US$799, noted Wang adding that Acer has performed surveys and discovered that consumers have a high interest in Ultrabooks.
Some players in the PC industry agree with Wang's prediction and pointed out that tablet PCs are mainly marketed for entertainment purposes, different from notebooks, which are also tools for work and learning. Therefore, once the tablet PC market reaches saturation, consumers' motivation to replace tablet PCs will be a lot lower than for notebooks, causing tablet PC sales to stagnate once volumes reach a certain level.
In addition to Acer and Asustek Computer, which plan to launch Ultrabooks in September, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard (HP) are all set to launch models in the fourth quarter of 2011 or the first quarter of 2012. Taiwan-based makers of components such as batteries, hinges and chassis have also started small volume pilot production, and are set to start mass shipments in the fourth quarter.
Acer president Jim Wong pointed out that although Ultrabooks will only account for a small portion of notebook shipments in 2011, the percentage is expected to reach 25-35% in 2012, a number close to Intel's prediction of 40% by the end of 2012.
As for Windows 8, Wang believes that the operating system will contribute a stronger sales boost to notebooks than tablet PCs and will also benefit brand vendors during the back-to-school season in 2012 as the operating system's launch date will be close to that period.
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Nvidia GeForce ForceWare 280.36 drivers
This is the a new 280 family driver.This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs. This driver package also includes the 3D Vision Controller driver.
The driver is actually a new development driver supporting OpenGL 4.2 We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here. Initial experiences seem pretty good with this driver.
Rosewill Releases RK-9000 Series Mechanical Keyboards
Rosewill will launch and display brand new RK-9000 Series Mechanical Keyboard. The Rosewill RK-9000 Series Mechanical Keyboard with world-class Cherry MX Switch design provides you full with gaming response while offering the bonus of a comfortable key stroke.
Moreover, Rosewill RK-9000 Series Keyboard is equipped with both gold plated USB and PS/2 connectors to provide a long lasting high quality connection. Rosewill RK-9000 series will be available in 4 models which include Cherry MX Blue (RK-9000), Brown (RK-9000BR), Black (RK-9000BL) and Red (RK-9000RE) Switches to match any personal requirements for the keyboard.
NVIDIA 28nm mobile lineup surfaces
Codenamed N13 Series, the chips are ten in number and are divided into three categories, according to the target consumer segment.
The N13E are the Enthusiast-grade models and will arrive next year, in January (N13E-GS1) and April or May (N13E-GTX), though the samples will ship earlier (early November and early 2012, respectively). They have 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM backing them and 256-bit memory interfaces. The mainstream and low-end GPUs will arrive earlier, during this year's December in fact (2011), with the mobile parts set to appear fastest. This means that their first samples will be sent out during early October.
Their memory will be of 1 GB or 2 GB DDR3/GDDR5 and the bandwidth will be of 64 bits or 128 bits, depending on model.
All in all, the codenames are similar, in pattern, to the N12 that spawned the 500 series of adapters, though changes may still happen by the time anything is made official.
The info and specs should be taken with a grain of salt as it's nothing more then a spreadsheet filled out by someone.
Samsung kaunches Trio of Professional Series 3 Monitors
Samsung Electronics unveiled three new high-resolution desktop displays under its Professional Series 3 family, the S27A850, S24A650, S24A350T.
the 27-inch S27A850 appears to be the main draw of Samsung's new lineup. According to a machine translation of the Korean electronics giant's press release, the S27A850 reportedly features a 27-inch PLS display which boasts a wide viewing angle of up to 178 degrees, as well as 100% coverage of the entire sRGB colour space. Samsung claims that this allows the S27A850 to achieve exceptional colour reproduction, while its native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels tops off the premium S27A850's package.
On the other hand, Samsung has also announced that the new S24A650 and S24A350T monitors will feature displays that boast a viewing angle similar to that of the S27A850's, and are capable of a static contrast ratio of 3000 : 1. In addition, all three monitors will be bundled with Samsung's Eco Saving features that are reportedly capable of reducing their energy consumption by 25-50% under various circumstances.
The 27-inch S27A850 is targeted at the professional media industry, it provides the benefits of 100% sRGB colorspace coverage, LED-backlighting, and more importantly, a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Its panel provides viewing angles of 178 degrees, horizontally and vertically. The S24A650 and S24A350T are 24-inch screens, with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The two are capable of 3000:1 static contrast ratio, and are equipped with Samsung's Eco Saving features that reduce power consumption by up to 50%. Pricing of these three displays are unclear at this point.
ASRock Z68 Extreme 7 motherboard with PCIe 3.0 revealed
Hmm, that looks nice alright. ASRock shows off the Z68 Extreme 7, a new motherboard with PCIe Gen 3. The board offers the NVIDIA NF200 chip, the PLX chipset, XFast LAN and much more.
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Windows 8 file management video
In Monday's preview of USB 3.0 support in Windows 8, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky hinted that we'd soon get a glimpse of the upcoming operating system's revamped file copy interface.
Copying, moving, renaming, and deleting are far and away the most heavily used features within Windows Explorer, representing 50% of total command usage (based on Windows 7 telemetry data). For Windows 8, we want to make sure that using these core file management commands, which we collectively refer to as
Mach Xtreme DS Turbo 120GB SSD review
Today we look at an offering from Mach Technology (MX technology), they added no less than four new SATA 3 (SATA 3 6Gs) SSDs in their MX DS Turbo lineup, in 120GB, 180, 240GB and even 480MB capacities, all SATA 3 of course. The SSD drives come with that already prominent SandForce SF-2281 controller to deliver up to 555 MBps read and 510 MBps write speeds (when peaking).
Check out the review here.
AC Ryan Firmware reaches r5440
If you own an ACRyan PlayON! series media player, then good news. Their firmware have been updated. I've been running the latest revision myself for over a week now and am pretty savvy with it:
ACRyan would just like to keep you updated with regards to the latest official firmware that is available for download on the AC Ryan website. Select your product from the drop-down list, and update your Playon! media player to take advantage of new features such as menu Shortcuts, HDD spin-down, latest YouTube updates, and more!
Acer Iconia Tab A500 goes Android 3.2
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablet was off to a fairly promising start some months ago, and it looks like the next step forward, as far as software goes, is ready to be taken now that an Android update is being sent out as softpedia reports today.
By now, those interested in the goings on on the IT market, or at least some of them, will be more than familiar with the tablet segment.
Already there are a fair number of such products out on sale, as well as on the way to stores.
The former set is largely composed of products that are already to their first or second updates, as far as the operating system goes.
Since the coming of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, which was specially-tailored for slates, models running it have been getting optimizations, fixes and new features, though not every day of course.
The product now found to be enjoying this type of progress is a certain slate that Acer released a while ago.
Dubbed Iconia Tab A500, it did have the Android 3.0 on, but the Android 3.2 version is now about to reach owners, according to new reports, even though only Poland is, for now, seeing the process being carried out (for both products). Acer made sure that the Tab A501 also made the list of updating products.
It will bring along pixel scaling for apps, allowing programs designed for smaller devices to use the whole screen surface of the Tab 500.
The tablet should also see an overall performance improvement and synchronization of media from the SD card, when applicable.
For users that want a reminder, the Iconia Tab A500 is based on the NVIDIA Tegra 250 Cortex A9 ARM processor and was released back in April. It has 16 GB of storage, an SD card slot, a 10.1-inch screen and two webcams, plus Ethernet, WiFi, etc.
AMD adds C-60, E-300 and E-450 Fusion APUs
The E-300 is also a dual-core model, with 1.3 GHz and Radeon HD 6310 graphics at 488 MHz (no mention of Turbo Core is made). The Bobcat cores and the GPU together consume 18W.
The E-450 has the same 18W TDP as above, two cores at 1.65 GHz and Radeon HD 6320 graphics at 508 MHz (600 MHz in Turbo Core).
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Users report Intel SSD 320 firmware fix is ineffective
Users of Intel's SSD 320 series reported the recently released firmware fix did not effectively address the 8MB bug, and in some cases made the drives even more unreliable.
After installing the firmware update users reported back to Intel Support Community claiming that the new firmware did not effectively address the 8 MB bug, and has in some cases, made the drives even more unreliable. The users note that a SSD self-test cycle by the drive is causing Windows to crash with a bluescreen (BSOD).
Intel thus far has yet to respond to these posts. Just follow the thread.
Zotac GeForce GTS 450 ECO edition revealed
They should have called this the 'budget' edition really.
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NZXT Sentry Mix fan controller has six 50W fan channels
NZXT introduced the Sentry Mix, a new basic fan controller with six 50W channels:
NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce Sentry Mix. This high performance 6 fan controller features an intuitive slide design and a power output of 50W that will satisfy the cooling needs of enthusiasts. Sentry Mix also provides aesthetic enhancements with a matte-black finish and interchangeable numerical LED lights to color code your fan control.