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Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2013 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: servers, windows server 2012 R2, microsoft, nifty, RDMA
If you play with VM's in a Windows environment you have probably gotten quite good at using FTP as that was the easiest way to copy files or even text between two or more of your virtual machines. No more will you need to do that as the new version of Windows Server will have a shared clipboard allowing you to copy and paste not just text but also files between your VMs. They will still limit you to 64 virtual CPUs but they did add Remote Direct Memory Access which offers a huge boost in speed to your machines and for doing live migrations. Check out more at The Register.
"If you want to see a TechEd audience break into spontaneous applause – and here I am one-hundred-percent serious – give them something that they really care about. Like a shared clipboard. The people running virtual servers really did interrupt Benjamin Armstrong, Microsoft Hyper-V program manager, to applaud the simple act of being able to cut and paste text or files between VMs."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps @ The Register
- Microsoft Surface Pro 2 leaks with Intel Haswell and Windows 8.1 @ The Inquirer
- IFA 2013: Highlights from the German technology show @ The Inquirer
- Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Fire at SK Hynix China plant sends DRAM spot prices higher @ DigiTimes
- Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back @ Slashdot
- Charlie Miller Releases Open Source "Car Sabotage Toolkit" @ DailyTech
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2013 - 11:59 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: linksys, belkin, 802.11ac, wireless router
Linksys made a showing at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany where it announced new 802.11ac wireless hardware under the Smart Wi-Fi series. The new lineup includes two wireless routers and a USB NIC. The highest-end model is the Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 router (also known as the EA6900).
The Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 is a dual band router powered by an unspecified dual core 800MHz processor and Broadcom 802.11ac chipset that is actually manufactured by Belkin. The router has three removable external dipole antennas, two USB ports for storage devices (one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0), four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, and one Gigabit WAN port.
Linksys rates the AC1900 at a theoretical throughput of 1300 Mbps on the 5GHz 802.11ac band and 600 Mbps on the 2.4GHz 802.11n band. The router can operate both networks simultaneously and can employ beam-forming technology to improve signal strength. The router further supports a 3x3 send and receive configuration for up to three spatial streams per direction. The 600 Mbps for wireless N is accomplished by using 256 QAM modulation which allows up to 200 Mbps per spatial stream versus 150 Mbps from the standard 64 QAM modulation used by most wireless hardware. Unfortunately, in order to see the increased speeds, the more advanced modulation needs to be supported at both ends (router and NIC). The router is backwards compatible with older 802.11n wireless cards but only new cards supporting 256 QAM will support the higher maximum throughput.
The EA6900 (Smart Wi-Fi AC1900) wireless router will be available on October 4th for around $250. Early birds can pre-order the router in order to get a $20 discount and price of $230.
Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile | September 5, 2013 - 10:25 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: yoga 2 pro, thinkpad yoga, thinkpad tablet, Lenovo, ifa 2013
One of the major themes of Lenovo's IFA product releases is the push into multi-mode computing which amounts to convertible PCs such as its Yoga series with 360-degree hinges. Two of the new multi-mode computers are the consumer focused Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and the ThinkPad Yoga for business users. Both devices will be available later this year.
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a 13” convertible ultrabook measuring 12.99” x 8.66” x 0.61” and weighing 3.06 pounds. The system is an update to the original Yoga, and maintains the dual hinge design that allows the display to fold all the way back into tablet mode.
The Yoga 2 Pro has a QHD+ touchscreen display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800 and 350 nit brightness. Other external features include a backlit AccuType keyboard, trackpad, stereo speakers, and a 720p webcam. There are several IO ports situated around the sides of the notebook including one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one combo mic/headphone audio jack, one SD card slot, and one micro HDMI video output.
The convertible ultrabook is configured with an Intel Haswell Core i7 ULT processor, 8GB of DDR3L memory, a 512GB SSD, and a battery rated at 6 hours of 1080p video playback with the display at 150 nits brightness. It also comes equipped with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 radios. The Yoga 2 Pro will come pre-installed with Windows 8.1 Pro. Users can control the Yoga 2 using the touchscreen, keyboard and trackpad, voice, or motion controls. Lenovo further includes software that will automatically list Windows applications on the Start Screen depending on the mode the “multi-mode” computer is in (tablet, laptop, tent, ect).
The Yoga 2 Pro will be available in October for $1099.99 (starting MSRP).
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
Beyond the Yoga 2 Pro, Lenovo is introducing the Yoga form factor to the business market with the new ThinkPad Yoga. The system is smaller than the Yoga 2 Pro but a bit thicker and heavier. It does make several trade-offs versus the consumer Yoga 2 Pro to integrate business-friendly features such as digitizer support. Interestingly, the two systems are priced similarly, and the starting MSRP on the ThinkPad Yoga is lower than the Yoga 2 Pro.
The upcoming ThinkPad Yoga is a 12.5” notebook with a magnesium alloy chassis that is 0.74” thick and weighs 3.48 with everything installed. Users can choose between an HD display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass or a 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen display with support for an optional Wacom digitizer pen. Unfortunately, there is no QHD+ option on this business-class multi-mode PC. Other features include a backlit keyboard, five button glass trackpad, stereo speakers, a 720p webcam, and “all day battery life.” Specifically, the ThinkPad Yoga is rated at 5.3 hours with an Intel Haswell i7 or 8.3 hours with an Intel Haswell i3 processor. IO on the ThinkPad Yoga includes a single audio jack (mic+headphone), SD card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, a mini HDMI video output, and a DC-in OneLink dock adapter port.
The other interesting feature that is exclusive to the ThinkPad version of the Yoga is a keyboard that uses what Lenovo calls a “lift and lock” system to secure the keyboard while the system is in tablet mode. When the display is rotated all of the way back into tablet mode, rubber bumpers and the frame around the keyboard lift up. The keyboard frame lifts up to be flush with the top of the keys. Meanwhile, the keys themselves lock into place such that they cannot be pressed down. This is a useful feature as it creates a stable base and removes the worry that keys would accidentally be pressed during a key presentation (even if the existing Yoga already ignores key presses, having a hardware lock in place gives some piece of mind).
Internally, the ThinkPad Yoga can be configured with up to an Intel Haswell Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3L memory, a 1TB hard drive plus 256GB SSD, large battery, and Wi-Fi, and NFC radios. The OneLink dock will allow users further expansion options by adding Gigabit Ethernet, USB ports, and additional display outputs.
The ThinkPad Yoga will be available in November starting at $949. You can find photos of the new PC at the IFA show in Berlin over at Engadget.
Which would you choose, the Yoga 2 Pro with high resolution display or the ThinkPad Yoga with Wacom digitizer and locking keyboard?
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Tesoro, gaming mouse, input, shrike
Tesoro is certainly not as well established a mouse maker as Razer and others but they seem to be aiming for the high end crowd. Their Shrike Gaming Mouse comes with three 10g weights and a single 5g to allow you to choose the most comfortable weight for your hands. There are eight buttons including the DPI switcher, which you can actually reprogram if you wish and the plastic exterior resembles brushed aluminium which is rather unique; the LEDs are not so uncommon. It can store up to 40 programmed macros on its 128KB onboard memory and is configurable up to 5600 dpi at a 1000Hz polling rate. Check out R&B Mods for more.
"Today we are taking a look at another gaming mouse from Tesoro. Up for testing is the Shrike which seems to be a tad sharper than the previous Tesoro we looked at so lets take a closer look."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- TteSports Volos MMORPG Gaming Mouse @ eTeknix
- Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 Review @ Techgage
- Tt eSPORTS VOLOS MOBA and MMORPG Gaming Mouse @ Kitguru
- Razer Naga 2014 @ LanOC Reviews
- CM Storm Havoc Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Attitude One A1 Vintorez Gaming Mouse @ eTeknix
- Roccat Kone Pure and XTD Gaming Mice Review @ TechwareLabs
- Tesoro Aegis Mousepad @ Rbmods
- Picking your keyboard key switch @ LanOC Reviews
- Leap Motion Review: Taking control into your own hands (kind of) @ TechSpot
- Thermaltake Meka G-Unit Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Vengeance K95 Fully Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Madshrimps
- ErgoDox Review, an Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard via Massdrop @ AnandTech
- CM Storm QuickFire XT Mechanical Keyboard @ Modders-Inc
- MSI GK-601 Gaming Keyboard Review @ HiTech Legion
Amazon's Kindle Matchbook Program Offers Discounted or Free E-Books for Users That Buy Physical Copies
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 05:05 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: matchbook, kindle, ebook, amazon
Amazon recently announced a new service called Kindle Matchbook. Akin to the digital and physical music album matching AutoRip service, Matchbook will offer users Kindle editions of physical books purchased from Amazon at steep discounts.
Starting in October, Matchbook will offer Kindle editions for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or for free to customers that purchased the physical version of the book new from Amazon. The company is extending the program to those books purchased from 1995 to the present, and to future purchases. The program will cover approximately 10,000 books at the time of the program's launch in October.
Notably, the Kindle Matchbook program depends on publisher support, which means that users will only be able to get the discounted ebooks if the physical book publisher allows it. Hopefully, publishers will jump on board with the program and add more books to the supported library!
Keep an eye on Amazon's homepage for more information next month.
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | September 5, 2013 - 03:39 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: tablet, s5000, Lenovo, ideatab, android 4.2
Today, Lenovo announced a new high end seven inch tablet called the IdeaTab S5000. The new tablet measures 7.9mm thick and weighs 246 grams (0.54”).
The chassis has a laser engraved “fabric feel” back cover finish and chrome accents on the side. A large 5” 1280 x 800 (350 nit) touchscreen display dominates the front of the device. A 1.8MP webcam sits above the display and a Lenovo logo is located below the display. The tablet also has a rear 5.0 MP camera.
The IdeaTab S5000 is powered by a MediaTek 8389 SoC with a quad core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz and PowerVR™ Series5XT GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), and a 3,450 mAh battery. The tablet is rated at 8 hours of continuous Wi-Fi web browsing or 6 hours of HD video playback. It has a OTG (On The Go) USB port allowing it to act as a host and connect to devices such as external storage. The S5000 can further be configured with HSPA+ 3G cellular connectivity.
The S5000 runs Android 4.2 and comes with Lenovo suite of customized smart apps for document and photo editing (among other things). The IdeaTab S5000 will be available in Q4 2013 for an as-yet-unannounced price.
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Avoton, c2000, Intel, Edisonville
The Tech Report picked up some technical details on the C2000 series of Avoton SoC's bound for business as Microservers or high density servers. Avoton is a true 64-bit chip and supports DDR3 and DDR3L DRAM at speeds up to 1600 MT/s and they have abandoned the FSB in favour of the crossbar style IDI that has been present in Intel's larger chips since Nehalem. They've also replaced the Southbridge with a South Complex that provides 16 lanes of PCIe 2.0 on the fastest interconnect with a data connectivity attached alongside the PCIe. That consists of pair of SATA 6Gbps, four SATA 3 ports and four ethernet controllers capable of 2.5Gbps which are capable of teaming and offering 10Gbps. Check out their article for more on the hottest thing to hit server racks that won't put you in debt for life.
"Today, Intel officially unveiled its Atom C2000-series products, based on the Avoton system-on-a-chip, so we have the opportunity to offer a little more detail about this distinctive new SoC."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel chases network gear and cold storage with Avoton Atoms @ The Register
- Intel shows off 'disaggregated' rack of servers, storage, and networking @ The Register
- Intel's Avoton Atoms give microservers muscle – and Xeon-class features @ The Register
- Microsoft to push own brand with help from Nokia @ DigiTimes
- OCCAT Into Street-Proof Messenger Bag @ Neoseeker
- Magellan RoadMate RV5365T-LMB GPS Navigator @ TechwareLabs
- How To Fix GDI Leaks In Internet Explorer 10 and 9 @ TechARP
- Making Asteroids Miniature @ Hack a Day
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | September 5, 2013 - 02:52 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: vibe x, smartphone, mtk 6589t, Lenovo, k900, android 4.2
Lenovo announced new mobile devices at IFA 2013 in Berlin this week including the new flagship Lenovo S960 “Vibe X” and an updated Lenovo K900 in orange or black colors. The new K900 is available now in China and the new Vibe X smartphone will be available (in China) in October.
The Lenovo Vibe X is the company's new flagship smartphone. The hardware, encased in a polycarbonate body is 6.9mm thin and weighs 121 grams. The smartphone features a 5-inch (440 pixels per inch) 1920 x 1080 IPS display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. A 5MP front-facing webcam uses a 84-degree wide angle lens and the rear 13MP auto-focus camera has a back-illuminated sensor and LED flash.
Internal specifications include a quad core MediaTek 6589T SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, a PowerVR™ Series5XT GPU, 2GB of memory, 16GB of internal storage, and an embedded 2,000 mAh Li-Po battery. The phone runs Google's Android 4.2 operating system.
I find it interesting that Lenovo has moved away from the Intel platform for its new flagship. Unfortunately, it still is not coming to the US or Europe. Instead, the new Vibe X smartphone will be available in China in October and in other countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold around the December time frame.
In addition the IdeaPhone S960 Vibe X, Lenovo has issues a slight update to the Clover Trail+ powered K900. The phone will now be available in orange and black, which are new color options in addition to the existing silver model.
The phone is available now in China in 16GB and 32Gb capacities and will be available later this year in other countries. According to Into Mobile, the orange edition will cost users around 3,299 Yuan (which is a 300 Yuan premium over the silver SKU).
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 01:18 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: xbox one, x79, WD Red, WD, video, podcast, Ivy Bridge-E, haf stacker, cooler master, 4960x
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Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are several Haswell based notebooks on sale today, running from the $1200 base model up to one worth over $2800. This Alienware 14 sports a i7-4700MQ with a top speed of 3.4GHz, 8GB DDR3-1600 and a GT750M to power the 1366x768 screen with a 750GB HDD for storage. It also has a Killer NIC to help you out during fast paced gaming online either wired or on WiFi.
Upgrades such as a 1080p screen, Bluray, SSD storage and upgraded components are available.
- Toshiba Satellite L70-ABT2N22 17.3" Core i3 Laptop w/6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Case (Customizable) for $499.99 with free shipping (normally $824.99).
- LG 60PN6300 60" 1080p Plasma HDTV + $150 Dell eGift Card for $799.99 with free shipping (normally $999.99).
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 (PC/Mac DL) for $119.99 with free shipping (normally $149.99).
- Motorola Elite Flip HZ-720 Wireless Bluetooth Headset w/ NFC for $29.95 only (normally $99.00).
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2013 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: total war, rome, gaming, creative assembly
The Total War series has come a long way, from campaign maps that played like a Risk game and cloned troopers in the battlefield to gorgeous landscapes with much more realistic movements and incredibly detailed units in battles. On the other hand the long awaited next installation of Rome: Total War might have gone a bit too far. It is not necessarily the obscene amount of time it takes to process the AI's turns nor the inevitable bugs that crept through the QA process; the ability to easily distribute 100MB patches has degraded every publishers QA process to a joke when you compare it to the days of dial-up. Instead it is the realization that the niggling feeling as you push the End Turn button that you have left something undone is caused by the fact that you did nothing that turn at all. The campaign map in Total War has never been fast paced nor is it meant to be, instead there had always been a million micromanagement tasks to be completed every turn whereas in this new Rome you often have nothing to do but bash on the end turn button for a few seasons.
It is as Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN comment "I feel that Total War should be a coiled armadillo rather than Rome IIs jellyfish."
"So then. I am usually in the Total War apologist camp, but not this time. I am not sure if it’s because I had a better experience with Shogun 2, or whether there’s some kind of allergy due to over-exposure going on, but Rome II rubbed me up the wrong druid."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist Review @ OCC
- Xbox One to be launched on Friday 22nd November @ HEXUS
- Mega Man creator’s Mighty No.9 smashes past Kickstarter goal @ HEXUS
- Wot I Think: Outlast @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- New Metro: Last Light DLC Crawls Rapidly Toward You @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Genetically Modified Ops: XCOM – Enemy Within @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Saints Row IV Review @ OCC
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2013 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's UltraSharp U2413 1920 x 1200 24" IPS claims a 6ms response time which makes it suitable for gaming, as well as offering superior colour support. As it is a new model it supports HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, DVI-D and mini DisplayPort inputs as well as acting as a 4-port USB 3.0 hub.
- Dell UltraSharp U2413 1920 x 1200 24" IPS Monitor (2013 model) for $499.99 with free shipping (normally $599.99).
- Western Digital 1TB Elements SE Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive for $66.99 with free shipping (normally $99.95).
- Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Tower for $34.99 with free shipping (normally $49.99 - use coupon code: EMCXLXT227).
- NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower Computer Case for $79.99 with free shipping (normally $139.99 - use coupon code: COMPNTSEP8).
- Logitech Wireless Wave Mouse/Keyboard MK550for $59.49 only (normally $69.99 - use coupon code: QG3G$33HH3QP0?).
- LG 23" 1080p IPS LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $139.99 only (normally $199.99 - use coupon code: EMCXLXT49).
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2013 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Avoton, Intel, atom, server, silvermont, 22nm
The new Silvermont based 22nm Avoton chips are officially available as of today as Intel attempts to outmaneuver ARM's attempts to enter the server market. These chips are not the Atom you have grown to know and despise, this is a brand new architecture which Intel claims will be vastly superior in performance while using much less power. They are billed as true SOCs and reflect the changing server market which is now more focused on modular systems of relatively low performance which can be networked together to provide just as much processing power as is needed. The Register did not get any performance numbers yet, hopefully we will see these chips in action soon so we can judge for ourselves if they have what it takes to make it in the server room.
"If you were expecting Chipzilla to keep its server-chip powder dry until its Intel Developer Forum next week, surprise! It looks like Intel is going to jump the gun and get its "Avoton" Atom server chips into the field this Wednesday, as you can see from this announcement preview that Intel sent out to press and analysts over the Labor Day holiday in the States."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected @ The Register
- Kodak exits bankruptcy as Kodak Alaris with focus on digital and personal imaging @ The Inquirer
- Globalfoundries growing its 28nm customer base, says CEO @ DigiTimes
- HDMI 2.0 is here with support for 4K at 60fps @ The Inquirer
- Hynix FABs on fire after chemical explosion @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2013 - 12:48 PM | Scott Michaud
After taking over IBM's line of personal computers, Lenovo climbed to first place amongst PC manufacturers. They spite the declining market with growth year-over-year and record shipments of devices. Over half of their revenue comes from PC sales.
Now, for the second consecutive year, CEO Yang Tuanqing (pictured above) is congratulating many of his employees by sharing his bonus with them. A total $3.25 million USD will be distributed amongst 10,000 employees who otherwise are ineligible for bonuses or commissions. Manufacturing workers are the focus with 85% of recipients located in China. For those employees, this would be equivalent to receiving an extra month's pay.
This move was very generous and humble; it is nowhere to be seen on their official press sites. It became public when Bloomberg received a leaked HR memo and confirmed it with a company spokesperson.
Good on you, Lenovo.
Subject: General Tech, Systems, Shows and Expos | September 4, 2013 - 12:11 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: zenbook, ifa 2013, asus
How about some Ultrabooks? We got Ultrabooks. Thin, light, and metal brushed with their characteristic circular pattern. They are proud of that design, proud enough to cover it, the top of the lid, with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect it from scratches and gouges. It feels a little absurd to say, but covering metal in glass for increased durability seems to make sense and could help your premium laptop look new for longer.
These 13.3-inch laptops come in two resolutions: 1920x1080 Full HD is the lower offering, with 2560x1440 for higher-end tastes. Both monitors are IPS-based with 10-point multi-touch capabilities.
The raw specifications for the UX301 are:
- Intel Core i5-4200U or i7-4500U or i7-4558U
- 4GB or 8GB DDR3L
- Intel HD 5100 Graphics
- SATA 3 SSD (up to 512GB RAID0)
- 13.3-inch 2560 x 1440 WQHD or 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS multitouch
- 802.11ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0
- Mini DisplayPort, Micro-HDMI 1.4
- 2x USB3.0, 3.5mm headphone/mic, SD card reader
- Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro
For the UX302:
- Intel Core i5-4200U or i7-4500U
- 4GB DDR3L
- Intel HD 4400 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M (2GB)
- Up to a 750GB HDD with 16 GB SSD cache
- 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS multitouch
- 802.11ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0
- Mini Displayport, HDMI 1.4
- 3x USB 3.0, 3.5mm headphone/mic, SD card reader
- Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro
The UX301 seems to be the more-premium device with obviously higher specs, at least for options, despite being almost 2mm thinner (15.5mm vs 17.2 for the UX302) and a quarter of a pound lighter (1.38kg vs 1.5 kg for the UX302). Both models are listed as a 50W battery, which I assume means 50Wh since watts are not a unit of electrical storage, but I am not entirely sure.
No information about pricing and availability has been released.
Subject: General Tech, Mobile, Shows and Expos | September 4, 2013 - 11:34 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: TF701T, ifa 2013, asus
Among the ASUS announcements is their new Transformer Pad TF701T. Being a Transformer Pad, the TF701T is an Android Tablet which can be used alone or docked in a keyboard for extra battery life and USB 3.0 support -- or, of course, for a keyboard. The touch display is IPS-based, 10.1", and with a native resolution of 2560x1600.
The other raw specifications include:
- NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40X quad-core SoC.
- 2GB DDR3L RAM
- WiFi B/G/N (dual-band) with Miracast support
- Bluetooth 3.0+EDR
- Speaker with ASUS "SonicMaster" technology
- 32GB and 64GB options
- MicroSDXC port on tablet if you need more storage.
- SDXC port on the dock if you need even more storage or, of course, to load pictures from a camera
- USB 3.0 (on dock).
- 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack.
I find it somewhat interesting that ASUS listed the Tegra 4 "T40X". It seems odd to declare a specific model if, unless I completely missed something, Tegra 4 is not announced to be binned in to multiple SKUs. This might suggest Tegra 4 will have more options than simply, "Get Tegra 4 or wait for Tegra 4i with the built-in Icera modem". Then again, it could be another case of over-description. Either way, it is something we will watch closely and report further on.
Pricing and availability information has not yet been released.
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2013 - 01:07 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ultrabook, Thinkpad, t440s, t440, Lenovo
In addition to the high-end X240 ultraportable, Lenovo has launched the T440 and T440S to its ThinkPad lineup. Both machines are 14” notebooks with larger trackpads, HD displays, optional dedicated graphics, Intel Haswell processors, and up to 17 hours of rated battery life. The T440 and T440S notebooks can also be outfitted with NVIDIA GT 720M or 730M dedicated GPUs respectively. Unfortunately, the SKUs with NVIDIA graphics will not be available in North America. The T440S is the higher-specced unit of the two, and both notebooks will be available in October.
The Lenovo T440 is a four pound, 21mm thick 14” ultrabook. It can be configured with an HD+ touchscreen display, Intel Haswell i5 CPU with HD 4400 graphics, up to 12GB of DDR3L memory, and a 1TB hard drive or a 512GB SSD. Other features include a 720p webcam, Dolby Digital Plus with Advanced Audio 2 technology, Intel Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and 4G LTE ratios. IO includes mini Display Port, VGA, two USB 3.0, one SD card reader, and a RJ45 Ethernet jack.
The T440 will be available at the end of October with a starting price of $899.
Stepping up from the T440 to the T440S gets you some extra features and a lighter laptop thanks to a carbon fiber chassis. The ThinkPad T440S is a 14” notebook that is 20.45mm thick and weighs 3.5 pounds. The notebook can be configured with an Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, a 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display, three USB 3.0 ports (instead of the two on the T440), and Dolby Digital Plus with Home Theater 4 audio technology.
The faster and lighter ThinkPad T440S will also be available at the end of October with a starting MSRP of $1,149.
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2013 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $600 you can get your hands on an decent gaming laptop from Dell, the Inspiron 15R Special Edition. This 15.6" 1080p laptop is powered by an Intel i5-3230M @ 2.2GHz, 6GB DDR3-1600 and a 1TB HDD with a 2GB Radeon 7730M for graphics. With Waves MaxxAudio 4 and Skullcandy speakers. With HDMI out and 4 USB 3.0 ports this machine will also function as a desktop replacement in case you need to make some sort of justification for spending your money on a gaming laptop.
- Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition 15.6" Core i5 1080p Laptop w/ 2GB Radeon HD 7730M, Backlit Keyboard for $599.99 with free shipping (normally $899.99 - use 3J836$$3GHW127).
- Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard for $47.36 with free shipping (normally $59.99).
- Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $89.00 with free shipping (normally $109.99).
- VIZIO E500I-A1 50" 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV for $649.99 with free shipping (normally $699.99).
- Creative Inspire T6160 5.1 Speaker System for $71.99 only (normally $99.99).
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | September 3, 2013 - 02:29 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: x240, ultrabook, Thinkpad, Lenovo, ifa
Lenovo recently launched a new high end business ultrabook called the ThinkPad X240. The 12” ultrabook is aimed at road warriors and business professionals that want high end hardware in a portable form factor.
The ThinkPad X240 is a 12-inch, 20.3mm (0.79”) thick, notebook that weighs less than three pounds (1.34kg). It has large trackpad, backlit keyboard, 720p webcam, Dolby Home Theater Advanced Audio 2 technology, up to a 1080p display, and full size ports. External IO includes VGA, Ethernet, a combo headphone/mic jack, SD card reader, HDMI out, and two USB 3.0 ports.
Internal specifications include Intel Haswell processors with HD 4400 graphics, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, and up to a 1TB hard drive. The system comes with a TPM chip and finger print reader and can be further configured with a 3G/4G LTE cellular radio, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and NFC radios.
The X240 also features Lenovo's Power Bridge technology which allows users to hot swap batteries while a 3-cell internal battery keeps the system powered up. When the 3-cell internal battery is paired with a removable 6-cell battery, Lenovo rates the X240 at 10 hours of battery life.
The new ThinkPad X240 is portable and fairly powerful with battery life that business professionals value. Should the reviews hold up, it looks like a solid machine. It will be available around the end of October with a starting price of $1,099.
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2013 - 12:17 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: windows xp, windows, security, microsoft, legacy, enterprise, custom support
Windows XP seems to be the OS that simply will not die, and it seems that Microsoft has given in slightly on its plans to no longer support the aging operating system. For those customers willing to pay, Microsoft will continue patching Windows XP through its Custom Support program.
Custom Support is mainly aimed at large enterprise and industrial customers who, for legacy or other reasons, have yet to move on to newer OS versions from XP. The program will pick up from where Microsoft ends its public extended support for Windows XP (Service Pack 3) on April 8, 2014.
Businesses that elect to go the Custom Support route and stick with XP will pay approximately $200 per PC for the first year alone. The systems in the program will continue to receive patches for vulnerabilities rated as “Critical” with optional patches for “Important” security issues available for additional fees, according to Gregg Keizer writing for PCWorld. Security issues classed by Microsoft as being of low or moderate importance will not be patched at all.
Microsoft will reportedly be delivering these patches through a secure channel other than the standard Windows Update in an attempt to keep non-paying Windows XP users from getting their hands on the patches.
For now, it seems that Windows XP is still here to stay in a big way, at least in the enterprise space where it is likely cheaper to keep XP in circulation than to upgrade PCs, retrain employees, and re-code legacy applications. It will cost a pretty penny to keep the old OS up to date and (mostly) secure, however.
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