Subject: General Tech, Mobile | October 16, 2013 - 05:26 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Windows 8.1, tablet, miix2, Lenovo, Bay Trail-T
Today, Lenovo launched a new tablet called the Miix2. The successor to the original Miix, the Miix2 is an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet powered by Intel's new “Bay Trail-T” Atom processor. The tablet measures 8.5” x 5.2” x 0.32” and weighs 350 grams (~12 ounces).
The Lenovo Mix 2 has an 8-inch 1280x800 IPS display that supports 10-point capacitive multi-touch. There is a 2MP front webcam and a 5MP rear camera. A Windows button sits below the display when in portrait mode. A detachable cover can be fitted to the side of the tablet and act as a stand when in landscape mode. The $20 cover also comes with a capacitive stylus.
Internally, the Miix2 features a quad-core Intel Bay Trail-T processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB eMMC storage, support for up to 32GB of micro SD external storage, Wi-Fi, and 3G in select countries. The eMMC storage options include 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The company claims up to 7 hours of battery life for the Miix2.
The new Bay Trail-T powered tablet will come pre-loaded with Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system (the full x86 version) and a full license of Office Home and Student 2013 productivity suite.
The specifications are not amazing, but serviceable. Hopefully Lenovo introduces an alternative SKU with an active digitizer, a higher resolution display, and physical keyboard for business users. For now though, Lenovo has a decent consumer-level Windows 8.1 tablet for $299 that will be available at the end of October.
What do you think about the Miix2?
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2013 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: battlefield 4, r9 280x, gtx 770
As the recommended requirements for BF4 indicate that a mid-range GPU should be able to handle the game, [H]ard|OCP tested out the public beta with the new R9 280X as well as the GTX 770. This not only gives an idea of comparative performance but also a chance to see if the extra memory present on AMD's card gives any performance advantage at 2560 x 1600. At first glance the charts seem to favour NVIDIA but that was not what [H] found when gaming as the high peaks represented points with little or no action and the performance started to suffer during action sequences while the AMD card remained solid throughout both calm and the storms.
"Electronic Arts has opened a public beta of the upcoming Battlefield 4 game debuting the new Frostbite 3 game engine. Today we will preview some gameplay performance in BF4 Beta on an AMD Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 770 and see how the game will challenge today's GPU's. The results are not quite what we expected."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Hands On: XCOM – Enemy Within @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Red Wing: SWTOR Gets Space Combat Expansion @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Bioshock Noir: Burial At Sea’s Opening Scenes @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- A Wizardry Did It: Deathfire – Ruins Of Nethermore @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Tsarist Space Struggle: The Mandate @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Super Mario Bros for Chrome @ fullscreenmario.com/
- Puppeteer PlayStation 3 @ eTeknix
- Madshrimps @ Firstlook 2013 @ Madshrimps
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2013 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's UltraSharp U2412M is a 16:10 format 1920x1200 24" IPS display with a response time of 6ms which makes it quite acceptable for gaming duties. The colour gamut is good enough for some professional work and is quite good for the asking price. It also comes with a 3 year warranty which might make it more attractive than ordering a display from Korea for anyone worried about dead pixels or other possible issues.
- Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" 1920 x 1200 LED-backlit IPS LCD Monitor for $269.99 with free shipping(normally $369.99 - use coupon code: HNQ2$W?T6M93MW).
- Toshiba Satellite L50-ABT2N22 15.6" Core i3 Laptop w/6GB RAM (Customizable) for $429.99 with Free Shipping (normally $699.99 - use coupon code: L50B1015).
- Acer S241HL 24" LED Backlight LCD Monitor for $149.99 with Free Shipping(normally $199.99).
- Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $79.99 with free shipping(normally $119.00).
- Linksys EA6700 HD Video Pro AC1750 Smart WiFi Wireless Router for $139.99 with free shipping (normally $199.99)
- Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 8GB 7" Android 4.2 Tablet for $99.00 wifh Free Shipping(normally $159.99 - use coupon code: USPA1301010)
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2013 - 01:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, delay, Broadwell, 14nm
Sad news for those hoping to see Broadwell as Brian Krzanich confirmed that the delays we first heard about in June are still true and Broadwell will not be available until some time in 2014. This slowdown of their Tick Tick strategy has been caused by the high density of defects on wafers which is driving the yields down on these chips which not only leads to less profitability but also means that supplies will be too low to go to market with. He did give The Register some positive news, Intel is working on reducing the time it takes to implement changes to chips in production and within the next year they hope to be able to make changes to a chip three months before it is slated for release without negatively effecting yeilds.
"One of the biggest tasks that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has set himself is reconfiguring Chipzilla so that it's quicker to build and deploy new products.
So it's a pity he has had to delay the rollout of 14-nanometer Broadwell processor chips until the first quarter of next year due to problems with quality control."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel slumps into mud despite lobbing Internet-of-Things, etc at buyers @ The Register
- How to Code Android Applications With Security In Mind @ Linux.com
- HGST pushes out bulk storage spinner with 5 power-sipping settings @ The Register
- Samsung's Green DDR4 data centre memory can save 45 terawatts per hour @ The Inquirer
- 35,000 vBulletin Sites Have Already Been Exploited By Week Old Hole @ Slashdot
- Building a Rail Gun @ Hack a Day
- Backup4all Professional and novaPDF Professional @ Computing on Demand
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2013 - 04:11 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: usb 3.0, Startech, gigabit ethernet, adapter
StarTech has released new USB 3.0 peripherals that enable Gigabit Ethernet with the full 1,000 Mbps throughput. There are four new adapters in total, a Gigabit-to-USB 3.0 adapter in black or white, an adapter with two Gigabit Ethernet ports to USB 3.0, and an adapter with a USB 3.0 hub, Gigabit Ethernet port that connects to your PC via a single USB 3.0 connection.
The new adapters are aimed at ultrabook and other business laptop users who have a limited number of USB 3.0 ports and may not have a physical GbE RJ45 port. The new adapters provide Gigabit Ethernet as well as a USB 3.0 passthrough port so that users do not have to give up a USB port.
The USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter comes in white or black and provides Gigabit Ethernet and a single USB 3.0 port. It has an MSRP of $78.99 USD (£61.99 UK). Alternatively, StarTech has an adapter with a USB 3.0 passthrough and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. That adapter has an MSRP of $103.99 USD (£82.99 UK). Finally, StarTech has a Gigabit Ethernet to USB 3.0 adapter that includes a single RJ45 port and three USB 3.0 ports. The ports can provide enough power to charge mobile devices, including Apple and Android smartphones. The hub adapter has an MSRP of $83.99 USD (£63.99 UK).
All of the new StarTech adapters are available now in the US, Canada, and Europe. Fortunately for users, the actual retail prices are turning out to be much less than the listed MSRPs.
The new adapters are useful for laptops with limited port options and for devices like the new Haswell-powered Intel NUC so that users can get two Gigabit Ethernet ports to enable new home networking or home server functionality.
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2013 - 06:55 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Internet Explorer 11
Microsoft, appealing to the needs of enterprises everywhere, releases tools to block major versions of the assorted software coming down Windows Update. Of course, this also signals an impending release of whatever it intends to block. Most recently: Internet Explorer 11.
IE11 continues the trend of standards compliance and, until I get my hands on it, at least looks comparable to the best of the rest. Not much is known about how Microsoft has or will comply with the Khronos Group industry body but they are at least dipping their toe into WebGL support; I hope they can continue to progress their browser if only for selfish reasons. I do not see Internet Explorer taking over Firefox and Chrome in my personal usage but, especially if WebCL follows WebGL, it will be nice to eventually support every browser.
While Microsoft has not put an official release date, due to the blocking tool, it is expected to arrive for Windows 7 in the late October to early November time frame. Users of Windows 8.1 will receive it much earlier, this Thursday (October 17th) when the operating system hits Windows Store.
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2013 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today's Alienware 14 deal is for a higher end version than we have seen previously. This 14" 1080p laptop has quite a bit inside of it considering how compact the chassis is. A core i7-4700MQ, 8GB DDR3-1600 and a 1GB GeForce GTX 750M offer decent performance and connectivity includes Bluetooth and a KillerNIC handling WiFi. Storage is a 750GB 7200RPM HDD and a DVD Burner you can upgrade to a BlueRay if you so desire. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed.
- NEW! Alienware 14 "Haswell" Core i7 1080p Gaming Laptop for $1,096.65 with free shipping(normally $1,349.00 - use coupon code: DZZ7?XN2F4?13W).
- LG 29" HDMI IPS-Panel LED-Backlight LCD Monitor + $50 Gift Card for $499.99 with Free Shipping (normally $599.99).
- Evga GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 Video Card + Free Batman Arkham Origins PC Game for $149.99(normally $229.99).
- Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case for $99.99 with free shipping(normally $149.00 - use coupon code: EMCWXWR53).
- Seagate Expansion 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $69.99 with free shipping (normally $109.99)
- Motorola SF600 Bluetooth Wireless Sports Headphones for $39.99 wifh Free Shipping(normally $129.99)
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2013 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, linux, catalyst, 3.12 kernel
Phoronix had a very pleasant surprise over the weekend which was apparently also a complete surprise to the AMD Linux driver team; vastly improved GPU performance on the 3.12 kernel. In tests on a dozen cards ranging from the elderly HD3850 to the HD6950 all cards showed at least some improvements and in some cases increases of 50%. Keep your eyes tuned for updates as they work with AMD's Linux team to see where these performance increases originated from and to give Phoronix time to get their hands on new hardware for more testing. Check out the complete review here.
"Over the weekend I released benchmarks showing the Linux 3.12 kernel bringing big AMD Radeon performance improvements. Those benchmarks of a Radeon HD 4000 series GPU showed the Linux 3.12 kernel bringing major performance improvements over Linux 3.11 and prior. Some games improved with just low double-digit gains while other Linux games were nearly 90% faster! Interestingly, the AMD Radeon Linux developers were even surprised by these findings. After carrying out additional tests throughout the weekend, I can confirm these truly incredible performance improvements on other hardware. In this article are results from ten different AMD Radeon graphics cards."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Imagination eyes Intel and ARM with Warrior P5600 CPU based on MIPS architecture @ The Inquirer
- Best Buy: Bring us your cowering, unwanted Microsoft Surface masses @ The Register
- Blackberry desperately reassures customers in an open letter @ The Inquirer
- Windows 8.1: Six Things Microsoft Got Right and Others That Are Still Missing @ TechSpot
- MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross @ The Register
- Toshiba Set To Change SSD Landscape with Upper Tier SSDs at Rock Bottom Pricing @ SSD Review
- Devolo dLAN LiveCam Starter Kit @ NikKTech
- Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers @ The Register
- Ooma Office: VoIP Small Office Phone System Review @ TechwareLabs
- iPad 5 release date, rumours, price and features @ The Inquirer
- L-Com Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switches @ TechwareLabs
- October 2013 Rumours @ Western Digital @ TechARP
Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile | October 14, 2013 - 09:27 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Lenovo, hp, dell, tablets
About 81 million PCs were sold in the third quarter of this year; a decline of 8 percent from the same quarter of last year. This is according to reports from Windows IT Pro who averaged figures from IDC and Gartner.
The firms, however, were expecting somewhere between a 9 and 10 percent drop.
A further decline (in global shipments) is still expected to occur next year. Tablet sales have slowed from projections, albeit still on a growing trend, due to emerging markets and the simplification of generic content consumption. Our viewers probably extend beyond the generic but many others do not, for whatever number of reasons, use their devices except for media and text-based web browsing; as such, customers are more hesitant to replace their PCs.
Lenovo, HP, and Dell were 1-2-3 in terms of worldwide PC sales with each experiencing slight growth. HP is very near to Lenovo in terms of unit sales, less than a quarter million units separating the two, although I would expect Lenovo would have wider margins on each unit sold. HP extends further into the low value segments. Acer and ASUS had a sharp decline in sales.
Unfortunately, the article does not give any specific details on the tablet side. They did not reach their projections.
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2013 - 12:37 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: tablet, msata, Intel, haswell, fujitsu, Bay Trail-T
Fujitsu recently launched several new mobile devices for business users running Intel's latest Haswell and Atom chips. The "All New In Touch" portfolio includes three new Lifebook notebooks and two Stylistic slate-style tablets. All of the new devices are 14" or smaller, have long battery life (according to Fujitsu), and will be available later this month.
Specifically, the lineup includes the following devices:
- Lifebook T734
- Lifebook T904
- Lifebook U904
- Stylistic Q584
- Stylistic Q704
The Lifebook T734, T904, and U904 are notebooks powered by Intel's Haswell processors. They come with Windows 8.1, DDR3 memory (up to 12GB on some models), several storage options, backlit keyboards, and high resolution displays. The 734 can be fitted with an optical drive or second battery pack. The 13.3" T904 has a 2560x1440 IGZO rotatable/convertible display with touch and pen support while the 14" U904 has a 3200x1800 IGZO display.
The Fujitsu Lifebook U904.
All of the notebooks come with Windows 8.1, touchscreens, and enterprise-friendly security features.
Beyond the touchscreen-enabled notebooks, Fujitsu is launching two new tablets under its STYLISTIC brand: the Q584 and Q704. The Q584 is a 10.1" tablet with 2560x1600 display, smart card shell, and dockable keyboard. It is semi-ruggedized and is dust and water proof. It is powered by an Intel Bay Trail-T (quad core) processor clocked at 2.4GHz and either a 64GB or 128GB mSATA SSD. Other features include a 2MP front and 8MP rear camera and Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and LTE radios.
The Fujitsu Stylistic Q584
The Stylistic Q704 steps the specifications up a bit to a 12.5" semi-ruggedized tablet powered by up to an Intel Haswell i7 vPro CPU, 8GB of LPDDR3 memory, and 256GB mSATA SSD. It has a 1920x1080 resolution display, 2MP front and 5MP rear cameras, and a smart card shell or dockable keyboard. Radios include Wi-Fi (dual band 802.11n), LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.
The Stylistic tablets will come pre-loaded with Windows 8.1.
The entire Fujitsu lineup should be available later this month at various (not yet specified) price points. For business users, the new devices are worth a look (pending reviews that verify the battery life claims).
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