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Articles Archive for May 2011

40% Of All Xbox360 Activity Is Non-Gaming

According to Microsoft’s blog, about 40% of all Xbox 360 activity is non-gaming. So what are people using their Xbox machines for? Video streaming. Whether it’s the Netflix application, ESPN streaming, or Hulu, people get the majority of their Xbox360 fix through non-gaming activities.

While Microsoft seems to think this is cool, I wonder what these statistics say about the game console? Is it that modern Xbox games are boring or are they just too expensive for consumer needs right now?

MSI G-Series Gets An Upgrade!

MSI is launching at full speed at Computex and has just introduced some new tweaks to their G-Series gaming notebooks. The new GT780, GT863, and GE620 will each feature Intel’s second generation Core i7 quad core processors. The GT780 and GT683 each feature 16GB of DDR3 memory and Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics with 1.5GB of VRAM.

The laptops will come with accelerated dual solid-state drive architecture, offering users access to their most important files at three times the speed of traditional hard drives. Make no mistake that this is a gaming machine, and hence, it comes with a state-of-the-art gaming keyboard.

Acer’s First Mango Phone: W4

Acer has just revealed its first Windows Phone Mango at Computex 2011. The smartphone is expected to hit consumers later this year and will be dubbed the Acer W4 (nice and simple, isn’t it?) The windows phone will feature a 3.6″ WVGA screen and offer a viewing resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. The device comes with a 5MP rear camera with auto-focus, allowing you to take the clearest of snapshots while staying within budget.

The Mango phone will offer HSPA (850/1900) or (900/2100) AND GSM quad band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) Support. What powers the device, you ask?

Samsung Galaxy S II Receives 1080p 24Mbit/s Hack

Even though the Samsung Galaxy S II sold perfectly well on its own, a new hack allows the device to record 1080p video at 24Mbit/s and offer a 30fps (frames per second) video capture. The hack also allows for 44.1KHz 192-bit audio! Just to compare with factory settings, the Galaxy S II normall records in 16Mbit/s 1980p HD with AAC mono audio.

The hack, introduced by HyperX, essentially overclocks the phone to allow it to capture very high quality video and sound. Although the hack is quite impressive, HyperX is still working on some tweaks to make sure the software is fully debugged for tech enthusiasts to enjoy.

Acer Updates Liquidmini With Gingerbread

Acer has just announced its updated line of liquidmini smartphones, now, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While the original colors included silver, blue, black, green, and pink, the new liquidmini phones come in cherry, lagoon, pearl, and steel. All phones feature a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, rocking a 320 x 480 pixel resolution.

One of the camera’s core features is its 5 megapixel camera, a camera good enough to snap your favorite memories while you’re on vacation.

HP Recalls Another 162,000 Laptop Batteries

HP has just recalled 162,000 lithium-ion batteries after discovering a product model series that was missing in last year’s worldwide recall, ITNews Australia reports. The laptop batteries were shipped between July 2007 and May 2008 and are prone to overheat and rupture, which may result in fires or burns, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The new model series was discovered on the HP Compaq 6520 and one of the HP Pavilion models. The recent recall of 162K batteries adds to the already 124K previously recalled within the past two years, bringing the total up to nearly 300,000 recalled batteries, ouch!

Steve Jobs Will Introduce iCloud And iOS5 @ WWDC 2011

Apple has officially announced that Steve Jobs will introduce the iCloud service, as well as iOS 5 during the WWDC keynote address on June 6th, at 10AM. The computer giant will also reveal the next generation OS X, Lion software, as well. WWDC stands for WorldWide Developer Conference and will feature over one hundred tech sessions, each presented by Apple engineers.

Apple fanatics, tech enthusiasts, and journalists will all get a taste of what Apple has to offer in the coming years, at least on the software front.

Asus Goes ‘Toe To Toe’ With MacBook Air

It looks like Asus is planning on going head on against Apple’s MacBook Air. The company introduced an eleven point six inch aluminum alloy shell at the Computex show this week. The Asus UX 21 uses a solid state drive just like the macbook air does and will feature Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors.

The device is classified as an ultra-portable and weighs in at just 2.2 pounds. Users will get two USB 3.0 ports, a headphone port, and a mini-HDMI out connector. Despite it’s feather-like feel, this machine is no lightweight!

Desktop Power In Tablet Form Factor, Meet The S1080

The computer show, Computex, has already demonstrated some awesome new gadgets in the world of tech. Gigabyte is a computer component manufacturer, well known for their motherboards. It looks like the company is taking the tablet road in releasing its new tablet device called the S1080.

The device is powered by Windows 7, runs an Intel Atom N550 1.66GHz dual-core processor and has enough RAM to satisfy your basic computing needs. By ‘enough’, of course we are talking about 2GB of RAM. If you’re one of those types who loves to download, you’ll be happy to know that this baby comes packed with a 320GB hard drive.

Intel Keeley Lake Convertible On Its Way

Rather than waiting for Computex to launch, Intel decided to show off a new concept tablet/netbook hybrid. The concept convertible is called Keeley Lake and has a much thinner frame and shaped t and shape, allowing the fold in the design to not appear while closed.

We don’t have the full scoop on this convertible but we do know that it will use an Oak Trail Atom processor. The Atom Z670 will carry 1.5GHz of computing power and allow viewers to enjoy 1080p video.