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Articles Archive for Author Glenn Barber

SanDisk Spills The Beans On HP TouchPad

It seems like SanDisk may have stepped on HP’s toes just a bit at the ongoing Computex 2011 show. Thanks to SanDisk we are able to blog about the upcoming HP TouchPad. How does this differ from the previous TouchPad? This one has a zipper operating system, using WebOS. Consumers can expect to find this device at Walmart in June and OfficeMax in July.

The 16GB version of the tablet will start at $499 with the 32GB at $599 and the 64GB at $699. As shown in the video, the tablet is great at multi-tasking, allowing users to have a multitude of applications open, simultaneously, with the ability to seamlessly swipe to your desired app.

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.

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.

Gigabyte’s New Motherboard W/ Integrated 20GB SSD

Gigabyte has just unleashed a new motherboard that has an integrated 20GB solid-state drive on the board. The Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD is a motherboard that is based on Intel’s Z68 Express chipset and comes bundled with Intel’s 20GB Solid State Drive 311 series. The purpose of the integrated 20GB SSD is not meant as a replacement drive but rather a supplement to existing drives.

What’s so great about having a built-in SSD is that users will be able to directly install their operating system of choice onto the motherboard itself and keep all files and data on their secondary drive.

Sony Is Working On Next PlayStation

Sony has recently announced that it is working on the PlayStation 4. Sony’s Executive Vice President and CFO Masaru Kato spilled the beans on the matter. Kato believes that the current PlayStation 3 still has product life and Sony plans on milking the PS3 for a bit longer as Sony still has a number of hot games available for the console.

As a gamer I have to also admit that most of the top games for any console usually come out a year or two after the console has been released.

Corsair Unleashes 8GB RAM Stick @ 2400MHz

Corsair has just revealed a new memory kit (shown top only) that claims to be the world’s fastest production 8GB PC memory kit. The memory module is called the Dominator GTX 8GB dual-channel DDR3 kit and is programmed to operate at 2400MHz with a latency setting of 9-11-10-30 and run on 1.65 Volts. The memory was tested on an Intel P55 motherboard and the module ships out with Corsair’s prize-winning DHX+ heatsink as well as an AirFlow 2 GTL Cooling Fan.

Corsair’s primary goal in creating such a powerful stick of RAM was to see how computer enthusiasts would make use of the technology. The cost of one of these sticks is $499.

Skype’s Recent Sign-in Problems

Skype is having problems once again. The voice-calling company had another outage, affecting consumers globally. Although Skype has had bigger problems before, the issue that stands is that many users had problems of signing in and making calls. Although this may not be a big deal for your average consumer, this is a huge deal for business users.

There were also reports of the Skype app crashing but apparently is not related to issues with Windows or Mac.

Gordmans Amazing Facebook Advertising Technique

Gordmans is a company that partnered up with BlitzLocal.com for advertising campaigns. One of the campaigns was to promote and event and another one for advertising a tab. These ads helped traffic more visitors. As most of you may already know about Sponsored stories, which has a sponsored like, targets friends of your fans, and a Sponsored post, shows messages to existing fans.

While most Facebook ads are lucky to get a 0.05 percent click rate, this campaign drove a .4 percent click rate on the first day, unfortunately it fell by 45 percent within 48 hours to .2 percent.
Generally, anything above one is very good. Sponsored likes also cut the cost per click by an amazing 70 percent and cost per fan by 83 percent overall. So, basically you are getting a 77 percent discount. In two days, this ad drove 515 clicks for $76 and gained 418 new fans. That works out to 18 cents per fan and a click-to-conversion rate of 81 percent.

Facebook Is Facing Firing Lawsuits

Firing of employees over things posted on social media platforms is the basis of dozens of lawsuits in the U.S. Many of these are included by the National Labor Relations Bureau.

It is still being argued whether or not employers can terminate employees from what they post on Facebook. A settlement in February between the NLRB and American Medical Response of Connecticut Inc.,was a lawsuit that took place because a woman made foul Facebook statuses about her employer. Also, there was an April case that NLRB settled out of court involved a claim of retaliation for Facebook comments about possible labor code violations by Build.com. This settlement seemed more favorable toward the terminated worker.

New Intel Core i3′s Due Later This Year

We just received word that Intel is expected to launch three new Core i3 processors in the third quarter. Each of the new chips will be reasonably priced, allowing you to experiment with different technologies without the need to justify your decisions. The first of the trio is called the Core i3 2130 and will only cost you $138, giving users a piece of Sandy Bridge technology without hurting the wallet.

The Core i3 is designed to replace the 2120 with a faster clockspeed at 3.4 GHz (an improvement of only 100MHz). The chip has two cores with HyperThreading and givers consumers 3MB of L3 cache but at this price, no Turbo.