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Friday, May 31, 2013

Samsung working on fingerprint scanning technology?

According to SamMobile who got their hands on a leaked firmware for the Galaxy S3, Samsung is working on some sort of fingerprint scanning technology. SamMobile draws this conclusion because of some specific image files found inside the firmware. While it does suggest that some sort of fingerprint technology may be on its way, it doesn't say exactly what it will be used for or how.

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Another strange thing about this rumor is that the files reportedly come from a Galaxy S3 firmware. Unless Samsung did some modification to a Galaxy S3, it's highly unlikely that they'd be including this into a firmware destined for a device that doesn't feature a fingerprint reader. Rumors have also circulated that Apple will be including a fingerprint reader on its next iPhone.

It's time for a bit of speculation: what do you think the images above indicate? What is Samsung working on? Let us know in the comments!

Read more at http://www.tweaktown.com/news/30516/rumortt-samsung-working-on-fingerprint-scanning-technology-/index.html#VrwbhiertQSvox5q.99 

Next iPad to be 33% lighter, thinner due to new touchscreen technology

This latest rumor says that the upcoming iPad will be around 33 percent lighter and also thinner thanks to new touchscreen technology. The latest rumor comes courtesy of Digitimes who cites upstream supply chain insiders. Trial production is said to start in July.

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The iPad is said to be losing the weight by switching to a new GF Ditto (GF2) design. The current iPad makes use of a G/G touch structure that requires two panes of glass. The new DF2 technology only requires one layer of glass, which reduces the weight and thickness of the display assembly.

This will reportedly slim the iPad by around two-tenths of a millimeter, a rather small amount. The bezel is also reportedly slimmer than previous models. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt.

Read more at http://www.tweaktown.com/news/30514/rumortt-next-ipad-to-be-33-lighter-thinner-due-to-new-touchscreen-technology/index.html#Le10vC5WIe42LYLm.99 

ENERMAX Launches Five New Fan Models‏



ENERMAX Launches Five New Fan Models

      

         





ENERMAX is pleased to launch their latest five fan models along with their new patented technology, APS (Adjustable Peak Speed) Control. As the name implies, the peak speed of these fans can be adjusted as you prefer, and the speed will be regulated automatically by pulse-width modulation (PWM) or by an integrated thermal sensor after selecting the particular RPM range.   
New Twister Advance Series with APS Control: Cluster Advance, Everest Advance, Magma Advance
While the current Twister Series have been introduced into the market for more than 5 years, ENERMAX decided to refresh the series by adding the new Twister Advance series offering three different RPM modes which can be selected with a small switch at the fan hub. Users can then easily adapt the ENERMAX fans for various applications. For instance, the new Cluster Advance 12cm version fan runs within the ranges of 500 to 1200, 500 to 1500 or 500 to 1800 RPM, so that users can select the best combination for their chassis. Other features such as the patented Twister Bearing, carved halo frame and batwing blades are still retained to offer users the best cooling performance.



New Vegas LED Fan with APS Control and Carved Halo Frame: T.B.VEGAS QUAD, T.B.VEGAS
On the basis of the design of the APS control that allows end users to have different RPM settings and specifications, ENERMAX has released two new Vegas fans, the 4-color LED (blue, red, green and white) and single-color LED models coming in blue, red or white. These two series have 48 LEDs and 18 LEDs respectively, and each contains 6 lightening modes. These LED specifications truly make ENERMAX Vegas fans the brightest and shiniest fans in market. In addition, this is the first time that ENERMAX Vegas fans have the patented carved halo frame to allow more air in to enhance the cooling performance.





Furthermore, just like all other ENERMAX fans, all of the above five new models utilize the ENERMAX patented Twister Bearing, a magnetic bearing technology, which helps prevents the abrasion which mechanical bearings such as Sleeve or Ball-Bearings have. This design helps to give these ENERMAX fans a long lasting lifetime of more than 100k hours.

Series

CLUSTER ADVANCE
EVEREST ADVANCE
MAGMA ADVANCE
T.B.VEGAS QUAD
T.B.VEGAS
Size

12
12
12
12
12
Code

UCCLA12P
UCEVA12T
UCMAA12A
UCTVQ12P
UCTVS12P-BL
UCTVS12P-R
UCTVS12P-W
Frame
Type
Halo
Massive
Halo
Color
White
Transparent +White
Black
Black
White
Blades
Type
Batwing
Focus
Color
White
Transparent
Red
Transparent
White
LED
no.
4
4
-
48 (12*4)
18
modes
On/off
On/off
-
6
Speed (rpm)
min
500
500
1000/1500 /1800
500
max
1200/1500/1800
1000/1300/1600
1200/1500/1800
Noise (dBA)
min
8
8
13
14
Airflow (m3/h)
min
45
45
81/117/141
35
max
90/121/147
78/102/129
86/107/129
Speed Control

PWM APS
Thermal APS
Shift Speed Control
PWM APS
MSRP
USD
16
14
9
20
15
Availability
Mid of May

MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Series (Intel Z77) Motherboard Review

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While the next-generation Intel chipset is just around the corner, the current Z77 chipset continues to be a very current offering from Intel. So much so that we recently saw MSI launch not only a new motherboard based on it, but a new motherboard series. The new Gaming Series was first seen with the release of the new GTX 650 Ti 2GB Boost Twin Frozr Gaming Series video card last month.

We mentioned in that review that MSI was creating a unified series under the new Gaming Series which would see both video cards and motherboards fall under it. A little like ASUS have the ROG series, we think this is a good idea for MSI. While they've always been strong when it comes to video cards, they haven't always shown the same prowess when it comes to motherboards.

So, what does the new Gaming Series bring to the party when it comes to the motherboard side of things? Well, that's exactly what we intend to find out today. The first thing we'll do is take the time to check out the box before we move into the package to see what extras are being offered from MSI.

Once we've taken a look at the package we'll move onto the board itself covering the main features that are offered. We'll head into the BIOS to see if MSI have changed anything in that area, before we take a look at our testbed, cover the boards that you'll see in our graphs today, and of course cover overclocking, before we finally get into the performance.


Package


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Looking at the box design you can see it's very similar to the GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Gaming Series video card which we looked at with the black and red color scheme and the dragon taking up most of the package.

You can see some of the highlight features on the front, but we'll cover that a bit more on the next page. Turning the box over we see some details on some of the main highlights that are offered including Killer Ethernet, Military Class III OC Genie II, Multi GPU support, Sound Blaster Cinema and Click BIOS II.

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Moving inside the package you can see the normal array of paperwork, along with a door knob hanger which says "I'm Sorry Busy Gaming" and an awesome looking case sticker highlighting the fact you're sporting a G Series board.

In the cable department we've got four SATA cables, SLI bridge, I/O backplate and EZ Connector and V-Check point cables to round everything off.

Coming in at $179.99 at the time of writing, the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming really comes in at a good price point considering the performance of the board and just the overall look. I think the big thing at the moment is how long will the Z77 platform be around for with the new Intel Haswell 8-series coming out in just weeks. Like any time a new platform comes out, though, it's not just going to simply replace it (Z77) overnight.

We should see some price adjustment in the CPU area, though, and this is going to make the currently platform attractive, as prices drop. Looking at the results today you can see that performance on the platform is very strong. Against the competition you can also see at times the MSI offering here today manages to sneak out ahead of the competition.

We do have to admit, it's a little weird that MSI would choose to release a new motherboard series at such a late stage of the current chipset. With that said, it also gives them a chance to push the new Gaming series name out there slightly ahead of the next generation Intel platform.

Putting everything together, though, we have got a really strong product here from MSI. Performance is strong and overclocking looks good. Coming in at 4.7GHz, this is a strong overclock and tends to be the limit of what our particular 3770k is capable of hitting.

If you don't want to jump on the next generation Intel platform and want to save some money, while still managing to get some great performance, the current Z77 platform is an extremely attractive option. Paired with a board like the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming, you're going to find yourself with a well-priced system that not only performs well, but looks great and includes some quite nice features.


Read more at http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5500/msi-z77a-gd65-gaming-series-intel-z77-motherboard-review/index12.html#x47BxL5eYy3mRCXQ.99 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

COUGAR Introduces ARCHON - Mid-Tower Gaming PC Case

COUGAR, a manufacturer of German designed computer chassis and power supplies, has introduced a new full featured, gaming mid-tower PC case, the COUGARARCHON. The ARCHON delivers expansion capability in a subdued and elegant styled enclosure with windows, grills and an orange highlighted interior.

The COUGAR ARCHON case with dimensions of 195(W) x 430(H) x 480(D) is a middle tower that has been space optimized to accept longer high-end gaming graphics cards of up to 310mm. The ARCHON can take up to 8 drives or drive bay accessories in total. Included are three 2.5"HDD/SSD trays and three 3.5"HDD trays plus 2 tool-less external 5.25” drive bays. The 7 PCI vented slots provide flexibility and ventilation performance for multiple graphics cards.

The ARCHON mid-tower includes a side grill for cooling and an acrylic transparent window to see internal components and the orange black internal color scheme. The cable feed through on the motherboard tray allow for easy routing and cable management. With the cables hidden behind the motherboard tray, air flows more easily through the case, improving overall cooling. The easy-clean detachable air filters on the front & bottom cover also help keep things looking neat. There is a large CPU cooler cutout on the motherboard tray to help if you decide to change your CPU cooler.

The COUGAR ARCHON case includes air and water cooling features. It has support for 5 fans: Rear 120mm fan x 1 (pre-installed), Front 120mm fans x 2 (optional), Side 120mm fans x 2 (optional). There are two rubber protected holes on the rear panel for water cooling tube routing. The front I/O panel includes one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and HD audio connections.

Specifications

Case Type
Middle Tower
Motherboard Type
Micro ATX / ATX
Dimension
195(W)x430(H)x480(D)
5.25" Drive Bay
2
3.5" Drive Bay
3 (HDD tray)
2.5" Drive Bay
3 (HDD / SSD tray)
5. 25" screwless
2
I/O Panel
USB 3.0 x1 / USB 2.0 x1 / HD audio
Cooling System
Max Installed: 5pcs Fans
Front: 120mm x 2
Side: 120mm x 2
Rear: 120mm x 1 (Pre-installed)
Max. Graphic cards length
310 mm
Max. CPU cooler height
165mm
Expansion Slots
7
Side cover
Arclic transparent
Power Supply
Standard ATX PS2 (optional)