Intel 4K Collage graphics driver now available for Thunderbolt motherboards from Gigabyte

If you have one of Gigabyte’s Thunderbolt-capable motherboards, including the Z77X-UP5 TH, Z77X-UP4 TH and the Z77MX-D3H TH then this is a big news for you. There’s an upgrade available to the new Intel 4K Collage graphics driver.

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You can’t find 4K content? Well, the people over at Gigabyte have worked with Aduzai to provide a 4K video that can be used to test out, or even promote their 4K products. Gigabyte only restrict you from being able to sell it or charge for it’s use in anyway. Other than that, it’s free. You can check out the video on YouTube.

 

Source: http://gigabytedaily.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/gigabyte-4k-collage-driver-available-now.html

Philips leaves the consumer electronics business

Philips, a brand well known for their televisions and optical media devices,have just bowed out of the consumer electronics market, and are now focusing all of their energies into the medical equipment and lightning businesses. Philips have sold their consumer electronics business to Japanese manufacturer Funai Electric Co. for $201 million.

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Philips’ CEO, Frans van Houten talked to The Wall Street Journal, saying “Since we have online entertainment, people do not buy Blu-ray and DVD players anymore.”

Like Cisco, Philips found the CE market fraught with peril. The 80-year-old Dutch company originally built radios but backed Betamax in the 1980s and continued selling televisions and optical disk players in a saturated market. With competitors coming from all sides, the most interesting thing Philips could produce was the Ambilight system for splashing color behind a television based on the video on the screen.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/29/philips-bows-out-of-consumer-electronics-business/

Google donating 15,000 Raspberry Pi to UK school students

Google, in an effort to encourage students to create software, ans as part of its Google Giving program, is providing 15,000 UK students with Raspberry Pi computers. The Raspberry Pi is a cheap $35 computer that uses an ARM processor on a tiny integrated circuit board. Google is looking to inspire more students to learn coding, which is why they have donated the funds to purchase 15,000 units.

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The credit-card-sized Raspberry Pi computer became such a hit that the team behind it launched an app store back in December. Earlier this month, the team revealed that it was close to selling a million units.

Some quick math and we find out that Google has donated just over $500k for these boards. The announcement was made at Chersterton Community College in Cambridge by Google Charmian Eric Schmidt and Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Google has partnered with six educational organizations in the UK to identify which students to give the units to.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 spotted, includes cellular capabilities

Something that hasn’t really been kept too much of a secret is Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. MobileGeeks are reporting they’ve spotted the 8-inch slate on a bunch of Austrian stores that are all “supplied by the same distributor”.

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We should expect two versions of the Galaxy Note 8.0, with 16GB and 32GB. The 16GB model should cost around 450-480 euros, which is roughly equivalent to $600-$650 USD. The 32GB version bumps this price up to the 490-550 euros mark, which roughly converts to $660-$740. Definitely getting into the upper end of expensive here.

Specifications-wise, one can expect the 8-inch slate to have a WXGA resolution of 1280×800, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 1.3-megapixel front camera, an S-Pen stylus, Blueooth 4.0 and GPS. We can definitely expect Android to be floating around inside the Galaxy Note 8.0, but which exact iteration is unknown right now. We should also expect cellular capabilities, but unfortunately only 3G. Availability in Austrian stores is said to be the 19th of February, which is only three weeks away.

 

Source: http://mobilegeeks.de/samsung-galaxy-note-8-0-shop-listings-bestatigen-specs-ab-19-februar-ab-480-euro/

iPhone begins to lose its own appeal in Asia’s trend-setting citiee

There was a time when the Apple’s iPhone was the undisputed champion, overlooking the grassy knolls quietly whispering ‘this changes everything, again’ to itself, but those days are behind it thanks to huge competition coming in from what seems like all sides. To make things worse, it is losing some of its luster among Asia’s well-heeled consumers in Singapore and Hong Kong, a victim of changing mobile habits and its own runaway success.

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Driven by a combination of iPhone fatigue, a desire to be different and a plethora of competing devices, users are turning to other brands, notably those from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, eating into Apple’s market share.

Since 2010, Apple has been completely controlling Singapore in terms of market share, with more devices in Singapore running iOS per capita than anywhere else in the world. This is where StatCounter – gs.statcounter.com, who measure traffic collected from a network of 3 million websites, calculate Apple’s share of mobile devices in Singapore.

This includes the iPad and iPhone, where Apple’s market share dropped from its peak of 72% in January 2012, to under 50% this month, while Android devices now control 43% of the market, up from just 20% in the same month last year.

Anecdotal evidence of iPhone fatigue isn’t hard to find: Where a year ago iPhones swamped other devices on the subways of Hong Kong and Singapore they are now outnumbered by Samsung and HTC Corp smartphones.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/27/us-apple-asia-idUSBRE90Q0IV20130127

Japan to launch 4K TV broadcasts in 2014, two years ahead of planned schedule

Ultra HD, or 4K, is getting bigger and badder as time goes on – where at CES we saw European TV network, Eutelsat, launch the first-ever 4K TV channel. This channel is only for experimental and demonstration purposes, it’ll pave the way for the future of 4K TV broadcasting. Case in point: Japan is planning on launching 4K TV broadcasts in July 2014, which is two years ahead of schedule.

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According to a report from the Asahi Shimbun, the 4K transmissions will first begin using communication satellite channels before moving to broadcast satellites, with digital broadcasting arriving at a later date. Not a lot of details are available at this point, but it should only be a matter of time before we hear more about 4K TV broadcasting.

However, the report notes that the 4K broadcast is set to be up and running by the time the final match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicks off, which will no doubt excite avid soccer fans in Japan. Plus, since 4K broadcasts are running two years ahead of schedule, they’re also planning to move up 8K broadcasts as well.

Source: http://www.slashgear.com/japan-to-launch-4k-tv-broadcasts-in-july-2014-27266854/

2013 is destined to become the Year of the Solid State Drive

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According to IHS analyst, Ryan Chien, the “fate of the SSD business is closely tied to the market for Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin PCs that use cache drives.” The SSD market is set to expand this year thanks to the real push of Ultrabooks and other new form factors, such as Intel’s NUC-type systems and SFF  systems.

According to IHS’ Storage Space Market Brief, worldwide shipments of SSDs  should go from 39 million units in 2011 to 83 million units this year. By 2016, we should be having 239 million SSDs shipped, which will represent around 40% of the entire HDD market in that year. This is all thanks to the constantly declining price of SSDs, which is helping them get pushed into more and more systems and new form factors due to its low-power consumption, noise and heat.

Chien also stated that SSD shipments have already increased by 124% in 2012, with projected growth actually higher than these numbers. This, according to Chien, is in result to the lackluster sales of Ultrabooks, “due to poor marketing, high prices and lack of appealing features”.
The average selling price of NAND flash memory has dropped significantly, which has helped PC manufacturers to push SSDs into their systems more willingly. The report also stated that improvements within nonvolatile memories such as STT-RAM and resistive RAM also indicate performance improvements far beyond the capabilities of NAND flash memory.