Galaxy Note II Quick Impressions and Tidbits

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Hardware, Mobile | 0 comments

It’s been a month since I switched to a Galaxy Note II from a Galaxy Nexus and I couldn’t be any happier. Compared to the Nexus, the Note II is a huge upgrade in nearly every way, and I’m not just talking about the Note II’s massive screen. PROS The Galaxy Note II has a speedy quad-core processor, along with a capable GPU, extremely long battery life, the S-Pen functionality, and best of all, a MicroSDXC slot for additional storage capacity. While the Galaxy Nexus is still a great phone, it was starting to show...

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Pranking People with “Live Photoshop”

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Hardware, News, Software | 0 comments

With some creative use of a bus stop display kiosk and quick Photoshop editing skills, this crew (hiding nearby), humorously pranks people waiting at a bus stop in this YouTube video: Sometimes, you just have to smile (and laugh) at creative uses of technology.

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Apple WWDC 2013 Recap

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Hardware, Mobile, News, Software | 0 comments

Apple WWDC 2013 Recap

For those that missed out on Apple’s WWDC 2013 Keynote in San Francisco yesterday, here are the major points:  iOS7: The newest version of iOS introduces major graphic and UI changes. This was a change that was greatly needed, as the iOS UI was feeling increasingly stale and outdated, especially when compared to the Holo UI found in recent Android OS releases, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and 4.1-4.2 (JellyBean). Interestingly, some of the visual changes seem to take a cue from the TouchWiz UX 2.0 interface found in Samsung’s Galaxy...

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It’s Haswell Day!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Hardware, News | 0 comments

It’s Haswell Day!

It’s the first day of June and the NDAs on Haswell have expired, meaning we finally get to see all the performance comparisons, benchmarks, and details on Intel’s fourth generation Core-i architecture! The usual suspects have their reviews up already: AnandTech – The Haswell Review: Intel Core i7-4770K & i5-4670K TestedGuru3D – Core i7 4770K processor reviewTechReport – Haswell compared to… everything[H]ard|OCP – Intel Haswell i7-4770K IPC and Overclocking ReviewTom’s Hardware – The...

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NVIDIA Launches the GeForce GTX 780 at $649

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Hardware, News | 0 comments

NVIDIA Launches the GeForce GTX 780 at $649

NVIDIA officially launched the GeForce GTX 780 today, the newest addition to NVIDIA’s high-end graphics lineup. The GeForce GTX 780 doesn’t introduce any new technology or a new GPU chipset, as it is a part of the Kepler family. The GTX 780 also uses the same GK110 GPU that was introduced a few months earlier with the GeForce Titan, but it has been slightly gimped, with lesser amount of steam processors and texture units. As a result, the GTX 780 is slower than the Titan, but not by much.Benchmarks of the GeForce GTX 780 can be...

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AMD Stocks Rise on Intel Buyout Rumor

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Hardware, News | 0 comments

AMD Stocks Rise on Intel Buyout Rumor

Stocks on AMD rose significantly today, up 14% at $3.22, it’s largest increase since July 2011. The cause? Apparently, tech investors on Wall Street caught wind of rumors of a possible AMD buyout from rival Intel.Over the years, most tech enthusiasts, including myself, usually wouldn’t even give such rumors a second thought. A purchase of AMD by Intel would most likely be blocked by the FTC, due to anti-trust laws; it would leave Intel in control over the entire desktop and server processor market without competition. While I still...

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TechPulse 2013

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in General, Hardware, Mobile, Software, Virtualization | 0 comments

TechPulse 2013

Good morning, everyone! It’s a cloudy, yet warm morning here in St. Paul, Minnesota! I will be at the River Centre in St. Paul today, covering this year’s TechPulse 2013 event! TechPulse is a technology based conference that is held annually in St. Paul, covering the latest IT technologies for small business and enterprise usage. Stay tuned for updates throughout the day!8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Welcome Presentation Welcome presentation begins with two speakers, introducing TechPulse 2013, discussing today’s breakout sessions...

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Zenbook and ASUS RMA Blues

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in General, Hardware | 0 comments

Some of you may recall that I purchased an ASUS Zenbook UX21E 11″ Ultrabook back in late 2011. The Zenbook UX21E was the first generation Zenbook and was the UltraBook showcase for Intel. It was hoped to be the PC alternative to MacBook Air. As I was primarily a Windows user and was looking for a lightweight, yet powerful laptop, the Zenbook UX21E seemed to be a proper choice. When I purchased it, it ran great at the time, albeit some minor issues. However, over time, significant issues developed with the Zenbook, as power and battery...

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Intel Changes Mind: Broadwell & Skylake Processors Will Be LGA Upgradeable

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in Hardware, News | 0 comments

Intel Changes Mind: Broadwell & Skylake Processors Will Be LGA Upgradeable

In previous Intel processor roadmaps, there was indication that Intel was planning on releasing future generation processors such as Broadwell and Skylake only in an integrated SOC, BGA format, making it impossible for user-upgradeable processors. This move, naturally alarmed many (particularly PC hardware enthusiasts), as the ability to swap out processors from motherboards gave users the flexibility to upgrade to new or different processors without having to swap out motherboards. However, Xbit Laboratories is reporting that Intel has...

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AMD Launches the First New GPU in 2013: Radeon HD 7790

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Hardware, News | 0 comments

AMD Launches the First New GPU in 2013: Radeon HD 7790

AMD has launched it’s first new graphics card for 2013, the Radeon HD 7790. The Radeon HD 7790 is a $149 USD midrange graphics card that is meant to fill the pricing void between the Radeon HD 7770 and the Radeon HD 7850. Although the HD 7790 is branded as a HD 7000 series card, it uses an entirely new GPU (entitled “Bonaire”) and is actually a part of the next generation Sea Islands GPU family, rather than the Southern Islands GPU family. While a new GPU microarchitecture usually constitutes a new generation branding for...

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