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Top Sci-Fi Movies of 2013

On January 29, 2013, in Tech, by admin

Several interesting Sci-Fi movies are on the way this year, with the following gems to look forward to on the big screen. Trailers and details after the break. (more…)

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Big screen in the upcoming Galaxy Note III

On December 28, 2012, in Smartphones, by admin

Next year could be an even bigger year for Samsung with both the Samsung Galaxy S IV and Galaxy Note III in development. As for the latter, it seems to be a piece of really advanced hardware.

Rumors point to the device being equipped with a 6.3-inch OLED screen. That’s a substantial increase compared to the current model, the Galaxy Note II, which is already large at 5.5 inches (Galaxy S III 4.8 inches).

First with the news was The Korea Times, but the website The Verge also confirms that it has received the same information from their sources. If rumors are on the money concerning the Galaxy Note III, it would have a pixel density of 350 ppi.

This means that the distance is further reduced compared to the smallest tablets today such as the Nexus 7 with its 7-inch screen. It also places considerably higher demands on the batteries, since the display panels often represent the single largest source of power consumption.

Similarly, the upcoming Galaxy S IV is expected to have a screen resolution 1080 x 1920 and thus be compatible with the Full HD standard. It would give the phone a pixel density of 459 ppi if it is retaining the current 4.8-inch size. A Nexus 7 with the same resolution would have a 315 ppi rating.

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These days you can stream a video or even your PC’s desktop to a TV without using wires. It has long been possible to transmit a video signal from one end of the room to the other without having to involve cable, but the solutions are now better than ever.

In the past, the signal has been sensitive to the slightest disturbance, and the range poor. Frozen or noisy images is now a thing of the past; it’s easy to transmit the display contents from your laptop, smartphone or tablet to the TV. There are several different technologies available that can achieve this depending on your type of device.

Laptops

For laptops, there have been several attempts at  creating a popular standard, one of which is Wireless HD that was present in some Alienware laptops, but it has been replaced by a more likely standard in Intel’s WiDi. It is a technology that works with almost all new Intel-based laptops. WiDi is short for Wireless Display and uses the wifi device in your computer to stream the picture to monitors, televisions and projectors with such a receiver.

TV’s with a WiDi receiver are few and far between, but there are adapters that you can use to  connect with a HDMI cable to a regular HDMI connector. One of them is the Netgear PTV3000 Push2TV, which “pushes ” the picture from your laptop to your TV or projector. You simply connect the PTV3000 to the TV or projector with HDMI and it sents the image to the TV at 1080P resolution.

This is perfect for viewing images or movies for several people and do not want to crowd in front of a little screen. In order for this technique to work you need to have a laptop with the latest Widi technology from Intel, but most Intel-based laptops are equipped with this feature.

Smartphones

There are some different solutions depending on your phone or tablet, but for the HTC One series, there’s the interesting HTC Media Link HD.  The little box is powered via USB and you connect the included HDMI cable between the Media Link HD and your TV. Connecting your HTC One handset and the Media Link HD is really easy: simply drag three fingers across the screen simultaneously.

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Nvidia Launches New Mobile GPUs

On October 25, 2012, in Computers, by admin

NVIDIA has just unveiled a batch of three new high-end mobile graphics cards for equally high-end laptops. The names of the new GPUs are the following: GeForce 680MX, GeForce 675MX and GeForce 670MX.

All of them are based on NVIDIA’s 28 nm Kepler graphics chip with DirectX 11 support. This is the latest revision of Nvidia’s graphics architecture and one that brings power-savings along with equal or better performance (for the same amount of wattage). This doesn’t mean that these monster chips are “energy efficient”. Your laptop will run damn hot with these GPUs, but on the other hand you’ll be able to play any and all games with all the visual goodies turned up to the maximum.

At the top of the range we find the GeForce 680MX, which uses their high end GK104 chip with a full 1536 CUDA cores, a graphics core that runs at 720MHz plus 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at an effective 5GHz. By comparison, the GeForce GTX 680M only a GDDR5 memory at 3.6GHz and has fewer CUDA cores. This beast probably needs a lot of juice to run properly, so it will only fit into really big laptops.

The GeForce 675MX (not the same GPU as the 670M, mind you) uses the same Kelper graphics chip, but has “only” 960 active CUDA cores. Here the graphics core runs at 600MHz and 3.6GHz for the memory.

The smallest of the three, but by no means a poor performer, is the GeForce 670MX, which also has 960 CUDA cores, but is instead limited by a smaller memory interface of 192 bits instead of 256 bits. All other MX graphics card have a 256 bit bus. The 670MX also has a 600MHz core while the memory runs at 2.8GHz.

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Amazon’s Tablet Far Cheaper than iPad

On September 2, 2011, in Tablets, by admin

According to the latest rumors, Amazon’s upcoming tablet will be several hundred dollars cheaper than the iPad. When HP last week announced that the company suspends the Touchpad it went on a fire sale for $99, which created a huge rush to grab the last copies–something that shows that if the price is right then the customers will be there.

This may mean good news for Amazon, which is reported to be planning to release a new pad of some sort sometime in late September or early October. According to new data it will be several hundred dollars cheaper than Apple’s iPad 2. At least sources for the New York Post says that Amazon will sell the company’s tablet considerably cheaper than the iPad.

the sources say, however, not exactly what the tablet will cost. It is possible that Amazon would subsidize the price of its new tablet and instead earn money on the sales of books and other content–the same business model used in game consoles.

According to information leaked in the past, Amazon’s tablet will run on Android 3.2 and have a display of nine inches. According to other rumors, two models are to be released with different processing power.

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