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NVIDIA projects mobile SoC GPU performance to surpass Xbox 360 by 2014

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Granted, we hope to see a new Xbox before 2014, but if NVIDIA has its way, mobile devices will have enough graphical prowess to surpass the current generation of gaming consoles by that time. The company brought the smackdown today with a chart that combines both historical and projected...
NVIDIA projects mobile SoC GPU performance to surpass Xbox 360 by 2014

New WebKit builds offer scrolling relief for retina MacBook Pros

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Retina MacBook Pro owners who have been frustrated at slow Safari performance may find some relief in the recent WebKit nightly builds. The discovery was originally dug up by a MacRumors forum post and tested by AnandTech on Tuesday, showing a significant increase in frame rates when scrolling through certain sites,...
New WebKit builds offer scrolling relief for retina MacBook Pros

NVIDIA CEO suggests Kepler GPUs could be headed to future 'superphones'

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NVIDIA looking for a piece of next-generation smartphones shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone, but CEO Jen-Hsun Huang dropped a few details in a recent email to staffers that's sure to spur at least a little excitement. As AnandTech reports, in addition to marking the launch...
NVIDIA CEO suggests Kepler GPUs could be headed to future 'superphones'
Samsung roadmap could confirm Galaxy S IV with 5-inch 1080p display

AMD Radeon HD 7990 says hello, plays a bit of Battlefield 4 at GDC

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Gamers were down-right spoiled at this year's GDC with a full 17 minutes of beautiful Battlefield 4 in-game footage. Minds blown, AMD took responsibility for the part it played in the mess, admitting the demo was running on its Radeon HD 7990 graphics card. It's the first time the...
AMD Radeon HD 7990 says hello, plays a bit of Battlefield 4 at GDC

Confirmed: Apple’s revised iPad 2 does enjoy better battery life, which bodes well for an LTE iPhone

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We previously reported that Apple was making changes which could give enhanced battery life to its (now $399) iPad 2, and that has now been confirmed, providing optimism that a forthcoming LTE iPhone could also enjoy more battery life. Chpwn at AnandTech finally got his hands on the updated iPad...
Confirmed: Apple’s revised iPad 2 does enjoy better battery life, which bodes well for an LTE iPhone

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 review roundup: (usually) worth the one grand

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Now that NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 690 is shipping through some vendors, gamers have been wondering if it's worth the wallet-busting $999 to get those higher frame rates. Surprisingly, the answer is "yes." As AnandTech notes, the GTX 690 is often almost as fast or faster than a pair of...
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 review roundup: (usually) worth the one grand

A Closer Look at the New MacBook Pro's Retina Display

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AnandTech takes a closer look at the new MacBook Pro's 2880x1800 Retina display, revealing just how well the display stacks up against its predecessor and other notebook displays and delving into the details of how it handles various resolutions. In looking at scaling, the report explains the new slider option...
A Closer Look at the New MacBook Pro's Retina Display

New MacBook Air software issue artificially limiting 802.11ac transfer speeds

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In its extensive review of the new 2013 MacBook Air, AnandTech notes an issue with the machine’s new 802.11ac WiFi capabilities that it says is limiting the faster Wi-Fi chip’s potential. While it was able to get an average of 533Mbps using the iPerf networking tool, Anand found real...
New MacBook Air software issue artificially limiting 802.11ac transfer speeds

ASUS Zenbook Prime bares all in teardown treatment

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Lately, ASUS has been all show and no tell, giving consumers a preview of its leaked Zenbook Prime lineup, but no solid U.S. release. So, consumers stateside eager to mark up those sleek ultraportables with fingerprint grease will just have to make do with a peak at what lies...
ASUS Zenbook Prime bares all in teardown treatment

Apple Has Worked on a Physical Game Controller for iPhone

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In Anandtech's lengthy iPad review, they reveal knowledge of an internal Apple project for a game controller for iOS:I know of an internal Apple project to bring a physical controller to market, but whether or not it will ever see the light of day remains to be seen. As smartphones...
Apple Has Worked on a Physical Game Controller for iPhone

Buying a $399 iPad 2? Here's the rarer, more efficient specimen you need to (somehow) track down

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Not all iPads are made equal, even if they're all packaged and branded identically. There's a major new mutation within the 2nd generation tablet and it brings significantly better battery life. Specifically, the fourth and latest production model of the iPad 2 (known as iPad2,4) has not only a...
Buying a $399 iPad 2? Here's the rarer, more efficient specimen you need to (somehow) track down
Here Come New MacBook Airs! (AAPL)

Apple's Lightning AV Adapter contains an ARM SoC, 256MB memory, may be an 'AirPlay' decoder

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Apple’s new Lightning Digital AV Adapter appears to have a system on a chip inside of it and may actually function as an AirPlay receiver, according to some recent investigation by Panic Software. The guys at Panic ended up tripping down the rabbit hole of Apple’s latest AV adapter while working on...
Apple's Lightning AV Adapter contains an ARM SoC, 256MB memory, may be an 'AirPlay' decoder
Nexus 4's LTE chip actually works, sort of

Predicting the "iPad Mini" internals

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I saw two curious entries in Instapaper's device stats today: one iPad2,5 and one iPad2,6. (There were also a few iPhone5,1 devices, but that's not a surprise -- that's almost certainly next month's new GSM iPhone.) These device models, as reported by the OS, could be faked by a jailbreaker...
Predicting the "iPad Mini" internals

The new $399 iPad 2 uses a tweaked 32nm A5 chip, which may help it get better battery life

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As far as we’re concerned, the cheaper $399 iPad 2 is the most important device that Apple announced back in March. Now an interesting new detail has been revealed about the price-sliced tablet. It uses a revised version of its A5 processor that has been built on the 32nm Samsung High-K...
The new $399 iPad 2 uses a tweaked 32nm A5 chip, which may help it get better battery life

Samsung Galaxy S 4 drops original TecTile support, requires new TecTile 2

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Don't get too attached to that collection of TecTiles if you're upgrading to a Galaxy S 4. AnandTech has discovered that Samsung's newer phone includes an NFC chipset that can't read the older TecTiles, which rely on a less common tag type to register our taps instead of the...
Samsung Galaxy S 4 drops original TecTile support, requires new TecTile 2

Plextor trots out M5M series mSATA drives at CES

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Plextor just unearthed a new lineup of mSATA drives that will be targeted at enthusiasts looking to give their ultraportables an additional shot of adrenaline. Known as the M5M series, the diminutive chips will come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes, each which boast a highly respectable sequential read...
Plextor trots out M5M series mSATA drives at CES

Toshiba's Windows 8 RT laptop gets demoed by TI (video)

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When Toshiba broke out its Windows 8 RT, Transformer-like tablet at Computex we were quite sad to find it was only a non-functional prototype. Especially since TI was on hand as well, maker of the OMAP processor that will be under the hood. Well, we'll call it a consolation...
Toshiba's Windows 8 RT laptop gets demoed by TI (video)

Ivy Bridge benchmarks: CPU boosted 5-15 percent, onboard GPU handles Skyrim

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We've heard whispers of Ivy Bridge's benchmarking prowess, but now we have more comprehensive and independent test results of a Core i7 3770K CPU, courtesy of AnandTech. The conclusion? The upgrade is "quite good," which is Anand Lal Shimpi's way of describing a 5-15 percent boost in CPU performance...
Ivy Bridge benchmarks: CPU boosted 5-15 percent, onboard GPU handles Skyrim

AMD teases next-gen Steamroller CPU, aims to Bulldoze the competition

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AMD's Bulldozer CPUs remind us of Betamax (or MiniDisc), in that its superlative design hasn't been embraced thanks to one or two humbling limitations. However, Mark Papermaster, Sunnyvale's new CTO, took to the stage at Hot Chips to show how he's changing the situation with the third-generation Steamroller architecture....
AMD teases next-gen Steamroller CPU, aims to Bulldoze the competition

No, Apple isn't throttling your iPhone or iPad data connection

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A bunch of stories popped up yesterday glomming onto a blog post that has since been pulled. They stated that Apple, or the carriers, or a combination thereof were throttling your iPhone’s data connection. Why? Who knows, but the intimation was that some deal had been struck that allowed the...
No, Apple isn't throttling your iPhone or iPad data connection

Nixeus shows off 27-inch IPS Vue monitor with 2560 x 1440 resolution, $430 price

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Greenhorn Nixeus, perhaps better known for media streamers, has jumped headfirst into the display market with the 27-inch IPS Vue model boasting a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel WQHD resolution and priced at $430 -- around half what you'll pay for similar panels. The new model, which the company says...
Nixeus shows off 27-inch IPS Vue monitor with 2560 x 1440 resolution, $430 price

Why The iPad Mini Might Not Get A Retina Display Next Year (AAPL)

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Apple's newest iPad, the iPad Mini, is almost universally loved by critics.  It's the "real iPad," says Dan Frommer, adding, "everything about it is better than the bigger, 'classic' iPad." There's one exception for Frommer, and everyone else. The screen just isn't that great. Instead of having one of Apple's...
Why The iPad Mini Might Not Get A Retina Display Next Year (AAPL)

Seagate to halt production of 7200-rpm laptop hard drives

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When it comes time to buy your next high-performance laptop, chances are good that it will feature a solid state drive (SSD). But what if you'd prefer to have a high-speed, high-capacity traditional hard drive instead? Don't look to Seagate, one of the two 800-pound gorillas in the hard...
Seagate to halt production of 7200-rpm laptop hard drives

First Mac Bootable PCI SSD now available from OWC

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OWC has released the first Mac bootable PCI SSD card, called the Mercury Accelsior. The Accelsior features dual SandForce SF-228X controllers and a choice between a 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, or 960GB capacity. AnandTech explains the technical aspects best: The actual design is pretty interesting. OWC has opted to build...
First Mac Bootable PCI SSD now available from OWC
ARM Cortex-A15 explained: Intel's Atom is down, but not out

Apple A6 Processor is a Custom Apple Design, Prioritizing Performance and Power Efficiency

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As part of their iPhone 5 announcement, Apple revealed that the new iPhone is powered by a new "A6" processor from Apple. The A6 is said to have twice the CPU power and twice the GPU power of the previous generation Apple A5 processor. Beyond that, however, Apple offered few...
Apple A6 Processor is a Custom Apple Design, Prioritizing Performance and Power Efficiency
Implications of updated Apple TV: Lower cost, new A5 Chip, ramping numbers
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