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Motorola XOOM gets a CPU overclock to 1.5GHz, gets blazing fast

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The Motorola XOOM packs some serious punch under the hood and there’s hardly an Android application that would require more. However this doesn’t stop the hacking community to try and squeeze every last drop of performance out of dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU (you know, just in case).

We just got news that an XDA-developers forum member has successfully managed to increase the clock speed to 1.5 GHz with a few kernel modifications. And it’s not the see-what-I-have-here kind of deal – you can follow a short tutorial and get the extra power on your very own XOOM. Read more »

Thunderbolt – the new high-speed connection technology that will rule them all.. eventually

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If you thought USB 3.0 was the future of connecting high-speed peripherals to your computer, then think again. Intel’s Thunderbolt I/O technology, formerly known as Light Peak, is now the new kid on the block and it is here to stay.

With the introduction of the newly announced MacBook Pro line-up yesterday, comes the first real-world implementation of the Intel Thunderbolt Technology. Basically, Thunderbolt is a faster and simpler way of plugging different devices to your system. Read more »

$800 Motorola Xoom is now available at Verizon USA, no Adobe Flash and no LTE just yet

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The first Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based tabled – the Motorola Xoom – is now available in Verizon USA network. It can be yours for $600 on two-year contract with data plan or $800 without any commitment. A Wi-Fi-only version is yet to be released.

So, Motorola Xoom is available at Verizon, currently only the Wi-Fi+3G (LTE-ready) model though. There are three payment options for you:

  • $600 on 2-year contract with a data plan
  • $800 on 1-year contract with a data plan
  • $800 free retail price

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Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup updated, new Thunderbolt I/O will hook just about every peripheral you have

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Apple just updated their MacBook Pro line with three new models – 13”, 15” and 17” in size. Their sleek aluminum bodies have Intel Core i processors along with new graphics and plenty of battery life.

The three new MacBook Pros also feature the new Thunderbolt port, which supports more or less every wired-connectivity technology you can think of… Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be 700 euro (coming in March), Wi-Fi-only HTC Flyer will cost you 500 euro

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The MWC saw so many tablet announcements, but few of the manufacturers told us anything about the pricing. Fortunately things are starting to clear out now as two of the new slates got an estimated price tag and one of them even a target release date.

First Vodafone Portugal came up saying it will get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in March. It will charge its customers good €700 for the new tablet. Read more »

Apple to unveil the iPad 2 on Wednesday, March 2 at a special event in San Francisco

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Apple will hold a special event on Wednesday, March 2 where it will lift the curtains on the successor of its trendsetting tablet – the iPad 2. As usual, Apple is holding its cards close to the chest and nothing is known for sure just yet.

We can’t be too sure whether we can judge anything from the invitation image they’ve sent out above, as it looks pretty much as the original iPad. However, Apple has been known for making subtle design changes, not radical ones. Read more »

HP updates ProBook and EliteBook lines, sleek aluminum bodies and Sandy Bridge CPUs

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HP updated the EliteBook and ProBook series with new devices and it’s aluminum and Sandy Bridge CPUs all around.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the new models… Read more »

We could see a 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab unveiled next month

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Reportedly, a Samsung spokesperson contacted a Korean news outlet informing them Samsung will release a 8.9-inch Android tablet in the first half of the year. Following the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the manufacturer is about to unveil a smaller tablet, but still one that’s bigger than the original Galaxy Tab.

It seems there’s no stopping the tablet war from escalating.
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Sony updates its VAIO lineup with new S and C series

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Today Sony introduced a few new entries to its VAIO lineup of notebooks. We got the ultra-powerful yet extremely portable new S series and the neon-colored C series that should appeal to younger users.

Sony has a long tradition of squeezing some of the most potent hardware on the market in pretty light and compact shells and the new S series comes to continue this tradition. The 13-inchers sport a selection of 2nd generation Core i7 CPUs, 4GB of RAM, a discrete 6470M Radeon HD video card + Intel HD graphics combo and even a DVD drive and the thing only weighs 1.75 kilos. Read more »

Lenovo refreshes the laptop ThinkPad T, L and W series

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Lenovo is keen to impress with these three updated laptop series. All of them pack some serious punch, some more than others. We’re talking specs like the new i5 and i7 Intel processors, 1GB video RAM and even a 30-hour battery life. No, really!

To break it down here’s the first three from the T series – the Lenovo ThinkPad T420, T420s (14-inch) and T520 (15.6-inch). Read more »

HP will ship the TouchPad from April?

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HP said we should expect their WebOS 3.0 debut tablet in the summer. It turns out that it may take them less to introduce the TouchPad to the market. An unofficial source claims that April is the launch month for the new device.

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Samsung announces faster DRAM modules for your next smartphone and tablet

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Samsung revealed today that the development of faster 1Gbit mobile DRAM (128MB) modules has started. The new modules with wide Input/Output interface use the 50 nm class process technology and to cut straight to the point – they should be blazingly fast!

The new RAM is designed specifically for smartphones and tablets and to make it less boring, let’s bring some numbers to the table to help you grasp the benefits of the new Samsung mobile DRAM. Read more »

Lenovo launching Android-running LePad tablet in June

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Lenovo is one of the largest PC manufacturers in the world. It’s in the top five actually. And now they’ve confirmed an Android tablet, bound for world-wide availability, is coming in June.

The Lenovo LePad
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Was MWC 2011 all about tablets this year? Here are all the slates we saw

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Tablets dominated much of the attention at the Mobile World Congress and with good reason. Some of the new phones weren’t terribly impressive, while there were plenty of new things in the tablet world.

Android tablets exploded in numbers. There were also two new tablet platforms (PlayBook’s OS and webOS on the TouchPad). A handful of Windows 7 tablets were on the MWC grounds too.

Here’s a quick summary of all those tablets… Read more »

Imagination Technologies announces Series6 PowerVR graphics – will be at least 20x faster than the current gen

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You may not have heard of Imagination Technologies, but that’s because they don’t sell anything directly to consumers. What you should have heard is their PowerVR series of graphics chips for mobile phones. The iPhone 4 has one of these babies integrated into its custom Apple A4 platform, and so do a long list of other handsets such as the LG Optimus 3D, Google Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Wave, Sony Ericsson Vivaz, iPhone 3GS, Nokia N900, Palm Pre, Motorola Milestone 1 & 2. You can see where this is going, right?

Today Imagination announced it’s releasing its next generation PowerVR graphics, the Series6, which will be 20-to-100 times faster that the previous, well known, Series5. Read more »