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Sep 24, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S Glide Spotted En-Route to Rogers

New Android handsets are expected to arrive on shelves in Canada in the near future, and at least one of them will be release on Rogers' airwaves, namely the Samsung Galaxy S Glide. 

The new handset has just made an appearance into the wild, expected to arrive on shelves at the carrier with a sliding design, and with features that will make it worthy of the Galaxy S name. 

In other words, it should be a high-end smartphone, the same as all the Galaxy S devices are supposed to be, based on Samsung's new naming scheme. 

The Samsung Galaxy S Glide appears to be an appealing QWERTY slider, which is said to include most of the hardware specifications that the flagship Galaxy S II model arrived on shelves with. 

For example, it is powered by a dual-core application processor clocked in at 1.2GHz, and is also said to include a 4-inch touchscreen display, which would be a Super AMOLED panel (not Super AMOLED Plus, as on the Galaxy S II).

The rumored specifications list for this device, available courtesy of MobileSyrup, also shows an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, complemented by a 1.2MP camera on the front, a great option when it comes to making video calls. 

As usual, the unannounced handset is also expected to pack 3G and WiFi connectivity capabilities, along with Bluetooth, GPS receiver, microSD memory card slot, and the usual set of sensors that one can find in the high-end smartphones available on shelves these days. 

However, the exact details on the hardware and capabilities of this mobile phone are still shrouded in mystery, and it might take a while longer before they are unveiled. 

The mobile phone is expected to arrive at the wireless carrier towards the end of the ongoing year, and an official announcement on it will certainly emerge closer to its availability date.

NextIO Intros Nvidia Tesla Powered Desktop Virtualization System

NextIO, a company specialized in developing rack-level I/O virtualization solutions, has just announced the introduction of the vCORE Express 2075 GPU consolidation appliance based on the Nvidia Tesla M2075Q computing accelerators.

The new system is housed inside a 1U chassis and improves upon the specs of the previous vCORE Express 2070 by bringing a series of new features and tweaks.

According to the company, the list includes support for more detailed ECC reporting, better memory performance (anywhere from 5 to 20 percent increase in speed) when ECC is enabled, as well as improved energy efficiency which drops power consumption by 10 percent.

The new vCORE Express 2075 includes four Tesla M2075Q computing computing accelerators with 6GB of memory and 488 cores each in order to provide a whopping 24GB of total video RAM.

Thanks to this powerful configuration, the vCORE Express 2075 can drive up to 100 virtual desktops when combined with Microsoft's HyperV desktop virtualization infrastructure. The Express 2075 connects to its host system through a PCI Express x16 Gen 2 interface.

“NextIO is very excited to offer these new products to its resellers and customers,” said Brooks Ivey, VP of Business Development, NextIO. 

“We believe that the increased compute power in our newest vCORE products further improves the price-performance of GPUs over classical CPU implementations for HPC. 

“These products also demonstrate the inherent advantage of GPU consolidation appliances over the ‘GPU in server’ approach by allowing existing compute clusters to leverage the latest technology offering without performing forklift upgrades or opening up servers to install the latest GPUs.”

The vCORE Express 2075 is now generally available and currently shipping to NextIO customers worldwide. Pricing is available upon request.

Together with the release of the Express 2075, NextIO also announced that its vCORE Extreme computing system can now be configured with the Nvidia Tegra M2090 GPU. 

Sharkoon Vaya Value Edition Is Still a Sophisticated PC Case

The market for PC enclosures has just seen a new addition, one made by Sharkoon, a company that, in this case, decided to try and bring some more sophistication and versatility to the Vaya, a PC chassis that focuses on affordability.

The Vaya Value Edition is, one might say, a representation of the industry's tendency to try and cover all possible angles.

Striking a low price point was the original purpose of the Vaya, but Sharkoon figured it wouldn't hurt to make one that, though not losing focus on that aspect, brought something extra.

In other words, though the price is a bit on the higher side than that of the original (25 Euro / about $34), the Vaya Value is still accessible to most of the masses.

Measuring 465 (L) x 185 (W) x 440 (H) mm and weighing about 5 kilograms, it has four exposed 5.25-inch drive bays, plus just as many internal 3.5-inch bays.

These will make sure there will be the possibility of adding a fan controller (or other accessory) alongside an ODDs (optical disk drive). It also makes sure that hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state drives (SSDs) can't get stuck at an underwhelming upper capacity limit.

That said, a 120mm fan is at the front, even featuring built-in LED colored black or blue, depending on the color theme of the whole product.

Prospective purchasers will have to select between a black chassis with a red LED fan and a white model with a blue LED spinner.

Meanwhile, a couple of pre-drilled watercooling holes exist at the back, so that enthusiasts can really drive internal temperatures low.

As for connectivity and I/O, Sharkoon threw in one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 and audio ports on the front-placed I/O panel.

Finally, the case has a side window and should already be found online, priced at 39.90 Euro, which more or less equals $54.

Asus UX21 Ultrabook European Pricing Revealed

During the Computex 2011 fair, Asus promised that September will mark the introduction of the company's first Ultrabook model, the UX21, and it now seems like the laptop is finally getting ready for release as it was just spotted on a French website, which also revealed the European pricing of the unit. 

Intel defined the Ultrabook as a laptop that combines high performance, excellent responsiveness and security in a slim and elegant chassis.

All of these are paired together by Asus with some impressive hardware specifications as the UX21 is available with a wide range of Intel Sandy Bridge processors.

As a result, users can choose from quite a few low-voltage CPU models, starting with the 1.6GHz Core i5-2467M used in the model listed in France and going up to the 1.8GHz Core i7-2677M.

All of these processors have a TDP of 17W, dual processing cores, 3 or 4 MB of Level 3 cache memory and support both the Hyper-Threading and the Turbo Boost technologies.

The fast Intel CPUs can be paired with 64GB or 128GB SATA 6Gbps solid state drives, and Asus claims that the notebook can resume from a sleep state in just two seconds.

Around the edges of the UX21, users will find one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, a mini-DisplayPort as well as a mini-HDMI connector. The UX21 display measures 11.6-inch is diagonal and is LED back-lit.

The components are housed inside a thin and light anodized aluminum uni-body chassis that measures no more than 17mm at its thickest point, while the aluminum keyboard and glass touchpad were designed to accentuate the style of the unit.

In Europe, Asus' UX21 Ultrabook is expected to start at 799 Euros (about $1085 US), which is slightly more than what Intel wanted these type of notebooks to retail for. (via Laptop Spirit)

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