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Oct 1, 2012

Microsoft New Windows 8 Commercial

Microsoft will officially unveil Windows 8 on October 25 and one of the most important features of the new OS is the brand new Windows Store.

The company continuously calls for developers to submit their apps for Windows Store, and this new Windows 8 commercial does the same thing one more time. Basically, it’s a video that promotes Windows 8’s ability to run smoothly on tablets too, but also underlines the key role of the apps in this entire environment.

Windows 8 will be available not only on desktop computers, but also on tablets and mobile phones, with Microsoft planning to sell millions of copies from the very first months of availability. What’s more, the Windows RT flavor, the one that will be installed on tablets, will be shipped with a free copy of Microsoft Office.

Over the last 2 years, more Windows licenses have been sold than Android, iOS and Mac combined. Are you ready to publish your app? http://dev.windows.com
Video credits to ubellyms

AsRock FM2A85X Extreme6 Mainboard

AsRock is also getting ready to launch its own FM2 overclocking mainboard, but unlike MSI’s FM2-A85XA-G65 that we presented on previous post, AsRock’s has three PCI-Express x16 slots and also features a useful POST LED indicator.

The AsRock’s FM2A85X Extreme6 mainboard is likely to end up more expensive than MSI’s counterpart. The black overclocking platform features four USB 3.0 ports on the backside I/O panel and that’s double the number we can find on the MSI board. The eSATA is also present on AsRock’s board while it’s missing from MSI’s FM2 implementation.

Moreover, the AsRock FM2A85X Extreme6 mainboard also comes with PCB integrated Power, Reset and CLR CMOS buttons, but the latter is comfortably positioned on the backside I/O panel, thus allowing the user to quickly restore its system from a failed overclocking attempt. The CPU power system is also a 10-phase implementation and this is superior to MSI’s 8-phase FM2-A85XA-G65. Pricing has not been announced yet.

AsRock FM2A85X Extreme6 Mainboard
Images credits to ixbt

Securifi Almond Touchscreen Router

Securifi came to our attention back in January, when it created the Almond concept router, the one that has two MIMO antennas on the inside and a TFT LCD on the outside.

The company is finally following up on that project by announcing that the Almond is ready to go on show at CEATEC Japan 2012 (October 2-6), complete with Japanese language support. Shipped with a security key pre-configured in the factory, the router can set up a network with WEP/WPA/WPA2 security.

The real reason it stands out at the first glance, though, is the 2.8-inch FT LCD touchscreen (320 x 240 pixels), which grants owners direct control over the signal and the range extender functionality. "Almond has changed the way users setup and manage their wireless routers. We believe its elegant design and interface appeal to the technology conscious Japanese consumers," says Securifi's CEO Rammohan Malasani.

Securifi announces Almond router at CEATEC 2012
Image credits to Securifi

MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 Mainboard for AMD Trinity APUs with 8-phase CPU Power System

Well-known mainboard manufacturer, Taiwanese company MSI is getting ready to launch its own top-of-the-line AMD FM2 mainboard. The new platform will be based on the A85 chipset from AMD and will be an overclocking oriented model with a powerful 8-phase CPU power system.

The official name of the new product is MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 and this is a high-quality motherboard featuring MSI’s Military Class III components, including an IR3567A 8-phase controller, Renesas FETs and solid capacitors. The mainboard will feature two PCI-Express Gen2 x16 slots that will work in a x8 + x8 configuration when two video cards are installed. There are also three PCI-Express x1 slots and two classic 32-bit PCI slots, along with eight SATA 3 connectors and two USB 3.0 ports.

The backside I/O panel provides connectivity for four monitors using VGA, DVI, HDMI and a DisplayPort. Being an overclocking-oriented product, MSI’s FM2-A85XA-G65 motherboard also features Power, Reset, Clear CMOS and OC Genie (automatic overclocking) buttons directly on the PCB. No information on pricing or availability has been made available at press time.

MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 Mainboard for AMD Trinity APUs
Images credits to ixbt

Samsung GT-i9500 Spotted with Tizen 2.0

Samsung has had a great success on the smartphone market with its Android-based devices, yet it seems that the company is already hard at work with an alternative strategy, Tizen.

In fact, a Samsung device powered by the latest Tizen flavor has already been spotted, namely the GT-i9500. This is said to be a reference device, which has been loaded with Tizen 2.0 (codename Magnolia) for testing purposes, but which might materialize into a commercially available product next year.

The OS appears similar with Tizen 1.0 (codename Larkspur), SamMobile notes, adding that there should be a wide range of changes made under the hood. There is a strong possibility that Samsung is planning the launch of its first Tizen-based devices for the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, so stay tuned to learn more on the matter.

Tizen 2.0-Based Samsung GT-i9500
Images credits to moguriqt.hatenablog.jp

BlackBerry 10 Lisbon Specs

When officially launched in the first quarter of the next year, Research In Motion’s first BlackBerry 10 devices will arrive on shelves in full-touch form factors, as part of the company’s long rumored L-Series.

Of course, there will also be QWERTY-enabled devices included in the BlackBerry 10 lineup, yet they will be part of the N-Series, it seems, and should be accompanied by the yet undetailed R-Series family of smartphones. One of the touch-capable BlackBerry 10 smartphones expected to hit shelves in the coming months is said to sport the codename of Lisbon, and the full list of specifications on it is now available online, following the leak of Laguna's hardware specs. Available courtesy of rapidberry, the specs list shows a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor packed inside the device, complemented by 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory (along with a microSD memory card slot with support for additional storage space).

The handset is said to sport a large 4.2-inch touchscreen display that can deliver a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution and 355dpi, as well as an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, capable of full HD video recording. A 2MP camera will be present on the handset’s front, enabling users to easily make video calls. The phone will land on shelves with support for 4G LTE connectivity, as well as with tri-band HSPA. The upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphone is also expected to land on shelves with Wi-Fi connectivity packed inside, as well as with 4G mobile Hotspot capabilities, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, DLNA, Bluetooth and microUSB port, as well as with built-in GPS receiver.

Apparently, Lisbon could turn out to be Research In Motion’s GSM BlackBerry handset, which means that we’ll see it available on the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States. If so, it will make an appearance on shelves in Canada as well, that’s for sure. Stay tuned for more.

BlackBerry 10 Lisbon specs
Image credits to RapidBerry

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