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Oct 8, 2012

Nokia Lumia 820 Hands-On Video

Nokia’s Lumia 920 smartphone might be a great device, but the second handset that the Finnish vendor has unveiled with the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform on board, namely the Lumia 820, is not too far behind either.

In fact, the smartphone has a lot of great features to offer to its users, especially since it is powered by the same Snapdragon S4 CPU as Lumia 920, and since it runs under the same OS. With a 4.3-inch screen, Lumia 820 also comes with an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, as well as with wireless charging and expandable internal memory, while also providing users with increased customization options via interchangeable covers.

Those who would like to learn more on the device should have a look at the hands-on video above, coming from Test Mobile. It might be in French, but the phone’s capabilities will be visible nonetheless.

Prise en main du Nokia Lumia 820 sous Windows Phone 8.
Video credits to Idelafr

RIM Video Promo for BlackBerry 10 App Development

Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion is hard at work not only with the building of its BlackBerry 10 operating system, but also with finding new means to attract application developers to it.

In a video promo that it released on the Internet last week, the company notes that there are thousands of reasons for developers to start building for its platform. “There are 10 thousand reasons to believe in BlackBerry 10. What are yours? We invite app developers to discover the amazing things can be done with BlackBerry 10 and to tell why you believe,” the company notes.

The video ran at the BlackBerry Jam conference, offering insights on why RIM believes in developers and offering them motifs to join the army of application designers that have already embraced the OS.

There are 10 thousand reasons to believe in BlackBerry 10. What are yours? We invite app developers to discover the amazing things can be done with BlackBerry 10 and to tell why you believe. #bb10believe http://developer.blackberry.com/reasons
Video credits to BlackBerry

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Receives DLNA Certification

Before the end of this week, Samsung might go official with a new flavor of its Galaxy S III smartphone, one that would feature a more compact design but the same high-end features.

Said a few times before to be en-route to the market as GALAXY S III mini and expected to be unveiled on October 11th, the handset has already passed through DLNA certification. Featuring model numbers GT-I8190L and GT-I8190, the W-CDMA/GSM handset was approved on October 4th with Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform on board.

It also features a 1GHz dual-core CPU inside, along with a 4.0-inch WVGA (480 x 800) touchscreen display, and might indeed arrive on shelves as the smaller version of Galaxy S III, rumor has it. However, nothing has been officially confirmed on the matter for the time being, and we’ll take the info with a grain of salt.

GALAXY S III mini receives DLNA certification
Image credits to DLNA

Eurocom Scorpius Notebook with NVidia Quadro K5000M

We doubt “normal” notebooks will disappear because of ultrathins any time soon, but they have, at present, taken a back seat, which means that laptops not meant for normal consumers are more likely to appear than the rest.

As if to confirm this, Eurocom has announced the updated Scorpius Mobile Workstation which, though not new per se, does have a revised hardware design. The new piece of equipment that customers will be allowed to order when configuring their Scorpius is the NVIDIA Quadro K5000M professional graphics card, with 1344 CUDA cores, 4GB GDDR5 VRAM and a 256-bit memory interface. This component is “designed and built to provide leading performance, reliability, compatibility and stability” in software suites like Dassault Catia, Dassault Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor 2012, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, 3DS Max, etc. It doesn't hurt that the 4 GB of memory have ECC support (error-correcting code), enabling detection and correction of common data corruption types.

Basically, the NVIDIA GPU goes a long way in applications like GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D rendering, color correction, compositing, video editing and design visualization. The rest of the hardware parts aren't shabby either, from the four memory slots (up to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 random access memory / RAM) to the three storage connections (SATA III 6 Gbps) and support for RAID 0/1/5 configurations (up to 1TB HDD/SSD storage for each of the three drives). Everything is packed inside a durable ABS plastic case with a thickness of under 50 mm (1.9 inches). The total weight is 3.5 kilograms.

All in all, while this may not be the most rugged of mobile workstations, it is one of the most highly performing, and will weather minor unintended hits and shakes, suffered during transportation or work, quite easily. Finally, thanks to two fans and a sizable cooling array involving copper heatpipes, heat should easily be kept in check too.

Eurocom Scorpius mobile workstation
Images credits to Eurocom

Nanotechnology for 4TB DVDs

DVDs are far from useless even now, despite what some analysts would have people believe, which is why we feel that it isn't a waste to use nanotechnology on them.

A team of scientists from National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan, and Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) in Australia, have come up with something interesting. Basically, it is a nanotechnology-based scribing procedure that can store 4 TB of DATA on a DVD-ROM disk.

4TB is clearly beyond even the most advanced BDXL disks (Blu-ray extra-large capacity), which come in 100 GB (triple-layer) and 128 GB (quad-layer). Then again, the nanotechnology is usable on Blu-ray disks too. With data density going from 1.1 Tb (Terabits) to 2.75, BD capacity (considering the multi-layer design) could improve by a factor of 80.

Nanotechnology boosts DVD and Blu-ray capacity
Image credits to Wikimedia Common, Cdnomad

MSI Overclocks AMD Trinity A10-5800K to 7.38 GHz

It hasn't been more than a few days since the overclocking of AMD's Trinity accelerated processing unit to 7.31 GHz, yet already the claim is being made that the same processor has been pushed higher than that.

Micro-Star International, using its FM2-A85XA-G65 mainboard, succeeded in pushing the A10-5800K APU to 7.384 GHz, as seen in the CPUZ validation here. As one might guess, liquid nitrogen was used in order to keep the heat from melting the circuits in and around the CPU and its socket. That makes the overclocking session quite different from the one involving Intel's Core i7 3770K, which employed liquid helium and “only” achieved 7.184 MHz on an ASUS Z77 OC Formula motherboard.

Alas, this doesn't mean much for us, normal customers, who will never try overclocking anything. While the GPU in the A-Series is powerful, the processor cores are weaker than Intel's, so it's still the price that will decide the success of the desktop APUs. It's a good thing they're so low.

AMD A-Series APU
Image credits to AMD

T-Mobile Already Receiving iPhone 5 NanoSIM Cards

Wireless carrier T-Mobile was not among those who added the new iPhone 5 smartphone from Apple to its offering when the device was launched last month, but it does offer users the possibility to bring the handset to its network.

The wireless carrier has already been said to be en-route to providing users with NanoSIM cards so that they could connect it to its network, and it appears that things have been already put in motion. NanoSIM cards with support for the iPhone 5 are already hitting T-Mobile’s stores, new reports suggest, which means that it might not be too long before the carrier officially announces support for the new device.

T-Mobile’s network should prove compatible with unlocked iPhone 5 models from AT&T and Verizon, as well as with those units sold SIM-free from Apple’s stores.

This Video was filmed and edited on an unlocked iPhone 5 on T-Mobile!
It is the first You Tube video with an official T-Mobile nano sim card!!!
Video Credits to BigRicksChannel

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