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Gaming Laptops that Rock

Not everyone wants a desktop PC for gaming.  While they are usually more upgradeable, the truth is they are a lot harder to pack around to your favorite LAN party.  Laptops have come a long way, and while they will never replace the power and prowess that a high-end desktop machine can offer, they are still pretty decent.  TweakTown has a look at the Gigabyte P2542G Gaming Laptop and shares their thoughts on this 15.6" Quad-Core, GeForce GTX660M packing monster.

MSI knows how to make an affordable gaming laptop as well.  Vortez takes a look at the GT70 ONE and shows off how some of the fastest mobile hardware combines to make this unit fly.  16GB of DDR3, GTX 680M and a pair of 128GB SSDs in RAID 0 make it absolutely amazing.  Take a look and see why you could actually leave your desktop behind.

Windows 8 Scaling Fails

Windows 8 is just around the corner and while Windows 7 actually has some issues scaling properly on high PPI (pixels-per-inch) displays, TechReport has been hoping that Windows 8 would fair better.  After a bit of testing with different applications, they come out feeling pretty let down.  This is done with the RTM build of Windows 8 - so it's the same thing you'll see next month when you buy a brand-new PC.

This is the exact same build of Windows 8 that's going to show up in stores and on pre-built PCs next month, so our experience should be representative of what you'll see then. Has Microsoft made substantial improvements to high-PPI display support as we hoped, or did the company drop the ball? Let find out.

T-Minus 29 Days

It's now less that 30 days until Halo 4 lands on store shelves and in the tray of my Xbox 360.  If you are a fan of the Halo franchise, IGN has a lot more information for you to enjoy.  If you're not - well, become one and add me on Xbox Live - Gamertag BCCZeus.  Just saying.


How Much Does It Cost to Make an iPhone?

Asymco has a look at the cost structure of building an actual iPhone 5 and they cover everything from the Bill of Materials to Transportation, Manufacturing Costs and even Warranty Expense.  In the end, the actual amount that Apple pays people to build this device is a mere $30 - that's about $1.78/hour.  Overall cost is about $200, and if you buy an iPhone, you're supporting modern slavery.  It's a scathing look at the industry that we all support in some form or another.

One data point recently published is that the iPhone takes 24 hours to be built. Of that 6 to 8 hours is spent in “burn-in” to install and test the software and components automatically. This leaves about 17 hours unaccounted for in the throughput time. Could this time be spent in labor intensive operations?


Mobile Mayhem

If you are looking for a new Smartphone, there are a lot of great choices on the market right now.  They include stuff for everyone - except those waiting for a Windows Phone 8.  If you want this OS, you'll have to wait a bit more, but if not, there are some great choices.

HardwareSecrets gets comfortable with the Nokia Lumia 900 and shares their thoughts on this WP7 device while HardwareHeaven shows off some Samsung Galaxy Note 2 action.  This of course is the successor the to original Galaxy Note which we reviewed here.

What mobile phone review roundup would be complete without the Apple iPhone 5?  TweakTown has a look at this device and finds out if it's worth cancelling your contract for.


Edifier Spinnaker Bluetooth Speakers

The Edifier Spinnaker Bluetooth Speakers are pretty eye-catching.  We saw these at CES earlier this year and instantly became a fan.  Techgage has a look at these odd-but-oddly-attractive speakers and find out if their sound is as unique as their looks.


It's been a long time since we reviewed anything from Edifier, but with the recent release of the Spinnaker speakers, they were hard to resist. We decided to grab the bull by the horns and take them for a spin. With an eye-catching design, puns out of the way and wireless to boot, will these speakers catch your ear as well as your eyes?

How to Get the Most Out of Google Chrome

Gizmodo has a great write up about getting the most from Google Chrome.  I tell you, this browser deserves more than just a second look.  It deserves to be installed on your PC or mobile device for some great remote sharing.  I am a big fan and learned a few nice tips, tricks and tweaks.  Check it out.

Let's face it, the light-and-fast Google Chrome browser is the only way to surf the web-no question. But whether you're new to the browser or an old veteran, we've got some tricks to improve your mileage. Our Google Chrome Optimization Guide will show you which Google Chrome extensions to download and ways to tweak settings you didn't even know were there.

Weekly Video Game News

As we kick off the video game post of the week, we've got a few interesting reviews to share with you.  Borderlands 2 is a hit over at eTeknix as well as Vortez.  If you want some survival horror, Resident Evil 6 is being given the twice-over at OCModShop and HardwareHeaven.  Also at HardwareHeaven is World of WarCraft: Mists of Pandaria and FIFA13.

That's right, video gamers are all about killing.  FIFA13 also makes its debut at TweakTown today.  eTeknix looks at F1 2012 to wrap up the reviews.

ShackNews keeps us up to date every week with a bunch of video game releases and this week things are looking pretty interesting as Dishonored comes to several platforms.  If you are a fan and want to try something new, take a look.  The full list can be found if you read more.



Episode #179 - Windows Phone 8 Secrets & iPhone Fails

We have just posted up Episode #179 of Weekly Tech Update.  In this episode we are discussing the big secret of Windows Phone 8, the aftermath of the iPhone 5 launch and we try and find out what is an Ultrabook?  We have those stories and more. . .  



Android App Pick - YouTube Remote

App Pick has been online for a year and on our 52nd week in a row we present YouTube Remote.  This is a pretty cool application that offers some great features and lets you control and watch YouTube videos on your TV or PC screen from the comfort of wherever you are.  Check it out and celebrate a full year of Android App Pick with us!


Please post your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions for next week's Android App Pick of the Week!

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