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TabPro S
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S


Samsung CFG70 Curved LCD


EpicGear MorphA X Mouse

Super Mario Run
App Pick - Super Mario Run

2012 Ford Focus Titanium Evaluation

Ford Focus TitaniumJason has completed his evaluation of the Ford Focus Titanium, and this car has turned a few heads here at BCCHardware.com for sure.  It combines fuel efficiency, with good looks and lots of gadgets.  Take a read and see how the GM-loving Jason Schneider adapted to what Ford can offer in a small car.

We’ve had the chance to look at the Ford MyTouch and the SYNC system while we were at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, but like any technology seeing it on the trade show floor and using it on an everyday basis are two completely different things. The opportunity to borrow a vehicle and drive it on errands and to work for a week was a fun experience and it really gave me a different view of this system.


Google Drive Rolls Out

Google has long been generous with it's photo, mail, video and document storage, but if you just wanted to store files, it wasn't all that helpful.  On Tuesday, they rolled out Google Drive and you can now (maybe - it's still rolling out) get 5GB of free storage space and have some options to pay for more - a lot more.   The service tops out at 16TB.  Engadget has a look at how Google Drive compares to Skydrive, Dropbox and iCloud in terms of storage space and pricing.  Either way, 5GB is kind of nice.

Sometimes a table says a thousand words. Now that Google has finally announced its cloud service, Google Drive, we're sure more than a few of you are crunching the numbers in your head in an attempt to figure which is the best deal. Far be it for us to tell you which service to use when we've barely had a chance to poke around Drive, but for now, better if we lay out those gigabytes and dollars in number form, rather than squeeze them into a crowded paragraph, don'tcha think?


Odds and Bits

As we continue through some hardware news today, we've got a few odds and ends to share.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Tablet - MEGATechNews --=-- Head-Direct HE-400 Planar Magnetic Headphones - TechPowerUp --=-- Areca ARC-1882i RAID Controller - TweakTown --=-- Samsung MV800 Camera - HardwareHeaven --=-- CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - TechPowerUp --=-- Edifier IF500 Luna 5 Encore iPhone iPod Speaker Dock - MissingRemote


Quad Crossfire vs. Quad SLI

If you've got a bunch of extra money laying around and you want to spend a bunch of it on a killer gaming system, you may want to consider multiple graphics cards.  Vortez has a comparison between some Quad SLI GTX680's and puts them up against some Quad CrossfireX HD7970 cards.  It's safe to say that if you're running a single monitor, you don't need this kind of graphics power.

How do they scale? What is the power consumption like? Are they noisy? Are they hot? And of course the question everyone wants to know - how do they compare. So for this review we will be looking closely at both cards and comparing 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 which will allow you to make the best choice dependent on your preference of multi GPU setup.


Ivy Bridge Launch

The new Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs for the Z77 platform have launched and as always there are a ton of reviews commemorating the event.  Take a look below and see how they stack up.



iPad vs Transformer Pad = One Clear Winner

If you're on the fence about a tablet and you are considering the iPad, make sure you take a look at the recently-released ASUS Transformer Pad TF300.  PCMag compares it to the new iPad in terms of specs and price and it's a pretty good bargain - all things considered.  It has twice as many cores - running faster and has longer battery life - is lighter and has better cameras.  The new iPad just trumps in screen resolution - but the ASUS dominates - and comes in at $120 less.

Based on these comparisons of 16 GB devices in similar 10-inch sizes, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 comes in at $120 less than the iPad at $379, but with a much lower resolution display and no option for 4G wireless networking. The Asus is Wi-Fi only. Look closely below to compare and contrast. 


Heatsink Action

If you are looking for a new cooler for your next build, but want something quiet - I mean REALLY quiet - like no moving parts, the FanlessTech Norfan CR-95C Copper cooler may be just what you're shopping for.  This cooler looks pretty awesome and if it cools even 50% as good as it looks, I'd be happy.  

Norfan CR-95C

 

If you want something with some moving parts, check out these other cooler reviews below.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro C1 Dual Tower CPU Cooler - eTeknix --=-- Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.C - XtremeComputing --=-- Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler - Vortez --=-- SilenX Effizio EFZ-80HA3 - APHNetworks


Windows Release Preview Coming in June

Windows 8 has moved from the Developer Preview to the Consumer Preview and now they are moving all the way up to the Release Preview sometime around the first of June.  With the progress moving along so quickly, they may just hit their fall release date.  This would be a good move, although I still think it's too late for them to make a big impact in the tablet market with Windows RT.  The Building Windows 8 Blog has more details.

Building Windows 8

 


Episode #156 - Car Technology Show

Episode #156 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will be talking about self-driving Cadillacs, IBMs Watson fits in a car, Lamborgini enters the SUV market and Jason spends some quality time with the 2012 Ford Focus.  We have those stories and more...

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