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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

Android App Pick - Pocket MadLips Pro

We have just posted up our 27th App Pick of the Week and this week we're helping you relax and laugh it up with a fun app that will get people talking and get them involved.  We've got Pocket MadLibs Pro on our phone and are having some fun.  Please check out our pick for more details.

MadLibs Pro

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


Samsung S27A850 LED Ultra HD Monitor

S27A850We have just taken a look at the Samsung S27A850 LCD.  This monitor boasts some awesome 2560x1440 resolution on a 27" display and has a nice feature set to boot.  It can be rotated for long page viewing, has multiple inputs and a USB 3.0 hub.  If you need a monitor that is a little more - and offers bright LED backlighting - please check out all the details over here.

We are looking at the S27A850 unit that comes in boast WQHD resolution.  For those of you not up to date on that particular specification, that means the screen comes in at 2560x1440.  It follows a 16:9 aspect ratio instead of the 16:10 aspect ratio of my trusty 30" 305T display (2560x1600).  This screen has a few other features other than just a nice high resolution and I can honestly say that the screen can go bright enough to light up your entire office.


Big Graphics Bundle


Hitachi 4TB HDD

It's not often that a single hard drive review takes up an entire post - but with the size of the Hitachi 4000000MB hard drive on the bench over at NikkTech - it's worth a post.  This drive is currently the largest spinning consumer-level storage devices available.  It offers 1TB per platter and spins up at a speedy 7200rpm with a 64MB buffer - so it should be pretty snappy.  Find out and see if a 4TB drive is in your future.

Monstrous capacity disk drives have always been expensive especially at their launch so it comes as no surprise that the single and only drawback of the Deskstar 7K4000 by Hitachi GST is it's price tag since currently this particular package retails at around USD420 inside the USA and 350Euros inside the EU. Of course not everyone needs 4TB of space so the Deskstar 7K4000 line is targeted at a specific part of the market which includes professionals and enthusiasts who can put to use any HDD regardless of size.


Gear for Gaming

As we continue on through the news today, we've got quite a few gaming keyboards and mice gathered up.  It's interesting to note that many companies are moving back to mechanical switches.

Corsair Vengeance K90 Performance MMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - TweakTown --=-- Corsair Vengeance K60 & K90 Mechanical Keyboards - TechReport --=-- Corsair Vengeance M90 Performance MMO & RTS Gaming Mouse - TweakTown --=-- Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Keyboard - Techgage - TweakTown - HardwareSecrets --=-- SteelSeries Diablo III Mouse - NikkTech --=-- Corsair Vengeance M60 Performance FPS Laser Gaming Mouse - TweakTown --=-- CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - HardwareHeaven


iPhone 5 Rumors Resurface

The Apple iPhone 5 was the much-hyped non-launch product of last year and this year consumers are hoping that Apple actually releases something worthy of waiting for.  Let's face it, the iPhone 4S was not that exciting and if the rumors are to be true, the iPhone 5 will land in June with a 4.6" Retina display.  While the jury is still out on LTE support, my guess is with the size and form factor of the phone, it will ship with more power-friendly 4G standard.  eWeek has more info.

While the iPhone 5 would actually be the sixth-generation version of the handset, a blog post on AppleInsider claimed the Chinese workers who build the phones refer to the upcoming handset as the iPhone 5. According to Apple-centric blog 9to5Mac's Jan. 25 report, the iPhone 5 will feature a bigger screen and a different casing from the iPhone 4.


Video Game Releases of the Week

ShackNews has posted up the latest video game releases of the week and they claim that this week is all about quality - not quantity.  I can't vouch for the quality of this lineup, but I do agree that they aren't a lot of new titles this time around.  Still, Tribes: Ascend lands officially and it's Free to Play.

PC

  • Legend of Grimrock (download - $15)
  • Naval War: Arctic Circle
  • Tribes: Ascend (free-to-play)


360

  • Fez (XBLA - $10)
  • Skullgirls (XBLA - $15)
  • The Splatters (XBLA - $10)
  • World Gone Sour (XBLA - $5)


PS3

  • Skullgirls (PSN - $15)
  • The Pinball Arcade (PSN)
  • World Gone Sour (PSN - $5)


PSV

  • The Pinball Arcade (PSN)
  • Treasures of Montezuma Blitz (PSN - free-to-play)


3DS

  • Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir


NDS

  • Anne's Doll Studio: Tokyo Collection (DSiWare - $5)


HTC is had a rough Q1

It wasn't too long ago when HTC was one of the biggest names when it came to smartphones, now they are having a pretty rough go of it. According to HTC's Q1 results they say a 70% drop in profits and their revenues dropped 35%. It will be interesting to see if HTC can rebound now that there is more competition than ever in the smartphone market. TechCrunch has the full story.

HTC released their unaudited Q1 2012 earnings earlier this morning, and the results aren’t pretty [PDF]. The Taiwanese company managed to pull down NT$67.8 billion ($2.3 billion) this past quarter, a nearly 35% dip year-over-year.

What’s more, HTC took an even bigger hit when it came to net income after taxes — in Q1, they only raked in NT$4.4 billion ($149 million), compared to the NT$14.8 billion ($501 million) in profits earned this time last year.


Firefox making progess on Metro version

There has been a ton of Windows 8 talk over the past year or so and a bunch of companies are devoting a ton of time and money into Windows 8. Firefox is one of those companies and they are working to make sure they have a good version of Firefox so they don't lose ground to the other guys (more ground than they already have). Having the best Metro browser at launch could be a good thing to make people come back to Firefox and NetworkWorld takes a closer look at what the Firefox team has been up to.

A preliminary version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser designed to work with Microsoft's Metro interface for Windows 8 is up and running, according to a blog post from platform engineer Brian Bondy. 

Nevertheless, he stopped short of asserting that the browser is ready for the next phase of development, despite the Firefox Roadmap's stated target of having a working prototype by the second quarter of 2012. 


5000+ Artists sign up for Pirate Bay promotion

Pirate Bay is usually making news for making artists mad because they are getting ripped off, but now Pirate Bay has opened up a music promotion that allows artists who put their music on Pirate Bay some free promotion and so far over 5,000 artists have already signed up. This is probably going to make the whole Pirate Bay vs. The Music Industry battle even more interesting as now independent artists are supporting the "enemy of music". TorrentFreak has more on this new promotion.

Record labels and Hollywood have described The Pirate Bay as one of the biggest threats to their business, but thousands of artists clearly disagree with this view. In recent weeks more than 5000 independent artists have signed up to be promoted by the world’s largest torrent site. Those who were lucky enough to be featured are overwhelmed by the career boost and the positive responses from the public.


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