Sonarworks True-Fi

LG V30 Smartphone

P1 Power Sport Watch
P1 Power Sport Watch

NC50 Noise Canceling Earphones

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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Case Collection

Gaming Peripherals

We have a nice collection of gaming peripherals gathered up to kick off your week.  Take a look below of you've destroyed your mouse, keyboard or whatever in a fit of rage.  If you're looking for an upgrade, I'm sure you'll find something of interest.

Best Five Linux Flavors

LifeHacker has posted up their updated "Five Best Linux Distributions" and among the mix are Arch Linux, Ubuntu and Mint.  I've used Linux in the past and would love to take some time to drop an install on a machine again in the near future.  Maybe when Windows 8 launches, I'll bail to the open source camp.  Until then, check out more details and the other two candidates.

Whether you're a beginner or you've been using Linux systems for years, you probably have an opinion on what the best distribution is. "Best," is obviously a relative term, and we understand that what's best for beginners may not be best for advanced users, and so on. Still, Linux distributions come in all different shapes, sizes, complexities, styles, and types.

Ivy Bridge 3D Transistors (Tri-Gate)

According to PCWorld, Intel will be launching 13 new Quad-Core Ivy Bridge chips here shortly and will have more dual-core chips available for their mobile companions.  This have undergone a die-shrink to 22nm and there are some challenges to make this work better.  Check the video below to understand how small and how the tri-gate transistors work.

Video Game Releases & Reviews

ShackNews has posted up this weeks video game release list and it looks not too bad on some platforms.  If you're a fan of Prototype, you'll be happy that the sequel is launching on the XBox as well as PS3.  Catch the list below.

  • A Valley Without Wind (Steam)
  • Binary Domain
  • Revelations 2012 (Steam)
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • The Walking Dead

  • Bloodforge (XBLA - $15)
  • Deep Black: Episode 1 (XBLA - $10)
  • Prototype 2

  • Darkstalkers 3 (PSone)
  • Prototype 2
  • Future Cop L.A.P.D. (PSone)
  • Ikari III (minis)
  • Red Faction (PS2 Classic)

  • Shifting World

  • Chuck E. Cheese's Arcade Room (DSiWare - $5)


If you don't want to risk buying a brand new game and having it suck, check out the reviews of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater for the 3DS - or perhaps try out an indie title - Vessel - available on Steam.  Other reviews this week include Dirt Showdown and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

Small Cooling Collection

As we continue through some hardware bits today, we have a look at a few cooling products that are ready to help you get through your summertime blues.

Noctua NH-L12 Low-Profile CPU Cooler - NikKTech --=-- Noctua NH-L12 CPU Cooler - HardwareHardware --=-- SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA5 CPU Cooler - APHNetworks --=-- NZXT 120mm and 140mm FZ Airflow Fan Series - HiTechLegion

Google CEO says Android not critical to Google

Thanks to a lawsuit between Google and Oracle we get this tidbit of news from Google. Google's CEO Larry Page has come out and said that Android is very important to Google, but its not critical to their business. TechieApps has more on this.

Google CEO said in courtroom testimony that the Android operating system for smartphones is a valuable asset for Google, but it is not critical,

Google CEO Larry Page took the stand for a second day on Wednesday in a high-stakes legal conflict with Oracle Corp over Android smartphone OS technology.

Oracle sued Google in August 2010 over Google’s Android smartphone operating system violates on its intellectual property rights to the Java programming language. Google says it does not infringe Oracle’s patents and that Oracle cannot copyright some parts of Java, an “open-source” software language.

More Samsung Galaxy S3 Rumors

Some new rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, this time they've maybe even got some pictures of it in the wild. Most of the specs appear to be what has been rumored so it might actually be legit (who knows). Gizmodo has the full story.

According to the leak, the phone—going by model number GT-I9300—packs: a 720 x 1184 4.6-inch display (that's 320 DPI), a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 2,050mAh battery, an 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of storage.

There also appears to be some kind of plastic rim around this leaked device, making it look slightly larger than it actually is and disguising the edge of the handset.

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