Gear Guide
2021 Spring Gear Guide

P34A80 1TB
Silicon Power P34A80 1TB NVMe

PD35TAC Patriot
Fenix PD35 TAC LED Patriot Ed.

TCL 10 Pro
TCL 10 Pro

Is the new iPad heat issue a big deal?

Chances are good you've probably in the past week or so heard someone talking about the new iPad and how it runs hotter than the iPad 2. The screen appears to be the one being blamed for this increase in heat due to the higher DPI (dots per inch) which is giving out up to 2.5 time more heat. Electronista takes a look at this new "heat issue" and tries to figure out if its actually a big deal or just a big fuss about nothing.

DisplayMate Technologies Corporation president Ray Soneira has delved further into the technology behind the new iPad's Retina Display as well as its relationship to the battery and come up with a simple conclusion: the new iPad, operating normally, should run a bit warmer than the previous model. He calls the thermographic portraits circulating the web "overblown" and says the extra heat is the natural consequence of increased power.

Windows 8 Tablet News

There has been a ton of talk about Windows 8 and people are very curious to see how it performs on a tablet. NewTablets takes a look at who all is working on a tablet and who might be the first one to actually get it to market. Currently Dell, HP, Samsung, Lenovo, Nokia, Acer, ASUS, HTC, and Toshiba are all working on Windows 8 Tablets so it appears like everyone is banking on this to be huge.

Apple has garnered the lion’s share of Tablet News lately, but this fall it will likely be Microsoft’s turn.

With the company’s release of Windows 8 beta earlier this month, the race has officially begun for who’ll be first to come out with a Windows 8 Tablet. The release date for Windows 8 Tablets, of course, hinges on when Microsoft finally releases its new operating system to the public. But one can’t help wonder: “Who’s on first?” Or, maybe more accurately, who won’t be?

Next Generation NVIDIA "Kepler" GPU

Nvidia has announced their new Kepler GPU which will be part of the new GTX 680 video card they are releasing and from the specs its boasting it could be quite a winner. Nvidia is claiming this newest card in their lineup will not only offer more performance, but it will also be much more power efficient. PCMag has more details and all the numbers over here.

It's customary for Nvidia and AMD to take turns leapfrogging each other's frame-rate scores with cost-no-object graphics cards for hardcore gamers. Sure enough, Nvidia boasts that its new flagship graphics processing unit, the GeForce GTX 680, blazes through the latest titles faster than AMD's top-of-the-line Radeon HD 7970.

Google's new ads

Google has filed a new patent to serve ads "based on environmental conditions" which could basically mean that they want to listen in on you and then give you ads based on what they hear. While this may never happen is just goes to show you want advertising companies are working on to try and advertise more effectively to the general public. TheNextWeb has the full story.

Just when you think that we’re pretty tech savvy, companies like Google and Nokia file outlandish “forward-thinking” patents that make you feel like we’re all in a Star Trek episode. In the case of Google’s latest patent, it makes us feel like we’re in a police state.

The patent discusses the technology to analyze the background noise during your phone call and serve up ads for you based on the environmental conditions Google picks up on. Yeah, that’s creepy.

Angry Birds Space

Good news if you can't get enough Angry Birds, the newest release in the Angry Birds franchise has now been released for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Mac and PC. Chances are good your afternoon is now probably going to be pretty unproductive while you try to guide Angry Birds through space. Mashable has more on this new release as well as the promotional video.

Fans of the Angry Birds franchise, take notice: the disgruntled feathery creatures have conquered space, and they’re out to show those dastardly pigs a lesson.

The latest installment of this megapopular game, Angry Birds Space, is now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, as well as the Mac and PC

Chrome becomes #1 Browser for 1 Day

Google's Chrome web browser became the number #1 web browser in the world last weekend and was used for 32.7% of all browsing on Sunday (Internet Explorer came in second with 32.5% of traffic). Unfortunately for Chrome come Monday it slipped to 2nd place again when people returned to work and Internet Explorer returned to 35% and Chrome dropped down to 30%. This might not seem like a big deal, however, if you go back to 2008 when Internet Explorer controlled 69% of all web browsing traffic the fact that anyone is close is a big accomplishment. The SFGate has all the details over here.

Google's Chrome Internet browser was the most popular browser in the world for the first time on Sunday, online metrics firm StatCounter announced Wednesday.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer vaulted back to its first-place rank on Monday when employees returned to work and booted up their IT-controlled machines.

Android App Pick - Photaf Panorama (Free)

We have just posted up our 24th App Pick of the Week and this have a photography app that will help you put together your snapshots of landscapes into something memorable.  Photaf Panorama is a great little app that allows you to either manually or automagically stitch together multiple photos for a great wide-screen panorama.  Check it out and snag it up!

Photaf Panorama

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

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Audio Bytes

If you are looking for a new audio distribution system (speakers or headphones), you may want to check out the Edifier MP250 Sound To Go USB Soundbar Speaker over at MEGATechReviews.  If you want something a little more private with 5.1 support, check out the CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset at HardwareLook.  There is a chance that you want something with even more speakers, and this is when the ROCCAT Kulo 7.1 USB headset also over at HardwareLook.  Finally, HardwareSecrets gives us the scoop on the Corsair Vengeance 1300 headset in their latest review.

Today we look at the ROCCAT Kulo 7.1 USB headset. Audio quality is not something that most casual gamers tend to care too much about, as long as they can hear whats going on around them they are happy. Recently though there has been a renaissance in gaming audio. With more and more high quality surround sound headsets appearing on the market gamers can now here not just whats going on around them, but where. This has meant that even casual gamers are now looking to upgrade their headsets which makes something like the ROCCAT Kulo 7.1, a product high on many people's wish lists.

RAM Roundup

Right smack-dab in the middle of the news today we have a few memory reviews to share with you.  RAM prices have dropped through the proverbial floor and performance RAM is very affordable.  Check out how well some of these kits perform.

Topower Gold Vapor Injection-HD DDR3 1866 8GB Kit - eTeknix --=-- Ivy Bridge High-Speed RAM Run with G.Skill PC3-20800 2666MHz RipjawsZ - TweakTown --=-- Patriot Viper Extreme PC3-16000 CL9 1.65v DDR3 - TechPowerUp --=-- G.Skill ARES PC3-17000 16GB (DC) Memory Kit - TweakTown --=-- Samsung 30nm Green PC3-12800 Low Profile 1.35v DDR3 - TechPowerUp

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