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Rogers Launches Galaxy Tab, $675 Contract-Free

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Rogers has thrown their chips into the Samsung Galaxy Tab pot with the release of the tablet on their network. It’s the same old Galaxy Tab priced at $674.99 without a contract. At various terms you can knock the price down, with the Tab costing $599.99 on a one-year deal, $564.99 on a two-year deal, and $539.99 on a three-year deal.

The tablet should be available for online order beginning today or tomorrow. Soon our Canadian neighbors will be able to Tab it up with the best of them!

[via TalkAndroid]

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Motorola MOTOPAD to Be First Android 3.0 Tablet

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A tweet by Mobile-Review’s Eldar Murtazin has been floating around this morning in regards to the upcoming Motorola tablet. The statement in questions is that the tablet — which here is referred to as the MOTOPAD — will be the first Android 3.0 tablet. We will assume by 3.0 he means Honeycomb, as we learned a lesson with Gingerbread never to assume version number of the next OS update. Anyway, apparently Eldar is a pretty respected insider, which is why this tweet is being given so much weight.

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While I’m pretty sure we have seen reports in the past that already hinted at an exclusive deal with Moto to launch Honeycomb much in the same way they did Android 2.0 (and how Samsung has been given priority with Android 2.3), after BGR picked up the story it seemed worth mentioning. BeeTeeDubs, I doubt this thing ends up being called the MOTOPAD.

[via BGR]

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Trademark Filing for HTC EVO Shift 4G Appears, What is it?

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In a move that will probably amount to mere trademark hoarding, HTC has filed for the name “HTC EVO Shift 4G.” The filing dates back to October 11th, and that’s about all we know. Whether it eventually goes along with a new phone, a new accessory or software feature, or nothing at all remains to be seen. What do you think?

[via Gizmodo]

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iTunes November announcement: The likely and long-shot possibilities


Is it all about iTunes? Big stuff is going down tomorrow, as you know if you've happened upon Apple's front page today. Our TUAW back-channels are all aflutter as we are brainstorming as a group to figure out Apple's big tease. We've been searching the web, scanning HTML source, scanning the iTunes application bundle and more all to try to second-guess what might be happening.

No, we don't have any firm answers, but here are some of the things that we think might be included in tomorrow's developments. We'll run down our thoughts and discoveries to date, which we will be updating and amending as new facts come to light.

So take these thoughts for what they are -- guesses and observations. We're not certain about any of it, and we're happy to be corrected or pointed towards more or better facts. Feel free to jump in in the comments -- we're dying to hear what you think as well.

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TUAWiTunes November announcement: The likely and long-shot possibilities originally appeared on TUAW on Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple teases iTunes event for tomorrow

Apple has posted a cryptic teaser to Apple.com which reads, "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget." Four clocks display what we assume is the announcement's start time (7:00 AM in CA, 10:00 AM New York, 3:00 PM London and midnight Tokyo).

What could that be? Your guess is as good as ours. Let the speculation begin!

TUAWApple teases iTunes event for tomorrow originally appeared on TUAW on Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rumor pegs Sony Ericsson Xperia X7 and X7 Mini inbound in Q1

We are taking this rumor with as much salt as we can pinch in our geeky fingers. A rumor is going around that a couple new smartphones are coming soon that have some nice sounding features. The new phones are according to the unconfirmed rumor supposed to be the Sony Ericsson Xperia X7 and the X7 Mini smartphones.

According to said rumor, the new phones are coming in time for a Q1 2011 launch. The devices are rumored to run Windows Phone 7 and the big X7 is pegged for a 4.3-inch WVGA resolution screen and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor. The big X7 is also supposed to have an 8MP camera good for still shots and 720p HD video with HDMI output.

The smaller X7 Mini is rumored to have a 1GHz CPU, 3.5-inch WVGA display, a 10.1MP camera, and 720p video recording capability. It also has a 3x optical zoom, which is something that we don’t see on camera phones typically. These things sound interesting and we will have to wait on confirmation from Sony Ericsson before we count this as legit. Did I mention these are both unconfirmed rumors?


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Notion Ink: Over 20 custom Adam apps, plus 2nd EAP developer round

If there’s one thing our time with Android slates like the Samsung Galaxy Tab has shown us, it’s that apps that have been customized with a mind to the size of the display can make the difference between true usability or just-another-oversized-phone. We’d already heard that Notion Ink‘s software engineers were developing custom apps as part of the Adam tablet’s unique OS proposition, but now the company has confirmed that, rather than just email, calendar and contacts as are custom on the Galaxy Tab, Adam will have over twenty unique apps preloaded.

That list will include email, calendar, paint, gallery, settings and a file browser, as well as a full Office suite. They’ll all slot into Notion Ink’s Eden UI, which consists of both paned “mini” windows – three to the tablet’s 10-inch touchscreen – and full-screen versions of each app.

Meanwhile, Notion Ink has announced a second round of their early-access program, to cope with developer interest in the platform, together with throwing out a few new shots of hardware (and a screenshot of the dynamic weather app, which will apparently also work – in full-screen aspect – as Adam’s screensaver). The company expects the slate to go up for pre-order in December; more details on pricing here.

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Palm Pre 2 lands in UK

The Palm Pre was expected to do really well in the market and ultimately the phone failed. It sold better than some of the real epic failures like the Kin family from Microsoft, but Pre sales were nothing like what Palm and many people that waited for the phone expected. Palm was eventually gobbled up by HP and the first smartphone to trickle out from Palm since then is the Pre 2 and that device is available in the UK right now.

The catch is that you have to buy the phone SIM free because there is no direct carrier support. After the failed original, you can hardly blame the carriers for not wanting to offer the second version of the device. If you like the idea of an unlocked and contract free Web OS 2.0 smartphone you can grab the thing up right now for £399.

The phone can be purchased only at the Palm UK store. For that much green you get a 1GHz processor and a 5MP camera. The phone has multitasking and lots of other features. It sounds just like the original phone with some tweaks to the OS and hardware. Palms does say the design of the Pre 2 is more streamlined and it uses a 3.1-inch multi touch screen and has a slide out QWERTY keyboard.


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Intel tips incoming Sandy Bridge processors

It’s always a great time to be a computer geek when new products are inbound from Intel. The entire ecosystem of hardware including mainboards tends to be updated when new processors are coming and the Intel Sandy Bridge offerings that are inbound are bringing other cool hardware like mainboards with them.

One of the best-looking mainboards I have ever seen is the new Asus Sabertooth Sandy Bridge mainboard that is coming soon. We have also recently talked about some nice boards from Gigabyte that will support the new Intel processors. Intel has updated the line of Sandy Bridge processors that are coming with the unveiling of some new offerings.

Intel will launch some new SB parts under the Huron River platform that are low-power offerings. The new parts will include a Core i7-2640LM, 2620LM, 2630LM, and a 260LM. In addition to the Core i7 parts there will also be several Core i5 offerings including the Core i5-2530UM. The Huron River platform uses a 32nm Sandy Bridge processor and the QS67/GM67 chipset and has a combination of other technology like the Centrino Ultimate-N/Advanced-N 6000 wireless chips or the Centrino Advanced-N/WiMAX 6000. Huron River will also have support for WiDi wireless display as well. Along with the Core parts will also be a new Celeron processor called the B801.


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Intel belatedly grab spotlight for record-breaking Tianhe-1A supercomputer

Remember the Chinese Tianhe-1A supercomputer which NVIDIA took credit for “powering” with its Tesla GPUs back in October? It seems Intel would like some of the processing credit as well; they’ve pushed out a press release of their own, claiming it’s Intel Xeon 5600 series processors that “powers” the world’s fastest supercomputer.

In fact, they’re both correct: Tianhe-1A combines 14,396 Intel Xeon processors with 7,168 NVIDIA Tesla M2050 GPUs, and manages 2.57 petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second). Neither company is particularly keen to give the other much credit; Intel refers to NVIDIA’s input only as the vague “accompanied by accelerator cards”, while NVIDIA pointedly highlights the fact that to match Tianhe-1A’s performance solely using CPUs would require around 50,000 of the chips and double the floor space.

Press Release:

Intel Powers World’s Fastest Supercomputer

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
Tianhe-1A supercomputer, featuring more than 14,000 Intel® Xeon® 5600 series processors, is No. 1 supercomputer on 36th edition of Top500 list.
Intel powers nearly 80 percent of systems on latest Top500 list, including four of the top six.
Intel powers more than 90 percent of new systems on the Top500 list.
Intel demonstrates applications powered by Intel® Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture.

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 14, 2010 – Intel Corporation today announced that its Intel® Xeon® 5600 series processors, announced earlier this year, are at the heart of the world’s most powerful supercomputer, the Tianhe-1A. Located at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, China, Tianhe-1A contains 14,396 Intel processors accompanied by accelerator cards, and has demonstrated groundbreaking performance of 2.57 petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second).

In partnership with Inspur, a computer manufacturer in China, Intel worked closely with the National Supercomputing Center and its technology partners to achieve this groundbreaking performance.

The 36th edition of the TOP500 list of supercomputers, as announced at SC10, Nov. 13-19 in New Orleans, shows that nearly 80 percent of the world’s top 500 systems have Intel processors inside. Such machines are increasingly featured in computers designed for geophysics, financial calculations and scientific research focusing on mainstream applications such as improving the safety of football players and enhancing medical imaging. According to the list, Intel chips now power four of the top six systems – in addition to the No. 1 system. Xeon® 5600 series processors are a key building block in the No. 3 system (Shenzhen), and the newly listed No. 4 system at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The New Intel® Xeon® Processor 7500 series is featured in the Bull Supernode system at CEA, newly listed at No. 6. Overall, 398 new systems on the list feature Intel processors. According to the list, Intel processors are in 90 percent of the systems newly listed in 2010.

“Our Xeon processor roadmap continues to deliver hugely powerful supercomputers that are helping solve mankind’s greatest challenges,” said Rajeeb Hazra, general manager of Intel’s High Performance Computing organization. “Securing the top position on the Top500 is a source of great pride for Intel, and demonstrates the tremendous leaps in performance and versatility that our processors are delivering across a range of compelling workloads.”

Additional Top500 Success
In addition to the Tianjin supercomputer, 17,296 Intel chips power the No. 6 system on the list. The CEA system from Bull features the largest shared memory system built around the Xeon® 7500 series processor, achieving performance in excess of one petaflop.

Another notable supercomputer hails from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Featuring Xeon® 5600 series processors within an NEC/HP system, this No. 4-ranked supercomputer achieved 2.4 petaflops.

The semi-annual TOP500 list of supercomputers is the work of Hans Meuer of the University of Mannheim, Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, and Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee. The complete report is available at www.top500.org.

Intel® Many Integrated Core (MIC) Demonstrations
During SC10, Intel conducted demonstrations showcasing the real-world capabilities of the recently announced Intel® MIC architecture. These included using Intel® MIC architecture as a co-processor running financial derivative Monte Carlo demonstrations that boasted twice the performance of those conducted with prior generation technologies. The Monte Carlo application for Intel® MIC was generated using standard C++ code with an Intel® MIC-enabled version of the Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2011 software development tools, demonstrating how applications for standard Intel CPUs can scale to future Intel® MIC products.

Intel also showcased breakthrough compressed medical imaging developed with Mayo Clinic on “Knights Ferry,” the first Intel MIC design and development kits. This demonstration used compressed signals to rapidly create high-quality images, reducing the time a patient has to spend having an MRI.


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