MSI GT70 gaming laptop kindly updated with GeForce GTX 675M graphics

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MSI GT70 gaming laptop kindly updated with GeForce GTX 675M graphics

We sure hope you like surprises, because we’ve got a good one for you. It seems as if MSI wasn’t quite pleased with the killer graphics on its feature-loaded GT70 laptop and decided to give it a quick boost. Earlier today, the outfit announced its fresh gaming machine will now ship with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 675M GPU instead of that already powerful GTX 670M found in our review unit. MSI says the change was driven by the company’s beliefs that “exceptional performance starts with outstanding components,” and, needless to say, we’re certain you’d agree. In case you’ve yet to grab one of these for yourself, you can do so at the source below.

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MSI GT70 gaming laptop kindly updated with GeForce GTX 675M graphics originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 May 2012 18:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rumors give 2012 iPhone shiny new chip, 1GB of RAM, mystery iOS app

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We’ve potentially seen a lot of the next iPhone’s exterior; it may be the interior’s time for a shakedown, as an unusually detailed rumor out of 9to5 Mac has claimed scads more about the processor and iOS 6. Going by the tips, the 2012 design would use an S5L8950X, a processor with unknown specs but likely a step ahead of what we’ve seen in the iPhone 4S (8940X) and new iPad (8945X). There would likewise be a new spin on the PowerVR SGX543 graphics from the iPad as well as 1GB of RAM — which doesn’t sound like much next to a 2GB Galaxy S III, but stands to produce a similar speed boost for a lightweight platform like iOS. As for iOS 6 itself, the software is supposedly using underlying code newer than recent OS X Mountain Lion builds and is dumping Google Maps, as some have claimed ever since iPhoto for iOS made that step in the spring. The new Maps app (possibly pictured here) is said to be rough, but the OS as a whole could be coming along so swimmingly that Apple might have no trouble shipping on time.

As always, we’re skeptical when so much detail is in flux. The rumor still jives with much more tangible behavior from Apple, such as its experimentation with 32-nanometer processors and a tendency for Apple to refine the chip from the current year’s iPad for the iPhone months later. We may know the accuracy soon enough: more leaks are promised in the next two weeks, including an “entirely new iOS app.”

Rumors give 2012 iPhone shiny new chip, 1GB of RAM, mystery iOS app originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 May 2012 17:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Phoenix project wants to rise from the ashes of webOS with open source wings

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Phoenix project wants to rise from the ashes of webOS, with a touch of open source

It looks like webOS isn’t going quietly into the mobile OS retirement home. While its journey to open-source continues, an eager cabal of developers, fans and designers have decided to reignite the ill-fated operating system under the banner of Phoenix International Communications. Focusing its efforts on transporting open webOS to existing devices, both HP-made and otherwise, Phoenix also wants throw in some new features and fixes — presumably throwing in some extra software gems and UI tweaks. If it all goes to plan, the organization even wants to bring new webOS devices to market — a heady dream, but you’ve got to admire their pluck. Any webOS devotees out there can pledge their allegiance (and assistance) to the cause at the source below.

Phoenix project wants to rise from the ashes of webOS with open source wings originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 May 2012 17:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Windows 8 Release Preview detailed impressions

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Until now, it seemed like Microsoft was gearing up to unveil the almost-final Windows 8 Release Preview in the first full week of June, just in time for what is sure to be the world’s premier Ultrabook trade show. As it turned out, though, the folks in Redmond couldn’t contain their jubilation any longer: the company is now rolling out the Release Preview several days ahead of schedule. The update, free to anyone who wants to try it, offers a few notable enhancements, including a trio of new apps, a “Flip ahead” browser gesture, Flash support and a couple of updated multi-monitor features. A few heavy hitters like Wikipedia and Box.net are also using the occasion to debut apps in the Windows Store. And the OS is now available in 13 languages. Mostly, though, this update brings performance and stability fixes, along with granular tweaks like being able to pin stocks to the Start screen. Certainly, a two-hour press conference was not necessary this time around.

Ready to upgrade from the Consumer Preview? Just remember that you’ll need to a do a clean install, which means unless your user account is tied to a Microsoft ID you’re going to lose your personal settings. Got it? Good. Get your download on now, and then meet us past the break for some early impressions and a video walk-through of the new features.

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Windows 8 Release Preview detailed impressions originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 May 2012 15:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Amazon to start collecting sales tax in New Jersey beginning July of next year

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Amazon to start collecting sales tax in New Jersey beginning July of next year

Taxes. Taxes. Taxes. That’s what you folks living within the Garden State will have to pay on Amazon purchases starting July 2013. The recent news — which is likely to cause some of you to throw a minor temper tantrum — comes shortly after Jeff Bezos & Co. settled with the Texas government to also begin collecting sales tax in that state. Similar to the Lone Star deal, though, Amazon’s agreed to create about 1,500 full-time jobs by building a couple of distribution centers in New Jersey — and let’s face it, job creation is always good news. Sorry, but looks like the Jersey Shore crew will have to spend a couple extra bucks the next time they place an order for that weekly stock of tanning lotion.

Amazon to start collecting sales tax in New Jersey beginning July of next year originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 May 2012 14:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Skype CEO Tony Bates confirms 250m monthly users, talks Microsoft partnership and future plans

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Tony Bates and Kara Swisher at D10

Skype CEO Tony Bates just took the stage here on the final day of D10, and he got right into the news delivery mindset: as of now, there are 250 million monthly connected users. Said Bates, “When we closed [the Microsoft deal], we had 170 million monthly users, so haven’t skipped a beat in terms of momentum.” Continuing on when asked from Kara Swisher about integration with Microsoft, Bates said: “I’m not going to talk about future products, but I’ll steal a line from Tim Cook. We’re going to double-down on integration with Windows 8, and we’re doing to double-down on secrecy.” Specifically, he mentioned that there’d be some “great integration points” with Windows 8, noting that Skype is viewed as an “experience, with most folks viewing it as a Swiss army knife, regardless of where and how it’s used.” Kara followed up with a question on Kinect, and Bates did his best to dodge the question by re-referencing intent on Windows 8 and Windows Phone — there wasn’t a peep mentioned in either direction on if it’d end up there.

Kara asked what his most important smartphone platform was, and Bates said: “I wouldn’t classify it as one most important. As far as download numbers, it’s absolutely iPhone, but Android is gaining momentum. Our top priority is mobile; we made two acquisitions in that space. The Android marketplace — as many know — is quite fragmented, and this was a big challenge for us from an engineering standpoint. This team in the Qik acquisition really helped us there. I’m very hopeful — Windows Phone is very exciting for me because of that people-centric nature.” Kara pushed to see if Windows Phone would get a “special” version of Skype, and Bates simply said that he “hopes they can add value.” Given that both Windows Phone and Skype now live under the same roof, though, we’re guessing that he’s underselling things in the effort of “doubling-down on secrecy.”

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Sony NEX-F3 review

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Sony NEX-F3 review

Just shy of a year ago, we reviewed the Sony NEX-C3, a mirrorless camera that quickly became our benchmark when it came to entry-level interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs). We praised its excellent image quality, generally consistent performance, overall solid design and, best of all, its $600 price tag — including an 18-55mm kit lens. Since then, the landscape has shifted drastically for this particular type of compact shooter, with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 raising the bar for focusing performance, Nikon’s cute J1 winning the hearts of many (likely due to a heavy marketing budget and adorable design) and the Fujifilm X-Pro1 pushing the envelope when it comes to price and body size. For its part, Sony also attracted plenty of attention with its flagship NEX-7, which appears to have been the inspiration for the company’s brand new NEX-F3.

Based on its price tag and release schedule, you might have assumed that the NEX-F3 is here to dethrone Sony’s NEX-C3. That may or may not be the case (we’re hoping for the latter) — the F3 is much more a scaled-down version of the NEX-7 than an update to the C3. Sure, designs can change drastically from one year to the next, but we were quite fond of last year’s model, and many of you were, too. From a specification perspective, the F3 has a new APS-C sensor (though resolution remains unchanged), with a higher top ISO setting of 16,000, a 3-inch LCD that can flip 180-degrees to face completely forward, a new NEX-7-esque pop-up flash and a bulkier design. But does bigger mean better in this case? Click past the break for our take.

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Sony NEX-F3 review originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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