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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 24, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 24, 2012

The HTC One series appears to have brought HTC back up to speed for sales - we hope! The world is about to head to space to mine asteroids for precious metals - or just gold and platinum. Samsung has revealed a new application for Unpacked 2012 that'll reveal the Galaxy S3 without a doubt. Google Drive is all but official today - now we just have to see how big it's going to be!

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AMD announces 28nm-based Radeon HD 7000M series

AMD announces 28nm-based Radeon HD 7000M series

AMD has just unveiled the next-generation of GPUs destined for ultrabooks and laptops. The Radeon HD 7000M series consists of the HD 7900M, the HD 7800M, and the HD 7700M, and AMD say that all three chips feature the new Enduro technology, designed to efficiently manage battery life by automatically switching from integrated to discrete GPUs when required.

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Alienware M14x, M17x and M18x get 2012 refresh

Alienware M14x, M17x and M18x get 2012 refresh

Alienware has revealed the first stage of its 2012 refresh, updating the M14x, M17x and M18x gaming notebooks with new NVIDIA and AMD graphics, mSATA SSDs and caching for boosted performance, and bumping the default memory. The three notebook models keep the external aesthetic of their predecessors - think Stealth Bomber style angles and thousands upon thousands of user-selectable colored LED lighting - but inside there are big changes afoot. Read on for full details.

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Digital Storm intros new Marauder gaming PCs

Digital Storm intros new Marauder gaming PCs

Digital Storm previously showed us the Aventum line of gaming PCs, so ridiculously expensive that we haven’t looked at our wallet quite the same way ever since. The company has unveiled yet another line of PCs, but with some more modest prices this time around. They’re calling it the Marauder series, and the entry-level model starts at just $799.

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Xbox 720 rumored to have 16-core CPU

Xbox 720 rumored to have 16-core CPU

Another day, another next-generation console rumor. Once again, the specifications for the Xbox 720 are being hinted at. Previously we’d heard that the Xbox 720 will come in two flavours: a low-power and basic ARM version that will run apps, and the “main” console. The more powerful of the two was tipped to have two GPUs that could render graphics independant of each other, and a new rumor indicates the Xbox 720 could have a CPU with 16 cores.

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Sony VAIO E Series 14P packs Kinect-style gesture control

Sony VAIO E Series 14P packs Kinect-style gesture control

Sony has outed its latest 14-inch notebook, the VAIO E Series 14P, not quite an ultrabook but not letting that stop it offer gesture control and 7hr runtime. Measuring in at 22.4mm thick, the 1366 x 768 notebook runs Intel's Core i3-2350M processor paired with 4GB of DDR3 memory and AMD Radeon HD 7670M graphics with 1GB of dedicated VRAM, and comes in black, white or pink.

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Former Intel engineer pleads guilty to stealing documents

Former Intel engineer pleads guilty to stealing documents

A former Intel engineer has been accused of stealing documents from the chipmaker estimated to be worth somewhere in the area of $200 million-$400 million. The former employee has pled guilty to stealing the documents and awaits sentencing. The worker is Biswamohan Pani and he pled guilty to five counts of fraud.

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Samsung snatches AMD server specialists

Samsung snatches AMD server specialists

This week there's a bit more action on the Samsung side of things as the electronics giant hires several AMD server specialists. These hires likely point toward a new focus in Samsung's processor focus, with former AMD vice president and until-Friday general manager of their server chip business Patrick Patla being Samsung's latest hire. Recruits to Samsung over the past year include several AMD titans from across the gamut, with chips for servers appearing to be the next aim of Samsung's SoC business.

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AMD Opteron 3200 Series targets low-power servers

AMD Opteron 3200 Series targets low-power servers

AMD may not have a particularly large market share in the chip market, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t nipping away at Intel’s heels. One area they’re hoping to gain more ground in is the server and dedicated hosting market. Today AMD announced a new chip series specifically aimed for those applications, the Opteron 3200.

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28nm production halt could delay Snapdragon S4 products

28nm production halt could delay Snapdragon S4 products

Qualcomm have so far avoided chasing cores, saying that Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip is “overkill”. Instead the company is hoping that the latest version of its Snapdragon chip, the S4 “Krait”, will provide enough performance with just two cores. While development platforms have gone out to various publications and developers for testing, the 28nm chip could be facing production delays, which would have a knock-on effect on phones like the HTC One X and One S.

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iPad 3 redefines PCs, not kills them

iPad 3 redefines PCs, not kills them

Apple's iPad 3 launch later this week has dragged the "PC killer" speculation back out into the open, with the third-gen iOS tablet expected to further trounce traditional computing as shoppers vote for fingers not mice. It arrives to an increasingly crowded market, however, with not only Android tablets mustering for a second wave, but Windows 8 waiting in the wings. Both platforms will bring potent hardware to take on the iPad, too. As PC manufacturers - especially those of Windows-based tablets - have discovered, though, there's more to challenging the iPad than throwing specs at it.

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AMD Radeon HD 7850 and HD 7870 GHz edition launch

AMD Radeon HD 7850 and HD 7870 GHz edition launch

AMD has launched two new video cards today in the HD 7800 series. The new video cards include the Radeon HD 7870 GHz edition and the Radeon HD 7850. Both of the new video cards use AMD's Graphics Core Next Architecture for high performance and both support PCI Express 3.0 along with AMD ZeroCore Power technology.

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