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Valve unveils the Steambox prototype specs

steamIf you’ve been following Valve news at all lately, you will have heard of SteamOS and the Steambox beta. Today, Valve has posted the official specs of the initial 300 prototype machines that will be set out later this year or early next year. The systems are nothing more than regular PCs made with off-the-shelf components stuffed in a custom enclosure meaning anyone can assemble their own Steambox prototype if they want or modify the Valve-provided one; Valve also said they’ll be providing the CAD files for the custom enclosure if anyone wants to make that too.

What’s under the hood of these prototypes? Here’s the list straight from the Steam Community page:

  • Either an Nvidia Titan, GTX780, GTX760 or GTX660
  • Either a Haswell Core i7-4770, i5-4570 or i3 CPU
  • 16GB of DDR3-1600 main system RAM and 3GB of GDDR5 for all graphics cards
  • A hybrid hard drive and SSD (1TB hard drive, 8GB SSD)
  • Sized at 12×12.4×2.9 inches

Although we still don’t know what the thing will look like yet (“just because they’re not finished enough”) they are some very powerful prototype units.

Source: Steam

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IBM returns to the PC market

100_8027If you were old enough to remember 2006, you would have remembered the time when IBM sold its entire PC division over to Lenovo. To this day, Lenovo owns all the rights to their desktop lines and the ThinkPad lines. Today, that changes – IBM is returning to the PC market. And we have a glimpse into the future of IBM PCs, as we at Haverzine have managed to get one of the new prototype units.

The new range, codenamed “Personal System/2” is a line of desktops and all-in-ones designed to be some of the highest-performing PCs out there. What we have appears to be a very early prototype unit of the all-in-one system, so there’s plenty of room for design improvement which will be useful as the lines gets closer to shipping.

Enough rambling; let’s start tearing this thing open. Check after the break if you’d like to see more of this new PC.

Also known as project "Georgetown"

Taking a look at Microsoft’s Surface development

Yesterday we got our earliest look yet at the development process of Apple’s iPhone, and today comes yet another special look at the development of a major stepping stone project – the Microsoft Surface. The Verge’s Tom Warren got the scoop, getting a first hand tour of the project from Microsoft itself – and thankfully for us, he was allowed to take notes and pictures.

Of particular interest, Microsoft says that the decision to make the Microsoft Surface a tablet came later on in the development – a variety of other form factors were initially considered well before the team settled on a tablet, deciding that it (predictably) made the most sense in the context of Windows 8 and Windows RT. Once the decision was made in Microsoft to product its own hardware, secrecy was of the utmost importance so as to not unnecessarily (or necessarily, depending on your viewpoint) upset OEMs so early in the game.

Also of note, it’s well known that Microsoft just happens to have a thing for interesting codenames, and the Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro are no exceptions – the Surface was codenamed “Georgetown” while the Surface Pro, which came later in the development plans, was known as the “Georgetown X”.

Be sure to check out Tom Warren’s writeup at The Verge at the source link below, and check out more photos of Microsoft’s Surface prototypes after the break.

Can you see the family resemblance?

This was what Apple’s iPhone looked line in 2005

Gotta hand it to ArsTechnica for this scoop, these sure are some interesting photos. What you’re looking at above is what the Apple iPhone prototype looked line as early as 2005. ArsTechnica’s source describes it as a large 2″ thick OS X device with a 5″ x 7″ display, complete with Ethernet  serial, and USB ports (reportedly to make the development process easier). This is the earliest point in the iPhone’s development that the outside world has seen to date.

This ancient iPhone runs on a Samsung S3C2410 ARM CPU that is described as “a distant relative of the chip the first iPhone ended up using, just older and slower.” The chip is clocked at 200-233 MHz whereas the original iPhone used a 412 MHz CPU.

Checkout the remainder of the 2005 Apple iPhone prototype photos after the break!

Prototype iPad reveals two dock connectors were under consideration

One of the most repeated requests for Apple’s iPad has been imploring the company to add a second dock connector, so that the iPad can be docked while used in landscape mode. This would make a lot of sense considering the iPad is used in landscape mode almost as often as portrait mode.

Well, a new eBay auction of a prototype iPad with two dock connectors shows that this is exactly what Apple was thinking as well. For as little as $4,800 you can be the lucky owner of this one-of-a-kind iPad ($10,000 buy it now). You should probably know though that it’ll be pretty hard to use, as it doesn’t support iOS and the touch screen doesn’t work, but hey – two dock connectors!

Via: MacRumors
Source: eBay

Early Android unveiled on the Google Sooner prototype

Ohh, look what infamous developer and hacker Steven Troughton-Smith has gotten his hands on: one prototype Google Sooner device (which we’ve seen demoing various other pre-release Android builds in the past) complete with the earliest version of Android we’ve seen yet.

The build on display here was compiled on May 15th, 2007 (and is known as build htc-2065. according to the Steven, and bares little to no resemblance to what we now know and sometimes love as Android today, or even to what shipped on the HTC G1.

There’s no touch interface, or even a conventional home screen; however there is a pretty stripped down browser, an early GMail app, and a slew of other standard applications.

Be sure toheck out the full walkthrough in the source link, it’s an interesting look at a previously unexplored part of Android’s history.

Source: High Caffeine Content