A closer look at the Gigabyte X11, the world’s ‘lightest’ Ultrabook

A closer look at the Gigabyte X11, the world's 'lightest' Ultrabook

Technically, Computex doesn't open its show floor until tomorrow, but if you ask Gigabyte, the show has been in full swing since last week. After a little tease, the company announced the X11, an 11-inch laptop that claims to be the world's lightest Ultrabook, at 975 grams, or 2.15 pounds. At the time, we brought you a few hands-on shots from our colleagues at Engadget Chinese, but we couldn't resist getting hands-on ourselves when we found it on display here in Taipei. Follow past the break for detailed impressions from Engadget's resident laptop reviewer or, if you've got a short attention span, check out our hands-on pics and walk-through video.

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Bruins’ Thomas to Take Year Off – New York Times


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Bruins' Thomas to Take Year Off
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Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas says he will sit out next season. “At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected,” Thomas said on his Facebook page.
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Tigers’ problems run deeper than injuries – The Detroit News


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Detroit -- This is not the real Justin Verlander, right? Can't be. And these are not the real Tigers, right? Um, can't be. No, that surely won't be Verlander for long, getting roughed up, losing three straight. But these are the Tigers right now, ...
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Stiq Figures, May 21 – 27: Cheat code edition

Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don't matter. Every week, we take a look at, uh, something - meanwhile, the previous week's Japanese hardware sales figures are posted after the jump, and a discussion of said figures takes place in our comments. It may not be conventional, but it's a time-honored Joystiq tradition.

Cheat codes have always been a part of gaming. Though less popular in recent years, punching a code into games in years past would often lead to power-ups and secret characters intentionally set aside by developers.

Most everyone knows the Konami code, or what happens when you type "Justin Bailey" into the password field in the first Metroid game. Playing as Bill Clinton in NBA Jam continues to be a highlight in all of sports video games. Even the discovery of a code that unlocks characters is thrilling, such as driving off a building in Twisted Metal 2.

But not every game makes a statement in the way Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge did. The game was designed by Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy, also known as the Two Guys from Andromeda. At any point in the game, players could type the word "cheat" and not only win the game automatically, but receive 255 out of the total 250 points possible. Cheaters also get a special message from Crowe and Murphy, calling them "the most bitchen adventure game player in the world."

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Samsung Galaxy S III coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular this month

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to AT&T, Sprint, TMobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular this month

Official is as official does... right? In a bid to one-up the Galaxy S II's launch here in the States, Samsung has just announced that five carriers will soon have their own customized versions of the Galaxy S III. And by "soon," we mean "beginning in June." AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular are all in line to take part, with exact pricing and availability to be announced by each of the five carriers in the coming weeks. We are, however, told to expect on-contract prices as low as $199, and it sounds as if all five variants will keep the same 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display.

Naturally, S-Beam, S-Voice, Smart Stay and Android 4.0 (with TouchWiz) will be onboard, with Qualcomm's 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 at the heart of each matter. We're told to expect 2GB of RAM across the board, with Gorilla Glass 2.0 guarding against your clumsiness. Moreover, we're reminded of the mythical Pebble Blue hue (which will be available alongside Marble White), with a removable 2,100mAh battery and 16GB / 32GB capacity options. Looking to learn more? There's a bit left just beyond the break, but the real deets will be pouring out in the weeks ahead from the carriers themselves.

Update: AT&T has added a preview page, check the more coverage link for details

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HP takes EliteBook W-series on a trip to Ivy Bridge, throws in Z220 Xeon workstation for good measure

HP takes EliteBook Wseries on a trip to Ivy Bridge, throws in Z220 Xeon workstation for good measure

HP has been rolling out a steady stream of Ivy Bridge-based upgrades over the past few weeks, and now it's the turn of the pro-oriented EliteBook W-series to get the long-awaited upgrade. The 8470W, 8570W and 8770W draw on Intel's faster dual Core i5 and quad Core i7 chips with respective choices of 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch screens. All of them pack AMD's FirePro for video duties, although big spenders at the larger two sizes can opt for one of NVIDIA's Quadro K-series graphics chips as well as an IPS-based display for color-sensitive work. Options will get you niceties such as a 24GB SSD cache, 3G and up to 16GB of RAM, although the EliteBooks' signature military-spec resistances to dust, shock and temperature are thankfully par for the course. The range costs $1,329, $1,449 and $1,699 as you move up the screen size ladder, and all three will be available before June is over.

If you prefer your workstations to be more powerful but slightly more stationary, you're still welcome in HP's world: the equally fresh Z220 desktop carries Intel's new quad-core Xeon E3 processor or, if that's a bit too rich for your blood, a Pentium or quad Core i7. AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro video cards are both made-to-order upgrades, and the modern underpinnings add both USB 3.0 as well as headroom for up to 32GB of RAM, if the fear of paging to disk keeps you awake at night. HP has both tower and small form factor versions of the Z220 starting off at $699, and they too will be ready to stretch IT budgets later this month.

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New Questions for US on Eve of World Cup Qualifying – New York Times


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New Questions for US on Eve of World Cup Qualifying
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Nintendo’s bizarre Wii U zombie shooter commercial must be seen


Okay, so maybe we're calling Nintendo's vignette of a hopeless Wii U player asking advice from a senior via video chat "grandpa zombie killer." How else would you describe the above video of a grown man talking to an action figure from today's Nintendo Direct pre-E3 livestream? Eagle-eyes will look past the zany acting and notice the black Wii U console ... among other much, much more bizarre things. Take a look for yourself, just above.

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Chris Sale throws first complete game in White Sox’ win – Chicago Sun-Times


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Chris Sale throws first complete game in White Sox' win
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BY TONI GINNETTI tginnetti@suntimes.com June 3, 2012 9:48PM Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham pivots from behind second base to throw out Mariners' batter Alex Liddi in the seventh inning of the Chicago White Sox 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners ...
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