The latest happenings from around the web - January 28th, 2011
- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 VS ASUS Maximus IV Extreme - Battle of the Titans! @ Tech Reactions
- Sapphire Pure Black X58 @ Overclockers Club
- Intel Core i5 2500K Sandy Bridge CPU @ Techwarelabs
- Sandy Bridge: The mobile perspective @ Tech Report
- Palit GeForce GTS 450 @ Ultimate Hardware
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 @ Hardware Overclock
- Axle GeForce GT 430: Reaching for the Sky @ XBit Labs
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti: The Hero of Our Times @ XBit Labs
It's now time to remove the beta tag from Skype for Mac. Now able to match it's PC counterpart, Skype for Mac version 5.0 has a few new features in its first official release, as well as a catch.
First, the catch. Group video calling is no longer free; you'll have to pony up either $4.99 per day or take on a monthly subscription for $8.99 a month after a one week free period. Other than that, Skype 5.0 is free to download and use for voice chat, instant messaging, and video messaging with a single user. A couple new features have also been added, including a tighter user interface that erases some of the wasted white space as well as the ability to hide Skype until you receive a call.
It wasn't so long ago that some were wondering whether e-books would be able to stick around for the longterm as a viable alternative to the books we know and love. Amazon's sales numbers seem to be putting that question to rest. According to their latest reports, Amazon is stating that 115 Kindle books are being sold for every 100 paperbacks on their site.
Kindle books have been outrunning hardbacks for a while, with the Kindle books now outselling hardbacks by 43%. This makes sense considering the severe difference in costs. Overtaking the most cost-friendly paperbacks is quite a feather in the cap for the ebook and has helped Amazon have its first ever quarter with over $10 billion in sales. With over 810,000 titles in the Kindle Store, you're sure to find something for anyone without having to lug around a ton of books.
A film based on the PlayStation 3-exclusive title Heavy Rain is coming to a theatre near you soon. The Warner Bros. production is being prepped by NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch.
Milch is in charge of making the film from David Cage's Heavy Rain and it said to be named "Rain". Milch will get his hands dirty with production once he has completed work on the first season of HBO's new series based on horse-racing, Luck. No release date has been mentioned.
Ah the Sidekick, I had one of those with the super-awesome unlimited txt messaging plans and pumped through it like there was no tomorrow. But, it seems the Sidekick is making a comeback and it's included some new superpowers.
It looks to include 4G and also seems to be Android-powered. Gone is the swivel-based screen, the keyboard looks quite spaced out for your text-messaging goodness, a large enough screen and it is now being made by Samsung.
Some news has leaked in the form of AMD's upcoming pwn-them-all GPU, the Radeon HD6990 dual-Cayman GPU based powerhouse card. Rumor says it'll include 3072 stream processors alongside 4GB of GDDR5 memory which spans across a 2 x 256-bit memory interface.
The fan is placed in the centre of the card between the two cores with a dual-slot cooler. Rumor also has it that the HD6990 will feature a dual vapor chamber design. Pictures have shown a 6 pin and 8 pin power setup, but this might change to a dual 8-pin power requirement. The HD6990 also features dual crossfire connectors and also includes a single DVI output backed up by four mini-DisplayPort outputs.
Fans of HTC might be waiting for the Mobile World Congress to see some of that fresh HTC gear, but why wait? Take a look at the newest HTC flagship phone below in all it's glory.
The handset is an obvious prototype by the serial number being planted right below the handsets face, the handset was spotted by a person waiting for the Taipei metro system (ya know, that's how most phones are spotted). This is definitely an Android-powered handset, so apologies to the WP7 fans.
Microsoft earnings have been released showing a 5% increase in revenues to $19.9 billion, impressive growth in their Entertainment and Devices division which has seen $3.7 billion in revenue this quarter versus last quarters $2.4 billion.
8 million Kinects sold, just two months from launch! All up division revenue is up 55% this quarter, contributing to this success are sales of the Xbox 360, Kinect, Zune and Windows Phone 7. Xbox Live memberships grew by 30% and Xbox 360 console unit sales were up 21% making it "the world's fastest growing game console" according the Microsoft.
If you are setting up a multi-room audio solution, you may need an amp of some sort. What sort of amp you need really depends on the complexity of the system you are designing. If you have a big home or a business that you want music in with a bunch of rooms, SAVANT has the amp for your system and it's called the AMP-1640.
The 1640 has 16-channels of sound and provides 40 wpc at 8 ohms or 50 wpc at 4 ohms. The amp is a big unit that is rack mountable and takes up three slots in the rack. SAVANT designed it to work with any of its whole room audio systems. The frequency response of the amp is 20H to 20kHz.
Each of the channels has its own level control and has inputs for RCA and screw terminal jacks for speaker wire. The amp has no fans and has an overload protection circuit on the front panel. Configuration options allow the amp to support stereo and mono applications. The device is available now at an undisclosed price.
Scythe has all sorts of cooling gear and accessories in its line that will work for AMD or Intel machines. The company makes cooling products that are more efficient than the factory cooling products allowing the computer users to overclock their processor to higher levels that factory air-cooling will allow. Scythe has announced a new mounting solution called the Universal Retention Kit 3.
The kit attaches your aftermarket cooling solution to your mainboard and is designed to support larger and heavier than factory cooling solutions. It uses a solid backplate mounting system and has multi-socket support allowing it to work with Intel Socket T / LGA775, LGA1156 LGA1366 as well as the new LGA1155 and AMD Socket 754, 939, AM2, AM2+, AM3 and 940.
The kit also ships with a pushpin removal tool to make removing CPU coolers quicker and easier. The kit will work with all Scythe CPU coolers to replace lost brackets and to upgrade the coolers to newer sockets if needed.