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Poll Results - What was the hottest new product at CES 2012?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 1:11 pm

Our latest poll had almost 2,000 people who answered, What was the hottest new product at CES 2012?

 

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Our previous poll was pretty close, but this was probably the closest poll we have ran to date. Just taking out first spot with 13% of the votes was "Intel Ivy Bridge motherboards" and in a very close second place with 11% of the votes was the LG 55EM9600 55-inch OLED TV and in third place with 10% of the votes was the LG 84-inch 4K TV.

 

So, if you combine second and third place, LG was most popular.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you... Which company made the best SSDs in 2011? Let us know! Go here to vote!

Mobile App of the Day: TapSplosion for Windows Phone 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 12:19 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is TapSplosion for Windows Phone 7.

 

TapSplosion is the game that the Windows Phone 7 platform has been waiting for, and now it's even better, with Achievements! With fast, frantic and addictive gameplay you just have to try it for yourself.

 

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In TapSplosion, you tilt your phone to control the player and tap the screen to place explosions in that position. You have to battle an oncoming enemy hoard which is constantly increasing in size and complexity and always tracking you down. If one of these enemies touches you, you will explode and it's game over for you! You get points based on combo kills, time alive and number of enemies on the screen and you can submit your score to global leaderboards and compete with other players from around the world!

 

Grab it from the Windows Marketplace directly on your Windows Phone 7 device, or here.

HP introduces 27-inch all-in-one Z1 Workstation, sports Xeon and Quadro parts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 11:18 am

HP have just unleashed their new 'Z1 Workstation', which is a 27-inch all-in-one desktop, and boasts some seriously powerful hardware inside. Much better than previous all-in-one solutions I've seen before.

 

 

The Z1 will hit in April, with a starting price of $1,899. The stock model will include a Core i3-2120, integrated HD 2000 graphics, 250GB of storage and a DVD writer. The unit can scale all the way up to the quad-core Xeon E3-1245 or E3-1280, various NVIDIA Quadro GPUs including the Q4000M, up to a 2TB 7200RPM HDD, 600GB 10,000RPM HDD or 300GB SSD, depending on what you like, and a Blu-ray writer.

 

All configurations do share these specs:

 

A 27-inch 2560x1440 LED-backlit IPS display

Up to 32GB of 1600MHz DDR3 ECC RAM

An HD 1080p 2.0-megapixel webcam

Four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports

Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0

DisplayPort in/out, SPDIF and audio jacks

Memory card reader

SRS Premium Sound w/ dual-cone speakers

One PCIe x16 slot, three miniPCIe slots

A choice of wired/wireless keyboard and mouse

A selection of various Windows/Linux OSes

Dimensions of 23" (H) x 26" (W) x 16.5" (D)

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The Pirate Bay removes torrents from site, now uses Magnet links, UMAD, RIAA/MPAA?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 10:21 am

'Oh snapz!' is something our VGA editor, Shane Baxtor likes to say when something like this happens - so, it felt oh so appropriate to use it in this news. The Pirate Bay have just posted on their blog informing their loyal users that Magnet links are now default when wanting to download something, here's the quote:

 

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Hey all!

 

Quite some time ago we decided to not host torrent files anymore. In following with that decision, we decided to make Magnet links the default option for the Download buttons!

 

We've just changed places on the links. Magnet is now default, Download torrent is now where the magnet links used to be. The reason is the same as always: Magnets are now good enough to use, and it's not as easy to block as .torrent files. Also it saves us a huge amount of bandwidth!

 

So go ahead, magnet away!

 

Do you know what this means? The current court proceedings against The Pirate Bay just got that much harder. This means that the 'illegal' files that are downloaded, are distributed amongst the downloaders. This makes the target turn away from The Pirate Bay and onto tens of millions of downloaders around the world.

 

So, unless the MPAA and RIAA want to start arresting millions of people around the world, they're kinda stuck. In shark infested waters, without a life jacket, or a flare gun, while a pirate ship sails around them, laughing manically.

Intel releases the Core i7-3820

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 9:18 am

Intel have introduced the third member of the LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E family in the form of the Core i7-3820. The chip joins the ranks with the current chips, i7-3960X and i7-3930K.

 

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The new Core i7-3820 has a clock speed of 3.6GHz, has just four cores with four hyper-threaded cores (versus the six-of-each on the two other SB-E chips), 10MB of L3 cache, Turbo Speeds of 3.9GHz, a max overclock multiplier of 45x, a TDP of 130W and a price of just $294.

 

This new chip is the Sandy Bridge-E chip, on a budget. AnandTech give three reasons why you'll want the Core i7-3820:

 

  1. You need PCIe 3.0 today and/or you need more PCIe lanes than a Core i7-2600K can provide.
  2. You need tons of memory bandwidth for a particular application.
  3. You want a 2600K but you need a platform that can support more memory (32GB+).

 

Yep, that's enough convincing for me. Looks tasty indeed.

Are Apple on their way toward a $1 trillion valuation?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 8:23 am

If we look back to the beginning of 2011, Apple were worth in excess of $300 billion. Fast forward to the same time this year, and they posted record first-quarter results, with all-time record iPhone, iPad and Mac sales. Just 24 hours ago, Apple shares closed at $500, with a market capitalization of almost $470 billion.

 

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You could be paying for goods using PayPal in Brick-and-Mortor retail stores soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 7:23 am

As big as PayPal are, they can be much bigger. Vice President and General Manager of Retail and Prepaid, Don Kingsborough, has said that he's wanting to move PayPal into physical retail stores, and hopes that this retail push will give them some power against Visa and MasterCard.

 

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PayPal's plan is to reach a public goal of 20 major retailers using the point-of-sales (POS) system by the end of this year. This POS system works when a customer checks out, and the POS card-swiping terminal offers a new orange button saying, "Pay with PayPal". From there, customers can select this option, confirm the total, and type in their cell phone number and a PIN number that was determined before going into the store.

 

Kingsborough has been quoted:

 

We are going to do it with the greatest brands in the world -- Home Depot and every other top 100 retailer. There isn't a major brand we haven't talked to.

 

The eBay-owned company is already testing out their POS system in Home Depot, with Office Depot the next step in this grand new plan. PayPal have refused to comment on the names of other planned retailers.

Europe cold snap, Global Warming? Three letter word, starts and ends in 'L'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 6:19 am

Mainstream media doesn't seem to be covering this as much as I thought, as it goes against their Global Warming agenda. But, how about we mix up our tech-related news, with some real-world news, shall we?

 

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For the past fortnight or so, Europe has been stopped in its tracks. A cold snap is responsible for this, stranding people at home, in their cars, resulting in hundreds of deaths, and thousands upon thousands affected. Venice's canals have frozen over, Amsterdam's canals have people ice skating on them, people sledding in Slovenia, and cross-country skiing in Pamplona.

 

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The sad results of this is that the Ukraine has been hit quite hard, resulting in more than 135 deaths, many more have been sent to hospital with hypothermia, massive traffic havoc and have left several Bosnia-based villages completely cut off from the outside world. These things are not reported on your TV as much as they should be.

 

Ukraine's Ministry of Emergencies announced the death toll this week (135), and temperatures of minus 33-degrees Celcius (minus 27-degrees Fahrenheit). Neighbouring countries Russia and Poland have reported 64 and 9 deaths, respectively.

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NASA shuts down their last mainframe

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 5:28 am

NASA have just ended an era with the flick of a switch, where they powered down NASA's last mainframe, the IBM Z9 Mainframe, at their Marshall Space Flight Center.

 

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Of course, mainframes were a cornerstone of NASA's history. They could be attributed to getting the U.S. to land on the Moon, or to calculate many other things that the public is allowed to know, and more interestingly, the things we don't know. Which I'm sure NASA have a lot of.

 

Back when NASA were installing older mainframes, they used to be absolutely gigantic. Now we can have them down to the size of a decently-sized refrigerator (if that makes you feel any better about NASA's power bills or the state of "global warming"). It's a sad day, but it was an eventuality.

AMD's Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7750 launched

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 5:26 am

AMD's first super-affordable Graphics Core Next-based, 28nm GPUs are here in the form of the AMD Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7750. They offer some really impressive value for money.

 

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The new GPUs are in the under-$199 category, which is perfect for budget-concious gamers. The HD 7770 seems to keep up and sometimes beat the already-great NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti card, which is something truly amazing considering it's maximum power consumption comes in at under 85W. Yes, under 85W. For comparison sake, the GTX 560 Ti uses over 215W.

 

Take a look at some of the reviews of the new GPU below:

 

techPowerUp! - PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 1 GB | Radeon HD 7770

eTeknix - Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Overclock Edition 1GB | AMD Radeon HD 7750 Pro 1GB Graphics Card

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