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Jen-Hsun's email to NVIDIA employees regarding Kepler launch

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 6:59 am

Kepler truly was a make-or-break launch for NVIDIA. With their competiton, AMD, squeezing out a full top to bottom line up before NVIDIA could even manage one launch, they had to have something wonderful and able to compete with AMD's offerings. Enter Kepler. This card has been roughly four years in the making. Rumors have been flying rampant regarding its projected performance.




Finally, launch day arrived (today). We were the first to publish a comprehensive review of the new card, and what a card it is. It's faster and more efficient than AMD's top card, the 7970, and it even overclocks better, at least with extreme cooling solutions. The launch was a little bit messy, what, with us not getting a card and stuff, but overall, NVIDIA had a successful launch of the GTX 680. So much of a great launch, that the CEO sent out an email company wide. You can see the email below the line.

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Facebook photos get upgraded, now sports high-resolution that's four times larger

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 6:08 am

Facebook have just rolled out its best photo update to-date, where they'll now display photos in high-resolution and allow the feature of full-screen viewing of images. The pictures will of course be much clearer, crisper, and higher quality than ever before.




The latest version of Firefox, as well as Chrome users, can view the full-screen photos by clicking the arrow in the top right corner. The last time Facebook updated its photo viewer was back in February, where the photo interface appears in a pop-out box with the caption information and ads displayed in the right sidebar.


Facebook knew that the photos weren't in good enough quality, where Facebook engineer Ryan Mack said in a blog post that he started working on the photo updates as soon as he noticed the coloring was off in his photos. Mack said:


Inside the Sydney Opera house I took a photo that I just couldn't wait to share with my friends. But when I uploaded it to Facebook the seats ended up looking way too red. It was a subtle change, but it bothered me enough to investigate.


I've long wondered why Facebook haven't increased the resolution support of their photo viewer, with so many people slinging around DSLR-based cameras, then uploading their snaps to Facebook, where it becomes kind of pointless. There should be a meme for that.

Android 4.0.5 may be coming next month, includes a couple of fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 5:35 am

According to a well-known Verizon insider, @Black_Man_X, we could expect Android 4.0.5 in early-April, on Verizon, for their Galaxy Nexus smartphone. @Black_Man_X has revealed the news through his Twitter account (if you didn't guess by the @ in front of his nickname), he also reveals that the new build is said to be undergoing testing right now.




If the build makes it (and doesn't up up a version number), then we should expect media fixes for an audio reboot issue, as well as data falling asleep. Rumors of an Android 4.0 update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus have popped up before, with Mobile Syrup suggesting Android 4.0.5 could've made it as early as a few weeks ago, but that obviously didn't happen.


You can rest assured that when it hits, it should make a big enough of a splash to get into the news, and we here at TweakTown will take care of you Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners by posting up news of the update when it hits.

GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H used to smash 3GHz memory barrier!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 5:31 am

A little birdy sent me an e-mail late last night with some pretty amazing contents: 3GHz memory barrier, smashed. The following goodies were used: Intel Core i7 3770K processor, GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H and some G.Skill memory, in particular, the F3-2666CL10-4GBZHD kit.




The achievement is quite amazing, and there should be some proud people here. First up, the person behind the overclock: sin0822. Secondly, GIGABYTE for their motherboard allowing this, and thirdly, G.Skill for some insanely overclockable memory. The exact speed hit on the memory was 1501.5MHz, just over the 3GHz barrier.




Insane results! sin0822 - you should be very happy with yourself right now. I dub thee with the TT Hero of the Day award. If I had awards, I'd send you one. 3GHz on RAM! WOW!

Adobe unveils Photoshop CS6 beta, sports redesigned UI, 65 new features, and you can download it for free, today!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 5:09 am

Adobe haven't released a new version of Photoshop for nearly two years now, which means Adobe's engineers have been knuckling down for a very long time, without anyone seeing the goodies they're working on, until now. Adobe are now ready to show off their latest beta version of Photoshop CS6.




Adobe have added no less than 65 new features, which are said to be from a tonne of user feedback ideas, including a new crop tool, expanded video editing options, auto recovery and the ability to search for specific layers. Fans of the dotted lines in Illustrator will be in love with Photoshop, which now receives the same vector tools.


Every slider for the Camera Raw 7.0 plug-in, including exposure, contrast and more, now has a tweaked algorithm. One of the stand-out features is the ability for Photoshop to save projects in the background, whilst you work on other things. In the words of Borat, "very nice!"


One the full product goes on sale, it will cost $699 as a standalone product, or $999 for the extended version.

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OCZ Technology and TweakTown giveaway has just under two weeks left!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 4:49 am

Three weeks ago, we announced a competition between OCZ Technology and the greatest tech site known to mankind, TweakTown (unbiased, completely). We launched an official Battlefield 3 server, and during the month of March, all the stats from the TweakTown Battlefield 3 server will be tracked by Game Tracker.




The three top scores for the month will win prizes, and they are not too shabby at all. OCZ have really stepped up here offering some pretty amazing prizes, for well, just playing Battlefield 3 and kicking arse! Check out the prizes:


  • 1st Place OCZ Technology Vertex 3 120GB
  • 2nd Place OCZ Technology Octane 128GB
  • 3rd Place OCZ Technology Agility 3 120GB


Players will need to post on the TweakTown Battlefield 3 Server forum in the "Post Your Player Name" thread to be eligible. Winners will then get announced on our Battlefield 3 Server Forum on April 2nd. This contest is a global contest, so everyone is welcome to join.

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes reveal trailer is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 4:30 am

I've never gotten into any of these Lego-themed games, but it looks like I just might have to play this one as it features my favorite superhero of all-time: Superman. The new game has a brand new reveal trailer, where it reveals part of the story, which characters will appear, and more.



The new game definitely looks the goods, but what gets me most is when Superman appears on screen, and the John Williams theme cranks up - goosebumps, pure goosebumps. That alone will make me purchase the game, I swear.


The graphics don't look too bad, and the villains should hopefully be very interesting. We can also see that Robin is wearing multiple puzzle-solving costumes, or there could be actual multiple Robin's. You'll have to play to find out, I guess. I just want to play as Superman, or help Superman in the game - let me listen to that Superman theme music!

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Microsoft pokes fun at self, calls Internet Explorer browser you love to hate

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 4:01 am

It's no secret that Internet Explorer (Internet Exploder, as it's called by many) has been losing market share, mainly to FireFox and especially Chrome. We reported that Chrome overtook Internet Explorer, as far as market share was concerned, for a single day. It's not long before Chrome stays steadily in front of Internet Explorer. And Microsoft will have none of it.




Microsoft has launched a new marketing campaign to try and win back users and market share. "The Browser You Love to Hate" is the name of the new marketing campaign which focuses on making fun of previous versions of Internet Explorer to try removing Internet Explorer 9 far, far away from the previous versions. It's just the latest in what has become a somewhat apologetic marketing campaign. Check out the website for humorous and quirky pictures, social media testimonials, and videos like the one below.

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Introducing the GeForce 600M series

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 10:33 pm

Welcome to the future of graphics processing technology. Today, NVIDIA released the next-generation Kepler series with their current flagship card, the GTX 680. Following along with this release, NVIDIA has introduced their new mobile offerings in the form of the GeForce 600M series. It consists of several rebrands along with a bunch of new Kepler goodness.




The top two offerings, the 675M and the 670M, are basically rebrands of the 580M and 570M. It's likely that NVIDIA will release a Kepler based 680M sometime in the future, but currently, the top Kepler based card is the 660M. The 640M has some confusing aspects surrounding it. It is offered in both a 40nm and 28nm variant with differing core counts under the same name. I'm not 100% sure on how these will be told apart in market.


Most of these chips will not see the light of day until manufacturers start shipping notebooks based upon Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge, but NVIDIA notes that some of the offerings are already available in Sandy Bridge based notebooks. The list of notebook manufacturers using Nvidia graphics include Acer, Alienware, Asus, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Toshiba, and Vizio.

RumorTT: Apple's new iPhone will launch Q2, bigger screen

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 9:35 pm

Rumor has it that Apple is planning to launch a new iPhone with a bigger, better "Retina" display in the second quarter of this year. A South Korean newspaper cited anonymous industry sources for its claims that Apple's impending sixth-generation iPhone will feature a 4.6-inch display. This is much bigger than any previous iPhone which featured 3.5-inch displays.




A screen of this size would put the iPhone to a similar form-factor as the Samsung GALAXY S II and most likely put them in direct competition. A move like this could lead to outcries that it is just a bad copy of the Samsung phone, something Apple accused Samsung of not so long ago. No other details are known, but I imagine a bigger battery will be required due to the larger screen. I would also guess that it will feature a better processor such as with the iPad 3. The picture above is an artists impression, and is NOT an actual picture of the device.

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