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Apple grabbing more patents, Siri-like system for controlling cameras, PMPs through a computer or smartphone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 4:28 pm

Everyone and their uncle loves messing around with Siri by trying to get her to swear, both successfully and unsuccessfully, but it really is a cool piece of technology. The art of voice recognition is a pretty tough field, yet Siri works surprisingly well. It would appear that Apple is patenting a Siri-esque system that would be used to control cameras or portable music players through a computer or smartphone.




"Siri, turn on the flash and take two pictures with my camera after waiting three seconds." This is a representative of what could be possible with this new patent. Apple filed the patent way back in 2010, but it was just now posted online. An excerpt reads:


One embodiment may include a first electronic device communicatively coupled to a server and to a second electronic device. The second electronic device may be a portable electronic device, such as a digital media player, that includes a voice user interface. The second electronic device may be capable of accurate speech recognition, but may not include additional computation hardware and/or software for training the speech recognition engine. As such, the bulk, weigh, and cost for manufacturing the second electronic device may be reduced, resulting in a more portable and affordable product.

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$199 Tegra 3 powered tablets by summer? Nvidia says yes

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 3:11 pm

Android tablets are available in a wide variety of sizes, power, and price. They range from the lowly tablets out of China for somewhere around $100 all the way up to the ASUS Transformer Prime for $499. Nvidia's CEO has now been quoted to say that tablets that are powered by the Tegra 3 platform should hit $199 by summer.




"We took out $150 in build materials, things like expensive memory," Jen-Hsun Huang said. "At $199, you can just about buy a tablet at a 7-Eleven." This has started speculation that a Tegra 3 powered Google Nexus tablet would be built by ASUS because at CES, ASUS revealed the Tegra 3 powered MeMo 370T. Many think that this could be the Google Nexus tablet, just at a lower price point.


Other rumors, however, suggest that Google has opted for an even cheaper price point for its tablet, like somewhere around $149 instead of $199. At this price point, it most likely would not be powered by a Tegra 3 processor. All of this Google speculation is strictly rumors, so I would take it with a grain of salt until something official comes down the like.

Weekly Giveaway: Corsair H100 water cooler, 128GB Performance Pro SSD and 8GB Vengeance RAM

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 2:37 pm

This week we have teamed up with Corsair who are giving away some killer prizes including their H100 water cooling kit, a 128GB Performance Pro SSD and an 8GB Vengeance DDR3-1866 dual-channel memory kit.


For this giveaway there will be three lucky winners who have the chance to take home one of these great Corsair products. Entry details below.




Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one!

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Thursday Morning Roundup for March 29, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 1:35 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 29th, 2012.




Synology DiskStation DS1512+ NAS - TechSpot

SanDisk Extreme 240GB Solid State Drive -




MSI R7970 Lightning - PC Perspective

XFX's Radeon HD 7850 and 7870 Black Edition - Tech Report

Sapphire HD 7850 OC - TechwareLabs


Cases, Cooling & PSUs:


NZXT Sentry Mix - PureOverclock

BitFenix Raider Case - Overclockers Club

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Deal of the Day: 90GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA III SSD - $79.99 after Rebate, shipped Free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 12:24 pm

Today's Deal of the Day is 90GB OCZ Agility 3 2.5" SATA-III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $79.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!




NewEgg's Shell Shocker deals get you the OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-90G 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for just $79.99 after rebate with free shipping! First, add the SSD to your cart. Purchase it by 10AM PST.Print and send the form for the $20 rebate. Free 2-day shipping!






Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 11:29 am

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 18.




Google have just pushed the finished version of Google Chrome 18 onto the Internet, which brings hardware graphics improvements to HTML5's Canvas for 2D, and should make certain websites faster. Acceleration works on both Mac, and Windows, but not Linux at the moment.


You can get Chrome 18 for Windows, Mac and Linux, here.

Google's awesome self-driving car takes a blind man out to dinner at Taco Bell

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 11:02 am

Everyone, I'm sure, remembers that little fender bender that Google's self-driving car was involved in in August 2011. The vehicle has now been tested for over 200,000 miles and company employees finally felt it safe to unleash it onto the public roads. The car took Steve Mahan who is the CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center out to Taco Bell. I guess the car's a cheap date!




There were some legality issues that had to met for this to happen. First, Google had to get permission from the local police department since Mahan doesn't have a drivers license. Second, self-driving cars haven't exactly been approved for use in California. To solve this, the Morgan Hill police placed Sergeant Troy Hoefling in the car with Mahan for the duration of the trip.

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AMD has integrated a real-time operating system into their G-Series of processors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 10:23 am

AMD have integrated a real-time operating system (RTOS) into their G-Series of processors. What does this entail, you ask? Well, AMD is now loading Green Hill's Integrity OS into the platform. The embedded system is capable of a bunch of tasks where space and power are at a premium.




This would include devices such as TV set-top boxes, other electronic home devices, industrial control systems, networking, the military, and medicine. You know, just a few of the largest markets in the world.


AMD's G-Series of processors combine a low-power CPU with a discrete graphics core into a single form-factor. The RTOS then provides intelligence upon which application specific code can be written. The Green Hill Integrity OS has integrated middleware functionality that includes support for a bunch of necessities like USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and IP routing and switching.


The tech is used across the market in devices like printers, network routers, and cars, which often have to handle actions immediately and with a minimum of overhead.

Ivy Bridge CPUs launching on April 29, mostly desktop chips with a few mobile chips thrown in

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 9:26 am

After a couple of delays, it looks like Intel is on track to deliver one side of the Ivy Bridge coin on April 29 according to two different sources, Sweclockers and Donanimhaber. Both desktop and mobile IBs will be released at the same time if these reports are correct.


Just over a week from now on April 8, Intel will announce Z77, Z75, H77 and B75 chipsets. On the same day, we should see a slew of reviews for Z75- and Z77-based boards, sporting Sandy Bridge-based CPUs. Ivy Bridge processors are expected to take the stage in the fourth week of April, somewhere between April 22 and April 28.


The announcement will only include quad-core models, Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme families, desktop Core i7, Core i5-3570K, i5-3570T, i5-3550, i5-3550S, i5-3450 and i5-3450S. The chips that get announced should be made available for sales on April 29, with benchmarks and reviews hitting the same day. Specifications and pricing on said processors is below:




On June 3, we should get the second side of the Ivy Bridge coin with the following chips: Core i5-3570, i5-3570S, i5-3475S, i5-3470, i5-3470S and i5-3470T desktop CPUs, and Core i5 dual-core mobile microprocessors. Below is a full list of third-generation Core-branded processors:



Anonymous at it again, this time threaten Operation: BLACKOUT, where they'll take the Internet down on March 31

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 8:23 am

Collective hacking group Anonymous are at it again, this time threatening more than just SOPA, PIPA or Facebook. This time they're threatening to take down the entire Internet. This is said to be as a protest to SOPA, Wall Street, the world's irresponsible leaders, and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun.




While I agree with most of those points, why threaten if you can't go through with it? I shouldn't laugh, but I'd cry if the Internet went down on March 31st. So, Anonymous are now saying they "will shut the Internet down" on March 31st. They go into detail, where "in order to shut the Internet down, one thing is to be done. Down the 13 root DNS servers of the Internet, those servers are as follows:"
















Anonymous state that by cutting the above DNS servers from the Internet, nobody will be able to perform a domain name look-up, which would effectively disable the HTTP Internet, which is the most widely used function of the Web itself. If someone was to enter in "", or ANY other URL, it will result in an error page, thinking that their service, or the Internet is down, which it kinda is.

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