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Steve Jobs steps down as Apple's CEO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 12:35 am

Steve Jobs has officially submitted his resignation to the Apple board today, and as of this afternoon he will no longer be Apple's Chief Executive Officer. Tim Cook is set to take over as CEO. The exact details as to why he's stepping down as CEO are not disclosed, but many are guessing it's health-related. Jobs has been on medical leave since January 17 - the second time in two years. Steve Jobs' letter is below:

 

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I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

 

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

 

I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

 

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

 

Steve

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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 24, 2011 6:56 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - August 24th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H Review and Llano Overclocking @ XBit Labs

- ASUS P8B WS - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic

- ASUS Crosshair V Formula Motherboard @ Overclockers.com

- Asus Sabertooth AMD 990FX Motherboard @ OCIA

- ASUS Rampage III Gene X58 LGA1366 mATX ROG Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- GIGABYTE Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Four Graphics Cards: Inno3D iChill GTX 560 Ti, Leadtek WinFast GTX 560 OC and XFX Radeon HD 6970/HD 6950 Standard Edition @ XBit Labs

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Details on NVIDIA's upcoming 28nm mobile lineup leaked

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 24, 2011 5:36 pm

Some slightly fuzzy details on NVIDIA's upcoming 28mm mobile GPU parts have been leaked today; these being Fermi based shrinks, not based on next-gen Kepler.

 

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It should first be noted, the chart provided by semiaccurate that you see above gives a list of the majority, but not all of the upcoming mobile GPU parts on the way, as there will likely be a few more 40nm parts entering the market in amongst this lot.

 

The other important attribute of what we can learn from this chart is the mass production periods noted. Sources are indicating that the much anticipated Kepler lineup of GPUs won't start being released until (at least) three months after these begin rolling out. So if we're not seeing 28nm parts hit the market until January or so, chances are Kepler will miss the boat for a Q1'12 release.

LG crams an A3-capable hand scanner into a laser mouse

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 24, 2011 4:16 pm

LG has an interesting little computing peripheral lined up for display at the IFA show in Berlin early next month, the first of its kind in fact.

 

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Their LSM-100 is essentially a 2-in-1 mouse as it doubles up as a portable scanner as well. The implemented scanner is capable of scanning up to A3 sized pages and can use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to convert scanned text into editable text in a document. It can save the scanned content directly to PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PDF and even straight into XLS files.

 

To initiate scans with the LSM-100, you simply hold the Smart Scan button on the left side of the mouse and swipe away over the desired material.

 

While details provided on the mouse itself are somewhat lacking in the press release, LG promises its laser sensor to be very accurate and durable. A durable laser sensor, LG? So it might be good for the mass of ragers out there then?

Serious Sam 3: BFE trailer + PC specs out - launches Oct 19!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2011 3:26 pm

The third instalment of one of the most action packed, crazy as hell FPS titles ever, Serious Sam is nearing completion and on track for an October (19th) release.

 

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Publisher DevolverDigital has just made available via YouTube a fresh trailer showing off some Serious Chaos to whet your bloody appetites :-

 

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Sharkoon packs latest QuickPort SSD/HDD Dock w/ 3-port USB Hub

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 24, 2011 2:12 pm

An announcement from Sharkoon today details the release of an update to their QuickPort series of hard drive docking stations - the QuickPort H3 USB3.0.

 

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This variant is the first in the series to include a built-in USB 3.0 hub, providing three ports at the front of the unit for convenient access.

 

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The docking station can accomodate both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized SSDs/HDDs and gets more than enough bandwidth to transfer data to and from it at a respectable rate via its USB 3.0 connectivity.

 

Pricing on the QuickPort H3 USB3.0 sits at a SRP 49.99 euros. Refer to the source link below for Sharkoon's full announcement folks.

Download of the Day: FileZilla 3.5.1 RC1

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 24, 2011 9:00 am

Our Download of the Day today is FileZilla 3.5.1 RC1.

 

FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

 

Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:

 

• Easy to use

• Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

• IPv6 support

• Available in many languages

• Supports resume and transfer of large files greater than 4GB

• Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue

• Bookmarks

• Drag & drop support

• Configurable transfer speed limits

• Filename filters

• Network configuration wizard

• Remote file editing

• Keep-alive

• HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support

• Logging to file

 

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Deal of the Day: ZyXEL NBG416n 150 Mbps Wireless N Router w/High Gain Antenna for $19.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 24, 2011 7:20 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - ZyXEL NBG416n 150 Mbps Wireless N Router w/High Gain Antenna for $19.99 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: $19.99 with FREE shipping gets you this ZyXEL 150Mbps wireless-n router with four 10/100 ports and a high power 5dBi antenna (instead of the standard 2dBi antennas most come with).

 

ZYXEL NBG416N 150MBPS WIRELESS-N HIGH-GAIN ANTENNA ROUTER DEAL

 

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Portal: No Escape, one of the best short film, game to movie adaptions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2011 4:00 am

Portal 2 fan? Heck, a fan of quality game to movie adaptions? Jeez, fan of anything cool? Well, take a look at Portal: No Escape, a short-film directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The short-film is set in the Portal universe with a woman waking in a cell and tries to find her way out. Of course she finds the Portal gun and then the fun begins. It's a very well done clip and the ending was actually impressive. If the various directors and teams who have made these Half Life universe videos got together and made a feature-length film, I would pay good money to see it.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

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AMD Bulldozer, design details surface - team red kicks it up a notch or three

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 24, 2011 3:00 am

AMD has released some nifty documents which outline the architecture behind their upcoming Core i7 competitor, Bulldozer. The Bulldozer CPU architecture is one of the biggest things to come from AMD in the form of CPU technology in a long time and the slides below outline Zambezi for the Socket AM3+ platform. The AM3+ socket infrastructure adds quite a few new things and a few surprises along the way. Check out the below images for a bit of a tease of things to come from team RED.

 

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One of the surprising things is older AM3 processors are plug-in compatible with AM3+ motherboards, which would allow people to pick up a board in preparation for the new CPUs and then upgrade as they see fit. As well as the impressive 72-bit DDR3 memory channels which will see support for DDR3-1866. Bulldozer is quite power-efficient too, as it will increase clock speeds if there is spare TDP headroom and when there is not much workload on the CPU, it will disable un-used cores.

 

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Very impressive, AMD. If it can keep up with Sandy Bridge-based Core i5/i7's, then we'll finally see some true competition in the CPU fight.

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