The latest happenings from around the web - May 11th, 2011
- Gigabyte X58A-OC Review: By Overclockers, For Overclockers @ Overclockers.com
- Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 @ Techpowerup
- Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Motherboard @ eTeknix
- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Z68 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Intel Z68 Chipset & Smart Response Technology @ Legit Reviews
- ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard Review @ Hitechlegion
- ASUS P8Z68V PRO Intel Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- Intel Z68: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO @ Pureoverclock
Our Download of the Day today is Trillian Astra 220.127.116.11.
Trillian is a fully featured, stand-alone, skinnable chat client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC. It provides capabilities not possible with original network clients, while supporting standard features such as audio chat, file transfers, group chats, chat rooms, buddy icons, multiple simultaneous connections to the same network, server-side contact importing, typing notification, direct connection (AIM), proxy support, encrypted messaging (AIM/ICQ), SMS support, and privacy settings.
Without stealing your home page and with no other included software, pop-ups, or spyware, Trillian provides unique functionality such as:
contact message history,
a powerful skinning language,
global status changes (set all networks away at once),
Instant Lookup (automatic Wikipedia integration),
an advanced automation system to trigger events based on anything happening in the client,
hundreds of emoticons,
shell extensions for file transfers, and
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - 2TB Hitachi XL Desk 2TB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive for $69.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: This 2TB Hitachi external USB 2.0 hard drive with 1 year warranty is $69.99 with FREE shipping and no rebate to send in. Limit 1 per customer.
Internode have finally launched their FetchTV internet video service with pricing that is quite competitive against competition such as iiNet. Internode are set to offer rival providers such as Optus and Adam Internet their Fetch TV service, a "full" version which offers customers complete access to FetchTV's streaming TV channels and a "lite" version which offers access to a library of on-demand movies from major movie studios as well as the normal free-to-air functions of the FetchTV set-top box.
Internode will charge $29.95 per month on a 24-month contract for customers to rent out the set-top box, or $14.95 per month for the Lite service. The set-top box can also be purchased outright for $399 with the full service then being available without a contract for a $19.95 per month fee or for the lite version, $5.95 per month.
Google I/O 2011: Google are set to announce a new Chrome laptop in a $20 a month "student package" which includes both hardware and online services. Google are striking while the iron is hot as it would go hand in hand with their Google Apps which is a Microsoft Office-like suite of products that is sold to businesses for $50 a year. Bundle this with a super-inexpensive Chrome laptop and market it like mobile phones are and it could be a money-making machine for Google.
Having students have access to laptops that are cheaper than buying a laptop for school is a big thing for Google. Right now even a cheap netbook is still a few hundred dollars, but even a part-time working student could very easily afford $20 a month for a Chrome-based laptop.
Google I/O 2011: Android is an unstoppable mobile force that seems to be the only competition against iOS-based devices with Google I/O still going - there seems to be an unrelenting wave of information coming out. Things like, 100 million activated devices, 4.5 billion applications downloaded from the Android Market, 450,000 developers building tools and Android-based devices and most surprisingly, 400,000 activations of Android devices per day.
There are more than 310 Android-powered devices available in 112 countries from 36 OEM vendors and 215 carriers. Google also have 200,000 applications on the Android Market which puts them just over half way against the Apple App Store which holds 350,000 apps.
The numbers are undeniable, Google Android is an obvious success and they seem to have only just begun. Android 3.0-based devices such as the Motorola Xoom, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 are set to launch the tablet market on fire. I for one cannot wait to get my hands on all three of the new tablets.
OCZ has put all of their eggs in one basket and that basket just happens to be the SSD market, that basket is also starting to pay off and the pay off comes in the form of some new SSDs with some impressive performance. The new line of SSDs include a 2.5-inch Solid 3 SATA III SSD and the Agility 3 SATA III SSD. Both of these drives are set to offer twice the performance of previous versions and are also more cost effective than current 6Gbps SSDs on the market.
Ryan Peterson, CEO of OCZ Technology Group says:
With increased availability of SATA III platforms, the demand for the latest generation SSDs has grown rapidly. We are addressing this demand with new products that offer both the best performance and value for consumers. The new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs make it easier than ever for consumers take advantage of the new SATA III interface. When coupled with the speed and reliability benefits that our SSDs offer over traditional hard drives, it makes the two new series the ideal choices for mobile and desktop applications.
ASUS has felt some serious heat in its Eee PC line, mostly from tablet-based products like the iPad. ASUS sold just 350, 000 netbooks in April after tablets still "significantly impacted the demand". ASUS aren't taking this fight laying down, instead they're set to release a new "killer" Eee PC in June and also an ultra-budget model which should retail below $199.
No details of the new Eee PC have been made but rumors are that it might include a dual-core Atom N570 or an AMD Fusion-based processor. ASUS are hurting in sales and whilst notebook sales are still relatively strong (3.1 million shipped notebooks by the end of spring) it's nowhere near as good as the numbers we see from Apple. Netbook sales are set to drop below 1.3 million shipped in the winter and this is primarily because of the iPad.
The team over at Cerulean Studios has finally released Trillian 5, which intros a new interface, additional features and a fresh business model. Trillian 5 has endured a public beta that started last August and with the final release now out, we can see how things have changed since its last outing. A new resizable, ribbon-inspired interface which also includes Windows theme integration, new icons for services and cloud-based chat history.
Trillian 5 also includes social features including support for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn integration as well as a Foursquare plugin with GPS support. Cerulean is now offering the old yearly subscription, with a free version of Trillian available with full functionality - the catch? Advertisements from Netflix and other companies. To disable the ads you'll have to subscripe to the full Pro service which will set you back $12 per year.
Today's lesson: in a few hundred years, when we look back on the Singularity and wonder how we came to be driven into underground caves or otherwise enslaved by our robot oppressors, someone may happen upon this post and realize that, I, Trak Lord, predicted that Minecraft was the catalyst. One day, someone's going to build something in Minecraft that can do more than just add numbers- something that can think for itself, that will Von Neumann Machine the internet until we're all at its behest. Until then, keep enjoying the Minecraft mods!
YouTube user MinecraftMapCenter made this beautiful (16-bit) rendition of everyone's favorite robot puzzle-solver. Portal 2 is barely a current game- and we've already made it a retro-game!
Be careful of the spoilers if you haven't played the game. Seriously- not cool, MinecraftMapCenter. But check out the YouTube channel for more of his creations.