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Tuesday Morning Roundup for March 6, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 3:33 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 6th, 2012.

 

Storage:

 

Patriot Memory Pyro 120GB 2.5" SATA III SSD Drive - Madshrimps

Patriot Pyro SE 120GB Solid State Drive - ThinkComputers.org

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Antec One Mid-Tower Case - Hi Tech Legion

Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Plus Heatsink - Frostytech.com

NZXT HALE82 850W Power Supply - DragonSteelMods

Cougar Evolution Mid Case - XtremeComputing

Xilence Black Hornet Case - Madshrimps

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Deal of the Day: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, 8.9, and 10.1 Tablets from $299.99!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 2:29 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, 8.9, and 10.1 Tablets from $299.99!

 

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Best Buy has the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android Tablets on sale. These each feature a high brightness PLS screen (superior to IPS), 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB DDR2, 16GB storage, 2.0MP front camera, 3.0MP rear camera with flash, 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4Ghz & 5ghz wireless, and more. Shipping comes to $8.99, or you can order and pick it up at your local Best Buy.

 

$299.99: 7.0 Plus model with 7" 1024 x 600 TFT, microSD slot, Bluetooth 3.0. 0.39" thick and 12.1 ounces. SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 7.0 PLUS TABLET DEAL

 

$349.99: 8.9 model with 8.9" 1280 x 800 TFT, Bluetooth 3.0. 0.34" thick and 15.8 ounces. SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 8.9 TABLET DEAL

 

$399.99: 10.1 model with 10.1" 1280 x 800 TFT, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. 0.34" thick and 19.9 ounces. SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 10.1 TABLET DEAL

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Mobile App of the Day: 1Weather for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 1:28 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is 1Weather for Android.

 

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1Weather: Real-time global forecasts & alerts plus timely local weather tweets.

 

"The most beautiful weather app we've ever seen" - Android Police

"1Weather is a Game Changing, Gorgeous Weather App" - Android Static

"Remarkable app" - Addictive Tips

 

1Weather offers an unmatched combination of style and functionality in an easy to use package - and it's FREE. With 1Weather, you can easily access real-time weather information and forecasts for virtually any location in the world, plus see weather related tweets from your area to see what real people are saying about the current weather conditions.

 

1Weather provides you with ready access to a full suite of accurate, up-to-the-minute weather information, including animated maps and radar, daily weather alarms and severe condition alerts so that you can proactively prepare for changing conditions.

 

Simple and stylish, but leveraging today's advanced weather technology; 1Weather offers an alternative to cookie cutter weather apps.

 

You can download 1Weather for Android directly from the Android Market on your device, or here.

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 17.0.963.65

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 12:32 pm

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 17.0.963.65.

 

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Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

 

One box for everything

 

Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

 

Thumbnails of your top sites

 

Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

 

Incognito mode

 

Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.

 

Safe browsing

 

Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.

 

You can download Google Chrome 17.0.963.65 here.

The US has filed paperwork to extradite Kim Dotcom from New Zealand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 11:28 am

The US is hungry for blood over the MegaUpload debacle, and now US prosecutors have filed papers that seek the extradition of Kim Dotcom, founder of MegaUpload, along with three colleagues, who are charged in the US with allegedly running a criminal enterprise responsible for online piracy of copyrighted goods.

 

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The extradition papers jumped over the pond on Friday and found themselves on the desk of the North Shore District Court in Auckland, New Zealand, confirmed by the country's Ministry of Justice's spokeswoman said on Monday, according to PCWorld. It was decided on Wednesday by the High Court of New Zealand, Auckland Registry that Dotcom could stay free on bail, after government prosecutors acting on behalf of US authorities appealed a February 22 decision of the District Court to grant Dotcom bail.

 

The judge has said that he understands the extradition hearing won't take place until August, and also observed that for Dotcom "to be incarcerated for another six months awaiting the extradition hearing, the risk of flight has to be a real one". Dotcom has an electronic monitoring device monitoring his every move, which was one of his bail conditions, which has reduced the risk of flight, he said. He added:

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Samsung deny Galaxy S III launch in April, simultaneously break my heart

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 10:33 am

Samsung have denied the rumors of a possible launch of their upcoming Galaxy S III smartphone in April, where ZDNet Korea reported the news after speaking with Samsung's marketing and ad agency, Chiel Worldwide, where rumors were spreading that the Galaxy S III would hit next month.

 

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Samsung went directly to Twitter and denied said allegations, where they've stated that once they've decided on a launch date, they would notify the world through Twitter first. Korean website, MT, confirmed Samsung's side of the story, stating that Samsung have not yet decided on a launch date. They also reported that Samsung is planning on introducing a yet unknown, unnamed, LTE-sporting Android-based handset in April, with it not being the Galaxy S III.

 

Samsung's Galaxy S III is getting some serious air time, it seems, as it would be the biggest competitor to the unannounced Apple iPhone 5 (or whatever it debuts as). Samsung would want to keep it pushed back as long as possible, so they can attack the iPhone 5 closer to its launch.

 

Samsung, Y U NO RLS Galaxy S III in April?

Gigabyte unveils two new Ultrabooks, and a gaming laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 9:33 am

CeBIT 2012: GIGABYTE have just waltzed into CeBIT, holding three new devices under their arms. Enter the brand new U2442 Ultrabooks, as well as the P2542G gaming notebook. The two U2442 Ultrabooks come with separate specs, the first of which, the U2442N sports an Ivy Bridge-class Core i5 or i7, in a nice 18.5mm thick (at its narrowest point) and starts at 1.49Kg (3.3lbs).

 

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The second one in this line, the U2442V trades in the standard voltage CPUs for ULV ones, but keeps the same 14-inch 1600x900-pixel display. Both of the U2442 Ultrabooks sport GeForce GT 640M GPUs with 2GB of memory, up to a 750GB hard drive, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 and Thunderbolt connections.

 

The gaming laptop from GIGABYTE is quite interesting, sporting a 15.6-inch 1920x1080-capable display, an Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor, GeForce GT 660 w/2GB RAM, a Blu-ray drive, THX-certified, dual-woofer sound system, and HDMI out, as well as the usual USB outputs. Throw me one of those gaming notebooks, GIGABYTE!

Android apps broken free of their 50MB limit, new app size limit is a whopping 4GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 8:24 am

Until now, Android applications have had to meet a strict 50MB size limit. Google have said that every megabyte you add to this limit, makes it harder for their users to download, and get started with their app, or games, or both.

 

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Today, Google have increased this once puny 50MB limit to 4GB. Google also advise that the size of your APK file will still be limited to 50MB to ensure secure on-device storage, but you can now attach expansion files to your APK. Details on this are:

 

- Each app can have two expansion files, each one up to 2GB, in whatever format you choose.

- Android Market will host the files to save you the hassle and cost of file serving.

- Users will see the total size of your app and all of the downloads before they install/purchase.

 

Google also state that on most newer devices, when you download an app from the Android Market, the expansion files will be downloaded automatically, and that the refund period won't start until the entire download completes. This is great for people with slower net connections, where it could take them a few hours to download a 1-4GB file, and in that time, the refund period could run out.

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Hawken gets an new gameplay teaser, free-to-play Mech combat has never looked better

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 7:28 am

We've talked about Hawken a few times now, and to keep you up to the latest, Hawken is a free-to-play Mech Combat FPS that will arrive on 12/12/12 and is bought to you by Adhesive Games and Meteor Entertainment.

 

 

The latest trailer shows some in-game, beautiful multiplayer mech combat. The game is looking insanely fun, and it's quite unbelievable considering it's free-to-play. Hawken hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, the only thing to make it better would be some cross-platform play.

 

Maybe Hawken 2 will step it up a bit, and go from free-to-play to being on all three platforms, as well as the Steam Box, Wii U and Android/iOS-powered devices, where we can get some seriously slick new features (with the tablets being used as in-mech controls? Adhesive, listen up!).

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Non-HTC devices can now enjoy Beats Audio app, unofficially

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 6:29 am

The XDA-Developers are great people, today their latest project brings the HTC-exclusive Beats Audio app to non-HTC smartphones. The port is done through a flashable ZIP file that allows users to get the bass-heavy equalizer on their non-HTC phones.

 

 

This trick should work on most Android versions and smartphones, with a special version existing for the Galaxy S II. Aw. Just like other hacks, the install is always at the users risk. But when it works, which is said to be most of the time, it works well.

 

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HTC is continuing to keep Beats processing as an advantage to buying HTC-branded smartphones, but the company did offer an olive branch in making public APIs and letting Beats work within any app, but these just let developers write their own apps to use the audio support, and not throw it on other phones.

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