The latest happenings from around the web - November 23rd, 2010
- HP TouchSmart 310 PC @ Techreviewsource
- Silent Gaming System Build Guide @ SilentPCReview
- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Preview @ Overclock3D
- ASRock X58 Extreme6 @ Pureoverclock
- Asus P8P67 Motherboard Sneak Peak Photo Gallery @ Kitguru
- Mvix Minix 890GX Motherboard @ Overclockers.com
- ECS P67 & H67 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Preview @ Neoseeker
- ASUS Rampage III Gene @ Pureoverclock
Verizon has ratched up the speed of their FiOS internet service. Today the company has introduced a 150Mb/sec speed plan for their customers at a premium price of $200 a month.
Of course this is the download speed; the upload on this plan is 35MB/sec which is nothing new for FiOS customers as this speed is offered on a lower tier. The 150 download speed is now the fastest currently available from any major Internet provider in the U.S.; 50 times faster than average DSL service. The service is expected to be offered to businesses as well by the end of the year at a higher rate.
Most people are busy updating to iOS 4.2 today - and on the iPad some people are not a happy camper.
Sitting next to their sniper rifles, marshmallows and tents, these not-so-happy campers (myself included) do not like the iPad's rotational lock switch being swapped to a "mute" button ala the iPhone with the new iOS 4.2 update.
It's good to see both companies are on the dual-GPU hill this year. Last year AMD (well, back in 2009 it was ATI) were dominating the dual-GPU world with their 5970. Even now, it's still one of the fastest VGA cards in the world (it doesn't matter the amount of cores, just like a CPU).
Now there's a leaked slide out, with specs of the 6990.
I'm not going to surprise anyone when I say Twitter is a global phenomenon. After stating earlier in the year that more than 60% of their users live outside the U.S., a Twitter spokesman has revealed to Mashable that they are planning on expanding into Europe in 2011.
According to the spokesman, "Twitter plans to have a small number of people on the ground in Europe in 2011. We're currently researching locations and potential candidates." There weren't any more details released, but there is speculation that the new jobs would center around sales and business development.
Microsoft's second foray into the console gaming world was the Xbox 360 - which today, turns 5.
As you would say with a child's birthday - oh how time flies. Another year, and the 360 is still as successful as ever especially with the recent launch of the Kinect.
The first big roadblock to Windows Phone 7 modding has been found. According to Conflipper, a former Windows Mobile hacker, Windows Phone 7 devices ship with a "Genuine Software" checker which gives you the screen below if you try to access Xbox Live, Marketplace, Windows Live, or Zune from a device running an OS version that doesn't match up with your hardware key.
This grouchy screen isn't the only drawback to hacking a WP7 device. Mobile users who are found modifying their phones to run pirated games or fiddle with their Xbox Live achievements will get perma-banned from Xbox Live; much like the policy on modded Xbox consoles.
It's good news, bad news for Netflix fans today. The good news: Netflix is now offering an unlimited streaming-only subscription plan for those of you who can't be bothered with physical media. The bad: Netflix is raising prices on several other plans that are based around DVDs.
The unlimited streaming plan will run $7.99 a month, which puts it right in line with Hulu Plus' offering. This plan is available right now. As for the price hikes, the 1-DVD and 2-DVDs out at a time plans will rise by $1 while the 3 DVDs-plan will jump $3 to $19.99. This will definitely make the streaming option a lot more attractive to those who have an internet connection that can handle it.
iOS 4 device owners, rejoice! iOS 4.2 is live and ready for public consumption. Give your device a little time; the download is close to 625MB so it'll take a bit to get it going.
iOS 4.2 is available for the iPad, iPhones 3G and later, and iPod Touch devices 2nd generation and above. The biggest amount of excitement is over iPad multitasking being unleashed, but app folder enhancements as well as the addition of the Game Center, AirPlay, and AirPrint make this a must download as well.
Apple have now officially made Apple TV 4.1 live.
For those of you with an Apple TV unit - the update is all systems go, and is now able to play video to your Apple TV from your iTunes equipped PC or iOS based device. The new software also includes VoiceOver support for spoken menus and meta data.