The latest happenings from around the web - May 26th, 2011
- Asus 2400ET All-In-One Touchscreen Desktop @ Hot Hardware
- Intel Second Generation Unlocked Sandy Bridge i7-2600k CPU and DP67BG Kit @ OverclockersHQ
- Foxconn Netbox NT-A3500 @ Techpowerup
- Asus U36JC Laptop @ TechReviewSource
- Intel Smart Response Technology w/ ASUS P8Z68-V Pro @ HiTechLegion
- The Virtu Question: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard @ PCStats
- Jetway NC85-E350-LF Fusion Motherboard @ eTeknix
Our Download of the Day today is uTorrent 3.0 RC2.
µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.
Micro-Sized Yet Feature Filled
Most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients are present in µTorrent, including bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Additionally, µTorrent supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus 188.8.131.52 and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.
µTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all. Additionally, the program itself is contained within a single executable less than 220 KB in size.
Skinnable and Localized
Various icon, toolbar graphic and status icon replacements are available, and creating your own is very simple. µTorrent also has support for localization, and with a language file present, will automatically switch to your system language. If your language isn't available, you can easily add your own, or edit other existing translations to improve them!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - $19.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
Offer: The Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 flash drives bring SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance to the Flash Voyager family. Flash Voyager USB 3.0 is shockproof, water-resistant, backward compatible with USB 2.0/USB 1.1.
I just finished up some news and tweeted them, thought oh yeah I'll look at my Twitter and see what's going on - heart stops. Oh my god, my time line is empty, I've been hacked! I thought it were ironic as yesterday I talked about hackers and just now I posted about the iOS 4 hack... Alanis Morisette would be laughing at me right now.
But, status.twitter.com is reporting that some users might be experiencing empty timelines, myself and a friend are definitely feeling it. Twitter says:
We're currently experiencing an issue where some user's timelines will appear empty until new tweets come in. The older tweets will eventually begin to display as well. The team is aware of the issue and working to resolve it.
ElcomSoft, a Russian-based company is claiming they have cracked the 256-bit hardware encryption Apple use to protect the data on iOS 4 devices, but not only that, they are also offering the software that will allow anyone to do it. ElcomSoft is a well-known corporate security and IT audit company, which works with law enforcement agencies, the military and intelligence agencies to recover data and perform forensics on devices.
Their latest tech allows them to open up the data stored on any iOS 4-based device by circumventing the hardware encryption chip Apple use to protect it. ElcomSoft's software allows full access to what is stored on the iOS 4 device, such as geolocation data, browsing history, call history, text messages and emails, usernames and passwords, it even provides access to recover data that the user has deleted from the device.
It's hard to believe but YouTube are celebrating their sixth birthday today and announced they receive more than 3 billion page views per day, a 50-percent increase over last year. Another impressive feat is that 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, a 37-percent increase over the last six months and a 100-percent increase from last year. YouTube are congratulating the improvements to these numbers to their job of making the processing of uploads faster, increasing video length limitations, tweaking the homepage, etc.
YouTube was founded on Valentines Day (Feb 14), 2005 and by May 2005 they had launched YouTube.com. Since then the site has gone through various news headline grabbing problems, with intellectual property infringements and even after the impressive numbers, has yet to make a profit for Google since they acquired YouTube in 2006.
Originally, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 was meant to ship with Android 3.0 but plans have changed. Instead of receiving the Android 3.0 and having to upgrade the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Android 3.1 when you get it, it will now ship with Android 3.1 by default.
The Wi-Fi only version of the 10.1 will ship on June 8 in 16GB and 32GB sizes, with prices of $500 and $600 respectively. There's also an 8.9-inch version which will come in both 16GB and 32GB units, priced at $470 and $570 respectively. Samsung is quite proud of their new devices, touting them as the world's thinnest mobile tablets at just 8.6mm thick. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 weights just 595 grams while the Galaxy Tab 8.9 weighs in at 470 grams.
Indie-game sensation Minecraft will hit both Android and iOS later this year, and will be unveiled at this summer's E3. Evidently the game will only be available on Sony's new Xperia Play handheld, but will be gradually introduced into the rest of the mobile ecosystem.
(photo courtesy of Wired)
No concrete knowledge right now for the actual release date, but I'm sure we'll hear all about it following that gigantic game conference in Los Angeles this year.
The only words I can muster to describe this involve the use of the word "awesome" many times. It's like the Police Academy movies, except with film editing and...Street Fighter.
This dude is good. Check out some of the other game sounds he's done at his YouTube channel.
I don't know if this has happened to you, but it's happened to me at least 4 times: phone gets wet and then very, very dead. People tell you rice, hair dryers, and all sorts of kooky home remedies, but unless you're really lucky you generally just end up buying a new phone. If your insurance deductible is greater than $100, it probably works out for you as these kits run about $50.
One time I left an old Nokia phone next to a blow up mattress while camping. The dampness in the air alone shorted that thing out. Then there was the time I went skinny-dipping at 3am and my LG flip-phone fell out of my pocket into the sand. When I realized I had left it on the beach, I drove back immediately, only to find it sitting at the tide-line, waves gently lapping it. Then my Blackberry got treated to a Pina Colada shower at a restaurant one night. Man, I might go order one of these now......