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ZOTAC increases multi-display possibilities with new DP to dual HDMI adapters

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 12:40 pm

In a time when multi-monitor setups are more popular than ever before, ZOTAC is jumping onboard in making it easier for people to set up a multi-display output configuration that was previously not possible.

 

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These DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort to dual HDMI adapters are the first of their kind, allowing for example a single DisplayPort output on a notebook to be converted into two HDMI outputs. However, due to bandwidth limitations of the older DisplayPort 1.1a or earlier revsion, the maximum resolution possible from each of the two HDMI outputs is 1920x1080.

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Download of the Day: DAEMON Tools Lite 4.41.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 8:50 am

Our Download of the Day today is DAEMON Tools Lite 4.41.3.

 

With DAEMON Tools you can back up your physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray discs into "virtual discs" or so called "disc image" files, which run directly on your hard drive. You can also work with images created by other burning programs! DAEMON Tools supports variety of image types. Use CD/DVD image converter to have one format images in your Image Catalog!

 

1. Emulate virtual CD/DVD-ROM/HD DVD and Blu-ray drives

 

DAEMON Tools Lite [Commercial] enables you to emulate up to 4 CD/DVD virtual drives on your PC. Virtual drives will appear in your OS just like real ones. Select a virtual drive then choose a disc image you want to mount. Find the created virtual drive with mounted disc image in My Computer. Start working! Looks like working with a real drive and a real disc, doesn't it? Yes, but it is much faster!

 

2. Create a disc image

 

With DAEMON Tools Lite [Commercial] you can create ISO and MDS image files from original discs inserted in physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray drives. Or use images you have created earlier with other program. DAEMON Tools products work with variety of image types.

 

Key features

 

• creates *.iso and *.mds images;

• emulates up to 4 virtual CD/DVD drives;

• performs image mounting and unmounting;

 

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Deal of the Day: Dell XPS 8300 Desktop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i7 w/ 2 Year Warranty for $749.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 7:10 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the $749.99 after $413 instant discount & $100 stackable coupon: Dell XPS 8300 with 2nd gen 3.4Ghz Intel Core i7-2600, 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1TB hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, NVIDIA GeForce GT530 graphics, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 8-in-1 media card reader, THX TruStudio PC, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, 15-month antivirus, and a 2 year premium hardware warranty. Use stackable coupon code: LM?BF7P$FR9KCK expiring 8/15/11.

 

DELL XPS 8300 TOWER DESKTOP DEAL

 

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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 5:56 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 3rd, 2011

 

Systems

 

- iBUYPOWER Gamer Power BTS11 System @ Pureoverclock

- Patriot Box Office Core @ Techpowerup

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic

- ASUS F1A75-M PRO Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H @ Pureoverclock

- Roundup: Eight Mini-ITX Mainboards for LGA1155 Processors @ XBit Labs

 

CPU & APU

 

- AMD A6-3650 Llano APU Performance Review @ Hot Hardware

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Android takes nearly 50% of global smartphone market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 5:55 am

Google's Android OS has taken an amazing 48% of the smartphone market in Q2 of 2011, which is an all-time high according to a report by market research firm Canalys. Android overtook Symbian in Q4 of 2010 to become to top smartphone platform representing 32.9% market share at the time. Smartphone shipments have increased exponentially also, seeing a total of 107.7 million units shipped in Q2 of 2011 which is a 73% year-on-year growth.

 

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Android was also the biggest driver of smartphone shipments in Q2, with Android-based smartphone shipments being 379% year-over-year higher, coming in at 51.9 million total units shipped. This is thanks to Android being on so many different branded phones such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei.

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Sony PlayStation Vita arriving in Europe in October?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 4:32 am

Sony have previously said their next-generation portable gaming machine, PlayStation Vita, will launch globally by the end of the year and have said more specifically, that'll it'll be in the fall. Blockbuster have jumped the gun, with IGN nabbing their flier which suggests the PS Vita will hit UK retail shelves on Friday, October 28, 2011. The advertisement suggests that both Vita models will arrive in Europe after two months. Will we see a US or Japan release at the same time? We don't know.

 

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As we can see from the above image (if true), the Vita will be £$229.99 for the Wi-Fi only model, with the 3G & Wi-Fi Vita at £279.99. Pricing doesn't seem too bad considering Sony has promised a PlayStation 3-level experience, as the Vita sports a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor with a multi-core PowerVT SGX543MP4 graphics chip that is four times as fast as the PSP. The Vita will come with a 5-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 950x544, two micro-analog sticks to simulate the Dual Shock experience, front and rear-facing cameras, as well as a two-finger multitouch pad on the back of the Vita unit.

 

Sony is hoping that the front and rear touch screens will offer new three dimension-like motion gameplay experiences never before seem on any device through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" finger motions. A Sixaxis equivalent with a gyroscope and accelerometer is also available to let players control games by moving and tilting the Vita itself.

WD brings Current-Season On-Demand TV and Acclaimed Movies to its WD TV range with Hulu Plus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 4:15 am

WD have today announced that its making the Hulu Plus subscription service available to its WD TV Live Plus and WD TV Live Hub family of media players. WD TV customers can now watch hit TV shows, movies and catch up on previous seasons of their favorite shows.

 

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Hulu Plus compliments the already strong content offerings such as Netflix, Blockbuster, Cinema Now, Pandora, YouTube, Facebook and many others. The Hulu Plus subscription service will allow WD TV customers in the US to watch nearly every episode from dozens of current hit programs all season long from networks such as ABC, Comedy Central, FOX, MTV, NBC and VH-1.

 

Series such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,South Park, Modern Family and Grey's Anatomy, to Glee andFamily Guy, to The Office and 30 Rock, dozens of classic shows like Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Arrested Development, Saturday Night Live, Miami Vice, Ugly Betty, Quantum Leap, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Roswell andAlly McBeal, and hundreds of movies from Miramax and the Criterion Collection.

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Instant Pages on Google Chrome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 3:12 am

It was only a few weeks ago that Google announced that their Instant Pages feature would make its way to the Chrome beta channel users. But today they're releasing Instant Pages is on by default in the latest stable version of Google Chrome. This means that sometimes when you click a Google search result in Chrome, the page will appear to load much faster than before. How much faster you ask? Well, take a look below at a side-by-side comparison with Instant Pages on/off by default.

 

 

Google haven't stopped there, they've also announced that print preview is available for Windows and Linux users in the latest stable version of Chrome, with the Mac release coming soon. There's now a "print to PDF" option which should please people. Finally, there's the omnibox, Chrome's combination search box and address bar, which has gotten a bit smarter in the latest release which makes it easier to get back to pages you visited before.

 

Just type part of the page's address or title and look in the dropdown for matching pages from your history.

ASUS next-gen Transformer to sport NVIDIA's quad-core Kal-El, October launch?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 1:37 am

I'm going to admit something, I'm the biggest Superman fan I know. So when NVIDIA decided to codename their upcoming quad-core Tegra chip, Kal-El, my interest was a little high to say the least. I ended up purchasing an ASUS Transformer and I absolutely love it. Now the news of the next-gen ASUS Transformer is coming out and it's sounding very nice indeed, rumor has it that the next-gen tablet will include the next-gen NVIDIA quad-core Kal-El chip.

 

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Not only that, but we might see it by October of this year! The chip is reported to be out in August, so two months in production and manufacturing is not out of hand. This would also mean that ASUS would have some very strong competition against the next-gen iPad also, which is launching in the same time frame. Nice work, ASUS. Can I get an early sample, ASUS? ;)

App of the Day: Skype for iPad

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 2, 2011 5:33 pm

Our App of the Day today is Skype for iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.

 

Launched only several hours ago, then taken down due to an issue with the app and then re-added to the App Store an hour or so after that, Skype for iPad has finally made it and it works rather well.

 

Bring your Skype contacts closer with full screen video at your fingertips.

Beautiful and simple, this is Skype built especially for the iPad. Call, video call, or instant message anyone on Skype. Plus, if you add a little Skype Credit, call landlines and mobiles at really low rates.

 

Simple to use:

• Join Skype on our website or just sign straight in to your account.

• If you already have a Skype account, your Skype contacts will automatically be there on your iPad.

• We've made adding new Skype contacts really easy.

• Once they're in your Contact list, call, video or instant message them in one touch.

• Flick through recent calls and instant messages in your Skype for iPad history.

• Skype for iPad works over Wi-Fi or 3G (operator data charges may apply). Call Skype contacts on their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac and even Skype enabled TVs.

 

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