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Intel release a bunch of new Core i5 desktop CPUs, as well as Celeron mobile CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 8:26 am

Ivy Bridge is just weeks away, but this hasn't stopped Intel from releasing some new parts. Intel updated their processor price list over the weekend, debuting three new Core i5 desktop parts, and four single- and dual-core Celeron mobile parts.




The new Core i5 models are: Core i5-2550K, Core i5-2450P, and Core i5-2380P, with prices of $225, $195, and $177, respectively. All three of the new Core i5 models are quad-core models, which handle four concurrent threads, include 6MB of L3 cache, and a TDP of 95W. All three models do not include integrated graphics.


Clock speeds on the new models are 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost speeds of 3.8GHz, 3.2 and 3.5GHz, 3.1 and 3.4GHz for normal and Turbo Boost for the Core i5-2550K, Core i5-2450P, and Core i5-2380P, respectively.


The new Celeron mobile parts are the Mobile Celeron B815 (1.6 GHz, 512KB L2, 2MB L3, two cores, $86), B720 (1.7GHz, 512KB L2, 1MB L3, two cores, $70), ultra-low voltage 867 (512KB L2, 2MB L3, 2 cores, $134) and 797 (1.4GHz, 512KB L2, 1MB L3, single core, $107).

Apple release two AirPort-related software updates, AirPort Utility now supports iCloud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 7:08 am

On Monday afternoon, Apple released two AirPort-related software updates. The first of which was AirPort Utility 6.0, which is a Lion-only version of the software that sets up and configures Apple's base stations. Secondly, an updated AirPort firmware allows for iCloud-based accounts to connect to home computers using Back to My Mac.




AirPort Utility 6.0 looks all pretty and new, sporting the graphical interface used in the iOS version of AirPort Utility. AirPort devices are now displayed in a graphical hierarchy, with a dot signalling if the device is working (displayed in green) or not (yellow or red). If you want to see information on your device, clicking the device shows a pop-up tab with info on said device, as well as buttons to edit the settings. If applicable, it will also allow you to install firmware updates or to configure a new device.


AirPort Utility 6.0 is available right now through software update for Lion users running 10.7.2, with AirPort base stations firmware can be updated through either AirPort Utility 5.5.3 or later running on Snow Leopard or Lion, or AirPort Utility on iOS.

Micron to buy Elpida Shares, to the tune of $500 million worth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 6:24 am

Micron Technology, an Idaho-based company, is looking to slap down $500 million to purchase a stake in it's Japan-based rival, Elpida.




Previous reports from Taiwanese Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories have both stated that DRAM makers should consider combining forces to help the industry's sustainable development.


This could mean we will see increases of DRAM prices during this year, as 2011 has been an absolutely amazing year for memory pricing. Will we see an increase in pricing of DRAM, as companies get rid of their over-stocked warehouses, and begin to start the process again.


TweakTownTip: Buy your DRAM now if you want to get it cheap, I see it rising in the next few months and even if it doesn't (by a fair margin), it can't get much lower than it is now.


Elpida have refused to comment on this latest move.

Microsoft begins Technical Preview of Office 15

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 5:26 am

Microsoft reached a development milestone this morning, the beginning of the "Office 15" Technical Preview Program. Office 15 is the codename for the upcoming next-generation version of the Microsoft Office products and services, and the Technical Preview is the first time that Microsoft share their work with a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).




Because Microsoft are only at the early stages of Office 15, they can't share too much about what's included, or being worked on in the new Office suite of software. Of course, there is a tease. CVP of Development, Microsoft Office Division, PJ Hough, said in the Office Blogs:


At this early point in our development cycle, I'm not able to share too much about Office 15, but I can tell you Office 15 is the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division. With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio. Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before. 


The Technical Preview is already full of users, but Microsoft have promised a public beta of Office 15 for later this summer, and have said they'll share more details on it then.

MegaUpload servers could be wiped, 50 million users still have info on them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 4:24 am

Most of us have heard about the MegaUpload debacle, where founder Kim Dotcom was arrested and is now facing some very serious charges. Since MegaUpload was blocked by U.S. authorities, users have not had access to their precious data.




The data of roughly 50 million MegaUpload users stored on servers from third-party storage providers could actually be wiped, even though MegaUpload's lawyers claim it would compromise their ability to defend themselves in court. MegaUpload's lawyers have argued that losing user data would reduce their ability to defend themselves against the charges, as well as affect millions of users who have data on the servers, who are 100-percent innocent.


Ira Rothken, an attorney for MegaUpload says:


We're cautiously optimistic at this point that because the United States, as well as Megaupload, should have a common desire to protect consumers, that this type of agreement will get done

Sony will be the last to announce their next-gen console, PlayStation 4 probably won't make it until sometime between 2013-2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 4:15 am

According to the leader of Sony's French gaming division, Sony will most likely be the last to announce its next-generation console. Philippe Cardone, CEO of PlayStation France, told Le Point that they are in no rush to reveal details on their next-gen console.




This is fuelling rumors that Sony aren't even at a prototype design stage for the PS4, which means it can't be shown off to developers or at gaming events such as E3. Sony claims that there is "no pressure", but considering that Sony's console ranks third behind Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii, you would think they would be out of the "meh" stage and into the "we need to have another console out in 2 years, max."


With the Wii U launching this year, Microsoft's next-gen Xbox launching next year, Sony will be in a lot of trouble. Wii U won't have the best graphics, but once the next-gen Xbox comes out and stomps all over the PS3 in terms of functionality, features, and graphics... what will Sony do? Sit back and let Microsoft take all the glory? Sony needs to let the PS4 prototypes loose to companies, now.


10-year life cycles, in this world of technology, is pathetic. Smartphones and tablets pounce over themselves every 6 to 12 months, gaming consoles are now stagnant, old horse, less-than-720p-output machines which are in today's standards of Full HD/120Hz, etc - pathetic.

Spotted: Single fan non-reference design Sapphire Radeon HD 7950

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 31, 2012 3:55 am

Pictures of Sapphire's non-reference, single fan Radeon HD 7950 have floated onto the surface of the web and it looks quite interesting indeed. It's reported that the single fan model will most likely stick to AMD's reference clock speeds of 800MHz core, 1250MHz (5GHz GDDR5 effective) speeds.




The PCB is Sapphire's usual sexy blue color, with the cooler quite compact and as previously mentioned, just a single fan design. Display output wise, we have two mini-DisplayPort, one HDMI and one DVI. It has also been reported that the maximum factory overclocking permitted by AMD to AIB (Add-in Board) partners is 900MHz for the core, and stock memory clocks.


Does this card cater to your needs? A single fan, non-reference HD 7950 is quite good for those who want to build HTPC's. Will you get one?

Monday Morning Roundup for January 30, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 3:20 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, January 30th, 2012.


Cases & Cooling:


NZXT Havik 120 - Overclockers Club

Akasa Venom Toxic Full Tower Chassis - eTeknix

NZXT Source 220 Computer Case - APH Networks

Noctua NF-F12 120mm PWM Fan - DragonSteelMods

Corsair Carbide 500R Arctic White Edition - Madshrimps

Bitfenix Raider Mid Tower - KitGuru

NZXT Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Case - Real World Labs

Swiftech Apogee HD Water Block -

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Deal of the Day: Newegg - Samsung CLP-325W Wireless Networked Color Laser Printer for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 2:13 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Newegg - Samsung CLP-325W Wireless Networked Color Laser Printer for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!


$89.99 with FREE shipping buys the Samsung CLP-325W color laser printer with up to 2400 x 600 DPI printing, up to 17ppm black, 4ppm color, USB 2.0, 10/100 Ethernet, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi connectivity, and 1 year warranty. Use code: JANSAM7 to take it down to this price. Unknown expiration date.






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Download of the Day: MediaMonkey Beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 1:21 pm

Our Download of the Day is MediaMonkey Beta.


MediaMonkey is a music manager and jukebox for serious music collectors and iPod users. It catalogs your CDs, OGG, WMA, MPC, FLAC, APE, WAV and MP3 audio files. It offers an intelligent tag editor which looks up missing Album Art and track information via Freedb and the web, and an automated file and directory renamer to organize your music library.




Organize music and edit tags in your audio library with a powerful, intuitive interface

Automatically lookup and tag Album Art and other metadata

Manage 50,000+ files in your music collection without bogging down

Play MP3s and other audio formats, and never again worry about varying volume

Record CDs into OGG, MP3, FLAC and WMA files

Convert MP3s, OGG, FLAC and WMA files into other formats with the Audio Converter

Create playlists and music mixes quickly and easily to suit any occasion

Synchronize with iPods / MP3 players effortlessly and convert tracks on-the-fly

Download audio content using the new integrated Podcatcher.

Use MediaMonkey for Parties or other public places with Party Mode

Create Statistics and other Reports of your music collection as Excel, html, or xml files.

Customize MediaMonkey with Skins, visualizations, plug-ins and scripts to make it do what you want it to.


Plus much more...

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