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Turkish pianist under investigation for 'offending' tweets about religion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 1:56 pm

You gotta love social networking. It seems to manage to get everyone into trouble at some point or another. This time it has landed a Turkish pianist under investigation for possibly making statements that are offensive to Islam and, additionally, statements that are offensive to Judaism and Christianity.




Since the Tweets have since been deleted, here is what Zaman reports:


[quote]Say sent controversial tweets questioning whether heaven in Islamic belief is like a brothel or pub because the Qu'ran says there are rivers of drinks and houris [very beautiful women] in heaven for those who commit good deeds while they are on earth.


Say also tweeted about a muezzin who recited the evening call for prayer in 22 seconds, questioning whether he was in a rush to reunite with his lover or go to the rakı table.[/quote]


The prosecutor of Turkey is investigating Say for breaking Penal Code Article 216. That portion of the penal code carries a 6-month to 3-year penalty if convicted. The Turkish pianist studied at the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf, and has over 67 compositions attributed to him.

Thursday Morning Roundup for April 12, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 1:30 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, April 12th, 2012.




MSI HD 7970 3GB Lightning - Hardware Canucks

PowerColor HD7870 PCS+ - Overclock3D




Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD - KitGuru

Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache - TechwareLabs

OCZ Octane 512GB SSD - Hardware Canucks

Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache - Hardware Heaven

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Deal of the Day: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti - $79.99 after Rebate, Shipped FREE!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 12:28 pm

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Download of the Day: EVGA Precision X 3.0.2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:28 am

Our Download of the Day is EVGA Precision X 3.0.2.




Introducing the next generation of GPU overclocking software: EVGA Precision X


Designed from the ground up to support the latest GPU technologies, EVGA Precision X redefines what overclocking software should be. This program allows you to fine tune your EVGA graphics card, including GPU Clock speed, GPU Voltage, Memory Clock speed and Fan speed.


Want to watch what your graphics card is doing in your favorite game? Load up the integrated monitoring and see all your graphics card vitals from right inside your game.


Want to setup a custom Fan Curve? Hit the Fan Curve button and set up a custom Fan Slope. Compatible with nearly every EVGA graphics card.


The EVGA Precision X Android App connects to the host PC via Bluetooth.




  • GPU and Memory Frequency/Clock Offset
  • Power Target Control (GeForce GTX 680)
  • Frame Rate Target Control
  • GPU Voltage Adjustment
  • Fan Control/Fan Curve
  • Profiling system allowing up to 10 profiles with optional hotkey
  • Robust monitoring allowing ingame, system tray, and/or Logitech LCD monitoring
  • In game screenshot hotkey, supports BMP, PNG and JPG formats
  • Multi-language support: English, Dutch, French, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is coming, will feature over 50 characters to fight with

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 10:33 am

Fighting fans will love this, with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 arriving in September on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, according to publisher Namco Bandai, where they announced the news at a Las Vegas event today.




The game will feature a bunch of extra characters in addition to the 44 that are featured in the arcade version. No names have been mentioned yet, but Namco has confirmed that we should expect over 50 fighters in total. But that's not the best bit, we can expect to have a bunch of game modes made available in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.


We can expect 1-on-1, 2-on-1, and 2-on-2, as well as a new Fight Lab feature that will help beginners learn the ropes, and get their skills up by versing a customizable bot fighter. This will get people into the game much quicker, or you could just be like me and button mash until you own it. What's the block button? I don't use it.

Resident Evil 6 will arrive in a $1000-plus Premium Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:31 am

Resident Evil fan? Like collecting Collector's Editions? Well, you might want to put away some of your money, now, because Capcom are going to start waving an insane Resident Evil 6 Premium Edition right under your nose.




The upcoming Premium Edition of Resident Evil 6 will include a copy of the game, four different Resident Evil 6-branded tablet covers (which come in a Chris, Leon, Jake and Secret version), as well as a Leon leather jacket. An actual replica of the in-game jacket that Leon wears, which comes in small, medium, large, and extra large.


But, the pricing here is the kicker - ¥105,000 or US$1,293. Wow. Just wow. The Premium Edition is being made through Capcom's online site, e-Capcom. There is a sprinkle of good news here before you shut up and give Capcom your money, is that they generously offer free shipping. Thanks, Capcom.

Desktop-bound Ivy Bridge Core i3 CPUs won't arrive until Q3 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:16 am

Intel wants to push out Ivy Bridge rollouts throughout the year, and not just dump everything onto the table at once. This means that we won't see Core i3 Ivy Bridge-based processors until Q3, even after most people had hoped to have seen them introduced in June.




When Intel does launch the Core i3 desktop models, we should expect to see a top-to-bottom release of: 3.4GHz Core i3-3240, the 3GHz Core i3-3240T, the 3.3GHz Core i3-3225, the 3.3GHz Core i3-3220 and the 2.8GHz Core i3-3220T. All five models sport 3MB of shared L3 cache, two cores and hyper threading.


The standard models are rated at 55W TDP, with the T models destined for all-in-one systems, and are rated at 35W TDP. The exception here is the Core i3-3225 which features Intel HD graphics 4000, with the four other models being filled with Intel HD graphics 2500. Intel is set to add support for AES to the new Core i3 models. No pricing has been mentioned, but it should fall close to the price of the Sandy Bridge-based CPUs out now.

Apple working on iTunes 11, supports iOS 6 as well as future devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:24 am

We all know its coming, but according to 9to5Mac sources, Apple are recently began internally seeding the next major release of iTunes, iTunes 11. Work on iTunes 11 reportedly began before the release of iTunes 10.6, and the development of the new version 11 product is said to focus on under-the-hood changes, rather than cosmetic changes - a good sign.




But, Apple does develop different portions of products in separate groups or at separate times, which means the final version we will see, could be different, and thus, could sport a refreshed UI. Apple is working on iTunes 11 for it to support iOS 6-based devices, as well as future Apple devices. Apple usually releases new versions of iTunes to coincide with new OS's and mobile devices.


One of 9to5Mac's sources does note that we could expect another 10.x release, with support for iOS 6, and then iTunes 11 would arrive later on in the year. iTunes 11 is said to include more iCloud integration.

Intel confirms 75 new Ultrabook designs are on their way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 6:28 am

Intel have talked about this before, where they've said that there'll be 75 new Ultrabook designs floating out into the wild throughout the year, but now we have Intel reiterating the fact. Pricing of the new systems should kick off at $699, which is $100 cheaper than the cheapest machine available now.




Intel's general manager for the PC client group, Kirk Skaugen, says that some of the new designs will sport Windows 8 and touchscreens. Yay. This means that a bunch of the new Ultrabooks won't land until after the Windows 8 launch, but with Intel investing large sums of time, effort and most of all, cash, into Ultrabooks, we should only expect good things. The cash injection? Just $300 million.


Skaugen has said:


I think we can deliver the best of a tablet, and the best in what (users) know in a notebook. Intel plans to ensure ultrabooks have a consistent experience. And if it's too thick it won't be called an ultrabook. It won't be allowed to be called an ultrabook because ultrabook is a trademark of Intel and we can protect the trademark.

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HP slides Ivy Bridge CPU into EliteBook 8470p business notebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 5:26 am

HP's EliteBook 8460p business notebook is looking to be succeeded by HP's EliteBook 8470p. The new model shares the same 14-inch display, and bead-blasted aluminum/magnesium construction, but the new 8470p is said to have Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processor inside.




HP is expected to put on offer multiple Intel Core processors, with one of the prototypes running a 1.7GHz Core i7, according to leaked specs posted on Laptop Reviews. HP's latest business notebook is also expected to sport the 9-cell accessory battery that the 8460p used. This claimed a very, very impressive 32 hours of run time.


Filling out the EliteBook 8470p we have integrated Intel graphics, USB 3.0 ports, up to 8GB of RAM, multiple storage options, and a choice between 1366x768 and 1600x900 display resolutions. No pricing has been set, or launch details.

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