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Apple has its head in the iCloud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 6:24 am

Apple has been at this for a while but things are finally starting to materialize for their cloud-based solutions for iOS and Mac users. Included in these plans are a revamped MobileMe and an iTunes-based "digital locker", sans the naked, old men and filled with more digital-ness. The new rumor is that it will be powered by a huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina and dubbed "iCloud".

 

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According to GigaOm, a Swedish-based company called Xcerion had until just recently been using the domain iCloud.com to run a cloud-based storage service of the same name. Xcerion has just rebranded the service "CloudMe, and a source for GigaOm claimed that the domain name for iCloud.com has been sold to Apple for a tidy sum of $4.5 million

OCZ unveils VeloDrive PCI-Express-based SSD drives for SMB's, Enterprise Clients and System Integrators

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 5:14 am

OCZ have today unveiled the VeloDrive PCI-Express SSDs which are designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise clients and system integrators. The OCZ VeloDrive optimizes high-performance computing and storage applications, which provides "unparalleled versatility and simplified integration".

 

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Daryl Lang, VIP of Product Management of OCZ Technology Group says:

 

The VeloDrive is the latest addition to our comprehensive lineup of PCIe SSDs. A truly configurable solution, it helps a range of customers accelerate their application performance. he ability to run the VeloDrive in multiple modes provides clients with the freedom to use the raid stack of their choice. This maximizes performance and creates faster, more seamless deployments with RAID stacks that may already have been qualified for their unique usage model.

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Android 3.1 teased in Adobe Flash Player 10.2 - will include accelerated 720p video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 3:02 am

Adobe have previous said that Flash 10.2 wasn't capable of living up to the expectations of people and running in full hardware-accelerated on Android's Honeycomb-based tablets. It seems that Adobe have solved this problem with Android 3.1 - which means the new build of Android has been namechecked by Adobe and now we know of its existence.

 

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As for the screenshot above, the Android Market was updated this morning with a new version of Flash Player 10.2 (10.2.157.51) which states "requires Android 3.1".

Hulu Now Streaming On Xbox 360's Everywhere

By: Trak Lord | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 2:22 am

Boom goes the dynamite. Online content streaming service Hulu is now serving Xbox 360's and the Xbox Live network. It sure took them long enough, but hey! The first week is on them! Yes, that's free! Hulu is offering the Hulu Plus service free for an entire week for all Xbox Live users, silver or gold, Hulu subscribers or not! Usually this sets you back the price of an Xbox Live Gold account and an $US8/month Hulu Plus subscription. Nice.

 

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Even better, Hulu works with the Kinect! Yes I'm serious- we're talking voice and gesture recognition to stream movies and television shows. Hello, the future of remote controls.

 

Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE Key Features:

ยท More TV from Hulu Plus, Together with Xbox LIVE. With the Hulu Plus subscription service on Xbox LIVE, instantly watch your favorite TV shows from ABC, Comedy Central, FOX, NBC, MTV, and more on the biggest screen in the house, in HD and controller-free.

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Death Of Flip Camcorder Leaves Ecosystem In/At Its Wake

By: Trak Lord | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 2:13 am

San Francisco-based telecommunications giant Cisco recently announced they'd be discontinuing their Flip Minicamcorder line of products, which has left an existential vacuum for a lot of different Flip-based gadgets, including Blue Microphone's Mikey. To commemorate it's untimely demise, Blue Microphone posted an obituary for their beloved product.

 

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Before its discontinuation, a series of Flip Camcorders with "Flip Ports" had been released, opening up developing opportunities for third party tinkerers. The Mikey have been shortlived, but it is survived by its brother and sisters who attach to the iPod and other Apple devices that, like Flip Mikey, record high quality stereophonic audio so your videos catch all sorts of phonic nuance.

 

These days, amidst an ever growing economy of gadgets and enterprises, it's always surprising to realize how similarly structured the technological ecosystem is to its living counterpart. Just as if a species were to go extinct, the disappearance of Flip leaves a slew of accessories, attachables, cases, protectors, carrying bags, etc. that will meet as tragic passings as the Mikey.

Super Mario Bros. Much Easier With Portal Gun

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 1:58 am

Shocker.

 

This great re-imagining of the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System shows just how darn useful a Portal gun can be- in pretty much any situation.

 

 

I think it's pretty evident that the addition of a Portal gun into any experience that, you know, didn't revolve around creating portals would be a literal game-changer. But it's fun to imagine some of them, isn't it?

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Royal Wedding Goes AR: Become Will & Catherine, AR Style

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 12:01 am

Face-tracking app maker Aptronic has devised a clever and timely app to coordinate with the upcoming already-internationally-infamous Royal Wedding. The app, RoyalMirror is available for the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 (rear-facing camera is necessary), and tracks your face to overlay a stylized and cartoonish depiction of either Prince William or Princess Catherine that you can promptly share on a variety of social network sites.

 

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It's a nice addition to an already overwhelming list of lampoons associated with the Wedding of the Century, but it seems novel enough for a few laughs. I think the $0.99 price tag would be more worthwhile if Aptronic had included, say, more than just two royals (who doesn't want to be the Queen of England?) or even a function that allows multiple faces to be tracked for group photos- but hey, I'm not complaining when a mobile augmented reality application has some visibility potential. Plus, Aptronic should see some decent numbers for downloads.

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ASUS AMD Motherboards To Support SLI'd NVIDIA Video Card

By: Trak Lord | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 11:26 pm

Man, can we get anymore anagrams in that headline?

 

Andrew Burnes of Geforce announced today that they will once again be providing AMD motherboards that support SLI. Kick-ass, Andrew. Hit the jump for a photo of one of these shiny new toys, and to check out the rest of the press release.

 

As gamers we know how important it is to find the best price-performance ratio when building a new rig. For several years, gamers have been clamouring for us to reintroduce SLI support for AMD motherboards, and as hard as it may be to believe, SLI was first seen on AMD motherboards in fact, but as the years went by AMD's stature as the preferred platform for gamers fell by the wayside.

 

However, due to the increasing abundance of affordable, high performance kit across all aspects of the industry, and continued calls for the reintroduction of SLI support for AMD motherboards, we figured that now is a great time to do it. After all, we want to make sure that gamers can benefit from the new competitive CPU landscape and to ensure that their existing SLI setups can be utilised in all systems, and that new buyers can make use of NVIDIA SLI, the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution.

 

According to Steam's monthly hardware survey, ninety-three percent of all multi-GPU systems in use today use SLI.

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 3:27 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - April 28th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte G1.Assassin Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ASUS Rampage III Black Edition X58 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- Intel Desktop Extreme DX58SO2 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

 

Video/Monitor

 

- EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2WIN 2GB dual-GPU Graphics Card @ PC Perspective

- AMD Radeon 6790 (Barts LE) @ RBMods

- HIS 6950/6970 Fan Turbo 2GB and HIS 6850 IceQ X Turbo 1GB Graphics Cards @ ixbtlabs

- PowerColor Radeon 6670 1GB @ Hardware Heaven

- PowerColor Radeon 6670 1GB @ Pureoverclock

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Brink Get SMART Series: The Basics and Objectives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 2:00 pm

Brink is not far away and now that we're getting close Splash Damage are teasing us with all sorts of new videos showing the game off. These new videos come in the form of the "Get SMART" Series. The Get SMART Series currently has two videos out, the first one called "The Basics" which obviously walks through the baby steps of the game whilst the second video is called "Objectives", I'll let you guess that one for yourself you smart cookie you.

 

 

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