Dell has pimped up their XPS rides with some nice additions in the form of Intel's Sandy Bridge and NVIDIA's GT500M series GPU's. The XPS15 can be set up with one of three Sandy Bridge Core i7 processors up to 2.7GHz, as well as a choice between NVIDIA's 1GB GeForce GT525M or the 2GB GT540M.
The XPS range now comes stock with 4GB of memory which maxes out at 8GB, storage wise they peak at 750GB or 256GB if you like to get your Solid State fix. The screen can be upgraded for a premium, it stays at 15.6-inch but can be upgraded from 720p to 1080p with or without facial recognition technology built-in.
Flash for Android 3.0 to arrive "a few weeks" after the first tablets - CityVille fans jump in the air
This would be a huge game changer for Google. Flash may not sound like a big deal to most people, but think of the 100, 000, 000 CityVille players that simply require Flash in order to fulfill their daily duties in CityVille.
Facebook has what, over 650 million users now? With literally hundreds of millions of players playing Facebook games that run in Flash. Having Flash on a tablet will usher a new era of tablet-users. It might change from the tech-savvy to the game-savvy users, allowing a yet untapped resource of potential customers. That's the way I see it anyway - personally knowing a large amount of people who really only use their computers for email, Facebook and Facebook games.
Android Developers are pleased to announce that the full SDK for Android 3.0 is now available to developers. The API's are final and people are free to develop apps using this new platform and publish them to the Android Market. The new API level is 11.
For those of you who want to view the new user and developer features, check out this link. Not only has the team released the SDK but they are also announcing the releasing updates to their SDK Tools (r10) and ADT Plugin for Eclipse (10.0.0).
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users rejoice! Service Pack 1 is now available for both flavors of Windows and is available via Windows Update any hour now as Microsoft are rolling it out now.
Brandon from the Windows Team Blog says "Remember - for Windows 7, SP1 will help keep your PCs well supported by delivering ongoing updates, many of which have been made previously available through Windows Update. It does, however, include client-side support for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory which are two new virtualization features enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1."
Rumor has it Apple are holding an event on March 2 and included in that rumor is the unveiling of the highly-anticipated iPad 2. All signs are pointing toward the iPad 2 being thinner and should sport an improved display.
It should also include a front-facing camera which would come hand-in-hand with Facetime support. There are also other rumors that the iPad 2 will include Qualcomm's multimode chips that will allow it to run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks around the world. Apple will face fierce competition this time with Google's Android OS powering virtually all other tablet-based products.
Our Download of the Day today is Paint.NET 3.5.7.
Paint.NET is an image and photo manipulation application.
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. In order to handle multiple images easily, Paint.NET uses a tabbed document interface. The tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of a text description. This makes navigation very simple and fast.
Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.
Many special effects are included for enhancing and perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.
Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, curves, and levels. You can also convert an image to black and white, or sepia-toned.
Deal of the Day: Fantom GreenDrive Pro GDP2000EU 2TB eSATA and USB 2.0 External Hard Drive with 2 Year Warranty for $79.99 plus Shipping after Rebate
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Fantom GreenDrive Pro GDP2000EU 2TB eSATA and USB 2.0 External Hard Drive with 2 Year Warranty for $79.99 plus Shipping after Rebate!.
Offer: This 2TB 7200RPM external hard drive with 32MB buffer, USB 2.0 & eSATA connectors, and 2 year warranty is just $79.99 after a small $10 rebate (expiring 2/23/11). Shipping comes out to $4.99.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 22nd, 2011
- AMD's E-350 Fusion APU on the desktop @ Tech Report
- Sony VAIO VPC-YB15KX/S @ Techreviewsource
- Lenovo ThinkPad X120e Review: AMD Fusion Infused @ Hot Hardware
- MSI Big Bang Marshal P67 @ Ocaholic
- Gigabyte G1 Assassin Motherboard @ Overclock3D
- Sapphire Pure Black P67 Motherboard @ Ninjalane
- MSI P67A-GD65 Sandybridge Motherboard @ Kitguru
- ASUS E35 M1-M Pro / AMD E-350 @ Lostcircuits
Well, this video is quite interesting indeed. It has been on YouTube for a while but I have only just come across it and normally I wouldn't post something un-tech-related like this, but it's just so awesome to see how close he came to death and survived!
A bunch of people dive out of a plane, mis-judge where they are (above mountains) that look far away until you see the camera pan up and he sees the others pulling their parachutes, he looks down and most likely squeals like a little girl inside, pulls his chute and barely, just barely, misses the mountain and slides down into the ground.
A father has decided to step up to the mantle of being the best dad ever and has created a playable Angry Birds birthday cake. His YouTube description for the video says: It's become a family tradition that I make increasingly ridiculous birthday cakes for my kids each year. So with my little boy Ben turning 6-years-old over the weekend, and appreciating his love of Angry Birds, I thought I'd have a shot a making him a playable Angry Birds birthday cake with working catapult and iced birds as ammunition.
This is one of the best works of art (in the form of a cake) that I've ever seen. It's quite an effort and he has pulled it off quite well, the look on his son's face is enough satisfaction for any creative father! But this one takes the cake (all the pun in the world intended).