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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 12:27 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - July 12th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Dell Vostro 3350 Ultraportable Laptop @ TechreviewSource

- Sony VAIO S Series VPC-SA21GX/BI Notebook @ TechReviewSource

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte G1.Sniper Motherboard @ Aphnetworks

- GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

- ASUS Sabertooth P67 (B3 Revision) LGA1155 Sandy Bridge ATX Motherboard @ Futurelooks

- ASUS F1A75-V PRO Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Motherboard Review @ TheSSDReview

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Download of the Day: Foobar2000 1.1.8 beta 1

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 9:18 am

Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1.8 beta 1.

 

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

 

Main features:

 

• Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.

• Gapless playback.

• Full unicode support.

• Easily customizable user interface layout.

• Advanced tagging capabilities.

• Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.

• Full ReplayGain support.

• Customizable keyboard shortcuts.

• Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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RunCore unleash 6Gbps mSATA SandForce SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 7:15 am

The folks over at RunCore have release the RunCore T50 mSATA which is based off a SandForce SF-2281 controller and features sequential transfer rates of up to 550MB/sec read, 470MB/sec writes. The maximum I/O performance of 60,000 4KB random write IOPS and 35,000 random read IOPS delivers massive performance for various different uses. The RunCore T50 is compatible with SATA 6Gbps and supports most mainstream OSs such as Windows, OS X, Linux, Unix, Solaris and Vxworks.

 

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RunCore's T50 is available in three different capacities: 30GB, 60GB and 120GB. Each come with a 3-year warranty and is aimed at high-end portable laptops.

 

Also released is the RunCore I50 mSATA which delivers sequential transfer rates of up to 280MB/sec read, 270MB/sec write as well as maximum I/O performance of 45,000 4KB random write IOPS and 30,000 random read IOPS, this product is aimed at tablets and light laptops compatible with SATA 3Gbps.

 

The RunCore mSATA products will hit mass production later this month.

AMD GPUs to power all three next-gen consoles?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 3:09 am

Right now, AMD would be on top of the world. Their Radeon series of GPUs are phenomenally successful with their next-gen 7000-series just around the corner, their APU is rolling out right now, and they're already powering consoles; the Wii and Xbox 360. Rumor has it that they might end up getting jiggy with all three console makers come next-gen. The Wii-U is set to be AMD-based and now its looking like the Microsoft and Sony console will be powered by AMD solutions.

 

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Both Microsoft and Sony have of course not verified this news, but HardOCP have a reliable tipster roaming the halls of E3 last week. Based on their information, they say that AMD's future console dominance is already a "done deal." Of course, NVIDIA will be... green... with envy but keep in mind they are powering a slew of Tegra 2-based Tablets and Smartphones. AMD are also set to have an opportunity to win contracts for microprocessors for the next PlayStation.

 

Right now, all three consoles are sporting Power-based IBM processors, even the PlayStation 3's Cell chip has a PowerPC component sharing die space with SPE co-processors.

iOS 5 beta 3 gives the iPhone custom text message alert sounds, calls the 1990s to ask how they're going

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 2:43 am

Apple are finally catching up with my good old trusty Nokia 3310, custom text message alert sounds. Sarcasm aside, its about time Apple started offering custom text message alert sounds and iOS 5 beta 3 includes them. The new beta allowed users to fish for new features and one of the first ones was of course the custom alerts for SMS. Others weer subtle like a new icon for Reminders, a toggle for location/GPS settings added to the initial, iTunes-free setup and small tweaks to the wording of certain options.

 

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The biggest thing was a "Buy More Tones" button sitting right in the Text Tone selection screen, where it has never been, ever. Scrolling down further and the custom ringtones people had made themselves or purchased are sitting there waiting to be used as an SMS tone.

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Microsoft to take $15 from every Android-powered device Samsung sell

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 2:31 am

Microsoft are flexing their patent muscle and scooping some of that sweet, sweet Android success. According to a Reuters report, Microsoft are demanding that Samsung Electronics pay $15 for each smartphone handset that is Android-powered or face a patent infringement lawsuit. Right now there are no details on what patent Microsoft are claiming here but they have already managed to successfully extract royalty fees from several other Android device makers.

 

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Back in April 2010, Microsoft reached a settlement with HTC over the same thing, and in the past couple of weeks there have been four more companies that have lost the arm wrestle with Microsoft; Onkyo, US Defence Contractor General Dynamics Itronix, Velocity Micro and Wistron.

 

Samsung is reportedly trying to negotiate down to $10 per handset in exchange for a "deeper alliance" with Microsoft and its Windows platform. If Microsoft does win, it would be a pretty big coup. Remember that Samsung sold 10 million Galaxy S handsets last year and have already sold 3 million Galaxy S II handsets. Versus Apple, they're one of the strongest brands. Microsoft #winning from each sale is just sweet, Microsoft justice.

Microsoft have sold 400 million Windows 7 licenses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 1:24 am

Microsoft have reached nearly half a billion Windows 7 licenses sold since release by hitting the 400 million licenses sold mark. In June of 2010 they had sold 150 million, a few months later they hit 240 million. At this years Worldwide Partner Conference, Steve Ballmer took the stage and announced that the 240 million had expanded into a whopping 400 million and achieved that in under 2 years.

 

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This makes Windows 7 the fastest-selling operating system in history. Tami Reller, corporate vice president and chief financial officer of Windows and Windows Live has made it clear that it's "the path to Windows 8." Another announcement is that 100 million copies of Office 2010 have made their way to customers since launch.

Apple suiting up a second iPad 3 manufacturer?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 11, 2011 3:50 pm

As well as having manufacturer Foxconn play a key role in getting iPad 3's to market, Digitimes have learned that Apple is looking very seriously at getting a second manufacturer aboard to help ease supply issues. It appears at this time Apple is considering either Taiwan-based Quanta Computer or Pegatron Technology, though given Pegatron having already secured orders for the next-gen iPhone (5), sources have suggested they are the likely candidate for the new iPad contract as well.

 

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The main reason behind the move to go with a second manufacturer this time around comes after a massive explosion occured in one of Foxconn's factories in Chengdu, China back in May which left three people dead and 15 injured. Apple is looking to minimize production risk and ensure things will go smoothly post launch, which sources are also indicating to be around the end of Q3 or early 4th.

 

While not in any way confirmed, market rumours are also saying the new iPad might be named iPad 2 Plus as opposed to iPad 3, being the thinnest iPad yet whilst sporting an upgraded, higher resolution display.

Google trims off 11 million sites in latest anti-malware efforts

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 11, 2011 3:12 pm

Google has known for a while that millions of websites registered freely (or very cheaply in bulk) through a Korean company are plagued as malware-hosting sites. The most notorious subdomain full of these types of sites was .co.cc.

 

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Kicking things into spring cleaning mode after rolling out several new products and freshening up existing ones, they knew they'd have a hell of a task on their hands isolating the bad sites from the good, especially when you're talking 11 million of them!

 

Easiest solution? Block the entire .co.cc subdomain of course, which is exactly what Google has just decided to do. As to how effective this drastic manoeuvre is long term, I can't imagine all that significant in line of the seemingly forever resident global malware war.

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