The latest happenings from around the web - February 4th, 2011
- HP Pavilion P6710F @ Techreviewsource
- Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 @ BusinessComputingWorld
- Asus E35M1-M PRO Micro ATX @ Overclock3D
- MSI Big Bang Marshal Motherboard @ tbreak
- ASRock P67 Extreme6 Motherboard @ Madshrimps
- Intel 6th Series Chipset Defect @ ixbtlabs
- ASUS P8P67 Deluxe - Fully Loaded Mid-Range @ Tech Reaction
- Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR3-2133 @ Pureoverclock
During CES 2011 in Las Vegas last month, we got a chance to get an exclusive video preview of Xigmatek's upcoming Elysium super tower case.
Chris went on video as you can see above and talked about the Elysium and what makes it special. One of the big things about the Elysium is that it was designed to fully and properly support the massive and much spoken about EVGA SR-2 motherboard that supports two Intel Socket LGA-1366 processors, a bunch of RAM and loads of PCI Express slots.
Besides that, the Elysium comes with support for a lot of large cooling fans that should keep things running just nicely. There is support for large radiators on the top and bottom of the case. Not only that, but there is also support for 12 hard drives and even an additional 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive that can be slotted in easily at the top front area of the case.
Moving forward past that area is two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a single eSATA port as well as your typical audio ports. These ports can be hidden by a sliding cover if they are not in use. Inside the case, there are no less than seven water pipe holes as well as handy cable management holes, which should allow you to build a very clean looking system.
Watch the video above for your exclusive look and there are some pictures below in the gallery, too.
Over 3,500 people voted on our previous poll and we asked, what do you want most these holidays?
This time around the votes were well mixed and not one-sided. 22% of TweakTown readers voted that they wanted either a new AMD or NVIDIA video card for the holidays. Who ended up getting one?
Second with 19% of the votes went to love and world peace, third with 15% of the votes showed that getting a super fast SSD was popular and forth 11% of the votes showed that still many wanted a new laptop or PC.
Reports of this surfaced last year and personally, I was running around the house screaming "I need TP for my bunghole!" Mike Judge is now back as creative extraordinaire and of course, the voices behind the title characters - Beavis and Butthead.
EW.com reports that MTV made the announcement at their Upfront presentation in New York yesterday. I for one cannot wait, nostalgia is a great thing and I just hope the humor that Beavis and Butthead had in the 90's is continued in today's society somehow. *insert Beavis's laugh here*
Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE) who is a market research firm that produces monthly and annual reports for bunch of gaming markets such as Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, WiiWare & Virtual Console and mobile markets - Valve pulled in an estimated revenue of US$970 million in 2010.
Benjamin Schlichter, Director of Research and Analysis said "Steam's growth has been remarkable during the year. Over 180 titles were estimated reaching over $1 million USD in revenue for the year, painting a very healthy market for developers and publishers, with more room for growth in the future."
Beware, Verizon data hogs! Hiding behind the announcement of preorders starting for the iPhone 4 was another smaller and less publicized note. A new policy has been found on Verizon's site that states that download speeds are going to be reduced for the top five percent of data users on Verizon's network.
With the large influx of iPhone users expected to begin gobbling up data at a frenetic pace due to the size of the App Store, Verizon is launching a pre-emptive strike at possible network slowdowns by easing up the most egregious data eaters. Verizon stated that "Our proactive management of the Verizon Wireless network is designed to ensure that the remaining 95% of data customers aren't negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few users."
There's no way to tell whether you are one of the unlucky top five percent or whether you've been throttled without doing the checking on your own. With early reviews stating that Verizon's iPhone data service is slower than that on AT&T, those changing brands may not be able to tell whether they are getting regular or throttled speeds. It will most likely be more noticeable for those on other devices being throttled as they will have a better idea of the speeds they have been getting.
Anon is at it again - this type targetting Egyptian and Yemen government websites. Supposedly 500 Anonymous users took down websites for the Egyptian Ministry of Information and the ruling National Democratic Party in Egypt.
As for Yemen, websites targeted included the Yemeni Ministry of Information, the tax office, and the website for Yemen's long-serving president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Anon used their infamous Low Orbit Ion Cannon to take the websites down, the same trick used last year to take MasterCard, Visa and PayPal down.
And the hotspot rumors continue! AT&T is taking an odd turn when it comes to introducing officially supported mobile hotspotting via smartphone; the Android route. With Verizon recently releasing that the service will be an option on their version of the iPhone 4 at an extra $20 per month, AT&T is including the service in their $45/4GB DataPro plan. The catch? The only phone offering it anytime soon is the upcoming HTC Inspire 4G, due for release with the app on February 13th.
AT&T was vague on the possibility of mobile hotspot functionality returning to their version of the iPhone 4, simply stating that "We are working with Apple to bring it to iPhone. Nothing else to share at this time." How much work could it possibly take? Tethering was available at launch and Verizon's iOS update allows it to work; what's the holdup? An about-face by AT&T is still possible within the next 10 days and is probably a good idea; it's not like iPhone fans are exactly lacking reasons to make the jump to Verizon.
My six year old son got Little Big Planet 2 a couple of weeks ago and I'm surprised that my PS3 hasn't gone up in flames with the amount of time he's spent playing it. If you or someone you know and love has the same addiction, it could net you a new Sony Bravia 46" 3DTV and a Playstation Move bundle.
Here's how you can win. First, download the level called "LittleBigPrius 2" via PSN. Play the level and collect items hidden throughout, then use those items to build your own level inspired by the LittleBIgPrius. Make sure it's good, because this is a popularity contest; Sony will be checking out community feedback before choosing a top ten. Those ten will be whittled down to five, with the #1 level winning the TV with a Playstation Move hardware bundle and the four runner ups scoring a PlayStation Move Sports Champions bundle.
If you need me, I'll be with my son so he can teach me to play LBP2.
The eyes of the entire world have been glued to the troubles plaguing Egypt and its people. Apparently Kenneth Cole thought that using this current event to advertise their new spring collection was a great idea. He released the following tweet, which has since been removed but not before the Twitter world went into an uproar:
Yeah Kenneth Cole, definitely too soon. Apparently the tweet cannot be blamed on an employee with bad taste because the tweet was signed with the -KC of Kenneth Cole himself. Thousands of angrys responses have since hit the Twitter universe. He has since posted an apology on both Twitter and Facebook, but this is just one more instance to learn from for the rest of us. Remember kids, think before you tweet. The Internet always remembers.