Following the passing of Steve Jobs last week we've seen an absolute mass of news come out about the man who undeniably changed the face of one of the largest industries in the world. But if I asked the majority of you what brand/model of car he drove, I'd be surprised if 5% of you knew (prior to a frantic google search for the answer, that is). Don't worry, I was in the 95% that didn't until today as well.
One thing I can now say, while he might not have always had good taste in the way he went about running the show at Apple, he certainly did when it came to cars :-
While I hear many of you shouting out "But I really couldn't give a rats bum what he drove", there is something else in the picture above that is the main point of interest here. Notice anything that stands out? (Or perhaps I should say, doesn't in this case).
That's right, Steve has been driving his flashy new Merc for four years (since he purchased it new) without a license plate. And guess what? Running over Steve's driving records and the VIN on his car, he was never ticketed for the infraction either.
eXtreme Outer Vision's online PSU Calculator tool serves as a very useful one when wanting to ensure a given power supply is enough to meet the demands of all the specs crammed into a particular system. It assits in helping one determine not so much just how many Watts their exact system configuration needs, but even more importantly how much amperage is required to back said Wattage up.
The service has just been updated with an easier, faster way to select your CPU and video card(s). The Lite version of the tool also now supports up to four video cards + a PPU (Physics Processing Unit). Furthermore, all the most recent video card models from both AMD and NVIDIA have been added to the list of selections along with new sockets including LGA 2011, AM3+ and FM1. With that, there are now a range of Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors, AMD Zambezi and latest server class Xeon and Opteron processors to choose from.
Our Download of the Day today is uTorrent 3.0 Build 25756.
µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.
Micro-Sized Yet Feature Filled
Most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients are present in µTorrent, including bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Additionally, µTorrent supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus 22.214.171.124 and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.
µTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all. Additionally, the program itself is contained within a single executable less than 220 KB in size.
Skinnable and Localized
Various icon, toolbar graphic and status icon replacements are available, and creating your own is very simple. µTorrent also has support for localization, and with a language file present, will automatically switch to your system language. If your language isn't available, you can easily add your own, or edit other existing translations to improve them!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Save an Extra 20% More! ThinkPad Anniversary Sale!!.
Offer: Everything from the small X220's and the E220's to the workhorse E series, and the super popular T series are all eligible with this stackable ecoupon! Use ecoupon: ANNIVERSARY (expires 10/12/11)
The latest happenings from around the web - October 10th, 2011
- HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook @ Techspot
- Arctic MC001-E Entertainment Center Barebone @ Madshrimps
- Video Perspective: AVADirect $1000 Gaming System @ PC Perspective
- Samsung Series 9 Ultra Portable Notebook @ SilentPCReview
- Fujitsu Lifebook AH530 (Core i3-380M, Radeon HD 6530M 1GB) @ AU-Ja
- Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 LGA 1155 Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks
- ASRock A75 Extreme 6 and A55 Pro 3 @ Pureoverclock
The Samsung and Google event may have been postponed, but the leaks have not stopped. Today we have the wonderful news of the Nexus Prime being passed through the FCC, with the model number of 'I9250'. It includes a GSM radio compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's HSPA networks.
It's also sporting dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth and NFC. Surprisingly, LTE is missing on the handset, but this might be something unveiled at a later date. Whatever it is, I just want it now and I'm sure the entire mobile industry is wanting to get their hands on some Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung Galaxy Nexus goodness.
Intel is currently staying quiet on whether there will be a new Core i7 introduced to combat the impending launch of AMD's Bulldozer, but it seems there is going to be a bigger, badder brother released in the LGA1155 lineup. It is rumored that Intel is going to drop the 2700K onto the market, which will be a minor clock speed increase over the already available Intel Core i7 2600K. The 2600K is a 3.4GHz part with the 2700K set to be a 3.5GHz part, with Turbo enabled those speeds will be 3.8 and 3.9GHz, respectively.
The 2600K known is for its super high overclocking ability, with 4.5GHz+ achievable with decent air cooling, so the 2700K should achieve the same type of overclock as its just a 2600K with an extra 100MHz in the trunk. The conservative speed bump will keep the gates open for a future 2800K, as Intel need to keep a space between regular Sandy Bridge and the Extreme chips. We should soon what happens, but there are already people who have cranked up an engineering sample of the 2700K to an impressive 5GHz on air cooling.
Impressive? It's impressive, with a silent K.
A source with knowledge close to the deal is claiming that Nuance has scooped up Seattle-based Swype for $100+ million. Swype is an amazing application and would be a great addition to Nuance's lineup. Swype first launched at a TechCrunch conference back in 2008 and is software for mobile devices which helps people input text far quicker than normal typing. It will soon be on over one hundred million devices.
Nuance already owns T9, which if you didn't know is a predictive text application which first popped up in the 90s and directly competes with Swype. Co-founder of Swype, Cliff Kushler, also founded T9 funnily enough. This acquisition should let Swype expand a fair bit, with the power of Nuance behind them, who knows where they'll Swype to next.
Current Android-based smartphones in the high-end market sport 800x480 (WVGA) or 960x540 (qHD) displays, but Google's next-gen OS, Ice Cream Sandwich is set to change that. ICS should embrace higher resolutions including 1280x720. Samsung are already showing off a 720p version of the Galaxy S II, and the upcoming ICS launch phone from Samsung is boasting a 720p display as well.
LCD panel vendor LG, who are also in the smartphone making market are now hopping on the 720p Android train with the Optimus LTE. LG is calling the Optimus LTE's display True HD IPS display. The True HD IPS panel boasts a 4.5-inch screen with a pixel density of 329 ppi thanks to its 1280x720 resolution display (which is slightly higher than Apple's Retina Display at 326 ppi). Today's news and details about the Optimus LTE doesn't give any details, but the screen details are enough to make us salivate with desire.
Last week we heard from Epic Games showing off the Unreal Engine 3 in Adobe Flash and this week we have rival game engine maker Crytek "investigating" support for Flash. Crytek's Carl Jones says:
It is an interesting approach we've been investigating as well. We're developing a unifying technology to create high quality social and gaming experiences on all platforms including browser, smartphones, tablets, etc.
It will be interesting to see how this develops, considering Apple don't support Flash on their iOS-based devices, throwing away hundreds of millions of potential customers. Considering Crytek is currently developing Warface, a free-to-play multiplayer shooter for the Korean and Asian markets, this might be a huge bit of news that turns into something quite interesting over time.