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Climate change has benefits, England moves 60ms closer to Japan

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 4:18 pm

Climate change has not resulted in all bad, it would appear. Thanks to the climate change-induced melting of the Arctic sea ice, the Arctic ocean is now navigable by ship. This, in turn, is allowing for new fiber cables to be run at the bottom of the sea. The ultimate result of this is that England is digitally moving 60ms closer to Japan. In other words, there will now be 60ms less latency in the internet connection between England and Japan.




These new lines are good news for a wide variety of reasons. The current cables take a longer route, and traverse some of the heaviest traveled shipping lanes. This means that a ship who drags its anchor in the wrong spot could easily kill the backbone that links most of the world. Additionally, these cables are shorter, resulting in lower latency, as previously mentioned.


Another cable line is going to be laid following the North American coastline, instead of the Russian coastline. This will make connections into Canada, and ultimately reach Japan. The Russian Trans-Arctic Cable System (RUTACS) will be made of 6 pairs of fibers with a 1.6 Tbit/s capacity per pair, and the minimum latency between London and Tokyo will be 76.58 milliseconds. The North American route will have a total bandwidth between the countries will of 6.4 Tbit/s, with latencies between London and Tokyo of 168 ms.

Wednesday Morning Roundup for March 21, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 3:30 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 21st, 2012.


Media Center, Players & HTPC:


Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media Center - Benchmark Reviews




Sapphire Radeon 7750 Ultimate - PureOverclock

Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 Ultimate - Neoseeker

Sapphire HD 7870 OC Edition vs XFX R7870 Black Edition DD - Hardware Heaven

XFX HD7870 Black Edition Overclocked - KitGuru

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Video hands-on with two ultra high-end ASRock X79 boards: Fatal1ty Champion and Extreme11

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 3:27 pm

You may have already seen the first video from our ASRock HQ visit today that checked out their full range of Intel Z77 Express Ivy Bridge boards and now we have two boards based around the Socket 2011 X79 chipset which deserve your attention, and here's why.



Let's start off with the Fatal1ty X79 Champion which as you may have guessed is a high-end gaming motherboard. You could probably consider this an X79 motherboard refresh from ASRock as it gets some nifty features such as the inclusion of the Creative Sound Core3D audio processor which includes "Scout Mode" that allows you to get a better idea of where your enemy is, probably with better audio positioning support compared to other cheaper audio codecs. it also comes with other high-end gaming features such as quad-SLI support.




And next up we have the ASRock X79 Extreme11 which really got out attention, nothing against the Fatal1ty board, but this one is really one to pay attention to for the following reasons. This is one of the biggest motherboards ASRock has produced and it comes totally packed with features. Let's start off with storage - it comes with no less than 14 onboard SATA 3.0 ports and eight of those SATA 3.0 ports are actually SAS 3.0 ports for more critical storage requirements...

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iPad 3 unable to charge while playing certain games, apps

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 3:11 pm

When a new device comes out, there's always going to be complaints from people experiencing buyers remorse. In this case, the new device is the iPad 3 and the complaints are that it runs too hot and, now, that it is unable to charge while running certain, high-load apps and games. The extra heat has to come from somewhere, and now it's plainly obvious: To power the new hi-res screen, they needed a more powerful processor, which has a higher power draw. This results in higher heat and a higher power requirement for these intensive apps.




The new Retina display is a major part of the problem as well. It's, in part, the reason for the beefier processor. Additionally, the back-light for the screen uses 2.5 times more power than the iPad 2 back-light. So, this normally isn't a problem for the 10W charger to overcome. But, when the user decides to crank up the games or apps, it requires more power than is supplied by the 10W charger.


This nets a decrease in the overall battery charge since it is supplementing the power that the charger can't produce. The solution could be as simple as getting a higher powered charger such as the Mac Air's 45W MagSafe. Or, just don't use your tablet while charging. Besides, the new iPad already takes longer to charge due to its larger battery.

Deal of the Day: Dell Inspiron 17R, Core i5, 6GB RAM, 17.3" for $549.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 2:28 pm

Today's Deal of the Day is Dell Home - 17.3" HD+ Dell Inspiron 17R with 2nd Gen Intel Core i5, 6GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $549.99 with FREE Shipping, plus FREE $25 Dell e-Gift Card!




Thanks to a price drop in the "market value" of this configuration (was $748.99, now $709.99), a $160 instant discount now takes the price of this laptop down to $549.99 with FREE shipping, plus get a $25 Dell Promotional e-Gift Card too! This configuration includes a 17.3" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED-backlit TrueLife TFT, 2nd gen 2.5Ghz Intel Core i5-2450M processor (with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.1Ghz), 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB hard drive, 8x DVD+/-RW DL, Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 with Bluetooth 3.0, 1MP HD webcam, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. Ends TONIGHT, 3/21/12 at 11:55PM CT.




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RumorTT: Samsung GALAXY S III appears in Visa commercial

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 2:05 pm

Everyone seems to be getting excited regarding Samsung's upcoming GALAXY S III phone. And why shouldn't they? With all the rumors flying around the internet, it appears to be a damn nice phone, filled with some incredible features such as a rumored 1920x1080 screen! Rumor has it that the phone pictured below appeared in an ad for Visa. Rumor also has it that the phone pictured is the new Samsung GALAXY S III!




No specific launch date for the phone has been confirmed, or even rumored, as far as I am aware. Yet, it seems that the phone has appeared in the commercial. A few key details lead us to suspect this. First, it looks fairly wide. Second, it appears to be lacking a Home key. Both of these are part of the rumors that have been flying around. What are your thoughts? Is this a legitimate photo of the upcoming phone? Or is it just the GALAXY S II? Let us know!

Download of the Day: Firefox 12.0 Beta 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 1:29 pm

Our Download of the Day is Firefox 12.0 Beta 1.




The latest beta version of Firefox is here, v12.0 beta 1. The latest beta introduces two new features, and a bunch of changes, developer features and some fixes. The two new features include Firefox being capable of updating with less prompts from the UAC (User Account Control), as well as now line numbers being included in the Page Source.


Changes include:


  • Line breaks are now supported in the title attribute
  • Improvements to "Find in Page" to center search result
  • URLs pasted into the download manager window are now automatically downloaded


Developer changes:


  • The column-fill CSS property has been implemented
  • Support for the text-align-last CSS property has been added
  • Experimental support for ECMAScript 6 Map and Set objects have been implemented




OS X: WebGL performance may be degraded on some hardware.


You can download the latest Firefox 12.0 Beta 1 here.

Mobile App of the Day: Words with Friends

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 12:24 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Words with Friends.




Experience for yourself why more than 20 million people are addicted to the word building, triple score seeking, chat bubble sending goodness of Words With Friends.





Not ready to buy? Try Words With Friends Free.


If you already have the free version, switching to the paid version is easy as pie. Your existing account, games and friends will carry over automatically to this ad-free version.







• "Delightfully addictive." - GeekSugar

• "Social gaming at its finest." - Fox News

• "Everyone who owns an iPhone or iPod Touch should have this game on their device." - Touch Arcade




• Simple and familiar gameplay you know and love

• Turn-based design lets you play up to 20 games simultaneously

• Play with your friends or match-make instantly with a random opponent

• Connect to Facebook to find even more of your friends to play

• Stay in touch with friends and family with in-game chat messaging

• Push notifications tell you when it's your turn

• Access your games across your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch

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The new iPad runs considerably hotter than the iPad 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 11:31 am

Shock. Horror. Stop the presses. Apple's latest iPad has an issue! It runs hotter than its predecessor, the iPad 2. Not by something small like 1c or 5-percent, but a decent whack of an increase. I've personally noticed this, and thought it was the apps I was running, or my iPad specifically, but it seems I'm not the only one.




The new iPad has been tested by, with an infrared camera, and 5 minutes of GLBenchmark. The results? It runs much hotter. According to the site's measurements, the latest third-generation iPad runs at 33.6C (92.5F) compared to the iPad 2's temps of 28.3C (82.9F). This is a sizeable increase. Personally, mine gets too hot for my left hand to hold it for prolonged periods of time.


I have to put it on my legs, or put something between me and the iPad. I really didn't want to buy a cover for it (because it makes it even heavier than it already is), but it seems I might have to, just to escape the heat issues. I'm attributing it to the more powerful GPU, driving the more pixel-laden display, as well as the much bigger battery to handle all of it. One would think Apple would've known it ran hot and did something with the device to escape this.

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Full video look at ASRock's range of Z77 Ivy Bridge motherboards

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 11:25 am

Earlier on today we visited the ASRock headquarters here in Taipei where we were introduced to their range of Intel Z77 Express Ivy Bridge based motherboards. You know, the ones we have been covering lately over the past couple of days - with more coming!



ASRock literally had a large room filled with Ivy Bridge based motherboards with not just Z77 based products, but also H77, Q77, B75 and so on - the whole shebang. In our video above we have focused just on the boards our audience will be most interested in and knowing you guys, that is the more high-end boards in the new line-up from ASRock.




We are going to let the video above do the talking, but as an introduction to it we got a look at ASRock's gaming boards including the Fatal1ty Z77 Performance, Professional and Professional-M. What's probably most interesting for us is that the Professional-M is the first Micro-ATX based board from ASRock to get the Fatal1ty treatment. We can't wait to test it...

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