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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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Apple could pass Intel as the world's largest mobile chip producer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 10:29 am

It seems as though Apple is on track to pass Intel as the world's largest mobile device chip provider, if all things continue as they are, before the end of 2012. This is according to technology research firm, In-Stat. The continued success is thanks to Apple's amazingly popular mobile devices, as well as the selective use of manufacturing partners such as ARM and Samsung.




The study done by In-Stat included what are commonly thought of as "mobile" devices, this includes notebooks, smartphones, tablets, handheld gaming systems, e-readers and the iPod Touch. It completely excludes desktop computers and servers. By the end of 2011, Apple were already in second place, where they sat behind Intel, shy of 5 million processor shipments. Apple had a total of 176 million mobile processors shipped, compared to Intel's 181 million. This provided Apple with a 13.5-percent share of the mobile device market versus Intel's 13.9-percent.

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TSMC expected to expand 28nm manufacturing capacity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 9:30 am

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), is filled to the brim with 28nm orders, and is now likely to expand the process capacity later in the year, according to industry sources, reports DigiTimes. The sources have said that TSMC is reportedly running at full capacity at its 12-inch fabs, due to strong orders for 28nm, as well as 40nm and 65-based designs.




TSMC, instead of having to avoid orders and lose sales to United Microelectronics (UMC) and Samsung Electronics, the company will have to speed up the pace of it's leading-edge capacity expansion in particular, its 28nm capacity, according to these sources. The sources have added that a number of fabless and IDM companies have approached UMC and Samsung regarding their capacity for 28nm processes, while finding out that TSMC is unable to satisfy their demand due to its tight supply.


The firm is expected to spend $6 billion on capex in 2012, revising previous numbers. TSMC also stated during their most recent investor meeting that 28nm process technology could account for 5-percent of total wafter revenues in Q1 2012, up from 2-percent in Q4 2011.

Microsoft's Windows 8 should arrive in October, just in time for the holiday season

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 8:26 am

We should be expecting Microsoft to release their next-generation Windows 8 OS in October, where we could see both the x86 and ARM-based versions dropping simultaneously. This would give Microsoft a head start for the holiday season, letting tablet, notebook and other device makers ample time to get products ready for holiday consumption.




Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft want to claw back some of the lost sales they've experienced because of the iPad, and reinvigorate the sluggish PC market. Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Garter Inc. has said:


If they miss the September-October time frame, they're going to be stuck without being able to ship anything in 2012. The last thing Microsoft wants to have is a situation where there are no compelling Windows tablets at a time when the new iPad looks like it's going to be a good seller for the holidays.


According to Bloomberg, who cite sources with "knowledge of the schedule", we should expect an event hosted by Microsoft next month where the company will unveil their release strategy for Windows 8, where they'll provide more details on timing and marketing. The same sources have said that there will be less ARM-based devices in the rollout, because Microsoft have tightly controlled the number and set rigorous quality-control

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RumorTT: Microsoft ban certain staff members from purchasing Macs, iPads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:28 am

Bit of a strange one here, but I guess it can make sense, too. According to a leaked e-mail from Alain Crozier, the chief financial officer of Microsoft's Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, & Operations Group (SMSG), Microsoft may install a policy that prevents employees from using corporate funds to purchase Macs and iPads.




The e-mail was passed onto a ZDNet writer, in its entirety below:


From: Alain Crozier

Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 1:17 PM


Subject: Apple Purchases


Within SMSG we are putting in place a new policy that says that Apple products (Mac & iPad) should not be purchased with company funds.


In the US we will be turning off the Apple products from the Zones Catalog next week, which is the standard purchasing mechanism for these products.


Outside of the US - we will work with your finance and procurement teams to send the right message and put the right processes in place.


The current purchase levels are low, however we recognize there will be a bit of transition work associated with this. Details of historical purchases in the US are provided in the attachment to help understand the changes that will be needed.Thank you for your support and leadership on this...

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Virgin Mobile customers nationwide unable to use data and texting

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:48 am

For all the Virgin Mobile customers out there, we hope to bring you an important service announcement regarding your cell phone. Virgin Mobile is currently experiencing a nationwide data and texting outage, as confirmed by many users and Virgin Mobile's official Twitter feed. A representative for the company posted "We're currently experiencing a national data & text messaging outage. Our engineers are working to resolve it. Thank you for your patience," on the Twitter feed around 4 p.m. Pacific time.




Curiously enough, Sprint, who owns the company, and its users have reported no issues on the Sprint Network. Virgin Mobile officials have been oddly silent on the cause of the issue. It could possibly be in relation to the upcoming data throttling changes that go into effect in 3 days. Do you have Virgin Mobile? Are you experiencing the outage? Let us know regarding that and your thoughts regarding the changes to unlimited data.

Telltale Games show off 'The Walking Dead' game trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:28 am

AMC's 'The Walking Dead' has been a smash hit thus far, and I personally enjoy it. The series was inspired by Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic series, and now Telltale Games have released their trailer for the upcoming game based on the same original series.



The Walking Dead's lead designer Sean Vanaman says that the game is more along the lines of the comic book than the television series. Where within the game universe of The Walking Dead, a new set of characters is introduced, led by Lee Everett, but the same zombie apocalypse timeline remains roughly the same. What makes this game stand out is that players will be given the the decision to make difficult moral decisions that will affect gameplay across the entier series.


Graphics-wise, we should expect a blend of 2D and 3D models, which are said to be presented in a way that it pays homage to the original comic book artwork. Kirkman has said:


Telltale has done a phenomenal job in making a game that meets the expectations of fans. Running around with a gun isn't what The Walking Dead is about; it's about how people caught in an apocalypse deal with facing their own death every day, and the horrible choices they have to make to survive. Telltale's game series has captured the spirit of the comic books perfectly.

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Hard Reset players get free upgrade to Extended Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 5:26 am

Hard Reset's parents, Flying Wild Hog, have confirmed that the upcoming expansion content will be free to those who have already purchased the game. Retail shelves saw the release "Hard Reset: Extended Edition", which sports extra content. This version will replace the current Steam version, and will replace it in late-April or early-May, where the price should increase from $19.99 to $29.99.



The game launched at $29.99, but with all of the extra content, that's still not bad considering most AAA+ titles are nearly $100 here in Australia. But, where things are different for this game is that whoever owns an original copy, will be upgraded to the new Extended Edition for free.




The game launched to a mixed reaction, where some loved the feel of the game and compared it to old school first-person shooters, where others hated it citing it was too short and too few enemies. The new Extended Edition hopes to shake things up introducing new weapons, enemies (including a boss), five more campaign levels, and two new survival mode levels.

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange will run for the Australian Senate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 4:29 am

WikiLeaks have just announced that its founder, and leader, Julian Assange, will be running for a seat in the Australian Senate, reports the ABC. At the moment, Assange is in England head of a possible extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women in 2010.




Assange is currently on bail waiting for a British Supreme Court decision on his appeal against the extradition. Although Assange is going through all of this legal drama, WikiLeaks has announced that Assange is eligible to run for the Upper House. WikiLeaks said on Twitter:


We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained.


Julian has decided to run.


The name of the Lalor candidate and the state Julian will run for will be announced at the appropriate time.


I'll vote for you, Julian.

Red Bull Stratos: gives man wings, will send him 120,000 feet into the stratosphere

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 3:18 am

OK, I'll admit it: I'm scared of heights. I live in a two-storey house and can barely look over my balcony without feeling scared. But this, this is just absolutely insane! Enter "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner, who has jumped 2,500 times from planes, and helicopters as well as some of the world's highest landmarks and skyscrapers, such as the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, the Millau Viaduct in southern France, and the 101-story Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan.




This summer, Baumgartner hopes to fly toward the Earth at supersonic speeds from a record 23 miles above the Earth, breaking the sound barrier... with only his body. During a dress rehearsal last Thursday, he made it more than half-way, ascending from the New Mexico desert in a helium balloon, and jumping from more than 13 miles up. It's said that he is one of only three people who have jumped from such a height and free-fall to a safe landing. He's also the first to do so in 50 years.


He's even caught the attention of NASA, where engineers working on astronaut escape systems for future spacecraft keeping an eye on the skydiver. Here's where things get insane: Baumgartner took a 100-foot helium balloon and pressurized capsule which lifted from Roswell, New Mexico last Thursday morning. He then jumped at 71,581 feet - 13.6 miles - and landed safely just 8 minutes and 8 seconds later.

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