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Apple sold more iPads than HP sold PCs, the times they are a-changin'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 6:26 am

Apple had quite an amazing 3 months, with a record-breaking $46.3 billion in revenue, 37 million iPhones sold and 15.43 million iPads being sold. That last number, 15.43 million iPads.

 

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15,430,000 iPads sold, compared to the total number of HP's personal computing devices is actually strong. HP only sold 14.7 million, which means Apple sold more iPads than HP sold PCs. This is a seriously huge number.

 

Considering its only one iOS-based device, and not even the iPhone, this shows Apple mean some serious fruity business. This HP figure, to be fair, doesn't include the TouchPad. "Sources familiar with HP's build plans" say that the initial TouchPad order was between 1.8 and 2 million units.

VLC gets encrypted Blu-ray playback capabilities thanks to a 'hack'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 5:14 am

VLC was one of the first open source media players to be capable of playing back encrypted DVD's, and it has now become the first to bring Blu-ray playback capability, too.

 

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But wait, playback of unencrypted Blu-ray ISOs and folder structures has been possible without menus since the version 1.2 release of VLC. The biggest change are the AACS keys database, and how to get it integrated with the VLC installation.

 

The AACS keys will never be an official releases of VLC, as it enables copy protection circumvention. But, this is definitely a great move for not just VLC, but Blu-ray.

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NVIDIA talks smack of AMD's GCN, says "we expected more from the Radeon HD 7900"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 4:56 am

This is getting me excited. During CES 2012, NVIDIA knuckled down to show off their mobile systems processors, like Tegra. They didn't have much to say (officially) about their upcoming 28nm Kepler-based GPUs, but they did take the opportunity to talk to Nordic Hardware about Kepler, with some very interesting things to say.

 

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Nordic Hardware confirmed in those talks with Team Green that they could not say more than a launch schedule of "first half of 2012." Post-launch of AMD's first GCN-based card, the Radeon HD 7970, NVIDIA were positively surprised, for their benefit. A high-up representative revealed that NVIDIA before launch, had a likely performance estimate of the Radeon HD 7900, an estimate that they have been preparing to beat.

 

Post-launch, NVIDIA are even more confident that Kepler will have no problem kicking AMD's HD 7900 series in the nuts, and running past it. NVIDIA can be all-talk sometimes, but if they are right, and I have confidence they are this time, we could be in for an amazing year of GPUs.

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AMD welcomes in the New Year, releases Catalyst 12.1, 12.1 Preview, 8.921.2 RC11 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 4:15 am

AMD have just gone crazy and released a bunch of new updates for Radeon owners. There's an official Microsoft-certified build (12.1), a preview of the next official release (12.2) and an early driver for the HD 7900-Series (8.921.2 RC11).

 

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If you want to continue with your stability and trust in AMD's recommendations, we suggest grabbing the WHQL-certified 12.1 release, if you want to live a bit on the edge, grab the 12.1 Preview, and if you're a HD 7900-Series owner, you might want to test the new 8.921.2 RC11 driver.

 

Keep in mind that the Catalyst 12.1 and Catalyst 12.2 Preview drivers both don't support the latest-generation Radeon HD 7900-Series GPUs. If you want drivers for that series, you want the 8.921.2 RC11 drivers. The RC11 drivers give an 8- to 250-percent improvement in games and benchmarks such as Alien Vs. Predator, Battlefield 3, Crysis 2 and TessMark (OpenGL).

 

You can grab those drivers at AMD's Graphics Drivers & Software download page.

The first AMD Radeon HD 7950 is up for pre-order, is a Gigabyte-branded card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 3:26 am

Want to get in on that Graphics Core Next business, but don't want to shell out the cash for the HD 7970? Well, pre-orders for the GIGABYTE-branded HD 7950 are up on PROVANTAGE, where it's been spotted at a price of $481.58.

 

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The specs provided are just a tease: "HD 7950 3072MB DDR5 384BIT PCI Express DVI". Lazily, they've used a picture of the HD 4850, which is really bad in my opinion. If you're going to go as far as listing the card, maybe get a picture from GIGABYTE? Or at least have "TBD" or something in its place.

 

Rumor has it that the post-launch pricing of the HD 7950 will stick to the $400 mark. If they can get to this point, Team Green will need to change gears, and quick.

Happy Australia Day everyone!

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 3:17 am

Australia Day is here everyone! The team at TweakTown would like to wish you a Happy Australia Day and hope that you enjoy your well deserved public holiday and time off to spend with friends and family.

 

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For those of you who are working, I hope that it's not all bad and I hope that you blokes have a cold beer waiting for you at home tonight. I have beers cooling in the fridge for once my shift of news and posting for TweakTown is done, as well as stuff to throw on the BBQ. Feel free to stop by the House of Anthony if you're keen, ha.

 

On a similar note, our thoughts are with those going through the chaos that is the NSW's north coast right now, where rivers have overflowed after days of heavy rain. On top of this, Queenslanders have been warned to prepare for further weather chaos with the possibility of a cyclone forming in north Queensland in the next few days.

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MegaUpload's Kim Dotcom used to be No. 1 on Modern Warfare 3, has dropped to No. 2 since being arrested

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 2:26 am

MegaUpload was taken down a few days ago, as we and many other websites, news sites and even TV had talked about or posted. In between all of this little did anyone realise, he was a near pro Modern Warfare 3 player.

 

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He wasn't in a serious clan or fight in scrims or matches, but he was the No. 1 player in the world for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Kim Dotcom's gamer name was "MEGARACER", and whilst he has been in custody, Arazos took his place and knocked MEGARACER down to No. 2.

 

On New Years Eve, MEGARACER won the fight of No. 1 position, but Azaros soon overtook him with 9.09 million points on the MW3 leaderboard, leaving MEGARACER with just 9.05 million points. Azaros has 181,800 kills and 63,418 deaths, with a kill/death ration (KDR) of 2.87. MEGARACER on the other hand has 180,980 kills and 86,241 deaths backed up by a KDR of only 2.10.

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Facebook is down, have Anonymous gone through with their threat?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 1:15 am

[update] Seems to be OK now, but at the time it was definitely down. I noticed it pretty quickly and no one else from Google searches had said anything about it. I figured I must have been one of the only ones to notice that quick. Seems all good now! Thanks to our readers for commenting and letting us know of their success/problems with Facebook! You guys and girls are awesome! :)

 

I just had a text message from my BFF, Tristan, who has informed me Facebook is down. I was typing up some news and thought "yeah, come on". I checked Facebook.com and sure as HELL, it's down.

 

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Before getting into a panic of not being able to update my status, I checked http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com and sure enough I was presented with:

 

It's not just you! http://facebook.com looks down from here.

 

The site loaded up just as I got 3/4 the way through typing up this piece, but is now ultra slow. I'd say it feels like its at 5-percent working capacity right now.

 

I'll update this post as we find information out.

 

Comment to let us know if you're experiencing issues, or if the site is not even loading at all for you.

1000 player FPS battle happening this Sunday, want to help create a World Record?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 1:04 am

Yes, you read that right. Much Different, a Swedish-based, non-profit organisation have given themselves quite the goal. A 1000 player FPS battle, which isn't even a full game, but a browser-based FPS title.

 

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It is called "Man Vs. Machine" and is a game that:

 

Demonstrates the possibilities of a new kind of technology, developed by MuchDifferent, for creating massive online games. The secret behind being able to handle a much larger amount of players in one First Person Shooter (FPS) battlefield lays in having several (in this case 8) single-threaded servers working together as one, thanks to PikkoServer.

 

The game is built on the Unity engine, and uses some spiffy server technology that is meant to eliminate lag. Much Different have tested the servers, but just not with the general public yet. Much Different state that:

 

As long as you have an Internet connection capable of downloading 31 KB/s the amount of lag you experience should mainly depend on your distance from Stockholm, Sweden, rather than the number of players in the game.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for January 25, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 2:17 pm

The latest happenings from around the web, January 25th, 2012:

 

Power Supplies:

 

Super Flower Golden King 1000 W - techPowerUp!

 

Storage:

 

Patriot Pyro SE 240GB Solid State Drive - APH Networks

Synology RackStation RS212 - KitGuru

Silicon Power Diamond D10 USB 3.0 750GB 2.5-inch Portable Hard Drive - ThinkComputers.org

Intel SSD 310 mSATA 80 GByte - Hardware-Mag.de

 

Media Players:

 

ZOTAC ZBOX AD04 Plus AMD Fusion Mini PC - Hardware Heaven

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