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Apple's new ad features Siri and Santa

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 19, 2011 6:23 am

Apple's latest advertisement for both the iPhone 4S and Siri are floating around on TV and the Internet. It features Santa asking Siri a bunch of questions, from e-mails, weather forecasts to directions.

 

 

It's a smart ad, and shows off the usefulness of Siri. But, can Siri read e-mails? Anyone with an iPhone and Siri can confirm that for me?

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Windows 8 will feature built-in password manager

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 19, 2011 5:26 am

Password management and security is something that confuses a lot of people, and Microsoft are hoping to change that. A new feature that will be included in their next OS will allow users to put an unlimited number of individual passwords behind one master password, and then sync them across all other Windows 8-based machines they use.

 

 

The Live ID password is all you'll need, so for the multiple websites you use, you can set very complicated passwords for them, in the case you get hacked and your credentials are stolen, your entire digital life isn't ripped away from you. Windows 8 will automatically enter your login information when visiting a saved website.

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WD cuts down Blue and Green HDD warranty from 3 to 2 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 19, 2011 3:32 am

Western Digital in a strange move, has cut the warranty of Caviar Blue, Caviar Green and Scorpio Blue drives from three to two years. Channel partners received a letter from SelectWD explaining the news, where it is said that Caviar Black and Scorpio Black drives will still receive five-year warranties.

 

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The SelectWD letter says:

 

This new warranty policy will be effective for drives shipped from January 2nd, 2012. It is important that you take a moment to update your website(s) and collateral to reflect this change for effected drives shipped after January 1st, 2012.

 

All drives shipped to distributors prior to Jan. 2nd 2012 will retain the current warranty terms. Because of existing inventory in the distribution channel there will be a short period of time when some drives with a 3-year warranty will be sold at the same time as drives with a 2-year warranty.

 

If you have any doubt about the warranty of a drive you purchased, you can go to support.wdc.com, select Warranty and RMA Services and proceed to the Warranty Check page.

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North Korea's "Dear Leader", Kim Jong-Il is dead

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Dec 19, 2011 3:26 am

North Korea's "Dear Leader", Kim Jong-Il has died, at 69. Kim's death was reported on Monday by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. Kim reportedly had a stroke back in 2008, and may have also had pancreatic cancer, according to South Korean news reports.

 

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Kim was a 'chain-smoking recluse', who rules for 17 years after coming into power in July 1994 and resisted opening up to the outside world in order to protect his regime.

 

The news comes just hours after the U.S. military pull their last troops out of Iraq. Will we see a move by the U.S. in the next few weeks?

Weekend Roundup for December 18, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 19, 2011 2:34 am

The latest happenings from around the web - December 19th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- ASRock X79 Extreme9 X79 Motherboard @ eTeknix

- Asus M5A99X EVO and Asus M5A97 EVO: two Simpler Mainboards for AMD Bulldozer @ XBit Labs

 

Video/Monitor

 

- eForce GTX 580 Showdown: ASUS Matrix vs.EVGA Classified @ Legit Reviews

- PowerColor HD6970 Devil 13 @ Overclock3D

 

Audio/Media

 

- Powercolor JustSling Media Streamer @ Kitguru

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Sony's PlayStation Vita launches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 19, 2011 2:30 am

Sony have released their next-generation portable, PlayStation Vita, in Japan over the weekend. This is something Sony are really hoping scrapes back some of their lost market share, not to just Nintendo, but mainly to Apple and Google with their smartphones and tablets getting into the mobile gaming market.

 

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PlayStation Vita will launch in the U.S. and Europe next February, but over the weekend saw thousands of PS Vita future-owners lining up to grab one at launch on Saturday. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said that pre-orders of Vita in Japan had sold out as customers lined up at retailers to make reservations.

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ASUS Transformer Prime will let Australians lick its Ice Cream Sandwich next month, price to be confirmed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 19, 2011 1:37 am

ASUS' Transformer Prime will be launching in Australia in January, with no price confirmed at the moment, it has been rumored to be at the $700 mark. When the Transformer Prime launches, it will be the first NVIDIA Tegra 3, quad-core SoC-packing tablet on the market. It's something special, and if you were looking at getting a tablet anytime soon, an iPad 2, Transformer, or even the great Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, I would wait until you lick some of the Ice Cream Sandwich on the Transformer Prime first.

 

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The Prime's specs, in case you have forgotten, or just want a recap:

 

10.1-inch SuperIPS + display with Gorilla Glass

1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Processor with 12-core GPU

1GB RAM

32GB or 64GB internal storage with microSD card slot

microHDMI port

8MP F2.4 rear shooter with continuous flash for video recording, 1.2MP front camera

8.33mm thin

586g (1.29 lbs.)

12 hour battery life playing 720p video, 18 hours with keyboard dock

Metallic spun finish

Android 3.2 - will be updated to Android 4.0 as soon as possible after release

Facebook for Android now has more daily users than Facebook for iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 19, 2011 1:27 am

The Facebook for Android mobile application has passed the Facebook for iPhone app, even though it launched nearly a year later, it has been playing catch-up for a while now. Both apps are developed internally by Facebook, so its not like one team works harder than the other. Facebook for Android has now passed Facebook for iPhone with 58.3 million DAU (Daily Active Users) compared to the iPhone app with 57.4 million DAU , according to the AppData tracking service.

 

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Android devices are growing at a crazy 550,000 activations per day, and Facebook for Android received Timeline for Facebook before the iPhone, but just today the iPhone's Facebook app hit v4.1 which included Timeline access. If we look at MAU (Monthly Active Users) Apple still lead with 99.1 million MAU, Android sits behind with just 85.4 million MAU.

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LeakedTT: NVIDIA to skip 600-series, jump straight to GeForce GTX 780? Did I mention it is nearly twice as fast as the GTX 580?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 18, 2011 1:16 pm

This was mostly unexpected, but then again, AMD have been waving their big red flag all over the Internet in the last few days due to the leaked AMD Radeon HD 7970 performance and specs. Today, we have PCINLIFE leaking an NVIDIA slide, that shows the difference in performance between their current single-GPU hero, the GeForce GTX 580 versus the GeForce GTX 780.

 

Say what? GeForce GTX 780?? Not GTX 680? Yes!

 

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The above slide shows the performance between the current GTX 580 and the next-gen Kepler-based GTX 780. The test bed is a Core i7-3960X, Windows 7 64-bit, 297-Series driver, 2560x1600 resolution with both AA and AF enabled. The GTX 780 is virtually twice as fast as the GTX 580 if the chart is correct.

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Antec EarthWatts Platinum power supplies set to shake up market (video)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 18, 2011 6:16 am

A little while ago we visited the Antec Taipei office here in Taiwan and got an early and exclusive look at its range of upcoming EarthWatts Platinum power supplies which are set to hit the market next month and really shake things up as far as pricing goes. Antec reckon their competitors are nervous.

 

 

Antec will soon launch the EA-650 watt Platinum, EA-550 watt Platinum and EA-450 watt Platinum. Each is certified with an 80 Plus Platinum rating which means they achieve up to 93% power efficiency, which is the best rating that can be given to a PSU. Antec claims that the EA-650 model can save up to 25% on your electricity bill - we aren't quite sure how they worked that out, but we'll have to take their word for it until we test their claims.

 

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Each comes with a three year warranty and includes a "whisper quiet" 120mm double ball bearing fan with what Antec call long lifetime expectancy. There are little fancy features with these PSU such as an LED on the fan or modular cable management, but they still include key quality components such as Japanese heavy-duty capacitors and Antec CircuitShield which includes over current protection, over voltage protection, under voltage protection, short circuit protections and so on.

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