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Monday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 6, 2010 11:17 am

The latest happenings from around the web - December 6th, 2010




- Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 Intel P67 Motherboard - First look @ PC Stats

- ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard @ OCIA

- Gigabyte X58-USB3 Motherboard @ Pureoverclock

- Zotac M880G-ITX WiFi : 100 % AMD @ Cowcotland




- AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 6-Core Processor Performance @ Legit Reviews

- AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2GHz Socket AM3 6-Core Processor @ PCStats




- Radeon HD 5550 v. GeForce GT 430 @ InsideHW

- We've Been Bamboozled! Process Delays Hit GPUs @ PC Perspective

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NVIDIA "refreshes" mobile graphics range - 500M enters the market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 6, 2010 3:58 am

NVIDIA has obviously not moved past it's renaming schemes. The 580 being a 480 but re-tweaked with 512 shaders and increased clock speeds with slight tweaks to power consumption, but still the same hardware (2 monitor output limitations, etc still apply).


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Now the mobile GPU range hits with the 500M range. The 540M chip maintains the same 96 CUDA cores and 128-bit memory interface as the GT 435M but earns it's "next-generation" name by increase clock speeds.

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Calling out Gerry and Bernie's Bluff - Myer and Harvey Norman eye off the GST

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 6, 2010 3:15 am

Kogan Technologies Blog has an interesting piece on the current GST-free retail world that Myer and now Harvey Norman are wishing for. Gerry Harvey has announced he wants to follow in Myer's footsteps by offering a China-based website to sell direct to Australian Shoppers, GST free.


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The blog pulls up some interesting points, but personally I do not see the point - Harvey Norman and Myer need to realise, like any retailer (with myself working in the IT retail sector as well as the super-hero posting TweakTown magician) that retail cannot continuously go up and up and up. It will fall eventually.

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Android Market gets the "Related" tab - similar app suggestions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 6, 2010 2:00 am

Goody! It looks like Android users won't need to wait for the Android 2.3 update to get a "Related/Similar" tab in the Android Market. Android users are reporting that they're finding the new tab in their Market.


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Obviously with this being very new - no one knows exactly which countries have it live or not, but here in Australia with a HTC Desire (Android 2.2) I do not have the updated Related tab.

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Australian Federal Government backs R18+ rating for video games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 6, 2010 1:40 am

Finally! Australian gamers might soon find themselves unshackled by the current limitation of the MA15+ rating for video games, whilst movies can hold an R18+ classification, games in Australia are limited to an MA15+ classification.


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Even if you're 18 or 118 you cannot buy an R18+ game in Australia as they do not currently have an R18+ classification for video games, but this is hopefully... all set to change.

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Micron unveils ClearNAND - embedded error correction in flash memory chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 6, 2010 1:00 am

Solid State drives are great - I use one in each of my systems personally, but most people know of their downfalls - bits fail, pages fill up and cells deteriorate over time.


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On current SSD's the controller does the heavy lifting to make sure your drive is looked after, where brand names like SandForce can inspire confidence in drives sporting the logo.

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Thrustmaster T500RS - the official peripheral of Gran Turismo?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Dec 6, 2010 12:20 am

Gran Turismo 5 is finally out, but it has strangely been absent without a high end 'official' steering wheel to go along with it. For a very long time now Logitech has had the pleasure of building wheels that carried the Gran Turismo branding until now?


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Thrustmaster seems to have secured the license for the GT franchise now and is building a wheel called the T500RS as pictured above. The T500RS promises unrivaled accuracy and seems to sport some form of magnetic sensor technology which Thrustmaster used in their HOTAS Warthog controller.

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Western Digital tried to buy Seagate last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2010 11:52 pm

Well isn't that interesting! In October last year Seagate rejected a takeover bid from Western Digital. According to "two people with knowledge of the matter" Western Digital was willing to offer between 10 and 15 percent more than a competing takeover from TPG Capital which had already flashed $7.5 billion dollars under Seagate's nose.


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However the sheer size of the proposal supposedly led to the refusal, not only would it have created a mammoth company, it would have also lead to huge product overlaps (internal, external HDD's, etc) and would've led to many managerial departures - on top of all of this, significant antitrust obsticles.

TweakTown iPhone content app is ready to download!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Dec 5, 2010 5:04 pm

Having a nice weekend folks? We are and are now very happy to announce that Apple has approved the TweakTown iPhone content app and is now ready to be downloaded from the App Store.


Stay up-to-date with the latest from TweakTown on-the-go with your iDevices and best of all it is FREE and completely ad-free.


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• Clear and easy to read content formatted specifically for your iDevice

• All the latest news from TweakTown in full format (not just a summary)

• A quick look at new reviews, articles and guides with easy access link to view full content in Safari

• Feel like gaming? Our game reviews are also included

• Love new tech products? Get the latest press releases in full format

• Quick access to our latest videos with simple playback support via YouTube app

• Send us your news and even include an image

• Share content via Twitter, Facebook or e-mail




Version 1.0 - first release




Our app requires an internet connection to download the latest updates. The app does not require any User ID or login credentials.

Groupon says no thanks to Google's $6 billion buyout offer

By: Don Lynn | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 4, 2010 4:04 pm

Well, it looks like Google's money isn't good enough for the folks at Groupon. Google reportedly offered up to 6 billion dollars for the local coupon site, but this deal wasn't sweet enough for Groupon who now reportedly pulls in around $2 billion a year in revenues.


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This $2 billion figure is a lot higher than the original projections that had Groupon pulling in around $500 million a year. Groupon sees half of this amount as the other 50 percent goes to the merchant, but the full figure is counted as revenue. Three years worth of revenue obviously wasn't enough for Groupon, who is also possibly considering going public with an IPO next year.

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