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Kim Dotcom may get to reclaim assets after a paperwork error

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 6:00 pm

Today may just be Kim Dotcom's lucky day. I'm sure most of us remember that fateful day 8 weeks ago when his mansion was raided by police. Well, apparently, his house was raided on a court order that should have never been granted. A judgment from Justice Judith Potter on Friday declared the restraining order "null and void" and having "no legal effect" which means that the government may be forced to return his assets and property back to him.

 

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Justice Potter has said that after the police found the mistake, they sought to correct the mistake after the raid by applying for the proper order, retrospectively listing assets already seized. This order has been granted temporarily, but Potter has said that she will rule on whether this means Mr. Dotcom should get his property back. The raid left him without any money or means to fight the charges that he was running the biggest criminal copyright operation in history.

 

Court papers show Akel stating Dotcom's belongings and fortune "must be released" because it was "unlawfully seized and restrained under the order". All of this does not guarantee Mr. Dotcom's property back, however. The law allows for mistakes, and for him to get his property back, his lawyers will need to show a "lack of good faith."

CIA Chief wants to spy on you through internet connected appliances

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 5:00 pm

It seems like everything is connected to the internet these days, but have you ever stopped and asked yourself what the implications of this is on your daily life? Sure, it provides convenience, but at what cost? All of these internet connected devices are able to collect information on where you are and what you're doing at the moment and use that information to generate a pretty solid schedule of your daily life.

 

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But none of this should be of worry to you, right? But what if you become a person of interest of any of the many spy agencies? Imagine if your a person of interest and you decide to adjust your internet connected lights at home. As soon as you fire up your app, it could be sending data that contains your location and a timestamp which could easily allow a spy to follow you.

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HP slips up, previews upcoming laptops with Ivy Bridge and Trinity

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 4:00 pm

HP's slip up has allowed us to gain some new information regarding Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge, AMD's upcoming Trinity, and nVidia's upcoming mobile chips, along with HP's upcoming models. HP appears to be increasing the technology included in their base models. Pictures and specs are worth more than a bunch of words, so without anything more, let me introduce the dv4:

 

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This computer features Intel's upcoming i7-3610M which is apparently a quad-core part. It features 4GB of RAM clocked at 1600Mhz, a 1TB hard drive, and a GeForce 630M. Next is the dv6, which is similar. The only difference is it takes a step down in the storage department by featuring only a 750GB hard drive.

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FAA to take new look at allowing electronic devices during takeoff, landing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 3:00 pm

At least something good regarding air travel is finally happening. The FAA has announced plans to re-evaluate the use of electronic devices during taxi, takeoff, and landing. This will be the first time that this has happened since 2006. The unfortunate part of this is that they are only considering devices other than cellphones. So while you may not be making phone calls during takeoff, you may be able to get a few more pages done on the latest thriller novel you happen to be reading on your tablet or e-reader.

 

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Previously to this, testing was an expensive and arduous task. For a device to be approved, it had to be taken up on an empty flight, by itself, on every plane in an airline's fleet on every single airline that wanted to approve the device for use. Clearly, this is an expensive and time consuming process, so the airlines haven't been conducting the tests. The FAA has pledged to work with "manufacturers, consumer electronic associations, aircraft and avionics manufacturers, airlines, pilots, flight attendants and passengers" to solve the problem of gaining device approval.

GTX680 posted for sale on a US site for $566.75

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 2:00 pm

Forget buying your GTX680 overseas, it's now available for order in the US priced only at $566.75. While we don't learn anything new from the product page, it almost certainly confirms that it's coming, and it's coming soon. The site is taking orders, so if you're interested in running SLI, now might be the best time to pick up 2 or even 3. That is, if your pocketbook can handle it.

 

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You can view the product page here and check it out or even order some, as the orders are being taken "regardless of availability." If you do decide to purchase one, do you mind grabbing one for me?

Monday Morning Roundup for March 19, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 1:25 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 19th, 2012.

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Fractal Design Arc Midi Mid-Tower - eTeknix

Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1000 W - techPowerUp

 

Storage:

 

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Solid State Drive - ThinkComputers.org

Corsair Performance Pro 128GB RAID 0 - PureOverclock

Kingston SSDNow V+200 Series 120GB SSD - t-break

Plextor M3 128GB SSD - HardwareLOOK

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Deal of the Day: Dell E2011H monitor with Dell Vostro 260 desktop - $399 with FREE shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:30 pm

Today's Deal of the Day is Dell Small Business - 20-Inch Dell E2011H LCD Monitor equipped Dell Vostro 260 Desktop with Intel Pentium G630, 2GB Memory, 250GB HD, DVD Burner, for $399 with FREE Shipping!

 

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$399 with FREE shipping after $169 instant discount buys a Dell Vostro 260 mini tower desktop with 2.7Ghz Intel Pentium dual-core G630, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 250GB hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, 15-month antivirus, and 1 year warranty, plus a 20" Dell E2011H LCD monitor. You can upgrade to a 22" Dell E2211H 1080p LCD monitor for $20. Unknown expiration date, may expire at any time.

 

DELL VOSTRO 260 MINI TOWER DESKTOP DEAL

 

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 18.0.1025.109 Beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 11:23 am

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 18.0.1025.109 Beta.

 

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The Beta channel has been updated to 18.0.1025.109 for Windows, Mac, and Chrome Frame.

 

This release changes to V8 back version 3.8. Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log. Interested in switching to the Beta channel? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

 

You can get more information, and download it, here.

ZOTAC GEFORCE GTX 680 gets listed on e-tailer website

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 10:25 am

GPU season, here we come! One of the first online store listings of NVIDIA's GEFORCE 680 is here, with the ZOTAC-branded card making an appearance on the Dutch-based online store, ComCom.nl. The card is priced at 426.20€ excluding taxes, and 507.18€ inclusive.

 

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The store is accepting orders, with shipping dates between 2-5 weeks. There's no limit on how many you can purchase, so if you want to hit up the reported 3-way SLI maximum, get on it. While you're at it, I'll take three of them too, just because you love me. The ComCom listing actually lists some specs too:

 

Core speed - 1006MHz

Memory speed - 6008MHz (effective)

RAM - 2GB

Display connectivity - two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort.

AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990 is coming, will arrive next month to lay the smack down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 9:31 am

Team Green haven't even started waving the winning flag from their upcoming GEFORCE GTX 680 (it still feels weird typing it in ALL CAPS), but AMD are beginning to knock at NVIDIA's wall, and the cracks are falling to the ground.

 

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If we rummage through the cracks and debris on the ground, we'll find news of AMD's upcoming dual-GPU monster, Radeon HD 7990. The new card is codenamed New Zealand, and is set to launch shortly after NVIDIA plants their GEFORCE GTX 680 flag into the ground. It's rumored that AMD are awaiting final benchmarks of the GTX 680 before they launch its competition.

 

There's no set date, numbers or more details, except for 'it should be here in early-April'. You can be sure that NVIDIA isn't just sitting on their hands, and they should counter with a dual-GPU Kepler-based card. Oh boy, graphics wars are on again, peeps!

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