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Nokia N9 PR1.1 update has been released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 9:35 am

Nokia has just started to publish the PR1.1 update for their Nokia N9 smartphone (software update version number 20.2011.40-4). The new update is published in waves and your phone will display a notification once it's made available for you.

 

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Feature-wise, the PR1.1 sports NFC support, music controls on the lock screen and the fabulous Swype keyboard. Noise cancellation is included which reduces background noise so that your friends can hear you better, photo and video shooting with color filters is now included with black & white, sepia, vivid, negative and solarize as options. Close apps can now be done with swiping down, which is by default, new indicators for standby screen like charging and calendar are included.

 

Lastly, the N9 is with PR1.1 is now more powerful at multi-tasking, with improved memory handling. Let us know how you go with the new update!

Mozilla Thunderbird 8.0, Lightning 1.0 released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 8:35 am

Mozilla's Firefox 8.0 hit the web yesterday and while the web browser side of Mozilla is enjoying their time in the lime light, Thunderbird and Lightning have received updated versions, too. Mozilla added Thunderbird to their rapid release schedule a little while back, which means users will receive frequent, periodic updates.

 

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Thunderbird 8.0 highlights include improved speed and responsiveness, add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default, new search and find shortcuts are included, improved accessibility of the attachment list, folder switching pane widget has been removed, numerous platform fixes to stability and a number of security issues have been fixed. It's also based on the new Mozilla Gecko 8 engine.

 

Additionally, Lighting, which has been in beta for a few years now, has finally been polished and given the green-light to have version 1.0 attached to its name. Keep in mind, Lightning 1.0 is only compatible with Thunderbird 8.0, which means you'll need to upgrade.

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Battlefield 3's tactical light being patched, yay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 8:35 am

One of the current "it really pisses me off" problems in Battlefield 3 is in regard to the tactical light you can spec up on your soldier. There have been many complaints about this and DICE have promised a change will be coming in Battlefield 3's next patch.

 

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In order to show the problem to people, DICE's Alan Kertz has posted three screenshots on his Twitter account. In the first one, the game is shown with no tactical lighting as a point of reference. The second shot is with the current implementation of tactical lighting and the final shot is what players will see after the upcoming patch.

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Google+ launches Pages for businesses and brands

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 6:17 am

Google have finally opened the flood gates to Google+ to business and brands, not just individuals. The new feature is being called "Google+ Pages", and there seems to be little different between a Page and an individual account.

 

 

You're able to add Pages to any of your regular Circles, and Page owners are able to post as usual and take part in Hangouts. Pages also turn up in Google search results, which is quite handy. Google have also introduced a new Direct Connect as well that allows you to specifically search for Google+ Pages, to do this type "+Google" or "+Angry Birds" in a Google Search box and you'll be directed to the respective page.

 

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Both features rollout on a limited basis starting today with Google promising everyone will have it soon.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime - first look!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 4:40 am

Well, look what just arrived in our inboxes here at TweakTown. Some super-hot teaser shots of ASUS' upcoming Tegra-3 based Eee Pad Transformer Prime. I've gotten a bit hot under the collar with these shots, so I'll be having a cold shower very soon.

 

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The shots show off the tablet, and its dock. As well as the two colors it'll be available in, Amethyst Grey (a mix of purple and grey) and Champagne Gold (a mix of Gold and Silver). The tablet looks just so sexy, and we should have more details on it soon ;)

 

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Patriot Memory launches Mac Series SSD and Notebook SODIMMs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 4:30 am

Patriot Memory have today announced their new Mac Series XT SSDs and SODIMM lines. Both are optimized for the latest and popular Mac-based products, with the new offerings from Patriot geared toward power users who demand the latest storage and memory technology to increase productivity and performance.

 

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The Patriot Memory Mac Series XT SSDs sport the SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor and synchronous NAND which is quite popular in SSD technology and very, very fast. It's capable of delivering speeds of up to 520MB/sec read and 500MB/sec write, while also offering extended battery life and system responsiveness to MacBook owners. Patriot also ensure the best performance and stability available by testing all Mac Series SSDs at the Apple Developer Compatibility labs for both quality and reliability.

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AMD preparing 1090FX, 1070 next-gen Bulldozer chipsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 3:57 am

AMD have not stopped since the Bulldozer launch, and 2012 is set to be release after release, hopefully. Leaked slides from Turkish-based site Donanim Haber show that the 1090FX and 1070 will arrive as part of the 10-series chipset family for current FX-Series processors as well as any other AM3+ chips.

 

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It will throw away the SB850 south bridge component on the 900-series line, which has been on-board for roughly 18 months now, and instead it will rely on the new SB1060 south bridge that provides up to eight SATA 6Gbps ports.

 

The 1090FX chipset is set to sport native USB 3.0 support and enough lanes for some dual x16 graphics action, but those same features didn't make it for the lower-end 1070. PCI Express Gen 3.0 is also missing on the 10-series, unfortunately. We shouldn't see support for the new PCIe 3.0 interface on AMD chipsets until Piledriver hits, sometime next year.

Steam forums are currently down, security breach is to blame?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 3:16 am

Steam's official forums are currently offline with a message reading "The Steam forums are temporarily offline for maintenance. Your patience is appreciated." Is maintenance the actual issue, though? It is believed that the site's vBulletin forum software may have been hacked, with Valve not yet to comment on the issue, with some gamers noticing a suspicious message on the forum last night that leads most to believe it was a security breach.

 

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Eurogamer was contacted by a Steam user who said a group known as fkn0wned changed the text on the forum and spammed some user's e-mail addresses. Below is what was said:

 

Ever wanted to dominate the servers you play on with guaranteed results, but you were too afraid to cheat because of ban risks? Visit Fkn0wned.com. It's safe, secure and undetected. Along with hacks, we've also got some general discussion sections, hacking tutorials and tools, porn, free giveaways and much more. This site has been conditioned to meet all of your needs in terms of resources so be sure to take a look and tell us what you think. Thanks again, the fkn0wned team.

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RumorTT: Xbox 720 is said to be smaller, cheaper than Xbox 360

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 1:17 am

Ah, RumorTT time, and today we have some news of the next-generation [gaming] console from Microsoft. Why did I put [gaming] in and not the actual word? Well, it might not be a hardcore gaming console after all. The Xbox 720 as its most commonly referred to, is reportedly codenamed "Loop".

 

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Loop is said to be much smaller than the Xbox 360, will reportedly cost less to produce in the hopes of achieving higher Kinect adoption according to Microsoft leak blogger MS Nerd. The next-generation Xbox is also said to be based on a modified version of the yet-to-be-announced Windows 9.

 

Yep! Windows 9! MS Nerd also said that:

 

It will use a Zune HD-like hardware platform-a 'main' processor with multiple dedicated assistive cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors. It will be custom designed by Microsoft and two partners based on the ARM architecture.

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RunCore updates Kylin II SSDs with SATA 6.0Gbps interface

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 8, 2011 4:44 pm

RunCore is back in the limelight with an upgrade to their existing enterprise-grade SSDs - the Kylin II series. Where the Kylin II originally came out using the SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) interface, RunCore is now bringing Kylin II to market with the much more popular SATA 6.0 Gbps interface and a second-gen SandForce controller.

 

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The new 2.5-inch sized Kylin II drives have an MTBF of 2 million hours and come in either SLC (single level cell) or MLC (multi level cell) form. RunCore states that they are capable of 4KB random read/write performance of 45,000/60,000 IOPS, whilst they give sequential read and write rates of up to 540MB/sec and 500MB/sec, respectively.

 

The updated line of Kylin II series drives from RunCore include both MLC and SLC versions of the 50GB, 100GB, 200GB, 300GB, and 400GB models.

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