Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011 SP5 (17.80).
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.
Deal of the Day: Samsung SCX 4623F Monochrome Laser All-In-One Multifunction Printer for $89.99 with FREE Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Samsung SCX 4623F Monochrome Laser All-In-One Multifunction Printer for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Buy.com has this Samsung monochrome laser all-in-one machines for just $89.99 with FREE shipping. It can print up to 1200 x 1200 dpi at up to 23 ppm, with first page out at less than 9 seconds. It can copy at the same speed, and can scan and fax too. Features USB 2.0 connectivity.
Google have offered some technical help for those who are looking to get ready for the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich release, which is due later this year. Google's Scott Main has said in a blog post:
Ice Cream Sandwich is coming, and with it, handsets will be able to install apps built on Honeycomb.
Main did not that although Google haven't released the software development kit for the new Android OS, developers can take steps now to help make sure that their Honeycomb apps work on smaller screens. Ice Cream Sandwich is something to get excited about, as it will be a singular OS for both smartphones, tablets, and "everything in-between" with Main being quoted:
Although Honeycomb remains tablets-only, the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) release will support big screens, small screens, and everything in between. This is the way Android will stay from now on: the same version runs on all screen sizes.
J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz expects that two new iPhones will launch this fall, with the iPad 3 delayed into 2012. This speculations comes from conversations with industry insiders and was detailed in a note to clients, according to reports. The iPhone 5 is reported to sport a lighter, thinner form factor as well as packing a larger display and an 8-megapixel camera. It is also rumored to be both GSM and CDMA-capable, making it a "world-mode" smartphone. It is expected to not include LTE connectivity.
The second rumored phone is reportedly going to be the iPhone 4-plus and will launch alongside the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4-plus is based on the current-generation iPhone but will feature a few improvements. This handset could target the mainstream price point and focus on the China market, but it's reported to not be exclusive to that region.
The iPad 3 is said to be delayed until 2012, mostly because Apple is currently dominating the tablet market. While they're ahead, why not push further? Why wait just because you "dominate" the market. The iPhone market will only peak with Android phones coming in from left, right and centre. These lawsuits against Samsung aren't doing Apple any favours.
Google have today shipped the latest release of Chrome to the Stable channel, after last month's Beta channel release. The new release contains two significant technologies which allow developers to create even more powerful web apps and games. These include the Web Audio API which enables developers to add fancy audio effects such as room simulation and spatialization. Native Client is second tech included, which is an open-source technology that allows C and C++ code to be seamlessly and securely executed inside the browser. Current, Native Client only supports applications listed in the Chrome Web Store, but Google are working on removing this limitation as soon as possible.
Chrome 14 also includes some Mac OS X Lion changes. For all web pages, Chrome uses Lion's overlay scrollbars, which only appear when scrolling. They've also added initial support for Lion's full screen move, triggered by a full-screen button or Ctrl+Shift+F. Google have also fixed many crash bugs and added some all-around visual polish.
Grab the new version here.
National Broadband Network access is said to be as low as $50 a month, according to iiNet, who have just revealed their NBN packages. iiNet have announced premium packages including speeds of 100Mbps with 1TB of data, costing just $100 a month. This is $90 less than Internode's premium service that was revealed earlier in the year. iiNet also announced a $49.95 plan that will include 40GB of data with speeds at 12Mbps.
The 200GB plans will cost $59.95 and sport the same 12Mbps speed, with customers having the option of paying $5 extra a month to increase speeds to 25Mbps. 50Mbps will cost an additional $15 per month with 100Mbps costing an extra $20.
Vuzix Wrap 1200VR video eyewear is now out, sporting a simulated 75-inch 3D display at ten feet away in up to 720P HD via its dual monitor setup. The VR bit comes from the included Wrap Tracker 6TC with compass, which enables head-tracking with three degrees of freedom. It also includes drift control which should maintain smooth visuals when you're tilting your head to look at the on-screen action.
The unit is said to work with most Windows-based graphics cards and VGA connections, but if you want to get your VR on the Xbox 360 or PS3, you'll require some adapters. The unit is just $600, which shows that pricing is not actually too bad on these puppies.
Well, well, Ivy Bridge. Not only are you going to be a shrunken master of silicon joy when compared to your predecessor, but you'll support resolutions in excess of 4K (maxing out at 4096 x 4096). This is a giant leap from the current limitation of Sandy Bridge's GPU which is 2560 x 1600. This would mean discrete GPUs would no longer be needed if you had a super-size-me display capable of 4K resolutions.
That or you're just a graphics junkie like me. Bring on the 4K screens at 120Hz thank you ma'am.
The latest happenings from around the web - September 19th, 2011
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Review (with battery slice 39+) @ Kitguru
- Asus Eee Pad Transformer @ Techspot
- ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 @ Ocaholic
- MSI Z68A-GD65(G3) Motherboard @ HiTechLegion
- Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 @ Pureoverclock
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 1280MB SOC @ Aphnetworks
- Samsung T27950 LED Monitor @ tbreak
LG has released its new Optimus Q2 smartphone into its home market in South Korea yesterday running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The phone packs a 1.2GHz dual core processor which is believed to be a Tegra 2 chip, 5MP rear-facing camera, front VGA cam for video calls, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, WiDi Direct capability and Bluetooth. It measures in at 12.3mm thick, weighing 147 grams and uses a 4-inch (800 x 480) IPS touchscreen.
It is expected that the phone will get its European launch sometime this week.