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Deal of the Day: Canon imageClass D340 Personal Digital Copier with ADF and More for Only $99.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Mar 22, 2011 12:18 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - Canon imageClass D340 Personal Digital Copier with ADF and More for Only $99.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping.

 

Offer: Admittedly, the rebate's a bit large, but you're picking up a real office copier with all of the usual features that entails for just $99.99 when all is said and done. Rebate is set to expire 3/26/11.

 

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Download of the Day: GPU-Z 0.5.2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 22, 2011 10:52 am

Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.5.2.

 

GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.

 

• Support NVIDIA and ATI cards

• Displays adapter, GPU and display information

• Displays overclock, default clocks and 3D clocks (if available)

• Validation of results

• No installation required

• Support for Windows 2000 / XP / Vista (both 32 and 64 bit versions are supported)

 

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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 0.5.2

 

* Added support for NVIDIA GT 440, GTX 550, GTX 560, GTX 570, GTX 590

* Added support for AMD HD 6990

* Added detection support for more Sandy Bridge IGPs

* Fixed ROP count on ATI Madison

* Improved OpenCL detection for ATI

* Added CHL8228 voltage controller support for Cayman Pro and XT

* Improved driver based voltage monitoring support for ATI cards

* Added startup parameter /card followed by the adapter index, starts with 1.

* Several crash and stability fixes

 

Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 22, 2011 10:23 am

The latest happenings from around the web - March 22nd, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- MSI P67A-GD65 @ Pureoverclock

- MSI 890FXA-GD65 Socket AM3 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

- Foxconn A9DA-S Motherboard @ Vortez

- Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Motherboard @ tbreak

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Palit GeForce GTX 550 @ Ultimate Hardware

- Nouveau's OpenGL Performance Approaches The NVIDIA Driver @ Phoronix

- ASUS GTX 570 DirectCU II @ Ocaholic

- Crysis 2 Launched: Quick Performance Preview using Timedemo @ VR-Zone

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iPad 2 Smart Cover Evidently Not So Smart, Fresh, Clean

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 22, 2011 1:18 am

The much hailed, aesthetically pleasing Smart Cover for the iPad 2 doesn't seem to be working as Apple would have you believe. Sascha Pallenberg of Netbook News was very displeased to find that the cover kept his iPad 2 neither clean nor protected after having purchased one at the recent SXSW Interactive event. He had been originally very enamored with the idea and with Apples' pervasive marketing campaign advertising the beauty and simplicity of the cover:

 

 

Apple announced the case with almost as much fanfare as it's vessel as the iPad 2 launch, and many have noted that it seemed like the event was tailored more to the various apps and accessories that the iPad 2 was bringing with it, including the HDMI-out cable, the new versions of iMovie and Garageband, and of course the array of Smart Covers specifically designed for the iPad 2.

 

Apple's website is suspiciously vague on the subject of protection, touting the case's magnetic features as well as its folding capabilities. Netbook News's Sascha Pallenberg was very, very blunt in his analysis of the case, saying

 

It is a piece of crap.

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Futuremark announce PCMark 7 for Windows 7 - puts your PC through its paces

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 22, 2011 12:00 am

PCMark 7 has been announced without an exact date or a price - but the excitement will surely be building for some. PCMark 7 should include fixed testing and thus results for those of us with Solid State HDD's after the falsely inflated results PCMark Vantage used to provide.

 

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System requirement wise, DX9 video card is minimum of course with DX10 and DX11 necessary for additional tests. There are seven different test suites with 20 different workloads designed to give various views of system performance. The seven suites are PCMark, Lightweight, Entertainment, Creativity, Productivity, Computation and Storage.

ICANN approves XXX Domain: Does This Change Anything?

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2011 11:54 pm

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After years of discussion and appeal, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has finally approved the ".xxx" domain suffix for adult entertainment sites. Though it won't be for some time until the 281st domain suffix becomes applicable, the approval has generated quite the controversy nevertheless.

 

After browsing close to 100 articles on the subject and standing on the sidelines of the numerous anonymous comment wars of tech blogs, the only thing I could glean, for certain, is that the real beneficiary of the dot-XXX suffix would be the company that originally proposed it: ICM Registry. The Florida-based company initiated the process back in 2005, only to be inundated by protests and threats from religious groups and the Bush Administration, who even threatened to enact legislation to override ICANN if it ever approved the TLD suffix. The Obama administration doesn't seem to care, and I'm not entirely surprised.

 

Red Light Districts exist, whether by name or by principle, in almost ever major city. If you live in a metropolitan area, you're generally aware of those neighborhoods that contain Sex Shops, Adult Bookstores, Exotic Dancing (and in some cases, more lascivious services). Imagine if someone came to your city and built a warehouse that spanned twenty or so square blocks and named it, I don't know, something like The "ALL PORN IN THE HISTORY OF EXISTENCE IS LOCATED HERE, IN THIS WAREHOUSE. SERIOUSLY...ANY

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Google whips up Nexus S 4G for Sprint

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 21, 2011 11:16 pm

Google have today announced the introduction of the Nexus S 4G from Google, available for Sprint. The Nexus line is quite impressive as Google state "it provides a pure Google experience and runs the latest and greatest Android releases and Google mobile apps".

 

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Nexus S 4G was co-developed by Samsung to tightly integrate the hardware and software, while highlighting the advancements of Gingerbread. Nexus S 4G also takes advantage of Sprint's high-speed 4G network. It also features a 4" Contour display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face.

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AMD blames DirectX for lack of amazing PC graphics, refers to it as "getting in the way" otherwise known as rooster blocking

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2011 10:43 pm

This is something I've complained about for years but it seems the big players are only just realising this. It won't stop though as I'm sure AMD are bending over backwards trying to get contracts for next-generation console GPU/APU - yet, wonder why PC gaming is suffering... on with the story! AMD's worldwide developer relations manager, Richard Huddy blames Microsoft and more precisely, DirectX for the lack of great looking games on PC.

 

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It's funny, we often have at least ten times as much horsepower as an Xbox 360 or a PS3 in a high-end graphics card, yet it's very clear that the games don't look ten times as good. To a significant extent, that's because, one way or another, for good reasons and bad - mostly good, DirectX is getting in the way.

 

Huddy sounds like he's pissed off and rightly so. There is so much more horsepower in a single mid-range GPU when compared to current-gen consoles yet the graphics we receive on PC is barely any better. Should this mean we should pay less for our games? PC's get higher resolutions, AA/AF options, but at the end of the day we're simply not seeing the leaps and bounds we used to in the 90s when the PC was the lead innovation for gaming.

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Gateway NV Series gets refreshed, now packing AMD Vision technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 21, 2011 10:32 pm

Gateway are rolling out some new AMD Vision equipped notebooks shortly which deliver 'enhanced performance capabilities for mobile computing'. The cream of the crop is the Gateway NV51B05u which sports an AMD E-series processor E-350 with Vision Technology and AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics, both of which allow a user to have a perfect 1080p HD experience and to play casual games - all for just $469.99.

 

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The Gateway NV Series feature a decent ingredients list, full-sized keyboard, 15.6-inch HD widescreen with UltrabrightT LED-backlit display, three USB ports and a HDMI port.

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Heavy Rain will not get a sequel, for now?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2011 1:00 pm

The news is grim for fellow Heavy Rain fans with developer Quantic Dream not interested in making a sequel to its multi-BAFTA winning PlayStation 3 crime saga. Quantic Dream studio boss David Cage confirmed the news at the BAFTA ceremony in London last night where the game picked up multiple awards.

 

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Heavy Rain won awards for technical innovation, story and music - Cage also revealed that Quantic Dreams next game while "still very dark" will explore new territory. He goes on to say:

 

"We created the genre," he insisted, referring to Heavy Rain's brand of interactive storytelling.

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