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Microsoft reveals SkyDrive Apps for both Windows Phone, iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 14, 2011 6:30 am

Microsoft have unveiled SkyDrive for both Windows Phone and iPhone today, with Microsoft releasing it as people are increasingly needing access to their files on-the-go. Microsoft's Mike Torres has said:

 

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As devices proliferate, having a great experience on the Web is only one piece of a pretty complex puzzle. People are choosing where to put their files based on how portable and accessible they are across the various devices they use; therefore, it's critical that we continue to extend the SkyDrive experience to the devices you use every day.

 

Windows Phone's latest update, Mango, has deep integration with SkyDrive through its hubs Pictures and Office, which allows sharing of text, e-mail or IM. Users, as always, wanted more. Torres adds:

 

Many still want the full SkyDrive experience from Windows Phone, including tasks like browsing their entire SkyDrive, sharing links to folders or files, deleting files, and creating folders.

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Futuremark release Powermark, battery life test for Windows 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 14, 2011 5:34 am

The company behind the infamous 3DMark benchmark suite have released "Powermark", a new battery life and power consumption test for Windows 7 notebooks, laptops, tablets and other battery powered devices.

 

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Powermark is a professional grade benchmark designed for industrial testing of battery powered Windows 7 devices by OEMs, corporations and governments. Included with Powermark is a quite of standard tests based on productivity and entertainment use-case scenarios, as well as the ability for custom settings for bespoke testing requirements.

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LeakedTT: Intel's Desktop Platform Roadmap for 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 14, 2011 4:31 am

To look, or not to look. Ah, come on. You know you're going to take a peek. What does it include? Well, the gist of it, there's not much exciting happening for CPUs (in my opinion) for 2012. The roadmap shows that Intel's superhero, the Core i7-3960K, won't be replaced any time throughout 2012. So, if you have one, you'll feel safe knowing you have the knees that are on those bees throughout the year.

 

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But, there will be shifts in all other segments: premium (Core i7), mainstream (Core i5), transactional (Core i3), legacy (Pentium) and value (Celeron and Atom). The biggest change we'll see from Intel in 2012 is the launch of the 22nm-based Socket 1155. There will be a bunch of CPUs released under this new fabrication.

 

These chips include the Core i7-3770K which will sit at the top of the hill, clocked at 3.50GHz, sporting 8MB of cache, 8 threads, and a Turbo Boost speed of 3.90GHz. TDP sits at 77W and does so throughout the entire 22nm-based range. This is down from the 32nm-based chips with TDP's at a max of 95.

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AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview, AMD turns a new leaf in drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 14, 2011 3:34 am

AMD have had quite the trouble lately with drivers, a botched RAGE driver, no CrossFire support in Battlefield 3 without micro-stuttering for most users, and Skyrim took nearly a month to get going for HD 5000-Series owners with CrossFire.

 

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But, 2012 is a new year, and AMD have their Graphics Core Next (GCN) debuting, which is their first architectural change since the R600 (2900XT). With it, AMD have added some herbs and spices to their drivers, to not propel the new series of GPUs, but to revamp their old ones, too.

 

AnandTech really cover the Preview drivers well, but a rundown is that they're heavily modified, and have tonnes of new features baked in that should impress pretty much everyone. One thing most people are going to love: custom application profiles. Hooray! This new feature allows users to create new application profiles and to modify the application profiles that are distributed through drivers and CAP updates.

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SBS ON DEMAND and many other applications, now available on the Xbox 360

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 14, 2011 3:11 am

Starting from today, SBS ON DEMAND, ninemsn video and YouTube applications are now available on the Xbox 360 through Xbox LIVE. Better yet, all of these customised apps have voice commands built-in through Kinect.

 

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These new channels will compliment the already in place tv shows available through FOXTEL on the Xbox 360 and movies and music with Zune. Worldwide, has also seen some changes, with the following now available:

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Valve tease Half-Life 3 at Spike Video Game Awards?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 14, 2011 2:26 am

Valve have always been masters of secrets, as we all know Gabe has been playing Half-Life 3 for a few years now and just wants to master it completely in every way possible before releasing it. Until, that is, the Spike Video Game Awards over the weekend.

 

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The VGA's saw quite the number of teases, and announcements and this nugget of info is no different. Steam's message boards have been going absolutely crazy trying to figure out if Valve actually teased the upcoming game, with theories heavily relying on a half-speed YouTube video of Portal 2's AI "Wheatley" giving a speech.

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Why should you care about January 9, 2012? The AMD Radeon HD 7900 series launches then, that's why

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 14, 2011 1:23 am

Quick nugget here, AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series are set to launch on January 9, 2012 according to reliable market sources that DonanimHaber spoke with.

 

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AMD is expected to unveil two SKUs, the Radeon HD 7970 and Radeon HD 7950. This cards are based on AMD's new GCN, Graphics Core Next, and on a 28nm-based "Tahiti" silicon, which is a completely redesigned architecture.

 

January 9, January 9, January 9. It's nearly here.

App of the Day: Skype 2.6 (Android)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 6:20 pm

Our App of the Day today is Skype 2.6 for Android for Android devices with Android 2.1 and above.

 

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Just out! Skype has been busy lately with its mobile apps and today is no different. They've just launched version 2.6 of their Skype app for Android devices which allows you to send pictures, videos and files and it even has an improved look and feel.

 

Make free Skype-to-Skype video calls, and call phones at Skype rates on the move

Make free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype, whether they're on an Android, iPhone, Mac or PC, as well as IMs to your friends and family.

 

The latest version of the app includes the following changes:

 

What's New

 

What's new in this version?

 

- Send pictures, videos and files

- Easier to sign out, and auto-sign in

- Improved look and feel with new graphics

- Voicemail improvements

- Better video quality on Tegra 2 devices

Tuesday Morning Roundup for December 13, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 3:46 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 13th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Mac mini Computer @ Hardware Secrets

- CyberPower Xplorer X6-9200 Gaming Notebook @ Neoseeker

- Dell XPS 14z Notebook @ Hardware Canucks

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte E350N-USB3 Fusion Mini ITX Motherboard @ PC Perspective

- ASUS Rampage III Extreme Black Edition X58 LGA1366 ATX Motherboard @ Futurelooks

- Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 Motherboard @ tbreak

 

Cases/Modding/PSU

 

- Diablotek Legend Computer Case @ Techwarelabs

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Download of the Day: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 2:10 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7.

 

DAP is a consumer application that accelerates your downloads using SPEEDbit's patented multi-channel technology. While you download, DAP ensures your computer is using maximum bandwidth by downloading from parallel mirror sites.

 

Main features:

 

• Automatic Mirroring Speed Boost.

• Download safer as you see what the leading security programs say about your files.

• Continue broken or paused downloads

• Watch previews of videos as they download.

 

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