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Facebook adds gay marriage icons, Apple follows suit with iOS 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 8:26 am

Up until the weekend, if you were to declare you were married on Facebook, it would show the traditional cake-topper style icon of a male and a female together. Well, with the whole gay marriage debacle going on across the world, Facebook have gotten with the times and updated the options for marriage.




Considering the social networking site features more than 900 million users, it is a move that should've been done a while ago. In the U.S. over the weekend, users started to notice new icons, either two males, or two females. James Lazar, a 38-year-old Chicago man was married to a man, but refused to change his status due to the male-female cake-topper style icons. He says "I don't like being forced into typical gender roles -- because we aren't. I think it's offensive".


Eventually, he changed his relationship status on Facebook to married and shortly after his icon changed to two men. He said in an interview with CNN, "I honestly didn't realize it was going to show up in my feed. I have 80,000 people 'liking' it and congratulating me and I'm like, 'Well, it was seven years ago!'"

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Samsung sees a strong quarter, thanks to their GALAXY S III smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 7:33 am

Samsung are expected to release their financial results for the latest quarter later on in the month, but the company is expecting to post a near-$6 billion profit. This quarterly profit can be attributed to the great sales of their GALAXY S III smartphone.




Executives within Samsung are still anxious about the rumblings in the euro zone, where debt concerns could threaten Samsung's sales successes. Analysts are pegging Samsung's April-June operating profit to surge 77-percent to $5.9 billion from the same quarter a year ago. Comparing this quarter to the January-March quarter, this is a nice 14-percent increase, which previously held the quarterly profit record.


Samsung's mobile division has been the strongest part of this, driving most of the profits. With profits doubling year-over-year on the sale of around 50 million smartphones. Mobile now accounts for more than 70-percent of Samsung's earnings. Samsung do still have to worry about the European debt crisis, as Europe is Samsung's largest consumer electronics market, so the company fears they may have to cut costs and increases prices if the value of the euro drops.

Seagate expects to miss quarterly sales forecast, will be $500 million short

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 6:30 am

Seagate are looking to expect revenues of $4.5 billion for the quarter, $500 million less than they previous expected. The company has said this is due to a supply quality issue, and a slower-than-expected rate of market share growth.




Seagate just last month said they would acquire LaCie, and have also said their gross margins on a non-GAAP basis would be lower than expected, by nearly a full percentage point. Seagate's shares fell by 64 cents, or a little over 2.5-percent, in after-hours trading to $24.44, after closing at $25.08 during the regular session. Seagate's shares have increased more than 55-percent this year.


The Thailand floods last year definitely caused the hard drive manufacturer some issues, considering Western Digital was hit with the brunt of the supply issues. The HDD industry didn't just die, but it has taken Seagate a little while longer to get where they'd like to be.

GIGABYTE announces world's first dual-port Thunderbolt motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 6:19 am

GIGABYTE have just announced the very latest 7-series motherboards that are the first to offer fully certified dual on-board Thunderbolt ports. The motherboards allow you to connect up to 12 devies, plus 3 digital displays simultaneously.




The Thunderbolt-powered motherboards allow users to daisy chain up to 12 devices simultaneously through an incredible bi-directional 10Gbps data pipeline that features both PCIe and DisplayPort traffic. GIGABYTE has worked closely with some of the world's largest device partners, including Promise® Technology, LaCie, BlackMagic, Western Digital, Seagate, Elgato, CalDigit and cable manufacturer Sumitomo.


Thunderbolt is no slouch when it comes to performance, meaning that these GIGABYTE dual-port Thunderbolt motherboards transferring at their top speed of 10Gbps, could transfer a full HD 1080p movie in under 30 seconds - imagine that!


The three motherboards to sport dual Thunderbolt ports are, the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH, Z77X-UP4 TH, and finally, the Z77MX-D3H TH.

Olympus show off MEG 4.0, a Project Glass-style wearable display prototype

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 5:37 am

Google's Project Glass augmented reality wonder device may be on everyone's wish lists for Christmas 2013, but that is a fair while away. Olympus have just announced their own prototype of a glasses-mounted heads-up display, the MEG 4.0.




Olympus have reportedly been working on wearable displays for a few years now, but considering the fan fare Google received and how they're moving the technology closer to consumers, the timing seems perfect for Olympus to unveil their product. Olympus' MEG 4.0 floats a 320x240 screen above the user's regular eye-line and hooks up through Bluetooth to a nearby smart device. MEG 4.0 weighs around 30g and has a decent 8-hour battery life in intermittent display mode that will automatically turn on the display every 3 minutes for just 15 seconds only.


MEG 4.0 features a built-in accelerometer that detects the position of the user's head and reacts accordingly. One major thing Olympus' MEG 4.0 doesn't include is a camera, which is something that Google's Project Glass sports, and will most likely be one of the strong points of Google's product versus Olmypus' offering. At the moment, Olympus haven't hinted at pricing, or availability, and there's no video demonstration of their technology, either.

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Corsair launches new Force Series GS SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 4:32 am

Corsair's Force Series of SSDs are some of the best in the world, and decently priced, so Corsair have added another member to the Force Series family. Corsair have just announced the Force Series GS, which sports the current-generation SandForce SF-2281 controller with Toggle DDR NAND in order to create Corsair's fastest SSD yet.




Corsair's Force Series GS sports a maximum random 4K write of up to 90K IOPS, features SATA 6Gbps connectivity, TRIM support and continues its 2.5-inch form factor. Corsair have made the Force Series GS available in four capacities, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB with prices ranging from $189.99 to $489.99, depending on the capacity. Performance varies a little bit depending on the drive, too:


  • 180GB: 555MB/s read, 525MB/s write, 90,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS
  • 240GB: 555MB/s read, 525MB/s write, 90,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS
  • 360GB: 555MB/s read, 530MB/s write, 50,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS
  • 480GB: 540MB/s read, 455MB/s write, 50,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS

RumorTT: Sony to release super-slim PS3 at Gamescom next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 3:40 am

The PlayStation 3 is quite old now, and was refreshed for the first time back in 2009 as a slimmed down version of the popular console, and right now, it's the only model that is in production. But, according to some documents that were filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), we could expect a "super-slim" version to be announced at next months Gamescom in Germany.




When Sony announced the current slim model, they did so at Gamescom three years ago. The above FCC sketches don't really show much, but they do show a different FCC label position as well as confirming that Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and 802.11 g/n have become standard once again.


Eurogamer took some time at E3 to speak to Sony executive Shuhei Yoshida, where they asked him if Sony had any plans to release a super-slim PS3. Yoshida told Eurogamer to never say never, which is a strong hint toward the move to a super-slim PS3. Considering that the PlayStation 4 could be out within the next 1-2 years, this would be the perfect time to cash in on the ageing console. What could its name be?


PS3 Mini? Mini PS3? Super-slim PS3? What are your thoughts? What would you name a super-slim PlayStation 3?

Google to earn $15 for each Nexus 7 tablet sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 3:33 am

Google's $199 Nexus 7 tablet arrives in the next week or so, and we've previously reported that Google and ASUS were selling them for around cost price, $199. But, research firm UBM TechInsights believes that it costs Google $184 per Nexus 7 tablet to be manufactured, leaving $15 in profits.




Compared to Amazon where they make around $46 per Kindle Fire sold, and Apple make around $170 for each and every iPad sold. So the question asked is why would Google even bother with making a tablet if there's hardly any profit margin?


Well, first off, it gets their tablet into more hands than if it were more expensive, and Google getting their Nexus 7 into as many hands as possible is good for generating revenue elsewhere. From their Google Play store, the use of Gmail, Maps, YouTube and more.

BIOSTAR announces the world's first AMD FM2-based motherboard, sports WHQL certification for Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 1:35 am

Windows 8 still has a while until it gets released, but BIOSTAR have a world's first on their hand. BIOSTAR today announce its AMD FM2 motherboard, the Hi-Fi A85X, which has received Windows 8 hardware certification from Microsoft.




Now that BIOSTAR's Hi-Fi A85X sports the Windows Hardware Qualification Labs (WHQL) certification, BIOSTAR can guarantee to deliver the mot reliable, performance-driven solutions to power a Windows 8-based system, as well as setting a standard for future Windows 8 certified motherboards.

Introducing TweakTown's Ask the Experts - ask us tech questions, we answer!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 3:15 pm

Today we are introducing (or re-introducing if you've known TweakTown long enough) our newest section, Ask the Experts.


TweakTown's Ask the Experts


As the name implies, it gives you our readers the ability to submit tech questions and we'll do our best to try and help you solve them. Or it may not be actual problems you are facing, buy having trouble deciding on what product to buy. We are here to help and offer our advice and opinion. Hey, you even get your name and country up on the site as well!


Anthony Garreffa is manning our Ask the Experts section and is all set to receive your questions right now. He'll do his best to answer them. Sadly we won't be able to post and answer all questions, only the best ones will be selected. From time to time, we may also run a giveaway for the best questions - so, stay tuned.


Starting asking us your questions, right now!

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