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RumorTT: iPad 2 to be unveiled on March 2?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 23, 2011 12:24 am

Rumor has it Apple are holding an event on March 2 and included in that rumor is the unveiling of the highly-anticipated iPad 2. All signs are pointing toward the iPad 2 being thinner and should sport an improved display.


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It should also include a front-facing camera which would come hand-in-hand with Facetime support. There are also other rumors that the iPad 2 will include Qualcomm's multimode chips that will allow it to run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks around the world. Apple will face fierce competition this time with Google's Android OS powering virtually all other tablet-based products.

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Download of the Day: Paint.NET 3.5.7

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 22, 2011 9:18 am

Our Download of the Day today is Paint.NET 3.5.7.


Paint.NET is an image and photo manipulation application.


Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. In order to handle multiple images easily, Paint.NET uses a tabbed document interface. The tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of a text description. This makes navigation very simple and fast.


Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.


Many special effects are included for enhancing and perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.


Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, curves, and levels. You can also convert an image to black and white, or sepia-toned.


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Deal of the Day: Fantom GreenDrive Pro GDP2000EU 2TB eSATA and USB 2.0 External Hard Drive with 2 Year Warranty for $79.99 plus Shipping after Rebate

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 22, 2011 7:40 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Fantom GreenDrive Pro GDP2000EU 2TB eSATA and USB 2.0 External Hard Drive with 2 Year Warranty for $79.99 plus Shipping after Rebate!.


Offer: This 2TB 7200RPM external hard drive with 32MB buffer, USB 2.0 & eSATA connectors, and 2 year warranty is just $79.99 after a small $10 rebate (expiring 2/23/11). Shipping comes out to $4.99.


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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 22, 2011 5:51 am

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




- AMD's E-350 Fusion APU on the desktop @ Tech Report

- Sony VAIO VPC-YB15KX/S @ Techreviewsource

- Lenovo ThinkPad X120e Review: AMD Fusion Infused @ Hot Hardware




- MSI Big Bang Marshal P67 @ Ocaholic

- Gigabyte G1 Assassin Motherboard @ Overclock3D

- Sapphire Pure Black P67 Motherboard @ Ninjalane

- MSI P67A-GD65 Sandybridge Motherboard @ Kitguru

- ASUS E35 M1-M Pro / AMD E-350 @ Lostcircuits

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Skydiver misses mountain by only a few meters - luckily has another pair or pants to change into

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 22, 2011 3:59 am

Well, this video is quite interesting indeed. It has been on YouTube for a while but I have only just come across it and normally I wouldn't post something un-tech-related like this, but it's just so awesome to see how close he came to death and survived!



A bunch of people dive out of a plane, mis-judge where they are (above mountains) that look far away until you see the camera pan up and he sees the others pulling their parachutes, he looks down and most likely squeals like a little girl inside, pulls his chute and barely, just barely, misses the mountain and slides down into the ground.

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Playable Angry Birds birthday cake

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 22, 2011 3:07 am

A father has decided to step up to the mantle of being the best dad ever and has created a playable Angry Birds birthday cake. His YouTube description for the video says: It's become a family tradition that I make increasingly ridiculous birthday cakes for my kids each year. So with my little boy Ben turning 6-years-old over the weekend, and appreciating his love of Angry Birds, I thought I'd have a shot a making him a playable Angry Birds birthday cake with working catapult and iced birds as ammunition.



This is one of the best works of art (in the form of a cake) that I've ever seen. It's quite an effort and he has pulled it off quite well, the look on his son's face is enough satisfaction for any creative father! But this one takes the cake (all the pun in the world intended).

Android Market sees 861.5-percent growth, revenues are not as impressive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 22, 2011 1:59 am

According to a chart from UK-based research firm IHS, Android Market revenues for 2010 were estimated at $102 million, an increase from $11 million in 2009. How does this compare to Apple's juggernaut-of-an App Store? Well, Apple's revenues for their App Store in 2010 were estimated at $1.7 billion.


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That is 20 times bigger than the Android Market. Where the Android Market saw an 861.5-percent increase, Apple only saw a 131.9-percent increase. So Android is growing, but Apple is making a sweet-load more green than them. Google will need to sustain the growth they are enjoying now to catch up to where Apple are today.

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Chrome hits beta 10, also includes a variety of speed-boosts and features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 22, 2011 1:33 am

Google's new Chrome beta is out and includes a variety of speed-boosts and features. JavaScript engine V8 runs compute-intensive JavaScript applications much faster than previous iterations of Google's web browser. This beta release sees a jump of 66-percent over the current stable release when tested under V8 Benchmarker suite.


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The new beta also includes preliminary implementation of GPU-accelerated video. A user with the new beta who has a capable graphics card should see a decent decrease in CPU usage. In full screen mode CPU usage is touted to drop by as much as 80-percent! For notebooks this should give you a substantial increase in battery life.

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Microsoft is set to release Kinect for Windows SDK this spring

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 22, 2011 1:00 am

It was rumored earlier this year but now it has been confirmed - Microsoft are releasing the Kinect for Windows SDK. Microsoft have said "It will be available this spring as a free download, and will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system-such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself."


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Commercial licensing details will arrive sometime after that. The blog also goes on to say "The possibilities are endless. Natural and intuitive technologies such as Kinect can be more than just a great platform for gaming and entertainment. They open up enormous opportunities across a wide variety of scenarios, including addressing societal issues in areas such as healthcare and education."

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Download of the Day: CPU-Z 1.57

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 21, 2011 7:22 am

Our Download of the Day today is CPU-Z 1.57.


CPU-Z is a freeware utility that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. CPU-Z does not need to be installed, just unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe. In order to remove the program, just delete the files. The program does not copy any file in any Windows directory, nor write to the registry.




• Name and number.

• Core stepping and process.

• Package.

• Core voltage.

• Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.

• Supported instructions sets.

• All cache levels (location, size, speed, technology).




• Vendor, model and revision.

• BIOS model and date.

• Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.

• Graphic interface.




• Frequency and timings.

• Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.




• Windows and DirectX version.


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