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CyberpowerPC high-end desktops will now feature GTX 690s

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 3, 2012 6:02 pm

Cyberpower has announced a new option to allow customers to configure new gaming systems around the newly released GTX 690. Systems in which the card can be used include the enthusiast Fang III series, Zeus series, and Gamer Xtreme and Ultra series. The GTX 690 is based on two GTX 680 cards and provides similar performance to them in SLI.




The entry-level system based around the GTX 690 starts under $1700, which with a $1000 card inside, isn't too bad of a price. Cyberpower has also optimized their liquid cooling system for the dual-GPU GTX 690. The computers, in addition to the GTX 690, can be customized with a wide range of features. The full text of the press release is below:

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Google wants to change the internet, proposes SPDY as opposed to HTTP

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 3, 2012 5:27 pm

Spring cleaning is in full effect over at Google. Usually during the spring, Google attempts to rid itself of dead-end projects or, you know, push to overhaul the internet's DNS system. In this case, Google would like to replace HTTP with a new protocol called SPDY. To encourage this, it's showing potential speed gains on mobile networks.




Relying on the company's benchmarks, I can say that mean page load times on a Galaxy Nexus are 23% faster with the new system. Google hypothesizes that even more speed can be gained with future optimization. Google has already implemented SPDY in Chrome and Mozilla in Firefox. For once, even Microsoft seems to be on board.


So, as a way to transition, Google is proposing an Apache 2.2 module called mod_spdy. This module would allow web servers to take advantage of features such as stream multiplexing and header compression. HTTP, you've been good to us, but it appears that it is about time for you to go into the history books.

CloudFlare and OpenDNS team up to raise awareness of DNSChanger Malware

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 3, 2012 4:29 pm

DNS, at its roots, is somewhat complicated and complex, so when a couple of years ago a group released a piece of malware that sent people to the wrong sites, fixing it has proven difficult. You see, the piece of malware changed users' DNS settings to go to a server by the perpetrators which then forwarded them the wrong IP.




People that are infected with the malware still rely on these "bad" DNS servers. Obviously they aren't bad anymore, but they are being maintained by the FBI. The FBI is planning to shut these servers down come July 9, 2012. If a user's computer is infected, it will no longer have access to the internet due to the lack of DNS.


Starting today, any site running on CloudFlare can simply enable an app that will alert users who come from the improper DNS servers. This is a pretty good reach, but not quite enough. So CloudFlare has gone one step further and released the code on GitHub so that any website can implement the warning page.


Matthew Prince, of CloudFlare, says that the two companies, over the next month, should manage to see 60% of the infected computers. That still leaves 40% who won't have seen it. Come July 9, 2012, there are going to be a lot of people who will be without internet. And by "a lot," I mean some where in the hundreds of thousands.

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ASUS Fan Xpert 2 video hands-on shows how to do PC cooling fan control right

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 3, 2012 3:41 pm

So, you might have just saw our video hands-on demonstration of the brilliant ASUS Wi-Fi GO! which is part of most new ASUS Z77 based motherboard that only just came onto the market with the Ivy bridge launch last month. Next up and right here we give you similar treatment, but this time we're looking at ASUS Fan Xpert 2 - a big improvement over previous versions of Fan Xpert.



One of the biggest single features of Fan Xpert 2 is the ability to auto tune the cooling fans inside your case. This software has the ability to check and report back to the Fan Xpert 2 software rather impressive information regarding those fans installed inside your chassis. After you click the "Fan Auto Tuning" button it will run a fan tests that lasts between two and five minutes. While running, this tests measures the maximum and lowest RPM of all of the fans inside your case that are connected to one of the fan headers (3-pin or 4-pin) on your ASUS Z77 motherboard. Once complete, Fan Xpert 2 now has an intimate knowledge of all of your cooling fans and it knows how to dynamically control them based on the CPU temperature as well as let you manually control them to a rather extreme level...

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UK court ruling that ISPs must block The Pirate Bay has driven traffic to the site

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 3, 2012 3:29 pm

In an interesting, yet somewhat expected, turn of events, the High Court's ruling last Friday that all of UK's ISPs must block access to The Pirate Bay has had an affect on The Pirate Bay's web traffic. But not in the direction you think. Instead of losing hits and traffic, the file sharing website has seen an increase of 12 million visitors, more than it has ever had.




I guess this proves what they say is true: "There's no such thing as bad publicity." Clearly. "Thanks to the High Court and the fact that the news was on the BBC, we had 12 million more visitors yesterday than we had ever had before. We should write a thank you note to the BPI [British Phonographic Industry]," a spokesperson told TorrentFreak.


Virgin Media has already started to block access to the website, however, these blocks aren't hard to get around. Now, I'm not going to tell you how to do it, but I will tell you who will. The Pirate Bay, in the time before the rest of the ISPs block access to the site, is using the time to educate users how to beat censorship. If you happen to be on Virgin Media, you can check out The Pirate Party's website as they are mirroring the content.

ASUS Wi-Fi GO! video hands-on with Android tablet app version V1.1.01

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2012 3:01 pm

Earlier on today we were invited to the ASUS headquarters here in Taipei where we got a look at a couple of exclusive features that part of is range of new Intel Z77 Express based motherboards. We got a look at Fan Xpert 2 as well as Wi-Fi GO! We're going to look at the latter first.



Wi-Fi GO! is a combination of hardware and software that is included in most new ASUS Z77 motherboards. It includes a hardware Wi-Fi chip on the board and lovely and easy to use software on your PC and finally an Android or iPad app called Wi-Fi GO! Remote. We tested in the video above using the currently unreleased app version of V1.1.01 - it should be released to the public in a week or two. It includes the following functions: DLNA Media Hub, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard and Mouse, Smart Motion Control, File Transfer and Capture and Send.




Let's start off with DLNA Media Hub. This part of the app allows you use your Android tablet or iPad as a big remote control to stream content from your host (your ASUS Z77 PC) to any DLNA-compatible media player or device on your local network. The only requirement is that all of the devices (the tablet, your PC and your media streaming device) are all connected to the same network...

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Zynga wants to advertise in DrawSomething by making you draw brands

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2012 2:08 pm

Yes, I know that money is a good thing, but when a company starts to go overboard on advertising and monetization, they start to lose users. I'm afraid that is what is going to stat happening with the hip app DrawSomething. The number of users playing the game daily is already dropping, and has dropped so much that it is back to the level it was at when Zynga acquired the app.




Zynga is adding advertising to DrawSomething, in addition to the current banner ads and paid versions. This time, Zynga wants DrawSomething users to draw brands or words associated with brands or picked by brands. The National Hockey League has already paid Zynga for this, hence why you may have been asked to draw 'puck,' 'Zamboni,' or 'slap shot.'


OMGPOP had actually been testing this before the acquisition by Zynga, so this move isn't exactly surprising. It's pretty clear that brands would pay for this sort of advertising, but let me suggest a feature. Zynga, if I am drawing brands, you should save all the pictures for that brand and give them to them so that they could be used in marketing.

Download of the Day: GPU-Z 0.6.1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 3, 2012 11:43 am

Our Download of the Day is GPU-Z 0.6.1.




The latest version of GPU-Z is here, version 0.6.1. With it, brings plentiful NVIDIA Kepler support, mobile 7000 Series Radeon support, and more. On top of this, there's a PowerColor giveaway which shouldn't be missed!


  • Added PowerColor giveaway
  • Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690, GTX 670, GT 640, GT 630, GeForce 605, Quadro 3000M, GTX 675M, GTX 670M
  • Added support for AMD Radeon HD 7970M, HD 7450
  • Added full support for Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge integrated graphics
  • Fixed ROP count on GK107
  • Improved NVIDIA Kepler Boost Clock detection
  • Fixed crash on AMD Southern Islands when no graphics card driver installed
  • Fixed installer not working properly on Windows XP
  • Disabled broken BIOS save on NVIDIA Kepler
  • BIOS files are saved as .rom now
  • Fixed sensor graph redraw and improved its performance


You can download GPU-Z 0.6.1 here.

Microsoft to open New York research lab, hires 14 Yahoo Researchers to do so

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 3, 2012 11:00 am

Microsoft scooped up well-known social network researcher Duncan Watts over the weekend, but he wasn't the only one Microsoft had their sights on. Microsoft have scooped up 13 other Yahoo researchers to kick-start a new New York research lab.




From these 13 people Microsoft have acquired brings David Pennock who is an algorithmic economist and will over see day-to-day lab operations. Microsoft also scored machine learning expert John Langford. Microsoft aren't new to research organizations, where they have budgets in the billions, and 850 PhDs. NYC will be Microsoft's 13th global office according to Jennifer Chayes, who manages Microsoft Research New England, as well as the New York Group.


Microsoft were fortunate enough to grab these people as Yahoo made cuts to their research organization last month. Chayes adds that the Yahoo researchers didn't necessarily come as a package, where she elaborates:


I don't feel like we hired a group; I feel like we hired 15 amazing individuals, some of which became available because there were some problems at Yahoo.

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Samsung UK unveils 15-inch Series 9 Ultrabook, sports Ivy Bridge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 3, 2012 10:11 am

Samsung have done the world some good, pre-announcing their Series 9 Ultrabook. The model in question is the Samsung NP900X4C, which will be the company's first 15-inch model in the Series 9 family of notebooks.




Ivy Bridge processors destined for Ultrabooks aren't supposed to be available for another month, but this hasn't stopped Samsung's UK-based branch from teasing us with their Series 9 line of notebooks sporting the 22nm-based processor. The NP900X4C sports a mid-range Core i5-3317U running at 1.7GHz with a top turbo speed of 2.6GHz.


Filling the Ultrabook out is the HM75 chipset, 8GB (!) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory, a 128GB SSD drive, the 15-inch aforementioned screen with a resolution of 1600x900 and a panel with 400nits brightness. Graphics power will be driven with Intel's HD 4000 IGP, which isn't gaming-worthy, but its better than previous offerings. The NP900X4C also comes with 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with WiDi support, Bluetooth 4.0, a microHDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, combo headphone/mic jack, an SD/MMC slot and a 1.3-megapixel webcam.

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