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FAA to take new look at allowing electronic devices during takeoff, landing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 3:00 pm

At least something good regarding air travel is finally happening. The FAA has announced plans to re-evaluate the use of electronic devices during taxi, takeoff, and landing. This will be the first time that this has happened since 2006. The unfortunate part of this is that they are only considering devices other than cellphones. So while you may not be making phone calls during takeoff, you may be able to get a few more pages done on the latest thriller novel you happen to be reading on your tablet or e-reader.

 

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Previously to this, testing was an expensive and arduous task. For a device to be approved, it had to be taken up on an empty flight, by itself, on every plane in an airline's fleet on every single airline that wanted to approve the device for use. Clearly, this is an expensive and time consuming process, so the airlines haven't been conducting the tests. The FAA has pledged to work with "manufacturers, consumer electronic associations, aircraft and avionics manufacturers, airlines, pilots, flight attendants and passengers" to solve the problem of gaining device approval.

GTX680 posted for sale on a US site for $566.75

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 2:00 pm

Forget buying your GTX680 overseas, it's now available for order in the US priced only at $566.75. While we don't learn anything new from the product page, it almost certainly confirms that it's coming, and it's coming soon. The site is taking orders, so if you're interested in running SLI, now might be the best time to pick up 2 or even 3. That is, if your pocketbook can handle it.

 

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You can view the product page here and check it out or even order some, as the orders are being taken "regardless of availability." If you do decide to purchase one, do you mind grabbing one for me?

Monday Morning Roundup for March 19, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 1:25 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 19th, 2012.

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Fractal Design Arc Midi Mid-Tower - eTeknix

Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1000 W - techPowerUp

 

Storage:

 

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Solid State Drive - ThinkComputers.org

Corsair Performance Pro 128GB RAID 0 - PureOverclock

Kingston SSDNow V+200 Series 120GB SSD - t-break

Plextor M3 128GB SSD - HardwareLOOK

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Deal of the Day: Dell E2011H monitor with Dell Vostro 260 desktop - $399 with FREE shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:30 pm

Today's Deal of the Day is Dell Small Business - 20-Inch Dell E2011H LCD Monitor equipped Dell Vostro 260 Desktop with Intel Pentium G630, 2GB Memory, 250GB HD, DVD Burner, for $399 with FREE Shipping!

 

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$399 with FREE shipping after $169 instant discount buys a Dell Vostro 260 mini tower desktop with 2.7Ghz Intel Pentium dual-core G630, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 250GB hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, 15-month antivirus, and 1 year warranty, plus a 20" Dell E2011H LCD monitor. You can upgrade to a 22" Dell E2211H 1080p LCD monitor for $20. Unknown expiration date, may expire at any time.

 

DELL VOSTRO 260 MINI TOWER DESKTOP DEAL

 

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 18.0.1025.109 Beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 11:23 am

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 18.0.1025.109 Beta.

 

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The Beta channel has been updated to 18.0.1025.109 for Windows, Mac, and Chrome Frame.

 

This release changes to V8 back version 3.8. Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log. Interested in switching to the Beta channel? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

 

You can get more information, and download it, here.

ZOTAC GEFORCE GTX 680 gets listed on e-tailer website

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 10:25 am

GPU season, here we come! One of the first online store listings of NVIDIA's GEFORCE 680 is here, with the ZOTAC-branded card making an appearance on the Dutch-based online store, ComCom.nl. The card is priced at 426.20€ excluding taxes, and 507.18€ inclusive.

 

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The store is accepting orders, with shipping dates between 2-5 weeks. There's no limit on how many you can purchase, so if you want to hit up the reported 3-way SLI maximum, get on it. While you're at it, I'll take three of them too, just because you love me. The ComCom listing actually lists some specs too:

 

Core speed - 1006MHz

Memory speed - 6008MHz (effective)

RAM - 2GB

Display connectivity - two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort.

AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990 is coming, will arrive next month to lay the smack down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 9:31 am

Team Green haven't even started waving the winning flag from their upcoming GEFORCE GTX 680 (it still feels weird typing it in ALL CAPS), but AMD are beginning to knock at NVIDIA's wall, and the cracks are falling to the ground.

 

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If we rummage through the cracks and debris on the ground, we'll find news of AMD's upcoming dual-GPU monster, Radeon HD 7990. The new card is codenamed New Zealand, and is set to launch shortly after NVIDIA plants their GEFORCE GTX 680 flag into the ground. It's rumored that AMD are awaiting final benchmarks of the GTX 680 before they launch its competition.

 

There's no set date, numbers or more details, except for 'it should be here in early-April'. You can be sure that NVIDIA isn't just sitting on their hands, and they should counter with a dual-GPU Kepler-based card. Oh boy, graphics wars are on again, peeps!

Most people can't tell the difference between the new iPad and the iPad 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 8:24 am

Our unboxing video preview of the new iPad should be up shortly, and the full review should be up in the next week or so - with the below news something I totally agree with. You really can't tell the difference between the new iPad, and the iPad 2.

 

The Next Web have done this, where they actually set up a test with the new iPad and the iPad 2 set up side-by-side. Could anyone tell a difference between the near-identical iPads? Let's see:

 

 

Spoilers ahead! Virtually every single person guessed that the iPad 2 was the new iPad. Wow. Am I surprised? After my initial impressions/unboxing video - you'll see that my impressions were the same. Apple's marketing is just so powerful, they can pull this off and no one is going to really care. People will line up, buy the new iPad, and be happy.

 

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Can they tell the difference between the screen? Probably not, but as long as they are happy with their purchase, that's all that matters.

Sony have a Tegra 3-powered tablet on the way? Already waving goodbye to their Tablet S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 7:29 am

Sony's Tablet S and dual-screen Tablet P were released not long ago, featuring NVIDIA's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip (SoC). Now it seems that Sony are working on their next-generation tablet, which should sport NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC. The new doesn't stop there, as it seems that a developer has run Nenamark 1 and the results have been unearthed by Japanese site, Ambelo.

 

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If the news is true, it's called the Sony V150, according to the specifications of the Nenamark benchmark. The new Sony tablet rocks the quad-core Tegra 3, and is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The display resolution seems to be the same as the Sony Tablet S, at 1280x752. The device was tested just once, and scored a total of 59.70.

 

Now we just have to decide, or hope, that this is something new from Sony and will make an appearance soon. In a sea of tablets with higher resolution displays such as the newly-released iPad, or ASUS' Transformer range.. it's strange to only sport 1280x752. Maybe it will hit a different price point ($350 and lower), we should know soon enough.

Pre-crime detection system being trialled in U.S., Tom Cruise is not involved

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 6:24 am

Minority Report fans, check in, please. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has started up a new initiative, Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), where it aims to use sensor technology to detect cues "indicative of mal-intent", as defined by the DHS, as intent or desire to cause real harm, "rapidly, reliably, and remotely". They would use it to, "fight terror".

 

 

What is the FAST system capable of? Well, it has the features to monitor physiological and behavioral cues without contact. This means it is capable of capturing data such as your heart rate and steadiness of gaze of passengers that are about to board a plane. With said cues, FAST can then run through algorithms in real-time to compute the probability than an individual is planning to commit a crime.

 

According to the science journal, Nature, the first round of field tests for the program was completed at an "undisclosed location" in the northeast several months ago, where in lab tests, FAST reported a 70-percent accuracy rate. Not too damn bad for what would be a first-gen attempt/device.

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