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RumorTT: ASUS preparing swivel-screen Ultrabook to coincide with Windows 8 launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 7:19 am

ASUS are reportedly working on a new ultrabook style laptop where they are said to be baking in a swivel design display that transforms the device into a tablet. Since Windows 8 is much more tablet-friendly, this move would actually be quite the bold move by ASUS. DigiTimes says the device will be unveiled at 2012 Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, and might hit retail shelves in time for the launch of Windows 8 next September.

 

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ASUS have been here before, with their Eee PC T91 netbook (as pictured above) in 2009. The device did not sell that well, but with tablets being more popular than ever, and Windows 8 having the OS build a tablet UI directly into the OS itself, it could really work.

 

There has, to this day, not been a device that could do both. Apple have the iPad and their MacBook range, but nothing that can do both. I personally own a 2011 17-inch MacBook Pro and I've wished for a long time now that I could disconnect my 17-inch display and use it like a big iPad. If ASUS can pull this off, I can tell you now, I'll be all over that in a heartbeat. I can see it now, it'll be called Asus Ultrabot or similar, in line with their "Transformer" line of products. You heard it here first, folks! I call Ultrabot from here on out.

Man thought he won $57 million jackpot at casino, until he was told it was a "software glitch"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 5:24 am

Behar Merlaku was sitting on a slot machine at a casino in Bregenz, Austria when he thought he hit the big time. Not just a few thousand dollars, but he hit the jackpot winning an astounding, life-changing $57 million. At just 26 years old, this would be one of those life-defining moments, where you realise everything will be OK from here on out.

 

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Until he went up to the cashier to cash his prize to have the casino owners say it was "all a mistake", and just a "software glitch'. They argued that the jackpot alarm went off erroneously and that Merlaku's game had not actually hit the required five matches. He had only gotten four, they said. Instead of the $57 million Merlaku thought he'd won, the casino spat in his face an offered him $100 and a free meal. Yep.

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Just a handful Chinese hacking groups responsible for most US attacks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 5:00 am

U.S. cyber security analysts and experts are reporting that fewer than 12 different Chinese groups are responsible for most of the China-based cyber attacks that have resulted in critical data being stolen from U.S. companies and government agencies. The analysts spoke to The Associated press where they've said the intrusions have resulted in the loss of billions of dollars of intellectual property and other critical data.

 

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The attacks may have been stealthy, agressive and somewhat ninja, but the distinct signatures the hackers leave behind make it possible for U.S. cyber security investigators to more or less accurately identify which teams were responsible for the attacks. According to the report, the U.S. gives unique names or numbers to the attackers, and at times can tell where the hackers are and even who they may be.

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Naughty Dog splits into two teams

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 4:34 am

The development team responsible for the amazing Uncharted series of games on the PlayStation 3, have some good news for the world. Shortly after Uncharted 2: Among Thieves came out, Naughty Dog split its focus into two separate projects.

 

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One team handled the sequel to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception, while the other tem handled a new IP, "The Last of Us" and have been working on this new title for the last two years. The Two uf Us is a PS3-exclusive game, about an apocalyptic Earth, in which you'll find abandoned cities reclaimed by nature. The population has been decimated by a modern plague, There are survivors killing each other for food, weapons, or whatever they can get their hands on.

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Intel's fourth-quarter revenue to be below expectations due to HDD supply shortages

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 3:29 am

Intel have just announced that their fourth-quarter results are going to be lower than their previous outlook due to the Thailand floods and the resulting shortage on hard drive supplies. Intel now expects a fourth-quarter revenue of $13.7 billion, plus or minus $300 million, on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, lower than the previous expectation of $14.7 billion, plus or minus $500 million.

 

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Sales of PCs are expected to be up sequentially in Q4. But, the worldwide PC supply chain is reducing inventories and microprocessor purchases as a result of hard disk drive supply shortages. Intel expects the HDD supply shortages to continue into Q1 2012, followed by a rebuilding of microprocessor inventories as supplies of HDDs recover during 1H 2012.

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You can go Back to Karkand in just a few hours on Xbox 360 and PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 2:29 am

Did you hear that? That girly squeal of excitement? Yeah, sorry, it was me. Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand goes live in just a few hours on Xbox 360 and PC. It goes live on the Xbox 360 starting at 09:00 GMT (4 AM EST) or for PC-based gamers like myself, 08:00 GMT (3 AM EST).

 

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The Battlefield 3 systems will also be receiving an update at the same time that is expected to take about an hour. Server owners have been warned to prepare for a server update, with R12 hitting sometime around the launch of B2K. Battlefield 3 players will have access to the expansion pack in their respective platforms store's.

 

Not long now, soldiers!

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Telstra to start selling Samsung Galaxy Nexus tomorrow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 2:27 am

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone was rumored to hit Optus first, then confirmed for Vodafone, but Telstra will be the first carrier out of the gate with Samsung's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-packing phone, starting tomorrow.

 

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The Android 4.0-powered handset will be available for $10 per month on a $59 Freedom Connect plan over 24 months which comes included with $550 worth of calls per month and 1.5GB of data. You can also get the Galaxy Nexus for $0 up front on the $79 Freedom Connect plan that comes with $800 worth of calls per month and 2GB of data.

 

Telstra have confirmed that partners JB Hi-Fi and FoneZone will have the smartphones for sale on Thursday.

Men in Black 3 official trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 1:27 am

The official trailer to Men in Black 3 is out, with Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Emma Thompson starring. The first one, to me, was great. I loved it, the second one felt like a paycheck... and this one actually looks great.

 

 

The trailer above shows off the story, where it seems K (Tommy Lee Jones) removes himself from this timeline and J (Will Smith) has to find him. Plenty of great special FX in between, and great actor Josh Brolin plays the stone-faced K in the past. The usual humor seems in place and I look forward to seeing the movie when it comes out.

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Monday Morning Roundup for December 12, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 2:34 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 12th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 Motherboard Drawing @ Legit Reviews

- ASRock Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 LGA1155 ATX Motherboard @ Futurelooks

- Asus P8Z68-V LX Z68 Motherboard @ eteknix

- EVGA Z68 FTW Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

 

Video/Monitor

 

- ASUS GTX560Ti 448 Core DirectCU II @ Overclock3D

- Intel - It Was One Heck Of A Year For Sandy Bridge Graphics @ Phoronix

 

Audio/Media

 

- Genius HS-200 Gold In-Ear Headset @ Testfreaks

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Download of the Day: Sandra Lite 2012 SP1 (18.20)

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 1:11 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2012 SP1 (18.20).

 

SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.

 

It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.

 

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