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OCZ Vertex 3 Pro gets caught doing 550MB/sec in a 500MB/sec zone, pays the fine for being awesome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 18, 2011 4:30 am

OCZ's Vertex Pro 3 is set to put the SSD market on fire by offering a blazing 550MB/sec maximum read and 500MB/sec maximum write speeds. This speed is attained by OCZ using the new SandForce SD-2500 controller which it sports.

 

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The SSD has been tested by a bunch of sites today and it's mostly the same conclusion - this is the shiznit. Anandtech even says it's "the first drive that really needs a 6Gbps interface." The drive isn't available yet and the hardware included is not final, but once it hits retail it's sure to shake things up considerably!

Apple sucks up 60% of the markets touch panel capacity, laughs manically

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 18, 2011 3:57 am

Apple plan to ship 40 million iPad products in 2011, the large amount of products being manufactured and shipped surely isn't easy and in order to secure such a large number of possible sales Apple has had to occupy close to 60-percent of the global touch panel capacity which is causing tight supply with the iPad's enemies.

 

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TPK and Wintek are two of the biggest players in touch-panel manufacturing and Apple have secured most of their manufacturing for 2011 leaving other companies hoping to cut into the tablet market. Second-tier players are having to also fight with companies like RIM, Motorola and HP which leaves Samsung, Acer and HP having to turn to smaller touch screen suppliers such as Sintek Photronic, Egalax-empia Technology, AimCore Technology, and J Touch.

NVIDIA set to pounce with a GeForce GTX 550 Ti on March 15?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 18, 2011 3:48 am

It looks like the NVIDIA drivers have let another cat out of the bag. The 266.7x beta drivers list a GeForce GTX550 Ti based on NVIDIA's GF116 graphics processor. It's expected to be a 40nm-based design and feature a 128-bit memory bus, a TDP of 110W or less and should ship with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Output wise it should include two dual-link DVI connectors as well as a mini-HDMI output.

 

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It is said to resemble the PCB design of NVIDIA's GeForce GTS450 but since it carries the GTX branding it should have another kick in performance. Rumor has it that the GTX550 Ti is said to smack down the Radeon HD 5770 by a good 35% in DirectX 11 games and 20% in DirectX 10 games. Pricing wise we should see it at $200, roughly $50 cheaper than the GTX560 Ti.

Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System - An update on donations! #2

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 17, 2011 2:58 pm

We are now 22 days into the TweakTown Aussie Flood Appeal and it is time for another update on the donations we have received so far.

 

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At this very moment, the donations total $5,654.17 AUD - yes, some of you donated odd amounts like $11 and $16, but thanks all the same for the extra. It all counts! We have converted to Australian Dollars since that is what will be given.

 

Happily we are now well above our $5,000 USD minimum, but still a ways short of our target of $10,000 USD. The first end date for the appeal is Feb 26, 2011, but as mentioned in the original news post, we may extend up to March 31st in one week intervals if required.

 

On behalf of the whole TweakTown team and all of the lovely sponsors involved, I would like to thank each and every one of you for donating so far.

 

Please remember to tweet, post on Facebook, tell all your friends and scream from your balcony about the TweakTown Aussie Flood Appeal and let's try and hit our amazing target of $10,000 USD for all the people in Australia who have witnessed basically the worst Mother Nature can throw at them.

Download of the Day: ClamWin 0.97

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 17, 2011 8:50 am

Our Download of the Day today is ClamWin 0.97.

 

ClamWin is a Free Antivirus program for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 and Vista. ClamWin Free Antivirus comes with an easy installer and open source code. You may download and use it absolutely free of charge. It features:

 

• High detection rates for viruses and spyware;

• Scanning Scheduler;

• Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database;

• Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer;

• Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically.

 

Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

 

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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 0.97

 

- Quarantine Browser with an option to restore quarantined files

- Digital signature verification method to minimize false positive detections

- Other bugfixes and improvements

 

Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Cell phone usage while driving nets New York drivers a stiff penalty

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 17, 2011 7:29 am

Losing your license and paying higher insurance premiums for driving and talking on your cell phone? That's now a possibility if you're a New Yorker. The state has just put a new law in effect that states that those using handheld phones while driving could not only face a fine of $100, but also get hit with two points on their driving record which could lead to higher insurance rates and even a suspended license.

 

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While New York has had a similar texting and driving law in place since 2009, the overall cell phone ban is being called the toughest in the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that distracted driving, which phones can be a huge part of, plays a role in one in five crashes. Other studies refute these claims, but common sense should tell you that not having your mind on the road can get you in trouble.

 

Don't think that New York cops are going to be afraid to write those tickets; 342,564 tickets were issued in New York for cell phone violations according to the DMV in 2009 when the texting law went into effect. New Yorkers, it looks like it's time to invest in a Bluetooth headset.

Deal of the Day: APC 350VA Back UPS ES Device for Only $29.99

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 17, 2011 7:24 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the OfficeMax - APC 350VA Back UPS ES Device for Only $29.99.

 

Offer: A nice price for the back up unit that gives you UPS as well. Redesigned for larger plugs, this well known 350va version of the APC's UPS is one of the easiest ways to protect your gear. I used to use these until they got too pricey but picked up 2 and got the free shipping for these heavy units included! Expires 2/19/11.

 

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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Playstation Network banhammer to drop on PS3 hackers

By: Don Lynn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2011 7:16 am

Sony's cracking down on the PS3 pirate world. In a statement released in the Playstation Blog today, Sony has stated that use of "circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently."

 

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With all of the back and forth between PS3 firmware patches and jailbreak features being constructed to foil the new security measures, Sony has made it clear that they're not fans of the act. Lockdown of PS3 devices from the Playstation Network is their way of trying to keep cheaters off of online servers and was the focus of the statement. Watch out wallhacker, Sony's coming for you.

IBM supercomputer "Watson" handily defeats human foes on Jeopardy

By: Don Lynn | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Feb 17, 2011 6:59 am

In a result that should have surprised no one, IBM's supercomputer "Watson" soundly beat two of the best Jeopardy! contestants at their own game in a three day competition held this week. While the humans were able to put up a battle here and there, Watson's 90 32-core IBM Power 750 Express servers and16 terabytes of memory were too much for the mere human brainpower of Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

 

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Rutter, Jeopardy's all time leading money winner and Jennings, who won 74 straight Jeopardy appearances, didn't even come close in the overall tally. Watson's $77,147 in earnings would have beaten the combined totals for Jennings ($24,000) and Rutter ($21,600). Watson's win netted a $1 million prize which IBM is donating to World Vision.

Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 17, 2011 6:28 am

The latest happenings from around the web - February 2nd, 2011

 

Systems

 

- ASUS N73: One Step Closer to Perfection @ InsideHW

- Brazos comes to Acer's Aspire One 522 netbook @ Tech Report

 

Motherboard

 

- ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Performance @ Legit Reviews

- AMD Fusion Hits Retail: Zotac and Gigabyte E-350s Tested @ Hot Hardware

- Gigabyte P67A-UD4 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard @ PC Perspective

 

Memory

 

- Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR3-1866 BL2KIT25664FN1869 @ Overclockers Online

- G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 MHz DDR3 CL9 8 GB @ Techpowerup

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