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AMD preparing 1090FX, 1070 next-gen Bulldozer chipsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 3:57 am

AMD have not stopped since the Bulldozer launch, and 2012 is set to be release after release, hopefully. Leaked slides from Turkish-based site Donanim Haber show that the 1090FX and 1070 will arrive as part of the 10-series chipset family for current FX-Series processors as well as any other AM3+ chips.




It will throw away the SB850 south bridge component on the 900-series line, which has been on-board for roughly 18 months now, and instead it will rely on the new SB1060 south bridge that provides up to eight SATA 6Gbps ports.


The 1090FX chipset is set to sport native USB 3.0 support and enough lanes for some dual x16 graphics action, but those same features didn't make it for the lower-end 1070. PCI Express Gen 3.0 is also missing on the 10-series, unfortunately. We shouldn't see support for the new PCIe 3.0 interface on AMD chipsets until Piledriver hits, sometime next year.

Steam forums are currently down, security breach is to blame?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 3:16 am

Steam's official forums are currently offline with a message reading "The Steam forums are temporarily offline for maintenance. Your patience is appreciated." Is maintenance the actual issue, though? It is believed that the site's vBulletin forum software may have been hacked, with Valve not yet to comment on the issue, with some gamers noticing a suspicious message on the forum last night that leads most to believe it was a security breach.




Eurogamer was contacted by a Steam user who said a group known as fkn0wned changed the text on the forum and spammed some user's e-mail addresses. Below is what was said:


Ever wanted to dominate the servers you play on with guaranteed results, but you were too afraid to cheat because of ban risks? Visit It's safe, secure and undetected. Along with hacks, we've also got some general discussion sections, hacking tutorials and tools, porn, free giveaways and much more. This site has been conditioned to meet all of your needs in terms of resources so be sure to take a look and tell us what you think. Thanks again, the fkn0wned team.

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RumorTT: Xbox 720 is said to be smaller, cheaper than Xbox 360

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 1:17 am

Ah, RumorTT time, and today we have some news of the next-generation [gaming] console from Microsoft. Why did I put [gaming] in and not the actual word? Well, it might not be a hardcore gaming console after all. The Xbox 720 as its most commonly referred to, is reportedly codenamed "Loop".




Loop is said to be much smaller than the Xbox 360, will reportedly cost less to produce in the hopes of achieving higher Kinect adoption according to Microsoft leak blogger MS Nerd. The next-generation Xbox is also said to be based on a modified version of the yet-to-be-announced Windows 9.


Yep! Windows 9! MS Nerd also said that:


It will use a Zune HD-like hardware platform-a 'main' processor with multiple dedicated assistive cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors. It will be custom designed by Microsoft and two partners based on the ARM architecture.

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RunCore updates Kylin II SSDs with SATA 6.0Gbps interface

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 8, 2011 4:44 pm

RunCore is back in the limelight with an upgrade to their existing enterprise-grade SSDs - the Kylin II series. Where the Kylin II originally came out using the SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) interface, RunCore is now bringing Kylin II to market with the much more popular SATA 6.0 Gbps interface and a second-gen SandForce controller.




The new 2.5-inch sized Kylin II drives have an MTBF of 2 million hours and come in either SLC (single level cell) or MLC (multi level cell) form. RunCore states that they are capable of 4KB random read/write performance of 45,000/60,000 IOPS, whilst they give sequential read and write rates of up to 540MB/sec and 500MB/sec, respectively.


The updated line of Kylin II series drives from RunCore include both MLC and SLC versions of the 50GB, 100GB, 200GB, 300GB, and 400GB models.

T-Mobile to start offering Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus from Nov 16

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 8, 2011 3:54 pm

While it's already now on sale without the forced carrier support, confirmation from T-Mobile has just come in that they will start selling Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus on November 16th. With the requirement of signing up for a two year deal with the carrier, you will be able to pick it up for $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.




The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and includes HDSPA+ support. Features include the 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch (1024 x 600) PLS LCD touchscreen, a GB of RAM, 16GB built-in storage, microSD slot, 3MP rear facing camera w/ LED flash, 2MP front facing camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0 connectivity and a 4,000 mAh battery.

App of the Day: Apple Store 2.0 (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 8, 2011 3:11 pm

Our App of the Day today is Apple Store 2.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.2 or later.




Apple just took the covers off version 2.0 of its Apple Store app.


New in this version is Personal Pickup which allows you to buy your Apple product in the app and select your nearest store for pick up, only in the USA though. Also new is EasyPay (again only for the USA) which allows you to use your iTunes credit to buy products in-store yourself.


When you're on the go, the Apple Store app is the best way to research, personalize, and buy products from Apple, and get help at the Apple Retail Store. It's also the easiest way to get a new iPhone - right from your current iPhone.*


Here's what you can do with the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPod touch:


- Buy products on the go and pick them up at your favorite Apple Retail Store, or have

them shipped to your door.

- Personalize an iPad or an iPod with free engraving, plus get signature gift wrapping for

select Apple products.

- Buy an iPhone with just a few taps.*

- While in an Apple Store, quickly purchase accessories on your own with EasyPay

(requires iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S)

- Request help, check in for reservations, and meet up with a Specialist at the store.

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Sennheiser intros six new budget friendly sets of headphones

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 8, 2011 2:42 pm

Looking at picking up a new set of headphones over the xssy break? - You might be interested in one of six new pairs of headphones Sennheiser has just announced today. The new models in Sennheiser's line include the HD 219, HD 229, HD 239, HD 429, HD 439 and HD 449, all promising to deliver 'defined sound' in style.



HD 219


The HD 219 will set you back only $59.95 and feature closed ear cups with a padded head band for excellent comfort. For an extra $20 you can shift up to the HD 229 which include the use of powerful neodymium magnets that promise precise stereo sound output.


The next step up in the $119.95 HD 239s also use the aforementioned neodymium magnets and are further refined from there, boasting a frequency response of 16 to 23,000 Hz.

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Sharkoon shifts up a gear with USB 3.0 on its QuickDesk Pro

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 8, 2011 2:10 pm

While their upright standing "QUickPort" range of HDD/SSD docking stations tend to be more popular, there is another similar type of docking station Sharkoon has on the market dubbed the "QuickDesk" which primarily differs in that the drives are inserted into it laying flat, as opposed to standing up.




In keeping with the times, a new version of the QuickDesk has just been launched today - the QuickDesk Pro complete with USB 3.0 connectivity and stacking feet.


Both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized drives can be inserted horizontally into the front, open end of the QuickDesk Pro. For 2.5-inch sized drives, a rail fixed to the floor folds up to secure the drives in place. An ejection lever makes it simple to detach the drive from the QuickDesk.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 8, 2011 1:15 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - November 8th, 2011




- Asus 23.6" ET2410IUTS-B019C All-In-One PC @ Hot Hardware

- HP TouchSmart 320-1050 Touchscreen Desktop PC @ Techreviewsource




- Sapphire HD6970 2048MB GDDR5 (Dual Fan Edition) @ Kitguru

- Samsung UN55D7000 55" LED 3D HDTV @ Hardware Canucks




- Rasurbo Real & Power 550w Modular Power Supply @ Funkykit

- Cooler Master Storm Trooper Case @ Kitguru

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Download of the Day: FrostWire 5.2.7

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 8, 2011 11:47 am

Our Download of the Day today is FrostWire 5.2.7.


FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer client, is a collaborative effort from many Open Source and freelance developers located from all around the world.


Using the most recent version of FrostWire allows users to enjoy the best program functionality. Bugs reported in older versions have been fixed for the latest version. Any users with FrostWire 2.5 or earlier MUST update.


Frostwire's features include:


• Completely Free & Open Source!

• Faster Download Speeds

• No Spyware. No Adware. Guaranteed.

• iTunes™ Compatible!

• Faster Torrent Speeds

• Friendly Online Chat Rooms

• Bittorrent Support!

• Even More Connections

• New & Improved Skins



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