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Thursday Morning Roundup for April 26, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 2:00 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, April 26th, 2012.

 

Motherboards, CPUs & RAM:

 

Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB DDR3 - Real World Labs

MSI Z77A-GD65 Motherboard - Hardware Secrets

 

Peripherals:

 

CM QuickFire Pro Mechanical Keyboard - Overclockers Club

Corsair Vengeance M60 and K60 - Technic3D

 

Storage:

 

TCS Galatea Ultra-Rugged 240GB SLC SSD - The SSD Review

Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SSD - Hardware Canucks

Deal of the Day: Acer S201HLbd LED-backlit 20" LCD Monitor for $89.98 with FREE Delivery!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:31 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Acer S201HLbd LED-backlit 20" LCD Monitor for $89.98 with FREE Delivery!

 

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Staples has the 20" Acer S201HLbd ultra-thin LCD monitor with 1600 x 900 native resolution, 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms response, VGA, HDCP compliant DVI, LED-backlighting, and a full 3-year warranty for just $89.98 with FREE delivery!

 

It's set to expire 4/28/12, though they usually run out before the end date.

 

20" ACER S201HLBD LED-BACKLIT LCD MONITOR DEAL

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Download of the Day: CCleaner 3.18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 12:33 pm

Our Download of the Day is CCleaner 3.18.

 

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We're a third of the way through the year already! But it's that time of the month and CCleaner v3.18 is released and ready to download. This new version adds features to keep pace with the ever changing browser market, along with improved App support and the usual array of minor improvements to keep CCleaner your number one cleaning tool. :)

 

Changes:

 

  • Added support for Firefox 12 final release.
  • Added support for Google Chrome 20.0 beta.
  • Added multi-select to detailed results view.
  • Improved support for Internet Explorer 64-bit Add-ons.
  • Improved folder detection algorithm for cleaning items.
  • Improved scrolling interface for Include/Excluding dialogs.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7 alt-tab functionality.
  • Improved user interface for Drive Wiper Tool.
  • Added cleaning for Corel VideoStudio Pro X5, MS Security Client and GIMP 2.8.
  • Improved cleaning for OpenOffice 3, AIMP 3.
  • Minor GUI improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes.

 

Download now from http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Raspberry Pi flies past 100,000 orders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 11:31 am

element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers has announced it has over 100,000 confirmed orders for their pint-sized Raspberry Pi unit, these numbers are incredible considering they only launched the device in late-February.

 

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The manufacturing and distribution teams have been worked hard to get customers their device, so for those who have ordered on, or before April 18 can expect to have the Raspberry Pi in their hands by the end of June. Orders placed after April 18 should be completed after July onward. element14 will continuously keep customers updated on individual delivery dates as they happen.

 

element14 haven't just made a kick-ass little computing device, they've also organized a Raspberry Pi Masterclass this week with Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation which is for 15 school children in the UK. Eben also hosted a Raspberry Pi tutorial webinar earlier this month to demonstrate just how to quickly program a Raspberry Pi.

Apple's Tim Cook takes a swipe at Microsoft's Metro UI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 10:29 am

Apple may have quite a bit of power in the smartphone and tablet sector, but we all know that all kingdom's eventually collapse. Before that, the King's make big speeches and Apple is no different. Apple CEO Tim Cook took time out from yesterday's earnings call to take a swipe at Microsoft's plans for WIndows 8, where he likening them to combining a toaster to a fridge.

 

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Cook had a question-and-answer session that followed the earnings call, and was asked if Apple had any plans to merge their tablet and laptop efforts, as Microsoft are doing with their upcoming Window 8 OS. Cook replied with:

 

You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren't going to be pleasing to the user.

 

Cook snapped again, saying that any sort of convergence between tablets and laptops would result in a dilution of both, where he added:

 

We are not going to that part, but others might from a defensive point of view.

 

But, we all know Apple are big at talking and then going back on their word. If you'll remember when the iPhone was first released under Jobs' leadership, Apple made a very big deal of claiming that their then-new iOS operating system was, at heart, the same as its OS X desktop. Where they have now gone back on that word. Comparing iOS to OS X is just silly... iOS is even more closed off than OS X and is quite basic in comparison.

Intel to acquire Cray Supercomputing network patents for a cool $140 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 8:24 am

If you're sitting in a swish hotel lobby one day soon and a few men in suits walk in with a suitcase with a sticker on the side saying "Money Inside", and they're all wearing Intel Inside shirts or something to that effect, you've just witnessed a deal between Intel and Cray for $140 million.

 

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Cray are handing over technological patents to Intel, where they'll receive $140 million in cash for them. The patents include hardware patents concerning interconnect technology that it used to link up multiple processors together to exchange data at high speed. Cray's shares jumped because of the news, with an increase of 24-percent to $8.75 in pre-trading, and are currently climing past $9.

 

Part of the deal includes around 80 of the 800 employees Cray has will be joining Intel. Cray CEO Peter Ungaro has said:

 

This agreement also dramatically strengthens our balance sheet and increases our options for further growth, profitability and creating shareholder value.

WWDC 2012 sells out in just under two hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 7:10 am

Patiently waiting for tickets to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC)? Well, sorry, they're sold out. The quick sellout happened in the span of an insane two hours, and it still sold out after Apple had imposed new restrictions this year limiting sales to registered iOS and Mac developers.

 

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Apple also limited the amount of passes available per developer group, but that didn't stop the tickets from selling out. Has WWDC sold out this quick before? Nope. In 2010 it took eight days, and in under 12 hours last year. 2 hours, however, is insanely quick.

 

WWDC is being held between June 11-15 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. We should expect some exciting news from this conference.

Google thought they'd have 1/3 of the tablet market in 2011, missed it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 6:35 am

Google had huge expectations for their Android-based tablets back in 2010, where according to a quarterly Android review presented back in 2010 and uncovered by none other than The Verge, Google expected to sell 10 million Android-based tablets in 2011 which woud equate to a 33-percent stake in the tablet market.

 

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Google expected another 10 million sold in 2012 with a 22-percent market share in 2012. At the time, most would've thought that was reasonable of the company to expect, but Apple have been working quite hard at their tablets and the arse kicking of the market.

 

How far off the 10 million mark were the Mountain View-based company? Well, they did sell just over 6 million according to Andy Rubin when he spoke at the AsiaD conference in October of last year. Definitely short of their 10 million expectation. Smartphone-wise, Google are triumphantly kicking ass. Tablets, not so much.

Microsoft may have found a new OEM partner in Huawei, they would make Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 5:32 am

China-based Huawei is poised to become Microsoft's new OEM partner, where they've offered to make Windows Phone 8- and Windows 8-based tablet products. Huawei are looking to debut new phones and tablets running Microsoft's latest and greatest touch-enabled OS by the end of the year.

 

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Huawei has, until now, predominantly been concentrating on their Android-based products and have only recently started working with the Redmond-based company. Huawei have a little while ago been rumored to have created a 70-strong team of Windows Phone peeps, which would begin developing hardware for Windows 8 for release this year. On top of smartphones, Huawei would also create tablets compatible with Windows 8.

 

Huawei have been waiting to smash into the US market, recently bringing their Ascend P1 to the US market as well as moving its R&D operations to Silicon Valley. A partnership with Microsoft shows a huge improvement with the two companies' relationship. This first sign of love is a strong one.

Acer's Iconia Tab A500 Android 4.0 update has arrived a few days early, for some

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 4:43 am

A bit of a quick one here, folks. Acer's Iconia Tab A500 tablet owners should take note here, some folks are seeing updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for their 7-inch A100 and 10.1-inch A500 Tabs.

 

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Acer previously noted that the A500 wouldn't lick any of that delicious Ice Cream Sandwich update until April 27th in the US or Canada, but some people are reportedly seeing their over-the-air (OTA) updates hitting their Tabs. If you're rocking an A500, manually check for an update, as you might be a little surprised.

 

The jump from Android 3.x Honeycomb to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a good one, I definitely suggest making the move.

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