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iPad 2 Accessorizes: Smart Cover & HDMI Out

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 2, 2011 11:25 pm

Even though there's no USB Port, iPad 2 still got some pretty cool accessories today at the unveiling.



As you can see from the video, this cover is all magnets and intelligence. The cover, made of microfiber, attaches magnetically to the side of the iPad. It's unique design allows the user to fold it into two different stand positions, and it's quite lightweight as well.


Not only does using the cover clean your iPad screen, it automatically puts the device to sleep, too- which will of course reawaken when you fold back the cover. Pretty darn nifty- and it's available in polyurethane (bright colors) or leather (earthtones), albeit at a moderate price tag of $39 and $69, respectively.


Apple, famous for the restrictiveness of its post-pc devices finally gives us more than, well, an Apple cable.

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it's Black, it's White, it's better- it's the iPad 2

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 2, 2011 8:31 pm

According to the twitter-stream-throttling hashtag #ipad2, everyone is talking about Apple's newest post-PC product release, announced today at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Despite rumors of his failing health, a very chipper-looking Steve Jobs showed up to deliver the keynote presentation, which in true Apple style rolled out all of the next-gen iPad's newest features, many of which confirmed previous rumors and speculations about the device.


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Download of the Day: Speccy 1.09.231

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 2, 2011 4:26 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Speccy 1.09.231.


Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!


• Processor brand and model

• Hard drive size and speed

• Amount of memory (RAM)

• Graphics card

• Operating system


At first glance, Speccy may seem like an application for system administrators and power users. It certainly is, but Speccy can also help normal users, in everyday computing life.


If you need to add more memory to your system, for example, you can check how many memory slots your computer has and what memory's already installed. Then you can go out and buy the right type of memory to add on or replace what you've already got.


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Deal of the Day: Dell Inspiron 570 Desktop with Quad Core AMD Processor, 6GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive, DVD Burner, and 23" Dell 1080p LCD Monitor for $599.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 2, 2011 3:58 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Dell Inspiron 570 Desktop with Quad Core AMD Processor, 6GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive, DVD Burner, and 23" Dell 1080p LCD Monitor for $599.99 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: Get this Dell Inspiron 570 with 2.9Ghz quad core AMD Athlon II X4 Processor 635, 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1TB hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, ATI Radeon HD4200 graphics, 19-in-1 media card reader, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, 15-month antivirus, 1 year warranty, plus a 23" Dell ST2320L 1080p LCD monitor for $892.99 - 173 instant discount - $120 stacking coupon code = $599.99 with FREE shipping. Use coupon code: Z1Q49K28HJH54? for the discount, expiring 3/31/11 at 5:55AM or while supplies last.


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Legendary "Flashback" creator announces PS3 exclusive, "Amy"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 2, 2011 3:08 pm

For those of you old enough to remember Flashback, this news might come as a surprise to you. France-based VectorCell is the work of Paul Cuisset of "Moto Racer" and "Flashback" fame. They have a new title in the works dubbed, Amy.


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The world of "Amy" takes place in December 2034, when global warming has taken its toll on human life with the spread of disease and the occurrence of natural disasters. The game is set in the small Midwestern town of Silver City where players take on the role of Lana, who wakes up in the aftermath of a meteor strike.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 2, 2011 2:58 pm

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




- Sapphire EDGE-HD Mini PC Review - the smallest PC in the world @ Kitguru

- MSI E350IA-E45 AMD Brazos Fusion APU Platform @ PC Perspective




- Enermax Hoplite computer case tested @ Planet3DNow

- Lancool PC-K63 Case @ HT4U

- PC Power and Cooling Silencer 760W Power Supply @ Hardware Heaven

- Thermaltake V9 BlacX Case @ Pureoverclock

- Thermaltake V9 BlacX Case @ Overclockers Club

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Battlefield 3 gameplay footage, prepare to be blown away

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 2, 2011 10:04 am

WOW. That's all you'll say when you see the video below. This is where the teaser footage came from, but it full gameplay footage. The one thing in this video that brings a tear to my eye? A guy gets shot and from the your point of view, you walk up and pick up him to drag him to safety... this is where a WASD graphic comes up, telling you to press "S" (which is obviously, reverse/backwards).



Compared to the disappointing Crysis 2 PC demo, this looks absolutely, hands-down, new-pair-of-jocks worthy of your money. The video shows off the insane character models and movement animation, environmental and lighting detail (smoke and debris fly when bullets hit walls). I've been really pushing Battlefield 3 to crazy levels of anticipation, but believe me, I'll be taking the day off work when this puppy comes out.

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Crysis 2 to launch with DX9 only, DX11 to be included in a patch - Maximum Fail

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 2, 2011 4:03 am

Crytek and EA launched the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo yesterday and after playing it, I found myself quite under-enthused. It was okay graphically, but there are only a few drop down menus for graphics, no way near the customizability of the first. There's barely any destruction (which was a big feature of the first game) and no sound through my USB-powered Logitech G35's.



Motion blur is too annoying in the sequel, and it is only DirectX 9. News is leaking that the full game will ship with DirectX 9 only and DirectX 11 support will be added later through a patch. This is a very big blow as CEO Cevat Yerli has put his name on the line saying this will still be a huge hit on the PC and they have spent considerable time on PC making sure PC fans are not disappointed.

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Microsoft's Rahul Sood says every PC industry exec should use a MacBook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 2, 2011 1:42 am

Voodoo founder and ex-HP guru, Rahul Sood has loved controversy. Short of turning up to an event in an Egg ala Lady Gaga, he has always loved causing quite the stir. Today is no different, he expressed his pure love for Apple hardware by saying "Every executive in the PC industry should use an Apple notebook".


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He later tweeted that the real meaning behind that comment was that they were of higher quality than those that come with Windows by default. It sounds like a death stare toward his current employer, Microsoft, but it seems like it is a dig at his previous employer, HP.

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G.Skill show off Phoenix II, SATA 6Gbps SSD with 550MB/sec speeds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 2, 2011 1:23 am

G.Skill has shown off their latest and greatest SSD at CeBit, the Phoenix II series. Phoenix II is based on the new SandForce SF-2000 series controller which pushes the Phoenix II to the wall and posts some of the highest transfer speeds for the chipset.


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550MB/sec read, 500MB/sec write. G.Skill even went as far as validating these speeds using a session of ATTO disk benchmark to get their message across. Pictures above of the benchmark and a picture below of the actual SSD. Looks like it might be time for me to retire by G.Skill Falcon SSD...


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