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Intel Core i7-3930K plus Gigabyte X79-UD3 equals 5.6GHz overclocking record

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 8:35 am

Well, well. It seems the F7 BIOS update to some Gigabyte boards is really made out of something quite special. I covered the BIOS problem yesterday with an updated post to you, our readers, and to Gigabyte and today I find news of an overclocking record set with their board.

 

 

Overclocker "Hicookie" has achieved a new high clockspeed on Intel's Sandy Bridge-E Core i7-3930K by pushing it up to an insane 5.6GHz using Gigabyte's GA-X79-UD3 motherboard, the world's first motherboard to achieve a multiplier of 57x.

 

Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at Gigabyte says:

 

These new world records underline how the Gigabyte 3-way digital power engine on existing X79 motherboards makes breathtaking performance possible on our X79 series enthusiast platforms. They should also erase any skepticism regarding the performance and overclocking capabilities of our new F7 BIOS for Gigabyte X79 motherboards.

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AMD Radeon HD 7950 delayed, won't rock up your PC until next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 7:31 am

Although the AMD Radeon HD 7970 has been enjoying its time kicking the arse of virtually every other GPU in the world, the second GPU in AMD's 28nm-powered, GCN-busting lineup has been delayed.

 

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AMD's Radeon HD 7950 won't reach us this month and has been delayed until February. A paper launch of the Radeon HD 7970 late last year is not the usual move for AMD, and they want to avoid similar problems with the HD 7950 when it launches, so a delay could actually be a good thing.

 

The Radeon HD 7950 is based on the same Tahiti core as the higher-end HD 7970 brother, except that 4 of its GCN (Graphics Core Next) compute units have been disabled. Because of this, it takes on the moniker "Tahiti Pro" versus the 7970's "Tahiti XT". The 7950 will sport 1792 streaming processors, 3GB of GDDR5 and a 384-bit interface. It should also feature the same amount of video outputs, allowing 6-screen support.

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Verizon iPhone sales double, reach 4.2 million in holiday quarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 6:30 am

Verizon Wireless Chief Financial Officer, Fran Shammo, today participated in Citi's Global Entertainment, Media & Communications Conference, and as part of his presentation, revealed some iPhone sales numbers for Verizon.

 

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Shammo announced that Verizon had pumped through 4.2 million iPhones during Q4 2011, which is the same quarter that Apple launched their iPhone 4S. Q4's sales dwarfed Q3's sale numbers of the iPhone by more than double, from 2.0 million to 4.2 million. Apple sold just over 17 million iPhones during Q3, so if Verizon sold 4.2 million iPhones during Q4, Apple could've sold nearly 35 million iPhones during Q4 across the world.

 

Apple today announced they will report their holiday quarter sales and earnings numbers on January 24, where we should know more about their sales numbers, but in detail. As a result of the strong iPhone 4S sales performance, Verizon is expecting a reduction in its profit margin as they absorb the upfront subsidies paid to Apple for the iPhone 4S.

 

As time goes on, Verizon claw back their money from customers service contracts.

Engineers arrested, caught selling Intel sample CPUs on eBay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 5:29 am

Update: I've been informed by Intel, that the engineers did not in fact work for Intel, as the story originally suggested.

 

Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) have arrested four Intel engineers where they allegedly sold sample processors on eBay. The suspects were confirmed as Intel engineers at an OEM plant in Taiwan were taken into custody in the city of Taoyuan.

 

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Detectives had been tracking the engineers since September and conducted a raid on the individual's homes last month, according to reports. Authorities seized just 178 sample CPUs with an estimated street value of $82,500. The suspects admitted to selling more than 500 ES-branded chips since 2009.

 

Engineering sample CPUs are typically designated by Intel Confidential and ES markings are considered beta versions that get used for in-house testing, compatibility qualification, used as demonstrations or sent to media outlets for evaluation purposes. The chips are usually sent out to various outlets before commercial release and those who receive them usually sign non-disclosure agreements and after they're finished with the chip, return it or keep it and agree not to sell it.

Battlefield 3 attachment tweaks are on their way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 4:30 am

DICE are constantly tweaking Battlefield 3 and the latest news comes from Alan Kertz, Gameplay Designer at DICE, who has stated through a post on Reddit that there will be several changes to weapon attachments in Battlefield 3.

 

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He listed various stat changes for the bipod, foregrip, suppressor, heavy barrel, and flash suppressor. Now we just need some more maps like the ones included in Back to Karkand, which feel like proper PC-made maps, well, because they are. The game is slowly getting perfected, which shows some strong commitment to longevity of the game from DICE. The full change list is below (and in the full story):

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1.2 billion apps were downloading during the Christmas week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 3:29 am

There were a lot of smartphone and tablet activations over Christmas, but Flurry Analytics have some interesting numbers when it comes to App downloads over the Christmas week. Over 1.2 billion (with a B) were downloaded onto mobile devices, worldwide.

 

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This number beats the previous record set for most apps downloads in a single week by an astounding 70-percent. Records for app downloads are usually cemented into history during the Christmas week, as most people are gifted a device in mass numbers during this time.

 

With nearly 7 million iOS and Android-powered devices activated on just December 24 and 25, Flurry Analytics estimate that over 20 million devices were activated. Out of the 1.2 billion apps downloaded between December 25 and 31, Christmas Day itself was quite popular with an amazing 242 million app downloads.

 

Three countries made up nearly 50-percent of the 1.2 billion downloads, with the U.S. raking in 509 million by itself, China in second place with 99 million and the U.K. snagged 81 million.

FDA approves self-sanitizing keyboard for healthcare use

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 2:28 am

If only this was approved to grubby gamers across the world. Well, it's starting with a company called Vioguard, which was started by two Microsoft Hardware veterans and their business partners. Vioguard have received U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval for use of its self-sanitizing computer keyboard in both hospitals and other healthcare settings.

 

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Where this is different to the old "pick it up and shake it all about", Vioguard's keyboard can be retracted automatically into an enclosure to be bathed in germicidal ultraviolet light from two 25-watt fluorescent lamps. The enclosure also doubles as a monitor stand (how convenient), and the mechanism for retracting and ejecting the keyboard works hands-free via sensors.

 

Vioguard states that the technique has been proven effective in killing a minimum of 99.99-percent of harmful bacteria and viruses, inclusive of the flu, MRSA and other nasty bugs that can spread through hospitals. The intent of this new keyboard is to provide healthcare facilities an alternative to manually cleaning a keyboard.

 

The keyboard has been on sale for consumer use, at a cost of $900 on Amazon. Vioguard announced that the FDA approval for medical use this morning and says it's seeking partners to help bring the keyboard to the market.

Sync Google Docs to your PC, Mac

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 1:26 am

Something I hate about using Google Docs, is I need to be in the "Documents" section of my account to do anything. I wish there were a program where I could sync my Google Docs to my PC and/or Mac. Oh wait, there is!

 

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Enter Insync. Insync is a service that syncs your Google Docs with your local machine, so you don't need to open up and use your browser, and prefer to use another word processing application.

 

An interesting feature within Insync is the ability to manage multiple Google accounts. This is something that can be very useful if you have multiple accounts with multiple documents in each account. Storage costs are cheap, as Google provide 1GB for free and additional space is not too badly priced.

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SOPA update: Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter consider "nuclear option" to protest SOPA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 4, 2012 12:27 pm

Imagine you wake up tomorrow, pull your smartphone or tablet from your bedside table, click the Facebook icon and wait for it to load. It loads, and shows you a simple page of "We have taken Facebook down in support of SOPA, if you're against the act, please call X" and with X is your local representative, or whoever Facebook decide to redirect you to.

 

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You think, no wait, there's no way this is happening. You Google the issue. Google's page doesn't load and a similar site is up. Your heart sinks and you think Skynet have finally taken over. A T-101 will step through your door and ask if Sarah Connor lives there, before shooting your home up.

 

Well, that was a great introduction into what could be the biggest arsenal that the Internet has against the crap that is SOPA. According to Markham Erickson, head of the NetCoalition trade association, there has been talk of a so-called "nuclear option", where Google, Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo! would all simultaneously go dark to protest SOPA and to highlight the fundamental danger the legislation poses to the function of the Internet itself.

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Samsung takes another bite at Apple, uses the same actress in advertisement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 4, 2012 11:28 am

Samsung and Apple have been punching each other for what seems like forever now, and Samsung is now taking the battle somewhere new: your living room. The latest from the Korean-based company is they've hired the same girl from the iPhone 4S commercial for their latest South Korean commercial for the Galaxy Tab 8.9.

 

 

Apple has since the beginning claimed that Samsung copied the style and design of their famous iPad/iPhone and iOS in general. Samsung seem to have done exactly what a troll company would do, use a legal method to piss Apple off.

 

So they hired the same girl to star in their commercial, which is perfectly legal. It not only benefits the girl and her family monetary wise, but it lets Samsung wink at us, the public, against Apple. Samsung have since pulled their commercial off their website, but thanks to the wonderful YouTube, and thanks to fellow competitor, Google for owning them, we can still see it.

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