Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011c (17.30).
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - 1TB Seagate FreeAgent Go External USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive for $69.99.
Offer: This is a great price for this portable (laptop sized, with no separate power brick) 1TB external USB 2.0 hard drive at just $69.99. Order online and pick it up at your local Best Buy to avoid the $6.99 shipping charge.
HTC's new Thunderbolt is set to include an 8-megapixel camera, a sizable screen and possibly even 4G video chat!
The details have been leaked from a banner ad running on tech sites from HTC - except the phone is hitting by what seems like some sexy lingerie (in phone form), which should hopefully be unveiled soon.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - MSI are pulling not just rabbits from their hats, but entire zoos of animals instead. Another tease before CES this upcoming week of some new Intel Sandy Bridge based tech as well as AMD's new Fusion based chips.
MSI are showing off their Wind Top range, based on Intel's Sandy Bridge in 24 and 22-inch builds with AMD Brazos rocking the budget 20-inch model which is also meant to sport a Blu-ray drive.
The latest happenings from around the web - January 2nd, 2010
- Jetway HA12-LF Motherboard @ Techwarelabs
- Gigabyte H55N-USB3 mini-ITX: Big Overclocks From A Small Board @ Overclockers.com
- Gigabyte P67A-UD4 Preview @ Pureoverclock
- ASRock P55 Extreme4 LGA1156 ATX Motherboard @ Futurelooks
- Foxconn H67A-S H67 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Preview @ eTeknix
- ECS P67H2-A2 Socket 1155 Motherboard Preview @ OCIA
- Intel Sandy Bridge P67 3-Way Motherboard Preview @ Neoseeker
- MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Video Card @ tbreak
CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA are off to a good start for 2011, the release of the mainstream successor to the GTX460 is arriving on 25th of January in the form of the GeForce GTX560.
The card is meant to be much faster than it's predecessor and hopefully cheaper! If you're in the market for a new mainstream GPU, we'd suggest waiting a few weeks to see what this puppy can do.
It seems like so long ago that AMD had the popular high end FX range. But, it was put to the side with the Phenom and Phenom II series processors as it just couldn't compete in higher end market segments, also because AMD did not want to dilute the FX identifier.
Enter "Black Edition" which was the model with the unlocked BClk multipliers. But now AMD are bringing FX back with the new Bulldozer architecture, which gives the processor a much higher degree of inter-core integration, sharing of common components, higher instructions per clock-cycle and Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX).
It's rough to get a virtual foothold in the Chinese market; just ask Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Now China could be looking to crack down on internet phone services like Skype and other VoIP services in order to protect state-owned telephone companies.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology stated on its website that it's working to fight "illegal Internet phone services" which provide comparatively free information exchange in a country that likes to keep a tight lid on information flowing in and out. With the recent announcement of China now having over 450 million internet users, there's also a lot of money at stake for the Chinese government which has a stake in the telecoms. Skype and other similar services offer relatively cheap rates for the same services, and there's no doubt that keeping the money in their pockets is a large priority.
The latest Android malware scare seems to be growing in China and has the possibility of spreading into other regions according to a report by security firm Lookout. Dubbed "Gemini," this trojan is one of the most complex found to date and is the first to display "botnet-like capablities."
Gemini, which is infecting phones by latching on to legitimate apps downloaded from third party Android app stores, has the ability to infect the phone and then be controlled and read from a remote server. It can deliver lists of installed apps, send out the user's location, and even download apps on its own and prompt the phone owner to install them. The easiest way to avoid it at this point seems to be to stick to Android Market apps, so just like with your PC be careful what you download!
Early beta units for RIM's highly anticipated PlayBook tablet have hit a few lucky hands recently, and it looks like the biggest gripe seems to be about battery life. While RIM advertises the tablet to have "comparable" battery life to competitors such as the claimed 10 hours for the iPad, testers like Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu are stating that the battery is lasting only "a few hours."
RIM has been quick to dismiss these claims, stating that the early test units do not come with any sort of power management. A statement from the company said that "any testing or observation of battery life to date by anyone outside of RIM would have been performed using pre-beta units that were built without power management implemented. RIM is on track with its schedule to optimize the BlackBerry PlayBook's battery life and looks forward to providing customers with a professional grade tablet that offers superior performance with comparable battery life." Looks like we'll have to wait for the final version to know for sure in May 2011.