The latest happenings from around the web - May 10th, 2011
- HP Mini 210 Review: Fusion is Fast, but Atoms Last @ PC Perspective
- Samsung Sens R540: First Encounter Notebook @ InsideHW
- Samsung Sens R540: First Encounter @ InsideHW
- Sony VAIO VPC-L218FX Laptop @ TechReviewSource
- ASRock Vision 3D 137B HTPC with NVIDIA 3DTV Play @ Hot Hardware
- Quick hands on with the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 @ VR-Zone
- Intel's Cedarview Atom to sport PowerVR graphics @ VR-Zone
- Asrock H61M / USB3 Motherboard @ RBMods
Late last week GIGABYTE invited us to the fancy Miramar Garden hotel in Taipei where they were setup to shoot their own promo videos of its forthcoming Intel Z68 based motherboards launch.
We went along to check them out and snap some photos for our preview of the Z68 UD3H and UD7. Inside the hotel suite GIGABYTE had two identical systems setup with the Z68 UD7 platform with the only difference being that one was configured with an SSD using Intel's new Smart Response caching technology and the other just with a standard hard drive configuration.
What is Intel Smart Response Technology? In short since we can't go into extensive detail here, it is in my opinion a way of gaining some of the benefits of an SSD without blowing your bank account or having to settle for limited storage space. The idea is that you can pick up an affordable 20GB SSD, put it in a RAID array with your large spinning hard drive and regular data that is most often accessed is cached on the SSD for quicker access.
It's not like you will see the full benefits of going out and picking up say a high-performance 200GB+ SSD and running your complete OS and programs on it, but in the video above, you can see there are some gains to be had and at what should turn out to be a reasonable cost of entry.
Google I/O: Google is set to launch its cloud-based music service at Google I/O in a few hours and all of this without the approval of the major music labels and publishers (oh snapz! as the great Shane Baxtor would say).
Google are set to offer roughly as much as Amazon do with their music service and should offer a service that loads copies of music that users already own into an Internet-based server, which from there, lets users stream the songs over the Web and onto Android-based devices. Google did have grand plans which involved cooperation from music labels but they have hit a brick wall. Instead, Google decided to launch a service with cut-down features over not having a music service at all.
Without the license, what limitations does this service have? Well, Google won't have the power to sell songs to consumers. Of course this might all change in the future and for now, this is better than nothing.
Google are going to be offering an invite-only beta tomorrow, which will offer users to store up to 20,000 songs without charge.
We all know hacking is a fact of life, be it for good or bad. However, I don't think the topic of this news relates all that much to hacking.
Colin Brix is a manager at GIGABYTE headquarters here in Taipei and someone I have worked with as a contact for product samples and tech questions for many years. From the information we have seen so far, he seems to be the victim of a fairly serious prank today and one that the Taiwanese motherboard maker is taking very seriously.
A website by the name of Rumor Pedia claimed to be have sent a screenshot by someone named Kirllos who managed to 'infiltrate' GIGABYTE's internal work network using "mega-d botnet". Mind you, this bot was disabled by security company FireEye back on November 6, 2009, according to sources on Wikipedia. This screenshot is filled with a vast amount of inconsistencies relating to 'leaked' details about an upcoming processor from AMD. It also showed benchmarks using popular tests such as Super PI and others. This type of leak by a company employee tends to have very serious consequences, as you can imagine.
The screenshot includes an apparent MSN Messenger chat window with Colin and Alain Sam Lai, an engineer at GIGABYTE. The big issue though is that the details in the MSN chat window are incorrect (read: faked) ranging from his display name, email and even the picture...
Our Download of the Day today is FileZilla 3.5.0 RC1.
FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.
Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:
Easy to use
Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
Available in many languages
Supports resume and transfer of large files greater than 4GB
Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
Drag & drop support
Configurable transfer speed limits
Network configuration wizard
Remote file editing
HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
Logging to file
Deal of the Day: Toshiba 15.6" Satellite C650D-ST3NX2 Laptop with AMD E-240 Processor, 3GB Memory, 250GB HD, ATI Graphics, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Webcam, and More for $329!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Toshiba - 15.6" Satellite C650D-ST3NX2 Laptop with AMD E-240 Processor, 3GB Memory, 250GB HD, ATI Graphics, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Webcam, and More for $329!.
Offer: Use coupon code: COUPONST for an additional $30 off the already discounted price of the Toshiba Satellite C650D-ST3NX2 laptop ($120 instant discount), taking the price down to just $329! This 15.6" LED equipped laptop includes a 1.5Ghz AMD E-Series E240 processor, 3GB DDR3 SDRAM, 250GB hard drive, ATI Radeon HD 6310 Graphics, 8x DVD+/-RW DL, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Webcam, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. Coupon code expires 5/9/11 or after a limited number of redemptions.
Brink is just minutes from release and as a last minute tease to anyone buying the game I thought I'd post up the official Launch trailer. Bethesda's team-based first-person shooter is definitely looking mighty fine it's just a shame that Sony still have the PSN issues.
This is going to really hurt Brink sales on the PS3, but, Xbox 360 and PC gamers will be enjoying their Brink any minute now! I hope you've enjoyed my nod toward Come Fly with Me.
We are happy to announce that Apple just approved and uploaded version 1.1 of the TweakTown iPhone Content App to its App Store.
We first launch the app on December 5th last year and today's update brings the following updates:
What's New in Version 1.1
Vastly improved speed delivery as well as look and style of content.
This version also adds Socialize.
Pick up your phone and head into the updates section of the App Store to get the latest version. If you haven't installed it yet (shame on you!), just search for TweakTown or visit our app page for more details.
If you have time, please also take a few moments to rank and review it for us!
AMD's Catalyst 11.5 drivers are out in both Windows and Linux flavors. Feature highlights of the Windows-flavored versions are HydraVision enhancements for Eyefinity configurations which now contain:
The HydraGrid feature found in HydraVision is now aware of user created Bezels
The HydraGrid feature found in HydraVision now also includes as "Automatic Grid" option that aligns to the user defined Eyefinity display layout.
Microsoft looking to scoop up Skype for $7 billion? Edit: Confirmed, $8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft
Edit; it seems that Kara from AllThingsD has confirmed that Microsoft have just purchased Skype for a staggering $8.5 billion.
Microsoft aren't content with letting Google enjoy their I/O day today with rumors coming from Wall Street Journal sources that Microsoft is in the final negotiation stages to absorb Skype for a very nice $7 billion.
The announcement of this merger could come as soon as Tuesday, this new deal is also a record figure for Microsoft - $7 billion! Are we looking at super-tight integration of VoiP into Windows Phone 7? Windows 8 with awesome VoiP features? Time will tell.