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Seagate to intro 1TB platters spinning at 7,200 RPM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 3, 2011 1:06 am

Seagate currently have their GoFlex external drives using the 1TB platter technology, but they feature 5400 RPM and are not as fast as the usual 7200 RPM drives. But, with 7200 RPM drives, there's usually less GB per platter. Seagate don't want this, and neither do we.


Seagate will now intro a bunch of new drives sporting the 7200 RPM spindle rate, with 1TB platters on a SATA 6Gbps interface. The new drives will have a model number ending in M00x which represents the new drive and its 7200 RPM speed.




Tech wise, platter capacity plays quite a big role in just how much storage a hard drive can hold, but it can also impact performance. Areal density is key, which is a measurement of how many bits are squeezed into each square inch. The more bits per square inch, the more data passes under the drive head with each revolution of the platter.

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Well, that was fast! iOS 5.0.1 seeded to developers, fixes battery life issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 3, 2011 12:03 am

Wow, I only just posted about the battery issues for iOS 5, like, minutes ago. Apple have just released iOS 5.0.1 beta to developers, with the build number of 5.0.1 is 9A402. The new iOS 5.0.1 beta includes improvements and other bug fixes such as:




iOS 5.0.1 beta contains improvements and other bug fixes including:


- Fixes bugs affecting battery life

- Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad

- Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud

- Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

- Contains security improvements


iOS 5.0.1 beta introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations.

Apple acknowledges iOS 5 bugs causing battery issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 11:46 pm

A few days ago we reported about the battery life issues hurting some iPhone 4S customers, but now Apple have confirmed they have found a few problems that are leading some iPhone users to experience less-than-expected battery life with iPhones powering its latest iOS 5. Apple said in a statement to AllThingsD:




A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.


In the past few weeks, there have been various reports not only from tech sites, but from users, that their battery life on the iPhone 4S has been less than stellar. The problems seems to stem from what network a user is on, usage patterns and other factors. Apple has of course been quiet about it (don't want to hurt those precious iPhone 4S sales or make people think Apple products aren't invincible!) but the support forums are filled with posts on the issue.

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AMD offers up a personal guide towards optimal performance in BF3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 9:26 pm

How's performance in Battlefield 3 for you? Struggling to get the kind of FPS you were hoping for and trying to avoid having to fork out $ on upgrades? If you run an AMD Radeon based VGA card and / or processor, you might find a freshly posted guide on AMD's blog site of particular value in helping you achieve a decent balance of performance vs. detail.




In this guide AMD would like to offer some counseling around these topics. We understand that Battlefield 3 is not the only hot title this season, but it's certainly one of the most demanding one in terms of hardware. Therefore we're providing a little insight into what settings we think make sense for different levels of hardware.

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Wednesday Afternoon Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 8:35 pm

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




- CyberPower Gamer Ultra 2098 Budget Gaming PC @ Legit Reviews

- Asus Zenbook UX21 Ultrabook, The New Thin @ Hot Hardware

- HP EliteBook 8560w Laptop @ Techreviewsource

- HP Envy 110e All-in-One PC @ tbreak




- ASUS M5A97 EVO, ASUS M5A99X EVO Motherboards @ ixbtlabs

- Asus Sabertooth X79 Motherboard Preview @ eTeknix

- ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Preview @ Overclock3D

- ASUS P9X79 Pro Preview @ Overclock3D

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Biostar's TPower X79 looking like a strong candidate for extreme overclockers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 8:08 pm

Any reason to show off some more Sandy Bridge-E / X79 related goodness is a good one, especially now with it being one of the hottest topics thanks to the launch right around the corner. And thanks to Biostar we can give you some more of it with pics and details on their upcoming TPower X79 motherboard for the next-gen LGA-2011 platform from Intel.




The board, while being by Biostar who tend to be renowned for delivering a more no frills, lower priced piece of hardware, looks to be quite strong by design overall, with no real shortcomings over the many other X79 motherboards we've been lucky enough to see pre-launch; unless of course you compare it directly to something like ASUS' Rampage IV Extreme.

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So, where should you post your status? Let this be your guide!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 4:40 pm

With multiple social networking sites available now that give you the ability to share anything and everything about the goings on in your life; be it personal or working (or in most cases, both), some of you might be left wondering where the best place is to post your status. Or even if you have it down to a fine art already, what you'll see below should only cement what has already become common practice for much of the well embedded social networking community across the board.


There is now a quite comedic, yet accurate flowchart spreading around detailing what sort of status updates should go where. I think most of you would agree they've hit the nail on the head with this one!



Win a Nokia Lumia 800 Smartphone via Facebook

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 3:58 pm

While most of you would have preferred this be an iPhone 4S or Galaxy S II, it can't be denied that everyone loves getting free stuff, especially if it's a new model smartphone and that's what Nokia's giving you the chance to have with its latest (yet to be launched) Windows Phone 7 running Lumia 800.




If you head over to this page on Facebook Nokia is allowing you to enter into a sweepstakes comp whereby you'll then be in with a chance to score one of five brand new Nokia Lumia 800 smartphones. This is one of those deals where if you round up all your fb friends (refer to the "INVITE FRIENDS" link toward the bottom of the aforementioned fb page) and get them to enter too, you automatically increase your own chances of winning the phone.


It's super simple and quick to register so you may as well! - And good luck!

Debut of the first GTA V trailer is imminent!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 2, 2011 3:20 pm

Looking for a good reason to stick around online for a bit longer before heading out / into the lounge / to bed? - Well now you've got one. A real good one, especially if you're a Grand Theft Auto fan.


The GTA V trailer premiere is upon us, which we first knew was coming about a week ago when Rockstar officially revealed plans for the next instalment in the series via some artwork and a date of release for the aforementioned trailer.




There's only about 42 minutes to go at the time of writing; with the set time of its debut being 9am PT. Just hang out via this link where you will see a live countdown for it! - It's anyones guess at this stage what Rockstar plans to do for this killer series this time around, so hopefully the trailer gives a few good signs of which direction they're taking things to get us super excited!

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