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OWC Announces Mercury Aura Pro Express 480GB As Industry's Largest Capacity High Performance Solid State Drive For 2010 Apple MacBook Air

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 6, 2011 12:57 am

For those not impressed with the stock options of Apple's MacBook Air SSD upgrades, look no further than this news post. OWC have just announced an SSD drive upgrade to 11.1-inch and 13.3-inch models in four sizes, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and finally, 480GB. The drives use SandForce controllers and are up to 3.5 times faster in 4K random read/writes than Apple's factory options.

 

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With the release of the 480GB model, this continues OWC's position as the only aftermarket SSD manufacturer for the 2010-based Apple MacBook Air. The OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express has a peak data rate of 275MB/sec which is a 68-percent increase over the factory-installed SSD's. Another benefit of the OWC drives is they don't slow down with use like ordinary SSDs. Over time traditional SSDs experience significant write speed degradation over repeated usage. The OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD's ultra-efficient Block Management and Wear Levelling technologies are able to eliminate virtually any reduction in data transfer speeds over heavy long term usage of the drive and without dependency on less than effective OS TRIM management.

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Apple releases iOS 4.3.3, includes location tracking fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 6, 2011 12:45 am

After some furious words were exchanged on various tech sites, blogs and conversations, Apple have finally addressed their very controversial tracking function for it's mobile iOS-based devices with a simple software update. iOS 4.3.3 for GSM iPhone 4, 3GS, iPads and fourth-generation iPod touch, as well as iOS 4.2.8 for the CDMA-equipped iPhone 4. The new iOS update does not completely remove the feature (surprising!), it simply trims its functionality down.

 

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Looking at the notes from the update, iOS 4.3.3 shrinks the size of the location database cache - no one is sure of just how much, we're just going by what Apple have said. Apple have started it doesn't believe the iPhone needs more than seven days of location data stored. In comparison, some users have reported that their device has logged an entire year's worth of location data.

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: May 5, 2011 3:09 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - May 5th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Apple iMac 27-inch (Thunderbolt) @ Techreviewsource

- Digital Storm's Enix Gaming System @ Hot Hardware

 

Motherboard

 

- Asus P8P67 Standard Motherboard @ Ninjalane

- Intel DP67BG: LGA1155 Mainboard from the Extreme Series @ XBit Labs

 

Memory

 

- G.Skill Sniper 8GB DDR3-1600 @ Pureoverclock

- Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 RAM Kit @ Techwarelabs

 

CPU

 

- Intel Announces New 22nm 3D Tri-gate Transistors @ Hot Hardware

- The Best Budget & Mainstream Processors @ Techspot

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Download of the Day: Process Explorer 14.11

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 5, 2011 8:16 am

Our Download of the Day today is Process Explorer 14.11.

 

Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

 

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

 

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

 

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Deal of the Day: 2TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive for $64.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: May 5, 2011 5:26 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - 2TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive for $64.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Use coupon code: EMCKFHB25 for an additional $5 off this 2TB Hitachi SATA 6.0Gb/s internal hard drive with 3 year warranty, taking the price down to just $64.99 after $10 mail in rebate. The deal expires TONIGHT, 5/4/11, but the rebate expires 5/15/11.

 

2TB HITACHI DESKSTAR HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) HARD DRIVE REBATE DEAL

 

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Brink Get SMART Series: Classes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2011 3:56 am

Another day gone means another Brink video from their Get SMART series, todays video is titled "Classes" and covers the various classes from Brink. These videos are making me want the game now, where before I was hesitant. One thing that is getting on my nerves is the console-centric point of view. It looks way too "IN YOUR FACE" with a setting of 60 or so, give me the option to change it to 85 or above please.

 

Nintendo Wii drops to $150, now includes Mario Kart Wii and Wii Wheel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2011 3:03 am

Nintendo has just announced a change in their Wii bundles, a $50 price drop is now included on the package that sits on store shelves and a change is coming for the bundled game. Starting May 15, the new price goes into effect and the package will start to include Mario Kart Wii and the Wii Wheel racing accessory - but that's not all. Nintendo are also throwing in a standard Wii Remote Plus controller and a Nunchuk!

 

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Nintendo is hoping this will reignite the Wii sales which were previously unbeatable quarter after quarter but with Microsoft and Sony having launched their motion-based controller systems in the form of Kinect and Move, Nintendo's Wii is getting a bit stale.

 

Nintendo is also launching a new "Nintendo Selects" series if budget-priced Wii games starting May 15. Nintendo Selects will offer four hit titles for $20 each including The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess; Mario Super Sluggers; Animal Crossing: City Folk; and Wii Sports which is no longer bundled with the console. Wii Sports Resorts has also been removed from the hardware bundle and is available separately for $39.99.

Samsung Galaxy S II nabs 200, 000 pre-orders in Korea in just a week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 5, 2011 2:48 am

Samsung has reported they've taken over 200, 000 pre-orders for their upcoming Android-powered Galaxy S II smartphone from all three major Korean carriers from last week. 160, 000 of the pre-orders were from Korea's largest carrier, SK Telecom. Samsung's pre-order numbers are higher than the number of iPhone 4 pre-orders in August 2010, the iPhone 4 only had 110, 000 pre-orders.

 

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Note that Samsung is a Korean company whilst Apple is an American company and Apple only had KT as it's carrier when the phone was launched. Samsung has planned to sell the same number of Galaxy S II's as it's predecessor, 10 million is the target for 2011.

Next-gen iOS devices to have Intel-based CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 5, 2011 2:00 am

For current iOS-based devices such as the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, Apple use Samsung for their processors, this is set to change with Apple changing to Intel for their processing needs. At the moment Apple obviously are loving Intel as their Mac-based range of products are Intel powered, but now Apple is looking to have Intel power the iOS-based devices.

 

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Analyst Gus Richard says:

 

It makes strategic sense for both companies. The combination of Apple's growing demand and market share in smart phones and tablets gives Intel a position in these markets and drives the logic volume Intel needs to stay ahead in manufacturing. Intel's manufacturing lead gives Apple an additional competitive advantage in these markets and distances it from Asian competitors that are knocking off its products. Furthermore, it would also serve to weaken Samsung who is a significant competitive threat to both companies.

Graphic market sees Intel, AMD claw GPU share from NVIDIA, NVIDIA are green with envy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 5, 2011 1:30 am

Jon Peddie Research has published the graphics market's first quarter results to show us some interesting findings. First off there was a 10.3-percent spike in shipments, which considering things like the economy, console-ported games and the lack of reasoning to upgrade GPUs, is a shock.

 

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Secondly, in the first quarter alone there were 125 million discrete and integrated graphics chips shipped. Looking at the stats we can see NVIDIA faced a large drop in year-on-year growth by a whopping 28.4-percent with AMD and Intel growing by 15.4 and 9.7-percent respectively. Intel dominated though controlling 54.4-percent of the market, AMD placed second with a 28.4-percent piece of the pie with NVIDIA sitting in the corner with their 20-percent cut.

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