We just wanted to give everyone an update and reminder about the Dream System we're doing so we can help with the Flood Appeal after the devastating effects caused to parts of Australia.
It was always the plan to build the Dream System, put it through its paces to show you just what you can get, and for us to make sure everything was running swiftly.
Anyway, the main bits of the system are built; the WD 2TB drives aren't installed yet as they just arrived today and the Airflow isn't on the RAM. We won't actually install that and instead we'll just leave it in the packaging just so we have no issues with it falling off during transit or anything like that.
Below you can see the system built in the lovely Corsair 800D case which packs some serious hardware. We've got an Intel 2600k cooled with a Corsair H70, your boot drive is two Corsair 120GB SSDs in RAID 0, ultra smooth gameplay is offered via three Sapphire HD 6970 2GB in CrossFireX, with everything sitting on a Gigabyte P67A-UD7 all powered by my absolute favourite PSU, the AX1200 from Corsair.
Our Download of the Day today is SmartFTP 4.0.1165.0.
SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.
SmartFTP can be used for:
Web site publishing and maintenance
Upload and download of images, documents, movie and music files
Share your files with your friends and coworkers
Backups of local or remote files
SmartFTP offers these features:
Quickly rename multiple files.
Search your hard drive in the Local Browser (Windows Vista and higher)
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 4.0.1165.0
- Fix: Regression: Drag&Drop of items from Desktop was broken since build 1163
Our Deal of the Day today is the Office Depot - Brother DCP-7040 Laser Printer / Copier / Scanner for $119.99 with FREE Shipping.
Offer: A great printer copier scanner all in one for the home office that features an automatic document feeder and uses the same TN-360 toner as some of the more popular small home office printers! If you need to copy something every day, this is not the printer for you. But if you print regularly, and just need to copy something once in awhile, with a scanning capability, this is a GREAT printer for you. The instant savings (no rebates to send in or to remember) expire 2/12/11.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 8th, 2011
- Sapphire Pure Black x58 Motherboard @ Techwarelabs
- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional @ Overclockers AU
- ASUS Sabertooth P67 - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic
- Flawed Sandybridge systems being sold with PCI Express workaround @ Kitguru
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti SLI @ Xbit Labs
- CrossFire in Practice: Radeon HD 4850 CF vs 6850 @ InsideHW
- MSI R6870 HAWK (Twin Frozr III Thermal Design) @ Kitguru
AT&T and Verizon's iPhones can't be that different, right? Swap out the GSM radio for CDMA, tinker with the GPS a bit, and you've got a Verizon friendly iPhone. Apparently with a few app makers like Telenav releasing Verizon specific products for the App Store, there may be more differences under the hood than previously thought.
Telenav reportedly stated that their original AT&T Navigator app was not working right with Verizon's version which forced them to come up with a Verizon-specific app. While specifics weren't shared about the incompatibilities, this is opening up a whole new issue that app developers may have to tangle with both now and in the future. Fragmentation of the App Store could initially be a mess with so many iPhone 4 preorders ready to hit the streets. Will running apps on the Verizon iPhone be a crapshoot? WE won't have to wait too long to find out.
For those with a tech-loving valentine that needs a new phone, you may have a great gift opportunity waiting if you're living in a T-Mobile covered area. T-Mobile will be selling all of their Android phones on February 11th and 12th at the best price of all: FREE.
That's right, even the myTouch 4G and G2 can be yours for just a signature on a contract (and possibly some activation fees). While this may seem generous to many, it's also most likely an inventory dump; with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona kicking off on Valentine's Day in Barcelona a whole slew of new phones are expected to be unveiled. This begs the question: Are you willing to pass up a good deal and a cheap V-Day present for a glimpse at the future?
Those who have been looking forward to Motorola's new Xoom tablet will do a double take if reported pricing leaks are true. According to a leaked Best Buy ad, Motorola's Honeycomb flavored Android tablet will be coming on February 24th and it can be yours for a hefty $800.
Yes, that's $800. Not only that, but the ad also states that in order to activate the Xoom's WiFI capability, a one month minimum data plan will have to be purchased. Getting a crippled product at such a seriously high price tag is not going to make a lot of people happy; considering what customers will be paying for 4G data as well as other fees this tablet makes the closest iPad competition look cheap by comparison. Are you ready to shell out nearly a thousand bucks up front to get into this tablet?
Amazon has released another software update for their Kindle e-readers which brings a couple of features that owners have been clamoring for for some time.
The update will include actual page numbers will be added to many Kindle e-books to make reference and item lookup easier. Also, manymagazine and newspaper layouts are getting a new look for easier navigating and page turning. Other features like sharing book notes and highlighting with other Kindle readers as well as the ability to rate a book after you turn the last page will be implemented as well.
The update is available for manual download and installation from Amazon, with an official over the air release coming soon.
Sprint's not sitting on their laurels and letting Verizon and AT&T have all the fun releasing new products. Sprint's announcement of their "industry first" dual screen Android phone went down today. Say hello to the Kyocera Echo.
Obviously, the big feature is the dual 3.5-inch 480 x 800 resolution screens that can also function as a single 4.7-inch 960 x 800 display when the echo is unfolded. A 1 GHz Snapdragon second-gen processor will power this beast and it will run Android 2.2 at launch. Customized software takes advantage of the dual screen capability for things like email and messaging, while other outside apps will run in full display mode for now until developers are able to get their hands on a kit to tweak their software for the device.
Drawbacks include no 4G or WiMAX support as well as only a single 5mp camera, although the camera is 720p recording capable. No official street date was released, but the Echo will only be $199 after a $100 from Sprint. The bundle will even include an extra battery for those who need the extra juice. We'll see if this steals any eyes from those looking forward to the Inspire 4G or Verizon iPhone.
Intel may be treading through dark waters now, but it doesn't mean their Sandy Bridge-based tech is not just pure awesome sauce. Ivy Bridge is the next step in their tick-tock model with expected release dates of next year. The architecture will be mostly unchanged, with the most significant change being a die-shrink from 32nm to 22nm which will result in smaller chips and much better performance per watt.
A few more improvements should include a DirectX 11-capable graphics core as well as second generation QuickSync video technology. On-board controllers also get some spit-shine with native support for 1600MHz DDR3 and PCIe 3.0. Supposedly all of these changes will add up to a performance increase of around 20 - 30-percent when compared to 2011-based Core processors.