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Anonymous to destroy Fox News on November 5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 27, 2011 3:14 am

For those of you in the know, you'd know that Mainstream Media is a mostly controlled medium. If they were to tell the real news, then most politicians, presidents, members of Congress and more, would all be thrown in jail. But, instead, the money from powerful people is used to gain control and influence within the power of politics. The same goes for news. This is where Anonymous steps in with something they're calling "Operation Fox Hunt".

 

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Anonymous promise an all-out attack on the Fox News website as retaliation for the network's unjust attack on protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement. In the YouTube clip, the digitized voice says:

 

Since they will not stop ridiculing the occupiers, we will simply shut them down. Fox News, your time has come . . . Operation Fox Hunt. November 5th. May the hunt begin.

 

November 5 is already a day chosen by members of the Occupy Wall Street movement as a practical holiday, with "Operation Cashback" expected to occur on Nov. 5 across the world. Under Operation Cashback, demonstrators are asked to close bank across across the world, and move money out of large banks and into smaller, local credit unions. This has already happened in the US, with an attempt at closing accounts at a Lower Manhattan-based Citibank earlier this month which resulted in an arrest of several occupies.

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Apple building a 171 acre solar farm to power North Carolina data center

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 27, 2011 2:06 am

Project Dolphin Solar Farm - the name Apple have given for its solar farm that will power its massive data center in Maiden, North Carolina. It will reportedly be built on 171 acres of land across the street from Apple's planned $1 billion data center, which has the code name Project Dolphin, but is now called iDataCenter. iDataCenter is said to server Apple's cloud-based service, iCloud.

 

 

This is the first time Apple has opted for clean power and greener data centers, as Greenpeace estimated that Apple source only 6-percent of the power for its data centers from clean power (which is the worst on Greenpeace's list) and gave Apple a big, fat "F" for its decisions to build its data centers in areas with little clean power. Funnily enough, North Carolina has one of the dirtiest electrical grids in America, with 61-percent of the power coming from coal, and 31-percent from nuclear.

 

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But, it's one of the cheapest when it comes to the price of power, something Apple may have liked when deciding to build its data center there.

Apple strikes again, patents Slide to unlock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 27, 2011 1:11 am

Apple's patent trolling has gone on for a while now, stopping Samsung from selling their products in multiple countries, but they've gone too far now. Apple has received a confirmed patent for the "slide to unlock" control in use on every Android phone and tablet that exists.

 

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Every Android device has a slide to unlock feature, where the device is unusable until a slider (or something similar) is slid to a boundary, unlocking the gadget. That simple procedure has now been patented by Apple, removing it from the available design pool to anyone else. This new patent they've successfully achieved, will allow Apple to target any Android device maker it wants and most likely, succeed in court.

 

Even the Windows Phone devices, sliding the lock screen up to access the phone functions, would probably infringe on Apple's patent. This could even extend out to Windows 8 as the preview builds used the same control to unlock the devices. Apple did file for the slide to unlock patent before the original iPhone was released and just received confirmation of the patent. This now puts every Android device ever made into the targets of Apple's crosshair.

LSI Corporation acquires SandForce for a cool $322 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Oct 27, 2011 12:03 am

LSI Corporation have just announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to acquire SandForce Inc for approximately $322 million in cash, net of cash assumed, and assume approximately $48 million of unvested stock options and restricted shares held by SandForce employees. SandForce is a leading provider of flash storage processors for enterprise and client flash solutions and solid state drives (SSDs).

 

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SandForce controllers power most of the SSDs we all know and love, and the acquisition greatly enhances LSI's competitive position in the fast-growing server and storage PCIe flash adapter market, where the WarpDrive family of products from LSI are already SandForce-powered.

 

Abhi Talwalkar, LSI president and chief executive officer has a few things to say:

 

Flash-based solutions are critical for accelerating application performance in servers, storage and client devices. Adding SandForce's technology to LSI's broad storage portfolio is consistent with our mission to accelerate storage and networking. The acquisition represents a significant, rapidly growing market opportunity for LSI over the next several years.

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MSI releases mATX sized Z68 motherboard with PCI-E Gen 3 support

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 4:23 pm

While most attention is now on Sandy Bridge-E with the mid November launch date closing in fast and Bulldozer having left a trail of despair, that doesn't stop Z68/LGA1155 remaining with a super firm hold of the market thanks to its characteristics in providing a brilliantly balanced, high performance platform for all types of users.

 

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That said, it's worth mentioning that MSI has just outed another Z68 offering in m(icro)ATX form - the Z68MA-G43 (G3). The highlight of this particular offering is, as its model name denotes, the inclusion of PCI-Express Gen 3 via a couple PCI-E (3.0) x16 slots.

 

Apart from that, it gives much of what you'd expect from such a board - four DDR3 DIMM slots, a couple SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, a couple USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit ethernet, 7.1 channel audio and for video output there's D-Sub, DVI and HDMI on tap. MSI rounds the feature set out with its OC Genie II overclocking facility and of course, that lovely UEFI BIOS we've all quickly grown to love.

 

Unfortunately we don't yet know the price tag on the Z68MA-G43 (G3).

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FinalWire takes AIDA64 to v2.00

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 3:21 pm

FinalWire has just released a new version of its popular diagnostic and benchmarking tool, AIDA64 - taking it to v2.00.

 

The new v2.00 release is available as a free download along with paid versions - "Extreme Edition" and "Business Edition" via http://www.aida64.com/online-store.

 

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Here's a brief rundown on all the highlights of the latest release :-

 

• Automatic Online Update

• Support for LGA2011 Intel "Sandy Bridge-E" processors

• Preliminary support for AMD "Krishna" and "Wichita" APUs

• Preliminary support for Intel Atom "Cedarview" processors

• Preliminary support for Intel "Ivy Bridge" and Intel 7-Series chipsets

• Enhanced support for Western Digital hard disk drives

• Revamped ACPI table enumeration and decoding

• Support for VMware Workstation v8

• GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 6625M and nVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M

 

You can learn more about AIDA64 v2.00 here.

First results shared of Sandy Bridge-E overclocking on air

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 2:40 pm

The folks over at OCWorkbench were lucky enough to have witnessed a Sandy Bridge-E processor being overclocked earlier today and kindly shared some details that help give us an idea of how well these chips will clock up.

 

The specific LGA2011 Core i7 model used was not mentioned, so it's possible it was only a quad core offering. Alas, using a "regular" air cooler it still managed to cruise along just shy of 5GHz (4.92GHz to be exact) with its idle temp holding at 45c.

 

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This was made easily possible via the BClk that can be increased on Sandy E without any dramas. This particular result was achieved by setting the BClk to 120MHz, using a multi of 41X and a core voltage of 1.51v. As for the memory, this was DDR3-2400MHz RAM with a CAS latency of 10T.

 

This is certainly a very good sign when considering the substandard, generic air cooling solution used here and that even with the best air cooling solutions on the market paired up on existing Sandy Bridge LGA1155 processors, 5GHz is no mean feat.

Download of the Day: Google Earth 6.1.0.5001

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 1:53 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Google Earth 6.1.0.5001.

 

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

 

Google Earth's features include:

 

See global changes with decades of historic imagery

 

If you've ever wondered how your neighborhood has changed throughout time, Google Earth now gives you access to the past. With a simple click, check out suburban sprawl, melting ice caps, coastal erosion, and more.

 

Dive beneath the surface of the ocean

 

In the new ocean layer, you can plunge all the way to the floor of the sea, view exclusive content from partners like BBC and National Geographic, and explore 3D shipwrecks like the Titanic.

 

Track and share your paths with others

 

Take placemarks a step further and record a free-form tour in Google Earth. Simply turn on the touring feature, press record, and see the world. You can even add a soundtrack or narration to personalize the journey.

 

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Deal of the Day: 8GB (2 x 4GB) Kingston KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G Desktop Memory Kit PC3-10600, DDR3-1333MHz for $24.99 plus Shipping after Rebate

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: RAM | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 12:35 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - 8GB (2 x 4GB) Kingston KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G Desktop Memory Kit PC3-10600, DDR3-1333MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 9-9-9-27 CAS Latency, 1.5V, Non-ECC, Unbuffered for $24.99 plus Shipping after Rebate.

 

Offer: Get 8GB (2 x 4GB) worth of Kingston DDR3 desktop memory for just $24.99 after $20 rebate (expiring 10/30/11). Shipping comes out to just $2.29.

 

8GB (2 X 4GB) KINGSTON KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G PC3-10600 DDR3-1333MHZ SDRAM REBATE DEAL

 

Update: The limit on the rebate is 2, so if you can grab 16GB (4 x 4GB) if you need.

 

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Just how much has the iPhone camera improved over the years? Well, lots!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 10:28 am

I remember importing the first iPhone into Australia because we were left out of Apple's circle of power, and I remember the camera being good, for the time. I upgraded to the iPhone 3G on launch day and I remember the camera only being a little better. But, now we have side-by-side shots of the same picture, from all of the iPhone's.

 

Gizmodo have a news piece where Lisa Bettany has taken the same picture with every iPhone (the original, 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S) to see the differences, and PetaPixel stiched them together to show you just how much the camera has improved from each generation.

 

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As we can see from the above picture, the original to the 3G was not that much of an improvement, but the 3GS is when the iPhone became a serious photo-snapping camera. The iPhone 4 is another step up in quality, but the iPhone 4S... very, very nice indeed. Lots of detail, near-perfect quality when compared to even the 3GS and blows the 3G and the vanilla iPhone out of the water. Back when the original iPhone came out, most people had point-and-shoot cameras, but these days? There's just no real need if you take pictures in a non-serious, I-don't-need-a-DSLR way.

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