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Download of the Day: Fraps 3.2.4

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 10:54 am

Our Download of the Day today is Fraps 3.2.4.


Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with all games using DirectX or OpenGL technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:


Benchmarking Software - See how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.


Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want to capture the screen. Your screen captures are also automatically named and timestamped.


Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 1152x864 and 100 frames per second! All movies are recorded in outstanding quality.


Fraps has support for Vista and DirectX 10 games. Since the Vista Desktop Window Manager (DWM) runs through DirectX you can now take screenshots and record video from the desktop just like any other game or 3D application in Vista.


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Deal of the Day: 11.6" Alienware M11x Gaming Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, 160GB HD, 1GB NVIDIA Graphics, Wireless-N, Webcam and More for $549 after Coupon!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 10:12 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - 11.6" Alienware M11x Gaming Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, 160GB HD, 1GB NVIDIA Graphics, Wireless-N, Webcam and More for $549 after Coupon!.


Offer: This is the best deal we've seen for an Alienware M11x gaming laptop! $549 after $200 instant discount and $50 off coupon code gets you one with 11.6" WLED WideHD TFT, overclockable 1.3Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 (overclockable to 1.73Ghz), 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 160GB hard drive, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M graphics, 1.3MP webcam, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty.


Get the Alienware laptop. Configure it how you like. We'd suggest doubling the RAM to 4GB, since it only costs $50.


Use coupon code: BHW1L0MX0D?MCX for $50 off a $100+ Alienware purchase. Unknown expiration date, good while supplies last.


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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 9:08 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 30th, 2010




- ECS A785GM-M Socket AM3 Motherboard Unboxing Video @ eTeknix

- ECS H67H2-M Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets




- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 AMP @ XtremeComputing

- Iiyama ProLite B2712HDS 27 inch Monitor @ Kitguru

- SPARKLE Calibre X460G Video Card @ Madshrimps

- AMD Radeon HD 6850/6870 Graphics Cards @ IXBTlabs

- PowerColor HD 6870 PCS+ 1 GB @ Techpowerup

- Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic @ HT4U

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Sandisk, Sony and Nikon let their powers combine, memory card with 2TB at 500MB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 7:16 am

Right now, Compact Flash is hitting 167MB/sec with it's recently released CF6.0 specification - with Sandisk, Sony and Nikon looking forward with new tech. The trio of companies have proposed a new memory card format that switches from the PATA interface to PCI-Express.


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This change will have a potential data transfer rate of 500GB/sec and the second potential to extend size to 2TB. This may sound crazy now but DSLR's and camcorders are getting more complex and burst shooting RAW images and high-def video is getting quite crazy.

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Google reportedly buying Groupon for $2.5 Billion

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 6:42 am

Reports are starting to surface that Google has purchased Groupon, a popular local deals site, for around $2.5 billion. The purchase has not been made official by either party yet, but Vatornews has received the info from a "reliable source."


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Should this deal be legit, it was be quite an addition to Google's small business directory and programs like Google Places. This would also give Groupon the inside track against all of the copycat sites that have been popping up due to the success of their site, which has reported revenues of $50 million per month.

HTC headed toward E Ink and 3D future with new North Carolina facility

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 6:26 am

There was a bit of speak a few months ago that HTC were looking to buy up some space in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park. A few companies like Nortel and Sony Ericsson had offices there, but during the recession left.


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Obviously with their absense, HTC is able to nab up some spots at a much cheaper price than last year. HTC is staying reserved with their plans for the expansion but with multiple job listings, ideas and imagination can be wonderful things.

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Nook Color in process of being rooted; making for a nice and affordable Android tablet

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 6:13 am

Ah, XDA hackers; how we love watching your many exploits. The latest on the list? Hacking the new Nook Color and running it as a fully functional Android tablet.


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Yep, that's Angry Birds flying free on a Nook Color. The bugs are still being worked out, but when it's done a fully functional Android tablet for $250 isn't a bad proposition. Keep up with their progress here.

BlackBerry Empathy concept design - feels your emotions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 6:01 am

Have you put your mind back together after glimpsing at the picture? Because it would typically blow your mind looking at it. The design is something that has never really been done before and obviously it's a concept - so we might never see this in the retail market.


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Doesn't stop you from dreaming though, don't dream too much though as this phone will detect your emotions. No, seriously it will. A RIM-sponsored design project at the Art Center College of Design are talking about how they have designed the Empathy to detect the emotion of it's user and his or her contacts.

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AMD announces HD 6500M and 6300M mobile graphics processors

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 4:55 am

With the launch of the 6000 series of desktop cards well underway, it's about time that the mobile segment got a little love. That love has arrived with AMD's announcement of the Radeon HD 6500M and Radeon HD 6300M mobile GPUs.


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Both GPUs boast DX11 compatibility, Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute 11, and HDR texture compression support as standard along with a programmable hardware tessellation unit. OpenGL 4.1 and OpenCL 1.1 support is also included as well as support for ATI's dynamic switchable graphics technology for alternating between low-power integrated graphics and high-performance dedicated graphics.

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Zoom enhance tool for HD mobile device streaming coming from KDDI

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 4:41 am

In this modern world of wanting high resolution video on smaller and smaller screens, sometimes there's some give and take involved when it comes to download speeds and how much of the video you can see. KDDI is trying to take some of the pain away with their zoom and enhance platform for video.



Since it's hard to make out some things on smaller screens, the trick that KDDI is giving you is the ability to zoom in on the part of the video that's important and that you want to see. Since many cameras usually stay centered on the action in things like ballgames, you can cut out the clutter and even save yourself from having to download that section of the video. The picture fidelity loss is supposed to be minimal, so this may be an interesting idea for video watching on items like smartphones and tablets.

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