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ARM wants an arm wrestle with Intel, AMD, goes 64bit and is going to compete in the high-end desktop market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 1, 2011 2:46 pm

ARM Ltd is getting serious against Intel and AMD, and are now going to compete with the chip giants in the high-end and server computing market, where competition is tight. ARM has announced their new ARMv8 architecture, the first one to include a 64-bit instruction set. ARM CTO, Mike Mullar says:




ARMv8 will enable the development of ARM architecture compatible devices that can be designed to maximize the benefits across both 32-bit and 64-bit application areas. This will bring the advantages of energy-efficient 64-bit computing to new applications such as high-end servers and computing, as well as offering backwards compatibility and migration for existing software through a consistent architecture.


ARMv8 will have both 32- and 64-bit modes, like todays x86/x64 CPUs, and this should help transition ARM into the 64-bit world for existing applications. ARM have dubbed the 32-bit mode "AArch32" and the 64-bit mode "AArch64".

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Google TV 2.0 announced, revamped UI, has access to the Android Market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 1, 2011 2:19 pm

Google TV arrived last year to some lukewarm reviews, citing its complicated interface and lack of actual usefulness. Google has spun out with another push in the form of Google TV 2.0, which includes a totally revamped UI as well as access to Google's Android Market. The update will get rolled out to Sony devices starting today and will hit Logitech Revue set-top boxes soon after.




There's no new hardware announced, but we should see some from Samsung, Vizio and other partners next year. Google, for now, are focusing their efforts making its software more user-friendly and building a solid base that will continue to be improved upon with one or two major OS updates per year and through apps from third-party developers.

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Download of the Day: Foobar2000 1.1.9 beta 2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 1, 2011 1:39 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1.9 beta 2.


foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.


Main features:


• Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.

• Gapless playback.

• Full unicode support.

• Easily customizable user interface layout.

• Advanced tagging capabilities.

• Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.

• Full ReplayGain support.

• Customizable keyboard shortcuts.

• Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.




The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 1.1.9 beta 2


- fixes more MP3 tagging regressions

- refines the WAV tagging feature.


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Deal of the Day: 14" Dell Inspiron 14R with 2nd Gen Intel Core i3, plus 10.1" HD Dell Inspiron Duo Convertible Tablet for $699.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 1, 2011 12:57 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - 14" Dell Inspiron 14R with 2nd Gen Intel Core i3, 6GB Memory, 640GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, HD Webcam, and More plus 10.1" HD Dell Inspiron Duo Convertible Tablet for $699.99 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: Dell has a huge $638.99 instant discount on this bundle deal with a 2nd gen Inspiron 14R laptop plus an Inspiron Duo. $699.99 with FREE shipping ($1338.98 original price) buys you the following:


2nd Gen Inspiron 14R with 14" LED-backlit TFT, 2nd gen 2.1Ghz Intel Core i3-2310M, 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, 640GB hard drive, 8x DVD+/-RW DL, Centrino Wireless-N 1030 w/Bluetooth 3.0, 1MP HD webcam, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, 15-month antivirus, and a 1 year warranty.


Inspiron Duo companion convertible tablet with 10.1" HD edge-to-edge capacitive multi-touch TFT, 1.5Ghz Intel Atom N550 dual-core, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 250GB hard drive, Wireless-N, 1.3MP webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty.


Expires 11/1/11 at 6PM CT.





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Monday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 31, 2011 2:04 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 31st, 2011




- Zotac ZBOX Nano AD10 Plus U Mini PC @ Hot Hardware

- HP ProBook 4430s Laptop @ Techreviewsource




- Sapphire Radeon HD6990 @ Technic3D

- ASUS HD6770 1GB DirectCU Silent @ Vortez




- Arctic Sound E461 Earphones @ ReviewStash

- Corsair Vengeance 1500 Gaming Headset @ Kitguru




- COUGAR Evolution Case @ Vortez

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Google+ intros powerful photo editing suite, makes it free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 31, 2011 1:52 am

Google+ has added Instagram-like controls to its photo section. The section has always had basic editing, because Google+ shares its photo albums with Picasa, so any edits made there would bounce back. But now they're stepped it up a few notches and built it directly in. The new controls only work in the desktop version, and can be accessed by clicking the edit button when you're in the fullscreen light-box view and selecting "Creative Kit".




From there, you're launched into an editor which is powered by PicNik (my niece Alisha will love that). From here, you can crop and tweak photos, but also included is an Instagram-like filter where you can perform some powerful edits. Included is a "Sunless Tan" tool, which can do exactly what it says... you use a brush to apply the tan and somehow it works out where the edges are and turns anyone into a reality TV star ready for the Jersey Shore, b*tch.


Right now there is a seasonal toolkit: Halloween. This allows you to add blood spatter, gravestones, "Dracula Dermis", and other fun stuff to your pictures. The Creative Kit is Flash-powered, so if you were thinking you might hit it up by signing into the non-mobile version of Google+ from an iPad, you're completely out of luck.

Valve will make creating Portal 2 test chambers much easier, wants the community to live long and prosper

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 31, 2011 1:08 am

Valve have been been quite good with DLC and user-created content, and Portal 2 from what it seems, is set to get a serious injection of not only awesome, but ease. Valve released Portal 2's authoring tools earlier this year and it has unleashed various custom puzzles for Portal 2 from the community. So far more than 700 puzzles have been created.




It's not a massive success, as many spiring modders have complained that the toolkit is too complicated to use. Many gamers have also complained that it's too difficult to find and play the community-generated test chambers. Valve have not been sitting on their hands during this, as they've vowed to resolve both lingering issues.




As you can see from the above two screenshots, Valve look to be offering the masses with a puzzle creator that offers "simplified" but "powerful" controls. Valve have not talked about any specifics on the new authoring tools, but the two screenshots above seem to indicate it would be quite simple indeed. I feel a Sims vibe when I look at them, and that is a simple enough game, but powerful at the same time.

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Battlefield 3 ships 10 million copies, hooah!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 31, 2011 12:03 am

If you haven't played Battlefield 3 yet, I don't know why you haven't - it is an amazing achievement of a game. For me, it has been one of (if not the) best multiplayer experiences of my life. DICE have followed through (technical issues aside). EA have announced that they have shipped 10 million copies to retailers worldwide, with many retailers requesting more stock.




Three million copies of Battlefield 3 had been sold as pre-orders before the game was released, which was confirmed by EA's COO, Peter Moore in an investor call a few days ago. Even though Battlefield 3 has been very successful, they [EA and DICE] still want to keep its single player campaign in the future Battlefield titles.


EA's Frank Gibeau says:


The single play experience is important. It's a great way to get fans into the experience, have them train up and get ready for multiplayer. A lot of fans just enjoy having that single player experience. So I think you have to have both.

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Friday Afternoon Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 6:40 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 28th, 2011




- CryoPC Alto HTPC Part 2 @ XSReviews

- Contemporary Netbook Platforms Comparison @ XBit Labs




- ASUS X79 Motherboard Preview @ Techgage

- EVGA Z68 FTW Motherboard @ Ninjalane

- MSI Z68A-GD80 Revision G3 @ Overclockers Club




- A quick look at Bulldozer thread scheduling @ Tech Report

- Intel Core i7 2700k Flagship Showdown @ eTeknix




- Battlefield 3 Benchmarked: GPU & CPU Performance Test @ Techspot

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Shuttle intros the multi-display loving H7 5820S mini workstation

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 5:51 pm

Shuttle still has some momentem happening with its once super popular XPC range of SFF PCs, releasing the new H7 5820S mini workstation today which sports one (or optionally two) Matrox M-Series graphics card(s).




The system is built around Intel's LGA1366 platform in Shuttle H7 series aluminum chassis measuring in at 32.6 x 20.8 x 19.6 cm and gives support for all LGA1366 processors right up to the Core i7-990 hexa-core model. It comes with 8 or 16GB memory, up to a 240GB SSD and 2TB HDD (you can house just one, or two drives in it), a DVD or Blu-ray writer/Combo drive and as mentioned earlier, up to two Matrox M9188 2GB graphics cards.

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