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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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Got an Intel SSD? Grab the new Toolbox 3.0 software now!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 4:39 pm

Intel has just released version 3.0 of its "SSD Toolbox" which sports an entirely new UI and rolls in a ton of new features.


The management and diagnostics of your Intel based SSD with this tool is now about as complete as could be with SMART status, Summary Drive Health and Estimated Life Remaining bars, used/unused capacity pie charts, diagnostics, system information summary and contextual help that integrates one-click same-page help pointers.




With SSDS typically having a limited rewrite cycle count (the amount of times data can be rewritten onto its NAND cells before it's game over and the SSD becomes a doorstep), while the cycle count equates to many, many years of use even for the all day every day user, it's still nice to have peace of mind about the rewrite cycle status.

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EVGA goes a bit Batty with new GTX 580 offering

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 3:17 pm

Nuts about Batman? Going all batty about the new release action game title, Batman Arkham City? - Chances are you'll love EVGA's latest graphics card to hit the market - a Batman: Arkham City themed GeForce GTX 580.




This is a Special Edition "Superclocked" GTX580 from the company which of course is stickered up with the Dark Knight and his bat wings of glory. The card (model number 015-P3-1582-A1) is already being offered up over at Newegg at a price of $529.99 USD and while not confirmed, is likely to include a voucher for the copy of the game given that this pricing is about $30 over the standard GTX 580.

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Sandy Bridge-E CPUs and X79 motherboards already selling in China

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 2:10 pm

While we all impatiently hold out for the availability of Sandy Bridge-E processors and accompanying X79 motherboards post November 15th, it turns out if you're quick enough and based in China, you can get your hands on the stuff right now.




Some news posted via HWBot shows a Chinese website offering a limited supply of processors and motherboards, though there's only said to have been around 90 odd samples left, much less by the time you're reading this no doubt.


Anyhow, converting over to USD, here's what they're offering up :-


- Intel Core i7 3960X @ +/_ USD $1200

- Intel Core i7 3930K @ +/_ USD $900

- Intel Core i7 3820 @ +/_ USD $550

- MSI X79A-GD65 8D @ +/_ USD $470

- Special Bundle: i7 3930K + MSI X79-GD65 8D + Corsair H60 @ USD $1200

Download of the Day: Fresh View 8.30

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 1:29 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Fresh View 8.30.


Fresh View gives you the ability to organize and view multimedia files (images, audio, video). Watch movies, listen to music, and view graphics in a slide show. Image files in a folder can be displayed using a number of views, including a thumbnail view that lets you quickly see what your images are without having to open them.


You can convert graphics from one type to another, print, and even create an HTML album. This easy-to-use software supports 86 different formats (more and more added regularly).




The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 8.30


- with new Hard Diagonal Smudge effect.


Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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