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Buffalo Technologies launches and releases 802.11ac router and media bridge

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 14, 2012 2:02 pm

With the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi spec coming of age, it's about time that some products get released to take advantage of the improvements it has brought. Back at CES 2012, Buffalo Technology was the first company to publicly demonstrate the 802.11ac technology. A few months later, Netgear seemed to steal the spotlight when they released the R6300 802.11ac model on April 26th.

 

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Lucky for Buffalo as that turned out simply to be a paper launch which means that there was no availability to go along with it. Now that it is Buffalo's turn, they are launching their new products along with making them available today. First up is the new AirStation WZR-D1800H wireless router.

 

This router features 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports which are important for a network's speed. It also comes with a USB port that uses a physical eject button. The physical design of the case has also been redesigned some over previous models. While the predecessors to this had sharp edges, in this model they have been replaced with more pleasing curves.

 

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To compliment this router, Buffalo is also releasing WLI-H4-D1300 the wireless media bridge. This device is a perfect companion for the router as it is meant to extended the abilities of a wireless network. It can extend the wireless single to up to four wired devices through its four gigabitE ports. It is also backwards compatible with 11a, 11b, 11g and 11n.

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Poll Results - Now that Intel Ivy Bridge processors are officially out...

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 14, 2012 1:14 pm

Our latest poll had almost 3,200 people who answered, Now that Intel Ivy Bridge processors are officially out...

 

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The results for this poll were quite mixed. 26% of TweakTown readers said that yes, they are going to buy an Ivy Bridge based CPU.

 

13% said that they were 'on the fence' and undecided. With the most votes, 40% said no, they aren't buying and that they are happy with their current system. On the mobile side, 7% said they might consider an Ivy Bridge based laptop and 15% think Intel have started in the construction business and are now building bridges.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you about... Diablo III Let us know! Go here to vote!

Deal of the Day: Xbox 360 4GB Console Bundle w/ Extra Controller and Free Game - $238.97 Shipped!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2012 11:29 am

Our Deal of the Day is Xbox 360 4GB Console Bundle w/ Extra Controller and Free Game - $238.97 Shipped!

 

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Awesome Xbox 360 Bundle from Walmart! You get the Xbox 360 4GB Slim Console, Extra Wireless Controller, and your choice of game for just $229 + $9.97 shipping! You can choose from 11 games, but I would recommend these: Modern Warfare 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Skyrim, or Batman: Arkham City.

 

XBOX 360 4GB CONSOLE BUNDLE SALE W/ EXTRA WIRELESS CONTROLLER AND FREE GAME OFFER

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Download of the Day: Dropbox 1.4.3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 14, 2012 10:36 am

Our Download of the Day is Dropbox 1.4.3.

 

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Dropbox has been updated to version 1.4.3, and with it has some performance fixes, and Mac-orientated fixes.

 

The changelog:

 

  • Fix performance problem when syncing a lot of files
  • Fix inability to leave shared folder bug
  • Fix Dropbox not starting on OS X sometimes

 

You can download Dropbox 1.4.3 here.

Foxconn head honcho: we're making preparations for Apple iTV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 14, 2012 10:00 am

We've all heard the rumors of Apple's TV for quite some time now, but it looks like the rumors are beginning to form something solid. The latest out of Foxconn is the company's chief Terry Hou saying that the company is making preparations for iTV.

 

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iTV would be the name of Apple's upcoming high-def TV, but development and manufacturing is said to not yet have begun. iTV will reportedly sport an aluminum construction, Siri, and FaceTime for video calls. Gou also added that Foxconn's recent 50-50 joint venture factory with Sharp in Japan is one of the preparations made for the new device.

 

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Hou, you're such a tease. That's all I'm going to add. Just days ago, Cult of Mac claimed to have actually seen an Apple HDTV prototype, where the sources claimed that it looked like Apple's current line-up of Cinema Displays, but much larger.

Intel makes it clear, they want more business from Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 14, 2012 9:29 am

Intel really wants to cosy up to Apple, with CEO Paul Otellini having made it very clear to investors and reporters that the chip-making company will continue to angle more business from Apple in mobile devices, with his mission to "ensure our silicon is so compelling [that] they can't ignore us".

 

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Intel already have a strong relationship with Apple as they're the ones baking processors in all of Apple's desktop and notebook products, but Intel want to replace the ARM-based processors that you'll find in Apple's mobile lineup.

 

If we rewind a few years, we would have found stories of the iPod and iPhone architect Tony Fadell threatening to quite Apple in 2006 if the company had chosen to go with Intel for their forthcoming iPhone, where CEO Steve Jobs had actually favored. Intel's offerings at the time were not energy-efficient enough, but this was 2006 after all.

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RumorTT: Google eyeing off Meebo, possible acquisition?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 14, 2012 8:29 am

The rumor mills spins hard over the weekend it seems, with Google rumored to be considering the acquisition of chat and social sharing service Meebo. Reports flew into the offices of AllThingsD, and have said that the deal is in the works, and that Meebo could see a big influx of cash.

 

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Meebo was founded back in 2005, as a web-based instant message client, which shared the functionality competing services such as AIM, Yahoo IM, and others. Meebo evolved over the years, releasing the Meebo Bar, which added a persistent social sharing and advertising layer to sites users visit, this allowed them to continue chatting to friends, whilst surfing the Internet.

 

Meebo continues to push new services, such as a tool to allow users to create an interest profile to get custom recommendations delivered regularly. According to the sources from AllThingsD, the acquisition could see $100 million for Meebo. Why would Google want to buy Meebo considering they already have their own social-based site, Google+? Meebo does sport 190 million customers... a considerable amount of people in a scoop for only $100 million isn't too much of a stretch for a company the size of Google.

Apple rebrands LTE iPad, now known as 'iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2012 7:24 am

Apple have found a fix for their LTE or "4G" connectivity advertising in their third-generation iPad, where they've misled customers outside of North America.

 

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The Curpentino-based company has started to change the names of their LTE iPad model to 'iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular' in its online stores, US and Canada. The change also seems to have rolled out to other stores in the UK and Australia.

 

This should help those who were wanting a 4G-capable iPad outside of the US, as the new iPad was previously advertised as 'Wi-Fi + 4G', that is, until authorities in the UK, Australia, Sweden and other countries threatened Apple with investigations into misleading advertising. Apple then edited a video and altered the UK website in response to complaints from UK advertising standards authority, and even offered refunds in Australia to those who complained about the lack of "4G" functionality".

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Mark Zuckerberg says that mobile is a main focus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 14, 2012 6:27 am

Facebook's ongoing IPO roadshow is happening, and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has teased investors with a better idea of what they could expect to be key revenue drivers for the social networking site, once it goes public.

 

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Firstly, Zuckerberg said that Facebook will concentrate on improving its mobile application, where they'll infuse other online apps into Facebook, and secondly, creating a "transformative" advertising experience".

 

Zuckerberg spoke at Palo Alto's Crowne Plaza, where he tried to calm investor nerves over Facebook's revenue streams. Advertising revenue and user base growth rates have begun to slow down as Facebook reaches market saturation. Zuckerberg of course calmed investors that Facebook's advertising would still drive revenues.

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Diablo III is nearly here, are you prepared?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2012 6:12 am

We here at TweakTown hope to really embrace Diablo III, so you should see some more Diablo III-related content over the coming months, and more. But for now, you should be preparing for the release, if you haven't already purchased it!

 

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If you haven't, then head down to your local retailer now, or if you're like me and love digital games, then you should scoop up the game directly from Blizzard as a digital pre-sale. Next up, you will need to create your BattleTag. This is a requirement of Diablo III, and displays both in-game and on the website, so choose wisely.

 

Next up we have launch times! The launch time of Diablo III has had Blizzard break down the launch time of the game per region. The Americas (US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia) servers all open at 12:01am PDT, May 15.

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