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Apple tease Black Friday sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 23, 2011 9:13 am

Apple have started sending teaser posters around as announcements of their Black Friday holiday sale for this Friday, November 25th. The first teaser appeared on the Australian online store and will most likely be floating its way around the world by now.




It announced:


The special one-day Apple shopping event. This Friday, November 25.


Mark your calendar now, and come back to the Apple Online Store for the special one-day event. You'll discover amazing iPad, iPod and Mac gifts for everyone on your list.


Apple's Black Friday discounts aren't usually too bad, but are small when compared to other retailers. Last year, Apple offered $101 discounts on their iMac, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines, with $11-$41 discounts on the iPods and iPads. Not bad, but not great, either.

Samsung says they're in last-stage talks to launch Google TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 23, 2011 8:01 am

Samsung Electronics are reportedly in last-stage talks with Google to roll out its Google TVs. Samsung have previously displayed Google TV-enabled Blu-ray players and companion boxes at CES in January this year, but they never commercialized those offerings.




But, president of Samsung's TV division, Yoon Boo-keun, has said that Samsung plan to unveil its Google TV at an event next year without elaborating on the schedule, only saying that they were working with Google on the upcoming rollout.


He also said that Samsung's Google TV products would differ from competitors products. Google just last month unveiled a revamped version of their Google TV service, in the hopes that it would be pushed into living rooms across the world. Yoon has also confirmed Samsung will unveil TVs featuring next-generation OLED displays at the upcoming CES in Las Vegas in January.

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UnRumorTT: Xbox 720 '2012 Launch Rumors are Silly'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 23, 2011 7:18 am

Well, it feels like this is a game of tug-of-war, one day we hear rumors of a next-generation Xbox coming out in 2012, then a day flips past and it is not coming. Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities says that the Xbox 720 won't launch next year and probably won't even see the light of day in 2013, either.




He believes that Microsoft might launch an updated version of the Xbox 360 instead. He said:


Those [2012 launch] rumors are silly. Microsoft is still selling a ton of Xbox 360s, and they won't replace the existing one until sales begin to slow. I think the rumors are based upon leaks about modifying the current Xbox 360 to allow it to operate Windows 8.

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Apple defeats Android in app revenue, by 1200-percent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 23, 2011 6:18 am

Apple lead Google by a fairly large margin when it comes to revenue generated by apps, with numbers from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster suggesting Android-based users are conservative when it comes to shopping on the Android Market.




The analysis shows that Android users seem to shy away from purchasing commercial apps, when compared to iPhone and iPad users who have purchased 12 times more paid apps per device. 13.5-percent of iOS customers purchase apps whilst just 1.3-percent of Android users opt for non-free software on their devices.


Those numbers mean nothing unless we're talking dollars, right? The Android Market generated just shy of $350 million in gross revenue, where Apple's App Store pulled in an impressive near-$5 billion. Both companies take a 30-percent cut of these totals, which is very impressive as they're just hosting them.

Battlefield 3 PC patch has gone live, tonnes of fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 23, 2011 5:14 am

The PC version of Battlefield 3 received its patch last night, weighing in at roughly 450MB. The patch has a huge change log/fix list, which fixes a bunch of issues people were experiencing, also while balance and gameplay adjustments have been made.




My triple-monitor, SLI system is still having issues. Even thought the patch includes "fixed multiple problems when using multiple monitors (Eyefinity/Surround)", this is my beef with DICE. There are countless people across Battlelog, and various other forums who are experiencing severe issues with multiple monitors. Did DICE not consult NVIDIA or AMD with this game? Did NVIDIA and AMD not test it on their setups? Did no-one at DICE, NVIDIA, or AMD, during testing, think to try it out on multi-monitor setups? Triple 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 30-inch setups would take me less than a few days of tinkering around. Yet, with all those teams and power, DICE couldn't do it?


This is why I'm so strongly opposed to consoles, and the development going to consoles for AAA titles. NVIDIA and AMD have all these new technologies like Eyefinity, Vision Surround, 3D Vision Surround, yet half the games either don't work on them, or have huge amounts of issues like BF3 does.




[I do apologise for the whinge, but hey, it kind of acts as a warning to the community about triple-monitor setups and Battlefield 3, something other sites aren't covering - if you want to discuss it with me, hit my e-mail up for a chat.]

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ASUS Transformer Prime gets caught on video, Ice Cream Sandwich included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 23, 2011 4:15 am

Not much to say about it, but there's a video below of a hands-on experience with ASUS' Transformer Prime, which packs NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core (with fifth "companion" core) SoC. The video is actually showing off the Prime with Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich.



I must say, it looks absolutely delicious. Maybe that's the Ice Cream Sandwich I'm drooling over, but Prime looks fast. Very fast. The video shows off the UI, movement between screens, a quick game of Riptide GP, and 1080p video playback which is absolutely seamless. The only issue is Prime will not launch with ICS, but will have it in a future update.




I now know how Twilight fans feel when they catch a glimpse of R Patz.

RumorTT: Production for iPad 3's Retina Display has begun, 2048x1536 here we come!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 23, 2011 3:16 am

It's full steam ahead for Apple's next-generation iPad, the iPad 3. We've talked about it before, reporting that it would sport a 9.7-inch 2048x1536 display, but it seems that CNET's Richard Shim is claiming that the iPad 3 panels are going into production.




The new screens are said to be QXGA displays and will be manufactured by no less than three separate display suppliers which is set to ensure Apple have enough devices at launch, which is said to be in April, with an announcement the month before, in March. From CNET:


It's happening-QXGA, 2048×1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There's three suppliers," Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, said in an interview today. Shim confirmed other reports that cite three companies, Samsung, Sharp, and LGD.

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AMD Catalyst 11.11a driver, what does it do?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 23, 2011 2:17 am

We've seen a few different AMD Catalyst drivers lately, with today bringing the Catalyst 11.11a driver. What does it do? Well, as usual, it supports Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP and brings some fixes, support and improvements for Batman: Arkham City, RAGE, Skyrim and Battlefield 3.




You can grab the drivers here, and for a rundown of what the Catalyst 11.11a driver does, take a look below:

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RunCore announces InVincible V Series SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 23, 2011 1:20 am

In what might sound like a porno name, RunCore have announced a new solid-state drive today, the military-grade InVincible V SSD. RunCore have wanted to keep the reliability and stability of a high-end drive, without sacrificing the break-neck speeds of SSDs.




Enter, RunCore InVincible V which has passed a series of screening tests in full accordance with MIL requirements such as temperature, vibration, shock, salt spray - compliant with MIL-810F and GJB150, can still offer superior performance in extreme environments. The drive only features a SATA II interface, and offers up to 240MB/sec read and 220MB/sec write, with 4k random writes up to 5,000 IOPS.


It's available in 512GB in MLC and 256GB in SLC. It also features a Mission Impossible-style self-erase technology which once triggered, can quickly and thoroughly erase data to prevent information leaks.

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Tuesday Afternoon Roundup for November 22, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 22, 2011 5:19 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - November 22nd, 2011




- AVADirect Clevo P180HM 18-Inch Gaming Notebook @ Hot Hardware

- Dell Inspiron 14z Notebook PC @ Futurelooks

- Building the perfect ultrabook - and where PC makers are wrong @ Techspot

- Sony VAIO F Series (Late 2011) Laptop @ Techreviewsource




- ASRock A55 Pro3 FM1 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

- ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional @ Pureoverclock




- Corsair Vengeance Quad-Channel Memory @ Neoseeker

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