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Exclusive look at ECS Z77H2-AX Black Extreme Ivy Bridge motherboard

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 19, 2012 3:08 pm

Earlier today Shane Baxtor and I ventured out to the ECS headquarters here in Taipei where we were given exclusive access to look at the Taiwanese motherboard company's range of upcoming Intel Ivy Bridge motherboards that are due to come out onto the market sometime in late March or April as far as we can tell.



In the video above we spent most of our time focusing on ECS' most high-end Ivy Bridge motherboard, the Z77HS-AX Black Extreme. This is a full size ATX motherboard with plenty of the bells and whistles ticked including onboard Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi as well as native USB 3.0 provided by the Intel Ivy Bridge chipset. It also gets some other nice goodies such as onboard power and reset buttons as well as a heatpipe cooling design which looks like it should do an adequate job of keeping things under control in the temperature department.




Some of the big features of this board is the inclusion of not two, but three PCI-E x16 3.0 slots which allows for SLI and CrossFireX support. The first slot is 16 lanes while the other two other eight lanes - ECS was able to achieve the extra lanes by adding in an additional chip which is said to cost $30 alone. As far as memory goes, you get support for DDR3 dual channel and in early testing so far, ECS engineers told us that they have been able to reach over 2600MHz DDR so far...

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Thursday Morning Roundup for January 19, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 19, 2012 1:59 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - January 19th, 2012.




Seasonic X-1050 PSU - SilentPC Review




G.SKILL Ripjaws-Z 16GB DDR3-1600 Memory - Benchmark Reviews

Patriot Division 2 Viper Xtreme DDR3 1600MHz 8GB Memory Kit - HiTech Legion




MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) - Overclockers Club

ECS H67H2-M Black Edition Intel H67 Express Motherboard - PCSTATS

ASUS Rampage IV Gene - ocaholic

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Mobile App of the Day: 2012 Australian Open for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 19, 2012 1:26 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is: 2012 Australian Open for Android.




Follow the action LIVE -- 16 - 29 January, 2012.


Tennis Australia and IBM are pleased to offer the official Android app for the Australian Open Tennis Championships, from 16-29 January, 2012. Follow the action LIVE during the tournament.


Key Features:



LIVE scoring updates and completed match results from all the action at Melbourne Park.



Main Draw brackets, updated as matches complete.

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Download of the Day: Google Delivers Chrome 18.0.1010.0/1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 19, 2012 12:13 pm

Our Download of the Day is Google Delivers Chrome 18.0.1010.0/1.




- The PDF plugin now adds 'Rotate Clockwise' and 'Rotate Counterclockwise' commands to context menus, so users can more easily view documents scanned horizontally.

- Updated the first-run bubble text and added a link to change the current search engine.

- Fixed HTML5 showing download bar in fullscreen mode.




- Fixed issue where Cmd-W would close the whole window in fullscreen mode.

- Fixed best-fit-window-zoom.


The Chrome 18.0.1010.0/1 builds can be downloaded, here.

Deal of the Day: Toshiba CAMILEO BW10 1080p Waterproof Camcorder for $59.99 plus $5 Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 19, 2012 10:29 am

Our Deal of the Day is Toshiba CAMILEO BW10 1080p Waterproof Camcorder for $59.99 plus $5 Shipping!




Get the Toshiba CAMILEO BW10 waterproof camcorder for just $59.99 plus $5 shipping from Woot! This camcorder lists at $149.99, and is more than $100 at the next cheapest merchant. The BW10 can record up to 1080p video in MP4 (H.264), take digital stills at up to 5 megapixels (2592 x 1944), is waterproof to 6.5 feet, accepts up to 64GB of SD/SDHC/SDXC expansion, has a 2" color LCD, and 1 year warranty. You would think things like this would spell the end of 240p YouTube videos, but noooooo...




Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 hits HP TouchPad, brings Ice Cream Sandwich for a taste

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2012 9:24 am

Got one of those nifty HP TouchPad's when they were on fire sale? Been eyeing off that sexy new OS from Google, Ice Cream Sandwich? Wanted to mash your TouchPad into the middle of that Ice Cream Sandwich and run into the sunset? Well, today is your lucky day.



CyanogenMod 9, Alpha 0 build has just arrived, and while it doesn't do the flashy things like have Market access, hardware-accelerated video and access to the camera, it's still a nice thing to see nonetheless. If you want to live on the wild side, a triple-boot webOS/CM7/CM9 is reportedly possible, but "not recommended".




If you want to try it out, again, we offer no warranty or support on this, it's strictly on your own accord, you can try it out here. If you do try it out, please comment and let us know how you went!

Facebook intro Apps for Timeline

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 19, 2012 8:20 am

Facebook have introduced apps for Timeline, in the form of Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, TripAdvisor, and more. This allows you to enhance your timeline with apps that help tell your story, in the way you want it to look.




Once an app is added, you can update your timeline with activities as they happen. For example, if you like design, shopping or fashion, you can add the Pinterest or Pose apps, to make your favorite items part of your timeline. There are other apps that make your timeline, pop, such as food-centric apps and travel-centric apps.


Facebook promise that there'll soon be apps for all interests, which will launch over time. After you've added an app, you can remove posts directly from timeline, as well as edit your settings from your personal Activity Log. It seems Facebook is slowly becoming an internal Internet. Just like Step Brothers, there's SO MANY ACTIVITIES!

IPv6 launches on June 6th, 2012, Skynet launches shortly after

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 19, 2012 7:27 am

Mark it in your calendars, folks, June 6th is officially "World IPv6 Launch" day. A coordinated launch of the next-generation Internet protocol. On that day, various companies and corporations will begin to close the gaps and begin to deliver, true, end-to-end, next-generation Internet.




IPv6 is the replacement for the current version of IPv4 that is running out of addresses. The original IPv6 specification was actually published more than 15 years ago now, but it's only just this year that we'll finally start to see the beginning of it. IPv6 ushers in the ability to connect together billions of devices, both fixed and mobile, from the largest cloud-based systems, to the smallest Internet-connected sensors.


Google have now joined in on World IPv6 Day, with most of their services, including Search, Gmail, YouTube and more, will be available to the world over IPv6 permanently. Most users won't notice the change, but if you want to test your connection, you can visit It will be years before the Internet is fully transitioned to IPv6, but that's what the future holds for the Internet.

Google releases Orkut for iPhone, but do you really care?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 19, 2012 6:23 am

I have to admit, I scour the entire interwebs for news, virtually each and every day and up until now, I did not even know about Orkut. Orkut is a Google-owned social network, that gets overshadowed by its own rival, Google+ and other players such as Facebook. Orkut is still massively popular in India and Brazil, where more than 80-percent of its 66 million active users come from, as of October 2011.




Google have just released a native Orkut client for the iPhone, which is available for free from the App Store and includes the usual feature set like updating your status, and checking your scraps and messages to browsing your friends' profiles and uploading photos.

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Poll Results - Which company made the best video cards in 2011?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 19, 2012 6:03 am

Our latest poll had almost 4,000 people who answered, Which company made the best video cards in 2011?




This was actually one of the closest web polls we've ran in a long while with ASUS managing to take the title as the best video card manufacturer of 2011 as voted by TweakTown readers.


In a close second place was Palit with 15% of the votes and in equal third place was EVGA and MSI. Sapphire was just behind in fourth place with 14% of the votes.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you... What was the hottest new product at CES 2012? Let us know! Go here to vote!

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