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TweakTown Admiral PC SBG updated with Sandy Bridge-E

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 12:12 pm

We just got done updating the TweakTown Admiral PC SBG for the launch of Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E platform. Of course being our top-dog system with no budget limitation, the Admiral PC gets the best. We have switched out the old CPU, motherboard and RAM.

 

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As for the motherboard, incoming is the impressive ASUS Rampage IV Extreme (bundled with BF3) and of course the CPU of choice is the mega expensive yet super fast Intel Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge-E Extreme Edition (3.3GHz up to 3.9GHz with Turbo Boost) Six-Core processor and for the RAM we have no less than 64GB of Corsair Vengeance memory.

 

Hit on up the Admiral PC over here!

Expect to see between 30 and 50 Ultrabooks "to be launched at CES"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 11:16 am

There are going to be as many as 50 Intel Ultrabooks to be launched at CES in January next year. According to Shawn DuBravac, director of research for show organisers the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), he expects a truck load of ultrathin laptops to be unveiled in Las Vegas. DuBravac told journalists at a CES Unveiled even held in London:

 

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We expect to see 30 to 50 new Ultrabooks launched at CES.

 

Up to this point, there has only been a few manufacturers who have announced Ultrabooks, as most of them are awaiting the 22nm refresh of Ivy Bridge before releasing their devices. Intel CEO Paul Otellini is set to give a keynote speech in Las Vegas, where Ivy Bridge is likely to be officially released alongside a large amount of new Ultrabooks.

 

DuBravac has said whilst Ultrabooks will have their time in the spotlight, its tablets that will be the showrunner. More than 100 new tablets were launched at 2011 CES, and the CEA is expecting a similar number of new releases next January.

NVIDIA's Jen-Hsun Huang says Tegra 3-based tablets will drop to $299 in a 'couple quarters'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 10:20 am

The NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered tablets like ASUS' Transformer Prime and the just-rumored HTC Quattro aren't even out yet, but NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has come out and said that he expects Tegra 3-powered tablets to drop to $299 in just "a couple quarters."

 

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Now, that's a pretty big claim, considering ASUS' Transformer Prime is set to be $500, which is already a great price compared to the iPad 2. 2012 is set to be filled with some super-fast, super-cheap, Android-rocking tablets. Christmas 2012 should be a very interesting time indeed.

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You have 30 days to pay me $5,000,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 9:16 am

I found this video on my stumbles through the [sometimes] strange corners of the Internet, where YouTube user 'n0w1kn0w' posted a video with the title "You have 30 days to pay me $5,000,000...", the video is below, watch it first and then read more below:

 

 

Now, it starts off all boring - at one point I thought he was building a mobile bomb that he was going to place in some Government building and then keep it there for 30 days waiting for his $5,000,000, but then the video gets quite serious with n0w1kn0w visiting a pyramid in Egypt, and rolling his remote control car into it.

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AMD releases CAP 2 for 11.11 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 8:13 am

This one is short and sweet, peeps! AMD have released the new CrossFireX Catalyst APplication Profiles 2 for their latest 11.11 WHQL drivers. What improvements do they include? Well, CAP 2 is only providing increases for just two games.

 

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Saints Row 3 receives its stuttering problem fixed when using CrossFireX and also provides Single GPU and CrossFireX performance improvements when running in lower resolution configurations. The second game to receive some help is Gothic 4 Arcania: Fall of Setarriff, where it just improves CrossFire performance.

 

Nothing for Skyrim, but I'm sure they won't be too far away. You can grab the CAP 2 here.

FXI's Cotton Candy, a cloud-client on a USB stick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 7:23 am

Norwegian-based start-up FXI, has unveiled their new prototype, codenamed 'Cotton Candy', a cloud-client on a USB stick. Cotton Candy sports a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9, as well as a quad-core ARM Mali-400MP GPU, 1GB RAM, MicroSD reader, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB and HDMI outputs.

 

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This is virtually the same hardware that powers one of the best smartphones on the market, Samsung's Galaxy S II. What is different with Cotton Candy is software. It acts as a cloud-client on-the-go. You could be running a PC with Windows, Linux, or a Mac, an Embedded device or just a TV, you'll be able to plug the Cotton Candy stick into a USB port of a PC or into the HDMI port of a TV. After you've plugged it into the device, that device turns into a portal to the cloud, allowing you to carry your own personal OS on you at all times, whilst having the experience that is identical no matter the device you're next to.

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RumorTT: HTC Quattro, to be the Megatron to ASUS' Transformer Prime

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 6:21 am

HTC are reportedly preparing a quad-core tablet that is set to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in late February, with the rumors being flared up due to a leaked picture and spec sheet of the unofficially-named HTC Quattro.

 

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HTC Quattro is rumored to be sporting NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch display with 1280x720 resolution. We also have a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, all snuggled with 16GB of on-board storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and Beats Audio. It is also rumored to include a HTC Scribe pen to prevent fingerprints on the screen.

 

While HTC are being quiet about the tablet, we should state that they've also confirmed (but also unannounced) the HTC Edge, which sports an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC, 1GB RAM, 4.7-inch display with 1280x720 resolution, it would make sense we'd see a tablet from HTC with similar specs.

Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer of Strike at Karkand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 5:26 am

I've been playing Battlefield 3 a few hours here and there and I just love it. It's an amazing achievement from DICE and the new DLC pack Back to Karkand is set to kick some serious ass. A new gameplay trailer is out and it looks like it's been done on PC this time.

 

 

In the video above, Strike at Karkand is shown off, with the streets recognizable from the fan-favorite Battlefield 2. If you pre-ordered Battlefield 3, you'll get Back to Karkand for free, if not, it will set you back $15. Back to Karkand DLC includes four maps, Gulf of Oman, Sharqi Peninsula, Strike at Karkand and my personal favorite, Wake Island. New weapons, vehicles and special assignments are also featured.

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Nintendo builds real-life Mario Kart, has help from West Coast Customs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 4:21 am

Nintendo has a grand PR stunt for the launch of Mario Kart 7 which launches on December 4 on the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming console; real-life replicas of the classic Mario Kart and Luigi Bumble V Kart. Yes, real-life replicas!

 

The replicas were built by West Coast Customs, who are known for their awesome work on the MTV series "Pimp My Ride." Mario's shiny red go-kart comes complete with its glider attachment for flying. Luigi's go-kart includes a cool rear propeller that's used for underwater navigation. In the below picture is Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America:

 

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The karts will sit on display at the LA Auto Show, November 18-27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. But, there's a really good thing coming from Gamespot here. A competition for the chance to take one of these bad-ass looking go-karts home! The competition is through GameStop's PowerUp Rewards program, where a PowerUp member must make a purchase or trade in a game at GameStop in the month of December.

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Want the new YouTube look?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 3:19 am

Google have been on a stampede of change lately, first Google+, then the updated looks of Gmail and Reader have made their way to most of us, and now, YouTube.

 

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The new design is currently rolling out, but if you want to jump ahead of the queue, there are some instructions below to help you. The downfall? This trick only sets a temporary cookie which is removed upon the browser closing.

 

The new look is definitely slick, with the left navigation panel very clean and simple, videos from your subscriptions or YouTube trends list fill the middle up, while related or recommended videos are on the right. It looks very, very swish.

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