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MegaUpload saga: FBI ordered to copy all 150TB of Dotcom Data

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 6:29 pm

In the continuing MegaUpload saga, a US federal judge has ordered that the FBI being copying all 150TB of seized Dotcom data. It's not clear whether or not the information will be handed over now, as requested by Dotcom's lawyers, but it will have to be handed over if Dotcom and the other executives ever stand trial in the US.




Lawyers for the FBI are complaining that they will be unable to copy the 150TB of data in the 21-day time period given by the judge. To give an estimate of size, they had said it took 10 days to copy only 29TB of data. The judge didn't care and said that the Government had "ample means" to do the work. " ... [T]he expense involved in copying must be dwarfed by the other costs of an investigative and prosecutorial operation of this size."


The judge reiterated that if the defendants come to the United States like the prosecutors were trying for, then the copying of data would not have been a waste of time. Justice Winkelmann has ordered another two-day hearing to determine whether or not the data will be released to Dotcom, or his lawyers, while he remains in New Zealand. More as it continues.

RumorTT: Microsoft to unveil Windows 8 tablet on Monday

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 5:28 pm

According to The Wrap, who cites sources close to Microsoft, Microsoft will be unveiling a Windows 8 tablet this Monday in LA at an invite-only press event. The tablet is said to be a Microsoft-branded device and will be manufactured by Microsoft itself. The event is set for Monday, June 18 at 3:30 PST.




Rumors are saying that the tablet to be released will run Windows RT, the version of Windows destined for machines with ARM processors. Other specifications of the machine have not been rumored or guessed at, so it's a little hard to say what they will be. They most likely will take aim at the Apple iPad and have a similar size and processor.


After the event we will be able to tell you much more about the device, but until then, you'll have to take this rumor with a grain of salt. Nothing official from the company has confirmed that it is a tablet they are releasing. It could be something else entirely. More after it happens 3:30PST Monday.

YouTube adds Spanish to the automatic captioning system

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 4:28 pm

YouTube will automatically caption certain videos. Announced today, those certain videos can also be in Spanish. This feature is great for Spanish students as well as the general public. On videos were it is available, there will be a little CC button that you can press to turn it on. This starts outputting text in Spanish.




Click the next option down, the "Translate" option, select a language, and you are on your way to reading what the person is saying in your own language. The feature isn't added to every video currently, and is likely coming in a rollout fashion. Additionally, Google's speech recognition software have to be able to understand the video.


This is the first time that automatic captioning has been on YouTube. Since its original release in 2009, it has been added to more and more videos. Google claims this number is around 157 million. The service isn't perfect, but it is a bit better than most people's Spanish. This should allow for Spanish speakers to gain a wider audience around the world.

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Retina MacBook Pro is the 'least repairable laptop'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 3:32 pm

The poor laptop has only been out for a few days and someone has already stripped it down to its most basic components. That's right, iFixIt has pulled the $2000+ laptop apart and found some interesting things, along with taking lots of pictures. The short summary is that they say it is the least repairable laptop they have ever taken apart.




Kyle Wiens says:


The Retina MacBook is the least repairable laptop we've ever taken apart: Unlike the previous model, the display is fused to the glass, which means replacing the LCD requires buying an expensive display assembly. The RAM is now soldered to the logic board - making future memory upgrades impossible. And the battery is glued to the case, requiring customers to mail their laptop to Apple every so often for a $200 replacement. The design may well be comprised of "highly recyclable aluminum and glass" - but my friends in the electronics recycling industry tell me they have no way of recycling aluminum that has glass glued to it like Apple did with both this machine and the recent iPad.


The design pattern has serious consequences not only for consumers and the environment, but also for the tech industry as a whole.

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Five overclocking records managed at Computex using GSKILL memory

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 2:07 pm

If you'll remember back to our pre-Computex coverage, we explained how there would be a panel of overclocking experts at GSKILL's booth. Those overclockers weren't just there to look good and answer questions; they were actually overclocking and attempting for some world records. During Computex 2012, they managed 5 new world records.




Super Pi 32M - 4mins 44.734sec

With the astonishing G.SKILL memory speed of DDR3 2646MHz CL5-9-7-18 1T, the two legendary overclockers, Fredyama-san and Shamino have both achieved the super fast Super Pi 32M score at 4mins 44.734sec with ASUS Maximus V Formula motherboard and Intel Core i7 3770K CPU.


Memory Bandwidth - Read Speed: 32,339 MB/s

With the amazing G.SKILL TridentX memory speed of DDR3 2900MHz CL10 1T and sophisticated sub-timing adjustment, extreme overclocker, Hiwa Pouri, set a new memory bandwidth world record at 32,339 MB/s read-speed, with ASUS Maximus V Formula motherboard and Intel Core i7 3770K CPU.


3DMark 11- 31299

With G.SKILL RipjawsZ ultra fast DDR3 memory running at 2468MHz CL10, the world's best 3DMark overclockers, Kingpin and Duck-san, broke the 3DMark 11 world record with an incredible score of 31299. This monster machine consists of EVGA X79 EVGA CLASSIFIED motherboard, 4x EVGA CLASSIFIED GTX680 graphic cards, EVGA NEX CLASSIFIED 1500W PSU and Intel 3930K Core i7 CPU.

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RumorTT: 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro Retina Display-powered model to hit in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 6:24 am

Apple are set to release a Retina Display-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro in October of this year, according to an insider, reports Apple Insider. Apple are expected to ramp up the production of the 13-inch next-generation MacBook Pro powered by their high-res Retina Display in September.




Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI has said that Apple has the "highest hopes" for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Retina Display. The 13-inch model wasn't unveiled at the WWDC because of low yields and greater assembly difficulty, says Kuo.


The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will also be sans optical drive, and will rely solely on solid-state flash memory storage. We should expect the screen to sport a resolution of 2560x1600, and be thinner than the 15-inch model, at 18mm. The 13-inch model will also not sport discrete NVIDIA Kepler graphics, and will rely on just the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics.

LeakedTT: More details on Dell Latitude 10 tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 4:26 am

New leaked slides have arrived for Dell's Windows 8-based tablet, Latitude 10, as reported by Neowin. The new slide reveals that the Latitude 10 is destined for the enterprise market. The new leak is a bit of information on Dell's plans for enterprise-oriented Ultrabooks, as well as a solution of ports on Ultrabooks.




The slides offer a glimpse into the possible time that the Latitude 10 will launch, where we should see the new tablet hitting in Q4 of this year, around the time of the release of Windows 8. The Latitude 10 will sport a 10.1-inch, 1366x768 capacitive multi-touch display with Gorilla Glass, as well as support for an optional Wacom stylus.


The juicy details are an Intel dual-core Atom Clover Trail-based processor running at a minimum of 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of SSD storage, four USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and HDMI. Business customers should be happy, as it wil include enterprise-centric security controls, as well as the option to purchase a model with an integrated fingerprint reader, or smart card reader. It will also feature the ability to take a removable two-cell or four-cell battery.

Skype have launched 'Conversation Ads' for audio calls

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 2:37 am

Skype have just announced a new feature for voice calls, 'Conversation Ads'. Conversation ads will allow users without Skype Credit or subscriptions to make Skype-to-Skype audio calls with the Windows client, but will now experience ad images displayed in their call windows.




Skype pushes this in a weird way, by saying that the new feature is a way to get customers to engage in "meaningful conversations about brands in a highly engaging environment". Gotta love marketing speak. Skype will target the ads using non-personally identifiable demographic information on the users involved in the calls, including location, gender, and age. Users do however have the option to opt out of these targeted ads, but will experience non-targeted ads.


Skype's new Conversation Ads are available in 55 countries and they have assured users that call quality will not change. Skype's Creative Acceptance Policy states that ads cannot expand beyond a 300x250 rectangle and cannot be larger than 40k. They will arrive in GIFs, Flash files and JPEGs. Animations have a time limit: 30 seconds, and can only loop three times while displayed.

NVIDIA GeForce 302.80 WHQL drivers have arrived for Windows 8 Release Preview

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 1:30 am

We've finally got some WHQL-certified drivers from NVIDIA for Windows 8 Release Preview. The company released a beta version earlier this week and promised a four to eight-day window for the WHQL-approved version, and here we are.




Introducing the NVIDIA GeForce 302.80 drivers for desktop users running Windows 8 Release Preview. It's also been noted that these new drivers work on Windows 7, but as always, this is at your own risk. If you want to smash up these Windows 8-based drivers, let us know how you go.


You can expect more Windows 8-based testing once I heal from my Computex wounds, I broke my wrist pretty badly when I was over there. Feel free to send me donations of warm soup, hardware samples, warm hugs and money. I kid, I kid, but once I'm better, expect more original and new content from me, and more of us here at TweakTown (Trace, I'm looking at you buddy! International high-five).


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Upcoming dual-GPU AMD card pictured

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:37 pm

In addition to showing off AMD's future roadmaps, Mark Papermaster showed off a cool triple-fan professional graphics card called the FirePro W9000. The card is detailed in the slide shown below and is meant to be a professional version of the 7970. Curiously enough, however, is the fact that the card he held up and the card in the slide appear very different.




Cyril Kowaliski of TechReport noticed the difference as well and put a call into AMD's Dave Erskine to get an answer. Erskine would only say that it was a "dual-GPU product that will be released later this year." Taking a good educated guess, I would say that the card is most likely a 7970x2 (7990?), or in other words, two 7970 chips on one PCB.


After all, AMD has to compete with NVIDIA's dual-Kepler beast, the GTX 690. AMD has been making dual-GPU consumer cards for something like 4 generations now (3870x2) and were rumored to be debuting one at Computex. That debut never occurred, but it seems unlikely that they wouldn't produce a dual-7970 card. The release time frame also indicates that it should be of the Tahiti flavor.

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