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ASUS Intel X79 chipset based system gets shown at BlizzCon 2011

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 21, 2011 9:10 pm

BlizzCon 2011 - Our first stop at BlizzCon 2011 was at the ASUS booth where we saw a number of cool new Republic of Gamers (ROG) products.


The one that got our attention the most was the ASUS X79 demo system. We met up with Mark from Intel who was kind enough to give us a run down on the system and what it will offer. Watch now:



As many of you would know, the upcoming X79 chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processors are still under NDA, so there are only so much information that can be disclosed.

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 16.0.912.0 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 20, 2011 1:23 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 16.0.912.0 Beta.


Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.


One box for everything


Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.


Thumbnails of your top sites


Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.


Incognito mode


Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.


Safe browsing


Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.


For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.



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MSI lifts lid (slightly) on X79-based board, check it out!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Oct 20, 2011 10:16 am

Shane has been teasing us for a few hours on Facebook today with some MSI X79 board shots, but now we have the skinny to give you some much needed news on MSI's LGA2011 board. MSI has provided a few board shots of their upcoming Sandy Bridge-E board, MSI X79A-GD65. The board sports the usual LGA2011 gear like quad-channel memory and includes CPU power circuitry above the DIMM slots, as well as a decently large heatsink.




The board also features on-board power buttons, one touch overclocking, on-board POST display and on-board USB 3.0. PCI-e slot wise we have five full-size PCI-E slots as well as a 1x PCI-E which is in the middle. CrossFire and SLI support is of course included, eight SATA ports total with a split of 4/4 for SATA 2/3.

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ASUS Transformer Prime unveiled, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3, 10-inch, 8.33mm thick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 20, 2011 9:09 am

The ASUS man himself, Jonney Shih has within the last few hours unveiled the "next-generation Transformer tablet" at AsiaD. It's the same one that Steve teased just a few hours ago. Jonney however, confirmed everything we need to know.




The Transformer 2 has been dubbed "Transformer Prime", it will sport NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC which is a qu ad-core processor, a 10-inch display, mini-HDMI, a 14.5-hour battery, an SD card slot and a top lid that looks pretty much identical to ASUS' new Zenbook line of products. The Transformer was a thickish tablet (I own one myself) but this Transformer Prime is just 8.3mm thick!

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iPhone 4S's Siri's default settings leave your iPhone 4S exposed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 20, 2011 8:37 am

Apple have really stumbled with the iPhone 4S launch, yesterday I reported about the various screen issues, and today we have an issue with Siri. Siri, by default, can be activated even if the iPhone 4S is passcode locked. This is great if you are the one wanting to use it, but what if you leave the phone unattended, or, lose the phone altogether?




Anyone who gained access to your Siri-sporting iPhone 4S could take a look at your upcoming calendar appointments and know your every move over the upcoming days, weeks, months and it also gives access to send e-mails or text messages. Thankfully, there are limitations. While the iPhone 4S is passcode locked, you can't launch any apps, you can't send e-mail or text messages to anyone not on your contact list.

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Noctua announce LGA2011 mounting kit, free if you provide proof of purchase

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 20, 2011 7:09 am

Use a Noctua cooler? Upgrading to Sandy Bridge-E/LGA2011 in a few months when its released? Well, Noctua have continued their tradition of supplying their customers with SecuFirm2 mountings free of charge. The NM-I2011 kit allows Noctua users to upgrade to Intel's upcoming LGA2011 socket for Core i7-3000 (Sandy Bridge-E) processors. The NM-I2011 is backwards compatible with all Noctua retail coolers since 2005 and will be supplied to users free of charge after they upload proof of purchase on Noctua's website.




Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua's CEO says:


We feel that product quality and service quality should always go hand in hand, so we're determined to give the best possible support to our customers. Having provided free mounting upgrades for the last generations of Intel and AMD platforms, we're happy to announce that we will continue this tradition with the NM-I2011 kit for LGA2011.


We always like to think of our coolers as safe long-term investments, and even if you bought one of our first models six years ago, you'll still be able to upgrade it to the latest socket technology free of charge.

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AMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview drivers, third release - combines Battlefield 3 and RAGE support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 20, 2011 6:11 am

AMD have released a third version of their Catalyst 11.10 "Preview" drivers, where they've combined the unified RAGE and Battlefield 3 support of the version 2 driver, with the long list of associated bug fixes, and have also included the following improvements:




Reduces random crashing and stability encountered when playing Rage on Windows® 7 32-bit edition

Reduces object / animation flickering and texture corruption encountered when playing Rage

Reduces stuttering seen on Dual CPU and Tri CPU core systems


If you want to get your hands on the Catalyst 11.10 Version 3 Preview Driver, you can grab it from this knowledge base entry on AMD's website. Installers are available for Windows 7, Vista and XP. AMD's Terry Makedon, who posts as CatalystMaker on Twitter says that this driver is essentially identical to the final, Microsoft-certified Catalyst 11.10 thats due to drop on October 31, 2011.

RumorTT: Apple iPad mini, looking to sport 7-inch display that Apple are currently testing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 20, 2011 4:50 am

Reports coming out of the United Daily News believe that Samsung and AU Optronics have sent 7.85-inch screen samples to Apple for consideration in future products, the rumored iPad mini. Rumors of a smaller iPad have made their way around the Internet a few times now, and are once again doing so. Steve Jobs was against the idea of a 7-inch tablet, being quoted in an earnings call last year that Apple won't make a 7-inch tablet because the screen is too small to express the software.




Jobs believed that developers wouldn't be happy writing app code to accommodate varying screen sizes in the same product line (what about consumers?). Now that new CEO Tim Cook is directing the Apple ship, this could change. An iPad mini would be even more portable than the current offerings as well as costing just a portion of the price, allowing Apple to gain more market share at an even lower price point.


It would also be great competition for Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire, as well as the varying GALAXY Tab devices from super-competitor and main threat, Samsung. Apple is expected to unveil the iPad 3 sometime in early 2012 based on the 9.7-inch display. Rumors have again fueled on the iPad 3, with most (including myself) expected it to sport a resolution of 2044x1536.

Uncharted 3's launch trailer, looking to be a GOTY title

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 20, 2011 3:36 am

Fan or not of Uncharted 3, it looks bloody impressive. I loved the first two games and I fondly remember two Christmas's ago sitting there for an entire day bashing through the Uncharted 2, finishing it over the Christmas break. It was such an amazing game. It's almost like playing a movie, but better than most actual Hollywood movies. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception continues Nathan Drake's story and without spoiling the game, if you haven't played the previous two, I highly suggest you do.



This is my most anticipated console game of the year, and the trailer really pumps me up for the full thing. As you can see in the above trailer (don't read any further for spoilers), it shines in its character development, action set pieces, graphics, and charisma. Uncharted 3 is less than two weeks away, arriving on the PlayStation 3 on November 1.

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