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Europe cold snap, Global Warming? Three letter word, starts and ends in 'L'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 6:19 am

Mainstream media doesn't seem to be covering this as much as I thought, as it goes against their Global Warming agenda. But, how about we mix up our tech-related news, with some real-world news, shall we?

 

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For the past fortnight or so, Europe has been stopped in its tracks. A cold snap is responsible for this, stranding people at home, in their cars, resulting in hundreds of deaths, and thousands upon thousands affected. Venice's canals have frozen over, Amsterdam's canals have people ice skating on them, people sledding in Slovenia, and cross-country skiing in Pamplona.

 

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The sad results of this is that the Ukraine has been hit quite hard, resulting in more than 135 deaths, many more have been sent to hospital with hypothermia, massive traffic havoc and have left several Bosnia-based villages completely cut off from the outside world. These things are not reported on your TV as much as they should be.

 

Ukraine's Ministry of Emergencies announced the death toll this week (135), and temperatures of minus 33-degrees Celcius (minus 27-degrees Fahrenheit). Neighbouring countries Russia and Poland have reported 64 and 9 deaths, respectively.

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NASA shuts down their last mainframe

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 5:28 am

NASA have just ended an era with the flick of a switch, where they powered down NASA's last mainframe, the IBM Z9 Mainframe, at their Marshall Space Flight Center.

 

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Of course, mainframes were a cornerstone of NASA's history. They could be attributed to getting the U.S. to land on the Moon, or to calculate many other things that the public is allowed to know, and more interestingly, the things we don't know. Which I'm sure NASA have a lot of.

 

Back when NASA were installing older mainframes, they used to be absolutely gigantic. Now we can have them down to the size of a decently-sized refrigerator (if that makes you feel any better about NASA's power bills or the state of "global warming"). It's a sad day, but it was an eventuality.

AMD's Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7750 launched

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 5:26 am

AMD's first super-affordable Graphics Core Next-based, 28nm GPUs are here in the form of the AMD Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7750. They offer some really impressive value for money.

 

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The new GPUs are in the under-$199 category, which is perfect for budget-concious gamers. The HD 7770 seems to keep up and sometimes beat the already-great NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti card, which is something truly amazing considering it's maximum power consumption comes in at under 85W. Yes, under 85W. For comparison sake, the GTX 560 Ti uses over 215W.

 

Take a look at some of the reviews of the new GPU below:

 

techPowerUp! - PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 1 GB | Radeon HD 7770

eTeknix - Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Overclock Edition 1GB | AMD Radeon HD 7750 Pro 1GB Graphics Card

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Sony screws people over Whitney Houston iTunes pricing, then apologises

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 4:17 am

Talk about cashing in. Sony have officially apologised for hiking up the prices on two of Whitney Houston's albums on Apple's U.K. iTunes store, the day after the singer had died.

 

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On Sunday, Sony had introduced new wholesale price changes that bumped the retail price of Whitney Houston's "The Ultimate Collection" from 4.99 pounds to 7.99. On top of this crazyness, Sony increased the price of "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" from 7.99 pounds up to 9.99.

 

Sony then moved the prices back to their original price later in the day. Of course, the Internet exploded with criticism, where Sony didn't bother to comment until later this afternoon. Sony's apology statement, as reported by AllThingsD:

 

Whitney Houston product was mistakenly mispriced on the UK iTunes store on Sunday. When discovered, the mistake was immediately corrected. We apologize for any offense caused.

AMD's Eric Demers leaves Team Red

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 3:19 am

Team Red have just lost another player, after a few resignations and changes within the company throughout 2011 and even this year, news has hit the Internet that AMD's Corporate Vice President & CTO, Graphics Division, Eric Demers, is leaving the company. He has hung up his Team Red shirt for good.

 

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AnandTech have reported that he isn't leaving for Intel, or Team Green (NVIDIA), but suspect that Eric's talents will continue to be seen within the industry. Considering AMD's current success within the GPU industry, it's hard to see Eric out of work for a long period of time.

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R18+ is currently being discussed by Australian parliament

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 2:23 am

[UPDATE] And we're good! We're good people! Amendments will be made to the Classification Act 1995 and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and will roll through in January 2013. I cannot believe this actually happened, and this shows the power of the people, and the Internet. When they work together, they can really push through new things!

 

News from last month told us that the new Federal Minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare, had announced his intentions to stick to former Federal Minster for Home Affairs, Brendan O'Connor's previous plans in regards to the introduction of an R18+ adult classification for video games in Australia.

 

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Clare stated that he would follow O'Connor's decision to introduce the R18+ bill in the February 2012 session of parliament. Well, it's February 2012, and here we are. Clare has stayed true to his word, with news arriving today that the R18+ legislation has been cleared by the Federal Parliamentary Caucus of the Australian Labor Party in its meeting in Canberra, and is now ready to be introduced in parliament.

 

Celebrations? Well, not quite. Federal parliament resumed just over a week ago on February 7, and in order for the R18+ bill to be passed through the Lower House (House of Representatives), Clare's office says it requires the support of at least two crossbench MP's.

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Unreal Engine 4 seems to require at least ten times the power than current-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 1:03 am

Next-gen consoles and next-gen graphics engines are something that I have quite close to my heart. It's something I think needs to really evolve. I see the AAA gaming market as something that is stuck inside of a bubble.

 

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The cause of that bubble? Consoles. I've covered this a fair bit in a few of my editorials, where I've talked about smartphones and tablets getting close to, and will eventually pass the power in current-gen consoles. Once this happens, consoles will have a hard time selling, unless we see next-gen consoles.

 

The previous generation of consoles teased "Full HD gaming", but delivered sub-HD gaming. Most AAA titles run at a resolution lower than 1280x720 and at frame rates less than 30fps. Of course, there are some games that run at either slightly higher resolutions, or slightly higher frame rates, but never both. We don't see games like Halo, Gears of War, Uncharted or Metal Gear Solid running at 1080p with 30fps.

 

Enter Unreal Engine 4.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup for February 14, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 4:25 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 14th, 2012. Happy Valentine's Day, TweakTown readers!

 

Peripherals:

 

Roccat ISKU Gaming Keyboard - Hi Tech Legion

 

Sound:

 

ARCTIC P531 5.1 Headset - TestFreaks

 

Cases & Cooling:

 

NZXT Switch 810 Full-Tower Computer Case - Benchmark Reviews

Coolermaster Gemini II SF524 Cooler - HardwareLOOK

Arctic Accelero S1 Plus Passive Cooler - KitGuru

Silverstone TJ04-E - Overclock3D.net

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Deal of the Day: Tiger Direct - 120GB OCZ Vertex Plus 2.5" SATA II Solid State Drive - $89.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 3:20 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Tiger Direct - 120GB OCZ Vertex Plus 2.5" SATA II Solid State Drive - $89.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!

 

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Wow! This is an AWESOME price for this 120GB OCZ OCZSSD2-1VTXPL120G Vertex Plus 2.5" Solid State Drive! That's just $0.75 per megabyte!

 

120GB OCZ OCZSSD2-1VTXPL120G VERTEX PLUS 2.5 INCH SATA II SOLID STATE DRIVE SSD DEAL

 

$30 MAIL-IN REBATE expires 02/15/2012.

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: Instagram for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 2:20 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Instagram for iOS.

 

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15 million users love Instagram! It's a free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your iPhone.

 

Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you'll want to share with friends and family.

 

Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see - and follow your friends' photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you'll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.

 

Features

 

☆ 100% free custom designed filters and borders such as XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.

☆ Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.

☆ Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Posterous

☆ Unlimited uploads

☆ Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments

☆ Works with first generation, 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4

☆ Full iPhone 4 front & back camera support

☆ And much much more...

 

Grab Instagram directly from the App Store on your iOS-powered device, or here.

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