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Mozilla pushes Firefox 4 back to 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 28, 2010 1:03 am

Today Mozilla have announced it will delay Firefox 4 until 2011. The decision is after several weeks of no progress on Firefox 4 Beta 7 - which had a date to ship in September but missed it as they hit several bugs in the release.

 

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Director of Firefox, Mike Beltzner said "Completing this work [on Firefox 4] is taking longer than initial estimates indicated as we track down regressions and sources of instability."

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Apple goes crazy in ad spending in 2010 - even Don Draper is impressed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 28, 2010 12:02 am

Apple's fiscal 2010 report is out (10-K form) - the document is filled with information and details on the state of Apple's business - one big flashing light is just how much Apple spend on advertising in 2010.

 

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In previous years, Apple spent $467 million in 2007, $486 million in 2008, $501 million in 2009 and this year Apple have spent an astonishing $691 million on advertising alone - a $190 million increase from last year alone. Even more surprising, Apple is continuing their trend of lowering the percentage of revenues spent on advertising.

 

While $691 million is a lot on advertising - keep in mind Apple had total revenues of over $65 billion - this equates to around 1 percent of their revenue, spent on advertising. Last year, that percentage was 1.37 and in 2007 it was 5 percent.

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Weekly Giveaway: NZXT Tempest EVO, HALE90 and Blue Sleeved LED Kit

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 27, 2010 7:53 pm

We have teamed up with NZXT this week to giveaway one of their Tempest EVO computer cases, a HALE90 1000-watt power supplies and a blue sleeved a LED Kit.

 

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Announcing the Tempest EVO, a sleek, all black, steel mid tower gaming chassis. Building off of the original Tempest's award winning design, the EVO brings advanced cooling power, expandability, and cable management. The Tempest EVO maximizes airflow circulation with Dual 120mm intake, dual 140mm top exhaust, side 120mm, and a rear 120mm fan. NZXT even redesigned the fan blade design so they effectively deliver more air at lower noise levels. Additionally, the bottom mounted PSU provides better airflow and separation of heat from the CPU.

 

Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway only readers in USA, Canada, China, Japan, Australia and India can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.

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Snakebyte Premium Remote for Wii has MotionPlus built-in

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 27, 2010 7:12 pm

If you are a Wii gamer, you probably have a MotionPlus accessory that you use for some of your games. I think that we can all agree that having that MotionPlus accessory sticking off the end of your controller isn't the ideal way to get better control in your games. Nintendo is working on a new controller that has MotionPlus built-in. Sunflex has announced the Snakebyte controller claiming the title of first third-party controller to integrate MotionPlus.

 

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The official name for the Wii Remote is the Snakebyte Premium Remote XL+ controller for Wii with Motion Plus. That is a seriously long name for a controller. The Snakebyte supports up to four players just as the normal Wii Remotes do. It also has an integrated speaker, memory settings, and vibration effects just as the factory controllers do.

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Razer unveils new Anansi Expert MMO gaming keyboard

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 27, 2010 6:00 pm

On the short list of notable gaming peripheral makers along with Logitech is Razer. The company has been crafting weapons for gamers for years now and has offered a mouse specifically for MMO gamers in the past with lots of buttons and macro features to make play more fun. Razer has now announced a new gaming keyboard called the Anansi Expert MMO gaming keyboard that is designed specifically for the MMO gamer.

 

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The keyboard has seven thumb-based modifier buttons that allow the player to increase their command count from the roughly 12 most keyboards offer to seven times that amount. The keyboard supports over 100 programmable keys and has macro recording on the fly during play. The keyboard supports up to 20 different profiles for individual games or for each player avatar at the press of a button.

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HP Envy 17 3D notebook now shipping direct from HP

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 27, 2010 5:08 pm

I think that 3D has been one of the most talked about (and perhaps over talked about) new technologies for the home theater and computer user this year. The thing that is so strange to me is that 3D on the computer is far from new. Gamers have had 3D drivers for years for gaming despite the huge influx of new 3D machines hitting the market this year. HP unveiled the cool Envy 17 3D notebook a while back and the machine is now shipping.

 

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If you want to get your hands on the thin and powerful Envy 17 3D notebook prices start at $1599.99 and the machines are shipping right now directly from HP. The base configuration gets you a Core i7-720QM CPU, HD 5850 graphics, 6GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, and a 17.3-inch 1080p 3D display. The 3D machine also ships with HP's active shutter 3D glasses for enjoying those 3D effects.

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Sceptre E420BV-F120 42-inch LED backlit HDTV launches

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 27, 2010 4:04 pm

Sceptre is generally associated with small screen TVs and display for computers. Most of its offerings that are for watching TV can be used as a computer screen as well. Generally, the company is associated with displays for computer users that have interesting case colors like chrome or pink. The company also makes dedicated TVs as well with its latest offering being the new 42-inch LED TV you see below.

 

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The new TV sells for $1299 making it affordable considering the huge amount of connectivity the set has and the fact that it is LED backlit. The screen offers full HD 1080p resolution and has a 6.5ms response time. Response times don't mean much, but the screen should be fast enough to have no issues with motion blur when gaming or watching your favorite shows.

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iBUYPOWER offers up three new gaming desktops with AMD 6800 video cards inside

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Oct 27, 2010 3:02 pm

Each time a new video card hits the market we can expect a rush of individual companies tossing their own branded versions of the card onto the market and computer makers announcing new systems using the video card. This is the case with the AMD HD 6800 family video cards that were unveiled last week. The cards are now being crammed inside some nice gaming rigs from iBUYPOWER.

 

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iBUYPOWER has a wide range of machines that span the gap from affordable gaming desktops and notebooks to high-end machines that only well-heeled gamers can afford. The newest additions to the line are affordable machines and include the Gamer Mage D295, the Gamer Mage D335, and the Gamer Paladin F820. The D295 is an AMD powered rig running a liquid cooled Athlon II X4 640 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and the new HD 6850 video card. The desktop also has a Blu-ray drive inside and a 700W PSU for $899.

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Download of the Day: CPU-Z 1.56

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 27, 2010 9:58 am

Our Download of the Day today is CPU-Z 1.56.

 

CPU-Z is a freeware utility that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. CPU-Z does not need to be installed, just unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe. In order to remove the program, just delete the files. The program does not copy any file in any Windows directory, nor write to the registry.

 

CPU

 

• Name and number.

• Core stepping and process.

• Package.

• Core voltage.

• Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.

• Supported instructions sets.

• All cache levels (location, size, speed, technology).

 

Mainboard

 

• Vendor, model and revision.

• BIOS model and date.

• Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.

• Graphic interface.

 

Memory

 

• Frequency and timings.

• Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.

 

System

 

• Windows and DirectX version.

 

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