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OS X 10.6.5 update released

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 5:02 am

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Along with the announcement of the iOS 4.2 update coming Friday, Apple was hard at work helping out Mac users as well. The OS X 10.6.5 update was made available for download today and brings a fairly long list of improvements. Included are fixes for printing issues, graphics and game performance improvements, as well as several security improvements. Check your updates for the download today; a full list of improvements is listed after the break.

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AMD Radeon 6970 delay due to component shortage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 4:14 am

Many AMD partners are wondering why they have not gotten AMD Radeon 6970 boards yet - but, it seems to stem from a shortage of a particular component from Texas Instruments, and now the yield issues that people are running around crying about.

 

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This Texas Instruments component is an integrated driver-MOSFET (DrMOS) that was first introduced and used on the AMD Radeon 6800 series. The part is SO new that there is literally no information on the web about it, nor from the manufacturer itself.

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Microsoft Surface gets next-gen treatment, release "imminent"?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 3:14 am

Microsoft's Surface made a big splash when it was announced and shown off, but it's size and price kept it from being your next coffee table. But one of the software developers for the Microsoft Surface is indicating that the next-generation is "imminent" and will supposedly make the platform far more versatile.

 

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Iain McDonald of agency Amnesia Razorfish, owned by Microsoft until late 2009 and now part of the Publicis Groupe are saying that the next-gen Surface will be a flat surface concept, not the entire coffee table system with cameras and projectors underneath.

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Download of the Day: Defraggler 2.00.230

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 3:10 am

Our Download of the Day today is Defraggler 2.00.230.

 

Most defrag tools only allow you to defrag an entire drive. Defraggler lets you specify one or more files, folders, or the whole drive to defragment.

 

When Defraggler reads or writes a file, it uses the exact same techniques that Windows uses. Using Defraggler is just as safe for your files as using Windows.

 

At a glance, you can see how fragmented your hard drive is. Defraggler's drive map shows you blocks that are empty, not fragmented, or needing defragmentation.

 

• Give your hard drive a quick touch-up with Quick Defrag

• Organizes empty disk space to further prevent fragmentation

• Defragment while you sleep - and wake up with a faster PC. Set Defraggler to run daily, weekly or monthly

• Full Windows OS and Multi-lingual support

• Boot time defrag of system files

• Supports 37 major languages

 

Defraggler is made by Piriform, the company that also brought you CCleaner and Recuva, so is completely free!

 

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 3:08 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 11th, 2010

 

Systems

 

- Maingear Shift Gaming PC with Super Stock Options @ Techspot

- ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM: The Champion @ InsideHW

 

Motherboard

 

- MSI P6 and H6 1155 motherboard info and pics leak @ Kitguru

- High End X58 Motherboard Roundup: Asus, Gigabyte and MSI Compared, Overclocked and Dissected @ Madshrimps

- Biostar A880G+ AMD Motherboard @ OCIA

 

CPU

 

- AMD CPU roadmap comes to light @ eTeknix

- AMD Brazos and Zacate Architecture Preview - Bobcat Explored @ 3DXtreme

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RumorTT: 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab teased?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 3:03 am

RumorTT has struck some more gold out of the rock we call the internet, Engadget have some sexy shots of a rumored 10.1" Galaxy Tab. They're saying that Tech-On! are reporting it's an "electronic book reader" - but, an electronic book reader that does 3G video calling? Yeah - that's believable.

 

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It's a 10.1" panel, which is 1.8mm thick - on display at the FPD International trade show in Japan - it features a 1024x600 resolution, 250 nits brightness, 1, 000:1 contrast and covers 50 percent of the NTSC color gamut.

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Mozilla's F1 plugin streamlines Facebook, Twitter, Gmail sharing experience

By: Don Lynn | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 1:52 am

For those Firefox that are tired of swimming through all of the tiny sharing links to share articles and other web info via their social networks, Mozilla has heard your cries and may just have the answer to streamlining the webpage sharing experience. Mozilla has released F1, a plugin that turbocharges the page sharing experience. Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail are the first three supported entities due to their popularity, but Mozilla plans to expand this as they keep working on the plugin.

 

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The concept is pretty simple: click on the F1 icon, choose how you want to share the current page, confirm your credentials, and your Gmail, tweet, or Facebook post is away. While there are other sharing toolbars out there, this seems to be a very nice one that doesn't clutter up your browser unless you want to use it which is really nice. As F1 gathers more sites to share with, I an only see it becoming more popular for those who like their browser simple and streamlined. Check out the demo video at the Source Link.

SkyFire has already raked in nearly a million dollars in App Store sales

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 1:34 am

Hey Steve Jobs: you know that Flash thing that you keep telling people they don't need and refuse to support on your platform? It seems that Apple device owners have spoken; $2.99 at a time. SkyFire, the cross platform app that brings Flash video to devices that cannot play them via HTML 5 conversion, has raked in nearly a million dollars since its release this past weekend.

 

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Then again, if you look at it another way, Apple may come out as the shrewd one in this deal after they glean their 30% cut of App Store sales. iOS is the only platform that charges for the app, and SkyFire had to seriously scramble after having to pull the app only hours after release due to the overload on their servers. It looks like they've fully recovered and are currently living the high life.

NVIDIA third quarter analysis

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 1:30 am

KitGuru have an analysis of NVIDIA's stock market performance, the results are a good read.

 

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A bit of a tease, shows that NVIDIA were once rolling in $1 billion revenue a quarter, which has seen a steady decline because of the 4xx series lacklustre performance. But, with the 460 banging the drums of success and the GTX580 now out - is this a turn for the better for NVIDIA?

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