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Deal of the Day: Coupon Code for 128GB Crucial M4 SSD for $129.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 1:20 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Coupon Code for 128GB Crucial M4 SSD for $129.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Use coupon code: EMCYTZT1401 for $30 off this 128GB Crucial M4 SSD drive, taking the price down to $129.99 shipped. This is an excellent price for this very fast SATA III drive, with read speeds up to 415MB/s and write speeds up to $175MB/s. Get it soon if you want it, because these things tend to run out of stock quickly!

 

128GB Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 SATA III SOLID STATE DRIVE SSD DEAL

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: Notability for iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 12:26 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Notability for iPad.

 

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***NEW RELEASE SALE for THIS WEEK - 80% OFF***

Handwriting is happiness! Notability powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes your way! Discover the freedom to capture ideas, share insights, and present information in one perfect place on iPad.

 

Notability is the perfect note-taking companion for iTunes U! Liberate yourself from piles of paper and books by keeping this data in Notability. Our full-featured and easy to use tool set enables all types of annotating and data capture.

 

** Full-featured Handwriting **

Amazingly smooth ink makes capturing ideas easy and awesome. Notability's zoom window helps you quickly and clearly draw every detail and the palm rest protects your notes from unwanted marks. Our scissors let you copy, move and even re-style the color and width of any ink. Reordering notes is a joy: drag-and-drop thumbnails, while adding or removing pages as needed. Your notes should be as unique as you are, so choose a paper to fit your style and use a variety of pen colors and widths to create beautiful notes.

 

** PDF Annotation **

The same tools that help you take beautiful notes in Notability equip you to annotate PDFs: record, type or handwrite on anything. It's easy to share your annotations with anyone using email or Dropbox and more.

Continue reading 'Mobile App of the Day: Notability for iPad' (full post)

Google's next data center to be more energy efficient, uses thermal energy storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 11:40 am

Google and green, it goes hand-in-hand and their next data center will be built with energy savings in mind. Google have previously been good at this with other data centers that are energy-efficient and green. Their latest data center to be built in Taiwan will use thermal energy storage.

 

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Thermal energy storage systems commonly use chilled liquid or ice to act as a thermal battery, enabling a data center operator to run air conditioning at night (when rates are obviously cheaper) and during the day, pump the chilled liquid around the facility for cooling.

 

Increasing electricity rates in Taiwan will be a big reason for Google to tap the thermal storage solution, where they can skip the peak power rates at night and just use liquid or ice as its also cleaner, and a longer lasting way to store energy rather than using batteries. A Google exec has cited the the increasing electricity rates in Taiwan is a reason for building the new system, and also notes that the new Taiwan-based data center will use 50-percent less energy than typical facilities.

 

Google is planning on spending $700 million on three new data centers in Taiwan, which will be the the company's third data center cluster in Asia, after their first two stops for construction in Hong Kong and Singapore. This will be the first time that Google have used thermal energy storage systems for a data center.

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 19.0.1084.9 Dev

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 11:29 am

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 19.0.1084.9 Dev.

 

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The Dev channel has been updated to 19.0.1084.9 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame. This build contains following updates:

 

Updated V8 - 3.9.24.7

Fixed issues: 120519, 120978, 120430, 120193

 

Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

 

You can read more about Google Chrome releases, and download them, here.

Toshiba expanding flash production next year to cope with increasing demand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 10:22 am

Citing ever-increasing mobile demand, which we all know is insane right now, Toshiba is planning to build a new NAND flash memory plant to cope with this demand, according to claims by a Japanese business paper. The Nikkan Kogyo understood it would be the second piece of a fifth plant in the Yokkaichi whore future had previously been in doubt over the tough Japanese economy.

 

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Construction is said to start in the summer, with the aim of it being operational by 2013. Right now, NAND memory is in the heart of virtually all smart devices (smartphones and tablets) and even solid-state drives, which the MacBook Air and Ultrabooks use exclusively. High-performance users, and even mid-range users also now use SSDs.

 

Toshiba is a main player in the SSD game, against the bigger competitor Samsung, Toshiba still ranks right up there, with the company sometimes being a source of storage supply for Apple. Toshiba is still considered one of the driving forces of the industry, where they're being quite aggressive in pushing flash technology and are planning 19nm manufacturing that could lead to single-chip 128GB memory which should help boost storage in the tight spaces in smart devices.

Intel's SSD 330 series could tempt users with great pricing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 9:25 am

Intel's upcoming mainstream consumer SSD line, the SSD 330 series, could have some great pricing according to a LaptopReviews report. Some online retailers have begun teasing with some listings of the new SSD series from Intel, where it will sport a SATA 6Gbps interface, and offer performance that actually takes advantage of the high-speed third-generation SATA spec.

 

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The 120GB version of the SSD 330 was priced at US$149 on MacMall.com, but has since been removed. This gives Intel a huge selling point if the price is going to hit this point. The new SSD 330 series from Intel will be made available in 60, 120 and 180GB capacities. The 120 and 180GB drives will sport sequential transfer rates of 500MB/sec (read), and 450MB/sec (write). The 60GB drive offers 500MB/sec and 400MB/sec for read/write, respectively.

 

The new drives use IMFlash Technologies-made 25nm MLC NAND flash and offer the standard feature-set that includes TRIM, NCQ, 256-bit AES data encryption, and limited SMART attributes.

Sony teases with trademark for Xperia Duo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 8:19 am

Sony are not really power players in the market, but all it takes is one great phone that makes everyone fall in love. Apple did it. Samsung did it. Sony could do it with their unreleased and now trademarked Xperia Duo handset.

 

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Initial reports on Sony's Xperia Duo had it featuring a 4.5-inch qHD screen, 1.5GB of RAM, and a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU. The rear-facing camera was meant to standout, considerably, at 12-megapixels. Something like this, if marketed right, and priced right, could really hit the ground running.

 

Sony have applied for a trademark with the USPTO for the Duo naming, which means the smartphone is beginning to take shape. Earlier reports had it pegged for a September release, and keep in mind that any filing with the USPTO can be one beast in the submission, and something else entirely when the finished product hits shelves.

Razer confirms there'll be a left-handed Naga mouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 7:21 am

Razer have announced their intentions to release a left-handed version of their popular MMO-built gaming mouse, the Razer Naga. We've already seen the gaming peripheral company release the Razer DeathAdder for left-handers, but most of their other products are mainly ambidextrous, or exclusively for right-handed gamers.

 

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Razer chief executive and all-round cool guy Min-Liang Tan promised that the Naga would receive some left-handed magic, like the DeathAdder did, if the company received at least 10,000 'Likes' on Facebook before April 21, but to Razer's surprise, they exceeded the required 10,000 'Likes' before the end of March. The only problem with this? We probably won't see the left-handed Naga until early-2013.

 

When it does launch, left-handed gamers should expect the same specced device as we current see with the Naga: 17 buttons designed for MMORPGs, a 5,600dpi laser sensor and tracking speed of a claimed 200 inches per second. At the moment, we don't have a price on it, but we would expect it to be slightly higher than the right-handed Naga.

RumorTT: Persistant smaller 7.85" iPad talk won't go away, rumors of a prototype are bouncing around

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 6:17 am

Talk of a 7.85-inch iPad has been around for quite some time now, but now we're hearing more from John Gruber of Daring Fireball, where he comments in episode #86 of The Talk Show, at 1 hour and 19 minutes into the show. The information of the smaller iPad comes from a question from host Dan Benjamin:

 

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Is Apple going to come out with a 7″ iPad, and if not: why not?

 

Gruber replies with:

 

Well, I don't know. What I do know is that they [Apple] have one in the lab…a 7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024×768…it's just like the regular iPad shrunk down a bit. I've heard from multiple people that this is something that they're kind of noodling with.

 

Gruber explains that you can get a feel for how a 7.85-inch iPad would feel, by taking a screenshot of a regular iPad in portrait, then turning it into horizontal mode to view the screenshot smaller. This allows you to experience the interface at roughly the same size as a 7.85-inch iPad.

HBO Go could hit Xbox 360 shortly for Comcast customers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 5:13 am

HBO Go hasn't exactly rolled out to connected TV devices too well over the past few months, but things could change for Xbox 360 and Comcast customers. They may already have access to some of the HBO Go content through the Xfinity TV app, but this could change soon enough.

 

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Multichannel News sources are saying that access could open up this week, now that "other business issues" between Comcast and HBO including how subscriber information is handled with third parties has been solved. There's no word on streaming access for Time Warner Cable customers, or access on Roku and Samsung-based devices.

 

For now, the news should excite a few, and hopefully we see more of this type of rollout to connected TV devices. The future of TV is going to be things similar to this, so I'm enjoying the change we're experiencing right now. Even if I'm locked away all the way down in Australia without an Xbox 360, or Comcast, or HBO Go. Still good news for those of you with a 360 and as a Comcast customer.

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