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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 9, 2011 7:27 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 9th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- HP Envy 14 (Summer 2011) Notebook @ TechReviewSource

- iBuyPower BTS11 Gaming PC Review @ Tech Reaction

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 @ Ocaholic

- Understanding All Voltage Configurations from the Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- Gigabyte G1.Sniper and GA-X58A-OC: LGA1366 Mainboards for Gamers and Enthusiasts @ XBit Labs

- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 @ Vortez

- ASUS E35M1-M Pro Motherboard @ Neoseeker

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Apple sued because OS X boots too fast, seriously

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 9, 2011 5:58 am

Yes, you read that right. Apple have been sued over the startup process for Mac OS X. Florida-based company, Operating Systems Solutions recently sued Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, claiming Apple's desktop operating system violates a patent they own for quickly booting an OS. The patent reads:

 

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"a method for fast booting a computer system, comprising the steps of: A. performing a power on self test (POST) of basic input output system (BIOS) when the system is powered on or reset is requested; B. checking whether a boot configuration information including a system booting state which was created while executing a previous normal booting process exists or not; C. storing the boot configuration information from execution of the POST operation before loading a graphic interface (GUI) program, based on the checking result; and D. loading the graphic user interface (GUI) program."

 

Operating Systems Solutions does not cite a specific version of Apple's Mac OS X in the suit. But they do claim that "Apple sells or offers to sell within this district, computer systems, including but not limited to the MacBook Pro, that utilize the Mac OS X operating system that infringes" its patent.

Apple release Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 9, 2011 2:43 am

Because Lion doesn't come on a pressed CD and is downloaded through the Apple App Store, it's a bit harder to swallow a catastrophic failure of your HDD considering you have no disk to put in and re-install. This is where Apple's Lion Recovery Disk Assistant comes in handy. It'll duplicate the OS's recovery partition onto an external drive of your choice. With that recovery disk created, you can then boot directly into an installer which will re-download the latest OS.

 

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Of course, you'll require a disk larger than 1GB, a machine running Lion and the 1MB assistant which you can grab here.

Expect more IPS-based LCD monitors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 9, 2011 2:16 am

Monitor manufacturers are changing things up by not only offering more IPS panels, but changing up the screen sizes between 21 and 25-inch. Dell launched a 24-inch UltraSharp monitor a few weeks ago based on an IPS panel and with a few trade-offs were able to get the price down considerably when compared to the U2410 which is aimed at the professional market. Mitsubishi, AOC and Viewsonic are already offering or at least, expected to offer 23-inch IPS-based panels this year.

 

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Why the explosion of interest in IPS panels? You can thank the demand of the iPad 2 and the promise of wide viewing angels. Compared to monitors using twisted nematic (TN) panels, IPS panels are about $35 more expensive to make and that number escalates when the screen size goes up. Monitors using IPS panels are also feature-packed, usually including USB hubs, extra video inputs and so on, which also drives the price up.

 

I think it's a great move, IPS panels are gorgeous and if we can see a mix of 120Hz/3D-capable IPS panels in the near future, well count me in as excited.

All GIGABYTE 6-series motherboards will support Ivy Bridge, PCIe 3.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 9, 2011 1:49 am

GIGABYTE has today announced that their entire 6-series of motherboard are set to support the next-generation Intel 22nm CPUs on the LGA1155 socket, as well as providing support for PCI Express Gen 3 technology which delivers the maximum data bandwidth for future discrete graphics cards. GIGABYTE have enabled PCIe 3.0 support across the entire 6-series range, including the recently launched G1.Sniper 2 motherboard.

 

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All that is required is a new BIOS to be installed and users can rest assured that they are ready to power the latest and greatest when it becomes available. If you're packing a 6-series GIGABYTE board, grab the latest BIOS update for your motherboard.

App of the Day: Google+ 1.0.2.1966 (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 7:16 pm

Our App of the Day today is Google+ 1.0.2.1966 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.

 

Not long ago today Google let loose the latest version of Google+ for Apple devices. The newest version that is out now allows the app to run on iPad and iPod touch devices and not just iPhone as with the first version.

 

It also brings some performance and stability improvements as well as Huddle settings and better notifications.

 

Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they're checking in.

 

Features:

* Circles let you share the right things with just the right people.

* Stream is where you can get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby.

* Huddle is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.

 

Google+ is only available for users 18 and older.

 

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HP's TouchPad Tablet PC unboxing video

By: Nicole Scott | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 5:29 pm

There are only a few tablets on the market where the operating system and the hardware are all made in house. The Apple iPad is the most famous, Blackberry has the Playbook and now we've got HP releasing the TouchPad. However, unlike the iPad, both the Playbook and the Touchpad launched with a somewhat beta-ish feeling.

 

 

The operating systems on both units are glitchy at launch, but I'm happy to say that the Playbook has matured nicely into a market ready tablet in just a few short months. HP's TouchPad seems to have a similar pattern, but has only been on the market a few weeks, so they've got a few major updates to go before they get there.

 

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Having said that WebOS, the TouchPad's OS, is a great piece software. It seems naturally suited to the 9.7-inch screen size, with a card-based interface that makes multitasking easy and even fun. There's no rear-facing camera and the selection of native apps available for the device is minimal, but for basic browsing, emailing and reading, the device performs beautifully and the app selection should only get better in time...

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Apple offers trimmed down, cheaper iMac for education customers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 4:56 pm

A new cheaper version of the iMac has popped up on Apple's education-only store today which should quickly to be quite a popular option for schools buying in quantity.

 

The 'crippled' Education-Only iMac costs just $999 which is 21.5" sized with a 3.1GHz Core i3, 2GB of memory, a 250GB hard disk, Radeon HD 6750M w/ 256MB RAM and a mini DisplayPort connector. No thunderbolt port to be seen on this cut down model, but otherwise it's much like the base-model Sandy Bridge iMac that came out earlier in the year at a price point of $1,149 for education customers.

 

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Accessible only to people purchasing systems on behalf of their institution, there is also the option to purchase the white unibody MacBook as well as an earlier (2009) model of the iMac - the 20" Core 2 Duo one, each costing $899.

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Dell readies up its Latitude XT3 convertible laptop/tablet

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 4:14 pm

First discovered back in February of this year and with several updates suggesting availability by mid year, Dell's Latitude XT3 convertible tablet PC is finally looking to be readying up for sale with a listing popping up on Dell's US and Canadian websites.

 

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The XT3 runs dimensions of 323 (W) x 221.7 (D) x 30.9 (H) mm, using a 13.3-inch (1366x768) touchscreen LCD which supports both pen and finger input. It has a tri-metal construction ensuring high durability and a spill resistant keyboard.

 

The display can be rotated easily from notebook to tablet via its bi-directional hinge. Packed inside the unit is a 2nd-gen Core i7 processor running on the Mobile Intel QM67 chipset with HD 3000 graphics, DVD drive, HD webcam, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, optional Bluetooth 3.0, a GPS and mobile broadband, ExpressCard (34mm) slot, card reader and choice of a 6 or 9 cell battery.

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Wave goodbye to 20 processors from Intel by the end of the year

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 3:42 pm

A leaked slide has hit the web today which details the product lifecycle of existing processors in Intel's lineup. Most notably, there could be as many as 20 processors hitting EOL (End of Life) stage by the end of this year - this means Intel cancels any orders submitted from OEMs and channel vendors beyond that point, as well as stopping all production on said model(s). Warranties will of course remain in place in accordance with the original length.

 

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Specifically, what we'll be waving goodbye to are the majority of LGA775 processors currently still on the market, including the Core 2 Quad Q9650, Q9550/Q9550S, Q9500, Q8400/Q8400S, Q8300, Core 2 Duo E8600, E8500 and Pentium E5400. Further to these, Intel is also aiming to close off production on the LGA1366 based Core i7-970, LGA1156 based Core i7-880, Core i7-875K, Core i7-870S, Core i5-760, Core i5-750S, Core i5-655K and Core i3-530 models.

 

The PDN (Product Discontinuation Nofication) marked entries in the chart refer to models that precede EOL, a stage in which Intel notifies OEMs and channel vendors that any final orders should be made in awareness of them reaching EOL in the near future.

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