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Apple planning to build off-campus restaurant to stop competitors from overhearing staff conversations

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 7:33 pm

In another attempt to further separate Apple from the rest of the world, Apple has just had a planning request approved to build a new off-campus cafeteria for employees. The idea behind this is to prevent competitors from overhearing those common conversations that often take place during lunch. This way employees can discuss secret projects without the fear of the idea being stolen.

 

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The new facility will be 21,468 square feet and will be a short walk from Apple's headquarters. The cafeteria will provide cafes, meeting rooms, lounge areas and courtyard facilities. Apple's director of real estate spells out why the new building will be beneficial:

 

We like to provide a level of security so that people and employees can feel comfortable talking about their business, their research and whatever project they're engineering without fear of competition sort of overhearing their conversations. That is a real issue today in Cupertino because we've got other companies here in our same business.

 

Additionally, the current cafeteria at Apple's HQ isn't private. Visitors can eat there if they are signed in by an employee. The new restaurant won't have this problem since it will be strictly for Apple employees only. This new building is only a stop-gap measure until Apple gets its new 'Spaceship' HQ approved.

Pay with cash while shopping WalMart.com

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 6:31 pm

If you are one of the growing number of consumers who doesn't have a credit or debit card to use while shopping online, WalMart has a new program designed just for you. According to WalMart, many of its customers shop paycheck to paycheck so they need more ways to purchase items online. This is where WalMart's "Pay with Cash" program comes in.

 

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Obviously, most people's computers don't have any sort of cash terminal sitting there, so the program had to come up with a solution. How it works is you shop online and place your order. You receive an email receipt which you then take in to your local WalMart. Head to any register with the receipt and pay cash.

 

If you still have to go to the store, what's the point of shopping online? Well, WalMart.com offers a much wider selection of goods than the store counterparts do. Additionally, you can have the products shipped straight to your door, rather than having to walk around the store and pick them up.

 

"Many of our customers shop paycheck to paycheck and are looking for more ways to purchase items online but don't have the means to a credit, debit or prepaid card," Joel Anderson, president and CEO of Walmart.com, said today in a statement. "Our new 'Pay with Cash' offering is designed just for them. It makes it easier for our customers to shop the way they want, where they have access to a broader product selection at Walmart.com coupled with the convenience of payment and shipping as they want."

What causes Ivy Bridge's high temperatures? It could be that Intel used TIM instead of solder for the IHS

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 5:28 pm

Nearly every review of Ivy Bridge, including those that were done with engineering samples, has noted that Ivy Bridge runs up to 20*C hotter when overclocked than Sandy Bridge did. People were quick to jump to conclusions on why this was the case, and often these people had nothing to base the conclusions on.

 

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No, these conclusions that people were parroting across the web were wrong. The true answer resides in the fact that, apparently, Intel did not use fluxless solder to attach the IHS (that metal cover over the silicon die) to the Ivy Bridge die. Instead, they have gone back to an older way of doing things and used regular thermal interface material (TIM).

 

TIM has some major disadvantages to fluxless solder. The biggest, and root cause of this issue is the fact that it doesn't transfer heat nearly as well as fluxless solder. However, it does come with some advantages. You are able to remove the IHS without much risk of damaging the die itself. Could it be that Intel kept extreme overclockers in mind when making this decision? The issue is discussed in more detail at the source below.

Judge sides with Motorola over Microsoft in Xbox 360 patent dispute

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 4:34 pm

Another partial win comes for Motorola today as a judge sides with Motorola that Microsoft is infringing on 4 of the 5 alleged patents. The preliminary decision from US ITC Judge David Shaw sides with Motorola that 4 of Motorola's patents are being infringed upon by Microsoft's Xbox 360.

 

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Two of the patents involve Wi-Fi, two cover H.264 video, and one describes communication between consoles and accessories (5,319,712, 5,357,571, 6,069,896, 6,980,596 and 7,162,094). Shaw found that one of the Wi-Fi patents isn't being infringed upon, but upheld the claims regarding the others.

 

His ruling will be gone over by a six-person committee similar to the Apple ruling that was reported yesterday. Motorola, here again, is trying to ban the selling of the Xbox 360 in the United States, and unlikely as it may be, it could happen. It is probably, however, just a way for Motorola to gain leverage with Microsoft.

 

"Motorola is demanding that Microsoft take its products off the market, or else remove their standards-based ability to play video and connect wirelessly. The only basis for these actions is that these products implement industry standards, on which Motorola claims patents. Yet when the industry adopted these standards, we all were counting on Motorola and every contributor to live up to their promises," Microsoft wrote at the time.

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AMD gains x86 processor market share on Intel in Q1

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 3:33 pm

Good news everyone! Even with a somewhat bleak financial report for Q1 2012, AMD has managed to snag some market share back from rival chip giant Intel. While it may not be much, some more market share is better than nothing and should help the company financially going forward if this trend continues.

 

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AMD's market share went from 18.2% to 19.1% whereas rival Intel's dropped from 81% down to 80.2%, according to Mercury Research. AMD remains strong in the desktop market where it has 43% of the market, which is the same as last year. "When you look on it as a quarterly basis, desktop has had some strength relative to mobile," said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research.

 

AMD's mobile segment saw a boost, however, as users opted for cheaper laptops, many of which contained AMD processors. "One of the things that is clear is that the market is adopting new technology faster than it used to. I would expect Ivy Bridge to ramp aggressively," McCarron said. AMD is behind Intel one generation, so keeping competitive isn't the easiest of tasks.

ADATA brings additional player to NBA flash drive line

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 2:02 pm

If you haven't heard, ADATA makes a line of NBA-licensed flash drives which look like NBA teams' jerseys. Today brings the announcement that they have added another player to the lineup. This new flash drive which features New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin is available today in the USA at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, NBAstore.com, Newegg.com and Walmart.com.

 

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This newest edition to the to the lineup increases the capacity to 8GB and retains the same attribute of being waterproof up to one meter. The device is designed to be rugged and withstand the bumps and bangs that come with an athletic and mobile lifestyle. If you want another way to support your favorite team or player, ADATA has your back.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for April 26, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 2:00 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, April 26th, 2012.

 

Motherboards, CPUs & RAM:

 

Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB DDR3 - Real World Labs

MSI Z77A-GD65 Motherboard - Hardware Secrets

 

Peripherals:

 

CM QuickFire Pro Mechanical Keyboard - Overclockers Club

Corsair Vengeance M60 and K60 - Technic3D

 

Storage:

 

TCS Galatea Ultra-Rugged 240GB SLC SSD - The SSD Review

Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SSD - Hardware Canucks

Deal of the Day: Acer S201HLbd LED-backlit 20" LCD Monitor for $89.98 with FREE Delivery!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:31 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Acer S201HLbd LED-backlit 20" LCD Monitor for $89.98 with FREE Delivery!

 

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Staples has the 20" Acer S201HLbd ultra-thin LCD monitor with 1600 x 900 native resolution, 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms response, VGA, HDCP compliant DVI, LED-backlighting, and a full 3-year warranty for just $89.98 with FREE delivery!

 

It's set to expire 4/28/12, though they usually run out before the end date.

 

20" ACER S201HLBD LED-BACKLIT LCD MONITOR DEAL

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Download of the Day: CCleaner 3.18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 12:33 pm

Our Download of the Day is CCleaner 3.18.

 

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We're a third of the way through the year already! But it's that time of the month and CCleaner v3.18 is released and ready to download. This new version adds features to keep pace with the ever changing browser market, along with improved App support and the usual array of minor improvements to keep CCleaner your number one cleaning tool. :)

 

Changes:

 

  • Added support for Firefox 12 final release.
  • Added support for Google Chrome 20.0 beta.
  • Added multi-select to detailed results view.
  • Improved support for Internet Explorer 64-bit Add-ons.
  • Improved folder detection algorithm for cleaning items.
  • Improved scrolling interface for Include/Excluding dialogs.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7 alt-tab functionality.
  • Improved user interface for Drive Wiper Tool.
  • Added cleaning for Corel VideoStudio Pro X5, MS Security Client and GIMP 2.8.
  • Improved cleaning for OpenOffice 3, AIMP 3.
  • Minor GUI improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes.

 

Download now from http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Raspberry Pi flies past 100,000 orders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 11:31 am

element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers has announced it has over 100,000 confirmed orders for their pint-sized Raspberry Pi unit, these numbers are incredible considering they only launched the device in late-February.

 

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The manufacturing and distribution teams have been worked hard to get customers their device, so for those who have ordered on, or before April 18 can expect to have the Raspberry Pi in their hands by the end of June. Orders placed after April 18 should be completed after July onward. element14 will continuously keep customers updated on individual delivery dates as they happen.

 

element14 haven't just made a kick-ass little computing device, they've also organized a Raspberry Pi Masterclass this week with Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation which is for 15 school children in the UK. Eben also hosted a Raspberry Pi tutorial webinar earlier this month to demonstrate just how to quickly program a Raspberry Pi.

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