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Support Huntington's Disease research and enter a raffle for a custom computer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 10:56 pm

Today has been a 'Friday Feel Good Day.' As reported earlier, TigerDirect teamed up with a Corsair and EVGA to make that computer that is being auctioned off on eBay. It's not the only charity build that's currently going on. Custom Case Modder Will Lyon has built a cool "Arctic Cat" themed case that he is now selling raffle tickets for. The proceeds from the raffle ticket sales go to support Huntington's Disease.




As originally posted by Will Lyon:


Help support a great cause and get a chance to win this custom rig built buy me. This rig includes lots of time and parts graciously donated by many great people and great companies! Huntington's Disease is a (currently) incurable and debilitating genetic disorder. You can help the HDSA to further their research and try to find a treatment or cure for this horrible disease. I personally am also giving away myr Arctic Cat computer to one lucky person who donates! All donations received will go go to the Huntington's Disease Society of America. The funds will enable the HDSA to continue their ongoing efforts to find a treatment or even a cure for Huntington's Disease. Just like with any other disease-related research they need all the help they can get! Me wife's best friend's mother died from Huntington's....[/quote]

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HP is working on x86 Windows 8 tablet, rough render exposed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 10:34 pm

There are a few sources where Windows 8 news comes from: Microsoft and the companies who make devices that run Windows. This time the news comes from a "trusted source" who told Neowin about an upcoming x86 Windows 8 tablet that HP is building. It will be thinner than the iPad and have 8-10 hours of battery life.




The new slate will have a 10.1-inch screen and be called the Slate 8. As far as the name, I think that it could catch due to it having a catchy rhyme. Since the device is targeted for businesses, it will not be ARM-based. This leaves one option: x86. The slide seen above is a bit rough around the edges, but the source is sure that this is a working spec list and the picture is an early mock-up.


With Windows 8 coming, many tablets are expected to hit the market around the launch, or shortly after. HP, after the TouchPad fiasco, will sure to be a front-runner in the market. If HP holds to the spec list above, then they should have a strong competitor to the iPad as long as they price it competitively.

IT engineers ponder fix to dangerous Internet routing problem

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:31 pm

While it's great that the internet is an open, widely available network, this openness yields some security flaws. Most have been dealt with by encryption and other security measures, but one gaping hole remains unfixed. This major hole can cause massive, widespread outages or allow your data to be snooped on.




The problem resides in the routers used by every corporation or company who owns a block of IPs. These routers are constantly communicating with other routers in order to update internal information. This internal information, some 400,000 entries, contains the best routes to get to other networks using a protocol called Border Gateway Protocol (BGP).


According to InfoWorld, "BGP enables routers to find the best path when, say, a network used to retrieve a web page from South Korea is not working properly. Changes in that routing information are distributed quickly to routers around the world in as few as five minutes."


The flaw resides in the fact that the routers do not verify the "announcements." So outages can occur because people accidentally put in incorrect information or typos or because someone maliciously enters the information. The latter can cause data to be routed through someone's network where it can be sniffed and snooped upon.

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Corsair sets to raise $78 million with an IPO, wants shares at $13

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:33 pm

A regulatory filing Thursday shows that Fremont-based Corsair Components looks to raise $78 million dollars with an initial public offering (IPO). The company is looking to sell shares at $13 a share, with a range of $12 to $14. The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that the company intends to share 6 million shares during its IPO.




This SEC filing marks the first time that Corsair has specified a potential selling price for its shares. This has been a long time coming. Two years ago is when Corsair originally filed to become publicly traded. Its initial IPO filing in April 2010, Corsair estimated it would seek to raise $86 million.


According to the Mercury News:


During 2011, Corsair earned $19.4 million on sales of $455.2 million. In 2010, the company lost $10.2 million on sale. Compared to the year before, sales in 2011 jumped 20 percent. For the quarter that ended in March, Corsair earned $3.1 million on sales of $132.5 million. Compared to the year-ago quarter, profits fell 37 percent, while sales rose 23 percent, the company's SEC filing showed.


No date has been specified for when they would begin selling shares.

Nintendo to offer digital downloads of some WiiU, 3DS games

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:33 pm

In a move which should help bring Nintendo back to profitability, they are looking to start selling some WiiU and 3DS games as digital downloads. Their implementation of this differs from other console manufactures in that they are going to distribute the digital download codes via retailers so that they still get their share.




This will give shoppers the choice when at retailers to choose whether they want a digital copy or a physical copy. This move also helps Nintendo combat the used game market, which could result in an increase of games sold. This is one of the company's first steps into the digital distribution. Previously, they had sold only smaller games for download through WiiWare, DISiWare and the 3DS eShop.


The first title offered for digital download will be New Super Mario Brothers 2 for the 3DS. This should be released sometime in August. The brain-training game Onitore, part of the Brain Age series, is also set to be available digitally. The WiiU will use a similar, if not the same, system when the console launches later this year.

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TigerDirect partners with companies to build PC to auction and benefit the National MS Society

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:04 pm

It's nice when companies do things that benefit the community at large. This time it is TigerDirect's turn to do something for the greater good. They have partnered with Corsair Memory and EVGA to build a killer gaming PC which is currently being auctioned off at eBay. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the MS Society to continue driving the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.




It's for a good cause, and it's a pretty amazing computer. I highly encourage you to take a look at it and throw in a bid. The auction is available here.

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ADATA caught almost breaking speed limit with 2666MHz Ivy Bridge RAM

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:57 pm

Yesterday we visited the friendly folks at the ADATA headquarters here in Taipei where we were introduced to some new products. The one product we want to focus on right here is its upcoming Intel Ivy bridge memory kit for the new Z77 Express platform.




The new Gaming Series RAM from ADATA is rated at 2666MHz DDR3 and comes in a capacity of 32GB which is four 8GB modules in dual-channel mode since that is what Z77 motherboards support. The timings at this rather high memory speed come in at 12-13-13-35 at 2T. ADATA is said to be working with ASUS to bring the cache latency time down from 12 to 11 before this memory kit actually makes it way to the market.


As you can see in the picture above, the memory at this stage of development requires active cooling to operate 100% stable. It's not sure at this stage if ADATA will bundle a memory cooler with their RAM or if they can figure out how to make it run stable without active fan cooling and just the passive installed heat spreaders.




The ASUS Z77 Ivy Bridge system was able to complete a 32M run of Super PI in 12 minutes and 16 seconds with this speedy 32GB memory kit installed from ADATA.

China to go ahead with 'National Processor Architecture', anyone's guess as to which one

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:34 pm

China is looking to define a national standard processor architecture, sources say. If this project is successful, it could be that the new standard would be a requirement in any project that seeks government funding, such as a computer purchases for a school. More important, which architecture will they select?




There are at least 5 architectures that are up for consideration. The Chinese government could also create their own, or extend an existing one. It's somewhat unlikely that they would define their own, especially by committee. You have to realize that a new architecture hasn't been defined here in the West in over two decades.


Officials of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology held the initial meeting of the so-called China National Instruction Set Architecture initiative in March. They hosted representatives from about 20 China organizations, which included communications giants Huawei and ZTE as well as a number of academic groups.


China would prefer to have its own IP rather than paying a foreign company to license it. "I got the impression it's a matter of months," before the processor group chooses a national standard, said Robert Bismuth, vice president of business development at MIPS Technologies. "I actually think this will happen," Bismuth added. "Longsoon is really launching in systems into the government sector."


More as it comes.

Mega Kingston Weekly Giveaway including SSD, HyperX RAM, pen drives and more

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:26 pm

This week we have teamed up with Kingston Technology again who are giving away some more amazing prizes including the following.




For this giveaway there will be no less than six lucky winners (yes, 6!) who have the chance to take home one of these brilliant Kingston products listed below, which we know you would all love to win.


DataTraveler Micro 16GB, microSDHC card Class 10 8GB, HyperX KHX1866C9D3T1BK2/8GX memory kit, HyperX KHX1866C11D3P1K2/8G memory kit, SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5-inch 60GB SSD and a DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB pen drive.


Read the full post with a click of the link below to find out how to enter!

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Announcing the G.SKILL CUP, an extreme overclocking contest at HWBOT in May

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 4:26 pm

Following up the release of G.SKILL's new extreme TridentX DDR3, they have announced a new overclocking competition that will be running on HWBOT during the month of May. We would like to give our readers the announcement and rules so that they can enter and win the awesome prizes that are being offered. They are giving away 13 8GB RAM kits and 1 32GB RAM kit.




The competition will start May 1 and runs until May 30. The even consists of three different stages which all start May 1. You must use G.SKILL RAM to participate in all stages. Full rules and details are below along with the link to the event page. If you enter, let me be the first to wish you good luck. I wish I had G.SKILL RAM so that I could participate.

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