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Intel purchase of McAfee gets approval by EU regulators

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 4:04 pm

It's hard to keep up with all the goings on in the tech world. The proposed purchase of security firm McAfee by Intel first surfaced back in the summer of 2010. The deal didn't get the nod in the US until December. While the US was eyeing the purchase, the EU was as well.

 

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Intel has now received the approval it needs in the EU to complete the purchase. The deal will cost Intel $7.68 billion and will let the chipmaker integrate its processors much more tightly with security software. Before the EU would approve the deal, Intel had to put some commitments in writing.

 

The commitments included an agreement to allow other security software makers access to the same hardware McAfee has access to, and to allow other hardware makers to be supported by McAfee. Specifically AMD is to have access. The deal is expected to complete this quarter.

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Download of the Day: Any Video Converter 3.18

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 10:36 am

Our Download of the Day today is Any Video Converter 3.18.

 

Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.

 

• User-friendly interface that is easy to use.

• Converts all video formats to Apple iPod Video, Sony PSP and more

• Batch convert any video formats including avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mp4, etc.

• Support DivX and Xvid avi format as importing and exporting video

• Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio.

• Has the option to preview the video in real-time before conversion .

• World's fastest video conversion speed with stunning video and audio quality.

• Supports adjust many video/audio options for MP4 files. For example, video/audio sample rate, bit rate, video size...

 

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ASRock and Fatal1ty Taipei launch event video

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 10:26 am

Earlier on today ASRock and Fatal1ty held a joint launch event in Taipei at the at Y17 Taipei Youth Center to officially launch their relationship as well as the P67 Professional gaming motherboard to local press.

 

 

We already went over in detail about Fatal1ty's P67 motherboard in an exclusive interview with the man himself back in early December last year. You can watch that here to refresh your memory if it needs, err refreshing.

 

After some presentations by ASRock, Intel and others as well as a highlight of some of the top features of Fatal1ty's P67 motherboard by Johnathan himself, we got down to the business end of the show. The business we are talking about here is of course gaming. ASRock gathered together four top Taiwanese gamers (I think they were from what I gathered) and put them up against Fatal1ty playing Counter-Strike 1.6.

 

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If I recall, most gamers only managed to get one kill against Fatal1ty and it was first to five kills. I am sure if I got the chance to get up there on stage, I would have easily got to five kills before Fatal1ty.......... right? Well, we'll never know. Hah!

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Friday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 8:16 am

The latest happenings from around the web - January 28th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 VS ASUS Maximus IV Extreme - Battle of the Titans! @ Tech Reactions

- Sapphire Pure Black X58 @ Overclockers Club

 

CPU

 

- Intel Core i5 2500K Sandy Bridge CPU @ Techwarelabs

- Sandy Bridge: The mobile perspective @ Tech Report

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Palit GeForce GTS 450 @ Ultimate Hardware

- Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 @ Hardware Overclock

- Axle GeForce GT 430: Reaching for the Sky @ XBit Labs

- Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti: The Hero of Our Times @ XBit Labs

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Skype 5.0 for Mac loses the beta label and goes official

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 4:32 am

It's now time to remove the beta tag from Skype for Mac. Now able to match it's PC counterpart, Skype for Mac version 5.0 has a few new features in its first official release, as well as a catch.

 

 

 

First, the catch. Group video calling is no longer free; you'll have to pony up either $4.99 per day or take on a monthly subscription for $8.99 a month after a one week free period. Other than that, Skype 5.0 is free to download and use for voice chat, instant messaging, and video messaging with a single user. A couple new features have also been added, including a tighter user interface that erases some of the wasted white space as well as the ability to hide Skype until you receive a call.

Paperback books taking a backseat to Kindle Books on Amazon

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 4:20 am

It wasn't so long ago that some were wondering whether e-books would be able to stick around for the longterm as a viable alternative to the books we know and love. Amazon's sales numbers seem to be putting that question to rest. According to their latest reports, Amazon is stating that 115 Kindle books are being sold for every 100 paperbacks on their site.

 

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Kindle books have been outrunning hardbacks for a while, with the Kindle books now outselling hardbacks by 43%. This makes sense considering the severe difference in costs. Overtaking the most cost-friendly paperbacks is quite a feather in the cap for the ebook and has helped Amazon have its first ever quarter with over $10 billion in sales. With over 810,000 titles in the Kindle Store, you're sure to find something for anyone without having to lug around a ton of books.

Heavy Rain film to be "fast-tracked"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 12:16 am

A film based on the PlayStation 3-exclusive title Heavy Rain is coming to a theatre near you soon. The Warner Bros. production is being prepped by NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch.

 

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Milch is in charge of making the film from David Cage's Heavy Rain and it said to be named "Rain". Milch will get his hands dirty with production once he has completed work on the first season of HBO's new series based on horse-racing, Luck. No release date has been mentioned.

Sidekick to make a comeback?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 12:11 am

Ah the Sidekick, I had one of those with the super-awesome unlimited txt messaging plans and pumped through it like there was no tomorrow. But, it seems the Sidekick is making a comeback and it's included some new superpowers.

 

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It looks to include 4G and also seems to be Android-powered. Gone is the swivel-based screen, the keyboard looks quite spaced out for your text-messaging goodness, a large enough screen and it is now being made by Samsung.

AMD Radeon HD6990 to include 3072 stream processors, ability to blow socks off at a 30ft radius

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 27, 2011 11:45 pm

Some news has leaked in the form of AMD's upcoming pwn-them-all GPU, the Radeon HD6990 dual-Cayman GPU based powerhouse card. Rumor says it'll include 3072 stream processors alongside 4GB of GDDR5 memory which spans across a 2 x 256-bit memory interface.

 

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The fan is placed in the centre of the card between the two cores with a dual-slot cooler. Rumor also has it that the HD6990 will feature a dual vapor chamber design. Pictures have shown a 6 pin and 8 pin power setup, but this might change to a dual 8-pin power requirement. The HD6990 also features dual crossfire connectors and also includes a single DVI output backed up by four mini-DisplayPort outputs.

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